OK fellow WOWsers, let’s kick this off.
The guide will be aimed at people who want to level up an alt, so I’ll be assuming a reasonable degree of prior knowledge of game mechanics and jargon, etc.
Before we roll our new Shaman, we’ll need some add-ons. I usually play with a whole stack of them so my UI resembles nothing of the original. For this project, I’ll be keeping it very lean and as simple as possible.
The complete list is I’m using is here. But you can obviously add or remove anything you like.
I’ll assume all of you know how to install add-ons. If not, there are instructions at www.curse-gaming.com.
The vital ones for the automated quest tracking are TourGuide and Tom Tom. I will be posting customised guide files for these add-ons here.
Check back regularly, as I will updating the default TourGuide files as I level through each area, and you will need to install these new files to follow my quest sequence exactly. This is necessary, as the default quest files are set for Hunter/Warlock type classes who can take on multiple high level mobs with ease.
A guide on how to change the TourGuide files to mine is here.
Now that we’re set up, let’s roll.
I’ve rolled on Aman’Thul, a PVE server, to take out the random delays from being ganked to get a truer picture of how fast we can level a Shammie. I won’t be resting in towns or inns, also in the interest of establishing a consistent baseline.
I won’t be twinking this alt with any gold gained from another toon, except from a banking alt, who will be selling into and playing the AH to obtain money for mounts, weapons and the occasional potion or scroll for soloing a hard quest. The bank alt is supplied solely by our new Shaman.
Our Hero, Dancingdeath
Our new Shaman is Dancingdeath. An Orc. I prefer the Orc starting area over Tauren and the looks and racial abilities of Orcs over Trolls.
So we kick off by immediately setting our preferred keybindings and setting up our add-ons. This will really only consist of Fubar (select top or bottom) and right clicking the TourGuide bar and then checking the Durotar guide.
Then it’s follow the instructions on the Tourguide bar and the Tom Tom arrow (which you should move to the top of the screen) and pick up your first quests.
We keep following TourGuide all the way through this area, selling our junk as we turn in quests. Make sure to chose the 1 handed mace when offered the quest reward. We are going mace+shield all the way through Durotar.
The only problem with TourGuide is that it only shows you one quest objective at a time. You need to kill the scorpions and the imps, and wake the sleeping orcs, and pick the apples all at the same time when TourGuide shows the Lazy Peons quest. Tourguide will still automatically check off quests as completed even if you do them out of it’s scheduled order.
You should be level 6 by the time you finish all the Valley of Trials quests, if you kill a few extra mobs on your way here and there. If not, make sure you hit 6 before Razor Hill.
Don’t get new skills/spells at level 6. This is because we need the money to buy a good shield from Wuark at Razor Hill. A round buckler for 2s60c. This is necessary for our next quest. The level 6 skills aren’t needed right now anyway.
OK, keep following TourGuide, pick up the new quests and the head off to do Vanquish the Betrayers. This can be soloed at level 6 provided you do the following:
1. eat one of your sta buff apples prior
2. pull the first two guards separately outside the room.
3. then enter room and focus on killing Benedict first
3. 2 lightning strikes followed by earth shocks every cooldown whilst hitting bloodrage.
4. down your health pot (from earlier quest reward) straight after you kill him and then kill the add.
Here’s a movie of me doing this (with 900ms server lag).
Otherwise you can wait around for a group, I find during peak hours there are always people coming though here. The quest is important for the XP in the chain it leads to.
OK we’ve got the key, opened the chest, and jumped off the wall (you don’t take much damage from the drop) and finished off the other mobs we need for the quest complete.
Now we can go back to Razor and get our new bag (quest reward) and skills. You should hit Level 7 when handing in quests or before. Good time to get first aid training and make a few bandages too.
OK, we hit Level 5 at 31min; 6 at 43min; and 7 at 1hour 10min. Approx Xp / hr is 9,000