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WoW Classic Burning Crusade is right around the corner, with the official release on June 1st. Players can prepare for the release with the WoW TBC Classic pre-patch, adding in the new talents, quests, zones, and most importantly the new races. The Draenei and the Blood Elves are the highlights of the pre-patch, finally granting Paladin for the Horde and Shaman for the Alliance. For those looking to get their newfound Draenei or Blood Elf main up to speed ready for the launch, here are our best WoW TBC prepatch levelling guide, tips and tricks, and more to make the experience better for you.
Read More: Best class to boost in TBC.
The Starting Zone
When WoW Classic first launched, the starting areas were absolutely filled with players trying to level, with every mob spawn contested. We will likely see this hype return for Prepatch with Draenei and Blood Elf available. With that said, we will likely see the starting zones highly contested for at least the first few days or two of the experience. More so on the more populated servers.
One of the methods some players used back when WoW Classic first launched was to hit level 5 simply by exploring, especially for the Alliance. You can potentially dodge the Blood Elf or Dreanai Starting Hub and opt to level in a quieter part of the map, such as Brill or Goldshire, for example. The below is an example of exploring a starting zone, and travelling between alliance Cities. Don’t forget to do the Wetlands skip if you opt for this path.
Of course, when you log in to start levelling your Draenei or Belf, check to see how contested the starting hub is.
It is also worthwhile to return to the race’s second zone, Azuremyst and Ghostlands between level 10-20. The two new areas are heavily based on the questing redesign TBC had in mind. There are much more quests, and they are much closer to each other. It generally makes much more sense to quest there and be as efficient as possible. Other zones don’t really have this privilege, as they are designed with the Classic experience in mind. Overall, try to get in these zones whenever the hype has slowed down, or be the first to get there to benefit the most from this tip in the WoW TBC prepatch levelling guide.
- Fiery Weapon – Weapon – often strike for 40 additional fire damage.
- Spell Power – Weapon – adds 30 spell damage.
- Superior Impact – Weapon – adds 9 weapon damage.
- Healing Power – Weapon – grants 55 healing to your healing spells. Optional enchant ideal for healers spamming dungeons with a pre-made group.
- Minor Speed – Boots – 8% movement speed bonus.
- Major Health – Chest – 100 bonus Health.
- Riding Skill – Gloves – Adds 2% Riding Speed to mounts.
Enchanting your gear from the get-go is a solid tip for greatly improving your levelling speeds via kill speeds and movement speeds. Here are some
For those on a budget, the Lesser Beastslayer is a fine addition, as it specializes in killing beast type creatures. You’ll more than likely have to farm them over the course of your level 1-20 grind. The other boost can last you even longer, even to level 30 if you don’t manage to find an amazing quality Blue piece from the World, AH or dungeon related adventures.
Furthermore, if you really want to, you can buy enchants that grant your class’ primary stat on other pieces. It isn’t entirely necessary, but if you have the gold, go ahead.
You can place these enchants on white quality weapons-usable for characters under level 5 so you can transfer them between alts. This is generally a good tip, and these weapons act like heirlooms Also, the strength of these weapons can last a considerably long time. Good examples of Weapons are the Short Staff, Large Club and any other white item, like the ones you can find from RP vendors in towns and cities. Overall, this is a generally very good levelling up throughout classic and TBC, never mind this WoW TBC prepatch levelling guide.
Consumables are a nice way of gaining on the fly bonuses, especially for combat.
Melee DPS can apply Sharpening Stones or Weight Stones to their weapons to more damage. They add bonus weapon damage, increasing DPS by the slightest margin. Different quality of the consumes requires different level brackets.
Level Cooking alongside your questing as it naturally provides ways to get Stamina and Spirit buffs. Alternatively, you can buy food from a friend, AH or in trade chat for each level bracket if you don’t want to waste valuable time on doing so.
Swiftness potions are another good choice for players looking to gain more movement speed. They are quite costly though and not totally necessary if you keep a white boot in you with movement speed.
In addition, Mithril Spurs increase the movement speed of your mount by a slight amount. This is good for when you can get your mount at level 30, which comes in with TBC pre-patch. You’ll likely need to send over the gold to make sure that happens on time.
Grabbing bags for your character as early as possible will help to save so much time. Runecloth Bags will likely be the best choice for fueling an alt as they’ll be the most accessible and arguably the cheapest of the bigger bags. Alternatively, the Traveller’s Backback with 16 slots or the Bottomless Bag are your options if you have the cash to drop. If you’re reading this in TBC then Netherweave might the best option based on your server prices and availability.
We recommend sending over your bags, and any other equipment as soon as your character is created. That way when the mail arrives an hour later, you’ll hopefully be done with the very first quests, level 5, and on your way to the next hub with a mailbox. Alternatively, have a friend positioned in the new starting zone, ready to trade you your gear.
- Feral Druid – Monkey
- Balance Druid – Eagle
- Hunter – Falcon / Monkey
- Mage – Eagle
- Paladin – Tiger / Bear
- Rogue – Monkey
- Shaman Enh – Falcon / Monkey
- Shaman Ele – Eagle
- Warlock – Eagle
- Warrior – Bear
Acquiring Green BoEs is one of the best ways to gain gear as your progress your character. For many classes, they’ll want to find pieces as they’ll level, or buy gear from other players at certain points. Here at the best gear suffixes, you can get for your class’s outdoor levelling spec.
You’ll notice that physical damage dealers with a hint of magic can take Falcon as it provides mana and agility. This is useful for Enhancement Shamans. Palas, and Hunters for crit, dodge, mana and spell power. Monkey is the dedicated agility gear, that goes to rogues and feral to increase damage and survivability. Feral Druids can take a bit of Falcon gear to help their mana usage when they need to leave their forms to heal, range pull, etc. Eagle is specifically for ranged spell casters. Bear is the go-to for most of the melee DPS classes, such as warrior. It is also ok for Druids and Paladins too.
On the other hand, multi roles classes looking to dungeon farm, consider taking Owl for the mana regeneration to improve clear speeds.
Blues and Purples
At this point, if you have this much gold spare, you can get some blue or purple quality BoE gear to make the levelling easier. Here are a few stand out options for several classes.
The Helm of Fire is an amazing choice for players looking to nuke down harder to solo quests. The helmet has lots of solid stats for Rogues and Feral Druids, along with a 15 min cooldown on use effect that fires a fireball, dealing 286-376 damage. The fireball damage will increase with anyone using spell power gear too, making it fine for Shammys and Paladins.
Casters rejoice as you can get some strong BoEs in the 40’s range. The Robes of Insight is a cloth chest piece that reduces the cost of the next spell by 500 mana on a 15 min cooldown. Ideal for a Priest, or a healing class looking to get a clutch heal off to cheat death. Furthermore, the Spellshock Leggins grant a large amount of int and stamina, along with a bonus 23 damage and healing on spells. These are good for replacing your Gnomergon and SM Library gear.
The Night Reaver is a 3.3 speed axe that has a chance to send a shadow bolt dealing 60-99 damage on proc. It does fairly decent melee damage too, making it fine for Paladins, Shamans, and Warriors at LVL 18. From there, you can upgrade to items like the Manslayer, which is a 3.2-speed weapon with 8 stamina and 38 attack power, equal to 16 strength worth of AP.
Alternatively, if you are planning on levelling professions, you can craft yourself some Blue pieces of gear. Tailoring can get you the Spierspilk Boots, while Blacksmiths can create the Shining Silver Breastplate, etc. Only do this is you are less pressured to get to 58-60 in time for TBC. The main aim of the WoW TBC prepatch levelling guide is to help speed things up, and doing professions will only slow you down.
This concludes our WoW TBC prepatch levelling guide, We hope you found these tips useful for preparing for your adventures from Azeroth and beyond. We wish you the best going from 0 to hero in the space of two weeks.
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