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WoW Classic Leveling Guide – Level to 60 Fast
Welcome to MMORPGTIPS’ Classic WoW Leveling guide. Filled with all the tips and tricks you need to level from 1 to 60 in vanilla WoW. No matter if your choice is questing, grinding or running dungeons, we got you covered.
If you want to make some gold while leveling, check out our WoW Classic Gold Farming Guide.
WoW Classic Leveling Guide Basics
So lets go over the basics for leveling in classic World of Warcraft.
How long does it take to level to level 60 in WoW Classic?
Leveling to level 60 in Vanilla WoW certainly takes a lot of time. Joana set the speed leveling record back in Vanilla at 4 days and 20 hours in-game time. Do not expect to beat that or get anywhere close, even as a veteran player.
A fast leveling time would be around 7-14 days in-game, if you don’t waste much time on battlegrounds or idling about.
Casual players can expect to spend as much as 30 days of in-game to get to level 60.
Joana’s Speed Leveling Record
What is the fastest Leveling Class in WoW Classic?
Hunters are the fastest leveling class in classic WoW. They are good allrounders with ranged DPS, good pets and tons of utility making them maybe the best solo class and certainly the fastest levelers.
Joana’s speed leveling record was done with a Hunter.
The rest of the classes ranked are:
Hunter > Druid > Warlock > Mage > Priest > Shaman > Rogue > Paladin > Warrior.
Is grouping faster than soloing in WoW Classic?
Soloing while leveling is generally faster in Classic WoW, since mob XP is split amongst all players in a group.
Grouping should be considered only when doing dungeons if your primary goal is leveling speed.
Doing dungeons is also pretty slow as far as leveling goes and each dungeon should only be done once to get the quests done.
Rest XP is the only kind of bonus xp in vanilla WoW. You get rest XP by being at an inn or a capital city so always remember to log out here to get rest XP.
Always be Grinding
In classic WoW there isn’t enough quests to take you all the way to 60 just from the quests so you will have to grind as well. The best way is just to always be grinding mobs when moving around the world.
Get New Drinks and Food
Always have the best available food and drink so that you regen faster and keep downtime to a minimum.
Moving around in Classic WoW is much slower than in current WoW, so remember to use your Heartstone. The cooldown goes down when you are logged out as well.
Going back to a captial city to bank or sell is a huge time sink, so if you are trying to level fast, mail all your stuff to a bank alt to save time.
The auto-run feature is very handy when moving around so that you can do other stuff at the same time.
Looting or Not
If you are speedleveling, looting mobs is not always optional, but you have to consider what to do yourself. Before level 40, if you need money for your mount, you probably should loot. After level 50, looting a lot might be a waste of time.
If you can afford it, get bigger bags so that you can loot more without going back to sell all the time.
Level 40 Mount
At level 40 you can get your first mount if you can afford it. If you cannot, check out our classic WoW gold farming guide.
WoW Classic Leveling Addons
Addons can increase your leveling speed by showing you optimal routes to take in order to gain XP faster.
Azeroth Auto Pilot Classic – Azeroth Auto Pilot is the most popular leveling addon for BFA and it is also available for Classic WoW. It promised to take you to level 60 as fast as possible for any class or faction.
Questie Classic – Looks similar to Azeroth Auto Pilot. Still a work in progress.
Leveling by Questing in WoW Classic
This guide won’t go into detail about quest leveling as it won’t ever beat Joana’s Leveling Guide or various in-game leveling addons.
However if you don’t like reading in-dept guide while leveling, you can follow this general list of zones to hit at each level.
Which Zones to do as Horde
Which zones to do as Alliance
Leveling by Grinding in Classic WoW
Grinding in classic WoW isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but some players enjoy it.
Leveling probably won’t be as fast as with questing but at certain points you will run out of quests and you will need to do some griding.
Grinding is also much better for making gold if that is your thing.
Certainly classes, like the Mage are much better than other classes at griding.
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