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Gaming the grind: How to level efficiently in World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is in its sixth expansion, and if the critical reception and player numbers are any indication, Legion could be the best one in years. For those who want to get into WoW for the first time, or veterans looking to level a new character, the grind to hit the new level cap of 110 can be more than a little tedious.

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Blizzard has taken steps in recent years to smooth out out the leveling experience — Legion allows players to immediately boost one character to level 100, for instance — but if you want to roll multiple characters without spending money on multiple level boosters, you’ll need to spend time leveling. Thankfully, with the right maneuvers, it’s possible to level a character to 110 in a relatively short time. Here are some pointers for leveling in World of Warcraft, so you can rush through old zones and explore the new.

Step 1: Boost a character to 100 for instant gratification

If you bought Legion and have no desire to go through old content, good news! The new expansion comes with a free boost to level 100 for one character. You can buy these boosts from the in-game store whenever you want, but they normally cost $60, so savor this free one. Use it for a class that you are confident you will enjoy. As a fresh level 100 character, you will be able to immediately begin the quest that takes you the Broken Isles, the new region where Legion takes place.

The quest (titled “The Legion Returns”) should automatically appear in your quest log. If you are on Alliance, it will start by asking you to speak with a recruiter in Stormwind Harbor; Horde members will speak to their equivalent at the Dranosh’ar Blockade.

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