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

You’re starting on page 2 of this, click here to start at the beginning.

Step 4: Always be in queue for dungeons

wow dungeon screenshot

Dungeons in WoW, aside from providing some of the best action and stories, are also a good way to gain items, gold, and — most importantly for the purposes of this guide — experience. While classic WoW required players to physically go to a dungeon to access it, today’s players can simply use the Dungeon Finder to queue for a dungeon, allowing them to form a team with random players. The first dungeons become accessible once you reach level 10.

If you are playing a tank or healer class, the Dungeon Finder is particularly nice, as your queue times will be much lower. While questing, try to be queued up for dungeons at all times. Your activities will not be interrupted until a complete group is formed, so you can continue to complete quests while waiting. Even then, you’ll be automatically teleported to the dungeon, and then back to your previous location when the dungeon is complete.

Dungeons are the fastest way to level for most of your character’s life, but questing will provide better experience than dungeons once you gain access to Legion content. Additionally, each Legion zone’s questline culminates in a quest to complete that zone’s dungeon, so you may as well save the dungeons for last.

Step 5: Use Recruit-A-Friend for an XP bonus

wow adventure with friend

If you have a friend or friends who are also interested in starting WoW, take advantage of Blizzard’s recruit-a-friend program. If you sign a friend up, not only can you get free game time, exclusive mounts and other unique rewards, but you and that particular friend will get a 300 percent bonus to experience gained from completing quests and killing enemies. Playing together with a friend you have recruited (or one who recruited you) will make the leveling experience go much faster.

Step 6: Use elixirs to boost XP gains

If you have gold to spend, or have reached the Warlords of Draenor content (levels 90-100), you can acquire an item called Elixir of the Rapid Mind, which grants a 300 percent increase in experience for 15 minutes. To get these elixirs, you can either buy them on the Auction House — where players sell items for gold, WoW’s in-game currency — or receive them as a reward for garrison missions, which you can start doing once you reach Draenor and set up your garrison.

Fifteen minutes is not a lot, so the best way to maximize the use of an elixir is to do however many quests you want nearly to completion (basically, have the only remaining step be to turn them in), pop the elixir, and then turn in as many of the quests in that time frame as you can.

Another item that grants a similar effect is the Elixir of Ancient Knowledge, which drops from certain rare enemies in Pandaria. This elixir grants 300 percent experience for an hour. When picked up, it binds to your Battle.net account, so it cannot be bought or sold on the Auction House, but you can mail it to one of your lower level characters, if you wish.

A third elixir become available in Draenor. The Excess Potion of Accelerated Learning only grants a 30 percent bonus to experience, but can be purchased from the quartermaster in your garrison for 100 garrison resources. It’ll help you blast through the level 90-100 content in your last push towards the Legion expansion.

Step 7: Leveling in Draenor or the Broken Isles? Do bonus objectives!

So you have finally reached Draenor, and a mere 10 or so levels stand between you and the latest expansion. Thankfully, Draenor is one of the more recent expansions, and despite its shortcomings, Blizzard at least made leveling much easier in this continent.

In addition to the various quests, each zone in Draenor has bonus objectives which players can complete for additional rewards, including experience. These objectives generally involve killing a certain number of a specific enemy or some such goal, and can generally be completed easily while exploring and questing.

You can see the objectives appear on your map in explored areas, and you’ll see them appear automatically in your quest log when you enter the bonus objective’s territory.

Bonus objectives are also present in the Broken Isles, and function the same way as the ones in Draenor.

Gaming

Sony to launch State of Play videos for PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR

Sony will debut a new video program named State of Play on March 25. The first episode will focus on new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games, and it remains to be seen if Sony will tease the PlayStation 5.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

Here’s everything you need to know about MLB The Show 19

MLB The Show 19 launches on PlayStation 4 on March 26. If you're interested in finding out what's new in the latest iteration of the annual baseball sim, we've got all the details, from new gameplay mechanics to Road to the Show changes.
Gaming

World of Warcraft's allied races will make you want to start a new character

The Horde and Alliance are seeking new allies in their struggle for control of Azeroth. Whether you pledge your allegiance to the Horde or Alliance, we've got a guide to help you unlock every allied race that's coming in Battle for Azeroth.
Gaming

Get in the Dark Zone and blow away the competition with our The Division 2 guide

The Division 2 has three Dark Zones, specialized areas for PvE and PvP combat. Our Dark Zone guide teaches you the ropes, from the recon missions to the leveling system to the dangers and benefits of going Rogue.
Gaming

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild bug lets Link ignore temperature effects

A newly discovered bug in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild allows players to max out both hearts and stamina. The glitch also disables temperature effects such as the heat of Death Mountain and the cold of Hebra.
Gaming

Report: Nintendo will release two new Switch models in 2019

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo will unveil two new Switch models at E3 and release them this year. One of the models will target hardcore gamers, while the other will be budget friendly.
Gaming

Twitch streamer somehow beats Bloodborne, all the souls games without getting hit

A Twitch streamer named The Happy Hob has managed to play through all Dark Souls games, Demon's Souls, and Bloodborne in a row without getting hit a single time. He has been attempting the feat for months.
Gaming

Here are the best items a Shinobi should buy in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a brutally challenging game that requires persistent focus and a lot close calls with death. You can make things a bit easier on yourself with by purchasing important items from vendors.
Gaming

Newegg slashes prices on PS4 accessories and AAA games like Anthem

Newegg is currently offering big savings on a number of games for PS4 and Xbox One, including Anthem, Metro Exodus, The Division 2, and Kingdom Hearts 3. Accessories including headsets are also on sale.
Gaming

Apple Arcade might be the new game subscription service worth signing up for

Apple Arcade will launch this fall bringing a new game-subscription service with cross-platform support for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV. At launch, the service will feature more than 100 exclusive games, with more added to the service regularly.
Gaming

Fortnite World Cup kicks off April 13 with $1 million in weekly prizes

The Fortnite World Cup kicks off on April 13 with the start of Online Opens for solo play. $1 million in weekly prizes will be awarded during the Online Open Finals, so get practicing!
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Gaming

These Xbox One exclusives are the definition of quality over quantity

Xbox One has a prestigious collection of handpicked titles that you can't play on other consoles. Here are the latest and greatest Xbox One exclusives, including some that are also available on PC
2 of 2