As World of Warcraft addicts await the next WOW game expansion Warlords of Draenor (level 90 – 100) estimated release date December 2014 for a Happy WOW Christmas, why not speed through levels 1 – 90 with one of the best World of Warcraft leveling guides.
Also see my experience using a leveling guide to power level my main World of Warcraft character.
Feels good to reach a WOW leveling cap and gaining access to the new raiding content before most on your realm.
WOW Mists of Pandaria 85-90 Leveling Guide
Leveling guide update: Joana has updated his leveling guides to include WOW Mists of Pandaria levels 85-90.
Download Horde Leveling Guide.
WOW Cataclysm 80-85 Leveling Guide
Leveling guide update: Joana has updated his leveling guides to include WOW Cataclysm levels 80-85.
Joana has released his full World of Warcraft 1-85 guide BEFORE the official Cataclysm expansion release, he’s been able to do this since he’s been in the beta release of the WOW update Cataclysm for months! Since Joana is the first to release a Cataclysm 80-85 leveling guide and it has an ingame leveling mod it’s a must recommend leveling guide.
WOW Wrath of the Lich King 70-80 Leveling Guide
Leveling guide update: Joana has updated his Horde Leveling Guide to include Wrath of the Lich King levels 70-80.
The update includes a new in-game leveling guide mod, a WOW addon which means no more tabbing out to read the leveling guide.
Wrath of the Lich King Expansion is awesome.
Joana’s World of Warcraft Horde leveling Guide review
This is my original (from 2007) World of Warcraft Horde leveling Guide review.
Joana’s Horde leveling Guide Contents
Joana's 1-25 Blood Elf Leveling Guide
Joana’s 1-60 Horde Leveling Guide
Joana’s 60-70 Outland Step-by-Step Guide
Joana’s 60-70 Outland Reference Guide
Class Guides – Submitted by Users
Plus printable version of all the above guides
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Me and The World of Warcraft
I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for a few months on the Hellfire PVE (player vs environment) server, started with a Horde Orc Warrior that I quickly grew tired of around level 16, the warrior class just not for me.
Tried an Alliance Night Elf Druid next, the Druid class sounded cool (jack of all trades master of none sort of thing), but at level 38 I began to have problems leveling further (got bored playing!).
I think the problem was I like soloing late at night when I can’t sleep, (bit of an insomniac) and there’s a lot of downtime playing WOW as an Alliance Druid (major mana drains) which makes playing a Druid less fun. Also my professions were Herbalist/Alchemist and in hindsight I didn’t enjoy running around mountains looking for a herb you can barely see half the time!! Skinning is much better profession for leveling, kill something skin it, move on… sell on the auction house via an alt for lots of WOW gold.
Around this time I also realized Alliance players suck at PVP (player vs player), not sure what it is, but whether raiding, battlegrounds or arena the Alliance players I teamed with lost 90% of the time!!
Another WOW player I know from real life plays a Horde Undead Warlock and suggested I try a Horde Priest (Warlocks and Priests play well in a team).
After Creating my Horde Troll Priest I set about solo leveling to catch up with my friends Warlock (level 38 at the time).
WOW leveling Guide to the Rescue
I’d like to say I rushed out and bought Joana’s Horde leveling Guide and now I’m a level 60 just 4 days and 20hrs later waiting for my copy of The Burning Crusade (addon to The World of Warcraft that takes a player to level 70) to arrive in the post so I can continue on my epic adventure to level 70, but that would be a lie.
Nice to dream though…
I struggled to level through the game, but since I play more often than my friend I was within a couple of levels of him relatively quickly (he was level 44 I was level 42) after 9 to 10 days of total play time (quite slow when compared to 4 days 20hrs by Joana to get to level 60, though I do spend a lot of time on arenas, battlegrounds (Alteric Valley is cool) and chatting with other World of Warcraft players.
I’d stumbled upon Joana’s (also know as Madcow) World of Warcraft leveling Guide previously, but his sales page comes across as a bit of a scam (sorry, but it does)!
Since I make my living online and regularly look at Clickbank affiliate products to promote I’ve seen so many sites like that with the message “buy this product and rule the world in 24hrs” sort of thing that I immediately rejected purchasing the Horde guide, not because of the price (one off fee for life time updates is good value) but because of this marketing technique.
Fortunately I temporarily tried out the 1-60 Horde leveling Guide via another World of Warcraft player. I jumped right into the middle of the Stranglethorn Vale section (level 42-43). Since I’d not followed the entire WOW leveling guide from the start I’d missed a few earlier quests (the ones where you travel the World of Warcraft universe delivering notes and packages for less than the cost of a stamp :-)) but it didn’t make much difference, the Ebook was a BIG help in moving on through that area quickly.
I didn’t note my time, but think it took a few hrs play time rather than the usually half day plus per area!
After that experience I was hooked and bought a copy from Joana’s website and joined the affiliate program, so yes I am trying to sell you this guide.
Before continuing I’d better explain how the WOW leveling guide works.
How the Horde leveling Guide is Organized
Joana’s Guide is laid out in leveling sections based on the area you are in and the quests you should be capable of completing. For example at level 42-43 you should be in Stranglethorn Vale where you start/complete over a dozen quests before moving on to Dustwallow Marsh for more level 43 leveling (about 10 more WOW quests).
You’ll come back to Stranglethorn Vale later for level 47, so each section only covers the quests you should do immediately and not the quests that are hard and should be left for later or grouped (red, which makes a lot of sense now that I think about it).
Each section come in two parts, on the left we have a summary of all the WOW quests you should accept and complete in the most efficient order, this area also includes quest guide links to Allakhazam for each Warcraft quest.
Joana/Madcow if you ever read this please add links to Thottbot.
On the right we have an area map (similar to the in game map) with indications of where to go to complete various quests (see screenshot below). This map is invaluable to finding mob spots quickly, though I think it could be improved further if tool tips were added for example: hover over an area marked and receive more information like the name of mobs to kill etc… would be a great addition. That way you could quickly look at the WOW guide, see what you have to do without having to go on Allakhazam etc…
At the bottom there’s also a link to that areas leveling video (low quality and high quality versions), while completing his legendary 1-60 4 days and 20hr speed run Joana/Madcow recorded the whole event and has broke it into section sized pieces for easier viewing by those using his WOW leveling guide.
At this time I’ve only looked through one of the World of Warcraft leveling videos level 43-44 Tanaris section and though I didn’t find it particularly helpful when questing that area it did highlight some mistakes I make whilst playing.
For example I’m a Shadow Priest which means I do a lot of Shadow spell damage backed up with wand damage (always buy the best wands from the auction house) which uses no mana and since I also generate mana quite quickly very little downtime making your World of Warcraft game time more fun. This means I don’t drink much whilst solo playing WOW, but still always keep a healthy supply of mana drinks just in case. When I loot a mana drink I kept it and prior to watching the video I could have three and even four bag slots filled with lower level mana drinks (milk even at level 40+!!). I’d never buy mana drinks since they drop quite frequently, so when I needed to rest I wouldn’t always use the best mana drinks available (always trying to use the lower level drinks first).
This was a mistake, now (like Joana) I vendor everything except the best mana drinks (which I buy from vendors) and only keep one bag slot for drinks (three when entering instances that are mana sink holes due to all the DPS!). Now every time I find a drinks vendor I buy the best drinks available (in stacks of 20) and vendor the rest :-) So watch at least one leveling video, I’m sure you’ll learn something about the way you play the World of Warcraft.
You don’t need the videos to use the WOW leveling guide, but I appreciate there existence.
What Can this World of Warcraft Leveling Guide Do For You?
At the time of writing my Horde Priest just ding’d to level 48 (passing my friend, level 47 :-)) and I owe this to Joana’s leveling guide (which I and my friend have now bought a copy of BTW).
So far I’ve followed his World of Warcraft guide through these sections-
42-43 Stranglethorn Vale
43-43 Dustwallow Marsh
46-47 Hinterlands (doing now)
WOW friends are already mentioning how quickly I’m leveling and my friend is also following the guide. He started at Tanaris level 43-44 and is leveling just as quickly (but he writes quest guides as he proceeds which slows his progress since he notes down coordinates, mob types etc…).
WOW Power Leveling
I don’t consider myself a WOW power leveler per se, I play the game of World of Warcraft for fun and like to do all quests in an area before moving on. In Stranglethorn Vale for example our Guild is trying to win the arena on a regular basis for the Arena Master trinkets. I’ve collected 13 myself, 12 went towards the main trinket and the 13th sits on my character (check me out in game or at the armory link ;-)) This sort of thing is a lot of fun, but takes a lot of time flying from the area you are questing in to compete in an arena every 3 hrs!
One thing the leveling guide taught me is I’d been playing World of Warcraft inefficiently (to say the least). I’d enter an area, grab all quests available and do them randomly. I’m not very good at tracking WOW quests, so would spend days on a small number of quests, quests going grey because I didn’t stumble upon them wasn’t a rare event! When I hit a quest my level wasn’t quite up to I’d grind mobs until I was or struggle on trying to kill the lower level mobs (ones I can barely handle) in an area whilst avoiding the red ones just so I could complete a quest. This significantly slowed my leveling progress.
I no longer play World of Warcraft this way, now I play smart and efficiently, though I’m no Joana (he’s a leveling machine!). I don’t care if it takes 20 days play time to get to level 60 just so long as it’s mostly fun and following the guide has increased my enjoyment of the game (less frustration).
The reason power leveling works in WOW is because you gain experience from killing mobs that are part of a World of Warcraft quest. This turns 15 kills that could net say 4500xp into 7000xp or even 8000+xp because those 15 kills also completed a quest.
I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve been grinding a mob only to stumble upon a WOW quest that I could have completed 5 times over by then! Joana’s Power Leveling Guide helps me to accept and complete quests at the right time so I gain maximum experience from my time playing World of Warcraft.
It’s not a perfect leveling guide, there is room for improvement, but if you play WOW a lot and want to stop wasting time not knowing what to do next and level faster than you have ever done before it’s well worth the price.
Things that Could be Improved in the World of Warcraft Horde Guide
1. More information:
The list of when to accept and turn in quests when coupled with the maps is well worth the guides one off fee, but I think Joana could have supplied a little guidance on how to complete a WOW quest. One line of text for every quest shouldn’t be too hard to add.
For example earlier was doing a World of Warcraft quest to kill Savage Owlbeasts in The Hinterlands, basically had to kill 20 of them. The map showed me where to find them, at first I didn’t realize this quest also over lapped with another quest from another area. It was listed on the leveling guide, but I was doing them in order. Basically you killed a Savage Owlbeast (helping the first quest) and then used this drum thing on their corpse to complete another WOW quest. I was missing the second step until I realized I could kill two birds with one stone :-)
A small note on the quest guide would have saved me having to load several web pages from Allakhazam to realize this.
2. List of WOW quests NOT to accept and why:
Since Blizzard is always improving the World of Warcraft game if you follow the guide religiously you could miss new quests that are worth completing not to mention your class specific quests. For this reason I think it makes sense to list which quests he skipped and ideally with a reason why (he’s done this occasionally). To add to this it would also help to list quests to leave for later, right now you have to look further forward in the WOW guide to see if you’ll accept a quest when you return a couple of levels later.
This way if a WOW quest isn’t on the do/later list or don’t do list it’s probably new. And like I said before I’m not a power leveler per se, just want a better game experience. I don’t care how long my character plays for since I play for fun and if a quest is fun I want to do it so would like a pointer on how to do these extra quests (I assume he’s done them).
3. User feedback would be nice:
Joana is clearly a gifted World of Warcraft player and chooses a class of WOW character that is perfect for soloing (Troll Hunter). I’ve only played three types of character, so no expert on this, but do understand some classes do better in soloing than others. My priest does OK because it has superior healing abilities and as I leveled I specialized as a shadow priest for the damage, but having just cloth armor leaves it at a disadvantage at times. At earlier levels I had to be very careful not to pull too many mobs at once.
I’d like to see user feedback (how the World of Warcraft guide worked for them) or a run down of how Joana plays other classes with tips on how to level as each class (I don’t ask for much hey :-)).
In summary it’s a quality WOW product well worth the cost for the time saved and one day I might just try a speed leveling run myself, so watch out for me and my 3 days 1 min WOW speed run as a Horde Priest :-)
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