World of Warcraft addicts will be happy to learn Joana the speed WOW power leveling GOD has updated his World of Warcraft Leveling guide to include the WOW expansion Mists of Pandaria Level 86 to 90 and the new leveling guide is as good as ever.

Joana’s leveling guides have been around for almost as long as the World of Warcraft game itself, no other leveling guide creator has stuck around so long (many have gone down over the past 6 or 7 years).

If you are looking for a reliable leveling guide, one that will be updated when the Warlords of Draenor expansion is available (end of 2014) you can’t go wrong with the Horde Leveling Guide.

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I started using the Joana guide when I bought WOW for the first time (with my eldest son who was 15 at the time, we played together in a guild) way back in 2007 (think it was April 2007, few months after The Burning Crusade expansion release).

I’d bought two subscriptions to The Burning Crusade expansion and was SLOWLY leveling our characters when my son suggested we try Joana’s leveling guide for the Horde (we both played Horde toons), so I bought a copy and we both used it to powerlevel to 70 fast.

At level 70 we quickly joined a popular guild and played our way through the end level dungeon content (the dungeons were MUCH harder back then). When you are in a guild there is always a need for other character types (never seem to be enough healers :-)) and having access to a WOW leveling guide is a must for quickly leveling new toons.

Also useful for mining resources and creating weapons etc… Don’t think there’s a serious WOW player out there with just one toon?


Screenshot above shows me in a raiding guild at level 70 fighting Lady Vashj.

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World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Leveling

World of Warcraft leveling

The World of Warcraft online game has come a long way since it’s release in late 2004, just look at awesome list of WOW expansions:

November 23, 2004 – World of Warcraft Level 1 to 60
January 15, 2007 – World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Level 61 to 70
November 13, 2008 – World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Level 71 to 80
December 7, 2010 – World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Level 81 to 85
September 25, 2012 – World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Level 86 to 90
Estimated Release December 2014 – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Level 91 to 100

Who isn’t looking forward to the next expansion pack the Warlords of Draenor giving players a further 10 levels to consume: level 91 to 100! Imagine your first level 100 toon, what an awesome 2014 Christmas present that would be :-)

In the meantime go farm some WOW gold :-)

Old WOW Horde Power leveling Guide

I wrote the information below in 2007 when I ran a test to see how long it would take to do one level (58 to 59) following Joana’s WOW leveling guide. Things have moved on a lot since then, the guide was a PDF file, now it’s an ingame WOW mod so no tabbing out to read the next level route.

Anyone who spends time playing the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) The World of Warcraft will know to level a character from level 1 to level 60 in under 5 days is an amazing achievement.

Since purchasing the leveling guide I’ve been mostly following the techniques and quest routes laid out in the guide and earlier today reached level 59 – DING!!

Although I didn’t plan on timing this level I realized I’d followed about 90% of the 1-60 leveling guides advice (quest routes) and not wasted too much time on non-leveling activities during this level (did end up in Silithus rather than Winterspring as the guide suggested) so think it’s a good example of how the leveling guide works for a real World of Warcraft player (not a hardcore power leveler).

According to Joana’s WOW Ebook he completed level 58 to 59 in 5 hours and 33 minutes. I leveled my Horde Troll Priest in 6 hours and 34 minutes and took various screenshots to prove it.

WOW Leveling Guide

Considering it’s the first time I’ve leveled a character this high (next highest is a level 39 Alliance Night Elf Druid) and I have to keep looking at the guide (online since my printer is broken) to see what to do next (will be easier/faster next time) and occasionally check on Thottbot etc… for quest instructions I think taking an extra hour to complete a level is acceptable.

Basically I was just under 1/5th slower to level than Joana for that level, if I could level from 1-60 at the same rate then it should take me around 5 days and 40 mins. If I did level a Horde Priest at that rate I’d be very, very happy :-)

And based on a leveling experiment me and a friend started today at exactly the same time (realm was down, so went on a PVP realm for the 1st time) I’m not that fast at leveling: The two of us started a new Horde character at the same time/same realm and are both following Joana’s Blood Elves 1-25 leveling guide (Blood Elves only available to those buying the Burning Crusade addon) and he was about half a level ahead of me by level 7 (I think he cheated :-))

Screenshots below of my Horde Priest reaching level 59, level 60 soon :-)

If you aren’t familiar with played time, type


In the chat window and you’ll see your total played time and your level played time (level you are on).

WOW Screenshot 15 minutes before reaching level 59

The screenshot above shows my played time roughly 15 minutes before I reached level 59. You can see I’d played that character over 17 days (this is actual time logged in). Note that when I started this character I didn’t try to power level or care about played time. I’ve spent hours at a time logged in waiting for battlegrounds to start for example while I did other things (like work :-)).

You’ll see at that time I’d played that level for 6hrs 20 mins and need roughly 7,000 experience to level to 59.

WOW Screenshot dinging level 59

The image above shows my character actually hitting level 59, unfortunately it cut off the /played time I’d just activated since it lists new attributes added etc…

World of Warcraft Screenshot at level 59

The third image shows the final played time, scrolled back up the chat box to the played time missed on the last image. You can see I played that level for 6 hours and 34 minutes.

Now I’m trying to level a new character to level 1-70 as quickly as possible. Will post my results as I find the time to play it: not planning on making it my main character, though it is my first character on a PVP server which should be interesting.

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