Picking up herbalism and mining is the best professions to have while leveling. Not only will you earn gold as you level, but you will also get extra XP. At level 20 you will get over 500 XP for picking up a ore or a herb while killing a mob only gives a little over 100 XP. Don’t go out of your way to pick herbs if you are trying to level quickly, but pick the ones that are on your way. Leveling from 110 to 120 can be done pretty quickly just by doing this. There are a few items that will help you if you decide to use professions while leveling:
This is an infinte farming spot that takes place just east of maraudon. It requires you to stand in a specific spot which will allow you to kill all the slitherblade naga that surround the river. This spot is generally a GREAT spot since the mobs respawn instantly after death. You will get an obscene amount of silk, wool, greens, and low level patterns. It's one of the only remaining infinite respawn farms left in the game.
All starting zones includes all class steps. The 12-60 Horde contains all the Hunter, Warlock and Warrior steps. The 12-60 Alliance contains all the Hunter steps right now. You can still get a LOT of use out of the leveling guides even if your class's steps are not implemented yet, you will just need to do those few class steps on your own for now.
Darkmoon Faire: The Darkmoon Faire comes around once a month and provides two ways of bonus XP. You can ride the carousel to get the “Whee!” buff (10% bonus XP for one hour). You can also get the Darkmoon Top Hat by playing a few games, which gives you 10% bonus XP but only works during the Darkmoon Faire. Both of these are generally not worth it for the most part, as you spend more time running to get the buff than you gain in XP when leveling.
When you enter the world, you will find other characters nearby with a yellow "!" above their heads. Whenever you see a character like that, it means that this character has something he needs your help with—a quest! Talk to them by right-clicking their character. They will offer you one or more quests via the quest dialog; clicking Accept adds the quest to your character’s Quest Log.
This farm has the same exact perks as the misty coast farm. You will be able to gather oddly shaped stomachs, butchered meat, and all the trade goods that exist inside of both containers. The benefit to this farm over the other is that it takes place much closer to the flightmaster and the mobs are much easier to solo. Therefore, players with a lower item level can get the job done without having to worry about the elites that surround the misty coast spot. Again, an AWESOME spot for anyone who skins and by far some of the easiest most liquidatable gold you can make this expansion.
You’re after all the items to make the Super Cooling Module from Shadowmoon Valley, Nagrand or Talador, and the Cyclical Power Module from Frostfire Ridge, Gorgrond or Spires of Arak. Some are worth only a few hundred but I’ve sold a few for over 20k. They drop from any mob in the zone. I haven’t found an optimal spot, but all these zones have plenty of areas with densely packed mobs.
Some quests in my guide are marked as "SKIP" and colored in red. These quests are simply either too hard to solo or not worth the XP/time and are skipped. My guide will only list SKIPPED quests if the quest is a direct follow up after completing a quest, not one that you have to click the NPC again to get it. If you hover over the skipped quests, it will give info on why it is skipped in the guide (unless that info is already listed directly in the guide text).
War Mode: War Mode can be turned on at level 30 through your talent window, and will give you 10% bonus XP. You will, however, be attackable by players of the opposing faction, but changes have been made so that all players have a fair shot in a fight and even low-level players can kill much higher level players, and at least not get ganked and one shotted. Note: As of patch 8.1, you can get an additional call to arms bonus with war mode on if your faction is underepresented.
The NPC scan and NPC alert method is an awesome way to build a stock of rare BOE items simply because you don't really have to try. By installing NPC scan and NPC alerts, you can literally just fly over anywhere and be alerted when you pass a rare spawn. As we all know, rare spawn loot tends to have higher item vales, as not everyone is able to consistently farm them. Some NPC's, especially those in outlands have those higher item values when compared to the rest of the world. As a goldmaking method I just everyone should be doing this. It only requires you download two addons and you can get access to important NPC,s that you would otherwise never knew existed. The opportunities are endless, I would generally never play without these cool addons. Realy cool.
The most rare and expensive poly morph tome drop and for a reason. The bears that drop it are VASTLY spread out across the zone and getting one can mean hard farminh for a while. They also take a while to respawn so watch out. Getting one to drop can mean a staggering 48,000g, and on top of that compared to other pet farms and such, they have a much higher drop chance. Simply head over to dragonbligh ona mage character (class trial is perfect) and start the killing. Cross you fingers as there is an 0.4% chance to get one on each kill. Thats actually pretty high considering..
I generally hate this farming spot, although I remember alot of farmers coming up big here. For my liking the drop chance on the sprite darter hatchling is very low and I couldnt ever come up with one during this expansion. HOWEVER, if you do get one, you an make out BIG - as this pet is non-existent on pretty much every server's AH. Did I mention it goes for a stunning 150,000g? Yup. Then add to the fact that many players LOVE this pet, especially girls for some reason... And you can make a big profit if you get one to drop. Honestly I hate it, it just rubbed me the wrong way. You can find it in new thalanar, on the very east side of feralas. Good luck.
A lot of people ask about good routes to farm when doing these professions, but there really are no special routes to run. If a route is posted online then that area will quickly be overpopulated with people gathering. The best way to go about it is to get the Gathermate addon and spend a few hours gathering all over the zone. You will then get acquainted with the entire zone and where the different herbs or ore spawn, and you will get several of your own routes you can take depending on if there are other players competing with you for the nodes.
This farm almost did not make the list, since every YouTuber and farmer alike has beaten it to death since it first appeared sometime in 2012. There are so many videos on this spot, that it's hard to to stumble across one, even while searching for something completely mundane, like chicken wings or golf clubs. Anyway, you want to pull the entire instance without aggroing any of the bosses, and if your a skinner you an make slightly more gold by skinning the hides. Generally this farm is being phased out by the lvl 58 twilight outpost farm, and with good reason. It's better and does not require you to enter the instance. So more drops for you! Not sure, why anyone would pick this spot over the latter unless you were really interested in increasing you skinning level.
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Escort quests can take awhile to do. I have thoroughly tested all the escort quests in the game for time/xp. Most are worth doing, but as long as you are able to actually do them without failing. Most require you to pay special attention to the escortee as most are fragile and will die easily, so do your best to keep mobs off of the escortee during escort quests. The longest one in the game is the Tanaris chicken escort. The chicken escorts are only worth doing if you were able to do all 3 of them, as if you do, you will be able to turn in an additional easy quick XP turn in quest at BB, which makes them worth it.
This tutorial will ensure that the beginning of your journey will be a smooth one. It provides information that will help you find your way when you get lost, as well as tips that will offer guidance and advice as you march on towards greatness. It is not an exhaustive guide, however; it neither can nor wants to unveil every secret of Azeroth to you. That glorious task is left up to you as you explore the world yourself. Think of this guide as a touchstone for your early adventures: enough to get started, but too little to spoil any of the awesome surprises that await you in Azeroth.
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