World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Leveling Guide

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Targets for every character:

  1. Speedruning to 60 is meaningless, but the guide is still designed to
    optimize the time of levelling main and alts (I recommend you to listen to the story if you have not played the beta).
  2. To choose a covenant on your main char, you need to complete EVERY main campaign (story) quest and the last one is only available at lvl 60.
  3. Doing all the campaign will grant you 9.5 lvls with WM on and you will
    need to get 0.5 more lvls from extra quests or in dungeons (~15 additional quests or 2 normal dungeons).
  4. If you plan to play at the release time, try to get ahead of the crowd
    at the start as much as possible, speed pots (up to 51 lvl) and gunshoes will help a lot.
  5. While leveling some quests will require to reach certain level (level
    gating), using guide below you can only expirience this only twice: 53 level in Bastion (after xp potion nerf) and 58 level in Ardenweald
  6. Leveling in Shadowlands is generally much easier than in Legion and BFA,
    and takes 5-6 hours per one character (4 hours speedrun).
Short FAQ for leveling your main to level 60.
  1. It is best to play in a group of 5 people and in Warmode (+10% experience and 3 pvp talents). Remember to use the guild standards. Everyone should have the AutoTurnIn addon. My guide below is calculated for warmode per horde (+10%).
  2. At the moment, a random normal gives ~50k + experience. If you speedrun normals with a group of 5 people, then it is more profitable than doing quests. On the main it is not relevant, but for the alts it is the best leveling option (see below on the alts). If you have not used warmode, then you will have to do normals on the main.
  3. Do not waste time collecting treasures and rares, they give almost no experience. Try not to loot mobs at all, unless required for quests.
  4. Goblin Glider, Gunshoes and Bear Tartare are the best consumables for levelling, which have not yet been hotfixed yet (they can be fixed before the release).
  5. Leveling your main to lvl 60, and starting covenant quests with the time-numbers indicated in the guide requires about 80 gunshoes and 50 gliders.
  6. All story quests are marked with this icon. We do only these quests up to Ardenweald (it's stated in guide if you need to do anything additional)
  7. Bonus objectives appear in a few zones, we complete these 1x in Bastion, 1x in Ardenveld and 2x in Revendreth.
  8.  ~135 ilvl gear isn't replaced until 60. Azerite/neck/cloak are much stronger than their counterparts in SL and will be used until M0 (183 ilvl). If ilvl is below 135, then you will start changing the gear around ~58.
  9. When leveling alts, you can use any zones in any order, you don’t have to do story quests. If they won’t fix the experience in the dungeons, then just level in normals with a group of 5 people.

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