New Player Help and Guides

May 19 Welcome. Please Read! Welcome to the New Player Help and Guides forum! This forum is here to provide you with a friendly environment where you can ask questions and receive helpful information from experienced players and learn more about the adventures that await you! Community forums work best when participants treat their fellow posters with respect and courtesy, so we ask that you take the time to read through the forum Code of Conduct ( and guidelines ( before posting. Important Reminders: Search The search function at the top of the World of Warcraft community site is extremely effective and robust. Before you create a new forum topic, please be use it to search for similar topics, blog posts, or web pages that may contain the answer for which you are looking. Making a new thread on an existing subject can result in your thread being deleted or, if you continue to re-post the same content, the loss of your forum privileges for spamming. Rating The forum rating system can be used to promote positive discussion, demote unhelpful comments, and even report posts that violate the forum Code of Conduct. By hovering over a post you'll be presented with several options, including a "thumbs up" (Like) and a "thumbs down" (Dislike) icon. Clicking the "thumbs up" icon will rate the post up. If enough people like a post, it will gain a Highly Rated status and appear at the top of related search results. Highly Rated posts will also have a highlighted background. Clicking the "thumbs down" icon will expand a drop-down menu which will include "Dislike," "Trolling, "Spam" and "Report" options. "Dislike" will rate the post down. If enough people dislike a post, it will be darkened, and with a lot of dislikes it will be hidden completely. You can also quickly report a post as trolling or spam, or use the report function to fill out a more comprehensive description of a violation. Please note that you can only rate each post once. Use your power wisely to help foster a positive and helpful forum community. Have fun posting on these forums, and good luck with your adventures in Azeroth! Guidelines In addition to the forum Code of Conduct (, here are some common courtesy guidelines to follow. While these do technically fall within the bounds of the Code of Conduct, these cover more specific examples of common errors that will lead to thread deletions or posting privileges being revoked. [ul] The World of Warcraft forums are for discussion of topics directly related to World of Warcraft. The forums here are specifically to discuss the game and related topics. Any topics not related to World of Warcraft,, or Blizzard Entertainment are subject to deletion. Don't post in all capital letters, use a misleading title, excessive punctuation, and/or non-standard symbols, etc. While everyone wants their posts read, we ask you to refrain from using these types of tactics in order to bring more people to your thread. Let your post stand on its own merit. Threads violating this guideline are subject to deletion. Using the words "Blizzard," "Blue," or any community team members' names in a thread topic is frowned upon. Everyone would like Blizzard to read and acknowledge his or her post, and we understand that; however, use of such words in the subject line does not help that come to pass. Please make your thread title relevant to the post subject. Threads violating this guideline are subject to deletion. Posting "First" or IBTL ("in before lock") constitutes as spamming. You will be suspended if you create a post that is intended to call out that you achieved a specific reply number in a thread. This is considered spamming. Posting IBTL ("in before the lock") is not helpful, and if you feel a thread should be moderated please use the rating button to do so. Do not "bump" posts. The act of posting simply to bump a thread is considered spamming. This also includes bumping very old threads for no reason (called "necro bumping" or "necroing"). Petition posts are frowned upon. These are discussion forums and, as such, we ask that you hold discussions. Creating a thread to ask for replies as votes is not a discussion. Threads violating this guideline are subject to deletion. Do not post about locked or deleted threads. Posts that are moderated have a reason behind the moderation. It's up to you to read the forum Code of Conduct and these guidelines to determine what you did wrong, learn from your mistake, and attempt to post again without breaking any rules. Kaivax0 May 19
Oct 13 A Return to World of Warcraft: Player Guide So you’ve decided to return to World of Warcraft. Welcome back! There’s just one thing you’ll need before jumping back into the fray—knowledge. To aid you in making your glorious comeback, we’ve compiled some handy information every returning hero should know. Once armed with knowledge, nothing (and no one) will stand in your way. Oct 13
Sep 13 Welcome to Warcraft - Frequent Questions Note that this FAQ has been updated to reflect the 6.0.2 patch and the Warlords of Draenor expansion! Hello all, and welcome to World of Warcraft! This can be a very rewarding game and offers a variety of cool experiences with the chance to meet some interesting folks. We'd all like to extend a hearty welcome to the newest members of our ever-growing community and wish you the best of luck in your gaming experience. Before we get started, one of the first questions you might be asking is why the text of certain posters is in green or blue. Green is because those posters are forum MVPs. They have no special privileges or powers and, besides the text, are in no way different from many posters you might meet on these forums. MVPs are recognized by Blizzard for providing consistently accurate information and helping to maintain a positive atmosphere on the forums. This, of course, does not preclude some of them from being a little snarky and sarcastic at times! You will also notice posters that represent themselves with blue font. These are official representatives that work for Blizzard. They do have the ability to answer many questions and offer some bans when the situation warrants it. More information about these two can be found in the first sticky on the General Forums, as well as links to the forum Guidelines and Code of Conduct: Moving on! While Warcraft can be a very exciting experience, there are likely many questions you will ask along the way and a few problems you might run into. Fear not, for all the people who post in these forums (whether they'd like to admit it or not!) were in the same boat at one point or another. In fact, you might even see some of them come in here and ask questions of their own! Take this as a sign that not everyone knows everything about the game! For your reading ease, the most asked questions will be highlighted in this thread. Refer to the Categories and list below to easily navigate your way through the posts (you can also do a ctrl+f search for any important terms). As always, have fun while playing Warcraft and happy hunting! Categories: Rules of the Game a. Buying Characters b. Buying Gold c. Private Servers d. Reporting Others/Being Reported The Game a. Order/Content of Expansions b. Server Transfers (What are they, where can I transfer to?) Character Information a. How to repair b. Level requirements for Helms/Shoulders c. Armor/Weapons for Classes d. Professions: What level, How to Unlearn e. Talent Points: What are they, How to Change f. Glyphs: General Information g. Mounts: Level/Training/Cost h. Spells: Where are they, how to change action bar Zones. etc. a. Levels of Zones b. Levels of Dungeons c. Levels of Raids d. Levels of Battlegrounds e. Scenarios Auction House a. How to Place Items b. How to Buy Items/Bid on Items c. How to Cancel Auctions d. Black Market Auction House User Interface a. Coordinates b. Chat Channels c. Add Ons Basic Mechanics a. How to Swim b. How to Unstack Items c. Other Keyboard commands d. Mouse (basic) Common Problems a. Destroyed Hearthstone b. Cannot return to corpse after death c. Failing Quests d. GM Tickets Useful Links a. General Information b. RAF FAQ c. Guild Recruitment d. Choosing a Server (How to)Frejya246 Sep 13
11h Giving Back - In-Game Help for New Players List was last pruned of inactivity on 4/12/2016. You can check this post to see how I determined inactivity: It's never too late to volunteer! I'm always adding people to the list. Also, despite the name, these mentors are also available to returning players who need help, too! ^^ Disclaimer: This is NOT a place to populate your friend list in-game. These are mentors here to help. These players are also NOT chosen by Blizzard or part of the MVP program (though a few of them are MVPs, like me!). They are simply other posters who are willing to be helpful! -- Originally started by Hektikk of the Trollbane server, on the old forums. Now created here and maintained by me. Help on the forums is good, but sometimes as a new player, you need help in-game with your various questions. And that's where this thread comes in! It's a list of volunteers--players just like you or me--who are willing to become mentors to new players. They'll get you started if you're brand-new, and answer questions as you are learning your way through the game. You may even make new friends! Before you choose a potential mentor, read on for some helpful hints about how to make your experience a successful one! -- NEW PLAYERS: IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT post in this thread asking people to come to your server to help, or to ask a question about the game. The point of this thread is to provide you with a resource so that YOU can seek out the help you need in-game, not for people to search for you. For questions, just make a new thread and ask the regulars here on the forums. - To use this thread, check if someone from your faction/server is on the list already, or decide where you'd like to play on based on available volunteers. Next, add the volunteer to your friends list. Then, you can see when they get online and whisper them! You can also mail them via the mailbox, or check the Google lists (links in post #2) for any of that player's alts. If a mentor has a BattleTag listed, you can use that to talk to them no matter what server/faction you're on. However, they will have to accept your friend request first. - Keep in mind that players on Oceanic servers can ONLY see players from other Oceanic servers in the game world. If you wish to be on an Oceanic server, it is highly recommended you seek help from mentors also on Oceanic servers. - NOTE: Due to restrictions, Starter Accounts cannot mail anyone, whisper other players, or use BattleTag/RealID messaging. If another player whispers you first, or you both add one another to your friend list, you may whisper them. - Be sure to identify yourself when you contact someone. Mention this thread. Some players might ignore you otherwise. Also keep in mind that a player might be busy, so they might miss your whisper the first time around. Don't spam or harass them. - Don't beg or act entitled to bags, gold, dungeon runs, guild invites, etc. No one on this list is obligated to give you items or do you favors. - If someone is rude or very unhelpful, please ignore them, then consider messaging me in-game or on Twitter (@LadyLatias) to let me know (please don't call them out on the forums). Conversely, if you had a great experience with someone, let me know that too! - If any of the characters on this list seem to not exist/be active anymore, please make a post here saying so and I will remove them. -- VOLUNTEERS: - Be patient and treat the newbies well. No one wants to roll on your server, have you talk to them for a few days, and then have you get bored with them and ignore them. If you don't have patience for teaching, don't volunteer. - You are welcome to submit your BattleTag, but only do so if you're willing to have strangers talk to you at any time. Also note that people who friend request you can NO LONGER include a note to identify themselves. Please remove and/or report BT friends if they are being rude or harassing you. - If you want to be a volunteer, please post a maximum of five characters per faction per server. Alts are no longer listed here, but they will be added to the Google lists. - Please do not submit characters that are under level 10, bank alts, or otherwise not played frequently. - If you tire of the responsibility of being helpful to new players, or are going to quit the game, please post to have your name removed from the list. If you plan on doing a change to a character on this list (server transfers, name/faction change, etc.), please post to let me know. -- If you want to be a volunteer, just post here with your character(s), faction, and server, and I'll add your name to the list. I will also list Battletags if you wish (not required). Welcome to WoW! Happy questing!Cerylia977 11h
Aug 9 Blindsight's How to Choose a Server Guide [Originally posted by Blindsight-Spirestone on the old Warcraft forums--it's my understanding he no longer posts, but this is a valuable and informative guide] Since it's a frequently asked question on these boards, I've thrown together a quick guide for how to pick a server. Server Datacentre Location - New York, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles First and foremost: Limit your search to servers that are as close to you (physically) as possible. Closer servers will have better latency, and thus deliver a better play experience. WoWWiki has a great list by datacentre: Realm Type - PvP, PvE, RP, RP-PvP Now that you know which servers to look at, the next most important question is if you want to play on a PvE, PvP, RP, or RP-PvP server. RP vs. non-RP servers should be a simple choice: when interacting with other players, do you want to act "in character" replying to other players like they're living inside the world of Azeroth, or would you rather just play WoW like any other video game treating everyone else like a player at a keyboard? If you want to play on an RP server with active RPers: "Wyrmrest Accord and Moon Guard are very popular, but Moon Guard is very over populated." -Nok PvE vs. PvP is a bit of a tougher decision. On a PvP server, once you get to about lvl 20, in just about every questing zone you go to you can be attacked at any time by any player of the opposite faction (Horde vs. Alliance). If you like the idea of jumping other players while they're running around killing mobs/questing, this may be for you. If you don't like the idea of a max lvl player killing you in 1 shot when they ride by, then you may want to stick to PvE servers. Some people feel that PvP servers have a slightly more mature community since most children and/or immature players can't stand being killed randomly. Other people feel that PvP servers have a less mature community since it's full of teenagers who like to grief other players while they're just trying to quest. YMMV. Realm population - New, Low, Medium, High, Full The next major consideration for choosing a realm is the realms' population, both the total number of players and the Alliance / Horde ratio. This is a bit more complicated, and there are different ways of looking at the data. First, has a tool for taking a "census" of various realms, but it relies on data uploads from players on the server. Its data is only as accurate as the data it receives from player uploads, but it gives a pretty good baseline idea: Another useful way to look at population data is in terms of server age. Older servers tend to have higher populations. WoWWiki has a list of all US realms' creation dates: So that's great, but what does it mean? How does population affect the game? Here are a few points to consider: Empty servers: By far the easiest way of ruining the MMO experience is to have nobody to play with. Avoid servers with very low population. Queues: Very high population realms often have queue times. This could mean waiting for half an hour every time you want to play during prime time. During prime time (weekday evenings and weekends), check the realm status page to see if the server is listed as full: Economy: Higher population realms have more robust economies. This means the auction house will have many more items listed and will be much more competitive. 10/25 Man Raid PuGs: Higher population => more things happening => more groups going all the time. Pick up Groups will form more frequently and will fill faster, meaning you can play more and sit in town waiting for groups less. This also, however, means (on some servers) that PuGs can be more picky in who they take along since anyone can be replaced quickly. A/H ratio: Depending on how you like to play, you may want an even ratio so that everything that involves opposite faction interaction (like world PvP) are more fair, or you may want to be on the advantage side of an imbalanced ratio so that your side is usually winning. The only disadvantage with being on the plus side of a wildly imbalanced population is that soon, world PvP zones (i.e. Wintergrasp) will only allow the same number of players (beyond a minimum level of 20 players) from each faction in at the same time, so if nobody from the other side shows up, only 20 from your side can get in.Frejya111 Aug 9
Apr 24 BEWARE OF KEYLOGGERS! Don't follow that link! Version 2.0 added updates, new information, and cleaned up the format. Transferred from the Old Welcome to WoW forum. -Tera/Baloo I figured that a thread alerting new forum goers of our incessant keylogger issues right off the bat would be best suited in the Welcome/Beginners here goes... What is a Keylogger? How does it work? and why do I care? The World of Warcraft forums are a good place to come if you need information about your class, spec, profession or just have questions about the game in general. Unfortunately, a long with the good information that can be found here, there are also "people" who post links to websites that may imitate a legitimate WoW related website, but actually have a hidden program that gets installed on your computer in the background, without your knowledge. These small programs or scripts are used to record any keystrokes that you make on the keyboard, and secretly send those recorded keystrokes to a person who will then use that information to gain illegal access to your WoW account, bank account, or any other sensitive information. People who have their accounts "hacked" in this manner, will find that when they log on to their characters they have been stripped of any and all gear, crafting materials, Bank contents liquidated, and all of their gold gone. The violated account will then be used to re-post more links to keylogger websites on the official WoW forums in an effort to perpetuate the problem. Eventually the account will be left with nothing more than naked toons, and in some cases the characters are deleted as well once the account has been banned from posting in the forums by the Blizzard Moderators. These hidden programs or scripts can be embedded, actually hidden inside the data of other types of files such as Pictures, movies, flash objects or malicious web pages. How do I know if a link is a Keylogger or not? Well, after you have seen a few of them, you start to notice a few different things that they all seem to have in common. First, most of the time keyloggers are some random topic or a link to some picture or web page that has NOTHING to do with WoW or the topic in which the link is posted. These links are usually accompanied by some random one line comment that makes little or no sense. Also most of the time these links are Chinese specific domains, such as: somedomain dot "cn". An example might look like: > "It's too good to be true!" (followed by a link to a picture) > "Naked woman caught by satellite!" (followed by a link to a picture or video, and a statement such as:"Don't be so relaxed while you are taking the sun naked in the garden of your house... Big brother could be watching you!!!)" > "NERF INC!" (followed by a link to a picture) > "Just Beautiful! (followed by a link to a picture) >"Huge Alliance raid on Halaa (w/ pics)" (with several links to pictures)** (See note below) >"Shapeshifting proposals (Again, with pics)" (with several links to pictures)** >"Hey Kalgan, we're fine!" (With links to several .php documents, Kalgan is/was a WoW Developer) >"#%!#!!ex Toy" (Links to videos embedded in PHP scripts, with a story about a "neglected" girlfriend) Also, some examples of websites that seem to be posted a bunch "look" like they are WOW related websites, but upon closer inspection they are actually not legit: -warldofwarcraft -worldofworceaft - mmosgame - warcraftmoviies (note the double "ii" in movies) - warcraftm0vies (note the Zero in place of an "o") ** "warcraftmovies" IS a legitimate website ** **Note** It seems that whoever is posting the Key Loggers has gotten a bit less lazy and actually put some scheme together that looks like a legit post. These posts are usually about some "proposal/suggestion or bug fix (note:these issues should only be reported in the Suggestions or Bug Reports forums, NOT in the Welcome/Beginners forum, so that's your first clue.)" or of a raid on a major city. Most recently is a raid on Halaa (the PVP objective in Nagrand, Outland), with several links to pictures of their "event or evidence". These links are hostile and will infect your system. If someone is legitimately posting up pictures of a raid, they will be active on the forums and will usually be willing to speak with you about the link in question, whereas a keylogger almost certainly won't respond.Baloo126 Apr 24
Aug 9 RAF & Recruitment Does NOT Belong Here (FAQ) I figured I'd nip this in the bud before it starts up in the new forum. Original post is copied from Munbar of Wyrmrest Accord, but I've expanded it. Q. My new RAF thread keeps getting locked, why? A. The New Player Help and Guides forum is no longer being used for RAF. Q. Why did my reroll/leveling partner post get deleted or moved? A. Because rerolls and "LF leveling partner" posts are deemed recruitment threads, and recruitment threads do not belong here. They belong in the realm forums or the guild recruitment forums. Q. But I'm not recruiting! A. In the eyes of the moderators, yes, you are. You're recruiting someone to reroll on a server or join you for leveling or meet in-game. Hence why the threads will be locked/deleted or moved to the appropriate forum. Posting on a realm forum has a better local audience for leveling partners anyway. Blue post: ... ... Another blue post: ... As one of our regulars Monmon so eloquently put it: ... Q. Where do I go to post my RAF or recruitment thread? A. You should head to either the realm forum of the realm you are planning on finding someone to RAF, or the guild recruitment forum on your faction. If you need something like charter signatures or other "local" hookups, go to your server forum. Q. But I'm on a trial account and can't post there! A. Cry me a river. You're still not allowed to post it here. Get an actual friend to recruit you rather than fishing for a stranger on the forums. Q. Why did they stop using the New Player Help and Guides forum? A. The RAF threads were reproducing so quickly that the forum was getting bogged down by the reposters and spam, detracting from the forum's original purpose, which is helping newbies with their WoW questions. RAF does -not- help new players, as the vast majority of RATS (recruit a total stranger) hookups fall through once the trial account is made, or the new player is left with little experience, gold, and the supposed "forum friend" ditches them readily. The forum regulars went on a crusade against the RAF spam, and we finally got Blizzard's attention. The mods have been quickly removing/locking the RATS threads, keeping the forum happy and clean. Q. What action will be taken against me if I keep posting in the New Player Help and Guides forum? A. Your forum account will likely be banned after repeatedly posting the same thread after it has been locked/deleted. Q. Where should I go to suggest a RAF forum? A. Head to the Website Feature Suggestion forum. ( Q. Can I post in the General forum about RAF? A. As of now, this has been undecided, yet some people have been. It is recommended to go to the guild recruitment forum or realm forum. Q. When will a RAF forum or sticky be made? A. As of now Blizzard is not planning on making an RAF forum or stick. If you continue to suggest it in the Website Suggestions forum, this might change. Thank you for taking your time to read this, please go to the suggested forum stated above before posting your RAF and recruitment threads.Icedragon88 Aug 9
Dec 6 Better Living through Technology!(new2macros) *note: this guide is for people who haven't used macros or advanced keybinds and want to try. Macros are basically 'super buttons' that you can create in order to use multiple abilities and spells from the same button. This means even if you have 15 different abilities, you can key them all to 3-5 buttons. With macros you can do things like: 1) have all your buff spells on one button 2) 'hide' abilities that you don't use very often so they only show when you need them 3) 'group' similar abilities so that, for example, all your commonly used melee skills are on one button 4) maximize your rotation so that you're always one step ahead of the GCD Macros are great, but there are a few limitations: 1) complicated! -learning macros takes a good chunk of time. It's only something I've been able to do since my work gives me some 'free time' to cruise the UI/macro forum. 2) software limited -While very powerful, there is potential to abuse macros so that, for example, you could hit one button and your character would kill every mob in range (eventually). This potential for abuse has cause blizzard to put some powerful limitations on macros. More about this later. 3) the One Button rule -each macro button can use only one ability each time you press the button. You can code this so that it will use a different ability each and every time you press it (and on a different target!), but you can't press the button once and, for example, have it cast all 5 self buffs on you. I don't even know where to start?! To get started with macros, it's very simple. Just log on WoW and type /m. This brings up your macro box, where you just have to hit 'new' and the game will prompt for a name and an icon. I recommend that you leave the icon as a question mark. (?) The question mark means the game will automatically pick up the picture of the ability that the macro will use. My First Macro For your first macro lets just replace a normal ability you use on your bar in combat. I'm going to use paladin abilities here, but you can replace them with whatever ability you like. So to make my first macro, I went to the /m menu in game, picked a new macro, and gave it the question mark icon. Then I click on the icon, click on the empty box, and type: /cast This is the basic core of every macro. It's basically like the verb in a sentence. You can use different 'verbs' (called slash commands) but this is probably the most popular. Since I want this macro to cast Hammer of the Righteous, I simple type that in after the /cast. /cast Hammer of the Righteous And pow! I'm done! If you drag this onto your bar and hit it a million times, you basically have the paladin protection spec in a nutshell (lol). However this doesn't really give you any extra functionality over a normal keybind. The next thing I'm going to do is make the macro heal a friendly if I have a friendly targeted, or if it's an enemy it will use SotR (shield of the righteous). To do this you add a conditional. This says 'only cast this spell if 'X' is true.' It looks like this (with a breakdown of the macro underneath): /cast [help] Word of Glory; [harm] Shield of the Righteous \__/ \____/\__________/\/ \____/\__________________/ verb-conditional---|---separator|----------------| -------------------ability---------conditional----Ability What this macro will do is check the status of your current target. A 'friendly'(help) value will cause my paladin to heal the target. An 'enemy'(harm) value will trigger the attack ability. If you can grasp macros thus far, you've already learned enough to make macros useful for you. Putting this on your bar will basically cut the number of keybinds you need by 1. Modifier macro commands Another handy feature you can use with macros is called a Modifier. This may sound familiar but it's possible to set a macro so that it will use a different ability or spell if you hold down control, alt, or shift. Here's a basic example: /cast [mod:alt] Seal of Truth;[mod:ctrl] Blessing of Kings;[mod:shift] Righteous Fury; Seal of Insight If you had this macro bound to 1, and you press 1, it would cast Seal of truth (and the seal picture would be on the keybind). Pressin ctrl would change the icon to blessing of kings and would cast blessing of kings if you pressed ctrl-1, etc....Raygecow147 Dec 6
Sep 28 ======= Can't Find the Right Class/Race/Alt? ... ^ Is that big enough? If you're giving advice or answering these threads, see guidelines at the end of this guide. I'm a regular poster on this forum, and one of the most common threads is the classic "I don't know what class/race to be" thread. The main problem with these threads is that the original poster often doesn't give readers enough information to make any suggestions. Help us out, and we'll try to help you :) This is a guide on how to write a detailed "Help me find a class/race" thread. This is not a guide on how to find the right class/race...just on how to ask for help about it. Both sections here can have some gray area, so don't be afraid to give us more information. It's just that veteran WoW players usually know a bit more about the classes themselves so they have more background. They also know more terminology, so it's easier to interrogate them. NEW ADDITION: ICE'S CLASS/RACE SPINNERS! ... THINGS THAT DO NOT MATTER: Faction. All classes can be played on both factions. Survivability. Seriously, you can live to hit the level cap. All classes have this. PvP viability. Again, all classes have this. Doesn't matter unless you're twinking. Raid/group desirability. The only reason you'd be refused from a group is because 1) you're undergeared/bad or 2) they have a lot of that class already. Everyone is viable - DPS are balanced, healers are balanced, tanks are balanced. You want the "best" class/race combo. There isn't a best combo or a best class or a best race. It doesn't exist. Most OP (overpowered) class. Blizzard changes the class balance so much that leveling something purely to be "overpowered" is a futile idea. By the time you hit level cap, the balance would have shifted. Right now there ISN'T a super godly class anyway. Most fun class. I want a bumper sticker that says "Fun is subjective." What I think is fun might not be your cup of tea, so making a good suggestion for you based on "fun" isn't going to be accurate. Use this chart: low Impact on Performance high 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 class gear skill spec IF YOU'RE NEW TO THE GAME AND HAVE NEVER PLAYED: ---> OR HAVE NOT REACHED LEVEL 60 YET Do you want to have a permanent pet? Is a temporary one okay with you? Or does it not matter if you have a pet? Are you partial to cloth wearers or do you want a little more bulk in your armor? What have you played in other games before? Maybe you played a caster in another game and liked it, or have a fondness for barbarians/warriors. WoW might have a rough equivalent for you! Do you want to be able to heal yourself and others, or are you okay with lacking those spells? Which is your preference: attacking enemies from a distance or being up in their faces? Are you the sneaky type or do you take pleasure ripping out internal organs as a greeting right off the bat? Do you want to be on the front lines with a shield or watching over your group to keep them safe? Will you be leveling with a friend or mostly on your own? If you're doing it with a friend, what are they planning to level, or have they not decided yet? Have you read about classes at all yet? If so, what stands out as interesting to you? Have you tried any classes already? Are you interested in the lore or story of Warcraft? Some classes have a lot of easily-absorbed lore while others are a little "less detailed" in their history. Interested in roleplaying at all? This goes with the previous question, but some races/classes are easier to roleplay as a newbie than others (with lots of history to adhere to). Do any of the races stick out to you as being attractive? Not every race can be every class, so if you have an early favorite (or if you really dislike one in particular) this can narrow things down.Icedragon164 Sep 28
6d New Player Terms and Abbreviations Greetings and welcome to Warcraft! As a new player you may have seen many acronyms and abbreviations, this short guide (using information from oflegends with full permission) should be helpful in your quest to understand what the heck people are saying :) If anyone notices any missing from this list please let me know. General Terms AFAIK - As Far As I Know AFK – Away From Keyboard Asap - As soon as possible ATM – At the Moment BBS – Be Back Soon Bio - Biological function break (Bathroom, etc.) BS - Can mean either Blacksmith or Bull Poopie, depending on context BRB – Be Right Back BRT - Be right there BTW – By The Way BYO<?> – Buy/Bring Your Own <Insert letter for fourth phrase here, ex. Mats: BYOM> D/C - Disconnected (from the game) EULA - End User License Agreement, a legal document of most games ERP – Erotic Role Play FPS - First-Person Shooter (games), or Frames per Second (WoW) depending on context FYI – For Your Information FTL - For the Loss/Lose (meaning you dislike something) FTW - For the Win (meaning you think something is awesome) GG – Good Game GJ – Good Job GL - Good Luck GTFO – Get the Flip Out/Off GTG/G2G - Means either "good to go" or "got to go", depending on context GZ - Grats H/O – Hold on IDC – I don’t care (IDRC can also be used for “I don’t really care”). IDK – I don’t know. IIRC - If I Recall Correctly IMHO/IMCO – In My Honest/Humble Opinion/In My Considered Opinion IMO – In My Opinion IRL – In Real Life JK - Just kidding! LAWL - Laugh(ing) a Whole Lot LMAO – Laughing My (rear end) Off LMK – Let Me Know LOL – Laughing Out Loud Lul - A variation of "Lol", the letters don't individually stand for anything. MMORPG – Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game Newb – Newbie (A new person), not usually used to insult Noob – A generally insulting term for someone who is disruptive/inattentive. (Some players think newb and noob mean the same thing, and refer to newbies as noobs.) NP - No Problem NPC – Non-player character (a computer-run person in the game) NTY – No, Thank You Nub – Non-useful body. Most players simply throw this term around. Ofc – Of course OIC – Oh, I See OMG/zOMG - Oh my God/Gosh OMGWTFBBQ - Expresses total shock or confusion to the point of the brain being reduced to barbecue. OMW – On My Way OP – Original Post(er) (forums), Overpowered (class, spell, etc) Pls/Plz/Plox - Please PvE – Player versus Environment PvP – Player versus Player Pwn – Typo of the word “own”, usually used when someone is overwhelmingly defeated. "Pawn/pown" is also sometimes typed. ROFL – Rolling on Floor Laughing RP – Role Play (Usually PvE) RPPvP – Role Play Player versus Player Srsly - Seriously Sry/Soz - Sorry TL;DR – Too long; didn’t read TMI – Too Much Information ToU - Terms of Use, a legal document of most games Troll – Someone who intentionally provokes unfavorable reactions in others TY – Thank You w/e - Whatever WB – Welcome Back w00t! - Originally was a combination of the words "wow, loot!" But is now used just to express excitement. WTF - See below abbreviation; replace "hell" with less desirable word WTH – What/Who The Hell WTV – Whatever XD – A smiley face. Think of the biggest grin you can make.Kagara68 6d
Oct 13 New Player Friendly Guilds Check In Here! If you're a new player friendly guild and willing to take new guildmates under your wing, then please post in this thread. Guild Name: Faction: Realm: Primary Focus: (PvE, PvP, RP, etc.) Recruiting Officer or Best Contact for your guild:Nethaera58 Oct 13
Aug 11 New Player Guides This post will provide links to all of the New Player Guides that are released on the front page of the site. As always, constructive feedback on improving these guides is appreciated. Welcome to World of Warcraft—Basic Movement and Combat Human Starting Zone - Elwynn Forest 1-5 Human Starting Zone - Elwynn Forest 5-10 Stormwind City- A Guided Tour New Player Guide: Orc Starting Zone- Valley of Trials 1-5 New Player Guide: Orc Starting Zone- Sen'jin Village and Razor Hill 5-10 Welcome to Orgrimmar: A Guided TourNethaera7 Aug 11
3h Invisible Leather Boots? Are there any so I can use as a monkWarlunhardt1 3h
3h Artifact Power Legitimate question here. I've completed the Suramar Questline and have gotten Broken Isles PF. Currently at 20k/100k AP. Any idea of a better way to get AP other than world quests? Or is it a long slow grind? Not complaining here just asking.Grazingcow4 3h
6h Mouse Hey guys Just got back into the game and when I hold my mouse botton down to look around it moves so fast I cant control it which makes mounting up and moving impossible. I dropped the sensitivity in game but nothing changes. Any ideas?Blythie4 6h
16h Raiding class for schizophrenia. Hi there! So, I'll try to be brief. To that end, I have schizoaffective disorder. In short, I have a mix of schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. I'm on great medications and I'm doing pretty well, but meds aren't great at treating long-standing negative effects of schizophrenia. What that means is that I've always been a bit slower to react than others and need to try harder to think clearly. This means I struggle, greatly at times, with mechanics in fights. What I need is a ranged class, that has a fair amount of speed and defensive cooldowns. I also need it to be a pretty straight-forward rotation, i.e. not proc heavy or heavy on micro management, like fire mage (dem procs) or unholy dk (pet, disease, and wound management). What I've come up with is potentially frost mage and beast master hunter. Frost mage has very few procs and no micro-management, and a decent amount of mobility and a super nice mitigation talent for improved ice block. BM offers a very simple rotation, things like AotC and Exhiliration, but I actually feel those two are weaker than the utility offered to frosty ice mages, while frost is just a bit more difficult to play than BM, at least in terms of their offensive cooldowns. Does anyone know of something else in the ranged dps classes that offers more mobility and defensive utilities, while not using a proc heavy rotation or a lot of micro-management? Also, BM hunter currently puts out about 25k dps more on average than frost. Anyone know if that will change with the buffs to frost in 7.1? Thanks for reading and I appreciate any input. =)Glerin4 16h
17h How do loot drops work in legion? In regards to level 110 iLvl. When a worldquest says "840+" - how high can this be? And in a dungeon/raid - I see where it says what level the bosses drop - but could these be higher like how the WQ says "840+"? Lastly, what all can legendaries drop off of? Thanks!Yamal1 17h
20h Stat percentages Hi guys! Can anyone help me out as to why people always refer to stats in percentages? (Eg 30% haste, 20% mastery) so 30% of haste means 30% of what value?0.0 And intuitively I would think wouldnt the actual stat numbers rather than percentages be more useful as a reference?XD And specifically for Intel classes, is Intel always more important than all the other stats like haste and mastery? (Eg should I trade 400 haste for 50 Intel?)Rexonologist3 20h
22h How likely is gear drop in LFR EN? Did my first ever raid last night in EN LFR as tank; I had a great time!. I saw that most other people in the raid got some gear but I didnt get any from the first three bosses. I'm not upset I'm just wondering if thats pretty normal. I tried asking the same question in the raid forums and they seemed very hostile.Garïmdor1 22h
1d Monk or Shaman? Which one?Orekk3 1d
1d How do i get to hinterlands On the warchief's command board it said go to hinterlands, so I made it almost through the eastern plaguelands but the bottom east part of it there was this castle i couldn't get through, how am I supposed to get to the hinterlands?Hellsjenga4 1d
1d Can I PVP and PVE with the same character? Hello, so recently i started playing WoW and i made a Night elf Rogue, i chose outlaw for my spec(idk if that will affect how your answer) and i alwasy do PVE. But i was wondering is it ok to do Dungeons(PVE) and PVP using the same character? I ask this because i would find it so much easier to do PVP and my already created character rather then making a new one, reaching the level requirment and i may not even anjoy PVP. Please keep in mind that this is my first ever MMO ive played so please make your answer so a new player will understand :)Jayjayamaz3 1d
1d [Question] Daily Missions Hi, sorry if this is repost, i didnt find any post solving my question. I want to know when the Daily missions restart. Thanks!Maaiia2 1d
1d A GREAT tip for new healers players Never spend your time in a holy priest for pvp This is a historic blizzard problem since 2004 You've never seen and never will see a Priest Sacred doing PVP competitive. If you love holy priest pvp ---> go to play another game. Avoid wasting time. im Playing with this specialization a long time, I hope to help others not to waste time. Thank you for blizzard disable a specialization. why you gave us pvp talent?Ðiaßolic6 1d
2d Warlock, monk or priest? As a damage dealer, which class is the most fun to play and has cool !@# abilities?Orekk1 2d
2d Trouble with motivation and story! Hello there kind WoW players! I am semi new to WoW, I have played in the past (about a year ago) and got to level 39 on a human. I started playing again a month ago, and for a while, I absolutely loved my human Rogue, and got to level 40, basically the same point I got to last year. I found though, that I got bored quickly around the eastern plaguelands section, where I would quest for a bit, get bored because there was no story (in my opinion / stupidity) and then do a dungeon, moving on once I eventually left the level range of that zone. I would get bored though as to me there seemed to be no "point" for the seemingly endless quests laid ahead. I then decided I might try and jump into WoTHK or BC as my friends said that the story was better. I rolled a worgen death night, and for the starting zone I thought it was the coolest thing ever, as I suddenly had something to aim towards, to fight back against the lich king. Instantly, leaving I get sent to hellfire peninsula, and BAM... Straight back into pointless questing with no reason as to why I am there (again I might be missing the point). I really want to play this game and enjoy it, but I find that if I do not have a reason / story to do things, I get bored quickly. I have tried to research the story behind BC but come up with nothing. What I am saying is, am I wasting my time looking for something that doesn't exist, or is there a story to follow, which I need? Thanks so much! I really want to love this game, so far the overall experience has been filled with fun. Much respect, SvallmishSvallwolf1 2d
2d Why dont LFR raids appear at 110? How do I unlock legion LFRs ?XD I had hit 110 recently but somehow no LFRs are popping up in my raid finder, I always thought all the raids would appear when I hit 110. Am I supposed to complete the main questlines first to qeue for LFR haha? Thanks!:)Rexonologist3 2d
2d Ayuda con monturas Hola, Hace poco llegue a lvl 60 y desbloquee las monturas voladoras. Tengo el pegasso por jugar hearthstone pero ya me canso un poco y quiero conseguir alguna mas especial que una que le den a todos por jugar al hearthstone. Cual montura puedo conseguir que no sea la que compras en orgrimmar? ( son muuuy feas) Estuve preguntando a un amigo y me dijo que no sabia muy bien pero que las mas faciles son la de los logros y estos se pueden hacer solo siendo lvl 90 o mas. Asi que por eso quiero saber si con mi nivel puedo conseguir alguna.Luccacech1 2d
2d Coming back to WoW, choosing new main. I decided to come back to play WoW for 7.1 and I am having trouble finding out what I'm enjoying the most. That being said, I do have some idea of what I'm looking for so hopefully you guys can help me out! I have played all of the classes at some point or another during the years I've played. I have found that I enjoy melee classes the most. I personally enjoy tracking something (i.e. bleed, debuff, buff, etc.) but I dislike having to micromanage (pets) and track multiple things (like more than 2 or 3 things, i.e. savage roar, rip, rake, bloodtalons, lunar inspiration for feral). On the other hand, I dislike not having to track anything at all because then I just get bored button mashing whatever is priority. I also enjoy some mobility I would like to have the option to be at least one other role (tank / heal) but DPS will be my main focus. I also enjoy a rotation that isn't too simple but also isn't overly complicatedI mainly PvE raid and I'm planning on trying out mythic+ but I also dabble in PvP whenever I'm bored. Thanks in advance for the advice and I will post more if more information is needed to help you, help me Edit: I think I've narrowed down my choices to Death Knight, Shaman, Monk, and Demon Hunter.Sleeks1 2d
2d How to get back to stormheim? I did the quests which led up to me going to stormheim from dalaran by that flying ship and parachuting down. I accidentally went back to dalaran by using the wrong hearthstone (I know I'm dumb). but what I'm trying to figure out is how to get back. I'm a noob btw so I'm sorry if this question is rather dumbAnsemcloud4 2d
3d Can't do the WQ "Inquisitor: tivos" My cursor doesn't change when try to click on the teleport-er.Trollstrollr1 3d
3d Passive Mitigation for tanks? So I'm curious, which tanks have the highest passive mitigation? IE don't have to be hitting a defense skill every 10 seconds to constantly keep a buff up? I don't mind hitting a defensive when needed, but having to keep a short duration buff up all the time sucks =(Lancë4 3d
3d Dream Grove/Class hall equipment Is it worth it to use the dream grove equiment? Is there a specific purpose for it? ThxTrollstrollr2 3d
3d Need help to choose a healer *Newb Hi, Im looking for some advice to choose a healer. I have almost to none knowledge on healing spec. Be able to have a fun dps spec is a big +. I got a druid lv 102 and I realy dislike dot healing. They have so much dot healing to check so I refuse to play this classe. Im looking for a classe with few to none management. I would like to avoid any shield mechanic since I don't realy know when the big dps is coming so I would rather heal. We have shaman, paladin, priest, monk. I never played these classe... All I can say I think priest would be my less favorite because 1 spec use shield and I don't like caster dps spec. Shaman look realy fun with chain healing, passive boost your healing on lower hp and ench look fun too. A little scared with the big amount of totem and how to use them. Since totem are casted under you and I need to move close to big danger to use it. Monk I realy like his WW spec otherwise I have no ides on his healing spec. Paladin I never checked this class.Azorag6 3d
3d Arms or Fury for PVE? .Orekk1 3d
4d Deepmist Grotto? Trying to finish up my trick or treat acheivements and the only candy barel I cant find is in Deepmist Grotto in Vasjh'ir. I have been all over Vasjh'ir on all my 85s and cant locate the grotto. Can someone send me in the right direction?Snarel10 4d
4d How do i remove hallows end mask All of the masks are gone out of my bag but i still can't remove the mask i have on. Is there something in particular i have to do to get it off?? Its really starting to annoy me hahaEvanseo5 4d
4d Gems and enchantments How do i use a gem and echantmentes? I looked on UT and still it didn't work for the gems and i didn't try the enchantments. ICY viens says i should use a "quick dawnlight" so i bought one on the AH. Now what to i do with it? ThxTrollstrollr3 4d
4d Shop mount speed Hi guys, what is the flying speed of the shop-mounts? is it your current riding level or automatically at maximum speed of 310%?Syrvana5 4d
4d Mythic + DPS MM Hunter Hello, and yes I understand the importance of mechanics over DPS =) My DPS suffers during pretty much all boss encounters. Addons I use: Skada for dps meters, DBM, and Weak auras. My rotation is solid on trash pulls. I hit like 230k pretty easy. But on bosses I fall down to 130 to 150 -- not always, but on the bosses that have a lot of moving aoe, my dps is really poor. And so, is there some standardized method for calculating dps? Like should I should at target dummies for 30 seconds and report back? I want to improve. I want to be the best, the very best. Or sure, one of the best. Maybe its a ranged dps positioning that I'm messing up during boss encounters? Maybe my high dps is based on group damage and my single target lacks. I run lock and load, winders, and barrage, lone wolf, patient sniper so I'm not stacking vuln. I'll answer any question you have for me that might help you help me=p What is ranged dps appropriate for mythics +Thatdude2 4d
4d Best way to target? I'm stumped on how to target enemies quickly. I tried click-targeting, but that was way too slow. Then I tried tab targeting, but that lacked the appropriate focus for the situation. Now I recently read someone's post to click on mouse-over to mouse scroll up but I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. Is that the best way to do it or are there other methods?Aayvia2 4d
4d Quest Help I just started playing a few days ago and I spent a lot of time bouncing from server to server and class to class. I am now settled on class and server but I noticed I can no longer get the pet battle quests. How do I reacquire this quest line so I get quest to challenge the various NPCs?Weefists2 4d
5d I have some questions Hello Everybody, I'm New to wow and have some questions, i have a lot of questions, maybe not a lot What does it mean when are gear turns red? is the Death Knight a good character? does the level 100 boost work on a Death Knight How many people do you need for the new raid? is legion wroth buying? because the Death Knight starts at level 55 can i ride a mount? and i think that's all my questions if you have a tip for me tell me, ThanksDeadfortune4 5d
5d Semi-new Player Looking for RP Realm TL;DR Looking to get more immersed and involved in the game to enjoy levelling, lore/RP, and end-game content in the future. I've narrowed my choice realms to Emerald Dream, Wyrmrest Accord, and Moon Guard. So, any thoughts on these realms, considering everyday life, the community, and endgame experiences of people on these realms, PvE and PvP-wise? Also of particular importance to me is faction balance and activity– both in terms of guild progression/social life/RP and individual players. I am looking to roll Horde but a balanced/almost balanced ratio would be great, even if it slightly favours one faction or the other. Some background: I first got into WoW through a trial account in WotLK. Been playing WoW on and off since then starting Cata but never capped a character. Due to time constraints and other priorities I've never really levelled past 60 nor played for more than 2 or 3 months at a time. However, I've always been a huge lore geek and have perused Wowpedia et all since time immemorial and now have enough time and focus to know that I surely want to finally cap my first-ever character and enjoy endgame content. I plan on rolling a Troll, since I've found them to always be cool and Horde lore to be most compelling for me. I figured maybe getting into an RP realm this time around would allow me to invest myself into my character and the world more and also meet more people who are invested, friendly, and willing to help. That being said, I am an RP noob but would really like to get into it as well as try my hand at raiding and PvP when the time comes. I'm not averse to WPvP but I'm no expert in it either, so ganking/griefing concerns do arise on my end. Overall, I'm looking for a realm with a great community and great game experience based on my criterion above!Howzat3 5d
5d artifact xmog my friend said you can xmog your artifact to anything you could equip normally so e.g. staff or off hand with dagger, wand, or sword is this true?Blâckwolf3 5d
5d Damage Meter? How does everyone track their DPS?Gnym2 5d
5d Whats call Boss hp bar appears minimap In dungeons when Boss HP bar appears below Minimap what does it called So I can move it with Moveanything addonIzkilorky0 5d
5d Where to farm gold? Recently hit level 110 with an ilvl of 803 as a death knight. If I am to be a solo player where should I farm my gold? Trying to get to 20k gold at 5k now. Any good old dungeons to farm or raid to farm? In raids avoid killing bosses to right so the trash resets? Never farmed before so wasn't sure what to do reallyDrakonim6 5d
6d Specific dungeon not in queue Noob question: Certain quests will tell me to do certain dungeons. Problem is, those dungeons aren't in my queue list. So...what do I do?Trinmak4 6d
6d healer & dps spec with same gear? which class allows me to do this? I would like to main a healer at lv 110, but just want 1 set of gear so i can quest. elemental shaman/resto share the same gear and shadow/priest only? more information my main is a Mist Weaver Monk I can't kill mobs because i'm very weak in my dps spec cause my int gear i would like a class where i could just swap specs and use the same gear to quest as dps instead of getting a dps set.Anti3 6d