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
23h 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. 23h
Apr 14 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)Frejya250 Apr 14
Apr 15 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!Cerylia992 Apr 15
Mar 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.Frejya113 Mar 9
Apr 24, 2016 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, 2016
Mar 15 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.Icedragon89 Mar 15
Dec 28 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....Raygecow149 Dec 28
Feb 17 ======= 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.Icedragon167 Feb 17
1d 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 TourNethaera14 1d
Apr 13 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.Kagara72 Apr 13
Mar 2 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:Nethaera72 Mar 2
1h Tanaan quests after boosting I boosted my toon to 100 and have the garrison and shipyard but never received the tanaan jungle questline which is where i get oil for the ships. Is there some way I can get that questline?Zorgon1 1h
12h Flying after completing everything, what? I just got flying in Draenor, so how does this benefit me when I had to complete everything just to get flying? I don't get it, shouldnt we get flying before we complete everything, to help us complete everything? I saved my crystals and bought the fel flying mount, so what's left for me there? What am I missing? It just seems silly now that I've accomplished pathfinder.Vathorean4 12h
14h Outland quest issue Hi guys i've hit a bit of a stump. I finished all the quests i could find in zangarmash but i didn't get any quest to take me to terrokar forest. Did i miss something or is there no quest in the first place?Guldrum2 14h
19h Need WoW buddies I am a new WoW player, and am having trouble navigating the social aspect of the game. I have had to give up on some quests simply because i cannot do them alone. How do I go about finding other players in my realm and getting them to help me with my quests? Should I try to join a guild?Muterandolph1 19h
1d What to do at 100 without Legion? Hey All, I just hit 100 from level 1 for the first time, just got WOW about a month ago. I am hesistant to buy Legion from a $$ perspective and want to continue with the current content. What all should i do? Farm Mounts, build professions, build up garrison? I found one article but it is pre-legion. Any direction would be greatly appreciated.Teenor8 1d
1d 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.Grazingcow7 1d
1d Does anyone do low level dungeons? Is something !@#$ed up? Does no one in the game do low level dungeons? I've been told you could level through dungeons but I've got all three checked and I'm still 0/1, 0/1, 1/3 ten minutes later. I'm not going to do these boring quests to 100, I was told you could level through dungeons but not ONE single other person out of the millions of subs this game claims to have is in the queue?Elizabautne10 1d
1d Legion Companion Can I upgrade artifact knowledge using my legion Companion App?Firesign3 1d
1d account bound items... noob question... just got back on wow and was wondering.. if u destroy an account bound item ... exp... to make space in ur bag. do the items disappear ?Senirgy3 1d
1d Proc Based and Instant Specs I like instant cast spells and reacting to procs that lead to instant casts. I find it fun when my skill barfs light up like a christmas tree. Proc --> Blammo! I've done loads of melee and found that my Frost DK and my Ret Paladin both have a fair amount of procs to work from. Having never played too many ranged classes, which specs do you think most lend themselves to this playstyle? As an example Mage -- Fire -- Heating up! --> Pyroblast! I think that's fun. Do Warlocks have a spec that has some of that? Shadow Priest? Boomkin? Elemental Shaman? Arcane/Frost Mage?Zook1 1d
1d PvP in order to heal? I am an Alliance Priest; new to healing. Just now, once again, I was out in the Broken Isles. I was doing the World Quest "WANTED: Majestic Elderhorn". There was another Alliance toon, and a Hoard toon, also attacking him. I could not do Holy Word: Sanctify. The game said I needed to be PvP. I "enabled" PvP and could then heal. Many times I am able to heal without "enabling" PvP. Why sometimes and not other times?Gymlea3 1d
2d Learning tanking, can't seem to get it So I've been playing WoW off and on since vanilla (on other accounts over the years), and I've never done anything but DPS. I dont really want to get into healing, but tanking has always seemed appealing to me (especially since RDF is always so starved for them) so I've been trying it recently and I just can't seem to get it right. I've read the Icy Veins guide on how to tank, and I've read their guide on how to tank as both a Blood DK and a Brewmaster Monk, but most of those guides seem oriented toward a player who is already max level, and somewhat familiar with tanking. The rotations include high-level talent abilities and mastery, without much in-depth explanation for really basic things like how to properly gather and hold aggro, or what the tank's first move should usually be at the start of a fight (AoE vs Taunt vs etc.,). Isn't it kind of unwise to start learning to tank when you're already max level, even if that means you have access to all the abilities? So where are the guides for players under level 60 with maybe a couple taunts and one or two AoEs to work with? I've been trying to use the proving grounds to practice tanking in a low-risk environment but I can't even make it past wave 4 of Bronze. So what does a tank do when their AoEs are doing little more than irritate the mobs, and their taunt is always on a long cooldown? It seems like I'm missing something obvious here, but I just can't seem to hold aggro at all, even if I hit them first, unless I directly taunt them. I know a lot of people reading this are just going to say "stop whining, get gud" but I appreciate any of the actual advice any of you might be willing to supply, because I can't help but feel like there is some obvious trick that I'm missing. Also I realize a lot of very skilled tanks are probably reading this amazed at how much of noob I am, but like I said, I've never done any tanking before, so this is all based on a good amount of research and zero practical experience. Thanks for any advice though. TL;DR: What does a tank do when their AoEs are doing little more than irritate the mobs, and their taunt is always on a long cooldown? It seems like I'm missing something obvious here, but I just can't seem to hold aggro at all, even if I hit them first, unless I directly taunt them.Bobinn6 2d
2d MOP raids as of 7.2 Are these solo-able? If so which raids, what class? and what is the min ilvl needed to do so.Titancleave3 2d
2d DPS or heal? not new to the game but im stuck at choosing a new main. i always healed and only in this expansion did i main a dps which was my mage. it just got hard finding end game content after a while such as mythics and mythic+ but not raiding groups. i enjoy both but it does get stressful healing when your dps stands in simple mechanics they shouldn't and as a dps i often get blamed for pulling or get no heals at all yet im the one carrying the group. when i heal i do not play an offspec i've tried before but all healing classes i play i don't really care much for there off spec dps in a few content like pvp plus it's hard for me to learn offspecs on certain classes i rarely played such as shadow priests and monks and druids. with pure dps classes or dps/tank i had no issues with this idk why also if you say dps which would you recommend? was playing a BM hunter but it got really boring fast. i mainly play ranged but thinking of switching to melee since i never mained one so it should feel like a refreshing start.Celbrise1 2d
2d How to unassign Legion Champion follower? I have Calia and Ishana as my priest hall champions atm. Im currently equipped with Ishanna and want to switch over to Calia, but when I goto Followers tab in my class hall, Ishana is greyed out and I have no options to switch or deactivate. I'm probably missing something?Bangbear9 2d
2d How to unlock Treasure Hunter Missions? Alright so I did some research and I couldn't find any clear explanation anywhere on why I can't see any Treasure hunter missions in my Garrison? I recently just unlocked lvl 3 inn and its been upgraded as of yesterday. I waited till today to see if any mission with gold where available but I see none. I know that you can get characters with the trait Treasure hunter from lvl 3 inn. However I still don't see any trait that says treasure hunter. I'm am very confused as to how to unlock this. Also I only used the headhunter person in my inn once at lvl 2 not at lvl 3 so maybe that is the reason? idk if I'm suppose to use the headhunter a certain amount of time in order to gain access to the treasure hunter trait? -thanks for your time BrendanusBrendanus4 2d
2d Looking for a leveling partner Anyone looking to reroll alliance with me?Goregaz10 2d
2d Nice server for horde? Hey i'm not new but I've been on ally (proudmoore) for a long time but i've been playing with the idea of a horde toon or two. i may delete some low levels and keep them on proudmoore but the server is very ally heavy. basically proudmoore is very friendly and not hardcore with some lgbt friendliness too (they don't care) If i made a toon i would want to find a horde guild and be able to talk to them and make some friends on that side. Any ideas? I like normal/pve realms too!Horrow1 2d
3d How to get more Hunter pets? Hey guys I'm new to the hunter class. I have a level 12 Hunter with a Cat as a pet. I just bought the skill to tame new pets but when I dismiss my cat and try to use the skill, it says that I have too many pets. How do I get more pets?Linkuz4 3d
3d Rules for trading dungeon drops? ... [ The above quote is from another thread, but after posting in that thread I realized it was a significant diversion from the original question, and didn't want to confuse matters. So I moved it here.] I'd like to address the "always" in the statement above - it's definitely not always true for sure - I'm just not 120% positive exactly how and when it's not true. I'm going to make a few statements, and hopefully you guys will tell me which are true, and which are not, and which have hidden caveats. 1) If you roll on a "bind on pickup" item and win it, it can be traded to another member of the group who could have won it on the roll for a period of time. (Boss drops are almost always BOP.) 2) If you roll "Greed" on a "bind on equip" item and win it, *I believe* it can be still be traded to another member of the group before the group leaves the instance, but would actually like confirmation of that as I think I've tried it and run into obstacles. 3) if you roll "Need" on a "bind on equip" item and win it, it can NOT be traded to another member of the group who could have won it on the roll - nor can it be sold on the AH, sent to an alt, stuck in the guild bank, ETC. It becomes souldbound, as if you had already equipped it. 4) I do not believe that you can open a trade window at all with Trial Players, so they cannot be given an item they otherwise would "qualify" for. (True?) <S>Sylth16 3d
4d LFR / Emerald Nightmare Newbie question here. I've done all of 3 raids in my life and I am so confused by them. I queue for a raid through raid finder because apparently I have to in order to complete Legion quest lines, so I can't avoid it. So I look under Emerald Nightmare, there are 3. Are there really 3? I thought Emerald Nightmare was one raid. Then I finally make it into a group and it looks like a ginormous clusterf***, too many people sort of descending on the same mobs, too many spell effects, it's pretty much incomprehensible, so I just use tab targeting and follow the herd from one mob to the next. But then the boss is defeated, 5 out of the 20-some people receive loot, and everyone just sort of runs around randomly and then disappears, but the raid isn't over yet? I finally figure out that they're all going back to the core of the nightmare, so I follow them around. We enter new arms, kill new bosses, repeat. Is that all there is? But then I look at my quest log and even though I just followed the mob through the Emerald Nightmare raids, the quest log still says I haven't defeated any of the bosses. What am I missing? TIA.Dessicah4 4d
4d 7.2 arms warrior guide Heres a great guide for beginner warriors. 4d
5d How do "Tiers" work in terms of gear? I see this a lot when reading guides and such, but have no idea what exactly it is referring to. When looking at gear, I usually look at ilvl to decide if I should use it or not (assuming it has the right stats for my class). But how do I compare "Tier" with ilvl? I've heard that it's better to get Tier gear than ilvl. And is a specific tier associated with a specific raid boss? Is there a list somewhere of what Tiers are dropped by which bosses? How high do Tiers go? I saw a T18 drop from normal mannorath yesterday.Faaber7 5d
5d Dungeon Problems Hi, I'm having trouble in the dungeons with keeping up and then targeting enemies. The other players are in the way and by the time I cast the enemy is usually dead. Any advice about how to hit enemies more efficiently when there's a crowd? Also, what are the rules about looting? Is it a free for all? I've only done a few dungeons, but each time I lagged behind the others and had the opportunity to loot, but didn't want to because it seemed wrong to deny the others who were doing the fighting. Thanks, T.Tanarissara4 5d
5d Boon of the Scavenger enchant shoulders Be sure to get this enchant on your shoulders as soon as you get a decent pair you will have for a while and keep it on while you level. it gives a chance to drop a pouch loaded with Cloth, then sell the Cloth it goes fast don't undercut be patient they will sell at a decent price. You will have a nice chunk of gold with no effort and little investment!Glaed6 5d
5d Is Zygor Guides a Reliable Investment? As a new Orc on the block, I have trouble leveling efficiently. Recently, I read a review about Zygor Automated Leveling Guides. The add said these guides were useful to new players who frequently lose themselves in the questing game and fail to level effectively. The problem is the price. As a graduate student, my time and money come at a premium, and I really don't want to sink $60.00 into a leveling helper if it not all its cracked up to be. Has anyone used such a method successfully? I don't want to waste my time or that of others, but I figured posting this question was worth a shot and it would certainly be much easier on my bank account, especially if Zygor Guides is just trying to pull the proverbial wool over the eyes of new WoW gamers. Thanks for your comments in advance and Happy Holidays. UzUzgurg43 5d
5d Should i boost a class to 100? Recently bought the game+ legion and wondering if I should automatically use my 100 boost or level from ground up. I played a few years ago so I know most of the basics and stuff. Also if I level to 100 do my professions get boosted too? ( this character is a free 100 trial btw)Backtash10 5d
6d New player Looking for friend to play with hello im a new player to wow and i hate playing world of Warcraft by myself so im looking for new players or anyone who is looking to level up a new character. if your on a different server or faction id be happy to switch to support anyone's needs. if your interested plz add me Yevganiiy#1174 also I have a mic for voice chatYevganiiy7 6d
6d Item stats for "loot specialization" Im a balance druid and haste is number one stat but all almost none of the 880 gear im getting from shard farming has haste. This has been the case since i played this game. Things that say there drop for your specialization doesn't match what icy-veins says. Any good explanation.Trollstrollr7 6d
6d Bonus rolls Hey everyone, I just purchased a few bonus rolls from a vendor in Dalaran, and was confused on its mechanics. I just ran mythic Violet Hold and had the option to bonus roll after every boss died, I selected pass because I don't need any of the specific loot from the bosses I was just farming Blood of Sargeras for my blacksmithing legendary. Unfortunately after I passed on the boss and ran over to loot it without the bonus, it didn't let me loot it. Am I not able to receive the normal loot after I buy one of the bonus rolls? Should I randomly spend them so I can loot again like normal? I am kind of confused on how they work in general too, if someone could shed some light that would be great! Thanks! (I think I also ran Mythic Violet hold yesterday too if that has any bearing)Burnnflames1 6d
Apr 19 Trying to get to Northrend I'm in Stormwind, standing on the boat, but the captain tells me that they can't set sail because there is a pest problem on board. How do i fix this so that i can use it?Angrybunnyy10 Apr 19
Apr 19 LF Leveling Partner anyone wanna make a toon? im gonna make an ally char on Kel'Thuzad. if interested add clem#11764Iiluzi0 Apr 19
Apr 19 new character new druid resto starting over cant decide on what profession to take for making gold Starting new characterAuonex6 Apr 19
Apr 18 Pet Battle Hi everyone, So I just started playing yesterday, or the day before. I can't remember. Anyways I'm super new, and I'm a Level 10 Night Elf Hunter and with my character I already have a cat. So I've been exploring and found a pet trainer, and I asked to train my pet. So now I'm on a quest to battle another pet. But I can't find anything to battle, even when I'm in the forest where I'm suppose to be I can see it on my map. Is it because I'm not on the right server (super noob, I know) I can't seem to figure out the pet battle thing even though I have tried googling and looking around. TIASabeller5 Apr 18
Apr 18 Recruit a Friend Questions Okay well i plan on recruiting my friend but i have some questions about it. I've looked at the Recruit a Friend thing on Here are my questions: Can my friend that i recruited grant me levels if he is higher than me? (or only me) We plan on leveling to 54 together and then wanting to know if i can grant him all the way to 79? Will i be able to grant my friend to 79 on my lvl85/main? Sincerely, Willferal Thank You!Willferàl12 Apr 18
Apr 18 Order hall mission time reduction stacking Couldnt find a specific place where this might be posted best, so asking here. Shamans get a follower named Stormcaller Myrla that reduces mission time by 20% through the ability Stormbeak's Assault. Then you can give her the item Pathfinders Saddle which reduces mission time by 15%. However, the two combined dont actually reduce mission time by 35%. The 2nd effect reduces from the shortened mission time. So on a 6 hour mission, the 20% reduces it by 72 minutes down to 4 hours, 48 minutes. Then the 15% reduction is applied on that instead of the original 6 hour duration. So it only reduces it by another 43.2 minutes, down to 4 hours , 4 minutes. So this means you cant use any below 4 hour mission items when its just her. So you would need to use another follower with another item spot used with a 2nd mission reduction item just to get under 4 hours. Only because both reduction effects arent applied to the original timer. So my question is, is it on purpose to not have all items reduce the duration from the original timer?Catatumbo2 Apr 18
Apr 17 options > how to show low level quests? Not a new player, but i thought this area of the forums would be my best place to ask my question. there used to be an option in the interface menu that would let you see low level quests on npc's and after 6.0.2 I can't find that option any more and npc's no longer show a golden ! for low level quests, this is making it difficult to track down the quests i need on my 90 boosted character to open up the cataclysm portals in orgrimmar.Silverblight17 Apr 17
Apr 17 Level It says my profile can't be viewed till I'm level 10. well on the game I'm level 12. Why am I at 9 here? Also I updated and paid.. why am I restricted on a lot and it says I need to upgrade but it's been two days now.. When are these actions going to be available?Drowan6 Apr 17