New Player Help and Guides

May 19, 2016 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, 2016
3h 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. 3h
Oct 25 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)Frejya254 Oct 25
Oct 3 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!Cerylia1000 Oct 3
Jul 25 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.Frejya116 Jul 25
Jul 2 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.Baloo127 Jul 2
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
May 5 ======= 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.Icedragon169 May 5
14h 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:Nethaera86 14h
1d 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.Kagara80 1d
16m Community ReRoll Project Greetings everyone, We are here today to put forward an idea for a new guild, in which to not only restart our own WoW careers but hopefully some others in the community also. We propose to start afresh, new characters, new server, new community. A new start. To create a thriving community with the intention of having a fun/social aspect whilst maintaining drive and ambition within raiding content on a manageable scale. Due to the nature of the game today, most people returning to the game or those who miss a couple of months struggle to catch up and give up due to not finding friends or a new guild to play with. We're hoping to rectify this with this project. We are currently in our mid to late 20’s who, due to time restrictions and family life,we are unable to commit to anything too serious anymore. However we still want to raid at a good standard with people who want to progress and push as hard as they can with the limited time they have for the game. Realm and faction will be decided by a community vote. What we can offer you: • A brand new start in the game with people with a similar mind-set • A community in which to progress yourself as a player. • A democratic leadership where your voice guides the path of the guild. • An active, thriving community. Where players are proactive in helping others around them. • A skilled player base with the same goals and aims within the game. What we require from you: • Passion – The want and desire to actually play the game. To get back in and be proactive in building a new character and optimising it as much as possible.  • We need you to be active, to be able to dedicate at least 6-9 hours a week to your character. • Skilled players – we don’t care if you have top 10 raid experience or no experience at all. We are looking for skilled players who want to learn, progress and be the best they can be. We will be ruthless however in culling players who are lazy and who are simply not up to our standards. • We need you to be a team player. To be willing to assist others, willing to contribute to conversations and discussions and willing to help forge a community with us. • Being in possession of a brain and a sense of humor will serve you well. We do have a few stipulations of our own to be considered before applying. • We intend to raid slightly later to allow people to get home, get your affairs in order before sitting down to play the game – 20:30 will be the earliest we start with a finish time of 00:00.  • Time zone is CT • Players will be removed after a week of inactivity without prior notification.  • We intend to raid 2-3 times a week and players are expected to attend at least two.  • Discord will be used from the onset There is currently a Discord server setup to start building the community We will be accepting social ranks, as well as raiders, as we are attempting to build a community that will last and not drizzle out after a few months. If you have any questions you can direct them there, or i will be available to answer any questions you may have via battletag.  BattleTag: Gando#21200 Discord: 16m
5h Click No More! - A Guide to Keybinding I've seen more questions on these forums regarding keybinding than I care to count, and generally we simply give the OP a few general tips and move on to other topics. However, the questions keep popping up, and since no one else seems to have any urge to do so... it's guide time. Note: This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive, end-all / be-all resource for keybinding techniques and strategies- these guides already exist elsewhere on the interwebz, and have been written by much more proficient players than myself. This guide is only intended as a starting point, a basic, general overview of keybinding for players new to the practice. -- What Is Keybinding? -- To begin, let's start with the most basic question: "What the heck is keybinding, anyway?" Keybinding is the practice of assigning (via the Blizzard Interface menu or via an add-on such as Dominos) various abilities placed on a player's action bar to a specific, unique key on the keyboard or mouse (if applicable), or to a unique combination of keys. Basically, whenever the player hits the key (or key combination) to which an ability is bound, that ability is then used (macros, also, are bound in this manner - for more information on macros, Raygecow has an excellent guide for beginners: The short version: you hit a button, you do something. Bam. Simple. Moving on. -- The Virtues of Keybinding -- The next question that comes up is, "Why should I keybind?" Without going into too much mind-numbing detail regarding the differences in dungeon, PvP, and raid performance from those who keybind to those who don't, the bottom line is that players who keybind have a much faster response time to what is happening around them, able to unleash a string of abilities in the time in can often take a "clicker" (someone who doesn't keybind) to find just that one spell. Keybinding transfers an ability rotation from a player's visual memory to a player's muscle memory, allowing him or her to react sometimes before they're even aware of what they're reacting to. The short version: keybinding saves time and effort. Why not make the game easier for yourself? -- Binding Keys and Keybinding Logic -- Now we come to the good part: "How do I keybind?" Back in the day, we had to do this thing called "manual keybinding," which meant that we had to go into the Blizzard Interface menu and manually change and re-arrange our keyboard layout to suit our rotation and style of play, one key and key combination at a time. This meant that you had to know how each Action Bar was laid out in order to bind your keys (Bar 1, Button 1; Bar 3, Button 5) etc. This could often take a great deal of time to steamline and set up effectively (and those of you who want to learn how to do this can simply go into the Keybinding menu and play around with it to see what I'm talking about: Esc --> Key Bindings). More recently, we've taken to using (and recommending the use of) add-ons like Bartender and Dominos for this task- Dominos, especially, is a major time-saver due to the fact that it lets a player mouse-over the Action Bar slot they wish to bind and simply hit the key or key combination they wish to bind it to. Bartender does offer some further customization over Dominos, but Dominos is much more user friendly and what I recommend for those new to add-ons / keybinding. The following sections can easily be put into practice using either medium mentioned above.Rynok44 5h
13h New/Returning Player LF Guild. Thrall|Horde (Please dont reply with the usual copy paste guild advertisements.most of the time the poster didnt even read the OP..many people dislike those as a response...they really do, its true...) Heya, Sorry if its a wall of text. I haven't played WoW seriously for a long time. I left to play other things since I really love Jrpgs and RPG games...but this isn't really about me. My wife loves to watch me play stuff and she has played a few things like Little Big Planet 1,2 and 3 and some old school Nintendo stuff. Anyways she wanted to give WoW a go and I figured she may enjoy it with lots of things to do and people to meet. She is brand new to this type of game-play and so on. So setup the account paid the money (still need the legion upgrade) and she was online last night. Ill be back on this weekend. She is on Thrall as a Blood Elf....go figure :) Playing a hunter cause Pet Catching is fun! Still learning the controls and running around the starter zone. I plan on playing as well but probably not as much and Im probably gonna start a new character as well. To run around with her when I am online. She is a fast learner if its something she enjoys and was pretty impressed to see her sidestepping last night haha :)..her first night playing. Anyways we are looking for a Guild to join. Looking for the following. Active as in well rounded in the things they do like random dungeons, maybe some pvp here and there, old raid runs etc etc. Laid back but mature and not run by kids or people (that act like kids) with the typical Leet Hardcore attitude. Fun, chill type attitudes kind of tight knit group. People who understand life comes first. Helping out the new players with advice and so on. People who dont mind taking the "noob" players (like my wife) through dungeons and having patience etc. until they get the hang of things. Me personally I can handle anything but like many people reading this we were all new once and had that feeling of fear and uncertainty in this massive digital world...especially others that dont have much gaming experience at all. Reply here or hit me up on my BTag jibs#1308 ThanksJibster2 13h
20h Confused on Starter Quests vs Main Story Hey everybody! I am a brand new WOW player and had a few questions. I'm still in the night elf starter area and am basically just doing any quest I can find. Is that the proper way to start out? Is there a point where the game will bring me literally, "out of the woods"? I feel like I am missing the main story by doing all these quests that consist of "fill up water jugs", "kill 20 gnarlpines", etc. How do I differentiate side quests from the main quest? Do I have to complete all these little basic quests? Thanks in advance!Naspion13 20h
1d character/level struggle I've been asking around (Discord, Twitter, etc.) and people seem to not grasp what I'm trying to say. So. I'm technically still a new player (started in late March of this year) It's been odd. I started with a character, leveled to around 30, then deleted it. Decided to use my boost and ended up deleting. I kept creating characters, but never got far due to the fact that in my opinion the game doesn't seem new player friendly. Like, it gets REALLY confusing on where to go next. Around September I created a Demon Hunter, but eventually deleted it and decided to make a fresh character, but after seeing the next expansion announced, I'm confused on what to do. Should I go ahead and continue or should I buy a lvl boost? I feel like I completely messed up my experience in this game.Feyleliadawn7 1d
1d Pandaren Can't Select Quest from Anduin Wrynn Hi, I'm leveling a Pandaren for the first time and just chose the Alliance faction, which then took me to Stormwind. I turned-in the choose-Alliance-or-Horde quest to Anduin Wrynn. A gray exclamation point appears above him, but the quest is not selectable. I tried logging-out and completely exiting WoW, but that did not fix the problem. Thoughts or suggestions anyone? Thank you, KodeeyakKodeeyak4 1d
1d Mm hunter ilvl880 help I disc9vered that I should be causing more damage, I am fairly new to Wow and am unsure how to get my damage dealt up. I want to be competitive any help would be awesomeKaulonia3 1d
1d Best class for beginner? I am new to WOW and i want to play a class that isn't too complicated but still does a good amount of damage and is still fun to play! Help me out ?Imola12 1d
1d Looking for leveling partner! Horde or Alliance Looking for someone (new or veteran) to start a new character with and level and enjoy it with. I've recently started playing wow again and want to start fresh and get into the actual game again (the game before max level that is.) I feel like every time I've leveled in the past I've just been trying to go MAX SUPER ULTRA HYPERSPEED to get to 110. I want to not take it too slow but not just focus on getting max level. If you are interested or have any other questions please feel free to add me and ask! id: Triston#1565Tamez6 1d
1d How exactly is the season 5 mog achieved? I've obtained the pieces I care about on my Death Knight, but I just did that by playing ranked Arena. Is there any specific way on how it's obtained? Like is it 5 wins get you a piece or whatever?Anonthealpha1 1d
1d Void Elves When ????????????? I want one!!! When can we make one???Caseycross2 1d
1d Best way to collect blood of sargeras? I'm new to Legionand would like some little help and advice. I will be 110 soon. I'm trying to figure out the best way to farm gold, and I figured that collecting Blood of Sargeras might be one way to do it. What's the best method? If it matters any, my professions are Herbalism and Alchemy.Seahawkx15 1d
1d When should you stop using heirlooms? Okay, well i'm pretty late but I never used heirlooms, I have like 3 pieces, the helm, body and legs, only level 60. Should i bother now and get it upgraded to 1-100? Or just forget about it and move on?Orekk9 1d
1d playing wow again starting over at level 1 id like to play wow again. its overwhelming starting at 100 with all the skills and everything going. id like to start over at level 1. anyone wanna play with me?Syllione1 1d
2d Can't post in forums without sub Very community oriented IMO. Well done Blizz, thanks for showing us that you care.Lasseter10 2d
2d What is the easiest class to play? I've been away from wow and was wondering what is the easiest class to play? ThanksTarron10 2d
2d Motorcycle mounted characters under level 20? I've just returned to WoW from a long hiatus. I'm giving a Starter Edition a whirl before I resub my main account. I've seen many players on motorcycle mounts with sidecars. They're under the usual first mount level of 20. What is this new-fangled machine?Dregga17 2d
3d How does loot work? This sounds like a pretty embarrassing question but can someone please explain. I'm coming from Diablo and there, any loot that drops is basically all yours. Other players don't see or pick up your drops and you can't see theirs. That's not the case here, I know that much. I've just started to run dungeons and pretty much every run, I barely get loot on my runs. I play ranged so I'm always at the farthest point of any given skirmish. By the time everything's down, all the corpses have been looted. When does the need, greed, pass prompt appear? Do I need to loot the corpse while someone else is looting it to get that prompt?Doogie6 3d
3d Need Help! I have tried to play this game and some parts have been fun, but I feel like 99% of this game for me is walking around in circles for hours on end having no clue what to do. I used my level boost thing on a draenei priest and now I am just lost. I am looking for someone to help me out and teach me about this massive game. Thanks!Setherburge5 3d
3d Shamans Try not to make too much fun of me but I'm a total noob. I just made a shaman and I can't figure out how to use the mace. Does it work on its own when a mob gets close enough? or is there a button I'm missing? Again. not too much fun of me lolDaudshe5 3d
3d Concordance of Legion fall Progresion Hey all! I'm new to Legion, and decided to join last week after a loooooooooooong hiatus. I'm confused about Concordance of Legion fall's progression. I have it at rank 4, but it wont go any higher. I've seen people say it goes up to 50 or something, but for mine it says 1.4 billion AP for the next rank, but I have that; the text (1.4 billion) is in 'red'. Do you have to unlock something, or do some quest for it to go higher? Thanks!Supadruid2 3d
3d Where to get starting quest for Legion? Hey all! I am not sure if i am having a bug issue or not but I cannot figure out where to go to get started in legion. I did the prequest line and everything and waited in dalaran in northrend for launch. I have been to SW as well to try and get a quest to active but nothing :( am i being a dumby? hahaMorphìne10 3d
4d PvP Progression? I’ve been playing some of the pvp battlegrounds with my low level characters. You don’t seem to get any rewards for playing, xp, pvp xp, gear, etc, win or lose. Does that kick in at some point? If yes, where can i read about it? Thsnk you.Akig2 4d
4d Human surnames Hi! I've recently switched over to Wyrmrest Accord on a warlock to try roleplaying, and I want to roleplay a human, but I can't come up with any good surnames, something that rolls off the tongue well with Xankris would work maybe?Korzee5 4d
4d Swimming to make this simple, when I am swimming it will automatically make me swim up or down when I press the w key to move forward so I will either dive underwater or rise to the surface and I half to hold down my mouse to make my character go straight forward. I do not know what is causing this but open for recommendationsJadescape11 4d
5d How do you show numbers on action bars ? Hello. How do you show numbers on action bars. Please help.Ellindell4 5d
6d struggling with incomprehensible story So, I am a new player who just started playing two weeks ago or so. I've been enjoying it a lot – except for the nontrivial problem that the story has left me very confused. After doing some searching, I found that this is because the Cataclysm expansion rewrote the story in the lower level zones, making them a sort of mishmash of timelines in a way that doesn't make sense. When I got to Outland, the current story at least stopped trying to mesh different time periods together, but I don't understand how what I'm playing in Outland relates to what I played previously, or even how the different parts of what I played previously relate to each other, and since the older story is gone, I never found out what happened before Outland. It's almost like I'm reading a book that has the first few chapter ripped out and the other chapters all in random order, with a few pages from the missing chapters randomly interspersed among the middle chapters. Those who read it before that happened might be able to understand it, but not someone reading it for the first time. Leaving aside the issue of how unfriendly this makes the game to new players, is there any way to make any kind of sense out of this whatsoever, or should I just quit? I mean, I'd really like to keep playing, and I get that the story isn't the point of the game, but I'm not sure I can live with a storyline that is completely incoherent.Kalasin15 6d
6d Where in the story am I? So I am completely new to WoW, and on the game description it says "discover 5 expansions from Burning Crusade to Warlords of Draenor." I was wondering if someone could explain how I know which part of the story my character is on, I really like the story content I've seen so far but I have no idea where it all fits together.Wryze3 6d
6d Order hall follower ilevel goof Hi All, I focused on pushing one follower to ilevel 900 because he had a bonus to mission success if no other followers were with him (just troops), and seemed alright for him to push out ahead to open up new kinds of missions. When he dinged 900, some higher up missions appeared which was neat. By the time a rare quest mission for ilevel 900 appeared, I had 2 ilevel 900 people and one speeding toward 900. That third one just made ilevel 895 and was able to contribute to success on that quest - I dispatched them 2 hours before it would've expired. But now I have these two ilevel 760 followers left to raise up, and no missions below ilevel 810. Will anymore ilevel 760 missions appear maybe tomorrow, or are those two followers just stuck until I can dig up armor for them? Also, could I use follower items on a follower if the follower is with me as a combat ally? One of the followers is hemett, so I could just make him a combat ally for awhile unless that keeps me from being able to put armor items on him when I get armor items. I hadn't used any as combat allies because I needed random combinations for various missions and didn't want to hinder my ability to beat the missions with stuff I still sort of wanted. But if I have two guys who are benched now, I may as well put some order resource follower items on one and bring him out with me.Hartdegen3 6d
6d WOW tokens and grinding I figured the new player forum would work best for this topic. I understand how the WOW token system works and I know that as of right now they are worth around 180,000 gold but how much does this actually help you in the game? I work full time and have other responsibilities (like I'm sure most people do) so paying $20 to skip some grinding doesn't sound too bad. Obviously I'm still low level so it's not something I'm rushing out to do but when I do get to the high level end game content how useful is the gold? I know a lot of items bind when picked up so how much of the high end gear can I actually get? Or will I still need to grind out dungeons and raids to get the better items? I'm mostly interested in the end game PvE content so I'd be looking at getting better gear for dungeons and raids.Xaandirixa3 6d
Nov 11 ¿Le bajaran al precio de legión? Mi pregunta es que si le bajaran a legión en diciembre y cuanto le bajarían y si vale la pena comprarlo.Franco2 Nov 11
Nov 11 Bored of Druid(Guardian) Bored of Druid(Guardian) Im getting pretty bored of tanking in dungeons, and i really want to try dps. I tried feral but cant get my head around it. Played Balance up until 40 then i changed to guardian. This is my 1st Char, but i want to try and Simple Dps class thats funPinknpurple4 Nov 11
Nov 11 The Wandering Isle: A Path is "Blocked" Hi, I started a Pandaren (now at level 8). I have a weird problem, and I'll kick myself when someone tells me the answer. It's in the Pandaren start zone: The Wandering Isle. Bring up the map and see The Temple of Five Dawns building at center. At bottom-left of the building, a road heads west. I need to get to that road so I can reach three quests that are just south of Morning Breeze Village. But I cannot get to that road from the building (or so it seems). Of course, I tried other routes to get to the road or the three quests but no luck: I'm always blocked in some way. What the heck am I not seeing here? EDIT: Holy cow! Like I said I will kick myself. I just found the answer: there's a small tornado inside the building. You ride it up a level, and there's the road I needed! Yay. Thanks! KodeeyakKodeeyak2 Nov 11
Nov 11 Legion showing in old game expansions? I jsut came back to WOW and saw the Legion release showing how the legion planet was visible in the sky on the main planet in the game. I watched this happen in one of the cinematic for the game, and well... While running around in my game, I noticed the planet in the sky, which I don't think was there before. Is it possible that Legion patches have been implemented in the entire game, regardless of what expansion of a user is playing on?Lunahasawa3 Nov 11
Nov 11 choices/decisions that are irreversible is choosing your talent, professions etc. are anything of these set in stone and can't be adjusted? is there anything in the future i need to be aware off before making a decision?! Thank you!Certyy3 Nov 11
Nov 11 Is it alright to change the rampage icon just started playing fury warrior and i would like to have the rampage icon picture changed, it doesnt look good at allTavernheart3 Nov 11
Nov 11 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. UzUzgurg45 Nov 11
Nov 11 My New Show WoW Time! I've recorded the first episode of my new show called WoW Time! It's focused on explaining classes to new players! My first episode focuses on basic Affliction Warlock PvP, please let me know what you think! Thanks!Taurenret0 Nov 11
Nov 10 Legion So today after I get off work I'm going to buy and download questions is do I need to worry about the pve and PvP armor .or does that matter I'm a causal player. I like to do raids and PvPTylocks5 Nov 10