Also note that power leveling is sometimes used to refer to paying someone else to level your character to cap as fast as possible (i.e. they power level for you); a distinction used by Blizzard is to refer to the paid leveling as "power leveling service." This behavior is against Blizzard's Terms of Service. Power leveling yourself, which this article covers, is perfectly acceptable.
I’m a level 70 (very soon to be level 80) Paladin in the World of Warcraft, and I use a power leveling service. /gasp you say? Well hear me out folks. I work hard at my career, make a decent living, and when I come home I just want to forget everything and unwind, change into my comfortable clothes – and snuggle up to some WOW??? No, not quite. I’m not looking to ride around on my mount and enjoy the scenery, or pass my gaming hours mindlessly killing monsters for gold and xp. What I really want is to login to my decked-out character and mess up some stuff! I want to engage in intense animate combat 1v1 or 2v2 or even monster vs. monster against worthy sentient opponents sitting at their computers across the wable from me with their adrenaline pumping just like mine, with senses and brain engrossed and skills of quick thinking, reaction, and strategy engaged. Sometimes I want to go ballistic in the Battlegrounds, hitting multiple targets with my Consecration spell and bubbling up in the front lines to absorb all damage for my group, with fellow Americans like myself working together in a maybe not unpredictable but at least natural people dynamic fashion against other real Americans, not bots with a predetermined action sequence. Sometimes I want to play the arenas with my Chicago friends and outmaneuver the opposing scheming, organized, and practiced team through our skill, teamwork, and communication, coordinating every strategic move on conference call for maximum efficiency, shouting when the heat rises, celebrating when we win, groaning if we lose, and fine tuning our strategy with each exhilarating battle. And sometimes I just want to hunt people down and kill em. Now that is quality entertainment. When I get home from a stressful, boring, or just normal day at work this is exactly the kind of outlet I need, entertainment engaging enough to relieve any restrained psychomotor agitation. This is why I play WOW – and this is why I use WOW power leveling when my character needs leveling or when I am outgeared by everyone else.
Our old friend Quest Helper isn’t updated for the client, but there’s !Questie and MonkeyQuest to help you track available quests and their objectives. The biggest challenge to leveling up in the beta is searching for where the quest objectives are, so if you’re looking to hit the level 30 cap fast — or just the level 5 cap in today’s stress test — you’ll need one of these.
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