It took five months, but I finally hit level 40 with my first character in WoW Classic. That might seem pretty slow… lots of people have been level 60 for a while now… but I have been pushing a group of characters through the game in parallel, not to mention spending some time getting characters to the new level cap over in EverQuest II. And I am in no hurry in any case, spending more time going into various side areas to see the things I might have missed back in the day.
And in getting past level 30 you do end up with opportunities to see more things. While even at lower levels the rise in quest levels in zones encourages you to do a couple zones in parallel, past 30 it becomes something of a requirement. I think one of the reasons that leveling past that point starts to feel difficult is that you have to have some insight into where you might go to pick up a few quests in your level range. Tistann, my hunter, went all over.
There are little bits and threads of quests in Desolace, Theremore, Thousand Needles, and Stranglethorn Vale that send you back and forth or lead you to other locations for a bit, like a diversion of the Swamp of Sorrows. I had forgotten about a group that lived there, though I am sure they won’t enter into the story in any significant way.
And while I was out I also poked my nose into neighboring zones, like the Blasted Lands and Tanaris to pick up flight points and set myself up for later ventures.
But eventually I was in Stranglethorn Vale, the southern end, when the moment hit and my hunter rolled over to 40.
And there I was. I finished out the quest I had going and recalled back to Ironforge as level 40 brings with it a whole host of new things.
There are always some skills to learn or upgrade every other level, but 40 got me Aspect of the Pack, the group buff version of Aspect of the Cheetah that lets everybody run 30% faster. There was also Volley, a new shooting skill, and Track Giants to add to my list of tracking options. I always feel blind when I play another character after my hunter because I get used to tracking very quickly.
New Pet Skills
There were also some pet skills to upgrade, including a new version of Growl for my wolf, to help him keep aggro. This actually feels a bit overdue as he had been having trouble holding aggro for the last couple of levels. I supposed that help keep my melee skills up to date, but it will be nice for him to be a little stickier going forward. I just have to get him to level 40 now so her can use it.
Level 40 gets you the next tier of ammo, the accurate slug, that increases the amount of damage each shot applies. I also upgraded my gun at the auction house, as the one I was using was a few levels past its prime. So I can throw a lot more damage down range. The wolf is going to need that new taunt, and until he gets up to where I can train him, I am going to be getting more time to work on my melee skills I guess.
Technically one of the skills I got at 40 was the ability to wear mail armor, but I am putting it in its own category because this feature is on my list of “Why?” questions that go back to vanilla WoW. Playing WoW Classic has reminded me of that list and I should probably do a post on it. But still, why did Blizz think that changing armor type at level 40 was a good idea? They got rid of that, but only much later.
I suspect that Blizz just assumed people wouldn’t obsess about it and pick up new gear as it became handy, which would just prove that Blizz doesn’t know people very well. I started collecting mail armor drops from about level 35 forward and have been hording turtle scales to make mail armor, a leatherworker skill, but I am still mostly wearing leather.
Of course, the big thing that comes with level 40 is the ability to buy a mount. Unfortunately, after dealing with the above, I am well short of the gold needed. I had about 30 gold going into level 40 and a little more than 12 gold once I got everything settled.
Of course, part of the problem is that I end up sending the good equipment drops to my alts rather than selling them at the auction house. I have two characters that will be upgrading to plate armor at 40, so I save every such drop I see. And, of course, with several characters in rotation I don’t end up with a lot of time spent on just working on earning gold. So it will be Aspect of the Cheetah for a while now as I don’t think I have 100 gold across all my characters combined.
But, as I said, I am not in a huge hurry to get anywhere. I’ll have the gold at some point, but for now I walk.