I had been poking around with my hunter nearby where the instance group had been working, running down quests in Tanaris and Feralas, which got him into level 49. But as those started to dry up I was looking for a new place to make that final push to 50. In Tanaris you get that first lead-in quest to Ungoro Crater, but I did not want to get started too early there. WoW Classic does not reward getting into quest lines too soon. My pally committed the sin of getting quests done out of order and I’ll be grinding mobs for a level or three to get him out of that.
My memory failing me… I remember levels 1-30 no problem, but after that it is blur… I decided to consult WoW Head and their leveling guide for classic.
For levels 45-50 they suggested:
- The Hinterlands
- Searing Gorge
I had pretty well worn out the first three, but Searing Gorge, that one had promise. I even remembered there was an outhouse quest there. I guess bathroom jokes stick. And it is a short flight from Ironforge, once you have the flight point. To get that you have to get there, and how to do that stumped me for a bit.
There is a tunnel, but it is locked and I don’t have the key.
There is also a path into Searing Gorge from the Badlands, but I couldn’t quite recall where that was. So I went to Loch Modan and searched around the edges of the zone. There are a couple of places that look like they might be a path through the hills around the zone, but are not. I did eventually find the path though, at the west end of the zone, just south of the Horde camp.
Once in I ran to Thorium Point, where the flight point is located, grabbed that, then loaded up on the quests there abouts. Then it was time to get into the zone.
One of the first things I saw when I was getting started was a mass of level 60 players on mounts landing at the flight point and then riding off. There were a few dozen of them in a minute or so.
I suspect that was a raid group (or two) headed off to Blackrock Mountain and the raids therein. Thorium Point feels like the closest flight point to that.
Meanwhile, the zone offered me just about exactly what I was looking for. I find grinding mobs with my pally to be tedious, but with my hunter it is light and easy, so when I was handed a couple of “kill 20” quests along with a few more that needed drops, I got stuck in to the grind.
That kept me going though until level 50 and beyond. I even got the key drop that starts the quest chain around the outhouse. First you rescue the occupant, then get revenge for him… and fetch him some toilet paper… silk cloth for that.
The outhouse is behind the Dark Iron dig site that is along the road that runs down the east side of the zone. There is also an escort quest down in the dig as well which has the usual “NPC walks straight into mobs and every time he stops you know an attack is coming” mechanic to it.
I still have a couple more quests to finish up there, but my goal was achieved. I made it to level 50 at last. And I was the first in the guild too, though only just barely. Moronae is very close to level 50 at this point I am sure.
Of course, with an even numbered level came skill upgrades to buy. He was closing in on being able to buy a mount before he hit 50. Now he has a ways more to go.
It is also about time to go hunt down some skill upgrades for my pet. I am a bit behind on that.
After I am done in Searing Gorge, my level 50 to 55 options are:
- Blasted Lands
- Un’Goro Crater
I have a quest for Un’Goro already, and the skinning there would be good, but I also got the level 50 hunter class quest, which sends you to Azshara. I feel like I should peek in on that first.
Either way, I am going to have to step up the pace a bit if I want to have a level 60 character before WoW Classic turns one years old.