I have been mostly on about the instance group in WoW Classic for the last few months. That is both because that is where I have spent most of my play time as well as the fact that the tales of the group tend to be nice, discreet stories that have a beginning and and end. The paths of my alts, out in the world leveling up, tend to be messy, with starts and ends that are more a function of my play time available than having reached the end of a particular zone or quest line.
But I have carried on with alts, at least a couple of them. As tends to happen, I rolled up a bunch of alts and some have fallen by the wayside. I have a few still lingering in their 20s and another in his mid 30s. I have kept up with two of them though.
One of them is Wilhelm, my paladin. I thought he might have been a lost cause, as he hit something of a wall at about level 40 where at-level mobs were starting to get the better of him and grinding them out was starting to feel like a real grind, where he had to stop and recover after every fight.
However, at the end of Zul’Farruk a polearm, Khoo’s Point, dropped as a bind on equip item after a fight. Nobody needed it so I asked if I could have it for Wilhelm and, as it turned out, it was just the thing he needed. The boost in damage over what he had been swinging suddenly made him viable again and I got a few levels on him before I found another polearm at the auction house.
He has made it up to 45 and is about set to start poking about in Searing Gorge.
Then there is Tistann the hunter. He is my main alt, so to speak, and also the guild leader. I like to keep him up with or a bit ahead of the dungeon group. He was my first character to get to 50 back in June.
Once he wrapped up Searing Gorge he had a quest to go out to Chillwind Camp in the Western Plaguelands, which actually has a couple of quests that were manageable at his level. He grabbed those and the Argent Dawn commission, and killed some undead, but the quest chain there ramps up pretty quickly, so he got on the bird and headed elsewhere.
While the post-40 leveling process is known for sending you all over creation, you do get to settle down for a bit now and then. In Un’goro Crater you can chase down some quests without too much running about… or at least running to other zones. There is plenty of running about in the zone.
After that it was off to Felwood, which is kind of a pain to get to in the first place. And once you get there you get a work out again.
The quests start down in Emerald Sanctuary, but the objectives range further and further up the map. The first quest is close by, but you end up hunting stuff all the way up around Felpaw Village, which can make for a long ride back and forth. But at least you can grab the flight point, which is south of there.
While I think of Un’goro as an ideal place for my hunter, since he could skin, Felwood worked pretty well for me. There are a lot of quests where some patience for grinding mobs will serve you well. When I am in the mood, that can be quite relaxing. You just carefully slay mobs and work your way to your target.
There are some underground adventures as well, with the and escort quest in the mix, because of course there is.
And a couple of the quests send you off to other zones, which wouldn’t be so bad, but that flight point is a long way off still. I actually ran to the Azshara flight point once, just to see if it was closer, but it is about the same distance.
Eventually you get the quest that sends you on to Winterspring, which takes you through the Timbermaw tunnel, a location of some renown. Fortunately, this was not my first Felwood rodeo, and being in no hurry, I went and ground out a bit of reputation with the Timbermaw Hold so that I did not have to fight my way through them.
I was able to run through the tunnel unmolested to start in on the Winterspring.
I was 54 at that point, and Winterspring is just a bit above that if you want to play it safe. I persisted for a bit. A hunter with a decent pet can get away with some things I won’t try with my pally later.
I made sure to get the flight point at Everlook and picked up a bunch of quests there. I did the ones I could, but some of them either send you directly, and others eventually, back to the Plaguelands.
So it was back there, where I started off at level 50, to hunt more undead.
And it was there that I hit 55, which is sort of the last milestone before level cap. That was also where I started feeling like I was really going to make it there. From 55 to 60 is not a trivial grind but, going back to the leveling guide, I still have most of Winterspring and Western Plaguelands to work through. I’ve barely seen any of the the latter.
And I have not even started in on Blasted Lands, Azshara, Burning Steppes, or Eastern Plaguelands.
I have enough content between me and level 60 to just follow that along to 60.
And then I have to get my paladin through all of that as well, which is a very different experience. But I’ll leave that for another time.