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Chapter I (21-30) - Journey from the Barrens to the Thousand Needles


This is v2.0 of the guide. It has been revamped as mentioned in this news post to adapt to patch v2.3 changes. You can still find the old version of the guide here. At the same time, many other improvements have been made:

  • Introduction section shortened to contain the important info only
  • Addon section updated
  • Kill everything on your way rule has been more or less lifted, unless you lack experience compared to the guide's progress
  • Numbers in images now correspond to paragraphs
  • Grinding sessions have been removed
  • Guide doesn't assume you did Hosho's Barrens Guide before, neither does it assume you leveled in the Barrens before, it's now perfectly usable for Blood Elves and people who leveled in Ghostlands etc.
  • Quest from Blood Elf NPCs that were added with TBC have been integrated
  • New quest circuits, new (clearer) maps and additional pictures were added
  • Several minor errors have been corrected and patch v2.3 changes to simplify certain quests and encounters have been integrated

Big thanks to Subere for the beautiful picture/map editing!


This guide starts at level 21, if you need guides for any other level range (from 1-21 for example) please take a look at this page.

This guide is optimized for FAST leveling with a minimum of grinding sessions. Quests are important, they give rewards and faction and are less boring than pure grinding, BUT sometimes some quests are really a time waste and we will skip those and replace them by good grinding session when it is necessary.

Some people say that grinding is always faster than questing, this is true in theory when you don't know which quests to take and which to avoid, and what is the best order to do them. With this guide, questing will be very efficient and much better than pure grinding. Follow each instruction carefully and you will see for yourself.

The quest choices and order to do them are optimal so that you run as few as possible while doing the most possible and then turning several quests in at the same time. This guide will be very useful for both veteran and novice players. I try to keep the amount of information as short as possible. So even the guide itself is optimized for the minimum reading possible, to save time! Let's get started immediately then! Everything described in this guide can be done solo (besides when I say otherwise). However you can follow this guide while duoing, grouping, it's not a problem, it works too.

Basic rules

  • As soon as you see that you start to lack experience compared to the progress described in the guide start to kill everything that is on your way while traveling and that gives experience (Yellow mobs preferably, but greens are ok if they are just 3-4 levels below you, not more).
  • Spend your talent points so you do the most damage possible. (e.g: Priest should specialize in Shadow Talents, Warriors in Arms/Fury, Rogues Combat/Assassination, etc).
  • Don't waste your time trying to find groups for questing, you can solo everything that is described in this guide. Only group with someone when it's not gonna be a waste of time (e.g: meeting the person at the other end of the map to show him the way to where your quest is, that is a waste of time)
  • Try to always log out in an Inn or in one of the major cities when you take a break.
  • If I don't mention a quest, it means I consider it a waste of time, so don't take it thinking I forgot a quest here and there, I didn't. Also don't abandon a quest unless I say you should.
  • Sometimes I will be making lists of quest you should have before starting with an area, that doesn't mean I will list the whole quest log, JUST the quests that interest us for the moment.
  • When I say you should bind (make an Inn your home location) somewhere, it's for a good reason, and it will save you much time. Don't change your home location until I say so.

Useful Addons

Something that's amazingly useful is the Ace2 updater. Download and install it and the program will present you with a list of addons which all use the same library (hence they consume very few ressources). From that list you can choose addons that interest you (I downloaded Fubar quest mod, Fubar location, Cartographer, Bartender and a mod to make my UI look better) and the program will install all the addons for you. Furthermore you can run the program every time before you launch WoW and choose to update all installed modules for you.

Side Note:
If your addons are not being loaded when you enter the game you might need to log out to your login screen and click on "Addons" in the left lower corner. Tick the box that says "Load out of date Addons". Relaunch WoW.

Shopping List:

  • Deadly Blunderbuss (will be needed at level 26 for a quest). Buy it at the Auction House or bring the materials to an Engineer and ask him kindly to craft it for you.

Color Code:

  • Quests
  • Items
  • Locations
  • Quest objectives to kill
  • NPCs
  • Locs

This first chapter of Jame's Horde Leveling Guide includes several quests that require you to get a RARE item (we avoided those in the next chapters, but in this one we couldn't). You might be lucky and get those items on the first few kills, however in that case you WILL lack experience compared to the progress described in the guide. This problem cannot be taken into account by us and you will have to grind to catch up (either on the way or on a spot you like). At this level there is unfortunately NO alternative. Be sure to take this into account before making a comment about lacking experience when you are "supposed" to ding.

Level 21

  • If you followed Hosho's Guide to the Barrens: You should be in Orgrimmar or Camp Taurajo. If you are in Orgrimmar, make the inn your home location before you do anything else. Fly to Camp Taurajo.

    In Camp Taurajo, get the quest [20] Cry of the Thunderhawk, get out of Camp Taurajo and look for a Thunderhawk, there are easy to find all around the camp, kill them until you get Thunderhawk Wings. Go back to Camp Taurajo, turn the quest in and get the quest [20] The Ashenvale Hunt.

    Hearthstone to Orgrimmar, or fly there and set your hearthstone there.

    If you haven't turned in [19] Samophlange Manual and/or haven't learned your new skills yet, do that. [19] Samophlange Manual is turned in at Rilli Greasygob in the Valley of Honor, in the engineer house.

    Fly to Ratchet.

  • If you followed Snowflake's Guide to Ghostlands: You should have [21] Enjoy the Horde, turn it in at Lady Sylvanas at Undercity and get the follow up (will allow us to catch up a little on exp). Take the zeppelin just outside the town. Go to Orgrimmar and set your hearthstone there and sell junk/train etc. Turn in [21] Meeting the Warchief at Thrall in the Valley of Wisdom. Get the follow up. Once done get the Crossroads then the Ratchet flight path:

  • If none of the above is the case: Simply get to Orgrimmar: From Undercity: Just north outside the town you can find a zeppelin tower. Take the zeppelin to Orgrimmar.
    From Silvermoon: Use the translocation orb which you can find at Sunfury Spire in the northwestern part of the zone. You should be in Undercity. Follow the above mentioned instructions for Undercity.
    From Thunderbluff: Exit Mulgore to the east where you should zone into the Barrens. Follow this map:

    Once at Orgrimmar: Make the inn your home location, get the flight path, sell junk, restock on food/drink etc. Once done get the Crossroads then the Ratchet flight path:

At Ratchet: Speak to Sputtervalve who is right next to the flight master and get [21] Ziz Fizziks. Fly to Crossroads.

From there go west until you hit Stonetalon Mountains. Just about at the border you should see two quest givers. Get [19] Goblin Invaders from Seereth Stonebreak.

Follow the road further northwest to Sun Rock Retreat. On the way, at (59,75) you'll see a wanted poster. Take the quest [21] Arachnophobia from it. Ahead of you there should be a little valley with spiders and spider eggs. Clear your way into it until you see a big orange spider called "Besseleth". Kill it and loot its fang. Get out of the valley and continue northwest until you reach Sun Rock Retreat.

Turn in [21] Arachnophobia at Maggran Earthbinder. Get the flight path (if you don't have it yet) and get [18] Boulderslide Ravine from Mor'Rogal. (He can be reached if you go up this path, looking from the Flight Master)

Once done, follow the main path southeast until you reach Windshear Crag. Before you enter though, at (59,62) you should find Ziz Fizziks. Turn in [21] Ziz Fizziks and get the follow up. Now in Windshear Crag, run to all machine thingies looking somewhat like this:

You'll find Venture Co. Operators there. Kill them until you get Super Reaper 6000 Blueprints. On your way kill 15 Venture Co. Loggers. Once you have them fight your way back to Ziz Fizziks, turn in and get the follow up. Follow the path southeast back to the Barrens. On the way, at (67,88) there should be a little path going into the mountains. Follow it. When you open your map you'll see two caves. Go to the northern one and fight your way through to it. Once you enter the cave you should see shiny purpal crystals on the wall. Gather 10 of them while going deeper into the cave. At approximately this point:

You will get a discovery quest message and you can head back out of the cave. Continue on the path to the Barrens. At the border to the Barrens turn in [19] Goblin Invaders at Seereth Stonebreak. Go straight to the Crossroads. Fly to Ratchet. Turn in [21] Further Instructions at Sputtervalve and don't get the follow up. Now fly to Sun Rock Retreat. Go back to Mor'Rogal and turn in [18] Boulderslide Ravine.

  • If you have the Splintertree Post (Ashenvale) flightpath: Fly there.

  • If you don't have it: Fly to Crossroads and follow the path north until you reach Ashenvale Forest. Go further north until the path forks, there go east until you reach Splintertree Post. Once there take the flight path.

Talk to Senani Thunderheart to complete [20] The Ashenvale Hunt (if you had the prequest from Camp Mojache, take the follow up and turn in again). You get no exp or quest item, don't worry, that's normal, this quest just enables you to do 3 hunting quests, which we will be doing soon.

  • For those who have the Zoram Outpost flight path: Fly there.

  • For those who don't have it (yeah I know it's a lot of running at the beginning but we need to get those flight paths, they are important and you will constantly rely on them, even in the future): Follow the road west. Once you see an Alliance Outpost (Astranaar) avoid it CAREFULLY. Continue west until you reach (25,31). There should be a little path leading off the mainroad, going west. Follow it until you see a beach. Follow the beach southeast until you see a little camp. Welcome to Zoram Outpost. Get the flight path.

At Zoram Outpost: Get [19] Naga at the Zoram Strand, ignore the other quests for now. Kill Nagas here on the beach until you have 20 Wrathtail Heads and until you are 1450exp away from level 22. Once that is done, go back to Zoram Outpost and turn in [19] Nagas at the Zoram Strand. To open the clam shells faster use [Shift + Right Click] on them (or tick the auto-loot option in your interface options). If you find any Shredder Operating Manual pages, keep them.

You should be level 22 by now.

Level 22

Hearthstone to Orgrimmar and get your new skills, sell / repair, restock food / drink and buy some healing potions. Put your Shredder Operating Manual pages in the bank.

Get out of Orgrimmar and take the Zeppelin to the Undercity. For those who never took the Zeppelin, just go left when coming out of Orgrimmar, you'll find a tower with two goblins atop, talk to them to know which of the Zeppelins goes to the Undercity (the other one goes to Grom'Gol, in Stranglethorn Vale, a level 30+ zone).

Get off the Zeppelin in Tirisfal Glades and go to the Undercity if you don't have the flight path (that will most likely be the case if you aren't an Undead) and take it.

For Bloodelves: If you have the quest [21] Allegiance to the Horde, use the translocation orb to go to Silvermoon, turn the quest in and come back right away.

Once you have the Undercity flight path, get out and follow the road southwest. Follow it until you enter Silverpine Forest. In Silverpine follow the road until you reach a fork at (51,36), go west here and get the flight path at the Sepulcher, also get the quests [20] Journey to Hillsbrad Foothills from Apothecary Renferrel and [21] Beren's Peril from Shadow Priest Allister.

Get back on the road, go south and follow the road until you are approximately at (58,77), at this point go northeast to Beren's Peril, stay close to the mountain which should be on your left hand, kill any Dalaran dude in your way. You'll quickly find a narrow path towards the mountain at (60,74), go this way and you'll find the entrance to a cave as well as Ravenclaw Drudgers and Guardians, kill 6 of each to complete [21] Beren's Peril.

When done, get back on the road, go east until you enter Hillsbrad Foothills.

In Hillsbrad Foothills, follow the road, you'll quickly come across a guard tower to your right, get the quest [20] Time to Strike from Deathstalker Lesh there. Then get back on the road and keep going east until you get to another guard tower and a crossroad (57,36), go north to Tarren Mill. In Tarren Mill get the flight path, turn in the 2 quests we had and get the following quests:

[22] Elixir of Suffering
[24] Elixir of Pain
[24] Battle of Hillsbrad
[22] The Rescue
[22] WANTED: Syndicate Personel (from the poster infront of the church)
[28] Dangerous! (from the poster infront of the inn)

1. Head east/southeast, from now on kill every bear and spider you see on your way. You should soon find Durnholde Keep, the main entrance is on the south side of it at (76,46), go there. Inside the keep, clear the way over the bridge, then follow the small path up and then left. To the right you should see an orc npc in the distance named Thog'thar, he's chained and needs a key to escape. You will have to find Jailor Marigen and kill him to get the key. Start killing everything in the area until you find Jailor Marigen, loot the key and free Thog'thar, you just need to right click the iron ball.

You should also find Jailor Eston in the area to get the key for the other prisoner, Drull, but if Jailor Eston isn't there he is probably in one of the houses on the lower level of the fortress, and we're going there now.

Once you are sure that Jailor Eston isn't in the area (or have already found and killed him), move back down to the bridge and past it, if you look to your left and down you should see a few wooden houses in the lower court. Follow the ledge until the end and jump down there carefully and start clearing the way to the wooden houses, watch out, mobs run away here. Drull, the 2nd prisoner, is in one of the two wooden houses. Free him and then get out and start killing everything on your way out while also completing [22] Wanted: Syndicate Personnel.

2. Get out of Durnholde Keep and start going back towards Tarren Mill, kill as many bears and spiders as possible on your way. Keep doing that until you complete the quest [22] Elixir of Suffering. This might take a while, the Creeper's Ichor is kinda rare. This should make you ding 23. If you aren't 23 yet either grind on spiders and bears or in Durnholde Keep. If you don't want to grind at the moment you can just continue with the guide but you should kill everything on your way.

Level 23

3. When done, go back to Tarren Mill and turn in the 3 quests. Take the follow up from [22] Elixir of Suffering and turn it in at the little frog named "umpi" right next to the Apothecary. Get [24] Elixir of Pain. Restock food/drink, sell junk, repair (there's a weaponsmith on the other side of the field south of Tarren Mill).

4. & 5. Head west towards the Hillsbrad Fields, kill every Starving Mountain Lion you find on your way, don't worry if you don't get the 10 lion blood, we'll finish this quest on the way back. We'll first focus on the field which is to the northeast, you should see a small house, a tower-like structure and a medium sized house which looks like a barn. Before you start killing stuff, be mindful that every of those humanoids run in fear, so use snare abilities like hamstring when they get low on health.

5. & 6. Clear the way around the small house and inside you should find Farmer Getz, kill him (If Farmer Getz is not in his house, he's either in the field right next to it or in the barn). Then go northwest towards the next field, next to this field you'll find a medium sized house, with a dog named Stanley infront of it. Clear the way inside this house and on the 2nd floor you'll find Farmer Ray, kill him (Farmer Ray can also be found on the first floor of his house, and also around it and in the field next to it). Now just go out and start killing Hillsbrad Farmers and Farmhands in the fields until you have the [24] Battle of Hillsbrad quest finished. Avoid Hillsbrad Footmen, they might be too difficult for your level.

7. Once that is done, head east back to Tarren Mill, and kill as much Starving Mountain Lions as you need to finish the quest [24] Elixir of Pain.
Go back to Tarren Mill, turn in [24] Battle of Hillsbard, get the follow up [25] Battle of Hillsbrad. Turn in [24] Elixir of Pain and get the follow up. Now a new quest should be available to you from Deathguard Samsa, [25] Souvenirs of Death.

8. & 9. Head back to the Hillsbrad Fields, to the house next to the northern field with the dog Stanley infront. Make sure you are full health before turning in the quest to Stanley. Kill Stanley once he transforms, you get 1100 xp or so just for killing him. Now we're gonna head to the southern field, there are many Hillsbrad Peasants in it and also Farmer Kalaba. Kill 15 Peasants and Farmer Kalaba, be careful with runners. If anyone else is killing those peasants you should group up, as they don't respawn that fast, better not fight over them. Don't bother finishing [25] Souvenirs of Death, we'll do that when we come back to Hillsbrad in a couple of levels. After leaving the farmstead you should be more or less level 24 (it depends on how many lions/farmers you had to kill in total to complete your quests). So if you aren't 24 yet either grind here until you ding or continue with the guide and kill everything on your way until you've caught up.

Level 24

10. Go back to Tarren Mill, turn in [25] Battle of Hillsbrad, get the follow up [26] Battle of Hillsbrad. Get the new quest from Apothecary Lydon, [28] Elixir of Agony.

Take a bat ride to the Sepulcher, turn in [21] Beren's Peril. Hearthstone to Ogrimmar. Learn new skills, check the Auction House, we're gonna need that Deadly Blunderbuss soon. It's also time to upgrade to bigger bags, 12 slots at least if you can afford them.

Time to go back to Ashenvale, go to the bank and get all the Shredder Manual Pages you have. First fly to Splintertree post, get the following quests:

  • [26] Satyr Horns
  • [25] Stonetalon Standstill

Get out of the village, southwest until the guard tower where you will find more quests:

  • [24] Ashenvale Outrunners
  • [27] Warsong Supplies

Follow the road a bit further southwest, to the left you should see a small encampment, get the quest [30] The Lost Pages. Now you can bind chapters together when you have the right pages, it will free some bag space.

Go back to Splintertree Post and fly to Zoram'Gar Outpost.

1. Take the quest [23] Vorsha the Lasher from Muglash, he'll walk to the strand, follow him.

2. He'll stop on a small island with a brazier atop. Click the brazier when he tells you to do so and get ready for 3 waves of monsters. You don't have time to loot in between the waves, you just have enough time to drink/eat:

  • 1st wave: 3 Nagas, they are green to you so not so hard, but it's still 3. Let Muglash tank one while you kill them one by one. Muglash is level 25 and can easily take one or two on his own. Try to save your long cooldown abilites and potions for the last wave if possible. As soon as the 3 nagas are defeated, eat/drink fast before the 2nd wave.

  • 2nd wave: 3 nagas again, one of them will be a naga priestess, kill that one first and try to interrupt her heals or you'll be in trouble. Use potion/long cooldown abilities if you have to but try to keep it for the next wave. Let Muglash tank as much as possible again. eat / drink fast right after the nagas are dead.

  • 3rd wave: a level 22 Hydra named Vorsha will spawn and attack you, the hydra hits rather hard for a level 22, so use everything you got. If you die don't release, Muglash should be able to finish off the hydra if you did enough damage to it before dying. Wait until you get the (complete) message, then release and run back to your corpse.

Go to Zoram Outpost and turn in the quest. Get the quests [24] Between a Rock and a Thistlefur and [24] Troll Charms.

3. Time for a little walk, go to Thislefur Village (30,45), follow the path shown on map.

Kill Furlbog Avengers and Shamans until you complete the first quest, then go north following the path inside the village and pass the wooden gate, then a bit futher along the path you'll see a stone arch if you face north. Go through this arch and you'll soon find the entrance to a cave. Enter the cave and explore it, kill stuff in there until you find 8 Troll Charms, which are in Troll Chests you can find scattered everywhere in the cave.

4. Once you have 8 troll charms head back to Zoram'Gar Outpost. Turn in the 2 quests, don't get the follow up.

Fly to Splintertree Post.

5. Go directly south of Splintertree Post, and on the other side of the road there's an area with Rotting Slimes, that's where you'll hunt Ashenvale Outrunners. They are stealthed. So use abilities like track stealthed or use TAB key while running around to find them, they are mostly next to trees.

6. Once you are done with the [24] Ashenvale Outrunner quest, go west to (68,75), you should see an orc named Torek, with 3 raiders. DON'T take the quest now, just remember where he is.

7. Go further west on the other side of the road you should find a path to Silverwing Outpost (66,73). Kill all the nightelves on the path and inside the house, as soon as this is done, sprint back to Torek and start his quest. The way being clear, he'll directly run to the house. When inside 4 elves will spawn - let the orcs tank them and focus on one, Torrek must survive so kill as fast as you can, and use all the abilities / consumables you have.
Note: If you are a healer this should be easy, you can heal the NPCs.

Even if you die you'll still get the complete message if torrek survives and wins the battle, so don't release immediately if you die. If you fail the quest just wait for the NPCs to respawn and try again, it took me 2 tries to get it down with the first character I did it.

You should be level 25 by now. If you aren't, either kill nightelves here until you ding or continue with the guide and kill everything on the way to catch up.

Level 25

8. Go west across the river, and further west until you hit Mystral Lake (52,70). Start killing Befouled Elementals there, be very careful with your breath as they like to frost nova you while you are under water, so stay close to the surface as much as you can and pull them with a long range attack. Besides killing 12 Befouled Water Elementals you must also find and kill Tideress, a level 27 elemental who roams from the island in the middle of the lake to the eastern tip of the lake.

He's slightly bigger than other elementals and is green instead of blue. Make sure you get him solo and have your cooldowns up or at least a potion ready. On Tideress' corpse you will find a Befouled Water Globe, right click it to start the quest [27] The Befouled Element.

9. Go to the island in the mdiddle of Mysral Lake and walk around the gazebo structure until you get the objective complete message for [25] Stonetalon Standstill. Kill the remaining Befouled Water Elementals you need to complete the quest and then head to the western tip of the lake.

10. Now we're gonna look for the named lvl 25 bear Ursangous, just go to the spot shown on map (40,65). Ursangous always roams around this area, so just kill bears and stags while waiting for him to show up. Kill him and loot his paw. Right click the paw to start a quest.

11. Now go east then slightly northeast (be careful to stay away from Silverwing Refuge's Guards) until you reach Greenpaw Village. Kill all the furlbogs on your way until you get a Logging Rope for the quest [27] Warsong Supplies, that's if you don't have it already.

12. Once that is done, get back on the road to Splintertree Post and turn in the quests:

[23] Ashenvale Outrunners
[24] Torek's Assault
[24] Ursangous's Paw
[25] Stonetalon Standstill
[27] The Befouled Element
and get the follow up [27] Je'Neu of the Earthen Ring.

Fly to Zoram'Gar Outpost. Turn in the quest [27] Je'neu of the Earthen Ring. Hearthstone to Orgrimmar.

Sell/repair, check the auction house. Buy the shredder pages you miss, they go for 15-20s buyout usually, and sell the extras.

Note: Be careful to bind your chapters before you put extra pages on sale, because let's say you have page 8 on sale at the auction house you won't be able to bind chapter 2 (page 5,6,7,Cool, since the game will try to use the page you have at the auction house instead of the one in your backpack.

Also check for a Deadly Blunderbuss, we're gonna need it soon, if you can't buy it, find an engineer who will do it for you, bring him the materials and give him a tip. Restock food/drink and potions and then fly to the Crossroads, take the quest [22] Egg Hunt.

  • For those who have the Camp Taurajo flight path: Fly there.

  • For those who don't: From Crossroads follow the path all the way south until the road forks. Camp Taurajo is right between the two paths. Once there, get the flight path.


For people who didn't level in the barrens before (Ghostlands etc.): At Camp Taurajo go to Mangletooth who sits in a cage just next to the main building. Take [21] Tribes at War. Go north of Camp Taurajo where you should see Bristlebacks. Now quickly kill 6 Water Seekers, 12 Thornweavers and 12 Geomancers. (The Thornweavers are a bit closer to the mountain and the Geomancers are a bit further to the north, close to the mountain) Once done, go back to Camp Taurajo (don't sell your blood shards!) and turn in the quest. Take the follow up and turn it in right away. Now you can get [25] Betrayal from within from the NPC. Beside you can turn in your Blood Shards for useful buffs like runspeed.


Get the following quests:

[25] Betrayal from within
[24] Weapons of Choice
[27] Mahren Skyseer
(Those who didn't level in the Barrens can't get this quest, it doesn't matter though, we cought up for the exp already)

1. Head south to the field of giants, look for Silithid Mounds

Clear any bug around it and then click them to gather Silithis Eggs. Rinse and repeat until you have 12 eggs. Then head south staying close to the mountain on your right hand side until you stumble across some quillboar camps. You have to kill Razormane Warfrenzies, Seers and Stalkers until you get a wand, a shield and a backstabber. (The stalkers are stealthed but shouldn't be hard to find at your level). Warfrenzies drop the shield, Seers drop the wand and Stalkers drop the stabber.

2. There's also 3 nameds you must find, the first one is Lok Orcbane, and you can find him on top of a slope at (41,80). Kill him and loot his skull.

3. The 2nd one is Nak, he's further south in between two mountains (43,83), kill him and loot his skull, be careful with all the stalkers in this area, they tend to add while you are fighting Nak.

4. The 3rd and last one, Kuz, roams around the middle camp and a tree with a painted stone at (45,80), kill him and loot his skull.

5. When done with quests [25] Betrayal from within and [24] Weapons of Choice, go east until you hit the road. Then follow the road north and south until you find a tauren npc named Gann Stonespire, he walks up and down this road, from the fork that leads to Dustwallow marsh to Bael Modan, you should find him without problems, get his quest [23] Gann's Reclamation.

6. Head southeast to Bael Modan. Enter the excavation site by the slope on the southern side of the site (46,84). Kill 15 Excavators, 5 Foremans and Prospector Khazgorm who should be at the far end of the excavation site, loot Khazgorm's Journal.

You should be level 26 by now or close (those that have [27] Mahren Skyseer will catch up in a bit, don't grind to catch up if you have that quest).

Level 26

Head out back to Gann, turn in the quest and get the follow up [26] Revenge of Gann.

7. This time head to the dwarven fortress which is just north of the excavation site. Kill dwarves there until you complete the [26] Revenge of Gann quest.

Once that is done, get back on the road and find Gann, turn in [26] Revenge of Gann and get the follow up. Go back to the excavation site, but this time your target is the Helipad with the Gyrocopter atop. The Helipad is midway down the slope going to the excavation site (46,85), go up the helipad and right click the Flying Machine to destroy it, then go back to Gann for the last time and turn in the quest.

8. Run back to Camp Taurajo and turn in the quests:

[24] Weapons of Choice, don't get the follow up.
[25] Betrayal from Within, get the follow up.

Fly to the Crossroads, when there turn in:

[22] Egg Hunt
[25] Betrayal from Within

Fly to Ratchet.


For those who have [27] Mahren Skyseer: From Ratchet go south along the Merchant coast until you get to the area named the Tidus Stair, turn in [27] Mahren Skyseer and get the follow up [27] Isha Awak.
Go south along the merchant coast until the Northwatch Hold, take a dive and the Isha Awak (some big aquatic dinosaur) should be there underwater at (63,53). Isha Awak can also be found a bit south of Mahren Skyseer, around (66, 49). It should be an easy kill, loot his heart and run back to Mahren Skyseer, turn in [27] Isha Awak. Run back to Ratchet.


Take the boat to Booty Bay. In Booty Bay, on the docks you should find a crate named "Warsong Axe Shipment" close to Wharfmster Lozgil, loot it. Then go get the Booty Bay flight path, it's on the top floor of the Inn. Once you have the flight path, hearthstone to Orgrimmar!

Sell/Repair, check the auction house for missing shredder pages and take your Deadly Blunderbuss with you. Go learn new skills and restock consumables and food.

Fly to Splintertree Post.

1. Turn in the Deadly Blunderbuss at Pixel to get the Warsong Sawblades.

2. Go west on the road until you reach (56,59). At this loc, go north and then right until you stumble across an area with Laughing Sisters(centaur chicks) (58,55). Around this camp there is a named cat, Shadumbra. Clear your way around the camp, find and kill the cat then loot its head, right click it to start the quest.

3. Get back on the road (avoid Raynewood Retreat's Sentinels carefully though), then go east, stay on the road and then go north until you reach Satyrnaar (81,52).

Kill satyrs there (be careful at this level though, pull cautiously so as to not get ads especially as there are stalkers around) until you finish [26] Satyr Horns and also find a Warsong Oil, they can be found inside various satyr camps and look like this:

4. If you are unlucky, you won't find the Oil anywhere in Satyrnaar and will have to go check out Xavian, the other satyr camp just north of Satyrnaar (78,46). To access it you have to get out of Satyrnaar, follow the road west until you hit the river, then follow the river north and you'll find Xavian to your right after a little walk. There should be plenty of Oil in Xavian, so you won't have to stay there long (mobs can be level 30 there so you better get the oil and go away as soon as possible).

Anyway, you'll ding while killing those Satyrs which will make it much easier to finish these quests.

Level 27

5. Once you're done, get back on the road south towards Splintertree Post but we have one last thing to do before going there, when you reach the fork close to Splintertree, go south to the Forsaken Camp (75,71). Now you're gonna search around this camp like shown on the map for a level 31 Hyppogryph named Sharptalon. Yes you read correctly, it's level 31. We theoritically can't kill that. But there's a trick. Once you spot Sharptalon keep him in sight and wait till he is close enough to the Forsaken Camp, pull him with the lowest aggro spell you have (a simple bow shoot or a rank 1 nuke) and bring him to the Forsaken Camp. Do nothing, let the npcs there aggro it and take it off you. Once they have Sharptalon down to 90% start attacking him again, you must do as much damage as possible but don't use high aggro spells, help them finish it off. You should normally be able to loot him, and get his claw, which starts a quest if you right click it. Sharptalon roams but he always passes by the Forsaken Camp. If you don't manage it the first time it's ok, stay in the area, kill Oozes and Elves while waiting for Sharptalon to respawn (about 10 mins).

On your way back to Splintertree, pass by the small encampment at (70,71) to the west where you initially got the shredder manual quest. Turn in [30] The Lost Pages.

Also right before Splintertree turn in [27] Warsong Supplies.

At Splintertree Post, turn in the following quests:

[27] Shadumbra's Head
[30] Sharptalon's Claw
and now Selani should have a new quest up for you named "The Hunt Completed". Turn it in immediately.
[26] Satyr Horns

Fly to Sun Rock Retreat. Sell junk, repair and restock on arrows/food etc.

1. Get the following quests:

  • [23] Cycle of Rebirth
  • [25] Elemental War
  • [26] Harpies Threaten
  • [28] Calling in the Reserves

2. Follow the path north out of Sun Rock Retreat. Continue north until you reach a little lake. All around the lake you should find seeds looking like this:

Gather 10 of them.

3. Once done follow the path going west from the lake to the Charred Vale. Just as you arrive you should start seeing Harpies and Fire Elementals. Kill them until both [25] Elemental War and [26] Harpies Threaten are completed. Also make sure you aren't more than 5k away from the next level. Once done, go to the eastern side of the Charred Vale, where you'll find a path leading back to Sun Rock Retreat (38,67). There, turn in all your quests. Don't get follow ups.

You should be level 28 by now.

If you aren't level 28 yet, here's an optional mini-circuit:

Take the follow ups [26] Bloodfury Bloodline and [25] New Life. Go back to the Charred Vale and while going towards (31,62), search for dirt mounds on the floor and right click them (you'll need to do this 10 times). At the aforementioned location you'll find a Bloodfury Ripper. Kill it and loot its remains. Once you are done with planting seeds as well, go back to Sun Rock Retreat and turn in both quests.

Level 28

Hearthstone to Orgrimmar. Learn new skills, check the auction house, repair and restock consumables etc.

Get out of Orgrimmar, take the Zeppelin to Undercity. From the Undercity fly to Tarren Mill.

1. After landing, head west to the Hillsbrad Fields, this time go to the forge house, which is west of the southern field. Kill 4 Apprentice Blacksmiths and Blacksmith Verringtan, he's inside the forge. Once the forge is clear go inside and loot the "Shipment of Iron", which looks like a big crate. Once that is done, head back to Tarren Mill, don't forget to kill stuff which is on your way.

2. Turn in [26] Battle of Hillsbrad and get the follow up.

3. Go back to the Hillsbrad Fields, this time we're gonna go to the City Hall (31,42), it's right next to the forge. Clear your way to inside the house, and clear the first 2 rooms. First pull the 1 mob which is on the left inside the room, go back to the first room and hide behind a wall so that the Councilman cannot nuke you from a distance but instead come to you. Then go to the big room and kill Clerk Horrace Whitesteed. Get back to full health, and kill Magistrate Burnsidethen destroy the Hillsbrad Proclamation

and the Town Registry (a big blue book on the floor).

Clear your way out of the house, kill the remaining Councilmen you need for the quest, and also look for Citizen Wilkes if you haven't killed him already. He wanders to the City Hall and the Forge, so kill stuff around those two areas until you find him. Also complete the [25] Souvenirs of Death quest if you haven't already.

4. Walk back to Tarren Mill, turn in the quests [26] Battle of Hillsbrad, get the follow up.Turn in [25] Souvenirs of Death as well. Sell/Repair and restock up to 2 stacks of food/drink. Make sure that you've got the follow up of [28]Elixir of Agony, from Apothecary Lydon.

5. This time we're gonna go to the mines which are just southwest of the Hillsbrad Fields, on the other side of the main road. There are two entrances to the mine, a lower one and an upper one. We'll enter through the lower one (26,58). After a while you'll see a fork, to the left are Foreman Bonds and Miner Hackett, but for now we're gonna go right and kill the Hillsbrad Miners there so that we'll have 9 or 10 kills of those. Note: Miner Hackett can spawn at various places in the mine, so if he's not where I said check every other area of the mine, it's a nice place to grind anyway so don't worry if it takes some time to find him.

Then go back to the fork and this time go towards Miner Hackett / Foreman Bonds, you should find the remaining Hillsbrad Miners you need on your way to them. Miner Hackett can be pulled solo and is an easy kill, kill him first.
Foreman Bonds is a different deal, the problem is that at 20% health he summons 2 dwarves to guard him and it's very unlikely that you can kill all 3. If you are a rogue it's easy, kill Foreman Bonds and then vanish. For other classes, clear the way behind you towards the exit right before engaging Foreman Bonds, finish him fast and then run for the exit, the 2 dwarves will eventually give up on you. If you die it's not that bad, what counts is that you get the kill on Foreman Bonds.

6. Anyway, once you have killed 10 Miners, Foreman Bonds and Miner Hackett, get out of the mine and back on the road and follow it eastwards until you cross the bridge over the river which splits the zone in two. Right after the bridge turn south and head this direction until you find a field with Mudsnout Gnolls in it (65,60). You have to gather the mushrooms in that field, they're called "Mudsnout Blossoms" and look like giant white/blue mushrooms. Gather 6 of them and then go back to Tarren Mill. Turn in the 3 quests and get the 2 follow ups: [30] Battle of Hillsbrad and [28] Elixir of Agony.

Hearthstone to Orgrimmar. Sell/Repair, restock food/drink and consumables.

When you're ready to go again, fly to Camp Taurajo. Take the quest [30] Melor Sends Word. Go south/southeast until the Great Lift (32,22).

1. Turn in [28] Calling in the Reserves at Grish Longrunner and get the quest [25] Message to Freewind Post from Brave Moonhorn. (if you don't manage access these NPCS don't bother with this step and abandon [28] Calling in the Reserves)

Then go down into the Thousand Needles.

2. Follow the road south a little then go east, you should soon see a silver arrow on the minimap showing Freewind Post, following it until you reach it, there is a lift to access it on the east side of it.

In Freewind post turn in [25] Message to Freewind Post and take the follow up [25] Pacify the Centaur. Also take the quests:

[29] Wanted - Arnak Grimtotem from the Poster next to the Inn.
[28] A Different Approach
[26] Alien Egg
[29] Wind Rider

Don't forget to take the new flight path.

3. Get back down off Freewind Post, no northwest until you find the Centaur Village. Kill centaurs there until you have the list of [25] Pacify the Centaur completed.

You should be level 29 by now.

Level 29

4. Go east, stay along the mountain to your left until you find a slope going up at (54,44). Up the slope you'll find a cave, enter it and get the quest [26] Test of Faith from Dorn Plainstalker. He'll teleport you to the top of a peak, look for two wooden planks and jump off from them. Don't worry you won't die from falling. You should re-appear next to Dorn, turn in the quest and get the follow up [30] Test of Endurance.

5. Now we'll look for an Alien Egg

**While going to the 3 locations described below, search and kill 2 Thundering Boulderkins until you have 2 Purifying Earth.**

The egg can be at 3 different spots, and it's always an area crowded by those weird flying serpents. The first one is directly south at (56,50). If it's not there, the next spot is directly south, at the zone wall, you should find a weird hole in the wall, and if you're lucky an Alien Egg close to it at (52,55). If the Egg is not there it will be further west against the zone wall at (38,55). Once you got an Alien Egg and 2 Purifying Earth, go back to Freewind Post.

6. Turn in [25] Pacify the Centaur, get the follow up [28] Grimtotem Spying
Turn in [26] Alien Egg, get the follow up [26] Serpent Wild

Sell/repair, get back up to 2 stacks of food/drink.

1. Get back down off Freewind Post, head west until you reach Highperch (12,32). Get up there and start killing Wyverns while searching for eggs. Keep doing this until you have 10 Highperch Wyvern Eggs.

2. Once you have done that, head to the southeastern corner inside Highperch, you should find a narrow path going up to another plateau, at the end of this plateau you should find a tauren named Pao'Ka with a quest. Take his quest [29] Homeward Bound and escort him out. It's a pretty simple escort quest, shouldn't be any problem.

3. After you complete the escort, go east to Whitereach Post (21,32). Turn in the 3 quests you have here and get the follow ups [27] Sacred Fire, [28] A Dip in the Moonwell and get the other quest [30] Hypercapacitor Gizmo.

4. Follow the road northwest until you reach the loc (12,18). Looking west you should see a slope going up one of those needles. Climb it like that:

Then continue around the needle until you reach a Concealed Operating Panel looking like this:

In your inventory you should have an item called Robotron Control Unit. Dismiss your current pet (if you have one) and right click that item. You'll take control of a little robot looking like this:

Direct it into the moonwell just ahead of you and click pet's ability called "Gather Water". You should get a quest completed message. You can click off the buff icon that gives you control over the robot.

Go back to Whitereach Post and turn in [28] A Dip in the Moonwell. Take the follow up.

5. Go directly east to the small lake you can see on the map, called the Boiling Pool (33,34). Once you are there you must look for 10 plants named Incendia Agave,

they can also be found inside the water.

6. When done with that, get out of the lake and to the western side of the big peak marked on the map as "Darkcloud Pinnacle", you'll find a narrow path going up at (31,36). After crossing 3 wooden bridges you'll be on a plateau with 2 choices, east or south. Go south, cross the bridge and you should be on a large plateau with a mini village with a big totem in the middle.

Go to the Northwestern edge of this plateau, where you will find another wooden bridge, cross it and you'll reach a small plateau with a "document chest"

on it, this one contains the Secret Note #1.

Go back to the big plateau, now on the southern side of this plateau enter the main house and inside you should find another "document chest", inside it you'll find the Secret Note #2.

Finally go to the eastern side of this plateau and find another wooden bridge going east, you'll reach a plateau with the last document chest inside a house, this on contains Secret Note #3.

Now get back on the big plateau, take the northern wooden bridge back to the plateau where we decided to go south last time. This time we are gonna take the wooden bridge going east. We'll reach a plateau with another double bridge choice, we'll choose the one going northeast this time. After crossing the bridge go left, there you should find Arnak Grimtotem, you normally should be able to pull him solo if you wait for the right moment, he will have another tauren close to him, so you might pull him with an add but this should still be manageable, use a health potion and long cooldown abilities if needed. Kill Arnak and loot his hoof.

Next to where you kill Arnak you should see a tauren named Lakota Windsong with a quest [29] Free at Last. You must escort her out. It shouldn't be a problem, Lakota is level 30 and does almost fine on her own. The only risk is that 2 extra taurens spawn to ambush her everytime she reaches the middle of a plateau, so you're safer if you pull the static spawns to her before she reaches the middle. Other than that, it's an easy escort.

You should be level 30 at the end of the escort quest.

Level 30

Once you complete it, run back to Freewind Post.

Turn in all the quests you have, there are no follow ups.

Go to the northwestern part of Thousand Needles. On your way stop at (29,34) where the road should fork. Now patrol between the lift going to the Barrens and Whitereach Post until you stumble on Galak Messenger.

Kill him and loot his Assassination Note. Right click it for a quest. Go to Whitereach Post and turn the quest in right away, take the follow up once you are full mana/hp. Three centaurs will spawn and attack Kanati Greycloud. Help him kill them and then turn in the completed quest. Continue following the path northwest.

Enter Feralas and get on the road, be careful to stay as far as possible from wolves or bears in Feralas, they are way too high level for us. Follow the road until you reach Camp Mojache. Get the flight path.

  • For those who have the Thunder Bluff flight path: Fly there.
  • For those who don't: Fly to Camp Taurajo. From there follow the path west into Mulgore. Continue following the path west until you reach Bloodhoof Village. Go northwest there all the way until you reach Thunder Bluff. Get the flight path.

Go to the Hunter Rise (southern plateau), turn in [30] Melor Sends Word and get the follow up [30] Steelsnap.

As last thing, go to the elder rise (eastern plateau), turn in [27] Sacred Fire and get the follow up [28+] Arikara.

Hearthstone to Orgrimmar, train new skills, check the auction house, sell/repair, restock consumables.

1. Fly to Splintertree Post. Make the inn your home. Take [30] Destroy the Legion from Valusha.

2. Follow the path southeast out of the town until you reach Felfire Hill. Kill everything there until:

  • [30] Destroy the Legion is completed.
  • you find Diabolic Plans drops. Right click it for a quest.

Once done, go back to Splintertree Post and turn everything in. Take the follow up [32] Never Again!. Go back to Felfire Hill but this time fight your way even more southeast until you reach Demon Fall Canyon.

You need to kill two bosses here: Gorgannon and Diathorus the Seeker. Let's start with the easy one.

As you arrive, the path in the canyon will fork. Take the way leading to the east. Clear all the way to the end of the path until you see Gorgannon looking like this:

All the mobs around him can be solo pulled beforehand. Once that is done, get full mana and health and take him down. I (as a hunter) used rapid fire because I thought it would be tough but it wasn't, it felt quite easy for a level 32 mob.

Once done go back to where the road forked earlier and go west. Clear everything until you reach a rune. Looking right you should see a slope with lightened stones:

Follow this slope to the top where you should see a camp. Clear to the house of the camp in the back. Once you enter the house you'll see a cave structure. Diathorus the Seeker is somewhere inside. Just clear your way and search for him. Contrary to many comments I've read, he does have different spawn locations. Once you killed him and once you are less than 3350 exp away from level 31, hearthstone to Splintertree Post. Turn in [32] Never Again!.

Congratulations Smiling

End of this guide, stay tuned for chapter 2!

Original author: Jame
Revamp & Text formatting & Picture Editing: Snowflake
Picture Editing: Subere

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Time to Strike?!?

I did Berens Peril fine got quest n all. But cannot get time to strike? add on says in Tauren Mill but she is closer than that i read from above? why can i not get it as a bloodelf warlock n friend blood elf pally? any ideas?

Ziria Eye

Not bad quest

Found a quest called Freedom to Ruul I think it was called while i was doing "Between a Rock and a Thistlefur" and "Troll Charm". Easy quest easy EXP for when we go back to splintertree.

Great Guides

These guides are awesome and I just wanted to post to say thanks so much for them. I'm a late newcomer to Warcraft and I thought I'd be ok without guides as I wanted to explore the game for myself, but using them has taken nothing away from the enjoyment factor and if anything it enhances it; there's nothing more frustrating than getting lost all the time! At level 21, I ventured away from them to make it on my own, but I'm having a hard time again so am coming back to the guides Smiling My biggest weakness is accepting quests that I'm not supposed too - how can you resist helping out someone that just asks for a 'small favour' once you've done something for them already? If I can cut out the unnecessary follow up quests I'd get it done quicker! The good thing is that I'm usually a level or two ahead of the guide so some things are easier.

Thanks again

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Thanks Jame i really apreciate it Laughing out loud Nice Guide my Friend got to 80 in 5 days 16 hours play time so i want to do the same thing Laughing out loud


Great guide so far Smiling. Registered just now cause the comments I've been wanting to make are piling up, I'll just start from now on.

I recommend picking up the follow-up "A New Ore Sample" after doing [24]Weapons of Choice. Once you hit 1000 Needles, you often stumble upon Kobolds running around (for example I just got my drop below the cave where you get "A Test of Faith" (got it off the 2nd kobold I killed), the turn-in is just a quick flight to Camp Taurajo.

/edit: also, you might also mention that killing the Thundering Boulderkin while searching for the Alien Egg isn't a must, as they are found on the way to the turn-in at Whitereach Post anyway Smiling.

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I actually thought about

I actually thought about putting the new ore sample quest in many times, but found out that the drop was too random, so I didn't bother.

The other point is definitely worth noting though, thank you Smiling

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Sad in the game i have a problem with the page collecting quests because im broke and im unlucky with the drop rates so is it possible if i skip the quest because on my server the AH prices are like hell? Jawdropping!

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This quest has no follow ups

This quest has no follow ups (I think) so this should be fine.

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Just a question

Can I use this guide even if I have completed some of the quests already?

thanks, and a very informative guide, really helps Laughing out loud

Jame's picture

Yes of course. Just jump in

Yes of course. Just jump in the guide somewhere close to your level, ignore the quests you can't do and you'll get back on track eventually.

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awesome Smiling thanks again

a couple problems with quests

Hmm, I'm not sure why, but everything everything was working awesome while following this guide with my blood elf pally until I got to the sepulcher. I couldn't get the quest "berens peril" from Shadow Priest Allister, and when I tried to continue on I couldnt get the quest "time to strike" from Deathstalker Lesh. Anyone have any idea what I might have done wrong, or how I could get these quests to work? Thanks a ton Smiling.

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I'm currently doing this on

I'm currently doing this on a BE warlock and having no trouble with those two quests. The only thing I can think of is if you are a level behind the guide or something.

Easy, fun way to get an extra 1850 XP

Three words: Dig Rat Stew

When you get to the level 25 section of the guide, in step 12 you are instructed to take the quest "Egg Hunt." Right after you do, I humbly suggest to anyone following this guide that you add the following mini-step:

Exit the Crossroads via the Southeast road (the one leading to Ratchet) and you'll immediately see an orc tower not too far ahead at the base of some mountains. Run to this structure and inside pick up the quest "Dig Rat Stew" from an orc named Grub. Then head back to the Crossroads (proceed normally with Jame's guide from here).

Why? Many reasons. But here's two of the best:

First, very soon Jame will be sending you to Bael Modan to kill no less than 21 dwarves (awesome). Bael Modan just happens to be where you'll find the dig rats needed for the Dig Rat Stew quest. It is VERY easy to kill the required amount of dig rats while completing the other quest Jame has you doing. Second, you get to kill 8 level 1 critters and actually get XP and rewards for it (including a cooking recipe for Dig Rat Stew).

Just do the turn in when you turn in Egg Hunt as instructed in the guide (you'll have to run a little ways back to the orc tower, but it's a very short trip, I promise). I got 1850 XP at lvl 27 when I turned this quest in. Hope this helps.

One last tip: If while killing dig rats one drops an "Unconscious Dig Rat" you can click it to spawn another dig rat that can be killed for credit towards the quest. Two dig rats for the price of one! (Sorry you can't keep it as a pet).

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That's great, never saw that

That's great, never saw that quest. I'll add it in my next revamp!

Just wanted to add that it

Just wanted to add that it appears a minimal cooking skill (like 40 or less) may be required to obtain this quest. But honestly, the only way you wouldn't have a cooking skill well above that by level 25 is if you pretty much neglected cooking completely. In that case, do yourself a favor and get to a cooking trainer immediately.

The cooking level

The cooking level required is 15, just checked! Laughing out loud

I cannot even begin to

I cannot even begin to understand the complexity of putting together a guide of this caliber. I don't anything other than your guides when I play WoW. Thanks for all the help, and keep up the great work, I look forward to seeing more posts in the future. Smiling

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Thank you! And please spread

Thank you! And please spread the word Eye

Freedom to Ruul

When you do "Troll Charm" in Thistlefur Hold you can pick up the quest "Freedom to Ruul" on your way out of the cave when you're done with collecting the charms. Its an escape quest and it shouldn't be to hard when you have been able to do the Troll Charms.


Addition EXP possible?

Just thought I'd add my two cents to this great guide. Between level 25 / 26, when you get to the fork in the road near Dustwallow Marsh, there's an NPC nearby called Washte Pawne you can kill. It's not elite from what I remember and it drops a quest item you can turn in for easy exp. I ran across it while going from the last of the Gann quests to Camp Taurajo.

Hoshos guide ends at 20

i was ahead in hoshos guide so i skipped alot of the quest and im lvl 20 at the end urs starts at lvl 21 and i really wanna stay on track so u got any place u reccoment grinding at? i might just go to the ghost lands and grind their to 21

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Thank you

I have only been playing a month and had a warrior and a mage I was struggeling to get past level 22. Started your guide and in no time the mage was 30. Working on the warrior now. One comment the Mage specific quests fit in perfectly to this guide. They worked in almost at the exact same time you were in locations doing other quests.

Thanks again. Smiling

Falling majorly behind

I know you have addressed this numerous times, but I fear I am doing something wrong. I started your guide at level 21 at about 45% in. I followed it to a T, only skipping one quest (the shredder page one because I can't for the life of me find the 7th page). I am now level 27 and am still about 20% shy of 28, even after doing the Optional Circut. I've also noticed that I've had to grind a good 2-3 bars at some points. Am I missing something else?

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No, it's normal. They've

No, it's normal. They've upped many quest drop rates since I wrote the guide, so a bunch of stealth grinding has been removed.

Anyway, it's not a big problem. Keep following the guide and you'll get back on track at some point, even if it's at level 45 or something. I've been very generous with every level to make sure that people tend to be ahead instead of behind.

I'll revamp this part when I get the time, but for now, just ignore the level announcements and keep going.

An idea

Jame, I was thinking that with this guide, you ought to make version of the guide to follow for people who are leveling on new servers(no economy or crafters or pages etc put up on AH). Having alternative quests that can help those on such server situations could be useful. Also could be helpful for those anyways with limited funds otherwise.

ehmn huh?

Well its not the first time but im lvl 26 now(thanks to this great guide) but it says: you should be lvl 27 now...while i still need 14k xp Sticking out tongue and its not the first time, on snowflakes guide and in other lvls im just like 5k xp behind :'( so whats the reason of there maybe a update of this guide for patch 3.0.3 or am i doing something wrong?


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No it's ok, don't worry

No it's ok, don't worry about it. Keep going and you'll be end up catching up and even be ahead of the guide at one point.

Just keep following the guide normally.

QUest UPdate

Hey Jame!

Your guide rocks! Have used it on a few chars and cant wait for the new zone guides to open up!

For Elixir of Pain, Elixir of Suffering and Souvenirs of Deat, all of the drops are 100% except for the spider ichor. Just thought you would like to know!

I'll answer this for him,

I'll answer this for him, the only thing you need to start the guide from 31-41 is the requirements that are clearly stated in the beginning of the guide. From there, it is pretty straight forward Smiling.

I've a question. Can I start

I've a question. Can I start using a leveling guide at level 30, when I didn't use it up to that level? Puzzled

Thanks Smiling


Hey Jame! I would just like to say that this guide was incredible. I got to 31 with no problems at ALL! I ran a couple of instances and was atleast 1 level ahead of the guide. I sailed through it, took me around 2 days casual play. Thank you so much for making these guides! I have recommened this to a couple friends already!

Ursangous Problem


I noticed a problem. I killed Ursangous twice and never received the quest drop. I realize I could have tried a few more times, but didn't want to wait for the respawn.

I noticed that Ursangous is part of the quest 'The Ashenvale Hunt' (which is received in Slintertree Post). Is that a new quest? And is it messing with the quest drop?

Personal note:
I LOVE YOUR GUIDES! I've been playing for 4 months and have 70's for both Horde and Alliance. Thanks.

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You have to get the quest

You have to get the quest The Ashenvale Hunt in Splintertree Post, and you have to TURN IT IN immediately, as in, you have to click on "Complete Quest".

It's one of those rare quests where you don't have to do anything, you just need to pick it up and complete it right away.

Geez, I really thought I had fixed this well Sticking out tongue

I wrote a huge paragraph about it, with caps, underlined and highlited words to make sure that people do not miss it, but still, they do, obviously ^^

I don't know what else I can do.

where to start

Hey Jame.

I've got a level 28 blood elf priest, which I leveled up in the ghostlands (without guide) and in dungeons. I've also did some questing in Tarren Mill. Then I got the idea to use your guide, but I don't know where to start. I tried starting just from the beginning, in the Crossroads, but the quest's are marked as "low-level quests" and the mobs I have to kill are gray-leveled.

Could you give some input at what step I should start reading your guide?

Thanks in advance.


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Hey, I know you'd probably

Hey, I know you'd probably want Jame to answer this himself but I thought I'd pop in. If you look at the guide each level has it's own shall I say "bracket." Depending on what you've already done, I would start at the level 27 bracket and doing anything you haven't done there, and then start the level 28 part. That should be good enough. If not, let me know I could get you on the right track. Smiling


Jame's picture

Nothing to add, I couldn't

Nothing to add, I couldn't have said more. Thanks Eye

Always lagging behind

Great guide - nice to cut out the unnecessary running back and forth you get if you stay in the same place and finish up all the quests.

I recently started a Paladin alt using 2 of the heirloom items (inc the shoulders with +10% xp from monsters), but I find myself continuously behind the guide - i.e. I never ding when you say I should. I'm approaching 30 now and am 3 bars short of lvl again. At ~22 I realised I was always behind so adopted the old "kill everything on sight" rule you used to have, but have still ended up grinding out pretty much every level since then.

Is there an unwritten (or easily missable) part to the guide that predicates a certain amount of rest XP or something?

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I don't think so, the guide

I don't think so, the guide is supposed to be designed so that you need no rested or instance XP. I never fell behind while following it, but then again I usually had rested XP. I've really never heard of people being behind the guide, especially now because they have lowered the XP needed up to 70. So it's very strange.


Yes - it is very strange - I just got to the "You should be level 35 now" part and I'm not even half way to 35 - despite grinding well into level 34 to try and avoid this.

I wondered if maybe they've changed the xp given again, or if the heirloom shoulders were bugged causing some kind of XP drain..

On the other hand, I guess I could have just been really lucky on drops so am just doing the grinding I should have been doin to get them anyway..

I'll stick with it for now, but in a few levels I'll be over a level behind and too low to do the quests suggested...

I had this problem too but

I had this problem too but only on my newest alt on what must be my 4th or 5th run through with this guide. My guess is that Blizz have upped the quest drop rate which mean we aren't grinding as much as Jame had to. That would mean that to keep up with it you will need to do a couple of grinding sessions or some independent questing. Im keeping up by tacking on the occasional quest Jame doesn't do and doing the occasional instance,as a result I'm staying just ahead of where I'm meant to be.

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same problem!!!

yeah I have the same problem. I find that I am falling behind a bit. I am doing a current part of the guide where I have to kill harpies and they keep owning me all the time because I am not strong enough to kill them, and they gang me all the time >Sad

They definitely upped the rate that monsters drop quest items, cause I am falling behind considerably and soon I will just be too weak to complete any of the quests Sad now that will really suck.

Lucky I also have a grinding guide Sticking out tongue

optional for hunters maybe all pet classes

Hey Jame, I have used your guides to level about 20 different charachters, and they are always right on so thanks for that. I have discovered that there is an optional circuit you might include for pet classes as it's really easy and rewarding.

First, there is a quest at Zabra Jin from the last NPC before you leave going toward Sun Rock Retreat that asks you to kill spiders. I have always included this and wondered why you didn't since we are killing them during the Beseleth quest anyway. The quest is called "blood feeders" i believe. It can be turned back in easily on your way back from boulderslide ravine.

Secondly, when you turn in the quest from ziz fizziks for the super reaper 2000 blueprints in ratchet, I have always done the follow up, just because it's an easy little run from sun rock to the turn in at ziz when you fly back there anyway.

What I have never done until this morning was the Gerenzo Wrenchwhistle follow up. So I thought why not, i'll give it a shot. Well, I did and when i saw the guy was a 27, I almost turned back, but I decided to try him anyway, even though he was red to me. EASY KILL. My pet held his aggro no problem, I think I might have hit mend pet one time, and the one possible add that I thought might come with him never did, so he is totally pullable solo.

What these few extra things gave me was another half a level on top of the regular xp I get from your guide normally, so I am significantly ahead.

I usually try to run about half a level ahead of you anyway if I can just becasue it makes it easier.

So summing up,
1 after turning in goblin invaders, hearth to xroads
2 fly to ratchet turn in get follow up
3 fly back to sunrock turn in boulderslide
4 run a short way to ziz and turn in get follow up
5 run along the northern edge of the valley, swim thru the lake climb the hill and kill gerenzo. ( buy the limited availablity pants from the goblin Smiling
6 run back to ziz and turn in
7 sun rock and back on the guide

Anyway, great guides, keep it up and when I get a Chance I'm gonna hit you up with a donation Smiling

Very nice indeed, a few minor things though

I much like this guide (still using it), but I have a few comments
which may be useful:

1) Obtaining quests - frequently you get us on quests, just to leave
into a different area and come back much later. It is a minor
annoyance but it comes up on occasion that the quest log is full.
2) Instances - please annotate all quests obtained for an instance
with the instance name - I'm mostly soloing through this guide
and just solo'ed ragefire chasm. A couple of hints would be
appreciated as to what to do as an alternative to pick up a the
equivalent points. Yes, you are right, I should be doing the
instances and as a general policy it doesn't hurt having the
quests. But, case in point, the deadly blunderbuss I'm not sure
I can afford it right now.
3) Thunderbluff is easier to get around in, there are relevant quests
available and the airfares are cheaper than from Ogrimmar.
So I would suggest that for quite a part of this guide,
Thunderbluff is as good or better as the major city. Also, I
question the technique of setting the hearthstone to Ogrimmar.
I'm quite happy with my home in Camp Torijo. We are doing the
Barrens after all.
4) Money. I don't appreciate too much the advice on overspending
on a deadly blunderbuss, missing manual pages and bags.
There may be no better advice available, which is sad, but still
for levelling the normal way should still be getting the skills
which are expensive enough, and maybe the missing piece of gear
here or there. Or suggest a few helpful ways of turning a dime
at the AH while helping others...
5) Also, I didn't get at all why I should have lugged all those pages
around for nothing. Just keep track of the pages one is missing
isn't too hard and we return to the bank often enough or just mail
it off to your lvl 4 gopher.
6) I'm typically two levels ahead and can't figure out why that is.
Generally doesn't affect the gaming. Still running into the
unfortunate cluster of Mobs and dying. General info on the
dangerous protectors etc. and how to deal with them (e.g. just die
and come back) appreciated.

Jame's picture

Thank you for your

Thank you for your feedback.

About 6) It's normal that you're ahead of my guide, I wrote them so that people tend to be ahead rather than behind. And it's a GOOD thing. Being ahead makes it easier for you and doesn't penalize you in any way.

Ziz Fizzik

We're we not suppose to get the fallow up [Gerenzo Wrenchwhistle]?

You don't tell us to turn in

You don't tell us to turn in Dangerous!.


Jame's picture

I do: "go back to Tarren

I do:

"go back to Tarren Mill. Turn in the 3 quests and get the 2 follow ups: [30] Battle of Hillsbrad and [28] Elixir of Agony."

That includes Dangerous!

I hate to contradict, but...

As a matter of fact, the quest is picked up at 22, the quote you noted is from level 23, and "Dangerous!" isn't completed until level 28.

(Use CTRL-F to find the "Dangerous!" and you won't see the level 28 notes, you have to search for "Miner" or "Hackett".)


Still, an awesome guide. MUCH better than anyone else's that I've seen so far.

Jame's picture

erm, no, the line I quoted

erm, no, the line I quoted is from the level 28 section, when you are supposed to turn in Dangerous! Sticking out tongue

search for "turn in the 3 quests" and you'll find it Smiling