I figured I would take a few minutes to write out a few of the common questions and answers that might help you guys get oriented into Outlands a bit faster and thus save you some time and frustrations.
The Burning Crusade Classic Starter Guide and Quick FAQ
1. What items should I be saving before TBC comes out?
2. I am based in Ironforge, should I move else where?
Many people prefer to be based in Ironforge due to its proximity to Blackrock Mountain and the Instances within. However with TBC, I would suggest moving to Stormwind, due to being closer to Blasted Lands than Ironforge.
I expand on this below in the Hearthstone question.
3. How do I get to Outlands?
Getting to Outlands is easy and requires you to go to the Blasted Lands and then simply walk through the Dark Portal into Outlands. The level requirement on the portal itself is level 58 and you must have the expansion activated on your account before you can enter.
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4. Where will I be when I get to Outlands? Where should I go right off the bat?
When you enter Outlands the first zone you will be in is called Hellfire Peninsula and this zone is intended for level 60-63 players and is one of, if not the largest zone in all of World of Warcraft.
After going through the portal, jump down to your left and you will find a Flight Path NPC, talk to him and he will fly you to Honor Hold, which is the main town for Alliance in Hellfire Peninsula.
Alternatively, follow the quest line you get outside the Dark Portal on the Blasted Lands side.
For Horde, jump to the right and jump on the Bat Handler NPC, he will fly you to Thrallmar.
5. Any tips for Hellfire Peninsula?
I could write a book on this zone, but I wont and at the end of the day, it is just like most other WoW zones, so I do advise you explore every square inch of this zone because there are half a dozen quest hub areas in this zone and some are easy to miss if you don’t explore it fully, costing you potential XP, Loot and fun from doing the quests. In addition to the quest hubs, there are numerous flight paths here and a second Alliance town by the name of Temple of Telhamut.
To help you in this zone, I have included a Map below: (Source, Original Author Unknown)
If you need complete leveling guide through Outland, you can pick up a copy of Joana’s 1-80 Horde leveling Guide for horde, and Brian’s 1-80 Alliance leveling guide for alliance.
6. Where is the Auction House? Where is the Bank?
There is no Auction House in Outlands at all. You MUST go back to a main city in Azeroth.
The only city with a Bank is Shattrath and the bank is tied into The Aldor and The Scryer opposing factions within the city.
7. Where are the Profession Trainers?
There are various skill trainers in Outlands. Alliance Profession Trainers are found in Honor Hold, Horde Profession Trainers are found in Thrallmar. Shattrath, which is the main Outlands city found between Nagrand and Terokkar Forrest and shared by Horde and Alliance players, also has all types of Trainers available.
8. Where are the Class Trainers?
There are no class trainers in Outlands. You MUST go back to the main cities in Azeroth.
9. Where can I learn Master First Aid?
After you get to Honor Hold for the first time, you can ride to the Temple of Telhamut in Hellfire Peninsula and purchase the [Master First Aid – Doctor in the House] book off a vendor here. You can also purchase [Manual: Netherweave Bandage] (FA-330) and [Manual: Heavy Netherweave Bandage] (FA-360) books off this NPC (don’t worry, they are cheap).
You then need to grind out 30 skill points by making Heavy Runecloth Bandages and this will use up anywhere from 80 to 120 Runecloth, thus the reason I said to take about 120 Runecloth to Outlands.
The above First Aid Books are found in Falcon Crest for the Horde side. Make sure you grab the Flight Path to get back to Thrallmar. (Thanks to akauankka for that)
10. Any tips on going back and forth between Outlands and a Main City? Where should I set my Hearthstone?
Due to there not be any Auction Houses in Outlands, you will definitly be making daily trips back to a Main City in Azeroth to sell equipment or check the AH. Some people will use an Alt Character for this but I prefer to use my main character so I can do direct equipment comparisons and such.
There are various alternatives here:
Playing through 60 to 70 in the Beta, what I did myself was Option 2 to start with while I was doing Hellfire Peninsula quests and then when I moved to Zangarmarsh and Terokkar Forrest I switched to option 3. When I moved to Blades Edge Mountains and Netherstorm, I moved to option 1 and then when I got my flying mount at 70, I went back to Option 3.
The only problem with Option 1 is that it pisses off everybody when you are spamming “Looking for a Mage to portal me!”, but if you don’t mind doing that, it is an option
11. How does World PVP work and is it worth doing?
I wont go fully into World PVP however to do a quick summary, when you kill somebody OR recover a World PVP Objective you get a Token (Mark of Honor Hold for Hellfire Peninsula and Zangarmarsh or Halaa Battle Token or Halaa Research Token for Nagrand) that is specific to the zone you are in. These tokens can then be turned in at respective PVP vendors in the zone you are in and redeemed for some nice equipment rewards.
Is it worth doing? I think so because some of the stuff is really quite nice at an early level and World PVP is something that people will actually be doing in Outlands so it shouldn’t be too hard to get involved in.
For example, for 15 Marks of Honor you can get [Band of the Victor] or [Circlet of the Victor].
12. Are the Reputation Rewards any good in Outlands?
Yes, unlike WoW Retail, the reputation rewards are actually pretty decent this time around and depending on what you have, actually worth getting. For example, if you are Honored with Honor Hold, there is a decent 52dps 1H Sword you can buy early on, which is fairly easy to get for those of you who didn’t get Grand Marshall Weapons or Raid weapons in WoW Retail.
Here are some examples of Reputation Rewards: (Thottbot Live Links)
(Thottbot Beta Links – Info from beta)
13. Can you give me the run down on Shattrath, the factions, banks, choosing between Scryer and Aldor, etc?
As noted above, Shattrath has 4 factions, however in an interesting twist, Blizzard is forcing the player to choose between two of the factions (The Aldor and The Scryers) and after that decision is made, the areas of the city controlled by the opposing faction becomes closed off to you…unless you want to kill the NPC Guards of course.
The faction choice you make will affect what Faction Vendors you get access to and the types of Faction related quests you do in later zones are. At this time, I recommend making your decision based on the Reputation Rewards available for how you play the game while taking into account all the recipes/formulas they are selling, but just realize that this is an important decision to make and shouldn’t be made lightly as going back on the decision will be extremely time consuming (if even possible).
As for the rest of the city, there are two banks in the city, each controlled by the Aldor and Scryer and which bank you can use depends on which faction you choose. The bank is the same as what you use in Azeroth.
Shattrath also includes Sha’tar and Lower City Reputation Vendors/Quartermasters, various profession trainers, portals back to the main cities in Azeroth, various vendors, Battleground NPC’s, etc, etc.
As I said earlier, Shattrath does NOT include an Auction House or Class Trainers.
14. Should I bother with Instances or just go level up via quests?
Instances have great equipment, quest rewards and are also really good XP plus they can be fun to do, so I would never advise people to skip them. As well, Blizzard has also finally woken up to the fact that we don’t want to be doing 14 hour instance runs like Scholomance either so every instance out there can be done in less than an hour and a half and if your group is working well, you can can do many in less than an hour.
My memory might be a bit hazy here but I do find that Outlands instances are more challenging overall than past instances were in Retail so I think this will affect things a little bit. On the flip side, with WoW having been out for 2 years, 1 month and 22 days by the time TBC goes live, I think people should have learned how to play their characters by now and the increased challenge shouldn’t be an issue.
For a list of instances and beta loot, see this thread here.
15. How long will it take me to level up?
As long as you want it too. Those of us who race through the game to 70 will probably do it in 120-150 hours. Those who prefer to take their time will probably be anywhere between 150-200+ hours to get to 70. The number really depends on your play style.
16. Do you think Socketed Items will have an impact?
For me, the value of Socketed items comes down to one question:
Do you currently find Enchantments to be of value to your character?
If you don’t bother enchanting your equipment today, then Socketed Items will be of dubious value to you, because as a whole, Gems boost your stats the same way that Enchantments do.
17. Are there any other links to maps and such available?
Blizzard’s Outland Map
18. How much money will I make by level 70?
You should be able to make about 1000+ gold by level 70, which should make it easy for you to get your Regular Winged Mount at 70. However, there will be tonnes of new equipment, recipes, materials, etc on the Auction House for you to buy as well and I expect that there will be quite a bit of inflation initially due to supply/demand so how much you have at 70 could really vary…On the flip side, the same market forces mean you can sell your wares for good money. You can get the latest Burning Crusade Gold tips here for a small price.
19. What do the new Mounts cost?
These are current prices (they were recently changed) from the TBC Beta as of Dec 31, 2006 and subject to change as Blizzards whim. I believe that Faction Reputation DOES affect the prices though I am not 100% sure on this!
Flying Mounts can only be learned in Wildhammer Stronghold at Shadowmoon Valley
20. Are flying mounts worth it? How about the Epic Flying Mount?
YES! Flying is extremely useful and not to mention, fun. Gathering Herbs and Mining is much easier with a flying mount. PVP is also a blast when you can drop in on somebody and kick their ass from above. Plus, there are areas in the game that are only accessible via flight paths. Basically, if you are level 70 you will need a mount. As for the Epic Flying Mount it is incredible fast while expensive, I think it is worth the cost.
21. Is it going to be hell competing with other people for Spawns? I heard there is a new method of spawning mobs, is this true?
It is my opinion that Outlands is going to be an over camped and over populated land of angry and rude gamers for the first… oh, 6 months of expansion That being said, hopefully everybody can remember to try and not be a dick to other gamers and wait their turns for quest mobs and GROUP UP so you get credit faster because it just makes the game better for all of us.
Now for those who think it “wont be that bad”, I want to stress that the initial retail release of WoW had people spread out between two factions and almost a dozen starting areas for all the races. Outlands puts everybody in the same starting zone so yes, it will be that bad.
The big news though is that Blizzard has introduced new dynamic spawn rates for Outlands that changes the spawn rate for a Monster based on how many people are in the immediate mini-zone. So when there are 493 people camping the same named quest mob in Hellfire Peninsula on Jan 16, there will be an almost instantaneous respawn of the mob when it dies.
22. How do Heroic Instances work?
Heroic Instances are supposed to be the equivalent of 5 Man Raids so people should not expect them to be level 70 versions of a lower level instance, they are actually harder. ALL current 5 Man Instances in Outlands can be done in Heroic mode and you must be of Exhaulted Status in the corresponding Reputation Faction to be able to do an instance in Heroic Mode.
The last “wing” for most Instance’s also require a Key to enter and all the keys are updated for Heroic Mode, requiring you to get new keys.
Lastly, killing Bosses in Heroic Mode drop tokens that can be redeemed in Shattrath for the following items off of G’eras, the Token Vendor. I don’t know if the Heroic Mode bosses drop other forms of loot or if basic green/blue loot off the trash mobs is upgraded for Heroic Mode, though it stands to reason they would be…
23. Should I group up with people?
Definitely group up with people who are on the same types of quests if you can. Take regular “Kill Quests” that require you to go out and kill X amount of Mobs. It will simply benefit everybody if you group with a few other people while doing these because it will not only go faster, it will help limit competition between people for the same mobs, especially when doing Named Quest mobs.
24. I have PVP, Tier 1, 2 or 3 armor, is there anything worth while out there for me?
Well, if you have Tier 3 armor you are probably going to be set until level 70 for the most part (there are some exceptions). For the rest of it though, it really depends on how many instances you do and your own personal luck. You can theoretically replace all your Tier 1 by level 63, but I doubt you will find the equipment to do so, unless you have a horse shoe up your ass in which case you should go buy a lottery ticket. Tier 2 can be replaced by 65-66 but again, are you going to get lucky and get the drops you need? Probably not.
It is the same case for weapons. Take a Grand Marshall Quickblade which is 1h 59DPS Sword at level 60. To match that, you need a level 66+ Green Sword or you need to find some of the Blue/Purple swords that drop off of earlier instances (good luck).
When all is said and done, how fast you replace equipment will depend entirely on your own personal luck and the way you do instances.
25. Are Mobs harder in Outlands?
All the statements of “harder mobs” in Outlands came from Alpha, when they were much harder. Today, a 60 Mob in Outlands is pretty much identical to a 60 Mob in Azeroth.
26. Do Outlands Mobs give more XP? Will Rest XP work again?
27. What should I do with old quests?
Turn them in if you got them but I honestly do not think it is worth running around the world to turn in old quests, I would take the gold personally….
28. What do I do after Hellfire Peninsula?
After Hellfire, you have two zones available. Depending on how full either zone is, you can go to Terrokar Forest or Zangarmarsh. Both of these zones are linked to Hellfire and can be completed in any order, though personally I did Zangarmarsh first as Terrokar finishes a bit higher than Terrokar.
After Terrokar, the player will move on to Nagrand and then Blade’s Edge Mountains and then Netherstorm or Shadowmoon Valley (they are equal in level, though I think Shadowmoon is 1 level higher at the lower end than Netherstorm).
29. Misc answers to “OMG I WISH PEOPLE WOULD STFU AND STOP ASKING IN GENERAL CHAT” questions
These are few common answers to a few questions that get asked 9000 times a minute in Hellfire Peninsula General Chat, so here are the answers. Now please, Macro the damn thing (These are for quests…)