WoW Classic Beginners Guide

By Penny2020-09-11

WoW Classic has been one of the most popular games in the last two years. Some of the reasons behind people's obsession with classic are that it's down the earth and quite challenging. There's also much more of an incentive to party with other players, which leads to a plethora of friendships and memorable interactions. However, WoW Classic can be very overwhelming for those who enter the Classic world in the first place. There are a lot of aspects to be learned.


The video below is from a real player Platinum WoW, in which he went through some basics and tips for new players.



Character Creation (Server, Faction, Race, Class)

First, we need to pick a server. There are three different types of servers--PvP, PvE, and RP. PvP is player versus player. It means you can only make a character from one faction on a PvP server. For example, if you make an alliance character, you can only play alliance on that server. PvE is a player versus environment server, which means you need flag yourself for PvP if you want to fight the opposite faction and RP is a PvE server except people role play on it. I recommend a PvP server if you want to get the full classic experience.


Next you need to pick a faction. If you live under a rock, WoW has two factions--the Horde and the Alliance. The big difference between the two factions is Paladin in Alliance only and Shaman in Horde only. Playing either faction is like a whole different game for the most part. For instance, they have totally different questioning hubs and cities, so don't be afraid to try both of them at some point.


Then pick a race. Each race has specific ratios that you can benefit from. I won't go over them because they only really matter if you're really trying to min/max your gameplay. Honestly, you can just choose whatever you think is pretty.


Now to pick a class, I could spend two hours talking about each class. So we'll keep it short. First, Mages are the traditional wizard type class. They have great CC and can conjure food, water and portals. Priests are the ultimate healers. They are surprisingly efficient to level and can go shadow spec for DPS. Rogues are the thief's characters, and they can go invisible, ambush enemies, and craft poisons. Warlocks are your evil summoners. They use dots, demons and they also fear their enemies. Warriors use rage as a resource and they make for great tanks and DPS. Drews can take the forms of cats, bears, cheetahs and seals. They can also heal DPS and tanks. Paladins are an Alliance exclusive class that make for great support. They are the best healers, but they can also DPS and tank. Shamans are a Horde exclusive class that are also considered as a support class. They can also heal and DPS. This is just a brief intro on the classes, which is mainly just used to spark interest in a class that you might like.


Starting Your Journey

Once you pick a race in a class, you'll be able to delve into the world of WoW Classic. When you load in, there will be some tips at the bottom of your screen, which will teach you the super basics of the game. I will go over 2 tips that the game won't tell you. The first thing you'll probably notice is that quests do not show up on the mini-map and you have to actually read the quest text to figure out where to go. If you're still lost, you can look up the quest online or get a quest hopper like custody, which helps you point at the right direction. I'd also recommend turning on Instant Quest Text, which will help save you a bunch of time.


instant quest text


Wow Classic starts out with some pretty slow combat, which focuses more on auto attacks rather than abilities. Mobs with grey nameplates means that they are already been attacked by another player. That is to say, if you kill them, you will gain no rewards for doing so. You can circumvent this by pairing up with a player, but you will get reduced XP for killing mobs. Try to always loot the mobs you kill, because WoW Classic Gold is really hard to come by, so selling what you find off of enemies is an important way to make passive income.


You can also talk to a class trainer to get new abilities. Some abilities are super useful, while others are pretty much useless while leveling. Training new abilities costs a lot of Classic WoW Gold, so it depends on what you think is the most important. Sometimes, instead of getting a totally new skill, you can get a higher rank of a skill that you already have. Classic allows abilities to get stronger at higher ranks. And make sure you're replacing your skills on your action bar, because it doesn't do it automatically.


Capital City

And you can move on to the next hub. At some point, your adventures will lead you to a capital city where you can learn some more details about the game. If you talk to a guard, they can help point at the right direction for these useful things. Things like a weapon trainer, weapon trainers teach you how to use new weapons. Classes are limited to using one weapon type, but they can learn more by talking to a trainer. I strongly recommend learning as many as you can, because there isn't a worse feeling than you are supposed to level up but you can't use it because you don't know how to use a sword, for instance. In their awesome capital cities as well as the town hubs, they serve the same purpose as they do in the normal games, you can get XP there. And you can also buy food and water there, which is kind of expensive. So if you can try and buy it from mages instead and tip them, it will be a lot cheaper.


Profession Trainings

Professions are split into two types, primary and secondary. Secondary professions include cooking, fishing and first aid. Cooking and fishing are good ways to make money but they are by no means required. I strongly recommend first aid, because it quickly heals you up and you'll save tons of time and money. All you need for the first day is just some cloth which you can find through any humanoids questing. Primary professions include crafting and gathering professions. With these skills, you can collect herbs, skin animals, mine or craft armor and conjure potions. You can also take those resources that you craft or gather to the auction house, where you can sell and buy goods from other players. You can make some easy money by selling the gear you found or some reagents you've collected. But I strongly recommend not spending a lot of money here. Spending money on the auction house is an easy new trap, so you need to save that money for things like weapon training or getting new skills or most importantly getting your mount up 40.



Dungeons are some of the most fun you can have in the early game. Through dungeons, you can make friends and learn a lot about your class. I strongly recommend doing the first dungeons available to you not because you can get XP fast, but because there are a lot of fun and you can gain a lot of knowledge. The first dungeon available for Horde is Rage Fire Chasm at level 14 and for the Alliance, it is around level 17. You got to get all your quests from outside of the dungeon and then travel to the actual dungeon on foot. Threaten aggro also plays a much more important role in classic. It means that the tank in the party wants aggro, so the mobs would hit them and in order to get aggro, they need to gain threat on a mob. Threat is generated by hitting the mob or using abilities. It's critical that you give the tank a few seconds to generate his threat, so when DPS or healers start using their abilities, they won't get kicked by gaming aggro. This is another mistake that new players often make.


So that's the beginner's guide to the game. Hope that it would help you to learn some aspects of the game. Enjoy your time, immerse yourself in the world and have fun being one of the many adventurers in the world of WoW Classic. If you need cheap WoW Classic Gold and WoW Classic Power Leveling service, MmoGah would be a good choice for you, on which you can also learn some useful WoW Classic guides.

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