World of Warcraft Classic Survival Guide & Giveaway
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World of Warcraft: Classic Survival Guide
World of Warcraft: Classic is right around the corner, releasing worldwide on
(August 26th for the Americas)
. World of Warcraft Classic is a faithful recreation of the original WoW experience, as it was all the way back in 2006. Everything from Vanilla WoW, including combat mechanics, talent trees, character models, dungeons and zone layouts, has been thoroughly restored to recreate a truly authentic experience, allowing veteran players to revive their adventures in the older version of Azeroth, as well as granting newer players a true taste of the game as it was in its infant years.
Content included in the launch phase of World of Warcraft Classic includes the entire leveling experience from 1 to 60, as well as access to the very first raids to ever grace World of Warcraft:
. To fully recreate the Vanilla experience, content added during Vanilla WoW will be added in staggered phases. You can read more information about what will be available for each Classic WoW phase
in this news article
An Authentic Recreation
World of Warcraft has evolved a lot in the past 15 years, and players who have not played in Classic may not be aware of how things used to be so long ago. Below, there are quick mentions of things that will change from Battle for Azeroth to Classic, as well as more detailed articles talking about the most important changes.
Classic zones do not scale according to your level. There are no heirlooms that you can purchase to increase your experience gains/survivability. Speaking of survivability, there are many Elite quests that are tough! The difficulty between zones vary, and you will often find yourself bouncing between multiple zones completing quests suitable for your level.
You can read more about leveling changes in our
Biggest Changes to Leveling if you've played BFA article
Dungeon quests are now scattered across Azeroth, instead of being offered at the beginning of each dungeon. Many high-level dungeons are locked and require keys of some sort to gain access to the dungeon. Many dungeons were streamlined through WoW's lifespan, but are back to their original forms in Classic. You thought Blackrock Depths was long and confusing? That's almost all Classic dungeons!
You can read more about dungeon changes in our
Biggest Changes to Dungeons if you've played BFA article
First Aid, retired in Battle for Azeroth, is now back in full force. Profession recipes do not have ranks that reduce material costs or grant increased effects. Professions are not capped by expansion, you must level from 1-300 to get all their benefits in Classic. However, they're very useful once more!
You can read more about profession changes in our
Biggest Changes to Professions if you've played BFA article
Many race and class combinations are not available in Classic. Classes added after Classic are not available.
are only available for Alliance players, and
are only available to Horde players. Classes have multiple class-exclusive quests that teach you advanced abilities and grant powerful class-specific gear.
Potions no longer have a cooldown in combat, so you can use them repeatedly. As there is no longer a bonus for wearing a specific armor type, certain DPS classes can use inferior armor type gear with superior stats. There is a strict limit of debuffs a target can have at a time, so a raid has to choose carefully what debuffs they want on the boss. You need to stack Hit and Spell Hit gear to ensure all your abilities and casts can hit your desired target. You also need to work on weapon levels by constantly hitting enemies to ensure you can hit mobs at the same level as you.
You can read more about DPS changes in our
Biggest Changes to the DPS role if you've played BFA article
Active mitigation is no longer a thing - Mitigation in Classic is almost all exclusively passive, coming from the stats in your gear. You also need to level your Defense stat - Not only by letting enemies hit you until you hit max defense, you will also have to collect gear with +Defense. If you're not at the Defense cap of 440 at level 60, you have a chance of being critically hit by lv63 (Boss) mobs.
You can read more about Tank changes in our
Biggest Changes to the Tanking role if you've played BFA article
As there is no longer a bonus for wearing a specific armor type, certain healing classes can use inferior armor type gear with superior stats. You're able to conserve Mana by downranking your healing spells - Using inferior ranks heal for less, but also use less Mana. Spirit is back as a stat, and with it, a very important healing rule, the 5-second rule: Your Spirit Mana regeneration only kicks in during combat if you spend 5 seconds without casting any spells.
You can read more about Healing changes in our
Biggest Changes to the Healing role if you've played BFA article
Getting Started with Classic WoW
All players with an active World of Warcraft subscription can install and play Classic WoW at no additional cost! You will install Classic WoW via your Battle.net Client. If you do not have the Battle.net Client installed, you can
for a download link.
Open your Battle.net desktop client and select World of Warcraft in the left-side menu.
On the version dropdown menu, select
World of Warcraft Classic
If you have more than one World of Warcraft account, you will see a second dropdown showing all accounts linked to your Battle.net. Select the account you wish to play Classic WoW with. Remember that, once again, you must have an active World of Warcraft subscription to play Classic WoW.
button. After selecting an installation folder, your Classic WoW client will start downloading, and the Battle.net Client will show you once the game is available to play.
Once Classic WoW is fully downloaded and installed, simply press
and prepare for your new adventure in Azeroth!
Once you enter Classic WoW, you will need to select a realm to play on, from a pool of distinct realm names and types.
If you're playing with friends, make sure you
pick the same realm as your friends
- In Classic WoW, you can only group with people on the same realm as you!
If you're looking for a group of like-minded players for your Classic adventures, good places to start your search are the official Classic New Guild Listings forum (
) or the Classic Recruitment channels on
Wowhead's Discord server
There are several different realm types to choose from, each with very different playstyles. Choose carefully what realm type suits you best!
The best realm type for new players, this type is best for players who do not wish to engage in open-world PvP. All zones, with the exception of capital cities and starting zones, are considered Contested. Players are unable to attack each other in Contested zones, unless they choose to flag themselves for World PvP (by using the command /PvP while in-game).
(Player vs. Player): This realm type allows for open-world PvP to happen at any moment in all areas, except areas that are considered safe (such as the starting zones, the first areas where players begin their adventure).
(Role-Play): These realms are ideal for players who wish to take part in role-playing their character with others! Rules are more strict on RP realms, such as having to choose a name that would fit within the Warcraft universe, and maintaining a positive atmosphere for those who are roleplaying their characters.
(Role-Play, Player vs. Player): These realms follow the same ruleset as the RP realms, but with the added rules of PvP servers. Except mighty combat against the opposite faction in contested areas!
After you've selected your desired realm, you'll be brought to the Character Selection screen, where you will be able to create a new character to begin your journey with. You're able to choose your faction, class and race, as well as customize many options in your character (such as skin color, facial features and hairstyles) and give them their very own name. To start the process, simply click on
Create New Character
to begin creating your character.
Create your character very carefully to make sure you like its appearance, as you will not be able to change it after your character is created! You can use
Wowhead's Classic Dressing Room
to get started with customizing your character.
There are four Alliance races and four Horde races you can choose from. You can choose between a total of 9 classes. Below, we offer a short description for each class:
are the keepers of the world. Locked in slumber for generation and awaken to help fight the threat of the Burning Legion, Druids commune with the powers of nature to help heal the world.
Unique feature: Shapeshifting into many forms, being masters of all trades.
are trackers that use a wild variety of beasts, long-range weaponry and survival tactics to scout the world for their next prey.
Unique feature: Tame and raise pets as your combat companions.
use their studies into the arcane arts to invoke elemental attacks to freeze, burn, and disrupt their enemies.
Unique feature: Ease of transportation via portals and teleports, can conjure their own food.
uphold their beliefs in the Holy Light to hold their vigil against demonic or undead forces. Only Alliance characters can roll Paladins.
Unique feature: Can help themselves or their groups in multiple ways via Blessings.
are also deep believers of the Holy Light, although these powers can also be used in dark ways to twist the minds of those they wish to manipulate.
Unique feature: Very diverse healing tooltip, can mind control enemies.
prefer the safety of the shadows to ambush enemies and twist fights into their favor. With a vast toolkit tailored around covert missions and combat, they're perfect thieves and assassins.
Unique feature: Heavy usage of stealth mechanics, has unique mechanics such as poisons and lockpicking.
commune with the spirits to guide their tribes through dark times. Their union with the spirits grants them powers given by the four main elements. Only Horde characters can roll Shaman.
Unique feature: Can help their groups via Totems with a wide reach of abilities.
were originally mages that delved too deep in the demonic arts. With a lust for dark knowledge, they tap into chaotic magic to rain destruction upon their enemies.
Unique feature: Can enslave demons to carry on their will and are able to summon group members to their location.
are masters of tactical combat and tough as nails! With a wide variety of weapon knowledge, they charge head on to the battlefield to cleave down their foes.
Unique features: Wide variety of weapons to choose from, builds Rage as a resource.
Looking for more information about each class? Then check our Classic WoW Class Overviews!
In the character creation menu, you will also see short descriptions for each faction, race and class. Each race has specific abilities and traits that make them unique and can create a big impact on your playstyle. Not sure which race or class you would like to play with? Then maybe our
Class and Talent Overview
will help you find your answer.
After your character is fully created, it is time to log in! You will log in your race's starting zone. Each race begins in a specific region in Azeroth, and some locations are even shared among certain races:
Northshire Valley (
Wald von Elwynn
Coldridge Valley (
Coldridge Valley (
Valley of Trials (
Valley of Trials (
Red Cloud Mesa (
First Log In on Classic
Addons are an important aspect of WoW's gameplay, while also displaying the community's dedication and passion for improving the game for everyone playing it. Below, you will find recommendations for addons to help you start on your journey. Addons are an optional improvement to the game, but it is generally not a bad idea to have some to enhance your Classic experience.
For more addon recommendations, please check our
Best Addons for WoW Classic
Advanced Interface Options
- Exposes all interface options hidden by Blizzard. Also includes a useful cvar explorer, perfect for players that like to tweak their WoW Client.
- Addon to check all loot tables from the game. Useful as Classic does not have a Dungeon Journal like retail.
- This addon shows the selling price of an item on the game's tooltip for that item.
- Application and addon used to help build our database!
- Robust interface addon that allows the player to create auras to track different aspects of the game. Players can also import auras created by other players by visiting repositories like
- This is a simple, yet remarkably useful addon to have, regardless of what you're doing in the game. This adds a simple timer over your cooldown abilities. That lets you know precisely when they're going to come back up, so you know when you can use them again, or line up major abilities with cooldowns as necessary.
- Powerful quest helper. Adds many different Quest QoL improvements to the interface, making questing similar to retail.
- Another Powerful quest helper, an alternative to Questie.
How to Install Addons on Classic WoW
Installing addons in Classic follows the same flow as installing one manually in retail WoW. First, you must download the addon from
or other Addon repositories. Then, you need to extract the addon in your Classic WoW folder, which will look something like this:
C:\World of Warcraft\_classic_\Interface\AddOns
Note that the interface folder won't exist if you haven't opened the Classic client in your computer yet. If successful, a new button will appear when you reach the character screen, that is used to list all addons installed.
Another way to install addons is to directly download them via the
Twitch Desktop App
. After downloading the app and installing it, you must go to
Mods > World of Warcraft
, and then select your Classic WoW installation folder. After this, you can search for addons and install them on Classic WoW directly within the Twitch Client!
Adjust your Settings
One of the first things you will want to do is ensure your game settings are perfect - That includes sounds, camera angles, graphics, and more. Configurations like
graphic and sound settings
can be done from before even logging into the game, from the account login screen or the character selection screen.
camera following style
and the very important
feature are accessible from the Interface menu, after you properly log into the game. Auto-loot is very important in Classic, as there is no AoE loot, so you will want to gain as much time as you can by automatically looting mobs!
Another configuration worth looking into is
- Set up your keys to make sure you maximize your effectiveness. If you're new to keybinding, we have a very useful guide that can help you get started with a setup that works for you -
The Art of Effective Keybinding
As you first log into your character, one of the first things you will notice is a NPC with a
golden exclamation mark
above his head not far from your location. This NPC will give you your first
. Go to the NPC and talk to him by clicking on him with your right mouse button and you will have your very first mission!
As you complete quests and gain levels, new quests will open. Maintain a sharp eye around your surroundings for those gold exclamation marks for new quests! In case you encounter a
silver exclamation point
on top of a NPC's head, this means the NPC has a quest for you, but you need to level up more to be able to start this quest.
Are you done for the night? Once you're done with playing Classic for the day, you will want to find an
. World of Warcraft has a system called
, where are able to gain a bonus modifier to your experience gains while you're logged off. While you can gain this bonus whenever you're logged off, you will gain it at a much faster rate when logged off at an Inn or another sort of resting area, like Capital Cities.
If you have the default UI, you will know that you're within a Rest area when your player portrait gains a golden aura, and a
speech bubble with a zzz icon
appears near your character portrait. Another way to find out if you're at a Rest area is to simply try to log off - When you're at a Rest area, you will be able to log off immediately. In any other areas of the game, you will be prompted with a 20-second log-off window before your character actually logs off the game.
When you have accumulated rested experience, your experience bar,
, will instead have a
. Additionally, a notch will appear in your experience bar, showing exactly how much rested experience you have. While you have rested experience accumulated, monsters will earn you double the experience on kill. Once you run out of rested experience, your experience bar will turn purple once more, and a message will appear in your chat, You feel normal.
Although rested experience is by no means required to level your character, it is a nice bonus and serves as a nice catch-up mechanic for those who are not able to play the game as often.
Spells, Abilities and Things To Do While Leveling
Alliance and Horde characters follow incredibly different leveling routes. We've compiled the best routes for each faction! These include important quests for each zone, and routes to level more efficiently.
Classic WoW General Alliance Leveling Guide
Classic WoW General Horde Leveling Guide
Characters in World of Warcraft are able to learn new, more powerful abilities as they level up. You will not learn these abilities automatically, though; You will need to find a Class trainer in any capital cities to learn new abilities. Each ability costs a certain amount of gold, and you might not want to purchase spells that you won't see a lot of use while leveling.
Looking for tips on how to level a certain class? Then check our Leveling Guides!
Classic WoW Druid Leveling Guide
Classic WoW Hunter Leveling Guide
Classic WoW Mage Leveling Guide
Classic WoW Paladin Leveling Guide
Classic WoW Priest Leveling Guide
Classic WoW Rogue Leveling Guide
Classic WoW Shaman Leveling Guide
Classic WoW Warlock Leveling Guide
Classic WoW Warrior Leveling Guide
Starting at level 10, you will gain access to class talents, a tree of abilities that allow you to further customize your character. Starting at level 10, you will earn a talent point every time you level up, to a maximum of 51 talent points available at the level cap of 60. Every class has 3 different talent trees, and you can spread your points among them as you wish, to best suit your playstyle!
Wanna plan your talents and see their effects? Our
is exactly what you're looking for!
Saving gold is also very important to purchase your first mount, once you reach level 40. You can check our
for mount costs for your race.
One valuable tip is be on the lookout whenever you return to your Class Trainer to learn skills - They can also offer
sometimes. Although some of these quests can be very difficult, their rewards are usually worth the effort - You will usually learn new spells or earn powerful weapon tailored for your class!
Looking to know when you will receive Class Quests, or what you need to do for them? Check our Class Quest guides!
Classic WoW Druid Class Quests
Classic WoW Hunter Class Quests
Classic WoW Mage Class Quests
Classic WoW Paladin Class Quests
Classic WoW Priest Class Quests
Classic WoW Rogue Class Quests
Classic WoW Shaman Class Quests
Classic WoW Warlock Class Quests
Classic WoW Warrior Class Quests
Professions in Classic WoW
One of the ways you can improve your character is via professions - A system where you use reagents from around the world to craft utilities such as consumables, armor, weapons, and enhancements for your armor. There are nine primary professions a character can learn, and you're able to select two professions at a time. You can learn each profession from trainers all around Azeroth.
Create powerful augmenting potions that can be used from tasks like healing your health and mana to making you smaller.
Alchemy Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Craft sturdy Mail and Plate Armor, as well as weapons and weapon enhancements.
Blacksmithing Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Create powerful armor and weapon enhancements with the aid of reagents gathered from destroyed pieces of gear.
Enchanting Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Create insane gadgets and gizmos that are suitable for most situations (but be careful of explosions!).
Engineering Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Gather herbs from many different zones in the world, used on a variety of professions.
Herbalism Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Create powerful Leather and Mail armor with the help of reagents such as skins and scales.
Leatherworking Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Explore different zones, gather raw ores and smelt them into usable bars for a variety of professions.
Mining Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Get the full potential from a beast by gathering their skins and use them for a variety of professions.
Skinning Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Craft pieces of Cloth Gear with a variety of cloth scraps available from enemies in the world.
Tailoring Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
In addition to the nine primary professions, there are three secondary professions. These professions can be learned by anyone, even if they already have both primary professions learned, and all three can be learned at the same time!
Learn how to cook many reagents into restorative and stat-enhancing foods.
Cooking Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Use scraps of clothing to create emergency health items and use them in combat to turn the tide of battle.
First Aid Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Sit down, relax, and spend some time fishing for reagents used in a wide variety of professions.
Fishing Profession Guide and Leveling 1-300
Leveling with Dungeons
Another option to level up is going through
, instanced content that allows for a group of players to defeat bosses without interference from the outside world.
Each dungeon is best suited for a specific level range. To check for a quick overview of each dungeon, check our
Classic Dungeons Overview
Looking for specific dungeon guides while you level? We have them as well! These guides include the location for the entrance of the dungeon, bosses and their abilities, and a loot list for the entire dungeon.
Ragefire Chasm (13-18)
Wailing Caverns (15-25)
Shadowfang Keep (22-30)
Blackfathom Deeps (20-30)
The Stockades (22-30)
Razorfen Kraul (30-40)
Scarlet Monastery (26-45)
Razorfen Downs (40-50)
Sunken Temple (55-60)
Blackrock Depths (52-60)
Lower Blackrock Spire (55-60)
Upper Blackrock Spire (55-60)
Stratholme (Living) (55-60)
Stratholme (Undead) (55-60)
You will need to join up with a group to complete dungeons. Good places to do so is joining the Looking For Group channel (by using the chat command /join LookingForGroup) ingame, or going to a capital city and using the Trade or General chats to find a group. Once a group is formed, you will need to head to the dungeon's entrance. Another way to find a group for a dungeon is moving to the dungeon's entrance and using the Meeting Stone outside to look for groups for that specific dungeon.
Another good reason to do dungeons is to complete dungeon quests, which usually award good gear. Some of these quests can be pretty well out of the way.
To find out all about Dungeon quests, then check our
List of Classic Dungeon Quests
The Future of Classic WoW
To truly recreate the authentic Vanilla experience, not all Classic content will be released right away - Content will be staggered in different patches called phases. It is currently predicted that Blizzard will be releasing patches every 2 to 3 months. Classic release will start in Phase 1 with very basic systems such as no honor system and only the first two raids in WoW,
, being open for exploration. You can learn more about how the Classic systems will be staggered phase by phase in the
Staggered Classic Content Update
Classic PvP Content Plan Explanation
Phase 1 (Launch TODAY!):
Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, Maraudon, PvP enabled but no formal rewards
Dire Maul, Azuregos, Lord Kazzak, PvP Honor System, PvP Rank Rewards
Blackwing Lair, Darkmoon Faire (and Darkmoon Card Decks), Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch
Zul'Gurub, Dragons of Nightmare, Arathi Basin
Ahn'Qiraj War Effort, Ahn'Qiraj Raids Open, Tier 0.5 Questline, Dungeon Gear Drop Changes, Relics
Scourge Invasion, Naxxramas, PvP Objectives in Silithus/Eastern Plaguelands
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