Since the Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft was launched, players around the globe are hunting for ways to get a fast jump start on their rerolls and their main characters on the push to level 85. If you’ve just started playing the new expansion, or even better, just started World of Warcraft in general, these leveling tips will help you to speed up your push to level 85 many times over.

Leveling Boosts

For those starting at Level 1, you can get a good jump in leveling speed if you use the Recruit a Friend feature offered by Blizzard. You gain triple experience while attached to another character and also gain “grantable levels” that you can use later on veteran players. It’s a pretty sweet deal for those that are brand new to the game.

But, even for those not new, there are ways to get XP boosts. Rested XP, for example, can provide up to a 100% boost for one full level if you logout while in a town or inn. You can also get a boost to your XP with Heirloom items. You’ll need a level 80 character to get the Heirlooms in the first place, but they are extremely useful when you get them. And for guild members, there is a new guild leveling system that will provide a potential XP boost of up to 10%.

Grouping Up

The fastest way to level is through quests. But, if you’d rather play with your friends and not rush through quests playing solo, the game has been built in a way that very much supports grinding with a group. Even without tricky gameplay, you can use the Dungeon Finder or a guild group to blast through lower level mobs and get the XP needed as low as level 15 when the first dungeons become available.

Class Selection

Blizzard has done a good job making most of the classes leveling friendly, but that doesn’t mean some are not better than others. Hunters have always been the best leveling class in the game, while Warlocks, Paladins, and Rogues also do a great job of solo play. They are all very hard to kill and changes to regeneration speed have made them extremely effective at staying up without having to stop for water or food.

Leveling at 80

If you are already at Level 80 and want to get through the new content in Azeroth as fast as possible, there are not many tricks. Most quests are progressive story-chains. The best tip I can give you is to avoid peak server hours when the majority of players are online fighting for space.

World of Warcraft is a fantastic game with thousands of quests and opportunities to join up with other players. Speed leveling is good if you need to catch up with your fellow guild members, but don’t neglect the chance to have a good time while you’re playing. After all, this is a game and Blizzard has put a lot of work into their Azeroth revamp.