Leveling in Vanilla / Classic WoW is an entirely different experience than that of the later expansions. Despite the lower level cap, raising a new character from 1 to 60 in Vanilla requires a much larger time commitment than even 1 to 120 in Battle for Azeroth. Don’t let that scare you off though! The greater time commitment required simply means that leveling is treated more as an adventure in itself than as a chore to complete before beginning the real game. Sure, there may be some grueling times, and it’s possible that at some point you’ll find yourself grinding an entire level out in a cave somewhere because you’ve run out of quests, but at the end of the day, I think you’ll find that it is a much more fun and rewarding experience than the later expansions can ever hope to offer. You’ll make friends (and likely some enemies) along the way, and when the day comes that you finally do ding 60, it’ll feel like a well-deserved ending to an adventure. Of course, you’ll only just be getting started, but more on that later!
In the following guides, we will focus on how to level from 1 – 60 in Vanilla / Classic WoW. Over the years, various players have attempted to find the perfect leveling routes for both Horde and Alliance. Some have shared their methods in great detail, as with the well-known Horde leveling guide Joana’s Guide. Others have kept their findings to themselves in order to maintain an advantage while leveling on various private servers (or in preparation for WoW Classic). Although I’ve leveled many characters from 1 to 60 myself, I do not pretend to know the single best routes to reach 60 on Horde and Alliance, nor am I interested in breaking these routes down into every single step that needs to be taken on the way there. If you’re looking for these types of guides, I will do my best to provide a few links below.
Instead, I plan to provide three separate guides: general leveling advice, a Horde leveling guide, and an Alliance leveling guide. The general leveling advice will be just that – a primer on what to expect while leveling in Vanilla / Classic WoW, general best practices to help you succeed, and the key differences between Vanilla and Retail leveling. The Horde and Alliance guides will describe the best and fastest known routes from 1 to 60 for each faction, delving into details as necessary without outlining each and every action to be taken.