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Ret Paladin: The Trick To Leveling Fast From 1 To 85 In World Of Warcraft Cataclysm
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Leveling a new character in World of Warcraft (WoW) Cataclysm from 1 to 85 can be quite a painful process. It is time consuming but there are many shortcuts and tips that can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to level from 1 to 85. I have been playing WoW since release and really enjoy the end-game contents. However, I do not have the patience to sit through leveling a character, soloing mobs, and trying to figure out quest chains.

I often wondered why when I started leveling a character the same time as a guild member, by the time I reached level 40, he is almost level 60! He confirmed that he leveled only by questing himself, which is exactly what I did. But how in the world did he pass me by 20 levels?!? I used to think that there are some people out there that are just “natural” at speed or power leveling, until I found some tricks in my research to seek some explanations.

I learned that there are many tools that the game gives you that should be taken advantage of to speed up the leveling. But I have not thought about this before. For example, using the right spec and glyph, along with the rotation, to kill mobs faster and to minimize down time (to drink, eat, or to bandage). The major advantage in leveling fast is to balance a character between dps (damage per second) and survivability; hence the retribution (ret) paladin!

A ret paladin wears plate, so can afford to take more damage than a clothie, and have less downtime. Keep in mind that ret is the only dps spec for a paladin and contains talent points that give high dps while having regen to increase survivability. Just having the right talent points will not do, its needs to be paired with the right type of gears. Therefore, having the right spec and talent points coupled with the right set of gears can result in doubling or even tripling the leveling speed.

Sometimes gear can be swapped out to increase dps or regen, while decreasing downtime to drink or heal. Don’t forget to level first aide because bandaging definitely helps, don’t under estimate the power of first aide in leveling! Don’t guess on where or how to spend your points and how to glyph because it will impact how fast or slow you destroy mobs, and ultimately the amount of time it takes to level from 1 to 85. So, in a nutshell, my lesson learned here is that there is no such thing as a “natural” leveler, but only those who take advantage of the tools that the game gives to power level through to level 85.


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