World of Warcraft: First Steps in the Study of Azeroth

26-08-2015, 14:24
World of Warcraft: делаем первые шаги в изучении Азерота

It was too many years ago when thousands of players opened immense world of the World of Warcraft for the first time. Creation of a new character is not a problem for them now. But very often old-timers forget how difficult it could be to find your sea legs at the first days in the game, to understand what to do, where to go, where to find a necessary item and many other things.

And today we are going to give some tips for newbies of WoW who start playing at our project and not only, about what to do in World of Warcraft, what you should look out for and about what can help you during playing. It’s worth noting that this article won’t be a concrete leveling guide. There will be some general advice which will be useful for any race.

1. Locations

Having created a character, every player appears at the starting location of theirs race. It is here the first
superficial acquaintance with the World of Warcraft happens. But where to go next, when you done with this location? How to orient oneself and choose a proper location for further leveling?

To get information about locations it will be enough to install Mapster addon. It is, perhaps, the most useful addon for the beginners. With the help of this addon you may know not only which levels this location will suit but also the coordinates of a character.
For example, the character is in the location Silverpine Forest. Having opened the map we may see the position of the character and its coordinates:

Having zoomed out the map and mouseovered the location where the character is, you may see required levels for this location:

World of Warcraft: делаем первые шаги в изучении Азерота

Also, you may check the size of a territory without exploring it. To do it, you need to go to the addon settings and tick at the line «Clear fog» (To do this, press Esc, then Interface – Modifications – and in the list of addons choose Mapster).

World of Warcraft: делаем первые шаги в изучении Азерота

2. Quests

Making the first steps, every player faces with completing the quests. However, having received a quest, players not always understand where to go. In doing the quests, the addon QuestHelper may help. This modification measures the distance till the necessary place and show the direction with the colored arrow. If you have several quests, QuestHelper will sort them not by receiving time but by the distance. I.e. first of all, the arrow will show you the closest quest.

3. Creatures

Leveling character, everyone faces with different NPCs. But how to differentiate friendly from hostile and neutral? How to understand the level of the character? Which types of NPCs there are?

Well, the easiest way to check whether the NPC is friendly or not is to mouseover it. If the sword appears it means that this mob can be killed because it’s hostile or neutral. But before killing the mob you need to be sure that your character is able to do it. If the character’s level is much lower than the mob’s one you’d rather not to touch it. You may check the level at the npc’s icon by targeting it:

World of Warcraft: делаем первые шаги в изучении Азерота

Sometimes you may face rare NPCs. They are stronger than ordinary mobs but you may get better loot. You may distinguish them by icon

World of Warcraft: делаем первые шаги в изучении Азерота

While doing quests and exploring you may also face elite NPCs. They have more HP, they hit much harder and it’s recommended to kill them in a group. They also have special icons:

World of Warcraft: делаем первые шаги в изучении Азерота

If the mob's HP bar is red it will attack you as soon as you come closer. If it's yellow - the mob is neutral and it will attack only if you attack it first. The allies' hp bar is usually green.

4. Dungeon Finder

Having reached 15 lvl, every player gets access to «Dungeon Finder». Having pressed a special button in the micromenu and chosen a role in the opened window you may join a queue for a random available dungeon.

World of Warcraft: делаем первые шаги в изучении Азерота

This is a good way to receive some experience and get useful gear which is impossible to receive from mobs of usual locations. During leveling you will get access to new dungeons, passing of which not only will give you experience and gear, but also diversify game process by alternating completing of the quests with passing the dungeons.

5. Cities and Capitals

Every faction has 4 big cities which are ruled by the heads of its races. However, the capitals of the Horde and the Alliance are Orgrimmar and Stormwind respectively. In these two cities the most of players are usually concentrated at any time of day. In capitals, it’s much easier to find someone who can help you, give advice or tips. Also, capitals are key points of transportation between the continents. The Horde representatives use Zeppelins and the Alliance representatives use ships.

Except for cities and capitals, there are 2 cities-sanctuaries where both factions’ representatives may coexist. PvP mode is forbidden here.

It’s worth noting especially that in the big cities there is always auction where you may buy necessary items and sell unnecessary for you. There is also neutral auction where you can buy items of the other faction’s players. Such auctions are available in Pirate Bay (Stranglethorn), Everlook (Winterspring) and Gadgetzan (Tanaris).

To sum up, I would like to note that this article is just a set of general information and tips. You may, or rather, must check data bases for more information, for example However, perhaps our pieces of adice will help newbies to learn the basics of the bright and wonderful game world of World of Warcraft.

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