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The world will scale down to your level in Shadowlands, ensuring a fun leveling experience, where you pick a zone for leveling based on your preference. There will also be no Artifact Power grind so playing alts will be more fun!

Check out our BlizzCon 2019 Content Hub for the latest news coverage!

Leveling Improvements in Patch 9.0 (Pre-Patch and Beyond)

  • The current max level (120) will be squished to level 50 in the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • The new max cap will be level 60 in the Shadowlands expansion.
  • Blizzard is completely overhauling the leveling experience to make it more meaningful and streamlined.
    • You will feel rewarded with each level by unlocking abilities, a talent row, dungeon access, and more.
  • Levels 1-10 provide a new introductory experience where you'll learn everything about your class and Azeroth.
  • You will be able to level anywhere in the world in the 10-50 range. Do you like Mists of Pandaria? Simply, talk to Chromie and play from the start (level 10) until the end (level 50) in Pandaria and then head straight to the Shadowlands. Do you like the Burning Crusade better and just hate Draenor? No problem! You can level all the way to 50 in Outland! 
    • Note: This does not imply that you will be locked to a specific expansion and must finish it completely. You'll be able to head back and pick another one if you don't like the one you've chosen.

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New characters will participate in an introductory voyage from 1-10, then pick their favorite expansion that scales to level 50 and continue their journey (50-60) in the Shadowlands.

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LEVELED-UP LEVELING

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will smooth out the leveling experience and better prepare new adventurers for what’s to come. Players will level up to 50 before heading to the Shadowlands (new level cap: 60). 

We’ve adjusted the experience curve to make it faster than ever to prepare for the newest challenges, and each level along the way will provide more meaningful increases in progress and power. All expansion zones are getting more flexible, too; they’ll be able* to scale to you and your friends while you level to 50, so it’s easy to try a zone you’ve never played.

*You can still outlevel dungeons and crush them for transmogs or fulfillment.

Alts in Patch 9.0

  • Game Director Ion Hazzikostas mentioned that you'll be able to play alts as "New Game+ experience" by picking a Covenant immediately with no need for additional farming. 
  • It's also important to point out that there will be no endless Artifact Power grind in Shadowlands.
  • You'll be able to earn endgame progression while you level.

You can find out more about what's coming in WoW Shadowlands in our What's Next panel recap.

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so the alt new game plus looks great and over powered . lvl the frist toon super fast once max log off and lvl ur main to max and the second toon will be ahead while this doesnt sound op later on but in the first few days of launch this will be super huge advantage i love it .

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The whole "pick your era" thing is great and all, but it really needs to come with a removal of the pathfinder flying requirements to even the eras out for players who haven't been able to do rep grinds

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Also I'm not sure about the whole idea of having the newest expansion cover 10 levels while the rest of the game is squished into 10-50. That means Shadowlands effectively covers like 25 levels on the current scale.

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What will this mean for starter edition? Will they be able to play through any expansion with their lvl 20 characters?

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3 hours ago, dartbodman said:

Also I'm not sure about the whole idea of having the newest expansion cover 10 levels while the rest of the game is squished into 10-50. That means Shadowlands effectively covers like 25 levels on the current scale.

What would you suggest otherwise? honestly it works fine since it all scales so what does it really matter that the new xpac is 10 levels.

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6 hours ago, Aegrotat said:

What would you suggest otherwise? honestly it works fine since it all scales so what does it really matter that the new xpac is 10 levels.

I would suggest the shadowlands going from 55-60, at the most. I don't know it may work out fine as is, just getting echoes of the way BFA content has a larger ilvl range than the rest of the game combined.

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On 11/2/2019 at 11:05 AM, Ylothrian said:

I wonder if players get flying at 10 now. I don't see how will anyone level in deepholme/icecrown if that's not the case

Yeah, that is a concern. Cataclysm has some of my favorite zones, but not being able to fly will make it a lot more difficult. Not to mention the gold costs if those aren't getting lowered, either.

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On 11/2/2019 at 11:35 AM, Yevhen said:

What will this mean for starter edition? Will they be able to play through any expansion with their lvl 20 characters?

Im guessing they'll be restricted?

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On 11/2/2019 at 6:53 PM, RagingWolf13 said:

So how will this work for people such as myself who enjoys solo raiding old content for transmog and mounts?

 

On 11/2/2019 at 1:17 PM, Stan said:

Blizzard LogoBlizzard (Source)

LEVELED-UP LEVELING

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will smooth out the leveling experience and better prepare new adventurers for what’s to come. Players will level up to 50 before heading to the Shadowlands (new level cap: 60). 

We’ve adjusted the experience curve to make it faster than ever to prepare for the newest challenges, and each level along the way will provide more meaningful increases in progress and power. All expansion zones are getting more flexible, too; they’ll be able* to scale to you and your friends while you level to 50, so it’s easy to try a zone you’ve never played.

*You can still outlevel dungeons and crush them for transmogs or fulfillment.

 

I don't think anything will change for those solo clearing old content as a max level character.

The way I see it, you can opt into (talk to Chromie) a fully scaled version of the world but if you don't, it'll be as it is today.

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8 hours ago, PaasHaaS said:

I don't think anything will change for those solo clearing old content as a max level character.

I wonder what it means for transmog. Seeing as you'll be able to level in Pandaria from 10+ will you have the appearances unlocked already? Will the raid gear from the expac you're leveling in be available or will you have to reach certain thresholds?

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