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The Threads of Fate Leveling System for Alts in Shadowlands

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You can pick whatever zone you like and level your alts to max level by completing bonus objectives, world quests, killing rares, and dungeon bosses in Shadowlands, ignoring the main narrative arc.

Leveling on your first character in Shadowlands will be linear, meaning you must complete the new zones in a fixed order: Bastion > Maldraxxus > Ardenweald > Revendreth.

After completing the Shadowlands Intro Questline on your second character (alt), you will be able to choose from two leveling options after arriving at Oribos.

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Fatescribe Roh-Tahl gives you the "Threads of Fate" quest, and you can choose whether you'd like to level up your character through world quests, side quests, and bonus objectives, skipping the main narrative, or moving from one zone to another through the main narrative arc, just like you did on your first character. If you pick The Threads of Fate, your choice cannot be undone.

  1. The Threads of Fate - Level up by doing world quests, side quests, bonus objectives, and dungeons. Main storyline quests will be skipped, and you will choose your covenant immediately. You will have access to all Shadowlands zones except the Maw. This choice is final and cannot be undone.
  2. Replay Storyline - Level up by playing through the main Shadowlands storyline, just as you did on your first character. You will move zone by zone through the narrative arc before reaching level 60 and selecting a covenant. If you change your mind, you can return to the Fatescribe at any time and choose to follow the Threads of Fate.

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Choosing the Threads of Fate makes you immediately pick a Covenant, and you can also select a zone where you'd like to start your journey.

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I went to Bastion and received the main quest to aid the Kyrians by completing side quests, bonus objectives, world quests, and slaying rare creatures, including dungeon bosses.

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The new feature is fantastic because you have more flexibility and won't be forced to complete the same story over and over. Ion had this to say about alt leveling in the latest Shadowlands Development Update

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Alt Leveling

As we first announced at BlizzCon last year, while everyone’s first trip through the Shadowlands is driven by a linear narrative campaign that grants access to endgame features such as covenants, world quests, and more, we want to offer players who are leveling alts a much more flexible experience. We have had a version of that experience available in Beta for the past few weeks, as alts select their covenant immediately upon first arriving in Oribos, and then can tackle the four zones in any order they choose.

However, we’ve received a couple of points of feedback that have led us to refine this approach: First, a number of testers felt like they weren’t necessarily ready to pick a covenant right away on a new class, and wished they could replay the narrative arc that let them “test drive” each of the active abilities along the way. Second, even for players who were familiar with the overall story by that point, it felt confusing or wrong to play through portions of some zone campaigns out of order or while already a member of a covenant (e.g. doing the main Revendreth arc while already being a member of Renethal’s venthyr).

In this week’s build, alts emerging from the Maw for the first time will be met in Oribos by the mysterious Fatescribe, who now offers an explicit choice between replaying the narrative arc as first-time characters experienced it, or following the threads of fate to their inevitable conclusion and beginning the journey at a point following the climactic events at the end of Revendreth’s story. Characters choosing the latter option will enter the Shadowlands in a state where the entire narrative Campaign has already been completed, with new Bonus Objectives available in locations that were previously central to the Campaign. Lucrative zone-wide objectives for each of the four zones will provide additional structure while allowing alts to roam the Shadowlands as they prefer, earning gear and experience through their choice of a zone’s side quests, bonus objectives, world quests, dungeons, or rares and treasures.

Our goal with this alt experience remains offering more flexibility than ever before on repeat playthroughs, while also allowing alts to begin making progress towards their endgame goals, earning Anima for their covenant’s reservoir or catching up on Renown so that they can hit the ground running when they reach 60. We look forward to hearing feedback on how the new experience feels!

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by opting out of the story quests, are you robbing yourself of any "missables" or is anything obtained during story quests on your main that's of worth Bind-On-Account?

I assume the only thing you miss out on is the quest reward money/items/exp that you would get from world quests anyway. and possibly larger reputation boosts.

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