Classic Priest Leveling Guide 1-60
Welcome to our Classic leveling guide for Priests. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Priest all the way to Level 60.
This guide will aim to provide you with a clear skill and gear path to max level in WoW Classic. While detailing every single quest and the optimal leveling routes is beyond its scope, we will provide some information on your class-specific quests and some general leveling tips.
2. Leveling 1-60 as a Priest
2.1. General Leveling Tips
Because the travel times between quests can be long, and the experience gained by doing quests alone is not always enough to get you to the next zone, you should aim to kill every enemy close to your level that you travel by.
The experience you get for each kill quickly, and drastically, drops as you level past the enemies you are killing. It is also much more difficult to kill enemies past your level, because you often miss and your attacks glance off of them, due to a mismatch of weapon and defense skills.
Also, to reduce travel times as much as possible, you should aim to save enough gold to buy your first mount right after you hit Level 40. To help towards this goal, you want to buy only the most impactful skills from your trainer (we will provide a list ahead).
Finally, as WoW Classic leveling can be long and arduous, we would like to recommend that you befriend people who are also leveling in your zone as you go by, as leveling in a pair (large groups are not advised due to problems with quest item drop rates and experience splitting) can not only make things faster and safer, but will also provide you with someone to chat with.
Learning professions early on is very useful, as you can naturally level them as you go, avoiding extra work at max level. This is especially true for gathering professions, but crafting professions compensate your efforts by giving you extra tools to level with.
Herbalism and Mining are great primary professions for a leveling Priest. Herbalism goes well with Alchemy and allows you to level up both professions as you level. Mining is a good choice if you are taking Engineering. Another popular combination is Tailoring and Enchanting which work nicely together and have items you can craft and use yourself while levelling.
2.3. Gear Options
Getting great gear as a Priest is not as important as it is for some other classes, since you have a great deal of sustain and so, taking a little longer to kill that one mob is not the biggest deal. However, getting good pieces of gear in some slots still goes a long way to making the leveling experience easier, faster, and perhaps more enjoyable. The most important thing in that regard is to always have a good weapon and wand. A wand is especially important for a Priest because of Wand Specialization, which increases the damage you do with wands by up to 25%; a significant portion of your sustained damage will come from wands because of this, and it is also really efficient, since wanding costs no Mana! Here are some wands you can get while leveling:
- Level 5: Lesser Magic Wand (BoE made through Enchanting)
- Level 13: Greater Magic Wand (BoE made through Enchanting)
- Level 15: Firebelcher (drop from Wailing Caverns)
- Level 17: Cookie's Stirring Rod (drop from The Deadmines)
- Level 18: Gravestone Scepter (Horde quest: Blackfathom Villainy)
- Level 20: Gravestone Scepter (Alliance quest: Blackfathom Villainy)
- Level 30: Necrotic Wand (drop from Scarlet Monastery: Graveyard)
- Level 42: Cairnstone Sliver (Alliance quest: Morrow Stone)
- Level 46: Noxious Shooter (drop from Maraudon)
Do try and get a good amount of gear with Spirit on it because of Spirit Tap, which provides you with a tremendous amount of Mana sustain while leveling. You should hardly ever need to drink as a Priest if you have enough Spirit and play around your Mana well. Note that Spirit Tap requires you to get the killing blow on enemies, which can be tricky if you are leveling in a group, or when you are in a dungeon.
3. Priest Level by Level Rotation, Talents and Trainer Skills
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3.1. Talent Tree for Leveling up as a Priest
Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.
Your talent set up should look something like this, though there are several talents that are interchangeable with one another based on your personal preferences.
3.1.1. Dungeon Healing
Optional: Priest specced into the shadow tree is capable of healing most dungeons with ease until level 50-55. If you think you will be healing a lot of dungeons while you level up then instead of the above suggestion, you can take Wand Specialization then Spirit Tap and Improved Shadow Word: Pain then delve deeper into the Holy tree. This does not change your damage rotation at all.
3.2. Rotation to Level Up as a Priest
You start with a single active ability, Smite, which you should use whenever you have the Mana for it.
- Ideally, start off every fight with a Power Word: Shield on yourself.
- Cast Mind Blast before you enter combat. Afterwards, you want to use it fairly sparingly.
- Apply and maintain Shadow Word: Pain on all targets.
- Cast Smite to get targets low.
- Once you have a wand, use it to finish off targets at low health or if you are out of Mana.
3.3. Rotation Context
When played correctly, you should hardly ever have any downtime as a Priest. Playing correctly mostly means finding the right balance between how much Mana and time to spend on your skills, versus using your wand. Your Mind Blast usage is an especially big factor in this, as using it too much will just result in you having to sit down and drink more. On most regular mobs your level, you will find that you do not have to rely on the damage of Mind Blast much at all to kill. Most of the time, you just have to apply Shadow Word: Pain and do a Smite cast or two, then finishing them off with your wand. Your Mana will have started to regenerate again already by the time you are close to killing the mob, and then when it dies, Spirit Tap will provide you with Mana and health sustain to keep going. That is the ideal order of events, though there will always be different scenarios that you will have to learn to adapt to.
3.4. Summary of Trainer Skills for Shadow Priest
The below suggestions focus on the skills that are most important to your leveling, but even still, this is by no means the only way to go about it, since it will vary on how much gold you actually acquire throughout the leveling process. The most important thing (and this can impact your skill buying decisions) is to make sure you have enough gold to buy your first mount as soon as you hit Level 40.
- At Level 1, buy Power Word: Fortitude once you have the copper for it. This increases the Stamina of whomever you cast it on.
- At Level 4, buy Shadow Word: Pain and Rank 2 Lesser Heal. Shadow Word: Pain is very Mana and damage efficient, provided that your targets live for the duration of the DoT.
- At Level 6, buy Power Word: Shield and Rank 2 Smite.
- At Level 8, buy Renew and Fade. Renew is decent at healing up any sustained damage you may take. Only buy Fade if you plan on doing group content, as it is useless when playing alone.
- At Level 10, buy Mind Blast, Rank 2 Shadow Word: Pain, Rank 3 Lesser Heal, and Resurrection. Mind Blast does a lot of damage and will take a big chunk out of your target's health at the start of a fight.
- At Level 10, make sure to get your race-specific Priest ability!
- At Level 12, buy Inner Fire, Rank 2 Power Word: Fortitude, and Rank 2 Power Word: Shield.
- At Level 14, buy Psychic Scream and Rank 3 Smite.
- At Level 16, buy Rank 2 Mind Blast and Rank 1 Heal. Lesser Heal is more or less obsolete at this point and you can replace Heal with it on your bars.
- At Level 18, buy Rank 3 Power Word: Shield, Rank 3 Shadow Word: Pain, and Dispel Magic.
- At Level 20, make sure to get your second race-specific Priest ability!
- At Level 20, buy Flash Heal and Rank 2 Inner Fire.
- At Level 22, buy Rank 3 Mind Blast, Rank 2 Heal, and Rank 4 Smite.
- At Level 24, buy Rank 3 Power Word: Fortitude and Rank 4 Power Word: Shield.
- At Level 26, buy Rank 4 Shadow Word: Pain and Rank 2 Flash Heal.
- At Level 28, buy Rank 4 Mind Blast, Rank 3 Heal, and Rank 2 Mind Flay.
- At Level 30, buy Rank 3 Inner Fire, Shadow Protection, and Rank 5 Power Word: Shield.
- At Level 32, buy Rank 3 Flash Heal.
- At Level 34, buy Rank 4 Heal, Rank 5 Mind Blast, and Rank 5 Shadow Word: Pain.
- At Level 36, buy Rank 3 Mind Flay, Rank 4 Power Word: Fortitude, and Rank 6 Power Word: Shield.
- At Level 38, buy Rank 4 Flash Heal.
- At Level 40, buy Greater Heal, Rank 6 Mind Blast, and Rank 4 Inner Fire.
- At Level 42, buy Rank 7 Power Word: Shield and Rank 6 Shadow Word: Pain.
- At Level 44, buy Rank 4 Mind Flay and Rank 5 Flash Heal.
- At Level 46, buy Rank 7 Mind Blast and Rank 2 Greater Heal.
- At Level 48, buy Rank 5 Power Word: Fortitude and Rank 8 Power Word: Shield.
- At Level 50, buy Rank 7 Shadow Word: Pain, Rank 5 Inner Fire, and Rank 6 Flash Heal.
- At Level 52, buy Rank 8 Mind Blast, Rank 3 Greater Heal, and Rank 5 Mind Flay.
- At Level 54, buy Rank 9 Power Word: Shield.
- At Level 56, buy Rank 7 Flash Heal.
- At Level 58, buy Rank 9 Mind Blast, Rank 8 Shadow Word: Pain, and Rank 4 Greater Heal.
- At Level 60, buy Rank 5 Greater Heal, Rank 6 Mind Flay, and Rank 6 Power Word: Fortitude.
3.5. Race Specific Priest Abilities
In addition to the standard racials, Priests also get two abilities that are unique to the race you are playing. You get the first at Level 10 and the second at Level 20. The only thing you need to do is complete short quests each time that involve you having to talk to certain NPCs. Make sure that you pick these up while leveling, as they can be quite useful depending on the situation. In the table below, you will find an overview of the benefits each Priest race gets, including the aforementioned abilities unique to each race.
|Race||Racial||Level 10||Level 20|
|Dwarf||Stoneform||Desperate Prayer||Fear Ward|
|Night Elf||Shadowmeld||Starshards||Elune's Grace|
|Undead||Will of the Forsaken||Touch of Weakness||Devouring Plague|
|Troll||Berserking||Hex of Weakness||Shadowguard|
3.5.1. Using Your Race-Specific Priest Abilities
In this section, we will briefly go over some of the uses for the race-specific Priest abilities that you will most likely have to consider while leveling.
- Desperate Prayer is the shared ability among Dwarves and Humans. It is excellent as an emergency self-heal button and should be used as such.
- Fear Ward is useful for some aspects of leveling. For example, for some dungeons, negating Fear effects can be quite good, and of course, for PvP, it is very powerful. It does not improve your combat abilities, but the utility is unmatched!
- Feedback is really weak for leveling because of its high cooldown, high Mana cost and very low impact overall. This racial ability, unfortunately, will not help you out very much.
- Starshards is very interesting compared to the other abilities on this list because it has no cooldown at all. It is also very Mana efficient on top of that, but it has a 6 second channel time and is therefore heavily punished whenever you are getting spell pushback. The damage is not great though, which makes its actual practical use somewhat limited.
- Elune's Grace is really weak as a defensive tool. You can (and should) still use it if you are in trouble, but it is unlikely to save you.
- Devouring Plague is wonderful for leveling because of the sustain it provides and the damage it does is not too shabby either. It is best to save this for hard-hitting enemies or elites with a lot of health.
- Touch of Weakness is fairly weak, but has no cooldown and can be cast on yourself before every fight, making it more or less free damage and defense while leveling.
- Hex of Weakness is not very useful for leveling because it requires you to spend a global applying it. Its main use lies in PvP.
- Shadowguard is pretty good for leveling. It is a buff you can cast on yourself, making it more or less a free benefit. Its damage can also proc Blackout on targets!
4. Weapon Master Locations
In WoW Classic, each race has different weapon skills learned when they are created, and you will have to learn the rest (that your class is eligible to learn) from the following Weapon Masters around the world:
|Weapon Master location||Weapon Skills available|
|Darnassus (around 57,46)||Daggers, Fist Weapons, Staves, Bows, Thrown Weapons|
|Ironforge (around 62,89)||Guns, Axes, Maces, Fist Weapons, Daggers, Crossbows, Thrown Weapons|
|Stormwind (around 57,57)||Crossbows, Daggers, Swords, Polearms, Staves|
|Orgrimmar (around 81,19)||Bows, Thrown Weapons, Axes, Staves, Daggers, Fist Weapons|
|Thunder Bluff (41,62)||Guns, Maces, Staves|
|Undercity (57,32)||Crossbows, Daggers, Swords, Polearms|
Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our Talents section and the rest of the guide, in order to learn how to play at max level.
- 09 Aug. 2019: Guide added.
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