Impressive guide. There is an alternative way to get some heirlooms: through the darkmoon faire from Daenrand Dawncrest. Getting the currency through the quests is a lot easier then to get justice points, at least for a low level F2P-character. Only setback is you can only get like 30 tickets each month (if you're a casual player), so getting one item takes 3-4 months (heirlooms will cost 110-160 tickets a piece) and a set will cost a year.
I've been doing some experimentation with F2P and I decided to make a toon on a very low pop server so that I would have little competition for the Arena Grand Master trinket in Gurubashi Arena. GuildOx realm list sorted by raid progression was useful in determining "dead" servers", and I picked one in my normal data center for latency purposes.Amazingly, even though I picked a server averaging only around ~25 Level 85 toons online on my faction at any given time, around 20% of the time there was a L85 going for the AGM. It's crazy really, especially when 85's go for it just for the achievement. There will also be twinks and other F2P characters. However, you must be persistent.If you are undergeared or under Level 20, the best way to get there is to set your hearth at Booty Bay and then walk up the road avoiding gorillas. If you get tagged by a gorilla, you can rez at the GY next to the arena. If you are a geared Level 19-20 and have the hit rating, you can set hearth at Hardwrench and walk there, but you will encounter some cats and will need hit rating to be able to kill them.One able to get a couple of AGM's, I realized that the chest contains around ~80 silver. There are also sometimes green items inside that sell for ~80 silver to 1.5 gold. This means I can store them in my bank and vendor them if I need the gold. Huge deal and very convenient. So, getting to 10 gold and maintaining that cap is doable.Bags are extremely important as your entire F2P toon's life will be restricted to what you can keep in your bags and bank. Wearing a tabard for dungeon crawling is helpful to get Revered with a faction, then you can buy a 16 slot bag from all of your faction capitals which is probably ideal. You can also buy lower bags from certain vendors, and there are a couple of drops and quest rewards.For professions, I decided to start with Enchanting and keep a stack of 5 scrolls of each relevant enchant, then went straight Mining/Engineering. I don't see too much of a benefit for anything else, unless you are meticulous and able to farm Swiftness Potions which would be a huge difference maker in games. You'd need to get lucky with the recipe drop from somewhere, like via fishing.Good luck avoiding the L24 hunters!
No, don't set your heart to Booty bay wtf,The best way for starter edition accounts (like myself) doing the Gurubashi Arena Run is:2) pick up the Flight at Explorers' League Digsite found in Cape of Stranglethorn like an hour before the event begins.3) Mount up on one of your black/brown(the most camoflauge coloured) mounts.4) There's a large tree on left side of the path leading to the stone-road to Booty Bay, HIDE behind that tree, so you're not visible from the nearby Camp.5) Log out (!) Yes, you saw it right, LOG OUT. Log out and log in on annother of your chars and set an alarm clock for max 2mins before it the event starts.6) Now play with your other characters until the alarm goes on and log back in.7) Ride on the ->western dirt-path leading towards Booty Bay (Otherwise, if u take the east side, u will be attacked by a stealthed Panther)8) When you're at the stone road, just ride on to the arena in the north( preferably more to the east side of the road, since several Troll zombies are mostly on the opposite side of the road) 9) When you ride up on the ramp, i usually run along one of the walls of the entrence,and stays behind it untill the goblin NPC yells in red and has almost placed the treasure when i ride and jump into the pvp-floor.Notes: *It will take normaly ~40 > 45seconds riding up to the arena as ive described.* the even doesn't start exactly at the time, itr actually starts like 20-40sec(sometimes even longer then that!) after that.so , for example you're trying this at 3:00: AM , the NPC will actually start yelling in red like: 3:00:30 +/-*It takes 10seconds to open the Treasure Chest.*Once you've got one, the goblin NPC who starts the quest&places the Treasure Chest on the floor,will be visible by a blue daily quest question-mark on the mini-map.This will be usefull the second time you do it, and all runs afterward to see where the guy is located.*Be polite if a high level player on your side (Alliance/Horde) is already there/coming,watch them loot the treasure, they might feel pity on you and leave the trink for you!(generally speaking, the higher level, the more friendlier they will be. If it's a lvl 20-30, they will mostly be hostile)*If there are several high level players preparing or already fighting for it,you could mount up and atempt to grab the loot, however that won't be highly likely, as it takes so long to open it!However, when you die, you could go there unseen and re-try it, with perhapes better luck.(Trying to get killed by a nearby mob and resurrect at treasure chest doesn't work, they're too far away from the PvP arena ground)*this event starts at 00:00 Sever time and then re-appears at: 03:00, 06:00 , 09:00 , 12:00 , 15:00 , 18:00 , 21:00 and then back to Midnight( 00:00 )** Going from Booty Bay is more dangerous, takes allot more time and mutch more harder to travel from,since all the buildings in the city will make you ride that much slower and the mobs on the way to the Arena from the Road will most likely attack you on the way(i allways get attacked on the road there, despite im lvl 20)**going from Fort Livingston in Northern Stranglethorn is not recommended, since the passage at the whirlpool on the cliffs is VERY thight and hostile Venter co. goblins panthers, crocolisks are close by and will attack you on your way, plus it will take allot longer time.In short: use Explorers' League Digsite if you're alliance, and Hardwrench Hideaway if you're Horde.low lvl arena-running Horde players have an disadvantage here, in terms of avoiding hostile mobs.= regarding Proffesions=*Fishing = 1) for the Stranglethorn Extravaganza Fishing reward hat. ( event avaible every sunday )2) Fishing in the Darkmoon Faire coast when it appear for one week monthly, u can fish for debris/wreckages and earn good items, like Rumsey Rum Black Label +15 stamina for 15mins.3) For the monthly quest during the Darkmoon Faire, and earn you a few extra Prize tickets.Cooking1) For the monthly quest during the Darkmoon Faire, and earn a few more extra Prize tickets for heirlooms.2) level the cooking up to 90, in order to use the recipe: Murloc Fin Soup for an extra Stamina for PvP it's worth it.( Farm the Murloc fins from Elwyn Forest/Crystal Lake, on the islands, they are crazy many and respawn VERY quit)For Horde farming, go to Lake Lordamere/Silverpine Forest, on the islands there are hordes of low-level murlocs who yeld fins)Mining:1)For the monthly quest during the Darkmoon Faire, and earn a few more extra Prize tickets for heirlooms.2)gives you atleast +3 stamina (at 75 skill )havn't got it to 100 yeat, but i do think u get +6 at 100 mining skill, not sure though.*Alchemyallow you gain some important PvP Battle elixirs, such as Speed potion(+50% speed!)DungeonsOnce avaible at lvl 15, it's the best way to get decent PvP gear until you've collected enough HPs (honor points)from PvP battlegrouns like Arathi.**From Stormwind Stockade, choice the Headgear(a pirate eye-patch), it's priceless if you don't got the Stranglethorn Fish-Hat.QuestsFor alliance, do the Westfall storyline when you're level 10+ and you'll get a superb item reward by the King,allsow, later at lvl 20, you'll be able to get very good weapon for your class when doing the Shadowfang Keep dungeon, searching for various items.This is started from one of your class trainers at capitalcities( mine started from a female warrior Night Elf in Darnassus,and got me to Stormwind, Old Town , where the actual quest begins.I still wear the sword it got for this, since the heirlooms doesn't yield enough better stats except they do +2DPS dmg)PvP battlegroundsavaible at lvl 10. Choice Arathi, you'll earn allot more Honor Points then in a Warsong match as a starter edition.see for yourself, you'll note the difference.Other notes:*generally, search for items with as HIGH stamina as possible, since you're PvP opponents will most likely have one or a few heirlooms, meaning: every point here counts! I've seen lvl 23 heirloomers with 3100 hp, so you'll need every Stamina u can.*collect Cat Figurines and search for the green-battle-pet item: Glowing Cat Figurine, which summons 1 a ghost cat to fight for you. once killed, it will die and you'll have to farm for it again. the figurines are purple/pinkish and found in a circle around the Ruins of Mathystra , in Darkshore(Kalimdor)*Do the Night Elf quest:(only for alliance) = started from an item from the mob Blackmoss the Fetid / ends with the quest: Planting the Heart, which gives you a quite powerfull Timberling battle pet.(note this is a one time spawn battle-pet, from the quest, so u can only do it one time, so choice wisely when to use it!)*as of the latest Pre-Mist Patch:Worgen & Goblins are now avaible to starter editions !**worgen's racial "temporarly increase speed" is good for escaping during PvP, altough i prefer Shadowmeld.
from a person who plays starter and has experience with the restrictions of an account, i can see a lot of confusion from p2p players about starter edition accounts. i have noticed a few false statements on this pagequoting from aboveIn-Game ObservationsExamining trial accounts in-depth, we found a few more things:Players can access areas from The Burning Crusade. This means that they can be summoned to Shattrath City, as well as roll Draenei and Blood Elves. Their racial bonuses apply to professions. (How to get summoned to such places? A pay-to-play friend with (Spell #83967).)However, players cannot roll Worgen or Goblins.(false, you will especially find a lot of worgen druid FCs in F2P bracket when PvPing in WSG because of all the speed boosts so you can quick cap iron man every game fast and easy)(not quite sure because i don't play much horde but goblins may be used if you were to buy certain things that cost more than 10g with racial and possibly an exalted bonus)While zones added in Cataclysm cannot be accessed, F2P players can zone/get summoned to Outlands and Cata areas--useful for accessing portals and doing some risky exploring.(you can walk right in to any of the cata areas, and if you can get ported or summoned to vashj'ir you can get the flight path between the island and dun'morogh)Some secondary professions may be bugged; players can level past rank 100.(not bugged, i have 375 on all secondary professions except archaeology and there is nothing stated about secondaries not being allowed to pass 100, as for maximum you have WotLK skill available, but cannot buy it, at exalted it costs 12.5gold)Players can learn Apprentice Riding at level 20.Players can access banks and purchase bank tabs--the third tab costs exactly 10.Players can equip tabards and benefit from reputation gains, eventually getting reputation-related achievements and access to items like Darnassian Satchel.Players can learn abilities from trainers and spend 6 talent points.(out of date as of MoP talent style)Players can still visit Experience Eliminators in major cities if they wish to twink at a lower bracket. Upon hitting 20, players can continue to quest, but will not gain further experience until upgrading accounts.(false, you can not cap your level from behsten or slahtz, the button simply does not appear)While gold is capped, there is no cap on honor points. These can be converted slowly to Justice Points, which (in theory) could be used to purchase PvE heirlooms, providing massive stat boosts.(true, but some items from dungeons and quests do provide better stats than heirlooms)Characters can also communicate freely in Battlegrounds. In addition, level 20 players will be put in xp-off battlegrounds.You cannot recustomize, race-, server-, or faction-change your F2P character.(restrictions errors)The following restrictions are placed on all Starter Edition Accounts:A level cap of 20.A maximum of 10 gold.Trade skills are capped at 100 ranks.Unable to trade via the Auction House, mailbox, or player-to-player.In-game access to public chat channels unavailable. Players are limited to communicating using only say, party, or whisper.Characters will be unable to create or join guilds.Characters are not able to send whispers to other characters unless they have been added to the characters' friends lists or have received a whisper from a character first.Characters will not be able to invite other players into a party.Characters will not be able to join parties with other characters above level 20.(totally false, how else would i get burgy blackheart's handsome hat?)Voice chat disabled on Starter Edition accounts.Realms experiencing login queues will prioritize players who have full, paid accounts.(login queus carry no bias toward starter accounts)Starter Edition accounts are not eligible for character transfers.RealID features are disabled on all Starter Edition Accounts.(missing restriction-- starter account's can not be heard when using /say by anyone above level 35 as of MoP)can't go to pandaria(can go anywhere else)
patch 5.4 will be fantastic for p2p 24 twinks and hell for trial noobs because it will be harder to get JP heirlooms and level 24 twinks will have access to ALL item enchants which means they will be stronger than ever ... well see yall on top of your gy
I found raptor eggs for the recipe "Curiously Tasty Omelet" to be much easier to farm than e.g. murlocs. The drop rate is higher, and you get a bunch of leather in the process too. I farm them with a prot paladin in Wetlands between the quarry and the flooded alliance town, they drop light and medium leather, great for making those armor kits before dropping leatherworking.
This looks like a great guide, originally - but it'd be even greater if it was either updated or removed, as much of the info is now outdated, and possibly confusing to new players trying out the game.Starter account can access WoTL content now (my 'mini-druid' has her HS in Dalaran) and it is not true that they can not join a party with another character over lvl 20 - I drag my 'minis' around all the time on my high lvl chars (on another account) for the fun of it.The Blacksmithing section is also very outdated - it links to items no longer in use such as Silver Rod and throwing weapons.There's probably more, but I think my point is made ;)
Something to note now that old accounts can log into endless trial mode as Veteran accounts: not all items you unlock with professions at skill level 100 can be made.I found this out the hard way, and while I don't have a comprehensive list, here's an idea of the sorts of things that are locked:- all inscription glyphs- the first offhand book created by inscription- inscription tarot cards- wool tailoring items (including bags and vanity shirts)- "lesser" versions of enchantments (or at least, Lesser Health was locked)- greater magic wand
Might wanna update this as you can now play as any race and class (minus Death Knight Ofcourse) on a starter account now.