New Speed Leveling Route from Level 10 to 50 in Under 6 Hours
A new speed leveling route has been discovered, taking Horde players from level 10 to 50 in just 5 hours and 44 minutes!
came up with the route after feeling that the recently nerfed
Warlords of Draenor
content featured in
Azeroth Auto Pilot routes
had begun to feel sluggish, and although the new route still makes extensive use of WoD content, it replaces the slower questing areas with Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor zones, making it about 40 minutes faster than the previous route.
Harldan's Reddit post
goes over the route, but there's also a
as well as a recording of the
full 5h 44m speed run
, which also covers all the gear and consumables used along the way.
WoD Intro (10-15) -> Silverpine Forest (15-30) -> Hillsbrad Foothills (30-40) -> Gorgrond (40-45) -> Spires of Aarak (45-48) -> Stonetalon Mountains (48-50)
: Timing is everything, as
just beat this time on stream using a similar, though slightly more involved route in 5 hours and 35 minutes, showing that there's still room for optimization and competition in speed leveling!
That said, while this newer route is slightly faster and doesn't have nearly as many players following it, it does have a few downsides. It involves a lot of zone switching and questline micromanagement, while speed leveling helpers such as
Azeroth Auto Pilot
are specifically designed to limit the amount of jumping around players are required to do. Harldan's route also makes extensive use of the Vulpera's double hearth capabilities, and other races will be hard pressed to save the full 40 minutes. As of right now, the route is only setup for Horde, without Alliance optimizations, so players wishing to help with that should definitely reach out on Reddit if they want to get involved.
Also, one major time save that I've managed to find is during the process of heading back to your main city to learn Riding Training. Many people simply hearth back and then slowly make a return journey, but for some classes/races there is a much more efficient option. If you have access to a teleport ability, such as Mage Portal, Zen Pilgrimage, Vulpera Camp, or Dark Iron Mole Machine, you can set your hearth to a nearby inn and use said ability to return back to your main city. While this only saves a few minutes each time you learn riding, it's a nice little optimization that adds up over the course of a 6 hour run.
If you're interested in learning more about leveling up during the Shadowlands Pre-patch, you should also take a look at our Shadowlands Leveling Guides and individual Class Leveling Guides, which cover just about everything you need to know for each individual class.
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