Battle for Azeroth (110-120) Leveling Tips and Consumables
Last updated 2019/05/21 at 6:14 PM
This guide's purpose is to help you level from 110 to 120 as quickly as possible, for people who want to level quickly on their first character. Many of the items listed on this guide may seem a bit extreme, and may not be recommended for alts because of their sheer value. This guide also considers you have no previous leveling experience on the Battle for Azeroth beta.
First and foremost, the experience required to level from 20 to 120 has been reduced considerably in 8.1. While the Battle for Azeroth range is being reduced by only a very small amount, the experience required for previous expansions is going down by 10-40% for each level, which will dramatically increase the speed of leveling through older content.
This is a condensed version of the full table.
Classic: -5% to -40% per level
Burning Crusade/Wrath of the Lich King: -26% to -40% per level
Cataclysm/Mists of Pandaria: -25% per level
Warlords of Draenor: -25% per level
Legion: -25% per level
Battle for Azeroth: -0.03% to -0.05% per level
Class Leveling Guides
Interested in the best specs, talents, and legendaries for leveling? Check out our class leveling guides:
This list is based by personal preference and experience from leveling on Beta. Those are highly subjective and if a zone appeals better to you, by all means, follow whatever order suits you best!
The most efficient zone order for Alliance is Drustvar > Tiragarde Sound > Stormsong Valley.
The most efficient zone order for Horde is Vol'dun > Zuldazar > Nazmir.
Drustvar and Vol'dun are considered the harder zones, due to quests there overall requiring more grinding and being easier to do while you're still wearing Legion gear. Once your stats start dropping considerably, the harder zones will be out of the way. Nazmir and Stormsong Valley are much less grindy and should be done as the final step for your leveling. These suggestions can also be used for what order you could build your War Campaign footholds.
BFA Leveling Tips
General leveling tips to aid you on leveling faster, or make your 120 life that much easier.
Don't vendor green or better gear! Even if you're not an enchanter, you're able to scrap BFA gear for reagents and, more importantly, Expulsom. Expulsom is the Battle for Azeroth version of the Blood of Sargeras, used in many 120 crafts. For more information on how to activate the scrapper and use it, check our Scrapper Guide!
Quest to the end of every zone! The final storyline quest for each zone offers a piece of 280 Azerite gear that will aid on your leveling and give your gear a nice item level bump, regardless of what level you're at when you complete the quest. Non-Azerite pieces of gear will only reach that item level around level 119.
Skip dungeons! With the experience changes to dungeons that came with Patch 8.0, it isn't that worth spamming them anymore. If you want, you can do dungeons while you have a quest for them (which happens at the very end of each zone), but those only grant a few extra experience and gold.
Enable War Mode! War Mode is a new PvP setting introduced on the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch, that flags you for PvP. In exchange, you will receive 10% (or more, if your faction is outnumbered) more experience from monster kills and quests. Unless you start the War Campaign, you won't leave your faction's continent, so you are not very likely to find yourself in PvP situations, at least on the first couple of days. For more information about War Mode, check our War Mode Overview!
... But disable War Mode for the War Campaign! It is recommended to save the War Campaign steps until you're level 119, so you can do all 3 footholds in a single run. War Mode means you will be flagged to PvP right on the heart of the enemy territory, which usually means you might waste some time on PvP situations. You can turn War Mode off at any rest area, but only turn it back on in Stormwind or Orgrimmar. For more information on the War Campaign steps, check our Alliance and Horde War Campaign Guides!
Do Legion and Faction Assaults! Even after level 110, Legion Assaults still give you a considerable chunk of experience for very little work. Completing Faction Assaults grants you Taste of Victory for 1 hour, another source of extra experience. You can check when Legion Assaults will be available on our Legion Tracker (US / EU), or check when Faction Assaults are available at the "Today in WoW" section of Wowhead's front page.
Useful Items and Consumables
Things that you can carry with you while leveling in Battle for Azeroth. Some of those can be extreme to farm efficiently, but the benefit is certainly there.
With Patch 8.1.5, most heirloom items can now be upgraded to scale to level 120.
Battle-Hardened Heirloom Scabbard - Upgrade a heirloom weapon to scale to Level 120. Costs 7,500 or can be purchased for some holiday currencies such as Timewarped Badge. Because it is unlikely you have upgraded heirloom weapons to 110 due to Artifact Weapons in Legion, you will have to make sure to purchase the 110 upgrade as well.
Battle-Hardened Heirloom Armor Casing - Upgrade a heirloom armor, trinket, shield or off-hand to scale to Level 120. Costs 5,000 or purchased for some holiday currencies. Unfortunately, while Heirloom Helm, Shoulders, and Chest give the increased experience, they are significantly weaker in player strength than the Azerite Armor available for those slots.
Cloak of Coordination/Cloak of Coordination: Quick teleport back to Stormwind or Orgrimmar, useful to quickly turn War Mode on. For a more effective usage, make sure you set your Hearthstone to Boralus, Dazar'alor, or your current questing area before using this.
Honorbound Scouting Map, 7th Legion Scouting Map: These items unlock after completing Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Part 1, and can be used to learn all important flight paths in Kul Tiras and Zandalar. Having those learned beforehand saves on travel time from area to area.
Each spec has a list of legendaries that help the most during leveling. Those two can be obtained by any class or specialization and can be heavily used during the portion of the BFA leveling where legendaries can be used. Their effects stop working at level 116, but can be maintained as stat sticks until you obtain higher item level items.
Sephuz's Secret: - Passively provides 10% movement speed, with that bonus increased to 70% when landing a CC or an interrupt. During the leveling process, it should be easy to maintain this item active at almost all times. The extra haste is a mini Heroism/Bloodlust and is also incredibly useful. Also has a socket for Insightful Rubellite!
Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish: Deals somewhat strong AOE damage for the lower portion of Battle for Azeroth leveling. Useful for all classes and specializations.