World of Warcraft Rookie: 8 Tips the Veterans Use in Their Gameplay

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It’s more than just a game. World of Warcraft (WoW) has been capturing millions of players’ attention since 2004.

If you’re ready to take a leap into this magical world of elves, hunters, rogues, warriors, and other fantastical creatures, then we’ve collected some tips and tricks to help you get started. WoW is challenging to master, but we all had to start somewhere.

So hunker down and check out these 10 WoW tips for new players. 

1. Building Your Character

When you first start World of Warcraft it could take you many hours just to set up your character correctly. You will pick your server, character race, and class to play.

Unfortunately, these initial decisions are going to have some of the biggest effects on your game. So take your time and choose wisely. You’ll want to pick an established server that looks healthy but also doesn’t have a huge waitlist just to get on.

When picking your race, make sure it is a race that is in the same faction as your friends so you can play together. Each race has its own fun perks and abilities. Ultimately you want to choose one that appeals to you and will keep your interest.

There are 12 different classes to choose from, which can be a daunting decision as a new player. Luckily you can switch between specializations outside of combat.

2. Earn Your Money

When you’re first starting out you probably won’t have much money. But the last thing you should do is resort to begging for it from others. Everyone had to earn their money by playing the game, so you should do the same.

A tip to start out is to pick up everything you find. Gather up all the loot off of the monsters you slay including grey items like [Ruined Pelt] and [Venom Sack]. Don’t limit yourself to just quest items. 

You can then sell these items in stacks of five or more. Even though it won’t generate a huge income. You can slowly save up to purchase your first spell or upgrade!

Don’t enchant every item you pick up in the beginning. You’ll probably be picking up a new one soon so it’ll just be a waste of your money.

3. Don’t Steal Nodes

It’s not polite to steal from others. The same goes when playing World of Warcraft. Remember that you’re playing with real people who are sharing in the same experience as you.

Don’t go for someone else’s node, herb, or chest while they’re battling a monster. That is clearly theirs and it goes without saying that taking something that’s not yours isn’t nice.

4. Help Fellow Players

There are a few ways you can help another player out. Just like good sportsmanship, in World of Warcraft helping your fellow players is the right thing to do. 

If you see another player in trouble. You could try and help them by attacking the monster they are fighting. Just be sure the monster’s title bar has turned gray or you’ll steal their kill and look more like a jerk than anything. 

When you’re traveling, buff players along the way when you can. It only costs a tiny bit of mana and it will help them out. It’s like giving good karma. Plus it makes you a player others want to play with.

5. Ask Politely & Don’t Interrupt

You’ll stand out like a sore newbie if you’re constantly sending group or guild invitations. It’s common courtesy to ask a character with a tell or whisper if they’d like to join. 

The same goes for trade windows. First request a rogue to open your lockbox. Then you can trade with them. Always ask first and don’t assume that the player is willing to drop everything and help you.

6. Learn from Other Players

Even though you’d rather not broadcast that you’re a newbie constantly, it’s okay to ask other players questions. Being open to learning is something every player had to do in order to get to where they are now. 

There are so many ways to play WoW and enjoy it. You should spend time exploring everything it has to offer. You can try solo play, PvP, and raiding. You can learn more by keeping various guides open while playing. 

For example, you can access guides for the game online. You may be able to find the answers to your own questions by looking them up. Make sure you read each quest carefully. They’re usually very detailed and will tell you exactly what you’re supposed to do.

It also doesn’t hurt to have the latest and greatest addons cheat sheet. One addon worth getting is a damage meter. It will help you see what your damage is like so that you can improve it.

7. Don’t Click on External Links

If something looks suspicious you shouldn’t click on it. There are harmful programs that will try to get you to click on a .jpg file in order to steal your WoW password. Make sure you use the Launcher to start WoW as recommended. 

Another way to avoid scammers is to not buy anything from the auction house. It’s a place where people are trying to make the most amount of money for the least amount of effort. Feel free to sell your stuff, just stay away from purchasing items.

8. Play Nice

World of Warcraft is a popular online game that allows you to take on various quests alongside people from around the world! You can communicate with other players and interact with them during your journey.

It’s a super fun game as long as everyone plays nice and acts respectfully. Be aware that you are playing alongside people of different ages, genders, cultures, races, and ethnicities.

Don’t say anything that might offend someone personally or use inappropriate language. We can all get along and enjoy the game in a welcoming atmosphere.

You may be declined by another player for a party, duel, or guild. Don’t attack them for their decision. If you abuse or harass someone in the comments it could actually get you banned from the game. 

Above all, have fun! 

WoW Tips and Tricks

We hope you found these recommendations helpful as you begin your WoW journey.

Do you have more WoW tips to share that wasn’t mentioned here? Share your advice in the comments below!