Last Updated Jan 14, 2007
I figured I would take a few minutes to write out a few of the
common questions and answers that might help you guys get
oriented into Outlands a bit faster and thus save you some time
Mithan's The Burning Crusade Starter
Guide and Quick FAQ (1.3)
1. What items should I be saving before TBC comes out?
100-120 Runecloth: Required to grind your First Aid
Skill from 300 to 330.
Various Potions and Misc Supplies: Not "needed" but
useful for helping up your effectiveness when back to
soloing. Things like Health Pots, Trolls Blood,
Sharpening Stones, etc all can give you a boost.
As much gold as you can: Lets face it, the AH is
going to be full of new equipment, weapons, recipes and
materials that you are going to want, so going into TBC
with gold on hand will be a boon.
Empy Your Bags: Clear your bags when you go to
Outlands and only keep the items you are going to need
while leveling. For example, the FR Gear you keep in
your bags for MC or BWL Runs? Dump it in the Bank.
Remember, there are no Auction Houses in Outlands so you
want every available slot open to help minimize trips
back and forth to Azeroth.
2. I am based in Ironforge, should I move
Many people prefer to be based in Ironforge due to its proximity
to Blackrock Mountain and the Instances within. However with TBC,
I would suggest moving to Stormwind, due to being closer to
Blasted Lands than Ironforge.
I expand on this below in the Hearthstone question.
3. How do I get to Outlands?
Getting to Outlands is easy and requires you to go to the
Blasted Lands and then simply walk through the Dark Portal into
Outlands. The level requirement on the portal itself is level 58
and you must have the expansion activated on your account before
you can enter.
4. Where will I be when I get to Outlands?
Where should I go right off the bat?
When you enter Outlands the first zone you will be in is called
Hellfire Peninsula and this zone is intended for level 60-63
players and is one of, if not the largest zone in all of World
After going through the portal, jump down to your left and you
will find a Flight Path NPC, talk to him and he will fly you to
Honor Hold, which is the main town for Alliance in Hellfire
Alternatively, follow the quest line you get outside the Dark
Portal on the Blasted Lands side.
For Horde, jump to the right and jump on the Bat Handler NPC, he
will fly you to Thrallmar.
5. Any tips for Hellfire Peninsula?
I could write a book on this zone, but I wont and at the end of
the day, it is just like most other WoW zones, so I do advise
you explore every square inch of this zone because there are
half a dozen quest hub areas in this zone and some are easy to
miss if you don't explore it fully, costing you potential XP,
Loot and fun from doing the quests. In addition to the quest
hubs, there are numerous flight paths here and a second Alliance
town by the name of Temple of Telhamut.
To help you in this zone, I have included a
If you need complete leveling
guide through Outland, you can pick up a copy of
Legion leveling Guide.
6. Where is the Auction House? Where is
There is no Auction House in Outlands at all. You MUST go back
to a main city in Azeroth.
The only city with a Bank is Shattrath and the bank is tied into
The Aldor and The Scryer opposing factions within the city.
7. Where are the Profession Trainers?
There are various skill trainers in Outlands. Alliance
Profession Trainers are found in Honor Hold, Horde Profession
Trainers are found in Thrallmar. Shattrath, which is the main
Outlands city found between Nagrand and Terokkar Forrest and
shared by Horde and Alliance players, also has all types of
8. Where are the Class Trainers?
There are no class trainers in Outlands. You MUST go back to the
main cities in Azeroth.
9. Where can I learn Master First Aid?
After you get to Honor Hold for the first time, you can ride to
the Temple of Telhamut in Hellfire Peninsula and purchase the
[Master First Aid - Doctor in the House]
book off a vendor here. You can also purchase
[Manual: Netherweave Bandage]
[Manual: Heavy Netherweave Bandage]
(FA-360) books off this NPC (don't worry, they are cheap).
You then need to grind out 30 skill points by making Heavy
Runecloth Bandages and this will use up anywhere from 80 to 120
Runecloth, thus the reason I said to take about 120 Runecloth to
The above First Aid Books are found in Falcon Crest for the
Horde side. Make sure you grab the Flight Path to get back to
Thrallmar. (Thanks to akauankka for that)
10. Any tips on going back and forth between Outlands and a Main
City? Where should I set my Hearthstone?
Due to there not be any Auction Houses in Outlands, you will
definitly be making daily trips back to a
City in Azeroth to sell equipment or check the AH. Some people
will use an Alt Character for this but I prefer to use my main
character so I can do direct equipment comparisons and such.
There are various alternatives here:
Save your Hearthstone in Honor Hold in Hellfire and
then ask a Mage to portal you back to a main city (Don't be
a tight ass and forget to tip them), then Hearthstone back
If you don't want to rely on a Mage, save your
Hearthstone in Stormwind and then since SW is relatively
close to the Dark Portal, you can fly back to Blasted Lands,
ride to the Dark Portal and then fly back to Honor Hold that
way. While a bit time consuming, it does give you time to
take a pee break while on the mount
Ride to Shattrath (easily doable at 60) to set your
Hearthstone and grab the flight path. Since Shattrath has
portals back to all the Main Cities in Azeroth, you can
easily fly to Shattrath, portal to a
Azeroth and then hearthstone back to Shattrath and then fly
back to whatever zone you were in. The negative here is that
you will do a LOT of flying back and forth between Shattrath
and whatever zone you are currently questing in.
Playing through 60 to 70 in the Beta, what I did myself was
Option 2 to start with while I was doing
Peninsula quests and then when I moved to Zangarmarsh and
Terokkar Forrest I switched to option 3. When I moved to Blades
Edge Mountains and Netherstorm, I moved to option 1 and then
when I got my flying mount at 70, I went back to Option 3.
The only problem with Option 1 is that it pisses off everybody
when you are spamming "Looking for a Mage to portal me!", but if
you don't mind doing that, it is an option
11. How does World PVP work and is it worth doing?
I wont go fully into World PVP however to do a quick summary,
when you kill somebody OR recover a World PVP Objective you get
a Token (Mark of Honor Hold for Hellfire Peninsula and
Zangarmarsh or Halaa Battle Token or Halaa Research Token for
Nagrand) that is specific to the zone you are in. These tokens
can then be turned in at respective PVP vendors in the zone you
are in and redeemed for some nice equipment rewards.
Is it worth doing? I think so because some of the stuff is
really quite nice at an early level and World PVP is something
that people will actually be doing in Outlands so it shouldn't
be too hard to get involved in.
For example, for 15 Marks of Honor you can get
[Band of the Victor] or
[Circlet of the Victor].
12. Are the Reputation Rewards any good in Outlands?
Yes, unlike WoW Retail, the reputation rewards are actually
pretty decent this time around and depending on what you have,
actually worth getting. For example, if you are Honored with
Honor Hold, there is a decent 52dps 1H Sword you can buy early
on, which is fairly easy to get for those of you who didn't get
Grand Marshall Weapons or Raid weapons in WoW Retail.
Here are some examples of Reputation Rewards: (Thottbot Live
(Thottbot Beta Links - Info from beta)
13. Can you give me the run down on Shattrath, the factions,
banks, choosing between Scryer and Aldor, etc?
As noted above, Shattrath has 4 factions, however in an
interesting twist, Blizzard is forcing the player to choose
between two of the factions (The
The Scryers) and after
that decision is made, the areas of the city controlled by the
opposing faction becomes closed off to you...unless you want to
kill the NPC Guards of course.
The faction choice you make will affect what Faction Vendors you
get access to and the types of Faction related quests you do in
later zones are. At this time, I recommend making your decision
based on the Reputation Rewards available for how you play the
game while taking into account all the recipes/formulas they are
selling, but just realize that this is an important decision to
make and shouldn't be made lightly as going back on the decision
will be extremely time consuming (if even possible).
As for the rest of the city, there are two banks in the city,
each controlled by the Aldor and Scryer and which bank you can
use depends on which faction you choose. The bank is the same as
what you use in Azeroth.
Shattrath also includes Sha'tar and Lower City Reputation
Vendors/Quartermasters, various profession trainers, portals
back to the main cities in Azeroth, various vendors,
Battleground NPC's, etc, etc.
As I said earlier, Shattrath does NOT include an Auction House
or Class Trainers.
14. Should I bother with Instances or just go level up via
Instances have great equipment, quest rewards and are also
really good XP plus they can be fun to do, so I would never
advise people to skip them. As well, Blizzard has also finally
woken up to the fact that we don't want to be doing 14 hour
instance runs like Scholomance either so every instance out
there can be done in less than an hour and a half and if your
group is working well, you can can do many in less than an hour.
My memory might be a bit hazy here but I do find that Outlands
instances are more challenging overall than past instances were
in Retail so I think this will affect things a little bit. On
the flip side, with WoW having been out for 2 years, 1 month and
22 days by the time TBC goes live, I think people should have
learned how to play their characters by now and the increased
challenge shouldn't be an issue.
For a list of instances and beta loot,
see this thread here.
15. How long will it take me to level up?
As long as you want it too. Those of us who race through the
game to 70 will probably do it in 120-150 hours. Those who
prefer to take their time will probably be anywhere between
150-200+ hours to get to 70. The number really depends on your
16. Do you think Socketed Items will have an impact?
For me, the value of Socketed items comes down to one question:
Do you currently find Enchantments to be of value to your
If you don't bother enchanting your equipment today, then
Socketed Items will be of dubious value to you, because as a
whole, Gems boost your stats the same way that Enchantments do.
17. Are there any other links to maps and such available?
Blizzard's Outland Map
18. How much money will I make by level 70?
You should be able to make about 1000+ gold by level 70, which
should make it easy for you to get your Regular Winged Mount at
70. However, there will be tonnes of new equipment, recipes,
materials, etc on the Auction House for you to buy as well and I
expect that there will be quite a bit of inflation initially due
to supply/demand so how much you have at 70 could really
vary...On the flip side, the same market forces mean you can
sell your wares for good money. You can get the latest
Crusade Gold tips here for a small price.
19. What do the new Mounts cost?
These are current prices (they were recently changed) from the
TBC Beta as of Dec 31, 2006 and subject to change as Blizzards
whim. I believe that Faction Reputation DOES affect the prices
though I am not 100% sure on this!
Flying Mounts can only be learned in Wildhammer Stronghold at
Journeyman Riding Skill (Epic Horses-100% Speed) is
600 Gold (540 at Honored/Revered?)
Expert Riding Skill (Regular Flying Mount-60% Flying
Speed) is 800 Gold (720 at Honored/Revered?)
Artisan Riding Skill (Epic Flying Mount-280% Flying
Speed) is 5000 Gold (4499 at Honored/Revered?)
Regular Flying Mount is 100 Gold (90 at
Epic Flying Mount is 200 Gold (180 at
20. Are flying mounts worth it? How about the Epic Flying Mount?
YES! Flying is extremely useful and not to mention, fun.
Gathering Herbs and Mining is much easier with a flying mount.
PVP is also a blast when you can drop in on somebody and kick
their ass from above. Plus, there are areas in the game that are
only accessible via flight paths. Basically, if you are level 70
you will need a mount. As for the Epic Flying Mount it is
incredible fast while expensive, I think it is worth the cost.
21. Is it going to be hell competing with other people for
Spawns? I heard there is a new method of spawning mobs, is this
It is my opinion that Outlands is going to be an over camped and
over populated land of angry and rude gamers for the first...
oh, 6 months of expansion That
being said, hopefully everybody can remember to try and not be a
dick to other gamers and wait their turns for quest mobs and
GROUP UP so you get credit faster because it just makes the game
better for all of us.
Now for those who think it "wont be that bad", I want to stress
that the initial retail release of WoW had people spread out
between two factions and almost a dozen starting areas for all
the races. Outlands puts everybody in the same starting zone so
yes, it will be that bad.
The big news though is that Blizzard has introduced new dynamic
spawn rates for Outlands that changes the spawn rate for a
Monster based on how many people are in the immediate mini-zone.
So when there are 493 people camping the same named quest mob in
on Jan 16, there will be an almost instantaneous respawn of the
mob when it dies.
22. How do Heroic Instances work?
Heroic Instances are supposed to be the equivalent of 5 Man
Raids so people should not expect them to be level 70 versions
of a lower level instance, they are actually harder. ALL current
5 Man Instances in Outlands can be done in Heroic mode and you
must be of Exhaulted Status in the corresponding Reputation
Faction to be able to do an instance in Heroic Mode.
The last "wing" for most Instance's also require a Key to enter
and all the keys are updated for Heroic Mode, requiring you to
get new keys.
Lastly, killing Bosses in Heroic Mode drop tokens that can be
redeemed in Shattrath for the
following items off of G'eras,
the Token Vendor. I don't know if the Heroic Mode
bosses drop other forms of loot or if basic green/blue loot off
the trash mobs is upgraded for Heroic Mode, though it stands to
reason they would be...
23. Should I group up with people?
Definitely group up with people who are on the same types of
quests if you can. Take regular "Kill Quests" that require you
to go out and kill X amount of Mobs. It will simply benefit
everybody if you group with a few other people while doing these
because it will not only go faster, it will help limit
competition between people for the same mobs, especially when
doing Named Quest mobs.
24. I have PVP, Tier 1, 2 or 3 armor, is there anything worth
while out there for me?
Well, if you have Tier 3 armor you are probably going to be set
until level 70 for the most part (there are some exceptions).
For the rest of it though, it really depends on how many
instances you do and your own personal luck. You can
theoretically replace all your Tier 1 by level 63, but I doubt
you will find the equipment to do so, unless you have a horse
shoe up your ass in which case you should go buy a lottery
ticket. Tier 2 can be replaced by 65-66 but again, are you going
to get lucky and get the drops you need? Probably not.
It is the same case for weapons. Take a Grand Marshall
Quickblade which is 1h 59DPS Sword at level 60. To match that,
you need a level 66+ Green Sword or you need to find some of the
Blue/Purple swords that drop off of earlier instances (good
When all is said and done, how fast you replace equipment will
depend entirely on your own personal luck and the way you do
25. Are Mobs harder in Outlands?
All the statements of "harder mobs" in Outlands came from Alpha,
when they were much harder. Today, a 60 Mob in Outlands is
pretty much identical to a 60 Mob in Azeroth.
26. Do Outlands Mobs give more XP? Will Rest XP work again?
Level for Level, Outlands Mobs give more XP than
Rest XP will work again from 60 to 70 as it did from 1
to 60. So log out in an
Inn when you stop playing.
27. What should I do with old quests?
Turn them in if you got them but I honestly do not think it is
worth running around the world to turn in old quests, I would
take the gold personally....
28. What do I do after
After Hellfire, you have two zones available. Depending on how
full either zone is, you can go to
or Zangarmarsh. Both of these zones are linked to Hellfire and
can be completed in any order, though personally I did
Zangarmarsh first as Terrokar finishes a bit higher than
After Terrokar, the player will move on to Nagrand and then
Blade's Edge Mountains and then Netherstorm or Shadowmoon Valley
(they are equal in level, though I think Shadowmoon is 1 level
higher at the lower end than Netherstorm).
29. Misc answers to "OMG I WISH PEOPLE WOULD STFU AND STOP
ASKING IN GENERAL CHAT" questions
These are few common answers to a few questions that get asked
9000 times a minute in Hellfire Peninsula General Chat, so here
are the answers. Now please, Macro the damn thing (These
are for quests...)
The "Mysteries of the Light" book for the Honor Hold
quest is found at Armory and is near the house at the south
part of Armory where it is nearly falling off the world.
Armory is the Ruins behind Honor Hold.
Dead skeletons on the Path of Glory can be very hard
Netherguard Bitter is in... you guessed it,
Netherguard Keep in Blasted Lands! It can be found in the
south west corner of the North Keep in Netherguarde.