Hey Gamers it's Trify here with another Dragonflight Beta leveling video.
For this video, I wanted to put together a comprehensive 60 to 70 leveling guide for the Dragon Isles.
Dragonflight comes out in just over a month, so I wanted to give my advice based on my leveling testing on the Dragonflight Beta so far.
I've been getting a lot of questions in previous videos and from the community about leveling, so I'll do my best to touch on some of what I think are the most important tips that will hopefully be helpful for everybody.
What this guide will include are three key things:
- how to prepare your character for leveling, including gear, consumables, speed items and all that fun stuff;
- secondly, add-ons and macros; and then, a general discussion about the pros and cons of War mode.
- Third, a Zone by Zone side quest guide.
This will be the majority of the time spent on this video, and I'll go over what side quests I've found to be the most optimal to incorporate along the main campaign questing route, since spoiler alert: only doing the campaign without War mode does not quite get you to max level, so you will have to do some side quests along the way.
I want this guide to help those who don't enjoy leveling as much as I do to get through it quickly and efficiently so they can enjoy the content at max level.
Average Time to Level from 60 to 70 in Dragonflight
I'm very passionate about speed leveling and I've done around 12 or 13 full runs from level 60 to 70 on both the Alpha and the beta.
My best time is 3 hours and 27 minutes, which you can watch on my previous video.
I think dragonflight leveling is going to be faster than shadowlands leveling, especially with the addition of dragon riding.
I'm guessing a lot of people will be curious about that, so let me give some tips.
First, prepare your character.
Character Preparation for Dragonflight Leveling
What I'm going to talk about before all of that is taking some time to clean out your bags before dragonflight.
I know this may be an annoying task and some of you may feel personally attacked by me suggesting this but trust me it will make your leveling life much easier.
You get a lot of item rewards from quests during dragonflight with the addition of all of the Dragon riding glyph customization items.
So do yourself the favor and take the time to do that in the next few weeks.
Character Gear Preparation in Dragonflight
Next I want to talk about gear.
I have some general thoughts about gear optimization, but at the end of the day the leveling experience can be done at just about any gear level.
The template character is on the alpha before character copy was available or item level 180.
So just about as poorly geared as you will ever see and it really wasn't even that bad.
You get some solid upgrades from the quest rewards and the biggest difference that you’ll see with a full best in slot Mythic faded geared character is really just in those first four to five levels where you're basically going to be one-shotting mobs if you're over a 300 item level for the first few levels.
So that said, it definitely helps to get as geared as possible before dragonflight and my biggest recommendation between now and dragonflight launch is simply to just get as high item level gear is you can because it goes a long way.
Character Trinket Optimization for Dragonflight LevelingP
Second is trinkets. I want to talk about trinkets a little bit because there's a lot of different kinds and you'll likely have a few options to choose from in your bags.
In general, you're wanting to optimize for either Baseline stat increases and usually in combination with short on use trinkets.
So here's an example of the two that I'm going to use.
Both of these are Mythic plus drops.
So I'm using the Thunder Towers targeting reticule thesis just flat agility flat versatility.
I like just the flat bonuses because it helps you out in those short burst windows that you're really optimizing for.
And then a Kira's adrenaline injector which is just an on-use trinket on a two minute cooldown that I'll just macro into my bestial wrath and kind of forget about it.
Again, you're really going to be optimizing for just those short windows of damage.
There's a lot of raid trinkets that provide you with like stacking Buffs over time, you know, over like 20 or 30 seconds.
You really don't care too much about those.
You want to be as powerful as possible as quickly as possible.
Character Optimization with Crafted Pieces for Dragonflight Levelings
So the last thing I'll talk about with gear is don't forget about crafted pieces.
You know these are going to be marginally helpful, but you can wear one piece of 262 crafted gear.
I'll show you an example of the one that I'm using here, the necklace, and then you can also wear some 233 pieces in conjunction with this.
Now the reason that I'm talking about crafted gear is because you can use the item pure air sail extensions.
This is what adds the flat speed tertiary stat to these crafted items.
So you can see this necklace increases my speed by 79 because I Enchanted it with the pure air sail progenitor.
I've also got it on my bracers here, so you can add speed to your bracers.
You can add speed to both of your rings if you'd like to.
And also, I'm going to be wearing a set of rocket boots extreme light.
I don't use this for the actual on use since it doesn't make you go that fast anymore. What I really like it for is the enchantment to the minor speed increase.
This is just a flat 10 percent movement speed increase.
I think it's a classic enchant, and you can only use it on really low level boots.
So that's why I like it for this. I'm obviously taking a huge item level hit here wearing the low level gear, but I'm not too worried about that for the first couple of levels.
I'm optimizing for moving as fast as humanly possible.
And then I have a another item set here in the the inventory here.
I'll click it right here that gets me up to 303 with my highest item level pieces across the board.
And I'm still wearing the crafted neck, but I'm swapping out the low item level rings and the low item level bracers for some of my bigger stuff.
And I'm going to swap to this at around level 64 or 65 just so I can stay ahead of the mob scaling curve.
Okay, let's move on to other speed items.
The first I'm going to recommend are gun shoes.
Obviously, this is a leveling staple.
One to two stacks of gun shoes will be more than fine for this expansion.
The great thing for many players this expansion is that we get dragon riding very early into our leveling journey, within the first hour or so.
So ground speed increase items aren't nearly as impactful as they were in previous expansions because dragon riding is just so effective at traveling really quickly.
Although gun shoes have been helpful for me in the past, they are not as necessary with the addition of dragon riding in the new expansion.
Dragon riding allows you to cover large distances quickly and skip some of the RP.
I really enjoy using the Goblin glider in conjunction with the falling flame on the initial Zeppelin or boat.
If done correctly, you can land and skip some of the RP and just get straight into questing.
There's another great spot in the plains the second Zone where you can skip a long RP taxi service from one of the Green dragons and instead use Goblin glider falling flame to just quickly get to the next questing zone.
So those are very fun but I will say not for the faint of heart because you can definitely easily miss that combination up the rest of the consumables and optional speed items.
So I'll go through all of these really quickly. They're going to be pretty straightforward.
Get some flasks stock up on these the special flaccid power get your weapon oils your main stat potions.
The food that you should be using is called fried Bonefish this is the shadowlands version of bear tartar where you kill an enemy and you get a short burst of speed.
Okay you're going to want some drums too.
I don’t have it on my hunter but I'm going to get a couple of drums.
If you're a non-lust class you're going to want your BFA movement speed gems these are the five percent and three percent movement speed gems that stack on top of each other.
However, I just noticed that in this most recent beta build, they don't actually give percent increase speed anymore; it's flat speed increase.
And for some reason, the rare one gives less speed than the common one, so I'm going to need to do a little bit of testing to see if it still gives percent speed increase or if they did actually just nerf the heck out of these.
So get a couple of them; they might be helpful, but also maybe not.
Any extra in chance for gear upgrades that you get, so get a couple of ring enchants, boots, chest, cloak, definitely use this cloak enchant, specifically the Fortified speed one, to make yourself a little bit faster.
The Miss of Pandaria fast mounts are great and very easy to pick up.
This is the tuft of yak fur and the oddly shaped horn.
These are very cool.
They function the exact same as gun shoes where you use them and you move very very fast.
The great thing about them is they don't share a cooldown or they don't have a cool down rather but they only have three charges so you can only use them three times total and that's it.
So pick those up.
The next great one is the radinex control gem. This little green thing right here has three charges.
I’ve already used a couple of charges so there's only one left, but I'll show you how that one works too.
It's basically the Lurgan Legion spaceship surfboard and it does the exact same thing except you cannot RP walk with this one.
So this one is simply good for just traversing large distances, not for turning inquests and talking to NPCs.
Next are the experience banners.
You're going to want to pick up the purple blue and green version of these experience banners from your guild vendor in any major city.
These simply just you throw it down and it increases the experience that you get from mobs within 100 yard range by 15 10 and 5.
I'll share a macro with you where you can essentially use all three of these on one button.
You won't need to push each one individually. And when you hit that button, it will throw down whichever one is available.
Since once you use it it's on a 10 minute cooldown but then you can't use another one for two minutes, a couple more here.
The falling flame has a two percent drop rate off of cinder fall.
It's nice but not hugely necessary.
I also recommend getting the cloak of coordination.
This is very helpful for switching on war mode later if you don't want to start questing with it on since you can only turn on war mode in Orgrimmar.
You can just start your questing experience with war mode off, get maybe ahead of the pack and then use this in conjunction with your Hearthstone to get to Orgrimmar, turn war mode on and then Hearth back to the dragon Isles and pick up right where you left off.
The last two things you'll want from the Darkmoon fair are the checkered flag and the Shadow berries.
The checkered flag is a nice static Mount speed increase that actually Stacks with dragon riding, making your dragon riding faster.
The Shadow berries are farmable off of a rare mob in Shadow Moon Valley in Pandaria, and they are a flat heel over time over a minute for yourself.
They are nice to have so you have no downtime in between packs, and you don’t need to eat or heal.
If you know you're going to be pulling a big pack, you can pop one of these beforehand and it will last on you for an entire minute, healing you for two percent of your max health.
Addons for Dragonflight Leveling
Liatrix plus is a very handy add-on that I use for automating Quest accepting and turning in.
I also just have it set to sell junk in my bags and repair automatically.
It does a lot of other stuff but this add-on in particular has worked most consistently for me throughout all of Alpha and beta so I recommend it for that purpose.
The second add-on is Speedy Auto loot which, as the name suggests, loots things very quickly.
The third add-on is Cinematic canceler which also does exactly what it says; it instantly cancels cinematics when they start playing.
One disclaimer though; I've actually watched the beta cinematics a few times and they are really cool, and there are some that Blizzard hasn't even implemented yet at key storyline points.
I'm sure they will be really awesome to watch at launch, so proceed with this add-on with caution.
I'm planning on turning this add-on off for my second character that I'm leveling to 70 so I actually get the chance to watch some of the cinematics that I haven't seen yet.
I'm sure they will be really cool all right.
War Zone On/Off
War Zone On/Off for Dragonflight Leveling
Okay, last thing before the Zone by Zone side quest guide is just a brief discussion on my thoughts on War Mode.
I'm a little bit torn about War Mode to be honest, because the Alliance and Horde are going to be starting basically 200 yards apart from each other on the Waking Shores for their intro quests.
And then once you finish those intro quests, you're actually funneled into the Wing Rest Embassy together, so you go through the same choke point and you start questing adjacently.
And then the quests are the exact same for Alliance and Horde for the rest of the campaign.
That makes me a little nervous being so close to the Alliance and starting in War Mode.
I still think that I'm going to start in War Mode because I can always switch it off in the Wing Rest Embassy if things get dicey.
But it is something that I'm still considering, uh, and is definitely going to be risky.
My advice is: don't be in "war mode" when you're starting.
If you have the "cloak of coordination" you can always teleport back to Orgrimar and then "hearth" back if you really want to turn it on later.
Zone-by-Zone Side Quest Guide for Dragonflight Leveling
Okay, now for the Zone by Zone side quest guide.
As I mentioned, if you only level through campaign quests without War mode, skipping side quests, rare mobs, wanted Quest, etc., based on my testing run of this, you will only get to around level 67 and a half by the time you turn in the last quest to Alex draza and feldracken.
Now, this leaves roughly 930000 experience that you need to find somewhere along the main storyline path in order to hit 70 at the end of The Campaign.
That may seem like a lot, but don't worry.
That's what this guide is for.
I got you.
We'll begin in the Waking Shores, the first zone. Almost all the quests here will be part of the story mode, but there are a few easy side quests along the way that you might as well complete.
Once you get to the wing rest Embassy, you'll want to pick up the "Give Peace a Chance" Quest.
This Quest has a different Quest Giver depending on if you're a horde or Alliance, but it just requires you to talk to somebody quickly from the opposite faction.
This will then unlock three side quests that we'll do here.
These are "Always Be Crafting", "Quality Assurance", and "Encroaching Elementals".
These are pretty easy to knock out while you're waiting for the dragon reunion RP with major Domo and wrathion.
These should net you about 31-ish thousand experience.
Again, these numbers are without War mode or experienced banners or anything.
So those are pretty quick.
Next, as you're completing veteran reinforcements in the campaign by healing injured drachnoids, pick up the quest "Fighting Fire with Water" from Caretaker Vendras.
This is going to have you kill some mobs in the cave and then come out again for a quick 12K experience.
It's right there - you can't miss it - before flying to the Ruby life Shrine with Major Domo Celestra.
Grab a two-for-one deal from Apprentice Caretaker Zefron.
I promise I'm trying with these names.
Go kill some rock dudes, loot them, and then return for a quick turn-in and another 14K experience.
This one is just to the right after you carry the egg back from the lava area.
You can't miss it and that is it for the waking Shores.
It is literally just those two or three little side quests.
You're going to want to ignore all of the side quests in the Ruby life Shrine.
Those are all traps so just ignore all those questions or the exclamation points just focus on the storyline from here and kill any rare mobs that you find in the areas that you're questing in.
There should be a total of three easy ones for an extra 30-ish K XP.
You'll do the fewest side quests in the first Zone mostly to help you get ahead quickly since there are some much more efficient side quest hubs in the later zones.
This brings the total extra experience in the waking Shores doing side quests to roughly 90k.
The second zone is the Plains.
After killing the Blazing proto-dragon, which is the first quest in this zone, you'll fly over to the small Hub in the plains called the timber step outposts.
This is the first Quest Hub here. Pick up the quest "Soul supplier" from Apprentice every and the quest "thieving gorlocks" from Fairy Rocha.
You can either do these quests right away or wait until you actually do the main story quests in this area.
It doesn’t matter but make sure you do these quests as they are incredibly efficient.
This side quest chain will net you about 80k experience in like five minutes.
Remember to set your Hearthstone in Marukai.
This is very important.
You'll thank me later. Once the campaign takes you to do every side quest available in this town, there are two regular quests and a wanted quest to pick up here.
You're pretty much always going to do every wanted Quest that you come across.
They give 30,000 experience each. There's also a rare mob just Northeast of Tirakai that is pretty easy to spot.
It’s in a cave.
So this whole area will give roughly 130,000 experience in about 10 minutes.
The wanted Quest areas are incredibly efficient, so definitely do this.
Once you finish the green dragon part of the campaign, you'll get the breadcrumb quest as a part of the campaign to go to the Azure span.
This is where you should use your Hearthstone back to Marokai to gain a little bit more altitude before flying to the span.
The green dragon area that you're going to be ending in is really low and you'll need to spend pretty much all of your dragon riding Vigor in order to get to the next Quest area, so it’s easier to just hearth that's it for the Azure planes.
The total side quest experience that you’ll get here will be roughly 250k.
Okay now for the Azure span the third zone right away you'll find yourself at Curry's fishing spot and there are two really great side quests to knock out here including one wanted Quest.
Grab Arcane detection from miva Star Eye and The Wanted Quest from Shala, these will give you about 50 000 experience in less than two minutes.
They’re incredibly fast ignore the quest that makes you fish don't do that one that’s not efficient then head over to camp antonitus. Once you're in Camp ansonitis you'll have to do a couple of campaign quests in order to unlock the side quests in town so after you shoot down all of the dragons in the turret and turn in that quest, you can pick up a bunch of different quests in camp antonitus that will give you a lot of experience.
You'll see the others pop up grabs suspiciously quiet and wanted frigilius fragilius, finish them and do the following Quest that unlocks setting the defense for a quick 50k XP these all happening Camp antonitis so pretty much everything that's available here you'll want to do once the campaign takes you to the Azure archives with kaligos, be sure to set your Hearthstone at the conjured biscuit in there before leaving to return to Campion tinnitus this is very important for later.
Next you'll do the campaign for quite a while and you're basically just going to follow those quests before finally arriving in iskara home of the tuscar and the Azure span, this is a fantastic small town for side quests as you’ll want to do every single one that you see here with the exception of the one that requires you to fish so the list of quests that you'll want to make sure you pick up are scampering scamps Community connections wanted croject the shore Prowler rally and Nook news Nook news is a breadcrumb that tells you to go to Whaler's Nook it's a small side quest Hub that's just slightly outside of viscara but I think it's worth it for the short trip.
Once you do all of the side quests in ascara The Wanted Quest and the Whalers Nook side quest Zone that will let us about 190 000 experience so this is a huge chunk of the total once you're done in iskara you can just Hearth back to the Azure archives once back at The Archives you'll fly across the zone to ronan's Shield and then once you're here grab Drake’s be gone from drock scroll stabber and writers in the snow from Russ car Elder you’ll hop in another turret shoot down some Drakes, turn in that Quest really fast and then turn back towards the west and fly towards riders in the snow this is a fantastic small Quest chain, again it includes a bonus objective and this will give us about 90 000 experience in seven to eight minutes and that's it for the Azure span adding in roughly four rare mobs that are pretty easy to spot and kill in this Zone’s main questing areas the total side quest experience gained in the Azure span is roughly 420 000 experience so after three zones that brings us to roughly 760000 experience that we've gotten through side quests, wanted quests, rare mobs, all of that so we're only 180k roughly away from fully Bridging the experience Gap to 70 by the time the campaign ends.
Now in Thaldrazus there are a couple of great side quests areas that are very easily accessible I unfortunately don't have any footage of me doing them since my speed runs typically end in the Azure span but I recorded at least where they are located and how to fly to them from the top of Val Dragon these two areas will be more than what is necessary to get to 70 by the end of the campaign one is the garden of respite side quest chain and the other is the I forgot the name but it's the Overlook about halfway between feldracken and where chromie is at the bronze dragon flight, these two areas will be more than what you need more than what is necessary to get you to 70 by the end of the campaign.
I would recommend once you get to Thaldrazus only doing the campaign quests and then once you finish back in Thal draken then just backtrack really quickly to one or both of these side quest hubs to finish getting you to 70, it's a very easy and quick backtrack and you might as well just finish the campaign first because based on density of mobs how many people are around the experience total can vary so I'd recommend just finishing the campaign and then backtracking to these two questing areas in faldrasis if you need to.
And there you have it these are the most optimal side quests that I have found and should be pretty easy for you to incorporate them into the main storyline route to get you as close to 70 as I believe is possible once you complete the campaign if you have access to the beta I would highly recommend doing at least one maybe two full 60 to 70 runs just to get used to how the quests work out.
Of all of the tips that I gave you all of the speed increases all of the speed items all of the gear that you could possibly get nothing will take time off of your total time like just practicing the quests so if you have access to the beta and you haven’t leveled yet I highly recommend just doing it maybe following this specific route to see how close it gets you to 70 so that way you're more prepared when the expansion comes out if you have no interest in doing that or you don't have access to the beta that's fine and this should be more than enough okay, my intention is to do a follow-up video with specific strategies for Speed running 60 to 70 without worrying about how much of the campaign you'll have to actually do at max level so this is my exact route that I'm planning on doing my route to 70 ends in the Azure sponsor this would cover things like quest to pre-complete and turn in an Orgrimmar while I'm running around talking to the NPCs in the first couple of campaign quests or different explanations for how to use falling flame and some other speed tricks.
I hope this was helpful this was my first edited YouTube video ever so it took a really long time to do, please let me know if you have any thoughts questions feedback in the comments and I'll be sure and try to respond to everybody, expect a couple more speed run videos in the next couple of weeks as I try to refine my own route and test the new beta builds as they come out every week so if there are any major changes to the quest lines or experience requirements I'll be sure to make an updated video, I really appreciate everyone watching and for everyone's questions and feedback over the last few weeks it means a lot these are really fun speed leveling has always been something that I've really enjoyed about this game and I'm happy to finally share some of my strategies with all of you all right, until next time thanks!