Vyo's Leveling Help
Disclaimer: This is not a step by step guide nor is it intended to be. This is more of an example of how I level, why it works and attempt to share it with other people so that they might level faster as well.
We get a lot of requests on this forum that are easily answered - but are asked over and over and over again. One of those questions is, naturally: What class should I play? Another is: What race should I play? Finally: What's the quickest way to level.
I'm here to help. Sort of. I will not get you from 1 - 70 in 3.5 days, there are better and more detailed step by step guides out there. What I am here to do is offer advice on getting well into your 20's, if not to 30, as quickly as possible and as easily as possible so you can see how easy it is to follow this same process to make 70. You still get to see the story behind WoW - in fact even more of it. It centers around not limiting yourself. I've been guilty of it. We all have. We go to say Silverpine, get every quest and stay until they are done. Stop doing that. Right now.
So let's begin.
First of all - this is for the Horde. Alliance can do something similar to the advice I offer, they just will have to figure out the early levels (until about 30) for themselves.
Race and Class:
It. Doesn't. Matter.
Really. Say that slowly: It. Does. Not. Matter.
If you want to play a Troll Mage - play a troll mage! Play what you want. NOW. If you are asking my personal opinion in terms of surviability? Tauren would be the race simply because they have a racial 'oh sh!t!' in Warstomp, but really it doesn't matter. Personally I've played them all and prefer Orc. Class? Warlock, Rogue or Hunter. In my opinion the other classes are well solo'able, but those three are easier to level with in terms of downtime. For spec, see the respective forums and read the FAQ's there. They _will_ tell you the easiest Spec to level with. But really - class is whatever you want to play. I like Rogue and Warlock, Druids are also a blast to play. Its up to you.
Now, you are level one. In your starting area. PVP or PVE - for this guide it doesn't matter on the Horde side. Alliance it does because one of their 15 - 25 areas is Contested (Redridge), but for Horde it makes no difference.
Get your first quest, go do it. Basically as this is not a step by step instruction manual for leveling, I'll keep it short and simple.
Do your starting area quests. Kill _everything_ you come across regardless of its level. You will leave here at level 5 (minimum) or 6 most likely, so you'll still be getting XP off of level 1 mobs. Granted not _much_ XP but its that much closer to dinging.
Now once you leave your starting area - do the follow up area for your race. Trolls and Orcs its that Troll villiage near the coast, Undead its Brill, Tauren its Bloodhoof Villiage and Blood Elves its... er... that... one town. Do those quests, you should get down around level 11 - 12. This should only take you - assuming you're not reading the quests all the way thru, or mining or herbing or whatever - about four RL hours to accomplish. Less or more depending on you.
Now comes the part that is so often neglected because people, for whatever reason, don't seem to think its worth it. But THIS is how you speed level - or at least its worked for me on several toons.
Let's say you're an Orc. Go to Crossroads and gather up every quest. Do the green ones, maybe some of the easier yellows - but try and stick with greens. Should be three or four quests, enough that you can hit 14 or 15. I recommend XR initially because they are gathering/grinding quests - plainstriders and the like.
Once you have a quest log full of yellow XR quests - leave. Go to Ghostlands and gather _those_ quests. Do the green ones, you should get another level or two. Then when your log is yellow for Ghostlands - leave. Go to Silverpine and repeat.
Basically the fastest way to your upper 20's - when you realize if you like the class or want to reroll - is this method. Rotate between the areas doing the gray and green quests. I've done this with great success.
For those on PVP servers there is an added bonus: None of those areas are contested. Right now my character on a PVP server is level 24 and has yet to quest in a contested area with the exception of a single turn in for a class quest.