Last week, we introduced the next update of WOW, Patch 8.3, which is also
known as Vision of N'Zoth. The update is set to release on January 14, 2020,
that is, before that, you still have some time to make good preparation.
World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth has been one of the least alt-friendly
expansions in the title’s history.
Gamers attempting to play more than one character have been faced with the
same steep hill of grinding reputation and materials for the key “essences” that
plug into the Heart of Azeroth, BfA’s legendary neckpiece, as they did on their
In this guide, I’ll walk you through how to prep a new alt for Patch 8.3, the
Visions of N’Zoth content update, which is launching January 14.
Upgrade the characters
First of all, you'd better level up the characters to 120 as quickly as
possible, and the commonly used methods are to pre-order the Heroic edition or
better of the Shadowlands expansion, which could give you a level 120 character
boost, 390 item level gear and a decent Heart of Azeroth neck level.
If you are still leveling up your characters, there are several events for
you to pay attention to.
Until January 7, you could earn a passive experience boost for alts when the
old-school Alterac Valley battleground comes to an end, and with the Celebration
Package 15th anniversary, you'll get 1.5-2 levels per battle for alts.
Unlock races and zones
It provides a lot of opportunities to unlock different races in World of
Warcraft, such as Nazjatar and Mechagon through completing a series of
challenges and quests until opening up new zones.
When the Magni quests are available, you can improve your Heart of Azeroth to
level 35, even higher. While the Mechagon zone with the quests that become
available to you midway through the Nazjatar sequence, you could get the
Pocket-Sized Computation Device until finish the necessary quests.
Level up items
Good items are the key to determining the outcome, while the rapid way to
build up the gear or items is via Benthic armor in Nazjatar to earn pearls,
which could upgrade any piece of gear you want.
It's worth crafting and upgrading gear for your alt character, and it could
also earn XP and improve the skills when completing task, instead of waiting for
another crafter make the armor.
Surely, these are just some basic strategies for alt characters in WOW, and
further information will be shared in later content.
Get that Heart of Azeroth leveled
Midway through your Nazjatar opening questline — right about the time you
might be tempted to abandon it and go do world quests — Magni will show up
demanding your attention. Don’t skip this step! Doing this short questline buys
you Heart of Azeroth level 35, which you’ll want BEFORE you start doing all
those yummy Azerite world quests.
Build your item level
The single fastest way to build up your gear (solo, at any rate) is via
Benthic armor in Nazjatar. For each five pearls you earn, you’ll be able to buy
a new epic 385 piece of armor, and once you’re fully kitted, you can start
spending those pearls to upgrade pieces as you desire.
Unfortunately, with the close of the patch, Benthic armor won’t be as
stunningly good as it is now, because the bonuses for being in the Eternal
Palace raid won’t apply to the new Patch 8.3 raid content. Still, this is a
great way to get started on gear.
You should also try to get a group for a mythic (level 0) world tour, as this
will drop more gear than mythic plus runs, to start, though the pieces only
begin at item level 400. You can only do each dungeon once a week on mythic 0,
so focus on getting each dungeon complete once. Folks in Looking for Group can
be choosy even for mythic 0 runs, so definitely stock up on Benthic (see above)
and Looking for Raid (see below) gear first if possible.
The Eternal Palace LFR difficulty dungeon requires overall item level 380 to
enter, which is easy if you’re a Shadowlands boost. You’ll definitely want to do
all wings here as well, though again, the loot here starts at item level
Crafted gear scales up to item level 440, so it’s worth making if your
character has the profession to wear it. You may just want to collect materials
from Nazjatar and have another crafter make the armor, rather than waiting to
progress through the questlines needed to upgrade your own skill, depending on
how impatient you are.
Consider how to attack your essences
Heart of Azeroth essences are absolutely the worst part of leveling a new
alt. Several essences become easier to get in Patch 8.3; in particular, those
essences that require reputation will now require Revered rather than Exalted to
obtain (including The Unbound Force in Nazjatar and Purification Protocol in
Still, some essences are easier than others, and with brand-new essences
coming in Patch 8.3, it might be worth taking a second- or third-best essence
instead of going through the torturous grind for your best in slot. You’ll want
to read up on your best in slot essences, including the new essences coming in
Patch 8.3, before deciding what’s worth the effort.
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