Best Places to Level Fast in WoW Classic Season of Discovery (SoD)

by Thomas Cunliffe
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Runes certainly make things easier, but leveling up in World of Warcraft Classic: Season of Discovery is still a challenge. To get you endgame-ready, this guide highlights the best zones to level up fast for both Horde and Alliance characters in SoD.

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If this isn’t your first character, purchasing bags and a green weapon for your new alt can significantly speed up the leveling process. A good weapon will allow you to kill mobs far faster during early levels, and having more inventory space means less time emptying and more time questing.

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Don’t forget that Dungeons also provide tons of XP and are the primary method of obtaining good gear. If you’re leveling an alt, Dungeon runs from Level 10~ onward are a brilliant leveling method, albeit somewhat repetitive.

If this is your first character, I recommend splitting your time between Dungeons and Questing to ensure you’re consistently earning gold and simultaneously leveling professions while out in the world. Don’t forget to pick up Cooking to fuel your mana and post-mob breaks.

Best Horde Zones for Leveling in WoW Season of Discovery

Level 1 – 10 — Starting Zone

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Until you reach Level 10, there’s no reason to diverge from your starting area and its containing zone. In Season of Discovery, every class has at least two Runes to collect at this stage, and many of the quests are designed to familiarize players with basic mechanics and important areas.

Level 10 – 25 — The Barrens (and Stonetalon Mountains)

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Once you’re around Level 10, it’s time to head to The Barrens (Kalimdor). This zone is colossal — especially without a mount — but it’s also packed with quests that can take you all the way to Level 25. There’s also the luxury of being a Horde-controlled zone, meaning no Alliance can bother you. There’s nothing worse than being ganked by a gnome — trust me.

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Combine questing in The Barrens with a few Wailing Caverns and Ragefire Chasm Dungeon runs, and leveling shouldn’t take too long. For a change of pace, you can also quest in the nearby Stonetalon Mountains from Level 16 to around Level 20.

If you can find a group, a trip to Ashenvale is a solid idea when approaching Level 25. There aren’t many quests you can pick up here, but the few you can pick up provide good XP. Additionally, participating in the Battle for Ashenvale event will earn you valuable reputation early.

Best Alliance Zones for Leveling in WoW Season of Discovery

Level 1 – 10 — Starting Zone

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As is the case with the Horde, level through your starting area and its zone until you reach Level 10. There are Runes to grab for every class, and you’ll pick up some useful flight points to areas like Stormwind or Ironforge. Don’t forget to pick up some professions, too.

Level 10 – 20 — Darkshore or Westfall

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At Level 10, questers should take a trip to Darkshore in Kalimdor. There are tons of quests all tightly packed close together here, making questing speedier than any other zone in this level bracket.

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Westfall is a solid option if you want to include Dungeons in your leveling experience. Not only does it have an abundance of quests, but the Deadmines and Stockades are both nearby. These fan-favorite dungeons are quick, easy, and perfect for fast leveling.

Level 20 – 25 — Ashenvale

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While you can potentially reach Level 25 in Westfall or Darkshore, Ashenvale in Kalimdor has more XP-heavy quests for those last few levels. Furthermore, the Battle For Ashenvale public event will also net you easy XP and early reputation when it’s active.

Your character isn’t the only thing you can level in Season of Discovery. Check out our guide on leveling up Cooking to fuel your journey and maybe even make you some gold.

This guide was written while playing World of Warcraft Classic: Season of Discovery on PC.

- This article was updated on January 16th, 2024

About The Author

Thomas has been a freelance writer since 2021 and considers himself a connoisseur of all things Nintendo, Blizzard, and Marvel. Since amassing 145,000+ followers on a Facebook page about Diddy Kong with a backward hat in 2015, Thomas has become a trusted voice in the gaming community across publications such as AOTF, PC Invasion, and Gfinity. His greatest achievements include catching every Pokémon, completing every quest in World of Warcraft (yes, all of them), and naming his dog 'Mass Effect 3.' Thomas is extraordinarily passionate about the video game industry and its community. He enjoys writing about various topics, including popular games like Destiny 2, Fortnite, and WoW, and exploring the latest AAA and indie titles.