Jame's Alliance Leveling Guide - Chapter I (30-40)

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Changelog

This is v2.0 of the guide. It has been revamped as mentioned in this news post to adapt to patch v2.3 changes. You can still find the old version of the guide here. At the same time, many other improvements have been made:

  • Introduction/Addons section has been updated
  • Kill everything on your way rule has been lifted unless you lack experience compared to the progress described in the guide
  • ALL big grinding sessions have been removed and replaced by quest circuits
  • Quests that aren't elite anymore have been integrated
  • New patch 2.3 content has been integrated
  • Maps have been remade and a lot of errors have been corrected
  • Detailed map for Shimmering Flats circuit has been added
  • Dustwallow Marsh circuits have been added

Introduction

This guide starts at level 30, if you need guides for any other level range (from 1-30 for example) please take a look at this page. This guide is not a follow up of any guide, however it will be to your advantage if you did Boston's Leveling Guide, because a lot of flight path gathering is done there: Boston's Alliance Leveling Guide.

This guide is made for FAST leveling through the use of Optimized Quest Circuits. With this guide, questing will be very efficient and you'll not waste any second running around and trying to figure out in which order to do your quests. Follow each instruction carefully and you will see for yourself. The quest choices and order to do them are optimal so that you run as few as possible while doing the most possible, turning several quests at the same time. It will be like grinding, because you'll be killing stuff almost non-stop, besides you'll also be completing a bunch of quests at the same time!

Everything described in this guide can be done solo (beside when I say otherwise). You can, of course, follow this guide while duoing, grouping, it's not a problem, it works too.

DISCLAIMER: This guide does NOT take into account tradeskills, class specific quests or PvP. It's 100% focused on getting the most experience possible in the shortest possible time while doing a lot of quests and enjoying as much content as possible. Any race/class combination can do this guide. Any complaints about PvP, tradeskills, or class specific issues will be ignored.


Basic rules

  • Spend your talent points so that you kill things as fast as possible. (e.g: Priest should specialize in Shadow Talents, Warriors in Arms/Fury, etc.

  • Don't waste your time trying to find groups for questing, you can solo everything that is described in this guide unless I say otherwise. Only group with someone when it's not gonna be a waste of time (e.g: meeting the person at the other end of the zone to show him the way to where your quest is, that is a waste of time)

  • Try to always log out in an inn or in one of the major cities when you take a break.

  • When I say you should make an inn your new home location, it's for a good reason, and it will save you much time.


Useful Addons

To get the most out of my guide, you should get an addon which displays coordinates, because I use them to describe locations in my guide (x,y). You can use any addon you like, but here's a very simple one I use.

Recommended

  • DMiniCoords - A simple box which displays coordinates, left-click it to move it where you like.

Optional

Below is a list of other addons I use, this is 100% optional though, it's mostly for people who are curious to know which addons I use:

Side Note: In case you don't know how to install add-ons, simply download an addon from one of the links above and unzip it. Then drag the unziped folder in your Addon folder (full path is c:\\Program Files\\World of Warcraft\\Interface\\Addons). Then, restart World of Warcraft and it should be working.

If it isn't working, you might need to log out to your character selection screen and click on "Addons" in the lower-left corner. Tick the box that says "Load out of date Addons". Re-launch WoW.


Shopping List

    Every time you pass by an auction house, try to buy the following items:
  • 3 Stacks of Wool Cloth (Needed at level 30)
  • 4 Lesser Bloodstone Ore (Can be used from level 32+ but also later, still worth it until level 43), don't spend more than 2g on this.

These items might not always be available at the AH, so start checking early.


Color Code
  • Quests
  • Items
  • Locations
  • Quest objectives to kill
  • NPCs
  • Locs

The Guide

Before we start, I highly recommend that you get your level 30 mount. There will be more and more traveling the higher in levels we get. It will save you a tremendous amount of time in the long run.

Level 30

First we need to get to Forest Song in Ashenvale. If you are still in Stormwind, go to the docks and take the boat to Auberdine. Then either fly directly to Forest Song or if you don’t have that flight path yet, just fly to Astranaar then follow the main road all the way east until you get to Forest Song (86,47).

Once you are there, get the following quests :

  • [30] The Howling Vale
  • [32] Vile Satyr! Dryads in Danger!

Also get the new flight path.

1. Go directly west of Forest Song until you get to Xavian (78,45). There you should see a Anilia, an NPC lying on the floor. Carefully clear around her and turn your quest in, get the follow up. North of the NPC you should see a gate giving way to a path leading down a little. There you should see a few satyrs and the NPC we need to kill: Geltharis. He is level 32 but don’t worry, he is a rather easy kill and can be pulled solo, provided you clear the other two satyrs in front of him. Kill him and loot his branch.

2. Go west through the lake and then follow the path marked on the map until you hit the main road. Follow it northeast until about (55,34) where you’ll be able to go west into the mountains. At (53,37) you should see a cave entrance with Terrowolves in front. Clear your way inside (the cave is actually just a passage way) and you’ll be in some sort of valley. Clear your way down this book:

Right-click it.

Now we're gonna get a new flight path. Go north and enter Felwood. In Felwood follow the road until you find the Emerald Sanctuary. Get the new flight path.

3. Fly back to Forest Song. Turn both quests in and get the follow up [30] Velinde Starsong from Sentinel Melyria Frostshadow.

Fly to Auberdine. If you don't like grinding and plan to skip the optional grinding circuit later on, make Auberdine your home location. If not, just proceed.

From Auberdine, take the boat going from the northern dock to Rut’theran Village (or just fly there if you already have that flight path). Go to Darnassus and follow the path to the Craftmen’s Terrace. There you’ll see a yellow "!" on the minimap. You can turn in your Wool Cloth that you bought earlier here to gain experience and reputation with the city. You can do that in other cities too, use this as a means of catching up in exp whenever you need. I didn’t include it as a strict requirement beside the first wool cloth turn in because it’s simply very expensive.

Once you are done, follow the path further until you get to Thyn’tel Bladeweaver, turn in your quest and get the follow up [30] Velinde's Effects. Now go to the Tradesmen’s Terrace.

At (62,82) you’ll find a chest which you need to open and loot. Go back to the previous NPC and turn the quest in. Take the follow up [30] The Barrens Port.

We are going to do some traveling / flight path gathering combined with some questing at this point. This will allow us to speed things up for the rest of the guide and to avoid grinding. If you don’t want to run around at the moment, you can use Jame’s original grinding spot (check the “grinding circuit” below) to grind your way to 31. Might certainly be faster especially if you have rested bonus but you will take more time to get certain flight paths later in the guide.

Anyway, before that, we're going to gather a last flight path:

  • In Short: Go to Theramore by boat, in Theramore learn the new flight path. If you plan to do the grinding circuit, go to the inn, make it your home location. If not, keep your HS set to Auberdine.

    Then go to Thousand Needles.

  • In Details: From Darnassus, fly to Auberdine, take the boat to Stormwind. Take the Deeprun Tram to Ironforge. Then fly to Menethil Harbor. Grab the Menethil Harbor flight path if you don't arleady have it. Then take the boat to Theramore (It is the boat that stops at the southern pier). When in Theramore, find the Gryphon Master and get the flight path. If you plan to do the grinding circuit, go to the inn, make it your home location. If not, keep your HS set to Auberdine.

    After that, go through Dustwallow Marsh by following the road northwest and then south to the Barrens. When in the Barrens, go south toThousand Needles, go down the great lift (don't attack the guard just run past him, take the elevator and keep going until he forgets you).

At the bottom of the Great Lift, you should see a body at (31,24), loot the body, get Henrig Lonebrow's Journal, right-click it to get the quest [27] Lonebrow's Journal.

In Thousand Needles, go west until you reach the border of Feralas, and find the alliance outpost: Thalanaar (5,17). Turn in [27] Lonebrow's Journal, don't get the follow up, unless you plan to do the Razorfen Kraul instance (now is a good level to do it, by the way).

Get the new flight path from here.

== OPTIONAL GRINDING CIRCUIT ==

Skip this circuit if you don't like grinding. The other alternative will probably be slower, because it will involve a lot of running around. It's up to you.

Go southeast along the mountain, keep going until you hit Roguefeather Den (27,51). It's grinding time! Don't worry, there will be a lot of questing after that, but you are gonna kill these harpies until those two goals are achieved:

  • you hit level 31+
  • you obtain 25 Vibrant Plumes

The harpies are lvl 28-30, drop cash and silk cloth. There are a lot of them and they respawn fast. (Make sure to kill the harpies that are down on the ground and those that are in the cave up on the hill) With the 25 Vibrant Plumes you can get 60 Tickets at the Darkmoon Faire, you can then trade 50 Tickets for a 14 Slot Bag, which is a big plus at this level (unless you are a twink). Sadly the Darkmoon Faire is not always available, check this Darkmoon Faire Necklace Guide to know when the Darkmoon Faire will be available, and put your Vibrant Plumes in bank until then. If you don't want the bag, you can either auction those plumes (they sell nicely) or save them up for your future epic necklace.

== END OF OPTIONAL GRINDING CIRCUIT (if you did the optional grinding circuit, skip to level 31 right away) ==

If you don't do the the optional grinding circuit, hearthstone back to Auberdine.
Fly to Forest Song. Leave the village to the south and follow the main road west until (67,71), from there follow the path south. At the border to the Barrens you need to run past the horde guards without being noticed:

If you go around to the left at the border, the small log wall has fallen down and can just be jumped over by anyone and there are no guards in sight

Go southeast until you hit Ratchet, be careful to make a big circle around The Crossroads. At Ratchet take the flight path, go to the docks and turn in [30] The Barrens Port at Warfmaster Dizzywig, take the follow-up [30] Passage to Booty Bay.
Take the boat to Booty Bay. There turn in [30] Passage to Booty Bay at Caravaneer Ruzzgot and take the follow up [30] The Caravan Road. Get the flight path (which is on the top floor of the building which faces the inn) and fly to Darkshire.

Turn in [30] The Caravan Road at Clerk Daltry and take the follow up then go talk to Jonathan Carevin and turn it in and get the follow up [30] The Scythe of Elune. If you did sufficient questing in Darkshire before you should be able to get the quest [31] Worgen in the Woods (step 3 of the quest line) from Calor. If you can’t you’ll have to grind about 5000 exp later on (or enough to be able to ding 31, depending on how much exp you already have, we’ll see about that later though).

For now follow the road south and go towards the cave at (73,75). There you should see the Worgens you need for one of your quest. Clear your way inside while killing them but be VERY careful as you approach the cave as the named inside the cave Gutspill (level 32) has a HUGE aggro range, on top he comes with a guard so first clear around the cave at a safe distance then regen full mana and health, have your cooldown abilities up as well as a pot if possible and go for the mobs in the cave.

Clear your way to the bottom of the cave where you should see a mound looking like this:

Loot it then fight your way out and make sure you kill enough mobs for [31] Worgen in the Woods before you go back to Darkshire (also make sure that you aren’t more than 10k exp away from dinging). If you couldn’t take that quest in the first place, grind here until you are about 5k exp away from dinging 31.

At Darkshire turn in [31] Worgen in the Woods and get the follow up which you turn in as well at Jonathan Carevin. Then turn in the other quest and take the follow up [30] Answered Questions. If your hearthstone is up, use it to go back to Auberdine.
If it's not up, go to Stormwind and take the boat to Auberdine and then fly to Darnassus. Go back to the Warrior’s Terrace and turn in [30] Answered Questions.

Congratulations on level 31.

Level 31


For those who are in Darnassus:

From Darnassus get back to Auberdine and take the boat to Stormwind.
Go to Ironforge and then fly to Menethil Harbor.
Then take the boat to Theramore, make the inn your home point

Sell, repair etc.

Fly to Thalanaar.

From there go east/southeast while following the road, all the way until you arrive at the Shimmering Flats. In the middle of that little desert you’ll find the Mirage Raceway.

For those who grinded on harpies:

Go east until you reach the Mirage Raceway in the Shimmering
Flats
(80,77).

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Get the following quests:

  • [30] Hardened Shells
  • [30] Salt Flat Venom
  • [30] Load Lightening
  • [31] Rocket Car Parts
  • [31] Hemet Nesingwary Jr.
  • [33] A Bump in the Road
  • [36] Wharfmaster Dizzywig

You can find everything needed to complete those quests around the raceway. For locations where the quest mobs are often particularly concentrated, please check the above posted map. (Thanks to Jimjimjimmy for the addition). Keep killing stuff at these locations until you complete all the quests and until you get 10 Turtle Meat.

Avoid the level 35 turtles, they are orange to you and might be a little too hard.

Don't sell the Turtle Meat, put them in bank or somewhere in your inventory.

Turn in all the quests and get the follow up quests :

  • [37] Goblin Sponsorship
  • [35] Martek the Exiled
If you aren't level 32 yet grind in this area (turtles, vultures, etc) until you hit level 32.

Level 32


Before we leave, go south and zone into Tanaris. Go to Gadgetzan and talk to the Gryphon master on the other side of the town to get the new flight path.


Hearthstone to Theramore, sell junk and repair.

If you have the Ratchet flight path, fly there, if not: get out of Theramore and follow the road northwest and then south to the Barrens. In the Barrens go north then east to Ratchet. Talk to Gazlowe in Ratchet, get the follow up [37] Goblin Sponsorship. Also talk to Wharfmaster Dizzywig on the docks and get the follow up [36] Parts for Kravel

Take the boat to Booty Bay. In Booty Bay on the docks, talk to Wharfmaster Lozgil and get the follow up. Then go to the inn in Booty Bay and make it your home location.

On top of the inn, just outside on the balcony you’ll find Baron Revilgaz. Turn in your quest and get the follow up.

Get all the quests you can from Booty Bay. Once that is done, go train new skills in Stormwind by gryphon ride (for rogues, there's a trainer on the 1st floor of booty bay inn). Visit the Auction house, repair, sell, buy 4 stacks of food/drink.

Fly to Darkshire and follow the path south until you zone into Stranglethorn Vale. At (37,3) you should find a Rebel Camp. Get the flight path and all the quests available. Also turn in [32] Supplies to Private Thorsen.

Once done, follow the road south into Stranglethorn Vale until you cross a bridge. Just after crossing that first bridge, jump down to the northwest. You should already see the Nesingwary's Camp (35,10). Turn in [31] Hemet Nesingwary Jr. Get the quest [30] Welcome to the Jungle from Barnil Stonepot and turn in it at Hemet Nesingwary Jr. This should unlock several other quests, get them all beside [40] The Green Hills of Stranglethorn.

You should have these quests:

  • [31] Supply and Demand from Drizzlik in Booty Bay.
  • [31] Panther Mastery From Nesingwary camp.
  • [31] Tiger Mastery From Nesingwary camp.
  • [32] Investigate the Camp From Krazek in Booty Bay.
  • [33] The Second Rebellion From Sergeant Yohwa at the Rebel Camp.
  • [34] Bad Medicine Sergeant Yohwa at the Rebel Camp.
  • [34] Raptor Mastery From Nesingwary camp.
  • [35] Bloodscalp Ears From Kebok in Booty Bay.
  • [35] Singing Blue Shards From Crank Fizzlebub in Booty Bay.
  • [36] Hostile Takeover From Kebok in Booty Bay.
  • [36] Parts for Kravel From Wharfmaster Dizzywig.
  • [37] Krazek's Cookery From Corporal Kaleb at the Rebel Camp.
  • [37] Goblin Sponsorship From the Baron Revilgaz on top of the Booty Bay Inn.
  • [37] The Stone of the Tides From Baron Revilgaz in Booty Bay, prerequisite for this quest is given by Krazek in Booty Bay.
  • [41] Scaring Shaky From "Sea Wolf" McKinley in Booty Bay.

No need to take the Green Hills of Stranglethorn quests (the one with the chapters), it will just encumber your quest log for now. You will complete each chapter when you get the right pages. So while you hunt always look out for these:

1. Kill River Crocolisks which can be found all along the river in northern Stranglethorn Vale until you find 2 Large Crocolisk Skins. While you search for crocs you can also kill Young Tigers close to the river for Tiger Mastery.

2. Then kill 10 Young Tigers (or as much as you still got left)
Tigers can be found mostly south and around the Nesingwary camp.

3. Kill Young Panthers, they are mostly found on the other side of the river to the east. (41,10).

4. Go further northeast to the Kurzen Camp (44,11) and kill 15 Kurzen Jungle Fighters as well as Kurzen Medecine Men until you get 7 Jungle Remedies (might take a while). Also you'll need a Fern Extract from one of the piles of crates scattered around the Kurzen Compound.

5. Once all 4 quests are done go turn 2 of them in (besides Supply and Demand, which you will turn in later) at the Rebel Camp where you get the follow up: [38] Special Forces..

6. At the Nesingwary camp, turn in the other two and get the follow ups:

  • [33] Tiger Mastery
  • [33] Panther Mastery

7. Go west until you reach a plat