Once you turn level 80, quests reward more gold in lieu of experience. By continuing to quest
, you'll rack up gold faster, earn quest- and reputation-reward gear (sell or disenchant what you can't use along the way) – oh, yes, and experience Wrath's
unparalleled cinematic events.Build your rep.
On a related note, keep your reputations moving. Now, you can purchase tabards
to wear into level 80 instances that will help you gain faction with groups
who'll offer a number of outstanding rewards. Gear up.
Defense, block, hit, expertise, resilience – there's a whole new world of stats
awaiting your attention at level 80. While stronger players can help you through heroic five-man instances almost right from the start, it's generally wiser (and more fun for you, eh?) to gear up so you can pull your own weight
. Browse our class columns for gear guides for new 80s in each class; look under Class in the drop-down menu at the top of the site, or click Classes in the Categories list on the left. Fill up those gem slots
and enchant anything that isn't going to be upgraded today or tomorrow. Oh, and don't underestimate the Auction House
, a continued source of upgrades.Explore new specs.
The talents that have helped you level may or may not be the best for whatever you have planned at 80. Look up popular specs
, consult our Build Shop
feature and browse our Class columns for ideas on what might work best for your play style.
There are places to go and things to do in Wrath
that require flight for access. Northrend's a big place. If you haven't already done so, pick up your flight paths
and get your airspeed up with a flying mount
. Finish off your tradeskills.
While tradeskills don't generally offer top-of-the-line, end-all, be-all BoP items for their practioners anymore, most do include items that are valuable (or fun!) beyond 80. Secondary trades like Fishing and Cooking
are always smart additions for a well-rounded character.Learn to raid.
Raiding has never been more accessible than in today's Wrath
. Learn what's expected of you
before you accept your first raid invitation, and read Ready Check
to learn specific strategies and tactics.Find a good guild.
It's not about the biggest guild, or the most quickly progressing guild, or the most exclusive guild – it's about the guild that plays what you want to play, when you want to play it, with people you enjoy playing with. Find a good fit
and make your application count
Mix it up.
Try out PvP at the top of the food chain. Wintergrasp
and the Vault of Archavon
offer fun, easy rewards even for PvE-oriented players. Get back to Battlegrounds to build up your resilience gear for more serious PvP
There's plenty to ponder, experiment with and tweak once you hit the level cap. If you enjoy playing the numbers, now it's time to start maximizing your performance with theorycrafting
.Be an overachiever. The world of achievements
unfolds fully at 80, allowing you to complete all sorts of individual, group, raid and PvP tasks. Savor it all!