When you change specs
with the dual spec feature, you literally just click a button. It's a five-second cast that swaps your glyphs and action bar right along with your spec. When you change specs, your mana/rage/energy will be reset to zero and you'll lose any spec-specific buffs. There's no cooldown time on switching specs; you can change back and forth as often as you like. You can't change specs, however, during combat or in battlegrounds (except during Preparation before the battle begins) or arenas.
If you decide you'd like to modify either
of those specs, you'll need to pay a respec fee and go through the respec process at a class trainer, as usual. Make sure the spec you want to re-do is active before beginning the respec process.
You can change your glyphs and action bars
for free, of course, as often as you'd like. To change your glyphs, activate the spec appropriate to the glyph set you want to change, then have at it.
Hunter pets get two sets of specs
right along with their owners. Don't forget to set their talents, too!
Finally, you may want to install an addon
that makes it easier to swap your gear back and forth between your two specs (say, from your healing gear to your DPS gear). Some addons can do this automatically for you when you change specs -- a real convenience!
Reader tip of the week
Admit it: Those loading screen tips are kinda cool -- so let's create our own! Each week, we'll include a reader-submitted tip designed to help leveling players.
Our first tip comes from Natrii of Executus (US):
Survival is your first priority! Whether you are leveling or raiding, no matter what your role, staying alive is your first priority. A dead DPSer does no DPS; a dead healer does not heal. And if you die while soloing, you're losing time. Death is avoidable most of the time. Avoid it when you can, though sometimes it is unavoidable. /glares at Defias Pillagers
Thanks for getting the ball rolling, Natrii -- and better luck with those pillagers next time! Share your own hard-earned wisdom covering levels 1 through 80 to firstname.lastname@example.org
. (Include your character's name so we can give you credit.)
Looking for mid-level beta screenshots
Darn it -- mid-level screenshots and details from the Cataclysm
beta just aren't as popular as those from the goblin and worgen newbie zones or the high-level content. Are you in the beta? We're especially interested in screenshots covering levels 20 through 59, which we'll toss together periodically in a special mid-level WoW Rookie Cataclysm
gallery. Share your shots with fellow WoW Rookie readers by emailing 'em to email@example.com
Recent articles of interest to rookies and fresh 80s
Visit the WoW Rookie Guide for links to everything you need to get started as a new player, from game lingo for the beginner, to joining your first guild as a mid-level player, all the way up through what to do when you finally hit level 80.