Have to Level a Weapon? Go Solo!

Mike Schramm
M. Schramm|08.08.06

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Mike Schramm
August 8th, 2006
In this article: grinding, instances, weaponskill
Have to Level a Weapon?  Go Solo!
Here's a cool tip a guildie shared with me a little while ago. Say you're a human warrior (don't laugh, Horde, it happens), and you have a thing for swords, so throughout your journey through Azeroth, you hack and slash away with your trusty longsword. But suddenly, right around level 40, you're rolling through SM, and all of a sudden the Ravager drops and you win the roll. Suddenly, you've got one of the coolest axes in the game, and not a single axe skill point to your name.

What do you do? Well, you could head back to Goldshire and chop up a few low level mobs for an hour or two. But as long as you're chopping without earning experience, here's a better idea: run an instance solo. Almost any class above 40 won't have too hard a time rolling through Deadmines or Wailing Caverns, and once you hit 50, you can even rock Blackfathom Deeps or Shadowfang Keep all by yourself. Not only will you level up your brand new weapon, but you'll get all kinds of loot in the process, including low level blues and greens that you can sell for big gold to twinkers, or lots of cloth you can hand on down to your alts, auction off, or even use yourself to up a profession you've been neglecting.

Personally, I've done this twice now-- when my shaman found a great mace, I ran Shadowfang (and found a blue sword that I sold for 40g to a twinker). And last night, Kang dropped for me, so I took a trip through Blackfathom, and had a great time shutting down the Twilight's Hammer (and Aku'mai) all by myself. When you get a great new weapon, and you've got to grind it up, there's no better place to go than a solo instance run.
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