What to do after hitting level 100

Congratulations on hitting level 100! But after 10 levels of fairly directed content, what to do next can be a big question mark for many players. So to help you get started, we've built a list of just where you can go from here, whether you're interested in soloing, raiding (though raiders-to-be may also appreciate this guide by our friend Matticus), collecting... or just about anything else.

Wondering what to do next? Let's dive in.

Pick your level 100 talent

After going for ten levels without any new talents or skills to deal with, you might forget that you get a new talent when you hit level 100. (I know that I did.) Be sure to select yours for both talent specs if you tend to switch back and forth.

Max out your garrison

When you first hit level 100, chances are you don't have the resources to immediately upgrade your garrison to level 3. But, trust us: you want to save up. The level 3 garrison gives you an extra small, medium, and large building which can really expand what you do with the space. Plus leveling up your garrison means you can start upgrading your buildings to level 3, too -- and some of those buildings have pretty nice perks.

If you can't afford your garrison -- much less all of the building leveling -- here are some tips to grind out resources faster than just waiting for them to fill your cache:

  • If you don't have a lumber mill, build a lumber mill. It will be a big help in gathering the resources you need to build out your garrison.

  • Stop doing follower missions... unless they reward resources. Yes, follower missions are fun to do, but they cost resources to start and those resources can drain your reserves if you're not careful. If you want to get your garrison to level 3 sooner, doing fewer missions will help.

  • Quest! There are plenty of quests in the world that offer resources as rewards. Here's a list.

  • Check our resources guide for more suggestions!

Hunt for treasure

Originally, this was on the list as a way to get garrison resources and gear yourself up, but it's such a big part of the level 100 game that it seemed like it needed its own section. The whole of Drainer is a lot like Timeless Isle: it's chock full of hidden treasures and secrets. Though what you'll find in each of these varies, you can collect gold, garrison resources, archeology fragments, toys, pets... basically, just about anything you might want.

So just how do you track down the myriad of treasures scattered across the continent? We recommend the HandyNotes add-on, which appends notes to your map. Add DraenorTreasures to that and you'll see every possible treasure listed on your map -- plus what you'll find there -- for the collecting. The quality of items is based on the level of the area they're found in, so for better loot, head to max-level areas to hunt.

If you'd prefer a straight up list, Wowhead has you covered with rare finds in Shadowmoon Valley, Frostfire Ridge, Gorgrond, Talador, Spires of Arak, and Nagrand.

Gear up!

Heroic dungeons require an ilvl of 610 and the anniversary edition of Molten Core requires an ilvl of 615... so after leveling, that could put you in a scramble for gear. Here are some tips to get started:

  • Build a dwarven bunker. If you haven't built one, the bunker can be extremely useful for gearing up because it boosts your chances that any gear you'll get will be upgraded -- from green to blue or from blue to purple. When you're collecting the last bit of gear you need to get in to heroics, the extra ilvl you'll get from a quality boost like this definitely helps.

  • Head to the proving grounds by talking to the NPC at your missions table. Completing bronze will net you an ilvl 610 weapon, which is a good start on your road to 610 (or 615).

  • Craft it! (Or buy it.) If you have a profession that lets you craft gear of any kind, you'll be able to make ilvl 630 (weapons) and 640 (armor) gear -- though you can only equip three pieces of Warlords crafted gear at any one time. Our advice? Use these pieces on your lowest ilvl slots where they'll make the most difference. Since this gear is bind on equip, you can also buy it... though with the material requirements, expect costs to be high.

  • Check reputation vendors in your Ashran faction hub. Though faction grinding isn't as big a deal in Warlords as it was in Pandaria, you'll find that they have ilvl 615 trinkets as well as followers and other fun goodies. Trinkets cost 500 gold each if you have the reputation to buy them.

  • After checking with the reputation vendor, check Apexis Crystal vendors in your Ashran faction hub -- they'll have spec-specific ilvl 630 gear if you've got the crystals to pay for it. Gear starts at 3000 crystals and up, but when you can get 800 to 1000 from the daily, that shouldn't take too long to grind out.

  • Start your legendary quest chain, which will award an ilvl 640 ring after an easy run through normal Skyreach. If you're gearing up an off-spec, too, you can pick up a ring for another specialization from a vendor just outside Khadgar's tower for 500 gold.

  • Run dungeons! Normal dungeons will offer all the gear you need to get into heroics, and once you're into heroics, you'll have everything you need to get ready for the to-be-released raids.

  • Keep questing. The rewards from quests in Nagrand are quite good, especially if you get a random upgrade.

Start hoarding Apexis Crystals

Valor may be gone, but that doesn't mean there's no end-game currency in Warlords. You'll want to start saving up Apexis Crystals -- you've probably picked up a few already -- to buy gear, battle pets, and other vanity items, as well as help you on your legendary quest. The easiest way to pick these up is to do dailies in your garrison -- look for a new blue exclamation point near your missions table after you upgrade to level 3.

Collect followers and level them up

I know, I know: earlier I said you should cut down on the number of follower missions you do to save garrison resources. But once you get past that early resources bottleneck, you can get back into the fun of micromanaging your followers with garrison missions. As your followers get to higher levels, you can gear them up and improve their quality (from green to blue and blue to purple) -- and beyond being fun, you can pick up gold, gear, and, yes, resources while you do it.

And beyond the followers you've found while making the initial grind to level 100, there are plenty more to find -- so if you're into the collecting game, finding the perfect set of followers may be exactly what you want to do. We're fans of Leorajh, the Barov brothers (who also have an entertaining quest chain), Archmage Vargoth, and Nat Pagle.

Unlock your menagerie for more pet battles

For pet collectors, this is top of the list: once you upgrade your garrison to level 3, you'll have the option to open your own pet menagerie. This is more than just a cute addition: it unlocks unique pet battles in your garrison and improves your traps for easier pet-catching, To unlock it, you'll need to fight some pet battles around your garrison (tip: frogs are great against Carrotus Maximus).

Head to Ashran

If you're in to PvP, Ashran is the place to do it. This end-game, world PvP zone is the site of massive, 100 v. 100 battles that make classic Alterac Valley seem small by comparison. Plus PvPers will want to start collecting honor and reputation to grab gear up to ilvl 660 -- and PvEers may find honor gear useful to fill gear slots.

If PvP is your thing, you'll also want to consider building the Gladiator's Sanctum in your garrison, which offers PvP gear at ilvl 600 and up.

Solo for transmog, pets, mounts, or achievements you've haven't gotten yet

At level 100, you're better suited than you ever have been to go back and solo old content. If you're a collector of just about anything World of Warcraft has to offer, soloing older dungeons can be a great way to pick up whatever you're missing.

Just because you don't know everything there is to know about World of Warcraft doesn't mean you can't play your A-game. Visit the WoW Rookie Guide for links to everything you need to get started as a new (or returning) player, with new sections on garrisons and what to do at level 100.