Running World of Warcraft in 2023 can come across as quite the perplexing experience, more so if you’ve never romped through the MMORPG in its twenty-something year reign. It’s times like these that most newcomers tend to stick to what’s familiar to them; opting to play the Warrior, as opposed to a Demon Hunter, for example. And that’s absolutely fine, truly, as the Warrior class is arguably one of the best on the docket, and certainly one that comes with its own perks and lifelong celebrityhood.
Needless to say that, if you have chosen to course through the path of the Warrior, then there’s bound to be a few menacing challenges along the way — like having to be the world’s punching bag, for example. If, however, you can onboard these five quick tips before settling in for the long haul, then you should, with a little luck, survive long enough to see Azeroth and all its connecting worlds and everything they have to offer. So, let’s get into it.
5. Master Cooking & First Aid
When it comes to learning secondary Professions as a Warrior, you’ll want to consider both Cooking and First Aid (Classic), as these two skills will essentially provide you with plenty of health-boosting buffs and supplies for your endeavors. And truth be told, you’ll need just about everything you can carry if you’re planning on making it through to the higher levels. Why? Well, because Warriors have a knack for getting hit a lot, and are therefore more likely to fall in battle than the average DPS class. So, while relying on a Priest or a Mage’s healing abilities is one thing — it definitely won’t help out during quests and other PvE activities.
Of course, the higher you raise your Cooking profession, the better the quality of the meals will be; good food means better health boosts. First Aid isn’t all that different, as the higher the profession level is, the sturdier the bandages will be. Point is, if you’re looking to throw yourself into as many Dungeons, Raids, and PvP battles as possible, then you’ll need to keep a weighty satchel of steaks and bandages on you at all times.
4. Make Dungeon Crawling Your Hobby
There’s a reason why Dungeons in World of Warcraft are so immensely popular; they have loot that, quite frankly, you won’t find anywhere else during regular quests or local activities. And so, as a Warrior—a class that depends on rare cosmetics and other melee goods—you’ll want to engage in as many of these outings as possible. The only downside to this is that, when running Dungeons as a unit, there’s always the chance that you won’t walk away with the loot, as looting options often vary, and occasionally boil down to a roll of the dice.
Regardless, Dungeons offer a generous amount of XP for each completion, and are therefore some of the most effective ways to climb the ladder and get a few levels under your belt between quests. So, if you have the time to spare, don’t forget to tackle a few Dungeons via the Dungeon Finder tab a few times a day.
3. Know Your Role
When it comes engaging in PvP, Dungeons, or Raids, you’ll need to know your role, and more importantly, the position that you’ll need to grow accustomed to. As Warriors, you’ll spend most, if not all of your time on the frontline, which means drawing attention away from any DPS-centric players, as well as Healers, who often operate from the outer circle and away from the combat. In other words, Warriors are needed at the front, if only to serve as the first line of defense against whatever it is that looms before you, be it a pack of wolves or a mountain troll.
When it comes to battling the foes in front of you, you shouldn’t have to worry about onboarding too much damage, as a good Priest or Mage will happily keep your health stocked up for all the while you fight to protect them. And on that note — don’t neglect your peers; you may be the center of attention for the most part, but the mechanism will need all cogs in order to function properly.
2. Master Your Melee Weapons
As a Warrior, you’ll come across your fair share of melee weapons, some of which you’ll take on as primary options for your everyday activities. As you complete quests and engage in battles, you’ll come to see that every type of weapon, i.e two-handed axe, one-handed sword, gradually increases your skill level. Sure enough, the higher your skill level in an area is, the more accurate your attacks will be, and the more confident you’ll be with using its corresponding weapons.
It goes without saying that, if you’re taking on a Dungeon or a Raid, then you’ll only ever want to take the weapon type that you’re most skilled with. In other words, don’t take a one-handed sword that you barely know how to handle, when there’s a perfectly good two-handed axe with significantly better stats stashed away in your backpack. Bare in mind that, as a Warrior, you should still aim to master all melee weapons at some point or another. However, if possible, try and divide your time accordingly, and only train with weapons during quests and other solo ventures.
1. Go for Green
As unfortunate as it is, Warriors do have a significant disadvantage when it comes to dealing with quests and mobs. Rather annoyingly, Warriors are often forced to whittle down low-level enemies and easier quests in order to progress, as opposed to another class type, who can gradually work through mid-level areas without too much trouble. This is simply because, well, Warriors aren’t always able to swing on target when it comes to dealing with tougher enemies. In fact, Warriors often rely on building rage and other impaired abilities to defeat certain types of mobs — doubly so when it comes to harder battles.
Of course, you’re bound to run into your fair share of mid-level quests and yellow mobs, but if you can help it — attack the low-level enemies and mop up the green quests between zones. As far as gaining XP goes, there isn’t a major difference between killing a green mob and a red mob, so do yourself a favor and swing for larger groups of weaker opponents. Also, if you can develop your melee skill levels to a certain standard, then you shouldn’t run into any trouble when it comes to biting off more than you can chew, either.
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