A Quick Update
I'm starting to get a lot of hits on this guide and along with the regular comments, I'm also getting some requests for quest detailing and such. As I state, this is just an overall 1–60 Horde guide that will direct you to quest areas. If you are really interested in the details, I highly recommend you get a copy of a leveling guide from Dugi, James, or Joana as they are full of more detail then you probably will ever get to. But my guide will get you moving through classic World of Warcraft as a start.
Where to Start?
This Horde leveling guide will walk you give you a quick synopsis about how to level your character as efficiently as possible. I won't go into step-by-step detail as that is better suited for Horde guides like Joana's that go into every quest you should do. This guide won't go into detail about gold making either.
After World of Warcraft patch 2.3 I would like to mention that it is much easier to level from 20 to 60 as Blizzard has stated, but the trick is that you need to do as many quests as you can as efficiently as you can by stacking them up and turning them in batches.
First, let's look at starting areas.
Levels 1 Through 10
You will notice in my Horde leveling guide that I want to put emphasis on two points:
- Only do the quests that you can accomplish easily
- Grind in between quest downtime instead of running all over the world looking for more
That being said, the best place to start leveling any class will be your starting area. The first six levels can usually be completed right in the first zone. The next two to four levels can usually be completed in the next zone over. World of Warcraft is great for leading you to the next place you need to be. Once you are at least level 8 (or 10), it's time to make the trip to the Ghostlands.
Levels 10 Through 21: Ghostlands
Many people don't like Blood Elves, but I never understood why. They have nicer character models, great racial abilities, and a fantastic starting area. In fact, both the Dranei and Blood Elf start areas that were included in The Burning Crusade are the best start area's Blizzard has ever implemented
Anyway, around level 10 or so make your way to the Ghostlands and start all their quests. There are more quests that flow in a natural progression than any other Horde area around that level. You can take this area all the way to level 22 if you need to, and there's a better chance you will end up with better loot.
Levels 21 Through 26: Stonetalon Mountains
Once you are level 21 or 22, you can head over to Kalimdor and the Stonetalon Mountains. The entry-level quests towards the south entrance (concerning the Tauren) may be to low to be worth it, so head north to Sunrock Retreat and grab every quest that you can. Once you've completed all of them make sure you are at least level 26 before we head to the next zone. Grind it out to level 26 if you need to.
Levels 26 Through 32 : Thousand Needles
Once you are 26 you will head south of the Barrens to Thousand Needles. You will be able to find most of your quests at the Freewind Post in the middle of the zone. Do all the quests they have available (including the ones in the Shimmering Flats to the southeast) and that should take you close to level 32 or 33. Grind out level 32 if you need to before we head to the next area.
Levels 32 Through 36: Desolace
Once you're level 32 or 33 head back north through the Stonetalon Mountains to Desolace. You will need to go all the way to the southwest portion of the zone to get the Horde flightpath you will be able to pick up the quest at Kodo Graveyard outpost on your way to the Shadowprey Village Horde area. Do all the quests you can find in those two Horde areas and make sure you are level 36 before we head out to the next zone.
Need more quests? Tarren Mill in the Alterac Mountains houses a flightpath and quite a few quests at these levels
Levels 36 Through 39: Dustwallow Marsh
As you continue down this Horde leveling guide you will start to see that leveling via quests gets harder as the levels progress (at least until The Burning Crusade). So what we will do at level 36 (assuming you have finished all the quests) is head south to Feralas and grab the flight path at Camp Mojache (in eastern Feralas) then keep going east to Thousand Needles, then North through the Barrens until we can head east again to Dustwallow Marsh.
The Horde quests in Dustwallow marsh can be a little scattered since this is mostly an Alliance area, but do all the quests and grind your way to level 39 if you're not there already. Then we will go to the next step.
Need more quests? There's a Horde town in Arathi Highlands that has quite a few quests at these levels
Levels 39 Through 45: Feralas
Once you are done with Dustwallow Marsh it's time to head to Feralas. If you followed the previous step you should already have the Feralas flightpath so you can either hearth back to the Inn and fly to Feralas from there, or you can take a flight from The crossroads in the Barrens.
There are quite a few quests in Feralas that start at Camp Mojache. Do all of them and you should be close to level 45. You will discover that you will need to do more grinding past level 40 since the quests really start to show smaller amounts of progress on the experience bar. Once your level 45 and the quests are complete, its time to move on.
Need more quests? There's a few quests, as well as a Horde flightpath in the Badlands in the Eastern Kingdoms.
Levels 45 Through 50: Tanaris
After you are finished with Feralas, take your flightpath to Thousand Needles. From Thousand Needles head east to The Shimmering Flats, then south to Tanaris. You will end up in Gadgetzan, which is a neutral town with a lot of quests. Do all the quests in Gadgetzan (and Steamweedle Port). Since you are in Tanaris grab all the quests for the Zul'Farak instance (the entrance is in the Northern part of Tanaris) and finish as many as you can in 1 or 2 runs. All that will take you to level 5.
Need more quests? The Hinterlands north of Alterac Mountains has a Horde flightpath and quite a few quest lines.
Levels 50 Through 55: Western Plaguelands
This can be a little hectic if you're on a PvP server since most level 50's are in this zone, but that's for a good reason. There are several quests for both Horde and Alliance but among the better ones are the Cauldron Quests. There are four of these, I believe, that will end up giving you good experience. Complete as many quests here as you can before we head out to the next zone.
Need more quests? Felwood in Northern Kalimdor provides quite a few quests at these levels. You can also do the quest lines in Un'Goro Crater
Levels 55 Through 56: Eastern Plaguelands
Granted this is only for 1 level, but it will go by a lot quicker if you do the quests that are available in the Eastern Plaguelands. In fact, if you end up running Stratholme or Scholomance a few times with there quest lines you will be very close to level 60.
In the far Eastern part of this zone, there is a neutral hub with a flightpath that will offer you quite a few quests. Do as many as you can to try to get to 56 or 57.
Levels 56 Through 60: Silithius
Once you reach level 56 and you've done all the quests in Western Plaguelands, it's time to hop over to Kalimdor and head to Silithius. You can get there by taking a flight to Gadgetzan and head to the North Western portion of Un'Goro crater. You will find a small trail that will lead you to Silithius. Once you're in Silithius just follow the main path to the Neutral village of Cenarion Hold and quest as far as you can to level 60
Need more Quests? You also have the option of going to Winterspring at these levels.
A Note About the Burning Crusade
I highly recommend going through the Dark Portal at level 58 and start doing the quests in Hellfire Peninsula. They can be a little tricky at that level, depending on your class, but you get almost double the experience and the quest rewards are better than anything you will find in the old world.
Well, good luck and have fun leveling.
© 2008 eq_alias
Zygor's is the Best on July 11, 2015:
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yezus24 on April 26, 2014:
great! ill try it
cockholdeer on July 18, 2012:
who would want to do all them quests pretty good way to be bored of wow in the first 25 levels. dungeons make wow so much funner then questing for like a week straight
Pogomurphisk on April 30, 2012:
Great 1-60 guide! I used it to level my priest alt. I am sad to say that I have temporarily moved on from WoW and on to Diablo 3. I have made my own website, http://murphiskgoldguide.com/ will help you take advantage of the RMAH (Real money auction house), and the gold auction house to make gold.
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balefire on November 20, 2010:
midg3tman11 on August 23, 2010:
Hey if any of you guys are looking for a more detailed guide that is in-game (which means no more minimizing to read more)I know where you can find one. Read my hub to fid out more.
HellSlayer on August 02, 2010:
Awesome guide with briliant detial good job!
boomboom on August 01, 2010:
Wow very nice guide, I'll help take my game to the next level! Dugi's and Zygor's world of warcraft leveling guides are my favorite. I also like wow schools and Hayden's World of Warcraft Secret Gold Guide.
mage leveling guide on June 10, 2010:
You are completely right, is's much easier now to get through the early levels. I think that was really necessary! Every way to make leveling easier is hightly appreciated.
Keep on posting!
guy on June 08, 2010:
Take the zepplin, from just outside the undercity
Ray on May 12, 2010:
I am currently questing in Eastern Kingdoms and run out of quests. How do I get to Kalimdor??
person on April 19, 2010:
so do u think u will ever look at all the quest from all the patches i mean this is very old we have icc now and many other things plz update wanting to start a warrior want up to date info thank you it is still very good :P
Jon on April 07, 2010:
cool article,i found this guiude also http://160hordelevelinguide.blogspot.com/
mmorpgrealm on March 25, 2010:
thanks guy! I recommend blog http://www.mmorpgrealm.com/ for the guys who read this too.
play wow for free on February 25, 2010:
who is manricks wife?
anyway good guide! found this through a link on http://www.warcraftvouchers.com
chaladar on January 11, 2010:
Awesome Guide! Thanks so much, this will really help me in world of warcraft :) btw- Also, if you guys are looking for similar guides on this topic I suggest taking a look at http://www.hiddenstuff.com/ which is really a great wow resource, cheers!
A person on December 25, 2009:
I was lvl 60 in about 1 anda half week
horde-leveling-guide on November 11, 2009:
Duder, good guide. Where'd you get the screenshots?
"don't give away all the secrets" ;)
Horde Leveling Guide on November 06, 2009:
Nice Guide for the WOW lovers.
wow guide on October 28, 2009:
dont give away all the secrets!!
JohnKrantz from Austria on October 23, 2009:
You forgot the location for Mankrik's Wife in Barrens. :)
AHH!!! THE ANGUISH! WHERE IS MANKRIK"S WIFE? :(( NOO!!
wicho on September 26, 2009:
nice guide tyvm
Aion guides on September 14, 2009:
Awesome detail! Loving the screenshots~
Youniverse World from USA, New York on September 04, 2009:
Great guide, will try :)
Cygnus76 from ON on August 17, 2009:
Good leveling guide :D
xaviamage on July 24, 2009:
great detail, been playing a year and this is a great articl about leveling.
hans56 from Amsterdam/Chicago on July 04, 2009:
Thanks, I'm just starting out in WOW and this is really helpful
eq_alias (author) on June 12, 2009:
"Hi, i noticed this hub is a little old now, i was wondering if this information is still current?"
Since they patched in the reduced experience needed to level from 20-60 a while back, I think this guide is actually better then before since it will reduce the need to grind between quest lines.
Ian on May 17, 2009:
thx its a good guide im level 1-22 in less than 2 days :D
powerspike from Sydney, Australia on April 15, 2009:
Hi, i noticed this hub is a little old now, i was wondering if this information is still current?
Mrs Hozey on February 27, 2009:
What? No Barrens? But then I'll miss all the Chuck Norris jokes. /cry
hhte on February 18, 2009:
Acke on December 18, 2008: