Day 1 Shadowlands Leveling Tips: Beating the Maw Bottleneck - Swapblasters, Monelite Keys, Speed Items
At the start of Shadowlands, ALL players will be funneled through the Maw quests. If you plan on leveling quickly, Shadowlands leveling is linear, so it's going to be important to get ahead of other players in the Maw to not get bottlenecked. We've compiled some tips and tricks in order to help you get ahead of the pack while leveling!
The Maw Introduction Basics
Compared to expansions of the past, Shadowlands leveling experience is
and funnels all players through an open-world experience through the Maw. Legion had players separate into different scenarios to collect their Artifact weapon before choosing one of 4 zones, and Battle for Azeroth had players going through a solo scenario before choosing one of 6 different zones.
Shadowlands has a very very short scenario and only 1 choice of zone. As such, after a brief introduction in Icecrown Citadel,
players will be travelling along the same questing path and be fighting for the same quest spawns. If you wish to level quickly, it's going to be important to finish the Maw questline as fast as possible in order to get ahead of the pack and compete with less players for spawns.
Below, we'll cover some of the things that you may want to do in order to do to help finish the Maw segment as fast as possible.
These are the things that we would recommend having:
, Halls of Valor
- Crafting (If you're leveling with another person)
- Blacksmithing or Inscription
We'll go through some of the specifics of what these are used for below.
You can also have a speed set setup if you want to gain a little bit more of an edge in the Maw, We recently highlighted some of the ways that you can increase your speed in the Maw such as the gem
. Check it out below:
Increasing Movement Speed in the Maw
Speeding Up The Helm of Domination
One of the first things that you will do on expansion launch is head to Icecrown Citadel and be tasked with bringing 4 Helm of Domination shards to the 4 corners of the ritual circle.
However, when you pick up a Shard, you are slowed by 85% due to
and can't use your abilities. As such, this can take a quite a bit of time to walk all the way to the other end of the circle, but there are two items that you can use to speed things up:
For one of shards, you can jump and actually use
which will let you cover a large distance making it all the way there.
If you're leveling with a friend, you can grab the shard and they can use the
to swap you directly next to the drop off point! Then you can do the same for them.
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Movement Speed Increases
As you can't mount in the Maw, movement speed is king. There are many areas that you need to just need to walk to the next objective where you can equip any speed items that you have to walk faster and have the food buff from
. In addition, Druids and Worgen and use their special abilities,
In addition, you can get some big increases from the
trinket from Halls of Valor and
which you can use until you hit Level 51.
Find out more about movement speed items by
Increasing Movement Speed in the Maw
Lockpicking Cages with No Quest Keys
When you get to
in the Maw, you're tasked with freeing 15 Shackled Souls from cages which are locked. Each cage usually contains 2 or 3 Shackled Souls, and you're
to kill mobs to get keys to unlock the cages.
and have the required professions to be able to use those items, can ignore any kills altogether and use the items to unlock the cages. Rogues with their
can do the same!
This will save you a lot of time, as you won't have to fight for mobs to tag to get the Keys and then find cages. You can just simply find cages.
DesMephisto's Run Through the Maw
If you don't have the Shadowlands Beta, or haven't run the intro to the Maw,
has streamed many of his Shadowlands leveling speedruns. We're linking one of his Maw videos below to get a feel of what the beginning of the expansion will look like and the tips and tricks above in action.
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