New Leveling Options and Pathfinder in Shadowlands - Choose Your Starting Experience and Expansion
In the latest
alpha build, new characters now have more options for choosing how they want to level up to 50, including choice of introductory scenario and expansion!
Choose Your Starting Experience
Non-Allied Races have a brand new option at character creation between heading to the new introductory experience in Exile's Reach or beginning the game in their original starting locations. At this time, it appears they are required to go into
Battle for Azeroth
content however, rather than choosing their preferred expansion.
*The Horde version of Exile's Reach is still not yet implemented on the alpha.
Allied Races forgo this choice, beginning in their capital city with a quest to introduce themselves to the respective leaders, but they can use the Adventure Journal to choose to start in Azeroth, Outland, Northrend, Pandaria, Draenor, or the Broken Shore instead. Unfortunately, these features appear to still be in development and many are difficult to actually get into -
Mists of Pandaria
introductions are plagued by phasing issues and leveling requirements, while
Wrath of the Lich King
immediately prompts you to fly to Dalaran without actually giving you enough money to do so! That said, we expect these to be early alpha issues which should smooth out over time.
Interestingly, this is currently all done through the Adventure Journal/Hero's Call Board, rather than meeting Chromie, as was described in our initial BlizzCon preview. Again, this is probably just not yet implemented, and a more robust presentation will be added as development continues.
Cataclysm After Vanilla?
Interestingly, the Adventure Journal does not include an option for starting in Cataclysm. Additionally, the world map shows their zone level ranges starting at 30, while late vanilla zones such as the Burning Steppes end there, which would imply that vanilla is only supposed to take characters to 30 after which they progress through Cataclysm zones.
That said, many of the maps level ranges are currently incorrect, and it's
far more likely
this is simply due to incomplete development, as it would seem very unlikely that a new character wouldn't hit level 50 long before reaching those Cataclysm zones, much less completing them, so take it with a grain of salt - the feature is clearly incomplete and there's a lot of polish left to be done.
In addition to the previous
riding skill changes
uncovered last week, we've also found that Draenor and Broken Isles Pathinder skills are now listed as learnable skills at riding trainers. It would appear that Pathfinder is purchased rather than learned outright, although curiously new characters on accounts which already own the achievements appear to have the skills automatically unlocked, so it's unclear why the ability is shown on riding trainers at all. As a recent bluepost informed us,
Draenor and Broken Isles Pathfinder would no longer be required
to fly in those zones in Shadowlands - only unlocking the achievement related mount and bonus riding speed, so it may be intended as an extra gold sink in order to fly or unlock benefits in those expansions, or just another incomplete feature.
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