New Starter Account Limitations in Shadowlands
With the level squish and new leveling systems added in Shadowlands, Starter Accounts have also received a couple changes to accomodate those changes. In this article, we go through what you can and cannot do on starter accounts in WoW in Shadowlands.
What Can You Do On a Starter Account
Starter accounts are able to play all the way to level 20 without being required to purchase a license or even a monthly subscription, but a few restrictions apply. This is pretty big, as the level cap for starter accounts before the squish was also 20, but you can now experience a significantly bigger portion of the leveling process before being required to purchase a subscription.
Starter accounts cannot choose a starting zone to level at and are forced to go through
from levels 1-10.
The new leveling feature added in the pre-patch,
, is not available for starter accounts, as you need to level in Battle for Azeroth content all the way to level 50 at least once to unlock the feature. Thus, starter accounts can play from levels 10-20 in Battle for Azeroth zones.
Previously, you could only level to level 20 in Vanilla zones and have no access to any sort of expansion content.
You can also perform a variety of limited actions on starter accounts:
You can only earn and carry a maximum of 1000 Gold per character.
You can only chat in the
Newcomer chat that is part of the Guide system
, /say and /party channels.
You can only /whisper friends if they're added by character name.
Some of the previous limitations are no longer in effect in starter accounts - You are now able to learn professions or use slash commands like emotes in chat (you even use emotes in the Exile's Reach quest
What You Cannot Do On a Starter Account
There are several limitations to Starter Accounts. These will go away once you add game time to the starter account (but be mindful that it might take up to 24 hours for the order to complete and these restrictions to be lifted from the starter account).
List of things you cannot do as a starter account:
Content from other expansions besides Battle for Azeroth, Chromie Time included;
Level characters above level 20;
Talk in chat channels such as General or Trade Chat;
Whisper other characters (you can whisper them if you add them as friends, or you receive a whisper first)
Any Real ID or Battle.net chat functions;
Create or invite people to parties (however, you can be invited to a party):
Open trades, use mailboxes or interact with the Auction House;
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