World of Warcraft Beginner’s Guide Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the Beginner’s Guide to World of Warcraft. Last time we talked about setting up the subscription and creating your character for the first time. This time, I want to talk about actually diving into the World for the first time, quests, leveling and so on. So buckle up, we have a lot to cover.

Level 1 Human Warrior

So, you’ve decided to create a Human Warrior. You click “Enter World” and are presented with a loading screen. You’re excited. The loading screen fades, and you are welcomed with a brief cinematic about the history of your race. First thing you see in front of you is an NPC (non-player character) with a yellow exclamation mark (!). This means that this specific NPC is a quest giver. Quests in World of Warcraft is what everything revolves around.

You will also see you have an action bar in the bottom of your screen, a health and resource bar next to your portrait in the upper left corner of your screen. In the case of Warriors, that resource is “Rage”. Depending on your class, you will have 1 or 2 abilities on Level 1. The action bar is where you can see your abilities.

Human Starting Zone in World of Warcraft (Northshire Abbey)
Human Starting Zone in World of Warcraft (Northshire Abbey)

Your First Quest

Now, the Quest Giver NPC we talked about above, he’s just standing there doing nothing. Walk up and right click him. You will now be presented with a Quest Dialogue pop-up. All the details you need to know about the quest are here. Read up on the quest and click “Accept”. Now, when you do this, the Quest will automatically be tracked to the right of your screen, below your mini-map. For example, you have to kill 6 wolves. The tracker will say 0/6 if you have killed none. Go out and kill some wolves to complete the quest. Right click on an enemy unit to initiate the combat. Then use your ability (1 on your action bar) to deal additional damage. Once you complete the quest, you will see an “Objective Complete” pop up on your screen. Go back to the Quest Giver who will now, instead of an exclamation mark, have a yellow question mark (?) above his head. This means that the quest is completed and is ready to be turned in. Again, right-click the quest giver and select “Complete” when presented with a quest dialogue.

World of Warcraft UI

Now, I know the UI seems a bit complicated, but trust me, you will get used to it. I will go over a few basic keybinds for your UI, and you can discover the rest yourself.

  • – opens the Map
  • – opens the Character Screen (You can see your equipment and stats here)
  • – opens the Talent Tree Screen (You will be able to choose your first talent on level 10, and then another one after each subsequent 15 levels)
  • – opens the Social Tab Screen (You can see your Friends List here, Raid members and Text Channels)
  • – opens the Achievement Tab Screen (You earn achievements by playing the game and doing certain, either trivial or not, stuff)
  • – opens the Spellbook (You can see your spells here and also drag them to your action bar)
  • – opens the Backpack (When you start the game, you have only 16 slots in your backpack, but you can equip an additional 4 bags which add inventory space)

Part 3 is on the way!

In part 3 we will be talking about more complicated stuff like PVE, PVP and dungeons and raids, auction house, etc. So stay tuned!

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