9.1.5 Shadowlands Leveling and Gearing
This time, I leveled a druid.
This was a really fun change of pace, being able to swap between melee, tank, and ranged DPS as necessary (except for this one time, tbd later). Even better was jumping into cat, or travel form when inside and couldn't normally mount. Travel form magically upgrades right before (like at 38 instead of 40) learning the newest riding speed, so always fastest self-running.
Gear & Enchants:
Leveling gear consisted of all leather-agility-haste, heirlooms where available. Upgraded a number of items to the shadowlands editions so that I could continue getting heirloom benefits up until 50. Enchants were a bit more pragmatic. I was fine spending a bit of gold on a leveling enchant on an heirloom item. I was not fine spending that same amount on a green leveling item.
Pretty detailed guide: Wowhead
For leveling, I followed Azeroth Auto-Pilot and played through WOD content until I got to roughly 30s. At this point, I flipped over to Legion leveling and followed the Valshara, then Azshara content paths. My intent was to hopefully complete enough of the questline to get my druid class mount. With legion time-walking going right now, it was never hard to get a group to run dungeons. This was going great, opened my class hall, got my feral and guardian artifact weapons, then started progressing through the quest chain towards the mount. Using the Wowhead addon and uploading my quest completion worked until about the first dungeons that I needed to run. Wowhead says I haven't completed beyond step 30 yet of the Class Hall guide, but I just completed collecting the 10 shards needed for step 40. The three blood of sargeras still eludes me. Spend 5000 resources in my class hall, run a dungeon or do a 'calling'.
CON to this path is that it's level-locked about halfway through. You can start the class hall campaign at 10, but you can't start step 30 unless your level 45. The quests don't even show up in the class hall at all.
Instead, I found the addon BtWQuests extremely useful. It is correctly showing what quests have been completed and what still need to. In addition, it has ever-expanding info on the quest chain-breaking it down into a nicely formatted tree.
Threads of Fate: 48-60
Alternate Druid Forms - Mark of the __ (see the filtered list here: wowhead)
One thing I wanted to do early on, was get rid of the stag travel form. While looking for how to change this to cheetah, I found a whole collection of other form options. Most of these are sold on the auction house and once learned, you can swap between forms at the barbershop like hairstyles. My current favorites are the cheetah, tideskipper, and raven. The bat forms (and maybe moth) are as big as the respective covenant taxi mount and felt slow flying. The raven is small and feels very quick to fly in. The tideskipper is fun to jump out of the water and do dolphin things. Jump high enough and you turn into a bird.
|midnight runestag||sable ardenmoth|
wowhead says travel form
|duskwing raven||gloomstalker dredbat ||humble flyer|
|regal dredbat||shimmering ardenmoth|