In just 8 weeks, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will launch world-wide. It’s hard to believe that Azeroth will be ripped apart and forever changed into a new world. Last week, we took a look at The Loremaster, and saw how you can use your 9 remaining weeks to earn this coveted achievement. Today, continuing our patch day Tuesday series, we will take a look at leveling your alts, and how you can use the remaining 8 weeks to effectively level your characters.

We all have alts, all 12 million of us, and no matter how much or how little we play them most of us would love to see our alts hit 80 before the expansion. But between burnout, duplicating quests, and concentrating on our mains, most of us only have one 80. With the Cataclysm looming, we have some alt choices to make. Do you wait and level in a changed world? Do you delete that alt in favor of a Worgen or Goblin? Or do you make that push to 80? Well, I am going try and provide you with some tips and tricks on how to answer these questions and more, as well as how to level your alts quickly and efficiently if you should choose to do so.

The very first thing I would suggest is simple: make sure you have experienced all the old world and end game content you can on your main character first. Don’t worry about new gear (the greens from the first quest in Cataclysm will make you want to cry in your ICC 25 heroic boots), just see the content you want to see. Slay the Lich King if you can, run Ruby Sanctum, see the old world dungeons & raids, and make sure you achieve anything you want before it’s gone. Lets be honest, your main character is your baby and if there is something you think you should do with your main first, then do it, because the game is about fun after all. If you are looking for some suggestions, take a look at our article on what you should do before Cataclysm.

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Now that we got that out of the way, lets take a look at the answer to the question: Do you wait and level in a changed world? I guess that really depends on you. Are you sick of leveling old world content? Have you tried to use the random dungeon finder to level? Do you beat your head against your desk when you reach the level 30 and realize you have to head to Stranglethorn Vale yet again? If you answered no to any of these questions, I would say level now. You have not hit the wall yet with old world leveling, and this will be your last chance to do it this way, ever. Go to zones you have never been to and level there. Use the random dungeon finder (LFG tool) and explore, because exploration experience at low levels is decent, as well as it gives you a chance to see these places one last time.

Do you want to delete an alt in favor of a Goblin or Worgen? Difficult question, with no additional character slots coming, I for one will be forced to delete my banking character to be able to even play a Goblin. If you have a character you’re not playing that is under level 30 (maybe even up to 60 as it is so easy to get up to that level now) and you don’t really intend to play it: Delete it. If you take a look at this video, you can see that these new races are incredible. The starting quests are unlike anything you have experienced before. By the time you complete them you will be level 14 and I am willing to bet you will be in love with these new races.

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Now the question of should you make that push to 80 with your alt? Can you get from 1 to 80 in 8 weeks? Sure, but do you want to? I am using various tools at my disposal to help me get there: rested XP, the LFG tool, zones I am not tired of, all in various combinations to help me. Now I have only 60 levels left between the 4 characters I am trying to get to 80. It is very doable.

Try and level as best you can with rested XP, as the boost you get is remarkable. Better yet, if you have a friend thinking about playing, get him in now to see Azeroth before the change, using the refer-a-friend program. You both will get 3x XP, free levels, and a cool mount. Quest where you can, but if you get bored, use the LFG tool. If you are a tank or healer you are almost guaranteed an instant party. I caution you though, do not queue as a tank or healer if you are not geared appropriately or prepared to do those rolls. You will just frustrate the group and possible get vote kicked. The key level is 60; this is where you would head to Outlands. If you just want to see the old world (and not be ready to start the journey to 81) then 60 is the level you need to get to and you can easily (and casually) do that in a couple weeks.

What do you think? Is it worth it to you? Are you going to try and make that push to 80, or maybe work on your main, or even just wait? What are your plans for the next 8 weeks Ranters? Share your plans with us!

Make sure you are here next Tuesday for a new countdown to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm special feature.

Cataclysm will be hitting Azeroth, like it or not, December 7, 2010.

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