I know you don’t want to think about it, because as soon as you do you’ll start getting frustrated THAT CATACLYSM ISN’T RELEASED YET!!!!!!! but there will come a point when you’ll need to decide whether you’re going to take the plunge again and level yet another alt. For some I know this has already started, mostly because it will require either the deletion of an existing alt or (GASP) the purchase of a second account. I’m not in that position, I got my second account a while back (yes I know, I’m that sad and I love this game that much. I referred myself and got a free Zhevra. Go figure.) Whether it will be a Worgen or a Goblin, there are things you could do with thinking about now, even before your character is created…

#1: The Name’s the Same.

TY to J for pointing out the deliberate mistake.
Pedant’s Corner will always be yours… :D

The fact that many, many people went and reserved what they thought were the good/funny/clever Worgen and Goblin names a long time ago is beside the point. Your name is going to be better than theirs anyway. Mine however is sadly predictable, but that’s me all over. Putting up a L1 placeholder is not a bad idea generally if there is a name you find that hasn’t been taken and you’d like to keep, because there’s nothing worse than having your heart set on one and finding someone else has gone and snaffled it. If you do find something you like, time to do this sharpish. When that’s sorted, consider what to wear…

#2: Choose Your Weapons.

I assume at this point you’ve chosen the class of your Worgen. If you haven’t, you can pick from the following:

which frankly is a pretty comprehensive list. It will come as no surprise to anybody that I’ll be rolling what will become my fifth Hunter, and as a result I’ll be needing some spiffy Heirlooms to help me on my way.

The Great Big Bag of Heirloom Gears
on my Bankalt…

The benefits of levelling with as many bits of heirloom gear as you can is not to be underestimated: shoulders plus chest alone offer a hefty 20% bonus to XP across anywhere you can earn it (including instances and battlegrounds) and as they have no durability stat, they cost nothing to repair. Most importantly, if you’re thinking of levelling a Goblin Heirlooms are Bind to Account, so you can send yourself these regardless of faction. WoWWiki has an exhaustive list of heirlooms and their points of purchase and also lists which enchants can be placed on them. I’ll be enchanting my Sharpened Scarlet Kris and Venerable Dal’Rend’s Sacred Charge with +15 agility apiece and my Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate with +4 All Stats. Don’t make the mistake I did the first time I bought an heirloom: my hunter can wear the mail heirlooms without being level 40, they start when worn at L1 as leather and then ‘upgrade’ automatically to mail as you grow: same is true for Shaman, Warrior and Paladin items. Don’t forget a trinket (or two) while you’re at it, as they are pretty much non-existant until the 40’s anyway.

#3: How many Times have I told you, Come Prepared!

To level quickly requires lots of time out in the field. Even Blizzard have realised this and there will be some spiffy new mechanics in place as you level this time to make sure you don’t need to keep running back to quest givers on multi part adventures. So, it’s going to be REALLY important that you have decent bags this time around. However you may not be totally sure you’ll want to level your alt, and the last thing you want is to blow a load of money on 20 slot BoE bags if you’re going to give up at L28. This is where Vanilla Bags come into their own.

This set of nine have been in the family over five years: the Traveler’s Backpack does not bind to you, and drops with a decent frequency in the 50-60 range dungeons. Equip your new Worgan with these and you’ll have eighty slots to keep you going, and no loss of cash if you decide to ditch the alt along the way (just send them to your bankalt to await your next project) . If you can’t get these to drop for you (and you can’t find them on the AH) there is a craftable alternative in the Mooncloth Bag which any Vanilla-trained Tailor should be able to knock up for you. Remember that Felcloth you got out of Knot Thimblejack’s cache? Two of those makes a Mooncloth… :P

Even if you do nothing else to prepare for Cataclysm, getting your alt a decent start is going to make levelling quicker and easier, and means you’re more likely to actually reach 85 in the end…

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