The long way to the maximum level in World of Warcraft is in half a week for the dragon flight (opens in new tab)expansion declines at the end of the month.
Blizzard released a patch to reduce the amount of XP needed to progress from level 1 to level 60, which is a 57% reduction, according to a calculation from Icy veins (opens in new tab). Unlike temporary XP gain boosts like the recent Winds of Winter buff, Blizzard has permanently made the entire leveling experience faster than ever before.
The XP needed to go from level 49 to 60 has been reduced by about 70%, which means that if you’re stopped somewhere in Shadowlands, you’ll be able to zoom to max level in no time at all two o’clock (opens in new tab) with items that boost XP and a good quest route.
Blizzard has greatly accelerated the leveling experience over the years. Not only are zones full of quests and enemies, but the entire world scales to your level. Once you reach level 10, you can choose the zones of a specific expansion to visit. Most people recommend going to Warlords of Draenor because of the high concentration of quests and bonus objectives that reward a lot of XP for doing very little. Combine that efficiency with the new XP requirements, XP boosts from Heirlooms, with the PvP Warmode on and equipped bonus XP, and you can get to level 60 in a few days.
WoW: Dragonflight raises the level cap to 70 and introduces a new Dragon-themed storyline set in their old home, the Dragon Isles. New expansions are for experiencing the story and unlocking new features rather than racing to the level cap, so it can feel sluggish compared to the rest of the game.
You can always skip most of this process by boosting a character to level 60 by pre-ordering the Heroic or Epic Edition of Dragonflight, or by purchasing a level skip separately for $60. 50, you can throw a Dracthyr, the new one highly customizable (opens in new tab) dragon race, which start at level 58 and end their start zone (opens in new tab) at level 60.
WoW: Dragonflight launches on November 28.