WOW Classic Top 10 Hardcore Tips: You Must Master and Not Ignore
Welcome back to the World of Classic WoW, where every nook and cranny holds a secret waiting to be discovered. Today, we're back with even more tips to enhance your Classic WoW experience. This game may be old, but there are numerous mechanics that take time to be apparent. From meleeing through walls to understanding how stats truly work, we'll cover 10 additional hardcore WoW tips that you probably didn't know you needed.
- Finding Unique Vendors/Trainers
- Understanding Mob Pathing
- Aggroing Through Walls
- Chest Aggro
- Reset Spots
- Shared Spawn Quests
- Threat (and what causes it)
- Importance of Class Quests
- What Stats Actually Do
- Using the 5 Second Rule
↖ Finding Unique Vendors/Trainers
Blizzard has scattered vendors and trainers throughout the game world, some of whom offer unique items that can make your hardcore journey much easier. To find these vendors, you can use an add-on such as HandyNotes. With this add-on and its options selected, vendors throughout the world will appear on your minimap, along with a full list of items that they sell.
While you may not be able to hover over the list to see the item stats, you can make an educated guess based on the item name and icon. You can also use good old-fashioned Googling. Additionally, there are class trainers all over the place that can teach you new spells and spell ranks.
↖ Understanding Mob Pathing
Abusing mob pathing can be a game-changer for your hardcore journey. There are small barriers or ledges/fences that the player can jump over that enemy mobs cannot. When you find one of these, the enemy will have to take a long path to get to you. This can turn dangerous quests into a breeze. However, this only sometimes works when you expect it to, so make sure to practice in areas like the Ruins of Alterac or Elwynn Forest.
↖ Aggroing Through Walls
Did you know that you can aggro mobs through walls? If a mob is positioned close enough to a wall where it's technically inside your melee range, you will be able to aggro it. This works attacking units which are above you, below you, or anything really, as long as it's close enough to a wall. This trick works best if you are playing a Tauren because they have a longer attack range. However, be careful, as hitting a mob will likely socialize it, and you may aggro a bunch of other mobs on the way out.
↖ Chest Aggro
When you stumble upon a chest in the world, it's natural to feel a sense of urgency to loot it quickly before someone else does. However, if you've cleared a few mobs around the chest and there are still some remaining, you might still need to be out of danger. Clicking on a chest will cause enemies within a line of sight and a small radius to run and defend it.
To avoid aggroing additional enemies, try to position yourself behind something that breaks the line of sight when opening a chest. Interestingly, you can even loot chests that are behind solid walls, similar to attacking mobs through walls.
↖ Reset Spots
Reset spots are locations scattered throughout the world where players can position themselves in a way that prevents mobs from reaching them. As a result, the mobs eventually evade and reset. These spots are more obvious than vendors but can come in handy in challenging situations, such as when a dungeon run goes awry.
Look for tree branches hanging down, elevated ruins, or areas where you can jump from one raised platform to another. Understanding reset spots might save your skin or help you find an exit in a dungeon if you need to leave the group while inside (which will force your Hearthstone after one minute, even if you're in combat).
↖ Shared Spawn Quests
Have you ever found yourself in a questing area where the specific type of mobs you need to kill are nowhere to be found? This frustrating experience is often due to shared spawns. Shared spawns occur when certain mobs share respawn timers with others. For example, the Harpies in the Harpy Threaten quest in Stonetalon Mountains or the Spiders and Wolves in Western Plaguelands.
When encountering a quest with shared spawns, your best bet is to grind, and force spawn the mob type you need until someone else doing the same quest tags them before you. Unfortunately, the game doesn't explicitly inform you when you're dealing with shared spawns, so you'll have to rely on the poor spawn rates as an indication.
↖ Threat (and what causes it)
Threat generation is a vital aspect of gameplay, typically associated with tanks using abilities with bonus modifiers or healers dealing damage. However, many other actions generate threats, albeit less noticeably. Consuming a mana potion, buffing an ally, or even performing any action while in combat will generate a threat.
This is particularly important in group scenarios or when playing a pet class. Certain classes, like mages with Counterspell or shamans with Earth Shock, have abilities with bonus threat generation, which can be unexpected. Understanding threat generation can help you better manage aggro and avoid unnecessary attention from enemies.
↖ Importance of Class Quests
Class quests are an essential part of the Vanilla WoW experience. Many of these quests unlock unique abilities and items that are specific to your class. For example, Druids get the bear form at level 10 and the aquatic form at level 16. Paladins get Redemption at level 12, Shamans get totems from Earth at level 4 to air at 30, and Warlocks can obtain most of their demons through quests. These quests are often worth completing sooner rather than later, as they can completely change the way you play your character.
↖ What Stats Actually Do
Understanding how stats work is crucial in Classic WoW. Many states, such as Spirit, have different effects than they do in later expansions. Spirit is seen as a healer stat but is actually useful for every class due to how health and mana regeneration works at low levels. Other stats, such as Agility and Strength, scale differently with different classes. For example, Rogues gain one attack power per strength, but agility is a better stat as it gives them attack power, dodging, and critical strike chance.
↖ Using the 5 Second Rule
The 5 Second Rule is a mechanic in Classic WoW that allows you to regenerate mana faster after not casting spells for five seconds. This is particularly useful for classes like Priests, Warlocks, and Hunters, who can apply DoTs or send a pet in and then use auto-attacks to take down their target gradually.
These additional hardcore WoW tips provide valuable insights and strategies to enhance your Classic WoW experience. By implementing these additional hardcore WoW tips, you can delve deeper into the intricacies of Classic WoW, improving your gameplay and uncovering hidden advantages along the way. Remember to experiment, practice, and adapt these strategies to suit your playstyle, as mastering these mechanics will undoubtedly enhance your overall gaming experience.
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