Bat HandlerFlight map, showing flight points.Welcome to Brill.

There is actually so much to see and do in Brill for such a tiny village, it’s difficult to know where to start. To your right as you enter the village by the road from the Calston Estate is a Bat Handler. These NPCs allow you to fly quickly to another flight point that you have discovered. So it’s not at all unusual for a flight master to tell you that you cannot fly because you don’t know any flight points connected to this one. If you connect all the flight points you can fly from one end of the continent to the other…if you’ve investigated the map you should see there are five continents to explore.

Using the Inn.

Let’s make our way to the large building, on the left, down the street. This is an inn, inns are very important to our levelling. In each new area you explore you’ll find a centre from which a set of new quests radiate. A quest hub. At the centre, or quite near, your hub should be an inn of some description. If we enter the inn at Brill you’ll see Innkeeper Renee just inside the Innkeeper pointerdoor. Mousing over her your cursor turns into a hearthstone. Look in your bag, read the tooltip for your hearthstone then chat to Renee. Ask her what you can do at the inn. You’ll also see there is an option to make this inn your home, referred to as setting your hearthstone, you should do this here.

Setting your hearthstoneWhen completing a gaming session always activate your hearthstone (right click it) to teleport back to your inn. The reasons for this are several but here are three:

1) Resting in an inn generates Rested XP, when you have rested XP you earn 200% normal experience from questing and killing mobs. A valuable boost. You’ll see that in an inn your character’s level indicator on the character portrait is replaced with the resting indicator (“zzz” left)Rested XP indicator. After reRestingsting for some time a marker (right) appears on your XP bar. All the XP you earn up to this point is earned at at rate of 200%.

2) Empty bags of vendor trash between sessions. They fill up quickly, especially at the beginning when they are so small.

3)An inn is safe, it’s no fun to log on to discover you’re being attacked and dying, or worse at a graveyard and having to do a corpse run just as you log on.

Outside the inn, directly across the street you’ll find Deathguard Morris who needs you to go to the Undead capital, Undercity (it’s actually over the hill to the south). Take this quest, Supplying Brill, there is a lot more to see and do in the Undercity, it makes Brill look like the tiny, parochial backwater it is.

Secondary Professions.

Professions tabTraing CookingTrainer pointerBack across the street, to the right of the inn, you will meet The Chef, your first profession trainer, chat to him to train Cooking. Select Apprentice Chef and then click Train, repeat this for all the recipes that are available to you (see why you needed that money from vendoring all that trash?) Press P to open your Spellbook and click on the Professions tab. You’ll see a roosted chicken icon for Cooking and icon for Cooking Fire. You can magically summon up a cooking fire anywhere using this spell. We won’t need it now because The Chef has a stove next to him, you can use that to cook on.

Check out the Professions tab for a moment. At the top you’ll see blank spaces for First and Second Professions. These are Primary Professions and you can only learn two. We’ll look at these in more detail soon. Below these two primary profession slots are the secondary professions, you can learn all of these, they are: Archaeology; Fishing; Cooking and First Aid.

Let’s put Cooking onto the actionbar. To the left of your Character Info button you will see, first a number (currently 1) and two arrows. Press the ‘up’ arrow and the the number changes to 2 and you see a new, blank actionbar. Drag the Cooking (and Cooking Fire) icon out of the Spellbook and drop them, wherever you choose on the actionbar (see example locations below). Remember to click on the down area to switch back to Actionbar 1 when you’ve finished cooking, or you’ll be opening the cooking window instead of casting spells when you enter combat later.Actionbar 2

Bag pointerSpice Bread recipeWe need to head back into the inn now, beyond Renee, to the stairs to the other levels. To the right of the stairs down to the crypt you’ll see Abigail Shiel, buy 45 Simple Flour and 45 Mild Spices from her. Go back to The Chef’s stove and open up your Cooking frame. In the upper frame you’ll see [45] next to Spice Bread indicating that you can cook that many, click Create All and sit back while your char cooks all 45. As you cook you will gain a skill point for each Spice Bread you make. Notice the changes to the recipe in your list. At level 30 Cooking the recipe turns yellow, at 35 it turns green. When the recipe is green you do not get a skill point every time you cook. This is true of all recipes for all professions. As you become more skilled, recipes change colour until making them rewards no skill points and the recipe turns grey. After completing all 45 of the Spice Breads you can make, you should be Level 40 cooking and Spice Bread will be grey (if it isn’t grey run back to Abigail and buy 5 more of each ingredient and keep cooking until you’re level 40).

Stringy Wolf Meat

Statue of Lady Sylvannas in Brill...?

Where have I seen this before…?

If you killed any Dark Hounds down near Calston, they actually dropped Stringy Wolf Meat and if you kept hold of it as I suggested, the more observant of you will notice that you can cook Charred Wolf Meat, as many as you have meat for. Cook these up too. Check with The Chef again when you’re done and train all the new recipes that are available to you at your new skill level. If you kill beasts out in the wild when questing, before you vendor the meat looted from them, check whether you can cook with any of them. You may need other ingredients (another type of meat or Refreshing Spring Water etc.) so you may have to go through all your recipes to see if the meat you have is an ingredient.

Of course, Cooking is not a requirement for levelling. None of the professions are, you do not need to learn a profession on your way to max level. Cooking is a valuable skill as you can make your own food, which will become increasingly important as you level up. Out in the wild you will need to stop and eat to recover health lost in fighting. Good food will also increase, or buff, a statistic that will make you more powerful and be useful for fighting mobs. Primary Professions can provide gear or weapons that make you more powerful or survive longer. Primary professions can also provide a valuable source of income to boost your gold form questing (and looting). Still the choice is yours, I actually like cooking and fishing, playing World of Warcraft your own way is one of the things that makes the game so attractive.

Riding and Horses.

Riding Trainer in BrillRiding trainingBefore you leave go see William Saldean, Grain & Feed Vendor. Go chat with him and browse his goods. He sells Special Grain Feed. Buy a couple. Save them for later. Feel free to explore Brill and pick up all the quests you find. You should find a hunter trainer we will cover his services later on. Chat to the Stable Master to see what he does. Next to the Stable Master is Velma Warnam the Riding Trainer and Zachariah Post the Undead Horse Merchant. It seems that humans weren’t the only thing that ‘came back’. You can learn to ride at Level 20 and it cost a whopping 3 Gold 80 silver. A Skeletal Horse you can ride at level 20 will set you back 95 Silver…yes, your own horse. We’ll come back to this later.

FLight Master pointerWe should go to the Undercity and learn a ‘trade’ and I’ll introduce you to Fishing. Hand in the Supplying Brill quest to Anette Williams the Bat Handler and accept Ride to the Undercity. Click Anette again and she shows you of map of where you can fly. You’re free to check out the Bulwark on the border of Tirisfal Glades and the next zone east, Western Plaguelands, or fly directly to Undercity. The choice is entirely yours. I’ll just meet you in Undercity when you get there.

The capital city of the Forsaken

In the Forsaken capital: Undercity.

Guard pointerEven after eight years the Undercity is still an impressive achievement and players still manage to get lost inside it. If you want to find someone in Undercity (or any captial) ask a guard. You can recognise guards as when you mouse over them the hand cursor changes to a scroll.

Undercity tabard

Reputation, your standing with factions in the game.

If you’re still standing in front of Michael Garrett, talk to the Undercity Questermaster sitting on the Undead Skeletal Warhorse next to him. Check out the Undercity Tabard. You can earn reputation rewards with the Undercity wearing this tabard. There are many factions in World of Warcraft, the two main ones being Horde and Alliance. Within the Horde you have the Undead (or Forsaken) of course, the Orcs whose capital is Orgrimmar, the Darkspear Trolls, the Goblins, the Blood Elves of Silvermoon City and the Tauren of Thunder Bluff.

You are currently neutral with these Horde factions but completing quests in certain zones for certain NPCs will reward you with reputation with different factions. One basic reputation reward is cheaper repair bills with factions you are more friendly with. With most factions you’ll start out Neutral, progress to Friendly and then after completing many quests for that faction you’ll progress through to Honoured, then Revered and finally Exalted. Some factions will sell you gear or crafting recipes at higher levels of reputation. Buy your first tabard from the Undercity Quartermaster and equip it right now.

Lost in a city? Ask a guard.

Kor'korn GuardsGuard pointerBehind you as you face the Quartermaster is a tunnel leading out of the central hub area of Undercity. Guarding the tunnel are two of the Kor’kron Overseers, chat to one of these guards, select ProfessionLocation marked on mini-map Trainers and click on Fishing. This kind soul will mark the location of the Fishing Trainer on your map . Good luck finding him, I’ll meet you there.

Now because Warcraft is an MMO – Massively Multiplayer Online – game you can ask for advice and directions of other players. If you type /1 or /2 you will be able to talk in General or Trade chat. Chances are some nice person will give you the help you need. Some people will even join you and show you where things are. I would, to honour the good people who have done it for me. However, you are almost as likely to be answered by a troll. Their advice will be either deliberately wrong, misleading or maliciously inaccurate. They might tell you something that sounds plausible but ends up with you doing a corpse run or believing that fishing was taken out of the game in the last patch until someone puts you right. By all means ask in Trade chat but be sceptical of what you hear, if it sounds wrong chances are it is, but not always.

Keep an eye on Trade chat while you’re in the city. You’ll probably see many interesting things. People will post things like “LFM Sha of Anger” LFM means Looking For More and the Sha of Anger is a World Boss (you needn’t worry, you need to be level 90 to tackle Sha of Anger). People will also post “LF Alchemist” or “LF Scribe” while others will link things like [Alchemy] or [Inscription]. The former are players looking for other players with trade skills the latter are players advertising what they can make, their trade skills. You can select one of the trade skills like Alchemy or Inscription as one of your two Primary Professions. More of that after we’ve learned another secondary profession: Fishing. Other things you might see in chat is people selling things like gear, usually Epic quality gear.

Armand Cromwell, Undercity Fishing Trainer

Trainer pointerOK, you should be at the pier now standing next to the Fishing Trainer, Armand Cromwell. It’s time to train Fishing.

Fishing button on Actionbar 2

Open up the Spellbook & Abilities window and drag your new Fishing button onto the actionbar. If you stand at the edge of the pier next to the green slime and click your new Fishing button you’ll discover you can cast without a fishing rod (is that a random tree branch and string?) However, this is not the ideal way to fish. Chat with Lizbeth Cromwell, she’s fishing just behind Armand. She can sell you several interesting things, buy yourself a Fishing Pole, a Shiny Bauble and Recipe: Brilliant Smallfish. First equip your fishing rod, then right click the Shiny Bauble. Check your Professions tab in the Spellbook and you’ll see your fishing level is 1 + 25/75 – it’s +25 because you are using a fishing lure. The shiny bauble lure will help you to catch more fish, without a fishing rod you cannot use fishing lures. OK, fish your way up to level 25.

Click the fishing button on your actionbar, you will cast your line. If where you cast isn’t water (not fishable) or too shallow the game will tell you. At the end of your fishing line. after a successful cast, you’ll see a fishing bobber. When you mouse over the bobber your cursor will change from the hand into a fish hook (see right). When the bobber ducks under water with an accompanying splash sound you’ve hooked something. Right click the bobber to reel in your fish (or the crap you snagged).

Hmm…a lot of grey vendor items crap and not very many fish. You should’ve caught at least one Brilliant Smallfish in your levelling, so let’s learn the recipe we bought (right click it in your bag) and put down a Cooking Fire and cook it up. Now as tempting as it is (to me) to spend some time fishing on this dock and cooking Smallfish let’s sell all our junk to Lizbeth (keep the fish and maybe invest in a couple of Shiny Baubles) and let’s discuss Primary Professions.

Primary Professions.

There are eight Primary Professions and you can choose a maximum of two per character. Conventionally players talk about two categories of Profession: Manufacturing and Gathering.

Manufacturing Professions:

  • BlacksmithingBlacksmithing icon
    • Using metal bars (smelted from ore with Mining) you can maufacturer weapons, Plate and Mail armour and other metal devices.
  • AlchemyAlchemy icon
    • Using herbs (gathered with Herbalism) you can create potions and flasks that provide excellent stat buffs (short term improvements).
  • InscriptionInscription icon
    • Using milled herbs (Milling is learned with Inscription) a Scribe can create Glyphs (permanent character enhancements, more later) Milling icongear enchantments (usually applied to shoulders more later), staffs and other items, including, but not limited to, cards that can be used to create trinkets (gear for your character’s Trinket slot – see the Character Info frame).
  • LeatherworkingLeatherworking icon
    • Using leather (from Skinning) to create gear and item enhancements including, but not limited to, armour kits which permanently increase the armour of a piece of gear (usually applied to leggings).
  • JewelcraftingJewelcrafting icon
    • Create cut gems using raw gems prospected from ores (Prospecting is learned as part of Jewelcrafting). Jewelcrafters can also make rings and necklaces. Gems can be fitted into sockets on weapons and armour and boost one or two stats (like enchants).Prospecting icon
  • EngineeringEngineering icon
    • Using metal and other materials to manufacture complex devices including bombs and helicopters.
  • EnchantingEnchanting icon
    • Using enchanting materials (from disenchanting gear, learned with Enchanting) you enchant gear to increase (usually) one of the stats (important to the char wearing the item).Disenchanting icon
  • TailoringTailoring icon
    • Using cloth, which randomly drops off mobs you can create cloth items. Other items including, but not limited to, a Flying Carpet can be crafted.

Gathering Professions involve the collection of materials from the world. You cannot collect these materials unless you have the appropriate training. The materials you can gather are herbs, skins and ore.

  • Herbalism iconYou’ll need Herbalism training to collect herbs.
  • Mining iconTo collect ores you’ll need training in Mining
    • Mining includes Smelting, for transforming mined ores into metal bars.Smelting icon
  • Skinning allows you to skin beasts you (and others) have killed for leather.Skinning icon

Technically speaking Cooking would be a Manufacturing and Fishing a Gathering Profession, but these Secondary Professions are routinely not referred to in this way.)

Now the choice of profession is entirely up to you. However some choices and combinations make more sense than others. For instance if you pick one of the first six Manufacturing Professions it may prove valuable to choose the appropriate Gathering Professions. So Blacksmithing, Jewelcrafting  and Engineering go well with Mining. In the same way Alchemy and Inscription work well with Herbalism. Leatherworking fits with Skinning. The last two Manufacturing Professions are somewhat ‘stand alone’ (and often taken together) in that there is not a cloth gathering profession for Tailoring, all players are able to loot cloth regardless of professions and Enchanting mats are created by disenchanting (part of Enchanting) gear.

Now crafting materials, disenchants and gems can be bought from other players so Gathering Professions are not necessary. Equally, since you can sell gathered materials and buy manufactured goods a Manufacturing Profession is not essential either. So you can pick two Gathering or two Manufacturing Professions, or literally any combination. It’s even possible not bother with professions at all, but this shuts you off from a simple source of revenue so it would be a poor, if possible, plan. Two Gathering Professions are good for making money since crafters always need materials. Two Manufacturing Professions can provide two good character enhancements (especially good in end game). However, I recommend that for your first char you get a flavour of levelling one of each type of Primary Profession; a Gathering a Manufacturing Profession that can provide useful gear items for your character (especially at higher levels). Since at level 40 you will be switching from leather armour to mail, Blacksmithing would make a good choice for a Hunter with Mining.

Annotated map of the UndercityAsk the first guard you find to direct you to one of these trainers and he’ll mark it on the map for you. After getting your training ask another guard for the location of the other trainer and I’ll meet you back in the Undercity’s Inner Ring (see my map left your in game map will not be coloured thus).

The blue area in the centre is the Undercity Hub. It contains the Bank at the very centre with four bridges linking it to the upper circle, where you flew in on the bat. This upper circle in the hub has alcoves all around the outside and one contains the Bat Handler and Undercity Quartermaster. There are two ledges on either side of the Central Hub connected by stairs down to the lowest level and up to the bank. These middle ledges hold the Guild NPCs on one side and a Cooking Trainer and Vendor.

The Inner Ring is marked in red on this map. If you go down the stairs from the Bank  all the way to the lowest level and cross the green slime by one of the four lower bridges you’ll pass under one of the four archways into the Inner Ring.

The green areas mark the inner sections of the Outer Ring. These sections contain alcoves around the inside stuffed with Profession Trainers and Trade Supplies. This inner section is sandwiched between the canals (of green slime also green on your in game map map) and the outer wall of the Inner Ring. Confused, you will be

The outer area of the Outer Ring (black on my map) is on the other side of the canals. The Class Trainers (and Target Dummies) can be found there, but these trainers are no longer as important as they used to be.

If you’ve made it back to the Inner Ring you’ll see steps up to slightly raised sections at each of the compass points. These slightly raised sections pass back through the archways back into the Central Hub. Either side of these archways is a ramp up to an NPC. These (eight) special NPCs are Auctioneers, welcome to the Auction House.

The Auction House.

Auctioneer tooltipAn Auctioneer NPCEarlier I referred to buying and selling gathered materials, disenchanted gear and prospected gems. Crafted gear and weapons can also be bought and sold. While you can advertise your wares in /2 Trade, as we saw earlier, by far the most common forum for buying and selling is the in game Auction House. By talking to the Auctioneer the Auctions window opens up for you to: browse all the auctions by category; Search for particular items; create Auctions that other players can bid on; and review the items you have Bid on. You can auction almost anything, but, as in real life, you can advertise things for sale but to actually sell them someone has to want it and then bid for it. Without a little judicious use of the auction house you may find that after a few levels you aren’t making enough gold questing and looting to pay for all of your training and much later gear upgrades. If you select Mining as a profession I suggest smelting some Copper (the first ore you are able to mine) to raise you Mining level and to create Copper Bars to use in Blacksmithing, but keep some Ore back to sell in the Auction House.

If you actually want to sell something it’s a good idea to search for it first. Type Copper Ore into the search field of the Auction window. You will then see a list of all the Copper Ore currently being offered for  sale. Make a note of the cost of ore or stack (of up to 20). You’re aiming to undercut the lowest seller by a tiny amount (as little as possible). That way if someone repeats the search for Copper Ore and buys the cheapest available (and why would anyone ever pay more than they had to?) it will be your ore they buy.

Top Tip: you should also do a search for smelted Copper Bars if you intend to sell some ore, it may be the case the current price for the bars is higher than for ore, be aware that higher level metals require two ores to smelt into one bar.

An Alliance Auctioneer? WTF?!

If you fancy having a play with the Auction House (AH) and trying to sell some items now, for example the Linen Cloth you’ve been hoarding, I suggest you take a look at the next part of this guide and the section referring to Addons. I recommend installing the Auctionator addon before you list any auctions. Auctionator adds three new tabs to the Auction House window: Buy; Sell; and More… These tabs provide a raft of extra, complex functionality in a very simple and straightforward way. When you drag an item from you inventory to the Sell window Auctionator lists all instances of that item currently for sale on the AH. It will also suggest a sell price, just below the lowest current price, that you can change to whatever you like or accept by pressing Create Auction.

Mail pointerUndercity MailboxAt the bottom of the ramps that lead up to the Auctioneers you will see mailboxes (see right). When you mouse over these mailboxes your pointer will change to an envelope. Mailboxes allow you to send items, gold and notes to other players in game as well as your own characters.

The Bank.

The Undercity BankBank slotsLet’s head inwards, passing under the archway, back into the central hub of the Undercity. You will see the Bank right in front of you, the Undercity Bank forms the central spinal of the whole Undercity. Let’s make our way up the steps to the platform in the centre. Chat to one of the NPCs behind the grilles and you will see a new window: this is your personal bank (right).

The purpose of the Bank is simple, it’s additional storage space. There are an additional 28 slots that work exactly like your bag slots. Additional there are 7 further slots, coloured red (in the picture, right), these slots can hold up to 7 bags which work exactly like your equipped bags. They can hold as much as they have slots for. The cost of each additional bag slot increases exponentially, as you can see the first costs 10 Silver, the next slot will cost you 1 Gold, the third 10 Gold, all subsequent slots cost 25 Gold.

Top tip: Avoid storing quest items in the bank. You cannot hand in and complete quests that require items you have in your bank.

It’s not unusual to see half naked, level 1 characters around the Bank, Auction House and closest mailbox in capital cities. These are likely to be bank alts (or bank mules), characters that serve no other purpose than: storing large quantities of items (usually crafting mats); listing items on the Auction House; and mailing items to other characters out in the world. That way you can extend your storage and work the Auction House without the inconvenience of returning your character to a capital city while you are questing out in the world.

Mail to you own characters is instantaneous so it is much quicker to take your questing character to the quest hub (which usual has an inn with a mailbox outside) and log out. Log on to your bank alt and mail a required item from New mail indicatoryour bank alts inventory (or bought it from the AH) to your other character. Log off again, log onto your questing char and open your new mail. New mail is indicated on the mini map with an indicator (right).

In this part of the guide we visited the Undercity our first capital city and we learned two Secondary Professions and two Primary Professions. As we quest we can now go Fishing, Cook fish and meat, Mine ore and smelt this ore into bars we can use with our Blacksmithing. If our bags get full of items we really need we can store them in the Bank. We can sell useful but unneeded items on the Auction House so we can buy new gear and training required to progress. We’re ready to step out into our ever expanding world and begin forging our way to maximum level.

Get out there and quest with your new skills and professions and being Conquering Azeroth.

 

What we learned:

New areas have quest hubs, a centre to quest from.
Set your hearthstone to an inn at or near a quest hub to generate rested XP when you’re not playing.
A new, secondary profession: Cooking.
You can learn to ride at level 20, you will need to own a horse to ride.
Completing quests for factions and for some wearing their tabard in dungeons will reward reputation.
There are five reputation levels: Neutral; Friendly; Honoured; Revered; Exalted.
If you’re lost in a city ask a guard.
Asking for advice in General or Trade chat can be rewarding or you may get trolled.
Fishing is best done with a rod and an attached fishing lure.
Primary Professions fall into two player defined categories: Gathering and Manufacturing.
Items can be bought and sold in the Auction House.
You can access the Auction House services by speaking to an Auctioneer.
Mailboxes can be used to send and receive items from your own or other players characters.
Auction house proceeds or unsold items are mailed to you.
The bank provides extra storage space, best used for item you do not need now or in the near future.
You can complete quest that require you to hand in items stored in the bank.
Bank chars are used for extra storage and Auction House services. They are often low level (if not actually 1) and half naked (their basic white armour was sold).

In the next part of the game you’ll learn about character specialization,where to get help and playing will others as we begin Conquering Azeroth.