If you hate it when you’re stuck trying to do the simplest things in World of Warcraft. ¬†Never fear; this guide will help you with your basic training. world of warcraft how to play

  • Verify that your computer meets the system requirements, and then purchase and download the World of Warcraft basic game. Expansion packs, such as The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King provide additional content, but are not required to play. It is also possible to play using a trial version, but they come with significant limitations, and only last until level 20.

  • Start your game! When you log in, you’ll be prompted to select a server from the following types:

    • Normal: The standard game. Most players choose this option.
    • PvP: The standard game is modified in that Player versus Player combat can occur at any time.
    • RP: RP is an abbreviation for roleplaying. These servers have specific codes of conduct and naming guidelines. It is best to read them thoroughly before selecting this type of server.
    • RP-PvP: A Player vs. Player server that follows roleplaying rules.
  • To get a feel for the basic game, start on a Normal server. You can always make a character on a different server type, or, in many cases, transfer to another server, once you’re familiar with the game dynamics.

  • You should also consider server population during your selection process. Unless you have a friend on an existing server, “Medium” populated realms are recommended because they are neither deserted nor overcrowded, and tend to have a stable economy.

  • Create your first character! Pick Horde or Alliance, and then your specific race. Then, choose your class. Don’t just pick a class or race “because they look cool”. Read the info about them on the side, and follow your instincts. Have a reason for your choice!

  • Once you’re in the game world, take some time to get acquainted with the user interface. There are add-ons that you can download to modify, or supplement the default interface. www.curse.com has a good collection of these, as does www.wowui.net. Even if the interface you intend to download says “virus scanned upon upload”, always scan any such downloads with anti-virus software before installing.

  • You can move around with the WASD keys, the arrow keys, or the mouse or trackball (by holding down the left and right buttons at the same time).

  • Once you’ve gotten used to the controls, take a look at your action bar at the bottom left of the screen. This is where all your spells and abilities are stored. The numbers in each box correspond to one of your number keys on the keyboard.

  • When you become more comfortable with the key strokes as your character advances, you will be able to take advantage of built-in add-ons such as additional action bars and key binding. Since your original action bar corresponds with the numbers at the top of your keyboard, you should consider any changes you make in your bindings to remain close to your most used keystrokes. This insures that you are not playing hunt & peck on your keyboard while you are drawing hits from the environment bent on destroying you.

  • Near the spot where you first appeared in the game world, there should be a quest giver. NPCs, or non-player characters, with quests have yellow exclamation marks above their heads. You will also see them in your display map in the upper right hand corner of your screen (or wherever your UI places it). Right click the NPC to see the quest text, read it, and then click “Accept” to accept the quest. Doing this will either send you on your way to another NPC, or direct you to perform a mission task for the NPC at which point you will see a grey question mark appear above their head.

  • When you have completed quests, those NPC’s to whom you are to report with your findings, reports, or bag of collectable goodies, will have a yellow question mark above them (this too you will see in your display map). By selecting them, you will be able to complete your quest and gain the experience from that mission as well as any items or money they are offering as specific rewards.

  • You will also note as you adventure different colored exclamation points and question marks along the way. Grey exclamation points are to draw your attention to the fact that the NPC below it has a mission for you to perform once you meet the required level. As you advance, make sure you revisit the areas you have been to collect these quests. Green exclamation points (which will appear as the yellow ones do in your map) are new flight paths. Always be on the lookout for new flight paths. They will make traveling the map much easier. Blue question marks are reserved for continued collection missions or those that have no limit to the amount you can turn in for XP or reward.

  • Your first fight! There should be several level 1, 2, and 3 enemies not too far away from where you start out. To begin your attack on one, right click it. You can use your spells and abilities by clicking buttons in the action bar, or by hitting the corresponding key on your keyboard.

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    That’s it! Continue on your journey through Azeroth by completing quests, and by killing baddies.