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Boosting a Warcraft Character from Level 60 to Level 90: An Illustrated Guide

Pre-ordering the Warlords of Draenor expansion gives your account the ability to boost any character on your account to level 90. You can boost a level 1 character all the way to the top, or you can level them up to 60 and then apply the boost. Additional boosts may be purchased for $90.

Why bother leveling a character all the way to 60 when you could just apply it right away? One word: professions. If you choose to boost a level 60 character who has already learned two professions- even if they’re sitting at 1/600 skill points- those will immediately max out to 600. Professions can be very lucrative, but leveling them can cost you thousands and wipe out the tidy profits associated with them at end game.

I pre-purchased the Warlords of Draenor expansion as soon as it became available, and after an awful lot of hemming and hawing, decided to use my free level 90 boost on my Paladin, Acima, who had stalled out while leveling in the 40’s and never really recovered. I already had all the professions leveled on other characters, so I wanted to choose the best ‘overlap’ profession for money-making cooldowns. After asking around on Twitter and doing a bit of research, I decided to make her an alchemist/herbalist. I already had a Transmutation-specialized Alchemist on my Shaman, and many Twitter friends suggested Acima should pick up the Flasks specialization.

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Level 60 to Level 90 Character Boost: An Illustrated Case Study

Character: Acima
Class: Paladin
Spec: Protection

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Note the changes to the spell bar; everything has been moved around.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to UI

Character Pane view at 60 (left) and after boosting to 90 (right)

Class Specialization: The primary specialization is chosen at the loading screen; secondary class specialization (dual spec) was reset.
Reputations
: No reputations change. No Pandaria reputations are learned if you did not already know them.
Talents: All Talents reset and all were opened to level 90
Glyphs: All glyph slots were opened and all glyphs reset. No new glyphs are learned.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to Talent Pane

Talents are reset and opened to 90

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to Glyphs

All glyph slots are now open; no new glyphs are learned.

Professions: I chose Alchemy and Herbalism; no new recipes are learned.
Profession Specialization: If you choose Engineering or Alchemy, you will not learn a specialization.
Secondary Professions: Cooking, First Aid, and Fishing
Secondary Boosts: Only First Aid was boosted to 600. Cooking and Fishing remained at 1/600.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to Professions - Alchemy and Herbalism

Your primary professions are boosted to 600, but no recipes or specializations are learned.

Quests: Your account-wide quests remain active, and the quest A Flash of Bronze, which gives your character access to the Timeless Isle, is added to your log book.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Quest Log pane

The Timeless Isle quest ‘A Flash of Bronze’ is added to your quest log.

Gear: All gear replaced with 483 iLevel items; item ‘look’ is the same as the Mists of Pandaria items purchasable from ‘Adventuring Supplies’ vendors throughout Pandaria.
Bags: All existing bags are replaced with Embersilk Bags. Everything is emptied out of your bags, and then mailed back to your character (from you to you).
Flying: Character learned Flight Master’s License, Cold Weather Flying, Expert Riding (level 60), and Artisan Riding (level 70), but NOT Master Riding or Cloud Serpent Riding

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to Bags

Bag contents are removed and mailed to your character; bags are replaced with 22-slot Embersilk.

The Boost Process: Once your character is level 60, if you’re choosing to get her there for the profession boost, you may click on the gold shield to the left of your character list in the WoW character login page. From there, the level boost process moves forward. Your character is deposited in the Eternal Vale at either the Shrine of Seven Moons or the Shrine of Seven Stars, depending on your faction.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Boost Leveling Process Screenshots

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LFD Explains Lore | The Black Morass

Sometimes you just get a great LFD. You can’t make it happen, but when it does, it’s fantastic. In the first installment of a new series, LFD Explains Lore, a great group comes together to explain the opening of the Dark Portal, Ner’zhul, and the role of Medivh in bringing the orcs to Azeroth:

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LFD Explains Lore | Black Morass | @DiscoPriest

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World of Warcraft Halloween Music Playlist

Warcraft has an amazing soundtrack- five amazing soundtracks, really, if you count each expansion and the original- and lots of those songs are absolutely perfect for Halloween. Karazhan alone could provide a creeptacular aural backdrop to your Halloween festivities, but I took a little time to put together a full playlist of Warcraft Halloween songs. My friend Rades at Orcish Army Knife recommends adding the music of Vash’jir track, and I completely agree.

If you already own all the soundtracks, it’s just a matter of setting up a playlist on your iPod (or musical earphonic device of your choosing) and rounding up the Undead for an All Hallow’s Eve party:

Halloween music playlist using the World of Warcraft soundtrack music

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A List of Portals and Quick Travel Transits in Warcraft

Entry

Destination

Type

One Way?

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Deepholm

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Mount Hyjal

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Twilight Highlands

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Vash’jir

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Uldum

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Pandaria

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Darnassus

Exodar

Portal; city centers

No

Theramore

Menethil Harbor

Boat; Alliance NPCs on boats

No

Booty Bay

Ratchet

Boat

No

Orgrimmar

Thunder Bluff

Zeppelin; Horde NPCs on zep

No

Orgrimmar

Warsong Hold, Northrend

Zeppelin; Horde NPCs on zep

No

Orgrimmar

Warsong Hold, Northrend

Zeppelin; Horde NPCs on zep

No

Stormwind

Valiance Keep, Northrend

Boat; Alliance NPCs on boat

No

Menethil Harbor

Valguard, Northrend

Boat; Alliance NPCs on boat

No

Sholozar Basin

Un’Goro Crater

Large pillared portal; requires flying on Un’Goro end

No

Blasted Lands

[All major cities]

Portal located in same room where one ports into the city

No

Shattarath

Isle of Quel’Danas

Portal; center of Shattarath

No

Deepholm Center

Temple of Earth

Portal

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Dalaran

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Darnassus/
Silvermoon

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Exodar/Undercity

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Ironforge/Thunder Bluff

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Shattarath

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Stormwind/
Orgrimmar

Portal cluster in inn

No

Use: Kirin Tor Rings

Dalaran

Purchased in Dalaran

Yes

Use: Wrap of Unity

Stormwind/
Orgrimmar

Purchased from Guild Vendor upon guild achievement

Yes

Use: Cloak of Coordination

Stormwind/
Orgrimmar

Purchased from Guild Vendor upon guild achievement

Yes

Use: Hearthstone

[Destination set by user]

Available to all players. Replaceable by Innkeeper’s Daughter

Yes

Use: Blessed Medallion of Karabor

Black Temple, Shadowmoon Valley

Reward from long quest chain

Yes

Dark Portal, Outlands side

Stormwind/

Orgrimmar

Portal

Yes (the return portals are in a slightly different location)

Please let me know if anything is missing from this list, and I’ll continue to update it. Special thanks to dlanod for much of the information.

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Moving Desktop Wallpapers: Reader Requests, Pack 2

Animated Wallpaper Pack 2: Reader Requests, World of Warcraft

Introduction to Moving Wallpapers
Moving Wallpaper Pack #1: Warcraft and Skyrim
Moving Wallpaper Pack #2: Reader Requests, World of Warcraft
Moving Wallpaper Pack #3: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft coming soon!
Moving Wallpaper Pack #4: City Collection, World of Warcraft coming soon!

While working on the last set of wallpapers for the Moving Wallpaper series, I asked readers to send in their own favorite locations or screenshots to be turned into animated desktop backgrounds. Thanks to everyone who sent one in!

To run, download DreamScene Video Wallpaper (PC) or VLC Media Player (Mac)- more technical info below.

World of Warcraft Moving Wallpapers:
Download complete Pack #2: Reader Requests, Warcraft (.rar file)

Moving Wallpaper: Nagrand, Daytime (c) Disciplinary Action

Moving Wallpaper: Nagrand, Daytime

Download Nagrand Sky - submitted by @Llanion
(twilight version coming soon)

Moving Wallpaper: Elwynn Forest, Hidden Camp (c) Disciplinary Action

Moving Wallpaper: Elwynn Forest, Hidden Camp

Download Elwynn Forest, Hidden Camp – submitted by K. B.

Moving Wallpaper: Stranglethorn Coast Waterfall (c) Disciplinary Action

Moving Wallpaper: Stranglethorn Coast Waterfall

Download Stranglethorn Coast Waterfall – submitted by Reefman

Moving Wallpaper: Tirisfal Glades Windmills (c) Disciplinary Action

Moving Wallpaper: Tirisfal Glades Windmills

Download Tirisfal Glad Windmills – submitted by @EmberDione

Moving Wallpaper: Deepholm World Pillar (c) Disciplinary Action

Moving Wallpaper: Deepholm World Pillar

Download Deepholm World Pillar – submitted by @wingtipswaltz

Moving Wallpaper: Terrokar / Zangarmarsh Border (c) Disciplinary Action

Moving Wallpaper: Terrokar / Zangarmarsh Border

Download Terokkar/ Zangarmarsh Border – submitted by @Soetzufit

Moving Wallpaper: Dalaran Landing Pad (c) Disciplinary Action

Moving Wallpaper: Dalaran Landing Pad

Download Dalaran Landing Pad – submitted by @Mementh

Moving Wallpaper: Zangarmarsh in the Rain (c) Disciplinary Action

Moving Wallpaper: Zangarmarsh in the Rain

Download Zangarmarsh in the Rain – submitted by @DiscoPriest

Installation

PC: Download DreamScene Video Player [Download.com]

Mac: Download VLC Media Player [VLC Website]

  • Options > Show All > Set As Wallpaper
  • Video Settings > DirectX Output

Thank You

Big thanks to Safe Shark for the file hosting.

Huge thanks to intrepid beta testers and technical wizards Rezznul (he’s a Mac) & GayGeekDad (and he’s a PC).

As always, if you’re experiencing technical difficulty or know of a better way to run these backgrounds (especially for Mac users), drop me a line at disciplinaryaction@yahoo.com . We’re working hard to make them perfect for everyone.

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Moving Desktop Wallpapers: Warcraft and Skyrim, Pack 1

Animated Wallpaper Pack 1: Warcraft and Skyrim

Introduction to Moving Wallpapers
Moving Wallpaper Pack #1: Warcraft and Skyrim
Moving Wallpaper Pack #2: Reader Requests, World of Warcraft

Moving Wallpaper Pack #3: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft coming soon!
Moving Wallpaper Pack #4: City Collection, World of Warcraft coming soon!

This moving wallpaper pack includes 13 animated backgrounds from Skyrim and the World of Warcraft.

To run, download DreamScene Video Wallpaper (PC) or VLC Media Player (Mac)- more technical info below.

World of Warcraft Moving Wallpapers:
Download Complete Pack #1: Warcraft (.rar file)

Warcraft: Orgrimmar Waterfall - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Warcraft: Orgrimmar Waterfall

Download Orgrimmar Waterfall Moving Wallpaper

Warcraft: Stormwind Entry - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Warcraft: Stormwind Entry

Download Stormwind Entry Moving Wallpaper

Warcraft: Darkshore Hurricane - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Warcraft: Darkshore Hurricane

Download Darkshore Hurricane Moving Wallpaper

Warcraft: Thunder Bluff Windmills - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Warcraft: Thunder Bluff Windmills

Download Thunder Bluff Windmills Moving Wallpaper

Warcraft: Starfall Village - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Warcraft: Starfall Village

Download Starfall Village Moving Wallpaper


Skyrim Moving Wallpapers:
Download Complete Pack #1: Skyrim (.rar file)

Skyrim: Starry Night with Hut - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Skyrim: Starry Night with Hut

 Download Starry Night With Hut Moving Wallpaper

Skyrim: Hazy Woods with Clouds - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Skyrim: Hazy Woods with Clouds

Download Hazy Woods with Clouds Moving Wallpaper

Skyrim: Whiterun Blacksmith in the Rain - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Skyrim: Whiterun Blacksmith in the Rain

Download Whiterun Blacksmith in the Rain Moving Wallpaper

Skyrim: Markarth Marketplace Waterfall - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Skyrim: Markarth Marketplace Waterfall

Download Markarth Marketplace Waterfall Moving Wallpaper

Skyrim: Markarth River - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Skyrim: Markarth River

Download Markarth River Moving Wallpaper

Skyrim: Cliffs at Day - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Skyrim: Cliffs at Day

Download Cliffs at Day Moving Wallpaper

Skyrim: Cliffs at Night - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Skyrim: Cliffs at Night

Download Cliffs at Night Moving Wallpaper

Skyrim: Old Mill - Still from the Moving Wallpaper (c) Disciplinary Action

Skyrim: Old Mill

Download Old Mill Moving Wallpaper

Installation

PC: Download DreamScene Video Player [Download.com]

Mac: Download VLC Media Player [VLC Website]

  • Options > Show All > Set As Wallpaper
  • Video Settings > DirectX Output

Thank You

Big thanks to Safe Shark for the file hosting.

Huge thanks to intrepid beta testers and technical wizards Rezznul (he’s a Mac) & GayGeekDad (and he’s a PC).

As always, if you’re experiencing technical difficulty or know of a better way to run these backgrounds (especially for Mac users), drop me a line at disciplinaryaction@yahoo.com . We’re working hard to make them perfect for everyone.

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Your Turn: Moving Desktop Wallpaper for Gamers

Introduction to Moving Wallpapers
Moving Wallpaper Pack #1: Warcraft and Skyrim
Moving Wallpaper Pack #2: Reader Requests, World of Warcraft

Moving Wallpaper Pack #3: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft coming soon!
Moving Wallpaper Pack #4: City Collection, World of Warcraft coming soon!

We’ve been hard at work with our beta testers (special thanks to @Rezznul) to specialize the gamer animated desktop wallpapers for a wide variety of desktop computers.

While we’re working on perfecting the technical side of the experience, I thought it would be fun to open the process up to the community, getting your feedback for the next set of wallpapers.

Just email disciplinaryaction@yahoo.comwith a screenshot from World of Warcraft, Skyrim, or Star Wars: The Old Republic that you think would make a good moving desktop background. We’ll take a look at all the submissions at noon on Sunday, July 1, and turn one (or possibly several) into animated wallpapers.

Good luck!

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Moving Desktop Wallpaper: Grizzly Hills, World of Warcraft

Introduction to Moving Wallpapers
Moving Wallpaper Pack #1: Warcraft and Skyrim
Moving Wallpaper Pack #2: Reader Requests, World of Warcraft
Moving Wallpaper Pack #3: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft coming soon! Moving Wallpaper Pack #4: City Collection, World of Warcraft coming soon!

I found the most beautiful Skyrim wallpaper from Dead End Thrills and put it on my Mac. It was great; I could almost see the trees blowing in the breeze, or maybe the occasional dragon hurtling past a distant mountain top.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, I thought, if you could have a desktop wallpaper that did move a little- not just annoying fish flying past, but maybe the slow sunrise over Mulgore in World of Warcraft, a wintery day outside Solitude in Skyrim, a Tython waterfall in Star Wars: The Old Republic? A wallpaper with just the tiniest bit of movement would make a computer monitor seem so much less like a computer and so much more like a window.

To run, download DreamScene Video Wallpaper (PC) or VLC Media Player (Mac)- more technical info below.

Moving Wallpaper: World of Warcraft – Grizzly Hills

Still image from the Grizzly Hills moving desktop wallpaper

Download WoW Desktop Wallpaper #1: Grizzly Hills

Installation

PC: Download DreamScene Video Player [Download.com]

Mac: Download VLC Media Player [VLC Website]

  • Options > Show All > Set As Wallpaper
  • Video Settings > DirectX Output

Thank You

Big thanks to Safe Shark for the file hosting.

Huge thanks to intrepid beta testers and technical wizards Rezznul (he’s a Mac) & GayGeekDad(and he’s a PC).

As always, if you’re experiencing technical difficulty or know of a better way to run these backgrounds (especially for Mac users), drop me a line at disciplinaryaction@yahoo.com . We’re working hard to make them perfect for everyone.

If you have any suggestions on how to make the wallpaper playback better, please leave them in the comments or email me at disciplinaryaction@yahoo.com

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