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Cata multi-boxing leveling

So I finished off leveling the DK’s to 85 about 2 weeks ago now and have started on the shaman so thought I’d post a few things I have found about the leveling experience through the Cataclysm zones so far.

The biggest issue that a multiboxer will find coming into Cataclysm from RAF is that there is no way to avoid our most hated enemy, collection quests. Every quest hub in each zone through Cataclysm has to be completed before the breadcrumb to the next hub will open up for you, this means that every single collection quest will have to be done if you either want to level to 85 through questing or you want to come back at 85 and finish them off for gold and/or enchanting mats.

A lot of the quests through the zones will be group-friendly, eg kill quests that are shared across the group or item drops that are on the corpse for all characters in the group, but there are some really tedious collections quests too. An example of the tedious type is a quest in Mount Hyjal that requires you to collect 15 arrows off the ground, annoying enough when solo, but with needing to do it five times it becomes a chore but not as bad as a quest later on that requires 16 random drops of mobs that don’t share across the group so you are stuck with needing 80 random drops.

The only real saving grace for this is that the technology we are using makes it not as bad as it used to me. Picture-in-picture swapping on both Keyclone and ISBoxer make it easy enough to switch from character to character as one gets the quest done, while also allowing you to easily switch back to your tank if attacked, targeting a corpse and then using interact with target also makes it easy to have your team loot mobs without switch from your tank (as well as skin/herb/mine mobs if you can) while mouse broadcasting can also make it easy to pickup or activate ground-based untargetable objects without switching characters.

In terms of leveling speed I found that with 150% rested xp I was able to hit 85 from 81 with about 5% rested remaining after making sure to log out in an inn each night and got the final level while questing in Deepholm, though I had gone and done the pre-quest for Twilight Highlands and the starting quests there to open up the portal to and from Stormwind.

For cash I currently have about 2300g on each of the DK’s after buying them 280% flying and still have about half of Uldum and most of Twilight left to do. I have also run the Molten Front dailies for about 8 days so far and bought the tanking boots and neck from there and the belt from Hyjal so I would say that quest leveling through Northrend and Cataclysm should give you enough cash to properly outfit your character with 310% flying, all skills and full rep gear with enough left over to be ready for the next expansion but you will need a cashed up character if you want to buy them full epic crafted gear.

Overall I’d say the biggest thing to be aware of when quest leveling through Cataclysm is that you will need to have patience when you get the collection quests in each hub and to make sure you have your setup configured to make picking up items off mobs or the environment as easy and fast as possible so as to minimise the time needed to be spent on collections.