World of Warcraft is certainly quite rough for new players. Every beginner should know a lot of basic things, below you will find the explanation of most of them – all in one page, since creating separate pages for each issue is not needed.

We also recommend looking at the WoW abbreviations page, where you can find explanations of many WoW shortcuts and vocabulary.

First steps in World of Warcraft

Register on WoW official website and start playing with a Trial Account, which allows you to play until lvl 20. Further playing requires subscription to 12,99 / 11,99 / 10.99 euros per month, 1/3/6 months purchase or prepaid card purchase. Once you have an account, just log in and create our first hero. We recommend you to read our separate section on this topic: Races and Classes

Hardware requirements

World of was released quite a long time ago, in 2004. However in addition to new expansions, graphics really improved, which forces us to have a better rig to play on high-details:

Windows

Minimum Requirements Recommended Specifications
Operating System Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 Windows® 10 64-bit
Processor Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8500 or AMD Phenom™ II X3 720 Intel® Core™ i5-3330,
AMD™ FX-6300, or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 440 or AMD™ Radeon™ HD 5670 or Intel® HD Graphics 5000 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750 Ti or
AMD™ Radeon™ R7 260X or better
Memory 2 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
Storage
45 GB available hard drive space
Internet
Broadband internet connection
Media
DVD-ROM drive
Input Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported. Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel
Resolution
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

Mac

Minimum Requirements Recommended Specifications
Operating System OS X® 10.10 (latest version) macOS® 10.12 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core™ i5-750 Intel® Core™ i5-4670 or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640M or
ATI Radeon™ HD 4850 or Intel® HD Graphics 5000
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 775M or AMD Radeon™ R9 M290X or better
Memory 4 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
Storage
45 GB available hard drive space
Internet
Broadband internet connection
Media
DVD-ROM drive
Input Keyboard and mouse required.
Other input devices are not supported.
Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel
Resolution
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

 

Items

All items in the game are stored in backpacks and occupy exactly 1 slot and some can be stacked (5 potions will fit in 1 slot). The name of each item in the game is displayed with a background in one of six colors, which shows its quality. With the increase in level, you’ll start to wear items of better quality in the inventory.

Poor – All (without exception) poor items are useless in the game – they are only for sale to the vendor (NPC trader).
Common – These are simply ordinary objects. Common equipment does not have additional artifacts (eg + stamina).
Uncommon – Items from this type up can be disassembled. Uncommon and rare equipment is usually Bind on Equip.
Rare – Items rarer and better than uncommon.
Epic – These are quite rare items and we will have to work harder to get that. Most are Bind on Pickup.
Legendary – Items with this quality are in only a few pieces: only fall out of the best bosses. Example: Illidan’s blade, Kil’Jeded’s bow. On Legion expansion right away after reaching 100lv You will get a quest for Your artifact weapon, which is a legendary item too!

Reputation

In WoW we meet a lot of races and different factions. With most of them, we will be able to become friends by gaining reputation, which will result in access to better merchants or quests. At the next level of reputation, the points are reset and you have to collect them again. Starting at the reputation of Friendly and going up, we get a discount from all dealers of a particular faction for purchased goods and repairs.
From Neutral up:
+3,000 – Friendly – discount 5%
+6,000 – Honored – 10% discount – access to the Heroic instance keys
+12,000 – Revered – discount 15%
+21,000 – Exalted – 20% discount – access to tabs and mounts
From Neutral down:
-3,000 – Unfriendly – You can not buy, sell, or talk with NPCs of this faction
-3,000 – Hostile – You are attacked as soon as you approach (NPCs behave like ordinary mobs)
-36,000 – Hated – as above

WoW emoticons

By typing a command or e.g. “lol”, our hero can create some animation, sound and in chat channel we will find an orange description of this emoticon. There are quite a lot of them.
Examples: /dance, /flirt, /wave, /chicken, /wait, /kiss. Further list here.

Worlds / Realms – types

Beyond the language version, all worlds are divided into 4 types:
Normal (PvE, Player vs Enviroment) – Unlike PvP, in normal zones you can not be attacked by an Alliance / Horde player unless you activate PvP.
PvP (Player vs Player) – The most normal realm. In contested zones (from 20lv ~), you can be attacked at any time by a player’s faction.
RP (Roleplaying PvE) – Unlike the above worlds, there are some rules in RP realms to help you play the game with more respect to the lore and roleplaying a character.

Chat – commands and channels

In WoW there are several channels and in order to chat on a given channel we have to enter the given command in advance. With the message pane enabled, we can easily paste a link by clicking on a shift on a quest, item or spell.

General – /1 – For general conversations. Visible to everyone in the zone you are located in (eg capital, Elwynn Forest, The Barrens).
Trade – /2 – Channel for commercial advertisements. Range: only capitals.
Local Defense – /3 – A channel for conversations about the attack of hostile faction. Range: your zone.
LFG – /4 – Range: your zone. Channel to search for members on quest / instances.
Our channel – /5- … – Channels can easily be created and joined to them via the / join com_name command and / leave channel_name.
Say – /s – Normal conversation: 25 yards range.
Yell – /y – Scream: range of 300 yards.
Guild – /g – Channel for your guild.
Party – /p – Channel for party.
Raid – /ra – Channel for raid.
Raid Warning – /rw – Available only for raid leader. Sends all players to the raid in the center of the screen.
Whisper – /ingraphic name – so called. private message. We can talk like that with all the players of his faction.
Reply – /r – Also available by default is the keyboard shortcut R. It writes to the newest whisp we got.

Party and Raid

Party is a group of up to 5 players, allowing you to share your experience, loot and quicker quests.
Raid is a variation – it holds up to 40 people, divided into 5 people parties.

Sharing experience allows you to quickly level classes of healers or tanks, not specialized in the fast killing of monsters. The division of the loot automatically divides the acquired gold and items, depending on the method of allocation:
Free for All: Everyone can roll off any delay – the “first come, first served”
Round robin: as above, but the loot are allocated in turn for each – equally
Group Loot: default mode. We can determine the level of items received – eg. poor and common items will be allocated by. The rules of Round Robin, and the rest of the way.
Need / Greed: If you need an item, click Need, otherwise you can not use it, it’s not for your specialization or you already have it. You click Greed. Then the game draws a number for each of the range 1-100. Item raises the person with the highest roll Need, and if no one has selected this option, the item is drawn between players who have selected Greed. Simple and (almost) perfect. The problem only occurs when we are with an untrusted person who does not follow these rules. Instead of changing the mode, simply knock the thief out of the group.
Need before Greed: as above, but if you can not use the item (plate item and you are a priest) – you can not click Need. This is not necessarily a good idea – if no one needs the item, it is better to dedicate it to a better profit.

PvP – honor, battlegrounds and arena

 

Honor

Honor is a special point earned by fighting the enemies of the faction. You can buy many good PvP items for him.

Battleground

This is a special battlefield with designated targets, where players from both factions fight in 10/15/40 personal teams. To join, you need to talk to a special NPC in the capital and wait a while (queue) to teleport to the battleground.

Arena

Unlike battlegrounds, arenas are dedicated to 2v2 / 3v3 / 5v5 battles, battles are fought on several special tonas and no honor is given. The goal is to kill the enemies before they kill you. At 70 and 80lvl, we can set up teams and play them in qualifying matches – arena points are won, and depending on our winnings and losers, we gain or lose the rating.

Custom interface – macros and addons

Macro – thanks to them, we can save special commands and place them as a special spell on eg a hotkey bar. Examples: simultaneous charge to the enemy and writing on the channel “Attack my target, Troll Witch Doctor!”, Or several spells on one button by pressing another mouse button or shift / alt / ctrl. More in our macro section.

Addons – are modifications (mods) written by players changing the interface or introducing new capabilities. For example: guild calendar, chat system changed, additional spellbands.