This Grinding guide is based on what is good for a
rogue, so this may or may not be viable for other classes, I
can’t say, I can just say that it is very good for rogues.
Before I start, you need to realize this is not a complete 1-70 leveling guide, it's just a guide that will help you
understand how to grind as a Rogue, if you need a more indepth leveling guide, the best ones are:
Joana's 1-70 Horde
leveling Guide for horde, and
Brian's 1-70 Alliance leveling guide for alliance.
A few tips you should always remember when grinding:
1.: Always remember bandages and food, grinding is no good
2.: Getting into big discussions/chats in the /gchat or /wchat
or whatever is always fun, and it definitely makes the grinding less
boring, however it will slow you down… You can go from 40k/hour to
30k/hour just by having a conversation in the chat which doesn’t
seem to take up a lot of time… Keep that in mind if u really want to
3.: If you can’t stand to grind non-stop, just combine it
with some questing to ease it up a little...
4.: If you go back to IF/Orgrimmar every half lvl to check
AH, you will lose a lot of time with the traveling… Although u may
have your hearthstone there, the trip back again will cost you a lot
There’re many reasons to go back to the main city during your
grinding, but I guarantee you most of them can be done with a lvl 1
char sitting in the main city, just to check the AH and buy stuff
for you… You mail some gold to it to do your dirty work, and it can
mail the items back to you.
5.: Always remember to sit your character at the nearest Inn
when you log off, to gain rested time… It is really worth it, or
rather: Not worth not to do it .
6.: I am very well aware of there’s some very good grinding
spots in AV, however I highly discourage this, you will take up a
spot in the battleground and you will not help ur team… You will
actually help the opposing faction win, which is just stupid… Do not
do this if you have any respect for your own faction!
This was encouraged, and I find it a good idea as it may help some
I have tried about every build a rogue can try, those that make
sense anyway, and found this the most effective at grinding…
Everyone that has tried this build while grinding haven’t regret it.
First off, swords are best for grinding, you can’t backstab a mob if
you have aggro from it, so you would have to stun it every time to
do a new backstab, and that is not viable… Use swords!
Agility, +crit% and attack power, those are the 3 stats you will
want to have on your gear when grinding… Stamina is nice, but the
other stats have priority. That’s really all there is to say about
that, simple right?
I don’t have room to write very much, so I’ll write the talents I
find best for grinding, in the order I suggest taking them.
Imp sinister strike(2) - Malice(5) – Remorseless attacks(5) – Imp
eviscerate(3) – Lethality(5) – Murder(2) – Coldblood(1) – Imp
Gouge(3) – Deflection(5) – Riposte(1) – Precision(5) – Dual wield
Specialization(5) – Blade flurry(1) – Sword specialization(5) –
U can choose to respect when you hit lvl 30 to get Blade flurry
early, it’s a very good grinding skill, however that’s a personal
choice… This is my preferred grinding build!
Should you feel Hemorrhage was better for grinding, I can understand
that, however you would miss out on either the combat tree or the
assassination tree, and those are simply the best two talent trees
for grinding… So I would not propose that.
I did not find grinding to be very useful up until these lvls,
there’re tons of quests all over the place which lvls you quite
fast… I may be wrong on this, but I just don’t think it is fast
enough to grind for 2 hours to get a lvl at lower lvls, it can be
done faster with quests.
I apologise for the lack of spots from 20-28, however it has been so
long since I’ve been low lvl that I can’t remember the good spots,
other than those I have written.
18-20: Bristlebacks just north of Camp Taurajo in Barrens,
there’s so many of them you can’t run dry, and they die quick… If
your horde you will have a couple of quests here as well, and if
your alliance, Well, you don’t wanna be here if your alliance.
21-23: Duskwood, cemetery, south of Darkshire, half casters
half warriors, an alright grinding spot with good drops… I always
find my first blue item here on all of my chars. Wool and silk cloth
are also a nice addition at this lvl. This place is mainly for
22-24: Dunhold keep, in Hillsbrad foothills, not a very known
place, rogues and horde have a quest there, but that's it... they
are humanoids, die really fast, drop a nice amount of cloth and
there's tons of them.
28-32: Centaurs, in thousand Needles, a little north of
Freewind post. There’s 28-30 centaurs outside the cave, and 30-32
centaurs inside the cave, a very nice place, they die really quick
and drop nice silk cloth. Although this is a horde dominated area,
it work for alliance as well, there isn’t as many horde as you would
29-31: The underground of raven hill cemetery, in Duskwood,
there are 2 areas of underground, one with skeletons and one with
zombies, and they are connected through a small and hidden path at
the end. This is a very good place to grind, start from one end and
go to the other, then back again. It’s an alliance area so if you do
it at primetime, you will have some problems if you’re Horde. I did
it with my shammy though, and it still works, usually if you leave
them alone they will leave you alone as well.
32-34: Beasts, and lots of them, do the hunter quests from
Nesinwary’s camp in Stranglethorn Vale, and then keep grinding those
beasts after you have done the quests… Especially the Mistvale
gorillas, these are probably the only beasts in Stranglethorn Vale
that you don’t get a quest to kill, and funny thing, they are the
best ones to grind.
34-36 Kurzens compound, all these fellows are really good to
grind, specially once you get the sword from Scarlet monestary. They
also drop fadeleaf from time to time which is always appriciated. A
chest spawns every 15 minutes, can contain blue items, overall a
very good spot!
34-37: Basilisks, yes, you heard me, basilisks, the
shimmering flats in Thousand needles. Go the ruins all the way down
south of the shimmering flats, those are the ones you want!
They are pretty good to grind at these lvls, you’ll never run dry
cause there’s just so many of them, they don’t have much life and
drop some decent vendortrash.
37-38: The water elementals on the haunted island in
stranglethorn vale is very good grinding at these lvls, the only
downside at these are the drops, they really suck, but u don’t grind
for loot, u grind for xp.
39-41: Earth elementals down south in the badlands are
awesome here, so easy to kill, despite the fact that there’s no
casters amongst them, and the stones they drop will make u rich by
There’s also lesser elementals a little east of Kargath, which are a
little lower in lvls, but doesn’t drop quite as good, and there’s
usually people on those…
42-43: Nagas at the southern beach on the island of the
feathermoon fortress, we all love nagas, and these are quite good,
many casters among them, only bad thing is the disarm they sometimes
do, but considering their low armor/health it's still a very good
44-47: Nagas are simply the best thing to grind, here u move
on to the cave on the isle of dread also in Feralas, it's the
fastest grinding I've ever done there, so awesome... Only very
rarely do other players come, and those that do come, come to do a
fast quest then they leave again!
44-45: Ogres down south in Badlands, next to the earth
elementals, they drop a bit of mageweave and silver, but as all
other ogres they die really fast, so they are nice to grind. A lot
of casters amoung them which is always nice.
Mithril spawn in the cave often and a chest every 15 minutes.
45-47: Ghosts at Azshara lvl 45-46, Good at that lvl, half
casters, half warriors, none of them have any special attacks so
it’s very easy and u won’t get surprised by some high damaging
Should u decide to want to grind these at an even higher lvl, u
should keep in mine that there aren’t a lot of them, so u’ll have to
combine it with the satyrs just north of there… But at 45-46 there
should be plenty to keep u going on them alone!
Good mageweave drops, some silver and an occational rare mob.
46-49: Feralas, ogres down south at the big ruin. 45-47 is
their lvls, drop decent mageweave, and if u go down to the cave all
the way down at the bottom, u will almost only see casters inside.
Because of the packs u may get, I suggest not going here til the
stated lvls, instead of when ur the same lvl as the mobs which would
usually be my suggested lvl range to grind them.
Also the warlords call for help when they get low, attracting other
ogres that are near.
48: Quests in Searing gorge, u should gain an entire lvl if u
do them all, very fast, can be done in a matter of a few hours!
And ofc the trinket reward "Luffa" u get from one of the quests is
not to be underestimated when u as a rogue fight a warrior (Or farm
gold at Deadwind pass ;), damn that rend they got)!
49-51: the cactus-guys way down southwest of Tanaris, those
die so fast it's hardly believable... very good grinding here!
If ur a fan of Un'goro u can always combine with some questing
there, it's right next to it, and is good at that lvl.
The deadwood village in Felwood is also very good at these lvls, but
it's always filled with both horde and alliance, so no point in
going there unless it's at some hour where the server is almost
One thing you should keep in mind after hitting lvl 50, is that
reputation with Argent dawn can be a pain to get, so it might be a
good idea to start grinding a bit in western/eastern plague lands,
the latter at a higher lvl since it is a tough place to grind.
Make sure you do not turn in the stones you get before reaching
6000/12000 honored reputation, because after you reach that point
you will no longer get reputation for killing mobs, only by killing
bosses and turning in stones… So you’ll get more out of it if you
save your stones until you reach that point!
50-53: Nagas at the beach in Azshara, they die relatively
quick due to their low armor/hp, just as any other naga in the
Unfortunately they also drop as bad as all the other nagas, the
silver is alright, but that’s about it,
Unless ur lucky enough to find a golden pearl in one of the clams
A good place to go if the satyrs are taken and u don’t feel like
wasting your trip to Azshara.
50-53: Another option is satyrs in Ashaera, these are 51-53,
but die so quick they can easily be grinded at lvl 50. I did this,
combined with searing gorge and the cactus guys, just because some
lvl 60 is always on the satyrs, and there isn't enough for 2!
The fact that they drop Felcloth and traveller’s backpacks and cards
for the faire is just a nice bonus.
51-53: Sorrow hill in western plague lands, some people like
this place although I don’t hink it’s very good, due to the fact
that there’s no casters. It’s all melee mobs, and they don’t drop
very fast. If u want rep with Argent dawn however, this may be a
good place to start. Good runecloth/silver drops and Librams have a
decent chance of dropping here as well.
52-53: If u haven’t done them at an earlier state, the quests
in Un’goro would be excellent here… Even if u did do some quests
earlier, u can’t have done them all cause there’s a lot of 52-55
quests which are almost impossible at lower lvls unless u go with a
53-55: The blood elves in Ashaera die really fast… They’re
the same lvl as the satyrs, however they all do this nasty AoE which
can get a bit too much if ur not high enough lvl… And they’re placed
kind of tight some places, which inevitable makes u aggro one too
many… However still very good to grind, they drop a lot of runecloth
and silver as well, being humanoids and all.
54-57: Ghosts by the lake in Winterspring, these are a little
tricky for a 54, due to the DoT the give u, which prevents u in
bandaging, but still good to grind!
These can be grinded all the way to 60, I’ve seen it done and it
works fine… Although there are better places after 57…
55-57: Furlbogs just south of the entrance to winterspring.
Decent amount of hp/armor and throw faerie fire on u, but there’s
good things aboiut them as well… Good silver drops, good chance of
blue drops, a chest with guaranteed green item (And often healing
potions) and everyones favourite potion: Winterfall firewater drop
pretty often from them, although this should change in patch 1.9
according to the patchnotes.
Give reputation with the timbermaw faction as well each time you
kill one, if you’re interested in that.
56-60: The birds in Deadwind pass, These are very good to
grind, they die relatively fast, and drop very good vendortrash… The
only downside is that they hit rather hard and put rend on u all the
time which makes it almost impossible to start with an ambush… But
if u use swords that won’t be a problem.
There are also very often other people grinding on these, and to be
honest there’s just not enough for 2…
57-60: Yetis in Winterspring are very popular to grind,
there’re tons of them and can be skinned for thick/rugged leather,
they also drop silver… They do however have a lot of health points,
which makes them a bit harder to kill, but if ur saving for ur epic
mount, this will be a good place to get some good xp and some steady
58-60: The ogres in Deadwind pass, very good, just like all
other ogres they die pretty fast… The amount of runecloth they drop
is just unbelievable.
Combine it all with the occasional instance if it's ur first char,
if not, then I assume u already know that instances are only viable
for the items u may need from them. Xp-wise it's just not worth the
effort, ur overall xp/hour will be so low when ur done!
There u go, I'm not claiming to be an expert on this, at all, I
wrote this out of my own experience…