The gnome is moving along nicely even if I have not been playing him all that much. I did not play much this sunday as intended because there were so many other things to do with the new holiday event and DMF being around again and of course the super bowl being on. Otherwise he would have gotten his fair share of play time.
I hit 10 without even trying really, it is not like it takes any effort. When I created the character I messaged the guild master for an invite and got in. A few minutes later he whispered me saying wow, being I was already level 6.
There is a secret to quick leveling in the gnome starting area. If you really wanted to you can get to level 10 in the gnome starting area in less then 5 minutes play time. There is a rare that spawns every 10 minutes. He spawns in the same spot and, get this, he drops a bag every time.
So starting a gnome, farm this baby. If you are on a new server it is nice starting with a full set of bags. You will pass the area while questing at least 4 times, might as well check to see if he is there each time. I did not farm him but I did end up getting two kills in on him. One when I first went there for a quest and once again passing by later.
When I first ran into him I was a brand spanking new level 4. Killing him got me to 5, turning in the quests got me to level 6, nice and quick, 2 quests, 2 levels, thanks to him.
When leveling, in the old world at least, killing rares is amazing to level up. They give more experience then a quest does for that level and if you happen to have rested then you will most likely use your entire rested bar on that one kill at low levels.
Lets say a quest is going to give you 700 experience to complete it, the mob will give you 1400 experience to kill it. 2800 if you have rested. That is enough to get a level 4 to level 6 all by itself. So if you see a rare while leveling and you are interested in leveling quick, drop everything you are doing and go for it right away. It is like doing 2 quests at once with 1 kill even if not on rested.
My little gnome had his first close call while leveling. It was almost gnome soup for the robots in one cave I delved into. I was just finished fighting off two angry robotic chickens when a mechostrider with a rare portrait came charging in. I was low on mana, had no wand yet, and at half life to begin with. So there I was, sweat flowing from my brow from my recent skirmish with the robot chickens from hell when he pounced me and all I could do was whack on him with my staff.
Saving my mana for defense only, a shield when I could and a renew to recoup when my shield was up I slowly beat him down with my all mighty staff. Melee gnome priests for the win baby. I beat him like a red headed stepchild and got a level for my hard work. Have to love those rares, but that rare likes to run around. No need to drop everything and go for him, in there he will find you.
I escaped with only a few bits of life left and not enough mana to cast anything but the most important thing is I was alive. The gnome lives to fight for another day and did not have to make the dreaded spirit walk.
Level 20 came shortly after. I made it back to town to get my riding training and work up my skills a little. I took enchanting and tailoring like any self respecting priest healer should. I worked them up quite nicely.
I popped on long enough on sunday to do a couple of the darkmoon quests, mostly for the free 5 points to cooking tailoring and enchanting, experience and skill points, who can turn that down? It was then I noticed I never picked up fishing, or did I? A priest healer without fishing, that is so not me. I love to fish on my priests. Not sure what the connection is but it always seems that my biggest fishers, outside of my main, are priests. I'll probably grab that some time this week.
I could have sworn I knew fishing, I have done fishing dailies. Maybe I did not get the fishing quest because my fishing it too low. Come to think of it, that much be it. It has to be that. Now that I think of it I know for a fact I have done the fishing daily once. I had to catch young ironjaw. Now I am thinking there has to be a fishing level requirement for the fishing quest being it was not offered to me. Call me a perplexed gnome. I need to figure this one out. I will not, can not, pass up free skill points.
After doing the darkmoon stuff I popped over to stormwind and did one of the love is in the air things, I'll do the rest later this week most likely, but it was enough to ding me to 21 now. Not bad for a days work questing with no risk or running basically.
Now for a neat little trick if anyone wants to give it a shot.
When bouncing around to all the capitals, it could take a bit of travel time and even if getting back is only a hearth away sometimes you might find your hearth on cooldown.
Go to the darkmoon representative in any major city and pay them a pittance of 30 silver and they will port you to the faire. Basically, you can get a free trip back to stormwind from anywhere if your hearth is on cooldown.
Nice trick huh?