Pre-Cataclysm: Prepping to Roll that Goblin or Worgen

Posted by on November 18, 2010 - 17 Comments »

Less than three weeks remain until the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and now’s the time that I’ve been starting to think about what my play priorities will be once the expansion hits. Certainly, rolling a goblin or worgen, maybe both, will be on my immediate to-do list, and I’m sure it’s something most players will look into at one point or another.

So what do you need to know before getting started? Well, there have been a few announcements in the past couple of weeks that definitely may change your options and play experience. Let’s take a look.

First off, there’s the recruit-a-friend bonus. You bring a friend on-board to play (or create a second account and dual-box it up), and score a 300% XP bonus along with grantable levels. This method will be available to worgen and goblin.

Lylirra on Recruit-a-Friend in Cataclysm

New goblin and worgen characters will indeed be eligible for Recruit-A-Friend benefits including increased experience gain and grantable levels. As we’ve no current plans to modify the Recruit-A-Friend program at this time or increase the level range for which the benefits apply, goblin and worgen characters (as with all other characters) will only be able to receive the in-game bonuses up to level 60.

…Please keep in mind, as well, that there will be no Realm First achievements associated with leveling characters of a specific race, so this will not place goblin or worgen characters at any sort of unique advantage.

That’ll speed up your questing experience considerably. But if you want to skip ahead to begin with, there’s also the paid race change, which also will be available from the start.

Click through for the detailed announcement and analysis.

Blizzard on Race Changes in Cataclysm

With two new playable races just on the horizon, many players have been asking when they’ll be able to convert their existing characters into goblins or worgen. Paid faction and race changes will be available immediately once Cataclysm is released. Realm First achievements for leveling any class to 85 will be available in Cataclysm. However there will be no Realm First achievements associated with leveling characters of a specific race.

There will be a slight change to the way paid services work for goblins and worgen. Goblin and worgen characters wishing to change race or faction cannot be in Kezan, Lost Isles or Gilneas; they must be elsewhere to initiate the process. There are no restrictions on race/faction change to goblin or worgen.

That means we’ll probably see plenty of level 80 goblins and worgens decked out in raiding gear (although it will be somewhat outdated with the new expansion) running around come the launch of Cataclysm. And also why the feats of strength for reaching level 85 as a race don’t exist this time around.

Now personally, I wouldn’t choose either of these options, at least not from the very start. With legions of new quests and revamped zones in Cataclysm, I would rather take my time leveling and enjoying the new play experience that Blizzard is providing with this expansion, instead of zooming through it or skipping it over entirely. But I also see the draw to playing the end-game with a newly available race from the very start of the Cataclysm — so I understand why someone would choose to take advantage of these offers.

I also understand that Blizzard is a business and could stand to make some good money off these race changes and extra dual-boxing accounts. But a part of me really wishes they could have held off on these options until a couple months into the new expansion — at least let players have a chance to get to know the lore behind these new characters before jumping into their shoes.

But regardless, the options are available, and you can actually start the race change process right now if you want — who’s going to take advantage of them from the get-go?