Struggling to Level Up?

Leveling up your characters is the only way to unlock the best mounts, quests, and other options on WoW.

But it can be pretty difficult and time-consuming to do – getting to level 90 often takes months, or doesn’t happen at all. Even taking a character up to level 60 can be quite a challenge.

Luckily, there are a variety of WoW leveling guides, which show you the exact steps to take to level up all of your characters, regardless of class.

We decided to review these leveling guides - our key criteria were fast results, ease-of-use, and customization.

Overall, we were pleasantly surprised with the results - these guides do work, and if you choose the right one, you could be at level 90 with the Loremaster achievement in a matter of days.

We reviewed 7 leveling guides - only 3 met our criteria:

  • Power leveling – level up as fast and efficiently as possible
  • Easy to use - quick to get started and doesn't require advanced knowledge or grinding
  • Customization – can be used on characters of all levels and classes


Overall Rating:

Easy to use guide for all classes and levels. A must-have for pre-leveled characters. 100% legal. The fastest leveling we have seen – our top choice.


Zygor Guides

The Zygor Guides were developed by the legendary pro WoW player John “Zygor” Cook, who is known for maxing out dozens of characters incredibly fast. His Zygor Guides have also become legendary in the WoW community, and the latest version, Zygor Guides 4.0, carries on this legacy for both Horde and Alliance faction, including an update for Mists of Pandaria.

First off, this is an in-game guide, which means that all of the instructions appear on your screen within the game, so you don’t have flip through a book or alt-tab to look at an ebook. This makes it incredibly easy to use, with a dynamic on-screen arrow and instructions telling you exactly where to go.

This easy to use interface, combined with the strategy used to level up makes this the fastest leveling guide we have seen.

Gone are the days of grinding endless mobs to level up. The leveling up is done by questing 100% of the time. The “junk” quests that only serve to slow down your progress have been eliminated, so that you are left with a simple and efficient path to follow, all the way to level 90.

This is what most good leveling guides do though. What sets Zygor apart is their “smart injection system” which automatically customizes and adjusts the guide to your character’s level and quest history.

This means that the guide is easy to use with characters of any level. It instantly determines which steps in the guide you have completed. And the real stand-out feature is that it analyzes the incomplete steps and determines whether or not it is necessary to go back and complete them.

Complete the missing steps and you will be in-sync with the guide in minutes. This is a process that can take hours or days with other guides.

This feature is exclusive to Zygor, and makes using the guide with a pre-leveled character really easy

Another great advantage to this “smart injection system” is that it detects when you are ahead of the guide and immediately starts skipping completed and unnecessary steps. This allows you to play the game the way you like it without being locked-in to the leveling guide. This means you can use Recruit-a-Friend, heirloom items, run instances, PVP, or do things with your friends without getting out of sync with the guide.

This is huge leap forward compared to every other guide we reviewed. In fact, many of the other guides specifically tell you not to do anything other than strictly follow the leveling guide!

There are a ton of other features in this guide, including:

  • The "Travel System" which calculates the fastest route, even taking into account unique transportation methods like your hearthstone or the mage teleport ability.

  • The "Talent Advisor" which will tell you exactly which class specialization you should choose and which talents to spend your points on. It will even allow you to learn all your talents with just the click of a button!

  • The "Reward Advisor" which will instantly highlight the best gear to pick for your character, or the item with the highest value if no upgrades are available.


Easy to use guide for all classes and levels. A must-have for pre-leveled characters. Updated for Mists of Pandaria. Runs on Mac and Windows, includes free lifetime updates and a money-back guarantee. 100% legal. The fastest leveling we have seen – our top choice.

Go to the Official Zygor Guides Website


Overall Rating:

Quality in-game guide with some unique features. More difficult to use with existing characters than our top choice.


Team iDemise

The Team iDemise leveling guide comes to us from another veteran WoW player. Just like our top pick this is an in-game guide, so it’s much easier to use than any book or ebook guide.

The strategy used in this guide is also similar to our top choice: Absolutely no grinding required. Leveling up is done solely by questing.

And questing is easier than ever before thanks to the unique “comments” feature in this guide. This feature has helpful tips from other players on how to complete each quest. So not only does the guide tell you which quests to complete to level up, but also how to complete them.

Once you get started this guide allows you to level up your characters at speeds comparable to our first pick.

Getting started is more of challenge with this guide though. Unlike our top pick, the Team iDemise guide does not work as well with pre-leveled characters. Since it doesn’t use the same system as our top pick, it can take awhile to get your character in sync with the guide. This can be really frustrating, and it’s the reason why the Team iDemise guide is in the #2 spot.

That said, for new characters or those at lower levels this guide will definitely get the job done.


Quality in-game guide with some unique features. More difficult to use with existing characters than our top choice.

Go to the Official Team iDemise Website


Overall Rating:

Solid, no-frills guide. Best used for new or low level characters.


Dugi's Ultimate WoW Guide

Dugi’s Ultimate WoW Guide offers a similar in-game interface as our top 2 choices, but with less bells and whistles.

You don’t get the customization of the Zygor Guides or the comments feature of iDemise, but you do get a solid in-game guide that will help you level up quickly.

This guide is a great choice for someone who just wants a leveling guide without the other features. As with our #2 choice, without the customization of the Zygor Guides you will have spend awhile getting your existing higher-level characters in synch with the guide.

Because this, the Ultimate WoW Guide is probably only a good choice if you are planning on creating new characters or using it for low level existing characters.


Solid, no-frills guide. Best used for new or low level characters.

Go to the Official Ultimate WoW Guide Website


Where to now? We recommend "Zygor Guides"


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