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Free to Play PvP Twink Guide - World of Warcraft

Expert level tips for maxing out your free to play World of Warcraft character for player vs player combat.  Includes the best gear for your character.

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Max Out Your Free to Play Character for Player vs Player (PvP) Combat

"Twinking" is the practice of outfitting a low-level character in very good gear in order to maximize its stats. Since the free-to-play version of WoW has a level cap of 20, twinking is a popular pastime for many Starter Edition players. In general, twink characters are used in PvP battlegrounds, but twinking has other benefits to the free player: It makes your character stronger, which enables you to explore further and experience more content at level 20.

Twinking as a free player poses some challenges not faced by regular players, but these concerns can be sidestepped with some creativity and planning. This guide will go over general twinking tips before discussing specific gear choices for each class.

General Twinking Principles

Twinking is all about gear. The base stats of all characters in a given class are the same before gear stats are applied. Therefore, the goal of any twink is to have the best possible gear for his level and class.

Items are divided into different rarities, designated by the colors of their names:

  • Green items are considered "Uncommon." They have better stats than items with names in white, but they're often too weak to be good for twinking. You can get green items from quests, dungeons and certain professions.
  • Blue items are considered "Rare." These items will almost always come with one or more major stat boosts. These items are nearly always dropped by bosses in instances. In a few cases, these blue items will be the best choice for your character.
  • Heirlooms have names in a cream-colored font. These items are unique in several ways. First, they must be purchased with honor points rather than obtained through quests or dungeons. Second, they bind to a player's account and scale to the character's level. These items come with experience-boosts and other perks that make them ideal for leveling. Unfortunately, F2P accounts cannot get the full benefit of heirloom items: Since you cannot access the mailbox, you won't be able to send these items from one character to another, so you'll need to earn honor points on every character.

You may go through several sets of armor before getting the optimal twink gear. You'll probably want to start with greens and blues from questing and dungeons. As you get more honor points from battlegrounds, you will be able to purchase gear from the Quartermasters in either Stormwind or Orgrimmar.

You may also be interested in adding enchantments to your gear to boost its stats. As a F2P player, you will need to enchant your own gear. This means that choosing enchanting as a profession is always a good choice when twinking.

Free Twinking vs Paid

When you turn level 20 on a free account, your experience gains will be turned off. This will place you in a special PvP bracket of level 20-24 players who also have their experience turned off. This is one of the most active PvP brackets in the game, and it's filled with the most twinks. In general, the majority of the players you face will be other level 20s or level 24s with paid accounts. In most cases, the level 24s will have better stats and superior gear; you can overcome some of this with playing skill, but you should expect to be frustrated some of the time while facing paid-account twinks.

Paid players have two primary advantages over free players. First, they can simply mail heirlooms from one character to the next, so they don't have to worry about purchasing more than one set. Second, they can use the auction house. This makes it easier to obtain items. They can also trade with other players to get enchantments.

Level 20 Class Twinking Guide

Below are several item suggestions for each class. It's up to you to decide which items will ultimately be the best choice for your specialization, profession and play style.

Warlocks, Mages, Priests and Restoration Druids

At low levels, all cloth-wearing spell casters will want essentially the same gear. You will probably need to equip healing druids in cloth to get the best stats as well.

Head Pieces

  • Lucky Fishing Hat: Can be obtained while fishing for the quest "Rare Fish - Keefer's Angelfish," which occurs in Stranglethorn Vale during the fishing event that happens each Sunday afternoon. You will need to have someone escort you to Stranglethorn Vale as the area is outside of your leveling zone for level 20.
  • Flying Tiger Goggles: You can make these if you learn engineering as a profession and level it to 100.

Neck Pieces

Shoulder Pieces

  • Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle or Tattered Dreadmist Mantle: Heirloom items that can be purchased with honor points.
  • Magician's Mantle: This item has a rare chance to drop from the rare spawns "Eroded Anubisath Warbringer," "Qiraji Officer" and "Qiraji Officer Zod" in Northern Barrens. You can also sometimes find it in chests in several areas.
  • Feline Mantle: This item drops from Lord Godfrey, a boss in the Shadowfang Keep dungeon.

Back Pieces

Chest Pieces

Wrists

  • Mindthrust Bracers: An item dropped by mobs in Shadowfang Keep.
  • Ivycloth Bracers: Are dropped by several rare and elite spawns, most notably Boulderheart in Redridge Mountains. You can also sometimes find them in chests.

Hands

Waist

Legs

Feet

  • Corpse Rompers: These drop from both Foreman Thistlenettle in Blackfathom Deeps and Hogger in The Stockade.
  • Walking Boots: These drop from Marisa du'Paige in The Deadmines.

Finger

  • Lavishly Jeweled Ring: This drops from Admiral Ripsnarl in The Deadmines.
  • Stendel's Wedding Band: You have a small chance of finding this inside of a Stendel's Bane fish while fishing in Westfall at Stendel's Pond.

Trinkets

  • Insignia of the Alliance and Insignia of the Horde: These are popular trinkets because they remove all movement-impairing effects on a character. You can buy these with honor points.
  • Swift Hand of Justice: This trinket can be purchased with honor points. It will heal you every time you kill something that yields honor or experience.

Weapons

Balance Druids and Shamans

  • Balance druids require slightly different gear than healing druids. These gear choices will also work well for elemental or restoration shamans.

Head and Neck

  • Same as above

Shoulders

Back

  • Tumultuous Cloak: Is available from a Satchel of Random Goods, which is sometimes awarded to players running random dungeons from the dungeon finder.
  • Battle Healer's Cloak or Caretaker's Cloak as above.

Chest

Wrist

  • Drakewing Bands: These drop from elites in Redridge Mountains. You can also find them in chests throughout the area.
  • Uninsured Bracers: These are a quest reward for "Mutiny, Mon!" in Northern Barrens.

Gloves and Waist

  • See above for spellcasters.

Legs

  • Blackfathom Leggings: Is a quest reward for "Nightmare of the Deeps" in the dungeon Blackfathom Deeps.
  • Godfrey's Britches as above.

Feet

Rings and Trinkets

  • See above for spellcasters

Weapon

Feral Druids, Enhancement Shamans, Hunters and Rogues

  • These melee and ranged-attack leather-wearers all wear essentially the same gear.

Head

  • See above

Neck

  • Sentinel's Medallion or Scout's Medallion as above

Chest

Wrist

Hands

Back

  • Tumultuous Cloak of the Bandit as above.

Waist

  • Vigorous Belt: Can be found in a Satchel of Helpful Goods from completing random dungeons.

Legs

Feet

Fingers

Trinkets

  • See Above

Weapons

Paladins and Warriors

  • Paladins and warriors wear similar armor, but paladins require somewhat different stats since they are magic users. Holy paladins may need to use some gear from the spellcasters at top to get the appropriate stats.

Head

Neck

  • Brilliant Necklace as above

Chest

Wrist

Hands

Back

  • Tumultuous Cloak as above.

Waist

Legs

Feet

Fingers

Trinkets

  • See Above

Weapons

This video applies PvP twink principles to the level 19 rogue class


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