Where Should I Level My WoW Monk From 25-30?On October 25, 2016 by abah guru
At this level bracket you’ve got three options: Arathi Highlands, Northern Stranglethorn and Stonetalon Mountains. Two of these (Arathi and Stranglethorn) are on the Eastern Kingdoms continent, while Stonetalon is off by itself in Kalimdor. That’s something to consider as you make your choice, though I’m focusing mostly on questing enjoyability and ease of progression here.
Arathi Highlands: This zone is practically as it was before the cataclysm aside from a few small functional changes. That makes the questing here is pretty vanilla (and a bit disconnected from the rest of the world), but it is a good zone for gathering. It feels a bit like the land that time forgot, which means it could be a good zone to hit once the expansion comes out (just you, ore, and a bunch of raptors!). However, there’s only one flight path for each faction, so it’s not necessarily the best for convenience.
Northern Stranglethorn: This is the top half of what used to be just Stranglethorn, but the zone’s now divided by a massive waterfall/whirpool. Accordingly, the questing in this zone is completely new and quite fun. There are also two flight paths here for both factions, which makes things a little faster. However, the revamp and easy progression to the Cape of Stranglethorn are sure to make this a frequented zone when the expansion is released.
Stonetalon Mountains: This zone also saw massive changes with the cataclysm, meaning the quests are fresh and fun. Quests include some strong roleplaying elements surrounding the Horde and Alliance battles for resources and territory. Since the zone is obviously quite mountainous, there are five flight paths for each faction here, which makes getting around much more efficient. And unsurprisingly, the zone is heavy on mining. Like Stranglethorn, this place could see a lot of activity/action (if you’re keen on PVP), so it probably won’t be the best for fast leveling.
All in all, I’m going to go with Stonetalon Mountains. It received a lot of good attention in the last expansion, with many citing it as their favorite zone for leveling. As much as I’d like to say Arathi Highlands, most people leveling a monk have probably been through Arathi countless times. Doing the same quests eight, ten times becomes an immense slog, especially when some of them haven’t been properly updated to reflect the changes in the rest of Azeroth. However, if you are looking to quest in solitude, Arathi Highlands would be the clear choice.