Thursday, January 20, 2011

Leveling Holy

I know, I know. I'm totally doing it wrong. I'm leveling a Holy Paladin by questing. But, you know what? It isn't that bad. I may not kill things super quick, but I can take one heck of a beating and keep on swinging. The only thing that's driving me crazy right now is gear.

Where is the healing mail? I guess Blizzard realized they overkilled quest rewards in Wrath with Holy Pally gear, so when they revamped the old world for Cataclysm they put nearly none of it in. Either that or they never expected someone to be stupid enough to try and quest as Holy. I have bumped into all of two pieces of mail gear with Intellect on it. One of those was a BoE random enchantment drop, and the other was a quest reward from the one dungeon I've completed.

At level 33 I'm wearing a motley assortment of Cloth, Leather and Mail. I'm terrified to try to heal a dungeon. Several levels ago I managed to get through SFK, but afterwards I was told that my gear was abyssmal and that it was a testament to my healing skill that I managed to heal through the dungeon. Great compliment, but it doesn't exactly make me eager to try another dungeon.

I don't know what to do. I'm leveling faster than I ever dreamed possible. I swear I went from level 30-33 in an hour last night. That is without a guild, without BoAs, without rested XP. The pace is mind-boggling, and I don't like it. I don't want to go into a dungeon because that will put me that much further ahead of the quests I'm working on. I'm trying to linearly complete zones so I can see all of the story. I'm sacrificing dungeons to do it. I'm almost half tempted to switch this toon to all dungeons all the time, but then what? Sure, I'll probably level up really fast and have healing gear, but I won't get to have the story.

What do you think I should do?


  1. Oh wow that's a bit of a quandry. I guess an option is to do the dungeons and then go back and do the quests at a higher level, but that kind of ruins the experience I imagine.

    If you're not interested in doing dungeons at the moment I'd say skip it. Your gear won't matter so much if you're not trying to heal dungeons anyway, and I suspect once you hit Outland you'll get enough healing gear that you could start doing some dungeons then if you wanted (and if not there's always the old crafted gear for those levels).

  2. I know, leveling now goes way too fast for me and as I'm one of those people who loves the quests and story I don't like it either. You miss whole zones if you try to stay with quests at your level.

    So I'd agree with Saga, I'd just keep questing and the lack of gear won't matter as much.

  3. Run Mara until you want to shoot yourself in the face.

    Then go back to questing until you hit Outlands and Northrend where you've done them all 1948420 times and heal your way to 80.

    I ran into this problem on my priest. Between heirlooms, rested, and instances I'd be outpacing zone difficulty.