Which Chromie timeline is the fastest for leveling in World of Warcraft?

Make the most out of your leveling experience.

An in-game WoW screenshot of Chromie sitting on top of an hourglass in front of a tree in Stormwind City.
Chromie will take you to the expansion you want to level in. Screengrab via Blizzard Entertainment

In Wow, when you make a new alt, picking your timeline is the first thing you should do to get the most out of the leveling process.

But with ten expansions, the number of options at your fingers when selecting a leveling timeline can be daunting. Regardless of which category you fit into, here are the best leveling timelines you can choose from Chromie when making a new WoW character.

How to select a leveling timeline from Chromie

Whenever you create a new character in World of Warcraft, you’ll be prompted to choose a timeline to level your character in. Since World of Warcraft has ten expansions, each game’s many versions came with its own leveling experience.

Players can select their leveling timeline by visiting Chromie in their capital city. For Alliance players, she can be found in the Stormwind Embassy near the Dwarven District in Stormwind City. For Horde players, Chromie can be located in the Orgrimmar Embassy, just west of the Orgrimmar’s Valley of Strength.

When speaking with Chromie, you’ll be prompted to select an expansion to level through. After doing so, the game will scale to your current level, and you can freely play through any expansion’s quest line until you hit level 61. You are then forced to level through the content of the current expansion, Dragonflight. You can begin the Dragonflight campaign at level 60 but stay in Chromie Time until 61.

Best WoW leveling timeline for questing

Duskwood in the Eastern Kingdom
The XP-heavy quests of Draenor make it a rich source of experience. Image via Blizzard Entertainment

The common consensus among most WoW players is that the Warlords of Draenor leveling experience is the best and fastest timeline to level in WoW, especially if you’re the type of player who is efficient when completing quests. The introductory quest line in the Tanaan Jungle gives an immense amount of experience for such a short-time investment. At the same time, the zones that follow will quickly get your character to a respectably high level.

You likely won’t have to get through the entirety of Draenor before you reach level 60 since there’s enough XP to go around in the first two or three zones alone. Your character probably won’t end up questing beyond the Spires of Arak before being prompted by Chromie to return to your capital city. Draenor has plenty of bonus objectives scattered across the entire continent that give quick and simple bursts of XP; we recommend doing every one of those bonus objectives you stumble across while questing, as they can often fill up vast chunks of your XP bar.  

Tip: Legion is also quick

For those who want to level up the fastest, Warlords of Draenor is the way to go, but if you want a different one, Legion comes relatively close due to the amount of quests available.

Best WoW leveling timeline for running dungeons

An in-game WoW screenshot of Hellfire Citadel on Hellfire Peninsula in Outland.
Hellfire Citadel is home to some of The Burning Cruasde’s most iconic dungeons. Image via Blizzard Entertainment

If you like to spruce up your leveling experience by intermingling quests with dungeons, you’d be best off selecting The Burning Crusade as your best timeline to level in WoW. Although WoW’s first expansion is undoubtedly dated compared to some of the game’s newer releases—especially regarding story progression—TBC is packed with the rawest XP per hour. Early questing hubs in Hellfire Peninsula and Zangarmarsh are loaded with quests. If you queue for dungeons while completing them, you should quickly grab a few levels every hour without breaking a sweat.

Some of the zones in the back half of the questing experience on Outland are rough to sit through, with the Blade’s Edge Mountains and Netherstorm being especially thin when it comes to engaging quests. Still, you’re here for the dungeons; there’s no shortage in The Burning Crusade. If you’re looking to roll through the expansion’s many instances, you can continuously queue up and grind out experience without worrying about even touching the boring quests. Besides, you can hang out in Hellfire Peninsula, Zangarmarsh, and Nagrand, and then by the time you finish all of the quests there—assuming you’ve been running dungeons—you’ll be caught up to the game’s most current expansion in no time.

There you have it; if you’re searching for “the best timeline to level in WoW,” we have the answer: If you want to level up faster for WoW quests, choose the Warlords of Draenor quest. If you will level up faster with dungeons, pick The Burning Crusade.


Michael Kelly
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