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Stats: Characters that reached LVL 85 in Cataclysm
More interesting stats for you this week! With all the talk about the death of WoW, we decided to take a look at the percentage of characters that made it from being level 80 during Wrath of the Lich King to level 85 today. These stats compare a sample of 1M+ characters from early 2010 and checks which players reached level 85. Keep in mind a few things before interpreting these stats:


  • Death Knight is the least leveled class because everyone leveled one to 80 during WotLK to be one of the cool kids. Including a fair amount of people who ended up not liking it.
  • People didn't hit the "Nothing left to do on my main character, better reroll!" wall that they encountered in WotLK, raids were properly balanced and people didn't spend their first months steamrolling Naxxramas.

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Class Playing Cataclysm
Mage 37.82%
Druid 36.84%
Hunter 36.47%
Priest 36.30%
Warrior 35.83%
Shaman 34.77%
Warlock 34.17%
Paladin 33.45%
Rogue 29.56%
Death Knight 25.58%


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This article was originally published in forum thread: Character Activity Stats, Poll, Trip to Blizzcon Contest, MMO Report started by chaud View original post
Comments 227 Comments
  1. catbeef's Avatar
    we're wondering, are you still playing WoW, or just reading MMO-Champion to know when to come back?
    probably already pointed out, but that is not a yes/no question :P
  1. thelordymir's Avatar
    Mage/Druid/Shaman/Warrior are some of the higher up there, no wonder as most rerolled these 4 classes for FoTM pvp play, so that statistic can be slightly skewed.
  1. Crisis121's Avatar
    The level of denial that some of these posters have demonstrated has actually been pretty funny.
  1. sylphide2's Avatar
    I really disliked death knights firstly, but after 1 year I began to like them. It's a nice tanking class.
  1. Deviltry's Avatar
    Death Knight is the least leveled class because everyone leveled one to 80 during WotLK to be one of the cool kids. Including a fair amount of people who ended up not liking it.People didn't hit the "Nothing left to do on my main character, better reroll!" wall that they encountered in WotLK, raids were properly balanced and people didn't spend their first months steamrolling Naxxramas.
    So frenchtard just told us why his post is USELESS and still proceded to post it? Leaving this forums...
  1. Laurabelle's Avatar
    People didn't hit the "Nothing left to do on my main character, better reroll!" wall that they encountered in WotLK, raids were properly balanced and people didn't spend their first months steamrolling Naxxramas.
    In WotLK most people did spend the first months steamrolling Naxx, as one of the easiest intro raid dungeons in WoW history. This quote doesn't really make any sense to me.
  1. Moses007's Avatar
    I wonder what percentage of DK's are lvl 60. I bet there are more at 60 than there are at 80.
  1. vision33r's Avatar
    It's funny that I play 2 classes in Cata and hit 84 and 83 on them and my Wolfboy warrior hit only 16. Cata, just didn't have the grab or lore. The leveling felt weird. It was fast then slow, then fast, and crawls.

    I think the worst decision ever was to tune everything where you get progressively weaker. They inflated HP, put mana cost at a huge inflation but damage wasn't that high and then once they tackled in the gear then damage was through the roof. Just a very awkward approach.

    I didn't reach 85 and gave up because I felt I was playing a huge beta product as every week they were busy re-tuning classes and the game itself. Nothing worst than logging on and have your favorite spell or talent get dropped and forced you to relearn, re-itemize, and re-gem.

    Gold is easy at 85 right? Now when you just dropped 400-800g and suddenly Mastery is good again and you gotta re-gem again crap.

    I'll just sit this one out until they know what the hell they're doing.
  1. Critcryin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deviltry View Post
    So frenchtard just told us why his post is USELESS and still proceded to post it? Leaving this forums...
    ... I have no words for this.




    Also, Boub, seems that poll you can vote on multiple times, is this intended?
  1. mvallas's Avatar
    I think the reason written for the DKs having such a drop-off is not an accurate one. I don't think it has to do with "Kids wanting to be a cool DK" but simply rather players wanting to try out the "new feature". I played my DK just up to 70... all I wanted to see was what the character can do, its storyline and experience a little of what I bought. It wasn't enough so I left. I don't think it's just a "Selfish Kids" reason at all... I think it's more of a "Well, that was neat - back to my Main!"

    ---------- Post added 2011-08-15 at 04:23 PM ----------

    "Nothing left to do on my main character, better reroll!
    ...I find this very strange, as I played only one character from beginning to end for Wrath. Actually 1 character since WoW first launched... My Rogue. Honestly I think I had more fun and more to do with my main character at the end of Wrath then any of the previous expansions combined!Between ICC Heroic 25, running heroic 5-mans, farming mounts (Aznu/Hawkstrider/Deathcharger), farming junkboxes for clients going for Insane in the membrane, selling lots of fun stuff on the AH and the occasional PVP weekend - I had a blast!
  1. gnomeirl's Avatar
    I love the poll question -- found it funny. So many of us quitters lurking MMO-Champion!
  1. Garbles's Avatar
    who would of thought... mage..the most leveled....
  1. mid12990's Avatar
    warn ur friends delete the the game. i hope what happen to sony happens to wow
  1. gnomeirl's Avatar
    Just wanted to add as a "quitter":

    The most fun I EVER had playing WoW was TWINKING 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49, back in Vanilla while leveling my second 60. My guild and I fought other twinks/twink guilds. It was WoW at its most addicting for me. Whenever we decided to level out of the bracket, we grieved the decision. But the worst decision, in retrospect, was leveling out of the 40-49 bracket (the best imo), then leveling to 60. After a few weeks at 60, at least 4 of my guildies left the game completely. I was unfortunately more tolerant of the grindy, life-sucking bullsht of WoW, leveling through all the expansions -- 70, 80, then 85. But the game is not fun anymore (for me): I think veterans who still play the game do so out of habit, as I once did, to fill time. But when WoW becomes more intolerable than real-life boredom, that's saying something.

    I love WoW, man, I just wish it could somehow go back to its roots.

    About twinking, there are so many reasoned arguments against it in an MMO, the biggest being that it's the antithesis of progression. Okay sure. But had they not deprived the twinking community of its members by making it an all-or-none decision, I could still stand to look at the WSG and AB loading screen six years later. Like I've said before, Blizzard herds its players too strongly to the aspects of the game they want played. Consequently, they lose veteran players who knew how it was before. Why fix what wasn't broken?
  1. Menedude's Avatar
    Really almost 40% of posters here stopped playing wow?! No wonder there's so many "wow sucks, wow is dying" posts / threads popping up here. Ah but you don't hate the game do you.. you're just here "to know when to come back" ! Feeling some withdrawal symptoms?
  1. Falkano's Avatar
    I don't play wow anymore and still read this site every few weeks.
    It has nothing to do with wow or my like/dislike for it.
    It is simply because i am a gamer and this is a gaming website.
    Sure wow is the big game right now but it is not the only game. It is not the reason this website exists.
    More news from other games needs to make the front page in my opinion. I know it has started to and that is a good move but more needs to be put on there.
  1. Charo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laurabelle View Post
    In WotLK most people did spend the first months steamrolling Naxx, as one of the easiest intro raid dungeons in WoW history. This quote doesn't really make any sense to me.
    Hurrdurr. It means people didn't spend the first six months of Cataclysm spamming Naxx on their 5th alt toon, because the raids were properly tuned, unlike WOTLK where I had four toons in full 213 Tier7 before Ulduar.
  1. probert's Avatar
    THose #s are pretty ugly in terms of characters played to the cap... Highest are mages @ 37% roughly? I just leveled a fully rested rogue to the cap, only my second character after a 6 month break. Came back for 4.2, was greatly disappointed. But from 80-85 took me less than 20 hours of game played ... i still had 1 use of my instant and deadly poison in my bag. So in an expansion where its faster than ever to get to the level cap, less people than ever have raised their alts? Ouch.
  1. Desaris's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by probert View Post
    THose #s are pretty ugly in terms of characters played to the cap... Highest are mages @ 37% roughly? I just leveled a fully rested rogue to the cap, only my second character after a 6 month break. Came back for 4.2, was greatly disappointed. But from 80-85 took me less than 20 hours of game played ... i still had 1 use of my instant and deadly poison in my bag. So in an expansion where its faster than ever to get to the level cap, less people than ever have raised their alts? Ouch.
    some people have also quit and been replaced by newer players who aren't included in the poll
  1. Raptoos's Avatar
    I liked wow at vanilla and tbc days, after wotlk I stopped paying subscription between first days od ToC and last month before cata release. After cata I really enjoyed playing wow, raiding, pvp, leveling, professions and running heroics.

    If thing, that wow is getting better after cata is because of 900k players (or 40% of mmo-champ readers) left wow - I think it is good.

    I hit level 80 with priest and warlock. Before cata I have made another priest (on different server and different side) and levelled it at 85, and then I levelled my old lock. I have made several DK, but never get after starting location, I think that most players have thought about dk's,, that its nice, fun, hero class... but most of them prefer their old classes.

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