MMO-Champion - Character Level Boost to 90 priced at $60
Character Level Boost to 90 priced at $60
The US servers went back online after the maintenance and for a few minutes people could access the interface to upgrade their character. Unless announced otherwise by Blizzard, upgrading your character to level 90 will cost you $60 on live servers.

Thanks to Zheo for the screenshot!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Character Level Boost to 90 priced at $60 started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Lumocolor's Avatar
    Cheaper to hire a China man to level it for you. If he attempts to steal it, blizzard restores accounts for free...lol.
  1. Mormolyce's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stylez View Post
    If it is discouraged then why offer the service at all? $60 I can understand for a f2p game but in addition to a subscription just screams "we're greedy"
    So greedy that they're giving it to everyone free with WoD.

    Assuming you don't already have a 90, and an alt 90, or like heaps of them... seriously hardly anyone will actually have a use for a store 90.
  1. Packers01's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ordinator View Post
    Blizzard should sell an in game throne for maybe.. 1000$

    It comes with a full set of best in slot gear for your class. and from that point on any upgrade is automatically mailed to you. you also get every mount and achievement. Think of the time we'll save playing this game. Then we can just sit on our thrones in our gear and talk about how much time we saved. WoW is the best game ever!

    Time is money homies.

    Time. Is. Money.
    What the forum has taught us is full 572 bis gear= level 85. Interesting.
  1. Alimente1's Avatar
    It takes roughly 60 hours on average for a person to level 1-90 (if you are faster or slower that's fine, this is an average) and it is 60$ for a 0. 1$ per hour, is that the price of your time? You could literally work a job for 8 hours for 8$ an hour and have enough money to pay for a lv 90. 8 hours vs 60 hours, your time vs your income. All a choice on how you value your time.
  1. Hayro1's Avatar
    Why are people surprised? you're bypassing (literally, at least RAF you have to put the time into it) the -ENTIRE LEVELING PROCESS- in one second. I thought it was going to be more, around 100 or so, too bad it's not. I just hate the idea that they're selling 90's on the store, that very fact is beyond stupid.
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alimente1 View Post
    It takes roughly 60 hours on average for a person to level 1-90 (if you are faster or slower that's fine, this is an average) and it is 60$ for a 0. 1$ per hour, is that the price of your time? You could literally work a job for 8 hours for 8$ an hour and have enough money to pay for a lv 90. 8 hours vs 60 hours, your time vs your income. All a choice on how you value your time.
    Indeed. So let's start selling HP, CP, JP and VP. As long as the price is under my income per hour.

    God people are dumb.
  1. dusselldorf's Avatar
    This should cut down on people selling leveled accounts. That's a good thing. Don't like it? Don't use it. It doesn't affect you. Pretty simple really.
  1. Nolfster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alimente1 View Post
    It takes roughly 60 hours on average for a person to level 1-90 (if you are faster or slower that's fine, this is an average) and it is 60$ for a 0. 1$ per hour, is that the price of your time? You could literally work a job for 8 hours for 8$ an hour and have enough money to pay for a lv 90. 8 hours vs 60 hours, your time vs your income. All a choice on how you value your time.
    Why can't you buy everything in the game then? You know, for the people who value their time so much.
  1. dusselldorf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    Indeed. So let's start selling HP, CP, JP and VP. As long as the price is under my income per hour.

    God people are dumb.
    And you is a people.

    How about we just all play what we like? If you like to level, great! Level your butt off. If you like end game and hate leveling, great! Pay for a boost and get to the content you want quicker. It's all about choices and priorities. More choices is never a bad thing.
  1. Rokzum's Avatar
    Still a lot cheaper to just do RAF to 85 and level to 90. Battle chest on Sale was 5$ normally 20$, even at 20 its a lot less than 60
  1. lordkangarew's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mormolyce View Post
    So greedy that they're giving it to everyone free with WoD.

    Assuming you don't already have a 90, and an alt 90, or like heaps of them... seriously hardly anyone will actually have a use for a store 90.
    I agree with you I don’t see how this makes them Greedy and with the fact that a standard month cost $14.99, Blizzard is basically giving away 4 months of earnings and I can see how this makes them SO greedy!
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dusselldorf View Post
    And you is a people.

    How about we just all play what we like? If you like to level, great! Level your butt off. If you like end game and hate leveling, great! Pay for a boost and get to the content you want quicker. It's all about choices and priorities. More choices is never a bad thing.
    Yes, let's sell gear. If you like to grind BG's for honor then you can do that if not then you can buy the gear. More choices is never a bad thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordkangarew View Post
    I agree with you I don’t see how this makes them Greedy and with the fact that a standard month cost $14.99, Blizzard is basically giving away 4 months of earnings and I can see how this makes them SO greedy!
    Because giving away a level 90 characters costs them so much? No not really.
    I can promise you a carrot for free, then price more carrots for € 100 a piece. That doesn't mean I gave you € 100...

    Ever heard of promoting? They give you one for free so you can get a taste of it.
  1. Aerr's Avatar
    $60 is to much for me :/ I'd rather buy RAF or level one without it.
  1. advanta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dusselldorf View Post
    This should cut down on people selling leveled accounts. That's a good thing. Don't like it? Don't use it. It doesn't affect you. Pretty simple really.
    I'm not sure why it would cut down on account selling. I imagine the black market going rate for a levelled character would be $60 or probably less-most characters without serial achievements/mounts/pets and great gear won't sell at all.

    Personally, I enjoyed levelling more than being 90. I can't see why people rush through all the great content so they hang around in the vale and talk crap in trade chat.
  1. Kromus's Avatar
    More I think about it, more I'm disappointed with Blizzard with the way they behave and disregard long time customers.

    I fully accept that if you don't like this price, you simply don't do it. That's fine. I was hoping to use paid boosts to get two level 60's I have to 90. I've done the levelling experience over 30 times across various characters and realms. I'm sorry, it's not fresh for me, it's not fun. My fun is at endgame, and levelling at this point is a chore.

    I'm playing WoW since friends and family Alpha. That's a pretty long time. And in that time I've never received a token of "Hey your playing our game for ten years straight now, to say thanks, here is a little something". This was a good opportunity for that. Since WOTLK I've felt that there should have been a token gesture, that for long-time customers, or even heavy users (who have X characters max level) there should have been an option for a free character, max level.
    When I heard about the paid boosting service I thought it was a pity, as it was a missed opportunity to maybe reward customers and players. But fine I thought, it shouldn't cost too much and I'll avail of it

    At $60, roughly €45, no way. Absolutely, no way. That is an outrageous price. Again it looks like Blizzard is releasing some services, with a price, to benefit those coming back to the game, or starting new, and casting aside loyal existing customers, again. It annoys me. I love WoW, I've never left it, and I won't until the day the servers close. But it's becoming increasingly frustrating as I pass over money every month as a subscription(in an increasing world of F2P games) and get very little in terms of loyalty rewards.

    This is a big missed opportunity. Even the "free boost" isn't free, there is a price difference between buying a copy of WOD with the boost and not, so I've heard on the grapevine.

    While I fully appreciate the argument "if you dont like it, don't pay for it", I think that's a lazy attitude to have, and one that is scared of asking the hard questions. For a company that claims to love its fans, an engage in active community engagement, it would be greatly appreciated to maybe get the odd loyalty reward every now and again, that has actual value, like a free boost.

    I'd happily subscribe to another Annual Pass, if it included a free boost. But Blizzard seem to be tunnel visioning on creating micro transactions that benefit returning and new players, but are casting existing and longstanding players to the side.


    I'd estimated that it would cost maybe 25-30 euros for the boost. And was happy to pay it twice, for two characters to go from 60-90 ( the price not being a variable based on the level of the character you boost is another argument). But €100 to boost two characters? Sorry Blizzard, I was eager, but now I've totally disregarded the idea. And now I have to get the two characters levelled the normal way. This will be my 30 something time levelling characters, and to be frank I'm sick of it, it's not fun, and it's a monotonous timesink to get to end game. There should be appreciation and understanding for those of us that have done the levelling game 10+ times, that it stops being fun, it stops being interesting, and it's just a stop gap from getting us to where we want to be, in this case, endgame.

    Highly dissapointing announcement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolfster View Post
    Why can't you buy everything in the game then? You know, for the people who value their time so much.
    Nonsense, it does affect me, and everyone like me, directly.

    Another micro transaction from Blizzard that focus' on new players or returning players, and again totally disregards existing customers/players and heavy-users.

    I have no issues financially with the cost, I have two 60's I want to get 90 ASAP. I could in theory pay 120 dollars no problem. But it's the principle that is holding me back from it.

    I'm playing the game since Alpha. I've levelled over 30 characters across a range of different realms and servers during those years. Some deleted, some sit idle on servers that died a death or where friends left. The levelling experience is no fun anymore for people like me, it's just a time-sink, a barrier to stop me getting to what I want to have fun, i.e endgame. And there is plenty of people like me.

    The question has to be asked in why services and micro transactions like these never seem to hold any benefit for existing customers/players.
  1. Rocketbear's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by advanta View Post
    I'm not sure why it would cut down on account selling. I imagine the black market going rate for a levelled character would be $60 or probably less-most characters without serial achievements/mounts/pets and great gear won't sell at all.

    Personally, I enjoyed levelling more than being 90. I can't see why people rush through all the great content so they hang around in the vale and talk crap in trade chat.
    Costs about $135 and up for a shady website to do the service for you. Including borrowing your account for +160 hours. (As that is the time they estimate to complete the service for you).

    Buying a black market account is something different entirely tho. As you also have to incorperate the account transfer cost for just one character. So again you're cheaper off using this service.
  1. Tempeste's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alimente1 View Post
    It takes roughly 60 hours on average for a person to level 1-90 (if you are faster or slower that's fine, this is an average) and it is 60$ for a 0. 1$ per hour, is that the price of your time? You could literally work a job for 8 hours for 8$ an hour and have enough money to pay for a lv 90. 8 hours vs 60 hours, your time vs your income. All a choice on how you value your time.
    I like to spend my income on actually playing a game, not on playing it less.

    Buying characters with real money is pretty much where I draw the line and will not be purchasing any WoW related expansions from now on. And I'm going to wholeheartedly laugh at anyone who buys this under the guise of "I have a real life I don't have time to play this game that I pay $15 a month for so I'm going to spend extra money to play it less".
  1. Raunchy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gaymer77 View Post
    Am I the only one who doesn't have this listed in the shop? Not that I would pay $60 to get an instant 90 but I just don't see it in the shop at all.
    I dont know either, i have asked multiple times on this site and noone has given an answer.
  1. Ixuzcc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Raunchy View Post
    I dont know either, i have asked multiple times on this site and noone has given an answer.
    It was only in for a few minutes before being taken out again.
  1. notorious98's Avatar
    Price makes no sense unless they're actively attempting to force people to buy expansions if they want their level boost.

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