Level Anew with Threads of Fate
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Explore the Shadowlands in an engaging non-linear experience as you level to the new max of 60!

Shadowlands offers a new leveling experience with Threads of Fate. This new game mode allows you to level your other characters in the Shadowlands by selecting a Covenant prior to level 60, choosing which zones you want to level up in regardless of level, and earn rewards to benefit your Covenant as you level up. Along the way, you’ll have access to some of your Covenant’s amenities including flight paths, signature abilities, and you can get a head start on earning your Covenant’s Renown by depositing Anima you collect into their reservoir.

Choose Your Destiny

To explore this new adventure-style mode, you must reach level 60 and complete the first chapter of your Covenant Campaign (Kyrian: “Among the Kyrian,” Necrolord: “Loyal to the Primus,” Night Fae: “For Queen and Grove!,” and Venthyr: “Sinfall”). Threads of Fate will become accessible to your level 50 to 59 characters once they complete the quest, “Stand as One” given by Anduin Wrynn during the Maw’s introductory questline. After completing “Stand as One,” you’ll be transported to Oribos where you can speak with Fatescribe Roh-Tahl to choose leveling with the Threads of Fate option.

Tip: Having second thoughts on how you want to progress your new character? You can choose to instead replay the storyline when you speak with Fatescribe Roh-Tahl, however, once you choose Threads of Fate, you can’t go back on it.

Once you’ve selected Threads of Fate, you’ll be instructed to pick any of the four Covenants for your character and choose which zone you want to continue your adventure in. Upon entering one of the zones, you’ll notice that the main story quests will be marked as complete, flight paths will unlock, and you’ll receive a progress bar quest that credits experience. Fill the progress bar by completing any side quests, World Quests, Bonus Objectives, Rare Elites, and defeating dungeon bosses. Note that War Mode won’t offer more bonuses and defeating enemy or random creatures will not grant credit toward the progression bar. After you complete your progression bar quest, return to Fatescribe Roh-Tahl in Oribos to turn it in for a large experience gain and select another zone to complete.

When you reach level 60, you’ll finish your Threads of Fate playthrough and will be able to continue earning Anima and your Covenant’s favor for rewards and prepare for end-game activities.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Level Anew with Threads of Fate started by Lumy View original post
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  1. Dakhath's Avatar
    Skipping the maw intro seems like one of those QoL things that come in a .1 or .2 patch.
  1. arkanon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Hamsters View Post
    I can stomach the intro questline for maybe 3 more characters, but after that I'd appreciate being able to skip it entirely.
    When the servers were a broken mess right at launch, I decided to complete the intro on as many toons as possible. Otherwise, when i think "hey, i might level my mage now" I would instantly think "nah, fuck it, ill have to do that bloody intro again".

    If im honest, other than the server issues making the game feel horrible to play in certain zones, my only real complaint in these very early days is the level of "ok now click this, now click that, now talk to this person, now click that, now follow this person, now click this, now follow this person again, now click this thing, now go flying for a bit in a scripted scenario, while spamming one key, ok now run over here, ok NOW you can kill 5 people".

    I realise there are some who love that stuff, but i personally prefer to actual play my character in a combat situation, so 3 different "go kill 10 of these and 5 of these" quests.
  1. antelope591's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rogueMatthias View Post
    Now I dont know who to believe.
    The answer is somewhere in the middle. There are positives. You don't have to go back to the maw at all until 60, there are no long tedious RP portions. Time wise its about the same as playing through the story, maybe slightly faster due to no RP. The negative is that the "bonus objective" areas are complete mindless grindfests and the % requirements are way too high. A lot of the side quests are also very boring.
  1. Atrieus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NordWitcher View Post
    So it is just faster to level up questing through each zone?
    I did 50-60 in about 6hrs 30 with theads of fate.
    And i was by no means trying to go supers fast. Was levelling professions etc at the same time.
    Ended up getting some anima and other useful items so i wasn't "behind" as it were at 60. (Not that you can be in a new expansion, but you get the idea).

    All i did was, maw opener, oribos. Chose covenant.
    Went to all 4 zones doing the fill the bar quests. And i was 60. Pretty happy, i can level my alts organically doing WQs or doing or whatever i fancy doing on the day. If i feel lke doing story again, i can.
    So yeah, 2nd 60 done i first week. Pretty happy with that. Few friends did dungeons with a group of 5 and did it in around 6 hours so yeah. 10lvls in 6 hours yay?
  1. nnelson54's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Assertonsin View Post
    The beginning Maw part is not even a scenario though. It's like the beginning tanaan part in WoD where you do quests. I highly doubt they will ever let you skip this.
    There was a skip built into that intro pretty shortly after WoD's release.
  1. Halfaheart's Avatar
    Honestly wish I didn't do this with my second character AT ALL. Loving the expansion so far and loved the initial campaign so this isn't a hate-inspired post. It just feels so blah running around and doing side quests and WQs the entire time. Would definitely rather go through the campaign again but I can see the appeal behind it if you want to strictly dungeon/pvp grind your way to 60
  1. Tarx's Avatar
    Thanks blizzard for gives us this choice because leveling in Shadowlands is so boring.
  1. Eschaton's Avatar
    you can get a head start on earning your Covenant’s Renown by depositing Anima you collect into their reservoir.
    So I can earn Anima from world quests, but my alt seems to be stuck at Renown level 1 and there appears to be no way of depositing Anima into the sanctum reservoir. Anybody else?
  1. Dakhath's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eschaton View Post
    So I can earn Anima from world quests, but my alt seems to be stuck at Renown level 1 and there appears to be no way of depositing Anima into the sanctum reservoir. Anybody else?
    Pretty sure you can't turn it in until 60 regardless.
  1. Kuja's Avatar
    This is so cool. Although I instantly ran into level 60 monsters everywhere in Bastion at level 50 when I wanted to explore and look for rares. Guess it's not that open world after all.
  1. Soeroah's Avatar
    It feels weird to see "the quests will be marked as complete" but from what I understand the quest reward transmogs won't be auto-learned.
  1. Ninix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by LordVargK View Post
    Well, you could skip tanaan though, so maybe we get something similar like that.
    Skip Tanaan intro 3 days after WoD launch?
    Don't recall it that way.
  1. Shedaar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wombinator04 View Post
    This is awful, don't do it. It's a miserable leveling experience. If you do it, dungeon grind and do WQs for anima. Anything else is a waste of your time.
    Im doing it right now on my hunter and this is exactly my feeling after 5 lvls of exping
  1. kenn9530's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wombinator04 View Post
    This is awful, don't do it. It's a miserable leveling experience. If you do it, dungeon grind and do WQs for anima. Anything else is a waste of your time.
    Going through the story more than once is more than boring, it gives you the choice to go through the story or level even faster without it, i will always choose the more fun route and ignore the story where you are constantly waiting for npcs to move or talk.
  1. nnelson54's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ninix View Post
    Skip Tanaan intro 3 days after WoD launch?
    Don't recall it that way.
    That's... not even remotely what he said. He was just replying to the post about how since it's not a scenario and is actually a leveling zone it's not likely to be skipped. He was just pointing out there was a precedent for skipping quest-zone intros.

    And the Tanaan skip was added about three months after release, so it's not like it was an end of expansion thing.
  1. hulkgor's Avatar
    Leveling an alt with Threads of Fate, and i like it.

    You can go slowly by just doing world quests for anima (getting vast amounts of anima once you reach 60) or a few dungeons, or you can just do some secondary story lines, and the hefty XP bonus after filling a zone bar is super nice.

    My only issue (and not strictly about Threads of Fate) is how long some bonus objective progression bars take, and how little XP it awards on conclusion.

    All the rest? Great.

    Just wish we could skip the Maw intro. 30minutes with too much running around and RP, and completely halting moments (clicking the helm shards, Jaina explaining the maw, etc).
  1. JemiS's Avatar
    It's also really nice for profession / gathering alts to get them started.
  1. Dalheim's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NordWitcher View Post
    So it is just faster to level up questing through each zone?
    To me it felt faster, yes.
  1. Yuli's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by antelope591 View Post
    The answer is somewhere in the middle. There are positives. You don't have to go back to the maw at all until 60, there are no long tedious RP portions. Time wise its about the same as playing through the story, maybe slightly faster due to no RP. The negative is that the "bonus objective" areas are complete mindless grindfests and the % requirements are way too high. A lot of the side quests are also very boring.
    "maybe slightly faster" lmao what are you doing? It took 1/2 of the time for my alt to get to max level with threads of fate.
  1. Nivram's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dakhath View Post
    Skipping the maw intro seems like one of those QoL things that come in a .1 or .2 patch.
    I must be crazy, I actually enjoy the shadowlands intro. It's a million times better than WoD. I liked the DK and DH intro quests at the time but they were too long. I find this intro quest line to be just the right length. I could use with Jaina moving faster in those escort quests but it's really straightforward otherwise.

    I've done it 5 times already and I'm looking forward to more times this weekend

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