Update 10/9: Looks like there is a 40% experience buff for Ardenweald and Revendreth hotfixed into the game. So this will solve the experience problems handily. Thank you everyone for your support and diligence in responding with your experiences as well so we could point this out.
Update 10/7: Well, gang, here is a promising update.
I hit level 60 just a few moments ago. I logged in today and ran around with Theotar. As of this writing I got Theotar to the elevator and then stopped at 4/7 in the Revendreth storyline to do some sidequests. I made friends with Laurent and Simone, then went to turn in a bauble I picked up from a treasure to the black market auction house.
That turn-in was roughly 12k and left me at 98%. One my way back to the flight master I saw a sidequest I had missed somehow (I wonder if some of these don’t appear until a day later?). I did it, which was Abel’s Fate, turned in and dinged.
Picture of level cap achievement here: https://a-hitchhikers-guide-to-azeroth.tumblr.com/ (also pictures of my Arthas statue that came because it’s hawt).
I feel like I gained half a level very quickly out of nowhere playing those few sidequests and not even a full chapter in the story today. I just barely got home from work and started what feels like not very long ago. I am wondering if they updated the leveling gains from quests with today’s build.
I started questing today at 58% progress into level 59, so for me to be playing for so little time and so little content compared to the vast swath I did yesterday… it felt faster somehow.
Yesterday I could swear I was getting 7.5k to 9k for every quest, but moreso the former. Today I was getting 10.5k and 12k for turn-ins.
I’m going to finish questing in Revendreth, but I can confirm as of today:
You can achieve level cap doing every quest, sidequest, filling the map, and each dungeon quest. I have quests left over to do as well, and so if you missed a small handful you should be fine. I did not use warmode or dungeon grind at any point. I killed no rare mobs whatsoever, and barely picked up any treasures.
This took me so much time to declare because I like to take my time, read the quests fully, absorb the narrative, and sightsee while I’m in a new experience.
I left tons and tons of feedback for the dev team along the way.
Overall, I hope today saw an increase in experience gains. It feels like something increased, but it could just be that I was on the homestretch that I capped out as well.
Update 10/6: Finished Ardenweald at level 58, 39.19% into my level. There are multitudes of scaling issues with experience gains and it sends an extremely confusing message to players. For instance, Tirna Scithe is a level 55 dungeon and goes green at level 58. But if you are level 55 when you acquire that quest, you are not on pace to hit level cap at the end of Revendreth. And at this point, going back and doing sidequests would be trivial and useless because they would be either green or grey quests at this point. And Tirna Scithe only drops level 60 loot, as do the other dungeons I’ve been in so far. This is an absolute mess. I can officially confirm:
Leveling is in extreme jeopardy in Shadowlands-specific content
People need to be loud and adamant about this getting fixed ASAP. All my questing is with almost no rested experience, no warmode, no dungeon spam. I will continue through Revendreth and leave my feedback when I finish. Oh, and here are some images that include the quest going green, a pretty picture of Tirna Scithe, and me landing in Revendreth. Tumblr because, again, I can’t post pictures: https://a-hitchhikers-guide-to-azeroth.tumblr.com/
Update 10/5: Made it to Ardenweald. 27% into level 56. My most recent post has more details, but the leveling experience feels hamstrung and far, far too slow when the amount of side content I did is added to the mix of things. If players don’t do these quests, they will be hurting themselves. I feel like I even did some extra stuff on top of the side stuff. Image of my level currently here: https://a-hitchhikers-guide-to-azeroth.tumblr.com/
Update 10/2: So I am experiencing my first green quest. I just hit level 53 in Bastion. This isn’t a normal thing, having played through a pretty solid experience in Legion and BFA. I hope this gets fixed. I can’t share images, but I posted it in my screenshot tumblr here: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/a-hitchhikers-guide-to-azeroth
Original Post: So I received beta last night, and I have decided to level my character as if the expansion had launched. I stopped at the very beginning of Bastion right in front of the lady sitting. I’m not even level 51 yet.
This feels… bad? Why is this so slow? I have been reading about how fast questing used to be through Shadowlands. Now, I am reading that there aren’t even enough quests to cap level.
Is this hyperbole or accurate?