I think I can do this

Yesterday while mindlessly rambling on about things in a caffeine free state of mind I discovered something.

I am sick to death of leveling.

The first time it’s fun, reading all the quests, seeing new things.

The second, and maybe even the third time, it’s more of a contest to see how fast or efficiently it can be done.

After that it just becomes a chore.


Chores made fun!


Dechion is planned to be my main instancing character. We all know everything is different in a group. Different talent choices, different glyphs, different gear, even different professions.

Drupadi was always intended to be a solo farming character. With that comes a whole different set of priorities when it comes to everything from what food she carries to which pet she will tame.

My headache started as I pondered the new character re-customization program yesterday. My thought was to take Dechion who at the time was 63 and Drupadi who is 80 already and switch them.  I was so sick of leveling that I was willing to pay the $30 just to trade everything between the two. Name, appearance, literally everything

I called Blizzard, they burst my bubble. There is a 30 day cooldown on name changes made with this, even if the toons are on the same account. The representative stated that there was only one way to free up either of the names right away, the deletion of the character with that name.

Bouncing this around off the folks in BA chat, a few on Twitter, and a couple of folks I know in the real world I ended up with five different scenarios that would get the end result I wanted (Dechion at 80).

  • I can abandon the names I want to keep, then go ahead do the re-customization. I could then mark my calendar for the 30 day cooldown, hoping to get the names back.
  • Total cost $50 plus a risk of losing one or both names.


  • I can delete Dechion as he is the lower level, then Immediately do re-customization on Drupadi to turn her into Dechion.  Once I get the customization and name change done I could petition for a character restore. Assuming they grant it I could then do a second re-customization on that character. I would also be marking my calendar again hoping to get Drupadi’s name back in 30 days.
  • Total cost $40, the risk of losing one of my characters completely, and the risk of losing Drupadi’s name.


  • I could change  names now and mark my calendar for the 30 day window. With any luck I would be able to make a pair of level 1 alts with the names at that time. I could then do re-customization on both toons and delete the level 1 placeholders.
  • Total cost $50 plus the risk of losing one or both names.


  • I could change my mind, making Drupadi my instancing character and leave the farming to Dechion.
  • Total cost $0 and no risk of losing anything. Mild nuisance at swapping professions from one to the other.


  • Lastly, I could just force  myself to take the time to quest my way through the next 4 levels on Dechion. Knowing that once I hit 68 and leave Outlands I could actually start running some instances with him while still leveling up.
  • Total cost $0, no risk, greatest reward (having both at 80).

After a good chunk of time thinking about it I decided to bite the bullet and level up the old fashioned way. I logged into Dechion, abandoned every quest I still had for Hellfire (I hate the place) and left the zone, hopefully never to return. I hoped a change up in my environment would get me back interested in questing so I elected to do my two favorite zones in outlands, Zangermarsh followed by Negrand.

The change of scenery did me well as I rounded up the flight points and gathered up quests. I ran around for a few hours in one of my favorite zones just questing away. Somewhere along the way I managed to get from about a third of the way to 64 to over halfway to 65.

I think I can do this.

8 Responses

  1. Have you tried Jame’s leveling guides? I use them, and it really speeds leveling up by grouping quests together smartly, and minimizing your running around time.


  2. I dont like it, what next gender swap? faction swap?

    We create our characters and choose there names i think the haircuts and names are fine but WTF face job in azeroth hahaha.

  3. @Isisxotic My only problem with leveling guides is the price honestly. I have had pretty good luck just using Quest Helper and Cartographer together with Lightheaded and Doublewide.

    It’s not really the speed at which I level, it’s the fact that I have been through outlands so many times I am literally sick of the place. Thats why I thought of swapping names in the first place. On the other hand I am headed off for a four day weekend today and hope to leave outlands behind before the weekend is over.

    @Esedras I don’t mind the idea of changing anything about a character that does not effect gameplay. Thats why I don’t ever see faction or class changes being allowed.

  4. Dech – Jame’s is free! $0.00. I’ve never paid a cent. 🙂

  5. Enjoy your weekend! Best of luck leveling too.. I held off on getting my paladin even out in Northrend to do more than mine for like two weeks, just so I wouldn’t get burned out on the questlines. I don’t think she’s even 71 yet, but I’m not really in a rush to get her anywhere either. You can do eet!

  6. I really really think you’re over-doing this name thing. It’s just a name. You were Decado to me and thats the name you’ll always be, no matter what name you end up with in the end. However, when it comes down to it, you are you. Change your name, change your face, but you can’t change who and what you are. I’d just let it go, and know that yes, the leveling sucks right now, but very soon you’ll be done with it and wont have to even consider it again for two whole years. Personally, I’d just leave them how they are XD

  7. Just a heads up, due to online communication record laws, any name you erase via the Blizzard Re-Name function is not available for 90 days, per the Blizzard Re-Name faq, not the 30 the phone guy appareantly told you…

    I’d really recommend just gritting your teeth and leveling. I’ve got a guildie who has 5 70s and 2 80s, and he’s basically found you can pretty much skip ShadowMoon Valley or Netherstorm each go through, and if you can find some groups, just burn through some instances for some good exp also.

  8. @Moogasooga Thanks for the heads up on the 90 day thing, I suppose I should really double check the FAQ at least before writing.

    As far as the leveling thing, I have actually found that by just making sure I stayed rested all the time (by working on other characters) I managed to make it to 63.5 without ever leaving Hellfire, and I abandoned quests there to go to Zangermarsh.

    I am pretty sure that with all the improvements to leveling, and making sure I only level alts rested, that I could likely hit 68 after just a few zones. I am thinking Hellfire, Zangermarsh, and Negrand. Possibly with a few quests in Terrorkar as well.

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