Beginners Guide: Combat
Combat in World of Warcraft is something that starts off very simple and slowly works its way up to being a bit complicated by the end of your leveling adventures.
Combat in World of Warcraft is something that starts off very simple and slowly works its way up to being a bit complicated by the end of your leveling adventures. This is advantageous to you because it gives you a lot of time to learn the ropes and puts no pressure at all on your shoulders until youre ready for a challenge. With this in mind its important not to stress too much about battling your enemies. Youll be slaying enough foes that youll find yourself an expert in no time.
So lets get started with learning the ropes before we move on to advanced techniques.
The Basics of Combat
Combat is very simple. If youre new to roleplaying games then it might be a bit confusing, but I promise you its very simple. You have a pool of hit points or HP. This is your life force and determines if youre alive or dead. If your HP ever reaches 0 then youll die (dont worry, its not that bad) while if you lower your enemys HP to 0 then you win the battle and will collect your spoils from them.
HP can be lost in combat but it can also be recovered by heals from many different classes along with some class-specific self heals along with potions. It can be recovered outside of battle with food or bandages (from the First Aid profession). Youll also slowly regenerate any health lost from battle whenever youre not in combat. So dont fret if you take a bit of a beating from a battle.
Actual fighting is pretty simple. Youll be pitting your skills vs. the skills of your enemy. Youll find that you have a set of skills on your action bar when you first start the game (see our Interface guide for more information on its default location). Youll want to target an enemy and then use these skills in order to defeat them. Be careful, skills do use up your resources (Mana/Rage/Energy/Runic Power dependent on the class) so youll want to be conservative. However, auto attack doesnt use anything (unless youre a Hunter in which case itll consume arrows in order to use your Bow/Gun/Crossbow).
If youre having trouble grasping the basics then be sure to read the tutorial blurbs that first popup when you start the game. Theyll give you a ton of information about all of this.
Not All Enemies Are Created Equally
Not every enemy is the same nor can you take on any enemy that you see and be successful. You can only take on enemies that are near your level (see our Interface section of our Beginners Guide to find out where your level and your enemys level is represented). Your success against an enemy can be entirely dependent on how close you are to your enemys level.
Remember some enemies are elites, in which case you may need friends to take them down.
If you are below their level (and their level shows red) then youll likely lose. Thats because the enemy is way more powerful than you. If theyre a little bit above your level (orange) then youre going to have some trouble and probably be exhausted after a fight. If theyre at your level (yellow) then youll have an easy time taking them out, but youll probably need to rest after a few battles. If theyre below your level (green) then theyre going to be a cake walk. If theyre way below your level (gray) then you can take them on without breaking a sweat, but you wont gain experience from killing them.
Experience and Loot
When you kill an enemy youll be given experience (as long as they are close to your level) and loot. You can gain this loot by right click the enemys corpse. Not every enemy gives loot, so dont be alarmed if you dont see loot from certain enemies. You can find the loot youve collected in your bags.
You collect experience in order to level up. Every time you level up youll become more powerful, are able to take on higher level enemies, and can purchase new skills.
Using and Gaining Skills
Youll be introduced to your skill trainer as you level up in the starting area. Skill trainers are also available in every capital city (just ask a guard for directions). You can buy skills from the skill trainer to use in combat. Youll find these skills in your spellbook (see our Interface section of the Beginners Guide to find the spellbook and your action bar). Just simply drag them to your action bar and youll be able to use them. Its important to use the right skills in battle which is why you should read our class guides for more information.
Now that you know the basics then its time to start reading up on more complex battle tactics. Our Class Guides have information custom tailored to your class. Theyre a great resource for everything relating to combat with your class.
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