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 youÂre ready for a challenge. With this in mind itÂs important not to stress too much about battling your enemies. YouÂll be slaying enough foes that youÂll find yourself an expert in no time.
So letÂs get started with learning the ropes before we move on to advanced techniques.
The Basics of Combat
Combat is very simple. If youÂre new to roleplaying games then it might be a bit confusing, but I promise you its very simple. You have a ÂpoolÂ of Âhit pointsÂ or HP. This is your life force and determines if youÂre alive or dead. If your HP ever reaches 0 then youÂll die (donÂt worry, itÂs not that bad) while if you lower your enemyÂs 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). YouÂll also slowly regenerate any health lost from battle whenever youÂre not in combat. So donÂt fret if you take a bit of a beating from a battle.
Actual fighting is pretty simple. YouÂll be pitting your skills vs. the skills of your enemy. YouÂll 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). YouÂll 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 youÂll want to be conservative. However, auto attack doesnÂt use anything (unless youÂre a Hunter in which case itÂll consume arrows in order to use your Bow/Gun/Crossbow).
If youÂre having trouble grasping the basics then be sure to read the tutorial blurbs that first popup when you start the game. TheyÂll 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 enemyÂs level is represented). Your success against an enemy can be entirely dependent on how close you are to your enemyÂs 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 youÂll likely lose. ThatÂs because the enemy is way more powerful than you. If theyÂre a little bit above your level (orange) then youÂre going to have some trouble and probably be exhausted after a fight. If theyÂre at your level (yellow) then youÂll have an easy time taking them out, but youÂll probably need to rest after a few battles. If theyÂre below your level (green) then theyÂre going to be a cake walk. If theyÂre way below your level (gray) then you can take them on without breaking a sweat, but you wonÂt gain experience from killing them.
Experience and Loot
When you kill an enemy youÂll be given experience (as long as they are close to your level) and loot. You can gain this loot by right click the enemyÂs corpse. Not every enemy gives loot, so donÂt be alarmed if you donÂt see loot from certain enemies. You can find the loot youÂve collected in your bags.
You collect experience in order to level up. Every time you level up youÂll become more powerful, are able to take on higher level enemies, and can purchase new skills.
Using and Gaining Skills
YouÂll 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. YouÂll 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 youÂll be able to use them. ItÂs 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 itÂs time to start reading up on more complex battle tactics. Our Class Guides have information custom tailored to your class. TheyÂre a great resource for everything relating to combat with your class.Â