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What are some well-written guides to follow to discover and explore different aspects of WoW, including but not limited to leveling, raiding, professions, classes?

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guides are a lot less helpful than reading the blogs associated with any given class. i have a hunter and like the blogs outdps, hunters mark, hunters lodge, stabilized effort scope, and have rss feeds for a ton of other ones. of course the problem with that is they all talk about end game content mostly. for the most part look for straight walkthroughs by googling "wow guide [leveling] [class] [spec]." you'll want to keep an eye on how to use your talent points for leveling, and if youre looking for a quick leveling guide what spec is best for solo/pvp leveling. –  mfg Jul 7 '10 at 19:22
    
What aspect of the game are you looking for a walkthrough for? Leveling? Blacksmithing? Getting def-capped? Making money on the auction house? Raid healing? Feral druid PVP strategies? It's a big game. Google, as always, is your friend. –  Mike Rentas Jul 7 '10 at 19:28
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The problem with this question is that it's too generic. It's just going to become a dumping ground for all things WoW, and you'll never be able to find the answer to a specific question. –  Bill Ayakatubby Jul 11 '10 at 16:01
    
Step 1: Create Warlock. Step 2: Apply face to keyboard vigorously. Repeat as necessary. –  DHayes Aug 23 '11 at 13:18
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There's no problem being solved here, and is a link recommendation. I have voted to close based on that. –  Frank Jun 5 '13 at 14:35

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This is a rather broad question, since it really depends what you intend to walk through. (WoW is a large world, and there's a lot to do.)

  • At Wowhead you can find user comments regarding just about anything in the game - quests, boss fights, zones, items, you name it.
  • Wowpedia has a lot of the same information, but they also have class-specific guides and "spec" builds. So, for example, if you want to know how to build a druid to do end-game raid healing, there's a guide for that.
  • WoW Insider has columnists that cover everything from world events to specific class minutiae. (Despite the domain name, it's not an official site...)

Those are the big 3 that I look at on a regular basis.

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add elitistjerks.com and I'll upvote you ;-) –  Dave Jul 7 '10 at 20:32
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Huh... just noticed that the official site (worldofwarcraft.com) uses "WoW.com" in the titlebar. Now, if that isn't confusing... –  GalacticCowboy Sep 1 '10 at 13:08
    
wow.com is now wow.joystiq.com –  Shaun Jan 20 '11 at 22:39

I would start with the listed guides on the official site if you are new to the game in general. If you are wanting to find a guide for leveling, I would highly recommend Jame's and for professions WoW-Professions.

Hope that helps.

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Jame's guides are great and he even has an in game addon on that greatly increases your leveling speed as it puts a directional arrow in game showing you where to go to get and complete quests. –  shooksm Jul 7 '10 at 19:43
    
the Quest Helper add-on is another one i like once you reach level cap if you are looking to keep you on the getting-things-done track –  mfg Jul 9 '10 at 20:59

WoW.com has a bunch of guides here. They're pretty generic though, which may not suit what you're after, but the problem with Warcraft guides is they can be invalidated by each new patch, so generic guides tend to hold up better.

Other sites like TenTonHammer and Allakhazam are also good resources.

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wow.com has changed hands and the link's now broken –  badp Aug 9 '11 at 13:00

dont miss thottbot.com, i find it pretty actualized, and very easy to navigate, ther are also some resources you can buy for leveling, or gather gold or reputation, as someone said before you need to be a bit more specific about the question

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Thottbot has a lot of useful info, but holy cow, 1997 called and they want their site design back... –  GalacticCowboy Jul 8 '10 at 11:32

An addition to a very old post:

Blizzard themselves have a game guide available for World of Warcraft. You find it when you log in to your account and go to your wow game. There you see the Download the Beginner's Guide. It is quite extensive and should give a good start for any newcomer to World of Warcraft.

Beginners Guide

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Gamefaqs has a bunch of guides.

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