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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth guide: What to do once you hit max level 120

Once you hit 120 the real game begins

The paladin Turyalon stands with Alleria Windrunner and the Prophet Velen. Blizzard Entertainment

World of Warcraft’s newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is here, and while only the most devoted players will be max level the day of launch, leveling won’t take too long for anyone. So, by the end of the week, the question on almost everyone’s mind will be: What’s next?

There’s a mountain of endgame content in Battle for Azeroth, and looking at it from the bottom can be pretty daunting. Between the variety of extra quests and their rewards, gearing up for the game’s hardest dungeons, most competitive PvP or even the first raid can be a tall task. Thankfully, we’re here with a helpful checklist of overall goals in the first few weeks, as well as things to do in the days and weeks after you hit 120 in Battle for Azeroth.

Overall goals

These are the things you want to complete by the third week of the expansion, when Mythic+ dungeons and the first raid, Uldir, are released:

  • Get your item level as high as possible. Having the best gear is always going to help you when clearing content, so upgrading your individual pieces of armor will be important in the first few days after the expansion’s release. If you’re looking to get ready for Uldir, then you’ll want to be around item level 350 by the time that raid is released on Sept. 4.
  • Unlock all of the traits in your Azerite Armor. Each piece of Azerite Armor — which can be head pieces, chest pieces and shoulders — has three traits that you can unlocked with Azerite Power, or AP. AP is something that most types of endgame activities will give you in Battle for Azeroth, but some are more effective than others. In the first few weeks, you’ll want enough AP to unlock all of the traits on all of your armor, however much that may be.
  • Get exalted reputation with every faction you can. This relates to the previous two pretty directly. Gaining reputation with most of the factions of Kul Tiras and Zandalar will allow them to sell you high-level gear, while gaining reputation with the Champions of Azeroth faction will grant you levels for your Heart of Azeroth, the neck piece where all of your AP is stored.

Daily

These are the things you should try to get done everyday after you hit max level in Battle for Azeroth.

  • Do every single world quest. The goal of this is not only to get the rewards from the quests themselves — which will help boost your item level — but most of all to get the reputation from completing them. Doing all of them will help ensure that you get the maximum amount of reputation possible with every faction each day.
  • Do a random heroic dungeon, which will help you get better gear and some Azerite Power due to the daily reward.
  • Do all available follower missions, especially those that give you AP or reputation.
  • Random heroic dungeons and island expeditions. If you have extra time in a day, you can spend it doing either, which will give you AP, but won’t give you much in the way of upgraded gear.

Weekly

These are things that you’ll want to get done before the weekly reset happens every Tuesday around 11 a.m. ET.

  • Dungeons on mythic difficulty. There are 10 dungeons in Battle for Azeroth, and doing all of them on the hardest difficulty each week will give you the highest chance for good gear, quite a bit of AP, and even some faction reputation for your trouble.
  • Weekly island expeditions for a huge chunk of AP.

For the first week only

These are important to get done and should be handled in the first week, but once you do you won’t have to worry about them again.

  • Quests. Finish all of the quests in the world you didn’t do while leveling. This will give you some extra reputation.
  • Elite mobs. Kill all of the elite mobs around the map, they’ll give you gear and AP.
  • War Campaign. Finishing this will give you AP and unlock more follower missions for you to complete. As a bonus, completing the campaign — along with getting exalted with either the 7th Legion or The Honorbound — will let you unlock your factions new playable Allied race.