Kaumalea dinged 61 in the Blasted Lands while helping to ensure the future of the Rockpool murlocs. She finished up the zone, but that only got her about 25% of the way through the level. Still feeling inadequate to the challenges of Outland, she headed over to Un’Goro Crater.
The quests there got her to about 75% of the way to level 62. She’d just started on Winterspring when the Lunar Festival arrived, and collecting Coins of Ancestry to acquire a couple of pieces of Lunar Finery got her the rest of the way to 62. At level 62, the “Crushing the Crown” Love is in the Air daily is in Terrokar Forest, so she at last ventured through the Dark Portal.
Coming into Outland, she was wearing a Lovely Red Dress, Battle Chain Girdle, Outrunner’s Pauldrons, Thick Leather Hat, Laminated Scale Cloak, and Garren’s Leggings and wielding the level 1 Worn Greatsword — all whites or greys, and most of them very low level.
I’ve been waiting for Love is in the Air to arrive so that I could put her in the Lovely Red Dress + Pink Mageweave Shirt combination ever since I rolled her!
When the Darkmoon Faire was in session in January, she used one of the free tickets from the breadcrumb quest to purchase a Darkmoon Storage Box. Shortly thereafter, she looted a Journeyman’s Backpack from a mob in Un’Goro Crater. These 16- and 14-slot bags were welcome upgrades from the 12-slot Deathsilk Bags all DKs start out with. I decided to allow her to spend the 36g 10s to purchase four bank slots to put her Deathsilk Bags in as she gets the opportunity to replace them with drops or bags that can be purchased with non-cash currencies. I anticipate that she’ll be spending a very long time in Nagrand collecting Oshu’gun Crystal Powder to get the 18-slot Halaani Bag.
The creatures in Hellfire Peninsula didn’t give her nearly as much trouble as I’d been expecting — they were about as difficult as the creatures in the Blasted Lands had been when she was fresh out of Acherus. Level 62 DK wearing lowbie whites and greys, with no spells or abilities beyond what a level 55 DK starts out with, and she could still take on level 58-61 creatures relatively easily. Conclusion: Death Knights are OP.
(Ancient, how does this compare to Ironsally‘s experiences in HFP?)
When she died going through the Razorthorn trail from HFP to Terrokar, her weapon and belt broke, so I swapped out the sword for an ilevel 5 Tirisfal Glades quest reward and the belt for the Imbued Infantry Belt — a green, to be sure, but a very low level one. She also picked up a gray pair of boots.
When she got to the Crown Chemical Co. site, however, the level 63 and 64 mooks were too strong for her. Using her low-level weapon, she couldn’t damage them quite fast enough to kill them before they killed her.
So she equipped her Runed Soulblade, and then they were about as difficult as the HFP mobs. After she was done with that daily, she swapped back to her low-level weapon to continue questing in HFP. I plan to use the same strategy of swapping to one of her DK weapons if she encounters a mob that’s just too strong in the future. If I eventually get to a point where even that doesn’t help enough, then I might train a few new spells — probably Death Strike, Pestilence, Blood Boil, Mind Freeze, and Path of Frost, maybe Death & Decay and Obliterate, too, if things start getting too hard when she reaches Northrend content. But I’ll go as far as I can on just her starting DK spells, and use gear that is far below her level for as long as I can, too.
In Shattrath City, she had to choose one faction or the other to have access to a bank, and she felt like the Scryers, who had done wrong and were seeking redemption, would welcome her more than the Aldor would. Her bank is filled with dress-up gear that I collected using other toons, then sent to her. She’s still working through her level 1 gear, though, so she won’t get to most of it for awhile.
It occurred to me a week or so back while I was mowing through mobs with one of my other toons that the way a traditionally trained, specc’d, and geared leveling character can defeat a nominally equal-level creature in the space of two or three button presses is rather like what happens when one of my characters gets ganked in world PvP… which, as I’ve mentioned several times before, I utterly detest. I began to feel a little sorry for all those creatures, powerless in the face of a supposedly equal-level foe. So even though it takes a long time for Kaumalea to kill things and she has to stop frequently to bandage or eat, I’m rather enjoying playing a character who has to choose her battles carefully, a character who might actually die when she faces off against a creature of her own level.