Zone scaling

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Hogger, as viewed by two characters of different levels.

Zone scaling, also known as level scaling,[1] causes mobs, quests, and loot to scale with the player character's level over a range. This allows the player more freedom to choose where they level. It was first introduced in Legion for zones in the Broken Isles, but was later expanded to include the entire game. However, scaling usually excludes content that was meant to be part of its expansion's end game: raids, heroic mode dungeons, and end-game zones such as Suramar or Mechagon.

As of patch 9.0.1, all starting zones scale from levels 1 - 10, including those for hero classes; zones from Battle for Azeroth scale to level 50; and all previous expansions scale to anywhere from level 30 to level 45. New characters can also enable Timewalking Campaigns, which causes all content to scale up to level 50.[2] This means that players can spend almost the entirety of a character's leveling journey in the same expansion, allowing them to experience stories more fully than with the previous system.

The below list shows zones' default level ranges. Timewalking Campaigns increase these ranges' upper limits to 50.

WoW Icon update.png World of Warcraft

Eastern Kingdoms

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 8.2.5 9.0.1
Dun Morogh 1 - 10 1 - 20 1 - 60 1 - 30
26 - 29 24 - 60
Elwynn Forest 1 - 10 1 - 20 1 - 60 1 - 30
22 - 30 20 - 60
Tirisfal Glades 1 - 10 1 - 20 1 - 60 1 - 30
Min. 21 26 - 60
28 - 33 28 - 60
Loch Modan 10 - 20 10 - 60 5 - 30
Silverpine Forest 10 - 20 10 - 60 5 - 30
16 - 26 17 - 60
Westfall 10 - 15 10 - 60 5 - 30
15 - 21 15 - 60
Redridge Mountains 15 - 20 15 - 60 7 - 30
Hillsbrad Foothills 20 - 25 15 - 60 7 - 30
Duskwood 20 - 25 20 - 60 10 - 30
Wetlands 20 - 25 15 - 60 10 - 30
Arathi Highlands 25 - 30 25 - 60 10 - 30
Northern Stranglethorn 25 - 30 25 - 60 10 - 30
Cape of Stranglethorn 30 - 35 30 - 60 10 - 30
Hinterlands 30 - 35 30 - 60 10 - 30
Western Plaguelands 35 - 40 35 - 60 15 - 30
Min. 33 38 - 60
Eastern Plaguelands 40 - 45 40 - 60 15 - 30
42 - 52 42 - 60
46 - 56 46 - 60
Badlands 44 - 48 40 - 60 15 - 30
37 - 40 40 - 60
Burning Steppes 49 - 52 40 - 60 15 - 30
47 - 57 47 - 60
51 - 60 51 - 60
52 - 60 55 - 60
Searing Gorge 47 - 51 40 - 60 15 - 30
Swamp of Sorrows 52 - 64 40 - 60 15 - 30
50 - 60 50 - 60
Blasted Lands 54 - 60 40 - 60 15 - 30

Kalimdor

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 8.2.5 9.0.1
Durotar 1 - 10 1 - 20 1 - 60 1 - 30
15 - 21 15 - 60
Mulgore 1 - 10 1 - 20 1 - 60 1 - 30
Teldrassil 1 - 10 1 - 20 1 - 60 1 - 30
Azshara 10 - 20 10 - 60 5 - 30
Darkshore 10 - 20 10 - 60 5 - 30
Northern Barrens 10 - 20 10 - 60 5 - 30
15 - 25 17 - 60
Ashenvale 20 - 25 15 - 60 7 - 30
20 - 27 20 - 60
Stonetalon Mountains 25 - 30 20 - 60 10 - 30
Southern Barrens 30 - 35 25 - 60 10 - 30
32 - 35 30 - 60
42 - 45 35 - 60
Desolace 30 - 35 30 - 60 10 - 30
Min. 25 30 - 60
Min. 25 32 - 60
Min. 25 34 - 60
Feralas 35 - 40 35 - 60 15 - 30
36 - 46 36 - 60
39 - 49 39 - 60
42 - 52 42 - 60
Dustwallow Marsh 35 - 40 35 - 60 15 - 30
Winterspring 50 - 55 40 - 60 15 - 30
Felwood 45 - 50 40 - 60 15 - 30
Thousand Needles 40 - 45 40 - 60 15 - 30
Tanaris 45 - 50 40 - 60 15 - 30
44 - 54 44 - 60
Un'Goro Crater 50 - 55 40 - 60 15 - 30
Silithus 55 - 60 40 - 60 15 - 30

Zone level not changing

The Burning Crusade The Burning Crusade

Eastern Kingdoms

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 8.2.5 9.0.1
Eversong Woods 1 - 10 1 - 20 1 - 60 1 - 30
Ghostlands 10 - 20 10 - 60 1 - 30
Isle of Quel'Danas 70 67 - 80 25 - 30
68 - 70 68 - 80

Kalimdor

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 8.2.5 9.0.1
Azuremyst Isle 1 - 10 1 - 20 1 - 60 1 - 30
Bloodmyst Isle 10 - 20 10 - 60 1 - 30
66 - 68 64 - 80
68 - 70 68 - 80

Outland

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 9.0.1
Hellfire Peninsula 58 - 63 58 - 80 10 - 30
57 - 67 58 - 80
59 - 68 59 - 80
59 - 68 67 - 80
Zangarmarsh 60 - 64 60 - 80 10 - 30
62 - 64 60 - 80
63 - 65 61 - 80
70 67 - 80
Terokkar Forest 62 - 65 62 - 80 15 - 30
64 - 66 62 - 80
65 - 67 63 - 80
67 - 69 65 - 80
69 - 70 67 - 80
Nagrand 64 - 67 64 - 80 15 - 30
Blade's Edge Mountains 65 - 68 65 - 80 20 - 30
Netherstorm 67 - 70 67 - 80 25 - 30
67 - 69 65 - 80
70 67 - 80
70 68 - 80
Shadowmoon Valley 67 - 70 67 - 80 25 - 30

Wrath of the Lich King Wrath of the Lich King

Kalimdor

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 9.0.1
80 68 - 80

Northrend

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 9.0.1
Borean Tundra 68 - 72 58 - 80 10 - 30
71 - 73 59 - 80
80 67 - 80
Howling Fjord 68 - 72 58 - 80 10 - 30
70 - 72 58 - 80
80 67 - 80
Dragonblight 71 - 75 61 - 80 15 - 30
72 - 74 60 - 80
73 - 75 61 - 80
Grizzly Hills 73 - 75 63 - 80 15 - 30
Zul'Drak 74 - 76 64 - 80 25 - 30
74 - 76 62 - 80
76 - 78 64 - 80
Sholazar Basin 76 - 78 66 - 80 25 - 30
Crystalsong Forest 77 - 80 67 - 80 25 - 30
75 - 77 63 - 80
Storm Peaks 77 - 80 67 - 80 25 - 30
77 - 79 65 - 80
79 - 80 67 - 80
Icecrown 77 - 80 67 - 80 25 - 30
80 68 - 80
80 70 - 80
80 70 - 80
80 70 - 80
Hrothgar's Landing 77 - 80 67 - 80 25 - 30
Wintergrasp 77 - 80 67 - 80 25 - 30

Zone level not changing

Cataclysm Cataclysm

Eastern Kingdoms

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 9.0.1
81 - 83 80 - 90 30 - 35
Gilneas 1 - 12 1 - 20
Ruins of Gilneas 14 - 20 10 - 60 5 - 30
Tol Barad 84 - 85 30 - 35
Tol Barad Peninsula 85 30 - 35
Vashj'ir 80 - 82 80 - 90 30 - 35
80 - 81 80 - 90 30 - 35
Twilight Highlands 84 - 85 84 - 90 30 - 35
85 85 - 90 30 - 35

Kalimdor

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 9.0.1
85 35
Mount Hyjal 80 - 82 80 - 90 30 - 35
Uldum 83 - 84 83 - 90 30 - 35
82 - 84 81 - 90 30 - 35
84 - 85 84 - 90 30 - 35
84 - 85 84 - 90 30 - 35
Molten Front 85 32 - 35

The Maelstrom

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 8.2.5 9.0.1
Kezan 1 - 5 1 - 20
Lost Isles 5 - 12 1 - 20
Deepholm 82 - 83 82 - 90 30 - 35
82 - 84 81 - 90 30 - 35

Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria

Pandaria

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 9.0.1
Jade Forest 85 - 86 80 - 90 10 - 35
85 - 85 80 - 90
Valley of the Four Winds 86 - 87 81 - 90 15 - 35
86 - 87 80 - 90
Krasarang Wilds 86 - 87 81 - 90 15 - 35
Kun-Lai Summit 87 - 88 82 - 90 20 - 35
87 - 90 82 - 90
Townlong Steppes 88 - 89 83 - 90 25 - 35
88 - 90 83 - 90
Dread Wastes 89 - 90 84 - 90 30 - 35
88 - 90 83 - 90
Veiled Stair 87 30 - 35
Vale of Eternal Blossoms 90 85 - 90 35
87 - 90 82 - 90
Isle of Thunder 90 85 - 90 35
Isle of Giants 90 85 - 90 35
Timeless Isle 90 85 - 90 35

Unknown sea

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 9.0.1
Wandering Isle 1 - 10 1 - 20 1 - 10

Warlords of Draenor Warlords of Draenor

Alternate Draenor

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 9.0.1
Assault on the Dark Portal 90 10 - 40
Frostfire Ridge 90 - 93 90 - 100 10 - 40
90 - 93 90 - 100 10 - 40
Shadowmoon Valley 90 - 93 90 - 100 10 - 40
100 10 - 40
Gorgrond 92 - 94 92 - 100 15 - 40
93 - 95 92 - 100 15 - 40
100 35 - 40
100 35 - 40
Talador 94 - 96 94 - 100 20 - 40
95 - 98 94 - 100 20 - 40
Spires of Arak 96 - 98 96 - 100 30 - 40
97 - 100 30 - 40
Nagrand 98 - 100 35 - 40
Tanaan Jungle 100 40
Ashran 100 40

Eastern Kingdoms

Zone Pre-9.0.1 9.0.1
100 35 - 40

Legion Legion

Twisting Nether

Zone Pre-9.0.1 9.0.1
Mardum, the Shattered Abyss 98 - 99 8 - 45

Broken Isles

Zone Pre-9.0.1 9.0.1
105 - 110 10 - 45
The Battle for Broken Shore 98 - 100 10 - 45
Val'sharah 98 - 110 10 - 45
98 - 110 10 - 45
110 10 - 45
Stormheim 98 - 110 10 - 45
98 - 110 10 - 45
110 10 - 45
Azsuna 98 - 110 10 - 45
99 (DH)
110 (dungeon)
8 - 45 (DH)
10 - 45 (dungeon)
Highmountain 98 - 110 10 - 45
98 - 110 10 - 45
Suramar 110 45
Broken Shore 110 45
Eye of Azshara 110 10 - 45
98 - 110 10 - 45

Argus

Zone Pre-9.0.1 9.0.1
Krokuun 110 45
Mac'Aree 110 45
Antoran Wastes 110 45

Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth

Kul Tiras

Zone Pre-9.0.1 9.0.1
Tiragarde Sound Alliance 110 - 120 / Horde 120 10 - 50
Alliance 110 - 120 / Horde 120
Alliance 115 - 120 / Horde 120
120
Stormsong Valley Alliance 110 - 120 / Horde 120 25 - 50
Alliance 110 - 120 / Horde 120
Drustvar Alliance 110 - 120 / Horde 120 35 - 50
Alliance 110 - 120 / Horde 120

Zandalar

Zone Pre-9.0.1 9.0.1
Zuldazar Horde 110 - 120 / Alliance 120 10 - 50
Horde 110 - 120 / Alliance 120
Horde 115 - 120 / Alliance 120
120
Nazmir Horde 110 - 120 / Alliance 120 25 - 50
Horde 110 - 120 / Alliance 120
Vol'dun Horde 110 - 120 / Alliance 120 35 - 50
Horde 110 - 120 / Alliance 120

Zone level not changing

Zone Pre-9.0.1 9.0.1
Mechagon Island 120 50
Nazjatar 120 50

Shadowlands Shadowlands

North Sea

Zone 9.0.1
Exile's Reach 1 - 10

Shadowlands

9.0.2
Zone Storyline Threads of Fate
Bastion 50 - 52 50 - 60
51
60
Maldraxxus 52 - 54 50 - 60
53
60
Ardenweald 55 - 58 50 - 60
55
60
Revendreth 57 - 60 50 - 60
57
60
Maw 60

Notes and trivia

  • Scaling only applies to equipment at the moment it is obtained. Completing a quest at level 40 will reward level 40-appropriate equipment, but leveling up after completing the quest will not cause that equipment to scale to 41 or beyond.
  • When scaling was added to old world zones, a number of items that had been made unobtainable by level changes in Cataclysm became obtainable again.[3][4]

Previous versions

As of patch 8.2.5, most content was scaled based on the following level bands:

Between patch 7.3.5 and patch 8.2.5, starting zones had their own band, which spanned levels 1 - 20.

Patch changes

See also

  • Timewalking - scales the player down to the content's level.
  • Party Sync - scales the player down to another player's level.

References

 
  1. ^ Patch 7.3.5#A Scaling World
  2. ^ Icon-wowhead-22x22.png Shadowlands: Leveling Changes Spotlight (2019-11-02). Retrieved on 2019-11-02.
  3. ^ Icon-wowhead-22x22.png WoW Economy Weekly Wrap-Up: Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-20). Retrieved on 2019-11-02.
  4. ^ Reddit More Unobtainable items, Let's find even more! (2018-01-21). Retrieved on 2019-11-02.