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Zone scaling

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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 later expansions expanded the feature retroactively to include the entire game. However, scaling usually excludes end game content from the most-recent expansion such as Suramar during Legion or Mechagon during Battle for Azeroth. Scaling also never applies to heroic mode dungeons accessible at each expansion's end-game level.

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

In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, leveling will be revamped and scaling will be expanded. All starting zones, including those for hero classes, will scale over levels 1 - 10; zones from Battle for Azeroth and earlier will scale over 10 - 50; and Shadowlands zones will scale over 50 - 60.[2]

WoW Icon update.png World of Warcraft

Eastern Kingdoms

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

Kalimdor

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

Zone level not changing

The Burning Crusade The Burning Crusade

Eastern Kingdoms

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

Kalimdor

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

Outland

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5
Hellfire Peninsula 58 - 63 58 - 80
57 - 67 58 - 80
59 - 68 59 - 80
59 - 68 67 - 80
Zangarmarsh 60 - 64 60 - 80
62 - 64 60 - 80
63 - 65 61 - 80
70 67 - 80
Terokkar Forest 62 - 65 62 - 80
64 - 66 62 - 80
65 - 67 63 - 80
67 - 69 65 - 80
69 - 70 67 - 80
Nagrand 64 - 67 64 - 80
Blade's Edge Mountains 65 - 68 65 - 80
Netherstorm 67 - 70 67 - 80
67 - 69 65 - 80
70 67 - 80
70 68 - 80
Netherstorm 67 - 70 67 - 80

Wrath of the Lich King Wrath of the Lich King

Kalimdor

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5
80 68 - 80

Northrend

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

Zone level not changing

Cataclysm Cataclysm

Eastern Kingdoms

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5
81 - 83 80 - 90
Gilneas 1 - 12 1 - 20
Ruins of Gilneas 14 - 20 10 - 60
Vashj'ir 80 - 82 80 - 90
80 - 81 80 - 90
Twilight Highlands 84 - 85 84 - 90
85 85 - 90

Kalimdor

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5
Mount Hyjal 80 - 82 80 - 90
Uldum 83 - 84 83 - 90
81 - 90
85 84 - 90
85 84 - 90

The Maelstrom

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5 8.2.5
Lost Isles 5 - 12 5 - 20 5 - 60?
Deepholm 82 - 83 82 - 90
81 - 90

Zone level not changing

Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria

Pandaria

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

Great Sea

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

Zone level not changing

Warlords of Draenor Warlords of Draenor

Alternate Draenor

Zone Pre-7.3.5 7.3.5
Frostfire Ridge 90 - 93 90 - 100
Shadowmoon Valley 90 - 93 90 - 100
Gorgrond 92 - 94 92 - 100
Talador 94 - 96 94 - 100
Spires of Arak 96 - 98 96 - 100

Zone level not changing

Legion Legion

Twisting Nether

Broken Isles

Argus

Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth

Kul Tiras

Zandalar

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]

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.