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World of Warcraft Character Boost to Level 90 to Cost $60, Warlords of Draenor Expansion Coming in Fall 2014

Last month when Blizzard released patch 5.4.7 for World of Warcraft, a number of players briefly spied a glimpse of an upcoming service that allows players to avoid all the level grinding a take the fast track to level 90. That service has finally arrived, and will cost a hefty $60, which is more expensive than the standard edition of Warlords of Draenor that's arriving this Fall.

"There comes a time in every hero’s quest when they need a little boost to help get them over the hump and back into the action. With a Level 90 Character Boost, you can grant one character a one-time boost to level 90. Bring your hero up to speed and join the fight on the front lines," states the product page.

To upgrade, purchase a character boost from the in-game shop. After that, return to the character select screen and click on the Character Boost token. Next, follow the on-screen prompts to boost the character and select custom options; characters level 60 and above will also receive a skill level boost to their primary professions. This new level 90 character will be outfitted in level-appropriate gear.

The upcoming expansion pack Warlords of Draenor increases the level cap to 100. The expansion also provides one free level 90 character boost to be used once players pre-purchase the expansion. That means players can create a Level 1 character just for the expansion, and then use the upgrade to bypass all the level grinding.

"That's a little different from the plan we laid out at BlizzCon, but based on the feedback, it's obvious that many of you would like the chance to get acquainted with a new class before heading into the expansion," Blizzard's blog stated in January. "This will also give more players the opportunity to experience the current end-game content and the events leading up to Garrosh's exodus to Draenor."

The World of Warcraft team also said last month that they heard feedback from players that they'd be interested in boosting multiple characters to 90, including alts they play with friends on other factions and realms.

News of the level up option for $60 arrives as Blizzard announced the release window for Warlords of Draenor: Fall 2014. The game will arrive in a Standard Edition (physical and digital) for $49.99, and as a Digital Deluxe Edition for $69.99. In addition to the game, this Deluxe edition will also provide a Dread Raven Mount and Dred Hatchling Pet, Warchief portraits for StarCraft II and a Warsong pennant for Diablo III.

The expansion pack will also be available in a retail exclusive Collector's Edition. This $89.99 bundle will have the digital bonuses from the Digital Deluxe  Edition, a full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set, a CD soundtrack, and a Warlords of Draenor mouse pad.

"We’re sending players deep into uncharted territory with Warlords of Draenor," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "New features like the Garrison will give players a commanding role in the Warcraft saga like never before, and everyone can get in on the action right away with the included level-90 boost. There’s never been a better time to go to war for the Horde or the Alliance."

For more information about the upcoming expansion pack, head here.

  • eklipz330
    god they are going to make so much money out of this. and then wow will just wither away. i think this is their attempt at making one last quick buck.
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  • SpicPeso
    <Offensive language removed by moderator> Blizzard...


    <<Moderator warning: Let's watch the language in the forums>>
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  • Nilo BP
    Well, on the bright side, now that people who don't like leveling can pay to skip it, maybe they'll make it interesting again. I can dream, right?
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  • hotroderx
    this was a terrible idea and completely ruined the game for me. I still enjoyed World of Warcraft but this is just a straight no holds bar'ed cash grab
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  • bebangs
    Now we understand why blizzard dont want you to pay chinese farmers for these. Pay them instead.
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  • edogawa
    I bet those Wow power levelers are going to be screwed.

    I had several 80s in WoW, but I stopped playing at the end of Wrath, the game really went down hill, I liked the game most during Vanilla and TBC. WoW isn't really worth playing anymore in my opinion, probably a way to make cash before it goes down further subscription wise.
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  • wildkitten
    Activision Blizzard announces the latest in cash shop goodness....BUY A HERO TO FIGHT FOR YOU!!!That's right, do you miss Turalyon or Alleria or any of the old Warcraft hero's we have completely ignored in World of Warcraft? Well now you can pay us only $500 and you can have your favorite lore NPC fight for you while you sit back and do NOTHING BUT WATCH! That's right, you no longer have to actually play the game at all!
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  • xiinc37
    I thought this game stopped being relevant in like... 2008 or something.
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  • Darkk
    What are you guys complaining about? It's the player's choice to rapid level for $60. They won't really enjoy the character due to instant gratification. They will get bored and leave. More room for other players.
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  • edogawa
    12858201 said:
    What are you guys complaining about? It's the player's choice to rapid level for $60. They won't really enjoy the character due to instant gratification. They will get bored and leave. More room for other players.

    There is one good side to this, if you want to get alts up immediately then it would be great.
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