Once you reach level 80 in World of Warcraft, it’s time to pass into one of the Cataclysm zones, Vashj’ir or Mount Hyjal. But which one of the zones is best to choose for Cataclysm leveling, from 80 to 82?
Well, that depends, and I hope in this post I will provide you with the answers that you need. However, no matter which zone you choose, to keep your XP at a maximum rate, it’s always best to follow the leveling path of a WoW leveling guide.
Anyway, if you want to level faster from level 80 to 82, it’s best to go to Mount Hyjal. Moving from quest to quest, or to one quest hub to another in Vashj’ir, will take some time, at least until you get your Sea Horse mount. Plus, Vashj’ir is a much wider area than Mt. Hyjal, which means you will have to travel more, which means a little less XP.
Therefore, if you want to level faster from 80 to 82, Mt. Hyjal is the right choice. If you already have a 280% flying skill, you will pass through this zone quickly. Quest hubs are closer to one another, quests are more condensed, and you will become revered with the Guardians of Hyjal. This will grant you access to quite a few nice, level 333 items (usable at 83), plus the caster head enchantment – 60 intellect, 35 critical strike rating. Also, by finishing all the quests in Hyjal, you won’t have to do the quests once more, if you want to unlock the dailies in Firelands, later on.
The only reasons I see for Cataclysm leveling underwater, in Vashj’ir, is to gain reputation with the Earthen Ring for the tanking head enchantment. However, even if you complete all the quests in Vashj’ir, you will only become honored with the Earthen Ring faction, and to buy the enchantment, revered standing is required.
Also, the quests scenarios in Vashj’ir are a bit more spicy, and more entertaining. But that doesn’t mean it will help you level faster.
In conclusion, for the fastest Cataclysm leveling 80-82, it’s best to choose Mt. Hyjal to level up. Also, to maintain a maximum XP rating, you should work with a WoW leveling guide.