Leveling Guide: Legion Invasions

I died taking this screenshot, TALENT!

Taking a step away from Blizzcon news for a bit here to talk about something that I’m sure is not far from all of our minds right now: Leveling! With the news of a different questing experiences for Horde and Alliance, now’s as good a time as ever to dust off that forgotten Horde alt or abandoned Alliance toon.

(Or, if you want, you could wait until 7.3.5 for the changes to leveling zones, but now’s a good time too!)

I don’t know about you guys, but after about four times through, Legion questing zones got pretty stale. There’s only so many times you can save Azuna or watch Y’sera fall before the impact just isn’t the same. Luckily, Blizzard introduced a handy new mechanic to get your toons to 110. Invasions!
No… not those invasions, these invasions!

Thanks to these occasional Legion incursions, I’ve leveled up five characters to max with a sixth and seventh well on their way! Since I’ve gotten this style of leveling pretty much down to a science, I figured I could throw together a little guide to potentially help out others!

Legion Invasion Leveling

You will need:

  • A toon 100 or above
    • (If you’re feeling particularly brave, you can actually start doing Invasions as early as level 98, but since the mobs do not scale lower than 100, this can prove difficult for some classes.)
  • The ability to log on at the sometimes oddly timed Invasions

How does it work?

Legion Invasions pop up in one of the leveling zones of Legion roughly every 12 hours. That can mean they’re up at peak playtime on a Friday night or up at three in the morning on a Tuesday – it’s all up to how the clock ticks down. I use https://wow.gameinfo.io/invasions to track when the next invasions are coming up.

Just like an invasion at max level, leveling invasions have a variety of world quests with a variety of rewards. The world quests themselves are actually the same ones that come up for max leveled toons, it’s just the reward that has been changed. Some reward Order Hall Resources, others AP, and the most attractive ones give extra XP (every invasion rewards a base amount of XP). This, like all things, is up to RNG. Sometimes you’ll get an invasion with a bunch of XP world quests and other times, there will be just one lonely XP mission, but in either case, the invasion is still more time efficient than all other forms of leveling.

Depending on how good your RNG luck is, each invasion can give you between two thirds to well over one level each. I’ll say that again: each invasion gives you between two thirds to well over one level each. That is a metric ton of experience points! Effectively, you’re going to go up a level every invasion (with the way XP typically ends up working out).

If you do an invasion all by yourself, taking out every world quest solo, the whole process will probably take between half an hour to forty five minutes. (I made the mistake early in my leveling process of doing this.) However, you do not have to go alone! A quick search of the Group Finder menu will yield dozens up on dozens of groups for each invasion world quest. Simply fly over to the world quest area, join one of those, and you’re golden! Depending on how solid your groups are, you could be done with the entire invasion in as little as twenty minutes!

One word of warning though, before you go plunging off to level all your alts – you will be squishy. Leveling via invasions doesn’t really give much in the way of gear, so odds are, you will hit 110 in the same 100 gear you stepped onto the Broken Isles with. It is totally doable, especially with the added protection that Group Finder groups offer, but definitely be aware! (EDIT: If you’re not cheap like me, you can buy the heirloom upgrade tokens and completely circumvent this issue.  Thank you Vall for reminding me of this! <3)

And voila! I don’t know if Legion invasions will remain after the expansion is over, but for the time being, they are the most time effective way to get from 100-110. Hopefully this post has provided you with some previously unknown tips. And if you happen to know a trick that I didn’t mention, definitely put it in the comments.

Happy leveling!

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9 thoughts on “Leveling Guide: Legion Invasions

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    • Awesome, glad to hear that I helped! And yeah, I feel ya, I’ve been working on getting all of my alts to 110, not to play them in any major capacity, but because I don’t want to leave them left behind several expansions ago. I’d done that to a few characters this go round and let me tell you, it was really hard to work up the motivation to level through Warlords of Draenor again. I’ll be curious to see if these Legion Invasions stick around after the expansion because that would make Legion leveling a breeze come later expacs.

  2. This is really cool. I have been thinking about levelling a character but oh, the time. All I want is that Hunter Class mount…Hm. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing 🙂 I have tried my best to pre heal those that are doing this; they are indeed so squishy!

    • The time commitment is usually what keeps me from leveling as well; I’d much rather play one of my max level toons. The nice thing about invasion leveling though, is that you can level up multiple characters at once and never run out of rested XP! Once I hit 100, I typically don’t log into that character unless I’m running an invasion. And if I am running an invasion, I’m running multiple toons through in quick succession.

      Ha ha, don’t even get me started on squishy! My poor gnome hunter died at least a dozen times per invasion. If anything would get close enough to hit her, she’d go down like paper! Luckily, she’s now 110 and I’ve begun to gear her up so there’s a lot less deaths 😛

  3. This is amazing! I didn’t know or cared to check if invasions were available on toons 100-109 (because all my toons were 110 when they were introduced). It’s definitely a way to go with allied races 🙂

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