Skoll was my first Spirit Beast I ever tamed.  It wasn’t Loque’nahak or the bear or the tiger.  It was the wolf.  If you ever played a dwarf you know wolves are one the first beasts you can tame.  The most legendary being Timber, he is only level 5 now, but in the past he was a hard kill, especially with his body guards.

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I swore. I sometimes miss that dead old server, Dalvengyr. Then I was browsing some old screen shots and I found these…

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We were both admiring our recently planted trees. Since MoP came out and BM was actually good again, I took Skoll out and we rocked up the Hozen, Yungol, some Pandaren, some rogue Jinyu, and a few others.  He has been almost a constant companion since the expansion released.  I also created a transmog set reflecting his blue and white hues. I can’t wait to explore Draenor with this loyal pet.  That self heal and Mastery buff will help me so much.  Now what was that name of that bow again? I am pretty sure it was from Pit of Saron.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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My internet was down for about a couple of months. I am finally back. I logged in to Wow and didn’t know what to do.

I went on my Rogue and flew to the BMAH. Then logged out.

Maybe I’ll get my screws in order in a few days.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

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Get them Tabards

Stormwind Tabard - Getting exalted with Stormwind will give you vendor discounts and discounts on riding/flying training. It will save you over 1,000 G while leveling. You will also be able to purchase a 16 slot bag.

Renowned Guild Tabard - Guild reputation will net you some more Heirlooms and other rewards. It will also help you contribute to any guild achievements used to unlock guild rewards.

You may want to continue to use reputation tabards for the remaining Alliance or Horde factions.

Obtain your Heirlooms

Helm

Polished Helm of Valor -  You may obtain this helm with a guild at level 20 and reaching Honored reputation with your guild. Purchase from a guild vendor for 1,500 G with no vendor discount. Require levels 1 to 85. No upgrade needed. +10% EXP

Cloak

Worn Stoneskin Gargoyle Cape - You may obtain this cloak with a guild at level 10 and reaching Honored reputation with your guild.  Purchase from a guild vendor for 1,200 G with no vendor discount.  Require levels 1 to 85. No upgrade needed. +5% EXP

Shoulder

Polished Spaulders of Valor – You may obtain this shoulder from an assortment of vendors for 2,175 Justice Points or 110 Darkmoon Prize Ticket, or 60 Champion’s Seals.  Require levels 1 to 80.  You may upgrade them to Gleaming Spaulders of Valor for 870 Justice Points or 44 Darkmoon Prize Ticket. +10% EXP

Chest

Polished Breastplate of Valor - You may obtain this chest from an assortment of vendors for 2,175 Justice Points or 110 Darkmoon Prize Ticket, or 60 Champion’s Seals.  Require levels 1 to 80.  You may upgrade them to Gleaming Breastplate of Valor for 870 Justice Points or 44 Darkmoon Prize Ticket. +10% EXP

Legs

Polished Legplates of Valor - You may obtain these leggings with a guild who has obtained the guild achievement Working Better as a Team.  Purchase from a guild vendor for 1,750 G with no vendor discount.  Require levels 1 to 85.  No upgrade needed. +10% EXP

Ring

Dread Pirate Ring - The Ring is obtained from the Fishing Tournament.  Good luck! Require levels 1 to 80. No upgrade option. +5% EXP

Main 2H Weapon

Bloodied Arcanite Reaper - You may obtain this weapon from an assortment of vendors for 3,500 Justice Points or 160 Darkmoon Prize Ticket, or 95 Champion’s Seals.  Require levels 1 to 80.  You may upgrade to Hardened Arcanite Reaper for 1,400 Justice Points or 64 Darkmoon Prize Ticket.

Off 2H Weapon

Bloodied Arcanite Reaper - You may obtain this weapon from an assortment of vendors for 3,500 Justice Points or 160 Darkmoon Prize Ticket, or 95 Champion’s Seals.  Require levels 1 to 80.  You may upgrade to Hardened Arcanite Reaper for 1,400 Justice Points or 64 Darkmoon Prize Ticket.

Trinket 1

Swift Hand of Justice - You may obtain this trinket from an assortment of vendors for 265 ,725 Justice Points or 130 Darkmoon Prize Ticket, or 75 Champion’s Seals.  Require levels 1 to 80.  You may upgrade the trinket to Forceful Hand of Justice for 1,090 Justice Points or 60 Darkmoon Prize Ticket. No EXP bonus.

Trinket 2

Swift Hand of Justice - You may obtain this trinket from an assortment of vendors for 2,725 Justice Points or 130 Darkmoon Prize Ticket, or 75 Champion’s Seals.  Require levels 1 to 80.  You may upgrade the trinket to Forceful Hand of Justice for 1,090 Justice Points or 60 Darkmoon Prize Ticket. No EXP bonus.

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I rolled need on the Hydrocane while leveling my Fury Warrior. It is one of the earliest items you may obtain that will allow under water breathing. You can equip one 2H and this item as a Fury Warrior. You can swap out the cane for a weapon to reset your breathing.  You can also explore underwater areas without worry.  This is a must have item for any leveling class that is not a Warlock.  You can use it as long as you can equip a staff.  Good luck!

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So you roll a Deathknight? Your main of another class has 2 gathering professions. Skinning and mining. You want to tank so you make your DK a leather worker and a blacksmith.

Wait this is not how it began…

You open your box, spend some time with the install disk, then spend minutes installing a giant game. You never heard of Wowhead or Wowinsider. You don’t even know what class to pick. You just know your friends told you to play horde on a specific server. You roll a toon, play it a bit, give up because warlock pets are so damn ugly.

Log out…

The next day you log back in and notice the dwarf with the bear on the Vanilla trailer. You like that. Log back on and play on your warlock. Level up some tailoring and enchanting give up.

Log out…

You decide to not to play with your Horde friends and roll a dwarf.

You run thru the snow your first 10-15 levels then meet some random dude in Wetlands. He tells you to level because WotLK is coming out. You are like “WotLK?”

Reroll on a different server because this guy just scared you by talking about some undead invasion and all that reminds you of are the zombies from the first Resdient Evil game.

Reroll your dwarf on one of those new player servers. You pick red hair this time and a long comfortable beard.

You level at your own pace. Don’t even hit level 70 until after WotLK comes out. You buy the collector’s edition because your Horde friend tells you to and your new guild is bad ass because everyone is online at the same time and everyone is leveling.

You decided to level Engineering because you are a Hunter and you can make your own bullets and range weapon. You also like the look of googles. Pre-transmog. You pick mining to help you level Engineering. You start a blog on WordPress to help you keep track of all the resources and blogs you discover.

You did not get 2 gathering professions on your first toon.

Min/Max is now entirely pointless.

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Purpose

A bank alt is the toon you will be using to do all your auctioneering and banking. You will buy and sell off the AH. You will use him or her to store all profession based materials so that you may free up bag space on your main toons. You will mail mats, BOEs, transmog gear, and any profession based items to your bank alt to sell on the AH. You will mail your mats from your bank alt to your other toons to level professions. This will prevent you from going back to a main city, saving you time and allow you spend more time farming or leveling.

Besides storing loot to sell. Your bank alt will also store any Heirlooms, BOAs, and any vanity items that are not soul bound to your other characters.

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Personal Bank and Bags

You will need at least four 16 slot bags.  If you wish you may spend the gold on bigger bags and additional slots in your personal bank. The more slots you purchase the more bags you can use in your personal bank.  Holding items will prevent you from flooding the market and decreasing the prices.

The cost of bags and additional slots will add up to a decent amount of gold but the time saved from being able to farm without hearthing back to a main city will make it up.

To start off you may obtain:

Netherweave Bag – 30 G on the AH. You could also craft the bags. If you are running Kara, Heroic MGT, and Sethekk Halls every week you could get a ton of cloth. I actually store the Netherweave cloth on my bank alt and have my tailoring friends make bags for me. I sell the bags on the AH or put them on leveling alts. You should only craft the bags if you already have the mats. This is a work mule. The whole idea is to get him or her up and running so you can start storing and selling.

Frostweave Bag – 200 G on the AH. Eventually you will want to upgrade to these bags or better.

Also keep in my mind that all items stored in your personal bank can be sold on the AH via remote AH. You are limited to 200 postings a day and you may do your auctioneering via App or from Battle.net.

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Guild Bank

The guild bank will be used to store additional materials.  You will need to purchase a guild charter and get 10 individuals to sign it.  You may purchase additional bank slots at your convenience. The last few slots are 500, 1,000, and 5,000 gold. I would save them for later.

The best part is you will get to come up with a nifty guild name and give your bank alt additional flavor. You will also be able to design a guild tabard.  Be sure to kick out all the members who signed the charter.

Race

Race doesn’t really matter… Wait I take that back. They do matter.

Any female except gnomes, dwarves and most of the horde races except Blood Elves are sexy in their banking attire.

Worgens get Darkflight, an additional sprint.

Night elves run a little faster while stealth.

Goblins have a vendor discount and a portable banker.

Blood elves get a bonus to enchanting.

Male taurens make your banking attire stand out.

Altoholics guide to the bank alt - Has a really good point about being able to see what transmog pieces will look like on your toon.

Class

Do you want to Sprint, Blink, or Roll between the AH and bank? Then choose a Rogue, feral Druid, Mage or Monk.

If you want a consistently higher run speed. l recommend a Hunter, Deathknight, feral Druid, or a Paladin.

Do you want the option to wear a variety of clothes and bling? Then choose a Deathknight, Paladin or a Warrior.

Do you want a cool travel form? Then choose a Shaman or Druid.

Do you want to be a stealthy bank alt? Choose a Druid or a Rogue.

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Professions

In order to obtain any useful professions you will need to level your bank alt to at least level 5. Level 10 is recommended if you want to be able to see your toon on the armory. You will still be able to do auctioneering on the mobile app at level 1.

Engineering
As a engineer you can wear googles and give your bank alt a Steam punk feel. The benefit is you may ask a mage to open a Portal to Shrine of Seven Stars so you may do all your business in a convenient location. More on that later.

Enchanting
This will let you disenchant all low level greens and be able to tell if you can disenchant higher ones. Especially useful if you are leveling more than one toon.

Fishing
I personally would level fishing for the fishing daily and a chance at the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat and other things like the ability to Find Fish. Maybe a slim chance at new fishing poles. Just more stuff to bling out your toon like String of Alligator Teeth x20.

Cooking
I would train cooking for a Cooking Fire. Just more spice for your already flavorful toon. You could aim for a Chef’s Hat by doing the cooking daily. You could also give your bank alt cooking heirlooms.

First Aid
Just being able to heal yourself while leveling is always perk. If you want to have American Red Cross symbols floating around your head level this profession. Then bandage your self in front of a auctioneer.

Archaeology
If your toon is over level 20 you may learn this profession. There really is no point since you will spend most of your time in a main city. I would pass on this one.

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Location

Shrine of Seven Stars – If you are an engineer there is a bank, guild bank, a mail box, and a auctioneer all in one spot and just a few steps away from each other. An anvil is there, too. Upstairs there are portals to every Capitol city. Don’t forget to set your hearth. Let a Mage port your low level bank alt to this location. High population

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Stormwind
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house all within one location. Close to the Darkmoon Faire.
Trade District has a high population. Dwarven District has a generally lower population.

Ironforge
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house across from each other. Low population.

Orgrimmar
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house across from each other.
High population

Silvermoon
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house across from each other.
Low population

The Gear

I will recommend a few guides. Choose what you want. A standard tux with Diamond Tipped Cane is good enough for me.

Notable Items

Darkmoon Storage Box – Cost only 1 ticket. Buyer beware they are unique. You may only have 1 bag.

Unusual Compass – Just in case you forget your direction or just want to change your direction.

Diamond Tipped Cane – found inside the bag from the fishing daily. Sells for a decent amount of gold. Pimp on a bank alt. The tip sparkles white.

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Noble’s Elementium Signet – This ring causes your hand to sparkle.

Any fish off hand.

Lovely Black Dress – Only for the females. Please keep these away from Tauren males. Rare drop from Love is in the Air event. Sells for a decent amount but is very revealing.

Blood Elf Bandit Mask – a fun little helm. Matches well with the dress from lunar festival.

Enchants

Enchant Boots – Minor Speed is really all you need.

Companion Pets

Up to you but Disgusting Oozeling turns you green. Green = Greed

Quest items you don’t want to turn in. Gives you more flare.

Mount

Is there a rideable mount below level 20?

Addons

Altoholic - Keeps track of all the items in your bags, banks, and guild banks across all your toons.
Bulk Mail Inbox – You don’t have to wear out your mouse button.
Gatherer - Keeps track of all the mining and herbalism nodes you discover.
Auctioneer - Lets you scan the AH for prices. Use it then start selling.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

/cast Sea Turtle

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