Blizzard have opened the new level 85-90 zone which is in the Mist Island of Pandaria. Currently the beta players limited to maximum level of 86,  players can continue questing but they won’t receive any experience.

To get to Pandaria you can speak to a “Portal Panda” in the city Orgrimmar for Horde or Stormwind for Alliance..

Please note that all the information I’m sharing is subject to change because it is a beta.

Currently discovering Pandaria is not very exciting because the portal pandas doesn’t offer any explanation of what is going on.. they just tell you where you can go and there you are. I’m guessing blizzard will include some sort of cut scene or quests leading up to discovering Pandaria.

Portal panda for Horde in Orgrimmar
Portal Panda for Alliance in Stormwind City


The first zone for level 85-90 is  The Jade Forest which contains level 84-85 NPC and I’m pleased to discover that Horde and Alliance begins at completely different location with different quest line. One of my pet peeved with Cataclysm was that the questing is almost the same for both factions in the level 80-85 zones.

Horde will begin on the Northern side of the map and Alliance will begin on the Southern side. Questing will move your character towards the middle of the Map where you will share the neutral city (Dawn’s Blossom).  Even though this is a shared neutral town (like Shattrath and Dalaran) there are no guards that will protect you from PVP so players in PVP servers beware 🙂

I remembered Blizzard said that they wanted to put the War back in Warcraft and encourage more world PVP so perhaps it will stay like that permanently. Also you won’t be able to fly in Pandaria until you reach level 90.

The Jade Forest level 85-86 Horde and Alliance starting area

There are 7 new level 85-90 zones in total which contain plenty quest for you to complete to reach level 90. For example I manage to get up to level 86 in the The Jade Forest zone and I have only completed about 50% of the total quest in that zone (without heirlooms or dungeons)

A good guess is that we should gain 1 level per zone (and you only need to complete about 50% of it) and with 7 zones total you will still have 2 full zone of questing to complete once you reach level 90! That is a lot of new content in comparison to the Cataclysm expansion which only offered 5 new zones which you almost complete 100% by the time you reach level 85.

Level 85-90 Pandaria Zones

Blizzard definitely delivered their promise, as I mentioned before, I expected questing to be less linear with multiple questing hub that you can choose to take or skip.

It won’t be long before you are offered the choice of different questing hub (see screenshot below)

Breadcrumb to two different questing hub

…and after completing a few quest chains new questing hubs will also unlock and displayed on the World map with a yellow exclamation mark.

Questing hub will unlock and displayed on your world map

You can pick and choose which quest that you would like to do however the Pandaria Jade Forest zone is massive with lots of cliffs and terrain obstacles, without the mobility of a flying mount it will involve a lot of travelling time. If you want to focus on fast leveling then it is better to stick to the main quest line and ignore the optional side quests that will send you off to far away places.

Once you have reach level 90 and able to fly in Pandaria you can go back and complete the rest of the quests with ease.

The next zone after “The Jade Forest”  is “Valley of the Four Winds”…

Valley of the Four Winds - Level 86-87

… and currently it is forbidden for player to enter (you will get teleported back to the starting area when you enter)

Can't enter the next zone yet

But so far I’m very impressed with the new zone, while there are still a lot of kill x or collect x type quests.. there are also a lot of  new mini games type quests which I found mildly challenging and fun. I will make sure to take some screenshot of the mini games next time around and explain how it works on the next blog.



    28 replies to "Questing in Pandaria – Level 85-90"

    • sean1234

      if you accidently deleted the quest to get to pandaria how can you get it again? on orc side.

      • Dugi

        @sean1234, you need to go to the original quest giver to get it again.

    • Adoxy

      Just a comment, hehe. In cataclysm all the quests were same for alliance and horde because they needed to work together and save Azeroth. In MoP we’re at war full cycle >:)

    • Wuzzo

      Hey, I heard that you need too complete some quests Valley of the four winds too be able to be able to enter Vale of Eternial Blossom! Is it a chain quest? I cant find it!

      • Dugi

        @Wuzzo, quest chain start at Temple of White Tiger in Kun-lai summit at level 87

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      • Casperth

        @silvat0p, only 5 HOURS TO GO, WOOOHOOO

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    • Voodoo

      Frankly, I am sick of Asian themes everywhere in my life now… and Here comes another one with PoM…


    • CopsOdeath

      Hmm Cheak out new MOP quests are new but not really Exsciting sat at CPU for 10 days only level 88

    • James Stanton

      Love the idea of getting it started before the pre-patch…. cant wait!!!!

    • Steve Reynolds

      Hi Dugi

      Thanks for the report. I have a beta invite but prefer to wait for the official release before checking out MoP. Unlike most, I’m not particularly looking forward the the release of this xpac. Not being able to fly until level 90 sounds like questing will just be a huge grind and I suspect the questing zones will become killing fields for flying level 90’s ganking the rest of us stuck and completely vulnerable on the ground.

      I am however, hoping for more LFR’s in the new xpac

      • Kiluh

        @Steve Reynolds, In old days we did not have the GAY FLYING MOUNTS!!

    • Judith Lancaster

      I’m playing Beta. I have heard a lot of grumbling from players, but I am enjoying the Monk play style and looking forward to the more complicated quests. The scenery is beautiful and running around is wonderful right now because there are many things to see.
      Also looking forward to a Dugi’s Guide to Panderia! I have been a member from the very beginning and appreciate all the work that has gone into Dugi’s Guides.

    • Goldmoon

      Finally after weeks of waiting actually created a Panda Monk but having trouble take this character seriously in the context of W O W World (Looks to chute and cuddley) more suitable for under 12 version. Starting area looks great, but as if its come straight out of Kunfu Panda cartoon.
      Plodding on hope it gets better

    • edward christie

      I just want to say how pleased I am with dugi’s guides. I have been a member for a few years now and what really seperates dugi’s guides from the competition is not only is the guide fantastic and easy to use but also the customer service is fast in solving any issues a user may have. I have just downloaded the beta version of pandaria and look forward to using duigi’s guide when pandaria goes live. Well done Dugi for such a great guide 🙂

    • TinyOrk

      I am very pleased with this report and my investment in Dugi Guid was well worth the Money. As a person that is Dislexic it helped greatly, as dislexic folk can even be disoriented in a game. So thanks Dugi and keep up the fantastic work.

    • Dale White

      I have already been selected for beta testing, I want to use the guide in it. Do you have a beta ability for members?

      • Dugi

        @Dale White, addons are currently disabled in the beta, you won’t able to use it yet.

    • Herman

      I played the Beta for the first time yesterday, and tried out the Pandarian Monk. The storyline is nice and easy, Panda’s are fun and the area looks gorgeous, with temples and everything. Even though it was only the Beta and the lag was frustrating a lot of people, there is a lot of new stuff to keep everyone busy for a while. Can’t wait for the guides and other addons to come in there.

    • Anonn

      Portal Panda Is Beta only.

    • mark

      The more I hear and see, the more I want to play 🙂

    • Adam Clements

      Sounds like it’s all coming together quite nicely so far. I can’t wait to see what you’ll let us in on next.

    • crystal white

      I can’t wait for the pandaria come out i hope soon

    • Jason Malvuccio

      I cannot wait!

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