Iron Man How-To: How To Not Die
If you, too, are attempting the Iron Man Challenge, I’m sorry.
Er, no. I mean, I’m happy for you. Yes. Happy.
Either way, here’s some stuff I have learned along the way. Hopefully it will be useful to you. You can leave your own tips in the comments.
- Never ever ever EVER tab out of the game for more than like, 2 seconds. If you have to take care of something else on the computer, always log out. At the very least, get to an inn.
- Don’t roll on a PvP server. Like seriously, don’t be dumb.
- If you get flagged for PvP, log out immediately. Don’t run to an inn. Don’t hearth. Don’t finish the quest you were working on. Log out, come back when your flag has run out.
- Speaking of hearthing, do it often. Every time you hearth, you decrease the chance that you will die on your way back to your inn. Hearth out of caves, away from groups of mobs, etc.
- Skip quests that require you to lose control of your character for any reason. If you aren’t in control, you cant run away if you get damaged too much.
- Skip quests that require you to die or break any other Iron Man rule. Duh.
- Class matters. Classes that require you to be up close in melee range may have a higher risk of dying than those that can keep the enemy at a distance.
- If you get into trouble, don’t run away willy nilly. Use your CC, incapacitates, or other aggo dumps or transfers and make a calculated escape. If you run off flailing and screaming you might pull more mobs and die.
- Don’t mount up and run through a bunch of mobs thinking you’re invincible. You aren’t. You’re in crappy gear and you’ll die extremely fast if you get dismounted or dazed.
- Stick to zones where the mobs are lower than you. Don’t try to take on mobs that are several levels higher than you are.
- Finish quests even if they become green or grey.
- Don’t start combat if you aren’t at full health.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Know what is nearby such as patrolling mobs, elite mobs, etc.
- In areas where mobs are particularly thick, stick to the outside of the area and pick off stragglers instead of blazing right into the middle of things.
- If you can stealth, use it with caution. Breaking stealth in a bad spot will get you killed. Instead of sneaking past something that will kill you, try running a wider path around it.
- Enemy guards are usually much higher level than you are, will spot you from a mile off, and can one-shot you. Know where enemy towns are located and stay the hell away.
- Don’t use fear of any kind. You can’t glyph it so that mobs stand in place; they’ll run away and bring back friends. This is bad.
- Keep fights one on one whenever possible. Always CC an extra mob, just to be safe.
- You are allowed to eat food to regain health as long as the food doesn’t apply a stat buff. Keep some food on you to heal up after tricky encounters.
- Avoid caves and fortresses in general. Usually you can complete quests by picking off mobs just outside these areas, instead of going inside.
- Try to avoid letting things spawn behind you, so they don’t close off your escape route.
- Speaking of, always have a escape route.
- Never jump off of anything ever. Fall damage is an embarrassing way to die.
- Do a wowhead search for vendors that sell armor/weapons that you can use. Finding the perfect grey/white drop out in the world is harder than buying it off a vendor.
- Selling cloth will be a major source of income as you level. Always make room for cloth in your bags, use the revenue from the AH to buy new bags to hold more cloth, and repeat.
Hunter Specific Tips:
- Keep your pet in tanking spec always. Since there is no option to let your pet have no spec, this is the best option.
- Pre-cast Mend Pet before combat so you don’t get threat from the healing ticks. Reapply often.
- Keep in mind that healing from Mend Pet will draw threat off your pet if there are multiple mobs attacking it.
- Your pet isn’t a threat god. You will pull from him easily if you aren’t careful. He’s also flimsy, just like you, so treat him as such.
- If your pet is too squishy, consider taming a beetle or a turtle. Both of these pet families have a damage reduction ability that may allow them to live longer.
- Make sure Cower is turned off and Growl is turned on for all new pets.
- In fights against more than one target, drop a Freezing Trap at your feet just in case.
- If something gets loose from your pet and runs towards you, hit it with Concussive Shot to slow it. If it gets in your face, hit it with Scatter Shot. Sic your pet on it immediately to regain threat.
- Use Aspect of the Cheetah minimally. The daze side effect isn’t worth it.
- Disengage is tricky. It can save your life, but if you launch backwards into other mobs, it can also end it. Use with caution and always know what is behind you.
- Feign death doesn’t always dump aggro. Always have a backup plan.
- Scare beast should be used with caution. See number 17 above.
- When you get Trap Launcher, use it to lob a Freezing Trap beneath a mob before you pull.
- There should be no reason to use Distracting Shot.
- Misdirection should be used as often as you can.
- Deterrence is a last-ditch effort if something is attacking you and your pet cannot pick it up. Deterrence plus Disengage and a Freezing Trap will solve almost anything.
- Camouflage falls under number 15 above.
- If all else fails, leave your pet to die and run like hell. You can rez your pet, but if you die, it’s game over.