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#1 - 2012/02/11 12:39:53 AM

Players across Azeroth have recently embraced a new, very personal achievement: leveling a character "Iron Man" style. What started out as only a small movement, this bare bones, no-frills style of play has now transformed into a community-wide call-to-arms known as the Iron Man WoW Challenge, inviting World of Warcraft enthusiasts to see how close they can get to level cap with only the barest of necessities.

The goal of the Iron Man WoW challenge is simple: level from 1 to 85. The catch, however, is that you must accomplish this task without the assistance of talents, class specialization, stat-improved gear, professions, buffs, item enhancements, or other players. And if you die? Well, then it’s back to square one.

Here are some of the latest rules:

1. All gear employed must be White or Grey. Also, no Heirlooms of any sort.
2. No transfer of gear, items, or money from any other character (yours or others).
3. No gear enhancement(s), thus no socketed gems, enchanting or reforging. Exceptions exist for class abilities (example: rogue poisons).
4. No specializations, talent points, or glyphs. This restriction also applies to talent points for pets.
5. No professions or secondary skills. An exception is made for First Aid.
6. No potions/flasks/elixirs (except those labeled as quest Items).
7. No food buffs or other external buffs (this includes buffs from items and other players).
8. No grouping or assistance from other characters, even if not grouped.
9. No dungeons/raids. No battlegrounds/arenas.
10. No guilds. An exception is made for Iron Man guilds. No guild perks.
11. No Recruit-A- Friend activities. The intention of the challenge is that it be done without assistance.
12. No add-ons that assist in combat and/or leveling.
13. THE BIG ONE: No deaths. Character death for any reason disqualifies the character.

- All mounts
- All bags/containers
- All quests (including holiday and daily quests)
- You may train and use all your class skills (including your own buffs)


Interested? Awesome! To sign-up for the Iron Man WoW Challenge and discuss your progress with fellow participants (once you get started), head on over to the official forums. Additional rules and details can also be found on the unofficial Iron Man WoW website, hosted and moderated by players like you.


Thanks to Cautious-Kirin Tor, Neverdied-Durotan, Sandinhiseye-Feathermoon, Haldren-Proudmoore, Selenagnomez-Kil'jaeden, and everyone else who's helped inspire and promote this challenge!

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#2 - 2038/01/19 03:14:07 AM
@Darikk: I'm guessing it would be difficult to verify whether or not someone adhered to the rules 100% of the time. Even so, this challenge is all about personal bests -- overcoming your own hurdles and finding ways to push yourself (and your character) to next level, and then next, and so on. Cheating seems like it would kind of defeat the whole reason for participating, and there really doesn't seem like there's much of a benefit -- at least in my opinion. :)

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#3 - 2038/01/19 03:14:07 AM
@Taggthemage: Yup! This is a completely community-driven challenge. We think it's an awesome idea, though, and wanted to show our support as well as help spread the word.

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#4 - 2038/01/19 03:14:07 AM
@Digerati: That's certainly the goal! If you hear of something particularly cool that the community has created, definitely let us know. You can always send us a heads-up by emailing [email protected]

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#5 - 2038/01/19 03:14:07 AM
@Chikatree: Got a thread, article, or website you could link me so I can learn more? :)