We have found perhaps the most dedicated World of Warcraft player out there. Everbloom, the Night Elf Druid from Feathermoon (US) has just dinged Level 85, four months after the level cap was increased with the release of Cataclysm.
Everbloom wasn’t the first to reach the highest level, not by a long shot. What makes the character special, however, is the fact that Everbloom reached Level 85 – the highest level in the game – completely through gathering.
…and while you might think that playing through the game in such an unorthodox way would be a grind (heh), the player has explained that it had its up-sides, too:
Well I did it lol, it was certainly a different way of levelling, requires lots of patience, but I did get to see the whole game in a new light.
Being on the ground and sneaking around mining and herbing and eventually archaeology, going everywhere to get every single point of discovery xp that you can, really gives you a chance to see an amazing world up close and personal. I spent hours swimming around reefs and flying to the farthest reaches of the maps.
If you like to explore, and enjoy a challenge I really REALLY recommend this, I have been playing since day 1 on other characters and I even have an original Loremaster (you know, back when it was hard) and I saw so MANY new things with Everbloom that it really made it worthwhile for me to continue on with this character, and each level was a major achievement!
The [surl=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/feathermoon/everbloom/advanced]character[/surl] – described as a “hippie” – has recorded no kills, no quests, and still uses the Level 1 gear provided to newbies. Apparently, throughout the experience, Everbloom died a mere 25 times – most of which were in the first few levels. Strategy played a huge part, with both race and class chosen carefully for the attributes awarded.
There’s some controversy over the character’s Armory page, which states Everbloom has finished a quest – this is the “Invitation to the Argent Tournament” scripted event, triggered when a character opens a letter. The issue has been raised with Blizzard, in the hopes that the quest will be amended in future.
Congratulations! Now that you know it’s achievable, we understand if you never want to do it again.
Source: [surl=https://twitter.com/#!/WoWTheMagazine/status/56081127345111040]World of Warcraft: The Magazine[/surl] official Twitter
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