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A level cap is the maximum level a player character can reach in a game. The base 0100WoW Icon 16x16 game of World of Warcraft has a hard cap of 60th level, so no characters could go above this level without an expansion. Some games have a soft cap.

  • 0200Bc icon Those playing with the Burning Crusade have their level cap increased to 70.
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Those playing with Wrath of the Lich King have their level cap increased to 80.
  • 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Those playing with Cataclysm have their level cap increased to 85.
  • 0500Mists-Logo-Small Those playing with Mists of Pandaria have their level cap increased to 90.
  • 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Those playing with Warlords of Draenor have their level cap increased to 100.
  • 0700Legion-Logo-Small Those playing with Legion (NYR) have their level cap increased to 110.

When the level cap is reached, players who are used to the leveling game sometimes have difficulty working out how to continue their adventures. After reaching the cap, progression is mainly through crafting, gear or reputation. See, for example activities guide for characters at level 90.

Hard cap Edit

A hard cap means the game enforces a maximum limit for the character's level and no additional experience can be gained after that level (level 60 in 0100WoW Icon 16x16 or 70 in 0200Bc icon for example).

As of October 2014, the base World of Warcraft package has a level cap of 90 as it includes access through the 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria expansion. As of October 2013, the initial version had a level cap of 85 and included access through the 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm expansion.

Soft cap Edit

A soft cap means characters in a game don't technically have a maximum level, but after a certain level it gets very hard to increase levels and the benefits diminish rapidly or vanish, so the incentive goes away for all but the hard-core power gamers. Diablo I is a Blizzard Entertainment game with a soft cap, where the amount of experience required to level increased exponentially with each level with few benefits. In the past, the MMORPG game Shadowbane had a soft level cap (approximately level 45 - 50 and above).

Notes Edit

  • A 60th, 70th, 80th, 85th, 90th, 100th or 110th level elite NPC or mob should be much tougher than a level-capped character. Examples are pre-0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Alliance 15 [70+] Magistrate Henry Maleb, who was very hard to solo even by a level 70 in epic gear.
  • If at the level cap, a mob which still appears ?? (or Boss 15 skulled) is referred to as a "boss" mob. This is done by Blizzard to hide the mob's Level.

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