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Loading screen tips are brief tips that appear above the progress bar on the loading screen when logging a character into WoW. The tips can be turned off in the Interface settings.

List of tips Edit

  • Nearby questgivers that are awaiting your return are shown as a question mark on your mini-map.
  • Your spell casting can be cancelled by moving, jumping or hitting the escape key.
  • Clicking on a player name in the chat window lets you send a private message to them.
  • If you <Shift>Click on a player name in the chat window it tells you additional information about them.
  • You can <Control>Click on an item to see how you would look wearing that item.
  • An item with its name in gray is a poor quality item and generally can be sold to a vendor.
  • An item with its name in white is useful to players in some way and can be used or sold at the auction house.
  • If you are lost trying to complete a quest, the quest log will often tell you what to do next.
  • You can send mail to other players or even to your other characters from any mailbox in game.
  • You can <Shift>Click on an item to place an item link into a chat message.
  • You can remove a friendly spell enhancement on yourself by right-clicking on the spell effect icon.
  • When you learn a profession or secondary skill the button that allows you to perform that skill is found in the general tab of your spellbook.
  • All of your action bars can have their hotkeys remapped in the key bindings interface.
  • If a profession trainer cannot teach you any more, they will generally tell you where to go to get further training.
  • On your character sheet is a reputation tab that tells you your status with different groups.
  • You can use the Tab key to select nearby enemies in front of you.
  • If you are having trouble finding something in a capital city, try asking a guard for directions.
  • You can perform many fun actions with the emote system, for instance you can type /dance to dance.
  • A Blizzard employee will NEVER ask for your password.
  • You can only know two professions at a time, but you can learn all of the secondary skills (archaeology, fishing, cooking and first-aid).
  • You can right-click on a beneficial spell that has been cast on you to dismiss it.
  • The interface options menu <ESC> has lots of ways to customize your game play.
  • You can turn off the slow scrolling of quest text in the interface options menu.
  • Spend your talent points carefully as once your talents are chosen, you must spend gold to unlearn them.
  • A mail icon next to the minimap means you have new mail. Visit a mailbox to retrieve it.
  • You can add additional action bars to your game interface from the interface options menu.
  • If you hold down <Shift> while right-clicking on a target to loot, you will automatically loot all items on the target.
  • Your character can eat and drink at the same time.
  • If you enjoyed playing with someone, put them on your friends list!
  • Use the Looking for Group interface ("I" Hotkey) to find a group or add more players to your group.
  • There are a number of different loot options when in a group. The group leader can right-click their own portrait to change the options.
  • You can choose not to display your helm and/or cloak with an option from the interface options menu.
  • You can target members of your party with the function keys. F1 targets you; F2 targets the second party member.
  • Being polite while in a group with others will get you invited back!
  • Remember to take all things in moderation (even World of Warcraft!)
  • You can click on a faction in the reputation pane to get additional information and options about that faction.
  • A monster with a silver dragon around its portrait is a rare monster with better than average treasure.
  • If you mouse over a chat pane it will become visible and you can right-click on the chat pane tab for options.
  • Sharing an account with someone else can compromise its security.
  • You can display the duration of beneficial spells on you from the interface options menu.
  • You can lock your action bar so you don't accidentally move spells. This is done using the interface options menu.
  • You can assign a Hotkey to toggle locking/unlocking your action bar. Just look in the Key Bindings options to set it.
  • You can cast a spell on yourself without deselecting your current target by holding down <Alt> while pressing your hotkey.
  • Ensure that all party members are on the same stage of an escort quest before beginning it.
  • You're much less likely to encounter wandering monsters while following a road.
  • Killing guards gives no honor.
  • You can hide your interface with <Alt>Z and take screenshots with <Print Screen>.
  • Typing /macro will bring up the interface to create macros.
  • Enemy players whose names appear in gray are much lower level than you are and will not give honor when killed.
  • From the Raid UI you can drag a player to the game field to see their status or drag a class icon to see all members of that class.
  • A blue question mark above a quest giver means the quest is repeatable.
  • Use the assist button (F key) while targeting another player, and it will target the same target as that player.
  • <Shift>Clicking on an item being sold by a vendor will let you select how many of that item you wish to purchase.
  • Playing in a battleground on its holiday weekend increases your honor gained.
  • If you are having trouble fishing in an area, try attaching a lure to your fishing pole.
  • You can view messages you previously sent in chat by pressing <Alt> and the up arrow key.
  • You can Shift-Click on an item stack to split it into smaller stacks.
  • Pressing both mouse buttons simultaneously will make your character run.
  • When replying to a tell from a player (Default 'R'), the <TAB> key cycles through people you have recently replied to.
  • Clicking an item name that appears bracketed in chat will tell you more about the item.
  • It's considered polite to talk to someone before inviting them into a group, or opening a trade window.
  • Pressing 'v' will toggle the display of a health bar over nearby enemies.
  • Your items do not suffer durability damage when you are killed by an enemy player.
  • <Shift>click on a quest in your quest log to toggle quest tracking for that quest.
  • There is no cow level.
  • The auction houses in each of your faction's major cities are linked together.
  • Nearby questgivers that are awaiting your return are shown as a yellow question mark on your mini-map.
  • Quests completed at maximum level award money instead of experience.
  • <Shift>-B will open all your bags at once.
  • When interacting with other players a little kindness goes a long way!
  • Bring your friends to Azeroth, but don't forget to go outside Azeroth with them as well.
  • If you keep an empty mailbox, the mail icon will let you know when you have new mail waiting!
  • Never give another player your account information.
  • When a player not in your group damages a monster before you do, it will display a gray health bar and you will get no loot or experience from killing it.
  • You can see the spell that your current target is casting by turning on the 'Show Enemy Cast Bar' options in the basic interface options.
  • You can see the target of your current target by turning on the 'Show Target of Target' option in the advanced interface options tab.
  • You can access the map either by clicking the map button in the upper left of the mini-map or by hitting the 'M' key.
  • Many high level dungeons have a heroic mode setting. Heroic mode dungeons are tuned for level 70 players and have improved loot.
  • Spend your honor points for powerful rewards at the Champion's Hall (Alliance) or Hall of Legends (Horde).
  • The honor points you earn each day become available immediately. Check the PvP interface to see how many points you have to spend.
  • You can turn these tips off in the Interface menu.
  • Dungeon meeting stones can be used to summon absent party members. It requires two players at the stone to do a summoning.
  • The Parental Controls section of the Account Management site offers tools to help you manage your play time.
  • Quest items that are in the bank cannot be used to complete quests.
  • A quest marked as (Failed) in the quest log can be abandoned and then reacquired from the quest giver.
  • The number next to the quest name in your log is how many other party members are on that quest.
  • You cannot advance quests other than (Raid) quests while you are in a raid group.
  • You cannot cancel your bids in the auction house so bid carefully.
  • To enter a chat channel, type /join [channel name] and /leave [channel name] to exit.
  • Mail will be kept for a maximum of 30 days before it disappears.
  • Once you get a key, they can be found in a special key ring bag that is to the left of your bags.
  • You can replace a gem that is already socketed into your item by dropping a new gem on top of it in the socketing interface.
  • City Guards will often give you directions to other locations of note in the city.
  • You can repurchase items you have recently sold to a vendor from the buyback tab.
  • A group leader can reset their instances from their portrait right-click menu.
  • You can always get a new hearthstone from any Innkeeper.
  • You can open a small map of the current zone either with Shift-M or as an option from the world map.
  • Players cannot dodge, parry, or block attacks that come from behind them.
  • If you Right Click on a name in the combat log a list of options will appear.
  • You can only have one Battle Elixir and one Guardian Elixir on you at a time.
  • The calendar can tell you when raids reset.
  • Creatures cannot make critical hits with spells, but players can.
  • Creatures can dodge attacks from behind, but players cannot. Neither creatures nor players can parry attacks from behind.
  • Players with the Inscription profession can make glyphs to improve your favorite spells and abilities.
  • Don't stand in the fire!
  • The Raid UI can be customized in a number of different ways, such as how it shows debuffs or current health.
  • Dungeons are more fun when everyone works together as a team. Be patient with players who are still learning the game.

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