Gearing Your WoW Character Solo for 120 and Beyond

As your character grows and levels up, so should your equipment. Changing your equipment every few levels will let your performance keep up with the stronger enemies. If you don’t you run the risk of underperforming, leaving you vulnerable even to enemies of the same level. WoW Classic gold and WoW Classic items like weapons and armor are the most important, as they boost your attack and defense.

In the retail version of World of Warcraft, your character’s level caps out at 120. However, there are still some enemies and creatures that can beat your max level character. That’s because WoW Classic items have levels as well.

Here’s how to gear your fresh from level 119 maxed out character.

The Steps

The goal is to push your gear’s raw item level, so World Quest reards and Emissary gear levels also get pushed up.

In an optional step, clean out your inventory and quest logs. It will help you focus on questing and gearing up. You don’t want any delays in getting ready for endgame raids.

First, mail useful bind-on-account items over from your other characters. Also, you can grab your leftover Black Empire or Benthic equipment from your bank. If it’s your first character, start at the next step.

Second, unlock World Quests at the boat. Do the first quest, which is either Uniting Kul Tiras or Uniting Zandalar depending on your faction.

Third, do the Nazjataar questline. Doing so will unlock features introduced in the expansion. You’ll also get a weapon within the first three quests on the line. Once you meet Magni, you’ll unlock the most important feature for gearing up.

Fourth, upgrade your Heart of Azeroth. After the quest Essential Empowerment, you’ll be given a Heart of Azeroth and your first essence. Follow his quests until you get your Crucible of Flame. This should give you enough Azerite for a big jump in your necklace’s level and item level. You’ll also be able to specialize in any Azerite gear you’re wearing.

At this point, you might want to check in the Auction House for some item level 400 uncanny gear. Use those to replace any <400 gear you have. However, if you can’t find any big upgrades for less than 5k WoW classic gold, you can skip this step.

Fifth, check World Quests and Emissaries for gear upgrades. Some addons may help you here, especially those with a ‘sort by reward’ option. If you’ve followed the steps above closely, you should be seeing 415-420 WoW Classic items as rewards. Otherwise, you may get the cloak first to improve your raw item levels.

There’s a choice at this point whether to start doing World Quests now or not. Ultimately, it’s up to you. If there’s a big upgrade from your current gear, you can start them now. There will always be new ones to do later. Waiting is also fine.

Sixth, get your cloak. The quest An Unwelcome Advisor/Return of the Black Prince should be available since the fourth step. You can skip some of the instances. Talk to Magni or Ra-den to do so, if you’ve seen it before with another character.

A seventh optional but very recommended step is to collect enough conquest points in PvP. 500 points are enough to get a 440 weapon, which would give a good boost to your item levels. You don’t have to be good at PvP, just try and try again.

Eighth, do activities in the expansion. Do World Quests and defeat World Bosses, unlock new areas, and survive Assaults and Horrific Visions. Unlocking Mechagon and doing some quests there will give you a 400+ trinket. The last two activities give Echoes of Ny’alotha which you can use to buy rank 3 essences you’ve unlocked.

With that, you should be able to do pretty much anything you want. Following these steps should get you to item level 400+ within a few hours of hitting 120. You can repeat some of the activities in step eight indefinitely for future upgrades.


Since WoW Classic has a level cap of 60 and lacks the features of retail, you should check out a different guide for Classic WoW. At any rate, continue enjoying World of Warcraft! Whether you’re farming WoW retail or WoW Classic gold, questing, raiding, or exploring, there’s always an activity to do in-game.

Happy adventuring!