39 responses to “A Guide to Trial Account Twinking

  1. Fantastic post, Cyn! I’ve been wondering about the trial accounts and had no idea they couldn’t use mail, the AH, or trade with other players. (And it sounds like not a bad alternative for us confirmed players if belt-tightening takes a bite out of our WoW budgets 😉

    • Thanks, Liala! I think it will be interesting to see if the F2P community takes off or not. 🙂

    • Tesh

      It might be worth noting that they need to be new accounts; you can’t play in the “F2P trial” on an account that you’ve ever converted to a paid account in any way.

      • I was wondering does anyone have any twinks pally’s,warriors,mages, with some best in slot gear??? I did manage you get the skullbreaker for my Pally now I just need the Mongoose enchant to go with it. 🙂 If you can plz with between levels 10-80 I would love to see what’s out there..

  2. Ruana

    The level 24 twink profile isn’t working for me. 😦

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  5. James

    One other thing you can do is, once you have the best gear you think you can get, level up enchanting and enchant your gear, then drop it and get leatherworking and skinning for the armor kits, then drop leather and get herb or whatever. It might be time consuming but there is no 10 day limit anymore so might as well do all you can.

    • That’s a good point. Psynister goes into a lot of detail on his post on trial account professions about how to do it. Like you said, it’s time consuming, but it’s every advantage you can get.


  6. Greetings everyone!

    I’m coming from twinkinfo.com and just want to show my armory for some inspiration of a trial twink.

    Happy twinking! =)


  7. Rev

    Thanks for the great guide and blogs to both you and Psyn! I’ve been trialing for a few weeks now and recently have been working on a couple pallies, one alliance, one horde and comparing the options for each. It’s been a blast and I had no idea there was a pretty hefty amount of people doing the trial twink thing. Anyway, you and Psyn’s postings have really pointed me in some new directions that I hadn’t noticed or looked into on wowhead and around the web. Currently, both pallies are starting to work on fishing for the LFH and getting their AGMs, not to mention some misc. gear pieces here and there. Thanks for your excellent contributions!



  8. Nick

    Great guide Cynwise!

    I might have some pointers for you and your readers to acquire the 10 gold needed to xp-lock lvl 19 starter edition twinks:
    – as an alliance character start questing in the Redridge mountains as soon as you hit lvl 15, try to reach the quest ‘Return of the Bravo Company’ with as little XP as possible, but do not turn in this quest. At the current date (26/09/2011), the four quest npc’s will follow and protect you even outside of the Redridge Mountains (however they dissappear at log-out/ use of flightmaster etc.). Run your 4 new comrads to Westfall to the east of the Raging Chasm, here you will find a sea-creature carcass with infinetly respawning Fleshrippers, these drop about 1S per kill. With the help of your new friends your bags should fill up in no time with stacks worth 20S! When full run to a nearby vendor, rinse and repeat. If your escort dissappears you will have to collect them again in the Redridge Mountains (walk into the RRM zone-> voila).
    – as a Horde character the same technique can be used as the alli’s but some things are harder. Lvl up to ‘late 18’ or ‘early 19’ and take the zeppelin to Gromgol Base Camp in STV. Now walk/swim to the same sea-creature carcass in the Westfall and collect those Fleshripper-droppings! In need of a vendor? Walk back to Grom’gol base camp or into the Deadmines dungeon for a Horde-friendly vendor! Unfortunatly the freewheeling merchant in Moonbrook has been removed.

    Greetings from the Netherlands!

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  10. Thanks for the article! F2P can get max 225 First Aid so we can make Mageweave Bandages.


  11. William

    As of this date, you can: Get a friend to invite you to a group (yes it is doable, I can submit screenshots of me with my 85 mage friend) have them summon you to the inn at hyjal, have them kill a few elementals. If you do it for a while, greens will drop that sell for ~16g, but they only take up one slot. Stock up on these, put them in your bank, and when you run low on cash sell a green.
    I’m not terribly sure about secondary profession caps, but cooking and fishing do seem to go past 100. By my calculations, (during the thanksgiving holiday) you can get a maximum of 375 cooking skill. No higher though, as the training itself becomes more expensive than your gold cap.
    Also, if I recall, several titles are available to trial accounts: The Noble, The Diplomat, Ambassador, Of The Horde/Alliance (100k honorable kills), The Bloodthirsty (250k honorable kills)
    Also: the faded wizard hat is really nifty. Get one.

    • 1) Thanks to William & Cynwise for their replies!
      2) Yes, you’re right – I was surprised recently to be able to accept a party invite from a Level 60.
      3) Secondary Profession skill caps for F2P are as follows: Cooking 375, Fishing 375, First Aid 225, Archaeology 0.
      4) Gold: it’s never been an issue for me – as a F2Per, there’s little use for it.
      5) My main motivation for partying up with higher level characters (or any character with the L21 Guild Perk “Have Group, Will Travel”) would be to get summoned to zones not otherwise accessible, e.g. Northrend, Hyjal. Haven’t made it there yet but hope to, to fish for the Sea Turtle mount.
      6) Titles – yah, am currently working on Ambassador. Don’t think the PvP grind is for me.
      7) Faded Wiz Hat – got it, thx! 😉 Often use it in dungeons as Taurens are “too damn high” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg5SwyTvAHw). Either that or chow down on a Savory Deviate Delight.
      7) See here a technical issue I encountered while deathrunning a Cata zone accessible by Kodo (Uldum), & the resolution: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3581198970
      8) Have read somewhere or other that while F2Pers should be summonable to some otherwise inaccessible zones (e.g. Northrend), they cannot be summoned to others (e.g. Outland). Do not undertand the reason why, do know if this is true and have not tested it (but would be willing to & would report back).
      9) I am having an issue fishing in Cata zones (have fished in Uldum & Twilight Highlands) – sometimes catch junk (in open water) but catch nothing in the Highland Guppy Pools and Blackbelly Mudfish Pools (although Fishing skill still increases). Am currently Fishing at about 485 (350 skill + 100 lure + 30 rod + 5 Lucky Fishing Hat); will max out at 375 & try back when I am > 505, to eliminate the level issue. Suspect there is a technical issue though, either intended or unintended. I’m guessing if the Cata pools drop nothing for F2P then the apocryphal stories about F2P’s with the Sea Turtle Mount are untrue. Would be nice to resolve this one as well.

      Thanks again for the replies, & for this forum, & regards,

      Vug. (Garrosh)

  12. Bubbletub

    I am still confused in regards to xp lock after reading some comments , are you sure you cannot
    lock it anymore or is there still a window till patch?

  13. Léon

    Never worry about money again: fish the pools @ Darkmoon Faire Island, they contain cataclysm materials and the pools spawn all the time. Infinite money 🙂

    + they sometimes contain Rumsey’s Rum & Attack Power (growth) elixirs

    (keep it for yourself, only want to help this community)

  14. DSilvermane

    Or this would also make a great “Hunter PvP Twink”


    Note, took Skinning / Leatherworking to get the leather needed for later, also kept all greens I could while leveling LW also make LOTS of armor kits (about 20ish). Dropped Skin/LW for Tailoring/Enchanting, DE’d greens/blues for mats, enchanted gear to what I could. Dropped those and took up Mining/Engineering. Got scope on ranged. (You could always keep Engineering for the head piece.) Dropped Mining for Skinning (+3 Crit Rating), dropped Engineering for Herbalism (Pocket healer / Haste).

  15. Thanks Léon but in fact we F2Pers do not worry about money as we have so little use for it. >99% by value of what we harvest we discard. I destroyed hundreds of gold in resale value (probably worth much more in the AH but I wouldn’t know) of L80 potions, stacks & stacks of embersilk, pyrite, elementium, hvy savage leather, etc.etc.Only usable stuff from fishing is Sea Pony, growth potions (which I am popping like pez as have so many), Rumsey’s & the mighty but elusive Turtle. For us (or for me at least) the importance of (the new) DMF is 1) quick spawning Cata pools in which to fish for the Turtle, with no hostile L80-85 mobs guarding them & quickly accessible from cities, & 2) another route to Heirlooms via DM Prize Tickets. Also new mounts, pets etc. are cute.

    Infinite money? Not interested. As the Amish say, “we are in this world, but we are not of it”. Best regards, Vug. P.S. Still looking for a port to Shattrath. 😉

  16. DSilvermane

    Also, as a side note, my Cooking is @ 375 and Fishing is @ 375.

    To do this, work only the cooking recipes that require fishing. It does become hard later, and many deaths, but it can be done!

    Noted great fishing spots: (Horde)
    Feralas – Camp Mojache – Fish in the stream there.
    Thousand Needles – West Reach Summit – Base of summit.
    Blasted Lands – Surwhich – East side of dock, (Swim from BB to get there)
    Careful of the mob on the left side, it will aggro if you pass the small pile of timbers on the dock. There is a “Friendly” NPC that also pats here. *Go to the “Dark Portal” from here, long walk and a few deaths, but it can be done. Once through, make your way to Shattrath fast as you can, pick up flight paths along the way for later. Make Shatt your new home!! You have a portal to org from here also!*
    Zangermarsh – Most northern point, dead center! Can fish for a bit here, but LOTS of deaths! Also pick up recipes here!
    Nagrand – Exit Shatt via Aldor Rise, first lake on your right, AWESOME fishing, can get you up to 350ish cooking.

  17. David

    Great site here! I used a lot of the tips when I was starting out. Here is a link to my F2P Human Lock. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/kalecgos/Monath/advanced I have as much fun in the battlegrounds as I did when I played at 70 in BC. And it’s free!! I usually am in the top 1-3 damage wise, and my killing blow/death ratio is greatly improved with this gear setup. Let me know if you have questions on my gear. A couple tips to share (sorry if they are listed elsewhere): you can buy Healing Potion in SW in the mage quarter, which make a big difference in survivability, and you can also get scrolls there (different vendor) for stamina, intellect, spirit, agility, strength and protection. Food wise, I usually make curiously tasty omlets out of the raptor eggs in STV. Not the best, but most convenient. They are easy enough to kill, and close to SW.

    • wow ur trail has some really good gear how much time did it take to make the Lock you have???

      • David

        Getting most of the blues is pretty easy if you find which quest/dungeon to work on via Wowhead. The Arena Master Trinkets were easy because I am on a low population server, and most of the time I was farming the chest in STV there was nobody there. I just left my character in the arena and logged in to check on the chest at the appropriate times and grabbed and logged out. The Heirlooms obviously take a while because you don’t get much honor at this level, but farming the honor is the fun part of a twink. The hat didn’t take that long. I got it on my second sunday of the fishing tournament, with only like 2 hours total spent fishing. Just make sure your fishing is a high enough level before you go out there to try for it.

        • @David thanks for info I have a twink named knockout@skywall.com she is a level 29 Goblin warrior twink and I also have a level 17 Disc priest troll also,at nicegrill@skywall.com I have a serious case of Alt fever my relam is full of toons all level 85 to 17 Icekiller@skywall.com is my favorite I think he’s level 80 now, but he rapes twinks in BG’s see for yourself he is a Bloodelf mage, please feel free to offer me any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated. 🙂 Look me up im not sure how to post the if I did I would post it..

  18. Dsilvermane

    Best food buff is Lion Chops, can get the meat in Hillsbrad easy. Gives +8 Stam (80 HP)

    • David

      I agree that Lion Chops are the best, but it is more inconvenient to farm them. I usually hang out around SW, and it is easier to get to STV to farm. You also need 2 lion meat to make one Lion Chop, so it takes longer to farm. Just my opinion.

  19. Mufintop

    Thanks for the help (mainly on the AGM). I’ve been getting a lot of different responses from people in the game and it didn’t really lead me anywhere. :/ I haven’t had the chance to play since i read this but this will really help me in the future. Heres my main PVP character that I’ve been working on….. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/nesingwary/Mufintop/simple

  20. Superwonderphil

    a good way to get gold on starter is to go to darkmoon faire and fish up the crates around the island.