New Player's Guide
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Adventure is all around you. Will you become one of Azeroth's legends? Everything you need to take that first step is right here.
Controlling Your Character
Before we get started, let’s have a quick overview of the game’s controls. For the sake of brevity, we’ll limit ourselves to just the most basic control schemes for now. There are many ways to customize the game’s keyboard shortcuts and action bars, but this should be enough to get you started.
Controlling Your Character
Before we get started, let’s have a quick overview of the game’s controls. For the sake of brevity, we’ll limit ourselves to just the most basic control schemes for now. There are many ways to customize the game’s keyboard shortcuts and action bars, but this should be enough to get you started.
Mouse and Keyboard
Place your left hand on the WASD keys on your keyboard, and use the WASD keys to move your character. Use the number keys to trigger your spells and abilities.
Mouse and Keyboard
Place your left hand on the WASD keys on your keyboard, and use the WASD keys to move your character. Use the number keys to trigger your spells and abilities.
Mouse Camera
You can click and hold the mouse buttons to move the camera around or move your character. Left-click NPCs to target them, right-click to interact with them. Scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
Mouse Camera
You can click and hold the mouse buttons to move the camera around or move your character. Left-click NPCs to target them, right-click to interact with them. Scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
The Action Bar
To make your character do one of the cool things they can do, you need to use the Action Bar at the bottom of the screen. Each slot on the standard action bar corresponds to a key on your keyboard. To trigger an ability, you can press the corresponding button on your keyboard. Simple!
The Action Bar
To make your character do one of the cool things they can do, you need to use the Action Bar at the bottom of the screen. Each slot on the standard action bar corresponds to a key on your keyboard. To trigger an ability, you can press the corresponding button on your keyboard. Simple!
The Spellbook
The Spellbook helps you keep track of your abilities. Access your spellbook by pressing P on your keyboard. Now you can see all your character’s spells and skills, and you can drag skills from the Spellbook to the Action Bar for easy access. 
The Spellbook
The Spellbook helps you keep track of your abilities. Access your spellbook by pressing P on your keyboard. Now you can see all your character’s spells and skills, and you can drag skills from the Spellbook to the Action Bar for easy access. 
Resource Types
Using abilities puts a heroic amount of strain on your character. In game terms, this is reflected by the fact that using abilities depletes a resource your character uses to fuel his spells and skills. A deep understanding of their character’s special resource and knowing how to pace their attacks in combat sets seasoned veterans apart from beginners.For example, Mages have a resource called mana. Every spell they cast costs mana; once they run out, mages need to wait for it to replenish. Rogues use energy instead of mana. Energy replenishes quickly but it also runs out quickly, giving rogue combat a very distinct rhythm. Warriors use rage to drive their special attacks. Rage builds up as the warrior deals and receives damage, and some warrior abilities generate rage rather than consume it. Try different classes to learn what their resource types are!
Resource Types
Using abilities puts a heroic amount of strain on your character. In game terms, this is reflected by the fact that using abilities depletes a resource your character uses to fuel his spells and skills. A deep understanding of their character’s special resource and knowing how to pace their attacks in combat sets seasoned veterans apart from beginners.For example, Mages have a resource called mana. Every spell they cast costs mana; once they run out, mages need to wait for it to replenish. Rogues use energy instead of mana. Energy replenishes quickly but it also runs out quickly, giving rogue combat a very distinct rhythm. Warriors use rage to drive their special attacks. Rage builds up as the warrior deals and receives damage, and some warrior abilities generate rage rather than consume it. Try different classes to learn what their resource types are!
 Starting Quests
When you enter the world, you will find other characters nearby with a yellow "!" above their heads. Whenever you see a character like that, it means that this character has something he needs your help with—a quest! Talk to them by right-clicking their character. They will offer you one or more quests via the quest dialog; clicking Accept adds the quest to your character’s Quest Log.
 Starting Quests
When you enter the world, you will find other characters nearby with a yellow "!" above their heads. Whenever you see a character like that, it means that this character has something he needs your help with—a quest! Talk to them by right-clicking their character. They will offer you one or more quests via the quest dialog; clicking Accept adds the quest to your character’s Quest Log.
Quest Tracking
You have a new best friend, and his name is M, the key you press to bring up your map. Your active quests will be highlighted on the map; if you click one of the highlights, this quest will be tracked on your minimap. This means you’ll get a compass heading pointing you to the nearest quest objective, AND quest-relevant regions will be highlighted. How convenient!
Quest Tracking
You have a new best friend, and his name is M, the key you press to bring up your map. Your active quests will be highlighted on the map; if you click one of the highlights, this quest will be tracked on your minimap. This means you’ll get a compass heading pointing you to the nearest quest objective, AND quest-relevant regions will be highlighted. How convenient!
Turning in a Quest
Once you have completed all of the quest’s objectives, it’s time to turn it in and collect your reward. Check the quest description in your Quest Log where you go to turn it in. More often than not you will have to return to the character that originally gave you the quest, but some quests actually have you traveling to far off lands and new adventures.
Turning in a Quest
Once you have completed all of the quest’s objectives, it’s time to turn it in and collect your reward. Check the quest description in your Quest Log where you go to turn it in. More often than not you will have to return to the character that originally gave you the quest, but some quests actually have you traveling to far off lands and new adventures.