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Character Boost BloodElf

The Character Boost service featuring a blood elf.

The Character Boost (or simply boost) is a paid service that allows any character to be upgraded to a higher level that isn't already on the specified level. Purchasing an expansion grants a single character boost during the time of that expansion:

  • level 90 Character Boost was granted with the purchase of the Warlords of Draenor Warlords of Draenor expansion
  • level 100 Character Boost was granted with the purchase of the Legion Legion expansion
  • level 110 Character Boost was granted with the purchase of the Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth expansion
  • level 120 Character Boost was granted with the pre-purchase of the Shadowlands Shadowlands expansion
  • level 50 Character Boost is granted with the purchase of the Shadowlands Shadowlands expansion
  • level 60 Character Boost is granted with the purchase of the Dragonflight Dragonflight expansion

The Character Boost can be purchased through the in-game shop, currently priced at $60/£40.

Please Note: Purchasing a new boost that provides a higher level than the previous will not replace the lower one that is still unused (e.g. purchasing a level 110 boost will not replace a level 100 boost if that is still unused).
Demon hunters can't be boosted and allied races will not receive their heritage armor set if boosted.


Opposing the Iron Horde are the heroes of Azeroth—at the heights of power they've always been destined for. Even if you're new or returning to the game, Warlords empowers you to boost one of your characters to level 90 and master new abilities at the gateway to Draenor, so that you can charge into grand combat right away. Play the races and classes you've always wanted to try, wage war alongside your friends, and take your place among Warcraft's finest.[1]

In-Game Store

There comes a time in every hero's quest when they need a little boost to help get them over the hump and back into the action. With a level 110 character boost, you can grant one character a one-time boost to level 110 instantly.

*Boosting an Allied Race will not unlock their heritage armor set.


Level 90 Boost[]

Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content related to Warlords of Draenor.

Level 100 Boost[]

Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

Level 110 Boost[]

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

Since the release of patch 8.0.1, players who bought a boost before July 19, 2018, but didn't use it til after July 16, 2018, are eligible for a refund through August 12, 2018, due to the removal of the profession boost for characters at or above level 60 that had their existing primary professions and First Aid skill boosted to 800 skill level.[4]

Level 120 Boost[]

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

Limitations and Restrictions[]


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Character Boost step 1

Step 1

Character Boost step 2

Step 2
(Paladin specializations in this instance)

A level icon for the Character Boost will appear on your character selection screen next to the server name once you have the ability to boost a character. Clicking on this will open the two step process to boosting your character to the given level.

Step 1[]

Choose a character from your list
Create a new character

Step 2[]

Choose your specialization

Step 3[]

(Neutral pandaren only)

Choose your faction


Click next, confirm your choices, and click Level up!

Clicking "Level Up!" Gives you one final "Are you sure?" message in the center of the screen before the boost is used.

Veteran Bonus[]

Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 8.0.1.

If the selected character is level 60 or higher, it would have had its two primary professions and First Aid increased to skill 800. If the character did not have any professions learned, the game would have provided defaults based on the type of armor the character wears.[5]

Introductory experience[]

Freshly boosted characters do not immediately have access to all abilities appropriate to their level. Rather, they start out with a basic set of spells and abilities for their class, and must unlock the rest of their spells and abilities a few at a time by advancing through a short introductory experience.

After Patch 6.0.2, but before the release of Warlords of Draenor, boosted characters had to unlock their abilities through the Iron Horde Incursion world event in the Blasted Lands. With the release of Warlords, boosted characters instead acquire their abilities through the Warlords of Draenor intro experience.[6]

Veteran players that want to skip this progression of spells and abilities may either swap specializations or queue for an instance. This will unlock the remaining spells and abilities.[7]


What's New Character Boost

The Character Boost, What's New screen during Warlords of Draenor.

  • Previously, sometimes the server could be busy, and you would get a notification that it may be a few minutes. This was an issue when the boosts were first introduced.
  • Boosts do not have to be used immediately. Once obtained, a Boost can be held indefinitely until the player is ready to use it.
  • Note that the gear granted is specialization-specific. Gear for other specializations will not be supplied, and players should therefore take care to select their preferred specialization. However, obtaining level-appropriate gear for any spec is particularly easy on the Timeless Isle.
  • Boosted characters are immediately equipped with their new gear. The items that were on the character are mailed back to them. This mail expires after 180 days.[8]
  • Note that Master flying (The fastest flying speed) is not provided. This can be purchased from riding trainers for 5000g, subject to faction discounts.
  • Boosted characters will also receive any appropriate level-specific mail, namely A Well-Deserved Accomplishment (from Lorewalker Cho) for reaching level 90, and a Inv misc gift 02 [Magically Wrapped Gift] (from Rhonin) if the character was boosted past level 80.
  • The What's New button on the Game Menu is replaced with Character Boost until the character unlocks the Garrison.
  • Boosted characters will not be able to enter dungeons and raids from previous expansions for 24 hours after being boosted.
  • After completing the tutorial for the level 100 character boost, the player is immediately given B [10-45] The Battle for Broken Shore and placed in the corresponding scenario. However, if you have previously completed the Legion intro experience, it is possible to skip it just like on a normal character: by leaving the scenario or abandoning the quest after completing it, and then talking to Recruiter Lee/Holgar Stormaxe to skip directly to N [10-45] In the Blink of an Eye. This even applies to Class Trial characters.
  • Any unused Level 90 Character Boosts were converted to Level 100 Character Boosts with the release of the Level 110 Character Boosts.[9]



Main article: Character Boost gear list

When a character is boosted to level 90 or level 100, all gear slots are emptied and filled with new specialization-appropriate ilevel 483 (or ilevel 640 for level 100) uncommon-quality gear. The previous gear is mailed to the character. These mailed items may include Timeless items that were earlier mailed to the character by other characters on the same account. The boosted character can immediately turn these into epic quality gear, increasing that character's item level even more.

Official FAQ[]

Q: How does boosting a character work?

When you pre-purchase the expansion* or purchase a standalone character boost from within the game, a Character Boost token will appear on the character-select screen in World of Warcraft. Once you purchase it through either method, you can click the token to apply your boost at any time—no need to use it right away if you’re not ready. Keep in mind that character boosts are irreversible, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re boosting the character you really want to.

If you boost a level-60 or higher character, you’ll also get an extra bonus: both of your Primary Professions will be bumped up to 600, so you’ll be an instant pro at your chosen callings. If you’re boosting an existing character and want to change professions, just make sure you train the professions you want before you apply the boost. Also, if you’re not quite level 60 yet (but thiiiiiiis close), you might want to consider holding on to your boost token until you earn those last couple of levels—your boost will still be waiting for you when you’re ready.

Check out the Character Boost web page, watch our video guide, or read the support article for lots more information.

Q: What do I get with my character boost?

When you boost a character to level 90, whether it’s a newly created level-1 character or an existing character with some experience under their belt, you’ll receive the following:

  • 150 gold
  • 4 Embersilk (22-slot) bags
  • A stack of 20 food items
  • Full set of spec-appropriate Item Level 483 (blue-quality) gear [this appears to incorrect - gear is green, not blue]
  • If a boosted character was already level 60 or above, their existing Primary Professions and First Aid are bumped up to level 600, as mentioned above
  • A faction-specific flying mount—a traditional Wind Rider for Horde or Gryphon for Alliance
  • Artisan flying—that’s one rank below max flight speed
  • Northrend, Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms, and Pandaria regional flying skills trained

Q: Can I apply my character boost to any character on any World of Warcraft account?

That depends! If you pre-purchase the expansion, the Character Boost token will only appear when you’re logged in to the WoW account you upgraded to Warlords of Draenor. If you purchase a standalone character boost, you’ll be able to use it on any eligible World of Warcraft account on your account.

Note that if you’re upgrading to Warlords of Draenor directly from the World of Warcraft Starter Edition, it may take up to 72 hours for you to receive your character boost.

Q: Can I get a character boost immediately if I decide to pre-order a physical standard or Collector’s Edition from a retailer?

Players who purchase the normal physical standard edition or physical Collector’s Edition from a retail store will get their character boost when they receive their copies at the launch of the expansion.

Players who purchase the retail version of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor - Pre-Purchase Version with the red banner "Pre-Purchase to get Instant Level 90 Character Boost" will get the character boost as soon as they enter the code included in the box into the Account Page. The upgrade can also be bought digitally from the Shop using a range of payment methods (including Balance gift cards).

*Players upgrading to Warlords of Draenor from World of Warcraft Starter Edition must wait until trial restrictions are removed before character boost becomes available (may take up to 72 hours).



Patch changes[]

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Unused level 110 and level 120 character boosts changed to level 48 and level 50, respectively.
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2019-03-21): Fixed an issue that prevented Kul Tiran characters from using the ferry system in Boralus if they skipped the Battle for Lordaeron scenario or used a Level 110 Character Boost.
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2019-03-15): Fixed an issue that caused boosted characters to be incorrectly phased when trying to complete “The Battle for Broken Shore.”
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-07-19): Level 90 boosts were temporarily disabled, and should be again usable.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-12-14): Starting armor should now have dual primary stats for characters that utilize a Level 100 Character Boost.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Resolved an issue where Boosted Characters were unable to learn some Talents.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Boosted characters are now teleported to the Blasted Lands, instead of to faction shrines in Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
    • Boosted characters now start with a basic set of spells and abilities for their class, and must unlock the rest by advancing through the Iron Horde Incursion world event in the Blasted Lands.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2014-03-25): Resolved an issue where some boosted characters were unable to see the portal to Pandaria in capital cities.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2014-03-18):
    • Boosted characters now start in the Shrine of Two Moons for the Horde and Shrine of the Seven Stars for the Alliance.
    • Resolved a number of questing and phasing issues for boosted characters.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.7 (2014-02-18): Added.

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