Pre-ordering the Warlords of Draenor expansion gives your account the ability to boost any character on your account to level 90. You can boost a level 1 character all the way to the top, or you can level them up to 60 and then apply the boost. Additional boosts may be purchased for $90. Why bother leveling a character all the way to 60 when you could just apply it right away? One word: professions. If you choose to boost a level 60 character who has already learned two professions- even if they're sitting at 1/600 skill points- those will immediately max out to 600. Professions can be very lucrative, but leveling them can cost you thousands and wipe out the tidy profits associated with them at end game.
I pre-purchased the Warlords of Draenor expansion as soon as it became available, and after an awful lot of hemming and hawing, decided to use my free level 90 boost on my Paladin, Acima, who had stalled out while leveling in the 40's and never really recovered. I already had all the professions leveled on other characters, so I wanted to choose the best 'overlap' profession for money-making cooldowns. After asking around on Twitter and doing a bit of research, I decided to make her an alchemist/herbalist. I already had a Transmutation-specialized Alchemist on my Shaman, and many Twitter friends suggested Acima should pick up the Flasks specialization.
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Level 60 to Level 90 Character Boost: An Illustrated Case Study
Character: AcimaClass: Paladin Spec: Protection
Class Specialization: The primary specialization is chosen at the loading screen; secondary class specialization (dual spec) was reset. Reputations:No reputations change. No Pandaria reputations are learned if you did not already know them. Talents: All Talents reset and all were opened to level 90 Glyphs: All glyph slots were opened and all glyphs reset. No new glyphs are learned.
Professions: I chose Alchemy and Herbalism; no new recipes are learned. Profession Specialization: If you choose Engineering or Alchemy, you will not learn a specialization. Secondary Professions: Cooking, First Aid, and Fishing Secondary Boosts: Only First Aid was boosted to 600. Cooking and Fishing remained at 1/600.
Quests: Your account-wide quests remain active, and the quest A Flash of Bronze, which gives your character access to the Timeless Isle, is added to your log book.
Gear: All gear replaced with 483 iLevel items; item 'look' is the same as the Mists of Pandaria items purchasable from 'Adventuring Supplies' vendors throughout Pandaria. Bags: All existing bags are replaced with Embersilk Bags. Everything is emptied out of your bags, and then mailed back to your character (from you to you). Flying: Character learned Flight Master's License, Cold Weather Flying, Expert Riding (level 60), and Artisan Riding (level 70), but NOT Master Riding or Cloud Serpent Riding
The Boost Process: Once your character is level 60, if you're choosing to get her there for the profession boost, you may click on the gold shield to the left of your character list in the WoW character login page. From there, the level boost process moves forward. Your character is deposited in the Eternal Vale at either the Shrine of Seven Moons or the Shrine of Seven Stars, depending on your faction.