Tauren Druid Irenic of Mal’Ganis US has brought new meaning to pacifist leveling in the context of WoW. Dubbed by some forum readers as the “new ironman”, Irenic has leveled from 0 to 90 without completing a single quest. There’s only one quest completed in his log, and that was an unavoidable one which completed automatically, and he’s tried his best to have GMs remove it.

Examining some other stats on Irenic’s armory, it quickly becomes clear just how much he hasn’t been doing. His kills currently have a bug where the total kills from his main character, Kojinen, also on Mal’Ganis US, are being displayed on his alts as well, throwing the stats off a bit, but looking at his kills, the numbers say it all. Creatures killed: 0. Critters killed: 0. Not a single azerothian resident has been felled at the hands of Irenic. His total damage dealt is a paltry 92, throughout his druid’s life in-game, and that was before he learned to target himself so he didn’t retaliate when attacked. Instead, he ran. Did he die a lot? His death toll is 271, 13 of which were from falling. If you avoid arenas, battlegrounds, and raids and dungeons, you don’t die a lot!

In keeping with his pacifist attitude, Irenic has not run a single dungeon, not entered a single battleground. He can’t even run dungeons as a healer, as he risks having kills attributed to him: logically too, after all, while he isn’t dealing the killing blows a healer is basically an accessory to the killing of trash and bosses.

Remarkably, Irenic’s pacifist druid has hit 90 before the character he calls his main: his goblin warrior, who has no such gentle tendencies. But, if you’re not questing, and not doing battlegrounds, and not even killing anything, how do you level? A quick-witted reply might be “slowly”, but Irenic’s druid had a total /played time of 12 days 4 hours 33 seconds at the very second when he dinged 90. While that certainly won’t win any awards for speed, it’s hardly glacially slow either. So how did he do it?

Firstly, no, he didn’t use Recruit-a-Friend. As he says on the official forums, this was a solo effort. Instead he leveled purely through exploration, mining, herbalism and archaeology. And for clarity, he didn’t just do this from 85-90, this was from day one. He’s never upgraded his starter zone gear. It’s unclear whether he even went to Pandaria, as he says, “Since the entrance to Pandaria isn’t designed to be entered without questing & killing I spent all my time doing archaeology, and gathering in Kalimdor.” Looking at his exploration achievements, it doesn’t appear that he’s set foot in the new continent at all. So, it seems it’s possible to level from 85-90 purely by doing archaeology and gathering. That must have taken a good dose of patience!

  • 7BitBrian

    What would make this story even more cool: if this person RPed and worked this into their character story.

  • St_Draco

    Oh man you don’t have to kill anything to get to 90?  This game is clearly for casuals =P

  • Brian Silva

    Is it just me or is the left audio output always like 3x quieter

    • http://twitter.com/cipero Matt Cipriano

      dude my right earphone always busts out

  • http://twitter.com/Deilwynna Johan Bärtzner

    i cant even get my thumb out my ass to lvl 88 to 90 on my paladin…

  • Monstercloud

    This is nothing new, I believe someone on a night elf did it in cataclysm.

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      Yes, but with Cata, he wasn’t avoiding all the new zones.  With Cata you could explore and gather through all the zones, except maybe Vashj’ir and Deepholm. 

      • Monstercloud

         ..So you’re saying it’s different because he didn’t go to Pandaria?

        No… just no. Regardless of where he went, he leveled the same way as someone who has already done it before.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WZ324KCWGCMJENR2ZFFTCK3QP4 Blaze

    sounds like fun..  NOT

  • http://twitter.com/TheAshBringer23 Peter

    Well if you want to do things the hard way…

    • jayremy

      Not hard but the ridiculously long way.

      They made questing and maybe xp farming dungeons the only efficient manner of leveling- it really shouldn’t be so. I say more openness in how you would like to progress fairly should be available.

      If you want to kill hard npcs, go ahead, want to kill boars from 1-90 entirely or explore and kill a bit of every NPC in any order you please you should be able to: without suffering from a + 200% increase in time to level.

  • http://twitter.com/FishBaitism Fish Bait

    Ran away when attacked…
    Sure it wasn`t Alliance? ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rifat-Ansary/673460405 Rifat Ansary

    lol the video is of TB

  • Morturion

    I almost want to try this as well, but I don’t feel like paying 15 bucks a month for the 8 days every month that I play a video game. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JD5RIAPTFFZFIF3DCNYVVG7NIQ Kyle Bohannon

      this is why i wish they allowed customers in the US and EU to purchase block time like they do the china customers. i would gladly pay for a couple of hours of game time. to me personally it feels foolish for me to pay 15 bucks for a months worth of game time when i know ill probably only play it one or two days

      • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

        I don’t know, it would be horrible to run out of gametime (or my tank running out of gametime)  in the middle of a boss fight or dungeon run. Or be required to visit a Internet cafe and get in your gaming time during a rental period.

        Much prefer, paying a month sub or f2p cash shop game, letting me play as much or as little as I want to play. 

        • Deathstar2x

          It doesn’t have to be one or the other though. It could have both a monthly subscription option and a pay for game-time option.

  • http://twitter.com/zaqnak ville taipale

    way to use Totalbiscuits cataclysm beta footage :D

  • http://twitter.com/EriksOcakovskis Ēriks Očakovskis

    Standard B-roll, i think not! it is TB, sir!

  • jayremy

     WoW would’ve been that much better if questing didn’t make leveling the only efficient method of leveling. It would be nice to reach say 90 in maybe 10-20% longer without doing a single quest, just adventuring and killing things: the fun stuff in an MMORPG, not running from quest giver to quest giver limited to specific mobs.

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      One of the main complaints about Cata was players were leveling and rep grinding through dungeon runs and hitting level cap before finishing the questing zones.

      Not so sure about just wandering around aimlessly, there are so many major stories to be told in Pandaria. Once you complete the Jade Forest there are so many directions to take your characters. 

      The idea of just grinding kills to level, just doesn’t sound fun. 

      • jayremy

        It’s about having that free choice to go a path you want, not some linear one way street where there are mobs you just want to avoid, ignore and skip past constantly because anything that isn’t a quest objective is slowing you down.

        Having other things to slow you down are what I find as a problem. Why is reaching 90 an issue if you like the quests you do? If you were following a select path you should be doing so because you like the story, if you just want to level and quit questing at 90, then you shouldn’t be complaining about that: At least that is a choice you DO have.

        For those who maybe not care and just want to level and roam aimlessly, they should be allowed to, some times it is fun to deviate, just because you might not think so doesn’t make ti true for all

        People don’t really have a choice to go about looking for random hidden quests, locations or NPCs and quite frankly Blizzard has but relatively non in since the days of TBC to Cata, and where at there highest in Vanilla. Original WoW was more resembling of what I am talking about, though quests helped leveling much then too, it was nowhere near the same or as impactful as quests now.

  • paul_gillespie1

    Maybe If He could answer the burning question WHY ?

    GW2 would be a perfect game for this guy since no one can answer the question WHY in that game either lol.

  • Dennis Schmidt

    The sad thing is, he almost beat me to 90, I just dinged about a week ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dark.blue.750 Dark Blue

    I’m a little confused by this. I looked up the characters, and yes he has no kills, but it is saying he’s done quests and dungeons (some actually done in 2008!). I even compared them to his main in case it was the same bug that was sharing the honorable kills, but the dates were different.

     Now it is still possible to do quests as long as you don’t need to kill anything (which is rare in this game) but it’s impossible for the ‘The green hills of Stranglethorn’ achievement that’s shown he’s done, to be done without killing. Same with others like the ‘King of the mountain’ quest chain. In fact, he has a hell of a lot that can only be completed by killing.

     Am I missing something or is there something really not right here?

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      Many achievements are now account based. 

  • Dekin

    One word “commitment”

    • DoctorOverlord

      Or crazy, but to each their own :)   That is one of the cool things about MMOs, the variety of ways to play the same game.  

  • HappyHansel

    He is my Care Bear god.