WoW pacifist reaches level 85 through picking and mining

One doesn't typically create a new character in WoW with the sole intent of picking flowers for five months, but US player Everbloom has apparently taken great pains to prove they are anything but typical. Late last week, the Night Elf Druid of indeterminate sex announced she (?) had achieved the ultimate in alternative advancement by reaching level 85 through gathering professions alone.

“Well I did it, lol. It was certainly a different way of levelling, requires lots of patience, but I did get to see the whole game in a new light,” wrote Everbloom on the character's online WoW profile, where proof of the grind-tastic, zero-violence task sits for the world to see.

Everbloom claimed the project provided a new appreciation for the game, as climbing the ranks sans-killing required sneaking into virtually every last nook and cranny of Azeroth in search of mining, herbalism and archaelogy materials.  

"If you like to explore, and enjoy a challenge I really REALLY recommend this," he (maybe?) said, explaining, " I have been playing since day 1 on other characters and I even have an original Loremaster (you know, back when it was hard) and I saw so MANY new things with Everbloom that it really made it worthwhile for me to continue on with this character and each level was a major achievement!"

Asked how long the achievement took, Everbloom added, "Oh I try not to look at days played. First rule about number of days played is we don't talk about number of days played! hehe."

When the character was created last November, the original goal was to reach level 85 without finishing a single quest. Everbloom was thwarted in this particular endeavour, however, when the-elf-which-may-or-may-not-be-a-dude-posing-as-a-chick opened a letter from an NPC during the "Invitation to the Argent Tournament" event and was credited with having completed a mission. Everbloom pleaded Blizzard to take down the errant score, but was told the stat would stick.

Undaunted, Everbloom is determined to try again, writing, “I am server transferring this one to Antonidas to join the guild <Peace Corps> which is a 0 kills guild that was started there for us alternate advancement people! I think most of the guild is searching out quests that require no killing, but I shall stick to my 0 kills 0 quests attempt yet again! Come join the ... fun? ;)”
We'll …pass?

[Source: WoW via PC Gamer]

April 11, 2011


  • Leghar - April 15, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    Oh yeah, great idea, lets prospect and pick flowers for months on end and pay money for it... Instead of actually getting a job involving such and making money... no your right... /win
  • VaneTrago - April 12, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    Way to further crank up the boredom on a game that was already monotony driven.
  • talkraider - April 12, 2011 6:32 p.m.

  • blast73 - April 12, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    I have been playing WoW for two weeks now, and I am lvl 50 with like 3 days played. I can't imagine how long that must have taken because all I do to level up is dungeons and some Quest every once in a while.
  • thochaos - April 12, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    I remember hearing about this back at the start. Surprised they went through with it.
  • Sinosaur - April 12, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    Considering the sort of experience I've made dicking around with Archaeology and the gathering professions, it's certainly possible and a lot easier to complete this task than it was for that guy who was levelling up a character a year or so ago who refused to kill and had to sit in battlegrounds healing. Seriously, just load up some TV shows you've been meaning to watch and go for it. Also, you could probably make a ton of money (in game).
  • laurenhiya21 - April 12, 2011 1:31 a.m.

    Well, I don't know if that's impressive or not, but whatever I'm not really sure about the difficuly and level cap of WoW, so I don't really know... (and I'm used to Mabinogi, where level 85 is really low)
  • koubo - April 11, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    That's crazy. Awesome, but crazy. I don't think I would have the patience to do that for one day, let alone 5 months.
  • Terrorrizor - April 11, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    I'd be more impressed if he did 15 prestige on black ops with 0 kills and deaths lol. (no glitches either)
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 11, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Kudos to him/her(?)I know I'd never be able to do that.
  • bigwill1221 - April 11, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Not that hard(especially if you get a friend with passenger mount)
  • BadLadJon - April 11, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    strange actually, i said to my bro "imagine getting to level 85 purely from professions"
  • Crabhand - April 11, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    Had to take freaking forever, but I suppose it's an interesting way to play.
  • Dubious - April 11, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    Flower Power!
  • thewulfen - April 11, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    Pro status...
  • StealthyMangos - April 11, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    There goes my hero, watch him as he goes...picking flowers

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