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Is WoW Legion Free? The Ultimate Guide

The Short Answer

No, World of Warcraft: Legion is not free. But there are ways to access all of its content without paying real money, which we‘ll cover in this detailed guide!

Understanding WoW Expansions

First, some background. WoW is a subscription-based MMORPG, meaning you have to pay monthly beyond the free level 20 cap. Expansions like Legion also require separate purchase to unlock new content.

Legion was WoW‘s 6th expansion, released in August 2016 with a level 110 cap. It introduced the Broken Isles zone, Artifact weapons, Class Halls, and other major features.

While the base WoW game offers about 20 levels for free, everything beyond that requires both an active subscription AND purchased expansions to play.

So Legion itself is not free – it must be bought separately. But there are creative ways to enjoy it without spending real money. Keep reading to understand how!

Using WoW Tokens

The best way to access Legion for free is to acquire WoW Tokens. Here‘s a quick explanation of how these work:

  • WoW Tokens can be purchased from the in-game Auction House for in-game gold.
  • These tokens can be redeemed for 30 days of game time, or for $15 of Blizzard Balance.
  • Each token costs around 190,000 to 205,000 gold based on current prices.
  • So if you farm enough gold per month, you can essentially play for free!

This means that while you need to purchase the Legion expansion itself, you can cover your subscription time entirely through Tokens bought with farmed gold.

Let‘s look at some estimated gold farming rates:

Activity Gold Per Hour
Running old raids 10,000 – 25,000g
Herbalism farming 15,000 – 30,000g
Mining 8,000 – 15,000g
Skinning 6,000 – 10,000g

Based on this, obtaining enough gold for a WoW Token takes about 10-20 hours of dedicated farming. This allows you to play Legion for free by paying your subscription with gold instead of real money.

Preparing for Legion

Once you‘ve obtained Legion, here are some tips to prepare:

  • Get to level 98+ on your character, the minimum required to start Legion content
  • Complete the previous Warlords of Draenor expansion and get the best gear you can
  • Run Hellfire Citadel raid to obtain 690+ item level gear
  • Level your Garrison to 3 and build key structures like the Forge and Enchanter‘s Shack
  • Consider dual gathering professions like Herbalism and Mining to maximize gold income

Entering Legion fully prepared will make the experience much smoother. Take time to gear up, establish your Garrison, and learn your class.

Unlocking the Features

Once ready, here is an overview of how to access everything Legion has to offer:

  1. Purchase Legion expansion and activate it on your account
  2. Complete the Broken Shore scenario at 98+ to trigger Legion content
  3. Follow the questline to unlock your Class Order Hall at level 101
  4. Continue leveling through the four Broken Isles zones up to 110
  5. Max out your Artifact weapon and unlock the Netherlight Crucible
  6. Complete your Class Order campaign and mount quests at 110
  7. Gear up through World Quests, dungeons, raids, and reputation

Take your time to soak in the whole Legion experience. It offers some of the highest quality zones and content in all of WoW.

End-Game Considerations

At max level, Legion has a thriving end-game:

  • Suramar storyline and unlocking the Nightborne race
  • World Quests across the Broken Isles
  • Mythic+ dungeons with increasing difficulty
  • Emerald Nightmare, Nighthold, and Tomb of Sargeras raids
  • Artifact weapon traits, relics, and knowledge levels
  • Class Order Hall missions and champion gear
  • Prestigious solo challenges like the Mage Tower

The path to gearing up continues beyond 110. Legion offers some of WoW‘s most diverse end-game content, keeping you engaged for months.

A Thriving Expansion

Legion is considered one of WoW‘s best expansions. Let‘s look at some key facts:

  • Launch day sales topped 3.3 million copies
  • Increased active subs from 5.5 million to over 10 million
  • Added the Demon Hunter hero class
  • Introduced Artifact weapons with customizable traits
  • Included 12 dungeons and 4 major raid tiers

It reinvigorated the 12 year old WoW franchise, buying it another 5 thriving years and counting. Many players call it their favorite expansion thanks to its abundant content.

While not free, Legion offers a premium WoW experience worth the investment. Using WoW Tokens to pay with gold helps make that price more accessible.

The Verdict

So in summary:

No, World of Warcraft: Legion is not free to play. You must purchase the expansion and pay the standard WoW subscription fee to access its content.

However, you can avoid spending real money by buying WoW Tokens with farmed gold. This allows you to maintain subscription time entirely through in-game efforts.

By preparing thoroughly, taking advantage of Tokens, and immersing yourself in all Legion has to offer, you‘ll get your money‘s worth.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help new players get started with WoW Legion.