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A level cap is the maximum level a player character can reach in a game. The base World of Warcraft game of World of Warcraft had a hard cap of 60th level, so no characters could go above this level without an expansion. The current World of Warcraft level cap (120) should be at Level cap/current. Some games have a soft cap.

When the level cap is reached, players who are used to the leveling game sometimes have difficulty working out how to continue their adventures. After reaching the cap, progression is mainly through crafting, gear or reputation. See, for example activities guide for characters at level 110.

Hard cap

A hard cap means the game enforces a maximum limit for the character's level and no additional experience can be gained after that level (level 60 in World of Warcraft or 70 in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade for example).

As of August 2016, the base World of Warcraft package has a level cap of 100 as it included access through the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Warlords of Draenor expansion.[1][2] As of October 2014, the initial version had a level cap of 90 and included access through the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria expansion.[3]

As of July 18, 2018, World of Warcraft Subscription replaced the World of Warcraft package and has a level cap that matches the expansion previous to the current one,[4] so 110 when Battle for Azeroth releases.

Soft cap

A soft cap means characters in a game don't technically have a maximum level, but after a certain level it gets very hard to increase levels and the benefits diminish rapidly or vanish, so the incentive goes away for all but the hard-core power gamers. Diablo I is a Blizzard Entertainment game with a soft cap, where the amount of experience required to level increased exponentially with each level with few benefits. In the past, the MMORPG game Shadowbane had a soft level cap (approximately level 45 - 50 and above).


  • A 60th, 70th, 80th, 85th, 90th, 100th, 110th, or 120th level elite NPC or mob should be much tougher than a level-capped character. Examples are pre- World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Alliance [70+] Magistrate Henry Maleb, who was very hard to solo even by a level 70 in epic​​ gear.
  • If at the level cap, a mob which still appears ?? (or Boss skulled) is referred to as a "boss" mob. This is done by Blizzard to hide the mob's Level.

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Battle for Azeroth (level 120)


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Warlords of Draenor (level 100)
Level 90, Patch 5.4
  1. ^ Allegra Frank 2016-05-18. World of Warcraft's most recent expansion now part of base game.
  2. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Nethaera 2016-05-19. World of Warcraft Now Includes Warlords. World of Warcraft official Community > General Discussion forum (US).
  3. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2014-10-14. Pandaria Awaits – World of Warcraft Now Includes Mists of Pandaria. World of Warcraft official game site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment 2014-10-14. Pandaria Awaits – World of Warcraft Now Includes Mists of Pandaria. World of Warcraft official game site (EU).
  4. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2018-07-18. Subscribe to WoW and Play Every Expansion Through Legion!. World of Warcraft official game site (US).