Twinks are player characters who have gained the best powerful gear for their level with enhancements such as expensive weapon enchants, leg patches and BoE/BoP greens, blues or epics. Twinks are mainly used in PvP fighting and Battlegrounds. Twinks obtain their items through rare drops, drops off of bosses in instances, rewards from quests that are difficult to complete at their level, and from the Auction House. Twink items on the Auction House can be expensive. Twink enchantments can only be performed by high-level characters. Therefore, twinking usually requires significant assistance from high-level alts, friends, and/or guild members. However, there are examples of self-made twinks that generate the necessary gold from Auction House trading or other in-game methods.
Twinking is common in MMORPGs, including World of Warcraft, though many mechanisms are in place that limit a player's ability to equip a character with gear beyond its level. Although Blizzard remains neutral on the subject and has confirmed that they neither endorse nor oppose twinking, the topic continues to be very controversial in the game. While some argue that twinking a character requires considerable effort and is a legitimate goal and facet of game-play, some argue that twinking is an inappropriate use of gold, and that they have an unfair advantage against regular players in PVP. Twinks are generally lvl 19 or 29, although they can be any level between 1-(%max level-1). Levels of twinks and "twinking" in World of Warcraft are commonly associated with PVP brackets for battlegrounds. The common rationalization is that "they just stop leveling."
- Examples of twinking include
- Having a high-level character provide uncommon, rare, or epic Bind on Equip items to a low level character, or the gold to purchase those items,
- Having a high-level character farm an instance or accomplish high level quest chains with a lower-level character for the sole purpose of getting some items; The higher level character has no need for the gear, leaving all gear up for grabs by the lower level character, who can simply sell what he does not want and use the resulting gold.
- Enchanting or applying arcana to a low-level character's equipment with bonuses that require large amounts of gold or high-level materials.
- Sending massive bulks of ingredients to a low level character so it can power level its professions, in particular Engineering and Blacksmithing, which allows the creation and use of equipment without level requirements.
- Also leveling their fishing skill up to 150 and using shiny baubles to raise it to 225 and fish in Stranglethorn Vale in the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza for a Hat and Boots.
Twinking is most often done in order for a level 19 or 29 character to compete in the 10-19 and 20-29 battleground brackets. Two popular classes for twinks in World of Warcraft are rogues and hunters. This is because rogues gain a lot from twinking, and hunters do well in battlegrounds, especially at low levels since many melee classes have no way to stop a hunter who can kite. Their damage is largely affected by the gear they have, so they can go above and beyond what other classes could twink to. Also, because many of the best items in the 10-19 bracket are leather and have agility and stamina on them, rogues and hunters gain the most from these stats.
World of Warcraft has several mechanisms in place to reduce twinking, including:
- Minimum level requirements to use or equip items.
- Minimum level requirements to do quests and thus receive quest reward items.
- Minimum level requirements for potions, buffs and healing spells.
- Minimum level requirements to advance in professions.
- Minimum level requirements on enchantments in the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansion (new enchants have an item level requirement of 35/60 respectivley).
- Binding of items on pickup or use to prevent "hand-me-downs."
On the flip side, patch 2.3 was arguably the best pro-twink patch in WoW history, encouraging players to solo level (by reducing the experience needed to do so) and increasing experience awarded, while at the same time upgrading most or all dungeon loot and even adding in an epic ring requiring level 29, the high end of one of the popular twink brackets.
Starting with patch 2.2, Blizzard is adding gear as a factor in matching BG groups/players, so twinked players will be more likely to face twinks and characters passing through a given level will be more likely to face others like themselves. Also, max level raid geared players will tend to get opponents in epics and casual players in green/blue gear will face gear similar to their own.
Future of Twinks
As the Wrath of the Lich King expansion release approached, rumors swirled that Blizzard might be adding XP gain into the battlegrounds, thus severely reducing one of the main PvP outlets for twinks. However, a Blizzard forum poster put that speculation to rest for the near future and said this will not happen when the expansion released.
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