Sunday, December 27, 2009

All About Battle.NET / RAF and Boosting.

So an anonymous user commented on my RAF post that it didn't contain enough information. I had a quick skim over what I had written and indeed it was very vague. I thought I would start a new post and put in alot more detail incase people come accross my blog via google or it is linked somewhere.

RAF or Refer-A-Friend is a Service provided by Blizzard for WoW Accounts. It allows you to refer a friend and when you are in the same party and between the levels of 1-60 you will gain 300% XP and be able to summon the referred player once per hour. You will also be able to grant levels to the person who referred you as a reward.

There are two common ways multi-boxers use RAF. They use it to level several teams up very very quickly or they use it to level one team up and then usually xfer the characters off to their main accounts. Here is an example of the two ways:

A -> B -> C -> D -> E.
This method allows you to use a Level 80 Character on Account A and 'boost' the other 4 accounts up in instances. It also allows you to summon B who then summons C who then summons D who then summons E to an instance location. Useful for boosting in places like Scholomance at 45, or Sunken Temple at 40 where your lowbies who are usually naked with no flightpaths would not survive the trip. The reason why you can use a Level 80 on Account A is because the RAF relationship between B -> C remains true even if A -> B should cancel it out.

This method is normally used where you are going to level up a team from scratch and not use a Level 80. If you attempt to use a character on Acccount A that is 4 levels higher than any of the others in the party the RAF will break in this scenario. However if you want to generate the most level 60 characters by granting levels this is one of the best ways. If your starting from scratch on a new server this is the way I would do it.

You CAN use RAF within the same B.Net Account or outside it. However on the secondary account be warned that you cannot transfer characters out of a newly created account for 30 days. This means if you have and that if you want to xfer the characters off the RAF accounts and onto say your WOTLK accounts then you will need to wait 30 days.

You can also only have EIGHT Warcraft Accounts linked to one account. Keep this in mind when doing RAF as for most people they are throw away accounts that you will never upgrade to TBC/Wrath/Catalcysm.

I used a Protection Paladin for my boosting. Here is the dungeons I ran.

1-10: Quested on 4 Slaves.
10-15 Deadmines (Alliance)/RFC(Horde)
15-22 Shadowfang Keep
22-40 Stockades(Alliance till 27)/SM Armory/Cath (Alliance/Horde)
40-45 Sunken Temple
45 -60 Scholomance

So to summarize:
8 WoW Accounts per Battle.Net Account
The positive RAF relationship will always override a condition that would otherwise break it.
30 Day Transfer between newly created Battle.Net Accounts which have the same Last Name.

Hope this helps some people out that stumble accross my blog!