As I’ve mentioned before, my husband and I create pairs of toons to level together, usually different classes that we hope will complement each other in some way. I know some other folks out there do this as well, and reading Bunnyfer’s post today over at Chronicles of Undermine has got me thinking again about new combinations we might try.
When my husband first decided to join me in playing Horde side, he rolled a warlock to play with my hunter. Instant group of four, right? Well, we never quite got it together. I was playing my hunter too much for him to catch up with me. I did shelf my hunter for a bit to play my mage, but then he ended up not enjoying his warlock so much, so that duo was shelved, and my hunter has gone on to be one of my regular solo characters.
Our next pairing was a warrior/priest combo. This, we felt, would make filling out pugs for instances very easy, since it seems like we’re always waiting for either a tank or healer. Again, we didn’t start the characters at the same time, and so after a bit of leap frog (plus the realization that husband minds pugging much more than I do), these also became solo characters. They’re about the same level now and do work together quite a bit, but we don’t play them exclusively together.
With our third pair of toons, our shaman/pally duo, we decided to start them exactly at the same time and only play them together, and this has worked quite well. There have been a few spots where someone has gotten a bit more experience (via class or profession quests), but mostly we level within 5-10 minutes of each other. We’re not competing for gear, since I’ve been wearing mail (and now plate) and he’s been wearing leather (and now mail). I do mining/blacksmithing and he does skinning/leatherworking, so we’re not competing for resources either. It’s been a very powerful pairing, too. I’m protection spec for now, and he’s enhancement. We’re both strengthened by my auras and blessings and his totems. I can tank, if necessary, and both of us can heal and resurrect. He can reincarnate to prevent us from wiping. We’ve been successfully running a lot of the instances with just the two of us when we’re on the higher end of the level recommendations. This past weekend we did SM Library and even took down Arcanist Doan! Took us two tries, but we finished him off and got the Scarlet Key. 🙂
Again, not that I need another alt, but I know that some other folks pair up toons with their significant others and friends as well. What interesting pairings have you tried that you’ve liked? What pairings might you like to try?