Two weeks ago, I challenged hunter extraordinaire The Grumpy Elf to get a character of any class (knowing full well he'd choose a hunter) to max level without taking any damage. Since then, my account has lapsed, so I'm relegated to my starter account until I get some other things taken care of. However, that doesn't mean I can't put some work into matching the challenge I set forth.
I've managed to get seven or eight warlocks to level 2 and 3 before deleting them because I keep forgetting one simple thing. The blood elf starting area, while relatively easy to get through, has more than a few areas where fall damage will occur.
Sadly, it's been the same place every time I've tried. Just inside the main building, around the ramp that leads to Solanian, there's a nice little exit with a balcony. If you leave that balcony by simply walking off, you take no damage. If, however, you do what nearly every single player does, and jump of the balcony, the additional two feet of height will cause a whopping two points of damage.
Two. Two points of damage.
But a challenge is a challenge, and two points is more than zero.
I should really start numbering my warlocks to keep track of them. But I'll get there. Grumpy's approach to the challenge (taking it a bit slower, but making sure to use maximum range at all times) seems to be just about the only viable approach. I'd love to see a melee class pull off a zero-damage character, but I can't see how that's possible without starting that character off with full heirlooms and the absolute best enchants possible. A rogue might be able to get out of the starting zone with the right gear. Beyond that, though, I can't really see another class making it.
I'd like to see if a Discipline Priest can do it. The main question is whether or not Power Word: Shield absorbs count as damage taken or not. If they do, then I can't see a priest making it. If not, however, I can see the first few levels being difficult, but once you get PW:S, it would get a lot easier.