Those playing with Wrath of the Lich King have their level cap increased to 80.
Those playing with Cataclysm have their level cap increased to 85.
Those playing with Mists of Pandaria have their level cap increased to 90.
- Additional notes
- An elite NPC or mob should be much tougher than a character of that level.
- A hostile creature more than ten levels about your own will display its level as either ?? or a skull. Bosses will always appear as level ??, regardless of your level, and are treated as being three levels higher than you for the purposes of level-based combat calculations.
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 gear or reputation. See, for example Activities guide for characters at level 80.