Although I’m still in the midst of leveling all of my characters, I feel I’ve got a good grasp on these levels and where it’s possible for someone to level. However, I’d like to start with a different tact on these levels. For in my opinion, within the level span of this leveling goal there are certain things which a player needs to be focused upon that were not really issues in the previous play. Now, these goals are fairly optional in all rights; you don’t need to do them. But, I strongly feel that these levels are ideal for accomplishing these goals or at least coming very close to doing so.
As you may recall, at level 39 you gained access to three Deeds (initiated by purchasing books from your class trainer) that require you to collect book pages for your character’s legendary skills. My suggestion would be to either actively or passively work on these as you level; meaning that you focus on completing quest content within the Misty Mountains and Angmar. And while these pages will drop off of humanoids residing in Angmar, The Misty Mountains, Eregion, Forochel and upwards; Eregion is best held off until 45 and Forochel is mainly full of animals. This leaves Angmar and The Misty Mountains as the best places for page collection. So, my advice is to first head into the Misty Mountains as your first step after beginning these deeds. Why the Misty Mountains? For two reasons:
- There are 8 pages that need to be collected for the deeds, the top four drop in Angmar and Eregion, while the bottom four drop in The Misty Mountains and in Forochel.
- There is just enough on-level content, including Volume 1, Book 5, that when you move onto Angmar at 42-43, you can go straight to Aughaire.
For those who are thinking about just grinding out the pages, be warned; grinding them out can be a real pain in the rear. Not only is a page drop random, but it is quite possible that a page will drop that you already have. However you won’t actually see the page in the mob’s inventory so it just looks like you didn’t get anything at all. It’s kind of a bummer, but just remember to keep it up and you’ll eventually get them all! If you’d like to know more about Legendary Traits, I personally consider MMOrsel to have the most up-to-date and extensive guide out there. I highly recommend using it.
Level 45 Class Quest
Secondly, look at your level 45 class quest before making a decision on where you’re going to level (again, take a look at MMOrsel’s Legendary Trait Guide for more information). Find out where your minor class items come from and consider leveling in an area that drops those items. Again, this usually these zones include Forochel, Angmar, Eregion, and the Misty Mountains and most zones that have higher level content. However it is possible to level within those areas at the same time by completing quests and gathering the required (minor) class quest items; even before you have begun the actual quest. As an alternative you can start grinding skirmishes and use both Skirmish Marks and the money that you make and purchase your Major and Minor class items through a combination of the Skirmish Barter Vendors and the Auction House.
For those who would prefer to go through the dungeons to gather the items, I recommend start trying to plan ahead and getting a group of volunteers to go through Carn Dûm and/or Urugarth. Be warned though, that two or more classes are eligible for each boss drop and most of the time when I’ve seen someone put together a group there is usually someone else who wants to come along for the same item. For the minor class items, I find that I usually go ahead and just grind those out with my level 40-ish character, although there are a few exceptions where I will take a group or use a higher level character. For those who have a higher level character, I would suggest using those characters to collect Skirmish Marks as they have a higher return rate for your time. Ultimately though, no matter what path you choose it really should be something that you focus on as some of the Legendary Traits that can be earned from these quests are some of the best ones in the game.
As if this wasn’t enough to focus on, Volume 2, Book 1 also opens up at level 45. I strongly encourage everyone at level 45 to take the time to head to Echad Dúnann to start working on Volume 2, Book 1 in order to open up the Legendary Item (LI) system. This will allow for a better weapon and class item than anything else available. The only downside is that at level 45, whether or not you can complete all the side-quests will depend greatly upon your level of skill and your class. I usually find it’s much easier to do most of these at level 46+, but I usually go ahead and skip the side-quests completely. Which means that I won’t benefit from any of the (very nice) rewards some of the quests hold, but I will have my two first LI’s. And while you won’t be able to start leveling any other LI’s until several more levels, upon finishing this storyline you will have Moria ready to be entered and plenty of time to get your current LI’s into a good state before you actually head in at Level 50.
There’s a lot to do at 45, but there is good reason as well. Level 50 was the level-cap for quite a while before Moria came out, so there are plenty of raids, dungeons, questing area, and Epic Storyline to get you through any kind of “rut” you may be experiencing. However, these three goals are my primary focus upon hitting level 45 with any character. So far it’ hasn’t steered me wrong, but I’m also interested in hearing about what other people have done to manage out this massive amount of content that seems to hit player all-at-once.