Guide to Dark Elf Solo Grinding
I’m a level 38 dark elf going warlock, and I’m just there to share my experiences. All you 1337 pr0z please ignore this post.
I would like to thank Vitam and my guild for the help and support on grinding.
I would also like to thank all the elves who were willing to buff me with int blow. (altho "int blow me" sounds pretty weird, the translators probably had no idea what "blow me" meant. )
The most common build for warlock is 3:1 int:vit. For PVP oriented players maybe 2:2 or some prefer 2:1:1 int:psy:vit. Or maybe you have your 1337 build all figured out. But as far as I am concerned, as of now, I’m putting every single point in int. If you want to grind fast, you gotta kill fast, if you want to kill fast, you get more damage. Eventually you will want to add vit for PVP purposes, but you can always put vit later. You can either put 3:1 every level and level at mediocre speed, or you can put 4:0 for the first 3/4 levels and get all vit later to level at max speed and get the same build. Your choice.
Sorry, I never do quests. Grind all the way. By moving around for quests, I get distracted by all sorts of other stuff and end up wasting time on thing I shouldn’t be.
Don’t worry about equipments, get the best staff you can for your level, but do not waste time trying to find/make/buy a better weapon/armor, it’s simply not worth the time. Had you put all that time working for equipments on grinding, you could be wearing the next set already. The general rule for equipments, the following stats are most important, in order: +x int, matk + x%, +x p.def, +x psy, +x health regen. You’ll notice I did not put +x mana regen, because it is completely worthless. We will not regen mana when we have dark eye on, and all our mana come from mana coil if managed well.
Items I spend money on, in the list of important: teleportation stones, pots, pet food, gears, refine.
Try not to spend time in town unless it’s absolutely necessary, know what you will do beforehand so that you won’t be running back and forth. As soon as you are done, go back to grinding. You ARE a machine.
As far as grinding goes, teleportation is most useful, followed by speed, and then hp. Considering it takes 500 hours for the pet to level up, you’ll want to have them out as often as possible. Personally, I picked speed pet.
Mount is totally overrated. As far as grinding goes, mount is next to useless. If you can keep grinding until level 50 nonstop, I suggest skipping the level 30 mount. By the way, pet and mount stacks if you didn’t know.
When you have a guild, the 1337 gears you get that you can’t use won’t be wasted, and you can instantly store items in via guild mail. But if you really want to help your guild, you should party them for exp instead of solo. In which case this guide is NOT for you.
-Drink pots to save time whenever you can. Grinding is all about efficiency. Pots boost efficiency.
-If you ever have to sit, which you shouldn’t have to past lvl 15, turn off dark eye, as it disables mana regen completely. If you are uber 1337 h4x pr0, turn off dark eye on/off for max mana regen, while grinding.
-Never run around too much just pick up crones, they waste time to pick up and most of your income will come from selling accessories and item loot, the crone loot is maybe 15% of all my income, had you spend that time on grinding instead of picking up, maybe the item loot will outvalue that 15%.
-Always press TAB to find the closest target possible to save yourself time. You will notice after the monster die you will not be able to TAB to the next monster. You’ll just have to TAB twice (took me forever to figure this out)
-Personally I prefer finding a spot of 3-4 spawns close to each other in a way that after I kill the 3rd or 4th monster, the 1st one re-spawns. This grants constant speed for leveling. If you stand in the middle of them, you never have to run too much, saving time. By not running around too much and memorizing the spawns, you will not die because something spawned next to you. The two main causes of deaths for me are 2 crits in a roll and random spawns. I deal with crits by drinking pot.
-When you normal attack, you can press QWEASD keys to move, this is very helpful, try to have the monster hit you only once before it dies instead of two.
-If you can use a teleportation stone, don’t walk. If you want to go to Last Warzone, click Meeting Hall and buy the portal stone instead of walking. Save time = more time grinding = more levels.
-Keep your teleportation in seperate stacks, so if you die, you don’t drop all of them. To seperate, either buy them in smaller numbers twice, or move the item holding SHIFT. I lost my teleportation stone once, and spent 15 mins walking back to montt from orc fortress. That could of been 15% more exp.
-Keep all valuables in storage.
-For the 80th and 100th m.kill, kill something hard ONLY if it’s not too far away. For all others mkill counts (20, 40, 60), don’t bother please, keep grinding where you were.
-The best buff for you is int blow, increase matk by 25% by healer. Get it whenever you can. And I DO mean WHENEVER you can, if you see an elf anywhere, don’t be shy, ask for it. I found most elves were willing to buff me, and trust me, I remember all their names and they shall have my gratitude.
-Do something else while grinding so you don’t get bored to death, I listen to seminar, talk to dormmates, chat on phone, listen to music, drink and eat, chat online all while grinding.
-Grinding on monsters your own level is best because they drop gears you need, you kill faster and die less.
-If there’s something you can’t kill in 2 spells and 3hits and you have to use a 3rd spell, but you feel the damage of the 3rd spell is wasted, here is what you can do. spell -> hit -> spell -> mouse click to move while casting -> next spell. This way, there will not be a normal hit after the 2nd spell, resulting in 3 spells and 1 hit.
-1-5 just max energy spear and kill spiders. As soon as you get your first 250gold, go in town and buy a stack of 25 health potions and a stack of 25 mana potions. They are 5g and 4g each. This will greatly reduce your downtime to ensure leveling at max speed. M.kills means a great deal right now, try to kill a nog or something if you can for the mkill.
-6-10 you want to get lvl 1 dark msg. lvl 1 dark eye, lvl 1 health coil, and lvl 2 mana coil. You should be killing the lvl 5 and lvl 7 spiders using a 1-2 spells with normal hits. Remember to keep moving when you normal attack for max efficiency. Kill a golo for mkill.
-10-17 you should kill the lvl 9/12 nogs and 15 spiders directly north of montt. Max mana coil and then focus on health coil. Mana coil costs less and grants you nonstop leveling. If you only get hit once per monster, pot and health coil would be enough to keep you grinding nonstop. Go further north for forlons for m.kill.
-18-25 as soon as you max health coil and mana coil, you should head to forlons. They are northwest of montt, past the blood golos. By the way, golos fail, they are ranged. Forlons are really good for grinding. The way I grind, coil-> hit twice while moving back -> energy spear ->finish, then I start with the other coil. Everytime your m.kill start blinking, go for the calvary.
-26-30 for skills, you have a few options, cold wave, int beam, and encouragement. You should get level 1 of int beam and encouragement for finishing blow, or you could max all 3 of them. Personally I have lvl 5 cold wave and lvl 5 int beam. Revengers are really good for grinding at this point. Keep moving west from montt and you’ll see alot of them one the left side eventually. Go for luzark leaders for mkill bonus.
-31-35 if you REALLY want to max your leveling speed, max encouragement and the crit skills. dark msg is a must for pvp so you have to max it either way. lvl 1 sleep helps alot when you are in trouble. Grind on titanium keepers, they are really well hidden, on the VERY west side of ignis. Move south from last warzone along the road, they are hidden in a valley so you have to climb up the wall on the right hand side. Marvas knight/fel rider for mkill.
-36-38 This is where I am, Fel riders and marvas knights. Directly east from where the titanium keepers are, on a target looking hill. Marvas marksman for mkill.
I hope this could help some new players, or if one of you 1337 people reading this, I hope you found something new and helpful.
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Race: Dark Elf -> Warlock