I'm working on my first alt and have read several places that say if you want the fastest most efficient leveling go to Bree to quest as soon as you can. Well I made an elf and as soon as i finished the starter area and had free reign in the world I used a map portal to hengstacer farms that I had in my bags and moved on to Bree and Combe. The problem is I seem to be missing the epic quests and who knows what else. Did I move out too soon? Do I need to return to Celondim or can I pick up the epic story line in Bree somewhere.
Last edited by Grassrootz; Jul 15 2012 at 03:11 AM.
well u could go back, u may want check the barkeep atthe prancy pony. he may have ur strider epic quest. if not,, back to ered luin and find where u droped doing the epic line,, or u can simple go to archet and do the quest's.. as strider is in archet, an that take u maybe 10-15 min's. u'll be setting good have ur epic's, and tad over lvl u perfect shape
I'm working on my first alt and have read several places that say if you want the fastest most efficient leveling go to Bree to quest as soon as you can.
I am not sure where you read that. The fastest way to level is to do quests of your level - that means Dark Blue, White and Yellow quests, but in no way Green or Red. Bree only fits that description at 15-20, Starter areas exist for a reason.
Originally Posted by Grassrootz
The problem is I seem to be missing the epic quests and who knows what else. Did I move out too soon? Do I need to return to Celondim or can I pick up the epic story line in Bree somewhere.
Yes, if you go like that, you will be missing epic Quests, the first tier of crafting and the basic quests that teach you game mechanics in starter areas. I suggest you return to Celondim and take the intended route.
Also, I must warn you against the power-leveling in the game. The leveling is among the most interesting parts of the game, where the bulk of content takes place. If you're rushing to end-game, you will find that it is kinda lacking compared to stuff in mid-levels. Also, with power-leveling you'll be missing out virtues and other traits required for end-game. Those guides are written by people who already took several characters through entire game and know pretty much every quest already. For your first character, I really suggest taking it slow and enjoying the game for what it is.
Thanks for the replies... since this isn't my first or main character I wasn't too concerned about missing content. Unfortunately There aren't many leveling areas and they are starting to get a little boring doing the same quests over and over. I wish there were more areas to quest in for each group of levels.
there is more then enough stuff to do at every level. I have at the moment leveled my minstrel from 1 to 45 with going from aone to zone and quest hub to quest hub only doing little more then the quest deeds in every zone.
If you're just trying to level up an alt as fast as you can without missing really important stuff, I'd say it's safe to skip all of Volume 1 except for one short chain: the first part of the Angmar epic. You can't go to eastern Angmar (which requires going past the watching stones) unless you've done that short little chain, and you might need to go to eastern Angmar for some virtues. You can pick up the Epic stuff partway through; in other words, you can go straight to Angmar and grab that part of the Epic without having done previous parts.
Don't skip Vol. II or III, though, as there are lots of skirmishes you only unlock by doing those volumes.
There's currently a known issue with getting into Strider's room in the Prancing Pony, so that may be why you can't get the Volume I quests.
For quick levelling, I usually do Celondim as the starter area as all the quests go from hub to hub and take you north, instead of running all over the place like you do in the Shire or Combe.
Pick up a few quests in Gondamon to get to 15 if I'm not already there, then the class quest, then head to Bree for the tour, meeting the mayor, and doing the fedexs to the Lonelands and Trestlebridge at 16.
Generally do the first part (pre-Old Forest) of the epic as it gives good XP and it's quick, and much of it is instanced so you're not wasting travel time - I do take the detour out to Buckland to do that bit and to grab the stable there.
If I need to, I'll grab some of Chief Watcher Grimbriar's quests (not the ones that send you to Andrath), most likely by then I'm high enough level to do the orc-line quests from Saeradan, Andreg, Hengstacer's Farm, and Thornley's Farm, all of which take you to the same area.
That gets me to 20, and then off to the Lonelands, get everything in the Foresaken Inn, and do all of those, rinse and repeat. Sometimes pop up to North Downs for some of the stuff in Amon Raith, back to Lonelands, up to Meluinen or Esteldin, back to Lonelands, and then off to Evendim.