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[Guide] How to be strong for your level (Slow leveling)

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  • [Guide] How to be strong for your level (Slow leveling)

    OK. Time to update. Both the thread and my game play stance.

    This thread, from my point of view has always been focused on slow levelling and not camping. That is to say: selective XP acceptance. It was never my intention to promote permanently camping at any one particular level. This thread was intended to help people realise that they can slow down for a few months, a year and fix up their character to a competitive basis, before moving on up to the next bracket.

    The recent changes in the game have made the theory of slow levelling near enough impossible. There is no way to effectively slow level, short of actually stopping, which is not what this thread was about in the first place.

    The game right now, is very generous in their hand out of XP, which in my opinion, is not always in a developing characters best interest. The speed at which a new character can hit level 80 right now, is an insanely short time frame.

    So given that:
    • I have now been level 80, for the best part of 3 months or so,
    • the game is not recognisable in comparison to the game start point I started with, My choices in the early game days were viable, as time has progressed, those choices have become more difficult to apply in game,
    • the ever increasing pressure in game to level through event XP and enforced bonus's
    • to catch up and keep up effectively requires a massive amount of $ expenditure


    We can extrapolate several things:

    1) Camping is a viable game option, on the only proviso that you intend to completely stop at a predesignated level of your choice, cash a lot, not screw up and accept any XP from anywhere, and basically rule the roost at a level that is not 80. In the long run, you will be out performed by new characters that level above you. Those that advance, out perform those that sit stationary.
    2) If you intend to play the game to level 80 and beyond - slow levelling is probably not the most effective way any more. Slow levelling has it's place in my opinion: for example to earn certain titles and honour totals, easier than at 80: but beyond that: Get to 50, get your 50 Legend set, Move to 70 & get your 70 Legend set, move to 80, rinse and repeat.

    This thread has an incredible number of replies & views. I am amazed every time I visit here and see the totals. I hope that it has helped people, even if that help has only been to decide against slow levelling in their character development.

    I don't know how much longer I shall be playing the game. For now, I am still active on R2 S5, see you in the Euro CW, XSGB and XSBG.



    This guide is brought to you with the assistance of CreamySaucepan. A dirty cheating haxxor. But I lurves her. I can’t help myself.

    The link to this guide so you can share it with your friends: forum.r2games.com/showthread.php?63293-GUIDE-How-to-be-strong-for-your-level-%28Slow-levelling%29

    There are two ways to play Wartune in our opinion.

    The first way is to rush for the top: To be the first to achieve every accolade: Biggest, strongest, highest defence, highest rank etc. While there is nothing wrong with this playstyle, to maintain that #1 position eventually is gonna start costing you balens. Lots of balens. More balens than I can afford to throw at this game. The other problem is that with a new server - playing this style is fine within the realms of your server. It instantly becomes a problem as soon as the cross server things come into play and you discover that there are others your level, with much stronger builds as they've gone slower.

    The other way is to take your time and play at a slower pace. You get time to prepare in advance your gear, plan your build. Learn from others about strengths and weaknesses of new maps, gear, boss's etc - without having to be the guinea pig working it all out. Level has its advantages - in that as you advance, you open up new gear, troops etc. But overall - we think slower leveling is more rewarding and has a slower burnout potential.

    This list of ideas is to show you ideas and suggestions regarding how you can level more slowly, and thus build more strongly than your same level peers. We decided to split it into two sections. The first section will deal with ideas that everyone can utilise. The second part (in post number 2) will deal with more items that are more specific to cashers.

    Section 1: Ideas for Everyone:
    • Goals: Set yourself some mini goals to achieve. Be positive about reaching them. It’s important that you set something achievable. Rather than set your sights on #1 on the lists - set yourself a BR goal to hit before the next level. For example, at the time of writing Ginger was trying to achieve a 38500 BR, before he hit level 49. Other ideas for goals: Aim to get an astral leveled up, or a certain BR total, or maybe a guild skill done. Once you have your goal decided, put everything into achieving it!

    • Plan Ahead: Look into purchasing your armour sets (or the components of them) in advance. Purchase your rings and jewels in advance too! This gives you time, potentially to have them enchanted to the max level, fully socketed & refined, before you get to the level required to wear them. Then it's simply a case of swapping your gems over and you're away! Decide which skills you're gonna concentrate on in advance.

    • Avoiding Unnecessary Experience: I think it's pretty obvious to say that to level up slower, you need to avoid unnecessary experience. Take for example the guild tree: Huge amounts of experience, for very little return. Sure energise the guild tree as soon as it spawns - but then leave the guild chamber. Likewise don't do more than you need to of the daily quests, pick and chose the ones that benefit you most, or return least xp. Don't do the spire, don't do the bounty quests, or again if you have to pick the white ones that return the least experience.

    • Battlegrounds - A Gem Fest: Most players scramble for honour. While it's true a higher honour title allows for a better medallion, which in turn increases BR. We personally prefer to look at the other asset of BG - carting! You only get your first two runs per day to cart. If you keep your head down and remain inconspicuous, you can probably average enough crystals for 2 chests from the BG's. If you're lucky, that's approaching a level 5 gem every 2 weeks.

    • Gems: So maxed out all your gems? Don't want to buy 3 types of level 6 transposer to continue upgrading? Buy one transposer type, then use the blacksmith to convert them to the sort you actually want.

    • The Catacombs: are a fantastic source of gems and are pretty much exclusively the only source of crypt tokens. Much as I hate the huge experience rewards - I do love the other glittering prizes. I tend to limit my catacomb runs heavily. Though if I stay at a level longer than I plan to - I tend to party in the catacombs, earning extra gems and crypt tokens. For the daily devotion for the catacombs - you only need to enter the catacombs, there is no requirement to complete a level or anything. So you can just enter and leave.

    • The Tormented Necropolis: is a source of higher level gem Transposers & heavy volumes of XP. When you enter the Necropolis for the first time, spend the three keys and try to get as far as you can. Once you die, hit the respawn button and leave. When you re-enter with an extra BR chunk later on, you re-enter where you respawned last time with no key cost. There is no point wasting keys until you're sure you can get the rewards.

    • Farming: Depending on how much time you have to log in and sit behind a computer all day: depends how effective your farm can be. Hourly seeds are more productive than the 4 hour seeds - so if you can do hourly seeds all day - do. Also I tend to steal only the 4 hour seeds as you get more return for your click.

    • The Academy: While it may not seem it at first, it eventually forms a big factor in your strength. Its potential keeps increasing as you level up. Particularly once you reach level 41 & unlock the Academy Blessing Wheel. However: It takes a lot of kyanite (and time for non VIP) to max out, especially once you open up the advanced academy page, slow leveling helps this process as you’ll get more kyanite and time per level.

    • The Academy Blessing Wheel: The Blessing Wheel costs 2k a spin, and each sequential spin eventually maxes out at a 200% boost to your Academy boost. This is a massive boost. For Creamy at the time of this edit: It formed a 5.5K+ BR boost.

    • Refine your gear: Your gear comes (most of the time) with 5 random stats assigned to it. These are the usual suspects, attack, defence, HP etc. These stats add to your BR and contribute to your build. Refining these stats can make a chip in the window into a great big crack. Properly refined gear helps. For example - a mage using will destroyer has no need of any crit - refining will let you remove the crit and replace it something else. Refinement crystal shortage? Try using some excess insignias to purchase the 300 insignia brooch from the arena shop, recycle it for a refinement roll!

    • Astrals: A major gold sink hole. Astrals can form a significant portion of your battle rating. As such it’s important to keep spending gold on them, be it in huge chunks over days, or a little bit everyday. This will keep them leveling up and making them stronger. There are many guides here about the best way to capture astrals, as such, I’m not going to expand on that here. But simply leave it at: you should spend more gold on astrals.

    • Guild Skills: Like astrals, this is also a major sink hole for gold. Again like astrals and also like your academy, your guild skills eventually tally up to form a significant chunk in your battle prowess. They are however limited by the level of your guild. So at the risk of sounding quite shallow, a higher level guild is advisable for when you take the time to concentrate on these.

    • Daily Check In: Everyday online rewards you. Either through checking in enough days of the month or through the daily devotion system, with extra spins.

    • World Boss. The single biggest source of gold and daru in the game. Attend as many of these as you can. Gold is the most important commodity in the game, the game revolves around gold. I can’t stress enough how important gold is to maintaining character development. A quick tip for WB: initially - put your troops in front of you to tank for you. They'll buy you time to deal damage to the WB. Once you hit about 8k MDEF & ~25k HP, try tanking the WB, put yourself in front, you should last all 6 hits & your troops will earn you a few extra k as they'll survive. (Credit to yeayah for reminding me of this)

    • In need of some extra gold? Got a load of insignia sitting around? Purchase a load of lvl 3 XP books from the arena shop. A bargain at 10 insignia each it's quite cheap to get 100 of them (1k insignia). Then sell them. That's a quick easy 200k gold in your back pocket.

    • Solo and MP Dungeons. Running dungeons that are a lower level than your character, reduces the amount of xp they give. At level 59 I tend to run Delphinian Swamp & Buradoths Grave or The Graveyard & Void, as they give very little xp and high yield rewards. Such as Bound Balens or Legendary stones...

    • The Free Balens Button: There is some respite for the non spender with the 'get free balens' button - now while this is not perfect for everyone as it is quite region/country specific - I can supplement my account with as many as 30 or 40 balens a day, just watching videos. Although it probably averages around 18 to 20 or so a day. The one off offers are also very good - especially if they have things you're after, or if it's just a questionnaire where you can lie through your teeth about everything. However I would offer some advice when doing these offers: firstly use a dummy email, and never give out accurate personal information, avoid anything that wants to install anything or download to your computer.

    • Spire & Tower of Kings: If you set up a party by yourself, click the start button and confirm that it's hard and designed for a party: You end up in a small preparation area. If you exit from the preparation area using the exit button at the bottom right of the screen: you get your daily devotion or 10 shadow souls for no XP. There is discussion that you can play The Spire, get the rewards and avoid the XP - However we have been unable to replicate the outcome in our testing.

    • Circuit Quests: Possibly the most boring (and at times frustrating) part of the game, the rewards are actually very good for the slow leveling. No XP, gold, daru as well as all the bits you earn for doing the quests, 50+ get lots of sylph essence. Thanks to Taylorina, here, for the reminder.
    Last edited by GingerTheHutt; 04-21-2015, 10:20 AM.

  • Arandeath
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    Originally posted by Yamaneko123 View Post
    \ Hopely they dont remove all non exp events or a lot of people would quit.

    I believe they will not remove non-exp events or daily things to do,but will
    instead add exp to the last few things.Which I believe you are correct that
    many players will leave. The only way I would stay in that event would be
    if they made the gear much easier to synthesize/legend.Or really there is
    no point to any of the gear except for the cap set as you pass the levels so
    fast it's outdated as soon as you have it.

    In reality though it seems they want to get as many players to the end content
    because this is a short term game compared to the real online multiplayer
    games that have been around for years already and have years to go yet.

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  • Yamaneko123
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    Originally posted by sweetwaters View Post
    Only way is to avoid EXP which is now unavoidable is to just level
    Nah, it is still possible. :P 200% or 1000% bonus doesnt matter. You can get 0 exp in months if you really want that, but you will miss many events and good items. People can still use events where exp is not included and get stronger while camping lavel. It is slower and harder, but still possible. Hopely they dont remove all non exp events or a lot of people would quit.

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  • Darkwizard89
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    M8, 7 month i play and i become 270.000 with orange sylph hercules and i will refine with new type sylph! I'm a no cash player no balens no VIP!! Try that starting right now loooool

    M8, 7 month i play and i become 270.000 with orange sylph hercules and i will refine with new type sylph! I'm a no cash player no balens no VIP!! Try that starting right now loooool
    Last edited by TheGuardingDark; 04-23-2015, 09:34 AM. Reason: Post Merge

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  • MarkyUK
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    Originally posted by GingerTheHutt View Post
    [*]to catch up and keep up effectively requires a massive amount of $ expenditure[/LIST]
    Pretty sure that is why they did what they did. Fabulous original post m8 and for those that want arena Titles this is the way to do it though like you said this will punish you in the long run

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  • GingerTheHutt
    replied
    OK. Time to update. Both the thread and my game play stance.

    This thread, from my point of view has always been focused on slow levelling and not camping. That is to say: selective XP acceptance. It was never my intention to promote permanently camping at any one particular level. This thread was intended to help people realise that they can slow down for a few months, a year and fix up their character to a competitive basis, before moving on up to the next bracket.

    The recent changes in the game have made the theory of slow levelling near enough impossible. There is no way to effectively slow level, short of actually stopping, which is not what this thread was about in the first place.

    The game right now, is very generous in their hand out of XP, which in my opinion, is not always in a developing characters best interest. The speed at which a new character can hit level 80 right now, is an insanely short time frame.

    So given that:
    • I have now been level 80, for the best part of 3 months or so,
    • the game is not recognisable in comparison to the game start point I started with, My choices in the early game days were viable, as time has progressed, those choices have become more difficult to apply in game,
    • the ever increasing pressure in game to level through event XP and enforced bonus's
    • to catch up and keep up effectively requires a massive amount of $ expenditure


    We can extrapolate several things:

    1) Camping is a viable game option, on the only proviso that you intend to completely stop at a predesignated level of your choice, cash a lot, not screw up and accept any XP from anywhere, and basically rule the roost at a level that is not 80. In the long run, you will be out performed by new characters that level above you. Those that advance, out perform those that sit stationary.
    2) If you intend to play the game to level 80 and beyond - slow levelling is probably not the most effective way any more. Slow levelling has it's place in my opinion: for example to earn certain titles and honour totals, easier than at 80: but beyond that: Get to 50, get your 50 Legend set, Move to 70 & get your 70 Legend set, move to 80, rinse and repeat.

    This thread has an incredible number of replies & views. I am amazed every time I visit here and see the totals. I hope that it has helped people, even if that help has only been to decide against slow levelling in their character development.

    I don't know how much longer I shall be playing the game. For now, I am still active on R2 S5, see you in the Euro CW, XSGB and XSBG.

    Leave a comment:


  • sweetwaters
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    Originally posted by ArcherKoe View Post
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    this buff makes me ...
    can't do nothing
    Only reasonable way to get strong for level is cashing damn hard,camping becomes obsolete

    That buff is pushing for 80,we don't have much of a choice

    Only way is to avoid EXP which is now unavoidable is to just level

    This thread may be /should be/can't be updated I guess
    Last edited by sweetwaters; 04-21-2015, 10:30 AM. Reason: Optimized

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  • ArcherKoe
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    this buff makes me ...
    can't do nothing

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  • noob9841
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    Originally posted by File11 View Post
    I am fully non-cash player with 310k br lvl 80 adv with 80k br purple 3 star herc

    and all that in 15 months of play
    try that starting right now

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  • File11
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    Originally posted by noob9841 View Post
    cashing is the only viable alternative. all "free" options involve 500k experience per redemption. camping as a free player is not a viable strategy anymore

    (unless you are willing to never get items from events, which hobbles you further)

    r2 seems to have closed the loopholes pretty effectively
    I am fully non-cash player with 310k br lvl 80 adv with 80k br purple 3 star herc

    and all that in 15 months of play

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  • noob9841
    replied
    cashing is the only viable alternative. all "free" options involve 500k experience per redemption. camping as a free player is not a viable strategy anymore

    (unless you are willing to never get items from events, which hobbles you further)

    r2 seems to have closed the loopholes pretty effectively
    Last edited by noob9841; 03-21-2015, 01:35 PM.

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  • mbams
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    as we all know, there are so many event give us much EXP such as SC event. how do you anticipate it? should i skip SC event that give me exp and wait till another event? is there really any SC event that wont give us exp? i camp at 50 with 60k BR.. still working on my 50 leg set

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  • noob9841
    replied
    it's also missing the truth, which is piles upon piles of cash

    the no cash monster is a myth

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  • kevs926
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    guide is missing something. add the items you should save for events. like whips

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  • Afresha444
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    my suggest is stop leveling at LvL 25 just LvL up for Astral until your Astral Holy got LvL 5. then you can continuing Leveling but do so slow as slow as you can. don't take any Exp Event at all. Good Luck.

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