Good Morning Players. Today we’re going to look at the best way of leveling in Guild Wars 2, which is PVE content. To start off, try forgetting most of what you know from previous games. Arenanet went for a change to the typical system, and decided to make leveling fun. That said, let’s jump into what you need to know about the PVE scene in GW2
As an initial guide you’ll be following your Personal Storyline (PS). Based on what choices you made in the character creation and choices you make while interacting with the PS NPCs, the story will twist and turn around your making your story completely yours. Though this will help keep you moving in the right direction, you’re going to want to still spend some time in the zones it takes you to along the way.
When you get to a new zone keep an eye out for a Scout (marked on your map by a telescope). These helpful NPC are usually located near entrances to zones and towns; and will point out heart quests, Points of Interests (PoI), and areas that you might want to check out. You don’t need to talk to them, but they can often prove to be a great source of information about the area.
Questing has taken a new turn to mix things up, and makes it a lot easier to deal with and less of a chore. The first type of quests are Heart Quests. Marked by heart icons on your map, these ‘quest NPC’ will give you experience just for doing stuff in their area. Instead of picking up a quest here, you just need to do the specific tasks within range of the NPC that needs it done. In addition, instead of there only being one option there is usually a few things in the area you can do to help this NPC such as killing mobs, collecting nearby resources or simply pulling levers. Once you’ve done enough you’ll fill the NPC’s satisfaction bar and complete the heart. Though we list this as the first type of quest, they’re not your first priority.
The second type of quests are Dynamic quests – The bread and butter of GW2 PVE. These quests occur much more than heart quests and show up on your map by orange circles or icons. Unlike heart quests that are always there, Dynamic quests are based on interaction with NPCs, random spawning of monsters or the time of day. These quests often reward more experience and rewards than heart quests and add a spice of variety to linear questing methods. Not only are they fun to do, but they often lead to chain quests – Perhaps that NPC you just saved wants to go raid the city that held them captive – Rewarding even more experience and rewards. It’s recommended that you do as many dynamic quests as possible in each zone to make your game more enjoyable and experience all the content the game has to offer.
As exciting as questing may be (in theory), Leveling in Guild Wars 2 is all about giving players the option to play as they want to play. Exploring is a completely viable option to level, and is actually a highly recommended method of gaining experience. In fact, completing a zone 100% will give you a huge experience bonus, and isn’t that hard to do. Completing a zone needs you to:
- Complete all the heart quests in a zone (usually around 11).
- Locate all Points of Interest (Orange squares) in a zone.
- Getting all the Waypoints (Teleports) in a zone.
- Completing all Skill Point challenges. These often involve fighting a veteran enemy and rewarding you a skill point to spend on utility skills. These can easily be seen on your map as a blue arrow.
- Find all the Vistas in a zone. This is likely going to be the harder of all the challenges. Vistas are marked on your map as two red triangles, and look like large maps in a spotlight when viewed. Most vistas are harder to get to, and require you to climb a cliff or follow a maze to get to.
For even more experience be sure to collect all resources from mining ore, chopping trees and picking plants as you level. These give you quite a bit of experience and are also marked out on your map. If you find that your bags are getting full from this, click the sprocket in the corner of your inventory bag and select “Deposit All Collectables”; This will put them all in your bank for you.
The last thing we’re going to hit on for the PVE scene today is scaling down. When most players think scaling down you might think you’re losing something, but in reality you’re gaining the ability to play more zones. What Guild Wars 2 does is scale a player to an appropriate level when they’re in each zone so it still comes off as a challenge. This means even at max level you can return to lower level zones and still have something to do. I personally love this aspect, since it means I can complete zones without facerolling content and feeling like I’m just going through the motions. Being scaled down to the level of the content means that regardless of what level I actually am, I always risk being able to die – That’s great. For those that will follow the recommendation to do everything, this is going to be one of your favorite features. You can always see what level you’re scaled at by looking to the left of your XP bar at the bottom of the screen.
The PVE in Guild Wars 2 is focused on the traditional ‘build to be a hero’ ideology, with a new twist of taking out the boring, repetitive, time-wasting garbage that most MMO have come to include. With the inclusion of dynamic quests, you get a feel of what is going on in the zone and become part of the world in doing so. With the methods listed above, in combination with the PVP alternatives, Arenanet has made it so that leveling in guild wars 2 can be fun for players of many different tastes. The only thing that is really missing at this point is some large-scale end-game raiding. If that’s all you’re looking for, then Guild Wars 2 might not be the game for you. However, if you want to actually play through and enjoy a fresh leveling experience you’ll really like it here.
So what’s your favorite part about the PVE experience in Guild Wars 2? How do you think it compares to other MMOs? Let us know in the comments below.
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