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Instead, this guide is meant to give you a general understanding of the leveling process in Aion. You see, there are quite a few different ways you can progress your character that new players may not be immediately aware of. They include:
- Player vs. Player
- Resource Gathering
Why not take a break from all that running around back and forth (solo questing) and set up camp for a brief grinding session if you find an area with creatures you can easily farm? After you’ve done that for a little while, start asking around for a group to kill some tougher creatures or even raid a dungeon. Finally, why not cap off your play session with a quick trip through a rift into enemy lands or travel into the Abyss for some thrilling PvP combat? Oh, and don’t forget to gather resources as you come across them. Not only do they give a little bit of XP, they are also worth money!
Here’s a simple breakdown of each method of progression.
If you’ve played World of Warcraft of any other recent MMORPG, you’re probably familiar with questing. Well, Aion isn’t going to win many innovation awards in this area because it’s pretty darn similar! You find an NPC who wants you to perform a task, you travel to a specific location, you perform the task, and then you return to the NPC for your reward. Some quests require that you kill things. Some require that you collect things. Some require that you deliver things. It’s all pretty basic fare.
However, there are special quests called campaign quests or mission quests. These quests are parts of a big chain that reveal your character’s destiny. Think of them as the really super important quests that you want to make sure to complete. Why? Mostly because they tend to give you really good gear but also because they reveal the story of your character, Atreia, and Aion. They tend to be accompanied by cool cinematic cut scenes.
Sometimes you’ll find it’s just more efficient to spend a little while grinding. Certain creatures will be weaker to certain classes (e.g., monsters with poor magical resistance are great fodder for Sorcerors), which means you can really earn a lot of XP in a short amount of time. I suggest finding creatures a level or two below you for maximum efficiency. You don’t have to grind alone either.
Sometimes you’ll encounter more difficult creatures that yield really good rewards like gear, kinah, or stigma shards. These might be too difficult for you to solo, so why not invite a friend or two along to help you out? One good strategy is AoE (area of effect) grinding. This will allow you to kill multiple creature at once for maximum results. You also get a group XP bonus, so take advantage of that!
Once you reach level 20, your campaign quests become a bit too difficult for you to handle solo. Unless you wait to gain a few levels and then come back to finish them you will have to complete them with the help of a group. Don’t worry though. Because these quests are difficult for everyone, everyone should be interested in grouping up for them. Aion really encourages community play.
There are many dungeons in Aion and you aren’t going to be able to get very far in them without the help of others. Some of the best dungeons and raids are located within the Abyss, which is a huge PvP enabled area. You could go there solo but as it is with schools of fish in the ocean, there is relative safety in numbers. Here’s a very good list of raid dungeons in Aion.
PLAYER VS PLAYER (PVP)
Some quests will ask you to travel through rifts (portals) that lead into your enemy’s homelands. Once there, you’re bound to encounter enemy players, which will lead to PvP. You don’t actually gain anything from killing enemies in their homeland, but PvP is still part of your progression path from that aspect.
You do gain points for killing enemy players in the Abyss though! They’re called Abyss Points (AP) and the more points you have, the more powerful your character will become. Gaining AP will earn you PvP ranks and you can also spend the AP you earn to buy various powerful abilities, items, and gear. Ignoring PvP and the Abyss will severely limit the potential power of your character. That said, it isn’t entirely necessary if you hate PvP.
This is probably the least important method of progression, but it really doesn’t hurt to take the time to gather resources (e.g., aria, zircon, etc.) while your leveling up in Aion. You receive a minor XP boost for harvesting the items, which is nice. At that point you can either learn a profession (e.g., alchemy, tailoring, etc.) and use the materials you’ve gathered to create powerful items or you can just sell them on the auction house for a nice profit and use that money to buy powerful items.
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