Marvel Heroics: Six leveling tips for Marvel Heroes

Welcome to Marvel Heroics, my look at the superhero exploits of Marvel Heroes! Just about half of Massively OP has gotten hooked on this title, so it felt right to devote some space to talking about this OARPG. And what better place to begin than grappling with the leveling game?

While dealing with around 50 heroes, legendary items, omega levels, and prestiging (re-level those characters for added benefits), there is no shortage of leveling to be done here. It might seem like a herculean task at the start — even with one character — but the game is designed to accelerate the process so that subsequent trips up the level ladder go faster and faster.

Here are six tips that I’ve discovered and others have shared with me to make the most of my efforts in leveling my roster of comic book wonders!

1. Put off the story mode — at least until later

Probably the biggest mistake that I made in Marvel Heroes for my initial few months was exclusively dabbling in the story mode with my first character. Now don’t get me wrong: There’s nothing wrong with story mode. It’s a great tour through many of the iconic Marvel locations and a decent tale in and of itself, not to mention that the rewards (including power points and useful buffs) are worth going through it on all three difficulty levels.

But if you’re looking at the game through the lens of pure leveling, then story mode is the slowest path you could take. I’ve since found that by putting off story mode until I had leveled my character up, I ended up enjoying myself a lot more. There’s no rush to doing the story, other than getting those power points, and no reason you can’t enjoy some of the other modes that offer faster leveling.

2. Legendary quests are your best friends

The community seems to strongly agree on this. Once you hit level 20 and unlock them, legendary quests are your biggest ally in the leveling war. Personally, I love them to pieces for so many reasons.

The game will assign you a random legendary quest that can take place in your story mode, a terminal, or one of the challenges (such as Midtown or Industry City). None of them is too difficult to do, and once you finish up, you get huge globes of XP and Odin Marks (which are needed for your legendary item purchases). The best part is that for a small chunk of credits, you can reroll the current active legendary quest if you don’t like the current one.

Once I got onto the legendary quest train, I’ve been doing them almost non-stop when I’m playing. They really do give you a substantial boost in your leveling, because you’re getting bonus XP on top of what you’d normally get for participating in those activities.

3. Assemble your roster!

Probably the most important thing that I came to understand about Marvel Heroes is that the game isn’t about one of your characters, but all of them combined. Your account is your main, and only by utilizing as much of it as possible will you find that heroes end up helping each other level more quickly.

First of all, realize that every character you get to certain level milestones will contribute to an account-wide XP boost. Level 30 adds 1%, level 50 adds 3%, and level 60 adds a percentage based on how many heroes you’ve gotten to the cap (the first hero is 30%, the second 20%, and down to a steady 5% for the fifth on). The cap for your account is 200% XP gain, although that is on top of other forms of bonus XP (potions, etc.).

I also want to mention Cyclops here because he’s an invaluable tool for leveling others. At level 50, Scott activates a 10% XP bonus synergy that any other hero can activate (and that is separate from the bonus synergy pool). Once I found that out, I made it a priority to get Cyclops in my roster and leveled up ASAP. I do not regret doing so.

4. Don’t be afraid to use your potions

Like most experienced RPG gamers, I’ve always been reluctant to use potions and instead have consistently squirreled them away for a rainy day that usually never comes. I had to break out of this hoarding habit in Marvel Heroes because potions are very much meant to be used, especially if you desire added wind to your back when leveling.

Getting more potions isn’t terribly difficult, either. I’ve gathered a majority of mine from story missions, buying fortune cards from Clea (which usually turn into pots), from the daily login gift, and from special event presents. And when I get them, I use them.

Pro-tip: When you’re in one of the hubs, such as the Avenger’s Tower, the timer on your buffs stops ticking. That makes heading back to base for inventory management and the like a good strategy to save as much time for when you’ll be pulling in XP.

5. Grab a couple key runewords

Don’t be throwing out runes when you find them! Those weird objects may just be your ticket to a faster leveling path.

The enchanter, especially when leveled up, gives you the option to equip “runewords” onto your character. Two of these, Seer’s Brilliance and Brigand’s Fortune, offer bonus XP per kill. It’s not a huge amount, granted, but I firmly believe that every little bit helps. Many thanks to Blutspitze and his extensive video guide for this tip!

6. Keep tabs on the current events

I’ve always loved the feeling of accomplishing more than one task at a time, especially if I don’t have to spend any extra effort. Marvel Heroes is my kind of game because a smart strategizer can take advantage of overlapping goals and synergies to great effect.

I seriously recommend paying attention to whatever big event is going on in the game at the time. That’s where bonus loot and often bonus XP will be found, which makes it a no-brainer to play. Now, stack on top of that legendary quests that take place around that event (and remember, you can reroll until you get the one you want), potion buffs, and shared quests, and you could find yourself in the fast lane to the level cap instead of puttering along.

Doing this means that you have to stay flexible and go where the action is, adjusting your play session accordingly. I think it’s worth it, unless the activity is either beyond your reach or too grating.

Anyway, those six tips have served me quite well so far. What others would you recommend to newer players?

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TheHiveLeader
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TheHiveLeader

dirtyklingon Nreff I’m always here… watching… *wink*

Laolunsi
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Laolunsi

I just love how one of the tips was to play one of the most fun ranged heroes in the game lol

RobertKarst
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RobertKarst

xstortionist I do buy fortune cards, don’t get me wrong, but it is really hard to take advice from someone with the username “Xstortionist”. lol

BryanJohnSauriol
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BryanJohnSauriol

ArchDevi By the time you can even equip the Ziggurat, you’re in the 50s. Not the most useful advice for levelling.

Braxwolf
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Braxwolf

Awesome, a Marvel Heroes column! Excited to learn more about this game!

SexyKingJesus
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SexyKingJesus

xstortionist lol you are evil

SixSixTrample
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SixSixTrample

I did not know that the buff timer stopped in base!

Wow is that nice.

I started last week and just hit 50 on Cyclops…super nice to know I wasn’t wasting time while reading the 200000 items I picked up in MM!

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

I wish I could like MH more… Every one on MassivelyOP is so excited about it… I don’t know…. I did the story up to Dr. Doom, wherever that is in the whole chain, but the whole Midtown Madness thing, running around killing stuff for loot you probably take to vendor anyway.. hard for me to enjoy that. But, I’m glad people like it. I want gazillions to do well so they will keep the kid version going.

xstortionist
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xstortionist

i recommend pulling out your checkbook and buying fortune cards.

Kanbe
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Kanbe

http://digitalcapes.libsyn.com/size/2
There’s a Marvel Hero’s podcast I’ve been listening to and one of the things they started doing a few episodes back is giving out some new player tips each episode.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Thankyou for this article. I’m pretty new to marvel heroes but a friend and me started playing about two days ago and there was really good advice there, especially the part about LQs. I didn’t even know how to do them.
I bought two team ups today and gifted one to my friend. I picked my one at random, Domini, seems good so far with my invisible Woman. My friend is playing Thing with She-Hulk. We both smashed out to level 29 today, so much carnage.
I got Hawkeye, Rocket Raccoon and Daredevil aswell. Tried them all, didn’t like Dare Devil or Hawkeye much to be honest, Rocket is awesome though but really enjoying the powers flair of Invisible Woman.

ArchDevi
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ArchDevi

the fastest leveling by far is doing terminals with LQs.you can do most of them in under 1 minute. with teleporter heroes it can go as fast as 20s from start to finish. move move move move move move move, reach boss, pummel him, pick loot, done.

crazy fast leveling

ICP or MM doesnt even come close in terms of efficiency, many LQs can take 5 minutes of more depending on spawns but they are better for gearing up

ammalis
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ammalis

Dentari I’d like to add: buy 1 crafter stash for all your runes. You will need them. Crafter stash is good for cores to.  
Random hero box is great way to get new ones (got Vision last time)
Get some team-up. It is to much fun to run alone… 
Get some pet and use J often :)

xk_tweets
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xk_tweets

My advice…

At lvl 1, go into holo sim. It will take you to level 20 pretty easily, especially as you outlevel the content in it almost immediately, but the bounty quests (kill x # of whatever) give xp that scales to your level

At lvl 20, legendary quests are available. Reroll any that are in the story, as they almost always take longer than terminals or challenges.

Level as much as possible on Mondays. Every monday is midtown madness, where every boss in the midtown challenge drops a chest, and every chest gives a lot of xp. Midtown madness + midtown-related legendary quests + the midtown-centric daily quest = really, really fast levelling.

undeadtexan
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undeadtexan

I’m excited for the new Marvel Heroics column. It’s been my main MMO since last summer.
Some very good advice here. Wish I had know some of this when I started. Leveling would have been much easier. Mostly I just did the story until level 60, then I started the other game modes.
Midtown Mondays are a must.

Bionicall
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DugFromTheEarth Bionicall I tend to agree with everything you have written here, because, yes it is repetitive, and can get very grind-y if just chasing the gear, but there are people who want to do that. This is an MMO, and people who will focus on getting to the top of the game (7500 Omega’s, Fragment of Twilight, etc…). I would very much love to see some sort of funnel, some additional quest that once you have hit level 60 gives you a guide or leads you into the other systems and other aspects. Obviously levelling a new hero is best for Gaz, because of costumes and money and stuff.

Just saying, there is content at level 60, for those that WANT to be the end-game raiding type.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Cial00 Ive been enjoying my recent foray into MH but if you really want a top notch ARPG – the answer is Path of Exile.

Bionicall
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Bionicall

Kalamari Bionicall BalsBigBrother omedon666 Thanks, didn’t know you could do that

Kalamari
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Kalamari

Bionicall BalsBigBrother omedon666 options—>gameplay—>disable the hero synergy bonus xp

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

Bionicall DugFromTheEarth maybe i should have stressed “really” when i said “the only thing REALLY left to do.  :P

I realize there are terminals, xdef (no one really does this anymore, or holo), one shots, raids (good luck getting in them if you arent nicely geared or in a Super Group), and of course, Midtown and Docks.

Lets look at the gameplay of 2 of the more popular things to do. Terminals and Patrols (midtown/docks).

Both are horribly repetitive gameplay. In patrols, you run around a single map, killing quickly spawning enemies…. over and over and over. Docks at least tries the spice things up by having cycling events that give some sort of purpose to why you are running around killing things. Midtown not so much. Neither of these are challenging in the least, unless you do the cosmic version. Of which, suffer from the same mistakes Diablo 3 made at release. Thinking that challenge means bosses that are bullet sponges, and damage that can kill you in 1 hit. 

Terminals on the other hand, are in no way dynamic or changing. Once you have done them once, its the same thing the 2nd or 2000th time. Not only that, but the majority of players seem to do terminals by having 1 person speed run it to the boss and then having the rest of the team teleport to them. These runs can be done in 3 minutes or less. You dont even need to be group for this. Just sit around in a hub and watch for people to say @Doom, or @Modoc in LFG chat, and then quickly ask for an invite.

End game gameplay in Marvel heroes is very limited and redundant. Sure, you can choose to play things how you want if you are solo, but most mmo’s arent very fun solo IMO. On top of everything else, once a player hits 60 for the first time, the game does NOTHING to help explain or teach them what they can do at that point. The whole legendary item system, all the different marks you earn, the omega system, the raid system, etc etc. NONE of this is explained in any fashion to the player. Ive met lots of players with multiple level 60s who have NO CLUE that they can get upgraded versions of their uniques. Why doesnt Gaz take the time to put a system in to help with this? Simple. Most players focus on playing a NEW hero when they hit 60, and thats where they make their money. New heroes means new skin sales, new stash sales, new boost sales, etc etc.

Really, the only interesting and fun thing to do in MH when you reach end game, is to try out another hero. As BigMikey stated above, the fun thing about MH is the heroes.  Dont get me wrong, its a good game, but it has its obvious flaws, many of which are on the table to be improved… its just taking a long time to see it happen (ie: storymode getting revamped, xdef getting a revisit, etc etc)

BalsBigBrother
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dirtyklingon BalsBigBrother Nreff  yup agree many do concentrate on the rush to level but its not the be all and end all of what the games offers.  I may level quicker than many but I still generally run my heroes through the story because I still find it fun. 
If you enjoy the hero level rush good for you but if not don’t get hung up on it and just enjoy the game at your own pace :-)

BalsBigBrother
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Nreff dirtyklingon depends how many heroes you take on and how much of a pack rat you are.  For the longest time I managed with 2 bank tabs and 2 crafter tabs.  Now I have nine bank tabs (still only two crafter tabs) and 18 Hero specific tabs.
And while most of them have been paid for with real money (one was gifted as part of an event) its one of those things that I personally don’t begrudge paying as they throw a whole lot of game at you to begin with.
That said bank space / inventory is due a revamp next month and there is talk of allowing you to purchase some bank space with eternity splinters (the same in game currency that you use to get heroes).

BalsBigBrother
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dirtyklingon Nreff with regards to the fortune cards lock box the thing that gives them a pass for me in MH is that they drop fairly frequently these days within the game and you don’t need to spend any real money to use them (looking at you GW2 fecking black lion keys to unlock black lion chests /shakeyfist). 
Some are rewarded as part of the story quest, you can get them quite easily during the Midtown Madness midtown patrol and you can also get them with in game currency via Clea.  While that doesn’t cover all the different types of fortune cards its still a whole lot more generous than nearly any other lock box system I can think of in any other game on top of all the other things they throw at you.

Bionicall
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dirtyklingon Bionicall BigMikeyOcho omedon666 Yeah, inventory space is a bit of a premium in the game. Hence why I suggested keeping a stack of the rainbows, and only crafting them when you had a hero you wanted one for (rather than one inventory slot per Pot). I did this for several heroes that I have no intention of revisiting (sorry Starlord, you just weren’t for me).

Bionicall
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Bionicall

DugFromTheEarth While I understand your problem with levelling fast (I wish I could toggle the XP bonuses off to fully enjoy the character as I level), I disagree with the comment about only thing to do at 60 is to start again. For a start there are the ‘Cosmic modes’ (Terminals, Midtown Patrol and Industry City Patrol) all of which are significantly challenging and possible to solo(at least if geared). There is Ultron. There is the Genosha Liberation Force reputation (ok, daily quests). While not exclusively level 60, the one-shots are another neat little section of content that ties in with the gear grind(if you want to… I wasn’t that keen). That is without mentioning the raids.

Dentari
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Dentari

For the economically minded:

Log in every day, even if you then log right back out – they give out tons of daily rewards, in addition to the daily login bonus.
If you want to buy G (the in game currency for real money), wait for the 15% bonus G sales.
Likewise, don’t spend G if something isn’t on sale, unless it’s something amazing that you need to have now. They have sales often.
Hero sales are generally either 50% off, or buy one, get a random hero free.
Same for costumes, though these seem to happen less frequently.
Don’t bother buying fortune cards unless you have a lot of money to throw away and really want the rare costume/team-up etc.
I have never seen Stashes go on sale.  You will need to buy at least a few of these.  The hero stashes are cheaper, and can store a lot of common stuff as well.
The best costumes are the ones created by the Dink.

Also, there are daily quests, but they’re a bit hard to realize that’s what they are at first.

Bionicall
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Bionicall

BigMikeyOcho omedon666 You could just keep a stack of Rainbows, and make them for every new hero. Between that and the shared quest boxes that can be opened at level 1, it is a good start for any hero (full gear plus a legendary)

Bionicall
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Bionicall

aaradun I would echo this “I wouldn’t skip the storyline, do the two first chapter at minimum, i
would say the first 4. Gives you bonus power points and a lot of goody
along the way.” and add that doing the story is one way to get the waypoints. Chapters 2,4,7 and 9 also give power points, and can be done very quickly with the waypoints(chapter 9 is click waypoint, click past cutscene, click to travel, and click to turn in.)

Bionicall
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Bionicall

BalsBigBrother omedon666 Best Mole man medallion has 10% XP and +2 Intelligence(I have a level 35 one), for a total of 12% experience bonus (as each intelligence point gives you a 1%) add this 10% for the pot of Cassidy keep gold (from the St Patricks day) and the potion that gives 50% from Sinister or the 100% one you can get from the fortune cards from Bullseye….
Yeah lots of experience bonuses. Now if only I could turn them off…

BigMikeyOcho
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DugFromTheEarth The sad truth about MMOs: Rewards are designed to make future content easier. Difficulty doesn’t increase over time, it decreases. So yeah, your reward for getting a hero to max… your next hero won’t take as long. At least the fun part of Marvel Heroes are the heroes themselves and not really what they’re beating down on. :)

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

omedon666 There was one legendary that, I forget the name, was a Pot of Gold… Cassidy’s Pot of Gold? Something like that. Getting it to it’s first tier nets an extra 10% exp boost. best part is, I forget what event spawned it, but you could create as many of these legendaries as you wanted to store for later use. I think I only made 10 extra, but that means that for my next 10 heroes I level, they all start out with an exp boosting legendary.

Cial00
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Cial00

I just started playing this game on a whim after hearing about the 2nd anniversary. Man…what a terrific game! Absolutely blows Diablo 3 out of the water. Really shows how incredibly lazy Blizz has become. THIS is the ARPG to play if you’re an ARPG fan. It literally has everything and more. And it doesn’t have a draconic F2P model like so many other games. Such a fantastic game that really should be labeled as an MMORPG.

omedon666
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omedon666

I’ll be happy if it was all bullshit, but while I don’t have the tinfoil hat on as tight as the author of that piece, I’m not a comic book guy, and it’s happening in some media.
Of note, Marvel Heroes is the only current game I’m aware of that includes the X-men. All three app games I’m aware of are all Avengers (and associated), Guardians, Daredevil, Cage, Inhumans. Pretty sure no mutants in Disney Infinity, spider man is only being added to app games now that fox is in the fold on that score, etc.
So I’m glad comics are remaining seemingly pure, but the over arching brand noise says otherwise.

Damonvile
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I totally make the mistake of being a hoarder of buffs. I probably have enough to buff every hero I own all the way to cap but in my bank they sit being saved for when I know I’ll play long enough to use them. I also hoard the crates with items, I always think oh I want to save this for another hero but that hero never seems to come along.

In a game that gives you endless piles of useful loot I really need to let go of my save it for a rainy day mentality and spend spend spend!!

omedon666
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omedon666

Pleasantly surprised that the X-Men are still a thing post-reboot with all of the subtle deprioritizing of all heroes not owned by Disney.
http://www.businessinsider.com/its-astonishing-how-far-disney-is-going-to-bury-the-x-men-2015-4

omedon666
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omedon666

Another thing to keep an eye out for are the highly accessible, event-themed, currency-purchased or crafted “legendary items” that are specifically designed for grinding XP or loot. These can be equipped at level one and gain XP to come into their own passive powers, the first of which is usually an XP bonus that, if equipped at level one, will kick in in the 30s or 40s. Some examples of these have included the “big Kahuna” surfboard… thing… and the pot’o gold assembled from rainbows at the crafter. Furthermore, one of these can be transferred from character to character, resetting and unbinding them for pretty cheap at the crafter.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

dirtyklingon loving secret wars… but holy hell is is a chaotic mess

aaradun
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aaradun

Personaly industry city is better xp overall for me, if you can do that + lq you will level up fast. Also bonus you can gear there fast.

I wouldn’t skip the storyline, do the two first chapter at minium, i would say the first 4. Gives you bonus power points and a lot of goody along the way.

Terminal daily is nice too for the shard so you can buy the card that can more often then not give you xp pots.

mrnastybutler
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mrnastybutler

Nice that this came out just as I’ve started playing this game again.

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Industry City is a good place for XP. The Reward Chests will spawn a ton of orbs.

JonBuck
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JonBuck

omedon666 Mole Man is the most annoying purple villain in Midtown, hands down. He has a high-damage spam attack that takes anyone down quickly.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

Good tips. Especially avoiding storymode (which is unfortunate, because its 70% of this games content) 

The problem i have with leveling fast in this game is that once you get to 60, the only thing really left is to do it all over again on another hero (or the same hero if you prestige)

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Syppi They’re a good way to level the Team-Ups now, too.

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Syppi Whoops. :) Didn’t read the byline. I just associate MH with MJ more since she does the streams.

Syppi
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Syppi

JonBuck haha I’m Justin, but thanks.

omedon666
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omedon666

Even if you don’t find him in the patrol zones, you are guaranteed to face mole man in the tunnels that open up in the upper east side area at the ruined construction site. If the actual moloid event is underway you may need to do the body count to open it but otherwise it’s pretty much always there somewhere, and killing mole man in heroic (mid 30’s) or higher drops his XP bonus medallion 100% of the time, which can be between 6% and 9%. Definitely the only medallion worth wearing for a leveling character.

Syppi
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Syppi

Greaterdivinity I took Rogue from 1 to 60 yesterday in about three hours. It was crazy.

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Very good advice, MJ. Though I have to admit that I don’t take as much advantage of the Legendary Quests as I could. I only recently got Cyclops to 50. I have five 60s now: Iron Man, Star-Lord, Rocket, Black Widow, and Hawkeye.

BalsBigBrother
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omedon666 Bullseye give you a fortune card these days which is still a nice reward to receive.Also
if you are wanting further xp boosts then look for Mole Man in the
Midtown Patrol zone as his medallion can give up to a  10% xp boost ( I
think) plus a further smaller boost based on the intelligence stat that
it may have.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Given that I think tomorrow is going to be the peak experience boost, I’m planning on popping some potions and trying to at least finish off leveling Storm. Still don’t have a single level 60 : |

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