The Daily Grind: What’s the most satisfying level up you’ve ever experienced in an MMO?

    
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As much as I’ve been enjoying my time in Final Fantasy XI and seeing stuff that was previously inaccessible, one of the big things I’ve realized is that leveling in the game never felt satisfying. It never felt like that was something I was happy with, just one fewer barrier between me and what I wanted to do. By contrast, hitting level 50 on Ninja in Final Fantasy XIV felt satisfying; I had managed to do so in less than four days, and it meant that I was where I had wanted to be in roleplaying terms for years.

Still, that wasn’t the most satisfying level I’ve ever had. If I was really pressed for it, I think the most satisfying level up I ever had was in Star Trek Online, of all the things in the world. Hitting Admiral rank and being able to fly one of my favorite classes of ship (the Prometheus-class) just felt super satisfying.

But this isn’t about my most satisfying levels, it’s about yours. What’s the most satisfying level up you’ve ever experienced in an MMO? What threshold really felt like a big milestone when you crossed it, even if you knew it wasn’t that big of a deal objectively?

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SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Maybe reaching 50 (2011-2012) or 60 (2013) in RIFT. Previously, I might have reached max level in games (I can’t remember that far) but I had never done it knowing that I will be participating in endgame. Lv 65 (2014) was nice too but I cared more about just progressing through things than a certain level.

Ashleygr191
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Ashleygr191

Not so much leveling but having to train for 60 days for POS stuf in EVE getting there thinking thank god thats over. Only for a few days later be told we where leaving the wormhole and never going back. Ass hats.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

ColdDice Cyroselle *nods* the points weren’t always spent in interesting places, to be sure, but it was something to look forward to and deliberate over nonetheless.

Husvik
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Husvik

Dinging 50 in EQ2 about 2 weeks before the DoF expansion, one year of hard core playing every single day for hours on end to hit 50. Today games 50 is done in a day or days, that is the difference from then to now. EQ was even harder, lets not forget that.

Like I’ve said before glad i was there and experienced it, but glad it’s over. Thinking back to the dedication and devotion required to play mmo’s back then, it was an awesome once in a lifetime experience.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Nordavind Ahhh that takes me back. I faced him down on my first character in Tank mode back when the 1-shot kill frontal column attack you had to avoid was broken and it’d turn with him when he turned to face you. I was in full Elite blues, mind you, but ye gods that took so many tries. I didn’t realise that attack wasn’t supposed to move, I just thought that NM dungeons were supposed to be literal nightmares so this was what I’d be facing off everything :p. 
I ended up doing it by working out exactly how far to the side I could stand before GK turned around so that I’d be able to dodge roll out of the way at the last second. That and going ele secondary for flicker >.>

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Back in Vanilla Rift shortly before Storm Legion dropped, hitting 50 on my mage in a massive group of people taking down the boss of a Stillmoor zone event. By this time so much stuff had been added for the endgame that hitting 50 unlocked an awful lot more than when I’d got my first character to 50. Not only was there the awesome visuals that everyone could see (and lots of grats messages) but suddenly all of this stuff opened up to me like Planar Attunement, a million quests and so on. That felt like a very satisfying ding.

That ties with achieving a Level 220 and Alien Level 30 ding at the same time from killing an alien mob in Arid Rift in Anarchy Online for the double ding. You get a global system message whenever someone dings 220, and another one when someone dings AI 30. So the double messages tend to get noticed :p That was a lot of effort to arrange, calculating regular xp and alien xp ticking down. Then last year, I did the same thing again. Wasn’t quite as shiny as the first time because been there, done that. And it’s way more hassle than it’s worth. 2 double dings is enough for me!

malrats
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malrats

A long, long time ago when I finally got Fiery Defender on my Paladin. Not a level up, but young teenage me was so freaking excited.

RichardMotschenbacher
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RichardMotschenbacher

ThompsonClaytonRadcliff Level 50 was very satisfying as I got it the day before Kunark came out and the level cap went to 60.  I strutted around for a day very proud.   That was satisfying but it was more satisfying when I got to level 20 and a GM came and announced to the zone my new surname.  Early EQ did not have surnames and they only granted it when you reached 20.

SkyyDragonn
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SkyyDragonn

receiving my first Killmail in EVE Online. Its a notice delivered to the player who delivers the killing blow to another players ship. The notice lists all parties involved and a display of what the lost ship had fit. As well as an approximation of the total value of the loss.

PaulFortunato
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PaulFortunato

Playing WoW on a PvP server right before TBC came out. I was a level 59 ret pally and was really close to leveling… then I got jumped by two hordies. I fended them off for awhile but my life was getting low, I took out one of them… but it was clear the other guy was likely going to drop me as my mana and health wasn’t going to hold up. 

Then, as the panic settled in, I remembered I was REALLY close to level 60, so I backed up the horde into a few mobs, killed the mobs right before the ganker could get me and dinged 60 with full HP and mana. The ganker emoted a congrats, and I took his ass down. No other level ding in my well over 10 years of playing MMOs comes even remotely close.