Guild Wars 2 begins selling level 80 character boosts

    
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Does anyone actually take a character to level 80 in Guild Wars 2 the normal way any more? With all of the boosts given out as daily rewards and for birthday presents, not to mention the free level-80 characters you get with the expansions, shortcuts might already seem like norm in a game with no level cap raises and zone scaling based on level. And now there’s another avenue to past progression: the Black Lion Trading Company.

For the first time, a level 80 character boost is available as a purchase in the game’s cash shop. It’s also available as part of a “preparation pack” for Path of Fire, which also contains an additional character slot, two bag slot expansions, an unbreakable gathering tools container, and some lockbox keys.

Speaking of the expansion, Dulfy has a preview of some of the new armor and weapon designs that you will be able to accumulate when Path of Fire releases next month, along with weapons that each new elite specialization will boast. Don’t you need a dose of eye candy today?

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AoC

Honestly, they’ve been giving away level up tomes hand over fist since forever.

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George Sweatman

It’s a recipe for hilarity when folks buy a level 80 to try the new elite specs then face the Hero Point grind to access the playstyle they thought they were buying.

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Mr_Planthead

I think this is one game where it seems weird to me that they have boosts. I don’t play all that much but with the level 20/30 boosts I’ve gotten along with all the tome of knowledge things I’ve gotten I have 7 level 80’s and enough tomes to have every profession at level 80

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Sally Bowls

I have not seen the reason mentioned by devs for this. Boosts are not for the “gaming-destroying terribads” to save time or be lazy. Rather they are designed for social play; some friends want you to play the MMO they are in. They can reassure you that you can get a boost to level X and be the same level as them.

As I would let’s-pretend-facetiously put it, similar features in most all MMOs are not caused by the noble solo player, but by the “I can’t entertain myself, force others to play with me” socials.

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Nathan Aldana

or by people who just, yanno, wanna try a new class but are cognizant of the fact you cant get a good read on a class in an mmo these days without being much higher than level 1

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Croquantes

Ehhh, the levelling experience is usually designed around slowly introducing players to their various class mechanics. I used a lvl 100 boost in WoW and was overwhelmed with what to do, had no clue which abilities should be used together and it was… not fun. At least until I managed to start killing groups of things quickly.

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mosselyn

It doesn’t bother me, in this or any other game. People enjoy different parts of a game.

I like leveling, and I don’t like the “drinking from a fire hose” experience of trying to absorb an insta-capped skill set, so these boosts are not for me. The one time I used one, it was to level a class I already had at cap, but wanted to replace with a different race.

At the same time, I have friends who loathe leveling, no matter what the game. End game is where it’s at for them. You wanna jump to cap? Knock yourself out.

IMO, people who say there’s no such thing as end game in GW2 are fooling themselves. Raids and high end fractals absolutely are end game activities and present a level of challenge you’ll never find in open world PvE.

I understand and even agree with the concerns that often get expressed about someone blundering around on a boosted character they don’t know how to play. It’s a valid concern. On the other hand, there are plenty of people who leveled up without a boost who also have no clue what they’re doing. Leveling in a lot of MMOs these days is so easy that it teaches you little.

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Nathan Aldana

it doesnt help that GW2 never really bothers teaching you how to build a character

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Melissa McDonald

Just below the AFK Leveling thread for Black Desert, which seems about 50-50 between hate and thinking it’s a good idea.
This isn’t any different to me.

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Rottenrotny

I logged in last night for the first time in a long while and had quite a few level boost items in my mail.

I don’t plan on using any of them. :P

Somewhere in there is an analogy for terribad 2017 gamers.

No I will not come along quietly while your ruin my precious, classic, RPG leveling systems.

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Nathan Aldana

I’ll similarly never understand people who act like videogames is some sort of elite fraternity that requires hard work and that everyone view the same content as you the most important.

and if you honestly think pre-orr gw2 is 90% of GW2 then man, thats pretty bleak to tell everyone endgame is nonexistent.

I mean, I was under the impression there was elite specs and an epansion and multiple seasons of LS but thats apparently nothing compared to grinding hearts near lions arch

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Carebear

the point is to not split the population. If ANet feel like grinding hearts near lions arch is boring and uninteresting, let remove leveling for everyone… but since this game is about world events, you can’t have half the population boosted and the other who like leveling be too few to run events…

And GW2 was all about the world and the events and exploration and fun, not a boost to “endgame”

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Nathan Aldana

I get that. but you can literally go back and do any event in the game for full credit at level 80. There is absolutely no benefit to forcing everyone to grind levels for every new alt except to arbitrarily populate zones without coming up with good incentives for me to visit rata sum’s general area for the 500th time.

heck, look at ff14. they usually add new stuff to endgame like relic weapons that force you to go do old content to progress, giving you incentives to go play with new players, gw2 does that via events and bosses. it really has no need to artifically force people into zones people will visit anyhow.

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murmillo

I’ve already played through the game a couple of times, and just recently returned to the game and spent my HoTs, lvl 80 boost.
I did this because I was fascinated by the necromancers elite specialization. If I have had to play through the entire game + lvl up my elite spec just to play a spec I like, I probably wouldn’t have returned.
This boost does not unlock elite specs, and it does not give you mastery points, and so the people who use this, still have to play the game, it is not an instant win. Especially considering there is no real end game.
I still plan on going back and play through Tyria when I have my elite spec (Reaper), and I think most others who use this boost will as well, since that is what the game is about.
It’s basically just a way to get to play other classes quickly… Don’t forget the game already threw lvl 20, 30 and 40 boosters + Tomes of knowledge at everyone at every opportunity.

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Leviathonlx

GW2 has no real end game so /shrug. It’s not like the game is drastically different at level 80 than it is at level 50 besides you having access to more traits due to all the gating. No one that boosts will be invited into a higher end fractal till they run lower ones and they won’t be invited into the raids as the raiding scene in GW2 is crazy elitist.

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Castagere Shaikura

I have never bought a max lvl boost. But i have been in plenty of games lately that give them away. So i have used them on characters that had 10 lvl’s to go to max before. I have never created one from the start. And it seems like a trend where they hand them out with expansions. Devs know that alot of players hate having to lvl now. I don’t now why they play mmo’s if they feel this way. Its all the rush to end game players that have created the demand.

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Nathan Aldana

Hint: because suppose I hear about a cool new expansion to a game i havent played in a while or ever, with all this cool new content. Now, obviously, if im buying the new expansion its because the expansion content compelled me to buy it.

Now imagine if say, you saw a movie preview that looked cool, like, say, the next avengers movie, but people told you you werent allowed to see it till you bought and watched the entire marvel cinematic universe prior to that because otherwise you arent enjoying the movie properly.