The Daily Grind: What MMO has the shortest leveling content?

    
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The Daily Grind: What MMO has the shortest leveling content?

One of the oddball things I actually liked about Star Wars Galaxies – even its NGE version – was how wildly fast leveling went along. Whether it was in the skill system or the CL class system that came later, you could actually zip along to the top of most skill blocks and classes pretty quickly. Post-NGE, I remember taking my newly rolled medic out for a zip through the legacy questline and then pop out for some fast mission runs. Capping – if you didn’t care about the story, anyway – was relatively trivial because it was never really the point anyway.

(I know entertainers and bio-engineers are scowling at me right now thinking, “Easy? You call that easy?!” and yes, I know! I did all those skills too, and you’re right, they were the exceptions in classic. The trade-off is they get a free ride in NGE at least.)

Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 are another pair of games whose leveling experience is so downplayed and flattened that it frees the player to think of gameplay in terms of what they want to do and not how fast they can get there. The journey really wasn’t actually the point; it was just the training for the flower-smelling!

What MMO would you say has the shortest leveling content or the fastest trip to the “cap”?

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starbuck1771

The elder scrolls online. I would hit level 10 then do pvp battle grounds and level fast to 50. If I got bored with pvp I would do storyline quests or delves.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

GW2. I had so many leveling tomes I’d just make alts and *boop* you’re 80!

I really wish LOTRO had done a thing where we could start in Moria at level 50 instead of the overpriced way they decided to handle it.

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Mordyjuice

The New Death Knight Starting Experience.

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Robert Mann

There are a few MMOs without leveling. I’d say that’s as short as you can get…

There’s other progression systems, of course, but it’s not leveling, and people can contribute with veterans from the word go in a number of them.

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Hikari Kenzaki

So… stay with me here.

BDO.

BDO’s top-end leveling which has no actual cap, especially level 55+, is a huge grind as killing the most dangerous mobs gets you a percent of a percent of a percent as you approach 60 and beyond.

But getting to 50 takes a few hours at most on a weekend with boosts. I’ve gone from brand new character to level 44 in an hour.

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Pepperzine

Definitely DCUO since it’s endgame content heavy and only 30 levels

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Schmidt.Capela

Gotta say GW1. The leveling part is basically just a tutorial (unless you’re going for the Defender of Ascalon title, in which case it’s just a ridiculously long grind where the only hard thing is amassing enough patience to see it through).

That is part of the reason I like it better than GW2, BTW; reaching the level cap is incredibly fast and the post-level-cap progression is in large part horizontal (unlocking skills that will allow you to use different, though not necessarily stronger, builds).

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Utakata

it’s too bad that many other games didn’t adopt this method of leveling. And instead went for the large numbers that take a seemingly a dog’s life and a day to get maxed to. What’s the point of this, when most MMO’s are so top heavy in content? /sigh

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Bruno Brito

My biggest issue with GW2 leveling is the 80-cap.

It has no reason to exist, considering GW1 was capped at 20, and it makes no difference towards how GW2 functions.

It’s literally there to ease the transition between WoW and GW2 players, and that’s it. It’s Anet saying ” we want that slice of the WoW pie”.

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Tobasco da Gama

Warframe, arguably. Some of the best guns and frames in the game are available by like MR8, and leveling your gear to max can be done in less than an hour. The part that takes a long time is figuring out how to actually make your stuff stronger (if you’re not using build guides) and getting some of the rarer “meta” mods, not the leveling process itself.

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Java Jawa

Hmm I found myself struggling in my medic in SWG Legends. I got stuck at level 38 / 80.

SWTOR , you can knock out a planet in 30m and get about 5+ levels easily, more if you pop xp boosts and upgrade your legacy perks.

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losludvig

Currrently playing Lost Ark, and you hit the cap pretty early considering it’s an mmo, but GW1 is probably the champ in this category