Over 500 (and Loving It)
[aka things to do in DOTD when your bars are dead]
created by cryophallion, sairuh_angry, and Steendor
v. 1.0.0 - April 26, 2013
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Nightmare Dragon Lairs
Scrolls of Dahrizon
Wyrm Slayers II
Optimize Your Setup
Helping New Players
Welcome to level 500. You may be shocked and appalled by how high your TNL number has just become, but this guide is here to help you through the transition. Once you hit level 500, you will likely be able to level at most 3-4 times a day (unless you are potting or have Machaon). However, his extra free time can actually be a help to you in the long run. To help you plan your time, here are some tips on how to best maximize your gaming experience.
A lot of people will say that you should focus on only Stamina early on in the game (I see people advising 3 Stam and 1 Energy a lot per level). I disagree with this approach, as it limits your questing abilities. This will become apparent as you start working your way through zones trying to get all the Scrolls of Dahrizon legion tactics (more on that later). If you are too Stamina-heavy, we encourage you to start getting your energy up to—at a bare minimum—a 2 Stamina to 1 Energy Ratio. However, the writers of this guide all currently have more Energy than Stamina, just because the game changes in that way (although we are also all over level 800, so take that with a grain of salt). As a side note, energy is also more effective for hitting World Raids. There is no difference in damage between an average 20-energy and an average 20-stamina hit, but the SP cost of energy is less, making it more effective for WRs.
Many players who have chosen the Warmaster class (lower stamina refill timer) decide on a target number for stamina and then only build energy from that point. This number varies from player to player, and you may find later on that you’d like a little bit more stamina to make it through larger raids (Zones 10 and above; Nightmare difficulty Dragon’s Lairs), or to concentrate more heavily on farming (see below).
It is still recommended that you choose the Stamina class over the balanced or energy class, as you will get more xp per minute on average that way, and this is important to still maximizing your leveling speed.
If you’ve been auto-leveling regularly, your BSI is probably exceptionally low. Now you can begin working to change that. In fact, your BSI can possibly double or more in the next 70-100 levels. This is when you should have enough Stamina to really hit the raids to a decent amount, and you can start farming multiple raids for SP. The best raids for this are from Zone 7—the glyph raids. (Glyphs are used to craft Burning Rain; each recraft gives you 5 SP.) Other popular farming raids include Mazalu, Grune, and Erebus the Black.
Once you get tired of SP farming, you can start AP farming. This is what you do to try to get the 150 PC bonus from King’s Rewards. This requires a ton of AP (60,000 total to ensure you get the first 150 PC, then 150 PC every 10,000 after that), so starting early is a very good thing. Bella and Guil are great first targets for max AP, because those are also great for SP.
NM Lairs give amazing loot. Not just Pragmatic Relic Fragments, but Greenleaf and Derek’s gear. It’s probably best to wait until you have Wyrm Slayers II to do them regularly (see questing), but Greenleaf is the best free leveling gear and Derek’s is very good gear against dragons.
Gibbo is a general that can be bought from the bazaar after finishing Zone 6. He has an unusual proc—he can halve the experience gained from raids. This may seem like a really bad proc, but it has major advantages. First, if you are away from the game for too long, it can allow you to burn more of your bars before leveling, allowing you to hit more raids. Some people Gibbo all the time, as they can hit more raids per level that way. The downside is that you must have a decent legion in which to place him; he does not fit into most of the key legions (such as Wyrm Slayers II, Dungeon Plunderers, most of the PC direct purpose “Color” Legions). If you use a poor legion for the sake of Gibbo, the reduced damage may offset the reduced experience, but magic and procs can make up for this.
Scrolls of Dahrizon gives you a legion tactic the first time you complete each difficulty. Each tactic gives you a 50% bonus to every legion (note: you need to reload for it to take effect). Additionally, you can craft the legendary general Dahrizon from drops from this zone, and he gives a 100% bonus to every legion (in addition to being a high-stat general, and you can never have too many of those).
Wyrm Slayers II (WS2) is a legion with a +300% bonus against dragons (and much of the game is dragons). You acquire it by defeating Nightmare Valanazes in questing mode. It is best to have at least 8500 defense before tackling her, as she and the random encounters in Nightmare mode pack quite a punch. You can do it earlier if you amass scrolls from Vornstaag (59 total are required to defeat Vala without making one hit), and be prepared to die early and often during random encounters. It is also advised that you use a legion that boosts your health (such as one with Catherine and Sisters) so you can survive longer.
Dungeon Plunderers is to underground raids (and there are tons of those) as WS2 is to dragons. It has a +400% bonus against underground raids, and is acquired by defeating Nightmare Caracalla in questing mode. The strategies for WS2 apply here as well, but you can get better scrolls from Zone 10.
Use the dotd.cu.cc site to optimize your gear for PVP and Colo. Every advantage here helps. (It will also assist you with your item sets for leveling, questing, and raiding.)
Now is a great time to get more involved with your guild, if you are not already. Whether it is summoning raids, helping new people, or recruiting, every guild needs active members to continue. Now is a great time to do your part to make your guild stronger.
Some people do projects to help figure out exactly how the game works. This could be figuring out the proc rates for items, drop rates from raids, the actual OS values, etc. These projects can take a lot of time and energy, perhaps considerably more than you were devoting while auto-leveling. If you are interested in this, it’s best to ask around in your guild or in public chat to learn how you can help. This will ensure you are not duplicating work, and you can get involved with the people who are already working to answer some of these questions.
We were all beginners once. New players are needed—they keep the game going and bring new life to it. Teaching and tutoring can be quite rewarding. LEON decided to make guides to do this, and we actively help new players in chat. Teach people the things you know, and learn some more as you try to help them.
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