Elsword: Leveling up at the speed of light

A tip on how to speed level in Elsword

Well, once again I am going to talk about the game Elsword. A review wasn't quite enough for me, so I'm coming back with a leveling guide.

I recently ran into one of my friends online and who started the game not too long ago. They noticed that I had managed to level up twice as much as they had in a short period of time. So, they asked how I managed to level up so quickly.

I decided to break down for you. Here's how I managed to skyrocket in levels in Elsword

I would like to mention that this strategy works straight from level 1. There is no high level gear requirement or a certain level you need to get to in order to start speed leveling. 

Step 1: Trade with Ariel for the EXP Medal

One of the first things you want to do is familiarize yourself with a certain NPC in Elsword. The blonde NPC Ariel is one of the most helpful NPCs in Elsword. Ariel is the NPC you go to if you want to trade event items in for rewards.

In the image above, you can see that one of the items you can trade for is an EXP boost Medal Cube. You can see where this is going, right? All you need to trade for this useful medal is three Evil Soul Orbs. 

Evil Soul Orbs can be easily acquired from Field Bosses. So, the first step is to go farm some field bosses. This has to be the first thing you do before you start doing dungeon runs is get this medal. That is because it takes no stamina to fight field bosses.

It is also the cheapest and easiest EXP medal to get in the game. Just know that the medal expires after one day, so you will have to get it again. 

Step 2:  DoDungeon Runs

Alright, it's dungeon time once you killed a few field bosses and have your medal. I will say this now, for this is the most important part. Regardless of what level you are or what gear you have, always play dungeons on very hard.

You are going to end up playing every single dungeon at least five to ten times. This is because Elsword's story quests require you to beat the same dungeon multiple times. However, the story quests will say 'beat this dungeon on normal or hard' sometimes. Ignore it! You will still complete the story quest regardless of what difficulty you do.

Go in on very hard and make sure you have a full party. Having a full party allows you to do any dungeon on very hard without concern to your level or stats. If you want to grind a dungeon for all it is worth, then play every story quest on very hard. 

Step 3: Have the Right Gear

Now when I say 'gear', I mean two kinds of gear: Promotional Gear and actual gear. Promotional Gear is the default costume you get with each new job extension. Always wear the promotional gear and use it for all its worth. 

Promotional Gear has a 10% EXP bonus that stacks with that 100% EXP medal. Promotional Gear lasts a great deal of time before expiring. So, make sure to level as much as you can while you have it. That extra 10% adds a great deal of EXP.

Also, when it comes to actual equipment. I know this strategy says you can start off at level 1, but you still need to build up your stats as you progress through the game. There are two main sets you can get within each area: the Rare set and the Elite Set. 

The Rare Set can be found in boss drops, or you can get the pieces through story quests. The Elite Set can only be found through boss drops.

The major difference between the two sets is their set effects. These set effects in reality are nothing to care for. They do next to nothing for you. 

But you'll want to go with the Elite Set, because it has higher stats right off the bat. Not only that, but if you consistently play on very hard, you will finish getting this set before the Rare Set. To add to that, for the Rare Set to match the Elite set, you have to upgrade the Rare Set into an Elite Set - which requires materials. We are going for convenience and speed. So, get the Elite Set and upgrade each piece to +5. This will hold you over until you get the next Elite Set. 

Step 4 (Optional): Join a Guild

Elsword's guild system is an interesting system. Every time the guild levels up it, it gets a skill point which can be used to provide a variety of bonuses to the guild members. 

One of these bonuses is you get bonus EXP by partying in a dungeon with another guild member. This stat can be very useful and beneficial to speed leveling. 

However, the reason I say optional is because it is incredibly difficult to find an active guild in Elsword. What I mean by active is that the guild members will actually party together. Finding a guild that has active members who will help you out is hard. That is why I say this step is optional. It can take a great deal of time to find a good guild. So, you might just want to start leveling up and worry about a guild later. 

Utilizing the Steps:

Now it is time to go over how to optimize these amazing steps.

Mainly getting the EXP medal is the main thing to do. Make sure that when you trigger the EXP medal that you do it on a day where you intend to sit down and play Elsword for a long period of time. 

Always play dungeons on very hard. Don't shy away from doing so because of level requirements. Trust in your party members. 

Pay little attention to gear. A lot of the gear is not worth your time and effort until late in the game. 

The biggest thing to remember is that on weekends you get infinite stamina. Take full advantage of that with the EXP medal. 

With this method, I managed to level up four characters to level 71, 72, 56 and 38 in the time span of two weeks. 

Just remember in every MMO RPG, the grind is real. Good luck grinding!

Published Aug. 30th 2015

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