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Avoid under-leveled for Class mission?

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Avoid under-leveled for Class mission?

Bigbearbear's Avatar

11.26.2012 , 02:07 PM | #1
I'm playing a Gunslinger, on part 3 of my class story now. The first 2 parts/planets of the class story was ok, I was pretty much at-level or higher level than the mobs so not too much issues.

However, at part 3 of the Class story, I hit a snag. I was 1 level below the recommended level requirements. I could still go to the planet and do quests but I was getting hammered despite packing FP gears. It was tough going until I leveled 3 more levels and replaced most of my gear with orange ones from running FPs.

I'm finishing up part 3 now and would like to find out how do you guys avoid being under-leveled for your Class story? Do you do every single quests, including the Heroic ones? I do all the quests I can find but I tend to skip the Heroic ones. Should I try to do and complete those before moving on to the next part of the Class story?


Nilmot's Avatar

11.26.2012 , 02:12 PM | #2
Depending on my level, I either do or do not take the side quests at each location. I look to stay a couple levels over the class quest level. I try to do every heroic that I can solo and any others that I can find groups for, but don't harp on them if no one's around. Rewardwise, they are more worthwhile.

Just recently, I've started doing some of the planets' bonus series. I've noticed they tend to have better rewards, and the content is fresh to me as I haven't already done it with every alt.

EpicBloood's Avatar

11.26.2012 , 02:16 PM | #3
I play a sith assassin and seem to be at least 1-2 levels under leveled, even so, the first hour or so is difficult, the rest is fine, same with class quests.

Bigbearbear's Avatar

11.26.2012 , 02:46 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by EpicBloood View Post
I play a sith assassin and seem to be at least 1-2 levels under leveled, even so, the first hour or so is difficult, the rest is fine, same with class quests.
This is what I'm trying to avoid, being under leveled and getting hammered when doing quests. It is just a little irritating, especially when your quest involve you killing Elite class mobs or have you go into areas with Strong class mobs backed by multiple weak ones. I recall this Artillery Droid thing that shoots missiles at you, always killed me until I leveled past it with good gear from FPs.

I'm starting to suspect that this is intentional, so that you'll have to purchase the XP boost (either the pack thing or legacy unlock) to avoid being under leveled.

JimG's Avatar

11.26.2012 , 02:53 PM | #5
You can avoid heroics, flashpoints, PVP, space, and NOT buy any boosters and you will still be at or above level if you do everything else. You will probably need to do all of the bonus parts of the quests and all the planet bonus series. You're probably missing some quests. Be sure to check your map when you return to quest locations as sometimes new ones will pop up that weren't there last time you were there because you weren't eligible yet. Also, most of the bonus series will be triggered in the spaceport on the way out after you finish your class quest on the planet. Alderaan is one exception that I can think of off hand and you get that one on the fleet.

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11.26.2012 , 02:56 PM | #6
If you are F2P then you do actually gain XP slightly slower than a subscriber.

I always:
  • Log out on my ship or in a cantina for teh rested XP bonus
  • Do every mission I can find and solo. If I happen upon someone outside a Heroic I'll ask if they're doing it or if they want to do it.
  • Do the planetary bonus series
  • Do all the bonus missions that pop up as you go

I've generally hit 50 on Voss and never had anything to do on Corellia other than my class missions. The XP boosters are nice to have for those times you know you're going to be running for a few hours at once, but they appear to be real time. That is from noon to 3pm you get the bonus. If you play from noon until 1pm then log for the day, you lose those other 2 hours.
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11.26.2012 , 03:16 PM | #7
I play the opposite, always as under-leveled as possible (3-4 levels low). I'm on my 6th and 7th toons now so have done all the side quests. My recommendation is to play smart with your companions/CCs and to use a stim at all times. The stims help at higher levels.

I do find that skipping the side quests means I have to gear my companions from the GTN. I also pretty much only level in orange so will sub out my mods on the GTN every three levels to keep up. I always took my companions for granted on my first two toons, but on my third I really learned to use them. For my slinger I would always use Corso and make sure I had his abilities quick keyed. I send him in first to establish aggro and then hit them. Through Chapter 2 I was a sharpshooter, but switched specs you may want to try a different spec as well.

Good luck!
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Vandicus's Avatar

11.26.2012 , 03:18 PM | #8
Planetary bonus series will give you a bunch of experience. Are you f2p? Its rather common to be overleveled rather than underleveled in this game.
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Khevar's Avatar

11.26.2012 , 03:20 PM | #9
I've leveled 5 toons to 50 so far. Starting with the third one, I've generally stayed 2-4 levels below the planet I'm on.

This is partly so I can skip side quests, and partly for the challenge. The more level 50s, the higher my presence is, which makes things really easy (e.g. soloing Black Talon at level 11 with crap gear)

The only time I really ran into trouble was hitting Belsavis on my sorcerer at level 38. The first mob I hit was level 43 (go figure) and he resisted every single attack.

Gomla's Avatar

11.26.2012 , 03:56 PM | #10
Usually about 3-4 levels above the recommended level per planet and I skip a lot of quests.

I do spend a hell of a lot of time in warzones though.

I find the vast majority of side quests incredibly dull so avoid them like the plague.

So yeah, I do most of my levelling in PvP.