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How to properly prep for Double XP weekends.

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Dawginole
04.03.2014 , 01:24 PM | #1
I've had some new players or players who are just getting into making alts in my guild ask about how I level so fast during Double XP weekends. So I just wanted to share some tactics here that may help some folks for the next one that will begin on April 11th.

There are variations of this strategy to line yourself up for certain mods, you can investigate this on your own or others can chime in suggestions. This is just the basic premise and is mainly for a fresh alt, but can be applied to higher level toons.

NOTE: Having Cybertech, Artifice or Armstech leveled to at least 300 will be a huge help, but won't break you if you don't.

NOTE 2: This method is primarily for running solo. The method of having a 55 run you through content doesn't really apply for this as you probably won't need the prep or gear recommended here.

1) Start a new toon and purchase a 5 pack of XP bonus items, the legacy mission XP bonus, and legacy exploration bonus.
2) Run through your starter world as fast as possible using the dropped greens to gear your toon. This should take about 2hrs and you should arrive on fleet at roughly lvl 11.5. Run the wz dailies at this point to get your toon to lvl 12.
3) Purchase a full set of orange gear.
4) Select your Advanced Class.
5) Pick up some crafts you want to work on with your spare alt (two spare alts if you buy Treek). Be sure to talk to every crafting vendor, even the ones you don't want as you will get xp from talking to all of them.

Prep time:
1) Craft blue armorings, hilts/barrels, and crystals of every 10 levels as amorings and hilts/barrels cost the most planetary comms and you don't want to waist comms on these items. If you can't craft these runs dailies on a higher level toon to purchase or have someone craft these items for you.
2) Gear your toon in the armorings, hilt/barrel, and crystals that you crafted or purchased for level 12/13. And store the ones you crafted or purchased for levels 20, 30, and 40.
3) Purchase level 2/3 mods and enhancements with planetary comms to fill in the rest of your toons gear and weapons.
4) Now wait for DXP weekend.

Double XP Weekend:
1) Set out with your fully geared lvl 12/13 toon to Dromund Kas or Corruscant. Complete all missions, both planet and class story. You must do this on this planet in order to get your ship. You can't get your ship unless you complete the story quests here. Make sure to always have your XP buff item on and skip heroics.
2) By the time you are done here you should be able to skip straight to Nar Shaddaa and should be around lvl 20. Complete all planet quests and all available quest on Nar Shaddaa. Skip story missions.
3) Go to Tatooine. Do all planetary quests and side quests. Skip story mission quests. You should be roughly level 30 when complete here.
4) Skip Alderaan and go to Taris. Do all planetary quests and side quests. Skip story mission quests. You should be roughly level 30 when complete here.
5) Skip Quesh and go to Hoth. You should be roughly level 38 at this point. Power through until the end of the weekend.

Leveling rewards and gearing:
1) When questing do not take any rewards other than planetary comms. You are in blue mods and will not need the dropped greens. You need to only take the planetary comms so you can use them to purchase new mods/enhancements every 10 levels.
2) At every 10 levels, so level 20, 30, and 40 return to the fleet and get your already crafted or purchased armorings, hilts/barrels, crystals out of storage. And go to the outer ring of the supply area and purchase the appropriate level mods and enhancements (2 comms per item) from the vendor. Usually the appropriate vendor is the one that is one planet ahead of the planet you are about to go to.
3) If you are so inclined, you should also have enough comms to purchase mods/enhancements for your companion making leveling all the quicker. Only do this if you can craft or afford to also make your companion armorings, hilts/barrels, and crystals as well. Otherwise just put dropped greens on your companion.
4) Carry the Hut Statue with you that you got from Rise of the Hutt cartel and keep yourself constantly updated on your abilities as you hit your new levels. And obviously look for a decent spec chart for pve leveling spec to be putting your points in the right tree.

If this method is followed, a player should be able to reach level 40-42 by the end of the weekend with only about 3-4hrs played each day of DXP weekend. From level 40 during a normal xp period with rested xp and buff, one should be able to go from 40-45 on Hoth, then 45-50 on Corruscant, and 50-52/53, 53-55 on Makeb in about 4 play periods of 3-4hrs each.

The prep will take some time, so don't try to do it the day DXP starts and this will really only work with players who already have a 55 that can bank roll or craft for the new toon. Your objective should be to go 10-40 over the weekend as after that 40-55 will only take a few days and minimal effort. But this method will allow you to have little down time, and be over leveled and over powered to storm through all the content you confront during the DXP weekend to maximize your time and potential to hit 40.

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04.03.2014 , 01:32 PM | #2
If you don't have the hutt statue, pick up a satele shan/darth malgus statue from the GTN before hand (one for each faction) and use that instead.
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Essence_of_Light
04.03.2014 , 01:34 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by OddballEasyEight View Post
If you don't have the hutt statue, pick up a satele shan/darth malgus statue from the GTN before hand (one for each faction) and use that instead.
^This, but also keep in mind they might be pretty expensive (at least on my server they are)
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GatorAndy
04.03.2014 , 01:42 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Dawginole View Post
5) Pick up some crafts you want to work on with your spare alt (two spare alts if you buy Treek). Be sure to talk to every crafting vendor, even the ones you don't want as you will get xp from talking to all of them.
Nice guide! Assuming you meant to say spare companion for crafting, rather than alt? Also, might it make sense to wait for DXP weekend starts to talk to all the crafting vendors? Probably not a huge difference, but would add just a bit more XP.

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DarthTHC
04.03.2014 , 01:48 PM | #5
You forgot the part about keeping an empty 2 litre mountain dew bottle under your desk...

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Brucesim
04.03.2014 , 03:08 PM | #6
The only prep I need is the unsub button. Getting real tired of being forced into either double xp or not playing. I choose neither, but my sub stops until there is an opt out option.

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Essence_of_Light
04.03.2014 , 03:20 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Brucesim View Post
The only prep I need is the unsub button. Getting real tired of being forced into either double xp or not playing. I choose neither, but my sub stops until there is an opt out option.
Geeze, thats a little extreme isn't it? It'd be nice for them to put an option to opt out, but unsub because of it?

I mean... out of 365 days (1 year) they have a total of what, 3-12 days of Double XP?! I just don't understand some people's silly logic.


If anything, 2xp is AWESOME, because it speeds up the monotonous grind to 55 (this applies especially for people who've played all/most of the class stories, and have a large amount of characters).
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Docmal
04.03.2014 , 03:33 PM | #8
I am confused why you recommend to take the legacy mission xp bonus (which I assume is the Class Mission XP Bonus Character Perk) and then you recommend skipping all the class missions?

I have gotten a new level 55 on every dbl xp weekend going from 0 - 55. My method is similar but I do the following:

I purchase the Class Mission Character Perk and the Exploration Character perk all the way to the top level.

I use the same gearing strategy as the OP except I use alts to buy mods with their planetary comms and mail them over to the new toon. I use the new toons planetary coms to keep my companion geared.

I do mostly class missions on the home planet making sure I am at least level 10 when I leave.
Then I do all missions the coruscant / dk except heroics (do the heroic to get the modable offhand on DK if you need it)
Only Class Missions on Balmorra/Tarris
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Class Missions and Planetary on Tatooine
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Only Class Missions on Balmorra/Tarris
Class Missions and Planetary on Quesh
Only Class Missions on Hoth
Class Missions and some Planetary on Belsavis
Class Missions and some Planetary on Voss
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04.03.2014 , 04:43 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Essence_of_Light View Post
Geeze, thats a little extreme isn't it? It'd be nice for them to put an option to opt out, but unsub because of it?

I mean... out of 365 days (1 year) they have a total of what, 3-12 days of Double XP?! I just don't understand some people's silly logic.


If anything, 2xp is AWESOME, because it speeds up the monotonous grind to 55 (this applies especially for people who've played all/most of the class stories, and have a large amount of characters).
You may think it's awesome, but some of us don't. We've been asking for an opt out for quite a while, and BW hasn't even deigned to answer. I even sent a PM to Eric, which has gone unanswered. I've sent anther today, so we will see if there is any response this time.

In the interim, maybe an unsub will make BW realise that not everyone is enthused over double xp.

Cheers


Bruce

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Essence_of_Light
04.03.2014 , 04:49 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Brucesim View Post
You may think it's awesome, but some of us don't. We've been asking for an opt out for quite a while, and BW hasn't even deigned to answer. I even sent a PM to Eric, which has gone unanswered. I've sent anther today, so we will see if there is any response this time.

In the interim, maybe an unsub will make BW realise that not everyone is enthused over double xp.

Cheers


Bruce

Like I said before, there is only 3-12 days of 2xp out of the whole year. To unsub because of that is silly and really foolhardy.

And it doesn't matter if you've been asking for an op-out, it is only a few days out of the year. Take a break from the game or play one of your 55s. Deal with it.
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