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seeking some advice for leveling from 40 to 50

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seeking some advice for leveling from 40 to 50

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Eleven_eleven
12.28.2012 , 07:36 AM | #1
I started as f2p loved the story and subbed \, this is my first mmo but I played allot of sp rpgs as for mp mostly played RTS and fps.

Now my problem is that the xp needed to level and continue the story is just insane, all I want is to see how my story end's, so far I have leveled with fp and pvp and some of side missions that make sense, problem started around level 30 or so when I got tired of kill 10 whatever and push 3 buttons and skipped more stuff as such did more pvp and fp to compensate.

Now I'm level 41 after hoth with a lot of pvp and doing the Alderran bonus series, but the thought of grinding my way up to 50 well it feels like work, hell most of the time I'm doing so much side stuff I can't even remember wth I was supposed to do.

I mean compare this to DAO a long game but it did not feel like you had to grind and honestly the story had agency and pacing plus allot more comp dialogue I mean look at Alistair, I don't know it just feels strange somehow after playing the ME series and the Dragon age series.

Anyway any advice on how to finish my story in a resonable amount of time? Should I youtube the ending and be done with it?

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JacksonMo
12.28.2012 , 09:47 AM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by Eleven_eleven View Post
I started as f2p loved the story and subbed \, this is my first mmo but I played allot of sp rpgs as for mp mostly played RTS and fps.
How can you claim you "loved the story" and just a few days of game time later you've bogged down to stand still because you don't want to do any side quests?
MMO's aren't like shooters. They're practically NOTHING like shooters, in fact.
Until you embrace that and change your game, there's not much I can do to help you.
The side quest cut scenes are even worth watching. Many of them are really good mini-stories all on their own. And if you make it a point to complete the bonus quest, those are usually worth at least 30% of the actual quest's xp reward.
Are you playing rested? No I don't mean if you've had a nap. If you log out in a cantina, on fleet, or on your ship, you get double xp from every kill.

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Eleven_eleven
12.28.2012 , 10:34 AM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by JacksonMo View Post
How can you claim you "loved the story" and just a few days of game time later you've bogged down to stand still because you don't want to do any side quests?
MMO's aren't like shooters. They're practically NOTHING like shooters, in fact.
Until you embrace that and change your game, there's not much I can do to help you.
The side quest cut scenes are even worth watching. Many of them are really good mini-stories all on their own. And if you make it a point to complete the bonus quest, those are usually worth at least 30% of the actual quest's xp reward.
Are you playing rested? No I don't mean if you've had a nap. If you log out in a cantina, on fleet, or on your ship, you get double xp from every kill.


First I never skip any cutscenes even If i've seen them many times, secondly the first part of the game I had no problem with, do few hours of side quests a little pvp get more story, now it's do 7 8 hours of pointless grind and get 3 lines of story, I'm used to finishing sp story focused rpgs in like 3 4 days max, I've been playing this for about 2 weeks and something and no end in sight, I don't even remember some of the characters from the begining of the game.

Compare this to mass effect 2 that I played like 6 times and even KOTOR 1 and 2 that I played many times over and I can jump in right now and it doesn't feel like grinding. There is such a thing a too much padding.

And on the subject of side quests, in most single player story focused Rpgs the main story is the focus of the game, sure you can get sidetracked like in dao but not enough to actually forget wth are you suppose to do and lose any agency and pacing the story had.


They should add bigger xp boost on the cartel market like 100 percent or more for people who wanna see the story and don't want all the pointless padding and kill 20 whatever.

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Holinyx
12.28.2012 , 11:37 AM | #4
If you are even remotely considering "youtubing your storyline ending" you have already lost interest in playing your character. The only advice along that line i can give is, yeah, go ahead and youtube it.

But, if you want to go from 40-50 in about 6 days. this is what you do. you do planet quests, your class quest line, and space missions. if you aren't getting 1-2 levels per day then you are skipping way too much content. I don't even try to level and i get 3 levels a day easy. and i'm talking 30-50. Space Missions, i'm going to just go ahead and assume you have not done any. bad news...you are passing up 70,000+ xp in about 25 minutes time. add that up per day and you've bypassed about...oh...10 levels. you should be 50 right now. /smack.
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Daxy
12.28.2012 , 11:43 AM | #5
are you still f2p?

i run into the same issues as you with every new toon i create
personally, i hate planet questing- even on my first toon but, curiously, this is the easiest/most efficient way to level

skipping planets/quests for whatever reason will eventually paint you in a corner where you cant advance class story quests b/c of level disparity and, thus, difficulty

i am not up to speed on the limits of f2p but i'm guessing you will have to bite the bullet and just focus on a planet and do as many quests as you can to "catch up" (usually doing an entire planet will allow you to get away with just the class quest on the "next" planet in the chain)

just noticed in op that player has subbed
-- personally, i level all my alts exclusively pvp wz's and did the class story to unlock the buffs
i will trot down to my ship to do space missions when the mood strikes and i avoid pugging fp's at all costs

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JacksonMo
12.28.2012 , 01:14 PM | #6
I've hear quite a few people who feel 30 - 40 feels "grindy".
Past that point it does get better. And at 47 you can start doing dailies which give AWESOME xp.
So I skip from mid Voss all the way to Illum, and return to Voss once I'm 50 and started building up my gear.
Class quests for lvl 47 are so much easier in Tionese/Columi gear.

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Eleven_eleven
12.28.2012 , 02:08 PM | #7
yep I only did space missions in the beginning and also all the planet side quests, I was level 24 or 26 or so when I arrived on Nar Shada, but then went lax on space missions, and after seeing the great rewards of pvp and the little time you have to spend on it compared to say a flashpoint I started to mostly pvp and do the sidequests that interested me.

at Taris I began skipping allot of content and well I had to do more pvp and fp to catch up.

I'm gonna take your advice and do space missions when I roll an alt .

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Ilysanth
12.28.2012 , 02:29 PM | #8
XP boosters to help?

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Draloch
12.28.2012 , 09:11 PM | #9
The MMO's I've played have all been rewarding if you try to immerse yourself in the world, rather than approach it like a console video game.

Imagine you are on that world and want to help (or influence) the lives of all those people. When someone tells you they need you to help them with something, go out and help them with it. Yes, the quest is technically to kill 20 so and so's, but the more you can think of it like you're out there making a difference, the less you'll get bored with it.

There's a little suspension of disbelief required. Of course, the guys you kill are going to just respawn in 2 minutes and it'll be like you were never there. The best thing is to try not to think of that.

If you actually do all the quests on a planet, you're not going to be seeing the same area twice and it should all feel relatively new. If all you see is humanoid shaped pixels, then the game is going to feel extremely grindy. That's how all MMO's are.

I find Act 3 to go very fast, but I really enjoy the main planet story lines of Belsavis, Voss, and Corellia. There's enough xp from questing on 2 of those worlds to get you to 50, so you actually can't do all the content there if you want to hit 50 just as you're finishing your class story.

Another thing that I think alot of people aren't aware of is that there are 3 types of quests on a planet. 1 is your class chain, which is generally 4-5 quests in series. Another that most people are aware of is stand alone quests that you pick up from people on the planet. The final type is the main planet quest chain, which usually starts with a person at the space dock. Most people don't realize that is actually the start of a continuous chain because the chain blends in with all the single serving quests as you move through the planet. If you try to immerse yourself in the story a little more, you can track the chain and keep up with your larger overall influence on the planet as you move from area to area.

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Kreto
12.29.2012 , 12:00 AM | #10
there is pretty much next to zero grinding required to level up in this game, if you think this game is bad then maybe mmo's are not for you, as pretty much every mmo requires you to do quests/missions and lots of them to reach max level. In SWTOR if you skip all the side quests on a planet and only do your class story missions you won't level up enough to do the next planet.

My advice is simply do everything on your first play through, then when you have a second character going through if you have a high enough level then you possibly can skip through content, for example when I did Tatooine I ended up at lvl32 which pretty much let me just do my class story missions and skip the next planet entirely.