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Help! Which EQ2 Alt to Raise to 95? #blaugust2016

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Poll is over with! Thanks for your help!

 

Thanks to Bhagpuss and Telwyn I learned that EQ2 was giving away a free level 95 Heroic upgrade to any character who has not already recieved said upgrade before. I have 3 level 90 heroics, including my “main,” so this is fine with me as the more alts I can level the better. And I have a lot of alts

In fact, I have SO many alts that I don’t know which one to choose! So I need help!

I don’t know anything about how EQ2 classes play at higher levels, but I’d want something that I can have fun soloing with. I generally enjoy melee, but now days, I’ve gotten used to ranged DPS as well.

I went through the list of alts and trimmed it down to these possibilities. So that there is no bias, I’m listing them in alphabetical order.

Benjaminย 

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Lv 40 Wizard

Pros

  • The name. Somehow I managed to hold on to the name “Benjamin” even through the server consolidation.
  • Nostalgia. He was the first character I rolled on Freeport when the game went F2P – I literally got in at the moment the servers went up to snag this name.
  • Cosmetics – the staff and mount I don’t think are available in game anymore.
  • I hear Wizard becomes a beast at higher levels (how well does it solo?).

Cons

  • The highest level character that I’m looking at boosting. Maybe I should pick someone lower?
  • Unsure of how fun Wizard will be at higher levels for solo content. Are they too squishy?
  • Not a Ratonga.

Churrupp

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Lv 21 Monk

Pros

  • My only Froglok.
  • The only character I have that doesn’t have access toย a flying mount or the ability to fly. Using this boost will give her a flying mount.
  • I heard Monk is fun (?).

Cons

  • Unsure of how Monk works at high levels – is it fun for soloing?
  • Not a Ratonga… but is a Froglok. Hm. Does that balance out?

Rawring

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Lv 25 Fury

Pros

  • Ratonga! My only male Ratonga, too.
  • I hear Fury is a lot of fun!
  • The name “Rawring.”
  • I don’t have a higher level healer class… but I don’t really do group content, and only care about solo-ability.

Cons

  • Is Fury really a lot of fun for solo content at level 95? ย Dunno!

Skedaddles

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Lv 33 Beastlord

Pros

  • Ratonga!
  • Pet class!
  • Scythe!
  • Cosmetics – I spent some Station Cash (Daybreakbucks, whatever they are now) for that outfit.
  • I enjoyed what I’ve played of Beastlord and bought that one expansion just to have the class more or less.
  • There are some cool warders I’ve wanted to tame, but couldn’t until I get a higher level.

Cons

  • Being a pet class, would this one be easier to level manually than some of the others on the list?
  • How fun is Beastlord at a higher level? I recall it being somewhat more complex.

Zento

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Lv 32 Warden

Pros

  • Pure nostalgia here. Zento is the oldest character still existing in my roster, created in December 2004 (I re-rolled my Ratonga main several times after launch).
  • I don’t have a higher level healer class… but I don’t really do group content, and only care about solo-ability.
  • Cosmetics – he has a cool cloak I got from Legends of Norrath that I don’t think you can get elsewhere anymore.

Cons

  • Not sure how well Warden solos at higher level. Is it fun?
  • Is the nostalgia factor enough to warrant this choice?
  • Not a Ratonga.

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16 thoughts on “Help! Which EQ2 Alt to Raise to 95? #blaugust2016

  1. I voted Rawring because ratonga! I know Skedaddles is also a ratonga but I have a 94 Beastlord that I leveled the hard way and while I would certainly recommend the class for someone planning on playing a lot, you are quite right to worry about it being more complex than the average EQ2 class. BL is a lot of fun but it’s definitely fiddly. I’d make the BL second choice though.

    Fury is versatile and powerful. It’s a very dps-oriented healing class, like the Druid was in EQ. You’d have no problems soloing as a fury but then I doubt any of the classes you are choosing between would have much of a problem. That said, I’ve never played a Wizard and my highest Monk is somewhere in the 50s I think…

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    1. Thanks so much for your insight on the classes! This is what I was hoping to learn about! ๐Ÿ™‚

      After reading a bit of info on Beastlord, I think you’re correct — I might be better served to level it manually so that I get a feel for the class’s progression, rather than just be dropped into the middle of a level 95 class with no clue. Plus, it seems Beastlord is probably not too bad to level by itself given it’s a pet class (and I have tons of EX pots).

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  2. A long time ago I wrote a guide to 85 with a soloing chart as it was back then. Its far from perfect but might help:

    If you google below it should come up otherwise I can tweet you its link

    A very rambling guide to Everquest2 Instant 85 characters

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      1. Most welcome – EQ2 was my main game for many years before my group drifted away to various things. I still have two accounts on Antonia Bayle server – thanks to your post I’m now working out what to boost too ๐Ÿ˜€

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        1. I’ve revisited EQ2 several times through the years (played at launch), though I’m terrible at progressing because the sheer number of race/class combinations always has me rolling alts.

          Good luck in your boosts – have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I’d vote Fury I think just because I’m biased towards playing self-healing classes. Warden, from the little I’ve seen, doesn’t seem that great a solo class.

    If it’s not too late for this, have you tried Shadowknight before? I’ve found it to be great fun and extremely survivable solo with all the life-drain skills. I generally prefer ranged DPS characters in group content but am not that great at kiting, which is kind of necessary if you’re playing a ranged character solo I suppose.

    So perhaps a Froglok Shadowknight to balance out all those Ratonga you already have ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thanks for your feedback!

      I agree that Shadowknight is a fun solo class. The reason it’s not an option here is that I have one I’ve previously boosted, so I can’t choose to boost him again this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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