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


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.



Lv 40 Wizard


  • 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?).


  • 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.



Lv 21 Monk


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


  • 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?



Lv 25 Fury


  • 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.


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



Lv 33 Beastlord


  • 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.


  • 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.



Lv 32 Warden


  • 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.


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

Posted in Blaugust, Gaming

MMO Memory Box: EverQuest 2 ~ #Blaugust Day 15

This is part of the Blaugust series!

Even though I didn’t have too much experience with EQ1, I bought into EQ2 at launch. Why?


The game let me play a rat, and that was enough for me. So instead of being at WoW launch, I was at EQ2 launch, a little sad that my little rattie had to be a “bad guy,” but content to play a rat.

The whole good vs. evil thing was really played up back then. The original box had two sides, even, one that showed Overlord Lucan D’Lere…

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And the other side that showed Queen Antonia Bayle.


EQ2’s packaging gave off an air of grandiose confidence in their newest game in the EQ series. I mean, look at how…






…this box had. On both sides, even!

The box contained a whopping 9 installation discs. Plus a bonus disc and a multi-disc Starter Kit of some sort. All in this nice little fold out disc thingy with a cute disc holder.


I’d never seen a game that had 9 discs for installation before. Wow!

I made a lot of good memories back in EQ2, and still have and play characters that I rolled from back in the era. While I was still a pretty solo player, the happy thing about EQ2 was that it had content for folks who wanted to group, but was also very much solo-able… something I was looking for in a game, but was much more rare in games of that time. This was one of the games that I came back to on and off over the years, and fully embraced the F2P conversion.

I remember working up my little ratonga through the different class quests of the time, getting her to become an assassin. Years later, before Ratonga became a neutral race, I betrayed Freeport to realign and become a Swashbuckler. At that point, the EQ2 stats said that Swashie Ratonga made up 2% of my server’s population. I was so proud. 🙂

I still love playing my Swashie Rat from time to time – mostly to mess around in events and housing. I’ve kitted her out with wings to fly and gave her the free boost to level 90… though I haven’t really played her much and have no idea what kind of build I should have for her. That’s okay, though. I have my memories and I can still visit her whenever I like.