My Chanter is level 18.5 now.Â I’ve mostly been leveling him by solo questing, but I really do not find it enjoyable to do the “Go kill me 10 of those and 16 of those and then go out and do it again but for these” quests.Â Â The alternatives (Solo grinding or group grinding) are much more favorable, except as a Chanter I really do not kill very fast; I kill efficiently and never rest, but I do not kill very fast.Â What I have definitely been enjoying is the group questing/grinding going on in the Black Claw Outpost / Village / Graveyard.
Yesterday was a struggle to find a group for me.Â I was actively advertising myself as a level 17 Chanter and no one seemed interested.Â Today was a bit different though.Â I guess level 18 is the magic number (why, I have no idea) because I advertised myself once as an 18 chanter and immediately had four group officers to do quests and kill bosses.Â I picked an offer randomly and went into the BC area will a full balanced group (lucked out on this one).
We spent the majority of our time moving boss to boss, killing, looting, then changing channels to do it again.Â The EXP was fantastic and I earned half a level in maybe an hour and a half at most of casual boss killing.Â Had we wanted to kill anything and everything for EXP I’m fairly certain we could have made that into a full level for me, but I was just along for the ride.Â Â Several blues and greens dropped from the bosses and had stats which blow away anything I’m wearing, but I didn’t win the roll on anything I could use.Â Managed some stuff that I plan to AH though.
Worth mentioning is the Chieftain spawn.Â He’s the main boss of the area and drops really great loot.Â However, he’s a 1.5 hour respawn (the group said) and is camped almost all the time in all channels.Â As we worked our way into his big tree [Pictured to the right] lair/den/thingy we had to contend with trains and people pulling mobs from all over.Â We hugged walls and moved strategically.Â I had these immediate flashbacks of Guk or Solusek B and couldn’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
As our group was moving in to another part of the Black Claw area, I think it’s the Graveyard, my AT&T Uverse P.O.S. internet went down for 30 minutes which ended my group.Â It’s down again right now in fact… thankfully I can just type this and wait for it to come back up then publish.Â I can’t wait until Time Warner Cable installs my new service in just 2-3 days.
A few random observations I’ve made that may interest some of you:
- Look up!Â Don’t fall into the habit of just staring straight ahead or in your character’s immediate 3rd person area.Â Look around!Â The detail of the environments is not only beautiful left and right, but up and down!Â The vertical space is used very well to really show off some fantastic stuff.
- GROUP in the elite areas and dungeons!Â It’s seriously a lot more fun than soloing and you will get a lot of loot, complete quests, and experience the lore and story of Aion.
- Check personal stores for great bargains.Â That +crit manastone might be 50,000g on the AH, but someone wants to sell it to you for 100g in their afk store.Â I have found some great bargains.
- Keep your inventory managed.Â Don’t fall into the downward spiral of having to delete stuff to make room for better stuff.Â Sometimes even those gray junk items sell for THOUSANDS in just small stacks!Â Expand your cube now and it will pay for itself 10fold tomorrow.