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Vaakoh's Gamer Blog

Just my space to rant, rave, and blast my opinion on any game I want. I play a lot, so I tend to write a lot about games, too. This will be my gamer blog for MMOs.

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ESO Leveling Guide for New or Inexperienced Players

Posted by vaakoh Saturday July 26 2014 at 5:23PM
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One thing that a lot of players tend to get stuck on when they're first jumping into a new MMO is leveling up. In some games, like Guild Wars 2, leveling is pretty easy and players can hit the level cap in no time at all. But other titles, including The Elder Scrolls Online, can prove to be a bit more challenging. For the sake of saving newbie players some time I'm posting a ESO leveling guide that will help you reach the higher levels (mainly to 50) as quickly as possible.

ESO Leveling Guide

Leveling up in Elder Scrolls Online

If you're looking to fast-track yourself to level 50 and beyond there are mainly two ways to do it - either by questing or by grinding mobs. For many people grinding monsters in the open PVE world can be insanely boring but, if done correctly, it does work well. But, if you're looking to dive into the lore and get a bit more entertainment while working your way through levels questing is still very efficient and fulfilling.

Questing for Levels

There are TONS of quests that you can complete. There's the main story line you can play through, smaller quests that can be acquired from NPCs throughout Tamriel, guild quests, and more. Quests are beneficial in many ways because:

  1. They Give Loads of XP
  2. You'll Earn Gold and Items
  3. You'll Learn More About the Story in ESO
And the quests found in Elder Scrolls Online aren't very difficult to complete, either. This is why they're such a fast and great source of experience. You can easily reach level 50 (at least) within a week (maybe sooner if you're a really dedicated player) just questing.
Grinding for Levels
Grinding mobs is just as fast as questing but it FEELS like it takes forever because it's really just a mindless, repetitive task. Usually what you have to do is find areas with several mobs that respawn over and over to kill again and again. Once you've reach a specific level you'll need to move to a new zone to gain experience that's on par with your character level. This can be EXTREMELY boring. It works best when you work with a group of 2-3 other players, too. And if you're running around doing it with friends it can a little more bearable.
If you decide to go the grinding route you'll want to spec your character with plenty of AoE attacks and focus on taking out small-medium sized mobs at distance while kiting. Try to keep your attention on monsters that are a few levels above you to squeeze as much XP out of the process as possible. But make sure you keep your distance, especially if you aren't a great player, if you want to stay alive and avoid a lot of traveling / waypointing around.
Alternative Methods
It is possible to rack up experience and loot doing other things, though. Exploration rewards you with some XP, doing dungeon runs can be somewhat beneficial, taking down world bosses, etc can all help you raise your level, too but not very quickly.
All in all, leveling in ESO can be a bit slower than other MMOs. You don't typically earn a lot of experience from anything you do but if you want to power level your character your best bet is to either do a ton of questing, grind mobs like crazy, or do a combination of these two strategies.
A complete list of strategies, tips, and other leveling resources can be found here >>


Favorite Classes in Elder Scrolls Online

Posted by vaakoh Wednesday June 4 2014 at 3:58PM
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I've been playing ESO for nearly 2 months now, plus a little extra time if you include the couple of beta sessions I participated in, and I've tested all 4 classes. Based on my playing experience in both PvE and PvP I feel like the best classes in this game are the Nightblade and the Sorcerer.

There's a lot of info about the Elder Scrolls Online classes here -

The Dragonknight isn't bad either but I found it to be a fairly boring class to play. Templar wasn't really my thing but I'm not one for playing a Healer in any MMO. The only thing I'm having an issue with is finding a good build for my characters.

Anyone got any good suggestions for strong PvE and PvP builds for the Nightblade and Sorcerer especially? I have one at level 30 and another at level 50 (NB) right now.

Tips & Tricks for Increasing EGO Rating in Defiance

Posted by vaakoh Sunday June 16 2013 at 6:26PM
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Ranking up is among the most significant parts of basically any MMORPG available. Achieving greater ranks provides your avatar entry to brand new locations, equipment, and even capabilities that aren't available to lesser ranked gamers. In addition your avatar will come to be more powerful and more able of dealing with competitors whether it be within open-world player vs environment or in cut-throat player vs player. The Defiance video game is no different in this instance, only rather than having ranks you get an EGO rating.

Gamers can improve their EGO rating by carrying out a range of stuff. In the start of the video game your main source of leveling up will be through completing story missions, using your weapons a lot, participating in Arkfalls, and starting on the goals found within pursuits. All of these tasks reward you with experience as well as in-game currency and gear.

As you progress through the main missions you'll earn a lot of experience which contributes to leveling your overall EGO rating. But you can also take the time to just go out on killing sprees, finding any enemy you can ( such as mutants or hellbugs). While traveling across the world you'll stumble across mini-missions known as emergencies. These require you to kill a bunch of enemies, save helpless people, collect items, and do other tasks. They are much shorter than the story missions but still reward you with a healthy helping of experience, Scrip, and even useful items.

Leveling in this game will take a while. The current level cap is set at 5000. And it will supposedly be increased to an even higher rating every time new DLC is launched. So reaching the greatest rank will undoubtedly take determination and hard work. But there are a lot of elements that make a difference to your EGO level so don't fret.

Other stuff you are able to do consist of:

- Contracts ( obtainable when you achieve EGO level 100)

- Pursuits

- Challenges within Open World

- Progress EGO Powers & Perks

- Progress Automobiles

- Progressing Weaponry

Contracts don't give a lot of XP however can easily still accumulate when you perform them on a daily basis. Your character has to be a minimum of level ONE HUNDRED to obtain contracts, though. Pursuits are where the vast majority of your EGO level will originate from. Doing pursuits provides you with a lot of XP, fresh player clothes, and even more. Challenges can be discovered worldwide of Defiance in the style of stuff such as hot shots as well as rampages. Challenges can be done again for XP repeatedly.

For more tips refer to this video >> Defiance Guide

Your EGO powers as well as perks can likewise be progressed. You'll gain a little of EGO levels whenever you fully level a power or even a perk. By progressing each and every power and perk that is accessible in the video game you can accumulate quite a bit of EGO. You can also level up the different vehicle and weapon types within the game. Each type has a total of 20 levels and each time you rank up one you'll gain more EGO points.

Defiance TV Series & MMO Mix Relatively Well

Posted by vaakoh Friday June 14 2013 at 6:28PM
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Defiance is an original, just launched television program and video game title. The 2 team up to produce a more entertaining games experience by making use of episode tie-ins and cross-promotion. It is the whimsical development of television network, Syfy, in team with video game studio, Trion Worlds.

The Defiance title is a huge online multiplayer (MMO) 3rd person shooter. You take up the job of an Ark Hunter, a hero essentially, that has to defeat alien pests (hellbugs), manic humans, foul bad guys, and other non- human creatures to obtain alien tech for tycoons in the world.

A lot of great hints and tips for the game can be found at

The game was launched on 4/2/13 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 systems as well as the PC. While it hasn’t done incredibly well in comparison to other big budget games, it has managed to capture the attention of more than a million players spanning all platforms.

Defiance has gotten mostly decent reviews since its launch. Nearly all large review sites gave the game a 60% rating (or 5. 5 to 6 out of 10). This essentially means that the game isn’t awful but it isn’t awesome either.

The television show has also gotten moderate reviews but has maintained decent enough ratings on the Syfy network to be renewed for a second season.

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