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#1 Jul 07 2010 at 11:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi I just bought Everquest 2 the complete collection. I've grown bored of WoW and have been thinking about purchasing this game for awhile now.

The reason I'm posting this is because I was wondering what things I need to know to be remotely good at EQ2 and seem like I somewhat have a grasp on what to do.

Also what is the best class for a noob player?
#2 Jul 08 2010 at 1:16 AM Rating: Excellent
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Oh boy, that's really broad! It's hard to come from a game that you're intimately familiar with to one you don't know at all, isn't it?

My advice: Dive in. Roll a toon and go for it. The newb experience is pretty darn good, and you shouldn't have any problems. If you do, we're here, just ask anything. And use that hand search box up in the right corner!

My best piece of newb advice: pick a server with a good population during your regular play time. When you roll a toon the servers will be displayed with population loads. If you are starting that character when you'd usually play, pick a server with a medium-to-high load.

Meanwhile... what'd you play in WoW? Before you burnt out on it, what did you like best about the game?

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#3 Jul 08 2010 at 2:03 AM Rating: Decent
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Well I usually gravitate towards the melee DPS or something thats upfront fighting but on WoW I had every time of character I enjoyed tanking and playing my cat druid.


Hmm what I liked best about wow.. thats a hard one lol I liked knowing what I was doing in the game [: but on a serious note I'd have to say how easy it was leveling. I used to play Everquest on PS2 and I loved that game.. even to this day I still get the urge to reactivate my account. Everquest always seemed more appealing the graphics and gameplay looked much better than wow.

Quick question what are AA's?
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#4 Jul 08 2010 at 3:42 AM Rating: Good
Sarodare wrote:
Quick question what are AA's?

AA stands for Alternate Advancement and it is a way for you to customize your character so it ends up closer to your playstyle then the default set up might be.

As an example, by carefully tailoring AA points, a warden (one of the two EQ2 druids) can be morphed from being a "root & nuke" kind of healer into being a melee DPS kind of healer. The difference is astounding and can be accomplished through the careful allocation of AA points.

Regarding your original question, since the game leans heavily on the traditional "holy trinity" of tank/DPS/healer, you really can't go wrong if you pick any one of those arch types as a base character.

Since you mentioned melee DPS as a favored style I'd suggest an assassin (straight melee based DPS) or maybe a monk or zerker (both are hybrid DPS/tanks) as a good starting point.

Whatever you choose, welcome and enjoy!


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#5 Jul 08 2010 at 10:04 AM Rating: Excellent
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My first EQ2 character was an Inquisitor. The AA line I chose for her (following some friendly advice I got in-game) was the Battle Cleric line, which allows her to melee effectively.

As a gateway character I think it was a good choice. She could heal, so getting groups at lower levels was pretty easy; she could also melee and heal herself, therefore soloing most things was pretty easy.

Similar avenues would include Warden, as OBD mentioned, or Fury, or either of the shamans. As I understand it a Templar is more of a pure healer and might not be very easy to solo.

You can also use the Test server to roll new characters and play them for a few levels. Those first 20 or so levels will go by pretty fast, and that should give you some idea of which type of character appeals to you.

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#6 Jul 08 2010 at 11:23 AM Rating: Good
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As I understand it a Templar is more of a pure healer and might not be very easy to solo.

Temps may indeed have the highest quality of heals but the trade off is that they do pathetic levels of damage!

A friend of mine (whose main is a temp) is fond of saying that the only way a temp can kill a mob is to engage it in melee and then wait for it to die of boredom! He is pretty much always LFG.
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#7 Jul 08 2010 at 2:54 PM Rating: Decent
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Well I've made an Arasai Assassin on Crushbone server named Eradoras [: Gonna go play him now.
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#8 Jul 09 2010 at 8:24 AM Rating: Excellent
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You must, at some point, check out a frog monk.

Frog monks are the cooliest.

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#9 Jul 09 2010 at 11:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Samira wrote:
You must, at some point, check out a frog monk.

Frog monks are the cooliest.



QFT

They simply are!
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#10 Jul 09 2010 at 12:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Is there a tutorial like there was in EQPC?
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Sarodare 60 Pyromancer Marrs Fist
Mozzerella 60 Faithful Marrs Fist
Eradoras 60 Hunter Marrs Fist
Montereyjack 60 Metabolist Marrs Fist
Kabur 60 Monk Marrs Fist
Aeyinars 52 Bard Marrs Fist
Bardoflegend 60 Minstrel Marrs Fist
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85 Priest Môzz
85 Paladin Tyrsohn
85 Shaman Colbyjack
85 Druid Hamúul
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Rift
25 Cleric Mozz Silkweb
32 Rogue Eradoras Silkweb
#11 Jul 09 2010 at 1:17 PM Rating: Good
Sarodare wrote:
Is there a tutorial like there was in EQPC?


There was, but with the recent revamp, the starter noob zones are gone. There are starter quests within eyes view as soon as you start the game with your first character, and thats where the action is. These will teach you most of the basics, as well as the tool tips that will pop up.

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#12 Jul 09 2010 at 5:41 PM Rating: Decent
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Sarodare wrote:
Is there a tutorial like there was in EQPC?


Like Dyadem said, there are starter quests that are vital to do and will teach you a lot. There are also npc's standing near the place where you begin which will explain the basics of the game, fighting, death, collections, banks, ...

Just talk to everyone at first, see what they say, definitely everyone with a feather above their heads. Most npc's are untargettable, so hitting the a button out of chatwhen you target them will not attack them and get you killed, something that did happen in EQ I (at least, I had it happen, more than once). Don't be afraid to wonder and experiment, at worst you can die, which isn' as bad as it used to be.

Also, small tip, don't hand in collections before you hit level 10. All collections are lvl 10 and higher, so they count for your AA's, you don't get any AA xp before you hit 10. The rewards from the collections at a low lvl are not better than the quest rewards so you do not miss out on much. AA's change a lot, they're a very important part of the game, but don't worry all too much at first about it, apart from those collections before lvl 10.

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#13 Sep 14 2010 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
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I was a table top, pencil & paper & dice RPG player for most of the 80's. If you had a favorite type of character-class, e.g.-ranger, fighter, mage, druid, you can find a character type within EQ2 that will fit. I like the "scouts", personally. Half of my alotted 12 alts are "scouts". Look for help online, there are many players in the game that are willing to help a new comer along, even providing help with gear and starting zones. So, welcome to the game, it's great to have you here, I look forward to meeting you in Norrath.
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I honestly like playing the ShadowKnight because it has a very strong defense as well as a very powerful offense, of course, I have always geared towards defense.
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