"The Golden Path" is the name of a suggested path of progression from SOE that helps players follow an efficient and more natural path as they level up. The goal of the developers was to focus their attention on certain zones to make them a "top-notch" experience. There is no official quest series involved with The Golden Path, the closest thing being a Hallmark series called The Legend of Roger Goldie which moves the player from Butcherblock Mountains through Kylong Plains.
Some of the level ranges reflected below overlap due to the wide range of quests available in many of the zones. We have added zones beyond the "Roger Goldie" experience that reflect the current day solo leveling path.
|Level Range||Zone Quest Series||Tiers|
|1 - 20||Darklight Wood, Frostfang Sea, Greater Faydark or Timorous Deep||T1 - T2|
|21 - 33||Butcherblock Mountains||T3|
|34 - 47||Steamfont Mountains||T4 - T5|
|41 - 55||Everfrost, Lavastorm and Sinking Sands||T5 - T6|
|55 - 70||Tenebrous Tangle, Barren Sky and Bonemire||T7|
|68 - 80||Kylong Plains, Fens of Nathsar, Kunzar Jungle and Jarsath Wastes||T8|
|77 - 85||Moors of Ykesha, Sundered Frontier||T8 - T9|
|86 - 90||Stonebrunt Highlands, Great Divide, Eastern Wastes||T9|
|91-93||Withered Lands, Eidolon Jungle, Obol Plains , Cobalt Scar||T10|
The following table maps the "natural" progression from each home city. You can go to any zone at any time (barring a few alignment restrictions), and can jump back and forth easily to any quest series in the appropriate tier for your level.
Depending upon your class, it is possible to begin some quest series before the noted level. Some classes simply fight higher mobs easier.
|With GU56 it is no longer possible to start a character in Freeport or Qeynos.||Darklight Wood,|
|Greater Faydark||Timorous Deep||Frostfang Sea|
|City of Qeynos, Thundering Steppes, Splitpaw Saga||City of Freeport, Nektulos Forest||Butcherblock Mountains, City of Freeport (evil), City of Qeynos (good)|
|Zek, Feerrott, and Temple of Cazic-Thule|
Enchanted Lands and Rivervale, Bloodline Chronicles
|Everfrost and Lavastorm (Sootfoot Goblins)|
|Sinking Sands, Maj'Dul, Pillars of Flame, and Peacock Club (Desert of Flames), The Fallen Dynasty begins||Lesser Faydark|
|Tenebrous Tangle, Barren Sky, and Bonemire (Kingdom of Sky), The Fallen Dynasty concludes||Loping Plains|
|Kylong Plains, Fens of Nathsar, Kunzar Jungle, Jarsath Wastes (Rise of Kunark), Lavastorm (Order of Flame), and Moors of Ykesha (The Shadow Odyssey)|
|Sundered Frontier (Sentinel's Fate)|
|Stonebrunt Highlands (Sentinel's Fate), Great Divide (Destiny of Velious), Eastern Wastes (Destiny of Velious)|
|Withered Lands (Destiny of Velious), Eidolon Jungle (Chains of Eternity), Obol Plains (Chains of Eternity), Cobalt Scar (Destiny of Velious)|