Introduction EverQuest, a legendary 3D MMORPG developed by Daybreak Game Company, offers an expansive game world teeming with adventure, quests, and countless hours of entertainment.
This guide aims to help newcomers navigate the basics of the game and get started on their journey in the world of Norrath.
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Picking a Server
When you first log in, you’ll need to select a server to play on. There are various types of servers to choose from, including PvE (Player versus Environment), PvP (Player versus Player), and RP (Roleplaying) servers.
To select the best server for you, consider your preferred playstyle and in-game experience. If you enjoy cooperative play and exploring the world without the threat of player attacks, a PvE server may be right for you.
PvP servers cater to players who enjoy fighting against other players, while RP servers are ideal for those who wish to immerse themselves in the game’s lore and engage in roleplaying with fellow players.
Choosing a Class
EverQuest offers a diverse range of 16 classes to choose from, each with its unique abilities and playstyle. Some classes include warriors, clerics, wizards, and rogues. Take your time to read about each class’s role, abilities, and gameplay mechanics before making your decision.
Remember, you can always create another character to try out different classes if you find that your initial choice isn’t the right fit.
To further aid new players, EverQuest offers an optional tutorial called the Mines of Gloomingdeep that guides you through the basics of the game, such as movement, combat, inventory management, and interacting with NPCs.
We highly recommend completing the tutorial to gain a solid foundation for a smoother gaming experience.
Spells and Abilities
Each class has unique spells and abilities that evolve as you level up. These abilities can range from powerful attacks to helpful buffs and even crowd control. As you progress, you’ll learn new spells that make your character more powerful and versatile in combat.
Visit your class trainer in major cities to learn these new spells, and don’t forget to update your spellbook and hotbar accordingly.
Gear plays a significant role in your character’s performance. As you progress through the game, you’ll acquire better gear through quests, dungeons, raids, and crafting. Pay close attention to the stats on your gear, as they directly impact your character’s abilities and overall power. It’s essential to ensure that your gear is appropriate for your level and class to optimize your performance in combat.
Higher levels grant you access to new spells, abilities, and zones. Additionally, leveling up increases your base stats, such as health, mana, and endurance. You can also improve your skills, such as weapon proficiency by using them frequently.
EverQuest is generally a grindy game, so grinding mobs usually works better than questing.
Hotzones are areas with boosted experience gain, making them ideal for leveling up faster. These zones rotate periodically and cater to various level ranges, ensuring that players can always find an appropriate hotzone for their character’s level. To maximize your leveling efficiency, consider grouping with other players in hotzones to tackle challenging content and gain experience faster.
Talk to Franklin Teek in PoK to find the current Hotzones.
Alternate Advancement (AAs)
Alternate Advancements are additional abilities and enhancements that you can unlock after reaching level 51. AAs allow players to further customize and develop their characters beyond the standard leveling system. These points can be earned through experience and can significantly improve your character’s overall power, granting access to new abilities, passive bonuses, and stat increases. It’s crucial to invest your AA points wisely to optimize your character’s build and performance.
Dungeons and Raids
Dungeons and raids offer challenging group content that rewards players with powerful gear, AAs, and other valuable items. Dungeons typically require a smaller group of players , while raids are designed for larger groups. Teaming up with other players is crucial for tackling this challenging content, as dungeons and raids often feature powerful enemies and complex mechanics that require coordination and teamwork.
Macros are customizable commands that can execute a series of actions with a single keystroke. They can help automate tasks, making gameplay more efficient and enjoyable.
For example, you can create a macro to cast multiple spells in a specific sequence or to communicate essential information with your group members quickly. To create a macro, open the Macro window and follow the in-game instructions to define the actions and assign a hotkey.
Mercenaries are NPCs that you can hire to assist you in combat. They come in various roles, such as tanks, healers, and damage dealers, and can be invaluable allies, especially when playing solo or in small groups.
You can hire mercenaries from designated Mercenary Liaisons found in major cities and the Plane of Knowledge. Keep in mind that mercenaries cost in-game currency to maintain, and their effectiveness scales with their level and rarity.
The Guild Hall and Lobby
The Guild Hall serves as the central hub for guild activities, providing members with access to amenities such as banks, merchants, and portals. The Guild Lobby is a social space for players to gather, chat, and form groups. Joining a guild can be a great way to make friends, access helpful resources, and participate in guild-exclusive events, such as raids and PvP battles.
To join a guild, you can either apply to an existing guild through the Guild Finder tool or create your own guild by purchasing a Guild Charter from a Guild Registrar NPC.
The Bazaar is EverQuest’s player-driven marketplace, where you can buy and sell items with other players. It’s an excellent place to find gear upgrades, consumables, crafting materials, or sell valuable loot for in-game currency.
To access the Bazaar, use the Find window (default shortcut: Ctrl+F) to locate a Bazaar zone entrance, typically found in major cities or the Plane of Knowledge.
Plane of Knowledge
The Plane of Knowledge serves as a central hub for players, featuring portals to various zones, trainers, vendors, and other amenities.
It’s a great place to meet other players, access essential game services, and quickly travel to different parts of the game world. The Plane of Knowledge is accessible through designated portals found throughout Norrath.
Dying in EverQuest can be a frustrating experience, but it’s essential to learn from your mistakes and grow as a player. When you die, you’ll leave a corpse at the location of your death, and you’ll respawn at your designated bind point, typically in a nearby city. Upon death, you’ll temporarily lose experience points, but you can regain a portion of that experience by recovering your corpse.
To recover your corpse, you’ll need to return to the location of your death and click on your corpse to retrieve your items and some lost experience. Keep in mind that corpses will decay after a set period (usually several days), so it’s crucial to recover your corpse as soon as possible. To make corpse recovery easier, consider using spells, abilities, or in-game items that allow for faster travel or corpse summoning.
Monetization and the In-game Store
EverQuest operates on a free-to-play model with optional subscription plans for players who want additional benefits. Subscribers, known as All Access members, receive perks such as increased experience gain, access to all game expansions, and a monthly allowance of Daybreak Cash (DBC), the game’s premium currency.
The in-game store, accessible through the main menu, allows players to purchase various items and services using DBC. These items can include cosmetic items, experience boosters, and convenience items, such as additional inventory space or mounts. While many of these items can enhance your gameplay experience, they are not necessary to enjoy the game. It’s essential to carefully consider your purchases and remember that the core game can be enjoyed without spending real money.
The Importance of Community
One of the most significant aspects of EverQuest is its thriving player community. Engaging with other players, whether through joining a guild, participating in group content, or simply chatting in public channels, can greatly enhance your gaming experience. The community can provide valuable advice, assistance, and camaraderie as you explore the world of Norrath.
Take the time to interact with others, ask questions, and offer help when you can. By doing so, you’ll not only improve your own experience but contribute to the overall enjoyment of the game for others.
With this comprehensive beginner’s guide, you should now have a solid foundation to begin your journey in EverQuest. Remember that the game is vast, and there is always more to learn and explore. Take your time, enjoy the adventure, and most importantly, have fun! Welcome to the world of Norrath!