Powerleveling in EQ2 can be very efficient if you do it right. Powerleveling means getting to level 92 with 320 AA’s as fast as possible. To level as fast as possible you will need as many XP bonuses as possible, a list of XP bonuses can be found here : Everquest 2 Guide to Bonus Experience. Powerleveling used to be insanely fast with RAF (Recruit a friend) that gave you 3x XP, but powerleveling can still be really fast. If you can you should try to powerlevel on a double XP weekend. Reaching level 90 + 320 AA’s is possible to do during one Double XP weekend.
Powerleveling is done most efficiently with a second account with a high level character on it, or with a friend helping you out. But if you play a good solo class, with a merc, good equipment and some masters you can also attempt to solo your way through this powerleveling guide. When you are level 80+ you can also mentor down and go to these zones for good XP, at level 90 i mentored to 55 and went to Clefts of Rujark and grinded 220 AA’s in 5 hours during a double xp weekend.
To powerlevel you will hit heroic (group) dungeons and plow through as many mobs as possible in a short amount of time. If using two accounts, the mentor should be a strong AOE class, preferrably with high damage avoidance/mitigation, and heals of some kind. Wards also help a great deal when PLing.
Levels Vs. AA’s: It’s up to you if you want to get AA’s straight away but it is smart to atleast grind out a few AA’s before dinging level 90. I usually get 100-200 before 90, then mentor down at 90 to level 55 and go to Clefts of Rujark.
Level 1-15 : Starting Zones
Either follow the normal Everquest 2 Leveling Guide, or plow your way through your starting zone with a mentor or merc. Neriak and Frostfang Sea are the fastest of the starting zones, and if you are mentoring level 1-15 will take about 30 minutes.
Level 16-32 : Fallen Gate
Fallen Gate is a big dungeon in the Commonlands. It is filled with all kinds of mobs, mostly undead and Dark Elfs. As you level up, move further into the entrace. By the end you will be level 32. Lock at 23 if you want to farm AA’s as well.
Alternate zones :
Vault of the Fallen
Ruins Of Varsoon
Chamber of Immortality
Level 33-40+ : Runnyeye
Runnyeye is a dungeon in Enchanted Lands. This zones will take you to level 40 and a bit further should you want to. Start up top and work your way down, when you reach the bottom you should be level 40.
Alternate zones :
D’Morte Burial Chamber: Unearthing
Overlord’s Throne Room
Chamber of Ruglax
Level 41-47+ : Temple of Cazic Thule
Some people will claim that Obelisk of Lost Souls is the best for these levels, but i find that zone more difficult. Temple of Cazic Thule is simpler and usually quicker. Start up top, be sure to avoid the dragon if you can’t kill him. After a few levels go down below and work your way round the tunnels.
Sanctum of Fear
Obelisk of Lost Souls
Level 48-52 : Permafrost
Permafrost is located to the north in Everfrost. The zone is inhabited by Frost Giants. Work your way around the dungeon until around level 52 then move on to Clefts of Rujark.
Alternate zones :
Court of Innovation
Level 53-60++: Clefts of Rujark
Clefts is one of the best grinding areas in the game. Do the quest to get the key (very short, only have to kill one mob), then move up to the third floor. You should lock at 53-54 and grind out some AA’s here. If you want you can also mentor down to 55 later and come back to Clefts, XP here is still good all the way to 92. As a bonus there’s also a lot of nameds here. And also two instances that you should do while you are here : Vault of Dust on the second floor and Scornfeather Roost on the third.
Vault of Dust
Level 61-67++ : Sanctum of the Scaleborn
Another great powerleveling zone. Like Clefst of Rujark you can also come back here at any level and the experience will be good if you mentor down. Skip the first floor, only solo mobs here. Just go down at once and start working your way around.
Nest of the Great Egg
Den of the Devourer
Vaults of El’Arad
Halls of Fate
Level 68-75++ : Palace of the Awakened
One of the best grinding zone in the game, this one can also be mentored down to and you can level here as long as you want. You will have to destroy 4 statues on the first floor to open up the barrier so you can climb further up. Kill everything on the top floor and climb down to kill things while waiting for respawns. You should consider locking here at 70 and grinding some AA’s as well.
Obelisk of Blight
Crypt of Valdoon
Level 75-92 + AA’s : Various zones or regular leveling
At 75 you have a few choices. If grinding is getting slow you should check out the regular leveling guide : Everquest Leveling Guide.
Or you can:
Mentor to 55 and grind Clefts of Rujark
Mentor to 65 and grind Sanctum of the Scaleborn
Mentor to 70 and grind Palace of the Awakened
Mentor to 80 and grind Sebilis or Chardok
You can also hit up any level 60+ instance for AA and / or levels. Chelsith being especially good, and a run through on a double XP weekend can net almost 30 AA’s.
That’s it, good luck grinding and grats on 92/320!