Welcome to our Neverwinter Leveling Guide! Leveling in Neverwinter is relatively quick and easy. You will mostly be following the glowing sparks that show you the next quest objective so you don’t waste much time figuring out where to go. This guide has been updated in 2019 and is up to date with module 16, Undermountain
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Before we start with the actual Neverwinter Leveling Guide we will go over some general leveling tips.
Neverwinter Leveling Guide Index
Having some of the items listed below will make your leveling go a lot quicker, but you are going to need some AD. If you need help making AD, check out our Astral Diamond Guide.
Gear and Items:
- Put Azure Enchantments in every utility slot you have for bonus XP gain. Get at least rank 5, these only cost around 200AD and boost your XP gain by 7.5% each. I usually go with the rank 7’s, at rank 8 they become a lot more expensive.
- Mounts increase run speed which helps with leveling speed, but you can also get Insignias of Prosperity from the Auction House that you can equip to your mount that gives bonus XP. You will want mounts with regal, enlightened and universal slots, and slot the with Prosperity Insignias. You can get cheaps mounts for gold or on the AH, or from events.
- Inscribed Garments can be purchased from the Zen Market and will give you 20% extra XP.
- Ensorcelled Items and other scaling items can be bought on the AH. This is powerful equipment that scales with your level and can be used at any level! A full list of scaling gear can be found here. I am usually not bothered with much gear as leveling is so fast anyway.
- Get a companion at level 16. Companions are a really important aspect of Neverwinter. Companions come in different types like Healers, DPS, and Tanks. Get one that complements your class and playstyle and they will really help you out. If you can, get an epic quality companion for the toon that you are leveling. I usually get the Redcap companion as it is a cheap epic quality striker that will help you plow through content.
- Bag space: If you can get some bags, this will help you out a lot. The more room you have in your inventory the better.
XP Bonuses and Extra XP Gain:
- Invoke to the gods (after level 11). Pressing CTRL + I next to an Altar (found in Neverwinter or as drops from mobs) will have your character pray. You will get stat boost, potions, etc, and you will get XP. Quite a lot of XP actually, so pray as often as you can.
- Experience Booster and Epic Experience Booster from the Zen Market. If you have Zen or is willing to buy Zen I would recommend that you buy an Epic Experience Booster. You will get 2x XP all the way up to level 70 and will level twice as fast. These are also rewards from events sometimes, like the Winter festival.
- Double XP events happen quite often and it can be wise to leave leveling alts to these periods. Check the calendar in the game to see when the next XP weekend is!
- Being a VIP member will give you 10% extra XP.
- Most guilds have the Experience Bonus Boon available, so join a guild to get a 3-30% XP bonus.
- If you already have a character at level 70 you will notice that you sometimes get Tomes of Experience from the overflow experience reward, these can be used by alts to level up very quickly.
TIP: If you run out of quests in any of the zones listed below, and you are still too low level to progress to the next. Either return to Sergeant Knox to see if he has quests for you, or simply run a skirmish or dungeon.
Leveling 1 – 60
Level 1 – 5 Tutorial + Protector’s Enclave
For the first 5 levels, follow the tutorial and then a few quests from Sergeant Knox in Protector’s Enclave.
Level 6 – 9 Blacklake District
Until level 12, questing is really the only option. So after doing Sergeant Knox a few favors, you are sent to Blacklake District. Finish the quests here and you will be around level 9.
Level 10 – 12+ Tower District
Continue to the Tower District, and get to level 12. This is when you can start doing Random Dungeons and Random Skirmishes. These are really fast for leveling, and can be used to level to 70. A mix of dungeons, skirmishes, questing and other content is generally recommended. One Random Dungeon and one Random Skirmish will take you from 12 – 17+, if you have a booster active or during a 2x XP weekend, in about 15 minutes.
If you want to continue to level by questing, see the map below for what zones to go to. It’s all pretty straight forward so I won’t go into detail about questing in every zone.
Leveling 12 – 20
Either hit up random dungeons/skirmishes, or the level appropriate zone and get to level 20.
Acquisitions Incorporated Level 15
Be sure to start the Acquisitions Incorporated campaign at level 15.
Leveling 20 – 60+
Guild Stronghold Quests
At this point, it is time to get a guild if you don’t already have one. Press the G button to browse for guilds and send an officer a message that you want to join or go to Protector’s Enclave, and say in the /zone chat that you are looking for one and you will have no trouble finding a guild.
When you’ve got a guild go the guild stronghold, and finish the short introductory quest from The Steward. This will enable you to get the dailies from the NPC’s around the Stronghold. They are all worth doing but the main three ones that you want to do every day while you are leveling are the quests from the Cleric.
- Doing Your Part
- Stronghold Dungeon Delves
These will provide you with massive (several levels) of XP, in addition to what you are already getting from doing Random Skirmishes and Dungeons in the first place.
At level 20, the skirmish Illusionist’s Gambit will also unlock, and you will find yourself running it a lot if you are wanting to level quickly. I still recommend queuing for a random skirmish, but most of the time it will be this one anyway, since people running it way more than the other skirmishes. The reason this one is better for leveling is that as opposed to the other skirmishes that you can run at lower levels, it has tiered rewards (fail, bronze, silver and gold). Most of the time you want to achieve bronze and then vote to leave. The XP reward for bronze rewards you with much higher XP than from any other Skirmish. If you want you can also queue up for Illusionist’s Gambit solo, by using the Private Queue, then die and fail the Skirmish on purpose and still get a nice amount of XP. This only works a few times in a row though but will reward you with a few quick levels.
The fastest way to reach level 60 is to do a combination of Random Skirmishes, Dungeons, and Quests. I generally run mostly Random Skirmishes and fill in the wait time with a few quests here and there.
Leveling 60 – 70
Leveling 60 – 64+
At level 60, the Maze Engine and Elemental Evil modules will unlock, and you can start working on these.
In Elemental Evil, there are three introductory quests from Archdruid Morningdawn in Neverwinter that will take you too around 61/62
- No Crevice Untouched
- Hard to Reach Places
- Swords for Everyone
After completing these, continue working on Elemental Evil / The Maze Engine or run Random Skirmishes / Dungeons.
At level 64, the Fury of the Feywild module becomes available. Get the quests “To the Farthest Forest” from Sergeant Knox and complete it. This will unlock Sharandar and the Skirmish “Master of the Hunt”. If you don’t do this, you will not be able to run random Skirmishes.
You will find that about half the Random Skirmishes from now will be Master of the Hunt and half will be Illusionist’s Gambit. These are both great XP and will get you to level 70 fast. At level 69 with about 60% bonus XP from Azure’s and Insignias, I was getting an even 20% from each of them. Most of the time you will run “Master of the Hunt” with level 70s that will plow through the Skirmish in about 3 minutes.
Leveling 70-80 Undermountain Mod 16
In mod 16 Undermountain the level cap was increased from 70 to 80. The whole module is designed to get you to level 80 though, so just advance through the campaign and you will level quickly as you do it.
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