Thursday, October 3, 2013

EQ2 Heroic Character Tips

I've had a bit of time to play around with EQ2's new Heroic Character feature and I thought I'd pass on a few tips for those returning. These are free until October 15, 2013.

First off, you can try one before making that choice! If you don't know what you want, this can be helpful. I also recommend checking the forums and reading about the classes, lots of helpful info there! You get one free choice, so pick wisely! When you go into the character select you will have the option to create a heroic character, from there you have the option to create it or try it out.

Remember you can always betray if you picked the wrong 'flavor' of your class. That is something to keep in mind, this also swaps you to the other faction. At this level it is a walk through the park. It is always an option down the road.

My advice, if you are returning, is to start a new character. It doesn't really matter if you bump up an old alt you really had no ties with, or didn't really have any cool items you saved over the years. Chances are if you have not played the character, letting it collect dust, you're not really that attached to it.

Why do I recommend this? You won't have a messy inventory to sort through, wondering what quest items are old, new and so on. You also won't be going through skills pulling your hair out wondering what skill is new, what was old... blah, blah, blah. The skills will be assigned on a clean new hotbar (right click and select open new hotbar, you'll find them already sorted out for you). Your AA points will be assigned (you can always change them), and you can pick from optimal builds, instead of fretting over what does what, letting you get into the game and start playing sooner. Everything will just feel fresh and new, if you have been gone awhile, you just don't know how much hassle this all saves.

Visit your trainer. There are two crates of armor, old flavor starting armor for appearance use. As well as your fun spells, and another skill to toggle AoE skills. Fun spells are those that give visual flavor to your character. Such as illusions, 'glowy' particle effects, pets and neat stuff like that, depending on what class you play.

Look in your skill book, just take a moment to skim it over. You will have a recall ability, this will take you to either Freeport or Qeynos, depending on your faction. If you need to bank, visit the trainer or whatever, this is the fastest way home. You can also head to Thurgadin which is also within the zone you start out in.

What do heroic characters start out with? Well, pretty much everything you need. Gear, which looks pretty freaking sweet, and is quite nice to start with. Mounts, these are some nice looking rides- the Coldain Pegasus. Potions will be in your bags. You will have 280 AA points, to use as you choose or pick an already planned spec.

Check your buffs, you should already have them up when you start, but you will want to get used to knowing what is what. You'll make decent money in Velious, do a few quests for some coin if you want to buy a house or something. Also to get back you can take any globe to sinking sands, from there talk to the little otter guys on the bridge, they'll send you back. If you want to just leave, talk to the otters in front of  Lodizal (the giant turtle).

Also, I hadn't noticed, but Telwyn notes that for the period through October 15- accounts are upgraded to gold, nice! Check out his blog for some other handy notes!

I've not played the game since my nifty video card update, so I've been drooling over the characters and shadows ;) Hey, I'm not even using the soga models as I usually do!

So, hope the tips help, have fun and feel free to add any tips here that you might find beneficial! Now go be heroic ;)


  1. I wish I was more into EQ2. I can't see myself ever reinstalling it again. :( It's one of those games that I rapidly lose interest in for no discernible reason.

    Still having fun in FFXIV though. >.> I am seeing some worrying forum chatter about gil in vs gil out with the economy, and wondering how painful my melee repairs will be. All of the travel costs are chipping away at me right now.

  2. Aw, sorry to hear that, Rak. I have a few games like that, sometimes you just lose touch.

    Glad to hear you are enjoying FFXIV, it is a good game for sure! Travel costs broke me at first, learned about the home portal like a gate/hearth, lol, saved some some. But I did spend quite a bit of gil on travel.




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