Hello and welcome to my thread I use to play Warlord/Destro on past servers and now I'm Warlord on Skelth. Always legit, never bought a single adena, but this not mean you can do everything alone. The key to good game will always be in the help you can get from your ingame friends. Thank you for everything I appreciate it! Thats why I want to share now my knowledge and help newbie warlords. I saw many who quit before they start to enjoy to be warlord. If you are a veteran in L2 or part of CP you will not find something useful in this thread. prologue Without herbs, single WL have zero chance to succeed. Consider box or duo partner for minimum required to play L2 with warlord. - for newbie, worst support will be Overlord (OL) or Warcryer (WC). But later in the game both class will be great soooo suit yourself. I will write more later in the thread. - I don't know who play WL with PP/bishop and why ... and at this point I'm too afraid to ask. The real (heh) choice is between Elven elder and Shilien elder (EE/SE) - with EE you will have heal, recharge, most important buffs aka ww/might/shield plus stun and poison rezist, holy blade and later in the game - Clarity! Those elfs also got PR, this will not save your sorry "bottom" in the aoe massacre, but well ... free tp for the party EE will be best choice for box, imo. - on other hand, if you have partner, SE is the other great choice. Better buffs (you will still miss EE stuff tbh), VR (not that great anymore), better heals and most important part ... SE is needed for other groups as well, because of empower buff. Our choice was SE for support and so far so good The start. Hey stranger you want to play warlord, yes? Then your first hero in Elmoreden must be ... dramatic pause .... dwarf! And your 2nd, and your 3rd choice. If you are lucky boy or girl, you can start playing human fighter on your 6 or 7 slot. Fresh account, 1 lvl, zero adena ... your first dwarf will make your life a lot more miserable also. Spoil where and what you can, exp till your eyes bleed and at 20 lvl pick artisan class. You will have weapon on 10 lvl, free shots, buffs, supplies ... can be worst, know that. Don't use the exp scrolls, you need every adena you can pick, not exp. Next is your 2nd dwarf. This time, depend of your luck, you can have better start gear. Bronze set and maybe top NG weapon (I play with blunt, but any other mele is ok). With this dwarf at 20 lvl pick Scavenger class. With top NG gear go spoil for soulshot D rec. Monster to hunt - Giant Poison Bee 21 lvl. This is something you must do at all cost and if you want to earn more adena, next target will be rec blessed spiritshots D . Back to the dwarfs. After 2 chars its time to understand l2 market. Because if NG items cost 150k (from ppls), top D grade cost 3 millions. Now you have to choose. Struggle for exp or for adena. I don't know what is worst or better, so I will show you my way. When I start here coal was expensive material. I sold everything and kept only 1 set and 1 weapon. Then I made 4 more dwarfs. Every dwarf was ~500k pure profit for me. Its barely enough if you want to start with top D grade. If you do the same on 2nd acc at least with 1 more dwarf, you will get it. Every dwarf btw 8-16 lvl can spoil coal in Elven fortress (i think that was the name, try hard to forget this loc ). Also, again, if you are lucky you will get some weapon drops. No need to make the dwarfs 20 lvl or make quest for prof for them. You will delete them later. You can do everything above for 2 weeks if you know it from start. It took me 1 month when I start on Skelth. When you have your top NG and top D grade you can start with main chars. Solo, duo, where ... figure it by yourself just keep in mind that your SE/EE must have devoition set and the free weapon from the quest. So dont sell those items. D grade AOE pre-40 lvl is BIG PAIN in the "bottom". I hate it, I cant stand it ... never want to exp it again You must use solid obstacle aka "corner" where all mobs will attack your warrior from one direction (note: 200 degree so you will miss some of them unfortunately). There are many (well maybe not so) loc where ppl can push his luck, like AC, Ruins, 18+zones in start villages .. heh that sound cool. Also when I do aoe duo I prefer to hunt 1x HP mobs. For me the best spots was: 20-25 lvl School of dark arts/ Dark elf territory. Top spot is where spawn succubus and skeletons. Both aggressive, easy to kill with heal and top gear. Good exp. 24-28 ( well lvls are optional, I use to exp on many loc and not so sure at what lvl where was the best) Near Dion, on the road to EG, from left and right you can see to "pool" with aggressive mobs (mandragore something). 28-31/2 (till mobs are green to you) - Entrance to ant nest, mobs to hunt: Basilisks. Care for the Destroyer Eyes (aggressive spellcasters). With party inside ant nest is also cool place for exp. After 32 lvl struggles start again. I didnt find "best" loc so I keep exp everywhere. At 35 lvl you can aoe Hangman Trees in EG. Good exp, very risky. I get huge help for my lvls after 35 so I cant give you good advice here. One way or another, next grade is coming to you C grade Remember your first dwarf, the crafter? With him, crafting shots for your main, crystallise your useless D grade drop, selling shots and all the money you pick during your 20-40 exp I cant tell you how much you will have but you will need more, again ... a lot more. Your elder cant stay with moonlight (free quest set at 25 lvl) robe set anymore. You need to get him Divine or at least Karmian set. And for the WL you will need FP set and C grade weapon. The most important gear order is: - Karmian/Divine set - FP set - C grade pole - jewellery for both The good part is that you can farm mobs with real aoe skills, like your stun and dmg skill. You need mana more then you need weapon. Thats why elder robe set come first before you become 43lvl! Now prices are cheaper but making money is harder. I dont have good advice for you atm. Farming SB was what we did it. CDL, DW (for the SE, not for sell), others. The problem is that you cant farm good for CDL without 43 lvl and C grade gear. Gargoyls in Ivory tower crater are better, but if there are more ppls (most of the time there will be) you cant aoe there. So... 40-43 lvl Timac/k outpost (near Oren). Good exp, good drop if you are lucky (at least materials for Top D weapons), most important part - free from ppls. Gather 10-12 mobs and kill them with your skills only (no hitting ). Get mana from your elder = profit. 43-46/7 Sea of spores (Oren again) Look for Tree mobs. They are aggressive, easy to kill, easy to make trains (look for spiders, get some antidotes) and if you get at least 1 CDL sb you will have your gear. When you get your "provoke" skill you can start aoe in place with passive mobs. 43-46/7 again For example best loc is around Ivory tower. Mobs to look for and rly you cant miss them: Formor, Tarlk bugbear and Co. With one, max two provoke casts you can gather 12+mobs (must not be more than 15) and kill them with 3-4 skills (depend on gear/buffs/dyes). Same as orcs near Oren, what you need most is mana from your elder and ofc heal. Elder must have his divine set already or you will QQ for mana. Let me calculate this for you. 3-4 skills mean 3-4 ssc per train, max 60 gold for killing 12-15 mobs. Min adena from mob (if there is drop) 310, max - 941. Not bad, yes :> ? Next ---> The best, the greatest, the one and only place in this game where (if you get your wl there) you will fall in love with your character is in Forest of Mirrors. Near Coliseum (when you port from Aden there). You can start there at 46 lvl and stay till 50 lvl (but the exp is slowly going to drop). Look for Forest of Mirrors Ghosts. They are: a) aggressive aka easy to make trains b) best drop ever (top C armors, SoP, steel, varnish, iron ore, sb) c) good adena drop d) best exp for duo e) you will die a lot and at least you can dream about having SP for all your skills bonus: Mirrors mobs, to have reason to curse NCsoft. 50+ lvl plus pick one more aoe dd and hit enchanted valley. From there less and less you will find profit in duo. AOE mechanics Your aoe skills are great, but not perfect. You will find yourself in many situation where they dont hit all mobs around you. Also in this version of L2 killing mobs in aoe with auto-attacks is not that profitable. We dont have SA, ergo no crt.stun. This mean weapon for warlords is 2nd to 3rd priority. You dont need top C at all. I made all my way till 51 (lol xD ) lvl with scorpio (2nd best) and with same result I could be with luxure. Good jewellery set is optional, still every WL want to have the top . When you are getting hits from 10+ mobs, one spell caster can crush you like a bug. On other hand armor set is the most important gear. FP give you health and def, cant ask for more Don't spend adena for anything else. When you start killing your train, WL must survive first and second wave of dmg, without his HP drop under 50% If your HP drop that low, you are not in the right place for you to exp or you pull too many mobs. Your elder must not lose mana to heal you, because this mean less mana for recharges. As you can see in this thread the focus is in aoe where WL pull the mobs and its the only DD. AOE with mages is different kind of beer. If anyone else want to say about that, I will be happy to read about it too With your stun skill there is another option how to end your trains. Mix stun skill with auto-attacks. For this you need SE and here WC also start to be useful. Pull your mobs, find corner and solid obstacle so when mobs start attacking you, they will be in a thick group. My rhythm is this: - start with banana +7 speed set - pull mobs - when I am close to the corner, change in FP - because of banana set, there is a little more time before mobs get to you and start hitting. - use this time to cast War Cry - after first hits I cast stun, to slow down the hp drop - if my WL is hurt and the skill is not on CD, I use Battle Roar - 2-3 autoattacks (depend of group and buffs) then stun again In this situation you can hunt with your duo partner (box is harder but also possible) 2x+mobs with good success. Farm non stop. Stun land rate on white mobs is excellent, with focus and DW your auto-attacks do some dmg (you dont depend on mana so much). And you can clear 10-15 wave of mobs without drain all mana from the elder. Or if you are with WC/PP - get some heals from him, survive the train and still have mana on WL for next train. Well ... maybe not Forgot to say - dont spend points in light armor mastery. Evasion don't work at all and with light set you cant survive aoe. Every next lvl of battle roar come first, then stun and dmg skill, heavy armor mastery, pole weapon master, everything else. WL with PL set is something you do when you need SP. I want to make a note that WL can fit in every aoe group. You can exp with raids also. I cant explain every option you have in the game, that's why the focus is on duo farm. If you have OL, mages, tank, BD,SwS ... well thats another topic. You will never lack exp and death is not a tragedy. AOE with skills mean you will over-hit mobs, your cp income will be bad so death is equal to more adena, mats and sp for you. Look at the market, see what ppls buy and need most. For example we made a small fortune farming for CDL (hello Comedy , your ppls made our lives miserable when we was farming for the books ) and now we can afford BW robe set, Zubei heavy set, top C +3 jewellery sets for both and etc, before next grade. There is also fast way to exp with groups in locations like AI, DV, EV. WL dont need top gear to be useful in group aoe and you can focus on exp only if you have the adena already (no rmt for god sake, have some pride as ppl). Thats in short. I can't give you information how is after B grade coz I'm not there yet. If you want details on some aspects don't be shy to ask, I dont know every answer, but there are plenty exp ppls around. For what I learn, the best for WL are loc with 1x mobs, crowded with fast respawn. Aggressive is optional. Archers and spellcasters mobs are your worst enemies. 2nd to other ppls tbh If you can make fast trains with ~ 15 mobs, kill them without your elder lose all of his mana, then you are in the right spot. gl hf p.s. duo with WL maybe is profitable but can isolate you from your clan and friends. Keep this in mind. There are better ways to get 61++ lvl , but if you start fresh and want to fight your way to the top (heh) the legit way, this is one of the best options in my opinion. Duo with EE/SE is probably legit till 70 lvl here as was in other chronicles. How fast and easy - can't say. But can be done, I'm sure in that. p.p.s. last advise. Just because you dont spend adena on shots avoid spending them on **** like hp potions, haste potions (only if you mix stun+auto-attacks you rly need them), expensive tp. Use unstuck when you have time, use cheap tp loc then run and use soe. Do everything you can to save some adena or you will never experience what is to have adena in your char only from farm. Antidotes is something you must have in you! There are ppls who don't understand how many adena they spend on stuff like that and why adena drop can't cover the losses.