I've been leveling new characters and Dolmens are pretty much the most efficient way to level up reliably, and without frustration.Pros:
No need to log in with a friend. Very solo friendly
No need to have much of a build - can start from lvl 1
No worries about others stealing your kills like in most zombie grinding areas
No skill required
Good XP. As a reference, in the last stretch from lvl 40-50, you should be gaining 1 level every 15 minutes with a 50% XP scroll.
I'm aware that faster xp grinds are available. However, they all require you to team up with someone you know, and face the danger of other stealing your kills. NOT reliable.Step by Step Guide:
As soon as your new character is created:
- Open your guild roster, find someone in Alik'r desert and travel to them
- If you aren't a member of a guild, or no one is in Alik'r, use this overland travel link to get there ASAP.
- Once in Alik'r, open zone chat and type "lfdg" (Looking for Dolmen Group)
- When you get the invite, accept it
- Go to Social -> Groups -> Current Group, select a player and travel to them. This will unlock the nearest wayshrine to the player
- There are three wayshrines you need to unlock - you can use your map to see which player in your group is at which location. One in the north. One in the east, and one in the middle, a bit south
Once you have the three wayshrines unlocked, join the zerg and tag as many foes as you can. If you have training gear, this will really
help. As a reference, the amount of XP you get from kills in Dolmens should be around 50% of the final XP upon Dolmen completion. (Not first time completion!).
So if you get 6k when the dolmen is finished, you should be aiming for 3k additional XP via kills.Tips:
My preferred weapon is a lightning staff, because the heavy attack is channeled, and you don't have to aim it once it's locked on. This allows you to put 1 second of damage on an enemy before moving to another. This will help you if you have carpal tunnel, since there's no need to spam light attacks like with a bow. Also, the Destruction skill line passive allows you to damage nearby foes with a lightning staff heavy attack. Super useful!
Make sure to tag the two additional mobs that spawn along with the boss. One on each side. Generally I find ground based AoEs are great, since you can lay them down and face the other direction to tag enemies with your staff. The ones on the other side will automatically take damage from your AoE.
Don't wait for the chest to appear after the Dolmen. It's not worth it at low levels. Just tag the boss and the adds, and head back to the wayshrine you came from. You can move quite far away and still get the XP for the Dolmen completion. Experiment and see just how far you can go! The faster you reach the next Dolmen, the more mobs you can tag.
The Dolmens can spawn either clockwise or anti-clockwise. You'll have to test and see which one it is.
If you need to slot new skills or chance some out, just tag an enemy in the Dolmen, and move a few feet away and re-arrange your skills. As long as you damaged even one mob, you will get the full XP for the Dolmen completion. Of course, you won't get XP for kills, but it's more efficient than waiting at your old Dolmen and changing your skills. This way, you still get additional XP. If you have pots or scrolls active, it becomes even more important to maximize the rate of XP gain!Bonus: Do the Daily Normal Random Dungeon
Do the random dungeon once a day. You'll get one full level at least towards the end. For maximum effect:
- Equip a one hand weapon + shield
- Go out and kill a monster
- The shield skill line will unlock
- Get the "puncture" skill
- Now join a random normal dungeon with the "tank" role
- Use puncture to get the enemies' attention and let the DPS do their thing
If you don't join as a tank, you will
a) Have long queue times
b) Do lame DPS and hold back the run
Queuing as a tank increases the chance that you'll be teamed with a high DPS player who can make quick work of the dungeon. However, do NOT be a "fake" tank. You can try and DPS if you want, but your job is to taunt the enemies and hold the bosses still. If you cannot do this, DO NOT queue as a tank.
Once your random normal for the day is done, get back to those Dolmens!