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#1 yuros

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:57 PM

So my question is how often are you guys changing equipment while leveling? Currently I'm just leveling and using whatever equipment drops that I like. Are you guys actively looking for equipment throughout the process of leveling or just waiting until level 80 then start looking more into equipment?

On a side note, with the current updates to dungeons and what not are dungeons still viable as a decent source of xp for leveling? and if so should what are some recommendations for armor geared toward survivability

Thanks in advance!

#2 riash

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:34 PM

I've leveled up two characters so far to 80. The first one I simply used whatever dropped and hit level 80 with 8 gold on him. The second one I bought cheap greens through the TP every 10 levels and hit 80 with 6 gold on him.

My first character had more money, my second character had an easier time leveling.

I'll leave the decision of which method is better up to the reader.

#3 OnePunkArmy

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:22 AM

I went to level 30 just on drops and mission rewards. Afterwards, I obtained new equipment about every 10 levels. I bought greens because they're cheap, though not as cheap as blues, but you don't want to gimp yourself, so greens are good for leveling.

#4 Ravnodaus

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:01 PM

My 1st 80 I used new gear every 10 levels or so. I used greens 30 until 70, then yellow set at 70 styed with me till I upgraded to 80 exotics. I always used the highest level and best quality weapon I could find. That I splurged for.

With my alts I make my own equipment frm all the junk that I've collected from 1st character's progression, and thiers...so can have full sets every 5-10 levels without spending almost anything.

#5 Ronus

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:37 PM

Go greens off the TP - they are virtually free :)

Most if not all greens <70ish sell for a few copper over vendor cost. Buy > Wear > Upgrade > Vendor Old Stuff.....  Just keep checking the TP and upgrade every 5-10 levels with cheap greens and sell the used stuff back to vendor.

#6 Aviel

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:42 PM

I used drops up till 20, then get cheap greens from the TP every 10 or so.    If there's a karma item that's nice, I might get that - especially jewelry or signets, but saving those points up for 80.

If I have to decide priority of upgrades, I try and upgrade weapons first.   What's dropping with quests and events seems to be just fine so far for the content I'm doing - but I'm playing fairly casually this time around.

#7 Rowland

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:19 PM

I often go for blues from TP, they almost always sell for one copper over vendorprice making changing weapons every 5 levels only cost you 16 copper per weapon up to lvl 80. I also use things I find and like, but waiting for a good green/yellow often leaves you with weaker armor for longer than just upgrading from the TP.

I dont spend karma on anything, the only exception I would make is cooking equipment. If I have enough karma I will start looking for my perfect armor combination and not have to farm for it as long.

Also while in events and especially event chains I often sell the whites, blues and greens I find on the TP to clear my inventory, if they sell you only lose out on 15%(?) of your gains while being able to continue playing. This also gives other players more weapons to choose from in the TP. Items that dont sell get removed en vendored afterwards.

#8 Aetou

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:13 PM

Yep, from my first alt onwards (i.e., once the TP was up and I'd seen how it worked) I just use the 'free' gear you can get and change it every 3-4 levels.  I'll take Masterwork if it is available for close to vendor price and Fine if not (what's available differs greatly based on level range and armor class - low level Scholars have a hard time while my Ranger had no issues at all.)

#9 Dahk

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:23 AM

View PostRonus, on 07 October 2012 - 03:37 PM, said:

Go greens off the TP - they are virtually free :)

Most if not all greens <70ish sell for a few copper over vendor cost. Buy > Wear > Upgrade > Vendor Old Stuff.....  Just keep checking the TP and upgrade every 5-10 levels with cheap greens and sell the used stuff back to vendor.
This.  Every once in a while, I'll splurge on a good rare weapon if I can find one cheap.  For the most part, I upgrade armor through upgrades alone and only go to the trading post for weapons, but if I have a certain piece of armor that's really outdated, I'll replace it with a green.

I equip most stuff that I get which is usable and an upgrade, but if it's something like a rare great sword  I'll sell it since the large profit offsets the small difference in using a green instead.





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