Dragon Nest – Leveling Guide for 1 to 50 + Tips & Tricks ~!
I know there’s been a call for an updated leveling guide for awhile now and I know this is late.
Nevertheless I hope it is still useful for players leveling new characters as well as for players who are new to dragon nest.
This guide will cover the following:
- Important Tips & Tricks that You should know with regards to Leveling
- Level 1 to 16
- Level 16 to 26
- Level 26 to 32
- Level 32 to 40
- Level 40 to 50
If you’re more of a listener and visual person, check out the video guide which will pretty much cover the same thing except that the written guide has more details for certain sections.
There are good reasons to split the guide into these various sections.
Before we move on to these sections you should know the concept of leveling in Dragon Nest.
This concept is not entirely foolproof but basically fast leveling equates to running the fastest dungeon you can complete at master mode and above difficulty with the highest exp derived from repeatable commission board quests.
With this concept in mind I hope you will find the necessary context for this guide.
Tips and Tricks
There are 3 main tips and tricks you will need to know while leveling in Dragon Nest
- Information regarding Level up Rewards Box (Click on me for Article)
- Master Apprentice System
- Benefits of Guild
For the Level up Rewards Box, the key thing to note will be the skill reset scroll you can receive when opening the Level 30 Reward Box.
Don’t open the Level 30 Reward Box unless you need to use the skill reset scroll as once you opened the box and receive the skill reset scroll, it will expire in 7 days.
Other useful items in the rewards box includes extra inventory and storage slots as well as huge discounts for these items should you want to purchase them from the cash shop.
Be sure to read the article that tells you all the available rewards from Level 1 to 50 in the article hyperlink-ed in the bullet points above.
Master Apprentice System
You can be an apprentice once you are level 10.
You can have a total of 3 masters who will each give you additional 10% exp each up to a total of 30% should they be running dungeons with you in a party.
If you have a fellow apprentice of a same master running alongside you, you will receive 5% bonus exp via the alumni feature.
Many guides however, do not mention the favour points you accumulate while running dungeons with your master.
You can get up to 30% additional EXP should you accumulate enough points!
This is definitely very useful if you want to help a friend level in the game or are trying to squeeze more ways to help increase exp gain while leveling.
Benefits of a Guild
For a list of all Guild Level Rewards refer to this link
Credits to PrincessYanagi from Cherry Credits Forum
Your guildmaster will be able to purchase an EXP bonus for all guild members to enjoy.
The extend of the bonus depends on the guild level.
Guild Level 5 – Increase Dungeon/Nest Exp by 2%
Guild Level 10 – Increase Dungeon/Nest Exp by 5%
Guild Level 15 – Increase Dungeon/Nest Exp by 7%
Guild Level 20 – Increase Dungeon/Nest Exp by 10%
Aside from this you can also purchase the Pledge Guild Costume Set
As you can see above, the set bonus do stack up and gives you a total bonus of 20% EXP
However to have at least 3 pieces of Guild Costume, the guild must be at least level 13.
To enjoy the full set bonus of 7 piece costume, the guild must be at least level 24
Note that all bonus EXP % from Master Apprentice System and guild bonuses only affects dungeon completion exp as well as exp gained from killing monsters.
Nevertheless, combining both EXP Bonuses from Master Apprentice System and Guild will give you up to a whopping total 70% Bonus EXP (10% from Master, 30% from Accumulated Favour, 20% Guild Costume, 10% Guild EXP Bonus)
With FTG while running dungeons, dungeon completion exp is definitely very very significant and having this additional 70% Bonus EXP will make leveling alot easier.
Leveling from 1 to 16
Level 1 to 10
Leveling from 1 to 10/11 is extremely simple.
Remember to go to your gift box via the cash shop (press F11) to receive your level up reward box once you have leveled.
Simply grab all main and side quests available to you in your starting town
Archers/Warriors will start at Prairie Town ; Academics, Sorceress, Clerics will start at Mana Ridge.
Items to Loot
- All Magic Rarity (Green) Equipment for your class (Level 5/10 & 15)
- At least 3 Stacks of Agate Fragments
- Ignore all Diamond and Alteum Fragments
When reaching level 5/10 & 15, enhance all the equipment that you have picked up while running dungeons.
Enhance armour pieces to at least +6 and try to get weapons to +8 and above if you have more than 3 duplicates.
Once you have hit Level 10 you should be proceeding with a Main quest that directs you to an NPC known as Scout Fergus
This NPC will then direct you to Calderock Village.
Level 10 to 16
From level 10 onwards you have 2 methods for leveling.
You can either continue to complete main and side quests or begin looking for players to be your master so that you can benefit from the master apprentice system while leveling.
The faster method will be finding a master but should you not be able to do so, it is still alright to complete main and side quests.
The latest updates have actually compiled many of the quests to be completed in a same dungeon verified from my own experience while leveling a new character from level 1 to 16 via the completion of main and side quests.
If you managed to find a booster/master, simply level from 10 to 16 at Sign Canyon in Abyss Mode
Don’t forget to do your job change at Level 15 at your respective skill trainer.
It is extremely important that you do not hand in at Events Planner Irine after completing your Job change quest.
The rewards from handing in at Events Planner Irine is a costume and Skill Reset Scroll.
If you did hand the quest in, this skill reset scroll will expire in 7 days.
If you want to keep this skill reset scroll for a later time longer than 7 days, DO NOT HAND IN THE QUEST.
If you have accidentally hand in the quest, don’t worry too much as there’s another skill reset scroll from the Level 30 Level Up Rewards Box.
You should be Level 16 after the completion of the job change quests should you have level-ed via the completion of Main and Side quests available to you in Calderock Village.
Level 16 to 26
From Level 16 onwards, the dungeon you will be in for awhile will be Dark Tower Magic Institute (DTMI)
Regardless if you’re solo-ing or leveling with help from master, this dungeon is definitely one you will want to run until you hit level 26.
The reason why you won’t stop at level 24 to try the other dungeons in saint haven is because of the leveling concept mentioned at the start of the guide.
This dungeon can be ran as fast as 1min20s, if you are with a level 50 master and the commission board quest gives decent EXP.
Remember to have at least Level 15 Magic Rarity Weapons +8 and above if you want to have a decent run time when tackling the master mode difficulty if you’re solo-ing.
You should however, have no trouble finding players who will want to boost you with certain strings attached in DTMI.
Simply go to the “Select Channel” option and join the channel that is the most crowded to find such players.
Leveling from 16 to 26 will be a breeze with DTMI.
When reaching Level 24, you can choose to enter your first nest, Minotaur Nest to grab some level 24 premium enhancement heraldry plates!
With the elf queen set crafting materials gathered from there, you can choose to craft 3 piece elf queen set if you want.
Don’t get more than 3 piece elf queen as the 3 piece set bonus will be useful enough.
Level 26 to 32
Leveling from 26 to 32 is pretty straight forward.
The dungeon you are looking at is Dark Overlord Keep (DOK).
Another option for Warriors will be Dried Marissa Spring (DMS) but both DOK and DMS give the same amount of exp for commission board quests.
DMS is an option as you can skip many monsters from the start until the first mini-boss (purple-named mob) as well as another section where you will need ranged skills to allow you to skip an entire spawn of monsters.
However, unless you have dash like warriors or have certain skills to allow ranged attacks, you will not be able to skip monsters which mean that it is not applicable for all classes.
I’ll also recommend DOK as there is no irritating ghost-type monsters who turn invulnerable when you break their super armor, this includes the last boss for DMS as well.
Remember to have at least Level 23 Magic Rarity Weapons +8 and above before tackling this stage of leveling for dungeon clearing to be smooth.
Leveling via main quest and side quests is still an option but you may find yourself running dungeons which are long and difficult should you choose this method.
With the master apprentice or through boosting, leveling from 26 to 32 should be pretty fast via DOK.
Items to Loot
- Ordinary Agate
- RARE Intermediate Revert Cube and Crystal Codes
- Magic Rarity Armors/Weapons Level 31
- Rare Rarity Weapons for your class
- Epic Intermediate Codes
These are items you definitely want to look out for and loot especially if it is your first character.
Ordinary Agates can be used to enhance your own Level 32/40 rare weapons in the future while leveling.
Magic Rarity Armors/Weapons can server as good backup in case you didn’t get any rare weapons or that they broke during enhancement.
For epic intermediate codes, you want to stock up the diamond code especially as they can be used to code level 40 and below epic accessories which will definitely be very useful to you.
Rare intermediate revert cube and crystal codes is for your self-coding of level 32/40 rare weapons which you might want to invest in so that you can have some decent weapons while leveling from 26 to level 40.
You can also attempt Cerberus Nest if you want at this point in time to update your epic enhancement heraldry.
Level 32 to 40
In old leveling guides which are outdated, they recommend players to run Forsaken Islet Core Master Mode for leveling.
However, since the update to commission board quests exp with the release of level 50 cap, there is now a better dungeon to run.
This dungeon is Flooded Downstream Ruins.
I’ve done a comparison of FDR vs FIC in terms of commission board quest exp, run time vs dungeon completion exp.
After some simple math, FDR gives around 65,000 EXP per minute while FIC gives only 38,000 EXP per minute.
Flooded Downstream ruins is definitely the dungeon you should be running from Level 32 to 40.
The abovementioned run times are with my level 34 Engineer which has only magic rarity armors and +8 Level 32 Rare Weapons.
Level 40 to 50
Leveling from 40 to 50 is extremely straightforward.
For the fastest method, simply run Riverwort Ruins repeatedly while handing in commission board quests.
The reason for riverwort ruins is for its fast dungeon completion (4mins solo, <2.5mins party) and high commission board quest exp (268,000)
However, if you are leveling your first character in Dragon Nest you might want to take things slowly.
FTG Consumption will sky rocket once you hit level 50 (300 per Abyss dungeon completed solo which means 3 abyss dungeons a day with 700 FTG)
With this in mind here are some items you want to stock up on before hitting the level 50
- Polished Agate/Alteums/Diamonds
- Rare High Grade Revert and Crystal Codes
Polished Agates will be for your self enhancing of Level 50 Rare Weapons.
Polished Alteums can either be sold for gold so that you can use them to purchase some item crafting materials to craft Ancient Totem or Immortal Set.
Polished Alteums/Diamonds can also be used for your own enhancement of Level 50 epic equipment in the future.
Rare High Grade Revert and Crystal codes are for the self-coding of perfect potential level 50 rare weapons as are weapons are alot easier and cheaper to enhance to reach +10 and above.
Having perfect potentials will definitely help in your item builds especially if you want a basic critical build for your class.
Having a decent item build on start will making farming much easier when you are Level 50 so that you can grind in abyss mode.
Be sure to check out the rest of our site for other guides that maybe useful for you.
Reaching Level 50 will be the start of your dragon nest journey and I wish you all the best.
I’ve personally leveled a brand new character from 1 to 26 to test this guide out so you can be ensured of its usefulness in the current state of dragon nest.
Level 26 to 40 are tested by my characters who are around that level region.
Level 40 to 50 are still very relevant and are not subjected to much changes from previous leveling guides.
The only change to note will be flooded downstream ruins instead of forsaken islet core for Leveling from 32 to 40.
I hope everyone benefited from this guide one way or another.
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