In this age of MMORPGs, most have become so large that new players might not want to get started from scratch, and some old timers might want to skip through newbie content with an alt, or perhaps skip a couple of expansions that they missed. Took a break from your favorite game? We’ve got you covered! Introducing: Character Boosts!
Of course, savvy internet denizens such as yourselves are familiar with the terminology. You took a break from your MMO of choice, “never to return” and yet here you are a couple of years later, thinking about rejoining that guild or those friends but alas: you’re under-leveled. You know you could just buy the new expansion and slog through the old content to catch up with your friends, but by then they’d already be raiding or playing some other game altogether. It’s happened to us all. For a while, you could plunk down some cash and pay for a boost to level your character and catch up with you friends on day one, instantly. You probably wouldn’t have the same sort of gear as them, but after a zone or two you’d all be wearing the same shit and life would go on. More recently, boosts have become an add-on pack-in with expansions probably for this precise reason. An added benefit is that boosts no longer empty your wallet to the same degree unless you want to boost multiple characters. Optimally, you’d want to use a level 90 or level 100 boost on a character that is low level, because insta-leveling a character only a few levels under the cap seems like a waste.
There was only one time in the past where I used a boost:
Yeah, back before Legion released there was a bunch of hype leading up to it and I was suckered in. I figured I’d boost a brand new class and just play through the new expansion and ignore the slog. It turns out that I didn’t really like the experience, and felt like maybe I should have but more thought into the process. I didn’t really care for the Rogue’s gameplay, and I didn’t feel like he was all that great solo, and as such I didn’t play too far into the expansion. I was subbed though, so I started to level an alt but I ended up deciding I wasn’t really up for that and let my sub lapse. It was a good experience in that I got to see some new content and I had a little fun with it, but more importantly I learned what not to do when using one of these boosts. Which leads me to an upcoming decision:
As I mentioned recently, I ended up having the opportunity to get the new Everquest II expansion as a gift and was considering a return to Norrath. My dilemma was the same as I described above, where I haven’t played the game in a couple of years, but also one where I have a couple characters that aren’t too far from cap. I can clearly experience the last couple of expansions with them as a result, but I want to join guildmates who are already past those bits and would like to use the pack-in boost to join them. That means I can use the boost on a low level character that I already had, who is level 33, or I could create something new and boost it to 100, by passing everything but also having a new character to learn.
I downloaded the game and started tinkering. Unfortunately there is a lack of character slots on the free account, so I went ahead and subscribed. I was already planning to do so while I played the new expansion, and this way I could properly take my time and figure out what to use the boost on. I have my characters down to these currently:
Izlain is my main, a level 94 Brigand where I left off the last time I played a couple of years ago. Thalinos, my 90 Paladin used to be my main until I found that tanks weren’t in as much demand as dps (at least at the time), he hasn’t had much love since that was the level cap. Fohs is my 33 Wizard that I’m considering heavily for the boost, as I enjoy nuking things. The final two characters are the new creations that haven’t been played much. I can say that I’ve played both the Defiler and Illusionist classes to a point in the past, but never at the high end, though I know that I enjoyed both and would like one to get past the leveling slog. I’m torn though, because I don’t know if any of them will be all that good solo, don’t know which will fit in best for group needs, etc. The good news is if one of these gets boosted and they aren’t that great, I don’t have a problem with running one of my other characters through some new/old content to get them to the new expansion, I’d just prefer to do that after I’ve played the boosted character a while. So we’ll see. I have a few days yet to make a decision, so I’ll probably play them all a bit more to see which I enjoy most.
Overall I think boosts can be a curse and a blessing. I’m hoping to enjoy using this one more than the one I used in WoW.
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I am torn on them as well. I had a level 50 enchanter in Everquest. I gave that account to a friend when I quit so the character could continue raiding with my guild. I love the enchanter – I made several on the TLP servers in EQ and got them to mid 30s. Then, there was a free level 85 in EQ so I boosted an enchanter – but haven’t used her. Reason being is that i didn’t see any of the game past 55, so that is 30 levels of confusion. Add to that I would have no clue about spells, etc….
SO I rolled a new, level 1 Enchanter (who is now level 8) and I just don’t know if I am going to slog him through all the way, solo in EQ on test server, or if my time there is done.
I face the same dilemma with EQ2. I have a level 18 coercer. There is a lot I think about with playiing EQ2. I also have boosts available.. in this case I missed basically the whole game. Should I start from 1 or just use my 18 and figure it out?
Boosts add choices, but for me I think I’d rather not have it. OR, instead, solve the alt issue with the FFXIV style of classes.
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Yeah, it can be a conundrum for sure. You can reach level 18 in a few hours, so starting from scratch isn’t a huge deal, but also since level 18 is still basically the beginning, you shouldn’t have so many spells that you’re overwhelmed. It might take you a while to figure out where you left off but that’s not too big of a deal. I’m decided on using a boost, just not sure which way I’ll go with it. I’m also sure of slogging through a couple older expansions with my other characters who are of that level range. Either way, I’ll be starting up soon. Come to Majdul whichever way you decide to go and I can probably get you into my guild.
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