Saturday, February 26, 2011

Xerxes Rift Strategy Guide Review

Xerxes Rift Mastery Guide Website
Even though only recently published, Xerxes guide has been getting a lot of attention from tons of Rift players lately. Many players have quickly realized that Xerxes guide is right now the most complete and up to date strategy and leveling guide for Rift: Planes of Telara, and it's frequently recommended to both new and seasoned players when they ask question in the chat channels.

Xerxes guide is definitely the number one leveling guide for Rift. Unlike some other guides this one has both factions covered, and to great detail. Xerxes includes plenty of additional maps and screenshots that help guide you through the leveling areas. If you follow his optimized leveling paths you will level up insanely fast guaranteed.

The thing that makes Xerxes guide stand out from the rest of these leveling guides is the fact it has so many extra bonuses telling you about various aspects of the game. For example his dungeon guides are invaluable as they will help you not look like a complete noob when you group up for your first instance. Knowing these strategies is important, and so is knowing how to make platinum, and Xerxes talks about that extensively as well. Whether you're into crafting, gathering or reselling rare items you'll surely find some platinum making strategies that work for you.

In addition to all the above Xerxes also tells you everything you need to know about professions in Rift, such as which ones are easiest to level up, which ones will benefit your calling/souls the most and which ones are best for making platinum. There's also equipment guides, zone maps, PvP strategies, Warfront guides and a lot more that will no doubt be useful for everyone.

Compared to other guides, Xerxes is cheaper, more complete and has the best leveling guides you can find. Also it has a lot of additional bonus guides. All that makes for one impressive and extremely useful Rift leveling & strategy guide.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Free Rift Leveling Guide

In Rift, simply following the Quest Chain is not the fastest method of leveling. There are times where you can gain practically an entire level in under 30 minutes through Rift Events. Also, PvP is a viable method of leveling.

We strongly encourage you to take part in the zone-wide Rift Events. From time to time (about every hour or two), there will be a zone-wide invasion. Meaning, the entire zone is automatically given a quest and everyone's efforts go towards the completion of the quest. For example, one of the zone-wide invasions is called "The Hand of Death". For this quest, the zone must work together to defeat 20 Jakub's Invasions and close 10 Death Rifts. Once the objectives are completed, a raid boss will spawn and must be killed to complete the quest. You must actively take part to receive rewards.

During the event, dozens of Rifts will spawn hundreds of invasions. An invasion is usually a group of 5-10 mobs with one of them being a powerful elite. When the boss of the invasion dies, everyone who contributed to defeating that invasion is rewarded with XP and item rewards. When defeating dozens of invasions and the final raid boss, the amount of XP and item rewards becomes a very high amount. Even at Level 20, I was getting 20-40% of my level per Level 15 zone-wide invasion.
If you are going to take part in the Rift Events, here are a few basic tips:
1. Find out where the central attack point is. This is usually announced before and during the event. "Kelari Refuge is under attack" for example.
2. Stay near central attack points. That is where the invaders are coming. Use your map to find invaders and hover over their icon to see where their destination is.
3. The goal is to take part in as many invasions as possible. The more you're a part of, the more XP and item rewards you will receive.
4. Once the main objectives are completed, some sort of raid boss spawns. Use your map and hover over each invasion until you find the one that's the raid boss. Then travel as fast as you can to that raid boss to get as much credit as possible. Remember, for invasions, the more you contribute the better your rewards are.
Not only is it fun to take part in the invasions, but it's also a great source of XP if done correctly. In the near future, we'll add specifics for each zone-wide invasion. 

As for Warfronts, you should complete Koke Tegus' daily everyday, and any other PvP quests once you get them. Not only do you earn lots of Favor (which is used later to buy powerful items), but you'll also earn a decent amount of XP and some item rewards along the way.

Killerguides Rift Leveling Guide Review

The first leveling guide for Rift I came across is Killerguides Rift Leveling Guide. It's overall a decent guide, but in my opinion needs some additional work to be great. However, considering that their guide is in "beta" just like the game, I do think it's worth getting as it will receive many updates in the coming days and weeks.

Here's a short summary of the contents in Killerguide Rift Leveling Guide:

  • leveling guide for all races, classes and factions
  • professions guide
  • platinum (gold) making guide
  • equipment guide
  • instances (dungeons) guide
  • PvP guide
There are several more chapters, so be sure to visit their website to see a more detailed list, or just go ahead and download the guide. It's a good read and will help prepare you for your Rift adventures better than most other fansites and guides will.

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