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Thinking of using my Lvl to 80 boost on Fri, need some advice

I'm still a newb, playing 3-4 weeks so far, got to about 35 but want to join in more Guild stuff and try everything out, so I'm planning to use a boost on Friday but need some advice.
Did the Trial for a bit, but could not use the specialist class, what will I need to do to unlock it or can someone link me to relevant bit on Wiki etc.
Would like a mount, what entails qualifying for one or a quick for dummies link
Have the recipes for my builds armour/weapons, do I have to make it or can I ask someone else, supply mats etc?
Anything else as a priority as a fresh, bumbling lvl80 I should get done Asap?

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  • JustTrogdor.7892JustTrogdor.7892 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 1, 2019

    Elite specializations:
    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Specialization#Elite_specializations

    Mounts:
    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Mount

    If what you are crafting uses account bound mats or the result is an account bound item then you will of course have to craft it yourself. You will probably want to level up your crafts anyway. Use this site for efficient level crafting:

    https://gw2crafts.net/

  • Thank you :), anyone else can still add tips and such :P

  • Ygdrasill.9135Ygdrasill.9135 Member ✭✭✭

    @Bansidhe.1984 said:
    Thank you :), anyone else can still add tips and such :P

    You didn't specify which character class you were thinking about boosting or which expansion(s) you have. From the perspective of somebody who did exactly what you're thinking of doing around 6 months ago, I'll offer some tips.

    Firstly, if you can hold off, just don't do it. It's pretty easy to level and the main personal story is worth doing. If you absolutely have to do it. Do not do it with an Elemmentalist or Mesmer. I did it with the former and if I hadn't had somebody to play with and more or less carry my squishy butt, I might have just deleted him. I'd choose either a Warrior because, even with an elite skill, anyone can figure out a Warrior. If you want a caster, then I'd suggest a Necromancer because Necromancers can more or less faceroll over open world content and they are very versatile in groups. You can do DPS, DPS with some support, or do pure support as a main party healer alongside a Druid. The rotations for the skills for either elite skill are not difficult.

    If you have Path of Fire, there is a viable compromise. Level boost and play with dialog turned off until you get the raptor mount. You'll avoid major spoilers and just that mount alone will make going back and leveling your original or a new character a LOT faster and more fun. The glider from Heart of Thorns is nice at times, but really less useful overall in Central Tyria. The other issue is HoT is hard mode. If you want to quickly find out that your newly minted level 80 isn't the baddest in the land, just try HoT.

    Finally, as far as gear, There's generally an epic set of armor and weapons with the stats for whatever build you want that won't cost a fortune. It might not be the most cool looking but it will have the right stats. Best in class upgrade runes and sigils will likely cost more than the gear itself. Fortunately, there are usually alternatives that will work fine. Unlike certain other MMO's it really isn't that important to have Best in class gear. Ascended or Legendary only give a 5% increase in their stats over the best purchasable gear.

    Good luck!

  • Hmm, must have been really tired last night, I bought both expansions and as a complete newb, as free to play I chose Mesmer as it sounded interesting, I usually go Mage, I like zapping things.
    I must say that I did want to play the char up to lvl, to really get to know the class etc, might do a variant just to try it out.

    Again anymore tips welcome :)

  • Cyninja.2954Cyninja.2954 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 1, 2019

    @Bansidhe.1984 said:
    Thank you :), anyone else can still add tips and such :P

    Don't boost your first character. At the very least google and read up why boosting is not recommended for new players. Getting to level 35 takes maybe 3-4 hours of dedicated play. Leveling to 80 around 12-18 hours without knowing what to do. If you can't commit this amount of time to getting to know the game, boosting is not going to do anything for you. On the contrary, you will be level 80 with absolutely no clue what to do and chances are high you will quit the game shortly after or start a new character from scratch.

    Ygdrasill.9135 gave a good overview of what could be done as compromise. Having a raptor mount does help in core Tyria. I also second his recommendation to stay away from mesmer or elementalist. Warrior, Necromancer, Guardian or Ranger are the recommended easy classes to get into the game.

  • Inculpatus cedo.9234Inculpatus cedo.9234 Member ✭✭✭✭

    There's a reason this is found as the in-game description on the L80 Boost:

    For advanced players.

    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Level-80_Boost

    It is highly recommended to level at least 1, if not 2, characters naturally; you will miss the level-up tutorial and learning much about the game otherwise.

    Good luck.

  • Ygdrasill.9135Ygdrasill.9135 Member ✭✭✭

    @Bansidhe.1984 said:
    Hmm, must have been really tired last night, I bought both expansions and as a complete newb, as free to play I chose Mesmer as it sounded interesting, I usually go Mage, I like zapping things.
    I must say that I did want to play the char up to lvl, to really get to know the class etc, might do a variant just to try it out.

    Again anymore tips welcome :)

    Seriously, don't boost a Messmer or Elementalist as your first level 80. They both have some fairly complex mechanics that take some time to learn. If you feel you have to boost a caster, I'd say do it with a Necromancer. Even without elite specs you can still do very well in Path of Fire and at least stand a chance in Heart of Thorns. Even with the Reaper elite, the rotation is pretty straight forward. Most importantly, you'll not die very frequently.

  • Agree with both of you, made another Mesmer and boosted that one, played for about an hour and realised I did not have a clue what to do/where to go etc so that one's going into storage, back to lvling up the original one now, oh well, live and learn eh.
    Lol, I couldn't even work out how to get a raptor/become a mirage! :P

  • I am mesmer main and I boosted her. I started with another character and played to 80, then I boosted my mesmer to 80 and had no clue. The diference was night and day. If you boost a character, my adivice is to carefuly read all the traits.

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