Having hit 60 and having act 1 inferno on farm, I’ve been trying to balance leveling alts and farming gear. In the mean time I’ve also taken to helping people on my friends list hit 60. As a result I’ve stumbled upon what I think might be the most effective way to hit 60( with help from your friends)
The days of the Diablo 2 rush are gone but the concept still is there. You have a high level character rush you through content in order to advance your progress. In the process of leveling a wizard I inadvertently led to my friend getting killed by a pack of wallers. Having felt guilty I set to right this wrong.
After he made a new character I created a game and killed Zoltun Kulle on normal. He joined, then created his own game to turn in the quest, rejoined my game( which I left and resumed) turned in the quest, then joined my other game for the turn in again. Netting him a grand total of 30k+ xp and a few levels. Rinse and repeat several times and he was above 20 in a little over half an hour.
Now, we are far removed from the days where you could just simply do kulle runs on each difficulty until you were 60,But I found this to be a great way to get someone on their feet without doing everything for them.
After a few days he was chugging into Nightmare and I grabbed him again but this time we bypassed Kulle right to..
The Arreat Crater
Now this reminded me of the old school rushing. Staying close to me I plowed through all of the denizens of hell while he racked up experience. We did two runs going from the first crater waypoint to the last sin heart. In that half hour we netted him four levels from 37 to 41.
We could have easily continued this ad nauseam until 50 or so. From there we would only have to head to the crater again on Hell until 60. Unfortunetly for him I had to head off for the night.
Now I didn’t charge him for this, I didn’t get anything from it but I did have fun helping someone out while playing the game. Selfishly though I do get one thing from this. I have someone to play with later on. I’m helping push people into the later difficulties so I have people I know to play with. I also have someone who might do the same for me If I needed it.
As I stated before this isn’t a method that goes from 1-60 in a hour, and aside from the 1-25 Kulle runs it requires he be present and active in the leveling. There are still risks for him;a stray pack I miss, over-pulling,me disconnecting, or a bad affix champion/elite pack. Just like Chaos runs at a low level you take the risk because the reward is worth it.
So where does this differ from a powerlevleing service? In practice and methods maybe not much. However I doubt I am as effective, and I am not making a profit on his levels. I also didn’t carry him through every one. Just enough to get him on his feet and let him do the rest.
Perhaps I’m softening on my approach to rushing 1-60 now that I’m leveling several characters. With the game so firmly rooted at level 60 you really do feel the need to rush to get there. I know that my Barbarian in just 8 levels will be ten times as powerful as he is now, and that each item I get on the way there will be useless. That dissuades from really valuing each level. The skill system as well takes away from leveling. Each character will always get the same skill unlocks each level and as a result your arn’t changing the way you play. In D2 each level was a chance to make a choice and switch things up, try a new build, or pump stats for a new gear. If done right your 55 Barb could be as powerful as a 90 one, and that could keep you going and trying new things.
In the end it isn’t an instant 60 or even a one hour 60. What it happens to be is you helping a friend leveling and dare I say having fun while doing it.
How are you leveling or helping your friends? Let us know in the comments below!
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