SPF 99er Compendium
A major challenge or goal for many members of the SPF has been to take a character to level 99.
There is lots of great knowledge relevant to attempting a 99er in numerous threads, most notably The quest for level 99, 99 theorycrafting and stuff like that, kesteg’s original untwinked 99er challenge, and Revenge of the 99ers, Kitteh’s recent reboot of the untwinked 99er challenge (not to mention the character writeups for completed 99ers). But getting that knowledge means reading through all the posts in all of the threads, and then remembering which thread contained which pieces.
This SPF 99er Compendium is an attempt to pull out the key tidbits, findings, and theory about 99er progress. Hopefully, it will be a useful resource for longstanding SPF members and newcomers alike who are looking for, or have undertaken, a new challenge. It’s also a tribute of sorts to this forum, those who’ve made it to 99, those who’ve attempted it, and the many who have supported others along the journey.
It’s broken up into four parts:
1. The Basics
2. The SPF’s 99er History
3. The Journey
3.1. Questing and Character Development
3.2. Early XP Grind (through Level 93)
3.3. Levels 94-98
3.4. Levels 98-994. Tidbits and Pro Tips
4.1. Class-Specific Deets
4.2. Gear Basics
4.3. Merc Issues
4.4. Play Tips
4.5. Untwinked Considerations
4.6. Remember, It's About Fun
There is no new knowledge or insights here, only the collection of what others have said or found. I may add some editorial comments along the way, but will try to keep that to a minimum. Also, if I leave out some key points or fail to attribute things properly, no offense is meant!
As an appetizer to show what it’s all about, let’s feature a vid or two (or three), along with a ping shot for 99 and a really cool character screen:
I have to start by thanking the forum members who built up the knowledge base and began 99er projects after v1.10 came out. Hardly any of them are still around, and there are too many to mention. But you will see some mentioned in the Guide and their 99ers are listed in the Quest for 99 thread. This guide simply summarizes the learnings of many others.
Beyond that, special thanks to the untwinked 99er reboot crowd, who were very helpful in developing the compendium and improving the initial draft. Special mention to @Cyrax and @Corrupted, who provided very helpful feedback and perspective for someone who's only done this 99er thing untwinked in v1.13
-March 3, 2018 -- Original version posted.
-June 17, 2018 -- Updated to account for two new completed 99ers; also added more info to The Journey, XP Table for levels 91-99 in the Play Tips section of Tidbits and ProTips, and general tidying.
-January 16, 2019 -- Updated to account for six (!) new 99ers over the past six months; also updated The Journey and Class Specific section of Tidbits and ProTips to reflect increased knowledge gained about non-sorc builds in that time.
-January 26, 2020 -- Updated to account for six (!) more new 99ers over the past year; also updated The Journey and Class Specific section of Tidbits and ProTips to reflect continued new info from testing and new build approaches.