Well after much blood, sweat, and tears (not mine, the mobs *wink*) I've finally reached 70! What a relief! The 6x levels went by fairly quickly considering I didn't do the Crystal Castle instance all that much.
All together I think I only did about 5 or 6 complete runs of Crystal Castle, only killing Jewel Golem once, and that was on my last run. Thankfully I was able to turn in those two Jewel Golem quests and gain quite a bit of EXP from them. I soloed (with my 6x Mage and a logged out char to hold the CC Map) the Zombie repeat from 62-64. From there, mostly lived in 7x, 8x Abyss. I did do a few of the Greenkie repeatable, as well as 3 rounds of Muds at level 68. Level 69 was mostly spent catching up on some of my old quests in AEW and CP1.
I would have done more rounds of Crystal Castle if given the chance. It was just difficult to find a consistent party there and I really just hate standing around waiting for a party to form. So I just end up doing my own thing, and what better place than in the Abyss right?
If you were curious what the completed quest dialogue for the "Earning Your Claws" quest is, here you go:
Below are just some random images from my 6x adventures...
|Tanking both Lizardman and Orc Bosses @ 61. Who said Tricksters are squishy?|
|Grinding in 8x. Excellent EXP for mobs in there if you're on EXP Boost.|
|Getting owned by the impassable door. Don't you hate that? *sigh* RESET!|
|A run gone bad, Jewel Golem.|
|NOT AT ALL my finest hour.... bad way to die, and bad clothing choice.|
|Outtake 1: Thanks random sprinting Cleric for ruining my screenshot. =(|
|Much better. Emberflame Dual Sword =)|
The few of us that stayed, gutted it out, and with no fighters remaining for the end boss, I went ahead and tanked it. At 70. =) Much thanks to those that remained with me: Hermy, AuroraBorealis, LateNightAlumni, and Ailise. Who knew three Mages, an Archer, and a Trickster could accomplish so much!