TERA Leveling Guide - Introduction
Leveling in TERA Online is generally pretty simple, but there are a few different ways you can get to the level cap. This TERA Leveling Guide will cover the fastest and easiest ways to get your character maxed out. It is highly recommended to quest, especially on your first character. Also, partying makes the leveling process in TERA much quicker and easier for everyone involved, so I strongly suggest finding a leveling partner or just LFG as much as possible (especially if you're a healer)! Whichever method you choose to level up, this TERA Leveling Guide is the place to look.
If you are leveling alts, it's highly recommended to always have at least on-level rare gear and accessories as well as a +6 superior weapon. Hunter, Mutinous and Domineering crystals are highly recommended as well.
Tip: Remember to keep yourself charmed up (Power/Endurance/Infusion) whenever you're farming. It makes life so much easier. It is also HIGHLY recommended to buy XP boosts off the Auction House (at least 50% XP Boost (1 Hour)) and pop them whenever you go to any grinding spot.
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These grinding spots generally have high density mobs that could net tons of exp in short periods of time, as long as you use an XP boost.
Do the story quests and sidequests at every camp you visit until you hit lvl 11. Grind off the Warthogs just north of Lumbertown until level 14. At this point, you can either grind off Ravenous Hyenas/Devan Mobs, located just south and north of Crescentia respectively, or continue questing until lvl 20.
When you reach the first dungeon, Bastion of Lok, get all your quests and clear the dungeon once. Once you turn in all BoL quests, don't bother with the repeatables and/or going back in the dungeon. You should also farm off Basilisks in the area to get to lvl 23.
You'll have to grind off BAMs for these levels; there really is nothing better. Refer to the BAM Grinding section for this. You can also run Sinestral Manor until lvl 32 while doing the quests/repeatables for it. More experienced players can solo SM for a ton of XP depending on their class (+9 superior weapon is also highly recommended).
(Highly Recommended!) Desert Fire mobs - Located just north of Tufulan, past the first camp (Camp Marrakeen). Refer to image below. This area is highly dense and you can just run around the area pulling 10-15 of these mobs and nuke them all at once.
An alternative spot to Desert Fire mobs is just outside the camp. Hyenas are a great alternative to Desert Fire mobs if you're having trouble with them, and are much easier to mob as well.
Unfortunately, there isn't really much in this level range that qualifies as good grinding spots. You can either start killing BAMs or run Cultists' Refuge until lvl 39 or 40, then start and follow the story quest chain, "The Core". The quests offered in these areas give very respectable amounts of experience; skip any quests that reward you with under 200k XP. More experienced players can solo CR for a ton of XP depending on their class (+9 superior weapon is also highly recommended).
(Highly Recommended!) Devan Mobs - Located southeast of Dragonfall. This spot is quite dense and there is an elite mob (Mystic Tyrant) that patrols the area with two bodyguards; the Mystic drops Game Hunter's Boon, which gives +3% XP and heals a large amount of HP, and he gives quite a bit of XP along with the bodyguards (almost 1.5m total XP with a 100% XP boost!!). The Mystic Tyrant spawns about every 2-3 minutes.
Bleakrock Mobs - Located southeast of Dragonfall. It's decently dense and there is a world mob that patrols the area occasionally (but he hurts!), though you may want to try alternating between pulling a bunch of Bleakrock and Dragoon mobs for some decent XP.
Bleakbone Dragoons - This spot is just beside the Bleakrock mobs. They used to spawn an infinite number of minions so it was basically the best grinding spot in the game for a long while. Unfortunately, they don't do that anymore, so it's not nearly as good as it was back then. Though, you can probably alternate between pulling the Bleakrock mobs and Dragoons for some decent XP.
Tirkai Grizzlies - Located just south of Pathfinder Post. There is a decent amount of them in two different locations, so you can pull a bunch of them and continue moving south as you kill them, move back north when you've sweeped the place and repeat.
Argonomorph Tirkai Grizzlies - Same as Tirkai Grizzlies, except this place has a much greater quantity of bears.
(Highly Recommended!) Argonomorph Mugatos - Located just south of Tirkai Grizzlies. The spawn area is extremely dense and a very nice alternative to Tirkai Grizzlies, since they are quite spread out and less numbered than the Mugatos.
Argonomorph Fiends - Located on the 2nd floor of Three Towers, south of Mindcrown Chamber. There is one room filled with these guys and you can run around the room, gather them up and kill them for a nice chunk of XP. Be careful though, because they can hit quite hard. Channel surfing is required to get the most out of this location, so at least two channels need to be vacant.
At this point, you can continue grinding, but I strongly recommend going straight to Kaiator and starting the Argonea story quest chain and doing all available sidequests to get to lvl 60. The exp and gold rewards are too good to pass up, and you also get Invalesco reputation points and credits, which you'll need in the long run. When you want to start working on Visionmaker gear, you'll need to buy Cyasmic Oil from the Invalesco merchant, which costs 850 credits each and requires you to be Revered with Invalesco.
As the name suggests, this method involves mostly grinding off BAMs over questing. This section is recommended for more experienced players, and is assuming you keep all your gear updated and you have at least a +6 superior weapon, or you are a healer with a leveling partner.
Do the story quests and sidequests at every camp you visit until you hit lvl 20. Again, when you reach BoL, get all your quests and clear the dungeon once. Once you turn in all BoL quests, the BAM grinding can begin.
Farm Basilisks at Oblivion Woods until lvl 23.
Then, go to Celestial Hills and grind off Nagas/Kumases there until lvl 26.
Travel to Popolion and grind off Fimbrilisks and/or do the story quest chain for Sinestral Manor. Start killing Ovoliths in front of the entrance to SM while queuing up for the dungeon. Repeat until lvl 32. More experienced players can solo SM for a ton of XP depending on their class (+9 superior weapon is also highly recommended).
Go to Mistmoor Island and grind on the Nagas or Crabs in that region, or head to the second floor of Azarel's Labyrinth and grind off Vulcans there. Do this until lvl 36, then head over to Tulufan.
When you arrive at Tulufan, start the story quest chain, "Samael's Apparition" (you can do some sidequests if they are related to the story quest; just don’t go out of your way to do the others). Once you unlock the Cultists’ Refuge story quest, "Dark Dreams Sundered", you can repeat this dungeon until lvl 42 while also killing Vulcan Dreadnaughts at Tria during queue times. More experienced players can solo CR for a ton of XP depending on their class (+9 superior weapon is also highly recommended).
At this point, you can either go through all the quests in Essenia, or move to Acarum and grind off Nagas at Tempest Reach. It's probably recommended to just go back to questing for now and grind off normal mobs, since they now give very good XP and the quests are extremely rewarding for the amount of time you spend on them.
If you still want to kill BAMs, go to Tempest Reach and kill Nagas there. When you hit lvl 50, go to Serpentis Isle and grind Nagas from lvl 50-54.
Past lvl 54, you should be grinding off normal mobs now because there are some amazing grinding spots at this level range, but if you still want to grind off BAMs, you can kill the Nagas southwest of Pathfinder Post, or spaceships at Argonea/Granarkus.
At lvl 58, I strongly recommend going straight to Kaiator and starting the Argonea story quest chain and doing all available sidequests to get to lvl 60. The exp and gold rewards are too good to pass up, and you also get Invalesco reputation points and credits, which you'll need in the long run. When you want to start working on Visionmaker gear, you'll need to buy Cyasmic Oil from the Invalesco merchant, which costs 850 credits each and requires you to be Revered with Invalesco.
This next method is quite simple; just do all side-quests at every camp you visit along with the story quests, but skip all the repeatables. You’ll be overlevelled for the actual story quests themselves after you’ve completed all your available sidequests (if you can’t find a party, you can even afford to skip BAMs and still be overleveled).
You should only have to clear every instance once or twice at most to get all their respective quests completed, and then continue with your other quests.
For example, your first dungeon, Bastion of Lok, is a very easy introductory dungeon that you can clear relatively fast. Make sure you get all your quests for it. After clearing BoL once and turning in all your quests, you'll then have access to repeatables for the dungeon. Don’t bother doing those or entering it again. Continue completing your other quests as usual.
Keep in mind that if you are using XP boosts, these only affect mob exp, not quest exp. However, if you're going through the game for the first time, questing is highly recommended. The gold gained from this method is also very good to help you get yourself setup for lvl 60.
Corsairs' Stronghold can be done starting from lvl 30 and gives 20% fixed XP at any level for winning + turning in the daily quest. It's very fun, and if you like PvP, this is also a viable option to level. There is also another daily (given to you automatically when you enter Corsairs' Stronghold) which gives 200 Bellicarium rep/credits and can be increased with rep/credit boosts!