Recommended Levels and ZEM List

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Recommended Level Range by Zone

The different areas of Norrath are inhabited by creatures of greatly varying level. It is usually wise to adventure in zones that are level appropriate for your character. Of course, a full group can tackle a particular dungeon or area at a lower level than a solo character. Still, one can get a general idea of the levels ranges recommended for experiencing in any given zone. (ref)

Antonica

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Qeynos Hills X X X
Innothule Swamp X X X
Misty Thicket X X X
East Commonlands X X X X
Nektulos Forest X X X X X
North Ro X X X X X
Qeynos Catacombs X X X X X X X X
The Feerrott X X X X X X X X
Everfrost Peaks X X X X X X X X X X
East Freeport X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Grobb X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Halas X X X X X X X X X X X X X
North Freeport X X X X X X X X X X X X X
North Qeynos X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Oggok X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Rivervale X X X X X X X X X X X X X
South Qeynos X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Surefall Glade X X X X X X X X X X X X X
West Freeport X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Neriak Commons X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Neriak Foreign Quarter X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Neriak Third Gate X X X X X X X X X X X X X
West Karana X X X X X X X X
Blackburrow X X X
Erud's Crossing X X X
Befallen X X X X
Upper Guk X X X X X X
West Commonlands X X X X X X X X
South Ro X X X X X
North Karana X X X X X X X X
Oasis of Marr X X X X X X X X
Gorge of King Xorbb (Beholder's Maze) X X X X
East Karana X X X X X X
Lavastorm Mountains X X X X X X
Mountains of Rathe X X X X X X
Kithicor Forest X X X X X X X
Ocean of Tears X X X X X X X
Highpass Hold X X X
Temple of Solusek Ro X X X X X
Clan RunnyEye X X X X X X
Lake Rathetear X X X
South Karana X X X X X
Permafrost Keep X X X X X X X X
High Keep X X X
Najena X X X X
Splitpaw Lair X X X X X
Cazic Thule X X X X X
Solusek's Eye (Solusek A) X X X X X
Lower Guk X X X X X
The Jaggedpine Forest X X X X X
Nagafen's Lair (Solusek B) X X X X

Odus

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Toxxulia Forest X X X
Erudin X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Erudin Palace X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Paineel X X X X X X X X X X X X X
The Warrens X X X X X X
Kerra Island X X X X
Stonebrunt Mountains X X X X X X
The Hole X X X X X

Faydwer

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Greater Faydark X X X
Butcherblock Mountains X X X X
Steamfont Mountains X X X X
Ak'Anon X X X X X X X X X X X X X
North Kaladim X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Northern Felwithe X X X X X X X X X X X X X
South Kaladim X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Southern Felwithe X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Crushbone X X X X
Lesser Faydark X X X X X X
Dagnor's Cauldron X X X
Estate of Unrest X X X X X X
Castle Mistmoore X X X X X X
Kedge Keep X X X X

Kunark

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Field of Bone X X X X X X
Swamp of No Hope X X X X X X
Lake of Ill Omen X X X X X X X
East Cabilis X X X X X X X X X X X X X
West Cabilis X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Kurn's Tower X X X X X X
Warsliks Wood X X X X X X
The Overthere X X X X X X
Timorous Deep X X X X X X X X
Firiona Vie X X X X
Frontier Mountains X X X X X X
Crypt of Dalnir X X X
Emerald Jungle X X X X
Kaesora X X X X
Trakanon's Teeth X X X X X
Mines of Nurga X X X
Temple of Droga X X X
Dreadlands X X X X
City of Mist X X X X
Burning Woods X X X X
Karnor's Castle X X X
Skyfire Mountains X X X
Howling Stones (Charasis) X X X
Chardok X X X
Old Sebilis X X X
Veeshan's Peak X

Planes

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Plane of Fear X X X X
Plane of Hate X X X X
Plane of Sky X X X X
Plane of Growth X X X X
Plane of Mischief X X X

Velious

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Crystal Caverns X X X X X
Eastern Wastes X X X X X
Iceclad Ocean X X X X X
Thurgadin X X X X
Great Divide X X X X X
Tower of Frozen Shadow X X X X X X
Kael Drakkel X X X X X X X
Cobalt Scar X X X X X
Icewell Keep X X X X X X
Skyshrine X X X X X X
The Wakening Land X X X X
Dragon Necropolis X X X X
Velketor's Labyrinth X X X X
Temple of Veeshan X X X X
Siren's Grotto X X X
Western Wastes X X X
Kerafyrm's Lair (Sleeper's Tomb) X


Q: What is a zone experience modifier (ZEM)?

If all things were equal, you would receive an equal amount of XP for killing equivalent mobs in different zones. This is not the case. Some zones give a higher amount of experience than others. Some zones actually give a significantly lower amount of experience. ZEMs were put in place to encourage places to adventure in less frequented zones, as well as reward those adventuring in significantly more difficult areas. For example, dungeons typically have higher modifiers than outdoor zones.

Q: Are ZEMS really known?

In the old days of live EQ the server sent the actual ZEM values, which were recorded by studious players. These values were used as a basis for the EQEmu numbers, and so are in place on most stock EQEmu servers. These numbers were never known to have changed over the history of classic EQ live. However, the following important caveat applies:

Caveat

Warning! The devs of p1999 have stated that they will not publicly release the current ZEM list (in the spirit of classic EQ).

The "stock" values given here, which may be representative as a whole, have definitely been changed in some zones.

ZEM List

The p1999 column, currently empty, can be used to denote discrepancies from the stock values. If there is any systematic study done, or someone who can present some cohesive evidence of actual numbers, we can include them there. References: ref1 ref2 ref3 ref4 ref5. Note that on this scale a value of 75 represents normal. Below 75 indicates a experience penalty, and above 75 a bonus. The modifier is multiplicative, that is, a value of 150 indicates an experience bonus of 100% over a normal zone.

Continent Zone Name "Stock" Modifier p1999 Modifier/Notes
Antonica Befallen 160
Antonica Blackburrow 100
Antonica Cazic Thule 85
Antonica East Commonlands 75
Antonica East Freeport 75
Antonica Eastern Karana 75
Antonica Erud's Crossing  ?
Antonica Everfrost Peaks 75
Antonica Feerrott 75
Antonica Gorge of King Xorbb 75
Antonica Halas 100
Antonica Highpass Keep 150
Antonica Highpass Hold 80
Antonica Innothule Swamp 75
Antonica Jaggedpine 75
Antonica Kithicor Forest 75
Antonica Lake Rathetear 75
Antonica Lavastorm Mountains 75
Antonica Lower Guk 80
Antonica Misty Thicket 75
Antonica Nagafen's Lair 80
Antonica Najena 130
Antonica Nektulos Forest 75
Antonica Neriak - Commons 100
Antonica Neriak - Foreign Quarter 100 Seems lower on P99
Antonica Neriak - Third Gate 100
Antonica North Freeport 100
Antonica Northern Karana 75
Antonica North Qeynos 75
Antonica North Ro 75
Antonica Oasis of Marr 75
Antonica Ocean of Tears  ?
Antonica Oggok 100
Antonica Permafrost 90
Antonica Qeynos Hills 75
Antonica Rathe Mountains 75
Antonica Rivervale 100
Antonica Runnyeye 100
Antonica Solusek's Eye 130
Antonica Southern Karana 75
Antonica South Ro 75
Antonica Splitpaw Lair 90
Antonica Surefall Glade 100
Antonica Upper Guk 150
Antonica West Commonlands 75
Antonica West Freeport 75
Antonica Western Karana 75
Antonica Qeynos Aqueducts  ?
Faydwer Ak'Anon 100
Faydwer Butcherblock Mountains 75
Faydwer Crushbone 160 Noticeably lower (exact ZEM unknown)
Faydwer Dagnor's Cauldron 75
Faydwer Felwithe 100
Faydwer Kaladim 100
Faydwer Kedge Keep 100 Noticeably higher, ~150-200
Faydwer Kelethin 100
Faydwer Mistmoore 90 Noticeably higher, ~125
Faydwer Steamfont Mountains 75
Faydwer Lesser Faydark 75
Faydwer Ocean of Tears  ?
Faydwer Unrest 130
Odus Erudin 100
Odus Erud's Crossing  ?
Odus The Hole 100
Odus Kerra Island 90
Odus Paineel 75
Odus Stonebrunt Mountains 75
Odus Toxxulia Forest 75
Odus The Warrens 150
Kunark Burning Woods 75
Kunark Cabilis 100
Kunark Charasis 85
Kunark Chardok 85
Kunark City of Mist 85
Kunark Dalnir  ?
Kunark Dreadlands 75
Kunark Emerald Jungle 75
Kunark Field of Bone 75
Kunark Firiona Vie 75
Kunark Frontier Mountains 75
Kunark Kaesora 110
Kunark Karnor's Castle 85
Kunark Kurn's Tower 150
Kunark Lake of Ill Omen 60
Kunark Mines of Nurga  ?
Kunark Sebilis 85
Kunark Skyfire Mountains 80
Kunark Swamp of No Hope 75
Kunark The Overthere 75
Kunark Timorous Deep  ?
Kunark Temple of Droga  ?
Kunark Trakanon's Teeth 75
Kunark Veeshan's Peak  ?
Kunark Warsliks Woods 75
Velious Cobalt Scar 75
Velious Crystal Caverns 85
Velious Dragon Necropolis 85
Velious Eastern Wastes 75
Velious Great Divide 75
Velious Iceclad Ocean 75
Velious Icewell Keep 85
Velious Kael Drakkel 85
Velious Temple of Veeshan  ?
Velious Siren's Grotto 85
Velious Skyshrine 85
Velious Sleeper's Tomb 90
Velious Thurgadin 85
Velious Tower of Frozen Shadow 85
Velious Velketor's Labyrinth 85
Velious Wakening Lands 75
Velious Western Wastes 80