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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 75 75 75
Innothule Swamp 75 75 75
Misty Thicket 75 75 75
East Commonlands 75 75 75 75
Nektulos Forest 75 75 75 75 75
North Ro 75 75 75 75 75
Qeynos Aqueducts 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
The Feerrott 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
Everfrost Peaks 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
East Freeport 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
Grobb 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Halas 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
North Freeport 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
North Qeynos 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
Oggok 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Rivervale 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
South Qeynos ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Surefall Glade 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
West Freeport 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
Neriak Commons 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Neriak Foreign Quarter 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Neriak Third Gate 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Western Karana 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
Blackburrow 100 100 100
Erud's Crossing 75 75 75
Befallen 160 160 160 160
Upper Guk 150 150 150 150 150 150
West Commonlands 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
South Ro 75 75 75 75 75
Northern Karana 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
Oasis of Marr 75 75 75 75 75 75
Gorge of King Xorbb (Beholder's Maze) 75 75 75 75
Eastern Karana 75 75 75 75 75 75
Lavastorm Mountains 75 75 75 75 75 75
Ocean of Tears 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
Highpass Hold 80 80 80
Runnyeye 100 100 100 100 100 100
Rathe Mountains 75 75 75 75 75
Lake Rathetear 75 75 75
Southern Karana 75 75 75 75 75
Permafrost 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90
Najena 130 130 130 130 130
High Keep 150 150 150
Splitpaw Lair 90 90 90 90 90
Cazic Thule 85 85 85 85 85
Solusek's Eye (Solusek A) 130 130 130 130 130
Lower Guk 80 80 80 80 80
The Jaggedpine Forest 75 75 75 75 75
Temple of Solusek Ro ? ? ?
Nagafen's Lair (Solusek B) 80 80 80 80
Kithicor Forest 75 75

Odus

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Toxxulia Forest 75 75 75
Erudin 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Erudin Palace ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Paineel 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
The Warrens 150 150 150 150 150 150
Kerra Island 90 90 90 90
Stonebrunt Mountains 75 75 75 75 75 75
The Hole 100 100 100 100 100

Faydwer

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Greater Faydark 100 100 100
Butcherblock Mountains 75 75 75 75
Steamfont Mountains 75 75 75 75
Ak'Anon 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
North Kaladim 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Northern Felwithe 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
South Kaladim 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Southern Felwithe 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Crushbone 160 160 160
Dagnor's Cauldron 75 75 75
Lesser Faydark 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
The Estate of Unrest 130 130 130 130 130 130
Mistmoore Castle 90 90 90 90 90 90
Kedge Keep 100 100 100 100

Kunark

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Field of Bone 75 75 75 75 75 75
Swamp of No Hope 75 75 75 75 75 75
Lake of Ill Omen 60 60 60 60 60 60 60
East Cabilis 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
West Cabilis 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Kurn's Tower 150 150 150 150
Warsliks Woods 75 75 75 75
Timorous Deep 75 75 75 75 75 75 75
Firiona Vie 75 75 75
Frontier Mountains 75 75 75 75 75
Dalnir 75 75 75
The Overthere 75 75 75
Kaesora 110 110 110 110
Trakanon's Teeth 75 75 75 75 75 75
Emerald Jungle 75 75 75
Mines of Nurga 75 75 75
Temple of Droga 75 75 75
Dreadlands 75 75 75 75
City of Mist 85 85 85 85 85
Burning Woods 75 75 75 75
Karnor's Castle 85 85 85
Skyfire Mountains 80 80 80
Howling Stones 85 85 85
Chardok 85 85 85
Old Sebilis 85 85 85
Veeshan's Peak 75

Planes

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 46 50 55 60
Plane of Fear ? ? ? ?
Plane of Hate ? ? ? ?
Plane of Sky ? ? ? ?
Plane of Growth ? ? ? ?
Plane of Mischief ? ? ?

Velious

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Crystal Caverns 85 85 85 85 85
Eastern Wastes 75 75 75 75
Iceclad Ocean 75 75 75
Thurgadin 85 85 85 85
Great Divide 75 75 75 75 75
Tower of Frozen Shadow 85 85 85 85 85 85
Kael Drakkel 85 85 85 85 85 85 85
Cobalt Scar 75 75 75 75 75
Skyshrine 85 85 85 85 85 85
The Wakening Land 75 75 75 75
Icewell Keep 85 85 85 85
Velketor's Labyrinth 85 85 85 85
Dragon Necropolis 85 85 85
Siren's Grotto 85 85 85
Western Wastes 80 80 80
Temple of Veeshan 75
Sleeper's Tomb 90

Zone Experience Multiplier (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 players to adventure in less frequented zones, as well as reward those adventuring in significantly more difficult areas. For example, dungeons typically have higher multipliers than outdoor zones.ref

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.

The developers 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 multiplier is multiplicative, that is, a value of 150 indicates an experience bonus of 100% over a normal zone.

Continent Zone Name "Stock" Multiplier p1999 Multiplier/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 75
Antonica Everfrost Peaks 75
Antonica The Feerrott 75
Antonica Gorge of King Xorbb 75
Antonica Halas 100
Antonica High Keep 150
Antonica Highpass Hold 80
Antonica Innothule Swamp 75
Antonica The Jaggedpine Forest 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
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 75
Antonica Grobb 100
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 75 Using EQMAC value but is disputed to be 130.
Faydwer Ak'Anon 100
Faydwer Butcherblock Mountains 75
Faydwer Crushbone 160
Faydwer Dagnor's Cauldron 75
Faydwer Northern Felwithe 100
Faydwer Southern Felwithe 100
Faydwer North Kaladim 100
Faydwer South Kaladim 100
Faydwer Kedge Keep 100
Faydwer Greater Faydark 100
Faydwer Mistmoore Castle 90
Faydwer Steamfont Mountains 75
Faydwer Lesser Faydark 75
Faydwer Ocean of Tears 75
Faydwer The Estate of Unrest 130
Odus Erudin 100
Odus Erud's Crossing 75
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 East Cabilis 100
Kunark West Cabilis 100
Kunark Howling Stones 85
Kunark Chardok 85
Kunark City of Mist 85
Kunark Dalnir 75
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 75
Kunark Old Sebilis 85
Kunark Skyfire Mountains 80
Kunark Swamp of No Hope 75
Kunark The Overthere 75
Kunark Timorous Deep 75
Kunark Temple of Droga 75
Kunark Trakanon's Teeth 75
Kunark Veeshan's Peak 75
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 75
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 The Wakening Land 75
Velious Western Wastes 80