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Recommended Levels and ZEM List

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Note For All Users Regarding Accuracy

The values on this page are speculative. The only person who can provide a definitive answer regarding the correct ZEM values has stated that:

"I don't know where the values on the wiki come from, and we do not reference those. We do not publish the specific values, as it's part of the mystery and should be discovered by the players how each zone stacks up." -- Rogean ref

Please keep that in mind when using the ZEM numbers published below to guide your adventure in Norrath. The best hunting guides are your fellow adventurers.

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)

See also: Per-Level Hunting Guide

Antonica

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Qeynos Hills 100* 100* 100*
Innothule Swamp 100* 100* 100*
Misty Thicket 100* 100* 100*
East Commonlands 100* 100* 100* 100*
Nektulos Forest 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
North Ro 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Qeynos Aqueducts 125* 125* 125* 125* 125* 125* 125* 125*
The Feerrott 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Everfrost Peaks 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
East Freeport 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
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 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
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 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Surefall Glade 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
West Freeport 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
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 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Blackburrow 125* 125* 125*
Erud's Crossing 100* 100* 100*
Befallen 125* 125* 125* 125*
Upper Guk 125* 125* 125* 125* 125* 125*
West Commonlands 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
South Ro 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Northern Karana 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Oasis of Marr 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Gorge of King Xorbb 150* 150* 150* 150*
Eastern Karana 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Lavastorm Mountains 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Ocean of Tears 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Highpass Hold 100* 100* 100*
Runnyeye 150* 150* 150* 150* 150* 150*
Rathe Mountains 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Lake Rathetear 100* 100* 100*
Southern Karana 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Permafrost 170* 170* 170* 170* 170* 170* 170* 170*
Najena 125* 125* 125* 125* 125*
High Keep 112* 112* 112*
Splitpaw Lair 150* 150* 150* 150* 150*
Cazic Thule 150* 150* 150* 150* 150*
Solusek's Eye 125* 125* 125* 125* 125*
Lower Guk 75* 75* 75* 75* 75*
The Jaggedpine Forest 75 75 75 75 75
Temple of Solusek Ro ? ? ?
Nagafen's Lair 75* 75* 75* 75*
Kithicor Forest 100* 100*

Odus

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

Faydwer

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
Greater Faydark 100* 100* 100*
Butcherblock Mountains 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
Steamfont Mountains 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
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 125* 125* 125*
Dagnor's Cauldron 100* 100* 100*
Lesser Faydark 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100* 100*
The Estate of Unrest 113* 113* 113* 113* 113* 113*
Mistmoore Castle 87* 87* 87* 87* 87* 87*
Kedge Keep 163* 163* 163* 163*

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 75* 75* 75* 75* 75* 75* 75*
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 106* 106* 106*
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

* A previous version of this table showed a ZEM of 60 for Lake of Ill Omen. At some point in the classic timeline the Lake of Ill Omen ZEM is nerfed from 75 to 60 (ref?). However, recent testing (1/3/21) has shown that on both servers the xp gain in LoIO is exactly the same as other nearby outdoor zones.

Planes

Zone 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 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 110 110 110 110 110
Eastern Wastes 85 85 85 85
Iceclad Ocean 100 100 100
Thurgadin 85 85 85 85
Great Divide 85 85 85 85 85
Tower of Frozen Shadow 110 110 110 110 110 110
Kael Drakkel 85 85 85 85 85 85 85
Cobalt Scar 85 85 85 85 85
Skyshrine 85 85 85 85 85 85
The Wakening Land 85 85 85 85
Icewell Keep 85 85 85 85
Velketor's Labyrinth 100 100 100 100
Dragon Necropolis 85 85 85
Siren's Grotto 85 85 85
Western Wastes 85 85 85
Temple of Veeshan 90
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. [1]

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

On 03/25/2020, the staff have adjusted the ZEM values for many zones, but what original values those were changed from continues to not be given. [2]


ZEM List

The p99 Column was so far unused, replaced it with the 3/25/2020 ZEM changes from P99 Staff and their respective percent adjustments. As said before, these are just increases based on their assumed values previously (Stock Value). It remains to be seen what the numbers truly are. 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. Since the anecdotal reports of kedge being nerfed and testing of catacomb spectres versus others it is probable that p1999 now uses the EQMAC ZEM. They got theirs directly from packets so will assume it is accurate. ref 12/29/2018 not updated listing still using 2003 set.

  • A previous version of this table showed a ZEM of 60 for Lake of Ill Omen. At some point in the classic timeline the Lake of Ill Omen ZEM is nerfed from 75 to 60 (ref?). However, recent testing (1/3/21) has shown that on both servers the xp gain in LoIO is exactly the same as other nearby outdoor zones.
Continent Zone Name "Stock" Multiplier P99 3/25/20 3/25/20 % Change P99 11/20/21 11/20/21 % Change
Antonica Befallen 160 125 (-22%) 119 (-5%)
Antonica Blackburrow 100 125 (+25%) 119 (-5%)
Antonica Cazic Thule 85 150 (+76%) 128 (-15%)
Antonica East Commonlands 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica East Freeport 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Eastern Karana 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Erud's Crossing 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Everfrost Peaks 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica The Feerrott 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Gorge of King Xorbb 75 150 (+100%) 128 (-15%)
Antonica Halas 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica High Keep 150 112.5 (-25%)
Antonica Highpass Hold 80 100 (+25%)
Antonica Innothule Swamp 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica The Jaggedpine Forest 75
Antonica Kithicor Forest 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Lake Rathetear 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Lavastorm Mountains 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Lower Guk 80 75 (-6%) 88 (+15%)
Antonica Misty Thicket 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Nagafen's Lair 80 75 (-6%) 88 (+15%)
Antonica Najena 130 125 (-4%) 119 (-5%)
Antonica Nektulos Forest 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Neriak Commons 100
Antonica Neriak Foreign Quarter 100
Antonica Neriak Third Gate 100
Antonica North Freeport 100
Antonica Northern Karana 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica North Qeynos 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica North Ro 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Oasis of Marr 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Ocean of Tears 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Grobb 100
Antonica Oggok 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Permafrost 90 169 (+88%) 144 (-15%)
Antonica Qeynos Hills 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Rathe Mountains 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Rivervale 100
Antonica Runnyeye 100 150 (+50%) 128 (-15%)
Antonica Solusek's Eye 130 125 (-4%) 119 (-5%)
Antonica Southern Karana 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica South Ro 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Splitpaw Lair 90 150 (+67%) 128 (-15%)
Antonica Surefall Glade 100
Antonica Upper Guk 150 125 (-17%) 119 (-5%)
Antonica West Commonlands 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica West Freeport 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Western Karana 75 100 (+33%)
Antonica Qeynos Aqueducts 100 125 (+25%) 119 (-5%)
Faydwer Ak'Anon 100
Faydwer Butcherblock Mountains 75 100 (+33%)
Faydwer Crushbone 160 125 (-22%) 119 (-5%)
Faydwer Dagnor's Cauldron 75 100 (+33%)
Faydwer Northern Felwithe 100
Faydwer Southern Felwithe 75 100 (+33%)
Faydwer North Kaladim 75 100 (+33%)
Faydwer South Kaladim 75 100 (+33%)
Faydwer Kedge Keep 100 163 (+63%) 139 (-15%)
Faydwer Greater Faydark 75 100 (+33%)
Faydwer Mistmoore Castle 90 87 (-3%) 97 (+10%)
Faydwer Steamfont Mountains 75 100 (+33%)
Faydwer Lesser Faydark 75 100 (+33%)
Faydwer Ocean of Tears 75 100 (+33%)
Faydwer The Estate of Unrest 130 113 (-13%)
Odus Erudin 100
Odus Erud's Crossing 75 100 (+33%)
Odus The Hole 100 150 (+50%) 128 (-15%)
Odus Kerra Island 90 100 (+11%)
Odus Paineel 75 100 (+33%)
Odus Stonebrunt Mountains 75 100 (+33%) 110 (+10%)
Odus Toxxulia Forest 75 100 (+33%)
Odus The Warrens 150 128 (-15%)
Kunark Burning Woods 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark East Cabilis 100
Kunark West Cabilis 100
Kunark Howling Stones 85 96 (+11%)
Kunark Chardok 85 94 (+11%)
Kunark City of Mist 85 96 (+11%)
Kunark Dalnir 100 101 (+1%)
Kunark Dreadlands 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark Emerald Jungle 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark Field of Bone 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark Firiona Vie 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark Frontier Mountains 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark Kaesora 110 116 (+5%)
Kunark Karnor's Castle 85 96 (+11%)
Kunark Kurn's Tower 150 128 (-15%)
Kunark Lake of Ill Omen 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark Mines of Nurga 75 81 (+7%)
Kunark Old Sebilis 85 96 (+11%)
Kunark Skyfire Mountains 80 87 (+8%)
Kunark Swamp of No Hope 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark The Overthere 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark Timorous Deep 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark Temple of Droga 75 81 (+7%)
Kunark Trakanon's Teeth 75 83 (+10%)
Kunark Veeshan's Peak 75 88 (+15%)
Kunark Warsliks Woods 75 83 (+10%)
Velious Cobalt Scar 85 94 (+10%)
Velious Crystal Caverns 110 124 (+11%)
Velious Dragon Necropolis 85 96 (+11%)
Velious Eastern Wastes 85 94 (+10%)
Velious Great Divide 85 94 (+10%)
Velious Iceclad Ocean 100 110 (+10%)
Velious Icewell Keep 85 96 (+11%)
Velious Kael Drakkel 85 96 (+11%)
Velious Temple of Veeshan 90 101 (+11%)
Velious Siren's Grotto 85 96 (+11%)
Velious Skyshrine 85 96 (+11%)
Velious Sleeper's Tomb 90 101 (+11%)
Velious Thurgadin 85 96 (+11%)
Velious Tower of Frozen Shadow 110 124 (+11%)
Velious Velketor's Labyrinth 100 112 (+11%)
Velious The Wakening Land 85 96 (+11%)
Velious Western Wastes 85 92 (+8%)