Saturday, July 3, 2010

Leveling Numbers, or "This is for Me, But You Can Has Too"

After running the numbers for leveling enhancements during Midsummer, I figured I'd run them again to include rested and see exactly how rested affects heirlooms and the holiday buff.

Remember, rested and the Midsummer buff only affect experience gained from killing things. Heirlooms boost both killing and quests.

Lvl 48 Rested vs Unrested
  • 2 Heirlooms: 392/196
  • 2 Heirlooms, Midsummer Buff: 424/212
  • 1 Heirloom: 358/179
  • 1 Heirloom, Midsummer Buff: 392/196
  • Midsummer Buff: 358/179
  • Nothing: 326/163
Tested on level 42 mobs for consistency.

Results: Rested doubles the effects of all stacked experience buffs when killing mobs.

Implications for Leveling: I strongly suggest only leveling when rested to get the maximum impact for your time. Rested bonus with no other boosts (326) is still better than the Midsummer bonus with heirlooms (212).

In Cataclysm, I plan to have all my alts resting and then try to use the rested every time it caps on one of them. This is how my husband's best friend leveled his 7 alts -- rotating through them to get the maximum out of their rested states.

Even without heirlooms on my characters, I'll be more efficient playing un-heirloomed and rested (326) than playing long hours with 2 heirlooms unrested (196).


  1. This may be a silly question, but how can you tell when the rested state caps on a character?

  2. It is not a silly question, and I have no clue. I think it caps at a level and a half. Not sure, though.

    Perhaps some brilliant person somewhere has done a bit of sorcery with how long it takes to gain rested and how long it would take you to get to full rested and what full rested is.

    Unfortunately, I don't know how to find such sorcery.


  3. Oh, and as for my plan to level alts when they're rest-capped, that's going to be me guessing and generally just playing them after they've had a few days off.

  4. I think the cap is two; I think it also takes a couple of days to get at least a half of a level or 1 of rested. It's a very good idea though, the numbers are really helpful. Thank you. :D I'm making my boyfriend google it so I'll let you know

  5. Okay, so we looked it up, and it IS 1 1/2 lvls. The cap, that is. According to blizz, it takes 10 days to get fully rested. It was shortened from 12 1/2 days to get fully rested. This post was from 2009, however, so it may have changed again. It was 12 1/2 days in 2007.

  6. Huh. Thanks! That's fantastic information. :)

  7. That's great to know -- thank you!

  8. I do the alt-rotation thing too so that I can build up some rested bonus on them before playing and it definitely makes a difference to how fast they level. I have a module for my FuBar that tells me how much rested XP I have accumulated which makes it easy to know when I need to rest them.


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