Leveling in North Downs hasn't been "smoothed" yet (it's planned) and looking for fellows to complete the large number of group quests can bog your leveling down. Still, some leveling in North Downs is highly recommended, as completing 45 quests in North Downs awards one rank of Empathy and two ranks of Loyalty, both strong survivability virtues. Which quests should you do and which should you skip?
Content Pack: VIP or North Down Quest Pack
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Drop any group quests you can't readily find a fellowship for, unless you really want one of the rewards. Instead, alternate content with The Lone-lands (22-32) until you complete your 45 quests.
- Skip the quests from Trestlebridge and Amon Raith that start around level 22. These levels are better in Lone-lands and you won't need these quests to complete the 45 quests deed.
- Make your way to Esteldin around level 25. Be sure to get the stable points for Amon Raith and Esteldin. Quest in the Kingsfell area (quests come from Esteldin, Gatson's Farm and Meluinen).
- Around level 28, Othrikar is a good alternative when Lone-lands gets slow.
- After you finish Lone-lands around level 32, there are still quests from Esteldin and Rusfold for Dol Dinen and the areas east of Esteldin.
Free and Premium TacticsFree and Premium players will likely want to purchase only one of these two zones. If you do all the quests and deeds in the zone, Lone-lands will take you to about level 34, while North Downs will take you to 38 or so. Either way you'll need a bridge zone, like Evendim or Trollshaws to get you to the level 40+ content or you can skirmish through the gap. Certainly complete the epic quests and easy ranks of reputation in either case.
Quest Hubs and Points of Interest
This map shows the quests hubs for North Downs in progression (from A to J) and some points of interest (1 to 13).
Quest Hubs in North Downs
|A||18.0S, 53.6W||21-24||Trestlebridge||x||x||x||x||Crafting facilities|
|B||12.6S, 52.8W||21-26||Amon Raith||x|
|C||13.1S, 55.3W||22-28||Mincham's Camp||x|
|D||10.3S, 45.5W||25-27||Gatson's Farm|
|E||9.6S, 47.6W||29||Ost Lagoros|
|F||9.6S, 41.5W||25-35||Esteldin||x||x||x||x||Bard, class trainers, crafting facilities, vault, Rangers of Esteldin faction reps, repeatable level 55+ IXP quests|
|G||13.7S, 44.9W||26-29, 32+||Meluinen||x||x||Lore-master trainer|
|J||8.0S, 56.0W||32-33+||Free People's Camp||x||Quests for Fornost instance|
Points of Interest in North Downs
|1||Skirmish Camp||9.4S, 43.0W||Near Esteldin|
|2||Stone Marker||9.3S, 46.3W||Starts  Heritage of Gilmar quest|
|3||Camp Site||12.5S, 38.5W||Near Dol Dinen|
|4||Camp Site||6.1S, 55.3W||Near Fornost|
|5||Reflecting Pool||17.8S, 54.2W||In Trestlebridge|
|6||Reflecting Pool||9.4S, 41.2W||In Esteldin|
|7||Amon Raith||12.6S, 52.8W||For The Western Ruins deed|
|8||Minas Vrun||11.4S, 51.2W||For The Western Ruins deed|
|9||Ost Nuaran||8.0S, 53.2W||For The Western Ruins deed|
|10||Falconer's Tower||8.7S, 53.4W||For The Western Ruins deed|
|11||Norbury Gates||8.8S, 55.2W||For The Western Ruins deed|
|12||Glirost||9.7S, 59.3W||For The Western Ruins deed|
|13||Tham Lorn||11.2S, 59.2W||For The Western Ruins deed|
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