Leveling a new character to level 80 can be a tedious grind if you focus too much on map completion and dragging yourself solely through PvP for the Tomes of Knowledge. This guide makes use of multiple aspects of the game to make sure you are progressing as efficiently as possible. Using this guide will not only allow you to hit 80 swiftly but also make certain you are adequately equipped in exotic gear when you are there as well.
These levels will be your slowest due to the lack of burst experience you get from completing dungeons and from the lack of ability to quickly and efficiently handle your enemies. To get through this quickly you will find that map completion and your personal story are the best ways to get large bursts of experience through PvE.
For this you will need to get to Lion’s Arch so you can travel to the Black Citadel, Divinity’s Reach and The Grove. As soon as you are finished with your introduction events hit the World vs. World tab at the top of your screen and choose to go into the Edge of the Mists. Once there you simply need to head to the nearest Asura Gate and it will take you to Lion’s Arch. Once there simply head to the Gate Hub Plaza waypoint so you can travel to the Black Citadel, Divinity’s Reach and The Grove.
Once you arrive at these cities head immediately out the main entrances so you can begin working on map completion of Queensdale, Plains of Ashford and Caledon Forest. Throughout your exploration of these zones make certain you are participating in dynamic events and harvesting every possible node so you can get fast experience. Finishing these zones will allow you fast travel back to the Caudecus’ Manor, Ascalonian Catacombs and Twilight Arbor while also getting you to about level 15.
From here you begin to do your personal story. You should just now be taking advantage of the large bursts of experience that completing your living story should grant you. Also being that you are a higher level than the missions you shouldn’t have problems overcoming the challenges. Your personal story will guide you to new maps, as well, so continue to gather every possible node and participate in dynamic events in between story missions. This will get you to about level 25 before you catch up with your personal story.
Here you have a choice until level 35:
Go to Edge of the Mists and run around with commander led zergs so you can complete events quickly for massive amounts of experience. This method can also be the most frustrating as you can be completely denied of experience if the enemy teams are constantly harassing you. This method is the fastest only if your event farm is uninterrupted.
Participate in PvP so you can get Tomes of Knowledge. These tomes grant you a level instantly on use and can be gotten pretty quickly in hot join or solo queue matches. This is recommended for a player who is familiar with the mechanics and meta-game of Guild Wars 2.
If you have a surplus of resources you can begin crafting and use that experience to progress through the ten levels needed. This can be done with any crafting profession for quick progress. Simply continue to discover new recipes and progress through crafting levels for fast experience. If you are a new player it is highly recommended you being with cooking and jewelry crafting for the most use.
Finally you can continue to do map completion of the areas that your personal story has sent you through. Make certain you continue to gather resources and do dynamic events to get the most out of map completion. This will be the slowest method but will give you a large amount of resources and money for your character.
Level 35 is when you really get the opportunity to blaze through your levels swiftly by doing dungeons. If you have experienced people running those dungeons with you it will be even faster. Roughly you will get about one level per explorable dungeon path so it can be the fastest way to level if done right. You will, of course, want to begin at Ascalonian Catacombs in Plains of Ashford to start churning through these levels.
Between dungeon runs you will also want to start gathering your traits. It is highly recommended that you get these traits by doing the task each trait requires you to do. This way you save money and get more experience to help you level. Get every trait for each line to make certain your character is complete and you are getting the most experience you can get.
At level 45 you can start doing the explorable paths in Caudecus’s Manor to go along with your explorable paths to Ascalonian Catacombs. This will give you roughly six explorable paths to go through each day for the most experience and reward possible. This will quickly give you access to Twilight Arbor at level 55 which gives you another two explorable paths each day.
Once you hit level 60 you will need to begin to unlock your Master tier traits. Once again go through each tree and get every trait so you can get the most experience for the effort. You don’t want to spend your gold on traits and it will give you more exploration experience.
At this level you will also want to start heading your way to Dredgehaunt Cliffs, south of Hoelbrak, and Fireheart Rise to the north of the Black Citadel. In these places you will find two more dungeons: Sorrow’s Embrace and Citadel of Flame. Complete the maps to these areas before continuing your dungeon rotations.
Once you get your 65th level you can start working on the dungeon paths to Sorrow’s Embrace. This will give you a total of eleven dungeon paths to choose from. You can start being picky about which dungeons you want to do here but remember that more dungeon paths mean more levels.
It won’t be long til you hit your 75th level after you start working on Sorrow’s Embrace on top of the other dungeons. When you do you can start running in Citadel of Flame which offers some of the fastest dungeon paths in the game. With this, and your other dungeons you have done to this point, you won’t have issue getting those last five levels to hit 80.
Up until level 45 getting any food is a worthwhile investment and you can buy anything you need off the trading post. You’re mostly looking for the bonus experience and you won’t really be making much use out of +10% bonus experience until then. At level 45 you will want to buy an abundance of Candy Corn Almond Brittle for the bonus +15% experience to help you squeeze out every drop of experience out of kills. On top of this you will also want to keep some utility buff, like cheap tuning crystals, for another ten experience per kill.
On top of this you can make use of Experience and Kill-Streak Boosters to give yourself a further edge. Use these in the levels 1 to 35 so you can get to the dungeons quickly. You can also make use of Crafting Boosters during this time if you are grinding out those last few levels with crafting.
With all dungeons you ran you should have a large amount of dungeon tokens at your disposal. Use these tokens as the dungeon vendors in Lion’s Arch to purchase yourself a full set of exotic gear for your freshly leveled 80.
You can take a break from the dungeons by doing WvW, Crafting and PvP like we described for the levels 1-35. Keep in mind the notes listed in that section for these activities.
Pursue as many achievements as possible during this time. Each achievement, like doing your daily achievements, gives a substantial experience reward. Doing achievements for the dungeons you run can cut down the amount of paths you have to do.
We recommend that every ten levels you buy new gear off the trading post so you are constantly able to meet the challenges of the zones you explore or the dungeons you do.
You can also continue to do your personal story to give yourself boosts of experience inbetween dungeons.