I’ve reached level 66 on my Cleric in Tree of Savior and the last twenty levels or so have been a blur for a couple of reasons. First of all, once I reached level 46, the next 5 levels happened rapidly. All it took was about fifteen level 3 XP cards because 46 was the magic number where the leveling curve resets and suddenly all I needed to gain a level was an XP amount similar to earlier on in the leveling process. Imagine reaching level 46 in World of Warcraft and suddenly needing the same amount of XP to reach level 47 as you did for level 10 only you’re gaining the same amount as always from level 46 mobs.
I then gained another 8 levels or more from running the first dungeon, Underground Chapel, a couple of times. When you queue for a dungeon with random players you get something like a 600% XP buff and when that’s added to the amount of XP you earn per kill and the fact that levels are still coming quickly, a couple of runs is all it will take to get you to level 60. After that I managed the last few levels from more questing, XP cards, and two more dungeon runs which still net a hefty amount of XP, even when your character level is much higher than the required level 50 for entry.
It sounds like a speedy leveling process and it certainly can be, but overall as a Cleric leveling is quite slow compared to other classes. When I’ve played an Archer or Swordsman my damage has been high enough that I can one or two shot a cluster of mobs, just as I’m traveling along from quest point to quest point which nets a kind of passive XP gain as you travel. Those same mobs might take 7 or 8 hits from my Cleric, so more often than not I just pass them by if they aren’t part of a quest.
Another thing that makes it worse for my character in particular is that I’m leveling to be a Monk and therefore improving my strength attribute rather than intelligence. However until I actually spec into the Monk class, very few Cleric abilities do physical damage other than the basic attack, meaning all my spells are weaker than they would be for a Cleric focusing on magic damage skills. It also means I’m using the basic attack quite often. That’s changed a little after I selected my third Class, the Dievdirby, which has a powerful physical damage attack with three charges that has been a huge time saver.
While it may be slow going when playing solo, I’m still set on my current goal of leveling a Cleric to be a dps Monk with lots of support buffs for other classes. This is where my character has started to shine— in dungeons. I have three skills right now that are really beneficial for groups. The first is a Cleric (circle 2) skill, that increases the skill level of everyone’s abilities. That means if you’ve only placed 5 skill points in an ability, when I use my buff you will then have 6. The duration and cool down are such that I can keep this buff active the entire time.
The other two abilities come from my most recent class, the Dievdirby. This is a class unique to Tree of Savior so far as I know, but with abilities similar to the totems that Shaman provide in World of Warcraft. The Dievdirby carves statues out of wood which you must purchase or gather in order to use the ability. There are several types of wood available and each ability has it’s own required type. The ones that are most helpful in dungeons, especially during a boss fight, are the statue of Zemyna and the statue of Laima. The first decreases the cost of SP (mana) and it’s recovery time while the second decreases the cool down on all skills.
Right now my own damage isn’t that great but these buffs are pretty significant for the entire group during a dungeon run. Once I’m able to spec into the Monk class my damage will really start to increase and I’ll have a really good combination of utility and damage output. That’s going to take awhile as I’ll have to rank up two more times first which means I will be well into the one hundreds before that happens. Hopefully I’ve got the resolve to stick with the Cleric for that many levels and so long as I keep enjoying my time playing, I’m sure I will.