Updated Fri, Jan 02, 2009 by Savanja
Assassin Guide Index
Aside from the wonderful advice here, you may also find hunting and leveling advice in our Tier Leveling Guides. We can tell you where to go for every level range!
Levels 1 - 10
As an assassin you will be starting out in either The Darklight Woods, Timorous Deep, or the Outpost of the Overlord. I suggest spending your time here getting to know your class and taking advantage of the many quests that will equip you properly before heading out into the mean world of Norrath!
Levels 10 - 19
The Commonlands is the hunting ground of choice. Solo and Group mobs are abundant. Do yourself a favor and explore the zone. Taking a ride on the Griffins is a good way to clear the fog from the map. Work through as many quests as you can for fast experience... the game really opens up as a assassin at level 20 (through your first great defensive pet comes at level 24).
Fallen Gate is a great place to go with a group you trust. The lower levels of the sewers are aggro heavy and dangerous, again, unless you're with a trustworthy late-teens group.
I would personally skip Nektulos Forest until you're grouped and in your later teens. Thunderous Steppes, however, is good for soloers and groups. If you want to get there, make a harrowing run through Nektulos Forest to the beach in the southeast (get a guide if you can, this zone is twisty). The bell on the docks there will take you to the Thundering Steppes. Groups can hunt anywhere from the zone in to the far reaches of the zone. The mobs are plentiful and many are not aggressive. The Undead and Scarecrows near the Antonica zoneline frequently drop chests with excellent loot.
Groups in Cazic-Thule and Permafrost are the best way to go until the mid-40s, when you should try your hand in the expansion zone Sinking Sands.
There's plenty to do in the Desert of Flames. Grab a group and check it out! There are several instanced zones a good group can clear, and some favorite hunting spots in DoF are Clefts of Rujark, and The Silent City. There is plenty of solo mobs scattered through out Sinking Sands and Pillar of Flames, harpies being one of my faves for the loot and faction they give.
There is still some high end content in DoF that can be utilized, such as Poets Palace. But at this level range you definitely want to head over to the latest EQ2 expansion, Kingdom of Sky. Lower end zones in the Tenebrous Tangle give some excellent solo'ing opportunities, and groups will fare well with the the Sanctum of the Scaleborn. As you progress, you'll want to head over to Bonemire. There are so many interesting quests in KoS, the content in this expansion will keep you busy for a little while.