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When farming something that requires this many kills, it's impossible to not level up a lot in the process, it's why I always tell people to level while farming, or at least don't level to max before farming, it would just have wasted your time in the end, unless one's only goal is to get max level. I gained 10+ levels on my level 59 account while farming for BLoD (it was around 45 at the time I started). Granted, I did use the BattleunderB method, which does end up giving a lot more exp than the Soul Searching method. Even then, the pure amount of turn ins of Dusts/Essences is bound to give a lot of exp on it's own.
wait for BH Drone since its quest barely gives exp
"Barely gives exp", *gives 2k exp per turn in*. It also requires killing of ~10 makais per turn in + a couple lower level enemies. I guess the argument here is that it would save you killing loads of Gemeralds/Draconians (the latter being the least XP giving option) and Fenrirs for Blood Gems, possibly Thousands of Makais for Totems, even with the Makai requirement on BH Drone. You could get an good amount of both by doing the Assisting Crag and Bamboozle without leveling too much though. Since you can get Diamonds, Tainted Gems and Dark Crystal Shards from doing Supplies with Crag, neither of those will end up with less XP from the use of BH Drone anyways, I think. Just a gut feeling.
If you really wanted to level as little as possible, you should do these things while farming:
1. Use Bamboozle vs Drudgen + Supplies as much as possible, since it only gives 100 exp + however much you get for kills. It should supply you with a decent amount of Diamonds, DCS and TGs while keeping the XP gain low. You should still farm each one with their respective quest if needed though. It's not worth THAT much time loss to keep your level low.
2. When farming Blood Gems, with Kiss the Void, kill Draconians instead of Gemeralds and ONLY kill the Fenrirs in Evilwarnul. There's 2 of them right as you go through the portal and 2 more of them on the screen to the right.
3. Never use any exp boosting items, that one should be obvious.
4. What You Stop mentioned about ShadowBlast Emblem farming.
I'm not sure if farming Cubes on Sneeviltron would yield less amount of exp than simply farming Grizzlespit and the Box Guardian. Cubes are random drops and in random amounts, so it's kind of hard to tell. Normal Sneevils seem to have a way higher Cube drop rate than the tougher enemies, but they can only drop 1 at a time.
I think it's impossible if you farm nowadays to get VHL before you are well into the 60s, possibly 70+, unless you started stacking resources from the very beginning, which would be a very inefficient way of doing it. Let's say you could knock out most of the Void Crystals and prepare 2 Roentgenium turn ins before reaching level 50. In that case, you can probably get it by the time you are in the high 50s-low 60s. The problem with doing this is that you hinder yourself by starting off at such a low level, your farming speed will be quite slow to start off with. Getting to lvl 50 before starting to look too much into farming VHL seems like a generally good idea to me. It is "end game" content after all, which means it should be done post 13 Lords of Chaos at the very least, and beating the 1-player maps in the Chaos Finale will mean you are already well into lvl 40 or so anyways, or just using Oracle to get through at lvl 30-ish.
< Message edited by Metakirby -- 7/17/2018 11:50:37 >