@Baron: Congrats! Nice win. Did you see +19 is the new best mark? I posted it yesterday.
@OD: Its not how long does it take, its how many battles does it take.
To gain a level you must gain XP = Y*Y*Y where Y = your current level so:
1*1*1 = 1 XP so 1 battle
2*2*2 = 8 XP so 4 battles
3*3*3 = 27 XP so 9 battles
So number of battles to the next level under the following conditions is your level squared.
Assuming you are battling players that are the same level as you each battle since you gain XP by winning a battle and the amount is determined by the level of the opponent so a level 5 opponent gives 5 XP, a level 8 opponent give 8 and so on. If you win every battle and only battle player the exact same level as you, to get to level 12 you would need to do 506 battles. Thats well below the 1700+ battles I've won. Thats because there used to be a level cap so you could only earn sparkle gems(game currency) and no XP for battling while at the cap. To reach level 13 you need to battle a level 12 opponent 144 times and win. The number of wins to level gets increasingly higher and thus more difficult to reach. Its not a matter of time, its just a matter of how many battles. You can choose to do 500 battles in one day or 5, everyone can go their own speed. You can battle for XP endlessly, there is no daily limit currently. You can only earn sparkle gems(game currency) when using battle gems. FTP players are given 50 when they sign up and 5 a day. Upgrades earn you an additional 100 battle gems per day. Mind you, these are only so that you can earn game currency, XP for leveling purposes is free and unlimited, but if you can't buy good pets and cool stuff its not much fun now is it?
Also, as an aside I don't typically work for free. When I run out of battle gems I might be getting XP but I'm not making any money battling. I think it would be wise to just do my 105 battles a day for pay and leave the free battles for after I CAP. No hurry to reach the CAP a few days early but earn less money doing it. Besides, the longer you hold out with your money, the more stuff hits the shops. ;-)
That means 1964 to get to level 20 divided by 105 per day means just under 19 days to CAP but if you average 130 sparkle gems per battle you CAP with 245,7000 sparkle gems to spend. You could earn them in 19 days anyway if you play past the CAP but......
< Message edited by Sparticus -- 9/18/2011 8:43:22 >