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Quest minimum level

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Overview[edit]

Update 18 silently added hard lower limits for character level to be able to enter a quest of a given level.

For Heroic quests (quests with base quest level 1 to 20) the minimum character level that can enter is determined by the quest's base level (difficulty selected does not matter), as shown on the table below. For example, The Pit has a base quest level of 7, so the minimum character level that can enter the quest is 4; by the table, characters of level 4 or higher can enter this quest on any difficulty setting.

For Epic quests (quests with base quest level of 21+) the minimum character level is 20.

  • Before Update 23, there was a restriction in place (a maximum of four level difference between character level and difficulty-modified quest level).
  • Some chain bestowers (for example Wheloon / Stormhorns chain) still refuse to talk to low-level characters and presumably follow the old level requirements.
  • The level 28 quest Brothers of the Forge cannot be acquired by early epic characters. Possibly a bug.

The same restrictions apply to Wilderness Adventure Areas. It does not apply to Challenges which instead have specific minimum levels for each challenge (the lowest selectable level for the challenge is also the minimum level which characters can enter it, and characters of that level or higher can enter at any selectable level).

Some notable problem quests:

  • The Twilight Forge (base level 11) raid can be started by characters of level 8 but you must be level 9 to continue into The Titan Awakes (base level 12) when you get to the end.
  • Ruins of Gianthold (level 13) wilderness area should allow characters of level 9 but you must be level 10 to enter, so the level 13 quests in the area cannot be entered until level 10 (even though the quests can be acquired at level 9).

Entire Party Rule[edit]

For Heroic quests, all members of the party must meet or exceed the quest minimum level for anyone in the party to be able to enter (or re-enter) the quest. For Epic quests, all members of the party must be at least level 20 for anyone in the party to be able to enter the quest.

If the minimum level requirement is not met, upon attempting to enter a quest, one or more party members will receive the message "(Error): Each member of your party must meet the requirements for this quest", and be prevented from entering the quest until the minimum level requirements are met.

For example: if someone enters the quest and then summons a lower-level hireling (below the quest minimum level), no one else in the party will be able to enter the quest until that hireling is dismissed. After all the party members that need to enter the quest are inside, you may summon the hireling again (or invite other low-level players to the party to chat etc. even-though they cannot enter the quest).

Bug[edit]

There's a bug where some party member(s) can be blocked entry to a quest, given the same error message as above. The members who cannot enter must log out and then back in, or the group needs to disband (completely!) and reform to continue. This has been reported to occur when...

  • a character takes a level while questing in a party (and their previous level was below the minimum requirements of a new quest).
  • a character hits Level 20 and later begins Epic quests (without logging out/back in)
  • an Iconic character is created and begins questing (without logging out/back in) (DDO Forums, DDO Forums)

Note that the character receiving the message may not be the one causing it, and that character may have entered the quest without a problem. (DDO Forums)

It seems that the game remembers the levels of party members when they log in or join the group, and then uses that number to check for level requirements. For example:

  • A group containing a level 1 character starts doing Harbor quests (base level 2 quests, minimum character level 1). The level 1 quickly takes their second level. However, when the group tries to do part 3 of Waterworks chain (base level 4 quest, minimum character level 2), some party members cannot enter. (DDO Forums)
  • A group of level 18 characters quest together, then they take level 20 and want to step into epic Devil Assault. They open the group for new members. Some party members cannot enter, even though all characters are level 20 or higher.
  • A group is formed while a character is taking their level after an epic reincarnation. After taking level 20, some party members can be prevented from entering epic content.

However, it has also been (rarely) reported to occur spontaneously, unrelated to leveling.needs verification

See also:

Character Minimum Level By Quest Level[edit]

Quest Level Character Min Level Difference Notes
1 1 0 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
2 1 -1 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
3 1 -2 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
4 2 -2 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
5 3 -2 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
6 4 -2 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
7 4 -3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
8 5 -3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
9 6 -3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
10 7 -3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
11 8 -3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
12 9 -3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
13 10 -3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
14 10 -4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
15 11 -4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
16 12 -4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
17 13 -4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
18 14 -4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
19 15 -4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
20 16 -4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
21 20 -1 Epic: quests of this effective level
22 20 -2 Epic: quests of this effective level
23 20 -3 Epic: quests of this effective level
24 20 -4 Epic: quests of this effective level
25 20 -5 Epic: quests of this effective level
26 20 -6 Epic: quests of this effective level
27 20 -7 Epic: quests of this effective level
28 20 -8 Epic: quests of this effective level
29 20 -9 Epic: quests of this effective level
30 20 -10 Epic: quests of this effective level

Quest Maximum Level By Character Level[edit]

Character Level Max Quest Level Difference Notes
1 3 +2 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
2 4 +2 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
3 5 +2 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
4 7 +3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
5 8 +3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
6 9 +3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
7 10 +3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
8 11 +3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
9 12 +3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
10 14 +4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
11 15 +4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
12 16 +4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
13 17 +4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
14 18 +4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
15 19 +4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
16 20 +4 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
17 20 +3 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
18 20 +2 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
19 20 +1 Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level
20 any - Heroic: any difficulty for quests of this base level. Epic: quests of this effective level.
21-30 any - Epic: quests of this effective level