TERA’s recent patches have raised the level cap from 65 to 70. Additionally, many new features have been added. The linear progression system has been pushed to the side to be replaced by Exodor gear, usable at level 68. This guide is designed to aid any returning players with picking up the game again. This will cover all major gameplay proceses or features that may be confusing for new or returning players. I will cover the recommended steps to reach endgame content as quickly as possible, so the game is enjoyable for you.

This guide is currently being updated for the Exodor patch.

Leveling from 1 to 65

Levels 1 to 65 is the introduction to TERA. It is often regarded as dry and repetitive for players who have already reached endgame on a character, but this period can be overwhelming and confusing for new or returning players. This section of the game is supposed to introduce you to many of the game mechanics so you are ready for endgame, but unfortunately TERA does not always explain the mechanics well, or some are not relevant before level 65.

Levels 1 to 65 can take various amounts of time depending on how you approach it. Some people are into the lore and take the time to complete side quests and read everything. Obviously, this may be time consuming, however if you are interested in reaching level 65 as fast as possible, please check out our leveling guide. It will show you the fastest way to progress through the levels. Endgame can not begin until level 65 at the minimum.

The main game mechanics you should learn within this time period is how parties work, how to use instance matching, how to use glyphs, determining what to sell and what to keep, which gear is better, and the basics of using your skills. This is a lot of things that new players, or even returning players, are tasked with and can be extremely overwhelming. Understanding these mechanics are a necessity if you would like to begin endgame. Since TERA may not explain these mechanics in depth, some additional information can be found below.

Partying Up and Instance Matching

Parties are used in just about every MMO and are not hard to understand. The purpose of parties is to group together with other players to complete a common goal. This can be reaching a certain level, killing monsters together, or doing a dungeon. Being in a party will share experience and loot, as well as party buffs. There are multiple ways to find a party in TERA. The most common for players under level 65 is instance matching. To use this, find the magnifiying glass icon on your screen and click instance matching. You can then match for any dungeon you’re eligible to complete. Other methods involve using the Looking For Group (LFG) system and manually finding a group with your friends or guildies. Using LFG is easy, just click the hotkey you have set to LFG and create a message or apply to an existing party.

Skills and Glyphs

Glyphs are very important to any class and can be started at a low level. You are not going to have very good glyphs right away, but at a low level anything to increase DPS is useful. Information on which glyphs to equip can be found in more class specific guides. To use glyphs, hit the hotkey your skills tab is bound to (Default: K) and you will see circular icons next to your skills. Those are equippable glyphs. Some may be locked at first and each has a number associated with it. You can only have a certain amount of points invested in glyphs, which comes from adding up the numbers of every glyph you have chosen. If a glyph is available, simply click it and it will be equipped.

Gearing and Selling

Like in most games, you always want to obtain the best gear possible, but TERA does not make it so black and white as to which gear is the best. At lower levels it is more obvious – you just want the piece with a better attack or defense modifier – but as you get closer to endgame, stats on the gear and crystal slots will affect what is best. I will cover more post 65 gearing options later, but for beginners just focus on the modifiers and not always which piece is the highest level. On a different note, it can also be extremely confusing what is worth keeping and what is better to sell as a starter. Simply put, most things you obtain before level 65 are completely useless and can just be trashed because the 10 silver you can sell it for isn’t even worth it. Once you reach 65, everything from pre-65 becomes completely obsolete and has no use for 99% of things. Because of this, don’t hassle over keeping and selling things when you start out, just get rid of old gear and you should be fine.

Leveling from 65 to 70

Reaching level 70, the level cap, is going to be your exposure to endgame mechanics. Upon reaching level 65, you may be bombarded with new quests. My suggestion is follow the purple quest line, this storyline will take you on your journey to awakening and Exodor, both of which will be discussed below. Try not to get too overwhelmed with all of the new concepts they are throwing at you and like I said, just continue with the purple quest line. The first purple quest is exposing you to Twistshard gear, the first step in the linear gear progression system. You will follow this system until level 68 or until you can obtain blue or gold exodor gear. The linear progression system is explained underneath this.

Learning your Class

Once you reach level 65, there is less of an excuse to be extremely bad at your class. Learning a class will take patience and effort, but it will eventually pay off. To learn more about your class, I recommend checking out the class discords or one of Essential Mana’s updated class guides. These resources can point you in the right direction regarding many things that will lead to you becoming a better player.

Leveling Up

Getting to level 70 takes a much longer time than reaching level 65. There are multiple ways to level up, however. You can do dungeons which will slowly gain you experience or you can farm for caimans in Sienna Canyon. To do this, you can usually find a party on LFG looking for people to hunt caimans. Basically, you repetitively kill the basilisks south of Elenea in hopes that a Caiman Wanderer will spawn. If one does, it may be a fake or real. If it is real, it will spawn a portal upon killing it. If it is fake, there will be no portal. The portal leads to a mini dungeon named Azart Hatchery which grants a lot of experience.

Linear Progression Gearing

With the addition of Exodor in patch 86, the linear progression system has been pushed to the side a bit. Despite this, it is still the system that players who are just reaching 65 must use and later stages can still be seen on some players today. A link to a page describing the linear progression system can be found here. The system now starts at Twistshard and Guardian gear has been removed. Basically though, this system is what is sounds like: linear. You enchant one type of gear and move onto the next. An example is enchanting twistshard to +9 and then upgrading it to Frostmetal. This system repeats itself until Heroic Oath. If you are a new player though, you will probably not reach Heroic Oath yourself. Once you reach level 68, I would recommend switching to your class appropriate blue Azart gear as soon as possible. Pieces off of the trade broker are very cheap and way better than the linear progression pieces.


Awakening can be done once you have reached item level 439 and have completed up to the Velika Banquet in the purple quests. The purple quest gives you anything you could need to get to item level 439 (basically just base Frostmetal) so by the time you reach the Banquet quest you should already have reached the required item level. Awakening is absolutely necessary to play all classes. You get new skills, buffs, or possibly upgrades to old skills that are not really able to be played without. Rotations are based off of these awakening skills, so try to do this as soon as possible. I am not going to go into detail on the awakening quest, it is just a long string of quests in that purple storyline. As long as you continue to follow it, you will end up awakened. I do recommend continuing to follow this questline even after you have awakened because some items are given to you afterwards, such as an item that will increase your maximum glyph points by 5. Also, following these quests are necessary to go to Exodor at level 68, so I’d recommend keeping up.


Accessories are the one gear piece that hasn’t changed since Exodor’s release. They are still following a linear progression. You start out with Bellum accessories soon after receiving your twistshard set in the purple storyline. After this, the set can be upgraded several times until reaching the current BiS, Radiant. Accessories can give you a huge boost to dps, so I suggest trying to upgrade them whenever you have all of the materials. These are also essential in making sure you are at your class’s necessary crit cap and not too far above it. All classes have a crit cap, and most want to reach only the cap and then switch for power. Again, reach your appropriate class’s discord or this guide to find out your classes crit cap. You can use a mix of carving and pumped accessories to reach the cap.


Exodor is the newest territory expansion in TERA. It is a floating island consisting of many even smaller islands. There are four large islands with many small islands off of them. For more information on Exodor, click here. It is important to know that with the release of Exodor, new gear was released. This includes Duranium, Azart, and Annihilation/Dark Light. More information on these gear pieces can be found here. Duranium gear is generally not recommended as it is kind of a waste of materials to enchant, but I definitely suggest Azart gear as soon as possible at level 68. It is inexpensive and you should be able to afford all 4 pieces fairly easily, even as a new player. Annihilation/Dark Light is a different story though and can not be worn until level 69. It is the current best in slot gear and you will probably not be able to obtain this gear until you have successfully learned your class and do daily late endgame dungeons, which will take time.

Major Changes

Now that you have been exposed to the bare bones of TERA, I will discuss some new systems that may have been added since some people have last played (Especially pre-Fate of Arun players). We have many new systems to enchance our dps and gameplay in TERA currently that are new. First, we have Relics and Halidoms. These are a type of accessory, a link for information on them is here. We also have skill advancements and skill option infusions (talyphs). A guide for skill advancements can be found here and a guide for talyphs can be found here. We also have gear stat infusions, a link for information can be found here. The EP talent system and cards are also new. I can relate them most to glyphs, but both are very different. A guide for EP is here and one for cards is here.


This original guide was written by Zephya and was updated by Floss. It has now been updated and rewritten to patch v87 by Sam.


  1. So, if I am one of those returning players, is the flat attack bonus and +2 power on Misery really worth replacing my Imperator (VM7) weapon/gloves for?
    It just doesn’t seem enough to make up for the +9% damage bonus and the 4th line on weapon. I tried looking at the spreadsheet but I still don’t see it. @_@

  2. I followed the guide and enchanted the slaughter set but my item level is 409 and not meets the required 410. What did i miss?

  3. Hey im a returned player – i have a starfall gear +12 weapons and rest of the gear….base stats are better then slaughter but worse then guile – so i assume i should aim for the guile? I got the parts rdy still collecting stuff for enchanting it tho

    • If you had +15 starfall from before, it would have been equivalent to guile but Guile is definitely better than +12 Starfall. I would advise getting the full +12 Guile set if you plan on actively playing for the next month . However I do not recommend progressing any further this patch. I would spend the rest of the patch farming IoD and building gold/feedstock/alkahest supply for next patch.

      • So if i understand corretcly – if im not super hyper active NOW you suggest me to stick with my +12 starfall untill next patch ? Im rly copnfused and not up to date now…any quick hint whats gonna happen next patch?

      • Sorry for replying again – you say to keep farming now etc whats that “farming IoD” googled it nowhting showed up so i dont know if i miss something 😀

        • Sorry I meant island of dawn. When you press H, your vanguard window will open. Look for green vanguard quests that say to kill 10 bams. There are low, mid and high tier bams. I would suggest doing the mid-tier bam quest and if you manage to get enough ilvl, the high-rise bam quest as well. Completing the bam quest will reward you tokens (among other things). I would suggest using the tokens to buy caprin horns and selling them.

          Now, the reason why I suggested stopping after Guile was because in about 1-2 weeks, there will be a new patch releasing a new class. I would suggest trying that class to see if you like it. It will be a very strong class. And we predict about 1-1.5 months after that patch, we can expect another patch with all new gear.

  4. For the part where it says ” Island of Dawn story quests: Completing the story quests “Ominous News” and “Desolate Garden” (this quest chain starts with Seir in Highwatch)”

    I had some old avatars where i logged in in february this month 2017 and there were the island of dawn quests in my quests, thats good. But i just leveled up a 65 character this month and i did not receive any of the story/optional quest of Island of Dawn. Did they actually remove the quests? Did i miss a step? Or are all new leveled 65 characters not getting the quest anymore?

  5. Is it worth Re-Rolling Low-Tier Jewelry and Brooch?

  6. I had a question about how I should tackle getting back into this game. I have not played since at October 2015, so about a year and change. When I stopped playing, I had an awakened +15 lucid weapon with chest. In all, my ilvl was 403. What would be the best method of attack? Should I try to somehow get straight into Guile or do I start from the bottom? I doubt Idoneal is going to do much for me, even if it has been bumped since I stopped playing. My goal is to start farming enough materials to support a Lunar Dancer when that launches. But, I will always play this poor, forgotten Slayer. ;_;

    Any tips are much appreciated! <3

  7. Hi, just a little comment on the Guile equipment. I don’t know where you go the screenshots with the stats like that, but as of now they’re incorrect. All the armour pieces are shown to give 8 power (even the belt) in the guide, while they only give 7 in-game, making Imperator gear more powerful (since those do give the 8 power shown here). Just an FYI.

    Also a question, is it worth making the gloves and boots for Imperator +15?

    • When I made the page, I assumed that the Power/Endurance of the gear increased by 1 like it has in the previous patches. I’ve fixed it since.

      Making any Armor +15 for DPS is a Luxury in my opinion. It depends on the resources you have.

  8. Also is Slaughter easier to plus now? or still just as hard as it was back when it just came out?
    Im a priest and both Pve and Pvp and not sure of what gear is good from going from +12 dread pants and gloves and +15 starfall weapon and torso?

    • Slaughter is easier to enchant and masterwork as it is now the low-tier gear of the patch.

      If you have Starfall +15, you can just skip Guile. The Dreadnaught pieces should be upgraded to Slaughter (if you don’t have much gold) and eventually Guile or better.

  9. Is starfall even a good gear anymore? I stopped playing around June this year

  10. hi , i have been out from tera for a long time , probably 2 years , so now i am back
    i have devastator set the weapon is +11 everything else is +9
    so can i jump to slaughter or dread ?
    or i have to go up a bit by bit like this guide said ?

  11. Hi , I have been out of tera for a long time
    I guess two years
    Now I am back
    I have devastator set +11 axe and +9 rest of the set
    Can It help in lvl 65 dungeons ? Or I have to progress through the sets as in your post ?

  12. When you say “It may be predicted that each Imperator piece may cost 1 million gold or more. Goodluck!” you mean a piece of equipment +15 w/ right stats rolls?

    • Yes, awakened enchanting is a very expensive process. Each try of T10 on a weapon costs over 20k gold and you should expect over 50 tries. Many people have had over 100 tries without even +15 to show.

  13. Let it be known, there is a quest on the IoD when you first go there now that gives you a full set of Dreadnaught with accessories , belt and a brooch

  14. where is the “Vanguard Reputation Merchant” mentioned in this post? I can’t find them.

  15. Is there an information about which stat items to wear for each class? I have brawler and gunner but not sure which one should wear which stats.

  16. Is this updated for the brawler patch?

  17. Ah yeah…thanks much clearer now. Thank you!

  18. So I have a question. I have full Idoneal, I have all my glyphs and my Item Level is now 346. But with the new patch the ilvl required to enter Kalivan’s Challenge and Channelworks is 355??? How am I supposed to get the next level of gear if I can’t get into the dungeon to get it?

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