Today, I did an experiment to see how fast I can grind the first two foes of Farmer Hamnet’s Vanguard Quest. I was told that it is the fastest way to get to level 20.

I did 38% of Level 10 in 21 minutes. Let’s estimate how long it would take, if you don’t pee, eat, sleep or do anything except grind: (numbers are rounded for convenience of calculation)

7400 XP * 38% = 2812 XP

2812 XP / 21 minutes = 134 XP/minute

7400 / 134 XP = 55 minutes for Level 10

Okay, so at level 10, we have 64 XP per foe, which means (rounding up again) 116 kills to reach level 11.

For convenience, we’ll round again, saying that it takes roughly 1 minute ( 134 / 64 = 2.09 ).

At level 11, you are at 48 XP per foe, so if we do the same 1 minute per run, 8000 XP is accumulated in 83 minutes.

Here is my handy-dandy table:

Level       Experience       Per Run           Time     % of Total
10             7400 XP        128 XP         55 min      3.5%
11             8000 XP         96 XP         83 min      5.2%
12             8600 XP         64 XP        135 min      8.5%
13             9200 XP         32 XP        288 min     18.1%
14             9800 XP         96 XP        102 min      6.4%
15            10400 XP         64 XP        163 min     10.2%
16            11000 XP         32 XP        344 min     21.7%
17            11600 XP        128 XP         91 min      5.7%
18            12200 XP         96 XP        127 min      8.0%
19            12800 XP         64 XP        200 min     12.6%
TOTAL TIME                                 1588 min     99.9%
                                           26.47 hr

Once again, this is WITHOUT ANY BREAKS AT ALL – roughly 26 1/2 hours for Level 10 to 20.

The most useful numbers to consider here are the % of total time investment, per level.

As you have probably heard, and as I show in the above table, Level 16 is the longest grind, taking up just over 20% of the total time (one fifth!) required to reach Level 20. Please keep in mind that this does not include the first ten levels.

If you made it to Level 16 without accepting any quests, you save yourself 20% of the total time investment. Considering our “optimal” rate above taking 344 minutes, or 5.7 hours, you are saving AT LEAST THAT in raw farming time.

Good luck!