Title Says it all here you will find a super user friendly guide to Cap 25. While while fending off the Destiny grind until hard capping 25 @ 3 million XP. You will be able to keep the juicy XP Quests nearly uncontaminated by repeat penalties.
Venturing Through the Final few lives leading to Capping my 2 Completionists I've had the opportunity to Experiment with many different scenarios to reach Cap 25.
Having the luxury of waiting for the TR timer to expire, Archora (Tr Accomplice) and myself have run many different to cap 25 experiments while waiting for 7 day TR timers to expire.
There are many paths to Rome so anyway to get to 25 works in the end pretty much.
Reaching 25 is a good thing the 1st 3 million Xp is quite easy.... Navigating the waters to the next odd 16 million if your build needs 12-16-18 Fate points can be real tricky or repetitive
I've elaborated a guide that has worked brilliantly for some of us coming off Heroic Cap into 20-25 Epics.
I've called it The Lowbie EPic XP Gauntlet
I suggest running it off a Hard streak for a definite boost to Overall Xp.
Anyone can run it. It is quite simple and does not involve much grinding per quest.... It simply takes you through Stormreach / Eberron Epics Through the Rift to Eveningstar then the Demon Web + Druid's Deep
1- Pre 20-25 epics it is very nice to build up a Hard Bravery Streak
2- TOD flagging on Hard + LOB/MA Flagging on Hard will grant you a going into Hard Streak
3- Complete all in-Game Epic Quests on Epic Hard before running your first raids.... Build up that XP Base
4- Have the least possible amount of repeats in Eberron Epics pre-Motu (not a big deal though) Hard to miss Von 3 and Wiz King
If building up a hard streak it is very important to note that Bravery Bonus still is applied with 2 levels above quest difficulty.
Also Bravery Bonus applies exclusively if you have not previously run the quest that shares Heroic / Epic difficulty.
So if you minimize Heroic / Epic enabled quests you will have nearly an entire run of Epic Quests with Full BB and zero penalties for Repeats for your Destiny XP gains
I present to you the Epic Lowbie Gauntlet
Please note : All relative level gains are represented by 20% XP Pot + Voice / Mantle + 5% xp Shrine... Obviously net XP gains may fluctuate according to your desires.
House Phiarlan Epics (Maleficient Cabal Chain) Level 21 quests on hard best to run for BB Max lvl 23
A Small Problem
House Deneith Epics (Sentinels Chain) Level 21 quests on hard to run for BB Max lvl 23
Bargain Of Blood
The Black Loch
Spies in the House :P (lvl 21 can be run @ 23)
The Tide Turns
Pretty Much by this point you have reached lvl 21...Lvl 21 Feat selection
House Kundarak Epics (Vault Of Night Chain) Level 22-23 quests on hard best to run for BB Max lvl 24-25
Von 1 Tharashk Arena
Von 2 The Prisoner
Von 3 Jungles of Khyber (lvl 21 can be run @ 24 for BB and @ 25 on repeats)
Von 4 Haywire Foundry (lvl 22 can be run @ 24 for BB and @ 25 on repeats)
Red Fens Epics Level 22 quests on hard best to run for BB Max lvl 24
The Claw of Vulkoor
Fathom the Depths (ancient ziggurat)
The Last Stand
Into The Deep
By this Point level 22 should have been reached
Sands of Menechtaraun (Demon Queen Chain) 22-23 questson hard best to run for BB Max lvl 24-25
An Offering of Blood
The Chamber of Raiyum (Wizard King) (lvl 23 on hard can be run @ 25 for BB and @ 25 on normal repeats)
Chains of Flames (lvl 23 on hard can be run @ 25 for BB and @ 25 on normal repeats) Why repeat this one? :P
Against The Demon Queen (DQ 1) (lvl 23 on hard can be run @ 25 for BB and @ 25 on normal repeats)
The lords of Dust (Spinner Of Shadows Chain) Level 22 quests best to run for BB Max lvl 24
The Lords Of Dust
Servants Of the Overlord
Spinner Of Shadow
MOTU Expansion Pack Level 22 quest on hard best to run for BB Max lvl 24
Beyond the Rift
Kings Forest (Villagers Story Arc) Level 22 quests best to run for BB Max lvl 24
The Lost Thread
Battle For Eveningstar
+Dont Drink The Water
By this point Level 23 should have been reached
Sschindylrin (The Underdark Story Arc) Level 23 quests on hard Best to run for BB Max lvl 25
The House Of Death Undone (lvl 23 on hard can be run @ 25 for BB and @ 25 on normal repeats)
The House Of Rusted Blades (lvl 23 on hard can be run @ 25 for BB and @ 25 on normal repeats)
The House Of Broken Chains (lvl 23 on hard can be run @ 25 for BB and @ 25 on normal repeats)
The Portal Opens
+The Belly of the Beast
The Demon Web Story Arc Level 24 quests on hard figure the rest
Trial By Fury
The Deal and The Demon
Reclaiming The Rift
Song Of Druid's Deep Level 23 quests on hard figure the rest
The Thorn and Paw
The Druid's Curse
Running all the Epic Quests on Epic Hard all the from House Phiarlan (lvl 20 Epics) through to Druids's Deep (lvl 23 Epics)
All possible Epic quests are now Locked in with a Hard Bravery Bonus Streak.
You should be in fairly close sight to reaching cap 25 by the end of This EPic Hard Lowbie Gauntlet
The Gauntlet may be repeated on Epic Normal for a quick first Time difficulty bonus lock-in as well... Doing this leads to capping 25 in the process. Running level 20 Normal Epics @ level 22 incur no Xp penalty. Running them @ level 23 incurs a -10% Penalty but you get +25% 1st time bonus.... Not a big deal for quick XP Or you can run Raids to get closer to Epic 25 cap. Be mindful about repeats still they are ever so present.
You can now raid on whatver Epic difficulty you choose or LFM panel may suggest. the Gross of you Epic Xp is achieved[/b]
There has been rumored that there are no penalties for running level 20-25 characters in Epics.... Its not all true.
Above Level quest Penalties still apply. A level 25 Character running with a lvl 20 will not cause a "powerlevel" penalty but the Epic Player level vs quest mechanic penalty will apply.
EX1: Epic Quest The prisoner on Epic Normal @ lvl 21 with a level 25 character will incur a -10% XP penalty.
EX2: Epic Quest The prisoner on Epic Hard @ lvl 22 with a level 25 charcter will incur no XP penalty.
I consider Raids + Challenges to be mostly a "side Gravy XP serving" to top off some nice 1st time bonuses and fend off repetition related boredom. There is always the optimal party tangible variable to consider for Raids + Challenges.
Its indeed very refreshing to spread out more quests while working on fending off repeat penalties until you are capped. Running a Hard Bravery streak also provides a sweet kicker and keeps the xp / min on a very plausible scale too while running covering all of DDO's Epics.
Hope this can help some of you plan things further once coming off cap into Epics and break the monotony of the TR / Destiny grind.