Granadeer eng is extremely powerful specially with the Quickness elixir.
Ranger was faster than my elementalist or guardian
I solo'd AC, CM and the one with the people trapped in flowers.
I think Ranger was the easiest to level, along with Warrior for me. They weren't really "fun" so much though. I found thief and mesmer (have 2) to be more interactive in fights and more enjoyable. I got an engineer to 30 before deleting her and making a necro, but the necro is also in that level 30ish "do I want to go further" area.
Elementalist was fine in group/event stuff, but damn was it too squishy for me in early levels. When things go bad on my mesmer I may have to revert to "run away while illusions do your work", but elementalist just always felt like running away.
In a general sense, necromancer doesn't have the minion-master vibe I wanted, mesmer illusions are fun but single target is irritating. my Thieves Guild is probably the closest to what I wanted from the necro.
I actually really love my mesmer, but it is torturous to start. I'd say it doesn't really turn around until level 40, it is definitely a class that is heavily reliant on late trait abilities to be truly effective.
My suggestion (and what I did) is to do all of your dailies on your new alt. The EXP they get is quite significant and worth doing the other objectives past getting 5/5 for the day.
I only used air + double dagger from level 2 to 80 on my Elementalist. Switching attunements usually seemed like a waste of time compared to the mobility and kiting of air/water. Occasionally I used earth for snares/bleeds or reflect. Scepter or some thing like that.
Mostly double dagger air though.
I feel like the Elementalist learning curve is overblown. It's just stance swapping like every other MMO I been playing for years now.
I actually prefer staff. I enjoy the versatility that it gives and I kill stuff just fine with single or multiple targets.
I do enjoy ride the lightning with daggers though, well at least until they made it a longer cooldown.
I've always been really bad with stance dancing. I tend to opt for classes/builds that don't require much (if any) of that. So, elementalist had a definite learning curve for me at least in terms of breaking out of my usual comfort zone.
Then my reticule would be like half away across the screen and I am getting mobbed by risen chickens. -_-
Curiously, I didn't mind staff so much on my Mesmer. It was just far less effective than double sword & sword/pistol. Mesmer was rather faceroll. I would say that is also a fast leveling class were it not for the lack of AOE and brutal CDs. Though it was agreeably tanky.
All professions are equally fast, it all depends on your luck with events really, but if you know where to go for the event all professions are equally fast.
And all professions are strong and can solo anything up to veterans easily.
I've yet to max out a guy in this game, but Warrior is pretty easy if only due to being straightforward. Pick up a greatsword and longbow or rifle, and wreck some stuff.
Engineer is kind of a late bloomer of a class, but that just means its power curve/leveling capabilities expand significantly as it levels. Ranger is obviously super easy, especially if you get a bear pet. Elementalist, in my experience, isn't too hard. You do want to swap attunements from time to time, but for the most part it's staying in one attunement and blasting away. Necro/Mesmer/Thief are the only classes I haven't really played a lot of. They're cool but I think Necro/Thief are kind of like Engy and just get way stronger as you get higher level due to more traits and stuff.
All that said, Engineer is definitely the guy I want to hit level 80 on if/when I go back to the game sometime. So much fun and so much variety. Only a couple other class builds can offer that kind of versatility/sustain and damage.
I now have a Mesmer , Ranger , Warrior and Elementalist and level 80 and i have to say that Warrior kicks bottom at leveling speed. It just melts groups of mobs. I run in and hit one while throwing my sword at another and charge one more. Elite or normal it matters not. 100 blades ftw. I know it is an easy class to play but there is simple joy to be found in 100 bladeing as a Norn...
I am trying a Necro just now and they look like they will be a painful few dozen levels.
I'm a Forsaken. I kill firstborns while their mamas watch. I turn cities into salt. I even, when I feel like it, rip the souls from little girls, and from now till kingdom come, the only thing you can count on in your existence is never understanding why.
Rangers are pretty damn easy and quick.
Last edited by Achaman; 2013-06-24 at 02:49 PM.