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With timeless gear and Flex modes readily available the leveling process is quickened by a significant margin. Then again, all depends on how much effort you actually put on the game itself.
Timeless Isle for a while until you're decked out in mostly 535's then you're good for flex. Maybe I've been stupidly lucky but my Warrior's picked up 5 or 6 Burdens on top of the guaranteed one, does a good job bumping up that ilvl (providing the stats you get aren't terrible).
Never once did we consider his "gear score" or "iLvl" stuff. Gear is easy. Performance is hard. I would place a large wager on one of our DPS in 496 gear easily out-performing a fully decked out LFR player (whatever iLvl that is).
On Timeless Island, it all depends on your luck with Burdens. I'd say 1 - 7 days to get an average of 499-505 ilvl.
There is no such thing as "ability bloat" just l2fp.
10x longer than any single patch from BC-5.2
Timeless island gear is dogshit. Enjoy doing 1/3 the dps of anyone in normal mode gear, if you're lucky.
Then add in the mandatory Meta/cloak that adds about 20% dps and requires 3 months.
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My shaman hit 90 a week ago...
I ran part of a single ToT LFR and 1 wing of SoO LFR... Currently at 521 (Still have a 450 weapon). Timeless isle for the win!
OP, if you have 496 already, just farm rares on the isle for Burdens (get the free one in the blazing chest) and use them to plug gaps and get your ilvl up. Your priority is getting into LFR and running them like a madman to scavenge whatever ilvl you can. There are also 535 trinkets on the Isle vendors if you have a lot of coins going spare.
As for the cloak, run the old LFRs as well as the new ones and do the rep grind, it's a lot of work but it's worth it. Also make sure you're hitting up the world bosses, Oondasta and Nalak if your server still kills them and definitely the Celestials. Save your valor points to upgrade decent items since LFR gear will get you into flex runs so that should be your first goal then move from there to normal runs.
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maybe a few hours if you have bad luck with drops.
"Geared" is pretty subjective, but to me you also need the meta gem and cloak. And it will take a month or two to get those.
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Starting from scratch, it's about 3 months to get cloak (1-2 weeks of sigils, 3 weeks VP grind, 3-4 weeks secrets, 4-6 weeks runestones). The legendary cloak is pretty much a requirement for heroic progression.
Ilvl isn't just about dps/hps, it's also about stamina levels. There's like 100k hp between 550 ilvl and 496.
And don't underestimate the effect of ilvl on dps. A well itemized 550 ilvl char does nearly 3 times the dps of a shittily itemized ilvl 500 one.
I had two toons that I got to 530 in 2 weeks, one of them was actually 530 in one week. Just do timeless isle, get some burdens, then get into a flex raid (preferably with guildies, so you don't get booted for low item level).
asuming decent gear would be 530 ilvl i say +/- 1 week, timeless 496 >tot lfr > soo lfr > soo flex then pug a normal tot and get 522 valor trinket and you're good to go for soo normal.
I managed 516 within 3 days of leveling to 90. However, I got lucky with the weekly boss in the center of the Timeless Isle.
Buy the 1150 valor point and the 875 justice point trinkets for pve.
Soon as your pulling 100k single target join some scrub guild that will gear you - after that worlds your oyster stick with em or find a new
People seem to be be getting off topic here. The question was how to get relatively geared so he can start normals at some point. He doesn't NEED a cloak for LFR/Flex, which is what he will be doing to prepare for normals. Also, at this point I don't see him doing heroic progression anytime soon so that NEED for a cloak for that is also something he could slowly be doing as he does lfr's etc.
A capable player will be able to perform just fine with timeless gear until they can snag some good stuff from lfr. He's in my guild now, I'll take him through some flex runs and lfr to get his mojo going. That should be enough to get to the "geared" level he was looking for this late in the xpac.
I went from 480 to 515 in a week. That was about a month ago, now 537 ilevel.