Ocean of Tears - Post Mercenary Leveling Guide
Ocean of Tears was one of the largest zones in the original release of Everquest. The zone is separated into many different islands - each covering a different level range and usually housing different monsters than the last. This guide is only going to cover two islands of Ocean of Tears, the Cyclops aka Seafuries isle as well as the Elite Goblin Isle.
The Seafury isle, also known as Cyclops isle is a great place for those whom are 35+. The Cyclops don't hit very hard at all and have pretty low health since they're an original Everquest enemy. That means they're extremely toned down from what we're used to now!
The Cyclops drop a ton of gems and other vendor trash and then you have Gornit; a hill giant that also patrols the island which drops raw plat just like any other hill giant. The cyclops on this island can take you all the way to level 46 before they really start to slow down.
The only enemy you really have to watch out for on the Cyclops island is Quag Maelstrom, a named Cyclops which drains the mana of any target it's attacking. He'll OOM you within a minute which makes him a total nightmare for any caster.
Once you reach 46 you can either keep fighting the Cyclops or move on to the Elite Goblin Island which is to the southwest. The Elite Goblin isle is a location that I have a really hard time recommending since the loot here BLOWS. I mean like seriously blows - the goblins drop copper and rusty weapons... They're in their 50s!!! Why?!?!
Goblin poverty aside the EXP you can get here isn't half bad which is the only reason I can find to recommend this location at all. Since the goblins are mobs from Classic EQ you can imagine that they don't hit that hard and don't have very much HP. That's the biggest upside to hunting at this isle.
- There are two ways for players to reach Ocean of Tears. Both require you to speak with a Translocator NPC in either Butcherblock Mountains or East Freeport.
- If you're having trouble managing your Inventory Space I highly recommend you invest in some Extraplanar Trade Satchels which are 32 Slot Tradeskill Bags. Alternatively you could also buy Unexpanded Tailored Backpacks as well. Though, the Backpacks will likely be more expensive. Follow the links provided to learn more about each item.
- If you need more plat while leveling I strongly recommend you check out my How to make more plat while leveling by Bartering Guide. It'll give you a list of all the different items you should be keeping an eye out for to Barter/Sell!