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What is the max level in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

Push it to the max.

Your character, Pawn, and the Pawns you hire in Dragon’s Dogma 2 all have a level, and while it can get pretty high, there’s a limit to how experienced they can be.

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There are a handful of tropes you can count on seeing in most RPGs that make them feel more at home in the genre and even a little cozy if you’re like me. These include a class system, some sort of epic story that sees you go from zero to hero, and levels. In fact, levels and experience are the most basic elements of any RPG because they’re what help you feel like you’re progressing through the game. It’s always good to know what the max level is, though, so you don’t screw up any customization options before you hit it.

What is the max level in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

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The max level in Dragon’s Dogma 2 is level 999. This was initially leaked thanks to a build of the game from Gamescom Asia that showed a few high-level Pawns players could recruit.

I don’t know how much it would cost to hire a Pawn at that level, but I’m certain no one in the world has enough cash until they’ve completed every possible side quest and made it up to the point just before you finish the story.

Levels boost your stats but a set amount, while gear will alter specific attributes such as magick defense. You’ll need to upgrade gear alongside your character to create the perfect build, but leveling that character up is actually relatively easy.

How the heck do you reach level 999 in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

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The only way to hit level 999 in Dragon’s Dogma 2 is by grinding out levels. That doesn’t have to be a chore, though. You can tackle side quests, seek out massive monsters to kill, and just explore the world until you can’t take any more. The game’s map is vast and densely packed enough that you can’t go more than 60 seconds without finding something to do, and that activity usually has a reward linked to something else.

If you stick to the main quest and push through to the end, you probably won’t even get close to this level. If you want to make the most of your time with the game and see level 999 at some point, take the road less traveled every time.

How to level up faster in Dragon’s Dogma 2

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You can level up faster in Dragon’s Dogma 2 by slowing down, completing every side activity, killing every monster you see, and exploring. This is how I tend to play every game, but I realize it’s not what everyone does.

In this game, specifically, it really helps maximize levels in each area and get you on par with the strength of the toughest enemies. Side quests in Dragon’s Dogma 2 are everywhere, but you must seek them out yourself. For example, in Melve, one of the earliest towns, there are about five side quests to complete, but you can completely miss them if you’re too eager to get on with the main quest. NPCs will offer their quests pretty freely, but speaking to all of them helps you find the hidden ones, too.

Exploring is a big part of leveling because you’ll find items useful for your character and Pawns. However, you’ll also find monsters to kill. There are hundreds of enemies both in the world in general and along the routes for main quests. Kill all of them, and you’ll earn so much XP that you won’t know what level you are.

It’s far too easy to get caught up in each stage of a quest, but pausing to kill the enemies you see will see you hit level 999 very quickly and with what feels like no effort at all.

How to get your Pawn to level up faster in Dragon’s Dogma 2

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Just like your Arisen character in Dragon’s Dogma 2, your Pawn can level up, too. However, you don’t need to be playing to get them to level up. Your Pawn can and will be hired by other players from the Rift and used in their game. Each time they’re used, your Pawn gains experience, even if they end up dying a horrible, gory death.

So, to make them level up faster, you want to incentivize other players to use your Pawn. The best way to do this is to give your Pawn a Pawn Quest. This can be something as simple as “travel with this Pawn for a night and a day.” Pawn Quests reward players with useful items or Gold for using their Pawns. I don’t know about you, but I only use Pawns that have Pawn Quests because I like to earn free things from playing games. That’s why it’ll help your PAwn level up faster if you always ensure there’s a Pawn Quest on it for other players to complete.


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