Let's start by looking at the representation of experience and fatigue in game. If you look at the image, that's a typical experience bar, showing all four colors you can potentially see there. Let's look at them one at a time.
- A) The bright purple area to the left represents experienced earned. It's what determines when you level up. Increasing this is good!
- B) The bright blue section of the experience bar represents fatigue gained. If you look in the mouse-over bubble you can see this numerically as 1298. When you rest, any fatigue gained becomes experience earned.
- C) The dimmer blue bar represents available fatigue. This is the pool of fatigue you can convert to fatigue gained before you run out. In the mouse-over bubble you can see this as the number 25200.
- D) The dark area to the far right is the no fatigue zone. This is a bad place for efficient leveling.
OK so how does this work? There are two parts to the process. If you kill a monster or complete a quest you receive an experience award. This is added to your experience earned. If you have available fatigue you also earn a like amount of fatigue gained. Let's say you kill a monster worth 30 experience. That will earn you:
- 30 points of experience earned.
- 30 points of fatigue gained assuming you have available fatigue.
Let me say that again: Leveling without available fatigue can dead end your quests, forcing you to grind mobs for kill experience points.
OK second part of the process: Find a goblin innkeeper and talk to him. Hit the Rest icon. Voila! Your fatigue gained has been converted to experience earned! Easy huh? Bear in mind that Rest costs you some coin, so don't go resting every 10 minutes.
Every night at 9 PM PST fatigue is reset (at the time this article was written). What does that mean? It means your available fatigue bar refills! Yay, time to quest again! Three important points here:
- That's Pacific STANDARD Time. The servers do not observe Daylight Savings Time, so figure out the fatigue refresh for your own time zone with that in mind.
- You get back about one level's worth of fatigue when reset occurs, but if you have fatigue gained (bright blue in your experience bar) that counts against the fatigue you gain! It always pays you to Rest at a goblin innkeeper before fatigue reset occurs.
- If you don't play for a day or two don't fret, you earn additional available fatigue each day you don't play. This helps out those of us that don't play every day.
Good hunting and happy fatigued questing!