As expected, SOE has made a whole new set of hot zones for nearly all levels. There are some old favorites, and a couple of new ones in the list. Hot zones give a substantial bonus to combat experience, and usually have some unique drops as well to encourage people to come to the zone.
20 — Lake of Ill Omen — great zone full of solo and group content
25 — Feerrott — The area outside the Temple of Cazic-Thule is particularly good
30 — Frontier Mountains — even without the hot zone experience, the Mountain Giant Fort is great xp. With it, even better.
35 — Tower of Frozen Shadow — an old favorite.
40 — Lower Guk — a great place for a group that doesn’t mind pulls of five to ten frogs at a time.
45 — Wakening Lands — the thick trees make this less than ideal, but the armor camps have easy pulls and decent loot.
50 — Old Sebilis — one of EQ’s most popular and largest dungeons.
55 — Blackfeather Roost — Not my favorite zone, and having to do quests to go to each island makes this hard to navigate.
60 — Plane of Storms — spent DAYS here working on Bastion of Thunder keys, a fun zone with many different things to see and monsters to kill.
65 — Sunderock Springs — wonderful quest zone.
70 — Riftseeker’s Sanctum — great place to bring a group, find a good spot and just pull to the pleasing sound of dings.