The Steamfont Mountains are a very dangerous place, probably the most dangerous area on Faydwer that you might find yourself travelling on your own especially in hunting EverQuest Platinum. It is a relatively large zone with several distinct areas, and only one newbie type of area some distance from the gnome city, Ak’Anon. Most of the areas of these mountains are filled with creatures deadly to someone of less than 6th level.
Steamfont Mountains are, as I’ve stated, about as dangerous as Crushbone itself. Most of the creatures are of very high level and are very aggressive, especially in the area around the Minotaur caves. The area around the entrance to Lesser Faydark is good for hunting if you are at least 6th level in a group, 8th-10th as a solo. There are skeletons that are aggressive and sometimes carry shields.
Zones for Medium Sized Pets to Collect EverQuest Platinum
This is also the only zone on Faydwer to obtain medium sized pelts for patchwork, but the pumas are very dangerous, roughly even with a 7th level warrior or higher. The plague rats that wander this area have a very noxious disease that is difficult to get rid of without spells. The drakes here are also quite dangerous.
There are many benefits to adventuring in this area. The first, and I’m not sure many people know about this, is that there is a newbie area tucked away on the opposite side of the hill from the minotaur valley, carefully secluded in the back with its own merchants. I wandered through there a couple of times when I knew the servers were busy, and there was nobody hunting there. The belief that all gnomes should stay inside Ak’Anon may not be all true, with such prime, uncontested, hunting here. The other bonus to the zone is that there are many places for selling goods without actually having to go into a different zone to do so.
Benefits and EverQuest Platinum rewards
The other obvious benefit, which you’ll find out after spending any time in other zones, is that the Minotaurs have axes. The Minotaur axes are, as far as I know, the second best non-magical 1H-Slashing weapon in the game, and a mainstay of every warrior on this island and the others. They have a Delay of 37 with a damage of 8. Prices for them skyrocket as you get further away, from about 4 platinum in Kelethin up to 10 or higher on the mainland or in Qeynos.