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As for an actual Reverse Crypt run (4 player DC run is the fastest XP in the game, currently), here is the best way of doing it:

  1. Every play make their own game to look for the crypt.
  2. If a player finds the crypt, the other 3 players join that game.
  3. The designated crypt runner runs through the crypt, triggering all the Wretched ******s to spit out extra zombies. They should take care to not kill anything.
  4. The other 3 players, in the mean time, goes to Festering woods to prepare elites.
  5. Once the runner reaches decaying crypt level 2, he teleports out.
  6. All 4 players proceeds to gain 3 stacks in FW (if FW does not provide at least 3 stacks, which is rare but possible, then gain the 3rd stack in cemetary or leoric's courtyard).
  7. The runner then uses his original TP back to the crypt level 2.
  8. The crypt level 2 provides both a resplendent chest and an event, which takes you up to the full 5 NV stacks.
  9. Finally, all 4 players goes backwards through the Crypt and clears out the entire zone.



This full run should take ~5 minutes with a good party on MP10, and can provide up to 300m xp per hour, which is the best in the game.

Also, this map on diablowiki on festering woods should help you reach 3 NV stacks as fast as possible:

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Finally, for the solo xper, this is my favorite XP path in act 1:

  1. Go to Festering Woods to gain NV stacks.
  2. TP to cemetary of the forsaken and take the northwest exit to Fields of Misery.
  3. Clear FoM using an optimal path until you either find the crypt or complete the area.
  4. Clear crypt if it exists.
  5. (optional) clear halls of agony level 2 (this area has pretty good xp/hour, higher than weeping hallow)
  6. Start new run.