I'm just curious how much easier leveling got at higher levels (140+) and how much harder lower levels (<99).
At lower levels, it feels like it's been halved. That's not a bad thing though, as before you would literally cycle through maps in minutes determined by your level. Before on Ymir (using a 99 merc) with a newly rebirthed character you could go from level 1 to 4x in half an hour (normal Ymir VIP xp, no manuals etc). Now using the same thing, I got to level 25 on my high mage in 30 minutes. However, the trade of for this is now mercs kills count towards kill counts (at last!) so once you hit level 30 or so, and start overlook (which has good xp anyway) things will speed up again. Overall, this has been a good change that came with the balance patch.