1. I would recommend doing your class quests. After finishing them, you'll have 100 skill points in every stat. As for leveling, there are random periods on servers 9 and 10 (the designated beginner servers) where every battle will contain a Metal Slime, and sometimes Liquid Metal Slimes (One time I even saw a Metal Slime Stack during the period, but I think they're even rarer). They always begin on the hour and last for 30 minutes, and there are notifications from a yellow dracky 10 minutes before it begins, when it begins, and when it ends.
2. No. Equipment obtained from class quests ar