I'm level 50 something atm. Just made it to Altus Plateau. Yeah it's not really obvious always what to do but follow the general guidance. Also explore at your will since that's now possible. I'm hunting for smithing stones a lot, finding the tunnels for them so I can upgrade my weapons quick. Dual wielding katanas and main is +14 and secondary is +7, both blood infused. Btw also note that some weapons that have status effects like bleed also have the status effect scale with an attribute. Bleeding weapons that have arcane scaling also scale bleeding with arcane. This is the first time that passive effects scale too and to me that's a great change. In prior games they we're fixed to whatever you had in a weapon which prolly largely contributed to status effects not being that useful. In ER they matter and I love it.