Level is a numerical indicator of how powerful a player character or non-player character (NPC) is. All roleplaying characters begin at level 1 and, through the acquisition of experience points, can gradually gain levels up to a maximum level of 20. When characters reach that point, they can still accumulate experience points through normal means but will no longer "level up" with the completion of each level cycle as they once did. Instead, those characters will gain one skill point for every level cycle they complete, which are used to learn new skills from skill trainers. PvP-only characters are level 20 by default. NPCs may have any level between (and including) 0 and 42; however, they cannot achieve higher levels than 20 by gaining experience much like player characters. A player character's health is primarily dependent on his/her experience level. Level 1 characters begin with 100 health and will gain 20 health for each experience level gained, up to a maximum of 480 health. This may be further modified through runes, armor and other items.
When a character levels-up (or a player gains a skill point through experience), there's a graphical golden light indication and a sound indication.
Effects of level
For most NPCs their base health, hard mode bonus health, armor, damage multiplier, and experience needed to next level (in cases where the NPC is lower than level 20) are also directly linked to their current level. Exceptions to this are spirits, bosses, and boss-like foes.
|Level||Base health|| NPC Hard mode
| NPC base
|Total XP2|| Additional
| Character cumulative |
- 1 Two exceptions to this are martial weapons, which also incorporate a weapon-specific multiplier, and armor-ignoring effects, which always use a multiplier of 1. This multiplier applies for a level 20 target.
- 2 For each new level, you would need an additional (2,000 + 600[X - 1]) experience points, where X is your current level.
- 3 At any given level, a character will have between (2,000[X - 1] + 300[X - 1][X - 2]) and (2,000X + 300X[X - 1] - 1) experience points.
- 4 In Pre-Searing, most level 1 foes have a lower 80 health instead. Exception to this are River Skale with 70 and Bandit Firestarters with 100
- 5 An experience level cap of 20 is imposed on any entity. NPCs, however, may have a set level as they spawn that is higher than this.
- 6 Total Attribute points by level 20 without attribute point quests.
- 7 Each further cycle consists of 15,000 experience points.
- 8 There are no NPCs in the game with an odd level higher than 33.
- The highest level NPCs in the game are/were: