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Leveling Guide & Requirements

Leveling Guide & Requirements

Leveling is the most important aspect of the game.

You might also want to check out our Resonating Crystal Guide, which is quite relevant to leveling.

Level Calculator


We’ve made a Level Calculator that can show how many resources and time is required for each hero level.

Leveling Planner Spreadsheets


Want to plan how many resources you need to level up heroes? Check out these spreadsheets made by players:

AFK Arena Calculator by WrathOfTheElvhen / Freyja (You’ll need to copy this one use it).

Leveling Planner Spreadsheet by Vladimir

Level Cap


The absolute level cap for ascended tier heroes is currently 385 This can only be obtained by leveling 5 heroes to 240 and then directly leveling up the Resonating Crystal.

Every hero you own that has been evolved to the maximum tier of ascended will add 5 more levels to the cap beyond 240. Stars make no difference.

As there’s currently 29 ascended tier heroes, the cap right now is 240 + 5×29 = 385. Quick math.


Ascended heroes have a basic level cap of 240, and then up to 385 with the Resonating Crystal.

Legendary+ heroes have a level cap of 160. They cannot ever go beyond this.

Common heroes have a level cap of 100. You’ll never need to level these heroes.

How to Level Your Heroes


Most of the hero EXP you’ll gain throughout your time playing will come from AFK Rewards. This has a cap of 12 hours, so you’ll need to login and collect it every 12 hours to maximize its potential.

You can also acquire hero EXP from Hourglasses. These special consumable items will instantly grant you a certain amount of hours worth of AFK Rewards.

Gaining Player EXP


This can be obtained from AFK Rewards and completing certain campaign chapters. There is currently no benefit to having a higher player level, it’s just for show.

Hero’s Essence


Hero’s Essence is used for levels that have skill unlocks. These levels will either unlock a new skill, or improve an existing one.

The current skill levels are: 11, 21, 41, 61, 81, 101, 121, 141, 161, 181, 201, 221.

You’ll need a total of 118,100 Hero’s Essence to level one hero to 240.

Hero’s Essence is also used for leveling past 240 via the resonating crystal.

Level Requirements


These are the level requirements for a single hero in AFK Arena. This includes: Gold, EXP and Hero’s Essence.

Note: They are not 100% correct for gold & EXP due to the fact that the exact numbers shown in-game are rounded off, but the difference should be negligible.

Example: 391,000 might actually be 391,373, but it will be shown as 391k in-game.

NOTE: This table is outdated, check out the Level Calculator for more accurate results.

LevelGoldExperienceHero's Essence
1000
223890
3721330
41341700
52222040
63142390
74442730
86003070
97403430
108923800
111116 (4557 Total)417 (2555 Total)10 (10 Total)
1213004560
1315774970
1417935390
1521265830
1623776290
1726386760
1830567260
1933537780
2038378310
214172 (30,786 Total)888 (9158 Total)40 (50 Total)
2243049460
23463510080
24476910710
25490111380
26525112080
27538612800
28575013560
29588814360
30602515180
31640716050
32654716950
33668617890
34708718870
35722919890
36737120960
37779022080
38793523250
39836824460
40851625730
418665 (160,296 Total)2706 (43,438 Total)100 (150 Total)
42911628450
42926929810
44942131240
45989132720
4610,04834260
4710,20435870
4810,69537540
4910,85639280
5011,01841090
5111,52942980
5212,33947420
5313,53951910
5414,35656580
5515,16461430
5616,43266470
5717,24171690
5818,03977100
5919,36282690
6020,15588480
6120,934 (429,904 Total)9447 (148,586 Total)250 (400 Total)
6222,30110,0000
6323,07011,0000
6424,46711,0000
6525,22212,0000
6625,87513,0000
6727,00013,0000
6828,00014,0000
6928,00015,0000
7030,00015,0000
7130,00016,0000
7231,00017,0000
7333,00018,0000
7433,00018,0000
7535,00019,0000
7635,00020,0000
7736,00021,0000
7837,00021,0000
7938,00022,0000
8038,00023,0000
8140,000 (1,049,839 Total)24,000 (481,586 Total)500 (860 Total)
8240,00025,0000
8342,00026,0000
8442,00026,0000
8543,00027,0000
8644,00028,0000
8744,00029,0000
8845,00030,0000
8946,00030,0000
9046,00031,0000
9148,00032,0000
9248,00033,0000
9348,00034,0000
9449,00035,0000
9549,00035,0000
9649,00036,0000
9750,00037,0000
9850,00037,0000
9951,00038,0000
10050,00038,0000
10150,000 (1,983,839 Total)39,000 (1,127,586 Total)1200 (2100 Total)
10253,00041,0000
10355,00044,0000
10458,00046,0000
10561,00049,0000
10663,00053,0000
10767,00056,0000
10870,00060,0000
10975,00064,0000
11079,00069,0000
11183,00074,0000
11287,00079,0000
11391,00084,0000
11496,00090,0000
115101,00097,0000
116106,000103,0000
117112,000111,0000
118120,000118,0000
119126,000127,0000
120132,000135,0000
121139,000 (3,757,839‬ Total)144,000 (2,771,586 Total)3000 (5100 Total)
122145,000154,0000
123152,000164,0000
124159,000174,0000
125166,000185,0000
126173,000196,0000
127184,000207,0000
128191,000219,0000
129198,000231,0000
130206,000244,0000
131213,000256,0000
132220,000269,0000
133227,000283,0000
134234,000296,0000
135241,000310,0000
136252,000323,0000
137259,000337,0000
138265,000352,0000
139272,000366,0000
140278,000380,0000
141284,000 (8,076,839 Total)395,000 (8,112,586 Total)6000 (11,100 Total)
142289,000409,0000
143295,000423,0000
144300,000437,0000
145311,000451,0000
146316,000465,0000
147320,000479,0000
148325,000493,0000
149329,000507,0000
150333,000521,0000
151337,000535,0000
152341,000549,0000
153345,000563,0000
154348,000577,0000
155352,000592,0000
156361,810606,0000
157365,017620,0000
158368,000635,0000
159371,094650,0000
160373,980664,0000
161376,773 (14,834,513 Total)679,000 (18,967,586 Total)12,000 (23,100 Total)
162379,481694,0000
163382,111709,0000
164384,667723,0000
165387,158738,0000
166396,304752,0000
167398,718767,0000
168401,709782,0000
169403,394797,0000
170405,665813,0000
171407,897828,0000
172410,094844,0000
173412,258860,0000
174414,394876,0000
175416,504892,0000
176418,590909,0000
177427,785926,0000
178429,867943,0000
179431,933960,0000
180433,984978,0000
181436,022 (23,013,048 Total)995,000 (35,753,586 Total)25,000 (48,100 Total)
182438,0001,014,0000
183440,0001,031,0000
184442,0001,048,0000
185444,0001,066,0000
186446,0001,084,0000
187448,0001,102,0000
188457,0001,121,0000
189459,0001,140,0000
190461,0001,159,0000
191463,0001,178,0000
192465,0001,198,0000
193467,0001,218,0000
194469,0001,239,0000
195471,0001,259,0000
196473,0001,280,0000
197475,0001,302,0000
198477,0001,323,0000
199479,0001,345,0000
200489,0001,368,0000
201491,000 (32,253,839 Total)1,391,000 (59,619,586 Total)30,000 (78,100 Total)
202493,0001,414,0000
203496,0001,436,0000
204498,0001,458,0000
205500,0001,481,0000
206502,0001,504,0000
207504,0001,528,0000
208506,0001,551,0000
209508,0001,575,0000
210510,0001,600,0000
211513,0001,625,0000
212523,0001,650,0000
213525,0001,676,0000
214527,0001,702,0000
215530,0001,728,0000
216532,0001,755,0000
217534,0001,783,0000
218536,0001,810,0000
219539,0001,839,0000
220541,0001,867,0000
221543,000 (42,613,839 Total)1,896,000 (96,289,586 Total)40,000 (118,100 Total)
222545,0001,926,0000
223548,0001,956,0000
224550,0001,986,0000
225561,0002,017,0000
226563,0002,048,0000
227566,0002,080,0000
228568,0002,112,0000
229570,0002,145,0000
230573,0002,179,0000
231575,0002,212,0000
232578,0002,247,0000
233580,0002,282,0000
234582,0002,317,0000
235585,0002,353,0000
236587,0002,390,0000
237590,0002,427,0000
238601,0002,465,0000
239604,0002,503,0000
240606,000 (54,165,048)2,542,000 (134,684,586)0

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Kurzerk

Hello,

Sorry if this is posted elsewhere, but I was wondering what the Ascension requirements were? Do you need any of the same hero after hitting Legendary+ or is it all type based?

commentator
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So after lvling my tasi and lucius to mythic plus at 180, I ran into an unexpected surprise of finding out they’re stuck there until all pentagram heroes are above 160.
Thought I’d just post this here, so other people would know, maybe u guys can put that somewhere in tips

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Commentator

So an update: You only need to get to 160, not above it, idk why they write that, that’s very confusing, but you can pass 180 with the other heroes being at 160 leg+ on pentagram, no need to upgrade them to mythic as well

Logan
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Logan

It is better to level up Shemira to 121 (and use 3000 dust) or level up all the other 4 to 101 (already 2 are to 101). Thanks.

qrex
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qrex

There’s a typo on the total gold required to level a hero to 121.

SmellsLikeTeenSprite
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SmellsLikeTeenSprite

I believe there was a hero (don’t remember which) that had a skill evolve at lvl. 91
Of course I can’t remember now, but I’ll send a follow-up if I remember
If it’s relevant, of course

Safari
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Safari

Could you also add a table for AFK Rewards? i.e. the amount that is earned per minute for each player level?

Ineept
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Ineept

You get one hero essence every 4 minutes and 15 seconds roughly. You get on invigorating essence every 12 minutes roughly.
The rest is dependent on your campaign progress.

Bastard of winterfell
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Bastard of winterfell

Could you add pentagram level requirement, i noticed all pentagram hero must be above lvl60 for me to ascend brutus to lvl81

Fishing989
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Fishing989

lv 81 needs other 4 to be lv 60
101 > lv 80
121 > 100
141 > 120
161 > 140
181 > 160

and so on. from what I’ve noticed

MEGAMIND
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MEGAMIND

Aside from the xp requirements per lvl, can you also add a commutative xp requirement column beside it? Like for lvl 141, you’d need 8.111m exp to reach this lvl. That would be a nice addition

Relton
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Relton

Character level does effect how much afk xp you can get via the VIP perk boost you get every 10 levels. IIRC lvl 40 as f2p gets you lvl 2 and lvl70 will get you lvl 3. Spending money will obviously accelerate this and essence will likely gate your advancement but it doesn’t do absolutely nothing.

mwb
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mwb

On level 76, I think you meant to put 20,000 xp, but it says 2,000. Also, could you add that certain thresholds require heroes in the Pentagram (Resonating Crystal) to be all be at least a certain level? I’m assuming that it occurs in more than just 100 > 101, which requires at the 5 heroes to all be lvl 80 or above.

I love the site – it has been super helpful. Thanks for the hard work!

Dren
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Dren

I know you need all 5 to be at least 60 to get 81 as well.

lostero
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lostero

Yep this should be added to table

LaserUnicorn
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LaserUnicorn

Could you include the level cap for each different rarity?

DSX
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DSX

Level Cap is
Mythic+ heroes have a level cap of 240.
Legendary+ heroes have a level cap of 160.
Common heroes have a level cap of 100.

Vantemi
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Vantemi

Nice guide, just a quick question how do we get star to a hero cause now i see ascended hero got star on it. What should we do to get the star? Thanks!