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Leveling
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The Dead Island in the North of The Island, one of the best places to level up carnivores.


Leveling is the process of gaining experience levels for you and your tamed Creatures. Leveling up gives either you or your creature better statistics and unlocks Engrams. Players can level up 134 times, while creatures will level up 73 times. Once you or your creature has reached this limit, you will not be able to level up anymore.

For further tips or advice see: Tips And Tricks#Leveling

Leveling Methods[edit | edit source]

There are actually four methods of leveling: Harvesting, Crafting, Hunting and Tribe Work.

  • Harvest: Typically 'Harvesting' gains very small experience yet that is only subjected to picking by hand. Tools that gives more resources when used give a little more exp.
  • Crafting: is experience that is gained by making items or building structures. The more resources that are needed in an Engram to craft something, the more experience that is gained. Crafting is alternatively the Peaceful method of leveling and can compete with the Hunting method. However, gaining the materials by harvesting can make it very repetitive, whereas hunting sometimes calls for creative strategies.
  • Hunting: is the experience gained by killing. The range of amount of experience received depends on what is slain. Ranging from non-dangerous creatures such as Dodo and Coel to dangerous creatures such as Titanomyrma to a Giga; the higher the level and the more dangerous the dinosaur, the greater the amount of exp received, and it's vice-versa for the less dangerous creatures, where they give lesser amounts.
  • Tribe Work: is the bonus experience gained by nearby tribemates gaining experience from any method.

Peaceful Leveling You may not feel ready or comfortable to take on violent/killing methods for leveling. This is what peaceful leveling is for.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

If you don't feel confident to fight large groups of wild dinos or other creatures, then crafting is effectively a safe way to level up.

Note that this method will only level the player. The only exception is if a tribe-mate crafts things nearby and you are either riding a mount or carrying a small creature, then both you, the tribe-mate and the tamed creatures will benefit from the shared xp-gain.

Early game, you can gather large amounts of Fiber and craft Cloth Armor continuously, to build a couple of levels and whenever the Spear engram is unlocked then do the same.

Mid-game, you will gain levels by crafting the general structures such as floor Foundations needed for a Shelter or Base. Another advice that may help since the Wooden Raft engram calls for large amount of resources, crafting it gives typically more experience compared to basic structures.

Late-game, the crafting method of leveling can become very tedious to players who doesn't prefer to build, so its recommended to move onto the killing or hunting method.

Violent Leveling[edit | edit source]

There are many ways to gain experience and level up. One way to do this is hunting dinosaurs. At first, you may want to stick to easier herbivores, such as Diplodocus or Moschops. If you are willing to take on a Bronto you can gain quite a lot of XP, if you succeed in killing it. Two other dangerous herbivores that have good exp is the Triceratops and Therizino Until you get to that point, stay away from them.

Now, if you tame yourself a powerful dino, consider fighting larger carnivores, such as Rex and Carno. These dinosaurs will give you quite the amount of experience compared to smaller creatures like the Dilo and Raptor. Just make sure you're ready for the challenge, because these will not be easy until mid-late game.

Alphas[edit | edit source]

Alpha Predators should not be underestimated. These beasts will tear you apart in minutes, or even seconds. However, if you are powerful enough to take them down, they grant massive amounts of experience, and if you're lucky, some high quality drops. Especially in endgame, Alpha Predators are the way to go. Do not fight them if you are not ready. You will most likely lose your dinosaur, your life and all of your items. The risk to take is your decision.

Dead Island[edit | edit source]

The Dead Island can be just as dangerous as the Alpha Predators. Carno, Raptor, Pulmonoscorpius, Sabertooth and Argentavis spawn in bulk. The occasional Rex also can be seen fighting large amounts of predators. Rarely, but possible, you will see Alphas here. It is suggested you go level up a little on the main island before traveling over here. Traveling to the Dead Island can be a challenge. You will most likely need a Wooden Raft. Craft one of those, place your dinosaur on the raft, and drive over. You can do this, or, for the medium-small creatures, you can use either an Argentavis or Quetzal to fly them over. Be wary that as you're leveling, your bird doesn't get attacked, so use this plan at your own risk. However, if you use a Raft, be aware that there is a chance that your Raft can be attacked - and highly probable that it will be destroyed - by a Alpha Leedsichthys.

Levels[edit | edit source]

You can level your character up to level 105. By completing the Tek Cave on The Island, you can get an additional 5 levels for each Gamma, Beta and Alpha Overseer boss up to the maximum level 120, and another 5 level for defeating each Gamma, Beta, and Alpha of the Aberration Rockwell boss, up to level 135. Ascending on a higher difficulty also grants the levels of the lower difficulties, if not yet acquired. Each level, you gain a skill point to increase your attributes as well as a certain amount of Engram Points.

Character Levels[edit | edit source]

Level Multiplayer Singleplayer
XP needed XP total EP gained EP total XP needed XP total EP gained EP total
2 5 5 8 8 5 5 8 8
3 15 20 8 16 15 20 8 16
4 20 40 8 24 20 40 8 24
5 30 70 8 32 30 70 8 32
6 50 120 8 40 50 120 8 40
7 70 190 8 48 70 190 8 48
8 80 270 8 56 80 270 8 56
9 90 360 8 64 90 360 8 64
10 90 450 12 76 90 450 14 78
11 100 550 12 88 100 550 14 92
12 110 660 12 100 110 660 14 106
13 120 780 12 112 120 780 14 120
14 130 910 12 124 130 910 14 134
15 140 1050 12 136 140 1050 14 148
16 150 1200 12 148 150 1200 14 162
17 160 1360 12 160 160 1360 14 176
18 170 1530 12 172 170 1530 14 190
19 180 1710 12 184 180 1710 14 204
20 190 1900 16 200 190 1900 18 222
21 200 2100 16 216 200 2100 18 240
22 210 2310 16 232 210 2310 18 258
23 220 2530 16 248 220 2530 18 276
24 230 2760 16 264 230 2760 18 294
25 240 3000 16 280 240 3000 18 312
26 250 3250 16 296 250 3250 18 330
27 260 3510 16 312 260 3510 18 348
28 270 3780 16 328 270 3780 18 366
29 280 4060 16 344 280 4060 18 384
30 290 4350 20 364 290 4350 24 408
31 300 4650 20 384 300 4650 24 432
32 310 4960 20 404 310 4960 24 456
33 320 5280 20 424 320 5280 24 480
34 330 5610 20 444 330 5610 24 504
35 340 5950 20 464 340 5950 24 528
36 350 6300 20 484 350 6300 24 552
37 360 6660 20 504 360 6660 24 576
38 370 7030 20 524 370 7030 24 600
39 380 7410 20 544 380 7410 24 624
40 390 7800 24 568 390 7800 28 652
41 400 8200 24 592 400 8200 28 680
42 410 8610 24 616 410 8610 28 708
43 420 9030 24 640 420 9030 28 736
44 430 9460 24 664 430 9460 28 764
45 440 9900 24 688 440 9900 28 792
46 450 10350 24 712 450 10350 28 820
47 460 10810 24 736 460 10810 28 848
48 470 11280 24 760 470 11280 28 876
49 480 11760 24 784 480 11760 28 904
50 490 12250 28 812 490 12250 36 940
51 500 12750 28 840 500 12750 36 976
52 510 13260 28 868 510 13260 36 1012
53 520 13780 28 896 520 13780 36 1048
54 530 14310 28 924 530 14310 36 1084
55 540 14850 28 952 540 14850 36 1120
56 550 15400 28 980 550 15400 36 1156
57 560 15960 28 1008 560 15960 36 1192
58 570 16530 28 1036 570 16530 36 1228
59 580 17110 28 1064 580 17110 36 1264
60 590 17700 40 1104 590 17700 50 1314
61 1150 18850 40 1144 620 18320 50 1364
62 2228 * 21078 40 1184 650 18970 50 1414
63 1370 22448 40 1224 683 19653 50 1464
64 1460 23908 40 1264 717 20370 50 1514
65 1554 25462 40 1304 753 21123 50 1564
66 2037 27499 40 1344 791 21914 50 1614
67 2750 30249 40 1384 830 22744 50 1664
68 4537 34786 40 1424 872 23616 50 1714
69 5218 40004 40 1464 915 24531 50 1764
70 6801 46805 40 1504 961 25492 50 1814
71 7957 54762 40 1544 1009 26501 50 1864
72 8952 63714 40 1584 1060 27561 50 1914
73 9286 73000 50 1634 1112 28673 70 1984
74 12000 85000 50 1684 1168 29841 70 2054
75 13000 98000 50 1734 1227 31068 70 2124
76 14000 112000 50 1784 1288 32356 70 2194
77 15500 127500 50 1834 1352 33708 70 2264
78 17000 144500 50 1884 1420 35128 70 2334
79 19000 163500 50 1934 1491 36619 70 2404
80 21000 184500 50 1984 1565 38184 70 2474
81 23000 207500 50 2034 1722 39906 80 2554
82 25070 232570 50 2084 1895 41801 80 2634
83 27326 259896 50 2134 2083 43884 80 2714
84 29785 289681 50 2184 2292 46176 80 2794
85 33508 323189 50 2234 2521 48697 80 2874
86 37697 360886 50 2284 2774 51471 80 2954
87 42432 403318 60 2344 3050 54521 100 3054
88 48166 451484 60 2404 3356 57877 100 3154
89 54702 506186 60 2464 3691 61568 100 3254
90 60172 566358 60 2524 4060 65628 100 3354
91 66189 632547 60 2584 4670 70298 100 3454
92 72807 705354 60 2644 5370 75668 110 3564
93 80088 785442 60 2704 6175 81843 110 3674
94 88096 873538 60 2764 7102 88945 110 3784
95 98000 971538 60 2824 8166 97111 110 3894
96 112000 1083538 60 2884 9392 106503 110 4004
97 130000 1213538 60 2944 10801 117304 125 4129
98 155000 1368538 60 3004 12421 129725 125 4254
99 190000 1558538 70 3074 14284 144009 135 4389
100 240000 1798538 70 3144 16426 160435 135 4524
101 300000 2098538 70 3214 19712 180147 135 4659
102 370000 2468538 70 3284 23654 203801 120 4779
103 450000 2918538 70 3354 28385 232186 120 4899
104 540000 3458538 70 3424 34061 266247 120 5019
105 640000 4098538 70 3494 40875 307122 220 5239
106 (Gamma) 110000 4208538 70 3564 49049 356171 220 5459
107 (Gamma) 125000 4333538 70 3634 58859 415030 220 5679
108 (Gamma) 145000 4478538 70 3704 70630 485660 220 5899
109 (Gamma) 170000 4648538 70 3774 88289 573949 220 6119
110 (Gamma) 200000 4848538 70 3844 110360 684309 220 6339
111 (Beta) 235000 5083538 70 3914 137951 822260 220 6559
112 (Beta) 275000 5358538 70 3984 172438 994698 220 6779
113 (Beta) 320000 5678538 70 4054 215547 1210245 220 6999
114 (Beta) 370000 6048538 70 4124 269435 1479680 220 7219
115 (Beta) 425000 6473538 70 4194 336793 1816473 220 7439
116 (Alpha) 400000 6873538 70 4264 300000 2116473 220 7659
117 (Alpha) 400000 7273538 80 4344 300000 2416473 260 7919
118 (Alpha) 400000 7673538 80 4424 1300000 3716473 * 260 8179
119 (Alpha) 400000 8073538 1 4425 -700000 3016473 1 8180
120 (Alpha) 400000 8473538 1 4426 300000 3316473 1 8181
121 (Rockwell Gamma) 400000 8873538 1 4427 300000 3616473 1 8182
122 (Rockwell Gamma) 400000 9273538 1 4428 300000 3916473 1 8183
123 (Rockwell Gamma) 400000 9673538 1 4429 300000 4216473 1 8184
124 (Rockwell Gamma) 400000 10073538 1 4430 300000 4516473 1 8185
125 (Rockwell Gamma) 400000 10473538 1 4431 300000 4816473 1 8186
126 (Rockwell Beta) 400000 10873538 1 4432 300000 5116473 1 8187
127 (Rockwell Beta) 400000 11273538 1 4433 300000 5416473 1 8188
128 (Rockwell Beta) 400000 11673538 1 4434 300000 5716473 1 8189
129 (Rockwell Beta) 400000 12073538 1 4435 300000 6016473 1 8190
130 (Rockwell Beta) 400000 12473538 1 4436 300000 6316473 1 8191
131 (Rockwell Alpha) 900000 13373538 1 4437 300000 6616473 1 8192
132 (Rockwell Alpha) 10000000 23373538 1 4438 383527 7000000 1 8193
133 (Rockwell Alpha) 10000000 33373538 1 4439 400000 7400000 1 8194
134 (Rockwell Alpha) 9999998 43373536 1 4440 400000 7800000 1 8195
135 (Rockwell Alpha) 10000000 53373536 1 4441 400000 8200000 1 8196

*This number seems odd, but is correct in this table. The XP total needed to reach this level is too high in the game, compared to the adjacent levels.

Also the 1 EP gained for levels above 111 is right in this table. It only reflects the in-game weirdness.

  • As of patch v257 : Pre-Ascension level is capped at 100. Ascension gives a maximum of 15 extra levels for your character (+5 for each tier of the Tek Cave Gamma, Beta, Alpha).
  • As of patch v257 : 3144 max engram points at level 100. 15 extra ascension levels gives you 1050 extra engram points.
  • As of patch v275 : Level cap is now 130. Aberration Rockwell boss unlocks an additional 15 levels similar to ascension. +5 for each Gamma, Beta, and Alpha.
  • As of patch v280.114 : Level cap now stands at 131 (Without ascension and aberrant effect, at 101).
  • As of patch v281.107 : Level cap now stands at 132 (Without ascension and aberrant effect, at 102).
  • As of patch v282.102 : Level cap now stands at 133 (Without ascension and aberrant effect, at 103).
  • As of patch v283.101 : Level cap now stands at 134 (Without ascension and aberrant effect, at 104).
  • As of patch v284.104 : Level cap now stands at 135 (Without ascension and aberrant effect, at 105).

Note: Mobile XP seems to be a lot more needed for each level, almost 4000 needed at level 70.


Creature Levels[edit | edit source]

Creature levels are split between Wild Levels and Domestic Levels. The maximum level for wild creatures is 150 (dependend on the difficulty settings). Once tamed, creatures gain additional levels based on Taming Effectiveness. At 99.9% taming effectiveness, the creature gains ((level / 2) - 1) rounded up. This places the highest level for an unbred creature with no domestic levels at 224 if it was tamed at level 150. Most creatures will lose some taming effectiveness during taming, so some creatures have a lower maximum possible post tame level. Finally through breeding you can get creatures who are well above and beyond that number (the maximum level of any Dino on official servers has been capped at 450 as of July 2017). Each wild level results in a point being randomly assigned to one of the creatures stats.

You can level up a tamed creature 73 levels past the original level it was tamed at (after Taming Effectiveness is applied), these are known as domestic levels. Each level, you gain a skill point to increase one of the attributes of your tamed creature. These levels are not displayed separately in-game, but are instead combined into one overall creature level.

In case you forgot at which level a creature was tamed, have a look in this creature's inventory at the XP bar. The number after the slash (/) corresponds to the XP total of the next level according to the following table.

Level Multiplayer Singleplayer
XP needed XP total XP needed XP total
1 10 10 10 10
2 20 30 20 30
3 30 60 30 60
4 40 100 40 100
5 50 150 50 150
6 60 210 60 210
7 70 280 70 280
8 80 360 80 360
9 90 450 90 450
10 100 550 100 550
11 110 660 110 660
12 120 780 120 780
13 130 910 130 910
14 140 1050 140 1050
15 150 1200 150 1200
16 160 1360 160 1360
17 170 1530 170 1530
18 180 1710 180 1710
19 190 1900 190 1900
20 200 2100 200 2100
21 210 2310 210 2310
22 220 2530 220 2530
23 230 2760 230 2760
24 240 3000 240 3000
25 250 3250 250 3250
26 260 3510 260 3510
27 270 3780 270 3780
28 280 4060 280 4060
29 290 4350 290 4350
30 300 4650 300 4650
31 310 4960 310 4960
32 320 5280 320 5280
33 330 5610 330 5610
34 340 5950 340 5950
35 595 6545 350 6300
36 654 7199 365 6665
37 720 7919 380 7045
38 792 8711 395 7440
39 871 9582 410 7850
40 958 10540 430 8280
41 1054 11594 450 8730
42 1391 12985 470 9200
43 1948 14933 490 9690
44 2240 17173 520 10210
45 2576 19749 550 10760
46 3357 23106 580 11340
47 4000 27106 610 11950
48 4400 31506 660 12610
49 4500 36006 710 13320
50 4994 41000 781 14101
51 6000 47000 859 14960
52 8000 55000 945 15905
53 10000 65000 1040 16945
54 15000 80000 1143 18088
55 18000 98000 1258 19346
56 22000 120000 1383 20729
57 30000 150000 1522 22251
58 35000 185000 1675 23926
59 40000 225000 1841 25767
60 50000 275000 2026 27793
61 65000 340000 2228 30021
62 75000 415000 2451 32472
63 85000 500000 2696 35168
64 100000 600000 2966 38134
65 130000 730000 3263 41397
66 170000 900000 3588 44985
67 215000 1115000 8841 53826
68 265000 1380000 10104 63930
69 320000 1700000 5732 * 69662 *
70 380000 2080000 18966 88628
71 445000 2525000 15001 103629
72 475000 3000000 25000 128629
73 550000 3550000 30000 158629

* This number seems odd compared to the adjacent levels, but is correct in this table, it only reflects the in-game weirdness.

Currently a Dino can't have more than 3550010 XP.

Change-Log[edit | edit source]

Level Max Version Release
Player Dinosaur
64 38 174.0 June 20, 2015
66 (+2) 40 (+2) 181.0 June 30, 2015
70 (+4) 44 (+4) 186.0 July 13, 2015
74 50 190.0 July 29, 2015
80 50 201.0 August 18, 2015
85 (+5) 55 (+5) 216.0 September 28, 2015
88 (+3) 58 (+3) 218.0 October 6, 2015
91 (+3) 61 (+3) 224.0 November 21, 2015
93 (+2) 63 (+2) 239.0 April 20, 2016
95 (+2) 65 (+2) 243.0 June 23, 2016
97 (+2) 67 (+2) 243.6 June 25, 2016
99 (+2) 69 (+2) 246.2 September 6, 2016
104 (+5) 71 (+2) 254.0 January 30, 2017
100 (-4) 71 257.0 May 4, 2017
115 (+15) 71 267.0 August 29, 2017
130 (+15) 71 275.0 December 12, 2017
131 (+1) 72 (+1) 280.114 June 15, 2018
132 (+1) 73 (+1) 281.107 July 17, 2018
133 (+1) 73 282.102 August 14, 2018
134 (+1) 73 283.101 September 18, 2018
135 (+1) 73 284.104 October 16, 2018

In v257.0 Ascension was introduced, which gives up to 15 additional levels (i.e. up to 115) upon completion.

In v275.0 Ascension was expanded with the release of the Aberration DLC, adding an additional 15 levels (i.e. up to 130).

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Using the broth of enlightenment. Lystrosaurus around your base helps boost XP for your creatures. Just make sure to pet them on a frequent basis, otherwise they won't provide the boost. When you walk up to it, you can press the use-key (E, Y, Triangle) to pet it. It will then do a little dance or jump of joy. Once this is done, the XP boost will be active for about 5 minutes.
  • If you are leveling up a carnivore, bring lots of Raw Meat with you. Remote using meat on the dino when it is injured helps healing it much quicker.
  • If you are leveling up a herbivore, bring some Sweet Veggie Cakes with you. Remote using them on the dino when it is injured helps healing it much quicker.
  • Fighting Giganotosaurus or Titanosaur for leveling players and dinos is possible. As of v256 a tamed non-bred mate pair of Giganotosaurus with a saddle armor in excess of 90 armor, health in the 18k range and melee over 200% will reliably kill Titans on official in about 1 minute while taking between 0 and 5000 damage (varies based on how frequently the Titan runs from the player). If player XP is desired, all riders not getting the killing blow should back away and dismount their giga just prior to the player killing the Titan. Lower armor saddles, no mate boosting may also be possible, but risks enraging. Imprint bonus allows much lower saddle armor to be used while still preventing enrage.
  • Using Mindwipe Tonic on your player will reset you back to level 1 while keeping your Experience, allowing you to level up all over again to your previous level. This does not work on creatures.

Use broth of enlightenment.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

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Maximum Survivor

Reach the maximum survivor level.

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Maximum Dinosaur

Level one of your dinosaurs to the maximum level.

  • Reaching the max dinosaur level of any tamed creature will award the "Maximum Dinosaur" achievement.