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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.

Violent Leveling[edit | edit source]

There are many ways to gain experience and level up. The best way to do this is killing dinosaurs. At first, you may want to stick to easier herbivores, such as Trike and Stego. If you are willing to take on a Bronto, you're in for quite a lot of XP. But until you get to that point, stay away from those.

Now, if you tamed 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 your stuff. 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 possibly destroyed - by Alpha Leedsichthys.

Peaceful Leveling[edit | edit source]

You may not feel ready to take on violent leveling. This is what peaceful leveling is for.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Note this method will only level you up, and not your creatures. However, if a tribe-mate crafts something close to you, you can mount a creature and you and your creature will benefit from the shared xp-gain.

If you don't feel ready to fight large masses of creatures, then crafting is a good way to level up as well. Early game, you can gather large amounts of Fiber and craft Cloth Hats continuously. Mid-game, you will gain levels by crafting the general items you need for a large base, such as Foundations, Ceilings and Pillars. Late-game, this method of leveling is pretty ineffective, so you should go with the killing method.

Lystrosaurus[edit | edit source]

As a side note, using the 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, Controls, Controls) 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.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • 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.