If you’re new to Eternal Return: Black Survival, you might be wondering how to level fast to get stronger. What makes this survival battle royale interesting is how creative their leveling system is. While you do have a main character level during matches, there are tons of mastery levels that build your stats. For in-depth information on how it all works, continue reading our guide below.
How to Level Up in Eternal Return: Black Survival
The trick to leveling in Eternal Return is that essentially everything you do provides experience. This means by simply playing the game, you’re more likely to level quicker than others if you use your time efficiently. Anything that provides experience to your mastery levels at the bottom left corner adds to your character level too. This includes walking, killing animals, searching containers, and more. Every time you do something that provides experience, a quick message will appear above the Mastery button.
While it’s important to gain experience for your mastery levels, you’ll still need to manage your SP carefully. This is the blue bar underneath your health that is frequently used for abilities and looting containers. If you run out of SP, you won’t be able to loot containers and depending on your character, use abilities. Also, you won’t gain experience twice for looting the same container, but it still consumes SP every time you open the same container. So be careful of wasting time looting the same container multiple times.
Every Way to Gain Experience in Eternal Return: Black Survival
As mentioned above, doing anything that contributes to the mastery levels will give you experience toward your main character level. If you want in-depth information on how to level each mastery and what they do, you can see more in our 10 Best Tips and Tricks guide here. Otherwise, continue reading below for a quick run-down of many ways to level.
- Attacking players or animals gives experience with your weapon level.
- Attacking animals specifically provides experience for the Hunt mastery.
- Searching containers and crafting items or food gives experience.
- Moving provides experience over time, even if it’s a bit slow.
- Taking damage, crafting food, and healing provides experience toward your health.
- Crafting beverages and/or using SP gives experience.
- Using traps, whether it’s crafting them, hurting people with them, taking damage from them, etc.
Leveling Tips and Tricks
The previous section dives into the many ways you can gain experience in Eternal Return. So long as you take part in many of the bullet points mentioned above, you’ll consistently stay within a level or two of other players. Getting an advantage means you have to go above and beyond by either killing players or hunting tons of animals. The main benefit of leveling through combat is that you’ll gain experience for multiple mastery levels at once.
For example, attacking provides weapon experience, taking hits provides defense and health, eating food gives health, drinking beverages gives meditation, and even moving provides experience. You can still throw experience in from hunting animals or using abilities too. This is why you’re more likely to catch up and potentially pass other players by fighting, so long as you’re not spending too long doing it. Every character varies, but it’s important to kill some animals once you have your build weapon finished. Especially for a character like Jackie who gains a passive damage buff from hunting animals. Or Zahir that benefits from having higher animal kills than other players.
While it is important to do a little bit of everything, you need to learn your character first too. Over time you’ll gain a good understanding of where their build items are and how to play them well. Also, don’t be afraid to hit an enemy once or twice with an ability in the early game. Most players aren’t looking to fight and are more focused on looting, so they’ll probably ignore you altogether.
I hope this guide on how to level fast in Eternal Return: Black Survival helps you understand the game a bit more thoroughly. If you have any questions or need help with something, comment below the article. And while you’re here, be sure to check out our tier list based on wins and the 10 Best Tips and Tricks you should know.
Eternal Return: Black Survival became available for free on PC via Steam Early Access on October 14, 2020. It’s a hybrid of multiple genres combining MOBAs and battle royales with survival mechanics mixed in. Up to 18 players total battle it out in solos, duos, or teams of three.
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