Summoners War has literally thousands of monsters and each comes with different abilities. You can develop them, empower them, and turn them into completely different monsters. Well, how do you do that? How do you level up faster to get more powerful monsters? More importantly, how can you make your monsters stronger? In this guide, we’ll answer all these questions and more.

Fast and Efficient Leveling

In Summoners War, the leveling process is called “farming”. This is because you have a limited amount of activities that give you XP points and you need to repeat them continuously. In other words, you have to do the same tasks over and over again until you set up a team of 5-star monsters. In this context, the following are the most common types of tasks you will repeat:

Story Missions. Main story tasks of the game. You can repeat every task you complete without any restrictions. (Of course, as long as you have enough energy points.) You will still earn XP points for each task you repeat. In addition, these missions will allow you to get new monsters and rune sets. Players often choose to repeat the tasks in the following areas: Hydeni Ruins, Tamor Desert, and Faimon Volcano. The tasks in these areas give you an easy and ideal amount of XP points. As a BlueStacks user, you have a very important advantage: With the Combo Key feature, you can record each mission and repeat it automatically by pressing a single key. In other words, farming will be very easy for you. If you want to learn how to set up the best team to repeat the story quests, don’t forget to check out our Monsters and Battle System guides.

Arena Fights. Arena missions are a faster way to earn XP points than story missions. In these missions, you fight against the monsters of other players with each fight lasting only a few minutes. In other words, it is much shorter than completing a story mission. If you win the battle, you earn both XP points and medals. You can buy summoning scrolls with these medals, which you can use to summon monsters.

Labyrinth / Dungeon Farming. Once you reach level 20, the XP points you get from story and arena missions won’t be enough. After this stage, you can gain XP points more efficiently by starting secret dungeon and labyrinth runs. The secret dungeons are open only for an hour and all you have to do is kill the enemies that come in waves. Even a single secret dungeon run can help you earn quite a few XP points. (Note that you must be a member of a guild for labyrinth runs.)

Empowering Your Monsters

As a result of all these activities, you will get a lot of monsters. You’ll want to keep some of them, but some will be completely useless. (To find out which monsters will be better, we recommend that you look at our Monsters guide.) So, how do you empower the monsters that you decide to keep? There’s more than one way to do this.

Rune Sets. Your activities, especially story missions, will help you win a lot of runes as a reward. Each monster has 6 rune slots and ideally, you must fill all of them. You can think of runes as “enhancement stones”: Each one raises a different stat of monsters. To give a rune to a monster, you must “engrave” it.

An engraved rune belongs to that monster and cannot be given to anyone else. It is possible to make runes more powerful with the “power up” process. In addition, if you manage to collect a specific rune set, you can earn special set bonuses.

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Our recommendations on the use of runes are as follows:

  • Always give the runes that increase attack power to damage dealers.
  • For the healers, speed-increasing rune (swift) is better.
  • Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to give HP runes to the tank. We recommend that you give these runes to the healer. For the tank, runes that increase defense points will be a better choice.

Powering Up. The fastest way to raise the level of a monster is to sacrifice other monsters that you don’t intend to use. With this method, you can earn 5 – 10 levels at once. Do not confuse powering up with evolving. Evolving allows the number of stars to be increased, not the level of monsters. (See our Monsters guide for more information on this process.) Powering up only raises levels without changing star numbers. To tell the truth, we do not recommend using this method. It’s fast, but it uses up a lot of resources – it’s better to use these resources for evolving. If you have a monster that you want to level up, it’s better to repeat simple story missions instead of powering up.

Awakening. This makes your monsters change completely. As a result of awakening, your monster’s name will change, it will gain new skills, and its basic stats will increase greatly. In other words, you will have a completely different (and much stronger) monster. Except for 1-star ones, you can do the awakening operation for all monsters.

The problem is that awakening is a process that requires a lot of resources. Each time, you need to collect varying amounts of essence depending on your monster’s level of rarity. For example, you need to collect 40 essences even for a 3-star monster. Each of them belongs to a different element class and is located in a different region. So, you must complete different activities in different areas to collect all essences. You can see where you can find an essence by clicking on it.

Therefore, you should do this only for monsters that you want to keep permanently. Here is a hint: The evolving process doesn’t make any changes to the amount of essence required for awakening. So do not try to complete evolving before awakening: Both systems work independently of each other.

Now, you know how to level up faster and empower your monsters. To continue, don’t forget to read our other Summoners War guides. We like to keep our users informed about every feature of a game and make you a more effective summoner – see you on the battlefield!

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