List of Manga, LN and Manhwa or Webtoons Similar to Solo Leveling

Solo leveling has been one hell of a ride for readers. Its intricate storyline, awesome characters, abilities of the protagonist right away won hearts. Being quite a sensation amongst the readers of manhwa and webtoons due to all the said facts. There is a constant demand for more manhwa and webtoons that are similar to it. It opens door to a new writing style which involves RPG type abilities and a competitive world where you level up or rise to new platforms by using skills.

It must be noted that the list of manhwa and webtoons implies ‘similar’ and not quite ‘same’ because certain readers might find the titles below not exactly alike. The list follows manhwa and themes which have certain features parallel to those in Solo Leveling. You should give all a try and see what clicks the most with your demands and decide for yourself.

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Here is the review list of 7 titles that are similar to Solo Leveling.

14. A Monster Who Levels up

Type: Light Novel

This is a story about Kim Sae-jin who one day wakes up as a Monster. It’s his journey to turn back into a human while he continues to evolve more monstrous. The plot is good a new turn where the protagonist is trying to get back to his past simple for rather than wanting to acquire more power. The ending is however not that great when you look at the plot. Removing the chance spoiler, I will just say that the ending is quite not how you expect things to end. A good antagonist is what the story lacks and causes the set up to be linear.

Why you should read it

There are some good arcs throughout the novel. The world is set up fine and the protagonist Sae Jin is deriving his energy from a determination to get back to his former self. This portrays how he is tearing between leveling up further and finding an end to all this. Overall it is a fine read when you are dodging some serious arcs in other write-ups. For a change, I consider it a good light novel for reading. Thoughts on ending might differ, you might find the bittersweet ending to be reasonable seeing the trauma.

13. Seoul Station Necromancer

Type: Light Novel

Kang Woojin, former high school student was forcefully summoned to some other foreign planet. When Woojin returns he realizes that the earth has changed a lot. With his former strength and age reset back; he is on the path to becoming Earth’s strongest Necromancer. The story majorly deals with action but if you are into romantic ships then the ending will probably disappoint you.

Why you should read it

The plot of the story is nice even though it is slightly generic. All the action scenes are great and descriptive. It seems highly similar to Solo Leveling due to the scenic description. Also for readers who like cold main characters who work highly on practical principles then it is for you.

12. Re: Monster

Type: Manga

As soon as you check the description of the manga you find it quite interesting. Rou, the protagonist breaks the barriers of the usual main characters as he is a monster. Rou in his previous life was a human with special powers and after an untimely death reincarnates as a monster. The pitfall which you are looking for to make this manga interesting is that he is born as an extremely low-level goblin. He still has the memories of his previous life and this helps in gathering power. This manga same as Solo Leveling has a video game setting implied in the fantasy world. Rou constantly devours more beings to gain XP and thus evolves into a mightier being.

The manga deals with many-MANY dark themes. There is not much visual input on any of those. Themes like a harem, non-consensual sexual practices, cannibalism, and breeding, etc. are sophisticatedly involved in the plain view. There are setbacks in the plot too, one is that if you are looking for some serious in-depth read than it will surely disappoint. The story has great potential but it lacks on the narration front. The characters do not have depth and the protagonist soon turns out to be insanely OP. The usage of visual presentation is not done properly and gives the impression of monologic narration by the main character.

Why you should read it

The story is fun to read even though it lacks depth. The journey of Rou is full of surprises and always leaves you curious as to what will happen next. In between all its flaws the author managed to put in comedic references and fighting scenes that fill the gap. The fight scenes are quite fine and if you are into dark ‘ripping off head’ type stuff than this is good to read. I feel the parts where it lacks could have been filled but it is one nice title similar to Solo Leveling.

11. The Tutorial Is Too Hard

Type: Light Novel

A pretty descriptive title for this light novel. The similarity to Solo Leveling shows as he is casually trying to level up that too alone. The novel starts as Lee Ho Jae is trying to get into a tutorial to train to fight the monsters about to invade earth. Things go out of hand when he arrogantly selects the hardest possible difficulty: Hell. For some readers, it might be a story with extremely slow pacing as each level is told descriptively. The author takes in notice all the details about abilities and problems. The narration is a recollection of the protagonist so it also lacks tension as we know he is alive right now.

Why you should read it

In comparison to other similar manhwa and light novels, this is different as it showcases each adventure on a level basis. The protagonist is OP but does face enough problems to level up. The difficulty is too high so there are no other characters. A bit of disappointment in you are looking for a social main character. I like the technical difficulties that are leading him setbacks. They are not usually taken in the notice by writers when they contribute reasonably to getting stuck in games.

10. Infinite Competitive Dungeon Society

Type: Light Novel

Following into his father’s footsteps Shin continues to explore the depth of dungeons in this MMORPG type universe. The whole light novel quite literally follows the Solo Leveling manhwa. The earth is also changing and is now a warzone with monsters along with their dungeons appearing in every part of the world. Shin though only focusses upon reaching out to the depth of one invite-only dungeon. You can get into this dungeon once you are 15 years old.

There are two types of dungeons, one which Shin continues exploring is new and infinitely big. Other dungeons are forming and are comparatively small. The plot does not complicate the world and there are always reasons as to why a particular thins is going on. The female characters in this universe are however one dimensional and continue to run behind the main character. It is annoying but bearable. The story also turns a bit bland due to repetitions. If you are not much into plots where similar adventures come in front of the protagonist, then it might be disappointing.

Why you should read it

The light novel has no plot holes and this is the best thing we usually demand. Shin is a spears man and has his experience due to practice sessions with his father. The protagonist is determined and showcases the mindset of a teenager and focuses on the places he feels a connection to like the dungeon. After about 150 chapters we see Shin getting into the earth protection part where he focuses on the immediate problem. No doubt Shin is an extremely powerful character yet throughout the plot the power status is kept inflow, skills, and experience is given proper importance. The fights are not one-directional and we see tactics and strategies winning over stats. Throughout the father-son relationship is heart-warming.

9. The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor

Type: Light Novel

The manhwa of this title is not too bad but in comparison to the light novel, it lacks in plotting and hence I recommend the light novel. This is a story about Lee Hyun an average guy in his real-life who is the legendary God of War in the popular MMORPG Continent of Magic. Lee Hyun’s only escape from his life and its tragedies is his video game where he far excels other players. Though to pay back loan sharks he decides to sell his legendary character.

What starts as a menial medium to earn some money, ends up bringing him immense wealth! Due to loan sharks, he loses the money soon enough. Driven by the desire to earn more money to send his sister off to college he plans on playing another MMORPG Royal Road which enters the gaming verse into whole new gen by bringing in virtual reality.

Why you should read it

The lead character Lee Hyun aka Weed is written in an extremely impressive manner. The storyline does not go too deep and does not take in more themes but it is sufficient. This simple storyline properly contributes to the description of Weed. Weed is sly and has a complex setup, even though his moral lies in his devotion towards his family he manages to grab a heroic aura. Weed plays his game with an aim in mind as he wants to earn money using it. I came across some descriptions which imply that his aims are different than playing for fun and that’s why he is a good player. Noting it to be a sign of unfair competition between him and other players. If you follow through the story you will realize that he starts playing the game as a medium of fun only and hence this perception is wrong.

The legendary moonlight sculptor is fun to read with good setup and story which pulls you inside for more. One of the best titles in the list of light novels, manhwa, and webtoons similar to Solo Leveling.

8. Emperor of Solo Play

Type: Light Novel

The name suggests a very cliché plot with action and extremely heroic stuff. It is the total opposite in reality. This story is about Jaehyun set in the year 2035. The virtual reality game, Warlord has bought major changes in the world. Jaehyun plays the game with utmost dedication and puts everything on the line when just before he could achieve what he deserves he faces betrayal. His party betrays him and he is left behind. The story starts when the main character dies in an accident and travels back in time. This time he plans on doing things right by playing alone. The problem is that the VRMMORPG requires guilds to pass levels so the protagonist takes an unconventional part. He becomes a Necromancer.

Why you should read it

The details are great. The protagonist rather than involving himself into a revenge spree. He works further to gain what he ‘needs’ and does not let emotions control him. I like that the OP-ness is acceptable because it is his second chance and he has good tactics. Throughout the novel, you never know what will happen next and it is quite unpredictable. Though, unfortunately, the ending is a bit on the disappointing side. Looking for fun to read a story that is similar to Solo Leveling with not too much deepening of the plot? This here is one of your best shots!

7. Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? [So I’m a Spider, So What?]

Type: Manga

Not covering it up to you the whole manga is totally weird. The main reason is the fact that the main character is a Spider. NOT Spider-Man or woman (in our case) spider but Spider; Spider. Before anyone points out that this draws more to a comic side and is not exactly the way Solo Leveling works then it is to be noted that ‘similar’ includes comic and unconventional titles. You never know you might have a knack for weirdly absurd titles can’t tell until you try. So I stumbled upon this while looking for manhwa and webtoons similar to Solo Leveling by pure chance.

The story is about a fantasy world where a fight between a demon and a hero leads to the demise of a whole classroom because of dimensional imbalance. All the dead reincarnates due to unusual circumstances leading to their death. Most of the children and teachers reincarnate as usual human beings however some unlucky beings reincarnate as monsters. Our protagonist, Kumoko, is one of them and reincarnates as a giant spider.

Why you should read it

Kumoko starts like a shy girl who as a means to escape her loneliness plays video games. When the world turns upside down due to the stated above reasons she gets into an RPG type world. She understands how she is gaining experience and thus does her best to survive. The plot at a moment seems non-existent though as you stick with the story you figure the shape out. There are many comedy moments and it is refreshing to read. it is a far away read from the usual plots we see.

The manga focuses on leveling up and the sole journey of Kumoko. There is a lack of supportive characters but Kumoko being the best girl she crawls her way impressively. There is good action embedded around the series. An unconventional read when listing manhwa webtoons similar to Solo Leveling yet worthy. It also gives you a good diversion from the usual male protagonists and serious storylines.

6. Tower of God

Type: Webtoon

When the main protagonist’s name is something like Twenty-Fifth Bam then you do know this story has some serious deviation from the usual. Bam lives his days alone with only one person who comes in his life one day named Rachel. Rachel enters The Tower and Bam manages to get inside by his pure will of not wanting to let go of his only friend Rachel. Each floor requires every incoming person to face challenges and hence reach the top of the tower. The world is quite mysterious holding up folds after folds and gives readers whole set up to gradually tear out. The plot build-up, arcs, and foreshadowing are simply majestic.

Why you should read it

SIU the author of this series has been working on this series since 2010 and it continues. The time amounts to his hard work and descriptive storyline. There are comedy elements, emotional connections, and characters whom you can hate as a whole nation and need not feel bad about. The author of this Fantasy manhwa does an exemplary job building the story up. Khun and Rak are some of the center characters alongside Bam who are equally likable. The art style, in the beginning, is very simple but you need to stick with it because the art style gets to the gorgeous stage as we see the characters developing and story progressing.

The whole manhwa is a prodigy of its own. Just as Solo Leveling, it lacks the gaming enclosure though the plot deals with a similar arc. Bam is the main character who is plunged into a competition world unknowingly and thrives to get better and reach the top. Among the other manhwa which are similar to Solo Leveling, this lacks in direct comparison. It is a worthy read if you want to go through an action-packed world and need a protagonist whose existence itself is something unique.

5. Winter Moon

Type: Webtoon

This series follows a homosexual sorcerer, Florence, and a seductive priestess, Risa, on an online RPG game. This webtoon showcases the journey about how both cross each other. There are few more characters on line which the author introduces later in the story. The art style is straight away gorgeous with a lot of smart characters playing throughout. You can grasp out everyone’s aura as soon the story starts even when this webtoon is based on snippet views rather than a flowing story. It soon turns into a flow-through. As it has lesser panels and a short time read it is updated thrice weekly. And easy to binge.

In the starting for me, it was a comic read and nothing out of the ordinary or serious. Including the fact that usually, it is all about flashing off skills by the top characters and show-off quarrels. At the end of the first season, the actual game Magnolia Online collapses due to a massive battle among the guild of Risa and Florence, Winter Moon and other guilds. The game relaunches as VR upgrade, however, everyone loses their levels and only the appearance is left.

Why you should read it

Both the mains are totally manipulative and extremely powerful and I never expected anything much from the whole series. Though as the season one arc continues towards the end you see massive development in the plot. The questions raise as their real-life is showcased. The plot is hidden and the author does this a lot if you have read any of the other stories by them.

The game setup is great even after all the apparent flaws if you consider them. The author allows readers to grasp the information gradually and it is in a good flow. Unlike most webtoons and manhwa which have an RPG basis, you see that the information does not constantly bug you out. You have to sit through the starting 100 chapters which are too long to read. Especially when we take in the part that each chapter is really small. So about 3-4 hours’ worth read if you are accustomed to reading manhwa and webtoons.

Spoiler: The comparison to Solo Leveling comes as it is an RPG game an obvious similarity and involves good action and leveling up stuff. In season 2 though now it is shown that Florence gets trapped into the game world and now needs to get out. You see bullying, abuse, stalkers and many more real-life ordeals involving inside the past bland series. It is adding good depth to this webtoon. Also adding up many hidden features. You might want to give it a read if you are looking for something off the charts.

4. The Gamer

Type: Webtoon

There is a whole pool of thoughts upon this title. Many sides with it and many straight down the lane find it lacking. For me, it was a good exposure towards the gaming type story plot even before I discovered Solo leveling. The Gamer is a manhwa where the story quite casually follows the pursuit of Solo Leveling. The main character is not exactly even aware of any abilities being present in the usual world and suddenly he is in the midst of those. Everyone in this world has certain types of abilities which collide with what they are best at though only a few do realize it and become part of The Abyss the actual organizational ground upon which the whole magic world works.

The Gamer takes us on a ride from the perspective of Han Jee Han, the main protagonist. He is totters into the world by pure luck and uncovers many questioning elements. The ability of Han Jee Han is that of ‘gamer’. It is basically because he plays video games all the time and is extremely good at them. Having the abilities of a ‘gamer’ it gives him the benefit of many skills that other people do not have. Some are learning new skills without practicing them though he needs to practice to use them, being able to see other’s levels when they don’t exist for other people, etc.

Why you should read it

The gamer among various manhwa is quite fine and the art style is descriptive. The storyline follows good direction and alignment. The problem is in the narration. The whole plot seems haywire and when it comes to narration. Most of the time you find the main character flexing his abilities that almost touch straight OP category. On a broader view, you can see the plot lining and there are still many things that are not taken notice of, though, are being kept in the plain view by author probably implying significance.

To summarise, if you like manhwa that has comedy and touch of ‘heroism’ in them then it is good to read. Not exceptionally good as a whole but surely deserves a chance when you are trying to find manhwa similar to Solo Leveling.

3. Overgeared

Type: Light Novel

A very simple description for this light novel would be that it is epic and you MUST read it. Well I know for sure you want me to review it so I will surely do the necessary. On the upfront, the main character Shin Young-woo is a new player and the way we all start gaming he does the same by starting up as a ‘noob’. In Young Woo’s (usually known as God Grid) case the noob thing feeds on bad luck and hilarious misunderstandings. Hence, leading him to quite literally reach out for the title of Ultimate Noob.

The story starts with the description of Grid’s flaws and all his setbacks. Until when he starts to reboot and with proper concentration gains the title of Overgeared. Everyone in gaming verse commonly knows it is about equipping quite Over Powered gear. The downfall is obvious that unlike manhwa and webtoons this is a web novel and thus does not deal with the art of any sort. Many people find the first 100 chapters’ plotting very linear. Only the flaws are shown in those, though, I find it a hilarious account of how the main character is clueless. It also provides you with good character depth knowledge. The author sometimes also ‘over’ describes things which can get a bit annoying especially when binge reading.

Why you should read it

The planning of character development is extremely good. It focusses on every negative aspect of the main character and does proper justice to the plot. You will also find realism portrayed as you see the character giving trials and turns to achieve success rather than achieving it by chance. When looking for similar manhwa or write-ups to Solo Leveling it is but obvious that the protagonist will touch the OP zone. The best thing about this whole RPG game based light novel is that it closely follows the ‘journey’ of the main character. The journey is not after he received a cutting edge luck chance but from the beginning. This leaves little to the imagination about the past and brings the plot together from the start. Just sometimes the growth or reaction of the protagonist is hazy and hyper though we do accept that from an action novel.

2. Everyone Else is a Returnee

Type: Light Novel

This is a Light Novel that revolves around Yu Ilhan, the main protagonist. Yu Ilhan is left alone on the earth while everyone else left earth and went to other planets to prepare for the Great Cataclysm. The Great Cataclysm is a phenomenon which is to take place on earth and hence ‘activate’ it. We see a journey alone from the perspective of Yu Ilhan in the first 3 chapters. Others were to go for ten years and come back but it took almost a thousand years for everyone to start returning. You can sense the loneliness and feeling of done wrong going through Ilhan.

Why you should read it

The reason as to why god leaves Ilhan alone is because there is some ability inside of him which can surpass the average by far. One can sense the growth of the character from the very starting. As more people return the story grows by folds and digs deeper into the reasons and origin. This light novel is simply one LONG read. There are more than 300 chapters and it lacks nowhere. For manhwa lovers, it might be a bit of a setback that it isn’t one.

The story properly follows through the plot description of Solo Leveling. We see the protagonist stuck and is now helpless with his current abilities. Gradually due to driving and certain reasons he rises to a great level. The great humor the author portrays deserves a shout out for the ‘god’ in the series just makes the life of Ilhan a whole lot miserable.

1. Hardcore Leveling Warrior

Type: Webtoon

This webtoon deals with the worst glitch a gamer can imagine going through i.e. dying by the hands of an unknown thing and turning to level 1 back again. Things will feel sadder when you realize the character is the top player in the video game. ‘Hardcore leveling warrior’ is the name of the main character and he is an OP character in the video game, Lucid Dreams. Being a top character does come with some disadvantages and one being obvious is that a lot of people have grudge against you. Hardcore leveling warrior is only left with his appearance and realizing the dangers, he tries to run out of the center in the game.

In the starting you will find Ethan, Hardcore leveling warrior to be a straight mean guy who is manipulative. Though as things progress we see good character development in him. He gets into a group for the sake of saving himself. However, as the plot progress, we see more depth in all his relationships than what he was willing to get into.

Why you should read it

Opposite to how the main character in Solo Leveling starts his journey from a no-one; here the main character is pretty well-known to the ways. Ethan needs to move up in the video game and level up himself to stop bullying on the video game platform. In real life we also see Ethan struggling sue to loan sharks and thus needs to win the contest. It is a series with good plotting and character detailing. Properly depicting MMORPG and video games. The plot at the starting is one-directional. Even the author mentions that around 50 chapters that the story is one-fourth done. However, as the first arc is coming to an end after 150 chapters and the author does another estimate where surprisingly it is only about 20% done. Throwing a good hint that the plot gets further deeper.

The story does not show casual heroism rather starts with showcasing how Ethan is a mean player who harms a lot of other players just because he is powerful. After losing his powers we see how he struggles. The plot has very deep topics taken into account which exists in our world too. A gateway towards manhwa which has a touch of realism. You should hit it.

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