Reincarnation is an option when you hit your level cap, which starts at level 60. Reincarnating is not necessary, while it's long-term stacking benefits are significant, it is also a significant investment of time and resources. You can upgrade ascension to get character levels and never reincarnate at all, or reincarnate a few times before switching to upgrades.
If you do choose to reincarnate six things happen:
- You gain a blue star in your highest* skill (see below for how this is determined).
- You gain a stacking 5% bonus to experience gain.
- You gain a stacking 5% bonus to myst gain.
- All your skill levels (except for blue stars) are reset to 1 and your character level is reset to 0.
- All your upgrades are reset (upgrade lasting legacy for a partial refund) and unspent myst is wiped.
- Your character level cap is increased by one with each reincarnation.
You will also receive any angel dust you have earned without reseting your time alive counter.
Each blue star is 10 levels in a skill, that cannot be lost on death or reset by reincarnation. Skill mastery upgrades are also not necessary to benefit from blue stars. Further, blue stars offer no experience, so they do not count towards your character level at all. This can result in reincarnators having very high level skills at very low character levels.
In order to earn a blue star in a skill you must first have those levels unlocked with skill mastery upgrades.
- XP required per character level is 400x-200, where x is the target level.
- XP required to hit your level cap from scratch is 200x², where x is your level cap (or any other level you want the total experience required to reach, for reference).
Experience required for skill levels are more varied, but some estimates are included in the next section.
Determining Your Highest Skill
Your highest skill is determined by total experience, with one catch: each blue star increases the experience required to make that skill the highest
by 20% (this number is suspect, more theorycrafting needed). And also because blue stars do not grant experience, between two skills of the same level one with blue stars will already have less experience overall.
So if you have a level 50 skill with four blue stars, it only has experience from 40-50. If you have a level 50 skill with five blue stars, it has no (or at least very little) experience in it at all. This makes paying attention to the experience required to hit various level caps very important as you plan for which skills you wish to blue star.
These experience amounts are not known precisely, but here are some very close estimates:
The above estimates should be accurate to within 25-30 experience. Keeping rough track of how much experience different levels take can be useful for planning your reincarnations; or you can just wing it. Experience past your skill mastery cap still counts towards determining your highest skill (you just gain 5% less xp per level past your cap).
Draining XP From your Highest Skill
If instead of catching up to your highest skill you would like to lower it, you have two options. First is death, which reduces experience in all skills by 5%, but is rather painful. Alternatively you can find Haunted Remains which have a special attack that can sap one level from your highest skill, and let it smack you around for a bit.
However if you wish to drain a skill that is highest in experience, but not highest in actual level due to blue stars interfering, Haunted Remains won't be an option. There is also a report that haunted remains cannot drain experience from armor skills, which I cannot personally confirm or deny but that does seem to be the case.
Managing Hunting XP
Becausing hunting experience overlaps with so many other skills and activities, there are ways to magnify or suppress how much of it you gain. If you kill non-hostile mobs, or repeatedly kill the same type of mob, you can suppress hunting xp gains down to 10%. To maximize your hunting xp, alternate between two or more hostile mob types each kill.
There are several things to keep in mind when grinding skills. For example, because you have to hit your character level cap with each reincarnation, and because that cap increases each time, it is a good idea to not put too many blue stars into skills that are easy to grind experience with since you'll want to optimize how much you can get out of them.
But because you have to put less experience in your grinding skills than the skill you want to blue star, it can make sense to put some blue stars into your grinding skills to reduce that gap after a time. How many blue stars are appropriate depends on how high you upgrade skill mastery, and just how things feel relative to your goals in terms of blue stars.
|Bread and Butter Grinding Skills|
|Armor skills||Experience from first 30 hits, based on each point of damage taken.|
|Construction||If you spam simple fires the charcoal usually covers the cost of materials.|
|Cooking||Using firepits and cooking pots; fishing is an easy source of meat.|
|Farming||Practically free and lots of experience, but cap it after foraging.|
|Fishing||Easy and cheap, and a source of food to cook for even more grinding.|
|Foraging||Plant holly, use the black pepper and coriander to spice food for other grinds.|
|Hunting||If you maximize your hunting experience it is significant.|
|Shield Block||Very fast experience, just takes some healing and frequent repairs.|
|Smelting||While it requires ores, they retain value. Smelt copper, tin, and bronze.|
|Sword||Set up three target dummies, you'll get experience from hitting each.|
|Dagger||About half the experience to be competitive with the above list, but still fair.|
|Hammer||Roughly on par with dagger when hitting three target dummies.|
|Crafting||Expensive, but unparalleled speed. Optimal crafts depend on economy.|
Ways to further increase your experience gain on top of the 5% bonus per reincarnation include:
- Upgrading Scholar for 20% bonus experience per upgrade each reincarnation.
- Equipping items with the Ancient rune for 10% bonus experience per rank (up to 50% per item).
- Equipping items with skill bonuses for 5% bonus experience in that skill per level added by the enchantment.
- Eating dishes cooked with black pepper for up to 250% bonus experience.
Finally, grinding myst is a very important part of each reincarnation. You'll get a partial refund by upgrading Lasting Legacy but you'll still need to grind more every time. How you choose to do this depends on your gear and skills: you can grind myst to use during each reincarnation, or grind at the end and bank enough of a refund to get through your next.
Remember to not spend more myst on Sage Wisdom upgrades than is sensible while grinding. For each upgrade, you will need to farm ten times the cost before factoring in your myst bonus, otherwise you're spending too much. Upgrades to focus on are Scholar, Sage Wisdom, Skill Mastery, Lasting Legacy, and some Pack Rat and Vitality.
A few ranks of Precision is also useful depending on what you farm for myst. Remember that if you upgrade Moving Target, the higher dodge will reduce how quickly you grind armor and shield block experience. This may or may not be a factor for you depending on how you grind experience and myst, so just keep it in mind and see how it works out.
Ways to further increase your myst gain on top of the 5% bonus per reincarnation include: