Solo Leveling is the franchise that introduced many anime and manga fans to the awesome world of manhwas. In fact, the Solo Leveling series is so popular that it is not only getting an anime adaptation in 2023 but a game is also in development for both PC and mobile, based on the hit manhwa series.
After reading Solo Leveling, many readers are looking for similar recommendations with great art and an overpowered main character just like Sung Jinwoo. Here are the top 10 best manga/manhwa like Solo Leveling that you will enjoy reading.
The manhwa, Solo Leveling tells the story of a week hunter, Sung Jinwoo. Due to a horrible accident in the Dungeon, Sung Jinwoo’s whole team gets wiped out. After 3 days, he opens his eyes in a hospital bed and finds out that he has been given a new ability where he can level up his power by slaying monsters.
Tomb Raider King
First up we have the series Tomb Raider King…. a series that is known to be very similar to Solo Leveling. With an almost exact concept, Tomb Raider King is the perfect manhwa to read in absence of Solo Leveling. And it’s not only the plot that is similar, the art style seems to be exactly the same as Solo Leveling. Seeing as how the artists behind Solo Leveling also work on this series that should come as no surprise.
Strange tombs have appeared all over the world, each containing a relic that grants its owner powerful abilities. Jooheon Suh is a tomb explorer and a raider. However, after being betrayed by his employer, he is about to die at the hands of a powerful new relic that he just discovered. Suddenly he found himself 15 years in the past before the relics, nor tombs have even appeared. Driven by his feelings of revenge, Jooheon will use his knowledge of the future to become the Tomb Raider King!
The Lone Spellcaster
Next up we have The Lone Spellcaster, a series that has many similarities to earlier chapters of Solo Leveling, making a great read for fans. With a weak protagonist who suddenly gains powers unlike any other and he slowly begins his rise to the top, what’s not to enjoy?
The world is under threat from monsters, and only the chosen Awakened humans can defeat them! Sure, it sounds exciting, to be a super-powered human fighting monster, but it’s a far cry from the reality of ordinary office worker Dohyeok Park, who’s more worried about landing a business deal instead. However, one day when Dohyeok’s path crosses a monster outbreak, he somehow manifests powers as a rare and powerful Awakened. With his new abilities will Dohyeok find that he has what it takes to survive?
Return of the Disaster-Class Hero
If you’re looking for a new manhwa to read after Solo Leveling, why not try the manhwa that Redice studio has started serializing in replace of Solo Leveling. This new series is a great read and definitely something to think about picking up. It has comedy, action, and a powerful main character ready for revenge. With similar art styles and a main character that can nearly match Jin-Woo in arrogance, fans of Solo Leveling are sure to love this series.
During a raid on the tower of the devil the legendary hero and 13th member of the 12 Saints, Lee Gun died, sacrificing himself for humanity. Or so it’s thought, instead, Lee Gun was betrayed as he fought and defeated the great evil Red Eyes, betrayed by one of the 12 Saints Lee Gun was trapped at the bottom of the tower, surrounded by thousands of regenerating monsters. The rest of the Saints exited the tower with their spoils and lied to the world, now 20 years later, Lee Gun is finally free and out for revenge.
The Advanced Player of the Tutorial Tower
This series has everything that you got out of Solo Leveling and more rolled into one! Comedy? Action? Story? The Advanced Player has it all! With the main character that follows almost the exact path of Sung Jin-Woo, along with some funny shenanigans on the side, this series will have you reading on and on.
After being trapped for 12 years in a tower full of regenerating monsters, Hyeonu Kim is more powerful than just about any human or monster on Earth. Now that he’s free, he’s determined to find out who was behind his imprisonment, even if that means he has to kill hordes of monsters — and inadvertently save the world — along the way.
The Max Level Hero Has Returned
Also known by the name, The Max Level Hero Strikes Back, this series is a great manhwa to pick up after Solo Leveling. Although it’s not as similar to Solo Leveling as some of the other entries on our list it still roughly has the same premise. The weak become strong quickly and rises to the top, except Max Level Hero Has Returned includes some revenge in it.
Struck down by an enemy arrow, the powerless Prince Davey O’Rowane falls into a deep coma. His soul somehow ends up in a place where the greatest of greats gather, the Hall of Heroes. There over one thousand years pass as Davey undergoes painful training under the watchful eyes of legends to become a legendary hero. Now back to his kingdom, he’s awake and ready for the enemies hiding in his father’s court. They better be prepared for the prince everyone had labeled as weak and attempted to kill is back and much stronger than before!
Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint
Many series have done the reincarnation or sent back in time plot, where a protagonist knows what will happen and has been sent in the past to fix it. However, Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint does it in such an interesting and creative way that you won’t even realize that it’s happening. With a comedic and sarcastic protagonist who just happened to be lucky and an amazing supporting cast, any future readers are sure to love this series.
Dokja Kim was an average office worker whose only real interest was reading his favorite web novel ‘Three Ways to Survive the Apocalypse.’ But when the novel reached its final chapter, the web novel he had been reading since middle school suddenly became reality. Now Dokja is the only person who knows what is going on and how everything will end. Armed with his extensive novel knowledge, Dokja uses his understanding to change the course of the plot of his beloved story and subsequently the world as he knows it.
Our next entry, Mercenary Enrollment, is set in a world that’s almost entirely different from Solo Leveling’s monster-ridden world. However, with that said if you are a fan of action, drama, and just an overall amazing story then this manhwa is for you! Check out the synopsis below!
At the age of eight, Ijin Yu lost his parents in a plane crash and became stranded in a foreign country, forced to become a child mercenary in order to stay alive. He returns home ten years later to be reunited with his remaining family in Korea, where food and shelter are plenty and everything seems peaceful. But Ijin will soon learn that life as a teenager is a whole other feat of survival. And with his past life catching up to him things will only be harder. Can he survive a year of high school? Or rather, will the school be able to survive him?
The Beginning After the End
Chances are that you may have heard of this series before or maybe you’ve seen its acronym, TBATE. Based on the hit web novel of the same name The Beginning After the End is a reincarnation story that will blow you away. It’s not very similar to Solo Leveling but I guarantee that you’ll love the series nonetheless. Although it may take one or two chapters to find its rhythm TBATE will have you hooked on and in love within its first few chapters.
King Grey has unrivaled strength, prestige, and wealth in a world governed by martial ability. However, loneliness and solitude linger near for those with great power such as himself. Beneath the exterior of a powerful king lurks the shell of man, without a purpose nor will. Reincarnated into a new world filled with magic and monsters unlike his own, the king has a second chance at life. Correcting the mistakes of his past life won’t be his only challenge, however. Because underneath the peace and prosperity of his new world is a new threat that could destroy everything he has worked to this point for. Will he fight for his new home and prevail or will his past life begin to catch up to him?
Although pretty different from Solo Leveling, our next entry, Dungeon Reset, is the perfect read for fans of the adventure and comedy aspects of Sung Jin-Woo’s infamous story. Dungeon Reset starts off like any typical dungeon or tower manhwa, however, it quickly differentiates itself with the main characters’ strange circumstances. Unlike some other entries on this list, the series won’t blow you away but it will have you laughing your head off as it slowly builds up its plot.
Once it starts up, the dungeon goes through a reset process. But why doesn’t this reset process apply to me?! With simple skills and an overwhelming weapon, Jung-Dawoon, “the bug” searches for a way out of his endless prison.
Player Who Can’t Level Up
Yes, this series is exactly how the title describes it. The similarities between this series and Solo Leveling should be obvious right off the bat, both following a weak main character who suddenly gains power…it seems to be a pretty popular plotline. Player Who Can’t Level Up does everything right and is the perfect read if you’re looking for a Solo Leveling replacement.
Gigyu Kim awakened as a player at the age of 18. He thought his life was on the track to success, climbing ‘the tower’ and closing ‘the gates’… But even after clearing the tutorial, he was level 1. He killed a goblin a day, and he was still level 1. Even after 5 years, he was still level 1. “Who would have thought that this kind of player would exist.” No one knew.
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