In this post, I’ll share with you the top 10 manga similar to solo leveling featuring a strong protagonist that you won’t want to miss reading in 2021.
Solo Leveling is a Manhwa that has been viral since the beginning of time and has millions of fans across the planet. It’s in the Top 20 on sites like Anime-Planet, where it’s ranked among the top 20 most popular mangas.
The most appealing aspect of this manhwa is its artwork. Some fans may disagree that the plot isn’t spectacular, or that it is simply riding on hype. However, it does not alter the fact that it is one of the most read manhwas, and you have come to check out other Manga like Solo Leveling.
1. The Beginning After the End
This manhwa is about a young man who gets transported to a different world where he has to fight for survival. He meets many interesting characters along the way, and the artwork is very beautiful. The pacing is amazing, and you will never get bored from beginning to end.
King Grey is a powerful man in a world of people with martial abilities. However, he is also a shell of a man who is filled with will and purpose. When he gets reincarnated into a new world with magic, he gets a second chance at life. He must make different mistakes this time around and figure out his destiny. This manhwa is exciting from beginning to end with amazing artwork and funny moments.
2. Second Life Ranker
In “The Ranker Who Lives Twice”, Yeon-woo’s twin brother has disappeared and he finds his pocket watch with a diary inside that says he is already dead. Yeon-woo decides to climb the Tower of the Sun God to save him. The manhwa is well balanced and is like solo leveling in some aspects.
The Ranker Who Lives Twice has been recognized in South Korea with impressive sales, the Korean company who published it, “Dong-A”, reported that they had sold more than 200,000 copies of this manhwa in 2009. The Korean Manga Award-nominated it for a prize in 2010.
On Mangazuki, a manga aggregator, “The Ranker Who Lives Twice” was ranked first place for the manhwa on their website.
3. Versatile Mage
Versatile Mage is a unique manhwa that is very similar to solo leveling. Both the main characters face mockery and turn OP as they progress through the chapters. They also develop a unique ability that always surprises others. While its pace might not be on par with Solo Leveling, it gets better and better. So, if you’re looking for a manhwa-like solo leveling with an OP main character, then feel free to try this out.
4. Mercenary Enrollment
In Yu Ijin’s life, everything changes after he survives a plane crash and becomes a mercenary soldier. After 10 years, he finally discovers the whereabouts of his sister and grandpa, so he gets a new start in his life as a student. However, it seems like he can’t have a peaceful life in a high school filled with bullies. Mo Fan leads a normal student life like others but when he inherits a magic necklace, everything changes. Not just him but the world which has been used to run by science is now filled with Wizards and even in the schools, they teach sorcery. However, while he still has many burdens on his family he witnesses how he turns into an exceptional versatile mage by harnessing more than one element of magic. It might not give you the best art-wise experience but it is an exceptional manhwa.
5. Legendary Moon Light Sculptor
Hyun Lee lives a difficult life with his grandma due to working part-time. Even so, they still can’t live happily. One day, he enters a VR game known as Royal Road in order to make money. Although he wants to earn money, he makes less than he anticipated. He gets his free lunches by flirting with NPCs and works day and night to develop his skills. Now, he must create an avatar that can determine the future of his family. Royal Road is one of the best manhwas like “Solo Leveling”, and we recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable read.
If there is any manhwa in this list that can be on par with “Solo Leveling” it would be Legendary Moonlight Sculptor. One thing is the artwork shows effort and time into each scene, which makes some scenes pass by just to yell out “Wow!” But due to the change of artists, there might be some cliches, but overall it will be an enjoyable read.
6. The Gamer
Jee-Han is a gamer who one day notices a mysterious phenomenon where he acquires the power to superimpose characters into the real world. With this power, he is able to do things like go to the store and see stats of people displayed on their heads. However, he soon discovers that there are monsters in the world that need to be killed, and he is not alone in having this power. The story follows Jee-Han as he uses his power to fight these monsters and learn more about the world he live in.
The author of the series, Son Jae-ho has also done manhwa like The Great Merchant and Level Up! (co-authored by Oum Yeongrak). The genre is a fantasy with elements of horror and action. It has been serialized in the webtoon since June 2015 by Naver Webtoon.
7. So I’m a Spider, So What?
Shiraori is an average high school girl, but now she’s reborn in a magical world as a spider. She’s not sure what to do in this new world, but she’ll have to figure it out quickly because she’s not the only one in this new world. Other creatures are after her life, and she’ll have to use all of her cunning and strength to survive. This manhwa is funny and exciting, with great artwork and character development. This manga is perfect for those who love solo leveling stories.
This manhwa reminds me a bit of the average manhwa that’s published over at Line Webtoon. It’s not an exceptional one, but it follows a pretty standard premise and doesn’t try anything too outlandish with the story or characters.
8. I am The Sorceror King
LeeSungHoon is a hunter who, due to his mother’s illness, is forced to act as bait in order to protect humanity from the monsters that suddenly began appearing from the dungeons. However, one day he is severely injured and remembers his past life as the sorcerer-king. With the knowledge from his past life, he slowly begins to regain his powers until he is finally able to save the earth from the monsters. Unlike solo leveling, in which the MC becomes incredibly powerful through some unknown entity, in this manhwa all of the hunters who have awakened their powers are able to help protect the world. This provides an interesting perspective on character development, as all of the hunters must work together in order to overcome the obstacles they face.
The comic is written and illustrated by . It was later licensed in North America by Yen Press, which has released all volumes to date.
9. Tomb Raider King
A discovery was made when God’s Tombs appeared all around the world, shocking everyone. The relics within the Tombs might assist them in wielding mythical powers that no one has dreamed of before. Some were able to utilize them, while others became enslaved to them.
The city is overrun by monsters, but the Tomb Raider appears, on a mission to steal all of the stolen relics from the Tombs across the world. And so, with his second life, Tomb Raider’s journey into revival begins, and he will recover whatever has been lost.
We don’t need to tell you that this is a blatant copy of solo leveling since you’re looking for a manhwa like that. However, it isn’t necessarily bad because the idea behind both activities is similar.
10. Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint
In a post-apocalyptic world, Kim Dokja’s favorite novel “Three Ways to Survive the Apocalypse” becomes a reality. As a solo reader of the novel, he gains a great advantage in the changing world. However, he can’t just become the protagonist and save the world just like that. For the past ten years, this is the only novel that’s keeping him alive and now he must find the reason why suddenly the world is filled with scenarios. The manga/manhwa “Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint” tells the story of a man who must find out why his favorite light novel has suddenly come to life.
11. Tower Of God
Bam is a young man who has been alone his whole life until he meets Rachel. Rachel is determined to climb the Tower, and she is willing to leave Bam behind to do so. After Rachel disappears in a veil of light, Bam follows her and quickly learns that the Tower is a dangerous place full of ancient secrets, fearsome monsters, and nefarious humans. Each floor of the Tower is protected by an Administrator who puts the daring challengers through grueling tests that will push them to their limits. As Bam confronts Headon, the Administrator of the first floor, he learns that he is an ”Irregular,” someone who was not chosen by the Tower but was able to enter it on his own. Regardless of this revelation, his path forward is clear. Be it wealth, power, glory, or even reuniting with Rachel, all desires will be realized at the top of the Tower.
The story takes place mostly in The Tower; a huge structure which contains several different worlds and dimensions. The story describes how these worlds work and their relations to each other.
12. Cultivation Chat Group
Song Shuhang was suddenly dragged into a chat group with several old people who had chuuni disease. The participants inside the group called each other ‘Fellow Daoist’ and used a variety of titles, such as Palace Master, Cave Lord, True Monarch, Immortal Master.
They had even named the group’s missing pet “monster dog.” They’d chat about pill refinement, ancient ruins exploration, and tell stories of their own experiences with drug experimentation throughout the day.
That’s when he joined the group. He discovered that not everything was as it appeared after spending some time lurking inside the group.
13. Dungeon Reset
When the adventure begins, it goes through a process known as “Reset the Next User.” Why doesn’t this reset procedure work for me? I’m the only one left out of all those endless resets. The Jung-down game begins as soon as you walk inside the dungeon with simple abilities and a massive weapon.
14. FFF Class Trashero
The protagonist Kin Han Soo, who was summoned to a fantasy world for ten years, finally killed the demon king. It’s time to be sent back to Earth now that the fantasy realm’s god has materialized with his report card. What is this? The god of the fantasy worlds appears alongside his academic record. Because he effectively destroyed all of the obstacles that had prevented him from killing the demon king, his personality score was F. Following this regression, he must return to the beginning and begin again. Can Kang Han Soo put an end to these endless returns?
In the story, Dongtae is a boy who has problems with almost everything. He is bullied at school, and he can’t get the girl he likes. However, everything changes when Taebin, a Dicer, transfers to his school. Upon obtaining a mysterious dice, Dongtae’s life becomes more interesting. The dice is a magical cube that can transform anything about him. For Dongtae, this means that he suddenly becomes popular at school and is able to get the girl he likes.
16. A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special
Desir Arman is transported back in time to when he was attending Havrion, a prestigious magic academy. He sets out to change the past in order to save the world and his loved ones from the Shadow Labyrinth – an apocalyptic existence that humanity has failed to overcome. With only three years remaining before the emergence of the Shadow World, Desir rallies powerful comrades to help him save mankind. This manhwa is an exciting adventure with lovable characters and an emotionally-charged plot.
“The New Gate” debuted on Naver Webtoon in 2013 and is written by Sung Sang-Young and illustrated by Kwang-Hyun Kim. It has been collected into 30 volumes as of 2017, with roughly translated chapters available for reading on LINE Manga. There is also a spinoff series published on LINE, titled “The New Gate: Amethyst Crisis”, which is currently ongoing.
17. Metropolitan System
Jiang Bai was killed in a truck accident when trying to escape from a high-risk casino after winning a huge amount of money. He is transported into a parallel world that is similar to Earth and merge with his alternate pathetic self. Over there he met the mad god who grants him a powerful BUG ability in this new world. Jiang Bai is now stuck in his alternate world self, who is far weaker and less much influential than the original. Can he make a comeback in this new parallel earth with his new cheat abilities?
The novel was originally published on Naver.
18. The Resurrection Of The Catastrophic Hero
The protagonist is a powerful Hunter that is betrayed by his teammate in a high-ranked dungeon raid. He has been pushed off a cliff and is presumed dead, but he miraculously survives and climbs back up to the cliff. 20 years later, he has returned for revenge. This manga is similar to Solo Leveling, but the protagonist is much more powerful.
19. Hardcore Leveling Warrior
In the story, a man known as the “hardcore leveling warrior” falls back to level 1 from level 99 in a game called “lucid dreams.” He must work his way back up and find the player who killed him. This manhwa is full of action, humor, and lovable characters. It is sure to keep you entertained until the end.
If you are a fan of solo leveling, then the author has come up with an opposite concept. It doesn’t mean it is not similar to solo leveling, but the concept stands out our point.
With a sharp mix of fighting scenes, lovable characters, and humor, it keeps you entertained until the end. In other words, it’ll be a hell of a ride for you.
In Warble, Jude Park strives to become the King of Grimoires, but his future gets changed by a Warlock, and he begins to stop the destruction of the entire world. Warble has one hell of an op mc; sometimes, he gets even badass than Sung Jin-woo. In my opinion, it’s criminally underrated as the artwork is weird in the beginning; it gets really better later on. In the action scenes, story, and at the end of the story, you’ll find all the answers you need. Endure a few chapters in the beginning if you feel it a little boring. So, if you’re looking for a manhwa-like solo leveling, try this one out.
Overall: 9/10 – Highly recommended, especially if you’re looking for a solo leveling manhwa.
Top 20 Manwha/Manga Like Solo Leveling
- The Beginning After the End
- Second Life Ranker
- Versatile Mage
- Mercenary Enrollment
- Legendary Moon Light Sculptor
- The Gamer
- So I’m a Spider, So What?
- I am The Sorceror King
- Tomb Raider King
- Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint
- Tower Of God
- Cultivation Chat Group
- Dungeon Reset
- FFF Class Trashero
- A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special
- Metropolitan System
- The Resurrection Of The Catastrophic Hero
- Hardcore Leveling Warrior