ATG – Chapter 969

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Chapter 969 – Desperately Cultivating

Relying on the Jadefallen Ice Soul Pellet, Yun Che’s profound strength increased greatly in a short amount of time. The profound energy in his body was in a restless turmoil but this was an inevitable side effect.

Yun Che summoned his Heaven Smiting Sword and grabbed onto the handle of the sword with both of his hands, but the blade still fell abruptly, heavily smashing to the ground.

Even though his profound strength had increased, it was still difficult to control the Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword which reached almost five million kilograms in its normal state.

Yun Che focused his eyes, opened “Purgatory,” and his profound energy wildly surged. He wielded the Heaven Smiting Sword fiercely and under the terrifying force of the sword, the airflow in the space in front was instantly eliminated. Yun Che roared loudly and then his whole body ignited the Golden Crow Divine Flames. He wielded the Heaven Smiting Sword with all of his power and everywhere he pointed with the blade burst into a disastrous sea of flames.

Boom boom boom boom boom boom…

The temperature in the cultivation room increased drastically. When the ice mist dispersed, the ice spirits quickly disappeared in panic. Following the last flame burst, Yun Che fell on his knees and his Heaven Smiting Sword fell heavily onto the ground, almost falling out of his hands.

Sixty-seventh strike!

The promotion of three small realms allowed him to strike his Heaven Smiting Sword sixty-seven times in his “Purgatory” state and his Golden Crow flames. This was already an extremely great improvement. If he faced Ji Hanfeng now, even if he did not forcefully open Rumbling Heaven, he was confident enough to defeat him.

But this kind of improvement was still far, far too miniscule in the light of his far-fetched goal.

“If… I can wield and control the Heaven Smiting Sword as I wish in my normal state…” Yun Che said to himself in a low voice as he tried to catch his breath.

Normal state…

He lifted his head and he suddenly remembered the spatial storm under the Primordial Profound Ark back then… and the leaping change in the strength of his body and profound strength in the spatial storm.

Later on he found out that the original spatial storm came from the Primordial Profound Ark traveling through space and the spatial storm that kept on becoming stronger was an intentional interference by Jasmine… the purpose of it was to tear his limit over and over again.

Every one of his “rebirth” after tearing his limits was yet another breakthrough.

Tear… limits…

A strange light suddenly flashed deep inside Yun Che’s eyes.

He stood up and took out a piece of stone that was flickering like a star in the shape of a square from the Sky Poison Pearl—the Starpicker Stone given to him by Mu Sushan.

Yun Che leaped softly up onto the Starpicker Stone. He slowly sat down and a refreshing flow of air suddenly came out of the Starpicker Stone and covered his whole body. It made him feel more energized and he felt a little less tired than before.

This kind of air flow might be unfamiliar and mysterious to other people but Yun Che knew very well what it was… because it was clearly worldly energy!

Its function was actually to gather the energy of heaven and earth!

The descriptions that Yun Che heard earlier about the Starpicker Stone made him think that its function was to accelerate the circulation of profound energy. He didn’t expect it to be able to gather the energy of heaven and earth… It was indeed a magical stone that was formed by bathing in starlight!

This discovery made Yun Che extremely excited. He immediately became focused and started channeling the Great Way of the Buddha.

The worldly spiritual energy in the God Realm was already many times purer and thicker than in the lower realms. Adding the Starpicker Stone’s magical ability to gather power to that, the energy of heaven and earth that was flowing into Yun Che’s body was like a flood, quickly recovering his emptied profound energy.

After thirty minutes, Yun Che opened his eyes.

His emptied profound energy was completely recovered in a short thirty minutes!

This kind of speed was so shocking that it could almost be capable of shaking both the heavens and the earth and was enough to stun a strong practitioner like Mu Sushan.

Leaping off the Starpicker Stone, Yun Che grabbed onto his Heaven Smiting Sword once again and the expression in his eyes suddenly became fierce and decisive.

“Rumbling Heaven!!”


The exploding sound of profound energy was so loud, as if mountains had collapsed and the overloading power stirred the air flow in the entire cultivation room into chaos. It was as if Yun Che turned into a beast in fury. He wildly swung his Heaven Smiting Sword, creating a destructive nightmare-like stormwind.

There was a shockingly loud sound and the floor of the cultivation room suddenly exploded with shattered rocks flying everywhere. By the second strike, the floor was directly lifted up. By the third strike, the shattered rocks that were in the air just now were all reduced to tiny powder.

Even though it was merely three strikes, wounds were already appearing on Yun Che’s arms and blood was seeping out. However, Yun Che had no intention of stopping at all, the expression in his eyes was still as fierce as a direwolf. By the fourth strike, scarlet-red flames lit up on the Heaven Smiting Sword. When it was swung out, the few kilometers of area in front of it was instantly transformed into a deadly sea of flames.

Boom! Boom!! Boom——

Every strike was struck with all of his power; every strike was as if he was facing his arch enemy.

After a whole seven strikes, Yun Che finally groaned, his profound energy completely drained. The Heaven Smiting Sword flew out of his hand and he kneeled heavily on the ground. His entire body was shaking non-stop, a few hundred traces of blood were coming out of different parts of his body and quickly spread everywhere.

“Rumbling Heaven” was absolutely not something he could control right now. From the seven strikes that he did using all of his power in the state of “Rumbling Heaven,” the burden that he had to endure was expected. Yun Che’s body at the moment was in excruciating pain, all of the bones in his body were as if they were all broken, all of his muscles were twitching violently and close to thirty percent of his meridians were all broken.

“Cough… cough cough…” Yun Che held himself up with his hand on the floor and coughed up some blood.

If someone else were to take this kind of damage, they would have been half dead already.

Furthermore, it would also be an unrecoverable injury to their profound veins.

Yun Che was paralyzed on the floor for a while, then he finally moved his body, with difficulty, towards the Starpicker Stone. As he moved, blood trailed behind his body.

Even though his body was spasming in extreme pain, his eyes revealed an almost twisted excitement. When his hand touched the Starpicker Stone, he didn’t have any more strength to move at all. Even his breath became extremely weak.

Just like this…

Just like this… tearing my limits… the feeling of being near death!

Yun Che actually started laughing. He was paralyzed there for a while, suddenly he gritted his teeth and roared deeply as rolled himself onto the Starpicker Stone. He sat still with difficulty, in a twisted posture and started channeling the Great Way of the Buddha. Under the magical power of the Starpicker Stone, the energy of heaven and earth quickly gathered and flowed towards Yun Che, recovering his body and profound veins.

This time it was completely different than before. He had just exhausted his profound energy earlier but this time his body was injured severely and his profound energy was seriously overdrafted.

Back when he was facing the Moon Slaughter Devil Sovereign at the Moon Slaughter Devil Nest, the consequence of forcefully opening Rumbling Heaven was that he had to use an entire week to make a complete recovery.

He was probably the only person in the whole world who could recover completely from such a state and not leave any residual effects. If it was someone else, not to mention recovering, it would be a miracle just to survive. Even if one could survive, they would end up having their body and profound veins crippled.

And this time…

After two hours, Yun Che’s cheeks were no longer pale and were slowly turning back to red.

After four hours, his breaths became extremely stable.

After eight hours… Yun Che slowly opened his eyes, a light that didn’t show any signs of weakness flashing in them.

In a short period of eight hours, his wounds and profound energy were completely recovered!


Yun Che leaped down from the Starpicker Stone and when he landed, he was already holding the Heaven Smiting Sword in his hands once again and berzerk air waves were once again released from his body.

Having recovered from the nightmare consequences of “Rumbling Heaven” from earlier, he opened “Rumbling Heaven” once again.

His strength instantly became incredible, the five million kilogram Heaven Smiting Sword was especially light in his hands but at the same time. The cells in his body were all trembling under the heavy pressure, as if they would burst at any moment.

The expression in Yun Che’s eyes was fierce. Having condensed all of his willpower on the Heaven Smiting Sword, he slashed forward with all his might… Every time he opened Rumbling Heaven, he would push himself near death. With every strike he put all of his strength in, it brought him a step closer to the abyss of death.

He was risking his life; forcefully taking the Jadefallen Ice Soul Pellet was risking his life and he was still risking his life now. The reason he was trying so hard was only for a chance to see Jasmine again.

Because it was Jasmine, it was worth everything he had. Even if all of it was just for a mere chance to see her.


The Heaven Smiting Sword flew out far away and Yun Che fell on the floor once again. His body trembled from the pain and a pool of blood spread from under his body.

This time, it was still seven strikes but the last strike was with the support of flames, it was “Destroying Sky Decimating Earth” that consumed the most energy and it collapsed almost all of the blood veins and meridians in both of his arms, especially his right arm, from which blood was shooting out like a fountain.

His eyesight became blurry, his entire body was in pain and he couldn’t stop himself from quickly becoming unconscious. He bit his tongue and tried to not let himself pass out. Then he dragged the body that no longer felt like his own towards the Starpicker Stone.

“Hah… I can… keep going… I know… I can…”

Barely hanging onto his final breath, Yun Che climbed back onto the Starpicker Stone and entered the recovery state once again.

If the same thing happened to some other profound practitioners, even if it didn’t cripple their body and profound veins entirely, most of it would be crippled after having done it just one time.

With the body of the Dragon God, the recovery ability of the Rage God and the profound veins of the Evil God… Yun Che was the only person in the world who could risk his life training like this.

After an hour, Yun Che recovered once again. The first instant he left the Starpicker Stone, he opened Rumbling Heaven once again…

In the state of Rumbling Heaven, his profound energy would be completely emptied in a very short period of time and he would be heavily wounded, on the brink of death. If he wasn’t careful or if his will collapsed and couldn’t recover in time, there was an extreme possibility that he would die on the spot.

Back then, on the Primordial Profound Ark, he experienced more pressure on his body and a smaller pressure on his profound energy.

This time however, the pressure on both of his body and his profound veins was immense.

The cultivation room was transformed into a scene of devastation. Under the destructive power left by the Heaven Smiting Sword, even its self-repairing speed seemed to have become a bit slow. Yun Che continued to forcefully open Rumbling Heaven, release power until he was near death and relied on the Starpicker Stone and the power of Rage God to recover, then he would open Rumbling Heaven again only to recover… again…

Again and again, one day after another, one month after another, in an endless cycle.

An enormous pain, desperation and the terrifying risk of dying hung over him all this time. He seemed as if he didn’t care about anything else and suddenly became a madman who had been possessed and cultivated like crazy with an inhumane and cruel method.

He didn’t know what kind of consequences there would be with the way he was cultivating. But, to be able to reach his far-fetched goal, he had to forcefully tear though his limit… This was what Jasmine taught him and this was the only solution he could think of.


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88 thoughts on “ATG – Chapter 969” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Confirmed. Xiaolan joins the harem. My fellow Xiaolan haters, today we mourn. For she has seen his junk, and she knows he’s a hunk. The blush and her background will be her entry ticket. *sobs*

      In other news, Bingyun has no reaction to his junk, and hence she will not be joining the official main harem.

      1. “confirmed”….why people use that word so easily?, … can’t you even think in another reason for a blush to happen in a girl?, romantic feelings is NOT THE ONLY THING.

        1. Doesn’t matter. As soon as Mu Bingyun brought up that Mu Xiaolan is the princess of some important family and that the family hopes she’ll get married soon gives about a 90% chance that she’ll end up in YC’s harem.

          1. 90% is not the same as confirmed, but I agree that it might happen.

            Also it’s weird how her family name is “Situ”, it is used in many novels(including this one).

            Situ Nan in ATG is/was floating city governor(chapter 22).
            Situ Nan in ISSTH and RI…

          2. Surnames are in limited supply in China. There is a list of traditional surnames compiled in ancient times. I don’t know if they have added to it in recent times. But it’s a fairly short list.

          3. well.. it’s xianxia… no one is going to kill the author for randomly adding a few new surnames to that list himself….
            well…. maybe…

  1. Good Evil-God that’s a slow rate of advancement. If all the “RotG” OP training hype was just this, I am sorely disappointed Mars. At least the tenth level brink would have been satisfactory. He can have the flashy entry in to the Divine realm then as well.

    Also, bets on the dragon giving him a power up along with the Phoenix? He might even steal tribulation lightning when someone else is about to breakthrough. *evil smile*

    1. No no no. That joke where you listen intently for five minutes only to find out it has no point to it is the biggest joke. This taking the pellet had a point. There needed to be something to make things awkward between the two while demonstrating how hard it is for him to level up even with divine pills. This also showed his excellent control over energy. I am sure all these things will be made use of plenty later.

  2. Lmao people, we must be patient because; a hungry man enjoys his food to the fullest however a full man can not even eat it, meaning to say if you get what you expect, when you expect it you’ll get bored of it but if you are made to wait and the wait is worthwhile (because mars is a god in a sense)then how fantastic would that be??

          1. This’ll sound weird but it looks pretty soft and tiny, it’s not erect after all. I’m sad to say it might even look cute…

  3. 1. Many are thinking that the divine tribulation will fall in the YC when it passes from soul to tribulation, unfortunately you are wrong! The tribulation will only descend from the heavens when it reaches the 10th level!

    2. It has been given a lot of emphasis that the tribulation is lightning, this already makes it very clear that the YC will not take damage and may even benefit!

    3. It has been said that whoever reaches the bottom of the dragon’s cave, in the realm of flame, will become the new king. In this case it has also been made quite explicit that the YC will be the new king, and with this status he will be able to persuade the great king to let him watch the tournament without being in the required kingdom.

    4. It is also very explicit that the YC will be able to train for 3000 years (3 years) in the sky pearl, make the count, 2.5 years until the tournament + 3 years of cultivation in pearl, the result is 5.5 years, the time of probable death of Jasmine!

    5. It is very likely that the item that Jasmine saved when the YC defeated the devil was the second treasure, and she will use it in case she feels threatened, or will use to fulfill her goal to kill the billions of people she desires .

    6. Why did the little aunt’s mother receive the black ray?!?!?!

    7. Hong’er certainly has a relationship with the Ancestral Sword.

    8. Was the deep fist forgotten ?! He did not even use the divine sect test.

    9. I miss the Buddha’s Path, it’s only level 4 … remembering that we have 12 levels!

    10. Many inheritances were left from the Evil God to the YC … surely he knew that an heir would be born in the blue star.

        1. There was a unconnected story of the wife that was found after dark lightning struck the ground. Grampa told it when YC was trying to find out why there was so much purple crystal that suddenly appeared near his home town and attracted the attention of the phenix clan. The location of the mine and the dark lightning (black ray?) was the same.

      1. Flaws are in every one of the points but they have some food for thought. Lightning tribulations are common place in martial arts novels and most ignore immunities to some degree. Also if this pill was not evidence enough that his evil God immunity is limited by his cultivation I don’t know what is…the pill was ice attribute energy and medicine is poison. With the water seed and sky poison pearl he should be fully immune. But as he can’t hold the energy he was harmed nonetheless. Same concept should apply to the lightning tribulation.

        1. The ice energy itself did nothing to him. It was the medicinal energy that accompanied it that did. Also medicine isn’t poison. At least that’s how the story classifies it. He’s immune to water/ice and poison but not anything else that accompanies it. It’s like he would be perfectly fine if a fireball hit him but if a flaming sword hit him, the flames wouldn’t harm him but the sword itself could. So if this tribulation lightning is just lightning energy then he’ll be fine while he might be in trouble if the lighting also has non-elemental profound energy mixed in.

          1. They classified medicine as a type of poison early on. He stated the spp was able to make medicine because of its ability to control poison. They also said on many occasions that the spp was able to remove the harmful effects. He froze when he took the pill…his teeth were clattering… That is not a side-effect of Medicine but it is a reaction to the cold. He didn’t have the same reaction to the cold in the trial or when his surroundings were frozen by lesser powers. He was harmed by the energy of many enemies in the past when their attacks were fire or darkness because he couldn’t withstand the blow. Call it kinetic energy, pure energy or whatever you want. The things he is immune to are not the only thing involved in an attack than he will still receive harm.

      2. As for the 3Rd point I semi agree. He will reach the bottom and will get the title but it will not grant him an exception. I maybe wrong but it seemed the limit was not set as a restriction just to save energy. I thought it was implying that the environment inside would be inhospitable to such a degree that those below the limit wouldn’t be able to survive. This made me feel that they would allow him to try entering with out much hubbub but they wouldn’t expect him to actually survive entry… Wishful thinking I know.

      1. I’m with you on that. Not only would it be a huge bump in defense and offense because of the ability to use earth and wind… But every time he gets a new seed his cultivation sky rockets.

      2. probably find the earth one in the fire. cause it’s an inhospitable place, he may as well casually come across something useful like the earth seed. why not? not an actual question…

    1. On Honger’s relationship with the ancestral sword, i have reason to believe she is half of it, and her silver twin in Evil God’s dark realm under blue pole is the other half.

    2. No.9- The Great Way of the Buddha’s next stages after 6th one can be practiced ONLY after he reaches Divine Profound Realm (or else KABOOM!), plus it needs a lot of comprehension (maybe adding on getting shred to pieces or worse dying cases) then he can advance. His body now is too OP against same lvls so it might be too easy if he heals so quickly in a death match?

      1. There are 30 or so chapters stacked up but the translators are keeping us slow because patreon.
        They wanna blue ball us to death i need a water seed Q.Q

        At least their updating. but they do seem to be running around in circles a little, but it’s still better than Mad Snail who says the same thing like 5 times in a single chapter, but only rewords it to make it seem like you’ve progressed, but all you’ve done is read the same thing for the 3rd time with the sentence seeming a little different, thus diverting your attention and making you as a reader have the misconception of advancing well standing still. Showing you how it’s done, is not to hard, after all, by making you read this, I have achieved the same thing as that author, but instead of a whole chapter, I have rewritten a single paragraph. in Chinese novel equivalent, it may actually be 2 paragraphs.

    3. Although I don’t understand why you’re saying the stuff everyone’s already said (except the tenth level part) I am a bit peeved by number five.
      And no, she doesn’t want to kill billions, she just has peeps she wants to kill, and peeps who get in her way.

    4. id like to elaborate on point 10:

      a huge plottwist would, if yun che himself was the evil god. like a selffullfilling prophecy. by trying to get to jasmine and save her, he dies, but because of the mirror of samsara he gets another life. we know already that the mirror messes with timelines. so its possible that yun che gets to live the life of the evil god. and because he is it himself he can leave behind all the stuff yun che got. because of everything we know, its like it was MADE for yun che.

      – jasmines arrival and his inheritence of the profound veines
      – the fire, water, lightning and darkness stone, right when he needed it
      – the fact that he got send to su ling (i actually forogt how the name, the girl from yun che other life) on the other continent via the dimensional portal of the evil god
      – all the legacys on the blue polar star

      so what if the evil god never vanished, but was biding his time, since it is yun che. then when the time is right, he steps back into the world, saving jasmine in the most badass way ever. because obviously something fishy is going on, shes probably a sacrifice to the realm king, and the only way to solve this is to be stronger than him, but that will never happen in a short 5 (or as someone said 3002, due to the pearl) years.

      or another hypothesis, that isnt that far fetched, is that the evil god was the creator of the evil infant wheel, or at least can control it. so yun che might be able to use the wheel jasmine got, or at least is able to counteract it to protect the ones he wants, since he also got the pearl.

  4. Anyone find it strange how the convention is open to people under 60 years but only happens once every 1000 years? (true, this time it happened after 700 but still)

    1. They have people who can accelerate time and people who can slow time down maybe… Also your birth is part of your fate. Only those with a great destiny will be worthy of the competition anyways… The top of the gods realm can accelerate the timing of the tournament if they believe a true genius is born. Im also sure someone has to have the ability to suspen a person with out ageing them for a period of time so they can attend even if their fate at birth was less than perfect.

  5. I wonder when he is going to use that cheat power to cultivate. I remember it saying a long time ago that the reason most cultivators wanted the evil god veins was because you could just absorb like the natural energy stuff. Like at the golden crow fire lake thing. So maybe he will just use the heavenly netherfrost lake to cultivate and get that massive boost in cultivation.

    1. was wondering the same. he should just go the realm king and say: hey show me your most dedliest and coldest place, i need to cultivate. plus points if the phoenix is there.

      same with the fire abyss on the other planet.

      also did hong er ever give him jasmines gift? i think not. will probably be a lst minute thing or something.

      1. Revealing how unique he is increases the chances that he’ll become a target. He can maybe trust Bingyun a lil bit, but trusting the Realm King is pushing it.

  6. Does anyone know the current release speed, I just caught back up and I am into this Arc! I really don’t want to have to settle for 2 chapters per week.(Judging by the current release speed)
    Well, anyways wanted to thank all our Wonderful Bunny’s for the hard work 🙂

  7. A strange pattern …
    When the patrons were 400-500, we received 4-5 chapters a week.
    Now there are 722 people, friday and still only one chapter this week (3 on average per week)

    1. They said “incase the writer goes on a hiatus we will have 30 or so chapters stacked up so we can keep releasing at a steady pace”
      What i wanna know is did the writer say he would go on a hiatus this year or is the writer named become a patreon if you wanna read chapters in advance

  8. Hey, if I support this on patreon, will i really get few chapters in advance? I am not sure if that is the original translator.
    Btw Im joining the f5 sect starting today…

  9. The words of the golden crown from chapter 609..

    You now have the Fire and Water seeds to form the Fire Spirit Evil Body and Water Spirit Evil Body. When you have fused it into your Evil God’s Profound Veins, you will have formed the ‘Lightning Spirit Evil Body’, when that happens, even ten thousand kinds of lightning will not affect you. Not to mention lightning formed by profound energy, even lightning from the heavens will not affect you!”

  10. So, will he ever reach the 5th level in the Way of Buddha? That’d increase his strength to hold his sword without opening the Evil Gates. Also, will he ever use his lightning? He hasn’t used it once in a fight ever since he comprehended it. It’s like the author made him forget about these. Would like to see him get a new power that he’d actually use. That hasn’t happened ever since he got the Golden Crow Flames. (Doesn’t use Lightning nor Darkness).

      1. maybe he’ll use his lightning ability when he’ll get some lightning holy beast legacy (blood and soul).I think this is the reason why YC didn’t use lightning. In comparison to phoenix and crow legacy his Yun family’s lightning powers are weak.

  11. Honestly I was expecting Hong’er to have eaten the Starpicker Stone. She’ll eat things besides swords and crystals if they have enough energy like she did with that nine suns jade the Golden Crow gave YC before.

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