Upgrade Specialist in Another World (异界之装备强化专家) – Index

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Upgrade Specialist in Another World (异界之装备强化专家) is a popular Chinese fantasy web novel by writer Endless Sea of Clouds (茫茫云海). Completed in 2013, it has 1356 chapters and just over 3.61 million characters in total, which are divided into 10 books. The novel belongs to the subgenre of different world in the fantasy genre. It is action-packed, occasionally humorous and even mixed with some elements often seen in role-playing video games. This is the reason why he-man enjoyed it a lot and decided to translate it into English.  Subsequent to he-man’s translation, both RWX and Deceptioning have taken turns on this project.


Just as a gamer found an overpowered skill book called ‘Item Upgrade’ in the hottest virtual reality role-playing game on Earth, something happened to the game’s system, causing his soul to leave his body and go to another dimension. Common sense dictates that he would be born anew then become the greatest overlord of this world by making use of his advanced knowledge. Not in this case! He was already dead. Only some fragments of his soul and that skill book managed to get into that dimension and merge with an ordinary common youngster called Bai Yunfei.

This was the enormous Tianhun continent, where humans could be said to have no limits. There was a group of humans here who could cultivate the power of their own souls then control their bodies, the natural elements and even other people’s souls with that power! These special beings were called — soul cultivators. Come witness how the several fragments of the dead inter-dimensional traveler’s soul and that skill book, which was not governed by the laws of this plane, were going to help Bai Yunfei become a legendary soul cultivator and craftsman!


Book 1 - Rise of the Cloud

Chapter 1: Bai Yunfei
Chapter 2: Equipment Upgrade Technique
Chapter 3: Uncle Wu
Chapter 4: Slaughter in the Coliseum
Chapter 5: The death of Uncle Wu and the Transformation
Chapter 6: Do You Want Power?
Chapter 7: Exploded?!
Chapter 8: Soul Apprentice Stage! Cultivation and Research
Chapter 9: Change
Chapter 10: Target, Blackwood Stronghold!
Chapter 11: First Encounter With Bandits
Chapter 12: Li Chengfeng
Chapter 13: First Time Fighting a Soul Cultivator; the Might of the Upgraded Items!
Chapter 14: Soul Personage Stage, Soul Skills, and Soul Armaments!
Chapter 15: For Bandits Like These, Prepare to Kill!
Chapter 16: Kill! Kill! Kill!
Chapter 17: Declare War on the Blackwood Stronghold!
Chapter 18: Bai Yunfei’s Plan
Chapter 19: The Time is Ripe; Infiltrate the Stronghold!
Chapter 20: Kill the Vice-chieftain!
Chapter 21: The Final Fight Against a Soul Warrior and Flying Daggers!
Chapter 22: Destroy the Blackwood Stronghold and Return to the City!
Chapter 23: A Trend of the House of Zhang, Coming to the Rescue
Chapter 24: Another Encounter With Zhang Yang and A Battle for Vengeance! (First)
Chapter 25: A Battle for Vengeance! (Second)
Chapter 26: A Battle for Vengeance! (Third)
Chapter 27: A Battle for Vengeance! (Fourth)
Chapter 28: Stab Zhang Yang to Death!
Chapter 29: Green Willow School, Luliu, and Yuhe
Chapter 30: Schools of the World!
Chapter 31: Romance by Rescue isn’t Believable
Chapter 32: Soul Warrior Stage and Acupoints
Chapter 33: Meeting Li Chengfeng Again
Chapter 34: Explode! Explode! And Explode!
Chapter 35: +13 brick! Hurling!
Chapter 36: +13 brick! Stunning! Confusing!
Chapter 37: Movement From the House of Zhang and Incoming Peril!
Chapter 38: Initial Success With the Wave Treading Steps
Chapter 39: +12 daggers!
Chapter 40: Research Item Properties Again
Chapter 41: Leave… Peril is Coming?
Chapter 42: I’ve been tricked!
Chapter 43: Fleeing and… Worrying
Chapter 44: Three Days of Tracking; an Approaching Mortal Danger!
Chapter 45: Go All Out! Fight!!
Chapter 46: The Gap in Power!
Chapter 47: Strike back!
Chapter 48: Ninefold Fist Force vs. Glacial Palm
Chapter 49: Run away!!
Chapter 50: Reaching Snowpeak City
Chapter 51: Secret Exposed! Greater Danger!!
Chapter 52: Meet the Old Man From the Fate School Again
Chapter 53: Original Property of the Soul
Chapter 54: First Arrival in Cuiliu City; A Cliched Scene?
Chapter 55: Artificial Respiration is Needed?
Chapter 56: Liu Meng
Chapter 57: Stroll and Tell
Chapter 58: Long Tao Duo [Long Tao = Walk-on Part]
Chapter 59: An Inexplicable Attack
Chapter 60: Bloodhowl Wolf King’s Adopted Son Hong Yin
Chapter 61: Meeting Qiu Luliu Again
Chapter 62: The +10 Additional Effects of Accessories
Chapter 63: Is This Jealousy?
Chapter 64: Green Willow School
Chapter 65: Sudden Event
Chapter 66: You Want to Fight? Let’s Fight!
Chapter 67: The Brick Defeats a Soul Technique
Chapter 68: Mission Accomplished; Conspiracy Discovered!
Chapter 69: Things That Always Happen at a Restaurant
Chapter 70: In a Flash
Chapter 71: First Meeting With Hong Yin
Chapter 72: See Through it
Chapter 73: What Should be Said Has Been Said
Chapter 74: One Against Two
Chapter 75: Help Arrives
Chapter 76: Injury Treatment
Chapter 77: Approaching Crisis
Chapter 78: Soul Beast
Chapter 79: A Powerful Foe Comes to Fight!
Chapter 80: Seven Day Agreement!
Chapter 81: Frantically Rising in Power
Chapter 82: Essence Fireseed, Equipment Mutation
Chapter 83: The Changes in the Two Items
Chapter 84: Battling Zhang Zhenshan Again
Chapter 85: The Foe Retreats, Backlash
Chapter 86: Fireseed Spirit Mushroom
Chapter 87: Middle Soul Sprite!!
Chapter 88: ‘Flame Dagger’ of the Bracer
Chapter 89: Upgrade Complete
Chapter 90: Departure

Book 2 - Wandering the Northern Cliff Province

Chapter 91: Just Arrived at Stonegroove City, and the Space Ring is Already Stolen?!
Chapter 92: The Thief of the Space Ring
Chapter 93: Jing Mingfeng,’No Discord, No Concord’
Chapter 94: Jing Minfeng’s Action, Preparing to Retaliate?
Chapter 95: Taking Liberties With Women
Chapter 96: Entrapment by Jing Mingfeng and the Incoming Ridiculously Absurd Disaster
Chapter 97: ‘Superior’ Equipment
Chapter 98: What’s Going On?
Chapter 99: Aunty, I Really Don’t Know Anything!
Chapter 100: As Like the Heart Flying With the Clouds, Be Free and Easy
Chapter 101: Escaping is Important, Time to Go!!
Chapter 102: Kill Them Straight Away
Chapter 103: Chased by a Soul Ancestor! 
Chapter 104: Jiang Fan of the Crafting School!
Chapter 105: Once Again….
Chapter 106: Bird Soulbeast?
Chapter 107: Tianming
Chapter 108: Another Encounter
Chapter 109: ‘The Heart Flies With the Clouds’, Tang Xinyun
Chapter 110: Beaten Black and Blue
Chapter 111: A Deal?
Chapter 112: Disguise Technique
Chapter 113: The ‘Lawlessness’ of Upgrading
Chapter 114: Spirit Recovery
Chapter 115: The Consequences of Not Filling An Hole After Digging It 
Chapter 116: Quickshade Bird
Chapter 117: Release That Bird!
Chapter 118: Taking Care of the “Small Fry”
Chapter 119: Only Two Remain
Chapter 120: Mutual Understanding
Chapter 121: Saving the Quickshade Bird, But What has Happened?
Chapter 122: Soul Contract
Chapter 123: Compliant Rope
Chapter 124: Assistance
Chapter 125: Moonlight on the Rooftops
Chapter 126: An Indescribable Attack
Chapter 127: The House of Zhao, and the….Beast Taming School Again?
Chapter 128: Instakill!
Chapter 129: Destroying the Evidence
Chapter 130: Unexpected Information
Chapter 131: Xinyun In Trouble
Chapter 132: Stay Your Hands!!
Chapter 133: One Spear Shocks the Enemies
Chapter 134: Like A Hot Knife Through Butter
Chapter 135: Self Detonation 
Chapter 136: Astonishment
Chapter 137: The House of Ye
Chapter 138: Rest
Chapter 139: Four Lords of the Capital
Chapter 140: Stand to Watch
Chapter 141: Threefold Slap
Chapter 142: Paying a Visit to the House of Liu
Chapter 143: I’ll be Imposing on You Then
Chapter 144: The Goal
Chapter 145: Use This to Slap Him
Chapter 146: Sending Everyone Flying With a Slap
Chapter 147: A Meeting
Chapter 148: Zhao Xiluo
Chapter 149: Soul Contract
Chapter 150: Give Up
Chapter 151: I’m Not Too Familiar With It
Chapter 152: Unexpected Windfall
Chapter 153: Late-stage Soul Sprite
Chapter 154: Zhao Xiluo’s Visit
Chapter 155: Reconciliation
Chapter 156: Sharing Pointers
Chapter 157: The End
Chapter 158: Honorarium
Chapter 159: Fragments of the Flying Dagger
Chapter 160: There Must Be Treasure In the Mysterious Cave!
Chapter 161: Greater Scorpion
Chapter 162: Mutual Destruction
Chapter 163: You Rascal
Chapter 164: As the Mantis Hunts the Cicada, the Oriole Stalks the Mantis
Chapter 165: Save Me!
Chapter 166: The Oriole Shows Itself!
Chapter 167: Post Battle Analysis
Chapter 168: Walk-on Strawhat
Chapter 169: Going Hunting
Chapter 170: Sudden Mishap
Chapter 171: Crescent Moon Killers
Chapter 172: To Battle!
Chapter 173: Synchronizing Soul Techniques
Chapter 174: Fury
Chapter 175: The Surprise Attack of Shao Ling
Chapter 176: Wiping Out the Enemies
Chapter 177: A Profitable Inventory
Chapter 178: Crescent Moon Blades and Set Equipment!
Chapter 179: Upgrade Stone!
Chapter 180: Upgrading in Batches

Book 3 - The Crafting School

Chapter 181: At the Base of Mount Crimson
Chapter 182: Testing for the Gift of Fire
Chapter 183: Meddling in the Affairs of Another
Chapter 184: There’s Strange Things Everyday, but Today Even Moreso
Chapter 185: Fighting With A Student of the Crafting School
Chapter 186: Elder of the Crafting School
Chapter 187: Escaped
Chapter 188: There’ll Always Be Someone That Needs A Spanking
Chapter 189: Heading Up the Mountain
Chapter 190: The ‘Simple’ Crafting Examination
Chapter 191: Ye Zhiqiu (First)
Chapter 192: Great Elder Xiao Binzi (Second)
Chapter 193: Announcement of the Soul Armaments, Forward! (Third)
Chapter 194: I Won’t! (First)
Chapter 195: Ending and Profit! (Second)
Chapter 196: Friends (Third)
Chapter 197: Exceptions and Trials! (First)
Chapter 198: The Welcoming Gift of Becoming a Disciple! (Second)
Chapter 199: Ardent Sun Gloves, Gloves That Have Both Attack and Defense! (Third)
Chapter 200: Mysterious Space
Chapter 201: Alarming Change!
Chapter 202: A Double Upgrade of the Fire-tipped Spear
Chapter 203: Soul Compatibility
Chapter 204: Fourth Elder
Chapter 205: Secrets of Firebending
Chapter 206: Hidden Training For a Month
Chapter 207: A Challenge
Chapter 208: Rock Slicer
Chapter 209: Of Doppelgangers and Victory!
Chapter 210: ‘Armament Skills’!
Chapter 211: The Art of Crafting! (First)
Chapter 212: Huangfu Rui (Second)
Chapter 213: Meeting Tang Xinyun Once Again, But as a Junior?
Chapter 214: Learning How to Craft
Chapter 215: Forging Cauldron
Chapter 216: A ‘Defect’ in the Upgrade Technique?!
Chapter 217: Upgrading at Lightning Quick Speed….Isn’t Enough!
Chapter 218: A Brief Break
Chapter 219: Skipping a Stage to Refine by Compression!
Chapter 220: Losing Control
Chapter 221: Confusion
Chapter 222: Soul Binding!
Chapter 223: Becoming a Soul Ancestor!
Chapter 224: Awakening (First)
Chapter 225: The Anima Realm and Lifebound Armaments! (Second)
Chapter 226: An Upgrade in the Upgrade Technique! (Third)
Chapter 227: Memory of Another (First)
Chapter 228: The Test (Second)
Chapter 229: Renamed as the Cataclysmic Seal! (Third)
Chapter 230: Elder Cousin?
Chapter 231: A Small Test of Blades
Chapter 232: You Let Me Win 
Chapter 233: Rising Up in the Hierarchy!
Chapter 234: The Legend of the Alchemy School
Chapter 235: The Lightning-fire Cauldron and the Violet Soul Ring!!
Chapter 236: A Stabilized Rate of Training and Changes to the Upgrade Technique
Chapter 237: Redfire City
Chapter 238: Na Lanyin
Chapter 239: A Stroll
Chapter 240: Lantern Festival!(Second)
Chapter 241: A Competition
Chapter 242: How Coincidental!
Chapter 243: The Strength of Xiao Rourou! 
Chapter 244: The House of Liu From the Northern Ridge Province
Chapter 245: Take It All!
Chapter 246: Life Jade Slip
Chapter 247: Curopia City in the Black Mountain Province
Chapter 248: House of Xiao
Chapter 249: Prepare to Die!
Chapter 250: Xiao Binzi’s Strength!
Chapter 251: War! 
Chapter 252: Can You Kill? 
Chapter 253: A Predicament
Chapter 254: Fight On and Press On!
Chapter 255: A Sword Through the Heart!
Chapter 256: Invasion of a Late-stage Soul Ancestor! 
Chapter 257: A Draining Development
Chapter 258: Craze and the Might of the Cataclysmic Seal!
Chapter 259: There’s No Escape!
Chapter 260: The End of a Battle
Chapter 261: Damage to the Essence Fireseed
Chapter 262: The Consequences of a Chaotic Explosion
Chapter 263: The Soul Refining School!
Chapter 264: Self Blame
Chapter 265: Upgrading Accessories
Chapter 266: A Worsening Injury
Chapter 267: Powerless
Chapter 268: Upgrading Craze
Chapter 269: All or Nothing
Chapter 270: Yun’s Soul Ring
Chapter 271: Avoiding Danger
Chapter 272: The Weeping of a Woman
Chapter 273: A Conclusive but Silent Decision
Chapter 274: Scared but Unhurt
Chapter 275: The Blabbermouth Xiao Er
Chapter 276: Returning to the School
Chapter 277: Violet Soul Bracelet
Chapter 278: Imprisoned Fireseed
Chapter 279: Special Circumstances
Chapter 280: An Unexpected Profit: the Cultivating Pendant
Chapter 281: I’ll definitely do it!
Chapter 282: A Legend
Chapter 283: Reforming the Essence Fireseed!
Chapter 284: Difficulties
Chapter 285: The Final Conclusion
Chapter 286: What to Do?
Chapter 287: Happy Birthday!
Chapter 288: Accompanying You Back Home
Chapter 289: Tempest Sword
Chapter 290: Tang Xinyun’s Identity
Chapter 291: Big Dagger and Little Dagger
Chapter 292: Insta Die!
Chapter 293: Strength is as Shown
Chapter 294: And Another Death!
Chapter 295: A Violent Attack!
Chapter 296: Attacking the Enemy Together
Chapter 297: A Deal
Chapter 298: Orchid Town
Chapter 299: Mt. Orchid
Chapter 300: Knocking Out A Mouthful of Teeth
Chapter 301: Going Home
Chapter 302: Reunion Between Mother and Daughter
Chapter 303: Paying a Visit
Chapter 304: Utter Defeat!!
Chapter 305: Intimidation
Chapter 306: Worth It!
Chapter 307: A Conversation and A Test
Chapter 308: There’ll Always Be An Unexpected Windfall Admist the Buyout
Chapter 309: Kou Tingting 
Chapter 310: Detoxifying Earring and Hydrotherapy
Chapter 311: Reunion Festival
Chapter 312: I Am the Bandit Chief
Chapter 313: List of Prodigies
Chapter 314: Dragonfruit
Chapter 315: Baby Wind Squaller
Chapter 316: Junior Headmaster of the Beast Taming School
Chapter 317: A Must Have!!
Chapter 318: Bidding War
Chapter 319: Shocking Everyone
Chapter 320: Mo Ni
Chapter 321: A Reunion With Jing Mingfeng!
Chapter 322: Trading for the Soul Concealment Art
Chapter 323: The ‘Blackwind’ Dagger (First)
Chapter 324: An Unexpected Twist? (Second)
Chapter 325: Friends?! (Third)
Chapter 326: Instant Death? (Fourth)
Chapter 327: Instant Death (First)
Chapter 328: Double Kill!! (Second)
Chapter 329: The Mushroom is Back, But Now What?! (Third)
Chapter 330: Xinyun Was Kidnapped!
Chapter 331: Forming an Essence Fireseed Again!
Chapter 332: The Stone Asura
Chapter 333: Battling a Soul Exalt
Chapter 334: Pushed Back? Time to Counterstrike! (First)
Chapter 335: The Overusage of a Technique and Despair! (Second)
Chapter 336: The Collision of Two Fireseeds! (Third)
Chapter 337: The Final Explosion (Fourth)
Chapter 338: The Death of Hidden Snake (Fifth)
Chapter 339: A Safe Rescue (Sixth)
Chapter 340: The Mastermind Was Him! (First)
Chapter 341: Resting After a Battle and the First Rumors of Fame (Second)
Chapter 342: The ‘Soulbound’ Yun’s Soul Ring (Third)
Chapter 343: Misgivings
Chapter 344: Tang Ming
Chapter 345: The Third Son of Tang
Chapter 346: Tranquility
Chapter 347: Poisoned?!
Chapter 348: Elder Hai
Chapter 349: A Game Between Two Experts
Chapter 350: Welcoming Gifts
Chapter 351: Dual Flame Arts and the Dual Dragon Burst!
Chapter 352: Unexpected Guests
Chapter 353: Meeting Mo Ni Again
Chapter 354: When All Worries Melt Away
Chapter 355: A Meeting of Foes
Chapter 356: Anger From A Son’s Death
Chapter 357: Expulsion
Chapter 358: Returning a Tiger to Its Mountain?
Chapter 359: Hunted!
Chapter 360: The Closure to a Chapter 
Chapter 361: Smooth Training and….Unknown Dangers!

Book 4 - Soulbeast Forest

Chapter 362: Two Years Later at Praestia Pass
Chapter 363: Accepting a Request
Chapter 364: Adventuring Team
Chapter 365: A Tentative Understanding
Chapter 366: Soulbeast Ambush
Chapter 367: A Two Year Summary and an Unordinary Situation
Chapter 368: An Unexpected Crisis!
Chapter 369: A Wave of Soulbeasts!
Chapter 370: Battle Determination
Chapter 371: A One Man Wall!
Chapter 372: Dual Desert Eagles and Gun Fu
Chapter 373: Dual Flame Arts: Coil!
Chapter 374: The Final ‘Mountain’ of a Soulbeast!
Chapter 375: The Hillbeast
Chapter 376: Coil x Dual Dragons!!
Chapter 377: ‘Long’, Swordsman of the Three Swords Style
Chapter 378: The Final Battle
Chapter 379: The Subsiding Wave of Beasts
Chapter 380: A Rendezvous
Chapter 381: A Request
Chapter 382: Becoming Famous Again
Chapter 383: The Unusual Soulbeast Forest
Chapter 384: Fighting a Pack of Wolves
Chapter 385: Suddenly, A Purple-crowned Snake!
Chapter 386: Three-eyed Bloodlion!
Chapter 387: A Sudden Breakthrough!
Chapter 388: Fighting a Bloodlion Solo
Chapter 389: A Mental Attack
Chapter 390: The Decisive Blow!
Chapter 391: The Hidden Enemy
Chapter 392: Thunderfire Wolf
Chapter 393: A Challenging Battle
Chapter 394: Escaping
Chapter 395: Reluctance!
Chapter 396: Meeting Na Lanyin Again!
Chapter 397: Guidance (First)
Chapter 398: Battle Between Wolf and Bird (Second)
Chapter 399: An Uneggxpected Discovery (Third)
Chapter 400: Renactment of Deja Vu and Bamboozlement (Fourth)
Chapter 401: +14 and….an Anomaly! (Fifth)
Chapter 402: Hatching and Regressing!(Sixth) 
Chapter 403: You Have to Be Amazing, Right Xiao Qi?!! (Seventh)
Chapter 404: Xiao Qi Powering Through the Levels, Through the Night! (Eighth)
Chapter 405: Crafting! (Ninth)
Chapter 406: The Unique Equipment, the Beast Taming Ring! (Tenth)
Chapter 407: Blue-eyes Wyrm
Chapter 408: The Strength of the Beast Taming Ring, and A Cool Mount
Chapter 409: Xiao Qi’s Love for Singing
Chapter 410: One Azure Leaf Boat, Yun Liantian the Wanderer! (First)
Chapter 411: The Melancholy of Xiao Qi (Second)
Chapter 412: Meeting the Greenwood Wolf Again (Third)
Chapter 413: Xiao Qi’s Strength (Fourth)
Chapter 414: Not an Effect But a Skill!
Chapter 415: Reaching the ‘Limits’ in One Month?
Chapter 416: Thunderberry
Chapter 417: Thunderwing Bat
Chapter 418: A Miscalculation!
Chapter 419: A Serious Injury
Chapter 420: Form a Soul Contract!! (First)
Chapter 421: Concluding a Soul Contract!! (Second)
Chapter 422: Advancing to Become a Soul Exalt! (Third)
Chapter 423: Battling Again! (Fourth)
Chapter 424: The Final Gap, and Victory!
Chapter 425: Another Power Up?
Chapter 426: Safe Zone
Chapter 427: The Two Winged Kings
Chapter 428: The Fate of Xiao Qi
Chapter 429: Wind and Lightning Feathers
Chapter 430: Is Something the Matter?
Chapter 431: Barren Battleground
Chapter 432: Dragon’s Roar
Chapter 433: Appearance of the Powerful!
Chapter 434: Black Dragon King
Chapter 435: A Huge Battle Incoming!
Chapter 436: The Fearless Black Dragon King
Chapter 437: Twister
Chapter 438: Escape?
Chapter 439: Gathering of Kings!
Chapter 440: Nephrite Throne
Chapter 441: The Black Dragon’s True Form!
Chapter 442: Leaving the Battlefield (First)
Chapter 443: The Tragedy of the Throne Seeker, the Convenience Man (Second)



175 thoughts on “Upgrade Specialist in Another World (异界之装备强化专家) – Index” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. Absolutely nothing is wrong with that, is what I say. In fact I personally HATE, and despise the virtual reality/in-game demographic of Japanese/Chinese novels, manga, and whatever else you can think of. If it doesn’t happen in an actual real world, and is pure in game then all I have to say is meh. . .. . . .. .or maybe. . .. bla . . .. bob. . .. lob. . . law. . . .. . or bob loblaw if you will!

          1. your right, its horrible. the author himself admits to being unable to write a female character NOT in love with the MC. but i kinda feel you posted that just to troll

          2. Still doesn’t make it bad, genius. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t make it bad. It’s obviously not the best, but I’d give it a 6.5/10. If your one reason for not liking the game is the fact that “the author can’t write women not being in love with the MC” you are an incredibly shallow person.

          3. lol Serinitus raging about the author being unable to write a female character NOT in love with the MC makes it seem like he’s never read a xianxia novel.

          4. What makes it bad, is that it betrayed the viewers expectations. We were shown an anime that was different then the rest, the MC had CHOSEN a single girl out of the harem, and “married” her in the game, and raised a little girl for a time and it was a perfect ship. But that perfect romance was utterly destroyed in the following seasons, betraying our hopes, and the characters themselves. Kirito became nothing more than your average harem protagonist. Flirting with other girls while his woman is kinda being molested and held hostage. After that when he saved her, he introduces her as a friend to the new harem candidate Sion(Think thats her name?) and basically just becomes a complete douche bag who forgot about Asuna after the game SAO. Then the plot degraded to just playing video games with the harem (Klein included) and nothing more. Even though Kirito and Asuna agreed their love wasnt just in SAO, overall it was just in the game SAO…

          5. Most people keep confusing the SAO anime with the LN. Don’t we all know (and agree) that practically no anime ever follows the series of events as they occur in the LN?

          6. Let’s remember everyone that SAO Light Novel is a phenomenal read concerning the principles of loyalty and perseverance. The anime is garbage. We all know it. Even Highschool DxD which was actually a rather good LN became just as if not more so trashy as an anime. Just keep these things in mind folks that usually movies and shows of things don’t turn out as well. Just look at the Eragon movie. Its utter garbage. Or the Vampire’s apprentice movie? The books were actually really well written but movie was a level of trash that made the other stuff mentioned look like gold. And don’t forget the Percy jackson movies. Good god…..

          7. I would give SAO a 3 out of 10. To clarify, 5 is an average read. I found SAO have very drastic problems when it came to plot. The author clearly has no sense of direction with where he/she wanted to take it. Character development was honestly fantastic for the beginning of the novel, but then the character drastically change for no revealed reason. The beginning has four major plot lines of which only one gets resolved. The book had potential to get an 8 out of 10 by my standards, nearly on par with the “Name of the Wind.” However, there was far too much content that simply didn’t even relate to any major plot lines. Its like reading Desolate Era, reaching the void level, and then deciding to go back and spend 9 chapters working with a xiantian level expert on a problem. (I chose DE because everyone seems to have read it) Its annoying to read to some, others may like it, but there is simply no reason to spend so long on something that really doesn’t matter and has no application to the major plot lines. Theres plenty of things to critique as a lot things were handled in a very poor manner. (Yui being saved onto Kirito’s helmet, why not just disable the kill function while your editing your helmet?) No one except for Kirito’s first friend dies in a world thats plagued with death. There were good points as well, albeit they were few. If anyone is looking for another novel I’d be happy to recommend one or two or twenty, depending how high of rating you want, how long you want the series, and what genre.

          8. Hey @akola, since you mentioned that “name of the wind” was an 8/10, could you recommend novels that are on the same if not better levels? I have read the ender’s game series just in case you try to mention it.

            I love stories that can keep me hooked all night long, where the world is interesting and the mc does not always get what they want. Male or female

          9. I know this is like over a year later but I just happened to be reading the comments to see if I’d be interested in checking this story out when I saw what you guys are writing…This many people disliked SAO the anime? Really?

            I’ve considered myself an otaku specifically into awesome action oriented anime since Vampire Hunter D in the 80s and personally I thought SAO was the most epic anime that came out that year, the only anime as engaging during that 2-3 year time period SAO was airing was Attack On Titan. In fact, everyone I knew who went to anime expos and cosplay events with me LOVED SAO when it was coming out. Where did all these people who think the show sucked come out of the woodwork from?

            *edit* Just to clarify that i’m not just some SAO junky I totally read and watched other similar shows like Overlord and although I think overlord has a better told story than SAO, but the action scenes from the anime have nothing on SAO at all. When I watched Sword Art Online for the first time I thought it was the greatest anime since Samurai Champloo lol.

          10. The first half of the first season was great. Literally everything afterwards was really bad. And as for the LN, the first few books were really good, but the author clearly loses track and it becomes mundane later on.

          11. I honestly think most people just love to bandwagon stuff, be it love or hate. I recently saw the anime adaption of The Kings Avatar, something I had read earlier on this site, and there was the same flaming about SAO there. The thing is, Kings Avatar is a spectacularly boring story. The anime adaptation is beautifully animated, no doubt, but the story is the same as the LN – that is, without any real purpose, direction or significance. Yet people will sit there and flame SAO, which at least had characters who were at real risk, etc. as if it’s a pile of dogcrap. And the only reason I see for it is because one is popular now and the other isn’t. When SAO came out I only saw praise for it. Now it has become a social meme to shit on it, and that’s all you see. Most people are just sheep without their own opinions, and I think they don’t even realize it. I mean no doubt there’s problems with SAO but they aren’t massive compared to any other anime/LN I know of.

          12. @Daimyokage has read Eragon, and I am one who liked it and @Ckola has good Critique… Can the two of you recommend your favourites for me please… 🙂

      2. Because of the number. Don’t get the wrong idea, I like CD and TDG. It’s just that there’s also BTTH, CC1 and CC2, and they almost all had the similar genre, environment, power scales, etc. that it seems like there’s almost nothing new about them. While in Ark, LMS, and The Gamer, aside from these three there aren’t much Light Novels and Manwhas that are about real people battling in a virtual reality game where you will level up, collect loots, and stuffs. I thought that this one is going to be like those 3 but turns out it didn’t. Just disappointed on how it turns out to be that way.

        1. I personally do not see how Xianxia and VR-stories are too different from one and another. They practically all do the same thing.

          But yeah, the VR-setting is strangely popular these days.

          1. I’m just looking for a Manhwa that is just about playing a virtual reality online game. Not about saving the world or transcending into godhood. Just a plain story of the adventure of a certain player in a virtual reality online game and his struggles with other guilds and players while also dealing with his everyday life in the real world. I thought that this one is going to be like that but it turns out that it’s another adventure of one man transcending again to the realm of gods. I like the theme though since he’s obviously a craftsman/blacksmith type and that’s what I love a lot when I’m playing an online game.

          2. Have you read?:
            * So What If It’s An RPG World!?
            * Only Sense Online

            RPG-world is on the “world-saving” level, but it’s heavily comedic and nonchalant to the point that it doesn’t matter too much. Only Sense Online is truly about playing a game…Very slowly. A slice-of-life story.

            If you want an extensive list of recommendations, run a search query for: forums/topic/22141-where-can-i-find-recommendations/
            It’s in Batoto.

          3. You should try The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor Manhwa, you practically typed it’s intro just now. It should be exactly what you are looking for.

          1. Most of those are about fighting for survival, being stuck into the game world, or being sent to another world similar to the game. What I mean for the manwha that I’m looking for is just a simple ordinary human being playing a virtual reality online game. It gives you the feel that it might become possible in the real world in the future, that’s why I find those kind of novels and mangas exciting.

        2. Besides Log Horizon, SOA and .hack having people stuck in games the rest are exactly what your looking for, ordinary people in virtual worlds. Besides the gamer isn’t even about video games but a character with video game abilities.

        3. Marzarret, there’s something you have to be able to distinguish. Yes, it is understandable that you may have been disappointed because of the synopsis, but ultimately this is WuxiaWorld, a site for Wuxia, Xianxia, and Xiuzhen novels. Though the site may expand later (not sure), it is, at the moment, just filled with these archetypes of novels such as CD and TDG. I personally very much so enjoy this style, so I’m not upset about it. If you’re looking for those types of light novels (note–manhwa really just means Korean manga/cartoons) then you may need to search elsewhere. Otherwise, enjoy it for what it is.

          Happy Reading,

        4. If you want a solely virtual reality/slice-of-life then I can only think of Zhan Long. It is about an ex-SWAT member being recruited as a bodyguard for a rich heiress and enters the game with her. It separates virtual reality and his life so it stays solely as a game. Sometimes they interlock but that is only in term of the people he meets in game being pursued by him in real life etc. It is more focused on his adventure and exploits in-game.

          1. If you want you could try taming master.
            It got about 50 chapters, it’s to my opinion exactly what you are looking for.

    1. Its a Gamer type skill added to Wuxia fiction. I mean we already have instantaneous learning, inborn bloodlines, divine bodies. You are on this website, so you can’t completely hate wuxia/xianxia. This is Wuxia with LitRPG as a subgenre, and only really because of the one skill. Which honestly isn’t any more ridiculous in comparison to the plot devices that end in peoples hands. So I agree with Saceria. What’s wrong with that. I like the premise, even if the Re:incarnation Idea is a little overworked while trying to be original.

      I look forward to the blended genre’s, the promise of action and humor (lls, tdg, and issth are my favs cause of the troll MCs)


    2. It’s not bad, but if you’re interested with LMS, or Ark story. You should try “Shadow Rogue”, its really interesting VRMMO, and reality plot. And its chinese story too 😀

      Only down fall tho is I don’t know if the translator going to continue translating it 🙁

    3. Zectas is a really good virtual reality and an original creation so its still being written out no translations JawzTranslations.com is where to find it, theres also RoyalRoadl.com they have a lot of fanfics they are making some damn good ones Eye of the Adventure, Emperor Saga, Ages Online are all very good. they might be fanfics but they are very popular and very interesting all just virtual reality game based no like god level sht they’re definitely inspired by LMS as most new VRMMORPG Light Novels are but they all have their own adventures in different worlds and are all very fun and creative

    4. and that is a relief….that it is not again a game stuff, too many of that stuff is so boring, instead reality portrayed is way better

  1. to the point i did read it, its just awesome
    my gamer heart is beating faster
    cant wait for more chapters to this point this Novel
    is something new from the storyline (for us from the West)
    and i really like it

  2. I have a question where did you get this novel ? Just in the Internet looked not found of the writer and the novel . Search gives only the website wixiaworld.

  3. WOW! He-man IS BACK!!!

    I’m glad to see He-man on the Chinese on-line novels translation scene again.
    I’ve missed his excellent translations and insane speed since the abrupt cessation of the original “Stellar Transformation” translation.

    Welcome back, He-man. 🙂 😀

  4. I hate myself now, I should have taken my own advice and NOT read this until it had a good amount of chapters because now I’m hooked. I should have known that anything he-man translates is going to be great

  5. @Marzarret – why don’t we try to ask our good translators to include 网游之诡影盗贼 作者:尘缘暗殇 or Sly Online Shadow Thieves (according to google translate) as their next project. it has the same VR game genre you are looking for. Actually I saw it on other light novel translating site before however the update is very slow

  6. BTW Sly Online Shadow Thieves other name is Shadow Rogue. It has mature content and the story covers the life of the MC in game and in real life very different from other VRMORPG theme light novels we have read.

  7. so over 8days later from the last update there has been no word from the translator and wuxiaworld took it off the main page and has not notified anyone of the recent update.

    1. The main page works on updates. If a series isn’t updated within 8 days the series disappears from the update thing. The same thing happened with Xian Ni, The Great Ruler.

  8. This just seams to be a case where the father is overtaken by the son. There is little doubt now that HEMAN is the true patriarch of our wxia/xianxua influx and enjoyment. This alone makes it impossible for me for me to be upset at all. But even if HEMAN was RENs muse, REN is still the measure and the reason all this took off, and continues to persist. Heart felt thanks to Ren for his consistency and integrity. And my heartfelt thanks to he-man for the legacy he’s unintentionally left behind. Much respect and thanks, I hope that you and yours are well and in good spirits.

  9. I guess this novel got dropped?

    Shame, it is a good novel. I finally got to start reading it, and now I got hooked. Well, even though it was a short ride, it was still fun. Thanks for the translations!!!

  10. Uhm… aren’t any more chapters coming out? What’s the release frequency? Has it been dropped? I seriously hope not, as I’ve been very much been taken by it.

    If it’s been dropped, at least I’d like to know what happens with Liu Meng.

      1. The translator has clearly stated that he is going through some family troubles. The fact you thought of that without even doing any research is just plain rude.

        1. with 1350 chapters he could have done more money continuing than leaving, and as said there was news explaining he got problems. Hoping he will come back or replacement find more time for it (not reading desolate era yet)

  11. I just started this because I had caught up with the other novel I was reading (TDG) and needed something to distract me of the wait…. And now, apparently the future state of updates/translations for this is apparently unknown.

    And RIGHT in the middle of a climactic battle! >_<

    I really hope someone decides to pick this up.. It's really good.

    1. Ren has picked it up but he clearly stated that, as he’s mainly working on Desolate Era, the frequency of updating won’t be that high, and it was around one chapter every 2-4 days. But a few days ago, Ren posted on the HOME about a problem with the site (I’m not really sure what it was about) and said he has to deal with that before thinking about translations. Therefore, as even Desolate Era suffered a bit, Upgrade has, hopefully only for now, been suspended. Unless the original translator comes back, we’ll just have to wait for Ren to solve all of the issues.

  12. Hello, I’m hoping to reach out to the current translator he-man and Ren, who has been helping to translate this and desolate era, regarding the translation of Upgrade Specialist. I have completed reading the entire novel raws and would like to contact you regarding translating this series in Wuxiaworld.

    I wonder if there is any way to work this out? I can show you the translated copies of the next ten chapters from where you left off =D

    1. Just Contact him directly. They often left behind their work e-mail for typo.
      You could write him there if that works.
      If not try Facebook or twitter.

    2. Heyy, sorry for the lack of replies, was busy with job interviews and attending convocations. I have emailed He-man and hopefully he replies me soon! Hopefully it works out too!

  13. Is there any way for me to get e-mail notifications when this story updates? I don’t really want to have to physically check each story constantly.

  14. I really liked this novel at first, for the first 200 chapters it was great, but it’s become incredibly difficult to continue reading, when every single character is legit stupid. When I reached chapter 210ish I took a break from this novel for a few months because it became painful to read but after catching up to chapter 278 it became impossibly annoying.
    *Spoilers from up to chapter 278*
    How on earth did both asoul king and a late stage soul exalt not piece together that not even a minute after Bai Yunfei went into Tingyu’s room suddenly she got better, and let’s say they didn’t, how did they not notice that a new ring was on her hand, when even freaking Xiao er, an absolutely incapable side character, noticed it, especially when they keep checking her pulse/soulforce/whatever through her wrist? Practically every single character in this story is a dimwit, barely any actions make sense, especially the mc’s pathetic yet somehow successful attempts at keeping his “secret” hidden, which only work because the rest of the world dictated by the author is even more dumb than him, and literally the only redeeming aspect of this book is that the story is legit good, which is why I’m so annoyed and pissed right now. This story had a great beginning, solid and interesting background, absolutely ruined by sheer character retardation. Even the characters’ depictions are well-done, their actions match their disposition (most of the time) when they’re not described in detail… But it makes it all the more irritating because they act like 7 years olds! And I’m not even talking about the kindergarten romance going on, when people almost implode from embarrassment from holding hands with the opposite sex, which might be cute and nice if it happens once or twice after the romance builds up, but when it happens every 5 chapters it becomes a total, and a completely immature, annoyance.
    I have vented my displeasure😤

  15. Overall this novel is pretty good. It is not without its flaws in terms of plot holes and such things. The biggest issue I had when reading this was the pace of the story. Maaaannnnn do they drag out arcs, to put in comparison the number of chapters for USAW to advance in would be three times more than what it is in ISSTH or most of the other common novels. It took the MC 200 chapter or so to reach the first school. However one thing that is unique about this novel is that the main character is not to OP he doesn’t have legendary unseen talent. The only thing he has going for is the upgrade technique which is progressivelly becomes less usefull (the effect are less noticable). Oh almost forgot it doesn’t look like this is a harem type novel, but it does have similar romance to Coiling Dragon.

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