Solo Leveling is a South Korean novel series that has recently seen an anime adaptation. Arguably the most popular manhwa in the world, Solo Leveling is sure to attract a lot of attention, especially in light of the fact that the anime adaptation is truly great. While we’re enjoying the episodes, we have decided to cover the series as we usually do, and this article is going to be about a very important group of items that are exceptionally relevant to the overall lore of Solo Leveling. They are stones, and as we can see in the series, there are several types of stones in the series.
As far as we know, there are four types of Stones in the series, three of which have been seen and named in the anime, with one additional type that has not yet been included in the adaptation. In this article, we are going to tell you about each of them as we ranked them based on the value they have in the series.
4. Glow Stones
The first type of stone we are going to talk about here is the Glow Stone. The Glow Stones were mentioned in passing early on in the series as one of the known types of stones (three were mentioned, but Jinho omitted the Rune Stones; we don’t know why) encountered in the Dungeons. They are fairly common and are generally present in every Dungeon and in larger quantities. Why? Well, their principal role in the series is to add light to the Dungeons, hence the name. As seen, they are usually not present in Dungeons where insect-type Beasts live, as such Beasts don’t like light.
As for their worth, it is debatable whether they even have any worth at all. They are too common and have a very limited scope of application, so it is quite possible that their value is very low. In any case, there is absolutely no doubt that among the four known types of stones in the series, the Glow Stones are definitely the least valuable.
3. Mana Crystals
Mana Crystals are the second type of stone we are going to talk about on this list. Mana Crystals are blue-colored minerals that can be found in certain dungeons. They emit a blueish light around them and, like Glow Stones, light the area around them, although they are not used for that purpose primarily. As their name suggests, they are a relatively valuable source of Mana.
Mana Crystals are usually found attached to the walls of a Dungeon and have to be mined. Since Dungeons don’t have electricity, a party has to bring their mining equipment inside a Dungeon to take them, and they usually have specialized members who are great at mining.
As for their value, it cannot be denied that Mana Crystals do have some value, but they are not as valuable as Rune and Essence Stones in the series. In smaller quantities, they are not that valuable, but mining a large amount of them can be useful, which is why many Hunters often use them as a secondary source of income, as they can be sold for solid prices.
2. Rune Stones
Rune Stones are a special type of stone of runic origins and are usually dropped by Beasts. They are generally different in appearance based on the runic power they contain, so they are among the more diverse stones in the series. They look like regular rocks but can have different shapes and colors, and the runic inscriptions on them are also different for each Runic Stone.
Each Rune Stone is special because it contains the powers and abilities of the Beast that dropped it. In that aspect, we can name several important Rune Stones in the series: Kang Taeshik’s rune stone (contains Stealth as an ability), Igris’ rune stone (contains the Ruler’s Hand skill), Baran’s rune stone (contains the Shawod Exchange ability), and Kamish’s rune stone (contains the Dragon’s Fear ability).
As far as their value is concerned, they are quite valuable among Hunters, as they contain special powers and abilities, which add value to them in the series. They are definitely more valuable than Glow Stones and Mana Crystals, but are not as valuable as Essence Stones, which is why we ranked them like this.
1. Essence Stones
The Rulers created Essence Stones to aid them in their conflict with the Monarchs, but the scheme was actually far from altruistic. Although their exact origins are unknown, we do know that the Rulers constructed them during the initial conflict with the Monarch. In order to cause the Beats to kill people, they created them and then placed them within Magical Beasts. When a fresh battle against the Monarchs erupted, the stones’ presence would, in turn, flood the planet with mana, strengthening human resistance and ensuring their eventual survival.
They come in different shapes and sizes, as well as colors, and are ranked according to the traditional ranking system of the series. They are extremely valuable, especially higher-ranked ones, as they can be used as a powerful source of mana, as well as energy in the real world. They are the most valuable stones in the series.
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