Solo Leveling: Who Are the Rehabilitators? Introducing the Criminals Who Accompany Hunters!

Solo Leveling: Who Are the Rehabilitators? Introducing the Criminals Who Accompany Hunters!

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 the so-called Rehabilitators, a special group introduced in the series. Rehabilitators are former Hunters-turned-criminals who are serving a sentence and are sent to a Dungeon to serve part of their sentences there. In this article, we are going to reveal everything you need to know about them.

  • Article Breakdown:
  • In the lore of Solo Leveling, the term Rehabilitators refers to former Hunters who have committed a crime and are now serving a jail sentence but are summoned to a Dungeon.
  • As the series revealed, it is not unusual for Rehabilitators to serve part of their sentences in a Dungeon. However, this seems to be a measure only when Hunters are lacking in a certain area.
  • They are accompanied by someone from the Hunters Guild, who watches over them and is in charge of supervising their actions. For their participation, their total sentences are reduced.

The Rehabilitators were introduced when the original Double Dungeon party was reunited

As we have explained so far, there are numerous interesting concepts in the world of Solo Leveling. Most of them are related to some in-universe mechanics, but there are those that refer to characters as well. We have already written a lot about the “Lizards,” and in this article, we are going to discuss the so-called Rehabilitators, another specific group of characters that deserves our attention.

As the series has shown us so far, it is not uncommon for Hunters to become criminals. The “Lizards” are a prime example of that, but they are sly and are difficult to catch in the act. Others are less subtle and are caught doing criminal acts, which is why they end up being imprisoned and sentenced to time in jail. If a former Hunter becomes a criminal and is sent to jail, he has the ability to go to raids and assist current Hunters in Dungeons. Those who are selected for this task are called Rehabilitators, as the time served in the Dungeon is considered a form of rehabilitation for them. It also reduces their sentences.

We assume that there are some criteria for selecting criminals who are able to become Rehabilitators (it would be silly if every mad criminal could simply go out), but these have not been specified in the series, so we don’t know anything about that. We do know that they are accompanied by a high-ranking member of the Association, who oversees them and their actions and is in charge of controlling them. The supervisor is always of a higher rank than the Rehabilitators so he is able to control and overpower them if necessary.


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The three known Rehabilitators were slaughtered by Kang Taeshik

As for the series itself, we have seen three unnamed Rehabilitators during the C-Rank Dungeon raid that united the original Double Dungeon party… or, well, those who survived it. To their surprise, three criminals were sent to accompany them, and they were accompanied by B-Rank Assassin Kang Taeshik, who was an inspector. It all seemed fine and dandy, despite the Hunters complaining, but Jinwoo once again felt that something was off, this time – he was not the primary target, although he ended up in trouble as well.

Namely, as it turned out, the three Rehabilitators were child killers, and the night before the raid, the father of one of the victims paid a large sum of money to Kang Taeshik to kill them all as an act of revenge; Kang accepted, and he came up with a plan. He split the group and went with the criminals, and when he had them all to himself, he slaughtered them one by one. Kim Sangshik interrupted him as he was about to kill the last one, so he killed him as well before taking care of the final criminal.

The slaughter was later discovered by Jinwoo and his friends, and while Kang tried to kill them as well, he was unable to defeat Sung Jinwoo and eventually killed him in an act of self-defense. And this is the story of the Rehabilitators from the Solo Leveling series as it happened.

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