Last updated on January 4th, 2023 at 12:41 am
This article is updated based on new theories and knowledge.
Solo leveling is a top-tier webtoon creating considerable waves in the webtoon community recently. Published by D&C Media based on the light novel “I alone level up” by Chu-Gong and illustrated by Dubu from Redice studio. The art and design are indeed a spectacle for being one of its kind, and the story is spreading the craze like wildfire.
The webtoon started serializing in July 2016 and entered its popular phase recently in early 2020 as its 1st season came to an end. With a break of 5 months, the second season began in August this year with the most robust and enthralling entrance scenes ever, enough to satisfy the abiding admirers.
Solo Leveling Plot-
Moving on to the plot premise, the story follows Sung Jin Woo in a world where Dimensional gates started popping up, which connected this ethereal reality to an unbelievable barbaric dungeon full of monsters. Along with it, some ordinary people awakened to unrealistic powers and recognized themselves as the “Hunters.”
Sung Jin-Woo was an E-rank hunter and came to be known as the “weakest hunter in the world.” Being too weak, Sung Jin-Woo barely earned anything and still had loads of responsibilities. One day, facing a parlous enemy, losing his whole crew, and nearly accepting death, he got a log ping: an option to become firm, an opportunity to LEVEL UP.
The introduction of the mighty Monarchs has not been showcased in the Webtoon yet, so be advised that further analyses are full of spoilers.
Now in the recent chapters, Sung Jin Woo has become the strongest character in the Solo Leveling world after defeating all the monarchs alone one more time. Now every monarch is gone, and the story has started from the beginning.
One of the most important divulge is the introduction of The Absolute Being (God), who split the powers of light and dark into eight each, which became the eight dark monarchs and eight light rulers. The monarchs sorted to destroy the universe, whereas the rulers fought to protect it.
So, here the question arises, there are a total of 9 monarchs, but The Absolute Being created eight monarchs. So, who was the 9th one? The answer is simple, the Shadow Monarch. Ashborn, the Shadow Monarch, was the ruler before the assassination of the Absolute Being. Always being the side of God, he was granted by the dark power after his death and became the Shadow Monarch.
Note- The below monarchs are not ranked based on power. They are listed in the points.
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Powers of all Monarchs in Solo Leveling-
1) The Monarch of White Flames, the King of Demons, Baran –
With an army of hell’s demons, he has a unique power of lightning manipulation and immense Mana. With the ability of dimensional storage, he could easily summon nasty demons on his command and overpower many S-rank hunters. He can manipulate fire and weather. With a threat level of ‘Demon,’ he could stall Jin-Woo for some time and forced him to summon his elite shadow army.
2) The Monarch of the Iron Body, the King of Monstrous Humanoids –
With an army of nearly indestructible Golems, he has unique energy manipulation and statistics enhancement power. Using the ability to distort dimensions, he could travel among dimensional rifts and has extraordinary martial arts skills.
Screening a threat level of ‘Dragon,’ hypersonic speed, and regeneration, he sits just beside the king of beasts in terms of raw power. In the Solo Leveling story, he came along with other monarchs to destroy the National Authority Hunter, Christopher Reid.
3) The Monarch of Beastly Fangs, the King of Beasts –
With an army of monstrous beasts at his command, he has a unique power of transforming into a huge white wolf with an attack of range in kilometers. He can perform spatial distortion and hide in between dimensions for surprise attacks. He can manipulate sound through howling. With a threat level of ‘Dragon,’ he easily pierced Jin-Woo from back to front in his chest with his claws.
4) The Monarch of the Beginning, the King of Giants, Legia –
With an army of giants, he has a unique power of herd command, which enables him in mass murder and destruction. He can perform distortions in the fabric of reality and cross gates voluntarily. With a threat level of ‘Dragon,’ he can cause massive chaos, but he could not last long in the Japan Arc.
5) The Monarch of Plagues, the Queen of Insects, Querehsha –
With an army of deadly parasites, she can awaken the undead by infesting the brain of the corpses, doubled with her ability to shapeshift into a horde of insects; she reigns unstoppable. She could create a portal at will and hide after the 6th war. With a threat level of ‘Dragon,’ she heavily injured Jin-Woo and has a considerably low range of attack with poison spits and viral infestation.
6) The Monarch of Frost, the King of Snow Folk, Arte –
With an army of ice soldiers and frost equipments, he has an extensive range of attacks. He has a unique power of extraordinary spells casting notably sleep magic. He is an abyss level Mage and can create his own dimensional portals of a blue tint. With a threat level of ‘Dragon,’ hypersonic speed, and calm understanding, he easily overpowered Kamish’s Wrath Jin-Woo. Also he was one behind the death of the Korean Hunter Association Chairman, Go Gun-Hee.
7) The Monarch of Transfiguration, the King of Demonic Spectres, Yogumunt –
With an ability to create numerous eyeballs anywhere, nothing goes unseen for this specter. His unique ability is clairvoyance by constructing a huge eyeball. With divine fabric manipulation, he can easily travel among dimensions to create huge illusions easy to intercept but deadly. He posed as the most troubled nemesis to Jing-Woo besides Antares.
8) The Shadow Monarch, the King of the Dead, Ashborn, then Sung Jin-Woo –
Ashborn was a ruler who later became a monarch after God was betrayed and assassinated by the rulers; he was the greatest fragment of brilliant light with an army of reanimated shadows forming an undefeated herd and had the unique power of death god’s sovereignty. He was later betrayed and weakened by the monarchs too.
After helplessly dying once, Jin-Woo accepts Ashborn’s dark heart and becomes the shadow monarch; with all hellish powers yet soaring high up-to-the heavens, he has the highest range of attack ever. With many unique abilities inherited from Ashborn, he can teleport by shadow exchange and is the strongest human on earth. He also has the ability to bestow power, unlike other monarchs.
Strongest Monarch in Solo Leveling –
9) The Monarch of Destruction, the King of Berserk Dragons, Antares –
Aka The strongest monarch, Antares, is the last boss in the novel with an indelible body and OP abilities. He is a sole fighter with a dragon scale longsword and has two unique abilities, unlike the other seven monarchs. He uses Breath of destruction to wipe out anything in a range of 1000 kilometers, even the seemingly immortal shadow soldiers.
With the Dragon Emperor’s roar, he can freeze everything in an instant; even S-rank hunters start having convulsions. With a boasting threat level of ‘Demon God,‘ he can even negate others’ regeneration and has the highest spatial manipulation. Showcasing speed faster than light and extremely high stamina, only after he intervened, the monarchs could overpower the Shadow Monarch.
However, in the end, hunter Sung Jin Woo along with the full power of Ashborn, finally defeated Antares two times. This exhibit that presently, Sung Jin Woo is the strongest character in the Solo Leveling world.
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As displayed in the chapter, Sung Jin Woo defeated every monarch twice, one on the Earth and the other in the dimensional rift.
Although, there will be more human vassals like Sung Jin-Woo who will emerge possessing the mighty powers of these Monarchs, and those are the National Level hunters. However, they are still less powerful as compared to the Monarchs.
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