This is the first episode of Hardcore Leveling Warrior.


Gong Won-Ho is in his room in the top floor of a Skyscraper, arrogantly celebrating the fact that he acquired The Golden Armor. He ends up breaking his phone and hurting his neck when falling from his chair. He gets a a message from Heart Heater asking him to pay back the money he owes. He then logs into the Western Kingdom of Lucid Adventure as the #1 Ranker, Hardcore Leveling Warrior.

He starts prancing around through a crowd of angry observers who he had upset at some point in the past. Choco Flavoured Potato Soup naively begs him for some money but ends up getting PKd with a bag of Gold. A Guard NPC comes to arrest him but he ends up bribes him with a bag of Gold and runs off to the protestations of the observing crowd.

Hardcore Leveling Warrior goes to Quest House to get a Quest from Heart Heater and is reminded he still owes money. Rim gives him a contract for a new quest which he signs without reading the terms.

The scene cuts to Hardcore Leveling Warrior about to face an Imugi stopping Cobalt Castle from trading. The Quest is on the behalf of the Lord of Cobalt. The reward is 40 Million Gold. The Python attempts to swallow Hardcore Leveling Warrior and kill him with its venom but it is quickly dispatched. Whilst Hardcore Leveling Warrior wonders why the quest isn't completed, he is with with 20 combined magic skill attack by a group of people. They think he is dead until their entire front line is wiped out by Hardcore Leveling Warrior's Hell Fire. The Leader is enraged after watching his guild members get killed and orders everyone to exhaust all their mana and weapons in killing him. All their attacks miss and Hardcore Leveling Warrior defeats them with a One Sword Skill - Moonlight Slash.

The killed Imugi gets resurrected as a Zombie Dragon which is the reason that the Quest wasn't cleared. As Hardcore Leveling Warrior is about to engage it, he is stabbed by a dagger wielding Choco Flavoured Potato Soup. To his surprise, he is paralysed and Choco Flavoured Potato Soup reveals his real identity as a purple haired woman. The woman then goes on to beat up Hardcore Leveling Warrior and unequip him of all his items while he screams at her. She then reveals that she knows he gets reset to Level 1 if he dies, shocking Hardcore Leveling Warrior. The woman leaves and Hardcore Leveling Warrior is killed when his head is bitten off by the Zombie Dragon.

Character Appearances 

Skills Used

Known Locations

Real World

Lucid Adventure

Notes & Trivia

  • This is the first chapter in the series, as well as the first chapter of Season 1.
  • Miso Tower made it's first appearance in this Episode but the name will later be revealed in Episode 12.
  • Hardcore Leveling Warrior logs into Lucid Adventure and ends up in the Western Kingdom. The Guard NPC and Quest House are both located in Yopi Land, which is Located in The Easter Kingdom. The author most likely made an error.
  • The red hummingbird on the Guard NPCs cap may be a reference to the Hummingbird Crew from Wind Breaker.
  • There are several easter eggs of Kim Sehoon in this Episode.
    • Kim Sehoon's avatar can be seen in a wanted poster on Heart Heater's wall in Quest House. He has a bounty of 309G.
    • The head of Kim Sehoon can be seen on the tip of one of the weapons thrown at Hardcore Leveling Warrior when the rank 1 player is ambushed.
  • The Lord of Cobalt mentioned in this episode but their identity is not revealed.
  • Taoist Kim makes a brief unnamed appearance.
  • An easter egg of Katarina from the League of Legends MOBA series can be seen and she is one of the members of the Anti-Hardcore Leveling Warrior Union that attacked Hardcore Leveling Warrior during his Quest.
  • Choco Flavoured Potato Soup is a player. You can only PK a player, hence the terminology, PK, which stands for Player Killing.

Translation Notes

  • The 'South Korean Won' is the Korean currency is used in the original. In the Line Webtoon version, $ is used. The rate used from the Korean to English translation is $1 to ‎₩1000.
  • The Imugi Hardcore Leveling Warrior was translated as 'python' by Line Webtoon.
  • 일검류 - 월광섬' literally translates to 'One Sword Skill - Moonlight Slash'. It is incorrectly translated as 'Mono Blade Rage - Moonlight Slash'.
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