Each layer/level the distance to reach the next becomes exponentially harder.
Basic (1-3 Layers) Qi begins to build, can only use it to strengthen by moving it around the body
Shaping (1-3 Layers) Qi element is manifested
Legion (1-3 Layers) Begin to specialize
Solidify (1-3 Layers) Solidify Qi base and specialized technique
Discharge (1-3 Layers) Qi begins to break the core
Realm of Immortal Cultivation (whole new realm) Qi expands breaking core, the body itself becomes infused.
Basic types of Qi (Everything in parenthesis are subcategories):
Air (Wind/Speed/Mind) Water (Ice/Steam/Fog), Earth (Nature/Gravity), Fire (Lightning/Lava/Heat), Light (Healing/Enhancing), Darkness (Illusions/Stealth), Demonic(Bodily Strength/Hellfire), Heavenly (Pure).
Strange Types of Qi (Extremely Rare):
Chaos, Creation, Aether
Specializations: Specialize how Qi is used (example: ranged, close, build things etc.)
Array Patterns: Uses the soul to enter the Aether drawing patterns. These patterns control the naturally occurring Qi but take time to gather energy from the environment. It is slow and inefficient and depends entirely on knowledge of patterns and strength of soul.