He Who Fights With Monsters

by Shirtaloon

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Portal Fantasy / Isekai

Jason wakes up in a mysterious world of magic and monsters. He’ll face off against cannibals, cultists, wizards, monsters, and that’s just the first day. He’s going to need courage, he’s going to need wit and he’s going to need some magic powers of his own. But first, he’s going to need pants.

Follow Jason as he makes a place for himself in a world that is strange, yet sometimes strangely familiar. He’ll meet crime lords and aristocrats, gods and monsters on his path from would-be victim to heroic adventurer. At least, he tries to be heroic. It’s hard to be good when all your powers are evil.

Release schedule is 5 chapters per week, Monday-Friday.

Please note: I am Australian and this story is written in Australian English, so there will be less of the letter Z and more of the letter U.


This web novel is also available at scribblehub.com

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Strange Business ago
Chapter 2: Of Course Magic is a Thing ago
Chapter 3: Local Cuisine ago
Chapter 4: Cannibals and Spelunking ago
Chapter 5: Wizard ago
Chapter 6: Potent Potable ago
Chapter 7: Spoils ago
Chapter 8: Dark Magic ago
Chapter 9: Escape ago
Chapter 10: The Evil Pit of Evil ago
Chapter 11: Dashing Heroics ago
Chapter 12: Sanguine Horror ago
Chapter 13: This is the Part Where We Step Back ago
Chapter 14: Worlds Apart ago
Chapter 15: Outworlder ago
Chapter 16: Rescue Party ago
Chapter 17: A Conservative Pillage ago
Chapter 18: One of Us ago
Chapter 19: I Want a Lava Cannon ago
Chapter 20: By the Power of Grayskull ago
Chapter 21: I Have the Power ago
Chapter 22: Apocalypse Stone ago
Chapter 23: I May have Made a Huge Mistake ago
Chapter 24: Astral Space ago
Chapter 25: Blasphemy is Kind of My Thing ago
Chapter 26: Waterfall ago
Chapter 27: Water, Fall ago
Chapter 28: How Did You All Fit in There? ago
Chapter 29: That's What Adventurers Do ago
Chapter 30: Closing the Door Too Hard ago
Chapter 31: Taming the Beast ago
Chapter 32: Monster Hunting For Beginners ago
Chapter 33: Mistrun River ago
Chapter 34: Waving the Flag for Secular Morality ago
Chapter 35: Greenstone ago
Chapter 36: The Island ago
Chapter 37: A Good Adventurer and a Great One ago
Chapter 38: Just Another Adventurer ago
Chapter 39: Training ago
Chapter 40: Eyebeams and the Ethics of Adventuring ago
Chapter 41: Vulnerable and Exposed ago
Chapter 42: This is the Pits ago
Chapter 43: The Nightingale ago
Chapter 44: Complimentary Ointment ago
Chapter 45: So Much For Atheism ago
Chapter 46: Blatant Manipulation ago
Chapter 47: Mirage Chamber ago
Chapter 48: An Endless, Inescapable Nightmare ago
Chapter 49: A Voice From Home ago
Chapter 50: The Full Keanu ago
Chapter 51: Song of the Nightingale ago
Chapter 52: Pain ago
Chapter 53: Nightlife ago
Chapter 54: Field Assessment ago
Chapter 55: Rune Tortoise ago
Chapter 56: Gary's Gift ago
Chapter 57: Rainbow Smoke ago
Chapter 58: A Man of Malevolent Intellect ago
Chapter 59: Falling Short ago
Chapter 60: Making Music ago
Chapter 61: Trade Hall ago
Chapter 62: Have Some Damn Adventures ago
Chapter 63: Sunk-Cost Fallacy ago
Chapter 64: Take My Wife, Please ago
Chapter 65: Curious Urges ago
Chapter 66: A Stronger Weapon Than the One in Your hand ago
Chapter 67: This is What it Means to Fight Me ago
Chapter 68: Good News For Clive ago
Chapter 69: Dumpling Soup ago
Chapter 70: Rewards ago
Chapter 71: A Bit of Poo ago
Chapter 72: Rat Race ago
Chapter 73: A Grim Sword to Live By ago
Chapter 74: Doing Better ago
Chapter 75: Progress ago
Chapter 76: Preparations ago
Chapter 77: Group Cohesion ago
Chapter 78: Jason Has the Good Biscuits ago
Chapter 79: Sand Everywhere ago
Chapter 80: It's Not Work if You Love What You Do ago
Chapter 81: Crazy Desperation Move ago
Chapter 82: Choices ago
Chapter 83: It makes No Difference to the Ant ago
Chapter 84: Injury & Death ago
Chapter 85: Because I'm an Adventurer ago

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Stephen Lewis
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Ch 19

Enjoyable read

the mc doesn't seem like an idiot so far which is great

Different magic system makes sense so far 

I didnt notice anything annoying while reading 


Lol... using the authors words here best "shame-to-dignity story"

Ch 35

Dropping because I got bored and annoyed with the mc 

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Funny and comfy isekai with interesting litRPG system

(as of chapter 28)

'He Who Fights With Monsters' tells the story of Jason who suddenly wakes up in a world where stats, magic and monsters are normal. Through luck and panicked perseverance he manages to survive the cultist den he was transported to and meets helpful adventurers who explain the world to him. Avid RRL readers know this kind of story and will think: "Now with such a successful start, he'll surely become the next great hero like in all the other stories on this site!" Well, in theory yes and the MC tries, but the ability domains he receives start with "dark" and "blood" and then do not exactly get more good/pure/holy...

Style/Grammar: The story is told in third-person internal style from Jason's point of view. The descriptions are good (but not too wordy) and the literary devices are varied, letting you binge the story without hiccups.  There are few typos in the later chapters, just some slips of the pen or missing words (some of which could also be Australian slang?).

Story: While many things are similar to other isekai stories, some stand out positively in this story. One thing is the litRPG system: As usual there are system messages and stats and skills, but they are more on the descriptive side rather than raw numbers ("casting cost: medium amount of mana per second"), leading to a more relaxed atmosphere and smoother reading compared to the often-seen long long boxes full of numbers and "X has increased by 0.1" mentality (while that is not bad per se, this variation is very welcome). Progression is less grindy as well because it uses special magic items instead of just XP. The messages are unobtrusive grey text instead of blue boxes and they are rather snarky. In general there is a large amount of humour, be it in the descriptions, in the MC's thoughts or in the dialogue. 

Characters: On one side Jason is a lighthearted and friendly fellow, taking many things in stride, a helpful guy with his heart in the right place. On the other hand, he is thrust into a very brutal situation in a hard world. This combination usually doesn't end well, but here it's looking good so far. Jason has a reasonable moral compass and killing doesn't come easy to him (as is expected from a normal person), as yet he has been able to keep his personality, which we have seen described nicely, intact. The other characters are also shown to be well thought out, with different personalities that are mostly likeable. The bad guys are a bit cliché though.

I really like this story and I can recommend it wholeheartedly. After having read more than a hundred stories on RRL alone with a large number of them isekai stories, I often get a feeling of "same old, same old". In this story, the "lighter" take on the litRPG system and the strong humorous elements (I even laughed multiple times) make for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

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Loved it. Now its just okay.


Death by exposition. I didnt mind the exposition for the system, but now its every little thing. 

MC can’t shut up. He talks a lot and with no respect to anything at all. Some God just smite him please. Everyone likes him too much. He’s far more interesting to people than he ought to be. Thats the plot armor. Stop it. 

Side chick and her story were introduced way too early. Heck now everyone that no one cares about gets their own half of the chapter (mostly all of it). This coupled with the exposition slows the pacing out to a crawl. 



The first 30 chapters. 

System is unique. 

‘Class’ choice isn’t a magical swordsman, close but not quite.

Fun dialogue - up until it wasn’t. 

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Interesting take on LitRPG

Not your standard system for litrpg. There aren't hard stats but the system is quite cool so far. I mean the first two rewards for the guy were some clothes. Can't wait for more updates


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Enjoyable Read, up to 45, also lmao some of these reviews

As mentioned before, the banter between several of the supporting cast and main cast is comedic in nature despite the horror of the main story theme. A lot of the violence inherent in this book and the fight scenes are derived from, at least from what I imagine, a very believable struggle it would be with having a world full of randomly powered people wandering around.

The main character is sometimes disarmingly funny, and sometimes worryingly casual with the awful things that keep happening. That isn't a problem for me because his character is consistent and shows sign of growth or 'breaking out' in the nearish future. The fact that the supporting cast also seems concerned with his behaviors is also a relief.


Uh, it's a LitRPG with a custom system: check

Consistent release and scheduling: check

We don't see blue boxes every time a squirrel is kicked, a fart sniffed, or the protagonist manages to maintain a steady breathing rhythm.

I like how irregular some of his skills seem and that he meets failure on occasion.

The Negative: 

This seems to have gotten really popular quite fast, so the author must be feeling the pressure, esp. with some of these reviewers being critical of the fact that the Litrpg is... a litrpg.

I like our small supporting cast but I wish there were more characters that were fleshed out a bit more.

I also like how the skills work but feel that the story could stand to have some stakes other than "I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was..." 

Currency is super easy for the MC, so much so that it appears to be worthless.

But hey, most of those are all future wishes for the most part and it feels like the author is just getting started.


TLDR: Set aside some time and give it a try.

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Fresh Portal Fantasy LitRPG

He Who Fights With Monsters is a portal fantasy with a fresh litRPG system and solid characters.

The litRPG system in the story benefits from effectively being a well thought out hard magic system that the MC can interact with via a system thanks to being from another world. In addition, the MC's build is looking very interesting, and has the potential to be great for the story. It is not OP, but situationally strong with clear weaknesses, and the story and characters recognize this.

It's hard to put a finger on all of the exact reasons why, but this story feels fresh in a variety of ways. In addition to the magic system and balanced build discussed above, the reaction of the native adventurers and dialogue style are quite different as well.

To the native adventurers, outworlders are uncommon but not unheard of, making them generally familiar with the way the MC interacts with the magic system using litRPG mechanics. This allows for a lot of entertaining discussions and conversation that one wouldn't normally see in a story like this. The dialogue style is also highly entertaining, with the quirks of a very Austrailian MC being on full display. The dialogue is sometimes both a strength and weakness of the story, since while it is always funny and well-done, it can sometimes get a bit repetitive.

The main and supporting characters have been well established so far. The MC has been given some good depth and is an interesting character, and the adventurers have each been given disctint personalities fleshed out via their banter with the MC and each other. 

The grammar could be improved a bit, since there are sometimes noticeable but minor spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors in chapters. 

The release schedule helps as well, since 5 decent-length chapters a week maintains a strong story pace.

I would strongly recommend this story.

(As of Chapter 32)

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Who knew garden implements could be so dangerous?

Great new story, love the comedic stone so far and the snark. Also the extessive use of remarkably dangerous Garden impliments.

I am looking forward to what happens to Jason in the future. Sign me up.

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I'm loving the characters and the power system. The story is progressing well and I'm truly enjoying it. Good stuff, keep up the good work please.

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It's nice, but needs some real work on dialogue, just throwing "he/she said" makes it very poor.

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Well-Written, Enjoyable, and Not One to Miss

A very good LITRPG story, of the isekai variety. An Asian-Australian with a gift for obfuscating talk and strong opinions on politics and culture goes to a fantasy world with a rather unique set of RPG mechanics attached to it.


There have been other reviews which say that everyone's in love with the MC, but I don't see it. Yes, he's different from the cultural norms of the world he was sent to, and this makes him an oddity, but he's being used by most of his 'friends'. The story goes out of it's way to show that the MC, Jason, while a decently smart and observant guy, is blinded by his cultural prejudices and is not as smart as he thinks he is. Yes, he's good at manipulating people, but mainly because of the vast amount of media he's consumed. There are no new stories under the sun, after all, and locals who are unfamiliar with the tropes of fiction can be counted on to not act in a 'meta' way. They haven't been raised, after all, on hundreds of stories with a corrupt child of someone important getting their comeuppance, for example.


I really enjoy it, and I recommend it to others. The MC can seem like a lot in the early chapters, but the way his thinking works is spelled out pretty well later on.