KoboldPatrol's extensive guide to levels and experience

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You might have wondered about the "level" shown in your profile (in the reputation tab) and the border around you profile picture. Also, why do other people have much nicer borders than you do? Okay, some of them are premium users – more about that here: https://www.royalroad.com/blog/33/royal-road-anniversary – but I'm talking about the normal borders. But I digress. I will tell you about the levels and the experience you need to get them.

For many actions on RoyalRoad, you will receive experience (XP). When you reach a certain amount of xp, you will go up a level, it's that easy. But for what will you receive xp? There are two groups of actions:
1) something happens and you instantly receive the reward (=XP)
2) you meet certain criteria and you will receive shiny badges for it (and XP!), but not instantly. No, the criteria are only checked at midnight UTC. The badge system ("achievements") is heavily tied into the XP system.
  2a) some badges have borders of different colors and sub-levels which go from 1-5 stars
  2b) some badges have borders of different colors but no star levels
  2c) some badges don't have differently colored borders. Either all badge levels look the same or they are one-time badges.

In some cases you can lose the XP later.

First, the levels and their associated profile picture borders. There are 30 levels, each has a special border for your profile picture. There are six colors, each has five steps with progressively more size and detail, from a simple ring to a glorious aura. See them here: https://www.royalroad.com/blog/23/leveled-up

To a certain extent, you can choose which border you want to display around your profile picture. In your "border wardrobe" https://www.royalroad.com/user/borders , all the level borders you received so far are listed (together with your premium borders, when available).
If you don't want to display any border, you can disable it in your account's settings > Settings group > Settings tab > General. In that case, your profile picture will displayed slightly larger.

LevelReached at X XPborder
1100iron 1
2250iron 2
3600iron 3
41300iron 4
52700iron 5
64300bronze 1
76300bronze 2
88700bronze 3
912000bronze 4
1016300bronze 5
1121000silver 1
1226200silver 2
1331900silver 3
1438100silver 4
1544900silver 5
1652200gold 1
1760000gold 2
1868800gold 3
1979200gold 4
2091800gold 5
21104200platinum 1
22119100platinum 2
23135500platinum 3
24153500platinum 4
25173000platinum 5
26194000diamond 1
27217000diamond 2
28245000diamond 3
29275000diamond 4
30308000diamond 5
LevelReached at X XPborder


This list is applied since 16MAI2019 and current as of today (see post date). All lists can change if/when the admins change something. It would only take them one minute to make all the work in finding this data (very many hours over many months) obsolete.

The member list https://www.royalroad.com/user/memberlist is sorted by level. More exactly, it's a) admins sorted by level; then b) members that have been active within one month by level; then c) inactive members by level. Within the same XP level, they are then sorted by rep level next. The third sorting criterion is the date and time of account creation (not the account number, which is given out sequentially nowadays, but that wasn't always the case).

Re: KoboldPatrol's extensive guide to levels and experience

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Group 1 (instant XP):
* reach the next reputation level. See also https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/109297 for more information about reputation. For each new rep level, you get progressively more XP. See table below. This adds up. You can drop down in rep levels (or go up!) and lose the XP when the rep level progression scale is changed or when bugs in the rep system are fixed.
* log in to RoyalRoad: 20 XP for each day (counted from midnight UTC) where you open any RR page while logged in to your account. Irrevocable.
* post comment on story chapters: 3 XP each. When you delete your own comment or the mods delete it, the XP will be removed. When a chapter with comments from you is deleted, the number of comments on your profile page will go down, but you will keep the XP.
* give reputation: 3 XP each time. Not dependent on the amount of rep you give. Irrevocable.
* receive upvotes on your fiction reviews: 15 XP for each upvote. If the giver removes the upvote, you will lose the XP. I don't know what happens to the upvote XP when you delete the review. I don't know what happens when the story is removed by the author and the review with it. I don't know what happens when the author deletes their account and the story and review with it. Or is deleted by the mods.



Group 2 (midnight UTC) part A: badges with colorful border and star level
* Total views on a single fiction (authors only).
* Followers for a single fiction (authors only).
* Words published (authors only, all fictions added together).
* Reviews posted (simple reviews and advanced reviews, but not ratings). Note that you will get an additional 10 XP for posting the review itself at midnight UTC, in addition to this badge (see 2c).
* Upvotes for reviews.
* Comments (on chapters, not on the forum). When a chapter with comments from you is deleted, the comments will still be counted by a hidden tally. You will keep the badge and the XP.

Color and StarsViewsFollowersWordsReviewsReview UpvotesComments
bronze 150 = 5 xp5 = 5 xp2500 = 15 xp1 = 5 xp1 = 5 xp1 = 5 xp
bronze 2100 = 5 xp10 = 50 xp10'000 = 15 xp3 = 150 xp3 = 15 xp5 = 10 xp
bronze 3250 = 10 xp25 = 50 xp15'000 = 15 xp5 = 250 xp5 = 50 xp10 = 10 xp
bronze 4500 = 10 xp50 = 50 xp20'000 = 15 xp7 = 350 xp10 = 50 xp15 = 10 xp
bronze 51000 = 30 xp75 = 50 xp25'000 = 20 xp10 = 500 xp15 = 50 xp20 = 10 xp
silver 12500 = 50 xp100 = 50 xp35'000 = 100 xp15 = 700 xp20 = 100 xp35 = 10 xp
silver 25000 = 70 xp200 = 100 xp50'000 = 150 xp20 = 800 xp30 = 100 xp50 = 25 xp
silver 310'000 = 150 xp300 = 100 xp75'000 = 250 xp25 = 1000 xp40 = 100 xp75 = 120 xp
silver 425'000 = 750 xp400 = 100 xp100'000 = 250 xp (average length of a novel)30 = 1000 xp50 = 100 xp100 = 130 xp
silver 550'000 = 750 xp500 = 100 xp125'000 = 250 xp35 = 1000 xp75 = 200 xp150 = 150 xp
gold 175'000 = 1000 xp750 = 200 xp150'000 = 250 xp (average length of one volume of 'Harry Potter' or 'Lord of the Rings')40 = 1000 xp100 = 200 xp200 = 150 xp
gold 2100'000 = 1000 xp1000 = 200 xp200'000 = 250 xp45 =1000 xp150 = 200 xp250 = 200 xp
gold 3250'000 = 1200 xp1250 = 300 xp250'000 = 250 xp50 = 1000 xp200 = 200 xp300 = 300 xp
gold 4500'000 = 1800 xp1500 = 350 xp350'000 = 3500 xp (average length of one book of 'the Wheel of Time' or 'a Song of Ice and Fire')55 = 1000 xp250 = 200 xp350 = 300 xp
gold 5750'000 = 2000 xp2000 = 450 xp500'000 = 4000 xp60 = 1000 xp300 = 500 xp500 = 400 xp
platinum 11'000'000 = 2000 xp2500 = 500 xp750'000 = 7500 xp70 = 2000 xp400 = 1000 xp750 = 1000 xp
platinum 22'500'000 = 2000 xp3000 = 500 xp1'000'000 = 8000 xp ('Harry Potter', full series)85 = 6500 xp500 = 2000 xp1000 = 1500 xp
platinum 35'000'000 = 2000 xp3500 = 500 xp1'500'000 = 8000 xp100 = 7500 xp600 = 3500 xp1500 = 1500 xp
platinum 47'500'000 = 2000 xp4000 = 1000 xp2'000'000 = 8000 xp115 = 7500 xp750 = ~4500 xp1750 = 1500 xp
platinum 510'000'000 = 2500 xp5000 = 5000 xp2'500'000 = 8000 xp130 = 7500 xp1000 = 7000 xp2000 = 1500 xp
diamond 115'000'000 = 7000 xp7500 = 8500 xp3'000'000 = 8000 xp150 = 10'000 xp1250 = 7000 xp2250 = 4500 xp
diamond 222'500'000 = 8000 xp10'000 = 10'000 xp4'000'000 = ___ xp175 = 10'000 xp1500 = ~10'000 xp3750 = 4500 xp
diamond 330'000'000 = 10'000 xp12'500 = 20'000 xp5'000'000 = ___ xp200 = 10'000 xp2000 = ___ xp5500 = 15'000 xp
diamond 440'000'000 = 12'500 xp15'000 = 20'000 xp7'500'000 = 9000 xp225 = 10'000 xp2500 = ~20'000 xp7500 = 22'500 xp
diamond 550'000'000 = ___ xp20'000 = 25'000 xp10'000'000 = ___ xp250 = 10'000 xp3000 = ___ xp10'000 = 37'500 xp
XP sum for max. level___ xp total (only 'the Legend of Randidly Ghosthound' has reached this)93'155 xp total ('Beware of Chicken' was the first)~92'830 xp total (not even 'the Wandering Inn' reached this)91655 xp total (DrBuller was the first)___ xp total (only Zethuron reached this)92'830 xp total
Color and StarsViewsFollowersWordsReviewsReview UpvotesComments

Re: KoboldPatrol's extensive guide to levels and experience

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Group 2 (midnight UTC) part B: badges with colorful border, no star levels
* reaching certain heights in the "best rated" list (authors only). You will keep badge and XP even when your story drops down the list later, as it inevitably will.
* reporting bugs. This is probably dependent on the admins checking some "count this support ticket for the bug reporting achievement" checkbox or something like that. This is my guess because not every inane support ticket will count; the bug probably needs to reach some level of severity and not just be a "feature". The best thing about this badge: It helps make the site even better!


Badge ColorTop List PositionBug Reports
bronzetop 2500 = 50 xp1 bug = 300 xp
bronzetop 2000 = 100 xp
bronzetop 1500 = 200 xp
silvertop 1000 = 250 xp5 bugs = ___ xp
silvertop 500 = 500 xp
silvertop 400 = 700 xp
silvertop 300 = 700 xp
silvertop 200 = 700 xp
silvertop 100 = 1000 xp
goldtop 90 = 1000 xp10 bugs = ___ xp
goldtop 80 = 1500 xp
goldtop 70 = 2500 xp
goldtop 60 = 2700 xp
goldtop 50 = 3250 xp
platinumtop 10 = 5000 xp20 bugs = ___ xp
platinumtop 5 = ~7500 xp
platinumtop 4 = ___ xp
platinumtop 3 = ___ xp
platinumtop 2 = ~22'500 xp
diamond"Royal Bloodline" = No. 1 Best Rated = ___ xp30 bugs = ___ xp
Badge ColorTop List PositionBug Reports




Group 2 (midnight UTC) part C: other
* badge 'number of years you are on RoyalRoad': Whenever the anniversary of your account's creation arrives, the anniversary badge counts up by one. For each anniversary, you get [year]*1000 XP. That means 1000 after one year, an additional 2000 after two years, ... Even when you never come back to RoyalRoad, this badge will keep growing (like for this person last seen in 2013: https://www.royalroad.com/profile/12/ )
* badges for special events: There are a few events each year which you can take part in. Winning a writathon, solving the RR anniversary riddles, taking part in other special events. For those you get badges and badges come with XP. Usually probably, because I guess this is not a hard rule. The 2021 April Fools event badge gave 250 XP, the April 2021 and November 2021 Writathons gave 1500 XP, the 2021 Birthday event gave 500 XP.
* other badges: Unknown.
* post a rating or review: 10 XP for each one are awared at the next midnight. When you delete the rating/review, the XP will be removed instantly.

Re: KoboldPatrol's extensive guide to levels and experience

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XP for Reputation Levels


Rep LevelReached at X repGemXP received
14gray, gem hidden40 xp
28gray, revealing75 xp
312gray, clean115 xp
415gray, rough cut160 xp
520gray, fine cut210 xp
625green, gem hidden265 xp
730green, revealing320 xp
835green, clean385 xp
945green, rough cut450 xp
1055green, fine cut520 xp
1170blue, gem hidden590 xp
1285blue, revealing665 xp
13105blue, clean745 xp
14130blue, rough cut830 xp
15160blue, fine cut915 xp
16195purple, gem hidden1005 xp
17240purple, revealing1095 xp
18290purple, clean1190 xp
19350purple, rough cut1285 xp
20420purple, fine cut1390 xp
21500yellow, gem hidden1490 xp
22595yellow, revealing1595 xp
23700yellow, clean1705 xp
24825yellow, rough cut1820 xp
25965yellow, fine cut1930 xp
Rep LevelReached at X repGemXP received
261120orange, gem hidden2050 xp
271295orange, revealing2165 xp
281495orange, clean2290 xp
291715orange, rough cut2415 xp
301960orange, fine cut2540 xp
312230teal, gem hidden2670 xp
322530teal, revealing2800 xp
332860teal, clean2935 xp
343220teal, rough cut3070 xp
353615teal, fine cut3210 xp
364045red, gem hidden3350 xp
374515red, revealing3490 xp
385025red, clean3635 xp
395575red, rough cut3785 xp
406175red, fine cut3935 xp
416820diamond, round4085 xp
427515diamond, drop4240 xp
438260diamond, deformed heart4395 xp
449065diamond, triangle4550 xp
459925diamond, hexagon4710 xp
4610845"royal"=multicolor, gem hidden4875 xp
4711830"royal"=multicolor, revealing5040 xp
4812880"royal"=multicolor, clean5205 xp
4914000"royal"=multicolor, rough cut5370 xp
5015190"royal"=multicolor, fine cut5540 xp
Rep LevelReached at X repGemXP received


In total, reaching reputation level 50 gives 113140 XP, enough to reach XP level 21 from that alone.