An ability which is subject to growth or refinement. This can go hand in hand with repeated battles although it is usually outside the explicit realm of LevelGrinding. It usually just requires you ''use'' it in battle enough times.

May be a method to unlock a MagikarpPower.



[[folder: Action Adventure ]]

* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'', Johnathan is able to strengthen his Sub Weapons by using them in battle a number of times. Some of these weapons gained additional effects if raised to their maximum levels, as well.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' has attribute points for each attack type/element. They can be increased by either killing enemies using the corresponding type of attack, using "Drops" that come in several colours, each one raising the attribute points of a different attack type or absorbing glyphs which increases each attribute by 1. Every 328 or so attribute points equals an extra point of attack power when using glyphs of that type, totalling 300% attack strength for that element at the maximum [[UsefulNotes/PowersOfTwoMinusOne 65535]] points.
* In ''[[VideoGame/BunnyMustDie Chelsea and the 7 Devils]]'', Chelsea's SpreadShot gets wider as she defeats the Devils.
* Your main combination attack in ''VideoGame/{{Alundra 2}}'' gets longer as you find the [[GottaCatchEmAll puzzle pieces]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend'', increasing the Guardian's Energy Chip count increases the speed and spread width of her normal energy cannon. She can also boost the power of her special weapons (up to a maximum of three levels) by finding a matching power-up icon.


[[folder: Fighting Game ]]

* ''VideoGame/SuperGemFighter Mini Mix'''s titular gems power up 3 of your character's special attacks.
* The three Part 7 characters in ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle'' can collect up to three corpse parts apiece in order to upgrade their stands. Gyro gets Scan and Golden Spin, Valentine gets Love Train, and Johnny upgrades his stand from Level 1 up to Level 4. Johnny can choose to use a bar of his Heat Heart gauge to permanently upgrade his stand without the use of a corpse part as well.
* When playing as Mariah in ''[[VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture Heritage for the Future]]'', pressing the Stand button has her conjure a plug socket that, if the opponent touches it, also levels up Mariah's magnetism power, which greatly increases the effectiveness of her moves including firing more nails in her "What are you looking at?" super as well as increasing the damage and length of her magnetism crush super. The HD rerelease even has a trophy that demands that the player levels up Mariah's magnetism to maximum. It also counts as MagikarpPower as, while Mariah is useful to start with she is fairly weak until the player properly levels up her magnetism power, wherein she becomes an absolute terror to deal with.


[[folder: Hack And Slash ]]

* Leveling up weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' allows Caim to combo longer chains of attacks and unleash more powerful versions of the weapon's associated spell.
* Similarly, leveling up a character's weapon in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' games unlocks longer combos and more powerful Charge Attacks.


[[folder: MMORP Gs ]]

* Photon Arts in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' can be leveled up through [[strike: spamming them]] repeated usage.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' now makes all its attacks evolve ''passively''. Before patch 4.0.1, new abilities (and upgrades to known ones) were obtained from your class trainers at certain levels. The patch does away with this requirement; now, abilities are only learned once when the level requirement is met, and their effectiveness scales up as the player's level increases.
** In addition, some skills are automatically changed into something else based on certain factors, such as talent choices.
*** Warlocks in particular have a bunch of their spells changed depending on their specialisation, such as a Demonology Warlock using Metamorphosis or an Affliction Warlock using a Soul Shard to empower one of their spells.


[[folder: Platform Game ]]

* In the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, starting with ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'', each weapon had an experience meter; when it was filled, the weapon would evolve into a better version of itself. ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'' added a five-level system, wherein levels 2-4 resulted in incremental increase in ammo capacity, range, and damage, with the fifth level being a radical change in appearance, area effect, and even name, adding a [[InfinityPlusOneSword mass-destruction effect]] to almost all weapons. ''[[VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked Deadlocked]]'', however, went crazy, with up to ten levels available on the first playthrough. All but the tenth consisted of a modest damage upgrade, and an additional mod slot with a free exchangeable weapon mod to go with it. In the NewGamePlus, weapon levels went all the way up to 99, each just increasing power.
* The first two games in the ''Videogame/MegaManZero'' series had you use your weapons repeatedly to get their full use unlocked--for example, charged attacks and the three-hit Saber combo were unlocked in stages. By the third game, this was dropped.
** In Hard Mode, weapon upgrades are disabled, forcing you to adapt your gameplay strategy.


[[folder: Role Playing Game ]]

* In ''Videogame/{{MARDEK}}'', powers come attached to items, but if you use a power enough it becomes "mastered" and you can then keep the power [[strike:if]] when you remove the item.
** And ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
* Most of your upper-level techs in the ''[[VideoGame/TalesSeries Tales of...]]'' series of games are unlocked by using a previous technique enough times. This can also gain you attacks that are combinations of more simple techniques.
** Also in some games (particularly ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''), this actually happens to artes rather than just unlocking a new, more powerful version. Many artes get bonuses depending on usage such as the ability to perform them in midair or gaining more hits, and spells sometimes get "extensions" where they do additional animation and damage.
** The most notable example in the series may be VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia. You start off by obtaining several level-1 techniques. You then start obtaining level-2 techniques, which mostly include powered up versions of the level-1 techs. There are also level-3 techs, which include combinations of two weaker techs alongside even stronger variants of level-2 techs.
** Another notable example can be found in VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss; The Fon Slot Chamber (FSC) system allows you to attach special effects to your artes. The special effects start out as small chance procs, and increase in effect chance as you use the arte, up to 100% proc chance.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' had you level up each spell separately.
** Also, effective use of weapons and shields required that you level them too.
** In addition, the LimitBreak system in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' were gained via using them more often, or killing a certain number of enemies after obtaining one, except the [[EleventhHourSuperpower Level 4]] versions. Tidus's Overdrives in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' are gained the same way.
** Furthermore in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' Tifa's limit break was to learn new moves like everyone else, but on activation to chain her previously learned limit breaks into one long combo as opposed to selecting only one.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'', as you advance combat skills, your character learns special moves with each type of weapon, such as an "attack everything around me at once" move.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', each of Sora's Drive Forms (whose useful bonuses are often carried over to normal play) are leveled up by defeating specific enemies, or by fighting in specific ways. Sora's Summons also have levels increased in the same way, though this "summon level" is shared by the summons instead of separate.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''3'' you can evolve Shepard's and his/her squad's powers when you upgrade them all the way (the last three tiers in the latter). The choice is usually along the lines of either more damage or a wider area of effect.
* In ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'', all special abilities and even most basic combat techniques were learned by using other basic combat abilities. Some of these made sense, such as combining Crouch and Dash to slide forward, and could even be done simply by using both of those techniques at the same time even before Slide is mastered. In other cases, this becomes rather random, with Jump teaching you how to create a black hole with your staff.
* Characters' Deathblows (special attack combos) in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' are learned by using regular attacks in different orders during combat a number of times.
* All of the 'Killing Blow' special attacks in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' could be enhanced by using them repeatedly in combat, leveling up into stronger, and often more spectacular, versions. The sheer number of Killing Blows available, and the number of levels many of them could be trained to, meant that without serious grinding, only your most favored attacks would ever get to the highest level.
** Unfortunately, some of them level themselves into AwesomeButImpractical territory, namely Claude's Head Splitter. From being a Death From Above attack to being completely useless, after the spin is added it almost never hits.
** In its sequel, ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', spells became more powerful the more you used them. For example, leveling up Ice Needles would allow the caster to shoot out more needles and leveling up Fire Bolt would increase the number of fireballs you'd release.
* ''VideoGame/HybridHeaven'' by Konami is probably the king of complex Evolving Attacks. The character first learned a move (by having it used against him) and then gained levels in it by using it over and over again. However, each use also increased the Attack power of the specific body part used in the process, so a left punch would increase the Left Arm's attack, and so on. Defense was increased in each body part by taking hits in the part. Finally, HP increased over the course of the game as well, depending perhaps on the number of fights encountered.
** That's not even mentioning the secret "Combo Attacks" you could learn, by using 6 separate attacks in a particular order... and then level up themselves, no less.
* ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' and [[VideoGame/GrandiaII its sequel]] did this with its magic system -- each use of a spell added points to the spell and to its associated element; each new element level gives you new spells. In the first game, you could easily level up your healing/water magic by repeatedly running into a fire trap or acid pool, then healing the party. Somewhat esoterically, levelling up individual spells primarily affects the ''speed'' at which it can be used.
** They did the same thing with weapons too, with each type (sword, axe, bow, etc.) as a separate skill to level up. Some special attacks required you to level several weapon types to a certain point before you'd earn them, forcing you to change your weapons around often. Some of the (usually elemental-based) special attacks even required you to have a high level in one or more magic groups as well as weapons.
* In ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs: Alter Code F]]'', the more you use Jack's moves the less MP they consume. (In the original version, this was done by using certain consumable items on the attacks you wanted to cheapen.)
* Both weapons and elements of spells in ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'' could be increased in skill level through repeated use. For weapons, increasing the levels unlocked special abilities that could be used with them after [[ChargedAttack charging them up]], while for elements, increasing the levels simply increased their spells' power and at times upgrades their animations. However, once an element is at maximum level, it can still gain skill towards the unattainable next level, which corresponds to the chance that its spells will spontaneously turn into a special, more powerful version when cast (ie. fireballs turn in fire dragons).
* In ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' and ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'', almost all leveling is done through weapons; each type of weapon can evolve along different paths, leading to a variety of ultimate weapons for the same character. Or you could just stick with the [[LethalJokeItem surprisingly effective]] Frozen Tuna.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' required players to use different Moon Stones on their weapons in order to learn different spells.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia'''s magic system is based off of this trope, getting more powerful as you use it more, while normal attacks themselves only increase in power through equipment and stats. The sequel plays it even straighter, as several [[LimitBreak Hyper Arts]] are learned by using the base forms enough times.
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsThirdAge'' makes use of this trope. To unlock new attacks and abilities the characters have to use abilities of the same class.
* Handled in a literal manner in ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'', as an in-game explanation of how Nameless Hero gets better at using weapons. Visually, this is represented by the character changing his battle stance and grip on weapon as he levels up weapon proficiency skills, as well as longer and more effective {{Combos}}.
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'' required that you level up your alchemy recipes with constant use before they start getting potent, sometimes restricting you from overlevelling the stronger magics since you needed (often rare, sometimes finite) ingredients each time you cast them. There's more than a few common-ingredient formulae that can become GameBreaker overpowered though.
* Gabe's, Tycho's and the player's stats can be increased in both (so far) of the ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures'' games. Finishing off an enemy with a perfectly-executed [[LimitBreak super move]] kills your enemy in a gory way, which gave you an Overkill mark, which permanently increased your strength. Each character can get 15 Overkill marks (5 per weapon level, with three weapon levels.)
* Both Lenneths (first game) and Alicia's (second game) Nibelung Valesti in the ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' series evolved as the game moved on.
* ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' features skill levels which increase both the power of your skills and unlock new skills.
* Most of the fighting in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' is done with Additions, a series of weapon strikes performed by hitting the attack button with very specific timing. Every time you pull one off, you get a skill point in that Addition; gain enough skill points and the attack either gets more powerful, earns you more SP for your SuperMode, or both (the majority of new Additions are only gained through leveling). Some characters only have three Additions; others have as many as seven, and there's a total of [[LevelGrinding 99 possible skill points for each one...]].
** Making things more grind-heavy is the fact that each character's ultimate Addition isn't earned by reaching a certain level, but by mastering '''all''' of their other Additions by earning at least 80 skill points in each one. The ultimate Addition itself can then be leveled up after it's unlocked.
* Also similarly, leveling up a character's weapon skill in ''VideoGame/{{Koudelka}}'' adds an extra strike to the character's attacks with that weapon.
* Pins in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' level up in combat, becoming more powerful. And in a near-literal example of the trope, some evolve into entirely new pins, usually with even stronger versions of the same attack (though it depends on the pin, and not all of them evolve through combat). Also, a pin's growth rate isn't affected by how much you use it; you just need to have it equipped.
* ''[[VideoGame/DotHackGUGames .hack//GU Redemption]]'' introduces advanced Arts that the player unlocks after leveling their weapon skill enough. This gives them a nifty new attack which improves in power and cost-effectiveness for each subsequent level in that weapon skill they raise.
* Personas in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' will gain ranks by using them. There are 8 ranks in total and how often they gain ranks is determined by the character that Persona is equipped to. In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' rank works exactly the same way. This and the automatic battle system will encourage you to find a group of weak {{mooks}} and spam healing spells until your Personas are maxed out. Be sure to have some SP recovery items on you though.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series, the moves Return and Frustration become more powerful the more or less the pokemon using them is happy with the trainer. At full power, they are more powerful than Earthquake without a boost.
** Moves such as Night Shade or Seismic Toss do set damage based on the user's level, and can gradually turn from nigh useless to reliable weapons as your mons gradually reach the golden level of 100.
** Trump Card grows in power the less PP (times it can be used) it has left, with the final use being among the most powerful moves in the game.
* All offensive moves in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' gain EXP when they're used and will eventually level up, acquiring more power, accuracy, and PP. Alternatively, you can use special manuals to boost the parameters of a move immediately, including those of moves that can't level up.
* Doing this in ''{{Nostalgia}}'' could unlock new skills.
* In ''VideoGame/HarryPotter and the Philosopher's Stone'' on the GameBoy Color when a spell is used repeatedly a more powerful version of the same spell is obtained.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'''s heroes have three 3-leveled and one ultimate spells that can be upgraded, one per level.
* ''VideoGame/TorchlightII'' has many skills whose damage or healing components scale with player level.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' has the titular bros learn advance Bro moves after using the normal versions enough times.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildOfDungeoneering,'' the Yodeler's schtick is that their "[[MakeMeWannaShout Yodel]]" skill gets more and more powerful each time you [[FightLikeACardPlayer play its card]], of which the Yodeler has two. It starts off doing 1 physical damage, then does two, then becomes [[ArmorPiercingAttack Unblockable,]] and finally becomes a Swift attack (Monsters usually go first unless an adventurer uses a Swift attack).


[[folder: Turn Based Strategy ]]

* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, spells can be leveled up, increasing their damage, range and area. Special attacks can also be leveled up, but--with the exception of Prinny Raid--only increase in damage.
** Spells and special attacks in ''VideoGame/LaPucelle Tactics'' can be levelled up in the same way.
** Ditto with ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''--since items technically count as separate units (they count towards how many units you're allowed on the field at once), they level up too. You can unlock stronger attacks for them by earning and then spending experience points gained by using them.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' as a few of this. The most famous is the couple evolving equipments: the sword Sequencer and the armor Peytral, whose stats grow during the course of the game as you perform opportunity commands, being up to 99 higher than the based Attack/Defense. There is also an [[LimitBreak Esper]] who cause more damage the more his caster has killed enemies, and [[SecretCharacter Vaan]] has a skill that does more damage the more he successfully used the "Steal" move.


[[folder: Wide Open Sandbox ]]

* In ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' for the Dreamcast, the main character's attacks all start out as borderline competent and somewhat sloppy, leaving no doubt as to why he was no match for [[BigBad Lan Di]]. The more he uses his attacks, whether in actual combat, in training sessions with his friend or solo practice, the higher his proficiency with using any move becomes. The higher the proficiency, the more graceful each attack or counter-attack manoeuvre gets, leaving fewer openings, having shorter recovery times and striking with more power and precision. This is practically mandatory if he is to defeat [[HopelessBossFight Chai]] in the arcade ambush.


[[folder: Other Video Games ]]

* Every card in ''VideoGame/{{SolForge}}'' is like this: each time you play a card, it levels up so the next time you draw it it will be stronger. However, these increases only apply within one game, not permanently.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Kha'zix can evolve one of his skills every time he levels up his ultimate, granting them additional bonuses. He can evolve three out of four skills at most, ''unless'' there also happens to be a Rengar on the enemy team, both are at a high enough level, and he kills him first, which gives him a fourth evolved skill.
** Before Patch 6.14, [[CuteMute Sona's]] ultimate had this as a passive ability; with every rank the player put into her ultimate, her standard abilities would become more effective. After the patch, the passive was changed to give the champion increasing amounts of Cooldown Reduction, so YMMV.
** [[LadyOfBlackMagic Syndra's]] passive - Trancendence - counts as this; once one of her abilities reaches its maximum rank, it gains extra effects - her Dark Spheres last two seconds longer, her Force of Will does 20% bonus [[PiercingAttack true damage,]] the area of effect on Scatter the Weak is widened, and the cast range of Unleashed Power is increased.
** [[AncientEgypt Nasus,]] [[{{Expy}} The Curator of the Sands']] infamous 'Q', [[MagicStaff Siphoning]] [[ThatOneAttack Strike,]] gains three 'stacks' upon killing an enemy minion, and six upon killing an enemy champion or large neutral monster. The attack does damage equal to a base amount, plus Nasus's Attack Damage stat, ''plus'' the amount of stacks he's collected. The attack, late-game, has a cooldown of [[SpamAttack about two seconds.]] The champion is definitely made to steamroll late-game; a Nasus with a few hundred stacks is a Nasus to be feared.
** In the same vein, [[BlackMage Veigar,]] [[TheNapoleon the Tiny Master of Evil,]] gains Ability Power whenever he so much as hits or kills an enemy champion with any ability, as well as killing minions and monsters with his [[EnergyBall Baleful Strike.]] Combine that with a large, area-of-effect stun and an ultimate ability with ''obscene'' amounts of Ability Power scaling that [[NoKillLikeOverkill does more damage the lower its target's health is,]] this pint-sized overlord is nothing to laugh at.