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Tropes about levels, experience to increase levels, and the grinding for experience. These are the tropes that are most typical of roleplaying games and games with RPG Elements.

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  • Absurdly High Level Cap
    Reaching max level brings you much higher than you'd need to complete the game.
  • Absurdly Low Level Cap
    Reaching max level will happen just from completing the main quest and some sidequests.
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  • Anti-Grinding
    The game has ways to make grinding either impossible or of little use.
  • Character Level
    When this gets higher, your character's abilities get stronger.
  • Class and Level System
    How your characters level up dependent on their battle style.
  • Easy Exp
    Some XP is awarded with minimal effort.
  • Empty Levels
    Late game levels may give diminishing returns, or smaller boosts than others.
  • Equipment-Based Progression
    When a character is improved with better items, rather than levels.
  • Equipment Upgrade
    When equippable items have their own levels.
  • Experience Booster
    This makes you get more XP than you would have.
  • Experience Meter
    When it fills up, you raise a level.
  • Experience Penalty
    You get less XP than usual.
  • Experience Points
    How many points gained, and how many left to the next level.
  • Leaked Experience
    Some characters can get XP even when not in the battle.
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  • Level Grinding
    Spend a few hours killing enemies, and the XP will pile up.
  • Level-Locked Loot
    Equipment will not be usable until you reach its required minimum in a level or stat.
  • Level Scaling
    Enemies level with you, so it takes more than just being high level to win.
  • Level-Up Fill-Up
    Leveling up restores health and/or mana.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards
    Leveling up will eventually make sorcery classes more powerful than melee classes.
  • Low-Level Advantage
    Sometimes being lower level puts you at a better situation.
  • Magikarp Power
    Reach a certain level and a weak character or class turns incredibly powerful.
  • No Experience Points for Medic
    Some games will only award XP for combat moves, not healing.
  • Non-Combat EXP
    You don't have to fight to get experience.
  • Peninsula of Power Leveling
    If you can take the monsters here, you will level grind much faster than normal.
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  • Rare Candy
    Raise stats as though a character leveled up.
  • RPG Elements
    Levels and XP are included in non-RPG games.
  • Spell Levels
    Even your magic and abilities have their own levels.
  • Stat Grinding
    Use abilities and powers to make them level up.
  • Strong Enemies, Low Rewards
    Defeating high-level enemies will give you little-to-no rewards, which can include experience points.