Solo Leveling Anime Season 1 Ending Explained

In Short
  • Sung Jinwoo defied the odds and successfully managed to change his job title from an Assassin to Necromancer in the finale of Solo Leveling Season 1.
  • He became the Shadow Monarch, the highest level of Necromancer as he had gained enough experience points from grinding.
  • With this new job title, Jinwoo gained the Shadow Extraction skill and was able to resurrect Igris and all the enemies in the dungeon back from the dead.

As a manhwa reader, after watching underwhelming anime adaptations of manhwa, such as God of High School, Noblesse, and others, I was skeptical about the Solo Leveling anime. But A-1 Pictures proved me wrong by hitting a home run with the debut season of Solo Leveling. Solo Leveling had a banger debut season. Season 1’s finale is the talk of the town right now, with Igris resurging as Sung Jinwoo’s first-ever shadow. However, if you feel baffled about Solo Leveling season 1’s ending, let’s discuss what it means and what’s in store for fans in season 2.

Spoilers Warning: This article includes spoilers for the finale of the Solo Leveling anime.

What Happened in the Solo Leveling Season 1 Finale?

We have broken down the finale into sections for better understanding. Therefore, find out more about the ending of Solo Leveling Season 1 below:

Sung Jinwoo vs Igris the Blood Red

sung jinwoo fightning igris in solo leveling episode 11
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The final two episodes (episodes 11 and 12) of the anime feature Sung Jinwoo entering an instant dungeon for a Job Change quest. Upon entering the dungeon, Jinwoo fought several knights and sorcerers before making his way to the final boss, Igris the Blood Red.

The battle between Sung Jinwoo and Igris was a clash of the titans going toe-to-toe against each other. But in the end, Jinwoo emerged as the winner in this epic battle, thanks to his indomitable spirit and the incredible skills he gathered along his leveling-up journey.

Sung Jinwoo Resurrects Igris

Igris shadow arise by Jinwoo
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The quest didn’t end after defeating Igris, as Jinwoo was tasked with surviving inside the dungeon against a horde of enemies yearning to slit his throat. We all know how Jinwoo steps up his game whenever a terrible trial is thrown at him, and he rightly does so again in this fight to the death.

Upon completing the quest successfully on the second try, thanks to the penalty, Sung Jinwoo switched his job title from Assassin to Necromancer. Since Sung Jinwoo had racked up tons of experience points by grinding beforehand, he immediately leveled up to the top of the Necromancer class, i.e., the Monarch of Shadows.

On becoming the Shadow Monarch, Sung Jinwoo unlocked a new skill called Shadow Extraction. With this newfound power, Jinwoo resurrected the horde of knights for the first time. But as he wanted a powerful ally by his side, he went near Igris and extracted his shadow by uttering one magical command: “Arise.” It’s the command he assigned to the system to raise the dead and make the enemies his loyal soldiers.

Jinwoo then renamed the red knight Igris and now has a new shadow army of dead soldiers he defeated inside the dungeon.

So, the first season concluded with Sung Jinwoo having obtained the ultimate power to assemble an army of his own, the power to overthrow anyone. We will continue to see him level up and add more shadows to his arsenal in the upcoming season of Solo Leveling anime.

Solo Leveling Season 1 Post Credits Scene Explained

Throughout the first season, the production studio heavily teased the beginning moments of the “Jeju Island” arc. Without revealing too much, I can say that this upcoming is very similar to the “Chimera Ant” arc if you are familiar with Hunter x Hunter. Not in terms of lessons or emotional value but the action and overall aesthetics.

You can watch the post-credits scene from Solo Leveling Season 1’s finale here:

That said, here is a brief explanation of the post-credits scene of Solo Leveling season 1: Choi Jong-In gathered the available S-Rank hunters in Korea to clear the dungeon on Jeju Island. It should be noted that this mission has failed for around three times previously.

As they went near that dungeon fraught with danger, Choi Jong-In along with Cha Hae-In noticed that the ant monsters lurking inside Jeju Island were starting to evolve. This has never happened before during the previous raids and sows the seeds for a treacherous raid ahead.

Where Will Solo Leveling Season 2 Begin?

Solo Leveling Season 1 adapted the first seven arcs, until chapter 45 of the manhwa, which marks the end of the Job Change arc. Thus, the second season of the Solo Leveling anime will adapt the manhwa from chapter 46 (Red Gate Arc), where we see Sung Jinwoo and Yoo Jinho heading into a different type of perilous dungeon. So, if you are planning to read the Solo Leveling manhwa after Season 1, you need to start from Chapter 46.

Solo Leveling Season 2 has already been confirmed by the production staff and is officially titled Season 2: Arise from the Shadow.

Based on the first season’s adaptation, we speculate that season 2 will adapt close to another 45 chapters (chapters 46-90) of the manhwa. It will likely tease the introduction of the greatest arc of the Solo Leveling manhwa (Jeju Island arc) in the finale of season 2.

That said, share your rating of the debut season of Solo Leveling with us in the comments below.

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