Cultivating in Online Games


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Dugu Zhuo’s life was exhausted by fate. His skills were destroyed, his kinship was severed, his friends were lost, his father was killed, and even his only beloved Ye Zhou was gone. Wearing a spirit jade that protected Ye Zhou’s remnant soul, he scoured around every corner of the world, trying to find Ye Zhou’s remaining soul to stay with him in the afterlife.

Until one day, when his lifespan was approaching an end, he entered an illusion and saw Ye Zhou being chased by several monsters. After dealing with the monsters, a strange voice rang in his ears:

[Ding, you killed the monsters and get 3 low-grade spirit stones.] [Ding, you killed the monsters, and get the secret book .] [Ding, you killed the monsters, and get a precious healing spirit grass.] [Ding, you have levelled up, and your skills are restored by 1%.] And the Ye Zhou he just “rescued” raised his sword angrily and yelled: “How dare you steal my monster!”

Dugu Zhuo: “?”


Ye Zhou encountered a strange player named Dugu Zhuo in the holographic online game “Nine Heavens”. He doesn’t understand common sense, doesn’t know how to play, doesn’t go offline to rest, and often looks at him with deep eyes. Ye Zhou only accepted him as a very handsome apprentice, and taught him how to upgrade and play.

Just when Ye Zhou was thinking about whether to meet with his apprentice, an announcement was shared across the whole server: [Player Ye Zhou triggers the final plot “Sword Tomb” and unlocked the final boss of the game, Dugu Zhuo.]

Ye Zhou: “…”

By coincidence, he has the same name as his apprentice!

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New cinlky rated it
July 6, 2024
Status: Completed
It's a great story. Mixture of game VR xianxia and spiritual world. Translator is very good. I like the story so much that I MTL it.

It's a journey of, meeting new friends and clearing the previous misunderstanding. Human is really trouble.
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Bunga Kantan rated it
April 23, 2022
Status: Completed
Personally, I like this. It’s entertaining; touching sometimes, funny sometimes and the side characters aka teammates’s characters are so interesting. Don’t take it too seriously, don’t think about the logic of certain things and just enjoy the flow.

In essence, for Dugu Zhou (MC/gong) who wandered into the holographic MMORPG Jiu Tian, this is a continuation of his 1st/only life. Meanwhile, for player Ye Zhou (ML/shou), this is his reincarnation/2nd life. Together, they clear the main quest line which is actually based on their shared past. For MC, levelling up in... more>> the game means regaining his cultivation. For ML, completing the storyline allows him to regain part of his soul which in turn improves his health in reality. In reality ML is very ill (think paraplegic and organs failing-caused by his incomplete soul in this reincarnation). So the main storyline functions to reveal the truth of the past, clear misunderstandings, resolve their heart demon and also to make things right in the original/cultivation world.

Yes, the MC is very OP in this story since he knows the storyline, can cultivate, can even create and submit skills and is basically a bug in the game. Even so, I don’t mind it because I think that’s the fun part about reading this relaxing and stress-free story. There are plenty funny moments in the story as well as moments worth contemplating about.

Noteworthy parts:

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    A willow tree demon player who aims to be No.1 player with the highest sin value. A black cat monk who used to be evil cultivator. A lingzhi who’s game character is female but he’s actually male.

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    ML’s capitalistic cousin who’s talented in making money and using money to make others do his bidding. He doesn’t actively level up and is more interested in making money in the game. Willow tree demon player ends up working for cousin as a summoned beast.

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    White tiger’s tooth extraction scene.

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    White tiger is such a darling that he serves to guard the gate when our main couple is getting close to each other.

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    The nurse/nanny’s “... ”, 😬stare at ML’s eyes and then quickly shout for ML’s dad reaction at seeing ML suddenly sitting up or shaking his leg when he suddenly gets better after completing the main storyline and getting back parts of his soul.

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    ML’s dad could accept the fact that MC is from cultivation world/doesn’t exists in reality/over 200 years old. Dad’s great. Dad also bought the game company.

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    MC and ML broadcast on world channel the questions and answers to their couple’s tacit test in order to quickly pass it because the game doesn’t allow private chat.🤣

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    The dry humour in MC looking at evil practitioners as mere refining ingredients and is proficient in doing so as if he has done it many times while the monks acquiesced to this action because they lived too long in the game and has been desensitised. Cultivators from cultivation world thought of them as being more scary than evil practitioners.

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    Cultivation world cultivators wondering what artefacts are keyboard, mouse and monitor.

It’s interesting to see the comparison between cultivators from real cultivation world and players who play the cultivation world game’s interactions. The former got only one live while the latter can infinitely resurrect. Evil practitioners in real cultivation world are really evil while evil practitioners among the players are not righteous in actions yet pure in soul.

And beyond it all is MC and ML’s love story and ML’s struggle in defining whether their love is influenced by the swords or it’s solely due to themselves.

In real world:


MC came into the real world, work as consultant for the game and as TCM practitioner.


As a closing remark, I would like to state that this is a good relaxing read and it definitely deserves more love and attention. 😘 <<less
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melonsugar rated it
November 17, 2021
Status: c37
The xianxia + modern game setting is interesting, but if you want to read something reasonable, I wouldn't recommend this. The MC (gong) is so op (cuz he's from the real cultivation world so he knows lots of things based on his experience, still, he's too op for me. I don't rlly like it). His skills and identity are too cheating. The storyline is fine, it's about gaming and doing things in MMORPG game plus some mystery solving about the mc's past. The ML (shou) is ok, he's more like... more>> a normal person (compared to mc). The author doesn't give much attention to other extra characters or mc's teammates. I haven't finished this yet so this might be updated later. Don't mind my English, my English sucks and it's my first time writing a review. <<less
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SirhcSidhe rated it
November 9, 2023
Status: Completed
It's a funny and original novel about reincarnation, fixing misunderstandings, and having fun. The gaming scenario makes the plotline angst-free, and everything is very light hearted, despite the drama inherent in the background story. The relationship between the two leads develops gradually, softly, wothout any artificial obstacles.
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miriamirioan rated it
August 5, 2023
Status: Completed
I absolutely love this novel. The translation is very good so I definitely recommend reading it but the MTL is pretty acceptable too.

I adore how the real cultivation and in-game cultivation plays off each other and how the players interact with the game system since it's pretty freeform and they can basically do almost anything they like.

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Like how an originally 'evil' cat yao player ended up as a monk with monk abilities, its basically almost like if a vampire became a cleric and could use turn undead lol


The MC is very OP but it makes sense that he is since he knows real cultivation and can 'game the system' so to speak. The ML seems like a really normal guy and I really enjoyed how the two of them got together.


The MC is so respectful of the ML and never pushes him to do anything he's not uncomfortable with. They feel for each other strongly but later on during a couples question game they both realise that they don't know each other that well (like whats their favourite colours) which they both decide to fix afterwards


The side characters and the shenanigans they got up to are very entertaining and I enjoyed how the main couple had relationships outside of each other and how the different characters played off of each other.


I was really emotional during the final fight when the cat monk talked to the monk NPCs and realise that they were real monks' souls from the cultivation world and they all genuinely care for him and want him to be good and be happy. I also choked up when the lingzhi yao player talked to the monk NPC that first picked him up to help level him up on the first day of the beta.

I also absolutely love how later on when some players end up in the real cultivation world, they still continue to act like it's still a game and the real cultivators look at them in absolute awe and horror. Haha the players act in really bizarre and sociopathic ways like refining 'boss' characters into pills to use as EXP


Overall this was a breezy read with some emotional ups and downs but is generally a feel-good kind of story. The setting is interesting and the main couple is really wholesome. <<less
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September 14, 2022
Status: --
I MTL'd it which was really difficult in parts so I won't rate the novel yet as I know I missed some important parts. I do not suggest reading the MTL, the translation is great from what I read, so I suggest waiting for the translation.

If I were to rate it right now it would probably be a 3 star, 4 star for the cultivating/game plot and 2 star for the romance.

I loved the MC and his story. His love for the ML confused me though. It may have been... more>> lost in MTL but

in his early life he hated ML and it doesn't really show him falling for the ML or why he fell for ML. Only thing I could guess is the ML was the only one who showed him any goodwill, but even then the ML was cold towards the MC. They finally get together around chapter 108-ish


The ML is more a plot device than a character. His parts aren't much in the current time line and the him in the past is cold and unfeeling

because the sword he is in charge of controls his emotions, also not sure how he fell for MC in his previous life since any extreme emotions were calmed by the sword.


Some of the side characters I loved a couple were annoying and others were barely part of the story.

When the translation is completely out, I will definitely read again. Thos story has its unique points and I'm really liking the cultivation merged with VR. <<less
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Lalala45 rated it
June 2, 2024
Status: Completed
This is a really good novel. I really recommend this story. Light-hearted story, with pasts that need to be uncovered. Some touching moments also there and a lot of funny banters between the characters (love these ones)

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  • Loved interactions between the black cat and buddist monks; and between the lingzhi and monk at taiye temple.
  • I also am glad about the ending of white tiger and MC+ML
Finished it by MTLing the whole chapter. Hopefully, the translator will continue translating.

Will be back after the whole chapter being translated

There is a thing that doesn't sit right with me, the summary


Ye Zhou already knew that Dugu Zhuo is not a real player, when the System in the game announced that the final boss is Dugu Zhuo

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