Evolution Theory of the Hunter


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In a world of dungeons and monsters you can become strong if you merely have enough money.

Rare skillbooks that can magically upgrade your skills in an instant are sold at exorbitant prices. So only the privileged and rich are able to buy their way to become hunters – a much revered occupation that allows one to enter dungeons and hunt monsters.

Our MC is a porter, a sort of caddie for hunters. He dreams of one day becoming a hunter when he comes into possession of a skillbook.

But the skill is a level 0. Something unheard of. No one wants it. People laugh at it. But he learns the skill – only to find that it may be the most amazing one yet.

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rhianirory rated it
May 30, 2018
Status: c100
This isn't the worst light novel I've read but it's not that good, either. The world building is lacking and vague and no one but the MC seems to be real or to matter in the end.

I can see what the author was trying to do here with the unique skills and all but the story execution was pretty shaky. It's difficult and very expensive to get a skill and at first it said you could only have 1, but then later the author changed their mind and said they... more>> could have more, but most people could only afford to buy 1 (why most can't get them for free by hunting isn't explained, except to say the drop rate is low). The MC finds at least 1 skill book every time he kills an irregular and they're unique lv 0 skills. Oh, and the world conforms to the MC's levels and his individualized leveling system, which is pretty ridiculous. the MC himself is ok, kind of bland. I think the author was trying for experienced but he just comes across as tired of it all and a little cranky with it. his party is mostly there to fill slots and the harem is 2D; sporty girl, glasses girl with big boobs, etc. The only guy who seems to have much personality at all is the mage. The girls personalities are dictated completely by their 2D cliches; glasses girl is clumsy, sporty girl is strong, and so on. If you've seen/ read any Japanese manga/anime/light novel with a harem you pretty much know already know who they'll be by the physical description given. They don't have much personality outside those known cliches.

I might try and pick this back up if it's ever completely translated but at the moment this is going in my dropped pile. <<less
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Dusk rated it
September 16, 2016
Status: c98
An awesome read especially if you are reading it in piles of chapters. A nice post-apocalypse story that begins with a porter (or should we say, supporter to the Hunters) that serves rich kids in the dungeon, one day he founded a level 0 skill book that has never appeared before, it took him only that book as his life is turned upside down.

This novel is not perfect, there are things that could be improved but so far it is well-rounded, the positives covered up the negatives very well.... more>> One of the negatives is that, the story is too focused on the MC, everything seems to revolve around him.

We have already known that he is special, but he himself doesn't seemed to think of him that highly, or even curious as to why everything revolves around him. The character interactions are nice and cute, there is a lack of vivid image of the characters when I was reading this somehow, I don't know why.

Oh, and it has a slow start too, so be patient.

Anyways, this is definitely one of the must-read novels, sadly the translator seems to have gone MIA.. 8.6/10 <<less
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AnimeFan9001 rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Chapter 28 (Would be chapter 29, but the site is having issues atm :P)

The premise of the story is that one day, dungeons appeared in the world, and these dungeons had monsters in them, that dropped various types of equipment and skills. Normally, everything is ranked starting from level 1. Due to the appearance of dungeons, many people attained skills, and became hunters. After a while, the government took over the dungeons and began to charge a fee for entry, and it was mostly only those... more>> people who had skills or equipment that could kill the monsters. The problem is, that skills and equipment are expensive, causing a greater disparity between the upper and lower classes. Many people became porters (people who essentially lug around equipment), in order to make some money from dungeons and attempt to save up and become hunters. Very few however, manage to become hunters. Our MC is a typical porter, being looked down upon by the rich, and wanting to become a hunter himself. Eventually, he obtains a level 0 skill book, which is a seemingly useless skill, but turns out to be more than meets the eye. From then on, he become a hunter. The writing is good, as it has good tension, and is full of surprises. I also look forward to seeing how he’ll eventually create a team, and become a great hunter. <<less
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ImagineShyvanas rated it
April 25, 2019
Status: c91
It started off with a somewhat interesting premise however thats where it ends. The character progression is severely lacking, the MC has some backstory behind him however no reason to continue putting his life on danger after reaching his goal. The secondary characters are generic and bland, I didn't even remember that they had a tank in their party until chapter 80 because he never talks, gets talked about or does anything interesting.
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aetonazniel rated it
March 13, 2019
Status: c160
Slow start as most kr novels usually are. Interesting and not a usual dungeon adventure where its normally an isekai (another world) but instead, on this world but dungeons appeared. Interesting setting to have a world like that but I hope the author had better naming sense. Apparently most characters regardless of race and nationality seems korean. Even a "supposed" chinese hunter still has korean names, world class hunters also korean names. It would be more realistic to say their names in the "supposed" nationality. Also it makes it as... more>> if top class hunters are all korean. The lack of other nation hunters take a little out of the quality but just a minor thing.

I think there is a rather missed opportunity for author to explore hunters as how they are when not working in dungeons. Maybe like working using their abilities for other jobs but thats just a little side story possibility

MC is dense AF and has humble beginnings.. although I mostly skipped since im not into bullying and tragic chapters. Eventually gets strong after much grind, becomes a bit of a badass, although with a rather rude mouth.

A little heads up, 160 is the last chapter for now... Reason being the translator went into compulsory military service in korea and possibly continue after usually 2 years time unless someone else picks it up. <<less
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June 22, 2017
Status: c77
Not bad but not especially good, I was hesitating between 3 and 4. The plot and the characters are not original. That's the first korean novel I read with a korean nationalism and China dissing as developped. The dissing is not as irritating as in IRRS though.

So as you can have guessed after reading the review, his power is OP, he starts poor and if you have looked at the tags his power is a growth type. The setting is that of a near-future world, with dungeons appearing on our... more>> earth and the story beginning some years after. There is a romance with a comic relief girl, and MC is a leader and that's pretty much everything. <<less
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May 24, 2017
Status: c91
I really like the world and story. It is interesting to see a modern world become infested with monsters and humanity's reaction. The means of telling the story could us some work. The author doesn't have great character interactions. The characters are pretty interesting if you look at them individually but the dialogue and how the MC interacts with them makes the side characters seem bland. There are some plot holes because the mechanics behind the monsters starts to change because the MC randomly takes a level 0 skill that's... more>> never been used before. The bad guys are also act extremely impractacle for people who have such strong power and lived to have such power, a problem shared by lots of web novels. <<less
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SunsetChaos rated it
July 20, 2016
Status: c85
It's alright. Started off slow and boring, then it got better.

Mixture of modern day world with dungeons, monsters, items, skills. Post apoc but the countries seem to be doing fine, other than population decrease.

MC is strong, kinda dense or not really interested in love. At least he uses his head and is capable in a fight.

Not exactly a VRMMORPG type of story. It's like The Gamer webtoon/manhwa mixed with Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash). There's no character level or quests or anything. No crafting other... more>> than only MC, items drop from monsters. The only progressions are the equips and their single skill. They each only have a single skill usually. Occasional PK/murder. The whole story is pretty much dungeon grinding for money, it's their job. Money to buy better equips or skillbooks. <<less
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kyoshiroxmibu rated it
June 28, 2016
Status: --
Its a interesting story with a modern setting combination with a dungeon/game element alike. The start was a little bit to much of explanation but as you follow the story is will became more interesting and make you want more.

The MC its not like an arrogant fool like other MC novel, instead he always using his head and find a way, although MC not really that kind but overall it still acceptable, I haven't really read that far thou but I'm going to keep read it and maybe edit my... more>> further review

Try yourself its a good novel :) <<less
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May 22, 2016
Status: v1c46
Very good characters and detail to suroundings. Usually with a labyrinth type of novel its either the characters are always in the labyrinth or either sometimes out or in also I like this kind of new point system instead of leveling
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Raenef rated it
May 8, 2016
Status: --
Chapter 33 - 4/5

- Grammar & formatting mostly OK

- Story nice to read but the MC gets strong too fast so the usual scene was implemented

- Girls: harem element seems to be in view

- Open question if he is the only one where the 0 series drops
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Amphidsf rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
Review as of chapter 32. It is a bit on the early side but the concept of a world controlled by money and terrorized by monsters is an interesting one. It is too early to give a proper review however this is a novel that has caught my attention.

The protagonist is one who through luck aquires the ability to level up his own physical abilites. This doesn't actually show up until around chapter ~16 but after that the story gets going on earnest.
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JJ JIN rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
A take on VRMMO but takes place in the real world. With dungeons, skills and equipment. The premise is quite interesting. The MC is boring, but not cheesy or coward. The story progress a little slow at times, but doesn't drag on too much.

I recommend it.
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dwiggity95 rated it
May 1, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Chapter 25

The premise of the story is good. The protagonist starts off being a pitiful person but then learns a skill - a seemingly useless skill. However this skill proves to be worth more than what it seems. The tension throughout the story so far is great and I hope it continues that way. (I can feel my heart pounding almost every other chapter)
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criticalmind rated it
April 28, 2016
Status: --
One of maybe 5 new Korean novels I’ve added to my list in the last month. As of chapter 17, I’m really loving this. The story is progressing nicely and doesn’t have that rushed feeling to it that some novels, especially chinese ones have. A lower class, hard working protag slowly powers up living in a world where there is a huge difference between classes based on wealth.

Also, the exposition and world building comes in bearable doses and doesn't feel uncomfortable.

Translator is doing a good job with this: grammatically clean... more>> without losing the author’s style, although they seem to be converting money to dollar amounts. Nice of them to make the effort, but I’m not really sure how I feel bout that. <<less
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April 20, 2016
Status: --
If nothing else the setting is rather interesting. Think of LMS' Weed stuck in a magical world where only rich people have any chance to become powerful and that's half of what we've got so far.
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sharpie213 rated it
April 16, 2016
Status: --
It's still early to tell but I like it so far. It gets good starting from chapter two. I like how the action starts right away. Hopefully it stays at this pace.
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