The King of the Battlefield


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Humanity was on the brink of destruction. Muyoung, an assassin from the Forest of Death, fell to his knees. There were corpses all around him. For years, he had worked for the Forest of Death and had finally been able to eradicate them. Now, he, himself, was about to die. He closed his eyes as he felt his heart stop beating.

Suddenly, Muyoung opened his eyes. By some miracle, he was still alive. He then realized that he had actually gone back 40 years in time. Join him as he decides to fix humanity’s past mistakes and fight against the 72 demons of the Underworld.

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Vị Vua Trên Chiến Trường
전장의 화신
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Dusk rated it
August 10, 2016
Status: c80
Kotb is one of my favorites KR, at the start it seems like a second Reincarnator that is going to be repetitive and will lose it's charm after 15 or so chapters but well.. well no! It actually becomes even better as the plot progresses, Muyoung is one of those Nie Li type MCs and MCs like them are a joy to read if they remain omnipotent with bags of smarts and knowledge.

The pacing of the story is done very well, the fun in reading Kotb is just top tier,... more>> it's one of the few novels that makes you grit your teeth waiting for a new chapter to come out.

As for the story, Muyoung has a similar story to Reincarnator's Kang Hansoo, although they would take entirely different paths as RPG- based classes exists in Kotb and is an intergral part of it. The characters are not really put into depth but that is explainable, since he will mostly do his job alone... kinda.

A spoiler for his current class

Good ol' necromancer


A good alternative to those who have finished reading Kotb is Dungeon Hunter and Reincarnator.

However, the TL seems to have stalled down a whole lot from a normal paced b4, I suggest you to wait and avoid reading it now. 8.7. <<less
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KameleonZero rated it
September 29, 2018
Status: c144
This story was very highly rated so I was interested. Firstly, I'll say the translation is decent but not great.

The story starts out fairly well. The main character dies and then his mind essentially gets sent back in time. This gives him an opportunity to use his future knowledge to change his (and humanity's) bad ending.

The problem with this story is that it moves very fast -- from challenge to challenge with no time in between. It's just the main character, Muyoung, traveling around and gaining strength by tackling challenges... more>> and gathering items or skills. There's very little interaction between the main character and anyone else. Even when there is, it's very superficial and only for a short while. So it's kind of like playing an RPG where there's no character development or story. Just constant grinding. Grinding is great, for a while, but eventually you have to get back to a story.

I think if characters stuck around more and if there was more development between the various characters and Muyoung, the story would be much more interesting. It's just not that interesting where all your character does is goes to Location A (that you've never heard of) and does Trail B to get magic tchotchke C, which adds 50 to his stats. Rinse and repeat. <<less
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Kefi rated it
September 10, 2018
Status: c20
This is the story of a traitor to humanity, who after helping the demons detroy his race, somehow travels back in time to the relative beginning of the apocalypse and decides that this time he's going to use his knowledge to gain power and save humanity instead.

Classic, so far so good. But for me, the problem doesn't lie with the writing/translation, as it so often does, it's with the MC...

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After telling us that he's somehow going to redeem himself, this idiot plays the lone wolf card and doesn't help others, even when he can, even when it doesn't cost him anything.

Giving some useful informations would be the minimum in my book but whatever, let's pretend that this emotioniless husk of a man is traumatized by his past and that it'll take some time for him to become human again...

20 chapters later, he rationalizes needlessly killing innocents "because they were going to die anyways".

Not only is this morally bankrupt, but we already have seen two characters that "should have died but may become powerful" (the little girl, and the guys who gets daggers in the trial).

So, to hell with his judgements and to hell with him.


Since I now root for the MC's death, I'll just drop this turd. <<less
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gary0044187 rated it
May 24, 2018
Status: c1
Typical sociopath BS that I have come to expect from Korean Survival genre. I should have checked to see where this came from. This author even has the gall to claim that his mentally deranged view of human behavior is to be expected when people are put under pressure and calls actual human behavior hypocritical. History proves this false. Learn some history before attempting to push your edgelord ideologies on the rest of us.
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grandplex rated it
June 15, 2020
Status: c271
Simply put, this is an abandoned novel. The author was writing it well until the early 200's then suddenly started wrapping it up out of nowhere, and didn't even really finish it either by the end. Pretty much a waste of time to pick this one up, despite the fact it is pretty good for the first 200 chapters. It is no wonder the original translator stopped translating around that point, they must have realized they wasted their time on an abandoned novel. Give me my time back NU, this... more>> should be marked abandoned. <<less
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Eriht rated it
December 4, 2018
Status: c160
Setting of story is quite similar to Reincarnator - gain power to save mankind. While both of protagonists have very detailed knowledge about future, here every little action of MC lead to hidden conditions which in turn grant him absurdly strong equipment, skills or permanent stats buffs. At start it nice thing, yet later just sheer amount of OP rewards make strength of protagonist very confusing for readers. Since so, you just wait for him to steamroll all his enemies, challenges, difficulties, etc.

How look life of MC?... more>>

Quest: Kill goblins (0/5)

"MC kill literary everything that can move"


ALSO GOD XXX GRANT YOU: %something op%

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riida rated it
August 27, 2018
Status: c203
Edit: Wow, now it's really dumb. He wants to motivate humans to unite, but to do that he acts like their enemy and kills lots of strong ones who don't surrender, but spares weak ones who surrender... Counterproductive much?

First it was a bit flat, but with ok writing. Not too many characters and not too convoluted unlike in reincarnator.

Lately there's character development in lots of places, even side characters.

Background is also becoming really interesting.

Overall really good right now.
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kublikhan rated it
August 9, 2018
Status: c99
Not a fan of this one. The MC is not just a sociopath, he's also very s*upid. Author seems to think people can fight and train endlessly for days on end without food and water. I guess he never heard the expression "An army marches on it's stomach." You got 50 strangers in a room who get attacked daily by monsters. Only the top 3 fighters get food and water. The other 47 go hungry. Our hero MC is of course the top fighter and gets all the best food... more>> and water. The rest can f*ck off. Oh, but he sneers at them when they don't train for hours on end like he does. Yeah, I'd like to see how much training you can do after days without food and water a**hole. Oh and keep in mind a big boss battle is coming up and he can't possibly win it alone. So just maybe he should share a bit of his knowledge and food with the rest of the group? For his own self-preservation if nothing else? Nah, let him hoard all the food for himself while the rest start fighting each other over food. And instead of resenting him for not sharing, they start worshiping him like a god. They donate what little food they have to him and even start to kill anyone who slanders him. "Oh great as*hole god! We have killed all who offended thee! We offer thee what little food we have! We can survive for over a month without food and water from your presence alone!" I don't mind if the main character in the story is a sociopath. But don't have the other characters worship him for it!

Besides the above, the novel itself feels like reading an event log from an action role playing game. All that ever happens is the character gets some new piece of equipment, skill, or summoned creature and goes off into battle. This is basically the entire story:
MC gets new stats/skills from training
MC gets new stats/skills from equipment
MC gets new summoned creature
MC battles using the above

Rinse and repeat ad nauseam for an endless cycle of equipment hunting and monster bashing. <<less
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Have you read reincarnator yet? This series is like reincarnator with faster pace >.<

MC got summoned into another world, spend 40 years to fight and before he closed his eyes for the final time, he somehow got transported back in time when he's first summoned. With his knowledge, he started to strengthen himself, others? Who cares about them.. It's not like MC is humanity's babysitter. If people are unwilling to be ordinary, sure, MC will help them, but at the end it's their life, not MC's.

A great series with necromancer... more>> skill prioritizing on his art skill.

Rating: 5/5 star +1 star for the pace ^^ <<less
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Parja rated it
June 11, 2020
Status: c258 part2
I just created the account to write this review, but I am a long time lurker here.

Translation is not complete at the moment as Asian Hobbyist ruined another chapter numbering...

Currently, the translation is actually at chapter 258 (ch 271 on Asian Hobbyist) but this a**hole likes to divide the chapters and writes chapter numbers as full numbers instead of writing them chapter X part Y.

Story review:
Story is okay, not particularly interesting. It was fun until last 50 chapters. For the last 50 chapters, I have... more>> read them because I don't like to drop novels.

4/5 for the first 200 chapter.
2/5 for the remaining chapters.
0/5 for the translator. <<less
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Just a Potato
Just a Potato
July 23, 2019
Status: --
Ok guys, sorry to tell you this but this novel is wack. I almost never leave a bad review cuz I tend to drop bad novels fairy early, but with this one I kept going on. The problem with this novel relies on several things:

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1. The author tends to forget things he says or some things stated early in the novel are altered later on. Man he clearly made a deal with the Evil Spirit Devourer to help him for only 60 days. They spent two months building his territory afterwards (thats already 60 days), and the dude is still helping him. 15 days harrasing the dwarfs, the dude is still helping him. Wack.

2. Luck is a huge factor in this novel. The MC supposedly has tons of experience and knowledge, yet he heavily relies on the items and people he gets not by relying on his memory, but the ones he got by coincidence or luck. For example that sword that recovers his stamina? If he didnt have that he wouldnt be able to complete x trial that comes out next. He wants to capture a phoenix? He coincidentally gets help from a more powerful monster to hunt him. His previous goals? Mc: Whats that and how do I eat?

3. Some real s*upid things that happen or are said in the novel. Like when he is at the temple on the beginning and it seems that for some reason the boss is stronger than it should be. Why tho? Never explained or mentioned ever again, author just didn't want the MC to one-shot the monster so he raised his level. Woah the phoenix is not a high grade or a top grade monster, but a mirage grade!? Uhh whats that supposed to mean man, the hell horse killed the phoenix easily. All fairies are managing trials and trying to get a home, meanwhile hedley's kow (a fairy) is trying to become the goblin's king and its shown to be able to transform into anything (the phoenix for example) Why? We will probably never know.

4. Fights are badly described or totally skipped. You get lines like " they are gonna fight, boom boom ok they are kinda even, MC does this power up next, "30 mins later", MC slices off his head. Horde of monsters invade, "30 mins later", MC and cronies wiped them and they got x amount of losses but no big deal.

5. Plot outta nowhere. For example he is planning to get a phoenix heart to get the dwarf king make an armor with it. There is a problem tho, a dragon will raid their hideout and the dwarf king is later captured by hoomans. Ok so this important event should be present in our reincarnated MC. But guess what? Its never mentioned, not until he actually has the materials for the armor and its about to search for the dwarved, wild dragon searching for the little ones appears, and until then when he "remembers" such a thing will happen actually happens. This also gives him the perfect opportunity for the dwarves to own him a favor by saving them, and if this didnt happen they wouldnt actually made him the armor.


Summarizing it, there are just too much coincidences that benefit our MC. In other words, its merely plot armor and not the reincarnated MC memories which drive the plot and that sucks, not what I was expecting from a "second chance" novel, but welp. Im sure some of you will still like it so give it a try. <<less
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Reshrim rated it
January 6, 2018
Status: c139
Great reincarnation/apocalyptic novel.

Similar to reincarnator however there are a number of distinct variables which sepereate the two novels and the most important part is the plot buildup

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reincarnators plot build and king of the battlefield have a similar end game plot; survival of humanity in post-apocalyptic alternate dimension/world/survival game. However the structure which leading up to the end is clearly differant, intro for both is really similar (reincarnator) humanity is pretty much extinct and on their last line of defense while the leaders of humanity sends back the super OP legendary/badass MC with a magical treasure back to the beginning with future knowledge with a mission to save humanity, wakes up in the beginning room and well read the story if u wanna know the rest of the beginning. (Great novel btw) mid plot basically is kinda like floor climbing, get into zone, find exit goto next floor, cant climb back down. However MC tries his best not to neglect dangers which causes mass destruction on the human population who will climb that floor in the future saving millions to billions of lives, the end well I guess u can call it end prep for the war of races which humanity will obviously survive. (King of the battlefield) plot intro is differant, op MC dies from betraying the organization which brainwashed him to betray humanity and he gets sent back to the start where he starts again with future knowledge, mid point is clearly differant from reincarnator except for getting op items and classes because hes supposed to be op

Anyway the 2 stories are similar in a way yes, but I enjoy the similartiy between both novels because if u can come up with a totally differant reincarnation/apocalyptic novel which is a better read than these with a completely differant plot where the MC build is op and enjoyable, anti-hero and not some harem seeking rich play boy whoch we get sick of who lets girls toy with him and makes him buy them really expensive things after he either gets rich or powerful give me a call <<less
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Nvelist rated it
November 26, 2017
Status: c134
That is one thing that the Main Character here are all about.

Grow strong, overcome the obstacles.

Whether a strong humans such as Heroes, Champions and creatures from the dark, legends - Demons or Dragons, he will all overwhelm them and shows all who's gonna survive in the bitter end.
In the utmost way he become a king in no time. Like in the title "The King of the Battlefield"

Taste and smell like "Reincarnator" but I think this one is better. Action packed of unfortunate destiny, harsh, brutal, ploy, death and... more>> survival. <<less
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SayMrrp rated it
June 30, 2017
Status: c102
A really good novel. I'm totally hooked.

Necromancer developing OP MC. Not absolutely cold, but he's pretty ruthless.

Although the story seems kinda dark, I feel like it has a greyish tone. Like there's hope. I like that.

The world is designed well. Lots of mystery and cool details.

Characters are interesting and memorable. It might seem boring at the start, but it gets much more interesting quickly.
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TerraEarth rated it
September 20, 2016
Status: --
Did you like Reincarnator? Well you'll like this more.

The rpg system that serves as the framework for a lot of the novel's interactions is quite traditional, if I had to describe it, it resembles Legendary Moonlight Sculptor's in a sense but it's very cleanly executed and it brings the world and it's characters to life. Stats aren't the end-all-be-all so it's very refreshing to get away from the overly simplistic power-level head banging to a more creative, subtle means of interacting with the world. Although I haven't seen anything like... more>> a crafting system or the like, the combat is quite satisfying and entertaining to read. The author does not drag out scenes and will always bring things straight to the point in a clean, concise and satisfying manner. In this sense, the pacing is great and you always feel as if something exciting or interesting is going on.

The plot and the main character himself is quite interesting, since there's a lot to be explored in this post-apocalyptic mmo-resembling world. The MC himself is simply a bad-ass. He just gets things done and that's the end of it. Despite having had his emotions and pscyhe practically murdered in his past life, you can see hints of the human behind his cold facade and it's quite nice to see him slowly start to develop these kinds of reactions and interactions towards other people.

In any case, if you liked LMS and/or reincarnator, you will like this as well. In my opinion, at least so far, it's even better than the aforementioned novels. Come give this novel a read. <<less
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cibino rated it
September 10, 2016
Status: c66
Now this. This is a series about a necromancer. So many series boast about having necromancers but they are all done wrong. But this does it so right and it feels great.
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Boon rated it
August 1, 2016
Status: c41
edit: I liked this more than reincarnator for a while because this MC still had meaningful social interaction with others. Now they've switched roles as of 2/16/17, Reincarnator has social interaction, while this is just grind, grow stronger, grind again. 3.75/5

A little early in the story to tell, but so far it seems to be the best in it's genre. A group/world forced to participate in a death game with game elements. It also has the sub-genre of being reincarnated back in time for a second chance.

It is right along... more>> the lines of Reincarnator, though in my opinion it is superior by at least a star. Better characters, better MC, better story.

Similar novels I've read: Reincarnator, Terror Infinity, Life mission, evolutionary theory of a hunter, Killing Grounds of Gods and Devils, god and devil world, gate of revelation,... I'm forgetting a few, but King of the Battlefield is my favorite of the bunch. Though, GDW and KGGD are average, and GOR is pretty terrible imo.

A definite worthwhile read, and in my top 10 novels on this site out of ~100. <<less
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NOVEllUPdATEss rated it
May 12, 2020
Status: c250
Adequate plot, but execution was horribly done. All characters are devoid of any personality, and all social interactions feel fake. Even the plot line goes worse as the story progresses; I believe most people will agree on the tutorial ark being the most enjoyable throughout this entire novel. I honestly can't get myself to continue reading further, and would only recommend it to those comfortable with reading machine translated novels.
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MoonEmperor000 rated it
May 8, 2020
Status: c58
How unfortunate I couldnt finish it. Anti hero protagonist is way too much for me to handle. I wouldnt mind a cold hearted but reasonable MC, but he is not. A runaway woman who was kidnapped and abuse has escape from a village because she couldnt endure anymore suffering. She met the MC along the way, she tried to ask help but the MC denied, so instead she said they would protect on their own while she help the MC from his current situation also (the MC was chased... more>> by fossae a monster) since both of them were being chase. Sadly, the just fcking USED the pitiful woman to lure an enemy. The poor woman died, it was just a lil bit more she could have escape at even have hope to escape from the pursuer. Imagine you were kidnap, and abused sexually, and almost had scars all over her body but the MC used her as a bait without a fcking emotion. Hais.. I cant swallow such development so am dropping. <<less
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Madoga rated it
April 23, 2020
Status: c18
I tend to like novels like these, but with this one, I'm really confused why this is rated so highly. This novel is plagued by logical inconsistencies and just overall weird mechanics. I for example just read a part about the MC stepping on someone, and if he put a bit more force, the air would shoot up into his brain and kill him -- at least, according to the author. I mean... what? That's not how the human body works.
Step on him and crush his ribs, crush hind... more>> windpipe and god know what else. That's all fine. But weird descriptions like these? What's up with that? It's like I'm reading a novel written by a little kid.
And like that, this novel is filled with many more weird descriptions and inconsistencies that completely take me out of the story and just make me start to question reality itself.

Besides that, the translation quality is also sub-par. It isn't horrible and the story is very much readable, but the editor clearly didn't do his job very well. There are quite a few grammatical errors and weird turn of phrases that could have easily been polished away. These things make part of the novel feel a bit alien and very unrelatable.
The overall readability just isn't very pleasant imo. If you're sensitive to this, you should really just skip this and not even give it a try.

The last thing which I disliked, is that characters besides the MC have no depth and dialogues are very much dumbed down. It's just not there. It's all about the MC. Other characters might as well be NPCs.

Overall, this is by no means the worst novel -- there is plenty novels which are way worse. But this novel just doesn't work for me. Maybe if you're not very detail orientated that you can enjoy novels like these, but for me this is a real no-go. <<less
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