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How to Level Up Quickly in 7 Days to Die

Leveling up in 7 Days To Die can be done quickly if you know how to. But, if you are playing an older alpha version of the game some parts of this guide might not be relevant, as our how-to level up in 7 Days to Die guide is always updated for the latest alpha version of the game.

As 7 Days to Die progressively becomes harder, leveling up quickly can be one of the best ways to ensure your, and your group’s survival, as you will gain access to better perks, giving you a much better chance at survival.

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7 Days To Die Skills

Skills menu in a video game showing different attributes and perks related to Fortitude.

When your character levels up, you’ll have skill points that you can spend in the game on different skills. There are five different skill attributes you can assign points to in 7 Days To Die. These are:

  • Perception
  • Strength
  • Fortitude
  • Agility
  • Intellect

Within each attribute, you can spend skill points on different perks like “Dead Eye” which helps you when using rifles. Or perhaps you want to be able to carry more loot, in which case you can invest in “Pack Mule”. Ultimately, putting skill points into these attributes can help you level up quickly in 7 Days to Die since they can make your character stronger (easier to fight Zombies), quicker, and so on.

If you want to simulate your 7 Days To Die skill points, you can use this skill point calculator.

Now that you understand why you need to level up in 7 Days to Die, it’s time to find out how you can do this in the fastest possible way.

1. Sell Items at the Trader

A video game scene showing a fortified wooden gate with a sign reading "Hugh Got It," a watchtower, and a baseball bat with red tape in the foreground. Various game inventory items are visible.

The last part of the tutorial or starting quest when you first play 7 Days To Die is to find the nearest trader. Once you’ve reached the trader, you’ll be able to buy and sell items.

When you sell items, you’ll earn Duke’s Casino Tokens. Each Duke’s Casino Token earned will grant you 1 XP. So, if you sell an item or multiple items that are worth 500 Duke’s Casino Tokens, you’ll get 500 XP.

To further increase your chances of getting XP from the trader, you can invest in Sugar Bites which gives you +10% to Bartering, and Grandpa’s Awesome Sauce which gives you +20% to Bartering.

A character in a post-apocalyptic setting stands behind a counter surrounded by various weapons and supplies.

If you happen to loot a pair of Nerdy Glasses, you’ll also get +10% XP gain. Other ways to increase your XP and Bartering include:

  • Cigar: +10% Bartering
  • Magnum Enforcer Vol 4: Bartering with a .44 gun gives you +5%
  • Better Barter perk: Buying and selling gives you a percentage increase (5% per level, up to 25%)
  • Grandpa’s Learning Elixir: +20% XP gain

Using all of the items and perks listed above, you can earn an extra 100% XP for each item sold. So if you sell an item for 238 Duke’s, you will get +309 XP.

If you have some spare tokens, you can sell and then re-buy the items sold to the trader almost an unlimited number of times to rack up your XP and level up fast in 7 Days To Die.

2. Harvest Resources

A person holding a stone axe in front of stacked wooden pallets and a blue cart in a grassy outdoor area.

There are several resource piles in 7 Days To Die that can be harvested for a decent amount of XP. Resource piles include:

  • Cobblestone Pallets
  • Concrete Pallets
  • Stone Pallets
  • Paper Rolls
  • Carpet Rolls
  • Wood Piles
A player in a video game uses a tool to gather resources from a pile of rubble.

You’ll gain XP for destroying these items, plus you’ll get some resources from them that you can sell to the trader or use when crafting.

3. Mining Resources

Mining resources in 7 Days To Die gives you XP which allows you to level up faster. If you invest skill points into Mining 69er, you’ll be able to break resource blocks down more easily. Thus, it requires less effort to gain more XP.

From stones to iron ore, there are plenty of resources to mine in 7 Days To Die.

Screenshot from the game "7 Days to Die" showing a player chopping a tree with a fire ax. Various game HUD elements are visible, including health, stamina, and tool durability.

Combine Mining 69er with Motherlode, and you’ll be able to break down blocks faster and obtain more resources per block. Things also become easier if you use better tools, like an Auger to break through blocks very quickly.

Once you’ve read The Art of Mining Vol 5, you’ll be able to craft resource stacks (e.g. 6000 wood) which gives you a huge XP bonus.

Note: The XP diminishes with each stack of resources you craft.

4. Upgrading Blocks

Placing a Frame Shape in 7 Days To Die will allow you to upgrade it, if eligible. If you place a Frame Shape and upgrade it to wood, you’ll get XP for doing this.

A first-person perspective of a player using a hammer tool to repair or upgrade wooden frame shapes in a video game environment.

If you’re working on your base, especially when underground, it’s easy to level up in 7 Days To Die by simply mining resources like stone, and then upgrading Frame Shapes.

5. Screamer Farming

Gameplay screenshot from 7 Days to Die showing a player holding a weapon and approaching a zombie near a barricaded structure and a field of spikes.

Killing zombies is the best way to gain a lot of XP and level up quickly in 7 Days To Die. But unless you’re prepared to go out and find them, or wait until horde night, it can take a while to kill a lot of zombies at once.

However, attracting Screamers to your base can be a great way of getting some much-needed XP. Screamers are attracted to heat sources; one of the best being the Torch.

First-person perspective of a video game character holding a weapon in a grassy field, surrounded by zombies.

Whether you decide to invite Screamers to your base or create a dedicated Screamer farm, you’ll find the heat map increases with the more torches you place.

6. Quests

A video game screen showing a character completing a quest called "Clear the Area". The rewards include XP, Duke's Casino Tokens, and a choice between a Pipe Bomb or a Mushroom Spore Seed Recipe. The inventory is displayed, containing various items.

You can pick up quests from the trader by choosing the “Do you have any jobs?” option. The XP you receive from completing quests will depend on any XP bonuses you have from items and the tier of the quest.

Completing quests tends to be fairly simple. You’ll either need to fetch an item or clear an area and return it to the trader for some easy XP and bonus rewards.

Video game screen showing completed quest rewards from "Trader Hugh." Players can choose one reward from Bicycle, Food Bundle 01, Farm Bundle 01, Wrench, or Wood- Variable Shape Helper (500). Screen also shows inventory and various items.

When completing all tier 1 quests, for example, you’ll get to choose a reward from multiple options. The tier 1 completion quest in 7 Days To Die Alpha 20 offers you the opportunity to select the Bicycle. This makes it much easier to complete quests since you can retrieve and do them much faster. Thus, you can level up quicker in 7 Days To Die.

7. Sharing XP With A Friend

If you’re playing 7 Days To Die with a friend, you can earn some easy XP by simply playing in a nearby area. When a player kills a zombie, you’ll get a share of the XP without lifting a finger!

A video game character rides a motorcycle on a dirt path surrounded by trees and grass, with game interface elements visible.

If you’re playing on a multiplayer server, you can adjust the PartySharedKillRange value which is set in meters. For example, 10,000 would equate to 10km.

8. Change XP Settings

Game settings menu with options for game name, game world, world size, region, server visibility, game password, max players, difficulty settings, persistent profiles, XP multiplier, 24 hour cycle, and daylight length.

If you’re playing a single-player game, or you have rented your own 7 Days To Die server, you can simply adjust the XP settings by changing the XP Multiplier in the server settings. While this might seem like cheating for some, for those who want to enjoy a slightly easier experience, this may just be the best way to go.

But, if you’re playing on someone else’s private server, you will need to use the tips above or find new inventive ways to level up faster in 7 Days To Die.

9. Explore Higher Difficulty Areas

Screenshot of a player's point of view holding a stone axe in the video game "7 Days to Die," showing an outdoor environment with buildings, trees, and grass, and a waypoint marker for "Pass-N-Gas Store #10" in the distance.

If you are playing 7 Days to Die Alpha 21, you will notice that when you enter a new area, there’s now a skull rating. For example, in the image above you can see that Pass-N-Gas Store #10 has a 1 skull rating.

Exploring higher difficulty areas could help you level up faster in 7 Days to Die. Why? Well, the enemies are going to be more difficult, there’s likely going to be more of them, so the rewards will be greater. More XP = higher levels.

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