How to Level Up in Dota Underlords

How to Level Up in Dota Underlords

This guide will teach you how to level up in Dota Underlords. We also list down ways to gain experience in the game and how much EXP is neede to level up for each level.

Leveling up in Dota Underlords will give you a huge advantage against your enemies—it allows you to deploy more hero units and increases the chance to get rare pieces from the shop.

Read ’til the end if you want to be the next Auto Chess Grandmaster!

Why you need to Gain EXP and Level Up Fast

In Dota Underlords, gaining experience will increase your level.

Leveling up has the following benefits:

  • Increased Unit Cap, so you can put more Hero units (pieces) on the board
  • Higher chances of getting rare, powerful units in the Shop during Preparation phase

These benefits will give you more room to execute your strategies and use Alliance synergies to gain advantage against your opponents.

You can check your enemies’ levels on the left side of the screen. The small number next to their names is their current level.

Keep an eye on this, as you don’t want to be facing opponents with a larger army than you!


How to Level Up in Dota Underlords

In order to level up and increase your unit limit, you need to earn enough experience points needed for the next level.

Here’s the EXP table to see how much experience you need to earn for each level:

  • Level 1 – Default
  • Level 2 – 1 EXP
  • Level 3 – 1 EXP
  • Level 4 – 2 EXP
  • Level 5 – 4 EXP
  • Level 6 – 8 EXP
  • Level 7 – 16 EXP
  • Level 8 – 24 EXP
  • Level 9 – 32 EXP
  • Level 10 – 40 EXP

As you can see from the list, more and more EXP points is needed to reach the next level as your level increases.


How to Gain EXP in Dota Underlords

There are only two ways to gain experience in Dota Underlords:

  1. Gain 1 EXP at the start of each round
  2. Buy 4 EXP for 5 Gold at any time

If you have extra Gold to spare, you can use it to buy instant experience points and speed up your leveling.

Just click on the experience button on the upper-right to spend 5 Gold and gain instant 4 EXP.

Dota Underlords how to gain exp and level up fast guide

Related Guide: How to Earn Gold in Dota Underlords


When is the best time to buy XP and Level Up?

One common question is: when is the best time to buy experience from the shop?

Here are some pointers:

  1. Do you have enough Gold to reach the next level?
  2. Do you have an important unit to add that gives you a significant advantage? (e.g. strong unit or activates a synergy)
  3. Do you have lots of excess cash?
  4. Are you losing and about to run out of HP?

There’s no reason for you to buy EXP if you can only afford half the EXP needed to reach the next level. Better keep that Gold in your stash to earn interest or spend on units. That is unless you have more than 50 Gold and have no other better use for your Gold, then just prepare your XP for the next level up on the next round.

Try to make quick mental calculations to compute how much Gold you need to get to the next level. The formula is:

Gold needed to level up = ((Total XP needed for next level – Current XP) / 4) * 5

So for example if you have 20/32 EXP, the calculation is: ((32 – 20) / 4) * 5 = 15 Gold needed for three purchases of 4 EXP.

Rounds 5 and 9 are common rounds to buy EXP to level up to Lv 5 and 6, respectively.



In Dota Underlords, the key is how to manage your resources wisely. We highly recommend not to spend too much Gold on leveling up during the early rounds—focus on building your army first and let your natural XP do the leveling up for you!

As you master playing the game you’ll learn to balance spending Gold between buying heroes and buying extra XP points for leveling up.

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