Level 1 Guy: Chapter 28 – Stats up, Rank up, and Step Up

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Since today is a really special day for me and I’m really happy, so I decided to stop playing Nier Automata my assignments for awhile and try publishing 2 chapters for today~ hopefully ><

In the morning, before heading into Nihonium, I went ahead and check my status from the Know-It-All board near the entrance of the dungeon.


Level 1/1
Strength S
Endurance F
Intelligence F
Mentality F
Speed C
Dexterity F
Luck F



As per usual, my level stayed the same, the only one that increased were the one that I leveled up using the seeds that dropped on this dungeon. Since the balance of my status was horrible, there’s still a long journey ahead of me. Thus, I wanted to clear Nihonium’s dungeon all the way to the ninth floor and get all my stats to S eventually, as I helplessly thought and awaited for that day to come.

So even though the balance is horrible as of now, but if I think of this as a means to nurture myself to get even stronger, then it would be way more fun that way.

Now that I think about it, even in games where you befriend/tame a monster, the maximum status that monster can go would still be far lower than your average player, thus in order to further increase their levels, one must have an item or some other stuff to increase their status further.

Thus, I thought of the thing that I have that helped me.

I turned the status to page two, and looked at the status displayed.


Vegetation S
Animal S
Mineral S
Magic S
Special Item S



What reflected on the display is the item drop stats.

They are all S from the stats, nothing’s changed from before.

After confirming my status, I’ve gotten back my mood and dived right into the dungeon.

First is to the second floor.

Usually, one might think of going to the third floor first to gather the Speed Up seeds, but in order to be efficient on the third floor, I must first get the Flame Bullets that are dropped by the rogue monsters of the second floor. Hence why I’m heading to the second floor first.

By using the Collection Box, I dealt a headshot to those zombies that I encountered, and used the box to collect the seeds.

By the way, though the undead monsters in Nihonium dungeon love to do surprise attacks, I did not receive any damage today by them.

It’s probably thanks to my Speed being increased to C, even though they suddenly appeared from the cracks of the walls, I’m able to dodge them and land on a safe distance, and calmly shoot them.

As always, I was able to experience the feeling of my skills increasing when going through a real battle.

Thus, after gathering enough Flame Bullets, I head down to the third floor and work my way in defeating the weak to flames mummy.

Before noon arrived, I managed to increase my Speed to B.

For some reason, I don’t have the motivation on working anymore during the afternoon.

Since the weather is good, what’s more the town isn’t that crowded, I really want to take my time off for the rest of the day.

Having to head to Teruru’s fourth floor and defeat some Bat Slimes to get some Bamboo Shoots, and head down to the fifth floor and defeat one Snake Slime and suck up the watermelon using the Pandora Box.

And finish the day by delivering the minimum requirement to people with whom I have a relationship. Was what I thought when.

[Ryouta-san, you’ve ever been down to Teruru until fifth floor only, right??]


After delivering the Bamboo Shoots, and confirming the cash I received.

Elza asked me faint-heartedly.

[I have though?]

[Then how about the other dungeons? How far have you dove for the other dungeons?]

[The rest? For Teruru it’s until the fifth floor, for Nihonium it’s the third floor, for Silicon it’s also the third floor to save someone and for Arsenic it’s only the first floor——Ah right, I once went into the tenth to save someone.]

[Right, I see…..]

[What’s the matter?]

[Then, you haven’t gotten your permit yet, right?]


As I was wondering what’s that, I looked back at Elza for answers.

Since I’m still new to this world and there are still many things I do not know of.

[You don’t know? Anyone who wants to dive in any dungeon in Shikuro further pass the fifth dungeon, they need to have a permit.]

[Is it something like a Permit Certificate? If I don’t have that, it’s bad?]

[Yes. Even though the dungeons in this world are generally for everyone to enter, but any dungeon after the fifth floor, the difficulty will spike up. Thus, any city who have dungeons must hold onto this policy. Since Shikuro is rather simple, you will need permission in order to go pass the fifth floor.]

[How about the other cities?]

[Some cities have rules that if adventurers do not have their permit, they wouldn’t be able to do trades, or if they are hurt when diving in the dungeon, the medical fees would triple, there are many more policies too.]

[I understand now. It’s better to have something to govern then having nothing at all.] (TLN: I’m not sure what he mean by that though.一応入れることは入れるのか)

This is rather interesting.

Since this world is a world where [All products are dropped from monsters in the dungeon], they are some interesting rules for diving into dungeons.

I then recall back when I was checking on my status during the morning.

Since my Drop Rate is all S, I want to venture into other cities instead of the Agricultural city of Shikuro.

[So then……I’m asking you.]


While thinking about the various other cities, Elza brought me back to reality.

Again she timidly asked me in a somewhat apologetic attitude.

[If Ryouta-san doesn’t have it yet, I kinda want you to obtain it. Um, well, if regulars who have permit are numerous then the store would also rank up.]

[Aah, I get it.]

I somehow understood what she’s trying to say.

The permit becomes somewhat of a parameter in determining the strength of someone.

Since it’s not affiliated with the adventurers, but to business owners, they seem to want to have them by their side.

What that means is if they are more adventurers having the permit, then the impression of the shop would increase.

Elza had her head downcast while looking at me.

It seems that she has an expression of feeling sorry for asking such thing.

Well, since I’ve been helped by Elza a lot when coming to this store.

[I got it, if there’s anything I need to do please teach me.]

After understanding the conversation, I answered back to her with only two sentence agreeing.

Receiving a map from Elza, I finally arrived at Shikuro’s government office.

I went into the fabulous building that has various vegetable shapes, and following her explanation, I went down a floor.

What was there was a wide area of space.

Somehow, it reminded me of a shooting range when I went to Hawaii a long time ago.

There’s only one counter, and there’s a middle-aged man sitting behind the counter.

The guy listlessly spoke to me.

[…..What do you want.]

[Etto, I came here because I want to get a permit to dive further down into the sixth floor.]

[…….What are your achievements?]

[I’m able to deliver watermelons at Teruru’s fifth floor.]

Following what Elza taught me to say, the listless guy finally stood up.

[….I’ll test you.]


[The test is…..If you can defeat a monster below the fifth floor then you pass.]

[That’s rather simple.]

[……Since it’s easy to gauge whether you have the necessary strength to get pass the fifth floor.]

[That’s true.]

The monsters in the dungeon that drops item, are items that are used as products for this world.

The aim of diving into the dungeon for this world isn’t like in a game where you finish the first floor and are required to defeat a boss, what’s important in this world is about diving in everyday, and secure back the products

Thus simple is best, if you can prove that you can defeat the monster, then obviously you won’t have a problem in actually diving further.

[I understand, so I just have to dive into the sixth floor of Teruru dungeon and defeat a monster?]

[…..No, over here is fine.]


While being perplexed, the guy already went ahead and prepare the necessary.

In the middle of the huge space, a melon was placed there.

…..I kinda know what’s gonna happen.

The guy returned, and waited at a reasonable distance away from the melon.

The melon then transform into a rogue monster.

The slime has a sort of metallic colour on it.

[Lemme guess, is it a…..Metal Slime?]

[…..It’s a Steel Slime, it’s tough to even negate a knife.]

[I just have to defeat that right?]


[I got it.]

Leaving the guy, i moved forward.

The Steel Slime then jumped around.

It feels like there’s no hostility, even after noticing me it didn’t come and attack me.

Though I don’t know why, I first tried hitting it.

Even though the Steel Slime was sent flying away——but it seems to not have taken any damage.

It’s tough, even with my Strength being S, there’s hardly any damage at all.

Well, since it was called [Metal Slime] I kinda expected it to be that tough.

Then, it’s time to get serious.

I took out my gun, and loaded two bullets.

I then fired at the Steel Slime that is hopping around.

I fired at it in different intervals.

A magic formation appeared, and first a huge flame was emitted, then afterwards the place around it was frozen up.

I slowly approach it, and lightly jab it.


The Steel Slime shattered into pieces.

By the way a bullet was dropped, but before the guy could see I quickly pick it up and store it away.

[….What was that just now?]

Though his expression never changed, he sounded shocked.

[It’s called Thermal Shock. It occurs when something is instantly heated up and cooled down, and a material is subjected to these conditions, will be weakened, even if it’s Steel.]

(TLN: I don’t know why in the novel the translated meaning is fatigue fracture….though the thing that he is describing is thermal shock. Thank you Engineer Joe for explaining it to me)

[…..I just learn something amazing.]

The guy was seriously impressed.

Even though it’s something common, but do they not know about it?

Well, it’s fine.

After safely obtaining the permit, I can finally dive into all of Shikuro’s dungeon up until the 10th floor, then I would have to get another permit again.

After leaving the office, I sigh in relief.

Freeze Bullet and Flame bullet, and also fatigue fracture.

I really really want another gun, as I helplessly thought. (TLN: Plox help plot armor!!!!)

P.S To those who got the meaning, props to you and thank you~ :3

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  1. 一応入れることは入れるのか

    This is more metaphorical. It means to comply with something that needs to be complied with. The most suitable translation in this case would be:

    I guess it’s better to follow the rules.

  2. I don’t understand the logic of the more strength you have, the better damage output you will have from your gun, how is that even make sense ? I mean yea to some extend, since a sniper rifle could weigh more than 10kg+, and that’s it ! The more strength your have will be irrelevant, so I need some enlightment I guess to this logic hehe, thanks as always anyway for the chapter, Shiro-kun !

  3. Strange… I mean it’s S rank, something that human would never able to achieve, in other world, godly. Tank may be shock and bullet proof, but hit it with enough force, you will penetrate it. No matter how physical resistant a monster is, if you hit it with full force of S rank strength, it should at least deal some considerable damage.

    • Yeah, but there are some things that that doesn’t apply to, or rather, the force needed to damage it would require a fking supernova, for example, neutron stars.

      Besides, out of the realm of what a human can do doesn’t mean infinite or anything. Destroying a tank is out of the realm of human, yes, but it doesn’t mean that all of the things that can destroy a tank could destroy, say, the moon. A nuke could vaporize a tank, but against the moon… it might be able to make a small crater at best. Far from dealing “some considerable damage” you’d need several million Tsar Bombas to do much of anything to the moon, and that’s probably off by several orders of magnitude… maybe several quadrillion? IDK, I’ve not studied the Tsar Bomba or the moon much… and certainly not the interaction between the two.

  4. I’m looking forward to the time when he gets a machine gun or a Gatling gun.
    The number of zombies and other monsters he will have to defeat for securing ammunitions is huge.
    Thanks for the chapter.

  5. I’m curious what type of undead are left for the other six levels? I’m fairly certain there will be vampires but what else will there be?

    Possibilities I’m considering are things like: Dullahan, Lich, Frankensteins (although technically zombies would be special type), Ghosts, Dragon Zombies, or Reapers.

  6. I’m not sure why he even uses the gun tbh. I bet if he just punched the mummy once it’d instantly die. He does have S rank strength after all.

    • The novel did mention that even when he punched at the mummy….the mummy was only staggered and wasn’t defeated entirely.

    • It’s strange how Eve the bunny girl can instantly disintegrate a skeleton, that was originally on the 2nd floor, with a head-chop but for some reason the MC seems to be MUCH weaker in comparison and can’t do the same.

  7. Thanks for the chapter, Shiro-sama~ I’m guessing the top picture is from No Nier No Life…..:P

    Just hoping this won’t turn into Gun-Ota…. The MC is already pretty much OP…he doesn’t need more than one gun? Monsters don’t come out fast enough to justify anything better than his current one…
    Though maybe later in the dungeons it gets tougher enough to justify a minigun/automatic something?

    • Maybe it will be something like arifureta where he needs a better gun for more output to kill some certain monster, say for example the rock monsters from arsenic dungeon? Or was that silicon? And yeah…I love that reference 😂 yes it is indeed no nier no Life XD

  8. Thank you for the chapter! Ryota… It’s a medieval world, where they never had to make tools to get resources, only weapons. Do you really think that they would need to make experiments that would lead to the discovery of such concepts like ice and fire weakening steel? And people are asking for dual pistols, but the only way that S rank strength will be used it by a minigun. The massive ones on jeeps.

  9. Fatigue fracture is related to repeated loading of a material and though it can be caused by changes in temperature the thing happening here would more accurately be called ‘thermal shock’ and probably wouldn’t occur in a slime because it is…. liquid? What the is the phase state of a metal slime? It isn’t a traditional solid that’s for sure.

    • Hmm…as a person who did not study any of those terms before…I was sort of new to it but I’ve heard of the rapid changes in temperature though I did not know the term for that…but I guess thermal shock is the proper term here….I’ll check back on the novel cause it says fatigue fracture for some reason when I translated it…thanks for the feedback 😎

      • I think the author just mashed up 2 different terminologies while omitting an important word… said terminologies being: “Thermal Fatigue” and “Thermal Fracturing”

  10. if all that they use they get it from dungeons it makes you think… what did they do when they didn’t knew about dungeons, and when they didn’t knew all the dungeons, and when they didn’t have the strength to go beyond the 1st floor…

    • Hahaha!!! silly, it’s because it all started with dungeons, and people are just unique dungeon drops… as for why they don’t turn back into rogue monsters, the author will just handwave that all away! 😛

      • They stay the way they are because they are sentient. What I want to know is why the sky, sea, and land stay as they are without people. I dont believe everything comes from dungeons.

  11. Thank you for the chapter. He might get a shotgun or a rocket launcher from his next rogue monster drop, something with power I hope anyways.

  12. He is very lucky to have the gun. What if he only ever got ammo?
    He really needs multiple guns. One day he might try to use a heal bullet in battle only to shoot himself with something else.

  13. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    Since i’m in a place with barely any internet, i don’t have time to place my meatbun trail.. but thanks for the series~

  14. “I really really want another gun, as I helplessly thought.”
    is this a flag?
    i’m going to hope it’s an Mg or a sniper

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