Will we see the Job Change Arc in Season 1 of Solo Leveling? Entire Arc Explained

solo leveling episode 11 title screen (above) and igris (below)

The captivating world of Solo Leveling has taken the anime community by storm. One burning question looms large: will we finally get to witness the Job Change Arc in Season 1 of Solo Leveling?

The Job Change Arc in Season 1 of Solo Leveling

Based on the manhwa (Korean comic) and the pacing of the anime so far, Episode 11 is likely to cover Chapters 38 to 41. This suggests we’ll see the much-anticipated start of Jin-woo’s job change quest. The episode title, “A Knight Who Defends an Empty Throne,” hints at the powerful adversary Jin-woo will encounter in the instant dungeon – a skilled knight who could potentially pose a serious threat.

The Job Change Arc Explained 

For those unfamiliar with the manhwa, here’s a detailed breakdown of the Job Change Arc, packed with spoilers, so think twice before reading!

Jinwoo receives a new quest 

jinwoo slashing his sword and drawing blood
Jinwoo | Image courtesy of TMDB

Jinwoo receives a quest notification from the System for a job change and is transported to an instant dungeon. Inside he encounters an armored Knight whose armor is too strong for his dagger to penetrate but otherwise, the Knight isn’t a particularly strong opponent. Jinwoo ditches his dagger in favor of the trusty good old hands and rips off its helmet.

Destroying it since he isn’t allowed to leave the dungeon until he clears it and also isn’t allowed to use the Systems potions or store features to restore his health while undergoing the job change dungeon, Jinwoo has no choice but to be mindful of skills that consume a lot of Mana as the dungeon’s difficulty is still unknown.

As he mumbles about how long it would take for him to clear the dungeon, he is met by more armored Knights. Jinwoo sucker punches the first Knight, sending it flying into the one behind it. He then kneels and twists off the head of the other two Knights. Once everything is over, he notices they dropped some items such as a B-rank armor, a chest plate, and 30,000 coins.

The Blood-Red Commander is introduced

Igris after he becomes a Shadow Soldier of Sung Jin Woo in the Solo Leveling manhwa
Igris | Image via Tappytoon

As he appraises the items, an armored Knight tries to use a stealth skill to sneak up behind him but Jinwoo stabs it in the face with his dagger. A Magician joins the fray, hurling a fireball at Jinwoo which he easily dodges. More Knights join the fight but Jinwoo manages to defeat them although it leaves him exhausted. He tries to take a short break but is interrupted by an arrow flying straight for his face. After defeating the next round of monsters, Jinwoo acquires even more items from the drops. he finally reaches the boss room to face the Blood-Red Commander, Igris.

Will Jinwoo stand his ground against Igris?

Igris killing a giant bear in a dungeon in Solo Leveling Manhwa
Jinwoo and Igris | Image via Tappytoon

Jinwoo is scared when he sees the boss monster’s name written in red since that means it’s about to destroy him. His attempts to stab Igris are futile as Igris proves to be stronger in every way possible. Jinwoo ditches his weapons again for his hands and Igris, the ever-respectful Knight follows suit, discarding his weapons and cape to go head-to-head with Jinwoo.

Igris rushes at Jinwoo, sending him flying across the room, and then rushes at him again to give him a beating but Jinwoo’s armor protects him. Since Igris surpasses him in strength, Jinwoo tries to use speed to overpower him but is still unable even to land a single scratch. An annoyed Igris slams Jinwoo against the wall, causing him to fall on the throne in the room but as Igris is about to cut his neck Jinwoo cooly stops Igris’ sword with his mostly bare hands.

This allows him to launch a surprise Counterattack and stab Igris in the eye. Jinwoo then sumo-slams Igris, stabbing him several more times under the chin. Against All Odds, Jinwoo defeats the blood-red Commander Igris, earning a reward of 1.5 million gold coins, a hearthstone, the Dominator’s touch skill, and Igris’ S-rank helmet. 

The Quest is over? Or isn’t it? 

jinwoo fighting goblins
Jinwoo | Image courtesy of TMDB

Confused as to why he was given a Hearthstone that would allow him to leave the dungeon when he had already defeated the boss monster, Jinwoo realizes that the quest is not yet over. Right on queue, several portals open up around him and the System sends a notification that the real job quest is about to begin.

The System explains that the longer he lasts in the fight, the more points he can obtain placing him in a higher-tier job. The timer begins to count and monsters start pouring out. Recognizing the chance to obtain a hidden class, Jinwoo uses part of his precious Mana to hide with stealth skills. However, a Magician monster uses a detection skill to smoke him out despite only five minutes passing since the quest began. Jinwoo is tempted to use the hearthstone to escape due to the quest’s difficulty. Fearing he won’t get another chance to leave his pathetic life as a loser behind and become stronger, Jinwoo decides to continue to fight.

The saving grace of the Penalty Zone

Jinwoo after becoming a Necromancer in the solo leveling manhwa
Jinwoo | Image via Tappytoon

Just as he is about to be defeated, the System reminds him that he did not complete his daily task and as a result, he will be sent to the Penalty Zone. Saved by the same System that nearly killed him moments ago, Jinwoo uses the opportunity to open the store and buy potions to restore his fatigue since he is technically no longer in the dungeon.

Although his health isn’t restored, Jinwoo decides to go monster hunting in the penalty zone, believing that leveling up would restore his health. He spends the entire 4 hours hunting all the centipede monsters. Taking a brief break, he buys a new weapon and finally breaks the skill acquired from killing Igris and gains the Dominator’s touch, which is a telekinesis skill. As soon as the penalty ends, Jinwoo is returned to the dungeon where the monsters seem to have multiplied, eagerly waiting for him.

A stronger Jinwoo makes a comeback 

jinwoo fighting monsters
Jinwoo | Image courtesy of TMDB

A much stronger Jinwoo effortlessly cuts down the first two Knights that charged him. He quickly realizes that killing the Knights gives him no experience points so he first needs to kill the Magicians as they keep summoning more Knights. Once he kills the first Magician, all the Knights it summoned are also destroyed. Jinwoo uses his stealth skill prompting the Magicians to use their detection skill, allowing Jinwoo to locate their hiding spots.

He kills the nearest Magician and uses his Dominator’s touch skill to crush the Knight’s head in its path. During the fight, Jinwoo is stabbed from behind by a Knight which he quickly destroys. He then proceeds to kill another Magician, leaving only three. Desperate, the remaining Magicians band together to summon a Gollum Knight. Jinwoo uses the opportunity to kill the last three Magicians, bringing an end to the quest as all monsters have been killed.

An unexpected job offer and Jinwoo’s reply  

jinwoo and igris in Job Change Arc in Solo Leveling
Igris and Jinwoo | Image via Tappytoon

The System tallies up his score and offers him the job of a Necromancer, one who can control the dead.  Feeling Necromancers are weak since they usually hide behind their summons, Jinwoo tries to decline the job however the System warns him that the Necromancer class is a hidden one and asks him if he still wishes to decline. Now intrigued by the possibility of not only being able to level up himself but his summons as well, Jinwoo accepts the job change and becomes a Necromancer.

He is immediately promoted to Shadow Lord because he clears the dungeon and defeats all the monsters. His new powers allow him to hear the dead Souls of the monsters so he uses the skill to summon some of the Knights. Realizing the golden ticket he has in his hands, Jinwoo rushes to summon Igris. His first attempt to summon Igris fails because Igris is much stronger than the rest of the Knights. The second attempt also fails, leaving Jinwoo with one last chance.

Changing tactics, Jinwoo tells Igris to stop protecting the Throne of his former master who has died, and instead protect him. The tactic works and Jinwoo successfully adds Igris as his first major Shadow, the first of many characters you need to look forward to in Solo Leveling. 

So, Will We See the Job Change Arc in Season 1?

Given the pacing of the first 10 episodes and the remaining chapters in Season 1, it’s highly likely that we’ll witness the Job Change Arc unfold in Solo Leveling’s debut season. The events leading up to the quest, including Jin-woo’s power-up and the introduction of the Knight’s Order, have already been established. Episode 11’s title further reinforces this idea.

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