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Ascension, or ascending, is a game function that acts as a soft reset; heroes are all returned to level 0, but Achievements, Rubies, Gilds, equipped Relics, Ancients, Clans, Mercenaries and Outsiders are untouched. Before ascending, you must salvage all unequipped Relics. Upon Ascension, the player receives 1 Hero Soul for every 2,000 Hero levels purchased, and more for beating Primal Bosses and going on Mercenary quests.

Ascension is done by purchasing the ASCENSION upgrade from Amenhotep, unlocked at hero level 150. Once unlocked, a special button will appear on the right side of the screen in case the player doesn't want to ascend right away (which is usually the case).

Strategy

Generally people get to level 130 and ascend, and after that, they often choose to ascend immediately after stopping to quickly progress through levels (130+). Once transcended, zone progression has slowed down by a lot and it is recommended to ascend at level 130 again.

Gains and Losses

Keep in mind what will happen after every ascension:

You will keep:You will gain:You will lose:

Achievements

Achievement Name Icon Description
Restarter
Zone explorer
Ascend the world 1 time.

Reward: +10 Starting Click Damage.

Neverending
Zone Warrior
Ascend the world 3 times.

Reward: +50 Starting Click Damage.

Again and Again
Again and Again
Ascend the world 5 times.

Reward: +250 Starting Click Damage.

Is this real life?
Zone Lord
Ascend the world 10 times.

Reward: +1000 Starting Click Damage.

Master of Reincarnation
Is the real life
Ascend the world 25 times.

Reward: +2500 Starting Click Damage.

Renew
Is the real life
Ascend the world 50 times.

Reward: +5000 Starting Click Damage.

Out with the old and in with the new...again.
Is the real life
Ascend the world 100 times.

Reward: +10000 Starting Click Damage.

Goodbye Cruel World
Is the real life
Ascend the world 250 times.

Reward: +25000 Starting Click Damage.

After all the achievements have been gained, you will have 43,811 Starting Click Damage (excluding click bonuses).

Trivia

  • The lore reason for ascending, is that Amenhotep is resetting the universe due to the fact that, through leveling up and purchasing upgrades, the player has allowed Abaddon to get too powerful. (You just let the bad guy win, how wonderful...)
  • Prior to patch 0.12, the Ancient introduction patch, Hero Souls also gave you Gold and skill cooldown bonuses, in addition to a DPS boost.
  • The Ascension button on the main screen was introduced in patch 0.23.
  • There was a bug in version 0.23 that let the player edit the text in the warning that pops up when clicking the Ascension button, though the text resets upon clicking the button again.
  • Patch 1.0e8 introduced an option to immediately salvage the player's Relics upon clicking the Ascension button. In earlier versions of the game, the player would receive a warning that told them to salvage their Relics first before they could ascend.
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Warning when you click the ASCENSION.

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Amenhotep's ASCENSION description box.