Top 20 Best Cultivation Novels Ever to Exist!

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In the Wuxia world, the concept of Cultivation is everything, and popularly known as Xianxia; these novels never get old how many times you read. In fact, novels like Mo Dao Zu Shi and Cradle, I have read them over twice.

So, since you’re looking for some splendid Chinese Xianxia Cultivation novels, why don’t we get into the article without wasting any of your precious time?

Best Cultivation Novels List!

1. Mo Dao Zu Shi

Mo Dao Zu Shi- best cultivation novels

As the Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, Wei Ying was framed and killed in an attempt to chase out the true culprit.

However, now he’s reincarnated into the body of Mo Xuanyu, a lunatic, and is all set to avenge along with his life companion Lan Wangji.

The story starts in the most exciting way as people kill each other to obtain Yin Tiger Seal, and throughout the chapters, the intensity continues without making the reader bored.

The characters are alluring, the story is flawless, and you’ll be blown away by the level of narration. What else do you expect from one of the best Bl Cultivation novels?

2. The Transmigrator’s Cultivation

The Transmigrator's Cultivation- best cultivation novels

Xu Ziqing wants to live an ordinary life by passing his days freely in his village. However, when he turned thirteen years old, he discovered that his body has spiritual roots.

Now he has two paths to choose: either to become an insect under someone else’s foot or to push forward to the path of immortality. What will he choose?

The Transmigrator’s Cultivation is one of the few BL Xianxia novels with such a wonderful concept, and the author has some fantastic previous works as well.

The cultivation concept introduced is pretty standard, yet it stands out from the rest of the novels.

3. Heaven Official’s Blessing

Heaven Official's Blessing- best cultivation novels

Xie Lian used to be the crown prince of the kingdom until he was banished twice by the heavens, although people love him.

After 800 years, Xe Lian ascends the heavens becoming a laughing stock. He later meets a demon who has been waiting for him for a long time now.

Firstly, the author deserves praise for narrating the story beautifully. The characters and romance are simply off the charts.

If you’re sick of reading the same routine stuff every day, then you must try this out.

4. Cultivation Chat Group

Cultivation Chat Group- best cultivation novels

Song Shuhang was added to a chat group, and the members he found there were all weird by calling each other Daoists and chatting about refining techniques.

However, what happens when Song finds out the truth that they’re, in fact, the real cultivators?

Cultivation Chat Group is a funny Xianxia novel with a unique MC we’ve seen so far in these types of books.

5. Thousand Autumns

Thousand Autumns- best cultivation novels

Yan Wushi has chosen a path of blood and never believed in the good nature of humanity. That is until he met Shen Qiao, who was injured and fell off the cliff.

Aside from how you’d judge this novel based on its BL concept, the story is a masterpiece. The romance is perfect and also quite unusual.

Even the side characters are given much importance, and although it is a slow-burn romance, it makes you feel excited with each chapter.

Thus, it is one of the best bl Cultivation novels out there.

6. Devil Venerable Also Wants to Know

Devil Venerable Also Wants to Know- best cultivation novels

The story follows MC, who receives a book from the heavens and eventually finds out it predicts his future.

He makes up his mind to change the events in the book to change his fate along with his partner’s.

This novel will be a fresh air for the people who have been reading intense cultivation novels. It has a slight touch of BL concept and depicts it beautifully.

7. Coiling Dragon

Coiling Dragon- best cultivation novels

The story follows Linley from the Baruch clan, who goes on a journey to reclaim the fame of his legendary clan. In the path he chose, he makes friends and foes, but he never gives up.

Coiling Dragon is one of the most epic Cultivation novels I’ve read so far. This novel would be an entirely welcome one for the people who are getting into the Xianxia world.

The plot also gets lots of twists and turns in the middle to surprise the reader, and you can never say no to another chapter.

8. Cradle

Cradle- best cultivation novels

Sacred Artists, the people who control the natural forces of the world using their sources, are not rare.

However, Lindon is forbidden to learn them, but he must break the rules when he is faced with a situation.

Cradle is a western cultivation novel with immense popularity, and if you haven’t read it yet, you might as well do it right away.

It has a complex world-building, fantastic magical concept and definitely reaches your expectations.

9. Douluo Dalu

 Douluo Dalu- best cultivation novels

Tang San, a prodigy of the Tang Sect, jumped off “Hell’s Peak” after stealing the clan’s secret teachings.

Now he is reborn into a world where only souls are the essence of power.

If there isn’t Douluo Dalu on the list of Cultivation novels, I’d consider it an incomplete list.

In my eyes, it is a premier example of a fantasy novel that uses the concept of Cultivation to the maximum extent.

10. I Shall Seal the Heavens

I Shall Seal the Heavens- best cultivation novels

The story follows Meng Hao, who got forcibly recruited into a sect of cultivators.

In this world where the strong trample the weak, he needs to adapt ASAP to survive.

Before you get into this novel, make sure to be prepared to give some time to let the story boil the ingredients. In no time, you’ll get the perfect dish of well-mixed aspects.

If you have come across some negative reviews on this novel, we recommend you give it a try at least one more try.

11. World of Cultivation

World of Cultivation- best cultivation novels

The story follows Zuo Mo, a zombie-faced low-level cultivator who chases after the person who erased his memories and changed his features.

Once you read this spectacular novel, you’ll be left with pure awesomeness. It is an example of what happens when the author brainstorms every idea and puts it into it in a single work.

Although you won’t get to witness insane action and battle scenes, the story is worth reading. You definitely should give this novel a shot.

12. Reverend Insanity

Reverend Insanity- best cultivation novels

The story is about Fang Yuan, who gets reborn 500 years in the past, and with his Cultivation “Gu” and real-life battle experiences, he decides to conquer this world filled with magical creatures.

If you think you can take a massive bang at the end of every volume, this one is a must-read for you. It takes the reader into a whole new world and immerses them completely.

An intelligent and overpowered Mc, an exciting isekai storyline, don’t these elements make you excited at all?

13. The Great Conqueror

The Great Conqueror- best cultivation novels

The story is about an Otaku who was reborn in a world dominated by beast tribes. To conquer it, he needs to become stronger step by step by overcoming every obstacle.

Rarely Cultivation novels use the concept of merging the modern world with the historical world. In doing so, “The Great Conqueror” has set you the perfect stage to entertain you.

It has a perfect MC, well-thought-out romance, and although the ending isn’t as satisfying it should be, you can enjoy it to a greater extent.

14. Phoenix Destiny

Phoenix Destiny- best cultivation novels

The story is about a woman named Lu Mingshu who hasn’t believed in faith and faces it head-on no matter how cruel it gets. To make sure it happens, she turned into a ruthless woman.

The first thing you’ll like in this novel is Lu Mingshu. You probably have never seen such a perfect female MC in these novels, and the plot adds even more fuel to it.

The groundwork laid at the beginning for the story really pays off as you progress towards more chapters. Overall, it’ll be a fantastic read for you.

15. Tales of Herding Gods

Tales of Herding Gods- best cultivation novels

The story follows a boy who grows up in a special village consisting of only crippledmutedeaf, or blind. Although survival is hard here, the boy is on his way to become the strongest.

If you’re not reading this novel, then you’re missing something amazing. It has one of the best character developments, and the plot is simply astonishing.

16. 108 Maidens of Destiny

108 Maidens of Destiny- best cultivation novels

Su Xing is an elite Chinese pilot who found himself in an unknown land and finds a girl who is a part of 108 maidens.

Soon he learns more about these 108 maidens that get unleashed every 108 years.

If you’re a fan of ancient Chinese classic Water Margin, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. A new reader might get confused with some terms, but soon they’ll get their answers.

The translation is very well done, and each chapter has a decent length. Overall, it is a remarkable Chinese cultivation novel you shouldn’t miss.

17. History’s Strongest Senior Brother

History's Strongest Senior Brother- best cutivation novels

The story follows Yan Zhaoge, who ends up transmigrating twice into the same world, becoming the antagonist’s senior brother and a love rival.

If you’re in for light novels with careful writing, deep world-building, and insane battles, this novel isn’t something you can take so lightly.

The MC is a badass, and the concept itself is unique from other Cultivation novels or wuxia novels you have read.

It is a Cultivation novel with op mc and you’ll definitely love it till the end.

18. Forty Millenniums of Cultivation

Forty Millenniums of Cultivation- best cultivation novels

The story sets in a world where Cultivation is essential, and Li Yao being a scrap collector, takes on the soul of a titan powerhouse. 

Whenever you read a novel that makes you feel all excited, you know, that is a must-read. “Forty Millenniums of Cultivation” is such a novel. 

Although it doesn’t have much romance in it, there is no abundance in action scenes. So, you’ll be able to enjoy it thoroughly. 

19. A Record of Mortal’s Journey to Immortality

A Record of Mortal's Journey to Immortality- best cultivation novels

The story is about a boy born in an ordinary village but taken into a small sect as a disciple.

How will he carve his path to immortality when he needs to face obstacles that are beyond imagination?

This novel is heavily Cultivation based and never fails to impress the reader with its constant plot development.

It is sensible and more realistic than any of the novels you’ve read so far, and you need not concerned about battles because they’re epic.

20. Swallowed Star

Swallowed Star- best cultivation novels

The story sets in a post-apocalyptic world and the MC is a strong fighter using his mental energy, and he emerged as the best in the town.

However, he comes from a poor background, and can he survive in this world alone with his strength alone?

In this cultivation world where you rarely find any post-apocalyptic novels, Swallowed Star is a hidden gem.

It might be slow initially, but soon it makes you twitch your eyes in excitement with every chapter.

More Cultivation Novels Recommendations:

  • I Might be a Fake Cultivator
  • Immortal Devil Transformation
  • Birth of the Demonic Sword
  • A Will Eternal
  • Legend of the Great Sage
  • Monarch of Time
  • Instant Kill

A Word from Us!

Cultivation novels give you a new level of experience from the usual light novels you’ve read until now. So this list will help you find a good one.

Even if you haven’t read any of these novels until now, you’ll be able to enjoy them if you start from a good one.

So, make sure to choose wisely after reading the whole article and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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12 Comments

  1. cant give the list such a name if Martial World isnt a part of it.

    1. Yeah, it’s really strange
      No martial world in the list
      No linming, no magic cube

      1. Yeah…I read Martial World afer writing this article and haven’t read the rest. I will try to read them soon and include on the list. Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. ugh, most of us don’t real xianxia for BL. I think author of this article loves BL and is trying to shove BL down our throats.

    1. No lol. BL isn’t my preference when reading any novels. But you see, even if not most people read BL, there will be some people who love them a lot. So, I try to satisfy every reader and that’s why almost in every article, I try to include BL and GL (I am a bit biased with this, though) recommendations.

    2. He literally puts one bl and now he’s shoving it down ur throat?? Calm down…

      1. 6,5,3,2 are all BL. And author of this article admitted above that these BL novels aren’t exceptional but included for his audience. This is the equivalent of creating a best animes of all time list but 25% of them are harem because your audience wants boobies.

        1. What’s wrong with it though? Most Chinese novels include BL in them and I don’t think it should be a bother when the story is excellent. Every single novel on the list is filled with cultivation concepts and since they’re pretty good, I decided to include them on the list.

          1. Totally agree. Thanks for making the list – I found several new ones to start because of it.

          2. I’m glad it’s helpful to you. Enjoy your new cultivation stories 🙂

  3. Bro you miss out on god of slaughter , Empery Dominance, Rise of Humanity, Carefree Path, Great Demon King. I saw you had Tales of herding Gods (Read rise of humanity before tales of herding gods) more good books you miss King of Gods , Dawn of a New World, Dark Blood age, A mortal journey to immortality and so much more ,why have BL books and your excuse was it had good cultivation but these book are 10 out of 10 with cultivation

    1. yeah, bro
      I am also thinking why he uploaded bl books instead of other great xianxia books

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