If you want more similar to Cradle then this article contains the best list of similar recommendations that we could come up with. Cradle is an excellent cultivation story in the veins of Chinese Xianxia/Wuxia novels.
Most of our recommendations have strong cultivation or Xianxia/Wuxia elements to them. Cradle is strongly inside this genre, so most of the recommendations will also be in this genre.
But not all our suggestions are in the cultivation or Xianxia/Wuxia genres, some have other similarities. But most have powers that are kind of similar to cultivation.
Some of our suggestion has some interesting genre blendings. One such blend is with the LitRPG genre. Read this article you want to read what LitRPG is and get some suggestions. Another interesting genre that one of our suggestions is mixing in is Dungeon Core. Check this article to find out what Dungeon Core is and to get some good recommendations.
We have also added some suggestions from other mediums, mainly from animes. There are lots of Chinese Xianxia and Wuxia movies and TV-Shows, but none of us has much experience with them.
Life energy known as madra is the basis of civilization on the world of Cradle.
Everyone has madra inside themself.
Sacred artist level up their madra by using different forms of training and ingesting elixirs and spirit-fruits.
The common stages of madra levels a person can reach are Copper to Iron, to Jade, and then to Gold. After Gold, who knows what comes next.
Wei Shi Lindon is a member of the Silverfox Clan. They live in hidden Sacred Valley isolated from the rest of the world.
Lindon is an unsouled.
Unsouled is someone unfit to harness the power of madra. Their madra core does not have an affinity for any element. Making them unlikely to advance their madra levels.
Lindon is unwilling to accept his low status. He is determined to do everything he can to prove his worth. He is willing to risk everything to become a sacred artist.
A tragic event unfolds in the valley, an event that makes a diety takes action. This diety shows Lindon a path to advancement, a path that will take him out of the Sacred Valley.
Can Lindon capable to leave the Sacred Valley, and will he, an unsouled, be able to survive outside it?
Table of Context
- Books like Unsouled (Cradle #1)
- Dungeon Born (The Divine Dungeon #1) by Dakota Krout
- Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher
- The First Step (A Thousand Li #1) by Tao Wong
- Darkening Skies (Path of the Thunderbird #1) by Eden Hudson
- The Battle Begins (Bushido Online #1) by Nikita Thorn
- The Two Week Curse (Ten Realms #1) by Michael Chatfield
- Street Cultivation (Street Cultivation #1) by Sarah Lin
- Cultivating Chaos (VeilVerse: Cultivating Chaos #1) by William D. Arand
- The Dao of Magic (The Dao of Magic #1) by Andries Louws
- Animes like Unsouled (Cradle #1)
- TV-Show like Unsouled (Cradle #1)
Books like Unsouled (Cradle #1)
Cal is a Dungeon Heart, a soul forced into a magical stone against his will.
After several years of only instinctive living, he was able to regain his sentience. This allowed him to form new memories again, and to slowly start growing a dungeon around himself.
With help from a small friend, Cal learned to create monsters and traps and how to use treasures to grow his dungeon. His main goal is to lure in brave adventures to eat so he can grow in both power and size.
Is The Divine Dungeon good?
Dungeon Born is one of the best books I have read in a while. This book is written in a light and funny way. For me it was new and fresh, it was the first Dungeon Core type books I read.
Why is The Divine Dungeon recommended?
The Divine Dungeon is a Dungeon Core series and not a Cultivation Xianxia/Wuxia series like Cradle is.
But it does have cultivation elements to it. The power that dungeons and the adventurous use are the same as cultivation powers, and they train it in the same way.
If you like Cradle and want something with cultivation in it but in a different but close genre then The Divine Dungeon is an excellent choice. It is also one of the best series in the Dungeon Core genre.
The people of Alera are bound with furies, elementals of earth, water, air, fire, and metal.
The teenager Tavi stands out from all other people in Alere, he has no furycrafting.
However, Tavi manages to get by with brains and courage, even when everyone else has the power of furies backing them.
When his homeland erupts in chaos, when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies, Tavi's simple furyles courage will turn the tides of war.
Is Codex Alera good?
Furies of Calderon is the first book of Codex Alera, a finished six-book series.
This is an excellent series, and I absolutely recommend people loving fantasy books to read it.
Why is Codex Alera recommended?
Codex Alera is not a cultivation Xianxia/Wuxia story. But it is a story about a boy that starts out weaker than everybody else and grows in power as the story goes on. And even if the magic system is different, it is split into different elements, kind of similar to Cradle.
Yes, Codex Alera is not a cultivation story, but it is a good book series. And if you like Cradle you might like Codex Alera. It's worth giving it a chance.
Long Wu Ying lives on his family farm. He spends his days planting rice, studying, and being with friends.
Wu Ying has never even dreamt of becoming a cultivator. Cultivation is only for the rich or geniuses.
But fate has different plans for Wu Ying.
When the army arrives at his village, he and many other members of the village are forcefully conscripted. Wu Ying ends up doing a dead that catches the eye of a cultivation master of the Verdant Green Waters Sect.
Wu Ying is given the opportunity to join the Verdant Green Waters Sect. Joining means that he will give up his common life and start the bloody path of becoming an immortal cultivator.
Is A Thousand Li good?
A Thousand Li is an excellent cultivation book, or wuxia/xianxia if you like.
Wu Ying is a likable character, and his cultivation journey is interesting.
Why is A Thousand Li recommended?
A Thousand Li is in many ways very similar to Cradle. It is probably closer to traditional Xianxia/Wuxia stories than Cradle.
Like Cradle, it also has demon beasts, cultivation techniques, cultivation sects, and cultivation pills and concoctions.
If you like Cradle then you will not go wrong with A Thousand Li. It's an excellent cultivation series with strong Xianxia/Wuxia roots.
Ji Yu Raijin was abandoned as a child outside the warrior arts school of the path of darkening skies. They take him in and teach him to fight and cultivate his life force according to their teachings.
The path of darkening skies is one of many ancient noble warrior arts. But less and less of them remain as one of the other hidden paths are slowly taking out their competition.
After tragedy strikes the school for the path of darkening skies Ji Yu Raijin is left with a dire choice.
In another part of the world, the second princess Shyong San Koida is to be married to a barbarian leader in a political marriage. The princess was born with a broken life force, so this is the only thing she can do for her family.
But hidden forces within the court conspire to stop the union and obliterate the Shyong San dynasty at all costs.
The fates of Ji Yu Raijin and the princess are intertwined with the hidden sect bent on destroying not only them but the entire world.
Is Path of the Thunderbird good?
Path of the Thunderbird is a very good cultivation Wuxia/Xanxia book series. It is a good story with good pacing and the cultivation (Wuxia/Xanxia) elements are excellent.
If you like cultivation books then this is a must-read.
Why is Path of the Thunderbird recommended?
Ji Yu Raijin has never been weak like Wei Shi Lindon was, and he had to leave his home for a current disaster an not a future one. But the way cultivation works and the focus on material arts is very similar. Altho, it has less focus on pills and potions.
Path of the Thunderbird is an excellent series to start on if you want more like the Gradle series.
Seth Kinnaman's dream has always been to become the best fighter the world has ever seen. He has spent his entire life training to reach his dream.
In the semifinals of the world's biggest tournament, his opponent uses an illegal move that puts Seth in a coma. When Seth wakes up he discovers that he has become blind and that the dream he has worked for his entire life is now impossible.
Seth falls into a terrible depression.
Seth is introduced to the VRMMORPG Bushido Online to help out with his depression and to keep his skills sharp. The game does not need his eys to render the world for him.
Bushido Online is set in feudal Japan where players can play as ninjas, samurai, and other classes. It's a game where real-life fighting skills are helpful for in-game fighting. Something that is perfect for Seth's situation.
Is Bushido Online good?
Bushido Online is a decent LitRPG series that is set in an eastern medieval setting instead of the more typical western one.
It's not among the best LitRPGs, but its worth a try if you like this genre.
Why is Bushido Online recommended?
Bushido Online does not have strong cultivation elements to it. Its a pure LitPRG and not a Cultivation series. But it is set in an ancient eastern setting, and it has a big focus on material arts.
If you like Cradle then you will probably also like Bushido Online, as long as you do not require the cultivation elements of the story.
Erik and Rugrat are both combat veterans, Erik is a combat medic and Rugrat is a Marine Recon sniper. During a mercenary trip guarding some shady copper mine owners, they are caught in an ambush and Erik ends up losing his legs and his arm.
And to top it off, they both get the Two Week Curse.
It's a strange sickness where they get a strange message saying that they have been randomly selected to join the Ten Realms. And that one may choose to ascend the Ten Realms, thereupon making a request to the Gods of the Realms.
People who get this curse dissipates in a bright flash after exactly two weeks.
As the harden veterans they are, they do their best to prepare for what is going to happen. When the two weeks are up they are teleported to a new strange world where people can rank up as in a game and cultivate their internal power.
Is Ten Realms good?
The Ten Realms Series is not the absolute best of its genre, but it is absolutely worth reading. Especially for people that are interested in the LitRPG and Cultivation/Wuxia genres.
It's interesting to see how Erik and Rugrat use their military knowledge and comradery to take on their new strange circumstances.
One of the major problems with the series is that Eric and Rugrath soon become too powerful. And the initial preparation part before they get to the new world is too long.
Why is Ten Realms recommended?
The Ten Realms series is a mix between the LitRPG and the Cultivation Xianxia/Wuxia genres. The main characters gain levels like in LitRPG but their power and the way they train it is very similar to cultivation.
If you want more like Cradle and is interested in LitRPG then the Ten Realms is very good choice.
Rick is a young fighter. To support himself and his sister he is working as a sparring partner at a local gym. Helping people strengthen their cores in exchange for some meager coin.
He does not dream of becoming an all-powerful immortal cultivator. But he wants to be more than just a human punching bag.
The main reason Rick works as a human punching bag is for his sister. She has a deadly disease that is costly to keep at bay. Working at the gym is the only way Rick sees that can earn enough to pay for her medical needs.
Getting the treatment for her deadly spiritual disease is not easy. And being born by poor parents that have left them by themselves surrounded by scavenging relatives makes this a daunting task.
It does not help that they live in a world where power makes right. A world controlled by powerful corporations and modernized martial arts sects. A world where those at the bottom of society often find themselves at mercy by those higher up in the power chain.
Is Street Cultivation good?
Street Cultivation is a good and interesting twist on the LitRPG genre. It mixes in both elements from the Wuxia genre and cyberpunk elements.
It's a good story that also contains slice-of-life elements. It's more than just cultivation and level-ups.
Street Cultivation is a good book series that is worth checking out.
Why is Street Cultivation recommended?
Street Cultivation is a good cultivation story. It has a more modern setting than Cradle or at least where the story starts out in. It also has less in common with eastern culture, it more of a cultivation cyberpunk mix.
But if you like Cradle, then Street Cultivation is a solid chouse for a new series to start reading.
Ash is a talented martial artist. He had a relatively normal life until he was literally pulled into a portal to another world.
This new world is full of martial artists that can use cultivation magic. It's a world where the strong rule and the week die or become slaves.
Ash was lucky by being adopted and lived as a powerless citizen instead of a slave. Tree years he has lived like this now. His goal in life is to give back to those that gave to him. He is willing to do anything to do that.
Suddenly Ashs life takes a turn. He finds a long lost treasure. A treasure that sets Ash on the path to becoming a Cultivator.
Is VeilVerse: Cultivating Chaos good?
VeilVerse: Cultivating Chaos is a decent cultivation Wuxia/Xianxia story. It's not among the best, but if you want more cultivation stories then its worth a try.
Why is VeilVerse: Cultivating Chaos recommended?
VeilVerse: Cultivating Chaos is a good cultivation series. It's worth giving it a chance if you like Cradle.
Drew is a thousand-year-old cultivator, and he is about to ascend to a higher existence.
But as he begins the process he finds out that he has pissed off one too many demigods. During the fight, he was slapped down to a lower realm of existence by something powerful.
When Drew wakes up in this lower realm he finds it very different than what he is used to. He sets out to change it to something more familiar so he can reclaim what he once had.
Is The Dao of Magic good?
The Dao of Magic is a decent cultivation book series. It is not a typical cultivation story, but it is interesting. It's worth reading if you like cultivation stories or LitRPG books.
Why is The Dao of Magic recommended?
The Dao of Magic is a good cultivation series. If you like Cradle then you should check it out.
Animes like Unsouled (Cradle #1)
Wei Wuxian is a cultivator that experimented with the forbidden Mo Dao, also called the demonic path, during his teachings. Its a dark and dangerous energy that lies behind the demonic path.
Wei Wuxian's rise in power is accompanied by chaos and destruction, but his reign of terror comes to an abrupt end when the cultivation clans overpower him and he is killed by his closest ally.
Thirteen years later, Wei Wuxian is reincarnated in the body of a village lunatic. In his reincarnated body, Wei Wuxia is reunited with his old classmate Lan Wangji.
Together they fight demons, ghosts, and other cultivators.
Is Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation good?
Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation is an excellent Chinese anime. It has good art and sound.
It has a solid story with good pacing. It has some flashbacks, but they are done in a good way.
The characters are very good. They are interesting and deep.
Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation absolutely worth watching, especially if you like cultivation stories.
Why is Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation recommended?
Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation is a cultivation story like the Cradle books. It has more of the classic Xianxia and Wuxia elements to it, but Cradle has lots of it too.
Wei Wuxian is not starting out as a week cultivator as Wei Shi Lindon does. And the training and cultivation parts are not as detailed.
If you like Unsouled and the Cradle series then the Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation anime is absolutely worth checking out.
If you usually don't watch anime but like cultivation stories then it is still a good recommendation. it's worth checking out if you like Cradle.
Gon is a young boy that dreams of following in his father's footsteps as a Hunter.
Hunters catch dangerous criminals, search for hidden treasures, charts new theories, and other dangerous stuff.
To become a Hunter Gon first has to pass a notorious difficult Hunter exam.
Gon set out on his path with the lively doctor-in-training Leorio, the vengeful Kurapika, and the rebellious ex-assassin Killuat.
Is Hunter x Hunter good?
Hunter X Hunter, especially the newest version, is among the best animes I have watched.
It's absolutely worth watching. But its a Shounen, so it's long.
Why is Hunter x Hunter recommended?
Hunter x Hunter has lots of training and progression, just like Cradle.
The magic system is not to similar to Cradle, but it's not too different either. Its more similar to the Jutsu and Chacra system from Naruto, but the way the progression works feel kind of similar. Just without the pills and other magical consumables to increase your strength that's in the Cradle universe.
If you like Cradle and anime then Hunter x Hunter is an excellent anime show to watch.
A demon drags fifteen-year-old Kagome Higurashi into a cursed well in her family's Shinto shrine. She ends up 500 years in the past with a wish-granting jewel called the Shikon Jewel, reborn inside of her.
The wish-granting Shikon Jewel is the demons true target. But it ends up shattering before the demon can take full possession of it.
Kagome enlists the help of the young hybrid dog-demon/human Inuyasha to help her collect the shards before they can fall into the wrong hands.
Is InuYasha good?
InuYasha is a decent anime, but the story tends to drag on some times as Shounen animes tend to do.
If you don't like Shounen anime then its best to stay away, but if you like it and don't mind older anime then it's worth a try.
Why is InuYasha recommended?
InuYasha is like a demon hunting wuxia. It has some cultivation like elements, but not as pronounced as Cradle has. InuYasha also has more comedic elements to it.
TV-Show like Unsouled (Cradle #1)
Aang is a twelve-year-old boy and the current reincarnation of the avatar.
The avatar is the only person who can bend all for elements at the same time, fire, earth, water, and air. He is meant to keep balance in the world. A balance between humans and between humans and spirits.
Aang was born on one of the air temples among the air nomads, but he ran away and the avatar was lost for decades.
Aang has now returned, not a day older, but the world he lived in has changed drastically. He is now the last air bender, the others have been wiped out, and the world has become unbalanced.
Can Aang bring balance back to the world?
Is Avatar: The Last Airbender good?
Avatar: The Last Airbender is a really good tv show. And it actually comes from Nickelodeon of all places.
Avatar is not only for children, but adults might also find this tv show interesting.
Why is Avatar: The Last Airbender recommended?
Avatar has a somewhat similar tone to it like Cradle. Its more childish, but still kind of similar.
It has lots of training and progression in their bending power. The bending is not exactly like cultivation, but the way they strengthen it still feels somewhat similar.
If you like Cradle and don't mind watching anime aimed for a slightly younger audience, then Avatar is an excellent suggestion.
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