Although Lara Croft is already a skilled adventurer, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have room to improve her skills as an explorer and fighter in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. There are various ways to gain XP throughout your journey, which will help you earn skill points and level up by unlocking new skills. Of course, earning XP is as easy as playing through the main story missions. However, there are several ways to gain additional XP to help you acquire skill points more quickly so you can level up fast. We’ll go over the best ways to get XP and level up fast in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. 

Decipher Monoliths

Monoliths are found throughout your journey in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Not only are these ancient stone pillars a great way to find hidden treasure, but they can also help you level up. Deciphering Monoliths requires advanced language skills, which in turn requires you to seek out ancient artifacts such as Murals, Documents, and Relics found throughout the jungle. You will earn XP for each new artifact you discover, so be sure to keep an eye out for important objects in the environment when exploring a new area. 

Complete Challenges & Side Missions

Challenges and Side Missions are another good way to earn additional XP. Each chapter of Shadow of the Tomb Raider contains special Challenges that reward XP upon completion. Challenges range from collecting a certain number of objects to accomplishing a specific task, such as knocking down the Death Whistle carvings in Cozumel. Although Challenges are completely optional, they are great for earning easy XP and skill points.

Side Missions are also another way to earn additional XP and other rewards in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Side Missions become available several hours into the game, once you reach the main hub area. Check the Side Missions tab in your main menu to track the progress on available Side Missions and Challenges.

Complete Challenge Tombs & Crypts

Challenge Tombs are optional puzzle areas that are hidden throughout the game and are designed to test your platforming and puzzle solving skills. Although Challenge Tombs don’t necessarily reward you with XP, they do allow you to unlock new skills on the skill tree that were previously unavailable. You will still need to spend skill points on these new skills once you complete each Challenge Tomb, but oftentimes it is worth doing so.

That’s really all there is to earning XP and leveling up fast in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. For more gameplay tips and tutorials, visit our Shadow of the Tomb Raider Guide Hub.