Originally Posted by defectivelasagna
Any veterans of this game? I've just started the game but there's no tutorial whatsoever. how do you level up in the game? I've also read about the captive level up method. but i've no idea. would appreciate any help
Easiest way to level up is to just beat the shit out of the rest of the continent (duh). Actually KOing opposing officers is what nets you the largest EXP; if they manage to escape you should chase after them as quickly as possible before they can get away completely so that you can actually KO and capture them. Also, if you level grind anyone in your army, the rest of the continent that isn't under your control will begin to slowly level up to catch up with you. I believe that if there's a gap of 3 or more levels between any of your officers and any of those not under your control, then the AI officers will gain 1 level per week automatically to catch up. This is actually useful if you want to "grind" levels for officers that you plan on converting to your side later (and is imperative if you want to have an easy time with the Tradnor kingdom's scenario).
Levels aren't actually that important for most officers. You get your 2nd magic spell at level 5 and your 3rd at level 10. Besides this, they're not that big of a deal. Being able to command larger armies is, though, so make sure as many of your officers get at least 1 win per week so that you can keep allotting them larger divisions. Generally, you should prioritize leveling up the members of the Dragon Force and any particularly "major" officers for your kingdom (typically the ones who get the most screentime in cutscenes and who have distinct sprites). They're usually a cut above the generic filler characters, the latter of whom you can often leave behind to defend/occupy castles that don't see much battles.