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In this stage, cultivators have to condense their liquid Qi sphere in their Dantian into a solid core. Upon success, their lifespans are increased by hundreds of years, up to 500 years at the late stages of Core Formation. Cultivators of this stage can also refine magical treasures using their core fire. By entering this cultivation stage, most cultivators can enter as high-level disciples or even elders, depending on the size of a sect. If not, most can travel freely throughout the world as vagrant cultivators with relative ease. The bodies of Core Formation cultivators are also strengthened as marrows are washed and cleaned of impurities.[?]

An individual enters the Core Formation stage when they collect and further condense their spiritual energy into a solid "core" - often depicted as an Orb. At this stage individuals increase the lifespan of their mortal bodies by hundreds of years, and have greater power that dwarfs Late Foundation Establishment cultivators.: "The magic battle between the core formation cultivators of Saber Transformation Dock and the Controlling Spirit Sect had shattered the heavensand earth and swept back and forth over several kilometers."[?]

Cultivators at this stage are considered elders within middle level sects, and are often used as a measurement of strength between Sects. Loss of a sect's Core Formation cultivator represents a major loss in a sect's strength.[?]

Within the Core Formation level there is again 3 groups - Early, Middle, and Late Core Formation cultivators. The difference between the three groups is larger with a Late Core Formation cultivator being able to effortlessly kill many Early and Middle Core Formation cultivators. Progression through Core Formation involves absorbing even greater amounts of spiritual energy and making their "core" even denser. The power of the "core" and the way strength is gauged in this stage changes over time.[?]


The core formation level can be divided into 9 stages, but is more commonly referred to as early, middle or late stage.

Early Core Formation[]

This is the initial cultivation level upon entering Core Formation. Those of this stage can easily kill Foundation Establishment cultivators.[?]

Middle Core Formation[]

By continuing to further condense their now solid core in the Dantian, cultivators can advance their strength by leaps and bounds, making it that most Middle Core Formation cultivators can beat Early stage ones.[?]

Late Core Formation[]

Further condensation grants even greater strength, with Late Core Formation cultivators easily beating most cultivators of a lower stage.[?]

This stage is sometimes called the Final Stage of Core Formation (结丹后期).[1]

Sub-Stage: False-Nascent Stage[]

Also known as Peak Core Formation cultivators, they have reached sufficient density whereupon the core can be called into a collapse, initiating the Nascent Soul stage. Almost always capable of easily beating other Core Formation cultivators of a lower stage.[?]


According to various records and information given by Han Li's master about core formation cultivators, the entire process of entering the stage usually takes 3-5 years. Afterwards, you need a place with Spiritual Energy to cultivate in solitude. During this period, it's best to prevent any dramatic shifts in mood. Most importantly, battles must be avoided, and they must absorb a certain amount of spiritual energy from their surroundings. [2]

Aside from abnormal cultivators with Heavenly Spiritual Roots, everyone else requires spiritual medicine to break through their bottleneck. The Snow Spirit's Water and the Heavenly Fire Liquid are two kinds of medicine that must be ingested during the process. However, making them often requires several kinds of spiritual herbs. Also, historical records mention over a dozen medicines that can increase the success rate. Thus, ordinary cultivators can usually only make two at most.[2]

Gained Abilities[]

Ability Description
Core Fire Cultivators gain the ability to generate intense magical fire using the energy collected by their Core. Cultivators can finely control their Core Flames allowing them to refine higher grade magical treasures.
Flight Cultivators can for the first time, fly without the assistance of a magical tool or treasure.

Useful Resources[]

Core Formation cultivators benefit from materials with concentrated Spiritual Energy that can be absorbed to break-through cultivation bottlenecks between the various stages of Core Formation. Additionally materials that can be infused into magical treasures to strengthen their abilities are also useful.

Resource Chapter Description
Heavenmend Pills 490 A pill that purifies the innate Spiritual Roots of cultivator. For the pill to have an effect, a cultivator needs to be at the Core Formation stage. Purified spiritual roots accelerates the absorption of Spiritual Energy making it quicker to progress in cultivation.
Illusionary Destruction Pills 1189 A pill that contains concentrated Spiritual Energy refined from Illusionary Spirit Herbs. This pill assists cultivators in breaking through from the Early stage of Core Formation to the Middle stage. It can also provide a little help with breaking through to the Late stage. The pill has diminishing returns eventually having no effect.
Jadefire Wine 543 A wine concocted using the demon core of a metamorphosis-stage Demon Beasts. The wine can only be concocted by Windbreaker demon beasts. It requires over 100 years to ferment. When the wine is consumed for the first time, it will stimulate the true-essence within the body allowing a breakthrough in a bottleneck.
Nature Origin Pills 752 A pill that contains concentrated Spiritual Energy refined from a Spirit Kindle Fruit. This pill assists cultivators by saving years of cultivation through a dense infusion of Spiritual Energy.
Ninecurl Spirit Ginseng 433 A sentient spiritual herb evolved using Spiritual Energy. Consumption provides a boost to a cultivators collected Spiritual Energy. It is renown for its side-effect of doubling the chances of forming a Nascent Soul.
Ancient Essence Split Pill 459 Found within the body of a Grade 4 beast slain by Bu Xu aka Chihuo while traveling, he was lingering at the foundation establishment stage until he found the pill which save him hundred of years of bitter cultivation. He got to his current cultivation within less than three hundred years. Bu Wu was at the late stage of the core formation at the time he entered the Heavenvoid Hall, it were speculated he had the chance of reaching the nascent soul with in the next hundred years.

Links and References[]

  1. Episode 79 (Donghua)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chapter 182 (Manhua)