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An Orb of Rebirth resets the player's character back to level 1 without affecting many aspects of the player's account such as tasks, quests, achievements. It is similar to the "New Game+" option that appears in some video games. Note that the effects are instant and irreversible, so consider it wisely before rebirthing.
The Orb of Rebirth can only be accessed on the website. It is not yet available on the Mobile apps.
It becomes available in the Market when you have reached level 50.
The Orb costs 6 Gems until you reach level 100.
When you are at or above level 100, you can obtain the Orb for free. If you want to use it again for free, be aware that you not only have to be at least level 100 to be able to do that, there is also a 45 day waiting period until you can use the Orb again for free. During the 45-day waiting period, you can still use the Orb again but it will cost you 6 Gems; you will see an orange banner on the Orb's purchase screen informing you how many days are left in the countdown.
When a player clicks the Orb in the Market, they are given a chance to review what will happen before they confirm and spend their gems. If they confirm the decision, the following effects will take place:
- The player returns to full health.
- The player becomes a level 1 Warrior.
- The player loses all buffs, including cosmetic avatar buffs from Transformation Items.
- The effects of the following skills are removed for the player:
- Searing Brightness
- Protective Aura
- Chilling Frost
- Tools of the Trade
- Defensive Stance
- Valorous Presence
- Intimidating Gaze
- Player's Habits, Dailies, and To Do's reset to yellow, except for Challenge tasks.
- Habit and Daily streaks reset to 0, except for tasks from Challenges and Group Plans. Streak achievements are retained.
- Features the player has unlocked are relocked, except for Drops, which remain unlocked.
- The player's avatar is adjusted to "unequip" (remove) their Pet and Mount, but the player keeps owning all Pets and Mounts and can re-equip them immediately if desired.
- Quests that are unlocked at a specific level will be relocked for purchase, but if the player already has a level-locked quest scroll in their inventory, they can still start the quest even if they have not yet reached the required level.
- The player loses all experience, gold, mana, and stat points.
Any item not listed above is not affected by the Orb (for example, Gems are not removed).
The Rebirth Achievement
When a player first uses an Orb of Rebirth, they earn the achievement Began a New Adventure. The achievement comes with a badge on the player's avatar that shows the maximum level the player attained before rebirth if below 100, and otherwise states that the rebirth was at level "100 or higher."
Players may stack this achievement (displaying "Began n New Adventures" as the achievement description) by rebirthing at a level greater than their last rebirth (if the first rebirth was used at a level under 100), or at any level greater than or equal to 100 (if the first rebirth was used at level 100 or higher). For example, a user who rebirthed at level 66 would need to subsequently rebirth at level 67 or higher to stack the achievement. Each time the achievement is stacked, the player's item drop chance bonus subtotal increases by 5%.
Why use an Orb of Rebirth?
Rebirth is an option not to be taken lightly. Players shouldn't do it if they find resetting all that progress demotivating! However, here are some reasons players might consider purchasing it:
- The player has suffered some setbacks on their tasks and wants to make a fresh start.
- The player started playing Habitica before some exciting features (such as classes) were implemented and would like to be introduced to these features the way a new user would.
- The player has attained such a high level that they find the amount of experience needed to reach the next level discouraging.
- The player has attained such high stats that they find the game too easy.
- The player wants the achievement and prestige badge.
- The player was considering using a Fortify Potion and changing their class but decides to do both at once with a little something extra (a Fortify Potion is not needed if Orb of Rebirth is used).
- The player may want to experience what it's like to be another class, and would rather start over from level 1 than change class while staying the same level. Or, if the player is above level 100, they may want to change class without paying Gems. Note that if you use the Orb of Rebirth, you will need to wait until level 10 to unlock the class system again.
- The player sees little benefit in levelling up past level 100, as all stats are capped.
- The player wants to join a low-level Party.
- Buy your original class's gear before rebirth.
- Rebirth and buy the Warrior's gear before reaching level 10.
- Choose a new class at level 10 and buy its gear.
- Spend 3 Gems to change class to the fourth class to buy its gear.
Changes to Orb of Rebirth
The Orb of Rebirth originally cost 8 gems and removed most of your previously purchased equipment from your inventory. Players who had used the Orb before this change was implemented may contact the Habitica team to ask to have their equipment restored. To do so, please go to Help > Report a Bug (on the website) or Support / About > Report a Bug (on the apps) and explain to the staff that you would like to have your old equipment restored.
The Orb of Rebirth used to become unlocked when you earned the Beast Master achievement but that unlock condition was removed because there is no close link between the speed at which you gain pets and the speed at which you level-up.
Avatars used to display a plus sign (+) to signify that a player has been reborn at least once. That information now only appears on the player's Achievements screen.