The Duolingo Legendary Level is a new feature on Duolingo that makes it so a skill never cracks again and you’ll never have to restore it. In order to earn a Legendary Level skill, you will need to complete 4 separate lessons with more questions than usual, plus with only 3 mistakes allowed per lesson. Here’s exactly what you’ll need to do to get to the Legendary Level with a skill on your Duolingo tree.
P.S. Read here about how to restore skills that have broken!
Why Did Duolingo Add the Legendary Level?
It’s Duolingo’s answer to the problem of always restoring easy lessons instead of moving on to more difficult lessons. Not every user feels this way, but a lot feel like they need to restore the skills every time they break.
It definitely could be something that bothers you if the material in that skill is already very easy for you, but you want your tree to stay completely golden without any skills broken.
Instead of spending your time earning crowns later on in the tree, you could easily lose a ton of time on those first few skills.
So to solve this, Duolingo introduced the Legendary Level and the possibility to earn the ultimate crown: The Purple Legendary Crown!
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How to Earn a Legendary Level
In order to earn a Legendary Level, you’ll need to first earn all 5 crowns in a skill. This will turn the skill golden, then Duolingo will give you the option to reach the Legendary Level by completing 4 more lessons.
So first I found a skill that I hadn’t turned gold yet to make sure that it wasn’t necessary to wait until a skill needs to be restored to get the choice to reach Legendary Level.
If you already have skills that are gold or broken, you can click on those and try for Legendary Level right away. For those who don’t have any gold skills, you’ll need to do that first.
I found that it didn’t matter if I had just turned the skill golden (aka just earned all 5 crowns) it immediately gave me the option to try for Legendary Level.
It states that it will give you 20+ XP, however, I earned more than 40 XP for each lesson. This will definitely vary and most likely change in the future.
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UPDATE: It has changed and now the Legendary Levels will give you 40XP for each of the four levels you complete.
Before the update:
After the Update:
Once you have a golden skill, you can click on “Legendary” and Duolingo will start you on the first of four lessons that you’ll need to complete.
You don’t need to complete all four at once. Once you complete a level, you can “x” out of the lesson. It will warn you that you are going to lose progress, but you won’t as long as you haven’t started a new level without finishing.
The catch with these lessons is that you can’t make a single mistake.
UPDATE: Duolingo has updated the Legendary Level Challenge and now you are allowed to make 3 mistakes for each level.
Before the Update:
After the Update:
The questions in these lessons are picked directly from the past lessons, just like the “restoring a skill” lessons are. They will get progressively harder as you progress through the 4 lessons.
Luckily, if you reach the “10” and then make a mistake, you will still have earned 10 XP. If you make a mistake before reaching the “10” then you earn nothing AND you have to start completely over again.
UPDATE: Earning the XP is still the same, but now you can make 3 mistakes so it is a lot easier to make it to the end without starting over.
These lessons also earn a lot more XP than a normal lesson! For the first 3 out of the 4 lessons, I earned 40 XP for the lesson plus 10 more XP for not making a mistake (even though I had to not make mistakes in order to finish the lesson! This isn’t the case anymore, thank goodness!)
Each lesson after the first is the same, you will only be able to make 3 mistakes.
What Happens if You Make a Mistake in A Legendary Level Lesson
If you do happen to make a mistake (which I did 3 times, even with a super-easy lesson!!) then you will have to start the lesson over. Like I mentioned earlier, if you didn’t make it past the “10”, then you won’t even earn any XP for your work!
UPDATE: Now that you get 3 chances to make a mistake, it is a lot easier to earn the Legendary Level! And a lot less frustrating.
If you did make it to the 10 and then made a mistake, then Duo will show up and give you 10 XP but nothing more!
What Does a Legendary Level Look Like?
Once you completed the steps above for all four of the Legendary Lessons then you’ll finally have earned your Legendary Level! It says that this skill will never crack again and therefore you’ll never have to restore it again! Wohoo!!
On your tree, your skill will now be purple instead of gold! It’s a super pretty, lilac purple and it will look really beautiful when all your skills are that color! That’s a huge feat, but you’ll earn the Conqueror Achievement along the way!
Tips on How to Earn a Legendary Level Quicker
It was surprisingly more difficult than I thought it would be to not make any mistakes. I completed the Legendary Level for Spanish, a language I don’t usually study on Duolingo since I’m already fluent.
However, the mistakes would be more automatic. Like typing “pretty” when it was asking for “big” because every other question had asked for “pretty.”
Or a typo or answer that autocorrects and then gets marked wrong.
So for these lessons, even though the material is most likely very easy for you, you’ll want to complete these very slowly.
Re-read your answers before pressing “Check.”
Also, re-read the original question and make sure it says what you actually think it says!