You earn XP by playing Contender Mode games and clearing Achievements. The XP you earn dictate your progress along two different progression arcs: Character Reputation and Player Level. The former is based on XP earned with a specific Character while the latter is based on the total amount of XP you earn with all Characters.
Every character has to start somewhere. You can play the Character for free in Grind Mode to rack up Shark Points but you need the secure a Game Pass in order to play Contender Mode and earn XP.
50 CHARACTER XP
The word is spreading. Once the character is recognized as a Shark you will earn 200 Shark Points and the character’s Game Pass will be seeded with 10 more games.
175 CHARACTER XP
Opponents tremble in their seats! You now unlock the character’s active ability for use with all other characters. 15 more games are also added to the character’s Game Pass.
350 CHARACTER XP
The door to glory and ultimate victory is open! You will now get ranked with this Character. You can also add one more Ability to this Character’s ability build.
You opponents consider you easy pickings. But underestimation is a powerful weapon. Use it!
10 TOTAL XP
Congratulations. You have now likely won your first Contender Mode game. Your earn 50 Shark Points for your troubles.
100 TOTAL XP
You’re getting the hang of this now. You earn another 50 Shark Points.
250 TOTAL XP
Experience is a valuable commodity in this game. So is Shark Points. When you reach this level you earn 50 of them.
1000 TOTAL XP
You have reached the first level cap and will be invited to special events as a result. Well played!