Below is a glossary of cultivation terms discussed in Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation as translated by Exiled Rebels Scanlations. General terms found in wuxia/xianxia/xuanhuan can be found here. This page will instead discuss where they differ from the norm.


A general categorisation of creatures discussed between Wei Wuxian and Lan Qiren include:[1]

  • Yao/fairies (妖) are formed from living, non-human beings;
  • demons (魔) are formed from living humans;
  • ghosts (鬼) are formed from dead humans;
    • This includes ghosts, zombies, walking corpses, and Wen Ning.
  • monsters (怪) are formed from dead, non-human beings.
    • May include water ghouls (uncertain)

Under this categorisation, it is uncertain where gods such as the Dafan Mountain Soul-Eating Goddess falls under.



Typical cultivation focuses on manipulating spiritual energy from the dantian, using the golden core to store spiritual energy. This allows the practitioner to perform a number of feats such as inedia, flying with swords, killing monsters etc.

Demonic Cultivation

Main article: Demonic Cultivation

Supposedly founded by the Yiling Patriarch Wei Wuxian, the defining characteristic of demonic cultivation include the utilisation of resentful energy or vengeful energy.

Technical Jargon


A lot of refined cultivation clans called travelling to places and exorcising evil beings “hunting.” Because of how these creatures often appear at night, it was also called “night-hunting” (夜猎).[2]

"The First Example Cannot be Counted On"[3]

Refers to preventive measures which are only effective once and once breached cannot be fixed. This is equivalent to a house's threshold; while normal thresholds can keep malevolent spirits at bay, once they manage to cross the threshold the malevolent spirit can attack at any time.


  1. novel, Chapter 13
  2. novel, Chapter 6
  3. Extra 4: Taking the Door