Reincarnation, also known as Transmigration, is a recurring gameplay feature in the Disgaea series. It involves taking a character and "reincarnating" them to another class, or the same one. This allows them to start again at level 1, but with increased stats, weapon mastery and some abilities from their old class. In this way, the character can reach level 9999 (the cap) over and over again, becoming progressively stronger. They will also be able to diversify, learning multiple skills from different classes.
In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness and the PSP port, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, reincarnation is referred to as Transmigration. In the DS port, Disgaea DS, "Transmigration" has been retconned to "Reincarnation" to match up with Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories and Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice.
Any character (except Thursday, a machine) can transmigrate by applying to the Dark Assembly. Only characters that are Rank 3 or higher can transmigrate. When a character transmigrates, they can change their class (but only if a standard character, not a game-named character like Laharl or Etna), but they are reduced to Level 1. They may keep all their skills, depending on what quality you transmigrate as. The lower the quality, the lower amount of skills and weapon mastery levels you keep.
There are some limitations to transmigration. Storyline characters such as Laharl or Etna cannot transmigrate into another class, they can only transmigrate into themselves. Also, monsters cannot directly transmigrate into humanoids, and humanoids cannot directly transmigrate into monsters. However, monsters and humanoids can transmigrate into Prinnies, and Prinnies can transmigrate into monsters or humanoids.
When someone transmigrates, they can transmigrate into one of 6 qualities:
- Good-for-nothing: -5 bonus points
- Incompetent: 1 bonus point
- Average: 3 bonus points
- Skilled: 6 bonus points
- Distinguished: 8 bonus points
- Genius: 10 bonus points
Whenever someone trasmigrates, their level is added to a hidden counter that keeps track of how many total levels you've gained before you transmigrate. For example, if you transmigrate twice at Level 9999, then the counter will have 19998 levels (9 999 x 2 = 19 998). The maximum amount of levels the counter can hold is 186 000. This value is converted into a number of bonus points which you can add to your base stats. The maximum amount of bonus points you can have is 200.
Transmigrating 19 times, with all times being at LV9999 as a Genius (9 999 x 19 = 189 981), will get a character 210 bonus points to add to your base stats. But if a character only did it 18 times, the counter would only be 179 982, and will not result in the 200 bonus points. The total level counter must display 186,000 stored levels in order to gain maximum bonus points.
In Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, Transmigration has been renamed "Reincarnation". Reincarnation is largely the same as it was in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. However, humanoids can now reincarnate into monsters, and monsters can reincarnate into humanoids without having to reincarnate into Prinnies first. To remove stamped felonies, non-story characters must use the Reincarnate into a Prinny option. For story characters it is called Reincarnate to Atone for Sins, as changing class is not possible.
In Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, whenever a storyline/unique character such as Mao or Raspberyl reincarnates, they gain 5% in all their aptitudes. However, this will only happen the first five times they reincarnate. Also, the mana cost of reincarnating now increases every time a character reincarnates it (up to a maximum of 999,999 mana), unless the target character is a storyline/unique character. If a character reincarnates 10 times or more in the same class, they will gain 10 extra bonus points and the character class will jump, indicating that he/she has reincarnated 10 times or more in that class. It is also necessary to reincarnate in order to max out Aptitudes by the Class World. Reincarnating at Genius quality will only permit 3 visits (or 6 in AoD) and the character would need over 67 visits in order to max out Aptitudes. Other than this, reincarnation is the same as it was in Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories.
The effects of Serums will not carry over throughout Reincarnation, all stats gained from Serums will be lost by Reincarnating.
In Disgaea 4, you do not need to become a Prinny in order to change from a monster to humanoid or vice versa. The character gains 10 extra points if he/she is reincarnated in the same job 10 times in a row like in Disgaea 3 and the cost of reincarnating does not cost more mana each time for main characters however it still applies for generics. Like in Disgaea 3, reincarnation is necessary to max out Aptitudes by Chara World for the same reason as there is a maximum of 3 visits at Genius quality per reincarnation. Otherwise the concept for Disgaea 3 is the same in Disgaea 4.
|Quality||Inheritance Rate||Base mana cost|
|Good for Nothing||45%||1 mana|
Inheritance Rates in previous games would affect weapon mastery and experience but in Disgaea 3 and Disgaea 4, only Skill EXP is affected.
In Disgaea D2, Reincarnation for the most part, functions nearly identically to past titles. Bills in the Dark Assembly which increase Movement, Critical, Jump, and Throwing Range will have their effects carry throughout every reincarnation. Stats absorbed from Land of Carnage enemies will also carry over throughout every reincarnation.
Reincarnation becomes much more useful playing with Rasetsu Mode turned on in the Cheat Shop. Reincarnation bonuses no longer cap at 220 bonus points. Multiple reincarnations beyond the normal 186,000 stored level limit will allow the player to accumulate 1000 or more bonus points. Reincarnation will also give a Growth Correction which increases stats gained from level-ups, capping out at 10000% bonus at 250 reincarnations. The formula for calculating a character's current Growth Correction is (10R/25)^2 where R is the character's current reincarnation. It should be noted that stored levels affect the amount of bonus points one can distribute, while the amount of reincarnations affects Growth Correction. Stats gained from reincarnation will cap at 99 billion for HP and SP, and 99 million for all other stats as long as the Rasetsu mode is enabled. To hit the max Basic Stat cap, a character needs to have 10000% Growth Correction, while having a Base Stat of approximately 221 or higher.