Zwift Run Basics: XP Points, Levels and Unlocks

Zwift Run Basics: XP Points, Levels and Unlocks
There are currently 21 runner levels in Zwift. Everyone begins at level 1, and you move to higher levels by accumulating XP (experience) points. You can see your current level while running just below your center console which shows speed, distance, run time. Below those numbers there is a progress bar with your current level on the left. When you level up you will receive a notice in game similar to the image above.

How Do I Get XP (Points)?

Points are added for every 1/4 km (10 XP) or 1/4 mile (15 XP) you run. You will see a small alert to the right of your center console whenever points are added. Sorry, America: since a kilometer is equal to .621 miles, you will accumulate XP slightly faster if you ride in metric units. (10km=400 XP, while the equivalent mileage, 6.213=372 XP.)

 

Level Unlocks

Here is what you unlock at each level, and the number of accumulated XP points needed to level up.
  1. (0 XP) Default Orange Zwift / Blue Zwift Running Shirt
  2. (1000 XP) Running Outfit 3 (Purple Shorts/Green Shirt)
  3. (2000 XP) Sweatband
  4. (4000 XP) Running Outfit 4 (Blue Short/Black Shirt)
  5. (6000 XP) Running Outfit 5 (Grey Short/Hot Pink Shirt)
  6. (8000 XP) B&W Running Outfit 4 (Black Short/White Shirt)
  7. (10000 XP) Sun Visor
  8. (13000 XP) Neon Running Outfit (Neon Orange Short/Neon Yellow Shirt)
  9. (16000 XP) Running Outfit 5 (Sky Blue Short/Red Shirt)
  10. (20000 XP) The Fade (Red Short/Fire Fade Shirt)
  11. (24000 XP) UA HOVR (Under Armour HOVR smart shoes) 2-Pairs
  12. (28000 XP) Running Outfit 6 (Black with White Strip Shorts/White with Black Strip Shirt)
  13. (32000 XP) Running Outfit 7 (Navy Blue Shorts/Blue-Pink-Black Shirt)
  14. (37000 XP) Blue Suede Shoes
  15. (42000 XP) Running Outfit 8 (Black with Green Strip Shorts/Green Striped Shirt)
  16. (48000 XP) Hoka Cliftons (Hoka One One Clifton 4 shoes) 2- Pairs
  17. (54000 XP) Running Outfit 9 (Light Green Shorts/Black Triangles Shirt)
  18. (60000 XP) Running Outfit 10 (Dark Green Shorts/Camo Green Shirt)
  19. (67000 XP) Green Shoes
  20. (74000 XP) Running Outfit 11 (Grey with Orang and Black Strip Shorts/Blue and Orange Fade Shirt)
  21. (81000 XP) NB ZANTE V4 (New Balance Zante V4 shoes) 2-Pairs
 

About The Author

Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Rick Hellard
Rick Hellard
1 year ago

Do I need to reach a certain level before I can create my own workouts? I do not get the same screen as described in the tips

Benjapol Piyawanichpong
Benjapol Piyawanichpong
11 months ago
Reply to  Rick Hellard

It can be done manually.
https://zwiftinsider.com/create-run-workouts/

I have done it and works. however, start from existing bike workout file then copy running workout code.

Jonathan Austen
Jonathan Austen (@jonausten)
1 year ago

Does being at a higher level gain you access to routes?

Kieran Woodward
Kieran Woodward (@woodythemuss)
1 month ago

No

Vid Balek
Vid Balek
1 year ago

I noticed today that you gain extra 5XP for every 100 calories you burn.

Steve
Steve
9 months ago
Reply to  Vid Balek

I’ve wondered what the additional little +5 pop ups were for!

Carolyn Laitsch
Carolyn Laitsch
1 year ago

For group runs what do the ABCD categories mean?

Francisco
Francisco
10 months ago

I have comoleted a couple of courses during meetups and training programs and I do not get the badge!! Any reason why?

Jim Edgett
Jim Edgett
10 months ago

Does anybody know if shoes have stats? Are any shoes faster than others?

Steve
Steve
9 months ago
Reply to  Jim Edgett

I doubt it as speed is being directly picked up for running vs power for cycling.

Tlo
Tlo
7 months ago

Here’s an odd one I hope someone can explain: Today I “graduated” from level 5 to level 6 in running and was instantly about 30% into level 6 (as indicated by the orange level progress bar). Is this a glitch or did I black out for a 20 mile run there?

Alain
Alain
5 months ago
Reply to  Tlo

Maybe you completed a certain run course. You earn a certain amount of points if you complete a course which would at a large bit in the progress bar

Jen
Jen
2 months ago

Do you get more XP when running in workout mode?

Kieran Woodward
Kieran Woodward (@woodythemuss)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jen

Yes you do. You collect usual distance XP (20/30) as well as XP for reaching each segment target. Full star is 100%. Half star is 70% and no star is 5XP.

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