Normally you need to guru radicals and kanji to unlock items that are associated with them. Guru radical -> new Kanji; guru kanji -> new vocabulary.
I’ve progressed a bit in WaniKani and I’m starting to get meanings and readings wrong every now and then. It annoys me, but at least it’s generally the vocabulary that I mess up. So I think “well at least it won’t slow my progress down in the long run”.
However, I was wondering, what if you already guru’d a kanji like 牛 and you are right before the next level with vocab that contains that kanji, but then in a new review you forget the on’yomi reading, get the item wrong and it gets degraded to apprentice. Will you still get to learn the new vocab right away as soon as you level up since you at least guru’d the associated kanji once, or do the items always have to be guru or higher the moment the vocab could be available?
I usually learn new items in groups of 10 to 30 and I don’t like having a single new item flying around, isolated from the other items on that level. I didn’t find anything in the FAQ so I wanted to ask here.