just some basic tips and tricks I’ve learned while playing the game. may update if it gets popular, or as I find more interesting things in game.
Depending on how changes are made for the game, and how interested I still am I may update, or if I notice people comment anything I’ve missed. hopefully people find some of this useful.
when starting the game, expect not to beat the area boss or mid boss. the game is fairly dependent on RNG and so when you’re just starting out with no between round bonuses, you may not have much to work with, but just aim to at least beat the mid boss as a first goal as the ancient god blood or whatever the exact name is will be the most important resource to unlock more round bonuses as well as new mechanics.
spells will be the first thing people play with. one thing i’ve realized is that the 3 starting spells are actually incredibly valuable, and the first room that you should rush for is the smithy. at first you may be tempted to use these spells to try your luck to get 3 better spells from randomizing them, however a better option may be to upgrade them first into a T2 spell. while the spell itself is somewhat useless, you can then randomize it into another T2 spell at a slightly higher cost, and some of the T2 spells will have new abilities added which can help greatly.
another thing to note early on is that there are very few bad or useless spells, I dislike many of the spells personally, however given the amount of leeway the game gives, believe you can easily create a combo to empower even weak spells to work towards late-game, so the most important thing is trying a number of spells to see what fits into your play style. for example, mine is usually to rely on the summoning series of spells while giving them buffs such as poison or slow/freeze. (IMPORTANT, do NOT give the slime looking summons ANY poison, I have made this mistake many times and have filled the ENTIRE room with poison puddles. this is highly dangerous to enemies…as well as yourself so would take a lot more skill to use well.) a personal early game combo I enjoyed greatly was the butterfly spell with 1, 2 if you can manage it split shots so that the 3 butterflies on ending, turn into 3 more, and I believe if you have the 2nd split, another three, so would then be 3X3(9)X3(27) butterflies per cast, which if you stack a poison it it can quickly home in and overwhelm rooms of enemies if done well.
Wands will be the next thing to focus on. the default wand is generally useless, it’s small, has a mediocre recharge, a small capacity and no real bonuses. the best way to get wands is from the shop, or the bosses so you will want to keep an eye out for them. there are 3 key things to look for in a wand,
1:MP regen. this may be most important as it will affect how long you can cast, which will help a lot with summons for examples, but specifically later on when you find the Grimoire summon which will copy the next spell in your wand. T1, the Grim will take 40% of the wands recharge and use it to cast the spell, so a high regen can make this incredibly powerful. for example, with a high regen, two grims and a summon you can put these in a charge slot chain and create a summon, which summons another summons, which then cast the summoning spell, which can bypass the limit currently from what I’ve noticed as each book counts as a spell source. this takes a while to ramp, but if done properly can flood the screen within a minute.
2:Spell Slots. spell slots will be one of the most important things mide game onwards as you will gain more and more passives or buffs to use, and so each spell slot is a new buff you can compound with your spells. for example, a homing bullet or summon, which can poison an enemy, and on hit will split where each new shot then homes in on surviving enemies. spell chains like this are the key to powering up in the game and need a lot of experimenting to find what works for you, and must be done on the fly as RNG will limit what you have to work with each run, so it will be important to have a general understanding of buffs and what they do, as well as what they work on. the smithy is a good option for this, and I believe the shop, as they have target dummies to test on.
3:Charge Requirements. Each wand with a charge chain on it will have a different way to charge the spells in the slots. some wants may need you to move, some may need you to deal damage over a threshold, others may need you to hit enemies, or kill them. it’s important to know the requirement so you can plan how to play, as well as what to put in the charge chain. sometimes it will be smarter to take a weaker wand that’s easier to charge so you can increase your output of powerful spells.
Puzzles and secrets
when you fight the area boss,(2nd boss per level) if you manage to defeat the boss while taking no hits(armor hits count I believe) then a hidden room will open on the side of the room. there you can get epic or legendary equipment, however you will have to sacrifice Max HP for each one. typically ou can expect the low end to be about 35, mid to be about 55, and high to be 99. these are mostly good situationally and there are really no bad or good items here, you have to just know the game and how your run is going and make a value judgement here and hope it pans out, sometimes the equipment may not help and the max hp would have been more useful.
for the puzzles, most are pretty obvious, the one tip I recently found is in the 2nd map you may notice a room with a pill with a box on the top or bottom, you have to guess which one to take and if you are wrong you take 2 damage and get warped to start, with the box turning red. there’s actually a way to “bypass” this puzzle, if you have a summon or possessed wand. (the costume to move the wand may work? I don’t really know as I hate the ability so have not tested.) as a summon or possessed wand count as an “entity” they can step on the box for you, and so if you use the rolly summon, summon it onto the box, if it’s incorrect, the summon will take 2 damage and be warped and you can move to the opposite box safely.
Best I’ve found so far.
[/previewimg] I was able to create a summoning spell bypassing my standard wand capacity and with no summon limit with a 3 spell combination. The first spell is the star(I forget the name, will try to edit in later.) which has the effect of increasing the cost, but will shoot a star moving slowly and will shoot the next spell 20 times or until it hits something. This is a very rare spell so may be hard to find before stage 3 with good bonuses. the next spell is the mimic, which can copy the next spell and duplicate it, up to the tier of the mimic. this is a cheap way of copying the prior ability. for those paying attention, that will create a projectile, that will shoot up to 20 projectiles, using 20 of the next spell each. by using the tentacle summon that has no limit, this creates a situation where you essentially do 1X20X20 summons I believe, which while being insanely expensive, by using charge slots, can completely destroy maps and bosses, as seen in my pictures
I was able to create a summoning spell bypassing my standard wand capacity and with no summon limit with a 3 spell combination. the first spell is the star(forget the name, will try to edit in later.) which has the effect of increasing the cost, but will shoot a star moving slowly, and will shoot the next spell 20 times or until it hits something. this is a very rare spell so may be hard to find before stage 3 with good bonuses.
the next spell is the mimic, which can copy the next spell and duplicate it, up to the tier of the mimic. this is a cheap way of copying the prior ability. for those paying attention, that will create a projectile, that will shoot up to 20 projectiles, using 20 of the next spell each. by using the tentacle summon that has no limit, this creates a situation where you essentially do 1X20X20 summons I believe, which, while being insanely expensive, by using charge slots, can completely destroy maps and bosses, as seen in my pictures.