What do you do with your first iridium bars you get on a new save? I'm torn between building the desert obelisk and repairing the ship...
I'd definitely go for the ship. While the Desert Obelisk is great, I personally think 3 Omni Geodes or 500G whenever you want to head to the Desert isn’t such a high cost.I'm torn between building the desert obelisk and repairing the ship...
I sense that the Volcano is harder than the Desert. Desert is the WAY.I'm torn between building the desert obelisk and repairing the ship...
Question how many bombs do you carry? I was curious because you didn't upgrade your pickaxe.My first priority is generally iridium sprinklers and the boat repair (I've practiced enough at Skull Caverns that I can get enough for both on my first trip). Upgrading the pickaxe is pretty pointless for me since I pretty much exclusively blow up rocks in SC with explosive ammo and bombs, and it's easy to get enough omni geodes in Skull Caverns to trade for plenty of desert warp totems.
My next priority is crystalariums for rubies and diamonds so I can have constant spicy eel and espresso speed buffs, and then jades. Although I personally don't do a ton of jade crystalariums since I don't find Skull Caverns as fun if I'm spamming ladders, YMMV.
I'll go in with 50 bombs or mega-bombs, the same number of cherry bombs, and about 500 explosive ammo. I walk out with well over half of that left every time... but I'm probably a bit more generous with the stairs. Also, I buy a lot of my explosives with cash from the Dwarf.Question how many bombs do you carry? I was curious because you didn't upgrade your pickaxe.
Cause I buy and make 100 mega and 100 black ones... I need to re-evaluate my bomb usage.I'll go in with 50 bombs or mega-bombs, the same number of cherry bombs, and about 500 explosive ammo. I walk out with well over half of that left every time... but I'm probably a bit more generous with the stairs. Also, I buy a lot of my explosives with cash from the Dwarf.
I mostly use explosive ammo, except for large open areas where you can't use ammo to blow up the rocks in the middle. So I usually use 20-30 mega bombs, and maybe 5-10 cherry and regular bombs, as well as 300-400 explosive ammo. The bombs I just craft from materials gotten in Skull Caverns. On a decent run I'll make most if not all of the iron back so I can craft the ammo, but I pretty much always have to buy coal from Clint (as well as buying coal to smelt the iridium). The money from the iridium pays for the coal and iron as well as a nice profit, unless it's a ridiculously bad run.Question how many bombs do you carry? I was curious because you didn't upgrade your pickaxe.
The life elixirs you can buy from the dwarf? Never really felt a need for those. I have a ton of extra food (mostly iridium-quality berries, as well as assorted sashimi, purple mushrooms, and magma caps) stocked up on my main file, but if I didn't have those I'd just buy salads from Gus, it's more health per g.Cause I buy and make 100 mega and 100 black ones... I need to re-evaluate my bomb usage.
Forgive my curiosity... What about the potions?
Usually I get to maybe 150 or so (limited by time, not survivability). Also, if you check out TheHaboo or Cordite on twitch, they have some nice Skull Caverns runs that are way better than mine.
Oh right iridium band, that would have been my first thing for sure before the glowstone ring was added. It's still pretty high up, although the +attack doesn't help with the hammer smash I like using, so it's not that big of an advantage over glowstone.Great replies! Thanks everyone!
I can't believe I totally forgot to include Iridium Band in the poll. Would really help even in the early days of fighting.
I generally find Volcano Dungeon to be easier to manage than Skull Cavern because it's short, there are no issues with inventory getting overcrowded, you don't need to prepare by dumping your entire normal inventory in a chest (and then forgetting to pick it up...) and it's basically just 10 levels, not hundreds and hundreds of them.
As for Quality Sprinklers, by the time I decide to buy the Vault I'm usually well stocked on them from Krobus. It's only my third save so far, and the first one where I got the fruit bats instead of mushrooms so I was able to unlock the Greenhouse / complete the Center much earlier than usual.
Re coffee - I really really like making my own. I grow 10 coffee plants indoors, water them daily (it just takes 2 clicks) and brew into coffee in the kegs next to my bed. And my food of choice so far is either Escargot (very early on - no useful boosts for fighting but MASSIVE health and energy restored, and ridiculously cheap to make), Eggplant Parm (+3 defense) or Pumpkin Soup (also very cheap to make, boosts luck and defense).
I'm only using the Eels or Crab Cakes when I get to switch the town mines to dangerous mode; in the Cavern, I run on Espresso!