Wife’s Run: Maxing the Magic Vine and More w/ some Highly Unexpected Synergy

Maze: Forest of Whispers

Purpose: Hit the ‘magic vine to level 50’ DP quest, and the ‘get the frozen mushroom to level 5′ quest.’ As it happened, she was also able to get ‘Max out Planar Prophet’ and ‘Go backwards 45 floors in a single PoE’ on the same run. That last one is where the excitement came from, actually.

Mainball: Tarot — Because no single gumball can get you out of more scrapes than Tarot. Also, Venture-main for Farplane Ranger for to get Jack’s Soul for to reduce the total Seed cost of the vine quest.

Soul Link 1: Saladin — This guy can trade useless spells for stats — and there are a lot of useless spells. What’s not to love? There’s even a tiny bit of synergy with Tarot’s “gimme a random spell” card!

Soul Link 2: Lionheart King — She wanted Planar Prophet early, but she had a Venture title main, so Lionheart King was the key to her entire strategy.

Venture Title: Farplane Ranger — Nailing Jack’s Soul on F1 makes the level 50 quest a huge 50 seeds shorter.

Magic Title: Planar Prophet — She didn’t want to go deep, she wanted easy seeds, so multiple and early trips backward were on the menu.

Melee Title: Novice Warrior — Didn’t care, she finished her quests rather than pursue a melee title. ūüôā

Artifact: Hell God of War’s Ring — Because some amount of punching people in the face was vital.

Potion: Nightmare Potion — She needed the 300 EP to get Farplane on F1 so she could get Jack’s Soul, and the extra point of Power was useful.

The Rundown: Was pretty straightforward for most of it. She punched things in the face until F40 or so, then mixed in some spells when the opportunity presented itself (like Dark Ripple in caves, etc.) and as her Power rose as she traveled down the path to max Planar Prophet.

When she hit F49, she decided she didn’t want to deal with another Boss, having found the Sunflower Seed on F40. So, she hit the PoE button, went back 28 floors, and kept going down. When she hit F49 for the second time, she had maxed out Planar Prophet and most of her other potential sources of Power.

That’s when she noticed that her PoE was going to take her back 44 floors. Forty-four. ONE SHY of getting a valuable XP quest (she was like 24 points away from getting Tarot up to 5* at this point, so every single point counted.) But she had already spent all her EP on Titles that provided her with extra Power. She had no EP, no better-Power equipment, heck, no other equipment she was willing to Disenchant, and she had already cast Electrostatic Field.

But she was¬†determined to find a way to eke out that last floor. She pored over her items, her skills, her spells, her Gumballs, her Titles —¬†everything she could find. And finally, she looked up at me with that gleam in her eye that told she had found it.

“I have¬†ten Aurora Barriers,” she smugged.

“Umm…and?”

“And why do I have ten Aurora Barriers?”

“Because you have Sala–oh!”¬†Understanding was slow for me, but it hit.

“Because I have¬†Saladin!¬†Which means I have¬†two Aurora Barriers…and¬†2,400 XP. Which means I can take all three Power stars of Farplane Ranger. Which means¬†I’m¬†nailing that damn Quest!

And she did.¬†Without Lionheart King, she wouldn’t have had the EP to max out Planar Prophet in time. Without Tarot’s +25% to spell effects card, she wouldn’t have hit 45 floors. And without Saladin, she wouldn’t have had the Power she needed to break the barrier, either. Those three gumballs appear, at first glance, to be almost entirely without any internal synergy — but this is Gumballs and Dungeons, and nothing in the game is¬†ever as simplistic as it appears.

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Experimental Run: ALL the EP!

Maze: Dracula’s Castle

Purpose: To see what it looks like to go bat-sh!t crazy on EP-gaining and EP-cost-reduction mechanisms while making some side progress toward Dracula’s Castle’s DP quests.

Main Gumball:¬†Minstrel — Needed my Venture title to be first so I could rush straight to Magic Bandit. Also Farplane Ranger.

Soul Link 1: Lionheart King — Because a 30% EP reduction on your two expensive titles (three if you find Dragon’s Power) is simply the biggest total EP reduction in the game.

Soul Link 2: Saladin¬†— Because there’s only one Magic-type pokemon in Ranger’s Song that gives any kind of positive EP effect, and that’s Saladin’s ability to turn Rank 5 spells into 300 EP.

Venture Title: Night Walker –> Magic Bandit –> Farplane Ranger — Bought up to Farplane Ranger on the first floor so I could get that sweet bonus Relic. Then went back and filled in Magic Bandit, then filled in all three stars of Magic Apprentice, then filled in all the back levels of all the lower Venture Titles.

Melee Title: Sword Dancer –> Sword Master –> Sword Sage — Stupid bats. Dodge THIS!¬†I filled in every level in order up to Sword Sage, then paused to take every single level of every single attack-boosting

Magic Title: Priest –> Light Master –> Pope¬†— For to slaughter the boss with huge double-Holy Bolts.

Artifact: Crown of Pope — Because I didn’t have any headgear, and blasting things to death with big light spells seemed like a good idea.

Potion: Potion of Great Designer¬†— Because I needed to clear 400 bonus EP to get Farplane Ranger before searching Dracula’s corpse.

Relics: Mutu’s Belt, Corrosive Bracelet, Talking Puppet, Stupid Spear Ring — I took all items that had ‘Cast this spell X times,’ because those are the most annoying DP quests I have left.

Other Gear:¬†I literally purchased every single item from every single shop. Treasure shops, scroll shops, purple-castle Dracula-specific shops…everything. Because why not?

Final Notes:¬†Turns out that when you max out your EP gains to this bat-sh!t insane degree, you run out of Titles to buy¬†by floor 60. Even¬†with the purchasing of every damn thing. So yeah…I quit because I had blown my wad too early and nothing really left to do. The mission was to learn, and I did. Conclusion: don’t do this. ¬†ūüôā ūüėÄ XD