Welcome to the New Player Guide (written by Truth and sometimes others) for the game Trimps (found here). If you have questions on a specific subject, use control-f to search for key words, or search for the specific page on the wiki. If you need help with troubleshooting, consult the Common Pitfalls and Troubleshooting section below. If you wish to know about the game in general, read through and enjoy.
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Due to our goals, this guide is extensive. If you only want to know the basics of how to get started, please read the Guide From Zone 1. Furthermore, this guide will always be a work in progress. We are currently updated for Trimp Version 4.7.
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What is this game and how do I play? Edit
- This game is Trimps. You play this game by clicking the clickable buttons inside the game. However, many players choose to play in other ways. You should also check out Guide: From Zone 1.
- Click the orange map button. If the orange map button turns into a button that says "Abandon soldiers", click on the button again. Click the light blue "Create" button. A new map should have been created. Click on the new map, and click the light blue "Run Map" button.
- Gems allow you to prestige equipment (in the upgrade tab), and allow you to buy early-mid game housings. They also have other uses lategame. It has already reached meme status. In fact, some users are driven to drinking every time this question is asked. Please help prevent alcoholism and do not ask this question in chat.
- Fragments are used to make maps. More are used to make better maps. They are also required for Gateways , a early-mid game housing. In the late game, they are used to improve certain aspect of maps. Please do not ask this question in chat. Read further to learn more about fragments.
Where is the wiki? Where can I find specific numbers for certain things? Edit
Is this a guide or a FAQ? Edit
What does AGGRANDIZMENT [sic] mean? Edit
Introduction to Gameplay and the Longest TutorialEdit
Technical issues are covered at the end of this guide.
In this section, we cover the mechanics introduced in the early game. The mechanics will be introduced in roughly the order the player is introduced to them in the game. However, discussion about these mechanics may involve aspects of the end game.
Game Introduction and progressEdit
Trimps is an incremental and pseudo-idle game  that has no end . The player makes progress by sending his Trimps into battle against enemies. Defeating 100 enemies clears one zone, and advances to the next zone in the world. After zone 20 and completing the Dimension of Anger, the player unlocks Portal, the soft-reset mechanics of the game. He also unlocks Helium, which is used for some of the most important persistent upgrades, allowing the player to delve into deeper zones.
As the player progress, he will complete challenges and milestones, which can unlock new Perks, or grant certain benefits. Some of these benefits are quality of life upgrades or automations which allow the player to idle easier. In addition to challenges and milestones, the player will eventually unlock other persistent progresses, such as Masteries, the Dimensional Generator (dimsum), and Nature.
Starting Out Edit
Early game play is very simple, and there are very few choices. Use the player to gather resources, build buildings, and check traps. Additional buildings and choices are unlocked as you gather resources and gain population. The player can often mouse over or click things to get a toolbox with more information. The player should read the Guide from Zone 1 if there are serious trouble.
The Player (ie. What Should "You" Do)? Edit
At the beginning of the game, the player will need to do almost everything. He will need to gather resources, build, and check traps. As long as trapping is still effective, the player should continue to trap. However, after the early game, the player should build and research, depending on what is needed. The player excels in these areas but scales poorly in others.
During gameplay, the player may receive a Turkimp. If so, the player should gather the resource that is currently being gathered by the most number of trimps. Doing so will increase the resource gathering rate of that resource. Furthermore, it will your global looting multiplier by 1.166 for all three resources of food, wood, and metal.
Once the player unlocks the mastery Foremany, he will have 50000 foremen trimps building at all times, removing the need for the player to ever build. This is a pretty big quality of life boost, and the player can stay researching throughout the run. As an alternative, the player can mine metal personally, while hiring scientists to research. This will increase metal production and global looting as long as the player has Turkimp active.
Worker Distribution Edit
Farmer, lumberjacks, and miners are cheap to hire. If a particular resource is needed, it is trivial to divert your workers to the corresponding job. Early on, Farmers are the most important, followed by lumberjacks, then miners. This changes in the later game, as miners become increasingly important. As the player's need for equipment rises, he can either choose to farm metal on a metal map, or put more workers in miners.
It is also possible to put workers into scientists whenever you need science. However, scientists do not scale as well as the other workers, and it is recommended that you research yourself in the mid game and possibly the late game.
Combat and Exploration Edit
The mechanics of Combat are fairly simple. In general, turn on autofight, and focus on managing other aspects. If your trimps are not progressing in zones, take them out to maps for them to farm.
After zone 6, players can create maps. Maps are repeatable independent areas that can be run for map-specific unlocks and loot. Click on the "Maps" button to access the Map Chamber. At the Map Chamber, the player can create custom maps and run them. It is also easy to go back to the world from maps.
Creating and Finding Maps Edit
Maps takes fragments to create. Unique maps are either guaranteed drops in certain zones in the world, or guaranteed drops from high enough level of maps.
There are unique unlocks which can only be found by running maps. The unlocks found in maps depend mainly on the level of the map. All non-unique maps of the same level will have the same unlocks. Furthermore, a higher level map will also include all the unlocks from lower level non-unique maps. The player can see how many unlocks a map has under the "item" statistic of the map. Unlocks include additional housing, certain upgrades, and equipment prestiges. Unique maps may have additional unlocks.
What are some important levels to run maps at? Edit
- You can check the unlocks page for all the unique unlocks details.
- Some important ones are
- It should be noted that one must run a level 15 or higher map to get the unique map "The Wall", and then run that map to get Bounty. Early on, you might also want to run a level 11 map for Shieldblock. On the first time passing level 33, the player should remember to do Trimple of Doom.
When should I prestige an Equipment? Edit
- Basically as soon as possible. Buying a prestige upgrade resets that piece of equipment back to level 1, so investing in high levels of equipment may be wasteful. The player must balance short term needs against long term efficiency.
- Level one of a prestiged equipment is roughly 9 or 11 times better than the unprestiged equipment, with the exception of shieldblock being 5 times better. Watch the cost if you have more than 10 levels in that equipment though - if you don't have enough to buy the second level, you may be stuck with a lower stat until you gather the appropriate resources. This should almost never be a problem.
Shieldblock vs health shield Edit
- Shieldblock starts off significantly better than health shields. However, each prestige of shield block only multiplies the stats by about 5.5, while each prestige of health shield multiples stats by about 11. In other words, shield block scales significantly worse than health shields. After about zone 40-50, shield block quickly becomes useless. It is recommended to stop buying shield block when planning to push past 60, because by that point the player should have no trouble with the early zones, but will benefit from the extra health in later zones.
Map Farming Edit
If you need particular resources, you can farm maps for loot. Mountain maps are for metal. Sea maps are for food. Forest maps are for wood. Garden maps are for all three of the previous resources, and is only selectable after completing the decay challenge. Depth maps are for gems. All maps give gems, depth maps give more.
In general, use whatever map will give you what you need. In the early game, random maps (to conserve fragments) are probably ideal. Around zone 25, the player may need extra wood for Gymystic upgrades and Gyms. After zone 60, mountain maps may be desired for equipment and prestiges.
You also gain a damage bonus to the zone you are currently in by doing max-level maps up to 10 times.
How should I control the sliders? Edit
- Pushing the Size slider to the right gives a smaller map.
- Pushing the Difficulty slider to the right gives an easier map (enemies have less attack and health).
- Difficulty and Loot sliders should be maximized if you can afford the fragments.
- Size slider is complicated. Unless you have sufficient fragments, it should be left alone. A smaller map (slider to the right) will give less loot per enemy on average, but the enemies are also significantly easier, which means the player can defeat them more quickly, and possibly get more loot per minute. This is due to enemies and loot scaling with zone and cell number. In general, one should get a higher level map rather than a bigger one. The only reason to use a bigger map is if it is impossible to get a higher level map.
- In the later stages, when the player can add resource caches to each map, he will want the smallest maps he can afford, in order to get the resource cache more times per minute.
How else can I maximize map loot? Edit
- Get to the highest zone possible. For the same map level, a higher zone level will increase loot. There is an exception once you get chrono and jestimp. Once they become the main source of loot, it is better to be in a zone where you've gotten all the speedbooks from, rather than the next zone where you don't have them.
- If you have turkimp, farm one of the three basic resources. This will give you a 1.166 multiplier to basic loot.
- Population is a direct multiplier to loot, and as such, more population means more loot.
- If you have jestimp or chronoimp, getting the speed/megabooks of the zone will increase loot gained from them.
What is the map damage bonus and how do I get it? Edit
- The player gains a damage to the current zone they are in by doing maps. The player can only gain this bonus by doing maps the same level as the zone they are currently in (until the player gets Siphonology). The player gains 20% damage for every map they complete, up to 10 maps for 200% damage. This damage only applies to zones, and not maps. Furthermore, this bonus damage resets upon going to the next zone or portalling.
What level of maps should I Farm? Edit
- As a general rule, if you seek to maximize map loot, you want to one shot most if not all of your enemies.
- Grimy's ZFarm Calculator can tell you what is the optimal map level you should run for loot. I'm not sure if it works for early levels. It also assumes your trimps are fighting 100% of the time. You should read the disclaimer. It should be updated for all future Trimp versions.
- If you are looking for equipment prestiges, you want to farm as high a map as practical. Once you are done farming for prestiges, you may want to farm at a lower level.
- Farming maps early is questionable. With imp-orts, map farming will eventually give you way more income than your production will. Imp-orts could multiply your map loot by 4-5x.
- Farming maps will also give you a map damage bonus to the zone you are currently in. You gain up to 200% damage bonus for up to 10 maps.
Why can't I make garden maps? Edit
- You can't select garden maps until you've completed decay challenge. You can still make them via random.
Void Maps! Edit
- Void Maps do cool things! More info given in the void map section later on.
Fragments used to make maps. Higher level maps, and better maps require more fragments. Fragments are also needed to make gateways, a housing structure.
How do I get fragments? Edit
- You can get fragments from certain loot cells in zones, by employing Explorers, and from maps by purchasing the flutimp imp-ort.
I don't have enough fragments. Edit
- Too bad. Be more frugal with them. Get flutimps. In the late game, explorers are really good.
Offline Progress Edit
- You will continue to gather Food, Wood, Metal, Science, and Gems offline. The rate of gathering is equal to the rate of gathering online.
- You will not battle offline, nor will you gain loot. As such, you will not progress in the World.
- Since the Helium per hour tab is not actual production, but simply your total helium gained divided by the time, you won't gain Helium offline.
- After the early game, most of your resources come from looting. As such, Offline Progress becomes less and less relevant.
- You soft-reset by activating the Portal. Activating the Portal will enable you to "cash-in" the Helium you gained and enable you to buy Perks.
What persists through Portals? Edit
- Perks and Heliums
- Status of challenges; whether they've been unlocked or completed
- Bones and Imp-orts
- Pet Robotrimp level
- Heirlooms equipped or carried
- Dark Essence and Masteries
- Dimensional Generator upgrades and Magmites(to an extent).
- Nature Upgrade and tokens
- Fluffy (might require Capable perk)
- Total stats
Do I lose Helium if I do dimension of Anger late? Edit
- Only on your first run! You'll lose helium you'd have gained by completing zones if you did not do Dimension of anger. Thus, do dimension of anger as soon as practical on your first run. However, note that losing 1 zone of helium isn't that terrible.
- On further runs, you'll get helium even before you complete Dimension of Anger.
When Should I Portal the first couple of times? Edit
- First run: Zone 23. This will give you 55 helium, setting you up for the Underachiever Feat. Run the Discipline challenge.
- Second Run: Zone 30. At this point, you should have picked up the Underachiever Feat. Run the Metal challenge.
- Third Run: Zone 35. Run the Size challenge.
How do I get Helium? Edit
- You get Helium after beating the Dimension of Anger map, which you will get at the end of zone 20. Further helium is earned from killing Blimps and Improbabilites at the end of zones.
- You do not get helium from maps, unless it is a Void Map.
- You get Helium by getting bone portals from bone traders.
- Cumulative helium gain is quadratic - the helium gain from zones 20-40 is about four times that of zones 20-30, and zones 20-50 will give about nine times as much.
- Helium gain from zones 59 is multiplied by 5.
- Completing repeatable challenges can give additional helium boosts.
How do I get Helium Per Hour (Helium/Hr)? Edit
- You don't. There is nothing that passively gives you helium per hour. The Helium per Hour counter simple measures the rate of helium gain for you this run.
When should I use the portal in general situations? Edit
- When your helium per hour decreases.
- If you have pushed to 50, you should complete zone 59. The boss at zone 59 will give a significant amount of helium
- If you are coming very close to zones 25, 30, 35, 37, 40, 45, 50, 55, 75, 100, 125 or 150, it is probably best to push on to reach those zones. All of these zones (with the exception of 37) drop a Gymystic book, which will usually get you at least a couple of zones further. 30 also unlocks Gateway, which gives a huge increase in population. 37 unlocks Wormholes, which may help you push a few more levels. Similarly, if you are one level off the next Gigastation upgrade, it might be better to push on.
Perks are permanent bonuses purchased with helium. They persist through portals. Perks are some of the most important persistent upgrade in the game, and should usually be focused on. All perks can be reset and the helium cost fully refunded once per portal. As such, there is no way to permanently screw yourself over. Congratulations.
This is my first reset; what perks should I get? Edit
- One of Everything. Perk costs increase exponentially. Each level increases cost by 30%. After you get one of everything, loot, damage, health, and motivation are good things to go for.
What is the best perk? Edit
- Early on, Carpentry. Later on, coordinated. Once you get Carpentry, you should put more than half of all your helium into it.
How well do perks scale? Edit
- As cost and enemy strength increases exponentially, additive perks do not scale very well.
- In the late game, the best perks are Coordinated, Carpentry, Resilience, Artisantry, and Resourcefulness, probably in that order.
- Looting is special, as it is a direct multiplier to helium gained. It could be considered best perk after those ones.
How good is agility? Edit
- Quite good.
- If you have no breeding problems, it doesn't matter that that enemy also attacks faster, since your trimps just replenish when they die.
- Maxing it out is like having a x2.7 speed for combat.
- It makes the game more fun, possibly.
- In maps, it is a direct multiplier to enemies killed, and thus a direct multiplier to loot. Maxing it out is like having x2.7 non-helium loot.
Does Artisantry lower the cost of Equipment Prestiges? Edit
I don't see some perks. Edit
- You need to complete challenges to get them.
Can you give some Analysis? Edit
- Yes (This is outdated)
- See below for more advanced analysis.
How should I spend my Helium? Edit
- You can use Grimy's Perky calculator .
I've screwed up my distribution of perks for this run. What can I do? Edit
- You can respec by going to "View Perks", and clicking "Respec". This can only be done once per run. The button will not show up if you already respecced once.
Perk Calculators Edit
- Perk calculators are usually meant to be used mid-late game. (Like after Zone 60 ish.)
- Grimy's Perk Optimizer is an easy to use perk calculator. Simply export your code, and paste it into the import save part of the calculator. You also need to change the preset appropriately. If you wish, you can tweak the weights you wish to assign to each stat. You can mouse over things (and wait for a bit) to see more info on each button. It is up to date with version 4.7.
- You can directly import a perk distribution from Grimy. Below the suggested perks on Grimy's Perky, one can see a box with a distribution string. Copy it, go to perks in game, click respec, click import, and paste the string.
How do I unlock challenges? Edit
- You unlock challenges by reaching specific zones, or by completing certain maps.
When should I attempt a challenge? Edit
- You should attempt all challenges ASAP, except for nom/toxicity, unless you want to complete another challenge.
At What Suggested Helium Should I attempt each non-Helium Challenge? Edit
- Read above.
- Below is a table; hopefully someone can fill this in, because I have no idea. If numbers are wrong, find Truth, or post a comment below.
|Discipline||20||30||Basically acts like a normal run.|
|Metal||25||Just run mountain maps for metal. Sounds worse than it is.|
|Size||35||Complete ASAP. More Trimps = more resources = better attack and HP.|
|Meditate||45||Not that important to do ASAP.|
|Decay||55||You're going to do fail this the first few times, so just abandon and portal when you get 300/400+ stacks and aren't near the end of a zone. It essentially acts like a helium challenge due to greatly speeding up your zone clear speed.|
|Trimp||60||Gives a very useful perk for progressing in a broken planet.|
|Trapper||70||The perk isn't that useful early, but will eventually become essential for progressing. It is very powerful when combined with Geneticist.|
|Frugal||100||300k||Really Important to do ASAP. One of the most powerful buffs upon completion.|
|Scientist IV||110||2M||Fairly nice.|
|Mapocalypse||115||2M*||*This can be done at around 500K, but you probably won't be using the reward until 1-2M. (You probably won't get here until 2M He, though, unless you do really long runs.)|
|Coordinate||120||2.5M||Gives the most powerful perk in the game. Do ASAP.|
|Scientist V||130||1M||This should be run ASAP. One of the most powerful buffs upon completion; even better than frugal (maybe).|
|Mapology||150||8M||Some suggest you can do it as early as 1M, or even less.|
|Devastation||170||25M||It's devastatingly easy. Should be done ASAP since it greatly speeds up the early zones.|
At What Suggested Helium Should I start using each Helium Challenge? Edit
- In general, you should attempt each Helium Challenge whenever you feel you can reach the required level rather quickly.
- After level 100, daily challenges may be better than Helium Challenges.
- Below is a table; hopefully someone can fill this in because I have no idea. If numbers are wrong, find Truth, or post a comment below.
|Balance||1.2K||Run ASAP; run as soon as you unlock it. You'll do 2-4 runs of this before pushing to unlock decay.|
|Decay||15K||Though this is not a helium challenge, it is often used to speed up the early game. It is much greater He/hr than Balance. You will start every run as a decay run unless doing another challenge or you get to electricity. You can use this to easily get <1 hour speed runs up through ToD.|
|Electricity||100K||May or may not be better He/hr than Decay, depends on playstyle and current He. If you usually farm maps a bit on zone 60 after breaking the planet, it's highly recommended to do it on z59 before having a long spawn timer. Boosting BLK doesn't help nearly as much on this challenge, because you are guaranteed to die shortly after you encounter any Fast enemy. Reducing breed time helps more.|
|Life||1M||Apparently about 5x as much helium as Electricity. So might be worth it even if slow. Also, after a few runs you can ignore the living/dead aspect until you are nearing the end of the run.|
|Crushed||3M||This is quite a good challenge with 5x helium gain.|
|Nom||10M||One of the few challenges that should not run ASAP. At 10M, it is possible that life/crushed is still better helium per hour.|
|Toxicity||25M*||One of the few challenges that should not be run ASAP.
OCDTox (see NOTE, below) is when you get 1500 stacks on all zones after a broken planet. This will give you a huge bone portal, and give you the helium boost you need to go to lead. Only recommended if you have 3+ bone portals to use.
Normal tox runs only get 1500 stacks z165 for VMs, which will account for ~35% of total helium for the run.
NOTE: OCDTox is no longer recommended as of 4.611 as other challenges have increased in speed and helium, causing OCDTox to no longer be an efficient use of time. Save bone portals for your first run of Corrupted.
|Watch||80M||You run this if you want an easy run.
Some people may actually find Lead easier/faster. Watch is meant to be "hands-off" but you still have to manage housing, so it's really not.
|Lead||80M||You run this if you want to be more involved, and get more helium.
Can be done at 60M with good achievement, heirloom and challenge² bonuses.
|Corrupted||150M||Don't bother unless you already have power II.
What are the rewards for the challenges? Edit
- Go here. Scroll down. Find the name of the challenge you are looking for. Click on it. On that page, there is an infobox to the right showing the name of the reward.
Is there a Reason to repeat a Certain Challenge? Edit
- If it is not a helium challenge, or decay, there are usually no reasons to repeat a certain challenge. However, you will want to repeat Challenge²s.
Should I keep my max health below my block for the Crushed challenge? Edit
- No, unless you are trying to get that achievement.
What are Daily Challenges? Edit
- Daily challenges are a randomized challenge that you will receive once you've reached zone 100. You get a new daily challenge every day. The challenges of the last week are kept.
Should I do a Daily Challenge or a regular Helium Challenge? Edit
- Both have their benefits. You can run a Daily challenge to any level you want, while a regular challenge is limited to specific zones. However, it is possible for one to get a less-rewarding and more difficult daily challenge. The player should read about the challenge, and if it is rewarding and not too hard, do it in lieu of a normal challenge.
- Obviously, if the player is far beyond any normal challenge, the player should do all daily challenges.
How do I get bones? Edit
- They are dropped by skeletimps and mega skeletimps, which are only found in zones. If it's around the December holidays, you may also encounter PresImps - they drop gifts that sometimes include bones. You can also buy them with kreds.
- Spires in the late game may also give them.
What should I spend bones on? Edit
- You should spend them on Imp-orts and bone portals.
Should I save up 200 bones for the package deal where I get 4 imp-orts and 100 free bones? Edit
- The package deal can only be bought with kreds.
Does buying gold maps also double helium gain from void maps? Edit
What is the optimal time to use bone portals? Edit
- Your bone portal give you the same amount of helium as the best run you've done (ignoring bonuses from daily challenges, but not other challenges.)
- In general, you should use bone portals after your bone portals have greatly increased.
- A good time to use bone portals is after completing a Helium challenge the first time.
- Another good time to use bone portals is after a deep run later in the game.
- In the late game, you might want to wind-stack to make a big bone portal.
- Use bone portal if you need an additional perk respec, as it gives you one.
Using Bone Portals Edit
Bone portals effectiveness should be measured by the amount of time it would take to gain the amount of helium from the portal using other methods. For example, if a bone portal would give 1 million helium, and it takes 2 days of normally playing to gain 1 million helium, then the bone portal is quite effective. If a bone portal would give 10 million helium, but it only takes 2 hours to gain 10 million helium, then the bone portal is much less effective.
The player should consider using bone portals in a few situations. First of all, if a player has spare bones early on, using bone portals is usually a good idea. As a player portals more and more, each portal takes a shorter amount of time. Right after the first long push after breaking the planet, or after the first electric run, is also a good candidate. In general, after finishing a hard helium challenge for the first time is a good time to use a bone portal.
A special consideration should be given to Toxicity runs. The player should consider doing a full stack Toxicity run, just to build up the bone portal. In the late game, the first time the player does their void maps inside corruption, or the first time the player does their void maps inside magma, is a good time to use the bone portal.
As an aside, it should be noted that bone portals give another perk respec. This can be helpful in certain challenges, or long runs.
- Whipimp - Gives both food/wood/metal loot and production to all resources, which is why it takes the #1 spot. It's almost strictly better than Magnimp, but they do stack.
- Flutimp: Buy if you're having trouble keeping up with fragments in the late game (three digit zones). At that stage of the game, all of your fragments come from loot. A Flutimp kill is roughly the equivalent of one fragment loot cell on the world map. The world map loot in terms of fragments is usually enough for people to afford maps, but if it's not, buy Flutimp.
- Feyimp: This imp does not have a huge impact, and is best if you have the Scientist II challenge completed. This imp is like buying a Scientist challenge reward, as it lets you buy tier 2 equipment before zone 6. Otherwise it doesn't do much.
Can you give some Analysis? Edit
- Whipimp provides is a multiplier to both production and food/wood/metal loot. As production is the most important early on, Whipimp is something to get early. Whipimp is almost strictly better than Magnimp.
- Tauntimp will give roughly 7-12% more population, which can be thought of as 7-12% more damage/hp/block and 7-12% more production/loot.
- Venimp gives breeding speed. 10% more breeding speed is 10% less time it takes to breed to full population. If you do not have full uptime on your trimps fighting, this will increase your dps. It should be noted that 10% more uptime is roughly 10% more dps.
- Jestimp gives map loot. If you do not have Chronoimp or Goblimp, Jestimp will give you roughly 30-40% more basic loot and 80-100% more gem loot at level 0 motivation. At level 20 motivation, you'd get roughly 60-80% more basic loot and 160-200% more gem loot. This is probably better than Magnimp unless you are reaching much higher levels.
- Titimp doubles your damage, which means you can farm roughly 1 level of map higher. That is worth roughly 25% more loot.
- Chronoimp gives 33% less loot than Jestimp. At 20 motivation, you get roughly 40%-55% more basic loot. However, this is additive to Jestimp.
- Flutimp is the only way to get a significant amount of fragments in the late game.
- In a vacuum, Goblimp gives 90% more gem loot from maps. However, this is additive to the additional gem loot given by Jestimp and Chronoimp. Considering that Jestimp might give you 200% and Chronoimp give you 130%, you are simply adding 90% to 430%.
- Feyimp gives you a bit of gems in zones. This will help you get your weapon prestiges without having to go into maps.
- Only if you are planning to push to zone 50. Pushing to level 50 will give you certain upgrades which will allow you to push up to zone 60. This will make purchasing wormholes worth it. If you are pushing to 40, 2-5 will speed it up a bit. Note that the He you spent on wormholes is doubled when you end up completing a helium challenge such as Balance, so you will recuperate your loss.
How many wormholes should I buy? Edit
- If it is your first few times pushing to 50, 25 wormholes is a good number. Whenever you feel like the boost from wormholes isn't that significant, reducing the number down to 10 is fine.
Why do wormholes cost helium? Edit
- Wormholes were once the most late game housing structure available. Even though that is no longer the case, the cost of wormholes stayed the same.
The Maps Edit
When should I do a void map? Edit
- If you are doing a helium challenge, you should do the void map near the end of the helium challenge. Else, you should it near the end of your run. However, void maps become harder the higher zone you are in. You should not do it too late, lest the void map becomes too hard.
Should I do the void map before the end of the challenge to get more helium, or do it after to get a better heirloom? Edit
- Before. Helium is much more significant than the chance for a better heirloom.
Voidmap at zone 59 Edit
- While you get 5x the helium for a normal improbability at the end of zone 59, voidmaps done at zone 59 do not get this bonus. The player has to wait until zone 60 to get the 5x helium bonus.
What multipliers affect void map helium gain? Edit
- All multipliers, except the one indicated above.
For challenges that only ends when you do a specific map, like electricity, when is the last zone I can do the void map and still get the challenge helium multiplier? Edit
- The zone before the zone where you can get the map. So for electricity, zone 79 is the last zone.
What can you do with Heirlooms? Edit
- Many Things.
- You can equip a heirloom by clicking on it, and clicking equip/swap.
- You can switch the modifiers on a heirloom, place a modifier on an empty heirloom, and upgrade existing modifiers. Doing these things costs Nullifium, which you get by recycling unneeded heirlooms.
- To modify modifiers, click on the modifier.
Should I focus on getting more helium or better heirlooms? Edit
- More helium.
Which Heirloom should I use? Edit
- Use your judgement. It mainly depends on what stage of the game you're on.
- For staff, Miner Efficiency is superb, because that drives your metal income from Jestimp/Chronoimp and metal caches on maps. Fragments/explorer efficiency is second most important after metal. Then food/dragimp, but it isn't really important
- For Shield, Attack is most important. In terms of damage efficiency, Attack is better than Critical Damage, which is better than Critical Chance. Other important affixes are Void Map Chance and Health.
With a Magmatic Heirloom, you no longer have to make a choice.The 5 modifiers you want on a shield (pre-4.8) are Attack, Health, Crit Chance, Crit Damage, and Void Map Chance.
- For Magmatic Staff (best tier pre-4.8), you want 2 Metal, 2 Fragments, and Farmer Efficiency. The farmer efficiency can be replaced by dragimp efficiency, but farmer is SLIGHTLY better. Ultimately, farmer/dragimp doesn't really matter too much. There is no need to make it a priority to replace.
Production Efficiency or Loot? Edit
- Production efficiency is better late game. For "balance" reasons, the staff multipliers work differently from normal. Production efficiency does not affect normal loot, but it does affect chronoimps and jestimps. On the other hand, loot multiplier only affects normal loot and does not affect chronoimps and jestimps. Since chronoimps and jestimps tend to make up the bulk of loot endgame, production efficiency is better.
When should I add an affix/change and affix? Edit
- Whenever you feel like you'll be using an Heirloom for a few runs, and your Heirloom could stand to have a very good affix added on to it, you should consider adding an affix. Changing one is 3 times more expensive, and is generally not recommended, except for Magmatic (and possibly Ethereal) heirlooms. For Magmatic (and possibly Ethereal) Heirlooms, consider changing affixes if it has 2-4 ones you desire.
When should I upgrade an affix? Edit
Only upgrade Ethereal Heirlooms you plan to keep forever.Since the player now get a full refund on Nullifiums spent on upgrading heirlooms when you recycle an heirloom, you can upgrade an affix whenever you feel like it. Note that Nullifums spent on adding/changing affixes are not refunded, only those spent on upgrades.
Golden Upgrades and Achievements Edit
- You get your first golden upgrades after reaching 15% achievement damage. You start off by getting a golden upgrade every 50 zones. As you get more achievements, you get golden upgrades more frequently.
- For a Helium Run, you generally want golden Helium.
- If the player just got into Magma, and is doing VMs in Magma, the player want the first few level of Golden Upgrades to be Golden Void Maps, assuming the player gets the upgrade fast enough .
- Golden Upgrades have to be re-upgraded every portal.
- You get golden upgrade every certain number of zones. You get them quicker if you have more achievement percentages, up to 2000%. Beyond that, you start with an additional golden upgrade every 500%.
- Auto-Golden Upgrade will allow you to automatically get the selected golden upgrade. It is available after manually getting a lot of golden upgrades.
Basic Walkthrough Edit
This is not an in-depth guide to early game, but rather a concise checklist of things to remember. For a step to step guide, consult your brain, or if that is not possible, check out Guide: From Zone 1.
First Run Edit
- Create and run a map at zone 8 to unlock Mansions.
- At zone 11, you will receive "The Block" map. This gives the ShieldBlock and Trapstorm upgrade. (Trapstorm allows you to build traps automatically. You can then use the traps to accelerate breeding speed. )
- Create and run a map at zone 14 to unlock Hotels.
- At zone 15, you will receive "The Wall" map. Run it to get the Bounty upgrade.
- Create and run a map at zone 18 to unlock Uberhuts (Hut upgrade).
- After completing zone 20, you will receive the Dimension of Anger map. Run it to get the Portal.
- Create and run a map at zone 25 for Resorts.
- Activate the Portal at zone 23, or 28+, or when you slow down drastically.
First Portal Activations Edit
Allocate your Perks and activate the Portal. Do a Challenge if you think you can manage it. (Note that you can abandon a challenge any time using the "Abandon Challenge" button in the Perks tab.)
For your first Portal activations, you should do the challenges in the following order:
- "Discipline" challenge to gain the Range perk.
- "Metal" challenge to gain the Artisanistry perk.
- "Size" challenge Carpentry perk
Once the Size challenge is completed, the player should put the majority of their Helium into the Carpentry Perk.
Reaching Zone Level 40 Edit
Once you reach zone 40, you should do the Scientist 1 challenge. After this, you will need to decide whether to farm the Balance challenge for Helium, or not. Skip it, if you feel you can reach zone 50 in about 2 days. Else, farm the Balance challenge until you reach zone 50 (~2 days). Note that it is discouraged to get Wormholes while farming the Balance challenge.
At zone 50 with Collectors and Gymystic, you should be able to push up to level 60. At level 60, activate the portal again.
Note that, if you have enough helium, you can use the Decay challenge to speed you up to zone 55 quicker than balance. You will not gain the helium boost though - you can choose for speed or for helium.
Planet Breaking and Onwards Edit
Breaking the planet Edit
Beating level 59 will break the planet. The planet will not remain broken after portaling.
Saving up resources before hand Edit
- As equipment prices drastically lowers after you break the planet, a player might think it is a good idea to stop buying equipments a few levels before breaking the planet. However, it should be noted that resource production increases exponentially as you progress in zones, and as such, saving up too much resources does not have much value.
- One can simply choose not to bother with saving up resources because of the above reason. If one does choose to bother, saving up resources before z58 is not a good idea.
Warpstations and Gigastations Edit
- On your first time breaking the planet, you should get 5+1* (see Gigastation page for explanation of notation) warpstations before getting a gigastation.
- The numbers should increase over time. It is not unusual for a late-game player to buy 100 warpstations per gigastation.
- Ultimately, you should plan ahead, and spend all your gigastations before you portal.
- 15+3 (Getting 15 before purchasing your first gigastation, then adding 3 more per gigastation. So, 15, 18, 21, etc warpstations before a gigastation.) is a good recommendation for crush.
- 20+3 is a good starting point for nom according to the original creator of this guide. Another player found 8+4 comfortable.
- 40+3 or 20+4 is a good starting point for toxicity. A more recent player suggested 12+4.
- Ultimately, the player should adjust depending on their current situation. If it is too hard to continue adding 3 or 4 each time, perhaps the player should simply maintain the same number of warpstations per gigastation.
- 20+4 is probably good for the level 180 challenges; 20+5 is probably good for corrupted.
- After you reach magma, there is no need to waste too much time with warpstations/gigastations. Just buy nothing for the first 25 or so, and buy max for the last 5-10.
Advanced Map Settings and Features Edit
The player begins to unlock advanced Map settings and features starting from zone 60, and ending even after zone 225. Two very important features are "Special Modifiers" and "Extra Zones". Both of these features will make the map cost additional fragments to make.The Special Modifiers are unlocked between Zone 60 and Zone 185. You can mouse over the "Special Modifier" text to see information on all the special modifiers. The best special modifier for farming is the Large Metal Cache, which gives 20 seconds of metal production whenever you finish a map. Obviously, small metal cache can be used before large metal cache is unlocked, and large cache can be used before that. If you use a cache, you definitely want the smallest map size, as you get a cache whenever you complete a map. Finally, Prestigious can be used to get equipment prestige fast.
The second important option, "Extra Zones", allows the player to farm maps above their level. Just like Special Modifiers, this costs extra fragments. This option allows the player to get equipment prestige higher level than current zone. This is especially helpful before Spires and Magma, and before doing void maps. Furthermore, this can be used to get higher level equipment when in a poison zone (unlocked much later), when it is much easier to complete maps.
Unlock higher level Bionic Wonderland, Each Extra Zones will also give a 10% extra looting bonus (multiplicative). However, often Extra Zones are only used for getting equipment prestige. As such, the player can save fragments by not using Caches and turning the looting slider down. The player can also change Biome to Random. If the player has enough fragments, the player might want to use the special modifier prestigious.
As the player progresses, he will eventually get enough income to always want Large Metal Caches, and possibly some extra Zones for extra loot. If so, the player can save up to 3 configuration by clicking the save button right above the "Level" selection. The saved configuration will automatically be loaded when the player next go to the map screen.In addition to these extra features, there are extra map configurations. The screen can be accessed by clicking the gear on the right of the map button.
In general, "Equip First", "Finish All Voids", "Repeat On", and "Exit to World" should always be the selected setting.
The "Repeat Forever" option can be toggled between multiple useful options. The player can use "Repeat Any" to repeat maps until he has both 200% bonus damage and all items. The player can also choose to have only go for one or the other.
The "Map at Spire" option can be changed to send the player to the map screen either at the highest reached spire, the top two spires, all spires, or not at all. The player should use it to pause at spires he wants to complete. Usually, it should be set to "Map at Top Spire", or "Keep Fighting at Spire".
The final option is "Map at Zone", unlocked by doing a void map 225 or above. It allows you to stop before magma, or at poison zones so you can do void maps. It also allows you to stop before a challenge ends so you can do voidmaps.
Geneticists and Anticipation Edit
Buying more geneticists doesn't increase health without them breeding whole timer. Check your health breakdown to see if geneticists are working properly. If your breed timer is 100 seconds, and you send them out after 40 seconds, you get no health bonus.
Anticipation is based on how long you have been breeding since you've sent out your last army.
Daily Missions Edit
- Once you've gotten
to zone 100close to Magma, you should do the daily challenges. You can access a week's worth of daily challenges in the portal menu. To select one, click daily in the portal menu, and click a green button corresponding to one of the days. You can end a daily challenge any time by clicking "end daily".
- Daily challenges should not take more than a day.
- Void maps should be done a few levels before the end of daily missions.
- You should almost always do a daily challenge if there is one available that doesn't have terrible penalties. (Edit: With the addition of the Life challenge this is no longer entirely true. Life gives a substantial helium bonus and is often much better than the available Daily Missions around zone 100. In general, with the rebalancing of Helium challenges, Daily missions are probably not worthwhile until near zone 230.)
- Challenge²s give a permanent bonus to stats and helium gain. They were named thus to make it hard to edit the wiki. I'm not actually sure how to make the ²; I just copied it from another page. I also assumed that the plural of challenge² is challenge²s.
What is the plural/pronunciation of challenge²? Edit
- An ad hoc committee has discussed this at length. It was split between challenge²s, c²s, and challenges² for the pluralization. For the pronunciation, we couldn't decide between challenges squared, challenge squareds, squared challenges, c-two-(s), challenge cubed, among others. For fairness's sake, I shall be using all of them equally as I write this guide.
When should I do challenge²s? Edit
- About when you do achievements. Challenge²s are arguably about as important, or more important, compared to achievements.
- It is recommended that the first time to do them is before an OCDTox run if one is planning on being done. Right before Nom is also a good spot.
How long should I spend on each challenge²? Edit
- About the same amount of time as on a normal run.
In which order should I do them in? Edit
- It doesn't matter. Probably the easiest, or the one you think will give you the most bonus, first.
When should I seek to improve my score/zone/bonus for challenge²? Edit
- Very rarely. Maybe once every hundred runs?
Geneticistassist EditThe player unlocks Geneticistassist at zone 170 in Bionic Wonderland IV. Once unlocked, it will persist between portals, automatically revealing itself when you unlock geneticists each run. Geneticistassist will attempt to keep breed timer at the selected time setting by hiring/firing geneticists. You can set 3 different time settings in the settings menu, and toggle between the 3 (or toggle it off) by clicking the Geneticistassist button in the workers section. You can control click the button to quickly bring up the Geneticistassist Settings screen.
The Geneticistassist Settings has 2 additional important settings. In the figure, these are the buttons labeled "No GA Firing" and "Wait For Gene Send". These are not default options, and should be changed to such in the late game. "Wait For Gene Send" will ensure that your army will wait the full breed time, thus making sure you get the max attack bonus for Anticipation.
"No GA Firing" will ensure that you do not fire geneticists whenever you get additional housings, thus ensuring your hp doesn't drop drastically due to the lack of geneticists. This can be very important in completing spires while idle, or when doing empower dailies without too many deaths. This said, "No GA Firing" will make it harder to breed when your housing suddenly increases. This will result in never having max population, and sometimes not having enough population for workers. As such, the player might not want to use this setting, especially in the mid game.
There are two tips to make "No GA Firing" less detrimental. The player should use AutoStructure to build collectors, ensuring higher population before the player unlocks geneticists. Furthermore, the player can always fire all geneticists to breed to max population quickly. The geneticistassist setting will then adapt, and buy the optimal number of geneticists.
Which Mastery should I get? Edit
- If you can't make this decision at this stage of the game, don't get any, for you certainly have not mastered the game.
- Hyperspeed I is a very important upgrade. Decreasing time between fights not only mean that it takes a shorter time to get to higher levels, but also that you farm resources faster at higher levels. Hyperspeed I is usually better than blacksmithery I unless you are super inactive.
- Blacksmithery II is better than hyperspeed II usually. Unlike the case with Hyperspeed I, hyperspeed II does not improve late game farming. While Hyperspeed II will still save more time if you play optimally, Blacksmithery II allow you to afk for 25% more of your zones.
- Still Rowing I is probably the most important of Tier 7 mastery.
- Headstart I and Foremany are among the most useful of Tier 2 mastery.
- Void Specialization is the most important tier 8 Mastery.
- Tier 1 Masteries are mostly quality of life improvements. The exception is Turkimp Tamer I, which is only useful if the player is active enough to use turkimps effectively (in other words, the player must not simply idle on science). Otherwise, Bounty Hunter is most likely the most important, followed by Portal Generator, Bionic Magnet, and finally Home Detector.
- For Tier 2 Masteries, Headstart I is likely the most important. It is followed by Void Power I. However, if you value Quality of Life (or if you don't need void power that much at your point), get Foremany instead. Foremany is a great quality of life upgrade, since it allows the player to simply idle on researching instead of switching between research and building. Metallic Coat could be somewhat useful, and Turkimp Tamer II is only useful if one uses turkimps.
- For Tier 3 Masteries, Headstart II is the most important. It is followed by Map Reducer or Void Power II, which are followed by King of Bones. Double Build is a Quality of Life upgrade which some people think are useful, but I do not.
- For Tier 4 Masteries, there could be debates. I believe that Hyperspeed I is the most useful, followed by Blacksmithery I. This is followed by Autostructure if you value QoL, or Headstart III if you don't. Turkimp Tamer III is the least useful.
- For Tier 5 masteries, Blacksmithery II is the most useful, followed by Hyperspeed II. The third is Magma Flows. The last 2 are not that relevant.
- For Tier 6 masteries, Void Power III is the most powerful, granting all Void Maps a Faster Attack modifier, and 30% increased damage for you in them. However, Blacksmithery III is the best QoL. Liquidification is the third most useful. The last 2 are not that useful. Natural Diplomacy I is really only useful because it is required to get Natural Diplomacy III. Turkimp Tamer IV is only useful if you use turkimps.
- For Tier 7 Masteries, Still Rowing I is definitely the most useful, since it grants a a pseudo-multiplier to your Helium gains. This is followed by Patience and Magmamancermancy, then by Map Reducer. Patience is a flat (for most challenges) 50% more damage. Magmamancermancy is more powerful but will take a long time (2 hours) to get to max power. It is good for completing void maps at the end if you spend a lot of time farming. Natural Dimplomacy II is only useful because it is required for Natural Diplmacy III
- For Tier 8 Masteries, Void Specialization is the most useful, since it could increase your helium gain from Void Maps by 100% or more. Still Rowing II is probably second in importance, granting a multiplier to your attacks. This is probably followed by Strength in Health. Natural Diplomacy III is great, but it requires the previous 2 Natural Diplomacies. Finally, Liquidification II is also great, but probably is the least helpful. A trick you can do is to get the Liquidification II to get the Born Imploded achievement (Complete imploding star in 5 mins), and then respec to get Void Specialization.
- Completing certain rows of the spire grants very powerful (though not necessarily immediately) perks. Each row of the spire is exponentially harder (I believe 5x attack/health) than the last row. It takes about 500M Helium to complete the spire if you try hard. It is much easier to complete it at about 800M.
- Shinis's How to Attempt the Spire is an excellentguide on attempting and completing the spire.
- Here are the values of enemy stats in the spire. This will help you judge whether or not you have enough stats to beat certain rows of the spire.
- For each spire you complete, you will liquify 5% of your max zones every portal. If you have completed 3 spires, you will liquify 15% of your max zones each portal.
Liquification means you essentially only have to do one fight to go through a zone. Completing the zone will still give all the benefits such as helium, and imp-ort procs. This saves a lot of time early zones, and have no downsides. However, this can still be turned off in the settings menu. A liquified zone is turned yellow.
There is a Mastery which gives you an additional 5% of your max zones liquified
Dimensional Generator Edit
The Dimensional Generator (dimsum) is unlocked at the beginning of zone 230. Once you have enough fuel, it will begin to generate max housing every tick. The amount of housing generated is proportional to the square root of your current fuel amount (up to capacity), and does not depend on zone level.
The tick starts at 60 seconds, and will decrease as the player reaches high zones. Each tick will consume a set amount of fuel (a base of 0.5). The dimensional generator will only start a tick after the player has at least this much fuel.
Each zone after 229 will have a set number of Magma cells (16 base). These cells are red on the map. The dimensional generator has two settings, "gain fuel", or "gain Mi". The former will allow the player to gain fuel after defeating a magma cell, and the latter will allow the player to gain 1 Magmite (Mi) instead. Any fuel gained past the dimensional generator's capacity is lost.
Mi can be used to upgrade the dimensional generator. Stored Mi will decay after portalling, and a set percentage (base 30%) will be lost.
Why is it called Dimsum? Edit
- Because the acronym of DG annoyed me.
- Because the dimensional generator generates a large amount of max population; a large number of Dimsum restaurants will also do so .
- Because generators  and sum are related. If you have a generator for a group, the sum of two elements in the generator will be in the group. Also, you can get any member of that group by repeatedly taking sums and products of members of the generator.
Keep your fuel near capacity. The first few ticks of the generator are much more important the the later ticks. In fact, after your population has gotten high enough, the player should switch to Mi farming, as additional population from the dimsum is not as important.
Before the player gets Storage, the player should get to max fuel, then wait in maps for a few ticks, before repeating. After getting Storage, the player should fill up storage, then either turn on the "Hybrid Mode", or wait in a map for the dimsum to generate population.
Taunt-imp Synergy Edit
Once the player's HZE is high enough, the player should fill up storage, then wait in a map until the the fuel past capacity is almost gone, then continue to fill up storage. After repeating this to build up a high base population from the dimsum, the player should turn off getting fuel. As the player continues, the high base population will grow with tauntimps exponentially.
In general, you want to maintain a rough ratio of 6:2:1 for the amount of upgrades for Efficiency, Capacity, and Supply. Supply is only useful up to a certain point, however, roughly level 45.
Nursery Control Post Magma Edit
After Magma, you lose 10% of your current nurseries each zone. The price of nurseries does not get cheaper. As such, the player should not max out on nurseries. Instead, the player should only get enough nurseries to beat the spire before zone 200. After zone 230, nurseries should be used in the last few levels before portalling.
Once you get it, use Autostructures to control nursery. Set an upper limit to how many nurseries you want, and set "Don't Buy Nurseries until Z" to a zone that is close to your max.
There isn't much decisions the player need to make regarding nature. Just keep upgrading empowerments whenever you get the tokens, and in general ignore transferring tokens or upgrading transfer rates.
According to others, get empowerment up to roughly 30, then max transfer rate. If you have nature diplomacy, get empowerment to 35, before getting transfer rate to 85 (the new max). Apparently, empowerment of ice is different. Get it to 25, then max transfer rate.
Empowering of Ice isn't needed past level 25ish. After that, you should transfer the tokens into wind for additional helium/loot gain.
There is a more accurate chart on the Nature page.
Spire II and Onward Edit
Completing rows of these spire improve your helium gain for the rest of the run. Not advised to spend too much time on trying though. As you get more helium, you'll eventually complete these. Completing spires the first time will allow you to liquify an extra 5% of zones. This is quite beneficial, and should be sought after, however.
Completing spires will also allow you to get more and more healthy enemies. Healthy enemies are good for extra helium and for extra damage after you get "Strength in Health". As such, completing spires is important even after the first time.
Spire IV Edit
- Completing Spire IV grants you the Curious perk, which can greatly improve your Fluffy exp gain.
- It is recommended that you have 400 Qa before you attempt to complete spire IV. Getting additional fluffy exp is not very useful if you cannot get Fluffy level 10, which requires Capable 10, which costs 100 Qa He. It is completely reasonable to do it later than 400 Qa, though it is possible to do it earlier as well.
- It is unlikely that you have Fluffy 9 before you complete Spire IV, though certain possible. Fluffy 9 will help greatly.
- Without Fluffy 9, you need equipments from Bionic Wonderland 530 before completing Spire IV. This can be extremely time consuming. You only need Bionic Wonderland 515 equipments if you have Fluffy 9.
- The player should farm for these Bionic Wonderland Prestige at zone 495, the last poison zone. He should start by getting all 495 prestige. Then he should get the speedexplorers from Bionic Wonderland 500. He should then farm until he can farm 502 maps for prestige. After doing so, he should go to Bionic Wonderland 515, but only for the speed explorer book in the second row. He should then farm until he has enough fragments for 505 maps. After getting all prestige in 505 maps, he can farm Bionic Wonderland 515. After that, he can farm 530.
- If the player farms 530, the run could take 3 days or more.
- After the player gets Fluffy 9, he should do the speed run for Spire IV in under 24 hours.
When you complete Spire II, you unlock the Capable perk, which allows you to upgrade a persistent unique trimp called fluffy. Fluffy gains exp from completing zones above 300. Exp not only gives fluffy levels, but also an grants a bonus damage multiplier based on the amount of exp. Fluffy can only gain exp and level up to the level of the Capable perk.
Completing Spire III will unlock Cunning, a perk which increases Fluffy exp gain. Completing Spire IV will unlock Curious, another perk for Fluffy.
Each level of Fluffy will grant a unique passive ability which greatly helps with the game. Level 2 and Level 7 are extremely important, and they give 25% more helium each.
Once Fluffy has reached level 10, he can evolve. Evolving resets Fluffy level, makes it more difficult to gain exp, and makes his damage bonus/passives much better. Evolving also removes all original damage bonuses/passives.
Generalized Tactics Edit
Simplifying Gameplay and Speedruns Edit
On the map menu, instead of "repeating forever", set the repetition to "repeat to 10", and set the other option to "exit to world". This way, you will automatically run a map 10 times, then continue onto the world. You can do this once per zone whenever you are too far back on prestiges to progress in zones. You need to set the equipment looting section to "Equip First".
Dagger Climb Edit
The Dagger Climb is a strategy for quickly getting to high zones. Change the equipment looting section to "Equip First" instead of Tier First. This will allow the player to get all the shields before getting daggers, and getting all the daggers before the boots. You can further select "repeat to 10" for a less micro intensive play style.
Getting only daggers, and possibly boots, will greatly speed up the early game. You get a new dagger/boot in every zone ending with 1 and 6. This is useful for speed runs before the player gets the Watch challenge, and for getting high Helium per hour.
The Watch challenge will give you all prestiges from maps up to zone 180. This means the player does not have to run very many maps until zone 180. This challenge is best method of getting speed run achievements until you have Blacksmithery and a high end zone. This challenge is also really good for getting into later zones for Magmites and Dark Essences. While you don't gain as much bonus Helium compared to a Corrupted run, you can get to the relevant zone much quicker and easier.
There is also a point after the player unlocked Magma where the player should use Watch to farm for Helium outside of Daily Challenges. The slight loss in Helium is acceptable for the much faster speed.
Watch becomes obsolete after high enough blacksmithery.
Pre 70 Anticipation Edit
This tactic is a micro-intensive tactic that might be good in rare circumstances. Use this when you desperately need damage before zone 70.
The player might want to spec out of breeding perks, and possibly not get potency upgrade. The player should buy a bunch of housings in bulk, and then hire as many workers as possible. This will make it so very few trimps are breeding, greatly increasing the breed time. This allows the player to have the bonus damage from anticipation. However, the player will need to click fight manually every time.
Strategy for Challenges and Achievements Edit
This is a walkthrough/strategy for some of the more tricky challenges and achievements. Especially challenge2s. I assume you are using Grimy's perky.
Challenges and Challenge2s Edit
Early Game/ Pre Blacksmithery Edit
Before 230, just run trapper like any other challenge. However, you only get 1 life at it, so you might want to micro. You can't get very far without Blacksmithery Mastery.
After getting Blacksmithery Edit
Run trapper like normal. Use Grimy's challenge2s preset. You only get one life, and your zone reached will depend on your Blacksmithery levels. Get higher level of Blacksmithery and higher level of Highest Zone Ever to get better Trapper runs. This holds until you reach Magma. You can't die even once, so make sure you hire some scientist.
Post 230 Edit
Once you reached 230 on trapper 2, you should stop trying to get higher level trapper 2 until you get a lot more helium. The issue with post 230 is that your trimps will automatically die every 5 levels starting at 230.
The strategy for late game trapper is a bit more complicated. In short, you want to get as much population as possible at the start of the run. You do this by putting all your helium into carpentry and carpentry 2. You then buy a lot of housings. You then respec into a lot of coordinated perk, so your army size post 230 are really small. This will allow your trimps to suffer deaths and still continue fighting.
Specifically, before you even start the trapper 2 run, you want to respec into grimy's trapper 2 (initial ) spec. Basically, put all your helium into carpentry and carpentry II. After you start the run, buy housings, and start fighting. Make sure you are putting some workers in science.
After you gain sufficiently high max population, you want to respec into grimy's trapper 2 (respec) spec. You might want to add even more coordinated onto that. In short, you want damage/health, and a lot of coord perk. You want to respec mostly out of carpentry, and possibly motivation. You might also want to increase the value of health, since you won't be able to use geneticists. Late game, health definitely becomes a issue.
It is still important to get housing in trapper 2, as your looting is based on your max housing. After z230, you'll have to manually click fight every 5 zones. It should be noted that level 96 coordinated can more or less carry to 450. At 2.5 Qi helium, you can get 102 coord gives a army size of 1 billion at level 480 with about 300 billion initial population. At these points, health becomes a major concern, and you should set the value of health much higher. Modify these numbers to your needs.
Obliterated Challenge Edit
The obliterated challenge is one of the hardest challenges. It gets significantly harder every 10 levels. As such, on every level ending with 9, the player should do higher tier maps to get all the prestiges of the next 6 levels.
For example, on zone 29, the player should do maps to get all the prestiges up to zone 35.
The player should use Grimy's Other c2 preset. However, the player should greatly increase the value of hp before hand. It is reasonable to put hp as high as damage in grimy's preset. It is difficult to make it to complete level 70, due to low health before hand. However, it should be doable with roughly 1 Qi helium.
Once you have reached cell 50 of zone 70, however, you unlock geneticists, which gives you a lot of hp, and allow you to take advantage of anticipation. At this point, hp is no longer a problem, and the player can respec into damage. At 1 Qi Helium, it is reasonable to value damage at 100 times hp.
If the player wants, he can try to use anticipation before level 70, with the hiring worker strategy.
Elite Feat Edit
This achievement requires you to get exactly 1337 He/Hr. Get to 1400 He/Hr, go to maps, and then wait until it drops down.
Very Sneaky Edit
This achievement requires you to beat a zone above 99 with 150 stacks of health. There are two methods for doing so depending on whether or not you can liquify zone 100.
In any case, you want to turn on auto-abandon in the settings. The player needs to get to level 99, and then turn off auto-fight. To make it easier, the player might want to respec out of overkill. At level 99, the player must turn off Liquification in the settings if he has it.
The player must attempt to evade life cells. To do this, go to the maps screen before reaching a life cell, and then go back to the world. The life cells will change and play Conway's game of life over time. Wait until the life cell is gone, then continue. Do this to make sure you reach the end of 99 with 150 stacks.
If you have liquification of zone 100, turn liquification back on, and continue to zone 100. This will complete the achievement. If you do not have it, you'll need to manually go through zone 100 while skipping all the life cells.
This achievement requires you to bring a world enemy's attack down below 1. This can be done with Ice. You need to have somewhat decent ice empowerment. Then, simply don't buy equipment in an ice zone near your highest zone, and set your formation to any formation that reduces damage. Wait until you've gained enough stacks and you'd have done it.
This achievement requires you to kill 1 cell in Obliterated2 challenge. Get as much attack as possible, then keep restarting until your first enemy is no longer fast.
Born Imploded Edit
This achievement requires you to complete Imploding Star in 5 minutes. You need to liquify up to about zone 115. You might need to get the Liquidification II mastery to get it. After Liquifying to 125, run a +10 map (level 125) to unlock Bionic Wonderland. Then work up the tiers of Bionic Wonderland until you complete Bionic Wonderland 170. Then run Imploding Star.
A common tactic is to do this the first time you can afford a Tier 8 mastery. Get Liquid 2 to get this achievement, then respec into Void Specialization.
Common Pitfalls and Troubleshooting Edit
If you feel like your problem is of the technical variant, consult the technical issue section below.
Lost Save Edit
- It might have to do with the November 13th Issue. Consult https://www.kongregate.com/forums/11406-general-discussion/topics/941201-if-your-save-is-missing-after-november-13th-click-here
- Something about clearing browser cookies/caches or whatever. Playfab will only keep saves 3 month recent.
- Remember to export and backup often
- Some people have reported losing their saves often. I do not know how this works. Help would be appreciated.
Game Frozen Edit
- You might have the game paused. Check bottom right. Clicking the timer will pause/unpause the game. You most likely have accidentally pressed "spacebar", which pauses the game.
Low Damage/Income Edit
- You might be in the wrong formation. Accidentally pressing hotkeys can switch formations.
- You might not have ran "The Wall for Bounty"
- You might not have enough science for the relevant researches.
- You might not have the right geneticists/geneticistassist settings.
Negative Damage Edit
- A common bug. Refresh the game.
Low Health Edit
- You might not have enough science for the relevant researches.
- Your geneticists might not be working. If you send your trimps out faster than they are breeding, you won't get health bonus from geneticist. This can happen with geneticistassist. Check the health breakdown to see how many geneticists are accounted for.
My trimps aren't breeding Edit
- They might all be working. If they are all assigned as workers, none can breed.
Getting less Helium/Void maps than normal Edit
- You might be using the wrong perk preset, especially if you are using a third party perk calculator.
- You might not have gotten Golden upgrades, or have gotten the wrong golden upgrades.
Giant Setting Menu Taking up Space Edit
- You have the setting menu open. Click "Settings" to close it.
Hotkeys and Keyboard Control Edit
There are multiple hotkeys that can be used instead of clicking. They are usually noted in tooltips. Furthermore, you can use keyboard and mouse together for various things. Some hotkeys are really useful for certain achievements. It should be noted that you might have to click the trimp game before the hotkeys will work.
Basic Zone and Map Control Edit
|A||Autofight||Turn on/off autofight, allowing the trimps to start fighting whenever their population gets full. When Autofight is off, the Trimps will not attack unless you order them to, or unless you turn Autofight back on. (Autofight (Off) is good for Spires)|
|F||Fight||Starts trimps fighting.|
|M||Go to maps/world||Press to toggle between the Maps and the World Screen.|
|R||Repeat on/off for maps||If Repeat is on, the player will restart from the beginning of the map when he completes the last cell of the map. This is only for Maps, and not for the World.|
|Spacebar||Pause/Unpause the game||This is extremely likely to happen by accident. It will look like your game froze.|
The 5 formations can be switched easily with hotkeys. There are 2 sets, and both work the same.
|1, X||X formation|
|2, H||Heap Formation|
|3, D||D formation|
|4, B||B formation|
|5, S||S formation|
|Control Click||Buy Warp with Giga||If you control click when you buy a gigastation, you will attempt to buy as many warpstations as you had with your previous gigastation, or however many you can afford, whichever is lower. The Gigastation button should light up when you do this.|
Stat Valuation Edit
- Nsheetz's Perk Calculator uses Google Docs. Hopefully, someone can provide an up to date link, and explain its usage. And explain whether or not it is up to date. It will give different answers to Grimy's Perk Optimizer.
Perk Questions Edit
Should I get more coordinate perk, even after I have enough to always get all the coordination upgrades? Edit
- Yes. It lowers your army size, which makes it faster to breed your army, which translates to more health.
Perk Distribution Edit
There are certain perks whose effects are compounding/exponential. In other words, getting one level of the perk will always give the same relative improvement, regardless of the current perk level. As such, the relative cost of these perks should remain the same. Since perk costs grow exponentially with the same base, the difference in level between these perks should also remain the same.
The compounding perks are carpentry, resilience, artisantry, and resourcefulness. Coordinated can almost be treated as a compounding perk, even though it is sesqui-exponential.
We take carpentry as our base line. The following is how much 1 level of perk should cost compared to 1 level of carpentry.
|Perk||Relative cost compared to carpentry|
|carpentry||1 times the cost of carpentry (of course)|
|resilience||1/3 times the cost of carpentry|
|artisantry||1/12 times the cost of carpentry|
|resourcefulness||1/12 times the cost of carpentry|
As for the other perks
|Perk||At perk level 0||At perk level 20||At perk level 40|
|Power||1/6 times cost of carpentry||1/12 times cost of carpentry||1/18 times cost of carpentry|
|Toughness||1/6 times cost of carpentry||1/12 times cost of carpentry||1/18 times cost of carpentry|
|Motivation||1/6 times cost of carpentry||1/12 times cost of carpentry||1/18 times cost of carpentry|
|Pheromones||1/6 times cost of carpentry||1/12 times cost of carpentry||1/18 times cost of carpentry|
Finally, coordinated should cost 2-3x the cost of carp, depending on how many coordination you usually buy. As you get into 150+ coordinations, the cost of coordinated should increase relative to the cost of carp. 4-5x becomes the normal later.
As for the other perks, looting should be focused upon, and should definitely cost more than motivation/power/toughness. The perks that can be maxed should eventually be maxed.
Spire Perks Edit
The incremental spire perks should cost a certain proportion of their corresponding normal perks. However, this proportion depends on both the normal perk level and the spire perk level. The ratio of the ideal spire perk cost to normal perk cost is given below. Note that this is not a ratio of the total cost, but the cost of the last level of both perks.
n/20 + 1/5
|Perk level 40||
Perk Level 60
Perk Level 80
|Perk Level 100||Perk Level n|
|Spire Perk Level 0||3/5||4/5||5/5||6/5||
n/20 + 1/5
|Spire Perk level 100||3/10||4/10||5/10||6/10||
n/20 + 1/10
|Spire Perk Level 200||3/15||4/15||5/15||6/15||
n/20 + 1/15
|Spire Perk Level 300||3/20||4/20||5/20||6/20||
n/20 + 1/20
|Spire Perk Level 400||3/25||4/25||5/25||6/25||
n/20 + 1/25
|Spire Perk level 500||3/30||4/30||5/30||6/30||
n/20 + 1/30
|Spire Perk 1000||3/55||4/55||5/55||6/55||
n/20 + 1/55
|Spire Perk level 1500||3/80||4/80||5/80||6/80||
n/20 + 1/80
|Spire Perk level 2000||3/105||4/105||5/105||6/105||
n/20 + 1/105
|Spire Perk level 2500||3/130||4/130||5/130||6/130||
n/20 + 1/130
|Spire Perk level 5000||3/255||4/255||5/255||6/255||
n/20 + 1/255
|Spire Perk level 7500||3/380||4/380||5/380||6/380||
n/20 + 1/380
|Spire Perk Level 10000||3/505||4/505||5/505||6/505||
n/20 + 1/505
|Spire Perk Level m||
The relative cost of Carpentry I and Carpentry II only depends on the level of Carpentry II.
|Carpentry II Level||Cost of Carpentry II Relative to Carpentry I|
The following is a table of the ideal relative cost of Looting I vs Looting II.
|Looting Level 40||Looting Level 60||Looting Level 80||Looting Level 100||Looting Level n|
|Looting II Level 0||3/20||4/20||5/20|
|Looting II Level 100||3/25||4/25||5/25|
|Looting II Level 200||3/30||4/30||5/30|
|Looting II Level 300||3/35||4/35||5/35|
|Looting II Level 400||3/40||4/40||5/40|
|Looting II Level 800||3/60||4/60||5/60|
|Looting II Level 1200||3/80||4/80||5/80|
|Looting II Level 1600||3/100||4/100||5/100|
|Looting II Level 2000||3/120||4/120||5/120|
|Looting II Level 4000||3/220||4/220||5/220|
|Looting II Level 6000||3/320||4/320||5/320|
|Looting II Level 8000||3/420||4/420||5/420|
|Looting II Level m||
Garden Vs Mountain Maps Edit
After the player has completed the Decay Challenge, Garden Maps may be strictly better than Mountain Maps, even if the player is only interested Metal. This only holds when income from chronoimp/jestimp vastly overwhelms income from normal loot. My calculation indicates this holds when chronoimp/jestimp makes up 70% of the loot, assuming all workers are mining metal. Another source, however, indicate that this is 80%. Too lazy to check math; maybe someone else can confirm one way or another?
Either way, assuming no Staff Heirlooms, this occurs roughly when the total motivation multiplier is roughly 400 to 600%. This would for example, correspond to combining a Motivation I level of 40 (3 times), and motivation 2 level of 100 (2 times). If one has a Staff Heirloom, one must multiply the motivation multiplier by Miner Efficiency multiplier, and divide by metal drop multiplier. It should be noted that a 120% metal efficiency represents a 2.2 multiplier.
Even if the player has a multiplier of less than 4, the player should still consider garden. After all, Garden gives both Food and Wood, and one or the other might also be useful.
Personal testing indicates that Garden is significantly better than Mountain for a player with Motivation 46 and motivation II 65. Note that this is not a necessary condition, merely a sufficient condition. Even though Jestimp are not calculated in the in game Metal per second display, Metal loot seems roughly the same or even higher for Garden maps compared to Mountain maps on the display. This is done with roughly equal miner efficiency (120%), and metal loot (144%) on the staff.
Nomenclature and Acronyms Edit
Please keep this in alphabetical order
|AS||Auto Structure||A late game mastery that allow you to automatically build structures.|
|BP||Bone portal||Something you can get with bones. Gives helium.|
|BS# (#=1-3)||Blacksmithery level||A late game Mastery|
|BW# (#=Zone number)||Bionic Wonderland Level #||A unique map. You get the first one at zone 125. You get additional ones by completing the first one, and each one is 15 levels higher.|
|DE||Dark Essence||Unlocked at 180 and used to get masteries|
|DG||Dimensional Generator||A persistent unlock at 230 that generates housing|
|GA||Geneticistassist||Late game Quality of Life thing that controls geneticists|
|DoA||Dimension of Anger||Unlocked at level 20. A unique map that unlocks portal and allows the player to get helium.|
|E#L# (#=0-4, #=1-10)||Evolution #, Level #||Progress for fluffy. Fluffy is unlocked after completing Spire II at zone 300. Fluffy gains levels up to 10, and once at 10, he can evolve.|
|Genes||Geneticists||Unlocked at level 70, reduces breeding rates but gives health.|
|GU||Golden Upgrades||Late game bonus|
|HE, He||Helium||Unlocked at zone 20 after completing Dimension of Anger Map. First and most important persistent resource. Used for perks.|
|HS# (#=1-3)||Headstart level||A late game mastery|
|HZE||Highest Zone Ever||The highest zone the player has reached. Used to bragging, and is used for multiple things|
|LMC||Large Metal Cache||Special modifier for maps. Unlocked late in the game|
|T# (#=1-8)||Mastery tier||Tiers of Mastery.|
|VM||Void Map||Unlocked after 5 runs. Special map that gives helium and heirlooms|
|VMDC||Void Map Drop Chance||This can refer to multiple things, but mainly the "Void Map Drop Chance" modifier on heirlooms. This increases the speed at which you'd get void maps, but not in the way you'd expect.|
Technical Issues Edit
Ignore this section if you are not interested in technical issues.
Where can I find ...? Edit
The Trimps game? Edit
Information about Trimps and the Trimps community? Edit
- This wiki.
- Trimps chat rooms at Kongregate.com (requires login)
- A list of calculators is on this page.
Saving and Exporting Edit
The game is normally saved in your cookies. The game at Kongregate web site (1) and the github/Kong version(2) share the same save file. The other version on github (3) uses a different save file. The game autosaves every few minutes by default. You can turn off autosaving in the settings. If something happens to your cookies, your progress will be lost.
To protect your game progress: Backup! Export and save your progress in a file.
- Click the export button, copy the text (save string), paste it in a simple text file and save it somewhere safe.
The save string is a snapshot of your savefile of the moment you clicked 'Export'. You can import your save string back into the game, and continue from where you were when you exported your save string. To always have a recent backup of your latest progress, do it often.
If the player is logged into Kongregate, she can also save online with PlayFab. The player probably should still have a save file elsewhere.
You can also import your save string onto a different computer, to move your save file. If worst comes to worst, there are save file generator, which can be used to create a save file.
If necessary, ask the people in chatroom 1 on Kongregate. There are people who are willing to help.
My game won't run, or certain elements are missing! Edit
- Have you tried turning it off and on again?
- Try a different browser?
- Check if you can run other Kongregate games.
My game is laggy! Edit
- Have you tried turning it off and on again?
- Refresh? Close your browser, make sure it is closed via task manager, and then reload.
- Do you have too many tabs open?
- Is firefox inspector open? Close it.
- Go to settings; turn off animation and progress bar.
- Try a different browser?
Portal is missing! Edit
- You need to complete the Dimension of Anger (zone 20).
Help! something is wrong Edit
In chatroom 1, there is a player named REDACTED. You can contact him by REDACTED REDACTED and also REDACTED.
Developer, Suggestions, Bug Reports Edit
Who is the developer and how can I contact him? Edit
- The developer is GreenSatellite. Every so often, he comes to room 1 of kongregate trimp chat room. He is also active on the kongregate forums, and on reddit, both of which are linked above.
How do I make suggestions? Edit
- If you need to read a new player guide, why do you feel qualified to make suggestions?
Where can I report a bug? Edit
Supporting The Developer Edit
You can support the developer by buying bones with kreds on kongregate. 75% of the proceed goes to GreenSatellite. 25% of the proceed goes to making greedy people at GameStop fat.
I know of no way to support the developer financially otherwise. Peer pressure GreenSatellite into making a donate page.
Peer Pressure worked. As of 4.6, there is now a donate button on the Github version, but only the Github version. https://trimps.github.io/
The donate button is under Statistics -> Trimp Info.
High Scores Edit
The high score of this game depends on the highest zone you've reached, and the highest cell you've reached in that game. The last two digits in High Score correspond to the number of cells you've completed in the highest zone you've been in. The other digits correspond to the highest zone you've been in.
ex. A High Score of 10233 means that a player has reached zone 102, and has completed 33 cells of that zone.
High Score? What High score? Edit
- You have to be playing on Kongregate, with a Kongregate account.
My High Score is inaccurate! Edit
- Kongregate High Score submission is notoriously bad.
Holy crap, someone has reached zone 700? Edit
- Kongregate High Score is filled with hackers/cheaters.
This guide was originally written to stop the onslaught of questions akin to "What do gems do?". The goal of this guide essentially has not changed. It hopes to stop the cancerous growth of Help Vampires.
I highly recommend a reading of that page. In short, a help vampire is a person who would ask others to solve their problem rather than googling a solution, or a person who asks an impossible question (what is the optimal way to play this game?) and expects step by step help.
These people create tiresome conversations that drives away the experts, and ultimately results in a community full of shallow discourses.
To combat this problem, I have created this guide, which I hope to be a all-inclusive library of knowledge. Essentially, I hope it will be something like the Trimp StackExchange: a library of knowledge that is not hidden, not behind a paywall, and not filled with useless discourses (except jokes).
You can help by doing the following:
- Reading the page on Help Vampires, and following its suggestions.
- Do not enable Help Vampires by answering their questions. Instead, link them to this page.
- Post questions that you frequently see in the comment section.
- Keep this guide up to date.
- Help link pages to this guide.
To Do List Edit
- Add info about Map options
- Add info about stopping at poison zones
- Add info about golden upgrade/void/helium if not already there
- TLDR version?
- add info about ice being useless at higher levels
- add info about autonursery
- add info about spire 4 when I get to it
- ↑ http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DeathOfTheAuthor
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Child_Left_Behind_Act
- ↑ http://kongregate.wikia.com/wiki/Chat_rooms
- ↑ http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/guide
- ↑ http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/faq
- ↑ https://www.reddit.com/r/incremental_games/comments/3fy8ug/can_we_try_and_define_what_an_incremental_game_is/
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_fate_of_the_universe
- ↑ https://www.reddit.com/r/Trimps/comments/43c3e9/infinite_helium_but_cant_get_past_z594/
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laziness
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_impairment
- ↑ Discussion with Tonton1964, Killer_of_cows ; and https://grabarz19.github.io/TrimpsVoidCalculator/
- ↑ http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/china-population/
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generator_(mathematics)
- ↑ https://www.reddit.com/r/Trimps/comments/6mopxf/best_ratios_of_upgrade_and_stack_transfer_for/
- ↑ https://htmlpreview.github.io/?https://github.com/slothario/heliumadder/blob/master/index.html