Early Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Use this period to familiarize yourself with the ascension tree and general game mechanics. Make use of the Ascension Tier List when making decisions about the order in which to spend your Slayer Points. This period ends when you unlock the Bow and minions in the Ascension Tree, and have unlock the Gloves equipment, which should come at about the same time you get the minions.
One thing to quickly wrap your head around as you play is that both coins and, quickly in the game, souls earned increase every time you ascend. Your banked Slayer Points increase your bonus Coin Per Second (CPS) earning dramatically, and after unlocking Soul Reaper, every slayer point increases the number of souls you earn as well. Each Slayer Point you get, you need four more souls to get a Slayer Point, so it is a good strategy to Ascend often. The game is a little deceptive: coins seem like the thing you want. Ultimately, they’re not: you want Slayer Points.
Equipment - Unlock equipment to increase your Coin Per Second (CPS) earning. Each equipment item can be upgraded when they reach level 10, and then every multiple of 50 afterwards. Each of those upgrades will add 100% earning to that item at this stage in the game, so upgrade as often as possible. Your most recently purchased equipment will be doing the heavy lifting for CPS gain, so focus there.
Be aware, however, that certain items will contain gameplay boosts at various levels. The equipment levels you'll want to reach at this stage for these upgrades are:
- Sword, Lvl 300
- Shield, Lvl 200
- Armor, Lvl 50
- Helmet, Lvl 150
- Boots, Lvl 200
For the complete list, consult this page.
In addition, depending on what you’ve unlocked in the ascension tree, your sword, dagger and axe will be giving you a bonus for every level. Upgrade these three as high as possible if the corresponding weapon's Edge upgrade is unlocked.
Minions/Bow - Which upgrade should you get first? This is a controversial question, with some people saying the bow and others saying minions. The Bow is really good for active players, while Minions are good for not so active players. If, on average, you play for less than 30 minutes a day, then get the White Knight and Dark Wizard before the Bow. If you play between 30 minutes to an hour, get the White Knight then the Bow. And if you play for more than an hour a day, get the Bow before the Minions.
Quests - Throughout the game, quests will help level up your slayer and progress the game. Click here for a complete list. After finishing tier 0 and 1 in the Ascension tier list, start focusing on quests. This will mean using the portal regularly. You should attempt to be finished with Advanced Quests by the time you complete this stage in the game.
Portals - You’ll likely use the portal regularly after finishing tier 0 and 1. Consult this guide regarding portal cycles.
Farming - Generally speaking, you don’t need to consider farming Slayer Points or coins at this stage in the game. Focusing on quests will progress your SP gain well enough, and SP gain will drive coin gain. But, the best SP map at this stage is likely the Haunted Mansion, and the best coin stage is likely the Jungle.