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You'll first encounter Minions in the Midgame stage, as you head towards factory. At first, Minions will provide a steady stream of SP. You'll likely unlock White Knight and Dark Wizard, followed by the Stone Golem, Skeleton and then Slime Monster. Three minions (White Knight, Skeleton and Wizard) have ascension tree skill upgrades which will give CPS bonuses based on the level of the associated minion.
After unlocking Divinities in the Ascension Tree, you'll be able to earn Divinity Points (DP) by prestiging Minions and purchasing additional upgrades. These can dramatically boost gameplay when used appropriately.
Later, you'll be able to craft the Book of Death Pact, which unlocks Dark Divinities. These are toggleable effects which cost DP, and which provide a gain and a loss. For instance, Dark Projectiles will cost 140 DP and will dramatically increase the SP gained by the bow, while also dramatically slowing the bows fire rate. Dark Divinities are a valuable late game addition.
Basic Minion Strategy:
Follow the tier list in purchasing Minions, and level minions as aggressively as possible. Not only will these soon provide SP income, but you're also paving the way to great DP benefits after unlocking Divinities.
At first, you'll feel like you're wasting SP by leveling your minions. Initially, they cost a lot more than they bring in! But remember, you never waste SP, as lifetime earned SP contributes to your CPS boost and Soul Reaper benefits. So, instead of wasting SP, think of it as investing SP.
You'll also find yourself ascending a bit more rapidly as you need constant SP to send your minions on quests. This is normal.
At this stage, there is no notification option for minion mission completion. If you want to be as efficient as possible, you should chose a multi-timer app and set timers for the minions. You want to level them as quickly and as efficiently as possible, especially to maximize DP gain (below). Many players have found using timers to be effective and helpful.
Basic Minion Prestige Strategy:
When you first unlock Divinities (200,000 SP), you'll want to prestige - or reset - all your minions immediately. The best basic strategy here is to prestige minions whenever your Dark Wizard is max level. This will likely be the case as soon as you unlock Divinities, and you might initially balk at immediately prestiging your minions. But do it anyway! Every max-level quest you send a minion on is a wasted Divinity Point (you're already losing DP from your Stone Golem), and DP is incredibly valuable, especially late game. Prestige those minions!
Keep in mind that there are ascension skills that boost CpS based on Minion levels. Prestiging your minions will cause you to lose those CpS boosts. Midgame, however, you're focused on SP gain and not CpS.
Later, you'll unlock The Chosen One and Perfect Prestige. The Chosen One allows you to individually prestige your minions for 80% DP, and Perfect Prestige makes that 100%. Ideally, hold off resetting any of your minions until you have Perfect Prestige (it's tough to waste DP), but if you're a long way from 2.5 million SP and you have a max level minion, reset it!
Once you've unlocked both, the basic strategy is always prestige any max level minion. The only exemption might be Stone Golem, who maxes every 3 levels. Some players prestige him at level 2, knowing that they might forget, request, and then remember at level 3. This is better than forgetting at level 3 and wasting a day (and the 1 DP you'd gain). It's a slight strategy, but it might be worthwhile.
Divinities are game boosts purchased by Divinity Points. Consult the Divinity Tier List for some direction.
Unlike SP, you can reset your Divinities, for a cost of 20 DP. While that's costly - that's 20 DP you've lost forever - it can be helpful to use as Divinities are expensive and you'll only be able to afford a few select Divinities at a time, for a while.
Divinities will help for a while during your very first play through of the Ascension Tree, but shortly after purchasing Divinities, you'll find yourself thinking about Ultra Ascension. Luckily, after UA, there is a new node on the tree called "Blessing of Cronus" (only 50 SP) which will give you access to your previous Divinities long before unlocking it on the tree. When purchasing Divinities, keep in mind which will help both now, and in the early stages of your next UA.
There are generally three camps in regards to the best Divinity Strategy:
|Strategy:||Divinities (in order):||Notes:|
|Max SP||Wind Waker, Ultra Instinct||Only for active players. Dramatically increases SP gain for active, bow players.|
|Max Random Chance||Specialist, Emeralds, Less Coins More Fun, Golden Apple||Increases the chances of chaining random box buffs.|
|Max DP||Improved Work Benefits, Work Benefits,||Speeds the gain of DP, and allows for an effective late game strategy.|
Situations might vary, but it's likely the best strategy is to purchase Wind Waker and Ultra Instinct first to maximize SP gain. Both are considered essential Divinities to carry through a UA as well.
It's likely that before you purchase both, you'll be Ultra Ascending. After that, purchase your Max DP and other Divinities suggested in the tier list, and go from there.
Others purchase Improved Work Benefits and Work Benefits first, and then work the other two strategies as needed. Owning these two Divinites means the Skeleton and White Knight finish quests in under 2 hours, and the Goo Mutant finishes in less than 3 hours (under the Daily Bonus time). This is a big gain to DP earning. However, you sacrifice significant SP gain at a time you really benefit from it. For this reason, it's recommended to always start with Wind Waker and Ultra Instinct before any other Divinities.
Ultra Prestige Strategy:
As you get close to an Ultra Ascension, plan to use the Ultra Ascension (a 450 DP Divinity) prestige strategy to get a major Divinity Point boost. When you purchase Ultra Prestige, you'll get two divinity points for every minion level you automatically reset when Ultra Ascending. You'll arguably need 490 total Divinity Points to use Ultra Prestige (20 to reset your DP, 450 to purchase the divinity, and 20 to leave unclaimed to reset your Divinities again after UA and purchasing Blessing of Cronus), but you should certainly have that many by your second Ultra Ascension.
Remember, you don't want to leave a minion at max level (you're losing DP). So plan ahead and prestige minions in this order to have them all reach max together, right before you UA. While executing this guide, continue prestiging all max minions as normal.
- Prestige Goo Mutant and regularly send it on missions.
- When Goo gets to level 33, prestige White Knight and continue regularly sending on missions.
- When Goo gets to level 50, prestige your Skeleton and keep sending.
- When Goo gets to level 64, it's Wizard's time. Keep sending.
- Finally, a day or so before you're ready to UA, prestige your Stone Golem.
Using this strategy should land most of your minions at or close to max all at the same time. If you're able to set timers and set the minions out perfectly, it should take just about 12 days to max all minions. In reality, it would likely take more like a month to fully max. But, as long as you can cover the reset costs of purchasing and removing Ultra Prestige (40 DP) in the gains, it's worth using Ultra Prestige every time you Ultra Ascend.
Credit to @D' and @treinenfreak in the Discord community for the math for this strategy.