Copying

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Some monsters are too scary to copy, and some are too special to copy - which ones are which? See talk page for more info

Copying is a mechanic that was initially added to the game with the Spooky Putty sheet in January 2009. The mechanic allows you to copy a monster while fighting it, allowing you to later refight it, the only exceptions to this being the fax machine, which will let you copy a monster someone else has fought, and Rain Man, which will let you fight a monster that you have previously encountered. Copying can be used to easily farm items, or to bypass daily caps on fighting certain monsters.

Just about all non-boss monsters in the game can be copied, but even some non-bosses are exempt.

Methods of Copying

Source Monster Item Daily Limit Notes
Sputtysheet.gif
Spooky Putty sheet
Sputtycopy.gif
Spooky Putty monster
5-6 Shared limit: five with one item, six with both
Raindohbox.gif
Rain-Doh black box
Raindohboxfull.gif
Rain-Doh box full of monster
Printscreen.gif
print screen button
Screencapmonster.gif
screencapped monster
None Obtained by using the SPEND link on BACON dropped by the Intergnat. Costs 111 BACON to obtain with a limit of 1 obtainable per day.
Copier.gif
portable photocopier
or Clan fax machine
Photocopy.gif
photocopied monster
1
  • The photocopier can create a single new copy.
  • Any photocopied monster can be put into a fax machine.
  • The fax machine can produce unlimited copies.
Camera.gif
4-d camera
Camera.gif
shaking 4-d camera
1 Can be used in Bad Moon
Camera.gif
crappy camera
Camera.gif
shaking crappy camera
1 Has a 50% chance of failing
Icesculpt.gif
unfinished ice sculpture
Icesculpt2.gif
ice sculpture
1 Obtained by using 3 snow berries and 3 ice harvest from the Winter Garden.
Briefcase.gif
alpine watercolor set
N/A 1
Taffy3.gif
pulled green taffy
Roe.gif
envyfish egg
1 Works underwater only
Rainman.gif
Rain Man
N/A None Costs 50 drops of rain to cast, and will, then, begin combat with a monster of your choice. This monster must have been encountered in any Heavy Rains run and/or have been examined at least casually.
Clayhomunc.gif
sticky clay homunculus
Claymonster.gif
crude monster sculpture
None
Crayonshavings.gif
crayon shavings
Waxbugbear.gif
wax bugbear
None Only works against Bugbear Invasion challenge path bugbears
Timespinner.gif
Time-Spinner
N/A (3) Costs 3 Time-Spinner minutes (10 minutes available per day). The monster must have been fought recently enough to still be in the combat adventure queue.
Gbottle open.gif
genie bottle
N/A 3 Using either the Genie bottle or Pocket wish allows you to wish to fight any copy-able monster (limited to wishing for 3 fights per day).
Whitecard.gif
pocket wish

Notes

  • Combat against a copy does not technically take place in the zone from which the monster originated. For instance, a copy of a monster from an underwater zone can be fought without suffering any penalties associated with fighting underwater, and does not require underwater breathing methods for you or your familiar.
  • The copied monster can be summoned and fought even if you are falling-down drunk, as long as you aren't out of adventures. This is because it invokes combat.php directly instead of adventure.php.
  • The daily limit works slightly differently for Spooky Putty/Rain-Doh than the other items. With Spooky Putty/Rain-Doh, you can make only five copies per day, whereas with the others you can fight only one copy per day. This distinction can be important if you keep the copy overnight, or use a fax machine.
  • If you possess both the Spooky Putty and the Rain-Doh, the shared counter for copying increases to 6 if both are used on the same day.
  • The dirty thieving brigand can be copied, but his meat is still collected by the nuns even after the quest is completed. This does, however, allow you to complete the nun's quest and gain access to their services even after the war is over -- or even before you've unlocked them in the first place. (This is the "nuns trick", and it saves 8 turns on most runs.)
  • Fighting copied ducks from McMillicancuddy's Farm after the war will count against your daily limit. However, you can continue to fight copied ducks past this limit. (That is, if your limit is 10 ducks, and you fight 5 copied ducks first, you can then only fight 5 more ducks at the Farm. However, if you fight all 10 ducks at the farm first, you can then fight 5 more copied ducks as well.)

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