Certain items and familiars, notably Items-of-the-Month from Mr. Store, let you copy a monster while fighting it in order to fight it multiple times without having to encounter it normally. This page documents the most effective monsters to target with this ability. Copying is often combined with fax machine strategy to produce multiple copies of enemies that can't be accessed normally. In addition to a copy per day, the alpine watercolor set persists between ascensions and can replace fax targets. The genie bottle is a new Standard-legal source of up to 3 "faxes" per day.
Copying these monsters saves the maximum number of turns.
|ninja snowman assassin||Level 8 quest||Both||2||Saves several turns vs. finding three assassins normally.|
|writing desk||Spookyraven Manor Quest||Both||1+4||Allows skipping The Haunted Kitchen, The Haunted Billiards Room, and The Haunted Library. Requires a genie bottle to grab the initial fight.|
|lobsterfrogman||Level 12 (Beach)||Both||1+4||Saves ~4-5 turns per barrel (in HC).|
|Ghost||digital key||Both||1+5||Much less of a headache than looking for bloopers. Requires a genie bottle to grab the initial fight.|
|dirty thieving brigand||Level 12 (Nuns trick)||Both||1||Saves 8 turns by finishing the Nuns quest as a Frat before touching the Battlefield.|
Situational / Path Specific
These faxes are relevant on specific challenge paths, and are only optimal under specific conditions.
|Screambat||Level 4 quest||Both||2||If your challenge path prevents the use of the sonar-in-a-biscuit (e.g. Bees Hate You, G-Lover), copying Screambats serves as a preferable alternative to hunting them down manually.|
|Bob Racecar or Racecar Bob||Level 11 (Palindome)||Both||Unknown||If your challenge path prevents the use of the disposable instant camera (e.g. Bees Hate You, G-Lover), copying either monster allows you to obtain the photograph of a dog faster than hunting it down manually.|
If you need other things to copy, consider these monsters.
|Witchess monsters||Free scaling fights, delay-burning (when arrowed), epic food/booze or potion||Both||(lots)||Fighting copied Witchess monsters does not consume a turn, just like the originals. Each copy gives free stats, and (if encountered in a zone other than your inventory) can also help advance quests. Warning: Only Knights, Bishops, and Rooks are meaningfully copyable!|
|giant swarm of ghuol whelps||Level 7 quest||Both||~2||Saves a few turns in The Defiled Cranny vs. finding the noncombat manually. If copying these with an arrow, it can be tricky to line up your +ML correctly.|
|modern zmobie||Level 7 quest||Both||4||Saves a few turns in The Defiled Alcove vs. cranking +init and finding them manually.|
|mountain man||Level 8 quest||Both||1||Provides an alternate way to collect ore (vs. clovers and Unaccompanied Miner). Requires a fax or similar source if you're not an Avatar of Boris.|
|pygmy bowler||Level 11 (City)||Both||4||Saves a few turns in The Hidden Bowling Alley vs. Olfacting the bowler.|
|gaudy pirate||Level 11 (Palindome)||Both||1||Guarantees that the second gaudy key will take exactly one turn.|
- In Hardcore, you can copy by using the special ability of the Obtuse Angel or Reanimated Reanimator (which are mutually exclusive), from a LOV Enamorang, or from the Digitize skill.
- Bosses and most other special monsters cannot be copied.
|Rankings:||HC Skills - HC Familiars - HC IotMs|
|General:||Class selection - Familiar usage - Semi-rares - Clovers|
|Paths:||BHY - Fist - AoB - BI - ZS - AoJ - BIG! - KOLHS - CA2 - AoSP - SS - HR - Picky - Ed - Random - AoWoL - Source - NA - GN - LtA - L.A.R. - PF - G-Lover|
|IotMs:||Tomes - Faxing - Copying - YR - Garden - Correspondent - Workshed - Tea party - Florist|