G-Lover/Strategy

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This guide will provide some additional information to aid with a G-Lover ascension.

Astral Consumables & Equipment

Astral options are greatly limited in this challenge path. Of the two consumables, only the astral hot dog remains usable. Between equipment, choices are limited to the astral bludgeon, astral longbow and astral ring. The weapons are two-handed, so if they're used, a KoL Con 13 snowglobe can't be equipped, which probably leaves the ring as the only decent choice, if only for quality of life. If you try to take G-less astral consumables or astral pets, you'll get a warning before you re-enter the Kingdom for a G-Lover run.

Moon Sign

The moon sign of choice is less clear this time around, for each moon sign contributes something unique to your ascension.

Classes

  • Only active skills are subject to the G limitation. You still have your passive skills, even if you don't love them.

Seal Clubber

  • This class is the most recommended choice for this challenge path.
  • Muscle-based combat remains viable, allowing victory without using any skills.
  • Powerful active skills remain available in this path.
  • A seal clubber wielding a club and using a smack will always hit.
  • Muscle classes convey full benefits from The Tunnel of L.O.V.E. equipment.
  • Madame Zatara’s Relationship Fortune Teller daily Muscle buff remains usable with a VIP Key.
  • Class-specific - Infernal Seals can be summoned daily due to all figurines being usable, allowing for some free fights and substats.
  • Relevant active skills
    • Lunge Smack lets SC automatically hit with clubs (such as your starter weapon, or other clubs available) for the low low cost of 1 MP.
    • Tongue of the Walrus is one of the only two healing skills for this path. And can remove negative effects, not that most of the effects it can remove have Gs anyway.
    • Lunging Thrust-Smack is a smack, costs 8MP. For seal clubbers wielding a club it auto hits, if not wielding a club it increases hit chance as if you had +30% mus. SC also get triple their buffed weapon damage (including strength bonus and elemental damage). For other classes it only triples the weapon's base damage.
    • Rage of the Reindeer buffs mus +10% and weapon damage +10 at the cost of 1 MP/adv

Turtle Tamer

  • Muscle-based combat remains viable, allowing victory without using any skills.
  • Doesn't have any active combat skills during this path. Relying entirely on permed skills or basic attacks.
  • Blessings remain available for their base bonus, but the combat skill effects they give can't be used. Other classes cannot benefit from them in this path since other classes get Disdain instead of Blessing.
  • Muscle classes convey full benefits from The Tunnel of L.O.V.E. equipment.
  • Madame Zatara’s Relationship Fortune Teller daily Muscle buff remains usable with a VIP Key.
  • Class-specific - While Turtle Taming still works, very few turtles or effects contain Gs.
  • Relevant active skills:
  • Relevant passive Skills:

Pastamancer

Sauceror

Disco Bandit

Accordion Thief

Quest Progression

Level 4

Level 5

Level 7

Level 9

Consider spending all 3 of your starting Gs on the congealer on your first G-Lover ascension, and then buy glue with Gs earned in subsequent runs.

Level 10

Level 11

Level 12

Naughty Sorceress' Lair

  • For fighting your shadow, you should use gauze garters primarily. You can finish it off using 5 picked up during the island war, or fewer depending on other allowed healing items and your ability to survive extra rounds of this fight. Plan accordingly! You will run into significant problems otherwise, especially in hardcore. Red pixel potions and filthy poultices both do not work, and plaid bandages cannot be crafted. The only real alternatives are green pixel potions (only viable with funkslinging, and you will still need 8 of them) and scented massage oil (unreliably acquirable semi-rare).
    • Doc Galaktik sells healing items with his glorious name, but not his Ailment Ointment. What he does sell is only good for a final bit of plinking.

Mr. Store Items

The functionality of many Mr. Store items have been impacted by the dependence on Gs, rendering some especially important, while some others become greatly inhibited as a result.

Note that this list only includes items that are in standard at the time when this challenge was restricted as such.


  • Clan VIP Lounge key - It still remains effective, but some of the more recent furniture additions have lost some of their effectiveness.
  • Rockin' Robin - This IotY does not function at all in this challenge path.
  • Optimistic Candle - This IotY does not function at all in this challenge path.
  • Garbage Fire - Although the burning newspaper is still usable to provide some decent equipment (all of which are usable due to being burning), none of the consumables are usable.
  • KoL Con 13 snowglobe - Although unreliable, you may get lucky and get some good food/booze, which can be hard to come by in hardcore. The minor substat bonuses don't hurt either, especially since there aren’t many good choices for off-hand items.
  • Potted tea tree - While the path is under Standard restrictions, tea is not usable, but autoselling the tea from shaking is good for 90 Meat per day.

Familiars

The most valuable familiars for this challenge path are likely as followed. Note that even if the familiar contains a 'G', its functionality may be limited depending on the effects / items it provides.

  • Jumpsuited Hound Dog - Provides the most substantial item drop bonus available to a familiar in this path, as well a source of increased combat frequency that might be otherwise difficult to acquire.
  • Slimeling - Between item drops, equipment pickpocketing and MP restoration, it is a useful, well-rounded familiar. Note that the slime stack cannot be used in this path.
  • Gelatinous Cubeling - All of its drops that speed up the Daily Dungeon are fully functional in this path.
  • Intergnat - The Internet Meme Shop can be accessed via /go meme. However, your choices are limited to the gallon of milk and daily dungeon malware, yet both of which are valuable in speed ascension regardless. The Intergnat also provides item drops, MP restoration, demon summoning components and a buff that decreases combat frequency via Rational Thought., making it a solid choice for most of the ascension.
  • Disgeist - If you are having trouble decreasing combat frequency, this familiar can be of use.
  • God Lobster - Provides a great variety of functionality, and given that all of its items and effects revolve around the God Lobster, they remain fully functional in this challenge path (with the exception of the Dish of Clarified Butter, not that it has much utility anyway).
  • Cat Burglar - In particular, it is the only full-weight leprechaun-type familiar available for this path. The heist mechanic is also useful in many areas.

List of available familiars

Note that this list only includes familiars that are in standard at the time when this challenge path was restricted as such.

# Familiar Type Full Effect Availability Notes
3 Familiar3.gif Levitating Potato Combat Blocks attacks Created / Mall
4 Familiar4.gif Angry Goat Combat Attacks enemies Created / Mall
9 Familiar9.gif Howling Balloon Monkey Combat Attacks enemies, restores MP Created / Mall Only acts when weight is at least 11 lb.
11 Familiar11.gif Grue Combat Attacks enemies, restores MP Strange leaflet Does not act if the moons are too bright.
14 Familiar14.gif Ghuol Whelp Combat Restores HP/MP after combat Created / Mall
15 Familiar15.gif Baby Gravy Fairy Items Increases item drops Created / Mall
18 Familiar18.gif Hovering Sombrero Stats Increases stat gains from fights based on the monster's ML. Created / Mall
19 Familiar19.gif Ghost Pickle on a Stick Combat Attacks & delevels enemies Created / Mall
21 Familiar21.gif Whirling Maple Leaf Combat Attacks, restores MP after combat Created / Mall
32 Familiar32.gif Clockwork Grapefruit Combat Attacks enemies Created / Mall
33 Familiar33.gif MagiMechTech MicroMechaMech Combat Attacks enemies Created / Mall
34 Familiar34.gif Flaming Gravy Fairy Items + Combat Increases item drops, attacks enemies Created / Untradable Possible reward from Summon a Mushroom Familiar.
35 Familiar35.gif Frozen Gravy Fairy Items + Combat Increases item drops, attacks enemies Created / Untradable Possible reward from Summon a Mushroom Familiar.
36 Familiar36.gif Stinky Gravy Fairy Items + Combat Increases item drops, attacks enemies Created / Untradable Possible reward from Summon a Mushroom Familiar.
37 Sgfairy.gif Spooky Gravy Fairy Items + Combat Increases item drops, attacks enemies Created / Untradable Acquired from mushroom farming.
49 Slgfairy.gif Sleazy Gravy Fairy Items + Combat Increases item drops, attacks enemies Created / Untradable Acquired from mushroom farming.
51 Chatteeth.gif Wind-up Chattering Teeth Combat Attacks enemies Created / Mall A gift item.
60 Crane1.gif Origami Towel Crane Combat Blocks attacks, absorbs damage Created / Mall
69 Hounddog.gif Jumpsuited Hound Dog Items + Special Increases item drops, increases combat frequency Created / Untradable Must be purchased from the Bounty Hunter Hunter for 100 filthy lucre.
71 Ragimp.gif Ragamuffin Imp Combat Attacks enemies Created / Untradable Acquired from the Summoning Chamber
81 Megadrone.gif El Vibrato Megadone Combat Varied combat functionality depending on programming Created / Untradable Acquired from El Vibrato Island, and requires El Vibrato punchcards to tune its functionality. Does nothing otherwise.
86 Cheezblob.gif Pet Cheezling Combat Restores HP/MP after combat Created / Untradable
104 Dragonfishfam.gif Magic Dragonfish Special Increases spell damage Created / Mall
  • Can breathe underwater.
  • More effective underwater.
106 Midgetclownfish.gif Midget Clownfish Combat Attacks enemies, restores MP Created / Mall
  • Can breathe underwater.
  • More effective underwater.
108 Grinturtle.gif Grinning Turtle Stats Increases stat gains from fights Created / Mall
112 Slimeling.gif Slimeling Items + Special Increases item drops (especially equipment), restores MP when fed Untradable
116 Grouper2.gif Grouper Groupie Items Increases item drops Created / Mall Can breathe underwater.
142 Smilerat.gif Smiling Rat Stats Increases stat gains from fights Created / Mall
163 Talkskull.gif Hovering Skull Stats + Combat Increases stat gains from fights, attacks enemies Created / Untradable Obtainable from a Zombie Slayer ascension.
171 Gcube.gif Gelatinous Cubeling Items + Combat + Special Increases item drops, delevels enemies, drops items after combat Created / Mall
  • Drops items that reduce adventure cost in the Daily dungeon.
  • Some miscellaneous item drops are not usable in this path.
175 Mechbird.gif Mechanical Songbird Items Increases item drops Created / Mall More effective in Dreadsylvania.
180 Smguy.gif Miniature Sword & Martini Guy Stats + Combat Increases stat gains from monsters, attacks enemies Untradable Acquired from an anniversary gift box after playing for 11 years.
203 Intergnat.gif Intergnat Items + Special Increases item drops, drops BACON and provides greatly varied functionality Mr. Store Functionality is somewhat limited in this challenge path; most Internet Meme Shop items are not usable.
203 Softwarebug.gif Software Bug Nothing Does nothing Created / Mall
206 Tottot.gif Trick-or-Treating Tot Combat + Special Restores HP/MP after combat, wears costumes for additional benefits Mr. Store Functionality is severely limited in this challenge path; only two mediocre costumes are usable.
214 Dumpsterfire.gif Garbage Fire Items + Combat + Special Increases item drops, restores HP/MP after combat, drops various items Mr. Store Functionality is somewhat limited in this challenge path; only its burning newspaper drop is usable.
262 Pokefam48.gif Disgeist Special Decreases Combat Frequency Created / Mall
266 Godlob.gif God Lobster Stats + Special Increases stat gains from monsters, provides free fights and other potential abilities Mr. Store Fully functional in this challenge path, except for the Dish of Clarified Butter.
267 Catburglar.gif Cat Burglar Items + Meat + Special Increases meat drops, item drops, and can grab items from defeated monsters Mr. Store Fully functional in this challenge path.

Softcore Pulls

While most pulls that work for softcore speed ascension strategies remain viable, there are some particular pulls that are ideal to cover some of G-Lover's deficits.

  • blessed rustproof +2 gray dragon scale mail: If you do not have a genie bottle, this shirt can be pulled to provide quality of life and elemental resistance for some particular tasks.
  • bomb of unknown origin: Removes 10 zeppelin protesters without killing the one you are fighting. Cranking ML allows multiples to be used in a single fight, removing many from the zone.
    • Alternatively, consider pulling lynyrd gear. The fastest possible Red Zepplin involves using 4 clovers while wearing three pieces of gear with the musky effect. This takes a lot of pulls, though.
  • crude oil congealer: Unlike other G-Mart items, this one is not a quest item. If collected and stored during previous runs, it can be pulled to save your Gs for other uses.
  • gallon of milk: If you do not have an Intergnat, this 15-fullness awesome beverage can be consumed to fill your stomach with a single pull. The associated debuff, while bothersome, is manageable.
  • gravy boat : As the cornucopia cannot be used, this hat can be pulled to speed up the Undefile the Cyrpt Quest.
  • hacked gibson: As Extract cannot be used, these can be pulled as one of the best drinks available for this path.
  • mafia middle finger ring: An accessory that allows you to Show them your ring, a 60 turn banish (which does not take an adventure) that can be used once per day. Helps in varying locations, such as the Junkyard.
  • Numberwang: An accessory that gives +11 monster level, which can help with levelling as well as areas such as the Oil Peak. Also gives HP/MP regeneration, maximum HP/MP, combat initiative, and 5 rollover adventures.
  • ring of conflict: An accessory that reduces combat frequency by 5%, which can help if you are unable to reach -25% otherwise.
  • stuffing fluffer: As the cornucopia cannot be used, this can be pulled and used to speed up the Mysterious Island Quest in quantities up to 28.

Miscellaneous Advice

Reliable Sources of Combat Frequency Modulation

-Combat:


+Combat:

Monster Level

Although many ways to get Monster Level are unavailable, there are still a few ways to hit 82 for a wine bomb or 100 for Oil Peak, although doing so is essentially restricted to IOTMs only.

Ascension Strategy
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 - DD
IotMs: Tomes - Faxing - Copying - YR - Garden - Correspondent - Workshed - Tea party - Florist