Kisses are earned (and lost) by defeating (and being defeated by) monsters in the Dreadsylvania clan dungeon. The number of kisses earned per fight is an indicator of the difficulty setting for that zone in that instance. The fights start out at one kiss difficulty, and get harder with each banish of elements (NOT monster types) from the zone, up to six kisses. This difficulty modifier is multiplicative, which effectively means that for bosses, one gains from 100 to 600 kisses. This number is doubled if the hard mode is fought.
The number of kisses that are awarded (or removed) after each fight cannot be lowered, only increased. The final setting for kisses-per-fight in a zone will set the difficulty for the boss fight in that zone.
The number of kisses earned across the whole dungeon instance is theorised to affect how many consumables the boss drops. The number of kisses earned in a dungeon instance is shown in the clan logs and is used for ranking runs in the leaderboard. A perfect run at the hardest difficulty earns 21,600 kisses in all; 3000 monsters at 6 kiss is 18,000 + three bosses at 1200 kisses each.
The number of kisses earned by an individual player is not shown anywhere, but is logged by the game and used to determine eligibility for the kissing trophy.
Upon victory in battle there is a message indicating your kiss gains:
- A buxom wench gives you a kiss on the cheek, not that you are or aren't into that kind of thing.
- A Dreadsylvanian grandpa gives you a kiss
- A grateful Dreadsylvanian baby gives you a kiss on the cheek, which is adorable.
- A lusty Dreadsylvanian wench gives you a kiss on the cheek, whether or not that's your thing.
- A strapping young stable boy with flowing raven locks gives you a kiss on the cheek, which is either delightful or confusing depending on your preferences, which we don't presume to judge.
- An adorable Dreadsylvanian tyke gives you a kiss on the cheek, then goes back to licking an over-sized lollipop.
- An adorable Dreadsylvanian urchin gives you a grateful kiss on the cheek.
- An elderly Dreadsylvanian groundskeeper gives you a grateful kiss on the cheek. You ask that next time he just give you a potted plant or something.
- An old Dreadsylvanian grandma gives you a kiss on the cheek.
- The grateful Dreadsylvanian blacksmith gives you a kiss on the cheek. Must be some kind of adorable foreign custom.
The multi-kiss ones are the same except for "a kiss" being replaced with "2 kisses" or "3 kisses", etc.
And upon defeat there is are kiss loss messages; note that regardless of difficulty, kisses are only lost in singles:
- A Dreadsylvanian waif walks up to you, jumps up, and smacks you on the cheek, canceling a previous kiss.
- A grizzled Dreadsylvanian groundskeeper smacks you with one work-hardened palm, cancelling out a previous kiss.
- A hulking Dreadsylvanian blacksmith smacks you right across the face, canceling out a previous kiss. Thankfully, he didn't hit you at full strength.
- A pious Dreadsylvanian priest smacks you right on the face, canceling out a previous kiss. Then he prays for forgiveness.
- A studly Dreadsylvanian stable boy smacks you on the face, canceling out a previous kiss. "I thought you were going to help us, bro," he mumbles.
- A winsome Dreadsylvanian lass sidles up and smacks you on the face, canceling a previous kiss. Well, you winsome, you lose some.
- An adorable Dreadsylvanian tot asks you to lean over so she can tell you a secret, then smacks you across the face, canceling out a previous kiss.
- The Dreadsylvanian baker smacks you right in the face, canceling a previous kiss but making a hilarious cloud of flour.
- The Dreadsylvanian florist stalks up and smacks you in the face, canceling a previous kiss and leaving a green smudge from his thumb.