Tea party strategy
Tea party buffs that are both useful and easy to attain in Hardcore.
Hats are listed in roughly the order they're encountered during a run. Utility for a given hat/buff combo depends on both the hat and the buff. A buff may be listed more than once if multiple hats provide it or if there are multiple sources for the hat.
Speed Ascension Buffs
Buffs that directly help with quests or otherwise lower your turncount, and whose hats can be acquired without spending turns in non-quest zones.
|pail||Monster Level +20||Pretentious Artist Quest||Moxie classes who want the Still will spend turns in the Alley anyway. Also worthwhile in HCO or Fist runs.|
|Ninja Snowman Janitor||If you do the ninjas for level 8|
|filthy knitted dread sack||+40% Meat from Monsters||Filthy Hippy Disguise||Used for the Nuns|
|reinforced beaded headband||+5 Familiar Weight||Mysterious Island Quest||Used for stats/item drops in paths that don't do the Nuns; tower familiars for low-skill players|
Buffs that may not be optimal for no-path, but still provide utility in various situations, or are good but require extra turns to find the hat.
|snorkel||Moxie +10||The Armory and Leggery (30 Meat)||survival for low-skill players|
|bugbear beanie||Max MP +25||The Degrassi Knoll Bakery and Hardware Store (70 Meat)||Used to increase max MP for Ode/Inigo's, or food conjuration as Jarlsberg|
|Kentucky-style derby||+10 Hot Damage||The Armory and Leggery (30 Meat)||Used to kill chalkdust wraiths or ancient protector spirits in Zombie Slayer|
|Knob Goblin elite helm||Barracks|
|bum cheek||Muscle +10||The Sleazy Back Alley||save MP in combat by letting attacks hit, or reduce damage taken with Hero of the Half-Shell|
|viking helmet||Maximum HP +50||Outskirts of Cobb's Knob||Used to survive first hit of high-ML monsters (e.g. drunken rat kings)|
|helmet turtle||Born TT or chewing gum on a string|
|f3d0r4||Familiar Experience +3||The Valley Beyond The Orc Chasm||Used for leveling up secondary fairies|
What to use if you don't have anything better.
|ravioli hat||Myst +10||Born PM or chewing gum on a string||could be used in a pinch to increase max MP for Ode/Inigo's, or food conjuration as Jarlsberg if bugbear beanie is unavailable|
|basic meat helmet||Spell Damage +15||200 Meat + one Innabox-able smithing||Maximizing spell damage to kill faster|
|mariachi hat||Spell Damage +30%||chewing gum on a string||Maximizing spell damage to kill faster|
|maiden wig||Weapon Damage +15||The Degrassi Knoll Bakery and Hardware Store (80 Meat)||Maximizing weapon damage to kill faster|
|BRICKO hat||Summon BRICKOs or BRICKO chick familiar|
|Crown of the Goblin King||Weapon Damage +30%||The Knob Goblin King||Maximizing weapon damage to kill faster|
|goofily-plumed helmet||The Armory and Leggery (525 Meat)|
- You can still get a Tea Party buff while falling-down drunk.
- Tea Party buffs last for 30 Adventures.
|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|