Tea party strategy

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Tea Cup

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.

Hat Effect Source (HC) Notes
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

Useful Buffs

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.

Hat Effect Source (HC) Notes
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

Combat/Misc. Buffs

What to use if you don't have anything better.

Hat Effect Source (HC) Notes
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)

Notes

  • You can still get a Tea Party buff while falling-down drunk.
  • Tea Party buffs last for 30 Adventures.

See Also

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