Fax machine strategy

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A Fax Machine

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The fax machine, located in the Clan VIP Lounge, allows players to fight one photocopy of a monster per day, potentially including any monster copied by users connected to their clan's fax network. This page lists some of the most effective fax targets ("faxes") in the game for pathless ascensions. Special challenge path runs may benefit from different strategies, or may block access to the fax machine altogether; see the appropriate path strategy page for details. See copying strategy for targets that would need to be faxed multiple times.

The player-sponsored CheeseFax and Easyfax accounts retain copies of most of the interesting fax targets, and can deliver them on demand to your clan's fax machine by sending them a private message with the desired monster's name (/msg CheeseFax <monster>). CheeseFax or Easyfax must be whitelisted into your clan for this to work.

Fax-like Mechanics

Over time, other fax-like sources of on-demand monster summoning have entered the game. Keep in mind that in Standard-restricted runs, the Fax Machine and some of these mechanics are unavailable. As of 2022, Calculate the Universe, the Cargo Cultist Shorts, and the combat lover's locket are the only fax-like mechanics available in Standard.

Skills:

Items/Other:

  • Chateau Mantegna: The painting leads to combat with the last monster you've painted with an Alpine watercolor set, persisting through Ascension. Usable once per day.
  • Time-Spinner: The Travel to a Recent Fight option allows combat against any copyable monster in the combat queues in all locations. Costs 3 minutes (out of 10 minutes per day).
  • genie bottle or pocket wish: Wishing for a fight allows combat with almost any copyable monster, with some exceptions. Wished fights limited to 3 per day.
  • Cargo Cultist Shorts: Reaching into a pocket may lead to combat against certain monsters, many of which are ascension-relevant. The resulting combat is a free fight, but is considered uncopyable for its duration, disabling copying and other mechanics that only work on copyable monsters. Limited to one pocket per day, and each pocket can be reached into once per ascension.
  • backup camera: Not fax-like itself, but the combat skill Back-Up to your Last Enemy turns your current opponent into your previous opponent. Pairs nicely with all fax-like sources to allow multiple consecutive fights against a summoned monster. Usable 11 times per day.
  • combat lover's locket: The reminisce link allows combat against any copyable monster that you have previously encountered while wearing the locket. Usable three times per day; each specific monster can be summoned only once per day.

Turn Efficiency

These faxes directly reduce the number of turns required to complete quests.

Monster Availability Purpose Needs
Copying?
Other
Requirements?
Notes
mountain man No restrictions
Available from Cargo Cultist Shorts (565)
Level 8 Quest Yes +150%/+900% Items, or Yellow ray Drops up to 2 of each ore (40% and 10%), alternative to mining or clovering ores
ninja snowman assassin Cannot be wished for Level 8 quest Yes Survival Saves ~12 turns (or 3 pulls) when copied twice
smut orc pervert Only available from Cargo Cultist Shorts (666)
Cannot be copied
Level 9 Quest N/A None Drops a smut orc keepsake box, worth 5 bridge segments
War Frat 151st Infantryman Calculate the Universe Level 12 quest No +900% Items/Yellow ray Drops the Frat Warrior Fatigues (10% for each item)
lobsterfrogman No restrictions
Available from Cargo Cultist Shorts (220)
Sonofa Beach quest No None Saves ~4 turns (and lots of RNG swing) over finding each one manually
(per copy, up to a total of ~20 turns for 5 copies)
Green Ops Soldier No restrictions
Available from Cargo Cultist Shorts (589)
Level 12 Quest, free runaways Yes +1900% Items/Yellow ray Progresses the War when fighting on the Frat side, drops a green smoke bomb (5%, 90% chance of a free runaway)
ghost No restrictions digital key Yes +150% Items Drops up to 5 white pixel

Niche / Quality of Life

These faxes can be helpful, even if they're not strictly optimal.

Monster Purpose Needs
Copying?
Other
Requirements?
Notes
Bailey's Beetle Level 12 Quest, quality of life No Yellow ray A multi-purpose quality of life fax; provides some substats, the full War Hippy Fatigues, and a powerful shield
sleepy mariachi Item drops No Mad Hatrack or Fancypants Scarecrow, and +900% Items or Yellow Ray Spangly equipment for converting either familiar into a strong Fairy/Potato combo.
Blooper digital key No Olfaction
67% items
To kick off Olfaction; hugely inferior to Fear Man's Level or the ghost fax, but does not require any extra IotMs
Semi-Rare Monsters: Varies
  • None
  • 234% items
  • Up to 400% items
In case you weren't able to structure your SRs around them, or if your path blocks fortune cookies
modern zmobie The Defiled Alcove Yes None Saves several turns in the Alcove over encountering them directly, cannot be wished for
craggy bartender High-quality booze Possibly 567% items or Yellow Ray, survival Silly turngen option that grants up to 9 drunkenness worth of awesome-tier booze that will never have Standard restrictions. Combine with Melodramedary, Grey Goose, industrial fire extinguisher, or copiers for lots and lots of booze.
remains of a jilted mistress antique hand mirror No 150% items Saves several turns hunting for One Nightstand (Wooden) for Myst classes, if powerleveling in the Haunted Bathroom is desired.
Bad ASCII Art,
rampaging adding machine
A Quest, LOL Varies None For players who want the Meat from this quest or want to copy the ASCII art for 31337 scrolls
Witchess monsters Substats, item drops Possibly Survival Free fights that give epic-quality consumables Sacramento wine or Jumping horseradish with +item or +meat bonuses

History

See Also

Ascension Strategy
Rankings: HC Skills - HC Familiars - HC IotMs
General: Class selection - Familiar usage - Lucky adventures
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
Additional Paths: DG - 2CRS - KoE - PotP - LKS - GG - Y,Robot - QT - WF
IotMs: Tomes - Faxing - Copying - YR - Garden - Correspondent - Workshed - Tea party - Florist