Scaling damage

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Ordinarily, most of the monsters you face in your adventures have a fairly limited range of stats. You can buff your own stats, through equipment and effects, and defeat them with very little difficulty.

But when it comes to Special Monsters (monsters that scale to your own stats, certain bosses, or other unusual creatures), standard tactics may not work very well. This page lists some of the unconventional methods available for fighting these opponents. For the most part, we're interested in damage that scales either to your stats, or to your opponent's stats. These give you the tools to take on an opponent of virtually any size.

Damage that scales to your stats

There are many different choices in this category. They fall into several distinct groups:

Uncapped spells

Some spells have a damage cap; no matter how Mystical you are, for example, Stream of Sauce will never do more than 24 damage. (This capped damage may be multiplied by percentage spell damage increasers, negative Monster Level bonus, and elemental susceptibility, but it's still capped.)

On the other hand, many spells do unbounded damage, based on your Mysticality. These are the first line of offense against most large monsters.

Spell Damage Cost Element Notes
Stuffed Mortar Shell 32-64 + 50% Mys 8 MP Varies Element can be tuned
One round delay before impact
Can only be used once per fight
Multihits up to 3x
Weapon of the Pastalord 32 MP Varies Physical damage if untuned
If tuned, damage is split into half physical and half elemental
Fearful Fettucini 32 MP Spooky
Saucegeyser 60-70 + 40% Mys 24 MP Hot or Cold Autotunes to Hot or Cold
Multihits up to 3x
Saucemageddon 80-90 + 50% Mys 24 MP Hot or Cold Must equip Windsor Pan of the Source (Sauceror only)
Autotunes to Hot or Cold
Multihits up to 5x
Soul Blaze 200-300 + 100% Mys 100 Soulsauce Hot Soulsauce is a resource that can only be gathered by Saucerors
Conjure Relaxing Campfire 10-20 + 10% Mys 30 MP Hot Calms monsters that are flipping out
Maximum Chill Cold
Mudbath Stench
Creepy Lullaby Spooky
Inappropriate Backrub Sleaze
Wassail Physical
Awesome Balls of Fire 35-45 + 35% Mys 120 MP Hot Hits once on the first cast per combat, twice on the second, and thrice thereafter
Snowclone Cold
Eggsplosion Stench
Raise Backup Dancer Spooky
Grease Lightning Sleaze
Toynado Physical
Turtleini 128-212 + 50% Mus 35 MP Physical + Spooky Deals half Physical, half Spooky initially
Does diminishing Spooky damage for 5 rounds, including the round it is cast
Percent spell damage bonuses do not apply
Volcanometeor Showeruption 35-45 + 35% Mys 1 volcanic ash Hot Hits 3 times per cast
Shrap 35-45 + 35% Mys 1 warbear whosit Physical Hits 3 times per cast

Other uncapped skills

There are many monsters that resist, or reflect, spells. Or sometimes, you may have much higher Muscle or Moxie than you do Mysticality, so a different tactic may work better.

Skill Damage Cost Element Notes
Bawdy Refrain Base accordion + 35% Mox 11 MP Sleaze With no accordion equipped, damage is 0 + 25% Mox
Great Slash 33% Mus (possibly twice) 0 MP Physical Must equip at least one of Great Wolf's right paw or Great Wolf's left paw
Adds bonus elemental damage(?)
Spectral Snapper 10-40 + 20% Mus 20 MP Spooky
Splattersmash  ?unspaded? 25 MP Hot Multihits up to ?very large?x
Vicious Talon Slash 75%-85% Mus 5 MP Physical Must be in Form of...Bird!
The Statue Treatment 1.5*(45%-55% Mys) 20 MP Stench Must be in Form of...Bird!
One use available per delicious stinkbug used
Give Your Opponent "The Bird" 45%-55% Mys 20 MP Sleaze Must be in Form of...Bird!
One use available per tasty louse used
Also delevels by sqrt(Mys)
Antarctic Flap 45%-55% Mys 10 MP Cold Must be in Form of...Bird!
One use available per scrumptious ice ant used
Also restores 3*sqrt(Mys) MP
Rise From Your Ashes 45%-55% Mys 20 MP Hot Must be in Form of...Bird!
One use available per delectable fire ant used
Also deals diminishing Hot damage each round
Feast on Carrion 45%-55% Mys 20 MP Spooky Must be in Form of...Bird!
One use available per yummy death watch beetle used
Also heals 22.5%-27.5% Mys HP

Combat items

There are several Combat Items whose damage scales to your stats. (This table is a copy of the one on that page, reproduced here for convenience.)

Item Damage Notes
cursed cannonball Special +Special Total damage roughly equal to your buffed Muscle
cursed voodoo skull Special +Special Total damage roughly equal to your buffed Mysticality
cursed dirty joke scroll Special +Special Total damage roughly equal to your buffed Moxie
divine blowout Moxie Does buffed Moxie in damage; awards Moxie substats (see item page for formula)
divine can of silly string Myst Does buffed Mysticality in damage; awards Mysticality substats (see item page for formula)
divine noisemaker Muscle Does buffed Muscle in damage; awards Muscle substats (see item page for formula)
grody jug Myst Does buffed Mysticality in damage; makes target stench-aligned for the duration of combat.
hot ashes Highest Does highest buffed stat in damage.
love song of vague ambiguity Muscle Does buffed Muscle in damage; restores HP based on damage done
love song of smoldering passion Myst Does buffed Mysticality in damage; restores MP based on damage done
love song of icy revenge Moxie Does buffed Moxie in damage; gives familiar XP based on damage done
love song of sugary cuteness Muscle Does buffed Muscle in damage; awards Muscle substats based on damage done
love song of disturbing obsession Myst Does buffed Mysticality in damage; awards Mysticality substats based on damage done
love song of naughty innuendo Moxie Does buffed Moxie in damage; awards Moxie substats based on damage done
shard of double-ice Highest Does cold damage equal to highest buffed stat; makes target cold-aligned for the duration of combat
The Six-Pack of Pain Muscle Does buffed Muscle in damage
special clip: boneburners Special +Special Total damage roughly equal to 6x your buffed Moxie; requires mercenary pistol or mercenary rifle
special clip: graveburpers Special +Special Total damage roughly equal to 6x your buffed Moxie; requires mercenary pistol or rifle
special clip: splatterers Special +Special Total damage roughly equal to 6x your buffed Moxie; requires mercenary pistol or rifle

Damage that scales to your opponent's stats

Sometimes, your opponents don't scale to your stats. There are some zones where enemies increase in power as you proceed, regardless of your own stats. There are also certain bosses with very large, fixed stats.

Name Type Damage Notes
shrinking powder Combat item 50%-65% current HP May only be used once per fight
Grizzly Scene Skill 50% current HP Must equip right bear arm
Only one bear skill per combat
Staff of the Headmaster's Victuals Weapon 30% current HP May be jiggled only once per fight
Is a chefstaff, so cannot be wielded offhand
slime stack Combat item 10%-20% current HP Also delevels
Summon Love Mosquito Skill 10% current HP May only be used once per fight
Heals you for the same amount
Realistic cap gun Combat item 10% current HP Can be used multiple times per fight
Curse of Marinara Skill 3% original att per round Continues dealing damage every round
Heals you for the same amount
Mutually exclusive with other curses
Extreme High Note Skill 13.5%-16.5% current HP Must equip The Trickster's Trikitixa (Accordion Thief only)
Wrath of the Trickster God Skill 15% current HP per round Must equip Juju Mojo Mask and have Gaze of the Trickster God intrinsic

Percentage deleveling

Another tactic that works well on certain opponents is to delevel their stats, and then attack them normally. Most deleveling sources only decrease the enemy's power by a small amount, but there are some that remove a percent of the enemy's stats instead.

Wearing a dark porquoise ring doubles the effectiveness of all deleveling.

Name Type Delevel amount Notes
crayon shavings Combat item 30% att, 30% def Except against Bugbear Invasion bugbears
Intimidating Bellow Skill 30% att, 30% def Avatar of Boris only
Does 15% att, 15% def without Louder Bellows
Only one use per fight
slime stack Combat item 10% att, 10% def Also deals damage
Curse of Weaksauce Skill 3% att, 3% def per round Continues deleveling every round
Mutually exclusive with other curses
Great Wolf's lice Combat item 30% att, 30% def Beasts only
Not consumed on use
Only one use per fight
HOA citation pad Combat item 30% att, 30% def Dudes only
Not consumed on use
Only one use per fight
Mayor Ghost's scissors Combat item 30% att, 30% def Undead only
Not consumed on use
Only one use per fight
Bear-ly Legal Skill 20% att, (20% of att) def Also grants 50-70 Meat for Zombie Slayers
Only one use per fight
Thunder Bird Skill 15% att, 15% def Heavy Rains only
Costs 1dB of Thunder
CSA obedience grenade Combat item 5% att, 5% def Also stuns 3 rounds

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