Talk:Hardcore Familiar Analysis

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"Special" familiars

Bringing back the point that Snarles2 made, NPZR is very good for HP/MP restroation, especially for people new to hardcore. Also, its meat boost, deleveling, toast-stunning and attacking makes it a very valuable resource in hitting harder monsters. I know that many a times an adventurer has been saved just because of his NPZR. I'll put it at tier one even, but up to you. Potato should be bumped up a rank because its ability to stop attacks is crazy. A heavy potato can be strategically used to hit harder monsters. Evil teddy bear should get bumped one spot just because of its use in defeating the NS. --Zeider 04:21, 3 June 2007 (CDT)

  • Considering that just about all familiars will be at least slightly changed/balanced with NS13, I think it's pointless to debate the current tiers now. It'd probably be wise to just erase the page when NS13 goes live, and then rewrite it from scratch... --Andemon 05:23, 3 June 2007 (CDT)

Dandy Lion

Why isn't the Dandy Lion included in this list? Is it usable in hardcore? If so, how useful is it? It seems to be more useful than the Sleazy Gravy Fairy as an item drop familiar. --Metroman 22:00, 29 March 2007 (CDT)

MP Cost blues?

You guys have to put Star Starfish and NPZR at tier II. There's no other way to pay for Antiphon before you get stasis without using one of the "Starfish" tricks (which work nicely with Mojomuscular and Madrigal) --As a mox class, use Starfish at high-level area --As a mus class, use NPZR at knob shaft (just re-discovered this, I'm pretty excited)! --Snarles2 21:28, 25 September 2006 (CDT)

Spooky Pirate Skeleton

I think the skeleton is slightly underrated as an ascension familiar. It's not just a straightforward combat familiar -- when it goes "Arrr", I believe it weakens the enemy, similar to a ghost pickle's juice. I haven't tested its effectiveness as opposed to the ghost pickle, but I've got a multi who's gotten a huge boost against the Sorceress from his pirate skeleton. --Fnord

  • If I can get confirmation on the 'Arr' thing, I'll throw it up to a nifty rank three or four. I had no idea about that. Doing some searching the wiki itself doesn't even say that. --Zalan 7:36 AM EST 05/10/05
    • Subjunctive KoL — Not authoritative, of course, but I'm still looking. —Fnord (That's the only current mention I can find. An out-of-date page says "arrr" freezes people, but that site had other untrustworthy data.)

Missing familiars

The Doppelshifter, Temporal Riftlet, Sweet Nutcracker, Pet Rock, Snowy Owl, Teddy Bear, and Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot are missing from the familiars section. The doppelshifter is too random to be very helpful, the riftlet can give you an extra adventure or two, while farming for a tower item, the nutcracker attacks like a pickle, and buffs (except for against the NS, where it always attacks), the pet rock is useless, the owl is a basic attack familiar, the teddy bear is (was?) useful against the shadow, absorbing damage, and the NPZR is a cocoabo that gives toast. I was thinking about the following placement:

  • Doppelshifter - IV
  • Riftlet - III
  • Sweet Nutcracker - II
  • Pet Rock - Brand new section VI (and possibly moving the stab bat there. <.<)
  • Snowy Owl - V
  • Teddy Bear - III
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot - III

Thoughts? Suggestions? --Ricket 04:41, 9 February 2006 (Central Standard Time)

Those seemed like excellent suggestions so I just put all of them in. The Teddy Bear no longer works against the Shadow so I demoted it to IV. I also added the Wild Hare and Spirit Hobo to III and the Chattering Teeth to V, so as far as I know we're current up to May 2006 now. --Greg1104 06:51, 2 May 2006 (CDT)

  • Thanks. I've been meaning to put all my suggestions in. >.> --Ricket 12:20, 3 May 2006 (CDT)

The Pair of Stomping Boots is still missing. While I'm a little unsure whether it belongs under free escape Familiars or into the spleen category I'm certain it belongs on the page. --Yatsufusa 13:14, 20 August 2011 (CEST)

  • I feel like the Fancypants Scarecrow, the Tickle-Me Emilio and the Happy Medium should also be listed. Maybe the Bloovian Groose as well, for its ability to drop spleen-items? Among the low-ranking familiars the Dataspider might be worth mentioning for its +10 lbs equipment. --Yatsufusa 06:23, 27 April 2012 (CEST)
  • Maybe the Li'l Xenomorph as well? While it will always be less powerful than a Sugar Fruit Fairy and the Pygmy Bugbear Shaman, it doesn't use up MP. --Yatsufusa 21:35, 6 June 2012 (CEST)
  • The Reagnimated Gnome lacks a +5 lbs. equipment, but can be tuned to carry out certain functions in addition to that of a fairy. With a housemaid's kgnee, it grants extra adventures like a Temporal Riftlet, which looks like its biggest asset to me. One extra Adv every 50 Adventures (while 20 lbs.) doesn't sound like much to me, but then again there aren't that much familiars that grant extra Adventures directly. --Yatsufusa 07:44, 7 October 2012 (CEST)
  • Even a completely unleveled Oily Woim should be helpful in reaching the Combat Initiative needed in To Catch a Killer (during the Level 9 Quest). I would recommend listing it in Tier 2. --Yatsufusa 11:10, 17 November 2012 (CET)
    • Nevermind. Meanwhile it has been spaded that this particular Adventure excludes familiars. --Yatsufusa 13:52, 30 November 2012 (CET)
      • So apparently, AtGNAT could confirm that your familiar, in fact, does count for the To Catch a Killer test. His discovery went unnoticed by me until yesterday. Sooo... Tier 1 under Blackbird/Crow for the working class hero Oily Woim or rather Tier 2 under the Bugbear? ---Yatsufusa (talk) 07:24, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Recent Request for Content

As we all know this article hasn't been updated for quite a while. Adding familiars to the talk page obviously didn't help, but what would? I can offer to fill in some missing familiars into the table, but I'm not able to write elaborate descriptions for said familiars since I don't think 4 dimensional enough about the topic. Hence I would leave the description blank. Which would look horrible for quite a while if nobody fills them... "If you build it, they will come" or "Leave it to the big guys"? --Yatsufusa (talk) 15:36, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

I started the Bees Hate You strategy sub-page, and once I filled in the preliminary strategies, people filled in and/or changed the rest. I'm not a speed ascender, but I can drop a few tips in. --JohnAnon (talk) 01:27, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Inflatable Dodecapede

  • If the Inflatable Dodecapede is best at low levels, why is it a Level I familiar to ascend with (which will presumably have > 0 kills when ascended with)? --Azimuth 11:35, 12 May 2006 (CDT)
    • I don't think any part of the page suggests it's one of the best to ascend with. --Ricket 16:57, 12 May 2006 (CDT)

Value of elemental Fairies

  • At the bottom of the page in the list of the familiars the elemental fairies are valued as equal to the Baby Gravy Fairy, I would have to disagree with this descision. The ability to easily get the familiar equipment for the Baby Gravy Fairy places it high above the elemental fairies in my opinion as the damage dealt by these familiars is negligible in hardcore where item drop percentage is key. (The extra 5 pounds gives 12.5% item drop).
  • That may be so, but a lead necklace gives only 2 pounds less, which loses you only 5% worth of item drop bonuses (resulting in only +7.5%) which isn't that big of a difference if you manage to level it up significantly. --Quietust 17:02, 30 March 2006 (CST)
  • HOWEVER! Something that doesn't get noted is the disgusting ease one can obtain the Sleazy Gravy Fairy's hot pink lipstick, at times getting it on their very first adventure. Free +5 to Item Gain familiar level plus occasional combat damage makes it marginally more useful than most, perhaps even bumping it to level I. --Katarani 04:43, 30 June 2006 (CDT)
  • I just updated all the notes on the elemental fairy listings to reflect the familiar equipment issue. During that, I agreed with Katarani that the sleazy fairy deserves a bump to tier I because of the equipment issues. I also pushed the Crimbo Elf back to II. My thinking is as follows: whether an item drop familiar does or doesn't attack is largely irrelevant in hardcore as far as I'm concerned; none of them do enough damage to really distinguish based on that. The tier I item drop familiars should be ones that provide very useful features in addition to item drop (like adding meat or having trivial to obtain equipment), while the ones in II don't. That's how they're split now. --Greg1104 00:30, 8 July 2006 (CDT)

Astral Badger

Personally, I think it should be grouped with the rank 3 familiars. It doesn't get a targeting chip, which automatically means it's worse than the MicroMechaMech as a combat familiar. Although the cupcakes have mostly similar effects to snowcones, you have to spend adventures trying to acquire them when snowcones can just be summoned. --Redwinger 17:43, 9 June 2006 (CDT)

  • The person who inserted this familiar placed in I, with some good reasons as to why. I'm not sure I completely agree; while there are stat gains to be had via the Great Trips, they're expensive to obtain and you lose stats during the adventures with the Badger equipped. This topic deserves a hard look at the stat gain numbers involved. --Greg1104 00:30, 8 July 2006 (CDT)

Ghost Pickle on a Stick

I just demoted this familiar to II and updated its description to reflect why I felt that was appropriate. Does anyone have a good reason to defend why it belongs with the extremely useful familiars in I? --Greg1104 00:30, 8 July 2006 (CDT)

Wild Hare

I really think the Wild Hare should be ranked higher. I've been using it for 2 oxycore runs and have found it to be better overall than any other familiar. Granted that it doesn't give a set boost, but during my runs, I need random healing, I need greater item drops, I need great money drops and I need more stat points. I agree that those random traits would make it an iffy rank II familiar, but I have to say that getting around 3 - 4 bonus adventures a day plus the fact that I never lose 3 adventures to getting beaten up should really bolster this familiar's ranking to tier II. --Junyr 03:05, 8 July 2006 (CDT)

  • You're solving problems that are better addressed by accumulating more skills with your familiar. If you're getting beaten up, make Tongue of the Walrus a permanent skill. If you need more item drops, add Mad Looting Skillz and Fat Leon's Phat Loot Lyric. For more money, add The Polka of Plenty. Once you add those basic skills, you'll only need more stat points from your familiar, and occasionally an additional boost to item drops; the Wild Hare will fall way behind a volleyball-type familiar plus gravy-type one at that point, even with the extra adventures the Hare gives. I'd suggest that you switch to unpathed ascensions for a while to get skills faster before returning to Oxy. --Greg1104 05:56, 8 July 2006 (CDT)
  • Ah, point(s) taken. It works well for me since I'm trying to complete back to back oxycore by Crimbo, but I understand I'm not a normal hardcore player. Thanks for the discussion. --Junyr 00:50, 10 July 2006 (CDT)

Volleyball vs. Sombrero

There's a lot of information on which type of familiar you should use in softcore runs, but not so much for hardcore use. I just did a little reading and thinking on this subject in light of one recent subtle changes to the game in particular.

The basic strategy is:

  • Go through the gash with the volleyball familiar
  • When doing the usual 10 adventures at the arena to get a familiar buffing item very early in the run, level up the Sombrero with the first 9. Then switch to an elemental gravy fairy, so that you can't get a specific equipment item for at the arena. This will guarantee you get a lead necklace.
  • At some point during your run, switch to the sombrero and keep it active until the end.

What would that point be though? The usual answer is somewhere around level 8, with the peak being one suggested breakpoint.

At d0om notes that for the typical case where your volleyball type familiar is a bitten/pixie that generates meat:

"Of course the 40 pound bitten giving 3 times as much meat as a sombero means that at the peak your getting an extra 2ish stats / adv just from extra meat to donate."

This suggests the break point may be a little later than the peak.

Strangerer includes a big table comparing the two familiars to help answer many questions like this at and he writes this sample commentary:

"You're in hardcore, with three familiar skills. Ever wonder if it would be useful to train your sombrero, and grab a lead necklace on a specialty fairy?

Answer: 9 arena trips and 4 combat adventures will set you up with a 25 lb sombrero. That's better than a 38 lb volleyball at 150 monster level, according to the table. On normal ascensions - not worth it, you'll only get to that level in the Hole in the Sky. On myst ascensions? Meh. The +11 levels the mind control device gives are just enough to make the sombrero useful in the castle."

I regulary equip a hippo whip for the entirety of the run once it's available to me in mid 8th level. That's +10 to ML, or basically the same as the MCD boost. Once in the Castle, I also equip the goth kid T-shirt for a total of +15 to ML. I think the Sombrero may very well be a win in this situation if I switch as soon as the castle is unlocked.

You also can't forget the dynamics of the Tower familiars here. If you're doing an ascension run with multiples of your main stat late in the run (like many speed Muscle and Moxie runs), it's not unusual to have your primary stat hit Level 11/104 well before your offstats are at 70. One situation I've run into several times is starting the tower with stats like 104/67/67. I haven't seen the tower quite get me all the way to 70 in that situation, but that was with a wimpy little sombrero. Going in there with a well trained one from the castle use may very well get you closer to a full 3 off-stat points in 6 adventures, which is quite a nice gain.

Finally, the changes of this week alter my thinking on this a bit (which is what rekindled my interest in the subject). The fact that you can buy a good MP boosting item at the Knob Goblin laboratory can change the dynamics of Muscle and Myst runs considerably. The meat savings of that over buying soda water are so huge that it's much easier to justify spending time to get the Elite Guard outfit. And once you've got that outfit, the pet buffing spray also becomes available; now we're comparing a 30 pound sombrero with a 43lb volleball. If you can survive there with a hippo whip, I believe that makes a switchover point at the Airship possible. Hmmm... --Greg1104 05:42, 8 July 2006 (CDT)

Comma Chameleon changes

A few changes to the Chameleon may in fact change its ranking. Namely,

  • As an example, if it eats a prosthetic forehead, it turns into a goat for the purpose of the NS's familiars, as it does with the other respective equipment. This Makes Hardcore Easier.
  • The wait for equipment has gone from 5 adventures in the arena to 2. Still a bit of a fight, especially if you're looking for the said familiars, but not that bad, considering.
  • The duration of equipment use has gone from 30-40 to 40-50 adventures.
  • The equipment eaten adds +5 no matter what, making objects like moonglasses more useful when eaten by a L20 Chameleon than when worn by a L20 Grue. This, again, Makes Hardcore Easier, though it's situational - you won't always face a boss on a day the Grue is active, and you won't always have moonglasses handy. --Katarani 01:02, 17 August 2006 (CDT)

I think the main interesting thing to do with the Chameleon is to use it instead of a fairy-type during the 9-turns at the arena players do at the beginning of the game to get an item for their volleyball type familiar. That should give you 4 familiars worth of equipment that may come in handy at various points. It also may be a useful place to go while beaten up. Unfortunately, the last time I tried to test this strategy the Chameleon (which is only good at Hide and Seek) couldn't beat any of the Arena familiars that day. --Greg1104 03:39, 26 August 2006 (CDT)


It's worth noting that the robogoose occasionally drops eggs at the end of combat, which can be sold for a bit of money, or used in combat (for, admittedly, the exact same thing as the robogoose itself does, but much more reliably.) Still, that extra bit of coin has the potential to be helpful at early levels. --GroovyJ 20:58, 24 October 2008

Baby Yeti

Why is this rated higher than the Starfish? I don't have a Yeti, but going from the wiki it seems to be worse as it attacks 25% and restores 25% of the time whereas the Starfish does both 33% of the time. The range for both looks the same. --Campboy 15:07, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Temporal Riflet

So if I'm reading things right, it's pretty much exactly the same as the emo squid, but also gives extra adventures. I'm confused as to how this got ranked in a lower tier than the Emo Squid. --Lxndr 16:43, 15 February 2008 (CST)

Because you get more e-peen for doing emo squid runs? --Flargen 17:09, 15 February 2008 (CST)

Black Cat/OAF

Correct me if i am wrong, but isnt the black cat functionally worse than an OAF, as it destroys items rather than autoselling them? and the fact that you can perma-unlock BM is thoroughly unrelated to this page, as nobody doing a cat run would need this page. Shouldnt it either be tier 8, or OAF tier 7 as well?--Alabit 22:26, 5 September 2008 (CDT)

The only thing good about the Black Cat is that it lets you unlock Bad Moon permanently, so it's a trade-off, while using an O.A.F. is good for nothing. That should be noted in the description. --JohnAnon 06:00, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Exotic Parrot?

The Exotic Parrot is currently in two tiers of familiar. This should be cleared up by someone who has a bit more authority and opinion regarding Hardcore relevance-- although I'm rather confident in saying that it's not a Tier I familiar. --Southwest 06:27, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

  • Well, for those lacking certain skills it lets them get through various ascension relevant elemental tests; the trapper and the daily dungeon in particular. It could also be used to get into Guano junction, but this is probably unwise. It is a utility/niche familiar. Handy to have both before and after freeing the king, but not something you would really use to any extent. --Flargen 07:34, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
    • It's definitely not tier 1. Hardcore ascenders tend to get elemental resistance skills that make it unnecessary fairly early on, and comparing its utility to any of the other tier 1 familiars makes it clear that it belongs in a *much* lower tier. Likewise, the Crimbo Pressie probably deserves to be tier 1 (being about as useful as a NPZR). --Improv 15:09, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
      • Since the Bat Hole revamp, most speed players adventure once in guano junction with a clover, and then go to the side chambers to get the last sonar/scream. If you have a sugar shield then the guano junction and trapper tests are free (don't even use up a turn of the shield) with a parrot. If you have sympathy, leash, empathy, and/or pet-buffing spray, that works too, and all have other uses, whereas saucesphere and astral shell are pretty limited.--Stannius 20:36, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Blackbird / Crow

Rational for no mention: you can't ascend without them, but you'll never want to actually adventure with them. Best left off the page. --Club (#66669) (Talk)

Some thoughts

Disembodied Hand and Mad Hatrack are probably Tier 1 or 2. They both aren't exactly tops of anything, but they're fairly versatile in allowing you do everything.

Cuddlefish is probably tier 4 or 5. It's 75% a Carnie in the hardcore context and doesn't drop healing items.

SFF is probably a tier 1. It costs a bit more than the PBS from accounts, but it drops stat items and serves the same purpose, just for players not around in 2005.

Mutant are all tier 1, per Jumpsuited Hound Dog.

Anyone have comments or suggeestions?--Toffile 16:11, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

  • With the caveat that I am not at all an expert, I would argue that in the context of hardcore analysis, the Disembodied Hand, having to find a proper item (unless you prepare an SC HC/BM lead-in) before it can be put to use, should probably be in even a lower tier than II. I'd rank the Hatrack a bit higher than the Hand because of multipliers and plentiful hats. Slotting the Cuddlefish into VI and SFF into I seems fair for the reasons you've outlined. I'm not sure I'd slot all the mutants into I--have they been spaded out yet? The information doesn't look like it's propagated into the Wiki. The lep mutant I definitely wouldn't raise much higher than the regular lep unless the bonus is quite big. From my perspective, familiar attacks aren't all that useful. Maybe +1 to the unmutated familiar tier, for those whose enchantments aren't all that powerful? --BagatelleT/C 04:32, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
    • Another not-an-expert here. I agree with making the mutated familiars +1 to their base type, except in the case of the fire ant. The fire ant probably deserves +2 because of how important +items is. As for the Hatrack and Hand, how about Tier 2 and Tier 3? The Hatrack is obviously powerful, especially when you know what hats to use. As for the Hand, you always have some extra weapon around. The question is whether using the Hand is better than using something else. I. E. what would you use the Hand instead of? The answer to that question should tell us where the Hand should go. Irregular 22:45, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
      • A fully buffed sleazy gravy fairy is a 130-115% weight fairy. An unbuffed one is much more. (Only in hc, of course.)
      • The problem is of price, and I know people don't like that, but it's important. If you can afford everything, you don't need a chart, but otherwise, you need to know the best order to get things in. Having the shaman, the dark jill, the volleyball and the sleazy gravy fairy in the same tier is very silly.
      • I don't know. One way is to have 2 tiers of useful mr. a familiars, and a third tier of everything else, which is basically what's there now. Another way is to have a list of just fairies and just volleyballs under the first 2, and move the starfish and parrot and dodecapede to the bottom and call them Niche Familiars. That kind of breaks the symmetry, but it's partly like that now. I think that makes a little more sense. A list of pure volleyballs doesn't need tiers. You could make a tier of useless mr. store familiars, but where would you put it? This is too much work. :( Mar 23:55, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

Thoughts on a new organization

Since this page has become rather out-dated, I think it might be time to look for a new and better way to rate familiars in Hardcore. As I see it, the order most speedsters desire things in is stats, items, MP, spleen, and meat. I know that I've probably missed something in that list. Anyway, we should probably reorganize the list so that the familiars that provide these things are higher tiered, and move the others lower. Thoughts? Irregular 04:38, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

I agree that an organization with familiars separated based on their 5 main uses might help newer players, but I think most hardcore ascenders who are really into speed (which is why they come to these help pages, to speed up!) already understand these core mechanics. As the page is right now, true its coarse in ranking them in pretty generic tiers, but the individual notes on why each familiars is better/worse is what will really help them decide, while the tiers are just sort of guidelines to help them focus on which familiars are basically better than others. --Levio 04:55, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

He-Boulder and Rock Lobster

Rock Lobster, for all intents and purposes a starfish in hardcore play. Floaty sand is largely irrelevant to HC play as it stands, you need to be a muscle class and have to use at least 2 days worth of lobster drops in order to make pebblebrau.

He-Boulder has the 100% drop on non-conditional items, which is damn useful in early game as it lets you get most items needed for the eaarly quests easily, and frees up a semi-rare from the KGE outfit.

I hesitated on the Sandworm, since I'm not quite sure how the zones compares to Badger/Pixie/Llama.--Toffile 02:10, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

From the boards I've been reading, it's not as well-liked as the llama but it synergizes wonderfully with the other spleen familiars, especially in an Oxy run. I'd suggest Tier One or Two, because if you have neither of the spleen familiars then it's a no-brainer, and even if you have one or both, the guaranteed turns - with a sombrero, to boot! - is pretty appreciable. Although maybe not as much if you're not playing Oxygenarian. Oh, and I agree with your placements. I'm gonna put the clownfish with the other starfish. --Azeltir 03:55, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

The sandworm area drops definitely aren't really useful in a Hardcore run (and even moreso in Oxycore) (and the best applicable drop are what, the two pills?), but the bottles of Agua de Vida themselves are very useful. Unlike the other two spleen items, you don't need to wait 10-15 turns to obtain them, so you have a better chance to squeeze in extra adventures if you get lucky. However, they also don't give any stats. The sandworm definitely belongs in either Tier I or II, but that depends on how important those extra adventures are. Personally, I'd say Tier I, in that case.--JohnAnon 04:55, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

About the Sandworm, I can't verify this, but a lot of people seem to think the drop rate increases per Agua drop, if this is even relevant. Again, this is unconfirmed and even if it is true, it is probably offset by the lack of stats and slightly smaller adventure gains when compared to Roc feathers and !Pipes.

One notable use for an empty Agua de vida bottle is to flyer Cyrus and complete the Mysterious Island Arena quest within 6 turns provided you have a clover. Yet at the same time, the Arena quest can probably be done while star farming with enough +ML. Either way, it gives another, possibly easier option than throwing on +ML or the GMoB.

Additionally, is anyone planning to add the Slimeling? I'd think Tier I would be appropriate, given the fact that in addition to being similar to a Spirit Hobo and GGG, it actually helps feed itself in a way, because of the disgorging. --iridescentFUZZ 18:55 27 August 2009 (IST)

Okay, you know what? I'm adding the dang Baby Sandworm already. I'm making it Tier 1 based on the discussion already done here and elsewhere, and someone can move it to Tier 2 if they think it's justified. I'm just tired of all the other familiars being added and leaving the Sandworm hanging! :)

Don't forget to sign your posts please. Anyway, I've slightly changed the description on the Slimeling to accommodate the part about the disgorging, since that would very likely be a factor to consider when buying one. --iridescentFUZZ 20:35 29 August 2009 (IST)

Yet even more classification

  • Gibberer - Maybe a bit early, but it's not going to be better than a Wild Hare, and probably not anywhere below it.
  • Turtles - Grinning & Syncopated are essentially the same with a minor tweak above their basic counterparts that only affects 1 class. Familiar equipment is as easy to obtain as well. Wereturtle falls under the "yet another combat familiar" or YACF syndrome.
  • Imitation Crab - YACF.
  • Dragonfish - The spell damage boost is nice, but for hardcore myst, it's not an essential, and you'd probably be better off with a whelp or potato.
  • Ragged Claws - YACF.
  • Purse Rat - Probably the hard one. In any hardcore run, getting above 35-40lbs with any long-term consistency is hard, and the volleyball beats out the bonus stats. This means you'd be fighting harder enemies for no gain to you. The only real advantage is the Arena quest, but adding +10-20 ML isn't going to shave off many turns.--Toffile 17:33, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
    • In the early game in Bird Form as a muscle class, I've used the Purse Rat to increase monster HP which has helped to get an extra talon slash in. It's saved two Roc Feathers, so far.--Oculus 20:55, 26 January 2010 (UTC)

This page is worse than useless

Really. It should probably just be deleted. Anyone who has actually played hardcore knows that anything which doesn't increase items/stats/MP is horrible. Having a page which ranks the Dodecapede, Feather Boa or Cuddlefish higher than a Volleyball is terrible. It's objectively better than its counterpart certainly but it's utterly worthless.

Ranking familiars based on how good they are compared to their peers is not a good idea: a superpotato is actually worse than a potato in hardcore, because you might actually need the potato and when would you use a superpotato? Now, you can claim that this is obvious in context, but it's only obvious to people who aren't going to need the page in the first page.

The absolute last thing we need is newbies reading a page that tells them they should buy a crimo pressie and a fairychaun for hardcore. I can't think of a particularly good way to rewrite it, either. I guess you could have a list of the 'best' familiars (Boulder/Bander/Slimeling/Hound/Llama/Sandworm/Monkey) and then a list of 'good' familiars (pixie/GGG/hobo/volleychaun), a list of 'base' familiars (volley/sombero/fairy/leprechaun) and a list of 'if this leaves your terrarium you've done it wrong' familiars (most of your rank 2 and 3) but even that doesn't tell any kind of a great story. Where would you put something like a hatrack?

I would suggest in its current form, this page does more harm than good. --Hippoking 17:46, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

  • Nope. I can agree with you that in its current form it's useless, and that a volleyball is better than a dodecapede, feather boa, or cuddlefish, but this page is akin to the Maximixing your (x) pages. Ranking familiars based on their superiority to their peers is not too bad of an idea. Why would you use a potato if you could use a superpotato? Why not use a potato+fairy instead of a potato? (Yes, I am not sure if one exists, but the idea is along those lines). Furthermore you're thinking in terms of speed running. Perhaps some people want to play through hardcore and not worry about speed; maybe then most of the information on this page is somewhat helpful. And newbies buying those high tier familiars? Why not? It gives them a goal to reach and adventure for and helps some peddlers with their wares. I would be concerned if they were ruining themselves to get it, but anyone who sees the high price tag should realize they shouldn't ruin themselves over something as simple as that. To call this page useless is an insult - it is solely... "under development".Argus 19:28, 14 January 2010 (UTC)
    • Hardcore Analysis/Strategy pages are based on speed. The simple fact is, if you don't care about speed HC, then you very likely do not care about what's good for Hardcore. Sure, there is a place for casual players to find information on things, but I think that it's sort of the definition of a casual player to not care much at all about how they're going about things. --RoyalTonberry 19:55, 14 January 2010 (UTC)
    • I agree that this page should be about speed. There are already at least four other pages that organize familiars by what they do. This page should be about which familiars are good and why.--P4n1q 04:52, 15 January 2010 (UTC)
    • I'm not sure I agree with the current tier structure, but I think there is a desire to see what familiars are best for hardcore, if the number of times the question is posted to the forums is any indication. The responses are very rarely "anything which increases items/stats/MP".--Oculus 20:50, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
    • I think the only familiars that could be considered in HCNP are boulder, bander, slimeling, llama, sandworm, hound, ggg, hobo spirit, hobo monkey, pixie, stocking mimic, and jack. I don't think you would ever run any other familiar unless it was to replace one of those that you didn't have, and some of those probably don't belong in Tier 1 because they don't save very many turns over their replacements.--P4n1q 03:52, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Good grief, how'd the Dodecapede get in there? Maybe the current layout could be switched from tiers to mixed tiers and tasks, with perhaps familiars ranked within their task category. Say,
Tier Task
Low-Level Stats High-Level Stats MP Items Special
1 Bandersnatch Sandworm Slimeling Slimeling Boulder
Kind of tricky to code, and frankly it's easier to digest if we just keep the tier structure. Maybe with the current familiar type column converted to a score column (how many of stats/MP/items/specials does it have?) --BagatelleT/C 23:09, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

I'd rather prefer the mixed tier/task thing, too. Maybe change or add/remove one or two categories as well. The problem with the current tier is that it's based mostly on functionality, as in "how many different things it can do," rather than "how much it's actually useful in a HC run." --JohnAnon 01:32, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

I think rethinking the tiers could be it.

  1. Awesome familiars that greatly speed up a run (He-Boulder, volleyfairy, Sandworm)
  2. Improved versions of the core familiars important for speed (fairychaun, Sleazy Gravy Fairy, Hound Dog)
  3. Basic core familiars to which the rest are compared to, plus their about-equal variants (Current section 4 - I mean the higher of the two sections labeled 4, although I'd say drop the MAS)
  4. Awesome familiars for special situations (Mr. A grade familiars that don't do stuff that's particularly important for speed)
  5. Improved familiars for special situations (MAS, nemesis familiars for their respective classes)
  6. Basic-level familiars for special situations (leprechaun, ghuol whelp, grue)
  7. Weak familiars for special situations (lime, mosquito)
  8. Useless familiars (the old second-to-last category)
  9. Actively hindering familiars (the old last category)

--Nerdanel 20:00, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

7th June 2010 Rewrite

Oh by the way I went ahead and rewrote this page. It's still in the old format, just not hilariously wrong anymore. It still needs some tweaking, but at least it might be useful now. --Melon 21:28, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

- I'm not sure the Tier system is really that useful. Mainly it's the numbers that are misleading; apart from outliers like the Boulder, familiar management in Hardcore has more to do with what you need for a specific task than what familiar is better than another...wouldn't it be more practical to sort things by type (maybe: fairies, stat fams, spleen fams, starfishes, misc) and then describe the particular differences between, say, and pixie and a slimeling within each group? There are some areas where something is strictly better (leprechaun vs. hobo monkey, say), but usually selecting a familiar is a question of solving a particular problem. All of which is a long-winded way to say I think "purpose" is a better metric for sorting than "power." --Maddsurgeon 18:11, 14 September 2010 (UTC)

The current changed page is centered on familiars to have instead of the other way which would be familiars to use in a run. For example, a mosquito is a very weak familiar that is 40% of the time needed to ascend. I'm not sure if the tower familiars should be a tier of their own instead of classifying them according to their power in normal play and having a note that the familiar is a must-have anyway. Else changing their tier to something like tier one could be better. Also, the differences between familiars classified as "rubbish" are significant to people doing 100% runs and to low-skill, low-money people doing difficult boss fights.--Nerdanel 16:19, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

My revamp was mainly to try and stop the spread of misinformation that was originally on the page, so a lot of stuff will need changing. (I'm just saying this to hopefully encourage more people to give input). For the tower familiars, I agree. I felt that they needed a mention because of their necessity, but maybe that's better suited to a paragraph at the top of the page rather than in the table and the familiars should be judged on the same merits as the others. I'll go ahead and change that. As far as difficult boss fights go, I originally was going to put the Disembodied Hand in the niche tier because I use it every ascension for the Naughty Sorceress, but then I figured that rating familiars on their boss fight ability was unnecessary and would only cause the page to become more complicated and less useful. Somebody should feel free to clarify the differences though, I didn't really have the time and I think "rubbish" for all of them is friggin' hilarious, so I won't be changing it. As for 100% runs, I really don't think that that's the point of this page, but I might be wrong.--Melon 17:31, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

Something to also consider is "what is the target audience of this page." Is it people that want to go faster? That's how we set up the Hardcore Skill Analysis page, since if a player is casual, they probably don't care all that much what skills they perm (analogously what familiar they're using). If someone is looking at an analysis page, they're very probably looking to see what they can do to be faster, "what is good for Hardcore." With that in mind, you might want to have the tower familiars in their own special tier at the top of the page. Sure, an experienced player already knows it, but what about a new player just getting into HC and wants to know what familiars are good? They may not know about the potato, and if they look at this page, and it's at the top with that big warning there, it might save them. They may not be awesome familiars on their own, but they are absolutely necessary. --RoyalTonberry 19:40, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

It's typical that as soon as I remove the tower familiar tier that someone comments that there should be one. :p However putting them in their own special tier at the top would probably be for the best (I originally had them as tier 4 or something like that, which didn't really make an sense in retrosect). I'll go and do that now. My target audience was indeed for speed, but I've been out of the loop for a while on that so I imagine some of the familiars may need shuffling about. --Melon 18:32, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

I put the Pet Rock-type familiars in the Comedy section, to further separate "not good for hardcore" from "not good for anything" - that was a bit I sort of preferred from the old version. I also tried to add an explanation of the rankings at the top, because it rankled me that the "rubbish" section mostly didn't explain why. Additionally, I'd suggest, but don't have time to do, color coding the familiars by availability (Mr Store, events, clan dungeon, ascension-specific, normal run, etc.) similar to how Maximizing Your Item Drops does. Lady Oolong 05:11, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

Not all elemental starfish are equally useful. The cold and spooky ones do not belong in the same tier as sleaze and hot.--P4n1q 04:48, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

  • I admit that I listed the Underworld Bonsai (Spooky) mainly for completion, but the Snow Angel (Cold) is more useful than the Midget Clownfish (Sleaze) by far. Players can get double MP from Hippies as well as Fratboys, which both you have to deal with, the time you set foot on the island and again when you do the Level 12-Quest. The Clownfish might help during the Level 6-Quest, but that quest doesn't take nearly as many adventures. When fighting Fratboys on the island it's renderd useless. However you're probably right about the Underworld Bonsai's misplacement. Feel free to decide a new tier for it. --Yatsufusa 16:56, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
    • There's a slight misconception here. The utility of the elemental starfishes is to get MP much greater than the HP of the monster. Near the start of a run, at level 6, a midget clownfish can easily give you 100+ MP per turn. Now, I will admit that yes, in the frat war, a Snow Angel can give you a solid 350 MP per turn; however, the impact of that 350 MP at level 12 is far, far less than the impact of 100 MP at level 6. Additionally, you can also consider what a regular starfish might give you at that point. Maybe around 70-80 for level 6, and maybe around 300 at level 12. Furthermore, the MP you get early on fuels stat-gaining things like Ur-Kel's and other buffs. Later in the game, you'll have enough MP source that you should be using a Buggedbear, Hipster, or Sombrero on the battlefield for stats. More abstractly: Anything that helps day 1 significantly is a lot more useful than something that might help day 4. (I'd even go so far as to argue that if you're using a Snow Angel on the Battlefield, it's actually hurting you) --RoyalTonberry 18:53, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
      • If you explain it that way, I can see what the original intention for listing them here was. Maybe someone could add this insights to the article. --Yatsufusa 19:27, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Does the All Other Familiars section really need to link to the Pet Rock? I understand that that particular familiar is utterly useless, but why? Wrldwzrd89 16:48, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

  • It's a metaphor. I mean, sure, a Potato or Pirate-type familiar can possibly come in handy for an average ascension, but they hardly save any adventures. You might as well forget about them if you want to ascend fast. How many familiars out of your entire terrarium do you use? --JohnAnon 05:24, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

With the change to food crafting, it should be easier to feed the GGG now, right? You don't have to worry about using up adventures or your chef, so you can throw a bunch of your spare food his way.--Ataradan 16:19, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

  • It has always been pretty easy to feed the GGG, and now it's slightly easier. It still doesn't compete with the tier 1 familiars as a stat/MP familiar. A lot of the descriptions are somewhat inaccurate, and I'll try to clean them up. --Psly4mne 03:42, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Familiars considered

Because this page doesn't explicitly list bad familiars its hard to know which familiars have been considered/compared. Somewhere on the page, either in the intro or the useless familiars section, it should be stated with either a date that the page covers up to or the familiar and its number that was last considered. Discordance 21:28, 11 November 2012 (CET)

  • In theory that sounds good, but there are currently 150 familiars in KoL. I think the question is not so much that you don't know which familiars not to take but which to take into consideration. So I don't think a negatives list would be all that helpful. The main problem is that there's currently a lack of authors that are experienced speed-ascenders as well as in the mood to update this article. There is already a list of familiars on this page that would be in need of checking/listing. If you are interested in a particular familiar you might add it there, together with a brief note why you think that familiar could be helpful during a Hardcore Ascension. At least when someone starts adding familiars again, he has got a list to help him. --Yatsufusa 02:28, 12 November 2012 (CET)
    • I wasn't saying the page should list bad familiars just that it doesn't. Its better this way but unclear what new familiars are actually good and missing from the page due to lack of updates. Hence my suggestion for someone more familiar with the page to add a cut-off point making it clear which range of familiars has examined. Discordance 12:25, 12 November 2012 (CET)
      • perhaps a NeedsContent note, including a comment "this page only considers familiars up until the 'blahblahblah' (number N). please update when necessary" which would be filled in by the last person to edit it. overhead, overhead, i know, but it would satisfy the dual needs of saying it needed to be kept up to date and by how much. --Evilkolbot 13:05, 12 November 2012 (CET)

Hardcore IOTM Analysis is more up to date (at least with iotm familiars), we can probably merge some of it over. Discordance 00:41, 13 November 2012 (CET)

  • Hardcore IOTM Analysis only considers items of the month: yearly familiars get let out. I'm not a speed runner, but from what I know of it, the new ones this year look quite promising. One apparently gives free rests and spleen items, and the other drops an item that grants access to a 5 white pixel drop monster, that's as good as the ghost in Vanya's Castle Foyer, which is not HC available but much loved of SC speed runners. --Club (#66669) (Talk) 08:10, 4 January 2013 (CET)

October 5, 2013 Rewrite

Updated the page with new familiars. Still needs a few evaluated that I don't have enough knowledge of:


  • Tickle-Me Emilio: Cocoabo + Volleyball. I don't know how useful that really is. Which Tier does it belong to?
  • Mini-Adventurer: It has such a varied set of effects I don't know how to evaluate it.

Questionable (New):

  • Li'l Xenomorph: Tier 2 or Tier 3?
  • Blavious Kloop: Does the Suburb of Dis provide anything useful for a HC run? (It counts as Tier 3 currently)
  • Adorable Space Buddy: Tier 4 or Tier 3? Its primary draw is it's a Ghuol (which is Tier 4), but maybe the 1000 substat is worth something?

Also a few old ones that I think needs some discussion:

  • Elemental Starfishes: They have some situational use for when you really want to get more damage/MP in certain areas, but is that really worth being a Tier 2?
  • Stocking Mimic: It can potentially be an incredibly dense Cocoabo, but is it still as good as 2 years ago?
  • Hobo Monkey: Is a 1.25x Leprechaun really Tier 1 material? Does it speed up the Nuns sub-quest that much?

--JohnAnon (talk) 07:27, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

  • I used both the NPZR and the Tickle-Me Emilio for 95% ascensions. The stat gain from the Tickle-Me Emilio is nothing to be ignored, but if you use either one of these, its their aid in combat you're looking for, and the NPZR has more of that. Still, Emilio deals elemental damage, which gets you awesome results from time to time. It's a close match. Both act 50% of the time but the NPZR delevels for a higher amount and since they are both mainly used to give you their combat support the NPZR wins this race. --Yatsufusa (talk) 20:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Personally I'd rank the Li'l Xenomorph under the Sugar Fruit Fairy. While the Sugar Fruit Fairy eats you MP if you have them, you don't need its familiar equipment do be both a Fary and a Volleyball – while the Xenomorph is just a fancy Volleyball without its equipment. So you either need to spend 5 Adventures +500 meat or have to be able to summon Clip Arts. That don't impress me much. I'm also not sure how many adventures you have to spend during a normal hardcore ascension to actually get to the pills from the moons. I visited the zone several times with fancy +200 item drops and it actually took a few adventures to get some maps. Of course I don't know for sure but I'd bet it takes more adventures than the pills will grant you. And you also have to be able to fill the slots they free... --Yatsufusa (talk) 20:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
    • Also the Xenomorph will always be 5 lbs. lighter than a Sugar Fruit Fairy/Pygmy Bugbear Shaman in case you are willing to spend 5 Adventures and 500 meat or can summon Clip Arts. Or 10 lbs. if you're using sugar shields. --Yatsufusa (talk) 23:23, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I can't see much use for the Blavious Kloop's folios during a hardcore ascension. But it's still a Fairychaun. --Yatsufusa (talk) 20:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • An Adorable Space Buddy needs 300 turns spend before he does what you actually want from him: Give you a huge pile of substats. That means he's a spooky lime-ghuol whelp combo for 299 endless adventures. While that's something, it's nothing I would look forward to using much. You get the most benefit from +substats during the early adventures, where this familiar fails to deliver. I wouldn't list it at all, so nobody gets any wrong ideas about it. --Yatsufusa (talk) 20:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Elemental Starfishes: With the right skills you can do lots of awesome things with the right amount of MP – or fuel a Sugar Fruit Fairy/Pygmy Bugbear Shaman. I'm sure they deserve their rank, but unfortunately they always slip my mind during my ascensions. There are reasons why I don't contribute much to this page... --Yatsufusa (talk) 20:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • The Stocking Mimic... Here I want to apply a different approach: A suspicious stocking cost... 99 million meat in the mall right now, because of its qualities as an aftercore farming familiar. Even if it was the best bloody familiar of all times, it wouldn't matter much, since (almost) nobody could afford one. The players who already have one know from first hand experience how good or bad it is during hardcore ascensions. So don't stress yourself too much about where to place it. ;) --Yatsufusa (talk) 20:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • The Hobo Monkey's 1.25 multiplier is worth nothing if you don't actually level it. I'd prefer a Fairychaun any day. But since not everybody wants to spend 20 dollars on a single familiar, the Hobo Monkey should be somewhere in this Analysis. --Yatsufusa (talk) 20:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

The space buddy. 1k mainstat every 300 combats is 3.3 mainstat per combat, at the opportunity cost of item drop and other things needed. It's an... ok? Volly on top of the Ghoul. So, I think it remains pretty much where it is, at 4. Just my opinion. ~Erich t/c 15:30, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

There are two other familiars we might want to list, but I'm not sure about them yet:

  1. Nosy Nose – It takes at least 200 days to get the Manual of Transcendent Olfaction, so this nose might be an alternative for monsters that don't have terribly low % item drops. At least for newer players.
  2. Hippo Ballerina – A Fairychaun that also includes a sleaze element lime(-1 damage), delevels and blocks. And it's funny on top of it. You (or a friend) need to visit KoL Con to buy one, but it's still available once a year.

--Yatsufusa (talk) 23:46, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Changed some things around (thanks Yatsufusa). It still needs Mini-Adventurer, though. Since it's basically a "1 of 6" familiar, should each mini-class be separately evaluated? --JohnAnon (talk) 01:43, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

  • If I understand the Mini-Adventurer right, its 6 familiars +6 more if its an Accordion Thief +6 more if its a Sauceror and you're BIG! in addition to that (Player Lvl. 15+). Either we give it its own table/page, or we add it to the top of Tier 3 and leave a note that its power depends on the class or class-combination you chose. I don't see much benefit from having 18 versions of "Mini-Adventurer (Type X)" spread all over the place. --Yatsufusa (talk) 02:40, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Removed the other two elemental starfishes again, because of a reason RoyalTonberry made quite clear to me up there in the 7th June 2010 Rewrite. --Yatsufusa (talk) 02:40, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Class Act II: Four-Shadowing the future?

The changes to monster experience, and the ways in which that relates to +ML, may significantly alter the importance of volley-type familiars and really seriously upset the balance of power for this whole list. Please keep an eye on this as you do your Class Act II runs so that, when the changes are made permanent (I have no doubt that they will) we will be able to reasonably respond to them. --Diabolico (talk) 10:46, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Ranking Discussion

A few changes I would make based on the past half year, and some older issues with the page:

  • Tickle-Me Emilio would be considered tier 1 or 2 after the ML revamp, but now it's outclassed by the Grill, so not actually moving it.
  • Midget Clownfish and Rock Lobster are outclassed by Twitching Space Critter (works in both Copse and Cyrpt) and Galloping Grill (gives tons of stats).
  • Astral Badger should be tier 3, as spending 2 turns for 5 turns worth of substats and a couple cupcakes isn't really good in a world without powerleveling.
  • Green Pixie hasn't been a real spleen familiar in many years, but it was potentially slightly useful for powerleveling. Now, it should be dropped entirely.
  • Likewise, Llama Lama is only used for +item feathers now, and even that is questionable.
  • The spleeen volleychauns should be condensed into one entry.
  • The Exotic Parrot is great for the new Kitchen, probably move to tier 1.
  • I guess the Reassembled Blackbird / Reconstituted Crow belongs in tier 1 with the new Black Forest.
  • Obtuse Angel should be tier 2, as the Reanimator is almost always better.
  • Cocoabo should replace Star Starfish as a tier 3 MP familiar, as the Starfish's returns are reduced by +ML now.
  • Galloping Grill is almost always better than the Bugged Bugbear. Maybe downgrade the Bugbear.
  • We might want to color-code non-type69 familiars.

--Psly4mne (talk) 13:12, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

  • I think I can agree with the Badger, Pixie and Lama down-ranking.
  • For the Blackbird/Crow we should consider renaming the Tower Familiars table and move it there (Mandatory Familiars... Council Quest Familiars, maybe?).
  • If a player uses the Reanimator for copying he should always choose it over the Angel and I think it's reflected well enough on the page.
  • Sorry, but I couldn't follow the Star Starfish argument. If the MP generating mechanic was changed it wasn't updated on his wiki page. Also, although they are great familiars generally speaking I'm underwhelmed by the randomness of the Cocoabo/NPZR. If a player wants to use a familiar for the expressed goal of getting MP, shouldn't he be pointed into the direction of a familiar that reliably generates them?
  • While I think I understand your enthusiasm for the Grill (it really does look great), I'm having a hard time comparing it with the Baby Bugged Bugbear (wrong link there, btw) since when I use the Bugbear, I do so for the Volleyball +20 ML, mainly because of the +20 ML that elevate it over sombreros. I'm aware of the ash soda (+15 ML) but does the Grill really drop hot ashes reliably enough that you can compare it to a static effect? The wiki page states that it can only drop up to 5 hot ashes per day. Do 75 adventures of +15 ML alone make all the difference? Right now I'm imagining much of that efect will be eaten away by non-combats. I used this charts for comparison so far, but I'd love to hear about some of your first hand experiences with the Grill to change my mind.
  • And thanks for all your work. --Yatsufusa (talk) 02:07, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Note: Should probably add Oily Woim to tier 1. --Psly4mne (talk) 21:21, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

    • The problem with the starfish is that running +ML now provides damage resistance for the monster which reduces the damage/restoration provided by the starfish. While the starfish mechanic was not changed, it was indirectly nerfed as a result of the new +ML mechanics. --Bale (talk) 07:39, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

New Familiars (Jan. 2015)

I'd propose the following ranking Fist Turkey Tier 1, between Happy Medium and Knob Goblin Organ Grinder. Crimbo Shrub Tier 1 above the He-Boulder. (Does this make He-Boulder and Nanorhino potential candidates for down ranking?) The Baby Z-Rex will most likely turn out to be Tier 3 material, once spaded. Finally the Mini-Crimbot should be... Tier 2 I suppose... "Increases your combat initiative by approximately 30%" would aid where you'd use a Oily Woim or Xiblaxian Holo-Companion, which now includes the revamped NS tower. With +30% initiative it acts like a 15 pound woim, which would be helpful for players that don't have permed the 3 +familiar weight skills, yet. I'm pretty sure someone can make up better rankings than this, given that I based those rankings exclusively on gut-feeling. --Yatsufusa (talk) 16:17, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

"Newer" Familiars (Oct. 2015)

Puck Man is a pretty safe bet for tier 1. The Li'l Barrel Mimic probably belongs there as well, maybe tier 2.
—Preceding unsigned comment added by Octagon8 (talkcontribs) on 20 October 2015

Nosy Nose

I'd promote the Nosy Nose to tier 2, as it gives you much more flexibility. Before you get soft greens, being able to do areas like the Defiled Niche with leftover On The Trail turns from elsewhere is very good.
You can also get a whiff of one monster, switch away from the Nosy Nose, olfact another, then remove olfaction, take the nosy nose with you and properly olfact the whiffing monster.
Queue manipulation aside, the delevel is excellent against gremlins and bosses, especially now that there's ruthless efficiency and dark porquoise rings. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Octagon8 (talkcontribs) on 20 October 2015

  • Since there has been no uprising until now I'd say that sounds like a reasonable proposal. Also cheers for coming up with that technique! Based on it I'd place the Nose above the Oily Woim/Holo-Companion, but I probably don't sniff as much as I should, so feel free to place it where you feel it fits. --Yatsufusa (talk) 01:10, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

Update to 2018

It appears that this has been updated about a year and a half ago at this point, and several new familiars need to be added.

Additionally, I question the validity of some of the current rankings. I will post my thoughts here for now, and will likely make changes over the weekend if there are no objections.

New familiars:
Robortender (2017) - tier 1 (easy booze components and stand-alone drinks with useful buffs. Can be fed drinks to improve functionality greatly)
XO skeleton (2017) - tier 1 (it seems optimal, but I'm not 100% confident on this due to not having one of my own)
God lobster (2018) - tier 2 (primarily useful for free fights and bonus substat gains from food, but it doesn't offer much that other familiars don't already cover)
Cat burglar (2018) - tier 1 (heist mechanic has its niche uses for items you need more than one of [e.g. goat cheese/milk, ore from a mountain golem], or possibly as a pseudo-YR. Serves a unique enough role.)
Garbage fire (2018) - tier 2 (equipment/consumables have reasonable uses)
Cornbeefadon (2018) - do not list - from what I can tell, it doesn't actually provide stats, so its just a basic leprechaun.
Disgeist (2018) - tier 2 (unique familiar, useful if you cannot reach -25% combat frequency, but provides no other abilities and needs to be close to 30lb to be reasonably useful)
Stooper (2018) - tier 2 (one extra drunkenness worth of turngen is unique, if nothing else)
Unspeakachu (2018) - tier 3 (better than a basic starfish, but too unreliable)
Bowlet (2018) - tier 3 (marginally useful for the wall of bones, assuming it actually works against it)
Mu (2018) - tier 3 (marginally useful for the wall of skin)

Some tier updates:
Promote intergnat to tier 1 (easy demon summoning, easy YR access, awesome-tier food with great stats)
Demote happy medium to tier 2 (drinks take too much effort to make, buffs are mediocre, newer familiars do a better job)
Demote grimstone golem to tier 2 (turn savings are low and require a turn investment to obtain, needs 50 turns of usage to get one mask)
Demote knob goblin organ grinder to tier 2 (badass pies aren’t particularly noteworthy anymore)
Demote stocking mimic to tier 2 (Other familiars provide MP easier these days; candy drops too unreliable)
Demote nanorhino to tier 2 (limited to one use per day for niche banish/substats)
Demote he-boulder to tier 2 (plentiful, accessible YRs exist render this largely obsolete)
Demote bandersnatch to tier 2 (strictly inferior to the fairy boots; combat functionality is less useful since the class revamps)
Demote oily woim to tier 3 (Xiblaxian Holo-Companion is strictly better)
--Volc (talk) 05:14, 3 August 2018 (UTC)

Update to 2020

New Familiars:
I think we should dismiss the plastic pirate skull, because it costs a lot to get and is not worth it.
The pocket professor should be at tier one, because it does something similar to reanimated animator (copying) and does more.
The Red Nosed Snapper should be at tier one too, because it can give access to a lot of handy tools, and increases item drops a lot underwater.
Antique nutcracker and Piranha Plant should be grouped in second to last section, along with the volleyball, as the nutcracker provides a potion with stat bonuses and the plant attacks. They both give stats like a volleyball.
Left-hand man should be grouped at tier two, because it gives an extra offhand slot.
Melodramedary should be at tier two, because it rerolls items twice, if it spat on a monster and also gives a nice effect if it spits on you.
The ghosts should be grouped together, and should be at at least tier 2, because of their functionality. They have a weight cap of 40, which gives for high meat/item bonus, and they have special effects. The commerce one can give a lot of substats, enough usually to give you a point to each stat. The carols one can give nice buffs, and the cheer one helps increase cold damage, which can be useful in the bridge building.
If there are objections please list. --Generated Player (talk) 19:17, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

Most of these seem about right to me. I only have a couple comments to make:

If by second to last section you mean the 'basic' section, the intent is to leave that almost exclusively for the basic familiar types that never go out of standard and/or will always be accessible at a low price in the mall. The Lil' Barrel Mimic is present due to being perfect for new players (dropping items is more helpful than attacking) as well as its low mall price, and the NPZR still remains usable, possibly due to its iconic nature (although even its presence is debatable). The Antique Nutcracker & Piranha Plant don't really fit either of these, and I don't think they're worth specifically listing (aside from listing them as some other volleyball subtypes).

Left-hand man is a bit tricky, because the disembodied hand is effectively the same but for 1 handed weapons, and is listed at tier 3. Within the context of ascension, Left-hand man's usefulness is only marginally better (the only relevant use that comes to mind is equipping both the UV Compass and Kramco, but that isn't needed if you have a Melodramedary), and should be at the same tier as such.

The others all make sense. I'll add these updates in a bit, most likely. --Volc (talk) 14:53, 9 December 2020 (UTC)