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Gemcraft CS: shadow orbs are complete BS

Posted Apr 30, '14 at 2:17am

Poghy

Poghy

27 posts

You dont need to spend a single shadow core to beat the game. Also if you reach higher levels more shadow cores will be dropped.

 

Posted Apr 30, '14 at 2:59am

xroads42

xroads42

87 posts

endurance on looming -> +2k SC ! (not beaten, i survive till wave 480 wo shrines)

non MP: field T6 gives you many SC.

 

Posted Apr 30, '14 at 5:00am

blackpaladin

blackpaladin

77 posts

You say you get an average of 5 SC a level, so I say you can't be a high wizard lvl and you didnt play for a long time. I now get between 500 and 2000 SC per battle, and I have played the game without having to grind for them ever. You havent even really started playing yet cause otherwise you would get more than 5 schadow cores per battles.

 

Posted Apr 30, '14 at 10:58am

gxgx55

gxgx55

2 posts

Seriously farming SC is a bit grindy, but not extremely grindy. I get 1k-2k per run of F1 on Looming with Chasing Shadows trait on 7(28 is pretty cheap for 7 shadows). Set up basic mana farm, send all waves, kill everything till you can't, profit.

 

Posted Apr 30, '14 at 11:03am

ArchlordPie

ArchlordPie

152 posts

Level up more. You get more shadow cores on average the higher your wizard level gets. Just play stuff on looming with no traits. Complete maps and unlock more skills and stuff and don't worry about your cores. Just forget they even exist. One day you'll load the game up and go "hey, where'd all these shadow cores come from" and that's when you load up F1 with maxed traits and jump 50+ levels from one good endurance run.

I currently float around 2000 cores stocked up on average. More if I've been doing lots of no-trait Glaring runs (to unlock the secret maps), less if I got a good talisman drop recently and wanted to level it. I've been restricted on cores maybe once (when I did the compass quest and wanted to level the talismans I got), and a few runs of the wizard tower map in the F hex with only Chasing Shadows maxed solved that problem pretty quickly (then again, this was before the nerf).

 

Posted Apr 30, '14 at 11:43am

flamewolf393

flamewolf393

12 posts

I cant just level up. If I could level up I wouldnt be worrying about the shadow cores. Im stuck, I need to level up to beat more maps, but that involves grinding shadow cores so I CAN do the battle traits to level up.

 

Posted Apr 30, '14 at 12:13pm

ArchlordPie

ArchlordPie

152 posts

You might want to reconsider your strategy. What map(s) are you stuck on and how do you generally go about beating them?

I'm at the point where my usual strategy won't get me anywhere, and gaining 200 levels from endurance runs didn't change that one bit, so I need to change my strategy. Probably going to go with something similar to the endurance mana farms...

Yes, leveling up helps, but often times it won't be the deciding factor for whether or not you beat a level. General strategy and random events have far more influence on that than your skill points/mana regen due to wizard level.

BTW, do you spend ALL your skill points? After a certain point you're going to want to not spend them them so you have more starting mana. If you reach a map where you can't kill the first wave, unlevel your skills until you can start with a higher-grade gem, then try again.

 

Posted May 2, '14 at 8:28am

jdguy99

jdguy99

50 posts

@Flamewolf
What Wizard Level are you at and where are you stuck. I think if you want some guidance there is lots to be had here, but people need a little more info. As has been mentioned there are different ways of approaching this game, so let people know.

on a side note, i did buy the wizards pouch and 50000 Shadow cores. For me it was more of a thank you to Peter than anything. All the hours i have spent playing this series, and i have spent 20 bucks for it (between CS and GCL). When i compare what i paid for Diablo 3 or Xcom for example, way better value for my money so i have no problem supporting the developer in this way

 

Posted May 2, '14 at 8:55am

Zwolin

Zwolin

20 posts

Get poolbound skill, use only chain/crit/armor gems if you do not have poolbond.
Once you get poolbound go with chain and pool. make sure you have enough mana to start with gem that can kill first 3-5 waves, call them early for extra mana. Use spells, have only 1 gem, possibly 4/8 amps around it. best strategy ever.

 

Posted May 2, '14 at 10:04pm

flamewolf393

flamewolf393

12 posts

I am level 61 atm. I am stuck on basically every map that has starting HP of 70+

 
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