- Title: Incremental Epic Hero 2
- Release Date: July 22, 2022
- Developer: Hapiwaku
- Publisher: Idle System, Inc.
This guide will help you locate black pearls in Incremental Epic Hero 2. You won’t have to worry about how to obtain them anymore, and you can start leveling up your town. This guide is specifically tailored for game version 220.127.116.11, and it should be applicable to earlier published versions as well, except for the Fishing With Dynamite quest. It primarily focuses on the early stages of the game when black pearls play a crucial role, and certain assumptions are based on this premise.
Let’s start by covering the basics. Currently, there are four sources where you can obtain black pearls in the game:
- Boss Monsters: Black pearls can be acquired from defeating boss monsters.
- Metal Monsters: Similarly, you can obtain black pearls by defeating metal monsters.
- Mimics: Mimics have a higher chance of dropping black pearls and can be a good source.
- Fishing With Dynamite Quest: Completing the Fishing With Dynamite quest rewards you with 1 black pearl. This reward is guaranteed, not luck-based, but it requires defeating 10 boss devilfish in a dungeon.
There are some key mechanics that affect your black pearl farming:
- All sources of black pearls require entering dungeons, although clearing them isn’t necessary. To access black pearls, you’ll need portal orbs.
- Boss and metal monsters drop black pearls as a rare item, while mimics commonly drop them.
- The Fishing With Dynamite quest provides a guaranteed black pearl, but its usefulness is limited because it can’t be increased, and you need to clear a devilfish dungeon for it.
- The material multiplier mist affects all monster drops, so be sure to use it during your farming.
- Rare drop modifiers, such as equipment, trapper research, and area mission milestones, influence the drop rate of black pearls from boss and metal monsters.
- Common drop modifiers, like the slime bank, impact the drop rate of black pearls from mimics.
- You can use the Pilfer ability to obtain a common drop from a monster, and this works for getting black pearls from mimics. Pilfer’s success rate is influenced by the material multiplier mist and has its own success rate independent of the base drop rate.
- Each monster can only be pilfered once, as far as you can tell.
- Statistically, each treasure chest has a 20% chance of being a mimic when you open it. This observation is based on the analysis of millions of opened chests.
- The drop chance for treasure chests is determined by a formula of 0.5% + 0.1% treasure hunter level (0.5% before ascending) for each defeated monster. This means a 0.1% + 0.02% increase in mimic spawn rate per treasure hunter level.
- Each monster has a 0.05% + 0.025% per metal chaser level chance of being a metal variant (0.05% before ascending). This implies that, as long as you open all chests, mimics are more common than metal variants before ascending.
- Common drop chances are generally much higher than rare drop chances.
These mechanics are essential to consider when farming for black pearls in Incremental Epic Hero 2.
The Active Approach
The most effective method for obtaining black pearls in terms of black pearls per portal orb and game time involves active use of the Pilfer skill on mimics. Here’s a step-by-step guide for this strategy:
- Ensure that you have unlocked the Thief character with the Pilfer skill. The steal chance increases at specific levels (60, 100, 150, and 250) and can range from 5% to 50% depending on the base level.
- Have a character that can either withstand the monsters in the dungeon or use short-range skills to defeat them. Abilities like Sonic Slash work well.
- Choose a dungeon that you can barely clear. You need to defeat monsters to access chests, but it’s crucial not to clear the dungeon entirely. Your goal is to reach the mimics without dying.
- Be able to switch from a dungeon-clearing skill set to a pilfering skill set. This often involves using pause, skill loadouts, or manually removing skills.
- Prepare your character’s skills and equipment. Level up the Pilfer skill appropriately. Be cautious not to let the Thief character rebirth beyond Tier 1 during this process.
- Ensure you’re not using the Red Fairy active pet, as you want to open chests at the right time, not as soon as they appear.
- Clear some waves of the dungeon, but don’t risk completing it. Leave enough time to pilfer the mimics. The more waves you clear, the better, but be careful not to finish the dungeon prematurely.
- Now, you need treasure chests. If there are none, complete the dungeon and try again.
- Set up your pilfering skills. Unequip all skills that improve DPS, except for the base attack and Pilfer. Equip Pilfer if it wasn’t already equipped. Also, use Material Multiplier Mist if it’s not always active. Open all chests and make sure you’re not killed by the existing monsters in the process.
- Clear non-mimic monsters first. If you have a pause feature, use it to open chests and only switch to the mimic pilfering setup when you see a mimic. If you don’t have pause, unequip skills with long-range or high AoE, open chests, and, if mimics are present, switch to skills that can clear non-mimics and then switch to Pilfer for the mimics. If you can easily withstand normal monsters, you might choose to ignore them instead of killing them.
- If there are no mimics, reequip your regular skills and continue the dungeon normally.
- When you encounter mimics, use Pilfer on them until they either drop the black pearl or are defeated. If there are multiple mimics, keep track of each one and try to get a drop from each. Mimics typically have more HP than other monsters, so you should have some time for pilfering.
- Re-equip your regular skills and either clear the dungeon, leave it, or let it fail, depending on your goals.
This approach is not heavily reliant on the black pearl drop chance shown in the bestiary. Instead, it depends on the total monster population in the dungeon and the treasure chest drop chance. The Pilfer chance becomes less critical if you can consistently target mimics for an extended period.
The Passive Approach
The passive approach to acquiring black pearls in Incremental Epic Hero 2 involves gaining them from mimics, boss monsters, and metal monsters as you clear dungeons. Here are the key factors that influence the efficiency of this approach:
- Area Missions Milestone: The 90 area missions milestone provides a 1.5x rare material drop multiplier. However, this milestone occurs when it happens, so it’s not something you can actively control.
- Rare Material Drop Research: Invest in rare material drop research to increase your chances of obtaining black pearls. Be mindful not to focus too much on this research, as there are other important research areas, and the benefits of rare material drop research have limits.
- Equipment with Rare Material Drop Chance: Equip items that boost your rare material drop chance. Look for enchantments or items like the Magicslime Balloon (from Area 8), Spider Stick (from Area 7), and Treant Kokeshi (from Area 6). Note that the Treant Kokeshi might not be accessible early in the game.
- Common Drop Chance: The Material Finder upgrade on the 3rd page of slime bank upgrades can increase your common drop chance, but its effectiveness is limited by exponential price scaling. You can’t significantly influence it based on your slime coin cap or gain.
- Boss and Metal Monsters: Both boss and metal monsters are equally valuable in terms of black pearl drops.
- Mimics: Mimics are generally more effective because they have a higher common drop chance compared to rare drop chance.
- Metal Monsters: Metal monsters can slow down dungeon clearing, and the Metal Chaser prestige upgrade may be better left at 0. This increases the significance of boss and mimic encounters. However, if you have area/dungeon prestige reset from the epic store, you can ignore this point. Even at max level, metal monster population usually won’t exceed boss population.
- Treasure Hunter Upgrade: The Treasure Hunter upgrade increases mimic spawn rates, making them a valuable source of black pearls.
- Passive Heroes: Passive heroes in dungeons do not produce mimics, so keep this in mind when choosing your hero lineup.
- Monster Composition: The composition of monsters in each 100 waves is roughly the same, with a similar number of common monsters and the same number of bosses. Prestiged dungeons can be a good source of passive black pearls.
- Fishing With Dynamite Quest: This quest is generally considered less useful for farming black pearls. Its reward is relatively low, and the need to clear Devilfish dungeons, which lack useful drops for farming, makes it less efficient compared to in-dungeon drops with material multiplier mist.
In summary, when pursuing black pearls passively, focus on boosting your rare material drop chance through research and equipment, pay attention to mimic spawn rates, and consider the balance between boss monsters, metal monsters, and mimics based on your playstyle and available upgrades.
The recorded number of non-prestigious dungeons in existence is as follows:
- Slime 1: 118 monsters, 0 bosses
- Slime 2: 154 monsters, 1 boss
- Slime 3: 230 monsters, 2 bosses
- Slime 4: 377 monsters, 5 bosses
- Magicslime 1: 120 monsters, 0 bosses
- Magicslime 2: 154 monsters, 1 boss
- Magicslime 3: 301 monsters, 2 bosses
- Magicslime 4: 472 monsters, 1 boss
- Magicslime 5: 472 monsters, 1 boss
- Magicslime 6: 472 monsters, 1 boss
- Magicslime 7: 472 monsters, 1 boss
- Magicslime 8: 472 monsters, 1 boss
- Spider 1: 505 monsters, 0 bosses
- Spider 2: 566 monsters, 1 bosses
- Spider 3: 690 monsters, 4 bosses
- Spider 4: 695 monsters, 6 bosses
- Bat 1: 298 monsters, 1 boss
- Bat 2: 298 monsters, 1 boss
- Bat 3: 395 monsters, 3 bosses
- Bat 4: 298 monsters, 4 bosses
- Fairy 1: 298 monsters, 1 boss
- Fairy 2: 278 monsters, 1 boss
- Fairy 3: 395 monsters, 3 bosses
- Fairy 4: 395 monsters, 3 bosses
- Fox 1: 254 monsters, 1 boss
- Fox 2: 314 monsters, 1 boss
- Fox 3: 393 monsters, 3 boss
- Fox 4: 392 monsters, 3 boss
- Devilfish 1: 501 monsters, 1 boss
- Devilfish 2: 316 monsters, 1 boss
- Devilfish 3: 395 monsters, 3 bosses
- Devilfish 4: 395 monsters, 3 bosses
- Treant 1: 501 monsters, 1 boss
- Treant 2: 316 monsters, 1 boss
- Treant 3: 395 monsters, 3 bosses
- Treant 4: 395 monsters, 3 bosses
- Flametiger 1: 501 monsters, 1 boss
- Flametiger 2: 316 monsters, 1 boss
- Flametiger 3: 395 monsters, 3 bosses
- Flametiger 4: 395 monsters, 3 bosses
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