For Core Keeper players, this guide will show you how to use the Hive Mother to farm your Vitality, Ranged, and Combat Experience from 0-100, semi-afk!
Basic Fundimental Knowledge
This is rather simple, but requires some base knowledge. First of which is how the EXP system works. Vitality EXP gain is based off kills, while Melee and Ranged EXP is based on HITS. This means that you want to use a weapon with the lowest damage, but highest attack speed. To this end, I recommend resetting your skills so that you take the entry level attack speed perks, but ignore everything else.
Why not endurance runner? We will be abusing starvation, explained in detail later. We want to do the least ammount of damage, after all.
Why not Fast and Furious? It’s bugged and doesn’t work with our weapons of choice, the shovel and your fists. The flurry ability procs but it’s broken for unarmed and shovels, so ignore it. It would have made this way less terrible, but that’s ok, suffering builds character. And grinding in this game is suffering. Just look at my 36 hour farming timelapse that I’ll be uploading soon. For real. Please fix this, devs. Take it at 5/5 when it’s done.
Why poison? Poison just seems to make grinding faster. It’s a strange interaction that I haven’t figured out just yet.
Keep in mind that the Hive Mother cannot target you beyond 14 squares, which we will be abusing, and the fight will reset after a short period of time at around 20ish squares away, which is also amusible. This gives you a lot of control in this fight.
Building Your Hive Mother Farm.
Now, notice that you can just walk up to the Hive Queen. Use this to your advantage to use your shovel to create your ancient training arena. You will be able to dig around, but not inside the arena.
Monsters spawn in 4 nodes around the boss. We’ll show off how to encourage these bugs to become your training partners later.
Items/Weapons/Preperations and Starvation
Before we can begin or path to enlightenment, we must be the one to first cast the first stone.
Tin, also known as Dragonforce, is the strongest metal known to man. It is acid proof, corosion proof, and only your fists or a wooden shovel can dismantle it. So don’t accidentally hit it or you will be digested alive like in a weird furry doujin when the artillery creates acid pools.
Torches also work and will prevent acid from spawning, but spikes are more aesthetic, and will save your life in case an enemy teleports into you
The humble wood shovel is the perfect tool to also fix any unhappy, unintentional mistakes that will cause you to be prematurely digested. Simply dig up any acid and reset the fight if you need to. Make sure you have a broken one, as well as a fixed one. This is important.
Use the wood shovel until it breaks, as prolonged spanking your enemies causes emotional damage, which gets you combat exp faster than simply killing your enemies.
When your holy yoai paddle breaks, you unlock your ultimate skill: fist. You no longer are at risk of accidentally removing your anti-digestion panels
Why unarmed? It has a similar range to a shovel, but does the least amount of damage.
Then, to order to surpass your mortal limits, you must feel the worm. That is the truth of kung fu.
Martial Arts, hand to hand combat. The only way to get enlightingment.
Why do we do this? Remember, Range and Combat EXP is based on hits, not damage or kills. You want the highest attack speed, but the lowest possible damage so that you can slap those bug bottoms for as long as possible.
But first, In order to find your center and embrace total Enlighted ultimate Kung Fu, you must first engage in ritualistic fasting. Like all zen pursuits, it will involve overcoming starvation and suffering. Complaining will not make the pain go away, but your character will do it anyway pretty often.
There isn’t any DoorDash down here, the only satisfaction you’ll be getting is from the crazy EXP you’ll get down at the Grub Hub.
And finally, some tips.
-Waves of small maggots are perfect to kill with your fists for maximum exp procs.
-Big maggot waves and explodey boys should be destroyed via range or the Grubzooka for the vitality exp ASAP. For some reason the blowpipe seemed to give me more exp, and I theorize it’s because of poison procs.
-Having multiple shovels will swap to a fresh one. Make sure you are aware of this.
-By equipping two clout rings, found in this biome, you can also regain any lost clout from being hit by any errant goo.
That, and if you do get two you can make sure all your numbers are 1s, 0s, 6s, and 9s, like some sort of proctology exam fisticuff robot