Skul The Hero Slayer Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Skul The Hero Slayer Guides RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Skul: The Hero Slayer Legendary Skull Guide Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:01:32 -0500 John Schutt

Making your way to the final boss in Skul: The Hero Slayer will see you trying the game’s many different skulls, giving you access to new abilities and upgrade paths. The best are of Legendary rarity, and all have the potential for immense damage and survivability. The problem is gathering the materials to improve lower rarity ones or being lucky enough for the pure Legendaries to appear.

This guide is all about getting your hands on every Legendary variant in the game and which ones you should focus on if you want the easiest time slaying every hero in your path.

How to Get Legendary Skulls

There are two types of Legendaries: the upgrade kind and the pure kind.

The upgrade version is exactly as it sounds: you have to spend bone fragments to improve your skull to the maximum rarity. You can only get pure Legendaries out of the random bone pile at the end of green-door rooms.

How long it takes to upgrade to Legendary depends on its rarity when you acquire it. After all, they don’t just come in Common and Legendary variants. There are Rare and Unique versions, as well.

Here's how many bone fragments it takes to upgrade these varieties: 

  • Common (140)
  • Rare (130)
  • Unique (100)

Whenever you come across one you don’t want, you have the option to destroy it for a set number of fragments:

  • Common (5)
  • Rare (11)
  • Unique (23)
  • Legendary (44)

You’ll know which will drop depending on the visuals of the bone pile.

Common ones drop from a small, unimpressive mound. Rare ones are larger and lack the Common pile’s helmeted skull. Unique ones come from a large bone pile with a single standing skeleton. Legendary heads are in a huge pile, with a skeleton crucifix on top.

If you’re set on improving a Common version all the way, you’ll forego certain options in favor of fragment farming. As we talked about in our Skul tips guide, you want to focus on a single damage type. You're better suited destroying magic skulls on a physical damage run even if they would otherwise be solid choices.

As hard as it might be to dismantle a Grim Reaper, it's better to have the fragments and assure the upgrade than waste your build to have a shiny new Legendary that does no damage.

Free the Harpy Warrior Prisoner

Also, be on the lookout for the Harpy Warrior prisoner. She has long silver hair with a red and black outfit and gives between 20 and 30 fragments if released from captivity. You don’t even need to clear the room to acquire the Harpy fragments. Just break her cell and talk to her for the easiest upgrade materials in the game.

The Best Legendary Skulls in Skul: The Hero Slayer

You know what you want your build to be. You’re ready to gather the fragments. Your only choice now is which Legendary do you want?

These are the best-in-class Legendaries for each rarity regardless of damage type. I’m basing these choices on two primary factors: room-clearing efficiency and boss damage output. You’ll need both to survive through all five worlds and make it to the final encounter with enough health to succeed.

Common: Werewolf

The Werewolf starts this list because it has a strong suite of abilities and, if you get the right combination at Legendary, you can clear entire rooms in seconds without taking a single hit. The real winner here is the dash attack with up to three uses when fully charged.

If you’ve taken your physical damage to its maximum, the entire first level, including the boss, is a cakewalk. Even if Werewolf comes with its close-range abilities, it’s still a force to be reckoned with because of its speed and raw damage output potential.

Rare: Rider

If there’s any ability that puts Rider above the rest, it’s Hell Bike. It deals physical damage, but when it comes to clearing entire rooms in seconds, it makes almost every other ability in the game look inefficient. Some of the Unique and Legendary powers aren’t as immediately effective, even if they are technically safer.

That's because Hell Bike lasts about 10 seconds, sends you across the screen at high speeds, pushes back and staggers smaller enemies, and deals damage to everything it hits. You can make it to and from both ends of the largest rooms and have time to spare.

If you can control the ability, Hell Bike can also deal massive damage to bosses, even if dodging attacks are a little awkward.

Hell Bike is good enough on its own, but if you want a good chunk of fire-and-forget DPS, pair the bike with Flame Boots, which leaves a trail of magic fire behind for about five seconds. One use of the two abilities can melt both phases of the first world’s boss. Later worlds take a little more effort, but taking Rider to Legendary only makes these two abilities more powerful.

Unique: Predator

Every Unique type has its benefits, and unless you’re going for a specific build, all of them can turn a run on its head. This choice came down to Predator and Great Warlock. Still, ultimately I settled on Predator because while Great Warlock is technically better at clearing rooms, activating any of its powers leaves you vulnerable.

Predator also puts you in danger, since it's physical damage focused. However, because you can control how your attacks function, you have more freedom to get out of danger. Predator also deals more damage in less time over more attacks, meaning your build can revolve around physical damage and attack-based upgrade items.

Lastly, Predator’s swap ability affects every enemy on screen, slowing them and giving you a chance to reposition as necessary. The utility there is unquestionably best-in-class.

Legendary: Grim Reaper

Surprising no one, Grim Reaper is the top choice of pure Legendary. There’s no bad ability combo, though if you can combo Harvest with Sentence, you’ll have a full screen-clear and a mop-up attack on the same character. Add in the seeking orbs spawned by dead enemies, and you’ve got damage to spare.

Grim Reaper’s attacks also have a long reach. As a Magic-user, damage output is one of the highest you’ll find, and several of its abilities, including its swap, leave it invulnerable for a time. You have both the ability to deal death while having some “Get out of jail free” cards up your sleeve.

Also, Grim Reaper looks cool. Which is always nice.

There are optimal options when it comes to Legendary shells, but don’t be fooled. Get your hands on any of them, and you’ll have a strong chance at making your way deep into a run. That's how to get legendary skulls and some of the best variants across types in the game. What are your favorite combos? Let us know in the comments below!

Skul: The Hero Slayer Traits: Best in Common, Rare, Unique, Legendary Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:00:29 -0500 John Schutt

Skul: The Hero Slayer traits are the game's rogue-lite element, allowing you to upgrade your character’s strength and resilience, decrease cooldowns, and add life-saving abilities. Each Trait upgrade costs Dark Quartz, a currency dropped by every enemy in the game. The further you go, the more quartz drops, and the more Traits you acquire. That also means they become more expensive.

This Skul: The Hero Slayer guide will go over all the game's best Traits — the ones you’ll want as soon as you can get your hands on them. Some are straightforward and will unlock in short order. Others will cost you a king’s ransom. All of them are worth every piece of quartz.

Common Traits

There are three Traits you can access as soon as you can talk to the Witch in Human form. These are your base damage abilities:

  • Marrow Transplant, which increases Magic damage
  • Thick Bone, which increases Physical damage
  • Fatal Mind, which increases critical damage chance

You’ll want to put at least a few points into each of these quickly, as their initial costs are very, very low: 30-40 quartz for the first upgrade, 60-80 for the next, 120 or so for the third. Even the last few upgrades are only a few hundred quartz each.

All told, you’ll spend a little more than 1,500 Quartz, bringing the three damage Traits to Level 10, their maximum.

However, don’t take them to maximum immediately. Decide which damage type you prefer on your skulls, then pump that to Level 6 or Level 7. Bring the other two up to Level 3 or Level 4 if you must have as much damage as possible while still leaving room for the second tier of Traits.

Rare Traits

The second Traits column is all about increasing your health and the usability of the two main ability types: Swap and Quintessence. Fracture Prevention, the middle option, is a flat and permanent increase to your health, giving you more wiggle room to make mistakes.

Quick Dislocation and Ancestral Fortitude improve your Swap and Quintessence cooldown by up to 40%, respectively. Which you upgrade first depends on how you want to play.

Swap mechanics are quicker but have a shorter cooldown compared to Quintessence. On the flip side, the best Swap abilities don’t deal nearly the damage of a good Quintessence, and switching skulls could put you in an awkward position if you’ve focused on improving one over the other.

Additionally, Quintessence is a “fire and forget” power. Click the button once, and the ability works. Some of them can carry even late-game builds. Their cooldown is heavily dependent on the potential damage output, so while you can get an incredibly powerful Quintessence, if you use it at the wrong time, you’ll be without a potential safety net.

The best choice to improve first is therefore up to you. Upgrading Swap will get you more incremental damage and more frequent add clear, while upgrading Quintessence will get you bigger damage less often. 

Fracture Prevention offers extra health, and is definitely nice, as well.

Unique Traits

Unlike the last two columns, the choice here is clear. Nutrition Supply decreases the cooldown of balance-type skulls. This is valuable for two reasons.

Legendary Balance skulls are probably the best in the game. Rocker, Grim Reaper, Dark Paladin, Great Warlock — all of them are powerful balance skulls. The Legendary-versions of balance common skulls, such as Skeleton-Sword and Carleon Recruit, are also quite powerful.

Beyond that, balance skulls rely a little more on their abilities than other skull types, so you want these ready as quickly as possible.

The other two Traits are good, Heavy Frame for damage reduction on Power skulls or Spirit Acceleration for attack and movement speed on Speed skulls. They are not, however, as consistently useful.

Power skulls are all quite slow and put you in constant danger by virtue of their physical attacks, so while damage reduction is good, you want to be learning, not taking hits and dying, early on.

Speed Skulls suffer a similar fate, but without the damage reduction. Even if you can kill bosses faster, spending more time dying to the masses of mobs before getting to said bosses is just wasting time.

Legendary Traits

As with the third column, the final set of Traits has a single clear winner: Reassemble. It grants a single resurrection per run with up to 60% of our maximum health. It's essentially a get out of jail free card. Make a mistake and get killed? You're still in the fight. 

Exoskeleton Reinforcement does something similar, granting a health barrier up to 20 HP every time you swap and reducing the swap cooldown if the barrier doesn’t break (reduced to zero HP). It's powerful, but again, if you’re prioritizing a single skull to conserve resources, being stuck in a moveset you haven’t upgraded can be tricky.

You’re likely to have all Skul: The Hero Slayer Traits fully upgraded if you put in enough time. At that point, even without any upgrades, you’ll be incredibly powerful. However, the above Traits and considerations will make the early and mid-game far more bearable. If you're looking for more tips and tricks on this wonderful rogue-lite, consider heading over to our guides hub here!

Skul: The Hero Slayer Tips and Tricks Guide Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:44:46 -0500 John Schutt

Skul: The Hero Slayer might have a lot of charm, but its friendly veneer hides a game that will kill you without a second thought. And then laugh about it. Thankfully, runs are exciting enough, and the game is fun enough that failure only hurts so much. Even so, we’ve got a tips and tricks guide to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

Some tips are psychological, some mechanical, but all of them will help you get all the way through to the final boss, though actually beating them is another matter.

One point of order first: Skul doesn’t save your progress if you leave mid-run. If you’ve made it beyond the third world, it’s better to pause the game and come back later. If you quit in any way, be prepared to start from the beginning with nothing.

Tip 1: Don’t Be Afraid of Failure

It sounds obvious for a rogue-lite, but failure is essential to success in Skul. More importantly, because of the randomness inherent in the genre, sometimes the game doesn’t play nice and a run’s dead almost before it even begins.

There is an option to restart if you’re getting shafted on drops, but don’t give in to that temptation. Unless you’ve mastered every level in the game, there’s always something to learn. It needn’t be an impromptu “challenge run,” either. A run that’s destined to fail can turn on a dime, and you might surprise yourself by getting past the boss or room that’s been giving you trouble.

As a corollary to accepting failure, don’t be afraid to experiment on a dead or dying run. If you change your tactics because you don’t have anything to lose, you might improvise a brand new, better strategy you can use going forward.

Tip 2: Try Different Skulls

You’re liable to find a few skulls that mesh with you, but try not to rest on your laurels. The one skull you pass up, if fully upgraded, could rewrite your entire gameplan. As with not fearing failure, even if the Legendary version of a skull doesn’t knock your socks off, now you know which to scrap immediately and which to hold onto.

You won’t even run into some of the random drop skulls — Grim Reaper, Rocker, Predator, and others — if you don’t look into new options. These rare skulls offer some of the most powerful abilities in the game, and you can get your hands on them as early as the first world. The non-Legendary ones are even upgradable to a higher form. 

Tip 3: Focus on One Door Type at a Time

Even if you don’t see a skull or item door in every room, you should still focus on only one door type at a time. That way, you can craft the perfect build as early as possible and hone it to a razor’s edge. Ideally, skull doors are your best bet, as the more you open, the higher the likelihood you’ll get something you like.

Focusing on money doors is another good strategy, especially if you get a good skull from the get-go. Doing so ensures you’ll always have access to large heals at shops and, if you’re exceedingly wealthy, plenty of items you don’t need to fight for.

Going all-in on item doors has its own benefits, of course. Even the base skull can be incredibly powerful with the right setup and enough understanding of enemies and areas. With a certain trait, you can even dismantle items you don’t want for a small pile of gold. That gold can then go back into the shop for items, healing, and other upgrades.

Tip 4: Stick to a Single Damage Type When Possible

Make it magic damage, if you can. The most powerful skulls in the game primarily do magic damage, and traits allow you to upgrade your magic to be 60% more effective rather than physical’s 40%. Be aware that most common and rare skulls mix and match damage types, so you’ll be split along that line.

However, based on the first few upgrades you come across in a run, you should quickly prioritize whether to focus on magic or physical attacks. The worst thing you can do is build up one damage type, then equip a Legendary skull that uses the other, making all the work you did to that point essentially worthless.

Tip 5: Embrace the Hard Carry

It doesn’t matter if you’re new or a veteran. You’re bound to come across a skull or upgrade that’s so powerful it does most of the work for you. Maybe it takes a while to recharge, or maybe it asks for a completely different playstyle, but it can and does clear entire screens with minimal effort.

Embrace the power. Half the difficulty of Skul lies in its bosses, as one unfamiliar attack can chunk your health, again and again, setting back your progress or ending a run altogether.

Your goal, then, is to make it to the boss as quickly as you can, and if that means leaning on a single ability or item, then who cares? Play safe, play slow, and let the game play itself. You’ll eventually come across something that will test you, and you’ll need all the help you can get to overcome it.

Hopefully, these few Skul: The Hero Slayer tips and tricks will help you get far into this fantastic rogue-lite. We’ve got more guides on the way about more mechanical strategies, so stay tuned for those.