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Balatro 1.0.1c Experimental Patch Notes

A lot of changes to absorb for sure.

Balatro has received a massive update, and now you can play the new 1.0.1c Experimental version on Steam. Many changes have happened, and I’d like us to go through all of them. I’ll also tell you how to access the Balatro Beta on Steam in a minute.

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Balatro 1.0.1c Patch Notes Listed

Below are the Patch Notes, with comments on the most interesting bits.

  • Updated version of Love2D – this fixed an issue on Windows and Steam Deck, causing poor/stuttery performance for some players
  • Added toggle for ‘Reduced Motion’, removing the swirly background and gyrating card motion
  • Changed default fallback tarot from Fool to Strength (when all tarots are on screen)
  • Changed Gold Stake random seeds – now ensure that the first Legendary Joker on that seed is a Joker that you have not won with on Gold Stake (For Completionist++ hunting)

Being a completionist myself, I much appreciate this change.

  • Changed ante scaling in white stake:
    • Ante 3: 2800 -> 2000
    • Ante 4: 6000 -> 5000
  • Changed ante scaling in green stake:
    • Ante 2: 1000 -> 900
    • Ante 3: 3200 -> 2400
    • Ante 4: 9000 -> 7000
  • Changed ante scaling in purple stake:
    • Ante 2: 1200 -> 1000
    • Ante 3: 3600 -> 3000
    • Ante 4: 10000 -> 8000
    • Ante 5: 25000 -> 22000

Lower Ante will give you more chances to progress through levels, so this is a pretty welcome change.

  • Changed Orange Stake
    • Scrapped, increasing pack cost
    • Added new ‘Perishable’ mechanic; Jokers have a 30% chance to have a ‘Perishable’ sticker, disabling them after 5 rounds
  • Changed Gold Stake
    • Scrapped -1 hand size
    • Added new ‘Rental’ mechanic; Jokers have a 30% chance to have a ‘Rental’ sticker (stacks with eternal/perishable), making them cost $1 upfront and $3 every round

This will be an interesting change in dynamics, forcing you to adapt better to your current run’s situation.

  • Changed eternal to apply to Jokers in Buffoon packs
  • Changed the first shop in every run to always include a normal Buffoon pack as one of the pack options
  • Upcoming blinds/tags can now be seen in the shop immediately after defeating a boss blind/cashing out
  • Some Blinds are now banned on challenge runs
    – banned Crimson Heart, Verdant Leaf, and Amber Acorn on ‘Jokerless’
    – banned Verdant Leaf on ‘Typecast’
    – banned Verdant Leaf on ‘Non-Perishable’
    – banned The Plant on ‘Mad World’
  • Buffed Saturn
    • Now gives +3 mult instead of +2 mult for Straights
  • Buffed Neptune
    • Now gives +4 mult instead of +3 mult for Straight Flush
  • Buffed Eris
    • Now gives +50 chips instead of +40 chips for Flush Five
  • Buffed Ceres
    • Now gives +4 mult instead of +3 mult for Flush House

Gotta love the added bonuses we’ll be getting from these Planet cards!

  • Changed Uncommon tag – Now makes the uncommon joker free
  • Changed Rare tag – Now makes the rare joker free
  • Negative, Polychrome, Holo, Foil tags all make their respective joker free
  • Changed Investment to give $25 instead of $15
  • Changed 8 Ball – scrapped old effect, new effect -> 1 in 4 chance to spawn a tarot when any played 8 is scored
  • Changed Blue Seal – now creates the planet card of the final poker hand played during the round
  • Changed both Mad and Clever Joker – scrapped ‘contains 4 of a kind’ effect, now applies instead to any hand that contains a ‘Two Pair’
  • Changed Yorick – scrapped old effect, new effect -> gains X1 mult every 23 cards discarded (starts at X1)
  • Changed Magician Tarot – now applies lucky to 2 cards instead of 1
  • Changed Midas Mask – now only applies Gold enhancement to scoring face cards, costs $7 was $6
  • Changed Vampire
    • now only removes enhancement from scoring cards
    • gives X0.1 mult per enhancement instead of X0.2 mult
    • Rare instead of Uncommon
  • Changed Madness – now only applies on small/big blinds, not on boss blind selection
  • Changed To Do list – poker hand no longer changes on payout, always changes at end of round (won’t get stuck on Straight Flush)
  • Changed description of Shortcut to include a more apt example (10 8 6 5 3)
  • Changed Ancient Joker – the selected suit is no longer able to repeat between rounds
  • Changed Swashbuckler – Now adds sell value of all other Jokers to Mult, not just the Jokers to the left
  • Changed Hanging Chad – Now retriggers the first played card 2 times instead of once
  • Changed Flower Pot – Now includes the base suit of debuffed cards when determining if it will trigger
  • Changed Bootstraps to include current mult bonus in description
  • Changed all 4 Sinful Jokers (one for each suit) – they now each give +3 mult per suit instead of +4 mult
  • Changed Banner – now gives +30 chips per remaining discard instead of +40 chips
  • Changed Fibonacci – costs $8 instead of $7, because Fibonacci
  • Changed Steel Joker – Now gives X0.2 mult per Steel card in the full deck instead of X0.25 mult
  • Changed Odd Todd – Now gives +31 chips per odd ranked card instead of +30 chips
  • Changed Sixth Sense – Now uncommon and $6, was rare
  • Changed Hiker – Now gives +5 chips to every scoring card played instead of +4 chips
  • Changed Gros Michel – Now has a 1 in 6 chance to go extinct instead of 1 in 4
  • Changed Seance – Now uncommon and $6, was rare and $7
  • Changed Riff-Raff – Now $6, was $4
  • Changed Vagabond
    • Rare, was uncommon
    • $8, was $6
    • Applies when you have $4 or less (was $3 or less)
  • Changed Cloud 9 – Now $7, was $6
  • Changed Mail-In Rebate – Now $5 was $3
  • Changed Reserved Parking – Now common, was uncommon
  • Changed Lucky Cat – Now gains X0.25 per lucky proc, was X0.2
  • Changed Trading card – Now costs $6, was $5
  • Changed Campfire – Now gains X0.25 per card sold, was X0.5
  • Changed Smily Face – Now give +5 mult per face card, was +4 mult
  • Changed Golden Ticket – Now pays out $4 per gold card played, was $3
  • Changed Bloodstone – Now has a 1 in 2 chance to proc, was 1 in 3
  • Changed Onyx Agate – Now gives +7 mult per club card, was +8 mult
  • Changed Glass Joker – Now gives X0.75 mult per glass card destroyed, was X0.5 mult
  • Changed Stuntman – Now gives +250 Chips, was +300
  • Changed Invisible Joker – Now requires 2 rounds and costs $8, was 3 rounds and $10
  • Changed Burnt Joker – Now is rare, was uncommon
  • Changed wording on most scaling jokers to refer to ‘this joker’
  • Fixed bug where opening a booster pack with a hand size of 0 was unskippable
  • Fixed bug where the card generated by ‘Certificate’ was not being debuffed by the boss

Most of these changes seem like “buffs” to me (there are obvious nerfs there as well), and overall I feel the game will be more enjoyable moving forward.

What’s the new Yorick effect in Balatro 1.0.1?

The old effect was somewhat unreachable unless you’ve gotten Yorick early and required you to use 23 discards to get a constant X5 mult. Now, the effect is different and states the following: “Gains X1 mult every 23 cards discarded (starts at X1)”

Yorick is no longer broken right from the moment it comes online. Instead, you need to build it up with tremendous effort. Surely, you can push it over the old X5 mult if you try hard enough. Basically, do not skip blinds and maximize your discards, and eventually, you’ll be able to beat blinds with your first hand played.

I suggest you lock on to Drunkard as one of your Jokers and pick the Wasteful Voucher if you get the chance to do so because each of them gives you an additional Discard.

How to Access and Install Balatro Experimental Beta on Steam

Similar to many popular games, the installation of the beta content on Steam is pretty easy:

  1. Go to your Steam Library.
  2. Right-click on the installed Balatro game.
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Find the “Betas” section.
  5. In Beta Participation, select public_experimental.
  6. Close the window.
  7. Let Steam update your game version.
  8. Play!

That’s all about Balatro 1.0.1, and I hope you’ll enjoy the changes. If you want to read more about Balatro, check out our Game Hub, where you’ll find stuff such as Top Balatro seeds, how to get Flush House, and explanation of Misprint Joker.


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