Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap -- Collecting Coins Guide

Collecting coins is one of the most important things you'll find yourself doing in Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap. This is the best strategy to do it.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a unique and action-filled title that hit the Switch eShop recently. It's another game that follows the trend of Nintendo taking classic games and putting a fresh spin on them. I wrote about how they've done this for many of the Switch's fighting games here

After picking it up about a week ago, it took me quite a while before I felt like I could put it down and continue on with life. I'm still playing through the game today, but I've managed to come across a massive tip on how to progress through (arguably) the game's most tedious task.

Collecting coins is a big part of this Metroidvania title. The game is kept fresh and set apart from being a vanilla platformer by introducing RPG-esque mechanics, like acquiring armor and weapons. However, the way you get these armor and weapons isn't by farming mobs -- it's by visiting the many shops set throughout the game. They're not cheap though, so you effectively are farming mobs… except you get to pick your "drop" by spending the coinage you get from them on whatever you want. It's a nice touch and gives some freedom of choice to the user.

That being said, no one wants to spend day and night grinding for coins. Let me show you the optimal strategy.

Farming at the Sphinx

From the hub world, you want to go to the windmill and then jump up to the second door. Go through that door and continue right until you reach yet another door. Go through it and then you should find yourself in a desert level.

When you get to the desert, keep going left until you find the pyramid. Make your way over to the pyramid, avoiding the clouds on the way, and on the left side (at the bottom of the pyramid) you should find a Sphinx.

Get comfortable, because you're probably going to be here for a while.

There's a single pig-like enemy here that you're going to farm over and over. He should drop a bag of anywhere between 25 and 68 coins per kill, which is massive compared to anywhere else in the game. He's the only enemy that spawns here, so you can chill and listen to some music without feeling like you're under the stress of constantly dying while you beat this guy up. Once you've killed him, you can enter the door and exit it again to instantly respawn him.

If you're doing this efficiently, you should be able to make well over 1000 coins in an hour. With some of the best items in the game being just over 3000 coins, that's a small time investment to pay to get completely decked out with the game's best gear!

Let us know in the comments below if you manage to find a better place to farm in Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap. If you need any more help finding the spot, just ask and we'll get back to you.

Published Apr. 29th 2017

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