Before going too far down this abyss, we strongly recommend you reading our starter guide (here) if you’re a fresh Realm. For the purposes of this guide, we are going to assume you satisfy the following conditions:
To make this easy to understand, we’ll be covering all the different pieces of Endless chronologically rather than by topic. The reason for this is because Endless, unlike other content, requires quite a few different moving pieces in order for you to maximize gains. Don’t worry if you can’t make the stars align for every run, think of this as the ideal blueprint. With that, let’s get into it.
When to do Endless?
What? Not gear? Not spec? Which day? Yes. Maximizing gains in Endless means stacking as many boosting buffs as possible while you do it. Which day matters for the simple reason that every month specific days are set aside as events. The days we care about are:
Jamming your Orn runs while Orn boosting events are happening and Exp runs while Exp events are happening gets you what you want much more efficiently. Many Kingdoms also run temples during Orn/Exp events, all the more reason to pack it in during this time.
Where to do Endless?
So you’ve taken off work (or called in “sick”) during Orn/Exp events and you’re ready to smash some Endless Dungeons, next question is: what’s the best location? From experience, 3-4 dungeons “prepped” (more on this later) together is the optimal number. If you’re in your Origin Town, you have a minimum of two (Personal Gauntlet and Castle Dungeon), this means you need another one or two in addition. Less experienced / geared players will want 4, whereas more experienced / geared players will want 3. The forcing function here is actually how many dungeons you can fit into the length of one shrine (60 minutes) and the longer your runs take due to experience/gear, the fewer dungeons you can fit into the time of one shrine.
If you have only 2 dungeons, consider an alt location with 3-4 along with an Outpost so you can swap pets easily for the run. Obviously you can do it with just 2, but 3-4 maximizes the impact of your shrine.
Phase 1: Preparation
OK so it’s an event day, your kingdom has popped temples, you have a spot with 3-4 dungeons as well as a way to change pets (Castle / Outpost). The first thing you’ll be doing is prepping all dungeons you’ll run in parallel rather than in sequence. This means if you have 3 tasks and 3 dungeons, you want to do task 1 in dungeons A, B, and C, before you do task 2 in dungeons A, B, and C (rather than finish tasks 1, 2, and 3 in dungeon A before going to B). The reason for this is because there’s a cost to each task in either orns (swapping specializations) or effort (swapping pets) and we want to quickly finish each task across all dungeons before moving on to the next.
(*These three steps can be replaced with swapping to Berserker if you’d rather spend 25k orns than spend 3-4 berserk mushrooms. Swap and use both Berserk I and Berserk II rather than eat the mushroom.)
Phase 2: Floors 1 through 100
A few important things to note here before you start:
Specialization for this phase: Oracle. Reason being you’re likely not using and shrine and you don’t need to sleep dart anything just yet, may as well milk the most Orn / Exp you can with 2x Accessory Effectiveness amities.
For orns and exp respectively:
Notes on gear choice:
Phase 3: Floors 100 onwards
To me, this is where the fun really starts as you’ll need to pay attention. From personal experience, I’d say Phase 2 is doable while watching TV whereas Phase 3 can quickly end your run if you get slightly distracted.
In terms of your build, there are a few notable changes:
Here, what to do becomes an action priority rather than an action sequence. This means you’re running a mental checklist of what’s going on rather than slamming a fixed set of actions brainlessly. This is also why the slightest distraction can get you killed. Stay focused!
As you can see, Phase 3 is where decision-making occurs. Specifically, it’s what you need to do on floors that are sleep immune as they pose an immediate danger to you. As you get more and more practice underneath your belt, you’ll come to see floors that are NOT sleep immune as safe harbor checkpoints and feel your blood pressure rise on floors that are sleep immune.
Check this playlist for a full end-to-end guide that covers all of the above: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmfIIT-0syBGvdT98MFA7dNu6huQbmm7R
Couple of vids below to start you off on that series, and then another two below for exp runs:
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