Cult of the Lamb has been a terrific game to pick up this year and I’m truly glad that I got to play it immediately when it was released. I sincerely have to thank my Twitch Community for convincing me to do a Demo stream and for recommending Cult of the Lamb as a game I should play.
As soon as I started playing the game I fell in love with the fact that it was both focused on basing and fighting, which are two of my favourite styles of games, quickly helping me recognize that Cult of the Lamb would be my game of the year.
Never have I taken so quickly to a game, and I’ve been so happy to hear that many people feel the exact same way that I do.
While a lot of things in Cult of the Lamb are quite straightforward, there are a number of aspects that require players to do second takes or have to take some time to learn how to actually get things set up. A lot of the confusion comes from how to acquire Doctrines, how to run Rituals, how to gain Loyalty and how to level up your various Skill Trees.
One of the things that I personally had difficulty with was Fertilizer, especially when I built multiple Farms. I was able to manage Fertilizer when I had two Farms, but as soon as it got to 3 or 4 I started struggling with Fertilizer.
Now, Fertilizer isn’t the most important resource in the game, but it can really help with ensuring that you have enough resources to feed your Followers. If players have low amounts of Followers they should not have any difficulty feeding their Followers, however, once players have around 20-30 Followers it becomes a lot more difficult, especially if you are playing on higher difficulties. In these instances, it is extremely important for players to get as much Fertilizer as they can, trying to ensure that they get the most bang for their buck for the seeds.
Now before I dive into how to get Fertilizer, I want to state that if you’re struggling to feed your group of Followers you will be able to purchase Seeds in the lobby of the dungeons, which is a very important decision for players, especially when they have a great number of Coins.
WHAT DOES FERTILIZER DO IN CULT OF THE LAMB?
Fertilizer in Cult of the Lamb guarantees a higher number of drops of resources when it comes to the farm.
Although many other games will provide players with guaranteed drops, there’s still a bit of RNG to the Fertilizing and farming in Cult of the Lamb as there is no way to ensure that you get seeds from farming.
I will say, even though there is RNG, placing Fertilizer on crops tends to raise the chances of getting seeds simply because you get more resources per yield. At the end of the day, if you can avoid running out of seeds you should do it, especially in the early game when you don’t have enough resources to upkeep your Cult.
There’s nothing worse than coming back to base only to find all of your Followers dead from starvation.
CAN YOUR CULT MEMBERS FERTILIZE?
Actually yes! As soon as players obtain the first Farm they will be able to get their Followers to Fertilize all of their crops as long as they have Fertilizer Silos.
I’m going to be honest, I hated farming before I was able to acquire all the stations that allowed and really hated it until I was able to get my Followers to Harvest.
I, like many other players, expected Followers to fully automate farms before you acquired higher tiers, though I have to admit I found out very quickly that this wasn’t the case.
As soon as I noticed that my crops remained full-sized I realized that my Followers weren’t as powerful as I thought they would be and realized the importance of upgrading my Farms was much more important.
HOW DO YOU GET FERTILIZER
In the early game getting Fertilizer is pretty random, though as soon as players progress through the game they can acquire new ways to help farm Fertilizer. Still, I have to say that Fertilizer is a bit of a nuisance to get, so if you can start acquiring it early I would strongly recommend it.
FORCE YOUR FOLLOWERS TO POOP
Although Followers will naturally pop a squat every so often, players may want to focus on making foods that have a chance to make Followers poop. This is a very early game strategy that can be carried on into the mid-to-late game, though players will want to switch to foods that will raise a Follower’s Loyalty.
When you’re first starting out I would recommend always going for food that makes Followers poop rather than those that make your Followers sick, though this is always a better choice as it takes time to heal your Followers in comparison to the Poop unless you have the medical tent.
Honestly in the late game, if you want some extra Fertilizer, I would still recommend doing this, especially when you don’t need to feed your Followers too much food because they’re already full.
Players can always run Rituals right before they do this, such as the Ritual of the Feast or Ritual of the Fast.
Outhouses are going to be your best friend when it comes to poop. The only issue with Outhouses is that they aren’t always used as Followers are not programmed to poop daily, though I’ve noticed that the more Outhouses you have, the higher the chance that Followers will actually poop in them.
I’m curious if this is because Followers are programmed not to poop if there is another Follower in the Outhouse or if this was a complete coincidence, though if anyone has the answers or has figured this out please let me know.
Most of the time, I only notice Followers taking poops in Outhouses when I’m doing Dungeon Crawling, so that’s my only piece of advice. By end-game, I typically have about 5 Outhouses, and they rarely ever get full, even with 40 Followers.
Even though I can’t say that the Outhouses are the best for collecting Fertilizer, I would still recommend having a number of them as they will help keep your base cleaner, resulting in fewer sick Followers. Sick Followers are probably the worst thing you can have in your game, although they can be quickly healed in a Medical Tent, though in many cases a quick day or so in bed will do, especially if you’re in the mid-game.
Nonetheless, avoid the illness, say yes to poop!
Compost Bins, in my experience, are the best way to ensure that you always have Fertilizer on hand, though they are quite costly to initially place. Essentially, with Compost Bins, players can turn Grass into Fertilizer.
Grass is extremely easy to get, especially if players get themselves into the habit of breaking down all the resources in each of the Dungeon rooms. Although quite annoying, especially with Weapons like the Hammer, I still recommend that players do this as Grass can also be used to feed your Followers, especially if you have the Grass Eater Doctrine.
I would say, by the mid-to-late game players will no longer need to feed their Followers Grass, especially if they have a number of Offering Shrines to get enough resources for the meals that provide your Followers with more Loyalty.
Although the Natural Burial requires players to make a decision in Doctrine, I actually feel like this is the best way to get yourself some Fertilizer. Essentially, any time a Follower dies players will be able to throw them into the Natural Burial to exchange them for 10 Fertilizer. Quite frankly, this is overpowered, especially if players have the Resurrect Ritual as players can Murder Followers and turn them into Fertilizer as they need.
I will typically do this when a Follower is an Elder as Elders don’t really do anything for the Cult and Murder can always be used.
Even if players wait for Followers to naturally die, you can get a good amount of Fertilizer this way and I will typically have about 3 Natural Burials in my base to accommodate for the amount of Death that happens.
Players should note that there is a waiting period that happens as Followers will not instantly become Fertilizer, though this isn’t very long.
This is going to be the true “end-game” for Fertilizer and most other ways will become unnecessary, though I would recommend Composting every so often, especially if you have heaps of Grass that you don’t need.