If I had known what I know about Cult of the Lamb now that I’m done the game… my gosh would I do a lot differently. While I think I made almost all the “right” decisions when it came to Doctrines, I was uncertain how Skill Trees worked (as I thought you were locked out of un-acquired ones from each tier) and I thought that Coins were going to be difficult to get.
While by the mid-game I had a decent amount of Coins, by the end-game I was always sitting on about 10,000 Coins at all times, being able to make any purchase I wanted without feeling any consequence and ultimately not knowing what I was going to spend my remaining Coins on.
For players who are new to Cult of the Lamb, you may not expect the huge ramp-up on resources you collect, especially if you were initially taking it very slowly with collecting Followers, but the base element of Cult of the Lamb becomes quite a big joke in a blink of an eye and players will be able to construct or change anything they want in a matter of seconds, essentially bringing the game to a bit of a “sandbox.”
I admittedly can’t complain about this as realistically it depends on what a player focuses on and how much a player wants to min-max, though if you saw my save file you’d legit think something was wrong with me. I often was chilling with 50+ Followers, most of which were not doing anything other than making offerings to the Shrines I had placed and my game had come to the point where there was an immense amount of lag, making even clearing Dungeons difficult because the game just had too much data to keep track of.
In order to help you avoid the mistakes I made and also to encourage you to not stress as much about resources such as Coins, I thought I would cover every single way you can get Coins in the early, mid and late game. So get ready, you’re about to get rich in Cult of the Lamb!
It’s no secret that in most Dungeon Crawler games the best way to farm resources is typically completing the Dungeon Crawler elements. Now, with Cult of the Lamb, there are some areas that are going to be a bit too difficult to farm out and realistically running through Dungeons normally isn’t the actual answer.
Players will actually want to run areas that they have already completed the boss for and will want to destroy the Shrine of the Bishop in order to find a secret passage to defeat that Bishop again. Essentially the chest that drops from defeating the Bishop will always drop more loot than any of the other Chests in the game, so if you can simply grind these as frequently as you can, you’ll be rolling in Coins early.
Admittedly, this route of grinding can feel long-winded and may take the player quite a bit of time to get all the Coins they need, but as long as you’re patient and learning how to stay alive in the Bishop battle it can get faster and faster, especially if you are upgrading your Weapons.
If you can complete the Bishop quickly you can get a couple of hundred Coins very easily on this route.
Completing new content is hit and miss for Coin grinding as most lesser chests will only provide you with around 3 Coins, so if you’re struggling to get Coins and are not completing full crusades, you’re actually working against yourself. The biggest issue with dying on a Crusade is that you will typically be lost 20-30% of the loot that you’ve collected along the way if you die, so this will take a big portion of anything you’ve collected, whether it’s resources or Coins.
Players should always be aware of Coin rooms on Crusades as well as Rock Rooms because they can provide you with a boost of Coins in the long run. I will cover why Rock rooms are important shortly.
In the early game, players have the choice between the Extorting Tithes and Bribing Followers when they get the first Doctrine for Possessions.
Extorting Tithes will provide players with an interaction where they can collect between 1-3 Coins from each Follower daily, though as useful as this can be in the early game, it’s quite an annoying task to complete for such little Coins, making the alternate choice much better for players as it is better in the long run.
The alternative to Extorting Tithes is to Bribe your Followers with 3 Coins to increase their Loyalty. It will be very clear why this is the better option shortly.
Now, realistically, Doctrines that a player will choose cannot make or break a playthrough, though it can be hard to think about the long-term needs of your Cult when you don’t know what the end-game looks like, so I have to tell you that this isn’t going to be a great long-run idea for you.
I, for example, chose Extorting Tithes in my first play-through and thought that it would be great since I needed Coins badly. At first, I stopped using it because of how tedious it was to actually collect the Coins from my followers, but I shortly learned how easy it was to make Coins in other ways, which was the ultimate reason why I no longer used this prompt.
APPOINT A TAX ENFORCER
Another Doctrine players can get is the Tax Enforcer through the Law & Order Doctrine Tree, though much like the Extorting Tithes, it kind of falls off in the late game.
I do have to say, I like the Tax Enforcer much more than I like the Extorting Tithes as with Tax Enforcer players will pick a single Follower (or more if they repeat the Ritual) to walk around collecting Coins from the other Followers.
The fact that players can essentially leave Followers in charge to do their dirty work is a massive plus for Tax Enforcer, as the other option is to get Followers to help raise the Devotion of other Followers. The latter tends to be better in the late-game, though Tax Enforcer is brilliant with those who are struggling with mid-game Coins.
I honestly would recommend Tax Enforcer for anyone who is in this boat, though if you’re content with the number of Coins you’re getting then the alternative is the better choice.
Typically players will still have better ways to get Coins by the time the Tax Enforcer is available, though this isn’t always the case, especially if players are mostly focussing on basing. I would recommend Loyalty Enforcer over Tax Enforcer, but I would say I would take Tax Enforcer long before I take Extorting Tithes.
Knucklebones is by far one of the easiest ways to get Coins especially when players have unlocked all of the competitors, though the mid-game competitors are… alright.
At first grinding Knucklebones might seem difficult, but I’ve written a guide on how I make sure I win every single round even at the highest difficulty. Players at the highest tier can make 50 Coins per battle and each game will last a maximum of a minute, so this is a pretty solid grind, especially since it’s focused solely on making Coins.
While the Knucklebones grind gets beaten out fairly quickly, again depending on how you grind, it’s going to every beneficial for mid-to-late game grind.
SELL YOUR RESOURCES
After players defeat the first Bishop they will need to grind a bit more on Crusades and then The One Who Waits will provide players with a chest to sell their resources.
Admittedly, I only unlocked this long after I completed the second area, so if you haven’t gotten it yet, try re-running content to see if it will unlock. I’m certain if this is time sensitive or if it’s based on another unlock as players have reported so many different things about it.
When the chest unlocks players can sell all of their resources to make some extra Coins and becomes the main source of income, especially if players are Farming regularly.
I strongly recommend that players sell all of their food that they do not need to use to feed their Cult with as things like Berries become pretty useless in the mid-game.
Players can also sell Fish, especially if they have Ocean’s Bounty as they sell for more and are pretty unlimited and easy to get. Typically with the chest alone I’ve made about 200 Coins to 500 Coins a day simply from selling things I didn’t need.
I strongly recommend avoiding selling any Wood, Stone or Gold as this tends to be counter-intuitive, especially because you’ll need a lot of these in the late game for Buildings.
CHANGE GOLD NUGGETS TO COINS
When players unlock the Refineries they will unlock the ability to change Gold Nuggets into Gold. Admittedly, I thought Gold Nuggets were going to be useful for other things, but they’re really not.
Players may be shocked by the time they get access to the Refineries as they will typically be able to make around 100 Coins simply from this, so get on the grind.
Players will get heaps of this resource simply by running on crusades as they drop from Chests and can even drop from Rocks. That being said, if you’re struggling for Coin, don’t look past the rooms of the Crusade that have Rocks as the number of Gold Nuggets you can get from these rooms can really help your income.
BUILD ALL THE OFFERING STATUES
Something I don’t see many players doing is building multiple Offering Statues. Most players seem to only construct one as soon as they unlock the Offering Statue, but honestly why stop there.
Though Offering Statues will provide players with random resources anytime a Follower heads to one, the chances of that resource being a higher tier resource or even Coins are pretty high.
I’m not going to lie, I have about 20 Offering Tables in my save Files and they generate a very high amount of my income and make sure that I have a good amount of the staple ingredients I need such as Fish, Lumber and sometimes even Gold Bars.
Honestly, it’s the Offering Tables that really made it possible for me to launch myself so quickly from the mid-game to the late-game, so I strongly recommend you take advantage of this.
The lovely reality of this is that Followers can leave offerings multiple times a day, so having more Offering Statues to account for these donations makes it extremely easy to get a plethora of resources for no work.
At the end of the day, your Followers will spend the majority of their time working, but no matter what they will take breaks, so why not take a break leaving you an offering?
CHECK YOUR DONATION BOX
As players progress through their Shrine Skill Tree they will unlock a way to get donations whenever they run a sermon. Although the amount of Coins players will get vary on how many Followers they preach a Sermon, it can really cushion the amount of Coins the player has in the long run.
The number of Coins provided in a Sermon will depend on the loyalty of the Followers, so make sure you’re constantly working on upping your Follower’s loyalty to make sure you’re getting the most benefits you can.
Players will typically get between 50-100 Coins per Sermon, which is nothing to laugh at, though even at that there are even better ways to get Coins!
COMPLETE THE RITUAL OF ENRICHMENT
Surprise, surprise! Another thing that I say isn’t the most worth it, especially for the end game, but if by the time players unlock this or the alternative Ritual and are still struggling it may be a good choice for you. Essentially the other option players have is Alms for the Poor which allows players to give Coins to their Followers to get more Devotion/rank up their Followers.
As players by the end game will making so many Coins with nothing to spend them on, I can’t in good faith recommend this Ritual, but if you’re really struggling it’s a very easy may to make some bank.
COLLECT FROM THAT SHRINE BABY!
When players have unlocked all of the Shrine Skill Tree they will no longer be able to collect Devotion and instead will have the opportunity to simply collect Coins while Followers worship.
Players will be able to get a maximum of 175 Coins per full Statue, and truthfully this is going to be the best way to get Coins especially if you empty the Shrine more than one time a day.
I would honestly recommend getting as many Followers as you can to fill up your Shrine, even if it costs you Coins because the payoff will be great when they are levelled up. Realistically the grind for Devotion is going to be the most fulfilling and the most rewarding so get on it as soon as you can!