Massive Monster’s Cult Of The Lamb is an adorable berserk addition to the roguelite genre and what it has become. It’s inherently Devolver that harvests the best bits of Enter The Gungeon, Stardew Valley and The Binding Of Isaac, and to everyone’s surprise, launches them all into a cult management sim. There are cute NPC followers, courtyards, graveyards, battle pits, brainwashing rituals and an evil fox in a cloak, all underpinned by an action-RPG battle system that’s deeper than meets the eye.
Cult Of The Lamb’s weapons are randomly offered, as are curses (i.e. magic spells) and tarot cards (i.e. modifiers) that add variety to the crusades and the quest to dethrone the four bishops. The first two are upgraded with Faith and a separate skill tree that unlocks different types (Godly, Vampiric) and status effects (Freeze, Poison) while tarot cards can be obtained through quests, bought from item shops and stacked with others mid-crusade. to create the best possible race. The RNG can be deafening as NPCs like Clauneck would rather let fate decide, but here are our picks for the best weapons, curses and tarot cards to use while away from your pack.
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Like the Bane Dagger, Bane Gauntlets have a chance to poison enemies and deal damage over an extended period of time, which is a direct buff to the weapon type and its innate ability to unleash combos that stun enemies. Attacks are slow, but they can be blessed by tarot cards (ie Divine Strength) for extra speed or to create a useful dose of poison for areas like Anura and Silk Cradle.
It’s simple: small lamb, big hammer. The Merciless Hammer focuses primarily on critical hits, and while the Merciless Ax is right up there, it’s a cult weapon that prioritizes damage and knockback. It’s slower due to the targeting system, but one-shots are ideal for any force/tank/Radahn build.
The Vampiric Ax screams Interview with a Vampire thanks to its ornate design and appetite for any life force that moves. It has a chance to grant a Blue Heart each time an enemy is defeated and can be further enhanced by The Arachnid (for poison) or Master Of The Art (1.2x weapon damage).
Crusader’s Blade fits most variants (Merciless, Vampiric) due to its balance of speed and damage and its flexibility with tarot cards. The Necromantic Sword finds value in becoming “death’s own blade” as killing various mobs can summon a small ghost friend that will attack enemies.
Death’s Attendant wins “Best Melee” because of two outliers: consistency and sweet ghost summons. The Necromancer Curse unleashes a devastating melee attack that leaves tiny ghost buds in its wake, and is a useful tool for creating space in crowded rooms and for solving Cult’s larger bosses, which have a weakness for turning a normal 1v1 into a dizzying SNES -era, bullet hell nightmare.
Divine Guardian is satisfyingly OP for two reasons – it’s the only true defensive curse and it gives the Lamb invulnerability for two seconds. The Burst spell still deals damage and knockback, but unlike Divine Blizzard (frost) and Divine Blight (poison), it trades status effects for the ability to deflect incoming projectiles, which can be used to counter Cult’s more challenging boss rooms.
The way of the righteous
Path Of The Righteous is essentially Ichor Thrown+, as it allows Lambs to hurl a glob of ichor at an unsuspecting enemy, leaving behind a pool of poison. The puddle it produces before impact increases its effectiveness, and while it’s an added bonus to stamina runs in Anura, it can also be indirectly upgraded through tarot cards like Ichor Earned, Ichor Lingered, and Ambrosia.
Touch Of The Revenant
Like the Death’s Attendant curse, Touch Of The Revenant is about several ghost friends who are downright up to no good in the underworld. The spell is cast in a straight line – creating a crack in the ground that summons a number of ghosts that will attack nearby enemies. Its range is limited, but it’s a unique curse that can keep bigger mobs and shameless projectile abusers off your fleece.
Divine strength is everything because attack rate matters everything and sometimes you’d rather spend a 30 minute Darkwood run swinging at every single thing that looks at you. Higher rarities like Divine Strength++ can increase attack rate by 2x (instead of 1.25x), and that’s a big win for cult leaders who prefer daggers, swords, axes, and anything else that isn’t the Warmaker’s Hammer.
The spider bird
Arachnid is a standard tarot card, but one that doesn’t have a cure (or limits). It applies a poison status effect to enemies that are hit, which can give base weapons (Traitor’s Razor) an extra advantage or make Zealous Axes, Vampire Swords, and Necromantic Daggers more dangerous configurations.
While All Seeing Sun and Weeping Moon are good card choices, “Liquor of the Gods” increases curse attack damage by 1.25x and stacks when you gain Faith and unlock Might of the Devout levels I through V. Ambrosia costs 30 gold and can become found at Forneus the cat’s pop-up shop, which can appear as a random room during a crusade. Tip: Look for the NPC house marked with a small cat icon.
Blazing Trail is for dodge roll romantics. The card was designed to “punish those who dare stand in your way”, as it deals a little extra damage when rolling into enemies – a new secondary ability that really shines alongside the chaotic parts of Darkwood and Anchordeep. It can be purchased from the Tarot Card Merchant at the Spore Grotto for 35 coins after running into Sozo’s Mushroom Man in Anura.
The Hearts III
Similar to The Hearts I and II cards, The Hearts III allows Lambs to gain two extra red hearts that can make a difference in endurance crusades and boss encounters that require a lvl. 3 victims. The tarot card is sold by Ratoo at a heart space for 100 gold, and while heart spaces appear randomly, it’s hard to miss the NPC and his heartbreak. Ratoo is obviously going through it, and River Boy’s relaxed OST theme (aptly named “Ratoo”) is worth diving into head first.
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