This is a guide for Above Snakes – Scoop Farming Tips 5000+ Gold
This useful method of getting 5000+ Gold, 365+ days passed, and tons of water and worldpieces.
Scooping water is a great way to getting the following:
- Tons of Money (for 5000g Steam Achievement).
- Days passed (for 365-day Steam Achievement).
- Worldpieces (very) quickly.
- Tons of water (duh!).
(Note: If only one of your goals are needed, there may be other methods that work better. Having multiple wells (late-game) may suffice in providing clean water quickly; similarly, spam-clicking Huckleberry Bushes could provide early-game food and water production (plus world piece farming opportunities and moneymakers). Or alternatively, go directly into any crop field (mid-late game) and start swinging your axe! For fast world piece acquisition go right ahead.)
The good news is that you can start scooping water very early. Make sure you got the following items, to set up a basic hut and start scooping:
- 1 log floor
- 1 log step (optional)
- 1 log wall
- 1 log roof
- 1 basic bed
- 1 cooking station
- 1 stack (30x) of, say, Huckleberry Bowls (for sating hunger; recipe: 3 Hucklerberries).
(Image below also shows some archway beams, but just ignore those.)
Be sure to have trees nearby (1-3 trees are fine) for branches (and logs) whenever you need more, since we’ll be cooking the water (as clean water sells for 3g while dirty water is only 1g, and the cook ratio is 1:1 – that means 90g per 30 water scooped and cooked, which adds up over time).
Secondly, be sure to get better food (+Hunger) later on, since Huckleberry Bowls tend to go down rather quickly. For that, fishing can be really nice (although the actual fishing can take some time), if you add more lake tiles near your farming spot. I got about 10-15 fishing spots nearby, myself. (Fishing may also give you Scrap Parts and other things, not just fish.) Make sure you gut the fish first (in inventory), then cook the meat (recipe: 3 fish meat for the best recipe).
What you’ll actually be doing:
Basic rotation is straightforward. Scoop water to get dirty and tired water. Then sleep immediately (you can sleep whenever you are tired). When you wake up, your Fatigue is replenished, but your Thirst and Hunger are slightly reduced. Repeat the process.
Your Thirst and Hunger become serious after a few sleeps. Drink some clean water (or make more) and eat some meal before continuing to scoop and sleep.
More unclean water and world piece progression are obtained as you scoop. As you sleep, one day passes. Cook the majority of your dirty water until your inventory is full, then cook it all at once. Waiting is necessary since lit cooking stations restore your weariness (exactly what you don’t want if you want to farm days gone by).
Once you’ve collected enough clean water, simply store it in chests or sell it to the local trader. If the scooping becomes too monotonous, just move on and progress the game, then return to this strategy again and then throughout your playthrough. I guess I had 7800g overall the last time I checked (the image displays 6449g, so not bad).
I decided to write this guide after beating the game with 210 in-game days played and having to spam-sleep to get to the 365-day achievement.
The good thing about this method is how early it can be done. This not only means ease of access, but also that you can take breaks from it and just play the game normally, then come back to doing this once in a while. By the time you beat the game, you could very easily end up with a large world, 5000+ gold, 365+ days passed and enough water to feed a Black Hole.
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