SPecial Surprise Pixel Dungeon (formerly Special Sprouted Pixel Dungeon), commonly referred to as SPS-PD, is an in-development fork of Sprouted Pixel Dungeon, based on its current non-beta version of Sprouted PD 0.4.1, but with a huge amount of innovations, and also some specific elements, especially items, borrowed from Shattered Pixel Dungeon, Yet Another Pixel Dungeon, and a few other mods. Its current version is named "0.9.5 Birthday Party - Halloween Wave" and was released in early November of 2020. It is being developed by Reddit user hmdzl001. This mod aims to add several improvements to the overall gameplay, while still retaining a small part of the grindiness of Sprouted PD. Like its parent, it allows players to farm stat boosts to a high degree, and grants access to items of very high levels. However, the gameplay of killing all of the enemies on the depth as fast as possible, something that had been an optional choice in Sprouted PD, has become the front and center of SPS-PD's gameplay, whereas grinding for rare resources like scrolls of Magical Infusion or Norn Stones, while still possible, has lost much of its importance. These, among many other rebalances, make gameplay much more fast-paced, less grindy and up the challenge to a relatively constant level. Some of SPS-PD's added features or changes in comparison to Sprouted PD are:
- The Alchemy mechanic is much enriched and completely reworked:
- 18 new different types of enhancing ammunition for ranged weapons, named Ammo, are added, which are all craftable in alchemy pots.
- 13 new different types of Bombs with regular or special effects are available, with the only bomb item that keeps its name from Sprouted PD being the regular bomb (but still, not the same sprite), while 9 of them are totally new. Almost all are also craftable in alchemy pots.
- 45 new different types of Edible or Consumable Items are added, which almost all have secondary beneficial effects (and a very few of them negative) and almost all are cooked in alchemy pots. This makes the total amount of SPS-PD's edible or consumable items 65, or 79 if we count separately all the different blandfruit types (43, or 57 with the different blandfruits, can be cooked in an alchemy pot).
- Armors of all tiers apart from 0 and 1 (with the first tier having less and the second more) now come in three variants, Light, Normal, and Heavy, while two extra tiers, 0 and 6, are added. This makes the total amount SPS-PD's different armor types 21.
- None of Sprouted PD's Armor Glyphs exists with the same name in SPS-PD, while all 12 of SPS-PD glyphs are totally new, in the sense that even the most similar to Sprouted PD's glyphs have just one of Sprouted PD's effects in addition to new ones.
- 5 new Artifacts are added, whiile none of the 12 familiar Sprouted PD's artifacts has remained unchanged. Also all artifacts now provide a secondary ability after they get upgraded.
Buffs and Debuffs
- 30 new Buffs, some class-specific (19) and some available to al classes (11), and 16 new Debuffs have been added. This makes the total of SPS-PD's buffs, familiar (with the same name or renamed) and new, 58, and of its familiar and new debuffs 32.
Completing the game / Endless Mode
- SPS-PD is the only mod of Sprouted PD that offers to the player two totally different alternative options for completing the game fully. The first option is very similar to that of Sprouted PD: the hero has to defeat the final boss Zot, rescue Otiluke and then meet him in Dolya Town, where he/she will obtain finally the Amulet of Yendor and complete the game with it. The second option can be available even before defeating Yog-Dzewa, by adding 5 Magic Stones of different colors to the Power Hand unique item, which can only be obtained by completing the Bossrush Challenge. This item also gives access to an Endless Mode.
- 4 new abilities are added to the Dew Vial (Clean, Light, Peek, Refine), with the 3 of them being already accessible from depth 2. The hero now has to choose between Accurate Upgrade and Random Bless, which are somewhat similar but not identical to Sprouted PD's options, while the Dew Drop buff is activated for all heroes in each new depth regardless of their choice for upgrading.
- Sprouted PD's Otiluke's Journal is renamed to Dolya Slate, with some of its depths also having been renamed or having gained a specific page (Safe Home, Dolya Town, Energy Core - Corrupted Otiluke's depth), and two of Sprouted PD's journal's depths removed (Dragon Cave, Vault).
- Sprouted PD's Dolyhaven is now renamed to Dolya Town, and includes 52 NPCs (with 47 of them being new), 10 shops and 6 enemies.
- In the current version of SPS-PD the Spring Festival Town area is still visitable, but this is a feature designed to be mostly available during the time of the Spring Festival celebration in China, so currently its page is dropped by the Year Beast only if it is killed very quickly, and practically the area won't be accessible in most runs.
- Sokoban puzzles are now much easier to complete due to the availability of the Jump Shoes, wall-breaking items and mapping the depths easily without the need of Spectacles.
- An optional Bossrush challenge is added with 8 new bosses, 4 new minions and unique rewards, half of them being rather worthwhile. An item reward of this challenge, the Power Hand, also gives access to an Endless mode and to completing the game much earlier.
- 8 new Chapter Bosses have been added with 15 new minions and now in the end of each chapter the hero has the chance to fight one of 3 possible bosses (so the amount of chapter bosses that will actually spawn in each run still remains the same, 4). Also the Skill Kit now is dropped by the Prison chapter boss and the Tome of Mastery by the Caves chapter boss.
- A new "key" depth, the Treasure Map, is added, with 1 new boss and 1 new minion. Also, former Key depths are now renamed to Challenges, former Book depths to Trials, and all of them have received primary or secondary changes, with the most important being that all non-boss depths are now revisitable. 1 new enemy is added to the Power Trial (formerly Book of Life) replacing the familiar one, and regular enemies from the main dungeon have been added in most of the challenge depths as secondary enemies. Many of these depths' familiar enemies are also renamed and a few of them retextured.
- The Shadow Yogs fight now features 2 new minions, with the previous minions of Sprouted PD 1 removed and 1 relocated.
- 15 new Regular enemies are added in all chapters of the main dungeon and 2 new Rare enemies can also spawn in the main dungeon under specific circumstances.
- If we add the numbers of all the previous bullets to the enemies already existing from Sprouted PD, SPS-PD features 165 (!) different types of enemies.
- 3 new classes with their subclasses, the Follower (subclasses Artisan & Pastor), Performer (subclasses Joker & Surperstar) and Soldier (subclasses Agent & Leader), have been added. This makes the total number of SPS-PD's classes 7.
- All classes have now four options for their starting items and stats named Skins, the familiar from before option, named Classic, and the new Birthday, Halloween and Spring Festival skins. Each skin also has a different sprite, just keeping the face and the general body outline of its class and is chosen in the beginning of the run. This makes the available options to the player in the run's beggining 28 (7 classes * 4 skins each).
- Also all classes now have 4 Special Skills, the one familiar from before for the classes already exising in Original PD, and 3 new for each class. For each new class these is also a set of 4 skills, expectedly all new. There is no application of the Armor Kit to the armor anymore for the skills to become available (and no epic armor item at all as a consequence), but the skill kit creates a class- specific separate item with a different name and sprite for each class, which does not reduce the hero's HP but needs recharging.
- Moreover, almost all classes and skins with the exception of all the Spring Festival skins and the Plumber birthday skin have a Stuning item called the Ankh Shield and a Jumping item called the Jump Shoes, which in addition to jumping provides class-specific bonus effects.
Potions and Scrolls
- Almost all Potions and Scrolls now have secondary effects, most of the times being beneficial but also in a few cases harmful.
- 1 new Scroll and 3 new Scroll-like items have been added, with all of them granting different permanent increases to the hero's stats (the scroll also decreases HP after its first two uses).
Pets and Allies
- 3 of Sprouted PD's pets have been changed to temporary expendable Allies (Steel Bee and the two Fairies) and 6 new allies have been also added to those already existing in Sprouted PD. 11 new pet types are added as well, and there is now a distinction between the weaker Random Soul pets and the stronger Soul of Mobs pets. In addition, the Leader subclass of the Soldier summons enhanced versions of all the game's alllies he has access to. This makes the total number of allies available in SPS-PD 14 and of pets 19.
- 2 new Seeds with their respective Plants have been added (Seed Pod and Nut Vine), and 6 plants now drop items when trampled, which are either edible and have positive effects or used for transmuting and upgrading.
- The ring of Energy which speeds up the recharging of wands has been added and the ring of Wealth has been replaced with the Lucky Badge item, which has similar function but can't guarantee 100% drops, even when upgraded to max level. All familiar rings are also more or less changed in their details in comparison to Sprouted PD.
- No longer it is possible, at all, to decrease almost all items’ strength requirement through upgrades.As a result most heroes will be switching to higher tier weapons and armors at a much slower rate (with the exceptions of the Rogue for weapons and of the Warrior for armors, who have a +2 Strength bonus when equipping armors - warrior and weapons - rogue, and of the Artisan subclass of the Follower who has a +2 Strength bonus for both).
- 10 new Wands are added, 8 common, 1 rare, and 1 only available to a specific skin, while 6 familiar wands of Sprouted PD are withdrawn. This makes the total number of wands available in SPS-PD 16. All familiar wands are also more or less changed in their details in comparison to Sprouted PD.
- 14 new Missile weapons and 12 Thrown weapons have been added, making the total number of SPS-PD's ranged weapons 29 (or 42 if we also count the 13 bomb types, of which 10 are new). In the missile weapons category the new additions include a full set of guns in all tiers from 0 to 5, and two huntress skin-specific items. Also, missile weapons can now be enhanced with different types of ammo, which are crafted in alchemy pots.
- 44 new Melee weapons have been added, along with a new category that some of them are assigned to, the Holiday weapons, while the unique and class-specific weapons are much more than in Sprouted PD. This makes the total amount of SPS-PD's melee weapons, familiar and new, 60. Apart from their other stat differences, melee weapons are now also differentiated by the existence of Attributes, which are similar to enchantments in their effects, but are permanent characteristics of weapons and can't be changed.
- To sum up, the new weapons of SPS-PD (melee, ranged and bombs) are 80 and the total amount of all weapon items, familiar and new, are 102 (!).
- SPS-PD's Weapon Enchantments all refer to one of 7 different Elements, and each element governs two enchantments (making the weapon enchantments 14 in total), with the same element couples having somewhat similar but not same effects. None of Sprouted PD's enchantments exists with the same name in SPS-PD, while 10 out of 14 are totally new.
- Some dungeon rooms now have a specific Climate that in most of the cases (5) is negative and debuffs all characters inside it, but in 1 case is positive and only blesses the hero.
It should also be noted that SPecial Surprise PD is among the few mods with Chinese origin that are fully available in English (the other four are Darkest PD, Easier Sprouted PD, Easier Vanilla PD and Fushigi No PD). Each one of these mods makes very different and considerably original choices regarding the modifications applied to their source material, but Darkest PD, Fushigi No PD and SPecial Surprise PD share some common NPCs, who are unique to these mods and who all refer to actual members of the PD Chinese community.
Note that the use of word "some" for SPS-PD's added features and changes that were mentioned in the list above was intentional, these are just the important additions and changes. SPS-PD is worth a shot to any and all that don't mind its unfinished state, occasional (but nevertheless few) bugs, or its somewhat frequent language mistakes and few “No text found” game messages.
Although most of SPS-PD's wiki sections are rather extensive, they presuppose knowledge of the items and mechanics of Sprouted PD, on which SPS-PD is based (yes, they contain mostly SPS-PD's innovations and changes), so if details about a mechanic or class of items/characters are missing, that means that they are exactly the same with Sprouted PD. So, when a reader thinks that some information about SPS-PD that he/she needs is missing, he/she should search for it in the Sprouted PD pages of the wiki and there is a 99% chance he/she will find it there. Also, whenever a feature, item etc. is described in the SPS-PD's wiki pages as “new”, that means “new compared to Sprouted PD”, or else a more detailed expression is used (“totally new” / “new compared to all other mods” or something similar). Lastly, there is a good amount of spelling and expression mistakes in the game messages and even in the names of items, that are mostly put in correct form in the wiki sections, occasionally with also a mention to the game’s initial language form.
[Note: Due to the very big number of SPS-PD's features, an alphabetical order with small separate sections for each subject was preferred here, to avoid mixing subjects and confusing the readers. For a presentation with more subjects displayed in each of its sections, you can visit the SPecial Surprise Pixel Dungeon category page.]
Alchemy in SPS-PD was originally based on a combination of Sprouted PD's and Shattered PD's alchemies, but its parents can almost no longer be recognized with all the new features added to it. The Alchemy interface is changed and mostly resembles that of Shattered PD before the rework of v.0.7.1 (no alchemical energy is needed, no exotic potions & scrolls, brews, elixirs and spells are produced etc. but special bombs and ammuniton do get crafted following totally different recipes), but there is also a huge change made in that alchemy pots are now primarily useful for cooking and crafting and secondarily for brewing potion, as they can create a wide array of ammunition, bombs, consumable and edible items (read the sections just below for a few more details, and visit the links of each section for more details). The Alchemist's Toolkit is also drastically changed and makes cooking of more complex recipes possible, without its familiar function to brew potions with less seeds like it does in Sprouted PD, or functioning like a portable alchemy pot like in current Shattered PD (it functions primarily a Crafting and Culinary Toolkit in SPS-PD, although it is not renamed).
Alchemy and Ammo
- Main article: Alchemy - Ammunition, Bombs, Potions
Ammo is a novelty of SPS-PD and is way to add a semi-permanent feature to a missile non-expendable weapon, which either increases the damage of its shots or adds a special effect to them. They are semi-permanent because they can't be erased and never wear off, but they can be replaced with a different ammo. Ammos are not sold, dropped or found in the dungeon, but can only be crafted in alchemy pots, most often by the combination of a stone ore and seed or of just two stone ores (very few skins can also have specific ammos as starting items) . For details about the effects of each different type of ammo and the combinations that craft them follow the link above.
Alchemy and Bombs / Destroying walls
- Main article: Alchemy - Ammunition, Bombs, Potions
Apart from the familiar "plain" Bomb from Original PD, which is nevertheless retextured, SPS-PD has added 9 new craftable bomb items (Acid, Build, Dark, Huge, Fire, Ice, Mini, Storm, Two Bombs), while also keeping but renaming the Dumbling bomb to Fishing bomb and Holy Hand Grenade to Holy bomb from Sprouted PD, which have also become craftable. The first step in crafting is making a Build bomb, and the second is adding two seeds to the Build Bomb, in order to get any of the special bombs as a random outcome. The Soldier class by using one of his special skills has also the ability to summon one extra bomb type, the Bombing Robot, which is not available to any other class.
Unlike most other mods and also unlike Sprouted PD two bomb types, the Huge bomb and the Two Bombs, apart from having a very good offensive function, are also useful in destroying walls, and both are available for all classes to craft, unlike the Classic Performer's Shovel, the Vtuber Performer's Button, or the Builder Follower's Diamond Pickaxe, which have the same function, but are unique skin items. Players should note that after the Two Bombs item is put into the hero's inventory, it gets separated to 2 bombs with the sprite and name of the "plain" bomb, and the only way to distinguish between the two identical in appearance and name bomb items is to pay attention to their game description, as the "previously Two" bomb item will also include "and destroy walls" to its description:
|A fairly hefty black powder bomb. An explosion from this would certainly do damage to anything nearby.
It looks like the fuse will take a couple rounds to burn down once it is lit.
|Bomb [separated from a stack of Two Bombs]|
|A fairly hefty black powder bomb. An explosion from this would certainly do damage to anything nearby, and destroy walls.
It looks like the fuse will take a couple rounds to burn down once it is lit.
Bombs either regular or in the form of two bombs (either in a stack or already separated) are also a more common find in the dungeon, are dropped often by Dwarf Musketeers, and are sold randomly in all the dungeon shops. All the other special bombs spawn rarely in the regular dungeon, are also randomly sold at its shops or found in the Rat King chests in the Tengu Hideout, but are regularly sold by the Fruit Cat in Dolya Town and can also get crafted by the hero in alchemy pots. Huge bombs, Two Bombs and the Button/Diamond Pickaxe/Shovel can't destroy few things in SPS-PD: a) air walls, which block the entrance/exit to pit rooms (but destroy without a problem the walls around them), b) specially colored walls or decorative tiles like gold veins, bookshelves or statues, c) locked doors (but destroy without a problem the walls around them), d) sheep and Sokoban puzzle boxes, e) traps. For details about the effects of each different type of bomb and for the combinations that craft them follow the link above.
Alchemy and Food / Hunger
- Main article: Alchemy - Cooking Food
The hunger mechanic in SPS-PD is somewhat changed, as being overfed has a positive effect, while being hungry a negative effect, but most importantly, a new cooking system and 45 new different types of edible or consumable items have been added, which almost all have secondary beneficial effects (and a very few of them negative) and many of them can get cooked in alchemy pots. This makes the total amount of SPS-PD's edible or consumable items 65, or 79 if we count separately all the different blandfruit types (43, or 57 with the different blandfruits, can be cooked in an alchemy pot). Apart from "proper food items", these recipes can also also produce minerals, pills and beverages, with various degrees of hunger fulfilment, and many of them also offering buffs. In these 44 new food types the 5 new holiday variants of the pasty are also included, which are available only during a specific time of the year each and all offer buffs, unlike the plain pasty. For details about the effects of each different type of edible or consumable item and the recipes to cook them follow the link above.
Alchemy and Potions
- Main article: Alchemy - Ammunition, Bombs, Potions
Seeds have the same effects and brew the same potions with Sprouted PD (with some exceptions) with only the Seed Pod plant from Shattered PD added and the new Nut Vine plant, while Blandfruits have almost the same effects with Shattered PD (also with some exceptions), apart from not leaving chunks when thrown. Lastly, potions have mostly their familiar effects from Sprouted PD but also some new effects are added, as additional secondary effects to the primary ones, and also each one has a distinguishing symbol, after it gets identified. Note that the effects of two familiar potions from Sprouted PD are rather drastically changed: a) the potion of Experience does not add any XP anymore but only grants the Bless, Haste and Stength buffs temporarily, while b) the potion of Might still spawns in the dungeon for heroes with increased luck, but it does not add Strength anymore, but only +15 max HP. For details about the effects of each different type of potion and the seeds that brew them follow the main article link above.
- Main article: Armors
Two new tiers of armor have been added in SPS-PD, 0 and 6, and each armor tier now includes three different types of armor (with the exception of tiers 0 and 1, which have less: tier 0 - 2 and more: tier 1 - 4). These are: Light (less defense and lower strength requirement, more stealth and dexterity), Heavy (more defense and higher strength requirement, less stealth and dexterity), and Normal (the more balanced in their stats). As a consequence, SPS-PD has 21 different types of armor available, with 16 of them being new. Moreover, as will be mentioned afterwards with a few more details, none of the epic armors of Sprouted PD exists in SPS-PD, but they have all been replaced by class-specific skill items, which have armor sprites but are not equippable, and need charges instead of consuming HP. Also, none of Sprouted PD's Armor Glyphs exists with the same name in SPS-PD, while all 12 of SPS-PD glyphs are totally new, in the sense that even the most similar to Sprouted PD's glyphs have just one of Sprouted PD's effects in addition to new ones. For details about the different types of armor and their glyps follow the link above.
- Main article: Artifacts
5 new artifacts (Alien Shoulder Bag, Ethereal Chains, Glass Totem, Robot HEART, Small Pylon) have been added to those of Sprouted, but also all the familiar ones have been changed in their details, with a common change that also applies to the new artifacts being that all artifacts now give a secondary option after they get more or less upgraded. The Ring of Disintegration has been removed, and all artifacts have now become rare instead of unique drops. For details about the function of each artifact follow the main article link above.
Awareness of enemies and AI in them
Like in Original PD the general chance of the hero to get noticed by a sleeping enemy is 1/(distance+stealth level) and by a wandering enemy 1/(distance/2+stealth level). You can read more details about the Stealth stat of SPS-PD here. When the hero is followed by a pet or an ally and an enemy notices them, it will choose to attack either him/her or the pet/ally. That means that the enemy will ignore the non-focused-on character (even when the non-focused-on character is attacking the enemy) and will try to attack the focused-on character, even chasing a pet or ally around the dungeon depth. Sometimes enemies have also speech balloons with punctuation marks or letters above their head, like they do in YAPD and some other mods.
- "!" means that they have seen the hero or the pet and are ready to attack / dodge / chase them. It is increased awareness, as enemies can be aware of the hero without the "!" balloon.
- "?" means that they have lost sight of the hero or the pet, that they were seeing until recently, they are unaware, and they will get surprised by an attack, as long as they continue to have the "?" balloon above them at the time of the attack.
- "Zz" means they are sleeping, unaware, and will get surprised by an attack, as long as they continue to have the "Zz" balloon above them at the time of the attack.
- Enemies without a speech baloon above their head that are distant from the hero will be sometimes also unaware of the hero's presence and will be surprised by an attack. Distant enemies being surprised or not by an attack depends on their field of view, which is different for each enemy and has no indication in-game.
Pets have the same focus mechanic with enemies, also chase focused-on enemies, and can also have the "!" and "?" balloons, with the same meaning that they have for enemies, but they never have the "Zz" baloon above them, even when thay are put to sleep by a scroll of Lullaby. The hero will also have the "Zz" balloon above him/her, while he/she is resting or sleeping, but has no other awareness indications displayed.
- Main article: Badges
SPS-PD's badges are very similar to those of Sprouted PD but not identical. As in Sprouted PD and Original PD, in many cases a higher rank badge replaces the lower rank badge, or a superbadge replaces a group of specific badges, once they all get obtained. Unlike Sprouted PD the appearance of 16 NPCs and 3 enemy types in Dolya Town depends exlusively on obtaining a specific badge in the current run, while specifically the "Otiluke rescued" badge makes 8 NPCs add a new feature to their behavior. For details about the Badges of SPS-PD follow the main article link above.
- Main article: Bosses
The main bosses remain the same with Sprouted PD (Yog-Dzewa, Shadow Yogs, Corrupted Otiluke, Zot), but one new miniboss has been added to the Yog-Dzewa depth (Year Beast), Shadow Yogs now have 2 different minions (Fiend & Gold Eye Bokoblin), with the old minions of Sprouted PD being 1 withdrawn (Oni) and 1 relocated in the main dungeon (Shadow Rat), and also some special attacks are added to bosses and minions and some other special attacks are removed. For details about the four different main bosses of SPS-PD and their minions follow the link above.
- Main article: BossRush Challenge
The Dolyahaven Mines have been removed from SPS-PD but their entrance hasn't. A new enemy is located there, a blue dragon named Dungeon Guard, which after it gets defeated, drops a Book portal and so gives the option to the hero to visit a new depth crowded with bosses and their minions and with six unique rewards, four of which are rather interesting for different reasons: a) a very good weapon with extra reach, the Overload Handcannon, b) a stat boosting item, the Four-Leaf Mint Necklace, c) a pet card that releases a very strong pet not easily obtained otherwise, the Easter Bunny, and d) the Power Hand, which gives to the player the option of an Endless Run and also the option to complete the game from much earlier than normal. This is the BossRush Challenge and for details about it vilsit the link above.
Buffs and Debuffs
- Main article: Buffs and Debuffs
33 new Buffs, some class-specific (20) and some available to al classes (13), and 17 new Debuffs have been added. This makes the total of SPeciial Surprise PD's buffs, familiar (with the same name or renamed) and new 58, and of its familiar and new debuffs 34.
The new Buffs (not those just renamed) are:
- Arcane, Attack Up, Blood Angry, Defence Up, Feed, Fushigi No Bless, Imbued with Ice, Muscle, Notice, Overfed, Treasure Search (all the aforementioned are available to all classes)
- Accompaniment, Alien Shield, Blood Imbue, Climb Higher, Counter Attack, Drive MECH, Gold Touch, Echo, Fighter Combo, Forever Shadow, Glass Shield, Needling, Pray, Rhythm, Surprise Attack, Star, Target Shoot, War Groove, Wisdom Reflection (all the aforementioned are available only to specific skins, classes or subclasses)
The new Debuffs (not those just renamed) are:
- Armor Break, Attack Down, Cold, Dead Raise, Disarm, Dry, Electrostatic Turbulence, Holy Stun, Hot, Hungry (has a negative effect now), Leech Seed, Locked, Shield Block, Silent, Stone Ice, Tar, Wet
Also, very few of the familiar buffs or debuffs of Sprouted PD have remained completely unchanged in their effects and only some have retained their original name. For details about the buffs and debuffs of SPecial Surprise PD follow the link above.
- Main article: Challenge Depths
Note: these should not get confused with the Challenges that follow directly below.
The Key depths from Sprouted PD are renamed to Challenge depths, are all stored in the Challenge Book and have received various changes in their drops and rewards, but retain their main function as dew farming depths and their familiar main enemies, but one type of regular enemy from the main dungeon has been also added in each and spawns infrequently there (Gnoll Brute, Huge Skull, Sewer Crab, Succubus). Those with regular enemies are all now revisitable, but not their respective boss depths. A new challenge boss depth is added to them, the Treasure Map, with the Gnoll King and his Gnoll Keeper minions as new enemies. For details about the Challenge depths of SPS-PD follow the link above.
Note: these should not get confused with the Challenge depths that are mentioned directly above.
A general difference of SPecial Surprise PD from Original PD and most of its mods in that aspect is that challenges are already available by default from the first game and no unlocking is needed. Also, from all the familiar challenges from other mods and Original PD, only the "Into Darkness" challenge is kept in SPecial Surprise PD (also having been changed in its details), and they all now have also a minor advantage added apart from the expected disadvantages. There is also one challenge that has only advantages, the Test Time "challenge". Here is a list of SPecial Surprise PD's challenges, as they are ordered in-game and with their titles and their in-game descriptions in quotes [the info added by the wiki is inside brackets]:
- "Item Phobia: You think that potions and scrolls are dangerous. You spend more time on drinking potions, using scrolls will harm you and silence you, but you also start with 1,000 gold pieces." [Drinking potions takes 5 turns and reading a scroll applies the Silent debuff for 5 turns and also deals damage equal to 10% of max HP.]
- "Listless: You feel weakness. You earn less max HP on levelling up, but you also start with a potion of Might and a Honey." [The max HP gained in each level up is a flat +2 (regardless of hero level and class which makes it range from +4 up to +7 in a regular run).]
- "Nightmare Virus: Everyone is infected by nightmare virus. When something dies it creates a nightmare virus, but you also start with an Ankh." [The nightmare virus is an enemy named "!!Data Delete!!" with a null item sprite and a plain "Virus" game description that produces Demon Blood Gas when it gets damage higher than its max HP/2, and spawns every time any other enemy is killed .]
- "Energy Lost: Based on coservation of energy, lots of energy is lost in other ways. You reduce less hunger by eating food and wands' max charges are reduced, but you also start with a Pasty." [Hunger satisfaction of all items is reduced by 60% and all wands have their max charges capped at 4/4. The power of wands keeps getting increased normally with upgrades though.]
- "Dew Rejection: Dew god hates you. Less dews are dropped, you spend more dews, but you also start with 2 Dewcatcher seeds." [Dew dropped is less from both enemies and high grass, while all functions of the dew vial have the double dew cost (for example Peek costs 10 dewdrops, Refine 20 etc.)]
- "Into Darkness: Darkness is grown. You can't record the map by yourself, but you also start with 2 scrolls of Magic Mapping." [The hero will be seeing only the specific location in their current field of vision and after moving on, that just visited location will be disappearing from the map, unless a Blue Berry or a scroll of Magic Mapping is used. Note also that the hero's field of vision remains normal in this challenge, so it ranges from 2 tiles (0:00 to 6:00 - deep night) up to 7 tiles (6:00 am to 10:00 - early morning), and like in no-challenge runs it is generally better during the game day and worse during the game night.]
- "Abrasion: Weapons are almost ready to break. A weapon will get destroyed by using it, but you also start with a scroll of Upgrade and a scroll of Magical Infusion." [All melee weapons get self-destroyed after appr. 100 hits, with a warning message at appr. 80 hits. Note that upgrading with dew or scrolls or enchanting them does not repair them like it does in Original PD, and the 100 hits counter does not get reset. Have also in mind that an unarmed hero without a ring of Force equipped will be always dealing a flat 1-7 of melee damage, regardless of their current strength, which makes this probably the most difficult challenge of SPS-PD.]
Test Time "challenge"
- "Test Time: This is just a test. Have fun :)" [This is the opposite of a challenge, as the hero starts with a ton of additional equipment and auxiliary, enhancing, or end-game consumables, while also having the defaullt starting items of their class and skin:
- 10,000 gold and a Sewer Reward Bag
- all containers with the exceptions the Shopping Cart and of the Portable Scarecrow
- a Ghost Elevator
- a Tome of Mastery and a Skill Kit
- 199 Pasties or their holiday variant
- 199 EXP Ores (item exclusive to the Test Challenge, which functions like the potion of Experience works in Original PD and most mods but not in SPS-PD anymore, and each grants a level up to the hero after consumption)
- an Emergency Offline Device (also an item exclusive to the Test Challenge, functions like a portable Fire of Memory saving point, but which is always available for use)
- 20 Error Ammos, a Firecrackers and a Shadow Eater melee weapons (this is the only way to obtain all three of these weapon types easily in SPS-PD)
- 10 seeds of Seed Pod and 199 Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Yellow Magic Stones
- 199 scrolls of Upgrade, Magical Infusion, Identify, and Magic Mapping
- 199 potions of Mind Vision and Strength
- a wand of Flock of level +10
- the Dolya Slate with all of its pages (including the Spring Festival Land) already in the scroll holder
- without the Challenge Book but with all of its poster pages and the three trial books already in the scroll holder
- the Power Hand, the Palantir, the already forged Triforce, and the Soul Collect Stone with the ready to get released Otiluke.
- The hero also starts with 10,000 max HP but gets very increased damage by all debuffs (for example starvation damage at level 1 is 100), so this amount of max HP doesn't make their as OP as it seems.
- The hero spawns on depth 2 but depth 1 exists above in its regular form. Note that all exit stairs from depth 2 and on are occupied by a decorative statue, so descending is only available by the Ghost Elevator. The depth entrance ladders exist normally though (ascending them leads to a tile next to the decorative statue).
Essentially the "Test" challenge is faithful to its name, but not to its category of being a challenge, as it gives to all players the opportunity to test/try very quickly all the late-game and end-game features of SPecial Surprise PD (fight Yog-Dzewa by travelling to its depth with the Ghost Elevator, fight the Shadow Yogs by teleporting to their depth with the Triforce which is already in the inventory, rescue Oitluke by releasing him from the Soul Collect Stone which is already in the inventory etc.). In the case that a player will try to fully complete the game "Test challenge-style" from the first minutes of the run, the Magic Stones and the 199 scrolls of Upgrade and Magical Infusion of the inventory will be very useful, and the hero will perhaps also have to find a good weapon and armor in the regular dungeon shops or in the bottom shop in Dolya Town, because Corrupted Otiluke and Zot have their regular game stats, and so the hero won't receive considerable damage by having 10,000 max HP, but the starting weapons of most classes won't be doing enough damage against Corrupted Otiluke and Zot, even highly upgraded, so upgrading a better weapon and armor with the starting scrolls of Magical Infusion and Upgrade from the inventory will be necessary (the hero can also craft a tier 6 weapon in Dolya Town with the Magic Stones from the inventory, but he/she will be able to use only the inventory's scrolls of Upgrade on it).]
- Main article: Chapter Bosses
8 new Chapter Bosses have been added with 14 new minions and now in the end of each chapter the hero has the chance to fight one of 3 possible bosses (so the chapter bosses actually spawning in each run are still 4, there is just not a 1 chapter - 1 boss association anymore):
- Sewers: Sewer Goo with Mini Goos / Plague Doctor with Shadow Rats / Sewer Heart with Sewer Lashers
- Prison: Prison Warden / TANK / Tengu
- Caves: DM-300 with Old Productions and Broken Robots / Hybrid with Hybrid Clones / Spider Queen with Spider Eggs, Golders, Jumpers, Minders, Workers
- Metropolis: Elder Avatar with Obelisk, The Hunters, The Mechs, The Monks, The Warlocks / King of Dwarves with Eternal Tomb, Dwarf Liches, Undead Dwarves / Lich Dancer with Huge Skulls, Necro Batteries
Also the Skill Kit now is dropped by the Prison chapter boss and the Tome of Mastery by the Caves chapter boss, while the Metropolis chapter boss does not drop any hero progressing item anymore. For details about the Chapter Bosses of SPS-PD follow the link above.
Classes, Subclasses and Skins
- Main article: Classes, Subclasses and Skins
This is the part of SPS-PD that has received the most drastic changes, with many innovations and original features having been added. Already from previous updates 2 new classes with their subclasses, the Performer (subclasses Joker & Surperstar) and Soldier (subclasses Agent & Leader), had been added making the total number of SPS-PD's available classes 6, and in the directly version "Year Hunter", the Follower skin has been added, raising the total amount of classes to 7. Note also that two of the new SPS-PD classes, the Follower and Performer are very original in their concept and no similar classes are encountered in any other PD mod, and just resemble the Bard and Cleric archetypes of roguelikes in general. On the other hand, the Soldier class has some similarities with the Gunslinger class of Moonshine PD, but still has many original features of its own.
Also, all classes have now four options for their starting items and stats named Skins, the familiar from before option, named Classic, and the new Birthday, Halloween and Sprin Festival skins. Each skin also has a different sprite, just keeping the face and the general body outline of the class and is chosen in the beginning of each run. This makes the available options to the player in the run's beggining 28 (7 classes * 4 skins each). The available skins of current SPS-PD are (Birthday skins are mentioned second, Halloween skins third, and Sprig Festival skins last):
- Classic Warrior, Fighter, Demon, Heavy Infantry
- Classic Mage, Explorer, Gnoll, Emcee
- Classic Rogue, Ninja, Undead, Samurai
- Classic Huntress, Maid, Taurcen, Archer
- Classic Performer, Vtuber, Slime, Lion Dancer
- Classic Soldier, Plumber, Mech, Doctor
- Classic Follower, Builder, Protoss, Merchant
Moreover, all classes now have 4 Special Skills, the one familiar from before, and 3 new for each class. There is no application of the Armor Kit to the armor anymore for the skills to become available, or an Armor Kit item whatsoever, but the Skill Kit dropped by the second chapter boss produces a class-specific special item with the sprite of the epic armor, but which is not an equippable armor, does not reduce the hero's HP, and only needs recharging (the epic armor item is generally withdrawn from SPS-PD). The special skills of each class in SPS-PD in the order displayed in each special class item are:
- Warrior: Source Power, Fighting Arena, Lay on hands, Surprise attack
- Mage: Molten Earth, Arcane Bombing, Ice Storm, Lightning Arrester
- Rogue: Shadow Bless, Steal Gold, Silent Killing, Falling Attack
- Huntress: Hunter Instinct, Prepare Hunting, Fairy in Bottle, Living Root
- Performer: Special Dance, Curtain Call, Magic Tricks, Fans Accompaniment
- Soldier: Mirror Army, Summon Mech, Moving Bomb, Air Drop
- Follower: Pray, Fund Raising, Language Trap, Bless Spell
In addition to all of these changes, all classes have been buffed very much in comparison to Sprouted PD, with many new abilities added by defult to all of them, and with much more versatile starting equipment and higher stats. For details about the different classes, subclasses, skins and class special skills of SPS-PD follow the link above.
Completing the Game
Special Surprise Pixel Dungeon is the only mod of Original PD available in English (see also the note at the end of this section though), that offers to the player two totally different alternative options for completing the game fully and also with one of the alternatives not including the Amulet of Yendor as a prerequisite.
- The first option is very similar to that of Sprouted PD: the hero defeats the Shadow Yogs and gets the journal page that will teleport him/her to the Stone Golem Otiluke depth renamed to "Energy Core" in SPS-PD, and there he/she defeats the Corrupted Otiluke Mirror Image and gets the Palantir that will teleport him/her to Zot, and after Zot is defeated the real Otiluke is finally free and the hero can meet him in Dolya Town, obtain from him the Amulet of Yendor and complete the game with it.
- The second option can be available even before defeating Yog-Dzewa, by adding 5 Magic Stones of different colors to the Power Hand unique item, which can only be obtained by completing the Bossrush Challenge. This item also gives access to an Endless Mode and details about this mode and the alternative way of completing the game follow a little afterwards in the "Endless mode - Power Hand" section.
- Note that an additional difference of SPS-PD from Sprouted PD is that heroes can't complete the game early after just killing Yog-Dzewa, by using the "End Game" option of the Amulet, because there is no Amulet of Yendor at all in depth 26. The hero finds on the pedestal there a pudding cup, which can serve as a portable save point, and that's it. As mentioned already in the first bullet, the Amulet of Yendor will be obtained after many more fights with enemies and after killing the end boss Zot, by the rescued Otiluke in Dolya Town. The only way for a game to get completed earlier in SPS-PD has been described in the second bullet, by completing the Bossrush Challenge and obtaining the Power Hand.
Note: If we zoom out and talk generally about all Pixel Dungeon mods, Youritaru Touhou PD, a mod available currently only in the Chinese language, also allows players to complete the game without the Amulet of Yendor. Furthermore, in Chernog FOTMA and Pioneer, two "mods" of Pixel Dungeon that have no resemblance with it in their gameplay but which only use many of its image assets, there is no Amulet of Yendor item in general, neither at the end nor anywhere else, and the amulet's sprite is used for a projectile weapon instead.
The familiar containers from Sprouted PD (Key Ring, Seed Pouch, Potion Bandolier, Scroll Holder, Wand Holster) have been kept, but they store more item types than their equivalents in Sprouted PD, as the item types of SPS-PD are much more. Two more containers have been added as well, the Portable Scarecrow and the Shopping Cart. Unike Sprouted PD heroes don't find the Seed Pouch as loot in depth 1, but it is always sold in the depth 1 shop. The other familiar containers are sold in the rast of the dungeon shops, and they spawn in each shop in the same way they do in Sprouted PD, based on the type of items the hero has more in the main inventory upon first entering the depth with the shop (for example with 5 potions, 3 scrolls and 1 wand in the main inventory upon first entering depth 6, the Prison shop will spawn a Potion Bandolier). With the only exception of the main inventory / backpack that has 28 slots, all the other containers have 25 slots.
- Key Ring: It stores keys, rings and also teleporting items (Challenge Book, Dolya Slate) and most portals that get spent with one use (Tengu, Treasure Map, Triforce etc. but not the Palantir). It does not store Ankhs anymore. Note that it is the only container which all heroes spawn with it (all the other containers have to be bought , get dropped by enemies or found) and also the only container that appears as a separate item in the main backpack / inventory and can be dropped or sold (all the other containers "disappear" as items after getting obtained, and they are displayed only as a tab in the inventory window).
- Potion Bandolier: It stores potions, mushrooms and also bombs. It spawns to get bought in a shop from the Prison and on.
- Seed Pouch: It stores seeds (but not plant-produced edible items) and also magic stones and stone ores. It always spawns to get bought in the depth 1 shop in the Sewers.
- Scroll Holder: It stores scrolls and also ally-summoning consumables (fairy card, mr. destructo etc. but not pet cards), challenge posters, and dolya slate pages. It spawns to get bought in a shop from the Prison and on.
- Wand Holster: It stores wands and also guns (but not missile or thrown weapons) and ammo. It spawns to get bought in a shop from the Prison and on.
- Portable Scarecrow: It stores weapons (melee, missile or thrown) and armors, but not guns. Although this is not a weapon, it also stores empty Lanterns of Soul Collect (lanterns hosting a pet move to the main inventory / backpack though). It is always dropped by either the Clockwork Scarecrow or the Test Mob in Dolya Town the first time one of them gets destroyed.
|A portable scarecrow which can hold some weapons.|
- Shopping Cart: It stores raw cooking materials like berries, food rations and meats and almost all items produced by cooking (beverages, foods, gels, pills) with the only exception of mushrooms. It is found inside a garden room either in the main dungeon from depths 1 to 24, or in the Power Trial depth (one always spawns per run, so if the hero doesn't find one even in the Power Trial depth, it would be useful to go back to the previous main dungeon depths and search in them extensively / map those that remain unmapped).
|A modern trolley. You can put food in it.|
Almost all items unique to specific hero skins (Ankh Shield, Horse Totem, Jump Shoes, Slime, Wooden Shield etc.) are stored in the main backpack / inventory. The only exception in this are the skin-specific melee weapons and the huntress-specific missile weapons, which are stored in the Portable Scarecrow (other unique items that get thrown like the Wooden Shield are still stored in the main inventory though).
Adamant items, Ankhs, Arcane Styli, Honeypots, Pet Cards, the Pickaxe, Random Souls, Souls of Mobs, Special Skill items, Transmutation Items, Upgrade Eater items, Upgrade Items and Weightstones are also always stored in the main inventory / backpack.
Cursed armors, weapons and rings are all non-unequippable and can have negative levels down to -3, but most often from -2 to 0, but not cursed wands, that generally function in exactly the same way with non-cursed wands. The ring reward from the Ambitious Imp still is upgraded and cursed, but functions like being upgraded and is just non-unequippable, like it does in Sprouted PD. Cursed artifacts have a very mixed behavior: a few of them work as if they are not cursed and are just non-unequippable, some don't work but don't have any negative effects, and some other have also negative effects. Scrolls of Remove Curse always also reverse the negative stats of a cursed item (e.g. from -1 to +1) apart from uncursing it, and any form of upgrading with scrolls has a chance to reverse the negative stat to positive but always decreases it. Accurate Upgrading with dew doesn't uncurse items, but only upgrades them (they function with upgraded stats but can't get unequipped). In contrast, Random Blessing with dew, and using scrolls of Upgrade and scrolls of Magical Infusion uncurse also the item they upgrade. Lastly, items that spawn in skeletal remains that release a Chaos Wraith (formerly Red Wraith) or in tombstones are not necessarily cursed.
Depth Feelings, Terrain, Light and Darkness
- Main article: Terrain and Depth Feelings
Like in Original PD there are three distinctive types of terrain apart from the regular one (Chasm, Flooded, Vegetation) and five different depth feelings (Echo, Nighttime, Secrets, Vegetation, Water), but the special terrain types appear in more occasions than in Original PD. For details about them follow the link above.
- Main article: Light & Darkness - Hero's Vision
A unique characteristic of SPS-PD is that game time affects the hero's vision in a more complicated manner than it does in all the other mods, being much closer to what happens in the real world. There is an in-game clock in the hero's window named "Time", which counts 1 game turn as 1 minute passing and determines the part of the in-game day and night (which is not determined by the device's clock like in Original PD and most other mods). The hero's range of vision will vary accordingly from 2 tiles (0:00 to 6:00 - deep night) up to 7 tiles (6:00 am to 10:00 - early morning), but generally it will be better during the game day, and worse during the game night. There is also a Deep Night Phase that is preventing the hero from memorizing the depth areas he/she has already visited in the current depth and happens occasionally when the hero enters an new depth during the game night, but it has become more infrequent in the current version of the game (in any case, if that happens, use a scroll of Magic Mapping or a Blue Berry). Note also that a) the Deep Night Phase anyway can't happen everywhere, but only in the main dungeon from the Prison until Demon Halls, but not in the Yog-Dzewa depth (so it can't happen in the Sewers and in any of the Challenge Book depths, the Dolya Slate depths, the Bossrush challenge, or the in main Boss depths) and b) that the spawning of enemies is anyway increased during nighttime generally, but it gets very much increased during the Deep Night phase. For details about these features follow the link above.
- Main article: Dew Vial
SPS-PD's Dew Vial is inspired from Sprouted PD's dew vial but many new functions have been added to it and also some of its familiar functions are changed. From the beginning on depth 1 the Drink (healing), Light (invisibility and illumination), Peek (short term mind vision), and Refine (creates 1 drop of Clean Water which is needed in many cooking recipes) abilities are available. On depth 2, after the hero finds the Dew Mushroom and returns to depth 1 in order to give it to the first Dew Developer NPC, who is the equivalent of Sprouted PD's Tinkerer, the Plant (equivalent to “Water” in Sprouted) and Upgrade abilities become available, and the hero has also to choose between Accurate Upgrading (upgrades and identifies a specific item) or Random Blessing (uncurses the whole inventory and ugrades randomly items). Whatever option of upgrading the hero chooses, he/she will get anyway the Dew Dop buff upon entering in each new depth of the regular dungeon, which is an important difference from Sprouted PD (there only the choice of "draw out dew" grants this buff). On depth 12 the Rune Scholar Lynn NPC, who is basically the second tinkerer of Sprouted PD with his gender reassgned, will grant the Clean (extinguishes fire, washes off tar and caustic ooze and cures the weakness debuff) and Speed (hastes) abilities. Finally, the second Dew Developer NPC in the Power Trial (formerly Book of Life) depth wil increase the Dew Vial's max dew capacity to 350, and also will add levitation to Speed. For details about all these abilities and functions you can visit the link above.
Dolya Slate (formerly Otiluke's Journal)
- Main article: Sweet Home & Sokoban puzzles
There are many important changes implemented in SPS-PD, which are related with this item:
- Otiluke's Journal is renamed to Dolya Slate, and 2 of its pages are sold in dungeon shops and not dropped by enemies anymore (Sweet Home - formerly Safe Room, and Dolya Town - formerly Dolyahaven).
- Scrolls of Magic Mapping and Blue Berries now work in all Dolya Slate depths
- The Vault and the Dragon Cave depths have both been removed (so with all these changes the Spectacles unique reward from Sokoban 2 puzzle has become useless in SPS-PD). Also, the Corrupted Otiluke depth has now a separate page, the Energy Core.
Many more secondary changes and sprite retexturings are also made to all Dolya Slate depths. Also, Sokoban puzzles have become now much more easy to solve, due to the existence of the Jump Shoes and of the wall-breaking bombs and unique skin items (Diamond Pickaxe, Shovel, Vtuber Button), while they can be all mapped without the need of spectacles. For details about the Sokoban puzzle depths you can visit the link above.
- Main article: Dolya Town & Spring Festival Town
- Dolyahaven has also been renamed to Dolya Town and has been very drastically changed, and you can read the second paragraph for some of the details.
- In the current version the Spring Festival Town area is still accessible, but with its page being a drop from the Year Beast miniboss in the Yog-Dzewa depth only if defeating it takes 5 turns at most. Note that this area feature is designed to be mostly available during the period of the Spring Festival celebration in China, so its page is currently rather hard to get, but if this version will remain active until late January - early February of 2021 the Year Beast during that specific period will be dropping its page if it gets defeated in 1,000 turns at most.
Dolya Town is a small RPG town indeed, that could also be a real world village, being now inhabited by 58 character types. Its journal page is sold at the depth 11 shop, and this depth now contains 52 new NPCs, 6 new enemy types, 3 new sidequests (Challenge Book, Gnoll Clothes, Reimus Goei), 10 new shops and a portal to a new challenge, the Bossrush Challenge. Its altar is still used for the crafting of Tier 6 weapons with Magic Stones (formerly Norn Stones), but the Dolyahaven Mines with their Kupuas and Gullins have been removed from the game. Moreover after the last update 6 of Dolya Town's NPCs now add a new feature to their behavior after the hero defeats Zot, with these additions functioning currently as Easter Eggs, but that will be parts of an extended end-game storyline in a forthcoming version. For more details about Dolya Town you can visit the link above.
Endless mode - Power Hand
- Main article: BossRush Challenge
Unlike other mods like Goblins PD or Unleashed PD, SPS-PD's Endless Mode is not available in the beginning of the run, but is accessible only by using a specific item which is one of the rewards in the Bossrush Challenge and gets dropped by the Original Yog Boss in it. It has a very similar sprite with Shattered PD's Stone Gauntlet, but a totally different function.
[After the first stone is put in, the game description starts including also an "It has 1/2/3 etc. stones now" message.]
Its option to "Add stone" asks from the hero to add Magic Stones, not stone ore and also not in bulk, but one of each available color (blue, green, orange, purple, yellow). After the first stone is put into it, the Power Hand's game description starts including also an "It has 1/2/3 etc.stones now" message, but it still can't get used. After all 5 stone colors are put in, the hero can finally use the Power Hand and a game window appears asking the player if he/she wants to finish the game or continue with it.
"Ending the game" will complete the run and get the player to the Rankings screen, while "Keep searching" will not take the hero back to the dungeon, but to a totally new depth with the number 85. A game message will appear, saying: "Can you hear me? I am Ada, from the assassin home. You must wake up, this world is just an illusion. Trust me, we don't have much time." This new depth has a handful of hidden distortion traps, which regenerate the depth upon stepping on them and can't get revealed by scrolls of Magic Mapping or Blue Berries, but only by searching, and all the enemies from the regular dungeon occuring randomly (approximately 10-13 spawn with each depth generation). An example of a depth 85 follows just below.
With a bit of luck the hero can fully explore the depth without stepping on a distortion trap, even if he/she doesn't search every tile, but even if the hero manages to do that, there are no stairs leading up or down, and he/she will eventually start searching for a distortion trap in order to step on it and generate a new depth. This is essentially SPS-PD's version of an Endless Mode, so players should choose "Keep searching" only if they feel that they have completed anything else that they wanted to do in that hero's run, because there is no way out of this depth back to the regular dungeon. The only three ways out of depth 85 (but still not back to the regular dungeon) is the hero a) to refill the hand with Magic Stones and choose now its End Game option, b) use the Amulet of Yendor if he/she has it to end the game, or c) just to die. Note also that regardless of the Amulet of Yendor being in the hero's inventory or not, when he/she uses the "End Game" option, their ranking will display the Amulet but will have the title: "Escaped?".
In the screesnshot image below the hero in the first place ended the run with the Power Hand and with the Amulet in the inventory, while the hero in the third position without the Amulet in the inventory, but as you see the runs' descriptions are exactly the same, and the only hero who "Found the Amulet" is only the one that completed the game by choosing the Amulet's End Game option. For details about obtaining the Power Hand you can visit the link above.
Without the "More QuickSlot" option selected, there are two quickslots at the bottom of the screen and one at the right side, under the menu button. With the "More QuickSlots" option selected, one is added at the bottom of the screen and two are added below the one to the right, making the max amount of quickslot available 6.
Hidden Doors and Hidden Traps
They are both not revealed by Blue Berries and scrolls of Magic Mapping, but only by the well of Awareness. Blue Berries show all loot and keys in a depth though, as they activate the Treasure Search buff, even those inside hidden rooms, while the scrolls of Magic Mapping don't, but still can show random parts of the depth's loot. Hidden traps which are not deactivated by stepping on them once (like Gripping traps for example) still remain hidden, and the hero must specifically search their tile, for them to become visible.
Rarely, the player can find rooms that are always hidden and are listed as Fire of Memory in the hero's Journal after they get discovered, but have very similar appearance to Original PD's sacrificial chambers, with their only visual difference that a green flame burns on the pedestal instead of a blue one.
They allow the player to create a single save point (up to the number of 5 for each class): this save point can be used only once, and the save file persists for each class even after a run is completed. Each pedestal can also be used only once, and that only if it's found (be careful not to check the tile of the pedestal but decide to leave saving for later, as the game considers the save point used and deactivates it). A similar but portable save point is offered with the Chocolate Pudding Cup item that is found after beating Yog-Dzewa in the same place that the Amulet of Yendor is normally found in most other mods, and randomly with the Robot Heart artifact when it gets upgraded to +10 and its secondary option "Determination" is activated. Due to their limited nature, it's best to use these after important milestones, or before attempting something very risky.
- Main article: Miscellaneous Items
The Ankh and Pickaxe items have remained similar with Sprouted PD, with the Ankh's only differences being that isn't stored in the key ring anymore, but in the main inventory, while also being stackable and having the sprite of YAPD's Ankh. The pickaxe is now upgradeable and also functions as if it is enchanted, so it can also be used as a decent tier 3 weapon by the hero. The Honeypot, Mr. Destructo, and Weightstone items have received some secondary changes (there is no Steel Honeypot item anymore, Mr. Destructo 2.0 is available only to the Leader subclass, and the Weightstone enchants and does not balance weapons anymore). The transmuting function of the Phase Pitcher plants has been replaced by the use of Transmutation Items, which are dropped by trampling Phase Pitcher plants. Norn Stones, Dwarf Demon Hammers and Upgrade Goos are just renamed to Magic Stones, Magic Hammers and Upgrade Items. Also, the Ghost Elevator transporting item and the Four-Leaf Mint Necklace stat boosting item have been added. For details about these miscellaneous items of SPS-PD you can visit the link above.
[Only NPC's that the hero meets in the regular dungeon and the Trial (formerly Book) depths are mentioned here. The 52 NPCs of Dolya Town are presented in SPS-PD's Dolya Town page.]
|Imps are lesser demons. They are notable for neither their strength nor their magic talent, but they are quite smart and sociable. Many imps prefer to live among non-demons.|
It appears either on depth 17, 18 or 19. Its quest and reward are the same with those of Sprouted PD and gives always an upgraded to +3 or higher cursed ring (the ring provides bonuses as if it is uncursed, it is just non-unequippable). Unlike Sprouted PD, its quest needs not to be first fulfilled, in order for it to open its shop on depth 21: after the hero defeats the fourth chapter boss, he/she will find the Imp in its shop in any case. Note also that for the Imp to lower the price of its books, it has to consider Yog-Dzewa dead, and this will happen only after the hero interacts with the pudding cup on the pedestal of depth 26. Before this interaction, the Imp will keep selling its books at their initial outrageous prices regardless of Yog-Dzewa being dead or not.
|He seems to be waiting for something. / It looks like he is still waiting for something.|
|Rune Scholar Lynn|
|A scholar who lived in Dolyahaven. She has a lot of knowledge about Magic Stones.|
Two of Sprouted PD’s Tinkerers, those in depth 1 (first message to the right of the game decription box) and in the Power Trial (formerly Book of Life depth, second message to the left), are renamed to Dew Developers, but their interactions with the hero remain very similar and have already been described in the Dew Vial section above. Two differences from Sprouted PD is that the first Dew Developer is relocated to depth 1 from depth 2 (but the Dew Mushroom he asks for still spawns on depth 2) and the more important that he Tinkerer of depth 12 has reassigned his gender and has become Rune Scholar Lynn, offering more reward options and also becoming a Dolya Town NPC after the hero gives the Dew Mushroom to her.
|This old but hale gentleman wears a slightly confused expression. He is protected by a magic shield.|
He always appears in the entrance room of depth 7 and gives an Adamant (Sprouted PD's Adamantite) Wand to all classes, and not only to the Mage. He has either the Corpse Dust or Rotberry Seed quests only available, like he does in Sprouted PD.
On the option to choose between a battle and a non-battle wand, note that the game makes the distinction between battle and non-battle wands rather randomly because most of its wands are practically damage dealing - combat wands, and the Wandmaker will give as a battle wand reward a Wand of Acid / Blood / Disintegration / Firebolt / Freeze / Light / Lightning, but as a non-battle wand reward a Wand of Charm / Flock / Flow / Meteorite / Poison / Thundercloud, with most of these wands, apart from the wands of Charm and Flock, dealing also direct damage. The reward wand is always upgraded and rarely cursed (which doesn't affect the wand's function in any way in SPS-PD). Stepping on the Rotberry plant to pick up its seed will release a cloud of Toxic Gas and Root the hero (breaking the plant by throwing any item on it, while keeping a safe distance, will save the hero from getting damaged and rooted), but picking up the seed will not function as an alarm trap.
|This rat is a little bigger than a regular marsupial rat and it's wearing a tiny crown on its head.|
He is the same with Sprouted's Rat King (sleeps in a hidden room at depth 5, after the hero visits the Caves and comes back to meet him, if he/she has not opened his chests, he gives the Spork quest etc.), with a slightly different message than that of Sprouted PD, which is inaccurate though: "Well, as a reward for your loyalty, I allow you to kill a thief, who stole one of my Forks, and I think he is hidding close to the exit of the prison. If you do that, I will give you that Fork as a reward.." The Life Bandit, who drops the Spork and not the Fork (despite not being its name, it actually resembles its shape though), does not hide close to to the depth 9 exit, but spawns after some regular enemies get killed at a random location of the depth and wanders constantly around, like the Shadow Bandit does in Sprouted PD. Also SPS-PD's Rat King is less materiallist, because if the hero steals from his chests, he now says: "They're all worthless things. I don't care about these." (he still cares a bit though, as he does not offer the Spork quest to the hero anymore).
Rune Scholar Lynn
|Rune Scholar Lynn|
|A scholar who lived in Dolyahaven. She has a lot of knowledge about Magic Stones.|
She is SPS-PD's equivalent of Sprouted PD’s Tinkerer on depth 12, but with his gender reassigned. Apart from the Dew Vial upgrade, she also gives the hero the option to choose between a Mr. Destructo, a Control Mobile or a Fairy Card as a bonus quest reward for providing a Dew Mushroom to her. After the hero interacts with her on depth 12 for the first time, he/she will be finding Lynn in Dolya Town for the rest of the game, with her saying that she had fixed the altar and and the hero can use it now (it is the altar that the Tier 6 weapons are crafted on).
|This stout guy looks more appropriate for a trade district in some large city than for a dungeon. His prices explain why he prefers to do business here.|
Their only interaction with the hero is by selling items to him/her or buying items from him/her like in almost all other PD mods. They also sell the Dolya Slate (formerly Sokoban Journal) on depth 1, the Sweet Home (formerly Safe Room) page on depth 6, and the Hometown (formerly Dolyahaven) page on depth 11. They are now also invulnerable, don't care if anything tries to harm or debuff them, and never leave their shop with their goods. Due to the change in the Master Thieves' Armband's function, the hero can no longer steal from them, but can only buy items at a discounted price or take them for free with the Armband equipped (although this is still named "stealing" by the game) and as the hero can't steal either successfully or unsuccessfully from them, they also never vanish for this reason.
Troll Blacksmith & Troll Welder
|Troll Blacksmith / Troll Welder|
|This troll blacksmith / welder looks like all trolls look: he is tall and lean, his skin resembles stone in both color and texture. The troll blacksmith / welder is tinkering with unproportonionally small tools.|
The two Trolls, the Blacksmith and the Welder (renamed from Bip and Bop) are always found on depth 11. Like in Sprouted PD the Blacksmith transfers upgrades between similar items via reforging, while the Welder reinforces items with adamantite. Adamantite weapon/armor/wand/rings are now renamed to Adamant weapon/armor/wand/rings (displayed in the same order in the image below), without any change to their function, and both Trolls still need vampire bat's blood on the pickaxe or dark gold before they do anything. The Troll Blacksmith still reforges the three separate Triforce pieces (Sprouted PD's Sanchikarahs) to a whole Triforce portal and does not need his quest to be fifrst fullfilled in orfer to do so.
Some minor changes to the reinforcement of items are that all classes and not only the Mage get by default the Adamant Wand after they complete the Old Wandmaker's quest, and that there is one extra Adamant Ring, that always drops from the Gnoll King in the Treasure Map challenge depth, as there are now 3 ring/artifact slots in SPS-PD.
As a side note, after the last update of SPS-PD the Troll Blacksmith will also forge the "No text found!" - [Chaos Pack], [Cursed Blood], [Tengu's Sword] given by the Honey Poooot, Mercenary, and Said by Sun NPCs in Dolya Town in Shadow Eater weapon in end-game, but this is currently an Easter Egg of SPS-PD and remains to be added in an extended end-game storyline in a forthcoming version.
Pets and Allies
- Main article: Pets and Allies
Although some of them exist also in Sprouted PD, SPS-PD has created a full category of summoned, temporary and expendable Allies with 3 of Sprouted PD's pets getting transfered into this category (Steel Bee and the two Fairies) and with 5 new allies also added. This makes the total number of allies available in SPS-PD 14. The Leader subclass of the soldier almost always summons an enhanced version of all the allies he has access to. SPS-PD's allies are (the default version first, the Leader's version second):
- Fairy & Warlock Fairy
- Golden Bee & Steel Bee
- Little Tree from the special skill of the Huntress (as this is unique to the Huntress, there is no leader version for it)
- Mobile Sattelite & Ex Mobile Sattelite
- Mr. Destructo & Mr. Destructo 2.0
- Sad Ghost from the Dried Rose (it also has no leader version)
- Sheep from the wand of Flock (now aggros enemies and functions as a distraction) & Baba
- Thundercloud from the wand of Thundercloud & KEKE
8 new pet types are added as well, and there is now a distinction between the weaker Random Soul pets and the stronger Soul of Mobs pets. This makes the total number of pets available in SPS-PD 19 (6 random +13 of mobs) with 10 of them being totally new. SPS-PD's currently available pets are:
Random Soul pets
- Fly (new)
- Gentle Crab (new)
- Metal Klik (new)
- Ribbon Rat (new)
- Snake (new)
- Spidersilk Klik (new)
Soul of Mobs pets
- Blood Scorpion
- Blue Dragon
- Bug Dragon (new, variant of Gold Dragon that spawns only during September)
- Chaos Elemental (new)
- Gold Dragon (new)
- Green Dragon
- Light Dragon (new)
- Red Dragon
- Shadow Dragon
- Violet Dragon
- Web Spider
- Baby Year (new, only available as a drop from the Year Beast miniboss and only in Spring Festival Town, which is not by default accessible in every run)
- Bunny of Easter Egg (its pet card spawns in the regular dungeon only during April and May, but is always dropped by the Ice Corps boss in the Bossrush challenge and is also occasionally sold by Pet Dealer Leryy in Dolya Town)
Random Soul pets, apart from being generally weaker, get instantly released from Random Souls, which are a starting item for all Classic skins. The almost all stronger Soul of Mobs pets have to get hatched in a Soul of Mobs after the hero finds or buys one in the dungeon, like the hero would do with eggs in Sprouted PD. Also most of the familiar Sprouted PD's pets have been renamed and besides that, stats, levelling up, special skills, eating habits in all familiar pets have been more or less changed. Also, all pet types are sold as ready-to-release pet cards by Pet Dealer Lery in Dolya Town (one randomly in each hero's visit) and one has also a 20% chance to be dropped by the Hybrid chapter boss, while Dwarf Warlocks have a random chance to drop a Soul of Mobs. For details about the pets and allies of SPS-PD you can visit the link above.
Plants and Seeds
- Main article: Plants and Seeds
2 new Seeds with their respective Plants are added (Nut Vine and Seed Pod), and 6 plants now drop items when trampled (Dreamfoil, Nut Vine, Phase Pitcher, Starflower, Sungrass, Upgrade Eater) which are either edible and have positive effects or are used for transmuting and upgrading. Phase Pitchers and Upgrade Eaters do not trasmute or transform items anymore, but the items they drop (Transmutation Item and Upgrade Eater item) do that instead. For details about the plants and seeds of SPS-PD you can visit the link above.
Progression in the game: overview
- Main article: Dungeon Depths
Players familiar with Sprouted PD won't encounter much trouble navigating in SPecial Surprise PD, as the general structure of the parent mod has been kept with some secondary changes made here and there (the most important of which being the total removal of Dolyahaven Mines, with the hero in SPecial Surprise PD being able to teleport directly to Corrupted Mirror Otiluke's depth after he/she defeats the Shadow Yogs and obtains the Energy Core journal page). Nevertheless, for players unfamiliar with Sprouted PD here is an overview of the hero's progression, from the start until the completion of the game.
- Regular dungeon: Depths 1-24 (Sewers, Abandoned Prison, Mining Caves, Dwarven Metropolis, Demon Halls), Depths 25-26 (First Big Boss Fight with Yog-Dzewa). Visiting these depths is obligatory for the hero to proceed further in the game. Note that unlike Sprouted PD there is no key that teleports to Yog-Dzewa's depth, and the hero has just to use a Magic Breaker hammer in order to open the staircase to depth 25, like he/she has already done for depths 23 and 24. Another secondary difference from Sprouted PD is that on depth 26's pedestal there is no Amulet of Yendor but just a pudding cup - portable saving spot, and the hero has no option to complete the game from that early anymore.
- Dolya Town: Depth 55. The hero can teleport there by adding to the Dolya Slate the Invitation to Hometown journal page, which is sold in the Caves shop. Visiting this area is obligatory for the hero's progression because the NPC Ren will give to the hero the Challenge Book, which is necessary for teleporting to the Trial depths, after their pages are added into it. This area contains many more useful options for the hero (two general shops, a food store, a pet store, various other NPCs etc.) but talking with Ren and obtaining the Challenge Book is the absolutely necessary thing to do there.
- Trial (former Book) depths: Depths 31-33 (Courage, Power, Wisdom Trials). These depths are also obligatory for the hero's further progression, as gathering a Triforce piece from each trial depth is a prerequisite for the Troll Blacksmith to craft the whole Triforce, which will teleport the hero to the Second Big Boss Fight with the Shadow Yogs at depth 35. Very similarly to Sprouted PD teleporting to the Trial depths is possible by adding the trial book pages which are sold by the Ambitious Imp into the Challenge Book. In contrast to Sprouted PD though, the last defeated Shadow Yog drops a journal page that teleports the hero directly to the Energy Core after it gets added to the Dolya Slate (as the Dolyahaven Mines area has been removed, the Dolya Town and Energy Core depths have no connection anymore). This step is also obligatory for the hero's progression in order to complete the game.
- Energy Core depth: Depth 67 (First Final Battle with Corrupted Otiluke Mirror). In this depth the hero will find the Palantir, which will teleport him/her to Zot's depth. This step is also obligatory for the hero's progression in order to complete the game.
- Zot: Depth 99 (Last Final Battle). After the hero defeats Zot, he/she can go to Dolya Town, speak with the rescued Otiluke, obtain the Amulet of Yendor and complete the game.
There also some more depths that visiting them is not obligatory for the hero to complete the game, but they offer various types of useful loot like a lot of dew drops / different types of adamant items / portal items / unique weapons / scrolls of Upgrade / a lot of gold etc.
- Challenge (former Key) depths: Depths 27-30 (Forest, Prison, Caves, City challenge depths), and depths 36-38, 40, 43 (Tengu, Skeleton King, Crab King, Thief King, Gnoll King challenge boss depths)
- Dolya Slate's depths: Depths 50 (Safe Home), 51-54 (Sokoban puzzles) and 66 (Spring Festival Land).
- BossRush Challenge: Depth 71
There is also the depth 85 that starts an Endless mode. Visiting it becomes available after the hero obtains the Power Hand in the BossRush challenge and adds 5 magic stones into it, but this will essentially end the regular run, as the only way of exiting the Endless mode is by either completing the game with the Amulet / Power Hand or by dying.
- Main article: Rings & Lucky Badge
One new ring, the ring of Energy, has been added (it increases recharging rate by +5% per level, with the degree of improvement increasing as it gets upgraded to higher levels) and almost all the familiar rings from Sprouted PD have received specific changes, with a common change being that the abilities of some of them have a level up cap at +30. Also, the ring of Wealth is replaced with the Lucky Badge item, which has a similar function but can't guarantee 100% drops, even when upgraded to max level, as it reaches its cap at +15 and can't be upgraded further. For details about the rings and the Lucky Badge of SPS-PD follow the link above.
Regular & Rare Enemies
- Main article: Regular Enemies
14 regular enemies have been added in all game chapters of the main dungeon, and 4 unique enemies in any chapter (but these spawn only under specific circumstances):
- Sewers: Dust Element, Leech Seed, Patrol UAV
- Prison: Armor Skeleton, Troll Warrior, Zombie
- Caves: Sand Mob, Stone Bug (this also in Dolya Town)
- Metropolis: Dwarf Musketeer, Huge Skull, Spider Bot
- Demon Halls: Demon Flower, Sufferer, Thief Imp
- Any chapter, Unique or Rare: Cell Mob (only spawns when a boss or miniboss is shot with an Evolve ammo, and that only occasionally), !!!Data Delete!!! (only spawns in the Nightmare Virus challenge, but constantly there), Gold Collector & Level Checker (they spawn only when players exploit gold farming or levelling up)
Some more are duplicated or retextured and appear with different name and abilities in other depths / as chapter boss minions or have the depth they appear changed, and most of the familiar enemies have their stats rebalanced and their special attacks more or less changed. If we add to the aforementioned enemies the chapter boss and challenge depths enemies already mentioned, the trial depth enemies, the dolya slate depth enemies and the enemies already existing in Sprouted PD, SPS-PD features 165 (!) different types of enemies. For details about the regular and rare enemies of SPS-PD follow the link above.
Room types added or changed - Walls
Hidden skeletal remains
Rooms that: a) contain a row of bookshelves covering one of the walls, b) but do not contain scrolls c) and only a chest instead, do not belong to the regular Library type. Instead there are always hidden skeletal remains behind the bookshelves like in YAPD, that always contain items or gold and also always spawn Chaos Wraiths (formerly Red Wraiths), unless the hero searches in the bone pile while standing on it. In this case he/she loses 50% of their HP, but a Chaos Wraith will not spawn (this is generally unadvisable, unless the hero has no damaging wands and is of a skin without an Ankh Shield as a starting item, as all stunned chaos wraiths get defeated with one or two weapon hits). The hero has to burn the bookshelves to get to them, like he/she would do in YAPD, and if there is a room like that in a depth, a potion of Liquid Flame will always spawn, but not generally in depths with bookshelves (so having a potion of Liquid Flame spawn in the same depth which also has a row of bookshelves in one of its rooms is an extra indicator for the existence of hidden skeletal remains, apart from the room not containing scrolls inside). Skeletal remains can also spawn in plain sight in a room with bookshelves, but in this case the bookshelf tiles will be scattered around the room and not gathered together in a specific side of the room.
They have two differences from pit rooms of almost all other PD mods, with the first of them being major: a) Their walls can be destroyed by Huge bombs, Two Bombs or the Diamond Pickaxe/Vtuber's Button/Shovel, so the hero doesn’t have to jump into pit chasms any more, if he/she has any of these items available, and b) they don’t have a locked entrance, but an “air wall” which cannot be unlocked or destroyed by any means. This air wall mostly serves as a clear indication to the hero that a pit chasm exists in the depth above, making the pit rooms of SPS-PD usually overt, unlike what happens in Sprouted PD, where there is no indication for them at all.
Rooms with specific effects
- Main article: Rooms with specific effects
In the dungeon the hero might encounter rooms that either buff only the hero, debuff any character that is located inside them or spawn constantly Skeletons, with 5 of them being totally new (Cold, Dead Raise, Dry, Garden, Hot, Quiet, Wet). For details about them visit the link above.
All walls in general can be destroyed by Huge bombs, Two Bombs or the Vtuber's Effect Button/Shovel/Diamond Pickaxe. The only walls that these bombs and items can't destroy are: a) air walls, which block the entrance/exit to pit rooms (but destroy without a problem the walls around them), b) specially colored walls or decorative tiles like gold veins, bookshelves or statues, c) locked doors (but destroy without a problem the walls around them).
- Main article: Scrolls
The familiar scrolls from Sprouted PD remain basically the same, with some minor changes (mostly extra side effects added to their primary function), but 4 new scroll-like items have been added that work more like potions by changing permanently the hero's stats (most of the times only increasing them, but sometimes also decreasing another stat in the case of the scroll): the scroll of Sacrifice, and the "Learn how to Attack / Dodge / Use Magic" scroll-like items. Also each scroll now has a distinguishing symbol after it gets identified. For details about these changes follow the link above.
Also, all bookshelves can now also drop regular scrolls after getting burnt, like they do in YAPD after getting seached, but never Journal pages like they do in Sprouted PD, and never rare scrolls like Regrowth, Sacirifice, Upgrade or Magical Infusion like they do in YAPD with its equivalent rare scrolls.
Strength and Strength Requirements
There are many changes to how the game handles the hero's Strength, and to what equipment can be used as a consequence. No longer it is possible, at all, to decrease almost all items’ strength requirement through upgrades. Additionally, potions of Strength spawn in a specific number (9) and equipping a Lucky Badge doesn't affect this positively, while potions of Might give only +15 max HP and no additional Strength, instead of +5 max HP and +1 Strength like they do in Sprouted PD, and they also no longer transmute into potions of Strength. The only other items that give additional strength points permanently without heavy consequences is a) the second Scroll of Sacrifice, a unique drop of the Challenge depths (it adds +1 Str. but the first one gives only +15 HP, and the third and fourth scrolls subtract permanently a lot of HP while adding +1 Str.), b) the Golden Nut Bless by the Developer, a unique reward item, that the hero receives after killing 100 enemies in all 4 challenge depths and gives either +1 Str. and 60 HP or +2 Str. and 30 HP and c) the Rotberry seed from the Old Wandmaker's quest, when it is not used for the quest reward and instead gets cooked with a Blandfruit to become a Rotfruit (a Rotberry seed is also a rare drop from the Sewer Heart mini-boss on depth 5). The ring of Might also adds Strength points when equipped, but only +1 every 5 upgrades (it adds +10 HP with each upgrade though).
Effectively, this means that methods of gaining strength are few and far in between or RNG-dependant, so most heroes will be switching to higher tier weapons and armors at a much slower rate (with the exceptions of the Rogue for weapons and of the Warrior for armors who have a +2 Strength bonus when equipping armors - warrior and weapons - rogue, and also the Artisan subclass of the Follower, who gets a +2 Strength bonus in equipping both), even possibly as late in the game as the Demon Halls. All heroes will reach Yog-Dzewa with 19 Strength, if they have found all the spawned potions of Strength, and they can also add surely +2/+3 to their Strength without heavy consequences by reading the second scroll of Sacrifice and eating the Golden Nut Bless by Developer after killing 100 enemies in all four challenge depths. Before that, apart from the Warrior and the Artisan Follower all the other classes without a ring of Might or a lucky Rotberry seed drop will be only able to equip up to the tier 5 heavy and the tier 6 light armors, as the normal and heavy tier 6 armors have a +20 and +21 strength requirement, and apart from the Rogue and the Artisan Follower all the other classes will be able to equip only tier 5 weapons, as all the tier 6 weapons have a +20 strength requirement (tier 5 weapons are as good as them, or actually better for most types of gameplay, though).
Tips for End-Game
- Main article: Tips for End-Game
SPS-PD is a mod of Sprouted PD and among the most famous (or infamous) characteristics of its parent is grindiness. Nevertheless, in SPS-PD most of Sprouted PD's grinding isn't actually needed (apart from the occasional dew farming in the challenge depths for upgrading equipment), as upgrading a tier 6 weapon with transmuted scrolls of Magical Infusion is absolutely not needed and the game can be completed easily with more than half of its available weapons when highly upgraded. Players who want to make the best out of the game's resources or want detailed advice about SPS-PD's end-game can visit the link above.
Traps new and changed
- Alarm, Blazing, Chilling (don't shatter potions, unless the hero steps on water afterwards), Confusion Gas (they cause also the Locked debuff), Cursing, Disarming, Disintegration, Explosive (deal releatively low damage), Fire (create a fire blob), Flashing, Freezing (rarely shatter potions), Grim (deal heavy but not deadly damage and can be encountered earlier), Gripping, Guardian, Lightning, Ooze, Paralytic Gas, Pitfall, Poison, Rockfall, Shock, Spear, Storm, Summoning, Teleportation, Toxic Gas, Venom Gas, Weakening and Worn Out traps exist all in the game, are borrowed from either Shattered PD or Sprouted PD and are mostly the same in function and frequence, with some minor differences from Shattered PD or Sprouted PD already mentioned inside the parentheses.
- Chasm traps are an original addition of SPS-PD, which are never hidden, can't get deactivated and always cause Bleeding to the hero upon stepping them. They occur infrequently in the main dungeon but they occupy appr. 75% of the Wisdom Trial depth and are also common in the Thief King's Lair depth.
- Distortion traps are very rare (almost non-existing) in the main dungeon but are extremely common in SPS-PD's Endless Mode. In SPS-PD they restart the depth, and in the regular dungeon they also function as "time travel" traps, as the hero won't keep the items he/she had found and already put in their backpack while exploring the depth.
- Warping traps are also very rare, and teleport the hero to a previous dungeon depth without unidentifying their depth, like they used to do previously in Shattered PD. The pet is also teleported along with the hero (but not when the hero steps on a regular Teleportation trap and is teleported somewhere on the same depth).
Generally about traps
- All pets fly, so they won't activate any trap and will just hover above them.
- Changing depths due to a trap, either downstairs by stepping on a Pitfall trap, or upstairs by stepping on a Warping trap, makes the dew counter of the goal moves stop for this depth, and it will start counting again when the hero goes back to the depth, so stepping on either one of these traps won't prevent the hero from completing the depth within the goal moves.
- Hidden traps in general are not revealed by Blue Berries and scrolls of Magic Mapping, and when they are not deactivated by stepping on them once (like Spear and Gripping traps for example), they still remain hidden, and the hero must specifically search their tile, for them to become visible.
- Trap tiles in general can’t be destroyed by any bomb or activated when bombs are thrown next to them and not on them.
- Main article: Trial Depths
The Book depths from Sprouted PD are renamed to Courage / Power / Wisdom Trial depths, and have also received various changes (with the Book of Heavens / Wisdom Trial being the most changed, as it does not allow falling anymore, and its former chasm tiles of Sprouted PD are now all occupied with chasm traps, also Fire Elementals have been added as an infrequent enemy to it). All the Trial depths are now revisitable and have become an option in the Challenge book along with the challenges, but only the Wisdom Trial (formerly Book of Heavens) respawns its loot in a new depth arrangement, with the other two only respawning their enemies in the previously visited depth. For details about these changes follow the link above.
- Main article: Wands
10 new wands have been added to Sprouted's wands (Acid, Blood, Charm, Error, Flow, Freeze, Light, Metorite, Thundercloud + Reno's Rainbow Cannon, which is a skin-specific wand), 6 familiar wands have been removed (Amok, Blink, Regrowth, Slowness, Teleportation, Telekinesis) and all the familiar wands that remain have received minor or major changes (Disintegration, Firebolt, Flock, Lightning, Magic Missile). Also, all wands have now a specific permanent sprite, and not a random sprite that will change in each game, like they do in Shattered PD (some of their sprites are different in comparison to the similar wands of Shattered PD though). The total amount of SPS-PD's wands are now 16. You can follow the link above for details about all these changes.
Weapons - Bombs, Guns, Missile, Thrown
- Main article: Weapons - Bombs, Guns, Missile, Thrown
14 new Gun and Missile weapons and 15 Thrown weapons are added, making the total number of SPS-PD's ranged weapons 29 (or 42 if we also count the 13 bombs). Also, misisle and gun weapons can now be enhanced with different types of ammo, which are crafted in alchemy pots (for the different types of ammo visit the Alchemy - Ammo section link above).
- A full array of tier 0 to tier 5 guns has been added in SPS-PD: Sling, Toy Gun, Gunslinger Pistol, Pistol, Blunderbuss, Fusil, Mortar with also the addition of the Pulse Pistol that has a special effect. Also, 5 more missile weapons have been added along with the Booomerang: Centaur Bow, Lzayoi's Thousand Knives, Mini Moai, Ryu's Hadoken, Wooden Shield (the centaur bow and thousand knives deal exceptional damage when upgraded, but the wooden shield and hadoken are basically debuffing items that deal some damage, and the Mini Moai deals the mediocre damage of almost all holiday weapons). This makes the total of missile weapons and guns of SPS-PD 14.
- 12 Thrown weapons have been added: EMP Bola, Empty Bomb, Error Ammo, Escape Knife, Huge Shuriken, Poison Dart, Red Packet, Rice Ball, Skull, Smoke, Shatttered Ammo, Wave, and almost all the thrown weapones that have remained from Sprouted PD have their stats, sprites and names somewhat changed. This makes the total of thrown weapons of SPS-PD, familiar and new, 14.
- 10 bomb items have been added (Acid, Build, Dark, Fire, Huge, Ice, Mini, Storm, Two Bombs), which have unique special effects, are all craftable and can be also found/sold in the dungeon. Two other familiar bombs of Sprouted PD, the Dumbling Bomb and the Holy Hand Grenade, are renamed to Fishing Bomb and Holy Bomb and are changed in some of their details. The Soldier class also has the option to summon Bombing Robots by using one of his special skils. This makes the total bomb items of SPS-PD 13.
For details about all of them visit the link above.
Weapons - Melee
- Main article: Weapons - Melee
44 new melee weapons have been added in SPS-PD:
- 23 Regular weapons in all tiers: Assassin's Blade, Club, Dual Sword, Fight Gloves, Empty Bottle, Flute, Greatsword, Halberd, Hand Axe, Harp, Holy Water, Lance, Mage Book, Nunchakus, Prayer Wheel, Rapier, Scimitar, Stone Cross, Triangolo, Trumpet, War Drum, Wooden Staff, Whip
- 12 Unique Drop or Rare weapons: Error Weapon, Example Wooden Hammer, Goblin Shield, Legend of Hyrule, Overload Handcannon, Reimus Goei, Runic Blade, Shadow Eater, Special Knuckles, Tekkokagi, Tengu's Katana, Wraith Breath
- 9 Holiday weapons: Brick, Christmas Tree, Firecracker, Hook and Ham, Key Message, Lollipop, Pumpkin Lamp, Sing jump rap play with basketball and play music, Test Weapon
Adding these to the already existing weapons from Sprouted PD (of which the tier 6 Relic weapons are all more or less renamed), we have a total amount of 60 melee weapons in SPS-PD. After adding this number to that of the ranged weapons sum mentioned just above, we end up with 102 (!) different weapon types existing in SPS-PD. Moreover almost all melee weapons have a regular, enhanced or holiday attribute, which are similar to enchantments in their effects, but are permanent characteristics of weapons and can't be changed.
SPS-PD's Weapon Enchantments all refer to one of 7 different Elements of the game, and each element governs two enchantments (making them 14 in total), with the couples having somewhat similar but not same effects. None of Sprouted PD's enchantments exists with the same name in SPS-PD, while 10 out of 14 are totally new:
- Dark element: Dark & Weakness
- Earth element: Acid & Earth
- Electricity element: Electric & Shock
- Energy element: Dance & Energy
- Fire element: Fire & Tar
- Light element: Light & Shining
- Water element: Coldwave & Ice
For details about the melee weapons and the weapons enchantments of SPS-PD visit the link above.
All wells have received an important general change in their depth generation, as now in all well rooms a rare plant also spawns always (Blandfruit, Phase Pitcher or Upgrade Eater). Note that in the Wisdom Trial depth a rare plant spawns in every well room, no matter if the well is active or not, so this depth is totally suitable for farming Blandfruits, Transmutation Items and Upgrade Eater items. All types of wells are also much more common in SPS-PD than they are in Sprouted PD, as in some runs a well might spawn in almost every depth of the regular dungeon (but never more than one on the same depth). There are also some more changes implemented in specific well types:
- The well of Awareness, unlike the scrolls of Magic Mapping and Blue berries, also shows hidden doors and hidden traps, loot and keys inside hidden rooms and generally all loot without any omission.
- The well of Health now fills the whole Dew Vial, even when the vial is upgraded to the capacity of 350.
- The well of Transmutation, like the Transmutation Item, does not necessarily drop the same tier armor or weapon (or an armor of the same weight), and due to the artifacts not being unique drops anymore, the well can rarely even drop back the same artifact. Note that wells of Transmutation are the more potent part of this pair and can transmute potions and scrolls (which is mostly useful for transmuting scrolls of Magical Infusion to scrolls of Upgrade), while Transmutation Items can't.
Known Bugs - Exploits
The following four bugs (for two of them even being dubious if they are actually bugs or not, as they are positive for the player and don't have any negative effect on the run) can be considered few for a mod still in development and with a huge amount of new content, and it should be certainly acknowledged to the developer that he fixes most of the bugs reported to him with the release of each new version of his game.
- This is the only bug that has remained unfixed in SPS-PD, as it was also occuring in previous versions of it, but in a stronger form. In current SPS-PD when the player selects the Rankings screen, the runs that are not very high in ranking will be randomly displaying info for characters with the best ranking, at first, second or third place, or alternatively only for the character that last completed the game with the Amulet. This bug is consiidered to have a weaker form in this version, because until recently (the "Halloween" version) the character that had last completed the game with the Amulet was always the one being displayed.
- The Dried Rose artifact has three bugs related to it: a) The hero might stop finding rose petals before the Dried Rose gets fully upgraded. b) When summoned along with a pet or ally, the ghost can disappear when the hero goes down a depth with the pet/ally but without the ghost and comes back to get it. c) Summoning a Sad Ghost in the Wisdom Trial depth or any Boss depth might crash the game (the save file also might get corrupted). From these three bugs only the first bug has been reported also for the current version, and the other two might have been fixed like almost all the other bugs have. In any case, you can make good use of this bullet when having the hero equip this artifact.
Positive Bug - Exploit
These two game features are certainly exploits, as they provide players with a not normally expected advantage, but they might be easter eggs instead of bugs and a conscious addition by the developer (they have certaily not been fixed for some releases until now). In any case they have only positive effects on the game run.
- The Performer class after the Glass Shield buff is first granted to him, keeps it for a huge amount of turns and it lasts until approximately depths 6 ≈ 8, making the Performer's defense constantly high.
- When playing the rogue class the Falling Attack option from the special skill item can be used to charge the rogue's damage, with the rogue simply sitting and waiting by a wall until the Damage Bound counter reaches a lot of charges, and then the rogue should also use the Steal Gold option from the skill item, and then attack an enemy (enemies close to walls that don't move around like Piranhas are good choices if a ranged weapon is available, but any enemy can serve the gold-dropping role). This will deal a huge amount of damage to the enemy, and grant to the rogue a huge amout of gold as a consequence.
Note: Almost all the negative bugs of the previous version "Halloween" have been fixed, with the exception of that of the first bullet and possibly of the second, but new bugs might exist in the new version "Testers' party", so feel free to add bug reports in the comments section below or communicate directly with the developer: you can message him directly in his profile page hmdzl001 in reddit or in the main Pixel Dungeon discord channel, where you will also find him with the same username. Have in mind that the developer is Chinese, and as China grants limited access to both of these sites, he will most probably not respond immediately, but in any case it will be rather soon.
The developer has very recently released a new version, named "0.9.5 Birthday Party" (fix 2 version), which primarily celebrates the developer's actual birthday and secondarily Halloween. All wiki pages, including this one, have been updated with the additional features of the previous versions, but not with the new features of this one, and the wiki will start getting updated soon, but the completion of all of its pages getting updated will take some time. The infobox below leads now to the new version.
The developer has written two short changelogs about this new version, one in discord for its first release, and one in github for its second release (fix 1 & 2 versions, fix 2 is the version that the infobox link leads to), which have been copied directly below, but with many additional notes written by the wiki - the text displayed in italics from here and on has been originally written by the developer, while the text in [brackets] has been added by the wiki. For the time being wiki readers who will try the new "Birthday Party" version will have to satisfy their informational needs only with these enhanced changelogs below:
[First release - discord note] In this update, following playtesters' ideas, I have created Dream [Adventure] skins (they start with random equipment), and 5 playtester [Wonder Test] skins (sorry, for now I can't think of any ideas for the other two playtester skins). I have also added new hero's ability after eating, different for each hero. Because warrior already had that ability, now he can survive from deadly damage, if he has more than 75% health. All birthday skins are more powerful than before. [Hmdzl001 here most probably refers to the new Dream Adventure skins that have been now added to "Birthday Party", as they all have a starting strength of 20. Note though that the new Wonder Test skins have a regular starting strength of 10, while the actually named Birthday Gift skins that have been existing from before don't seem to have become any more powerful.] New mobs, items, locked room types have also been added. I think this version will give a different adventure. I think that's all, and I will upload fix version after 1 week. Just tell me the bugs you find, so I can fix them if I can. Thanks for your playing.
[Second release - github note] This time I have fixed some bugs and changed lots of pictures [=game sprites]. Thanks to play testers, because they have given me these pictures and ideas. [Some detailed notes were following here, that have been moved to the changelog below, with a "fix version" note at the bullet's end.] An item's picture may disappear, but it will be back after you restart the game program [This visual bug has to do specifically with the hero's inventory, as rarely all items will appear as black squares. Hmdzl001 is right that visual bug is solved easily by closing and restarting the game application, and the bug won't be reoccurring soon.] I think that is all. Next version... I don't know... Maybe next year.
Ok... bug fix... some players can't enter floor 22, I fixed it.
Almost full change log [discord note]:
- [This change is not mentioned at all by Hmdzl001: The Test Time challenge has been slightly changed with some more items added in the hero's starting inventory. Apart from the items already mentioned in the Test Time's bullet list some sections below that all remain in place, heroes now also start with a Test Weapon, 10 scrolls of Regrowth, 199 potions of Shield, and a level +10 wand of Swamp. No starting item existing in the previous version has been removed from the Test Time's inventory.]
- Added new recipes, ZongZi and Realgar Wine. [While "Zongzi" is this food item's name in the game code, which corresponds to an actual Chinese dish, its name in-game is Glutinous Rice Dumpling Filled with Meat. Realgar Wine has the same name in the code and in-game and also corresponds to an actual Chinese alcoholic beverage brewed from rice. The recipe for Zongzi is 1 Food Ration + 1 Nut Vine + 1 Meat. It satisfies 600 hunger, but also makes the hero Tarred and Slowed for 30 turns. The recipe for Realgar Wine is 1 Clean Water + 1 Firebloom seed + 1 Earthroot seed. Its effect is very similar to that of other pills and beverages, as it satisfies only 10 hunger but grants both the Imbued with Fire and Imbued with Toxicity buffs for 30 turns.]
[Consumables: Potions, Bombs and Scrolls]
- Added new potion of Shield [gets a random color with each new run like almost all other potions, has the shield symbol of the defense buffs with also a blue cross in the middle, grants an Alien Shield buff which is calculated by max HP/2 so its power gradually increases as the hero levels up, blandfruit equivalent Nut Fruit with exactly the same effect, the potion spawns normally as loot or merchandise in the dungeon], made by seed of Nut Vine. Added new potion of Mixing [This is the only potion in SPS-PD that gets automatically identified after brewing, has a very different and also stable sprite in contrast to all the other potions, that of the alchemical catalyst from Shattered PD, shares the symbol of the potion of Experience, and grants at the same time a skill point to Accuracy, Dexterity and Magic Power. The blandfruit "equivalent" is Mix Fruit, but its effect is rather different (another deviation compared to other potions which is related with this item), as it does not raise any stat permanently but grants at the same time all the "Imbued with" buffs: with Earth, Fire and Toxicity for 30 turns and with Ice for 50 turns, like if eating an Earthfruit, Firefruit, Icefruit and Sorrowfruit at the same time was posible.], made by seed of Seed Pod. [These seeds are currently the rarest in SPS-PD along with the seeds of blandfruit, so even a hero with Greaves of Nature constantly equipped won't be brewing this potion often, while the associated with this seed blandfruit has a buff granting and not a stat raising effect. This potion is also never found as loot or sold in the dungeon, and so it is a rare potion in general.]
- [These changes are not mentioned at all by Hmdzl001: Potions of Might don't get generated anymore in the dungeon when the hero has increased Luck (with an upgraded Lucky Badge equipped etc.) and can only be a product of brewing Phase Pitcher seeds. The visual bug of Mightyfruit has been partially fixed and it now gets a proper reddish sprite after being cooked. Unfortunately its title is still not displayed properly but now it is of the "No text found!" variety.]
- Enemies won't always drop potion of Mending. [Hmdzl001 actually means that enemies now will rarely drop potions of Mending: enemies that in previous versions used to have a fixed chance to drop potions of Mending (mostly Swarms of Flies & Vampire Bats, but also Magic Eyes) don't do that at all anymore, and now drop seeds or meat. On the other hand enemies that in previous versions had a chance to drop any potion (Dwarf Warlocks, Plague Doctor etc.) might still drop a potion of Mending randomly and no change has been made specifically to their drops. This means practically that the long regeneration effect in SPS-PD has become less easily available, but it can still be granted by a Black Berry, Heal Grass, Perfect Food and Spring Festival Food (all the aforementioned food items have only positive effects), Blue Milk and Pixie Parasol mushrooms (both mushrooms have also negative side effects) always, and by all other berries randomly. Note that the loot generation chance of potions of Healing and Life has remained totally unchanged.]
- [This change is not mentioned at all by Hmdzl001: The Build Bomb has stopped being loot in the dungeon or merchandise in its shops generally (even the Fruit Cat shop in Dolya Town does not sell it anymore) and now it can only be a product of alchemy with its familiar from before recipe (scroll + seed + stone ore). All the familar bomb recipes have remained unchanged.]
- Scroll of Upgrade will appear in every normal floor [=depth]. [This practically means that the scrolls of Upgrade that will spawn in the main dungeon from depth 1 of the Sewers until depth 24 of Demon Halls will be 20 without any fluctuation (also 1 scroll of Upgrade is now generated in each Trial depth, so 20+3=23 guaranteed scrolls of Upgrade). The additional generation of scrolls of Magical Infusion in the dungeon with an upgraded Lucky Badge equpped has remained unchanged.]
[Depth Layout and Progression]
- Added new locked rooms: Builder room [contains specifically 3 door tile blocks that are otherwise only obtainable by the Diamond Pickaxe and various bomb types], Cooking room [contains mostly food items, some only accessible through alchemy (these spawn randomly, but the ration-like food items are still the most common though), occasionally also one or two potions, and always an alchemy pot], Orchard room [it is garden-like but without granting the shadowmelded buff, and it contains always a Blandfruit bush and/or a Seed Pod plant, sometimes a Nut Vine bush and a Honeypot, and also includes from none up to four Great Moss enemies, which spawn exclusively in this room]. Reworked old locked rooms [: now Crystal Chest Vaults contain also up to 2 artifacts/ rings/ wands on the floor, Crypts contain also up to 3 gold chests or various amounts of gold piles, Laboratories also contain up to 3 scrolls in addition to the expected potions while Libraries likewise also contain up to 3 potions in addition to the expected scrolls, Statue rooms contain also up to 3 weapons and/or armors on the floor in addition to the expected statue's weapon drop.]
- Imp won't have his own depth now. [There is no intermediate depth without enemies between the King of Dwarves depth and the Demon Halls only hosting the Imp's shop anymore: like all the previous dungeon shops it spawns now near the entrance of the first depth of Demon Halls, which now has the number 21. This makes the depths with enemies just one more and does not have as a consequence Yog-Dzewa now to be located on depth 24 etc., in other words all the following depths retain their familiar numbers from before. Note also that the bug that existed on depth 21 with the pedestal being unbreakable by the Magic Hammer has been fixed in the latest version, and if you are experiencing this problem, you should redownload the apk. file and reinstall it, as you most pobably have the just previous "non 100% fixed" fix 1 version. The only remnant of this bug that still exists in SPS-PD is that the Dew Drop buff does not get activated at all on depth 21, but the moves counter still works regarding the next depth. There is no change at all in the Imp's shop's possible merchandise (Trial books, higher tier armors and weapons etc.). Like it was already happening from previous versions the Imp's shop will appear anyway regardless of the hero completing previously the Imp's quest or not. Fix version addition]
- Added new plant enemy Bamboo at prison [This enemy is immobile. The damage it deals by itself is very low, but it also deflects considerable damage back to hero with every melee or ranged weapon hit (note though that magic damage to it causes no deflection at all and pet attacks to it do not either, so with combat wands in the inventrory or a pet it is easy to prevent this enemy from deflecting damage). Despite its name it looks more like a green arrow pointing up (↑) than an actual bamboo plant. It has a 40% chance to drop a Nut Vine.] [There is also a new "enemy" added named Great Moss, that only appears in orchard rooms so it is rather rare. It belongs to the plant type, and is characterized as enemy in quotes because even though it looks like a green animated statue, unlike them it is always passive and will never attack the hero. It has a 30% chance to drop a random seed and with each hit it releases randomly Confusion / Darkness / Paralytic / Toxic Gas (this last blob is the only way that Great Moss can deal any damage to the hero).]
- [This change is not mentioned at all by Hmdzl001: In the BossRush challenge the Ice Corps boss has been retextured, renamed to Ice Nova (it is still named Ice Corps in the code), and has now two explicitly different phases, with an extension of its name in the second phase, Ice Nova - Final Phase. That said, its stats, basic abilities and means of attacking have remained basically the same.]
[Hero classes, subclasses and skins]
- Soul Mark will now make enemy take more damage [+50%].
- For now every hero class will have its own effect after eating any food item. [The former healing of all classes by eating has been removed as a general feature and now only Warriors get healed by eating for a varying amount of HP with the minimum possible being +3 HP and the maximum possible +(Hunger Satisfaction value of the specific food item) HP - note that this only happens when the warrior has less than max HP, and healing by eating can't overflow the warrior's HP bar. Effects for the other classes: Mages get the Recharging buff for 4 tuns. Rogues get a +30% Attack Up buff for 10 turns and the Illuminated buff for 5 turns. Huntresses get a Yellow dew drop. Performers get the War Groove buff (+50% damage in the next melee hit). Soldiers get the Haste buff for 5 turns. Followers get 10 gold pieces.]
- Added Dream [Adventure] skins and playtester [Wonder Test] skins. Birthday skins have become more powerful. [This is most probably inaccurate, at least when expressed like that. See third bullet below.]
- [5 new Wonder Test skins have been added (their number was supposed to be 7, one for each class, but the Warrior and Performer Wonder Test skins have a "???" name in-game and spawn with no basic equipment at all, other than the Ankh Shield and Jump Shoes, so they are obviously unfinished). The completed Wonder Test skins are: Elf Mage, Criminal Rogue, Detective Huntress, Police(man) Soldier and Gambler Follower. All Wonder Test skins, both finished and unfinished, spawn with an Ankh Shield, Jump Shoes of the class and a food ration. Moreover, they all have the base stats of the Classic skin equivalent for their class. Regarding the finished Wonder Test skins, in addition to the aforementioned items: A) The Elf Mage deals by default +50% damage with all combat wands, and the other magic damage bonuses from increased Magic Power for various reasons stack with that. He spawns with a scroll of Regrowth already identified, a level 0 Vest and a unique level 0 Elf Bow equipped (at level 0 base damage 2-6, but note that Magic Power benefits its damage by +10% with each point, scaling +1/+3, can't be enchanted by neither a weightstone nor a scroll of Magical Infusion, can't be enhanced with ammo), that apart from the option to "Shoot", it also gives the option to "Drink", which adds 10 Mana Points to the Elf Mage's counter. Mana Points (MP) are very important for the Elf Mage as soon as he finds a wand in the dungeon, because unlike all the other mage skins, he spends one point of Mana with each wand use, so he can end up unable to use any wand, if he had spent all his MP. MP can only be replenished/increased by using the Elf Bow or its Demon Blade variant (see below): 1 MP can be gained randomly after an enemy gets killed by the bow, but that does not happen with every kill, while 10 MP can be gained at once by drinking from the Elf Bow (its sprite also displays a bottle). Note though that after using the Elf Bow's "Drink" option 11 times, the bow gets self destroyed and replaced by the Demon Blade tier 2 melee weapon, which can also randomly add 1 MP with each kill and its damage gets also benefitted by +10% with each point of Magic Power (stats level 3 base damage 11-24: it always gets generated at level +3 regardless of the Elf Bow being upgraded or not and of how much it was, scaling +3/+4, in contrast to the bow it can be enchanted by a weightstone and a scroll of Magical Infusion, Accuracy 1 scaleable up to 1.2, Delay 1 scaleable down to 0.5, Reach 1 scaleable up to 2, ignites but with the Demon Fire debuff - see Demon Warrior below for details). Note that while still unidentified the Demon Blade shows its base damage inaccurately as 2-10 (which would not even be its hypothetical base damage at level 0, but 2-12 instead). The Elf Mage's available MP are shown as a number directly below the hero's avatar at the top left. Although both the Demon Blade's and the Elf Bow's base damages are not impressive, if the Elf Mage chooses the Battlemage subclass either the blade or bow are sort of a mandatory choices for becoming the end-game weapons, because the Battlemage will not have MP to use his wands otherwise (with a ring of Magic equipped and upgraded though, which is anyway much recommended for a Battlemage, the Demon Blade or Elf Bow will be dealing very good damage due to the high Magic Power bonus). Note also that the Demon Blade's damage scaling is rather better than that of the Elf Bow and gets more accurate, quicker, and gains extra reach when upgraded, but players who prefer ranged combat will do fine in end-game with a highly upgraded Elf Bow as well (the Elf Bow has also the secondary advantage that like all skin-unique items it can't be dropped, so as a consequence it is unknockable by Dwarf Monks). Another secondary difference between the Elf Bow and the Demon Blade is that the first one is already reinforced, but the second isn't and the Troll Welder will be needed for the Demon Blade to become suitable for end-game. B) The Criminal Rogue spawns with a level 0 Dagger and a level 0 Cloth Armor, but not with a Cloak of Shadows. His unique item is the Wanted Circular, a Wanted poster with the Rogue's face on it. Similarly to the Elf Mage, the Criminal Rogue has to gather Prestige Points (PP), which can then get used to activate the two options that the Wanted circular offers, "Hide" (500 PP) and "Market" *3,000 PP). "Hide" heals the hero fully, grants the Forever Shadow buff for 15 turns and removes the Armor Break, Attack Down, Bleeding, Crippled, Poisoned and Weakness debuffs from the hero. "Market" generates 1 armor/ artifact/ ring/ wand/ weapon randomly (not one of each type, just 1 in amount). Like the Elf Mage the Criminal Rogue's available PP are shown as a number directly below the hero's avatar at the top left. Unfortunately the way that these points are gathered is a mixed basket, as every time that the Criminal Rogue receives damage with gold in the inventory damage reception from physical attacks is multiplied by 0.3 and so reduced by 70% (or even cancelled altogether - turned to 0 if its initial amount was already low) but also 30% of the inventory's gold is transformed into PP, and with the frequency of enemy encounters happening in SPS-PD the Criminal Rogue is basically unable to save any gold most of the times, as every fight with an enemy entails also paying "PP tax". Note that in contrast there seems to be no damage reduction at all regarding magical damage or damage from harmful debuffs. There seems also to be a happy bug in work related with this mechanic, as PP stop always decreasing after damage reception at the amount of 3 gold pieces in the inventory, but technically the inventory still contains gold, so the -70% damage reduction still gets applied (in other words after the Criminal Rogue picks his first gold, he will be getting the -70& damage reduction in all circumstances). Putting the damage reduction/cancellation aside, this happens in exchange for worse effects in comparison to their alternatives (500 gold for some healing and 15 turns and ivisibility when the dew vial offers both for free, while 3,000 gold for 1 random gear item is a price higher than those of the Dolya Town shops). The three ways to lessen the consequences of this mechanic are to: i) upgrade unnecessary items with dew, keep them, and then go to a shop for selling the items and spending all this gold on merchandise there before leaving, ii) teleport to depths with good gold loot (Key Boss depths, City Vault Key depth, Sokoban puzzles etc.) from a shop and spend all gold loot upon returning or teleport to Dolya Town to do the same in its shops, iii) use the Ghost Elevator as soon as you get it from Yog-Dzewa to avoid enemy encounters and their tax paying consequence in the regular dungeon. C) The Detective Huntress spawns with a level 0 Wooden Staff and a level 0 Cloth Armor, but technically not with any missile weapon like all the other familiar from before huntress skins do (nevertheless read about mind arrows below). Her unique stats are two instead of one unlike the other wonder test skins, Crazy Points (CP) that are shown as a number directly below the heroine's avatar at the top left, and Record Points (RP) that are displayed in her unique item Personal Power Computer. This item gives the options to "Input" (adds up to 10 Crazy Points, might grant the Bless buff for 10 turns, 1 RP cost), "Think" (creates 5 Mind Arrows, 5 RP cost), and "Recover" (heals for 1/5 of the detective huntress's max HP having the potential of even overflowing the HP bar, and when any of them exists cures one of the following negative Mind- debuffs with each application: Mind-Confusion which causes reduced accuracy, Mind-Despair which causes less damage dealt by the huntress, Mind-Fear which causes reduced dexterity, Mind-Fragile which causes more damage dealt to the huntress, Mind-Inattentive which causes reduced magic power, 20 RP cost). Instead of these debuffs some other positive buffs might be triggered alternatively: Mind-Firm which grants debuff resistance, Mind-Hope which grants more HP increase upon levelling up, or the Bless buff for 20 turns. Note also that the Mind- buffs are permanent and the Mind- debuffs semipermanent (semi- because the debuffs are curable) as none of them has a specific duration and so they can persist forever. In consequence as the "Recover" option never removes positive Mind- buffs, practically as soon as the Detective Huntress gets the Mind-Firm or Mind-Hope buffs, she will retain them until the end of the game). All the Mind-X buffs and debuffs share the same icon, a white skull inside a red frame (basically a red version of the soul mark debuff), so theoretically up to 7 skulls in red frame can be stacked under the heroine's HP bar (5 debuffs + 2 buffs), if the player does not bother with curing the debuffs (the coexistence of both the Mind-Firm and Mind-Hope buffs needs a player with some luck though, as these two positive Mind- buffs get aplied much more rarely than the Mind- debuffs and the Bless buff). Note also that all these Mind-X debuffs and buffs are detective-huntress-exclusive, as they don't occur to any other class or huntress skin, and one of them gets randomly triggered each time the amount of CP gets to 100 (the counter also returns to 0 immediately afterwards). Apart from the CP counter reaching 100, the last option "Recover" (but only that among the three options) also drains the CP pool completely as well. Moreover, readers should pay attention to the fact that CP and RP are increased in different ways: 1 CP is added with every successful enemy hit to the detective huntress, while 1 RP is added after each enemy gets killed by the detective huntress. The Mind Arrow is an expendable thrown weapon with str. req. 10 and base damage 0-10, but which deals also bonus damage equal to the available CP, so its damage can be up to 1-109 (=10+99, as mentioned just above the CP counter gets reset to 0 after applying a status effect, when it reaches the amount of 100 CP). Before important battles in which the Detective Huntress will make good use for the CP damage bonus in her Mind Arrows, it will be clever to arrange her time in order to reach this fight with high CP, but not too close to 100, for the high damage bonus to be effective during the whole fight. D) The Police(man) Soldier spawns with a level 0 Gunslinger Pistol, a level 0 Vest Armor and 10 Escape Knives. His unique item is the Nano Heal Bag and his unique stat the Nanometer Points (NP), which are likewise with the previous skins displayed below the hero's avatar at the top left. The options that the Nano Heal Bag gives are "Heal" (heals in amount equal to the currently available NP but can't overfill max HP, also cures the Attack Down, Armor Break, Bleeding, Crippled, Poisoned, and Weakened debuffs, at least 1 NP cost), "Rebuild" (generates 1 random potion/ pill/ cookable food item or 1 ally card, 10 NP cost), and "Improve" (sort of the opposite of "Heal", as it turns the hero's available HP to NP following the formula NP = HP/4, but leaving the soldier with only 1 HP). In addition to a unique item, the Police(man) Soldier has also a unique permanent buff named Nano Around, which keeps constantly Nano Gas getting released around the Police(man) Soldier. This gas hurts all enemies in its area of effect by -[current NP number] HP per turn constantly and no enemy seems to be resistant or immune to this effect, but it comes with the heavy price of the buff also randomly removing from time to time 1 item of the armor/ arrifact/ food/ ring/ seed/ wand/ weapon categories drom the inventory and adding 1 NP to the counter with each item removal - unique and equipped items are the only safe from removal (so containers, the Ankh Shield etc. and any armor/ artifact/ ring/ weapon that is equipped are safe). Note that this does not get applied to stacks of items as a whole, so for example a Police(man) Soldier with 5 potions of Healing will pay the tax of 1 potion getting randomly removed each time, and not all of them together at once. There is no way to turn off and then back on this buff and it is always active from the first game turn until the end of the run. Obviously this is a skin that will have to make much heavier use of the Safe Room in comparison to all the other skins, as no item will be safe from removing if it is kept in the inventory but unequipped. E) The Gambler Follower spawns with a level 0 Knuckleduster, a level 0 Vest and 1,000 gold pieces. Like the Detective Huntress his unique stats are two instead of one, unlike most of the other wonder test skins, Fate Points (FP) that are shown as a number directly below the hero's avatar at the top left, and Dice Points (RP) that are displayed in his unique item Dice Tower. The Dice Tower offers the options of "Reroll" (just resets FP, no DP cost but FP's value must be other than 0), "Cheat" (sets FP to 99, 60 DP cost) and "All In" (turns gold to FP, needs at least some gold in the inventory, nevertheless this option seems to be not very well designed, as the addition of FP is calculated by gold in the inventory/5,000, so the amount of gold needed for even a minor change in the FP counter is by default big, and for a more significant change immense). If the cost requirements are not met for "Cheat" and "All in" sometimes there is a "No text found!" message displayed instead of a proper message. Each successful hit to an enemy sets a new random value for FP from 1 to 99 and also adds +1 to DP. FP primarily affect the Gambler Follower's damage: FP<40 cause damage dealt by to hero against enemies to get decreased by -50%, 40<FP<70 make damage dealt by the hero get multiplied by (3+FP/100), 70<FP<95 make damage dealt by the hero get multiplied by [1+(FP-70)*4/100], and FP=95 or higher make damage dealt by the hero get multiplied by [2 +(FP-95)]. As each successful hit to enemies rerolls the FP number, in a nutshell the Gambler Follower has in every attack turn a 40% chance to deal half damage and 60% chance to deal increased damage in various degrees. Two secondary effects are also related with FP, of values 13 and 95-99. With 13 FP the Gambler Follower will apply the Devil Fire debuff (for details about read Warrior Demon below), and with 95-99 FP in the counter an enemy killed will drop a random item that does not belong to its regular loot. The Gambler Follower's only cost efficient option to guarantee that he will deal increased damage with his next hit and the killed enemy will drop uncommon loot is by choosing the "Cheat" option of his Dice Tower, but even in this case only his directly next hit will get affected (so to get the bonus loot, use the "Cheat" option only if you are sure that the next hit will be a finishing hit).]
- [7 new Dream Adventure skins have been now added as well, one for each class, which they all have 20 as starting strength and spawn every time with a different random combination of a weapon from tier 1 to 5, artifact and ring, but always with a tier 0 Body Armor that offers no defense, even when highly upgraded (the only merits of this armor are that it has a high Energy Base of 4, and it can still get enchanted, so it can offer beneficial status effects, nevertheless without any defense). They also all have a food ration, an Ankh Shield and (Class name) Shoes as starting items, but none of them spawns with a skin-unique item. The random weapon, artifact and ring of a Dream Adventure skin have equal chances to be cursed or non cursed, while the weapon's and ring's levels can range from -2 to +2. The most crucial detail that differentiates a run with a Dream Adventure skin though is that armors do not spawn at all in such a run (even the Sad Ghost does not drop anything as an armor reward, while vaults and amory rooms never contain armors but only weapons, and there can even be a case that a flooded vault contains nothing, because it would normally contain an armor). This essentially resembles very much a Faith is my Armor challenge run in Original PD, while SPS-PD does not offer this option in its challenges. Expectedly potions of Strength also don't spawn at all in the Dream Adventure runs, as all heroes have already 20 strength. A player who wants to complete the game with a Dream Adventure skin should probably better: a) choose a class and then roll the dice of "Start a game" for some times, until the hero gets a gear combination that has at least no horrible items (cursed and with negative levels) and b) have a build centered on highly upgraded rings of Evasion and Tenacity for the end-game of any class, as these rings will be the only other item alternatives for reducing damage, with armors granted to be generally unavailable. Note that although in runs with any other skin scrolls of Upgrade should be better kept for use after upgradeable items get all their possible upgrades with dew, in a run with a Dream Adventure skin it would be probably better for the hero to use all the available scrolls of Upgrade on a ring of Evasion and/or Tenacity as soon as he/she finds them, as this will increase considerably the chances of survival. Readers are reminded that the ring of Tenacity has a ceiling at level +30, so its maximum possible percentage of damage resistance is 40% (+1.33% per level), but the ring of Evasion has a ceiling only in its stealth increase at level +30, and grants +1 to evasion every level without a limit up, and +1 to stealth every five levels (so +6 at level +30). Also, the Performer class with his long lasting Glass Shield buff in early levels and the increased evasion of his Rhythm buff that he gets generally by levelling up or using his jump shoes has two extra defensive advantages in comparison to the Dream Adventure skins of all the other classes. The general absence of armors makes runs with Dream Adventure skins objectively the most difficult in the long run in current SPS-PD, and these are essentially skins that have by default a Faith is my Armor challenge chosen, even though this challenge does not actually exist in SPS-PD.]
- [Note that the new Wonder Test skins have a regular starting strength of 10, while the Birthday Gift skins that have been existing from a previous version don't seem to have become any more powerful, despite Hmdzl001 explicitly saying so in his beginning short message (he most probably refers to the increased starting strength of the Dream Adventure skins that have been first introduced in this Birthday Party version).]
- Warrior's Demon skin causes the Demon Fire debuff now, and can't get Strength from Demon Contract. [A. The Demon Fire debuff has the same icon and visual effect on enemies with the burning debuff and a similar but not identical damaging effect, as it does not get extinguished by water and does not ignite flammable tiles. When the Demon uses a melee weapon enchanted with another element, he applies randomly either the Demon Fire debuff or the relevant debuff of the enchantment, but when he uses an unenchanted melee weapon or he is unarmed, he applies only the Demon Fire debuff, also randomly (quick weapons or equipping a ring of Furor expectedly increase the chance of application). B. The second part of Hmdzl001's message os s;ightly inaccurate, as the Demon Contract still grants extra strength, but only temporarily and always with every acceptance, giving a Muscle buff (+2 Strength) for 50 turns. Other than that the Demon Contract still offers randomly +1 skill point of Accuracy, Dexterity or Magic Power in exchange of 6 max HP.] Follower's Builder skin can't use Diamond Pickaxe anymore when hungry [or starving].
- [This change is not mentioned at all by Hmdzl001. The effects of the Jump Shoes for some classes have been moderately changed: a) the Performer now with each jump has also a chance to throw Escape Knives to all visible enemies, which deal rather low damage but can have the effects of the equipped weapon, in addition to the Glass Shield and Rhythm/Echo buffs that he was already getting as buffs from jumping, b) the Huntress has lost the ability of knocking back enemies and causing vertigo to them by jumping, but now has a chance to instantly reload her weapon by jumping, and she still has a chance to throw Escape Knives to all visible enemies, which deal rather low damage but can have the effects of the equipped weapon, c) the Follower has now a chance to generate spacifically a Blandfruit/ Dewcatcher/ Dreamfoil/ Earthroot/ Seed Pod/ Starflower/ Sungrass plant at his tile of arrival, and he still always creates a tile of high grass at his tile of departure, unless the tile is a depth entrance, exit, an alchemy pot or a pedestal, on which none of these changes can happen. The Warrior's, Mage's, Rogue's, and Soldier's effects remain the same.]
[Languages that are available]
- Traditional Chinese can be used now, and English too. [The actual change is only the addition of Traditional Chinese characters, as Modern Chinese characters and the English language have been both available for many versions already. For readers unfamiliar with the Chinese language it should be noted that these two options have to do with the characters used for the game messages, while the language in both options is Mandarin Chinese. Fix version addition]
- [These changes are not mentioned at all by Hmdzl001: 4 new NPCs have been added in Dolya Town, a) Ashwolf - the Baron, who is described in-game as "dungeon game and pixel painting lover, RPG MAKER producer, furry, and a tester", but also seems to have had an important contribution to this version of SPS-PD, as he says that he has designed all the new sprites. He apears after the "third boss slain" badge is obtained and in the hero's first encounter with him he drops a Heal Grass (no other effect to the hero's progress). b & c) Black Meow, who is described as the leader of Black Meow Pixel Dungeon (the actual name of the mod is Black Cat PD and it is an untranslated Chinese mod), and Rainbow Cat (just meows), that both apperar after the "Summoned 5 Pets" badge is obtained (both have no effect to the hero's progress). d) Ravenwolf, who is the developer of No Name Yet Pixel Dungeon and is already in Dolya Town from the hero's first visit (no effect to the hero's progress).]
- [As mentioned also directly below by Hmdzl001, the Sad Ghost offers now 3 reward options to the hero, the familiar weapon and armor rewards, and a new pet reward option. This is always a Random Soul pet card, and never any of the Soul of Mobs pet cards.]
- I have added 6 basic pets, and player can now also choose a pet as Sad Ghost's reward. [These newly added "basic" pets are all Random Soul pets (with the familiar starting stats and stat scaling of the already existing Random Soul pets), while the Sad Ghost's new alternative reward is a Random Soul pet card, and can't be any of the Soul of Mobs pet cards. These new pets are: a) Butterfly - heals the hero in & out of combat and also blinds enemies, eats berries, b) Chocobo - hastes the hero, eats nut vine, its moving sprite looks more or less like a cartoon chicken but this pet is inspired from the fictional species of the same name in the Final Fantasy game series, c) Datura - causes Terror to enemies or drops yellow dew, eats stone ore and seeds, looks like a grey ghost from pacman with green hair, d) Dog - grants Alien Shield to the hero, eats meat, e) Kodora - causes Magic Weak to enemies which is +50% bonus damage by the hero, looks like a rose baby flying dragon, eats meat, f) Pixel Pig, generates meat while fighting enemies, eats nut vine, berries and seeds, looks like a pink cartoon pig. The Klik pets have also been retextured into a green monkey (spidersilk klik) and a grey space invader (metal klik), but without any change to their stats and skills. Some of the existing from before pets can eat now more types of food items (this note specifically is WIP for details to get added in the pets page). Fix version addition]
[Rings, Wands and Weapons]
- Ring of Might now adds 8 HP for every level, reduced from 10. [Its familiar +1 bonus to Strength every 5 levels has remained unchanged.]
- Reworked the wand of Poison. [This change is more complicated than it seems: First of all the wands of Poison and Acid have swapped sprites and in addition the wand of Poison has been renamed in-game, so a) now the wand of Acid has a purple main part and a green tip, but still applies the Caustic Ooze debuff like it used to do, and has the same base damage at level 0 and the same damage scaling as before without any other change. On the other hand, b) the wand of Poison now has a green and brown sprite, is renamed in-game into wand of Swamp, but most importantly it does not apply the Poisoned debuff directly to enemies like it used to do, and creates a brownish blob of Swamp Gas instead, which causes Rooting and Slowness for 3 turns and Armor Break for 30 turns after the character leaves the blob, but all these remain active as long as the character stays inside the blob. It also deals rather good base damage, 0-8 at level 0 with +1/+4 damage scaling. Note that although the blob's name in the code is still "Poison Gas" and is generated by a wand still having the Poison name in the code, this blob does not cause the Poisoned debuff.] The wand of Magic Missile will now cause the Magic Weak buff. [This buff lasts for 10 turns and grants +50% to damage dealt by the hero. Note that each time the buff is applied there is an indication "magic weak" above the zapped enemy, but no buff indication anywhere else (hero's bar or tab etc.) Continuous applications don't stack but just renew the buff for the hero.]
- [This change is not mentioned at all by Hmdzl001. Almost all wands (with the only exceptions of the Error Wand and Reno's Rainbow Cannon) now mention also their type in their game description, which denotes the element that their damage/effect is based on. SPS-PD wand types are: Dark (Blood, Flock), Earth (Acid, Swamp), Energy (Disintegration, Magic Missile), Light (Charm, Light), Electrical (Lightning, Thundercloud), Fire (Firebolt, Meteorite), Water (Flow, Freeze). The elemental influences (or absence of any influence) of wands on Soul of Mobs for the hatching of pets remain almost the same with before, despite of some of the wands' assigned types, with the only "change" being that the new wand of Swamp has an earth elemental influence, nevertheless this is the same influence with that of the wand of Poison that it replaces: Dark < Flock, Earth < Acid, Swamp, Light < Light, Electricity < Lightning, Thundercloud, Fire < Firebolt, Meteorite, Ice < Freeze, No influence - Charm, Disintegration, Error Wand, Flow, Magic Missile, Reno's Rainbow Cannon. In other words, despite being of the "dark" type the wand of Blood has no effect on the dark counter, despite being of the "energy" type the wands of Disintegration and Magic Missile have no effect on the energy counter, despite being of the "light" type the wand of Charm has no effect on the light counter, and in contrast despite being of the "water" type the wand of Freeze influences the ice counter.]
- Guns have now 130% ACU [accuracy] on shooting. [This +30% bonus to accuracy is applied always to shooting with any gun and is not a temporary buff. It only gets cancelled by the hero having less than the strength required for the specific gun, similarly to the inadequate strength requirement penalties in accuracy for the melee weapons.]
- Added new holiday weapon, Dragon Boat Toy. [The name displayed for it in its title in-game is actually "Toy Boat" and it is a melee weapon with the low damage scaling of all holiday weapons. It is a Blunt weapon but also has the Fragile - Critical attribute, so after some uses it gets self destroyed. It was being sold always in the depth 1 shop until version fix 1, but it has now (version fix 2) been replaced by the Pumpkin Lamp holiday weapon in the depth 1 shop.]
- [Hmdzl001 mentions this also in his second changelog, but to add a few more details, many familiar game sprites have been edited into a more elaborately textured version, but in most of the cases this has not made the image too different - unfamiliar, while their game description messages and names have generally remained unchanged. Most of the visual edits - changes have happened in the sprites of enemies, food items and weapons.]
It is easily implied by the developer not mentioning anything about it, but to make it perfectly clear, the general progression of the game has remained unchanged, no game areas have been removed or added, and all the core mechanics are the same with the previous version. This also means that the Spring Festival Town is still accessible, not easily though, as the Year Beast drops its dolya slate page only if it gets killed within 5 game turns (the only way currently for the hero to have the "Spring Festival turns counter" of the 1,000 turns instead or the regular one of the 5 turns, is to attack the Year Beast specifically with a Firecrackers holiday weapon equipped, like it was also happening in the directly previous version).