Intro. to Slimeology: A Brief Guide to ‘Slime Rancher’s’ Adorable Creatures

Lucas DeRuyter
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Slime Rancher, a game recently released on Steam, is a life simulation game that has become a smash hit overnight. This open world game has you take on the role of a slime rancher on a distant planet. For your ranch to thrive, you need to collect materials, capture slimes, and care for them so that you can turn their excrement into profit.

If that doesn’t sound intriguing and like a fun way to spend a couple of hours, video games may not be for you. By combining some of the core ideas behind Minecraft and the guiding principles of the Harvest Moon franchise, Slime Rancher is definitely trying to be one of the many hit games of 2017. So, for those of you new to the world of Slime Rancher, here’s everything you need to know about the first couple of slimes you will run into and some information on some slimes you should keep an eye out for.

Pink Slimes

Pink slimes are by far the most common type of slime in Slime Rancher. These kinds of slimes are harmless to the player and also create ‘plorts’ that are useful in creating gadgets that allow players to explore more of the world. These slimes are also great to collect at the beginning of the game, as they can be fed any kind of food without any adverse effects occurring.

However, take precautions when corralling these adorable balls of goo. They have a habit of trying to escape from their pens by jumping on top of each other to form pink totems. If you store enough pink slimes in a corral without any upgrades, they will try to escape and will wreak havoc on your ranch.

Tabby Slimes

Tabby slimes appear quite frequently in the world of Slime Rancher. While they’re not the most common kind of slime, they are easily the cutest. The favorite food of these feline slimes are Hen Hens, but they prefer Stony Hens for some reason.

Unfortunately, these cute little blogs can be a bit mischievous. They are notorious for stealing and hiding food that they do not eat and will even jump out of their pens if there are not any extra measures to keep them contained. The fact that they’re trouble makers can easily be overlooked, though, as their favorite kind of toy is a ball of yarn; which is adorable enough to forgive any wrong doings that they commit.

Rock Slimes

These spiky globs will most likely be the first harmful variety of slime that you’ll encounter in the game. Touching them will lower your health, which makes dealing with a large group of them at once quite perilous. Therefore, you should build machines to harvest their plorts and feed them; as doing so by hand may result in a puncture or two.

Unsurprisingly, their favorite toy by far is the big rock as they share its stony disposition. What is surprising is that these mineral monsters are strict vegetarians. Their favorite food is by far the Heart Beet, but feeding them anything that isn’t plant based will cause them to reject it and potentially starve.

Largo

Largos are as beneficial as they are risky. Largos are chubby slime hybrids that have inherited traits from two different breeds of slime. This is done by feeding the plort of one kind of slime to another slime. While the appearance of Largos can differ vastly, they all come in the same extra large size.

Besides being so over-sized that they inevitably make your ranch cuter, Largo produce the kinds of plorts that both of their base forms produce. This can make them extremely profitable. However, if they eat a kind of plort not inherent to one of their bases, a Largo will transform into one of the greatest terrors in all of Slime Rancher: The Tarr.

The Tarr

The Tarr are living piles of muck that Largos transform into whenever they eat plorts that are not produced by their base slimes. They are the biggest threat to your ranch as they produce no plorts and will turn other slimes into Tarr simply by touching them. This means that you could lose an entire corral of slimes in minutes if you aren’t mindful.

If The Tarr weren’t annoying enough already, they can be a pain to get rid of too. While spraying a Tarr with fresh water will cause it to stop producing more Tarr, and spraying it multiple times with fresh water will eventually eliminate it; this can be difficult when facing multiple Tarrs at once. If Tarrs have fully taken over a pen, it might be best just to start chucking them into an incinerator or lobbing them into the Slime Sea.

Gold Slimes

Gold Slimes are one of the rarest in Slime Rancher, but also one of the most profitable. They cannot be captured or used to make Largos, but they do produce gold plorts which are the most valuable plorts in the game. When struck with an item, gold slimes will create gold plorts, which have a maximum value of 650 newbucks. Gold slimes are known for being rather skittish, so you’ll have to be quick and sneaky to gain their coveted plorts.

Lucky Slimes

Cousins to the tabby slimes, and based off of the Japanese lucky cat, unique Lucky Slimes produce newbucks instead of plorts. When fed any kind of meat, these feline money-makers will jump impossibly high into the air and drop coins for the player to collect. By cutting out the middle man of the plort exchange, lucky slimes provide a nice windfall of newbucks to a fortunate rancher.

While dubious, the origin story for these fiscally-minded blobs is also adorable. Supposedly, one day a regular tabby slime developed a fascination with newbuck coins and began eating them. This caused it to change into a lucky slime, and before long, more of them began to appear. While rare and standoffish, any rancher who spies one should investigate it immediately if they hope to make a bit of quick cash.

Those are only a few of the many incredibly cute and unique slimes that can be found in Slime Rancher. Though this game may be new, its already large fan base is no surprise considering how adorable and immersive its world is. If you think you are up to the challenge of collecting and raising these adorable piles of goo, Slime Rancher is a fun and rewarding experience.

Lucas DeRuyter
University of Wisconsin Madison graduate with a deep interest in media, writing, and storytelling.