Cult Of The Lamb: Beginners Guide To Manage Cult

Cult of The Lamb has several things that need to be taken care of. You'll learn how to do it in this Beginners Guide.

Massive Monter is the developer behind the Cult of The Lamb. This rogue-like game has a hint of the town-builder genre. The game has become the talk of the town. That is because this cute game lets you make your own cult with followers. It can be hard to deal with everything that the game has. We’ve prepared a Beginners Guide to help you run your cult perfectly from the beginning in The Cult of The Lamb.

Before you hop onto the game, you should consider reading our Review of Cult of The Lamb. Because if you read through it, you’ll learn what you’re getting into. In our review, we’ve discussed the settings of the game. If you’re unsure about the gameplay, then you can read about it here. We can tell you that the visuals of the game are detailed and beautiful.

At the end of our review, you’ll learn about our verdict on it. And we’ve discussed the good and the bad of the game too. So read that review before you decide whether you want to buy it or not.

We’ve prepared our review while making sure not to spoil any of the endings. That’s right, and there is a story to this game. And the game has not one but 3 different endings. Read more about them in our Cult of The Lamb All Endings guide.

The Weapons in Cult of The Lamb are interesting. You’ll get to try out different Swords, Daggers, Gauntlets, Hammers, and Axes. As there is a variety of weapons to choose from, it seemed right to make a Tier List of the Weapons in Cult of The Lamb.

Cult Of The Lamb Beginners Guide

Cult of The Lamb is an interesting game that lets you get the taste of a dungeon-crawling rogue-lite experience. With that, it lets you do town management. The game lets you run a cult, in which you’re a prophet to a deity. You can make your followers worship you or sacrifice themselves to you. 

To play the unique blend of town-building simulation with challenging combat creates a satisfying gaming experience. The players will be progressing the story while building a cult of dedicated followers. There is a lot that the player needs to process to run their cult successfully.

The players will have to know a lot of information even from the beginning. If they can learn about it at the beginning of the game, they’ll have a smooth run. Most players might get overwhelmed by all of the mechanics of the game. To help them get better at Cult of The Lamb, we’ve prepared the Beginners Guide. In it, we’ve covered all of the essential things you need to do to have a smooth run.

Beginners Guide to Community Building

For Community in Cult of The Lamb, you’ll need to make sure that you’re doing everything efficiently from the start. In no time, you’ll run out of some vital resources such as wood and food. Here’s how you can keep your cult prosperous.

Farming First

Once you unlock your shrine, you’ll start to get devotion from the followers. You can use the devotion to unlock different buildings and structures for the cult. The most important upgrade that you can get in Cult of The Lamb is the Farm Plot, and we’ll tell you why that’s so in this tip of the Beginners Guide.

As soon as you can, get the Farm Plots that will help generate Food for the cult followers. If the followers don’t eat, they will become sick and irritable and, in turn, will perish. You can use the Plots to grow berries and other ingredients. Later on in the game, you can unlock different quality of life upgrades that will automate the Farming process. It will allow you to task followers to tend to the crops.

If you’re still confused about how you can make a farm and manage it, then consider reading our How to Build Farm in Cult of the Lamb guide. In this guide, we’ve talked in great detail about different buildings and upgrades you can get to improve your farm. But that’s not all, and you’ll learn how to plant, harvest, and cultivate crops.

Once you’ve built a farm large enough to fulfill the needs of your cult, then make them the best food you can. Here is the list of Best Food in Cult of the Lamb that you can make for your followers.

Good Crops

Continuing the first tip, if you are a progression-minded leader, then you’d like to focus on crops early on. For that, we advise you to use fertilizers on the crops whenever possible. Preferably on the crops that you’ll be using to cook food for yourself and your cult.

If you have a big cult, then you’ll get fertilizers easily. That means the more followers you have, the more poop you’ll get every day and the more fertilizer you’ll get to use. Getting more fertilizers will mean that you’ll get more perfect crops for food.

Collecting Poop in Cult of the Lamb
Poop is used as Fertilizer to grow better crops.

If you fertilize the crops, it will increase the yields. Getting higher yields early on will be a game changer for you. Trust us, and if you’re holding onto the poop to use it in the future, there’s no benefit in it. You should spread it around in the crops without thinking twice about it.

Later on in the game, you’ll unlock the Fertiliser Silo. The farmer you assign to the crops will use it to make fertilizer and spread it across the crops equally. But if you’re in the early game, you’ll have to do it whole yourself.

One more thing, when you get the Outhouse, make it near the crops. It will save you time from collecting the poop and using it on the crops. It is not a big deal; save every bit of time you can. The time you’ll spend running from the Outhouse to the Fertiliser Silo will convince you to make it near.

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Fertilizer silos and Outhouses help improve the crops.

Keep it Clean

The Outhouses aren’t only used to provide fertilizers. If you’re cheaping-out on the Outhouses, then your cult will relieve themselves wherever they’re standing. And if you’re not active with keeping your base clean, these piles of dung will pose a health threat to your followers.

You can clean it up while you’re trying to get Outhouses in the game. But as we mentioned in the above tip of our Beginners Guide for the Cult of The Lamb, you should get them quickly. If your cult grows big enough, you’ll find some serious sanitation problems in your base.

By now, you should know that every small aspect of the game is important. Most players often overlook cleanliness in the game. Keeping the cult clean won’t only save your followers from sickness and eventually death. It will provide your farms with the necessary fertilizers too.

Destroy Everything You See

We have a tip that is an oldie but goodie tip; it applies to almost every roguelike you play. The tip is to Destroy Everything You see in the game. It is a simple but effective tip that will help you will collecting important resources such as stone, brass, bones, crystals, etc. So, anything that’s on the map destroys it. Whether it’s a structure or a dead body, not everything will give you something, but it is worth the shot to get everything.

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Destroy everything to collect materials.

Chop down the grass, which will be useful to make grass-based food early in the game. If you collect it in abundance early on, you can use it to keep your flock’s bellies full. Destroy Pots, idols, rocks, or anything that you can find in your way. They will give you useful crafting materials.

Although the following tip isn’t as effective in the late game, that is because, by that time, you’ll have resources flowing in, and spending time smashing everything won’t feel as effective. But in the early game, every scrap you find will matter. Although you should get faster weapons to destroy quicker, any weapon can work.

Collect Wood Whenever You Can

Wood early in the game in Cult of The Lamb can be a challenge. Even the resources that you have in your base and the resources that you’ll get to collect in the Pilgrim’s Passage won’t be enough in the early game. You’ll need to get more resources to sustain your ever-growing cult. So here’s what you need to do to make sure you have enough.

The first thing to do is to keep a lookout for the wood stops while you’re going through the dungeons. It isn’t the best method to collect wood for your base, but it’s great to fix any early game problem you have with your base.

Next, you need to build yourself a missionary. Send out your followers on different wood runs to collect wood as soon as you can. Some players might resist the thought of losing a follower. But if you run out of wood in your playthrough, it will completely stop your base’s growth. Later on, you’ll learn that followers are easier to get compared to getting wood at an early stage in the game.

beginners guide to collect wood in Cult of the Lamb.
Wood is the basic material that is required in building almost everything.

Last but not least, make yourself some lumberyards. You should prioritize unlocking the Lumberyard as it is essential to growing your base and cult. You’ll get access to the Lumberyard in phase II of the early game. It will provide you with plenty of resources to upgrade your base in the long run. Once you unlock, you should make two or three Lumberyards to support your base. You can trust us that none of it will go to waste.

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Lumberyards are a great source of wood in the mid to late game.

Lighthouse’s Quests

Pilgrim’s passage is the first side area that you’ll unlock in Cult of the Lamb. In that area, you can fish to get better food early on, but that’s not the only function of that area. If you head over to the lighthouse, you’ll get a small quest for the Lighthouse.

In the first quest, you’ll have to provide wood to the keepers of the Light. You’d get it easily in Cult of The Lamb if you followed the above-mentioned Beginners Guide tip. Once you complete the quest, the keepers of light will now pray to you. It will allow you to scoop up a tiny bit of devotion. They will also open up two small shops there. In one of the shops, they will sell you Tarot Cards; in the other shop, selling decorations.

There is a second quest of the lighthouse that you need to complete. For the quest, you’ll have to bring a total of 25 crystals to the Keepers of the Light. You’ll find the crystals in the anchor deep dungeons by smashing the crystals found there. Give 25 of these to the Keeper, and it will give you a new follower form.

Keeping The Cultist Happy

The game Cult of The Lamb lets players run their Cult how they see fit. But in the Beginners Guide, we’ll tell you why it’s important to keep your cultists happy in Cult of The Lamb. That is because if everyone is happy and gets along, all things will become much easier.

And if your cult is in chaos, it won’t produce as much faith as it usually would. Faith is a vital source for the Crown, and you should prioritize collecting it. And to get better Faith, you’ll want to ensure that you are ready to do whatever you can to please your followers.

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Collecting faith from the followers.

What it means is to make sure that the cultists are happy by providing them with all their needs. While simultaneously making sure that your cultists are taken care of and are kept out of harm’s way.

When the cultists are happy, they will increase in level. It will reward the Lamb with massive amounts of devotion. And they will be worth more if you have to sacrifice them for the Ressurection; more on that in a while.

As you progress through the tutorial, you’ll get the ability that will allow you to read the followers’ minds. It will show you what your followers are struggling with. You can then inspire them and solve their problems. In turn, it will allow you to gain favor from your followers.

Don’t Forget To Gift Followers

Inspiring followers isn’t the only thing that you can do with them. You can give them gifts too. When it comes to gifts, the best gift you can give them isn’t anything like a Kool-Aid or stuff like that. When it comes to gifts, your cultists will prefer to have necklaces as gifts in The Cult of The Lamb.

While you’re down in the dungeons, you’ll come across these necklaces when you complete one of the areas. You’ll usually forget about these necklaces later on in the game. And unless you’re keeping a note of your progression, you’ll completely forget that you collected these necklaces in your runs. And you’ll continue without even using these necklaces.

These necklaces are gifts that you can gift to your cultists. And in the Beginners Guide to the Cult of The Lamb, we want to remind you that they are important. That is because each of these necklaces comes with a special passive bonus. These bonuses include but are not limited to increasing movement speed, boosting resource farming, etc.

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Giving necklaces as gifts give your followers some passive bonuses.

You’ll find necklaces that will even prevent your followers from falling asleep. This type of necklace you can give to the farmer that keeps your crops rotating through the night.

When it comes to the necklaces, you won’t find that much diversity. And the drop rate of these necklaces is completely random. But if you use them correctly on your cultists, they can make all the difference. Preferably, you should use gifts on followers with bad traits. Here is the list of 10 Best Traits found in Cult of The Lamb.

Inspiring And Extorting The Followers

The game teaches you early in the game to spend some time with your followers. Talk with them and make them familiar with you, the leader. But it will become more tedious once your focus shifts toward progression.

Earlier on in our Beginners Guide, we told you how you can keep your followers in the Cult of The Lamb. Now we’ll tell you what you’ll get eventually from keeping them happy. At that time, it may seem like a pain, but it is worth going through the motions to praise and extort your followers.

When you praise a follower, you’ll be collecting devotion, but it will also level them up. That will give you some decent benefits. The biggest benefit you get from it is getting better success rates during missionary trips.

Missionary trips.
Missionary trips are a great source of resources.

You’ll need to focus on that, as missionary trips will allow you to gain extra wood early on in the game. If you go with the system, then you’ll get immense benefits.  

Extortion becomes important later on in the game. It is because the need for gold becomes a factor later on in the game. When you extort your followers, you’ll get gold. As soon as you unlock the extortion, you can start collecting coins for the late game.

You’ll then need to turn that Gold into Gold Bars. The whole thing is connected with everything, but it starts when you praise your followers in the beginning. That’s why you should focus on inspiring your followers and extort them early on so you can be better off in the end game.

The Mindset Of Progression

The next tip in our Beginners Guide for the game Cult of The Lamb focuses on your mindset. You’ll have to spend a lot of time with your cult in the game. That’s why you need to make sure that you’re focusing on them properly and maximizing everything in the cult to its full potential.

If you have an upgrade that you should be getting, then get it as soon as you can. It means that you shouldn’t leave any stone in the game unturned while you’re preparing for your next run. It means performing your sermon every day, making sure that devotion isn’t capping out at the shrine. With that, you need to make sure that the villagers are harvesting all of the available resources.

While doing all of it, make sure to keep balance in check. That you aren’t focusing too much on one thing than the other. What it means is that you should keep an eye on the Faith, Hunter, and Sickness. What’s the worst you can do is let a day slip by without making any improvements in your camp.

It can be overwhelming as there are tons of small systems in the game. And you’ll end up missing one or two things daily. But if that continues to happen, these omissions will start compounding on you. And before you know it, you won’t be able to keep up with all that with the increasing difficulty of the dungeon.

Speeding Up The Night

A quick tip for the Cult leaders in The Beginners Guide is that you can speed up the night. You’ll be using it if you’re tired of waiting for the sun to rise. When it’s morning, that’s when the hustle and bustle of your Cult Starts.

Although, it is a good tip if you want to interact more with your cult followers in the game. But you should try not to rely on it more than once in a while. And in the next tip of the Beginners Guide, we’ll tell you why.

Time Never Stops

Meditating is a great method to spend time in the game, but you should remember that time isn’t stopping at all. Most players don’t realize until later on in the game that time will keep on moving. It won’t stop at any moment in the game unless, of course, you pause the game. The timer will go on, and the days will cycle as usual.

Time is another enemy in the game that you need to conquer (not literally). That is because if you don’t keep an eye on it, your cultists will die of old age. Not only that, they will get hungry and will die of hunger. If the players spend too much time in the dungeons, they will find that their village is in a disarray.

To get as much control as you can have over time, you must manage your time. This is to make sure that your cultists aren’t aging, becoming hungry, or waste piling up for no reason. One last thing, if you want to do something else in your life, or as they say, ‘touch the grass’, then you should pause the game.

Beginners Guide to Dungeons

As our guide is a complete Beginners Guide for the game Cult of The Lamb, we’ve covered almost every topic. And for the next tip, we’ll tell you about the fights in the game. If you memorize these tips, you’ll come out of the dungeons unhurt.

A Tasty Meal Before The Journey

Before you go out to fight enemies in the dungeon, you should eat your cooked fruits and veggies. It isn’t because it is important in real life; in all seriousness, there is a benefit to eating before going into the Dungeons.

To get the benefit from eating a meal,  you’ll have to unlock the Hunger Crown. You’ll get this Crown by defeating any of the Bosses found in the dungeons of the game. Then, take the item you get for defeating the boss and bring it to the temple, and you’ll unlock the effect.

When you eat a meal, whatever it is, you’ll get an additional armor heart while going through the dungeon. It won’t permanently increase your heart as it is a temporary heart of green color. The heart will go away if you are hit. But still, it’s nice to have one more heart than you had before.

If you’re progressing fast and are on the cutting edge of progression, it will be a big deal for you. That is because some of the areas in the dungeons will be a bit unpredictable. That’s why going in while you have an edge will help you.

Take the Right Weapon

The player will come across different weapons and curses (that are considered abilities) at the start of each run. It is similar to The Binding of Isaac and Curse of the Old Gods. in the early game, the players will be forced to use whatever they get in the beginning. But if you put in enough time in the game, or you got lucky, you’ll have multiple weapons and curse choices.

Each weapon in the game can be downright deadly if it’s in the right hands. But there are some weapons that, if you pick up, will make everything easy for you. For that, you might want to consider reading our Tier List of Best Weapons in Cult of The Lamb. As you have enough weapons, you’ll have a choice to pick the weapons that go with your play style.

When you’re done with our Tier List, you’ll learn that some weapons have fast chain attacks that have multiple low-damage gits to kill enemies. Whereas other weapons are relatively slow, they dish out high DPS when you strike using them.

Enemies Indicate Before Attacking

So you went into the dungeon. Everything will seem easier in the beginning, but as you progress, you’ll find that the difficulty increases as you progress through the dungeon. In the start, taking out these enemies seem like a piece of cake, but later on, you’ll have trouble dealing with them. They will become harder to kill and will be able to dish out many attacks onto you in a rather short period.

As you won’t be flushing with health in the start, it’s better to learn enemies combo. If you do so, you’ll be able to avoid taking damage from them. You’ll be happy to know that the game has an indicator that tells when an enemy is attacking you.

The enemy will flash for a few times before they attack you. You should learn to keep an eye on all of the enemies simultaneously when clearing a room. And be ready to dodge their attacks.

Dodging Is Completely Free

So you’ve prepared to dodge incoming attacks, but how long can you dodge? Can you dodge infinitely, or is there a toll to it like the Souls-like games, such as Elden Ring? When it comes to Cult of The Lamb, the game keeps the combat fluid. It allows you to dodge at any time you want, without any toll.

You won’t find much of a cooldown between dodging. And you can spam dodges if you want to. They will help you by keeping you alive. And if you’re in danger, you shouldn’t be reluctant to dodge away. It will save you if you’re surrounded by hordes of enemies or getting attacked by bosses.

Finding Upgrades

Finding Fortune Teller and Item Vendor in the Dungeons are completely random. But there is a trick for you to find out where they’re hiding on each of the maps. You won’t find that many indicators while you’re crawling through the dungeons. But the one trick we’re telling you is hard to miss, and it will help you know where you’ll find the shops in the game.

All you have to do is look at the area above the entranceway that is between the rooms. If there are Stars and Moons hanging over it, the way leads to the Fortune Teller. If there are swords hanging over the way, then you’ll end up with the Item Vendor.

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Fortune Teller has Moons and Stars hanging above the path.

It might not look like a big deal to most players, but you’ll find yourself in situations where you’d like to have the choice. If we had the choice to go into combat or get an upgrade, we’d prefer the upgrade almost every time. That is because you’d always like to have the edge over others.

Weapons vendor in cult of the lamb.
The weapons vendor has swords hanging above the path.

Most of the players won’t have the need to get an upgrade. And they’ll end up clearing the whole map before moving on to the next area, as they are small. But it’s always nice to know that you have a bit of control over how things proceed.

Tarot Card+

Tarot Cards are the most important aspect of your Dungeon Crawl if you take Weapon and Abilities out of the equation. You’ll find a Card Vendor in every zone; what that means is that you’ll get to pick a Tarot card+ in every zone.

These are just Tarot Cards, but they have slightly better properties compared to their normal counterparts. In some cases, the difference is huge for you to look over it. If you take the Gift From Below Tarot card into consideration, then here’s how it goes.

The Plus Card has a ‘20% chance of gaining Heart when killing an enemy’ instead of the standard 10%. This means you get two hearts instead of 1 that you got from killing enemies.

Tarot Cards Plus in Cult of the Lamb.
These Tarot Cards Plus show an example of the benefits.

Getting Tarot Cards+ has no downside to your overall gameplay. All of these are good upgrades. You’ll be getting pure power, and it is something that everyone would like to have.

If you didn’t know, you’d lose the Tarot Cards that you’ll find during your Dungeons run. If you’re looking to get the maximum out of a dungeon run, consider reading our guide to 15 Best Cult of The Lamb Tarot Cards.

Getting Extra Tarot Cards

When you come across the Fortune Teller, you’ll come across display cards on the left side. It seems like these cards are only for decoration, but that’s not the case. If you go towards them, you’ll find that you can buy them too.

Extra Tarot Cards.
Once in a while, you’ll find extra Tarot Cards on the side of the vendor.

What it means is with the free Tarot Card that you’ll normally get from the Fortune Teller. With that, you can purchase a second card for a few gold coins. Remember the Beginners Guide tip that revolved around the Tarot Cards plus of Cult of the Lamb, that works here too.

The catch with the following tip is that you won’t be able to do it on every run. From our testing, we guess it is limited to once per dungeon. But it’s good to know that you can get a potentially huge buff after spending a few coins. And we’re willing to make that trade every day of the week.

Affixes

The game doesn’t do a good job explaining the Affixes to new players. These Affixes impact specific maps while you’re crawling through the dungeons. While going through different zines, you’ll find small icons under some map markers. The small markers indicate specific challenges or opportunities in those areas.

If you go into these Affixes, you’ll find that they have one negative and one positive component. For example, in one Affix, you’ll get the double gold drop, but the enemies in that area will leave a pool of poison when they’re killed. With the Affixes, there is a tit-for-tat relationship. Just like the Fleece in Cult of the Lamb.

Even then, you should complete them while on your runs in the Dungeons because you won’t only get gold here. You’ll get Food, Hearts, Tarot Cards, and many more other items here.

Affixes in the dungeons.
Affixes are the areas with a small icon underneath them.

Death Isn’t the End

In the Cult of The Lamb Beginners Guide, we’d like to tell you that the best ability that you can unlock is ‘Resurrection’. It is the ability that gives you the power to resurrect once if you get killed in the dungeon. Now, the Resurrection is an ability that some might call cheap, whereas others will call it a second life.

With this ability, you’ll have to sacrifice one of your cult followers for you to get resurrected. Keep one thing in your mind, and not all followers are equal. If you had unlocked the Wedding Ritual ability, then you would have married by now.

However sadistic it sounds, your partner is the best sacrifice for you to resurrect. By sacrificing them, not only will you get more hearts, you’ll get armor hearts too. If you’re trying to beat the game by fighting bosses, it can make all the difference.

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Choosing a follower to sacrifice for Ressurection.

If you want to capitalize on it fully, then marry a young cult follower. Then, you have to build their loyalty towards you gradually. Here’s how it goes, the younger they are, the higher their loyalty will get, and eventually, the more hearts you’ll get when you resurrect. It will be a game changer eventually, and it is the best trick you have to beat the game.

Are you running out of followers of your cult because they are all dying out? Then you’d like to know that there are some special rituals that you can perform to review them. Learn more about them in the Rituals to Revive Followers in Cult of The Lamb.

Repeat the Bosses

You’ll occasionally run into statues while going through your regular dungeon diving. If you didn’t know, you could collect devotion through these statues by interacting with them or hitting them once. Both of these methods work with the statutes. You’ll come across these Shrines before defeating the boss, and you’ll get devotion from them.

You’ll encounter the Boss of the Dungeon if you venture far enough into a specific zone. Once you’ve defeated the boss, you can retry the area. But that time, the difficulty of that specific dungeon will increase. Now, you’ll find aggressive and tankier enemies in the dungeon.

Once the bosses are dead, you can head back into the dungeons. If you come across these statues, you’ll note that they have a red X mark on them. Hit them a few times, and it will spawn a portal to where the statues once stood. These portals will lead you to the boss.

Repeating bosses in the game.
The portal that leads to the repeat fighting the boss.

If you’re planning on collecting ‘Eyes of the Witness’, your priority will be to kill the smaller bosses. But if you want a big chest with good loot, you should take the portal to kill the boss all over again. In the loot that you get, you’ll find commandment tablet pieces, unlock new items, or gain newer recipes.

Summary

The goal of The Cult of The Lamb is to run a successful cult while dealing with the monsters or ‘non-believers’ in the game. Running a successful cult can be hard if you don’t know what you’re dealing with.

When it comes to the cult, you’ll need to make sure that they’re happy. For that, make sure to focus on farming. You can get Outhouses to collect the poop and then use it as fertilizer on your crops. This will keep your cult clean and happy.

If you are planning to run a successful cult, make sure to gift them from time to time. Listen to them and inspire them; with that, you can extort them and earn tons of gold early in the game.

When you go into the Dungeons to loot and collect resources, we recommend that you eat a meal as it will give you one extra heart. Taking the right weapon in the dungeons and getting relevant upgrades will surely help you there. You can dodge attacks, including many things. And if you end up dying, use the Resurrection ability to revive yourself.

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Zohaib Abdullah


From a young age, Zohaib immersed himself in FPS and RPG games. Now, at eXputer, he uses that experience to write Game Guides. Once he finishes writing the latest guide, he hops back on his latest Skyrim save to continue Dragonborn’s Journey.