Big Money achievement in Spelunky

Big Money

Obtain 500000 gold.

Big Money-0.3
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How to unlock the Big Money achievement

    29 Jul 2012 30 Jul 2012
    19 0 12
    In my opinion, the most reliable way of hitting $500k is to "ghost run." Relying on lucking into the money on your way to Hell isn't a guaranteed way to do it, while ghost running pretty much is.

    First thing to do is to play until you find a level with a "treasure room," one of those tiny little rooms built into the cave wall and that contains two chests and a shopkeeper guarding it. In order to mine it properly, you're probably going to need more than the starting number of ropes and bombs. So you might have to skip the very first treasure room you find, in order to build up your inventory a bit first.

    If you have enough equipment, blow open the room and let the shopkeeper run amok and away from you. If you're lucky, he didn't break the chests and you can carry them to a nice spot in the middle of the level where you can escape the ghost in pretty much all directions. Throw up some ropes to create routes in preparation while you wait for the ghost to show up. When it does, you manouver in a way that forces it to hover over the jewels from the chests. This gives you $70k in every level (this amount does not increase since later levels don't give you more jewels, just higher-value ones) you do it in. If the shopkeeper broke the chests, you will want to stand right next to them and wait in order to force the ghost to come from that side.

    If you have enough time (the ghosts shows up after 2:30, I believe), you probably want to chase the shopkeeper and try to kill him to make exiting the level easier. Then run back and wait by the jewels. The ghost seems like an enormous threat the first few times you face it, but once you get used to ghost running, you'll find that it's quite easy to coerce and dodge.

    A jetpack will, of course, make this a breeze. I bought mine on the run where I got the achievement; this will give you so much money that you don't really need to rob every shop you see. I had $450k when I entered the City of Gold and I was holding enough bombs to score an additional $200k in there. Another thing to note is that I always rob the Black Market; I make sure I pick up the Udjat Eye every time I play the mines and then I try not to piss off any shopkeepers (unless I find a treasure room), so I can enter the black market and buy a shotgun, if available, then use it to rob all the shops, mainly for more bombs for City of Gold. I've had another run where I entered the city with 60-ish bombs and I managed to gather $300k in there.

    (And then I died at $490k because I didn't take time to clear out a path to the exit before going wild with the bombing, so make sure you do that!)

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    MattiasAndersonangry@Skeptical Mario: I combined starting to piss the shopkeepers off at the black market plus one ghost run in the jungle, the ice caves and the temple each and when I entered the City Of Gold I set myself the goal to go for 420-430 K. With the jewels above Olmec it added up to 452K! Achievement popped as soon as I entered the treasure room (finished the game) after beating Olmec scoring 502K total!
    Posted by HolyMoses81 on 08 Jan 13 at 02:43


    This comment just ruined it for me!

    I thought I would get 50 k when beating Olmec and I did not get that!

    So my run was only 451 K

    I could have entered the hell door and possibly get the achievement with my jetpack and everything. Oh well, I have to try again but everyone be aware of the above comment.
    Posted by MattiasAnderson on 02 Jan 17 at 21:35
    AgileTurnip434Hi everyone! I have a simple question: is it possible to unlock this achievement in co-op mode? I have a strategy but I can't find any confirmation anywhere: I plan to get the plasma cannon and destroy every blocks in the city of gold. To do that I need to bring the plasma gun AND the item from Anubis. Two items means two characters... Thanks in advance for the response!
    Posted by AgileTurnip434 on 22 Feb 17 at 15:08
    SPARTAN089 AceI think AgileTurnip434 got the Achievement long ago, but if anyone else was wondering: Yes I can be done in Co-Op, I just did. I figured it was purely beneficial. Kill the other player on 1-1 to get his 2 bombs and 2 ropes. You can use the ghost for Arrow Traps and some other stuff (i.e. checking the content of hard to reach Crates). I only revive the second player on a level with a Kali altar, because he's worth as much as a damsel. You can easily get Random Item + Kapala on the first level with an Altar by sacrificing both. It's also much easier to reach the "You feel invigorated" reward. And if all goes wrong and you drop below 4 Health, you can resurrect the second player, kill yourself, and swap controllers, to get back up to 4.

    I had the same plan originally, enter the Mothership and bring the Plasma Canon to the City of Gold. But I hit 500K on 3-4 already, and I had lost my Ankh on the wrong level to some stupid mistake. I still wonder how much Gold you can get from that strategy though! =]

    I think ghost running the Vaults is great advice. I tried to do the Vault in the mines on every run (sometimes I couldn't because I had no bombs, or no Paste). Sometimes it's risky, but getting 60-80K gold by other means will definitely also be risky(!). One tip: Lots of vaults are in difficult locations, and the Shopkeeper will usually shoot open the chests. You can make life a lot easier by being in the right spot at 2:30 (when the Ghost spawns), so he'll fly straight across, instead of having to lure him to the gems later on.

    Ghost run the vaults in the Mines, Jungle and Ice Caves, and it'll be easy to hit 500K before even reaching the Temple. And since you won't need the City of Gold, you don't need as many bombs, and the Ankh will just be insurance policy.

    I've seen great players bring the Mattock to the next level when they're ghostrunning, but I found it too risky (harder to take out shopkeepers without bringing the Shotgun). So whenever I found the Mattock, I would spend its entire durability on that same level, and pickup the Shotgun before leaving.
    Posted by SPARTAN089 Ace on 02 Nov 20 at 01:51
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  • JollyJolly230,846
    21 Jul 2012 23 Jul 2012
    17 0 1
    I worked on collecting items in the beginning and worried about gold at the city of gold. From there, Olmec, and hell you can collect tons of gold.
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    Rej72380Interesting way to get the achievement, Jolly
    Posted by Rej72380 on 25 Jul 12 at 01:04
  • mrbellekmrbellek474,282
    12 Jul 2012 13 Jul 2012
    8 6 7
    You need to earn 500,000 gold in a single game (no deaths). The gold and jewels in world 2, 3 and 4 are worth 125%, 150% and 175% of those in world 1, respectively. For example, in world 3 (Ice world), a stack of 3 golden bars is worth $1500 instead of $1000.

    Gold Chunk: $100
    Gold Nugget: $500
    Gold Bar: $500
    3 Gold Bars: $1000
    Small Emerald (green): $200
    Small Sapphire (blue): $400
    Small Ruby (red): $400
    Emerald: $800
    Sapphire: $1200
    Ruby: $1600
    Diamond: $5000 (appear only when the Ghost passes over gems, they turn into diamond)
    Golden Idol: $5000 (take it to the exit, or drop it at shopkeeper's feet)
    Golden Scarab: $4000 (appear only in dark levels)

    In world 1, there is typically 10-20k of loot lying around. If you have a mattock you can mine the gold and jewels buried in the ground (glasses or Udjat Eye will reveal the latter).

    If you're feeling particularly brave and you can find both a mattock and a jetpack, you can do a 'Ghost run': clear all enemies in the level, wait until 2:30 passes and the Ghost appears, and lead him over all jewels in the level. The jewels will turn into diamonds, increasing them 10-50 times in value.

    This information was taken from the Spelunky wiki at http://spelunky.wikia.com/wiki/Treasure
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    RustyF@Kenneth1250 I finished Hell just shy of 500K and the bonus 100K for beating it put me over the top and awarded me the achievement. Olmec might work differently though.
    Posted by RustyF on 16 Jul 12 at 20:29
    SpelunkieAlso i want to point out that the idols and scarabs increase in value as you get deeper
    Mines: 5,000
    Jungle: 10,000
    Ice Caves: 15,000
    Temple: 20,000
    Hell: 25,000

    Mines: 5,000
    Jungle: 6,250
    Ice Caves: 8,750
    Posted by Spelunkie on 19 Apr 15 at 02:47
    mrbellekI mentioned that. Second sentence. Thanks for verifying though. :)
    Posted by mrbellek on 19 Apr 15 at 07:07
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