Low Scorer achievement in Spelunky

Low Scorer

Complete the game without collecting any treasure. No shortcuts.

Low Scorer+1.2
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How to unlock the Low Scorer achievement

  • JollyJolly246,190
    13 Jul 2012 23 Jul 2012
    40 5 2
    If you take your time and be extremely patient this achievement won't be too difficult. Do not explore for anything. This only increased your odds of stumbling across stray gold. Watch the video below.

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    BUM COMMANDOI don't understand how this has negative votes. Lots of helpful tips and video guide was excellent. Made it up to olmec but got squished sadly :(. This achievement isn't quite as tough as it seems. After i get to the ice caves i usually attempt to rob the shopkeeper if he has anything useful as hes pretty easy to avoid in ice caves and easier to avoid in temple than the first two stages.
    Posted by BUM COMMANDO On 25 Jan 13 at 12:12
    Dynasty HeroesI must really suck, I cant beat the game without short cuts, even with collecting gold and taking my time, I all ways get killed by one hit traps or enemies!
    Posted by Dynasty Heroes On 17 Feb 13 at 21:28
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  • Skeptical MarioSkeptical Mario1,194,640
    21 Jan 2013 06 Mar 2013 10 Jun 2016
    15 0 1
    Achievement basics:
    To get this achievement you must play from 1-1 through 4-4 without picking up any gold or jewels. The achievement unlocks during the short cutscene after 4-4. If you do obtain any treasure, the achievement is void; losing the treasure by spending it or letting a monkey steal it from you will not help.

    This shouldn't be attempted until you've beaten the game a few times so that you're very familiar with the gameplay, items, and levels. There are two factors which make this the highest-ratio achievement in the game:

    1. Because you can never buy items, you'll necessarily be less well-equipped if you're attempting a Low Scorer run. You're limited to what you find along the way.
    2. It's easy to pick up gold without noticing it. Although gems are large and conspicuous, gold ingots are fairly small and can be hidden behind the decorative bits in the level. Gold nuggets can sometimes be found inside tiles and are nearly impossible to see.

    Here are some tips for each area:

    * Explore as much as you can. There are no foreground elements that can obscure gold ingots, and you aren't losing much time if you do accidentally pick up some and have to start over. Whip gold and gems out of your way if you have to.
    * Get as many crates as you can. If you have at least four ropes left and can trade one to reach a crate, do it! There may be more ropes in there.
    * Go for the Mattock if you get a "snakes" event. Get to the bottom of the pit, whip the rubies all the way to the right, and place a bomb one space to the right of the Mattock. You should be able to pick it up and get out without any gold.
    * Sacrifice a damsel to Kali if you get the chance. This is your best shot at getting a helpful item like the Compass, Climbing Gloves, or Cape.
    * Try to get the Udjet Eye. There are sometimes valuable items in the walls, and you will also be able to avoid bombing out gems if you make a shortcut.

    * Watch out for gold ingots on top of trees; the leaves obscure them. Use your whip to flush them out before you walk over the center space. Everywhere else, the ingots are plainly visible.
    * Check for crates in pools of water.
    * Exploding frogs may scatter gold nuggets from the terrain. If you see evidence of an explosion, be careful!
    * If you get the "dead are restless" event, check for the ASH tombstone with a shotgun underneath. And look for vampires; you can take their cape after killing them.

    Ice Caves
    * Hurry through this area the most quickly. Aliens and mines can destroy terrain and loose tiny gold nuggets. It's not worth exploring.

    * If you've gotten this far, there is more danger from dying than accidentally picking up gold. However, be careful passing behind decorative columns which may obscure gold ingots.

    * Luckily, Olmec crushes most treasure beneath him. But if the terrain is uneven, some of it may be left. Pay close attention. You may want to use a larger, shallower pit. It depends a lot on which items and how many ropes you have left at this point.

    Lastly, if you've had a hard time, don't give up! You might get lucky and find a jetpack in a crate early on.
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    SPARTAN089 AceGreat tips. Especially exploring the Mines, since it's very hard to finish the game if you start jungle with no items, and 4 Bombs/Ropes/Lives at most.

    I would add one thing: Try to get Paste from a Large Spider. If you're using a Bomb (rather than e.g. Spikes), run away, because he drops two Gems and they tend to fly straight towards you. =] Makes it easier to bomb out Crates, bomb your way through terrain, or bomb certain enemies (i.e. Anubis) if you can't avoid them.
    Posted by SPARTAN089 Ace On 02 Nov 20 at 23:11
  • jeffroccjeffrocc290,891
    31 Aug 2012 22 Aug 2012
    13 4 1
    Just thought I would point out that getting monkeys to pick your pockets will NOT work. Even if you have a score of $0 after beating Olmec you will not get the achievement if you have ever picked up a piece of treasure.
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    JadedJontyThanks for the info. I did wonder if that was a possible loophole.
    Posted by JadedJonty On 30 Aug 12 at 00:21
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