Indie roguelike Cult of the Lamb has players trying to run a cult while usurping the Old Gods. It’s hard, it’s fun, and there are more than a few moments available for reflection as players strive to unlock more and more.
There are two main means of unlocking mechanics within Cult of the Lamb: through Devotion, which involves cultists praying at the shrine and delivering sermons. While gaining Devotion will unlock buildings for the cult, such as the Outhouse, holding sermons will give the Lamb greater abilities within the Crusades.
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Get unlocks for crusades
The only way to unlock permanent upgrades for the Crusades, when the Lamb moves north into the Forest of the Old Gods, is by holding sermons. These will give the Lamb more power for the Red Crown and ultimately offer unlocks for stronger weapons, spells, and Tarot cards within the Crusades.
However, giving pointless sermons will only waste this opportunity. As with most things, there is an appropriate time and place.
When to hold a sermon
Players will want to choose the right time for sermons within Cult of the Lamb wisely. If many cultists are in a bad mood, due to a recent death or a large amount of filth, players will notice that they get less power from sermons than usual. Before you start the day’s sermon, read a few minds from your cultists: if there’s a widespread problem, they’ll let you know.
Check your hunger bubbles and cult cleanse, and try to pick up the mood a bit before launching into a sermon if possible. For later upgrades, squeezing every ounce of power out of every sermon (while your cult fights) is the path to victory, so get used to managing expectations and happiness before trying to exploit your followers.