Slime Rancher 2 teaches you how to be a responsible pet owner – or you’ll explode


Slime Rancher 2 is finally here, and it’s brought all the colorful, cute, and chaotic adventures I could want. On the surface, Slime Rancher 2 could be seen as a relaxed, open-minded creature collector. You’re placed on a new island filled with different types of slimes, crops, and minerals to collect, and you only have free time as you wander through the Rainbow Fields. But I know all too well the chaos behind the eyes of those innocent-looking slimes.

After a long day, I decided to unwind by playing a bit of Slime Rancher 2. The soothing music, ethereal lighting, and radiant world of slimes was so enchanting that I got completely lost traveling from the mythical and ancient southern ruins. to the coral-filled beaches of Northan. It wasn’t until a few nights into the game that I decided to return home and unload everything I had collected on my journey. Walking through the rainbow fields, I found myself in front of the large and beautiful glass veranda that I call home. Inside I had everything I needed, from cube berry trees and small vegetable gardens to all the enclosures I kept my slimes in. It was a little piece of paradise.

Next thing I knew, my house, crop fields and paddocks were overrun with hungry, angry and destructive slime. Most had jumped their outer walls and were looking for anything and everything to eat. I used to keep chickens in my backyard, but the cat-like Tabby Slimes made short work of them. Then I saw the Tarr Slimes – drop drops that become monstrous when neglected and left to nibble on the poop of other slimes. They started devouring poor little slimes and multiplying at uncontrollable rates. Before I could get them out of my house, they started exploding; at that point, I lost all hope.

You can’t blame the slimes though. They were starved, understimulated and kept in horrible conditions. It’s my fault that I’m not a responsible pet owner.

Inside the veranda with slimes in enclosures

(Image credit: Monomi Park)

Happy slime, happy life

In any open-world game, it’s easy to get distracted. Slime Rancher 2 is no different. There’s always a new slime to collect or a crystal cave to explore and exploit. There are seemingly endless types of slimes to collect, especially when you can breed hybrids yourself. But you can’t just Ash Ketchum blast your way through Slime Rancher 2; it’s not about catching them all.

The path to a happy slime is the same as any pet. You have to take care of them. Some slimes will only eat specific crops. For example, Phosphor Slime’s favorite food is a cubeberry. But while night slime is easy to find at night, cubeberry is not. So if you want to keep them happy and fed, you either need to build up a stockpile or plant a cubeberry tree on your farm.

Building the right type of pen for each slime is also extremely important. Cotton Slimes act like rabbits and can jump incredibly high, so the only way to keep them in place is to place a net over their enclosure. Then there is the Tabby Slime. Like a cat or a fox, if they come out they’ll kill most of your chickens before you can say “I feel like a chicken tonight”. So close it with high walls. Finally, sunlight is deadly to Phosphor Slimes. Without a UV resistant pen, they won’t last the day.

The final and most crucial warning I will give you is to be aware of Tarr Slimes. These lazy monstrosities transform from Largo Slimes (the largest slimes) when they eat the poop of another slime, otherwise known as plorts. I naively put all the big slimes together because my tired brain thought “big means the same”. It’s not. This plan literally blew up in my face.

Every day is a learning day.

trial and error

I’m not going to lie, watching all my slimes in a chaotic self-combustion punctuated jailbreak was very painful. The worst part is that it’s not me who suffered: I can rebuild and collect the slimes I need. But those poor little slimes had the worst. I still feel bad about my Phosphor Slimes falling apart under the hot sun.

Holding a mud gun in a mud field

(Image credit: Monomi Park)

But those early mistakes made me the proud and responsible slime owner I am today. Now I only collect new slimes when I have the resources to deal with them. Coupled with the limited plots of land I can build mud pens on, this means I don’t have a massive collection yet. But that’s a good thing. Not only does this focus my goals as I play, but it avoids a technical glitch from the original game. In the first Slime Rancher, the game would slip and slow down every time you filled a pen to the brim. With your population controlled by the risk of poo-eating, self-fueling, and carnivorous slimes, more really is less in Slime Rancher 2.

After all the mess and mistakes, I feel like I got it right. Good things take time, and Slime Rancher 2 encourages that. Ultimately, slowly collecting slimes is much more rewarding and relaxing than just harvesting them straight out the door.

I now understand that the only way to enjoy walking through the mud-filled rainbow fields is to respect and care for its people first. I just wish I could see my Phosphor Slimes one last time.


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