An updated guide on the early game mechanics of Lobotomy Corporation as well as some basic strategy for succeeding through mid to late.
Lobotomy Corporation has little to no updated information on the basics available to players. The frustration of navigating the awkward mechanics coupled with the inaccurate translation may discourage newbies. This guide is intended to neatly explain the basic mechanics of the game as well as some basic gameplay strategies. Keep in mind that half of this games fun comes from what you don't know. I encourage you to play for a few hours before reading a guide.
Deployment Phase: The first screen you see in game. Your prepping phase.
Manual: Can be clicked to read up on the games mechanics. It’s not horrible but insists on using the games terminology which can be confusing.
I still recommend reading it. Especially after reading this guide as it will make much more sense.
Hire button: Can be used to hire new employees using "LOB Points" or Character points.
Department screen: This is where you will assign your employees. You can view a Description of the department’s functions, team functions, and research projects. Most importantly however you can view all currently gathered info on the department’s abnormalities
Clicking on the abnormality will bring up its information screen.
Basic information: Shows its name and ID number as well as its risk Level.
Here we have:
- One Sin and Hundreds of Good Deeds.
- He's of the Zayin risk level which is the lowest threat level.
- His damage type is White Which is the damage your employee will take while working on him; More on that later.
- To the left of Basic information is the observation level which increases as you purchase more information on the abnormality.
- At the top you can switch to the abnormalities story which will also progressively unlock as the observation level increases.
On the right we have:
Work favor: these will give you hints on which work has a higher chance at producing a "PE box" or success.
To the right of that you have your total PE boxes.
Above that you have E.G.O suit E.G.O weapon and E.G.O gift. These will become available as you progress the abnormalities observation level.
And above those is the Qliphoth Counter. Pronounced Ke-lee-Pot or kellypot (I've checked multiple sources on this) it's the abnormalities meltdown counter. Like a 3 strikes and you’re out deal, though some will start at 4, 5, 2, etc. One sin doesn't have a negative effect and thus has no counter.
Finally we have:
Manager tips: These will explain how the abnormality reacts to your work.
I will explain one of the most common phrases present in these.
When the work result was good / normal / bad, Qliphoth counter has decreased with a high / normal / low probability.
As discussed above Depending on how you research an abnormality determines whether this countdown decreases or not; indicated by the 2 above PPodae's name.
If the manager tip says "When the work result was bad, Qliphoth counter has decreased with a high probability" It means receiving a bad work result has a high chance at reducing the counter by one. Reduce the counter to zero and get ready for a bad time.
Selecting a work will give 4 options. These correspond with the work favor stat back on the abnormality screen. High means a better chance at success and low means a lower chance. The work result tells you how many PE boxes are required for each result. In Ppodae's case getting at least 10 is a good result. Ppodae has a maximum output of 12. PE output also corresponds with your daily energy quota. At most Ppodae can give us 12 towards our goal. Under the daily quota is the work counter. Each work performed on an abnormality will add to the counter. When the counter is full the next work performed will activate a Qliphoth Meltdown. The number 2 indicates how many abnormalities will meltdown.
Once the meltdown is activated, 2 random abnormalities will receive a 60 second countdown regardless if they have a Qliphoth Counteror not.
Note: If an employee is working an abnormality that receives a counter the counter will not activate until the employees work has finished.
If an employee isn’t sent to work on the abnormality before the counter reaches zero an amount of energy will be depleted from the energy quota and the abnormalities qliphoth counter will be reduced by 1.
With all this info in mind the basic approach to working on an abnormality is:
- Experiment with work types.
- Unlock work favors and manger tips.
- Work on said abnormality more efficiently.
Lastly there is the pause screen
Retry will start the day over. All dead employees will be alive and all abnormality information gained throughout the reset day will be lost.
Return to Memory Repository works a little differently. Every few days you will receive a memory imprint.
Restarting to this point will only reset any newly made employees, newly picked abnormalities, and acquired E.G.O gifts.
You will keep any progress made from all completed days since the last imprint including abnormality observation level on all worked on abnormalities.
And any E.G.O weapons and suits you have made.
The idea being that the game does not punish resetting, it encourages it.
That'll wrap up basics for now. Up next is stats.
This section will not take too much time. It will serve as a basic overview of the 4 stats and damage types
Employees have 2 basic stats that determine they’re life:
- If HP reaches zero they’re dead and cannot be brought back outside of a reset.
- If SP reaches zero they will panic and become uncontrollable.
- Depending on the panic type they may be saved by having they're SP brought back to 100 percent.
- This can be achieved by having an employee attack them with a white damage type weapon.
- This brings us to the 4 stats, 2 of which were just mentioned.
- They each have a corresponding work type of the same color.
- They are as follows.
- Fortitude - Instinct
- Prudence - Insight
- Temperance - Attachment
- Justice - Repression
- Fortitude increases the employees HP and levels up by preforming Instinct work.
- Prudence increases the employees SP and levels up by preforming Insight work.
- Temperance increases the employees overall Work Success and levels up by preforming Attachment work.
- Justice increases the employees Attack and movement speed and levels up by preforming Repression work. This stat is very powerful at higher levels and thus can be expensive to level.
There are 4 damage types:
- Red damage will only damage your employees HP.
- White damage will only damage your employees SP.
- Black will damage both HP and SP.
- Pale will damage the employees HP according to a percentage of the employee's Max HP.
- E.G.O suits and weapons can be worn by employees to resist and deal certain damage.
- Each ego suit has a level of resistance to each damage type.
- Each weapon has a different damage type and range.
- Each ego suit has a range of damage absorption from -2.0 to 2.0
- The lower the number the less damage the employee will receive from that damage type.
- The higher the number the more damage they will receive.
- Vulnerable is high damage against you.
- Normal is average damage against you.
- Endured is low damage against you.
There is a few more resistances however as long as you remember that when dealing with armor, low number is good and high number is bad.
Weapons are probably self-explanatory by now. Just as an employee’s resist damage so does an abnormality. You can check an abnormalities resistances by viewing they're escape information on their info screen. You’re looking for Weak and vulnerable damage to use for suppressing. If the abnormality is weak to white and endures red then go for a white damage weapon.
From this point on all information is optional. This section serves as small collection of helpful tips to optimize gameplay. It may be best to play for a while before reading these but, again, I’m not your mom. Some abnormality names will be used while avoiding there abilities. They are as follows in no particular order.
A department will usually only have 3 abnormalities and one tool. With this in mind 3 employees per department early on is optimal. One for each active abnormality as well as enough to cover meltdowns and ordeals.
Which stat to focus on leveling is based on which abnormalities you pick. Generally you want to level temperance first when working with Zayin's.
Then either prudence or Insight when working on Teth's. Then depending on which HE you get determines which employee to level first. While making sure to take the abnormalities requirements into consideration, If the HE does high red damage level an employee with high prudence. Level 3 or higher is ideal but you can sometimes get away with 2. Some of the HE level abnormalities are the best leveling tools in the game, so make sure to learn how to use the ones you have.
Then there's gift farming.
Once a certain observation level is reached you gain access to the abnormalities gift. Some have a lower drop chance than others, all give free stat increases. And they stack.
The idea goes like this. You have a chance of getting a gift after the work is finished. Early game you can get away with farming days a lot longer than you can late game. Around 6 abnormalities is a good number to start with. If a gift drops for an employee swap him out with another. Don’t worry if both employees received a gift or not.
As long as one employee received a gift your good. Considering the drop chances, It’s much more efficient to stack as many gifts on one employee as possible. Minmaxing is rewarded in this game. Remember that each gift has a slot such as head, mouth, eyes, head2.
A gift can be replaced by another if they both use the same body slot. This is good if the new gift has better stats but horrible if it’s worse so pay attention to what gifts your stacking as well as who you send to handle a meltdown. Nothing is worse than replacing a 2% drop chance gift with penitence. Early game you could spend an hour in one day farming for a gift. A good stopping point is ordeal 3 depending on how good your gear is.
If you level with abnormalities efficiently you may find yourself with excess LOB points.
Lob points are wasted on new employee’s early game. They are best saved to jumpstart new employees for Justice leveling. If you have a good justice abnormality such as The Child of Galaxy you can hire a new employee, put 3 point into prudence and fortitude, 2 into Temperance, and nothing in justice. As mentioned earlier 3 points in HP and SP is good enough for most of the HE's depending on who you’re working on. Level temperance to at least 4 first for success rate then work on justice. Once justice is high enough move the employee to an abnormality with a better justice success rate such as Der Freischütz. Remember to min max; since you can only have one employee working on an abnormality at a time get that employee to justice level 5 before rotating someone else in.
If an abnormality is giving you trouble you can farm points at the risk of your employees and purchase info on it.
Then just memorize what you learned and reset the day. With this strategy I prefer to check the abnormalities work preferences first.
You can purchase abnormality weapons and info from the deployment screen.
Some abnormalities trigger what’s called a Qliphoth Overload which will decrease the chance of success after the work is performed. This overload will reset once a Qliphoth meltdown event is triggered. However it will not decrease if the meltdown is started while an employee is still working on an overloaded abnormality. Avoid activating meltdowns while someone is working on an overloaded abnormality, and try not to cause a meltdown by working on an overloaded abnormality.
The game encourages resetting. Returning to memory repository or even day one while keeping all your department upgrades, gear, and abnormality progress is never a bad idea.
Hit a wall? Cut your losses. Spend all your PE boxes on gear and info and yeet yourself back to day one. Discover new abnormalities while taking advantage of your powerful gear and info from the last time around. The early game will go faster and faster the more your able to progress each time. And for the love of god manager, don't get attached to your cute customized employees. Your're here to make energy, not save a few insignificant lives.
That’s all the tips for now.