(Some of the following screenshots are pre-v1.0.5, but the general strategies still apply)
While this is a basic tip, I would like to emphasize the importance of ensuring multi-kills, as well as keeping (mini)-bosses alive for as long as safely possible to clear out every other enemy (exception being Heart of the Storm obviously, and Eye of the Storm if you aren’t utilizing the Greed effect).
Each enemy drops around 2-10 bling, with stronger enemies dropping more (this is a rough approximation). If you can at least utilize basic 2x combos, you are essentially doubling your bling input, since you are getting an additional 5 bling for doing so. This scales at even greater rates if you can get a larger combo, with a 3x combo giving 15 extra bling (5+10), a 4x combo giving 30 extra bling (5+10+15), and so on.
Here is an example of getting 115 bling after the very first battle:
The main reasons you want to ensure a strong supply of bling are crowns and charms. Crowns cost 80 bling, whereas charms (from the charm machine) cost 50-70-90 bling depending on how many times you purchase from the machine. The first shop is guaranteed after the second battle, so ideally you would want to have 130+ bling heading into this to get a crown + charm (alternatively, if you see a key card, then getting a crown + key card instead). From a general perspective, you will want to hit as many shops as possible with 80+ bling to pick up the crown at minimum.
Beyond your own ability in manipulating the health of enemies to ensure combos, there is some RNG involved in the encounters, since some battles are better for getting combos than others. Examples include:
- Battle 1-1 – Big Peng combos more easily than Snow Knight
- Boss 1 – Bamboozle combos more easily than Infernoko
- Boss 2 – Truffle combos more easily than Krunker
- Battle 3-1 – Razor combos more easily than Numskull
Even if you get the less ideal encounters combo-wise, you should still be able to rack up enough bling to, at minimum, get three crowns, although there shouldn’t be much problem ending with four-five crowns going into the storm battles.