Vampire Survivors – Guide to Optimal PowerUp Selection Order

Determining the optimal order and total number of coins needed to max all PowerUp Selections.

Optimal PowerUp Selection Order Guide

How Does PowerUp Selection Work?

You earn coins as you play. These coins can be used to unlock permanent PowerUps across all games. Each PowerUp you purchase increases the price of the next purchase by 10% of the base price. For example, buying Amount as your first purchase would cost 5000, but if you purchased a few upgrades in Might, Area, Recovery, etc and Amount is your 10th purchase, it would cost 9500. Since the PowerUps vary in the amount of upgrades you can purchase and price, this means that buying the same PowerUps in a different order could lead to a different total amount of coins spent.

Note that there is a Refund PowerUps button at the bottom, which resets everything – the 10% base price will be reset also. Feel free to purchase in whatever order at the beginning of the game, you can always start over.

When Can I Max Everything?!

I have done some preliminary calculations and I believe the smallest total number of coins to max all PowerUps is 97,140.

What Is the Order to Max Everything?

If you have 97,140 coins or more, this order should theoretically allow you to max all PowerUps (I do not have that many yet but am confident in my calculations). Note that you fully max each PowerUp before moving on to the next one.

  1. Amount
  2. Growth
  3. Cooldown
  4. Luck
  5. Armor
  6. Might
  7. Recovery
  8. Greed
  9. Area
  10. Speed
  11. Duration
  12. MoveSpeed
  13. Magnet
  14. Max Health

What’s the Best Strategy Before I Can Max Everything?

The best strategy is to get a general idea of mow much you can purchase for the PowerUps you want, and go from most expensive total cost per PowerUp to least expensive. Note that while Growth total cost is higher than Amount, Amount should always be purchased first (feel free to experiment and see why). You shouldn’t follow the list above for maxing everything if you do not have the required number of coins, as you will miss out on cheaper purchases for the PowerUps at the end of the list.

I don’t really have advice on what PowerUps are good/bad for gameplay, you’ll have to find another guide for that.

Prices of All PowerUps

NamePrice 1Price 2Price 3Price 4Price 5Total Price
Might20040060080010003000
Armor600120018003600
Max Health2004006001200
Recovery20040060080010003000
Cooldown90018002700
Area300600900
Speed300600900
Duration300600900
Amount50005000
MoveSpeed300600900
Magnet300600900
Luck600120018003600
Growth900120018002700450013500
Greed20040060080010003000

I found a cheaper way to max everything!

Awesome! I’m not 100% sure this is the cheapest way (I was playing around with the values in Excel, when I started the guide my number was 99,720).

W.I.P.

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10 Comments

  1. Did some math and here are my findings:
    The cost of an upgrade is as follows (with the Baseprice being the amount displayed when you haven’t bought anything)

    Baseprice * newLvl + AmountOfUpgradesInPossesion * Baseprice * 0.1 * NewLevel

    Or
    NewLevel * BasePrice * (1 + UpgradesBought * 0.1)

    The first part is always the same, no matter when you buy it and 0.1 is a fix multiplyer so we can ignore it.
    This leaves these variabels:
    NewLevel*BasePrice*UpgradesBought
    So basically buying the expensive stuff first is way to go.

  2. Thank you for optimizing the purchase order! Was able to max out my powers with this guide.

  3. Getting close to buying to maxing everything, without the guide I’d still be another few days off. What I’ve found to work for myself is making liberal use of the refund, and going with the top list and fitting as much as I can based on my priorities and skipping the rest.

  4. Yeah gj on the guide man. Speed to me isn’t worth taking and its a debuff for most weapons (for instance rather the fireballs be slower so I can move behind them as they clear a path for me to take, if I make them faster that becomes harder).

    The best endgame is the Alucard clone his CD reduction nets you 2.5x faster attack rate vs the rest of the cast at 1.82x. He’s got the best DPS.

  5. Wouldn’t greed 2nd be best? I started with amount, then maxed greed, currently going on growth rn. Wouldn’t it be better to just max greed 2nd so that you don’t have to play as much to max everything else? I’ve already got 12 hours of playtime, it’s kind of ridiculous that I don’t have everything maxed yet, but anyways, it’s pretty easy to win so I’ve never been concerned with anything other than exp and amount.

  6. It should be noted in the guide, that the cheapest way to max everything is to buy the upgrades starting from the category with the most expensive average upgrade and moving to the cheapest.

    This is the reason for why amount is before growth, since amount averages 5000 points per upgrade and growth averages 13500/5=2700. It is also why cooldown is before a lot of categories which are more expensive in total cost.

  7. There is now a Revival power up that is twice as expensive as Amount. It still holds that the most expensive item being bought first is more cost efficient, so simply tacking it to the top of your list is all that changes.

  8. I think for new players starting out that balancing between Greed and Luck is a good idea. Greed for obviously more gold earned at once = more power ups, but Luck for getting better drops from lights and chests.

  9. Turned a 45 minute numbers crunch into a solid 2 minute read! I had 148k coins when I came to this guide, now I have everything except curse and 2 ranks of max health!

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