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Slime Rancher 2: Everything To Know About Feeding Slimes

Released as an early access title in 2017, the original "Slime Rancher" is one of the most successful indie titles in recent memory. Following Beatrix LeBeau — an intergalactic rancher — "Slime Rancher" puts players in a surprisingly dark scenario in which they are responsible for managing crops and capturing Slimes, gelatinous creatures that produce valuables. The game was a huge hit, selling over 5 million copies by January 2022 and collecting rave reviews. On Sept. 22, 2022, a sequel entitled "Slime Rancher 2" was released for the PC and Xbox Series X/S platforms (sorry, PlayStation users) and sold over 100,000 copies in its first hours of being on the market. Given its quick success, it's only natural that many new players gravitate toward the game and see what all the fuss is about. But before they do, it might serve them well to become acclimated to some of the key features in "Slime Rancher 2."

As mentioned before, "Slime Rancher 2" mainly requires players to capture gelatinous creatures called Slimes in order for them yield big profits for them on the open market. The primary thing required to gain these valuables is to feed them. But what does feeding Slimes entail and what should you feed them to begin with? Here's everything you need to know about feeding Slimes in "Slime Rancher 2."

Feeding Slimes produces valuable Plorts

Being a farming simulator of sorts, the main goal in "Slime Rancher 2" as described by the gaming community is to make as much currency as one can. In-game, this currency is in the shape of Newbucks which are obtained through the farming of Plorts. As noted by Attack of the Fanboy, there are a total of 15 different Plorts that players can get in the game. And all of them are gained by feeding different kinds of Slimes.

Upon capturing Slimes and bringing them to an enclosure, players will have to discover through trial and error the best way to produce Plorts through feeding. By default, feeding a Slime will produce a Plort once their appetite has been filled. However, should you tend to a Slime long enough by appeasing its diet and feeding it its favorite food, it will produce double the amount of Plorts it typically does once it's full. Every Slime is unique in what its favorite food is. For instance, a Phospur likes Cueberries while a Flutter will be over the moon (pun intended) for Moondew Nectar (per Gamepur). Upon receiving the Plorts after the Slimes have been fed, players can then sell them at the Plort Market for Newbucks. 

Feeding slimes prevents them from trying to escape

If you're expecting the Slimes you meet in the world to just become automatically subordinate, you've got another thing coming. Upon capturing the Slimes and putting them in an enclosure, the gelatinous creatures will remain extremely active and will do whatever is in their power to eventually break free from their Plort-generating prison. If they escape, you will be forced to go out and capture them all over again. So how do you prevent this from happening? Well, feeding them is key.

As noted by GamePur, Slimes are generally unruly. And the only way to ensure that they will remain in place is to constantly give them attention and feed them. Food can be obtained in the wild in the same way you capture a Slime — use your vacuum. Once you obtain enough food, feed each Slime based on their corresponding diet.  Slimes will only try to escape if they become extremely hungry, so feeding them consistently will ensure that your captured creatures will stay put.

Don't feed the mischievious Ringtail Slimes

The Ringtail Slime is an odd one. When they're in the light, they will turn into a Stone Statue that the player can use to create either a Toy or a Crate. When they're in the dark, however, they resume appearing as their normal slimy self. Outside of this anomaly, it can be easy for players to confuse the Ringtail Slime with your standard Slimes that you will unendingly feed until they produce valuable Plorts as mentioned before. However, the Ringtail isn't as giving as others.

As noted in a comment on a tips and tricks video for "Slime Rancher 2," Ringtail Slimes will eat at any and all times, even when they're not hungry. This means that they will endlessly consume. Worse yet, when they're not hungry and still consuming food, they will not produce any Plorts for you to sell on the market. This behavior will be marked by a mischievous look on the Ringtail's face. Obviously, having a variety of Slimes on your ranch is a fun experience. However, this all-consuming void of a Slime is probably best left out of the equation altogether.

Remember, if you're Ringtail Slime looks like it's up to no good, it probably is.