Golden Leech Category: Abilities
Golden Leech
Unlocked at Crab Level 550
Extract Gold from Reptiles
+5% Gold per Level

  • Summons a golden leech that attaches to the reptiles for 30 seconds.
  • Each time you tap while Golden Leech is active, you accumulate gold from the reptile.
  • Each level of this ability Increases the multiplier of reptile gold received per tap of the leech.
  • Begins at 15% and goes up by 5% per level.
  • Uses "normal reptile gold" as the base, regardless of whether you are leeching from a golden reptile, normal reptile, boss or golden boss reptile.
  • The amount of gold per tap is locked in when the ability starts. In other words, if you advance 30m while leeching, you do not get extra gold towards the end. It continues to feed using the initial amount.
  • See this article for more information on gold.
  • Mutations Cerulean Walkers, Stalagmite Walkers, and Stalagmite Carapace have influence on this.
  • The gene Gilded Leech significantly increases the gold received - many multiples depending on how fast you can tap.
  • The mutation Red Devil Pincers cuts the ability cooldown in half.
  • Tapper Crab works with this ability.
  • There is no mutation to increase duration (yet).

Talent: Enhanced Metabolism

  • Increases gold amount received by 20%.

When it's good

24/7/365. Gold is delicious.

Commentary

20% extra gold isn't a game changer. You can only buy a couple extra levels of a queen or ability. That doesn't mean this talent sucks, it's just the nature of an exponential game. For the math curious, the 20% is indeed an extra 20% on top of every other bonus (1.2x) not just added in to an already high percentage.

Talent: Absorption

  • Gives 200% reptile gold when a reptile dies.

When it's good

If you're able to "instant kill" reptiles and can't tap very fast.

Commentary

It only impacts gold dropped from reptiles killed while Leech is running. The most reptiles that you can kill in 30 seconds is around 25, so this talent would give you +50x reptile gold. If your leech is taking 100% reptile gold (1x) per tap, that is only 50 taps to reach the same amount of gold. At higher levels you're doing well over 500% reptile gold (5x) per tap.. I think even my cat can tap 10 times in 30 seconds.

Talent: Power of Gold

  • Deals damage equal to 50000x gold received when Leech explodes.
  • Extra gold spit out from Gilded Leech is not included.

When it's good

Facing a boss that you can't possibly kill before the timer runs out. Usually this is only a tournament thing.

Commentary

This talent doesn't provide any extra gold. The damage is enormous though and usually is enough to kill any reptile if you can even just scratch it. It's also fun to kill a reptile in an explosion.

Which Talent Should I Choose?

Enhanced Metabolism for the +20% gold, especially once you get Gilded Leech. Power of Gold is tempting, but mostly is only good if you're in a tournament and absolutely need to kill a few extra bosses that are beyond your normal ability. Absorption is a red herring unless you can't tap very much in 30 seconds.