The True Crown is an item that can be obtained by meeting Beg twice. It has a heavy focus on chaos and gives the player immense power at a price.


Function

Receiving The True Crown from Beg in The City of Gold.

The True Crown will teleport its bearer every 22 seconds. The teleport functions identically to that of the Teleporter or Telepack, meaning although the bearer cannot control when they teleport, they may influence the direction of their teleportation by orienting themselves in any direction. Every time the bearer teleports, they receive 22 bombs. The teleport timer resets every time the player enters a new level.

Shopkeepers who see players with The True Crown will double their prices, mockingly calling them "Your majesty".

Tun will instantly anger when a player with The True Crown enters one of her Shops, saying "Ah, one of my brother's foolish followers!". The only exception to this is her encounter at the top of Tiamat's Throne, just before the door to the Sunken City. If Tun has yet to anger, she will only anger if any player enters her Shop and triggers a line of dialogue from her while they or another player is wearing The True Crown.

Obtaining

To obtain The True Crown, the player must desecrate one of Kali's Altars and curse themselves.

  1. Destroy a Kali Altar by using bombs or other means.
  2. At the next altar the player finds, Beg will appear and give them a bomb bag a few seconds after meeting him.
  3. Curse oneself through any means.
  4. Find another altar in a level after the one where the player was cursed, where they will meet Beg one last time, who will give them The True Crown.

Notes

  • The player only needs to destroy one altar for the True Crown quest.
    • Additional altars may be destroyed to help get the player cursed for the final step of the quest, although other methods of becoming cursed are acceptable, such as through a Cat Mummy or Witch Doctor.
    • The amount of Favor the player has with Kali does not matter for the True Crown quest; One can already have earned the Kapala and numerous instances of Royal Jelly from an Altar and Beg will spawn regardless.
  • If the player misses either encounter with Beg, they will never get another opportunity to meet with him again, voiding the quest.
  • If Beg is hit by anything during either of his appearances, he will teleport out of the level/die depending on which encounter it is, meaning that the player will fail the quest and they will no longer be able to obtain The True Crown.
  • Beg will not spawn on the Altar in Madame Tusk's Palace of Pleasure under any circumstances.
  • Beg is not whip immune, and can be easily killed by the player during his second encounter due to his cursed status. It is worth noting that his Telepack tends to fly up in the air as he dies, which could hit the player and likely kill them if they were still at 1 HP.

Strategy

The True Crown clearly has a heavy focus on chaos, and gives the player more bombs than they might ever need. Because of this, it is an extremely valuable asset for high score runs, much like the Plasma Cannon.

Obtaining The True Crown can be difficult, as it requires the specific circumstance where the player encounters a minimum of 3 Altars while also becoming cursed. The player can assuage the required RNG for The True Crown's quest by visiting Temple of Anubis, where Cat Mummies are a common sight, and The City of Gold, where a guaranteed Altar will spawn.

Once obtained, The True Crown may be used to practically carpet bomb The City of Gold and make incredible amounts of money by uncovering treasure in the ground. Outside of high score, players can blow open an easy path to exit doors, annihilate adversaries, and use its teleportation abilities for their own needs.

Players should still be wary of accidentally destroying Altars, as if a third one is destroyed, the consequences could be run ending with the Ball and Chain and permanent Ghost burdened onto the player until the Ball and Chain is destroyed.


Trivia

  • The "Cap and Bells" appearance of the True Crown is likely a reference to the role of the Joker playing card in most card games. Jokers typically serve as either a wildcard (functions as any card) or tie breakers, adding to the theme of chaos that the True Crown is based around.
  • Hundun resides in 7-4, which is the 22nd level of the game. The True Crown, awarded to followers of Hundun, happens to teleport the player every 22 seconds and award 22 bombs in the process.
    • 22 is also significant in the form of the 22 Major Arcana in a standard Tarot card deck, with The Jester/The Fool being the 22nd card. "I was a fool." is the text that reads in the Journal's run-recap for runs that were completed with the True Crown.

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Time Stamps

Below is a list of the exact timestamps that a player will teleport with The True Crown, once they have entered a new level and the True Crown's teleport timer resets. This table goes up to 9 minutes.

0:22
0:44
1:06
1:28
1:50
2:12
2:34
2:56
3:18
3:40
4:02
4:24
4:46
5:08
5:30
5:52
6:14
6:36
6:58
7:20
7:42
8:04
8:26
8:48
9:10
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