There are 10 playable classes in the PC game Rogue Legacy. The Miner class is likely to be one of the first two classes in the game you will unlock. It isn’t a very powerful class, but it has a few tricks that can be particularly useful in the later part of the game for getting chests. The following guide to the Miner class in Rogue Legacy will show you how to use this class to earn money and farm chests.
Attributes – The Miner has the worst stats in the game, with the exception of a starting Lich and arguably the Dragon. The Miner has half the health and mana points of a Knight and the lower damage that a Knave has. In return for these low stats, the Miner gains 30% more gold from all sources. This means the Miner is good at earning money when it doesn’t have to fight to get it.
Unlock – To unlock the Miner you need to unlock the Enchantress and the Archmage first. The Miner could be your seventh castle upgrade if you like, but it will more likely be closer to your tenth and possibly later than that. You will probably get the Miner upgrade before you defeat the first boss, though you may want to intentionally hold off on getting this upgrade just to avoid adding this class to the list of possible heirs.
Upgrade – The Spelunker upgrade is available as soon as you unlock the Miner. It significantly increases the value of the Miner and is worth getting early. A Spelunker gains two advantages. The Spelunker has a light that makes dark areas easier to traverse. This light slowly drains mana points. More importantly, when you play as a Spelunker, all chests and events are shown on your map from the very start. Use this ability, once you have gained better stats and equipment, to acquire blueprints, runes, gold, and stat boosts.
Spells – As a Miner you only have basic spells available. Conflux is the best spell because it requires no skill and you don’t really want to get into fights anyway.
Equipment – Your chest is your most important piece of equipment, because it improves a stat where you don’t have a class penalty. Your helm is practically worthless due to bad health and mana points. You should prioritize your sword over your limbs, but only barely, since neither is particularly helpful to you. The only really useful pieces of equipment for you are those that improve your gold gain and those that improve your maneuverability. Equip any Sage gear if you can, unless you have access to the Sky Cape, Guardian Cape, or Royal Cape.
Runes – Equip as many Grace Runes as you can. You are hunting chests with this character and Grace Runes only decrease the rewards from enemies, not chests. After that, equip runes that improve your maneuverability. Finally, equip a Bounty Rune if you don’t have any of the previous types for that slot.
Strategy – The strategy is rather simple. Don’t even both choosing a Miner until you have access to a Spelunker. Then teleport as far forward as you can and backtrack to any nearby chests on your map. Avoid enemies and simply acquire chests. If a chest is guarded by a mini-boss, note the location and leave. Keep doing this until you die. When you do die, use the Architect on your next life and acquire any chests you passed up because they were too well guarded.