Nuclear Throne
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Frequently Asked Questions
General questions

(1) Why does the game run at 30FPS? Can it be made to run at 60FPS or higher?

Vlambeer started the project with the framerate set to 30FPS. Making Nuclear Throne run at 60FPS (or higher) now would mean redoing almost every single value, since the game speed is tied to the framerate. Forcing Nuclear Throne to run at a higher framerate will result in the game speeding up, the game will run twice as fast at 60FPS.


(2) Why does the game have a 4:3 aspect ratio?

A 4:3 aspect ratio was chosen by Vlambeer as a design decision, so it balances out the threat from more directions.

The game will automatically fill in the parts outside the 4:3 area with black bars or sideart.


(3) When will Nuclear Throne be on sale? Has it been on sale before?

Nuclear Throne hasn’t been on sale yet, not during the Early Access period nor after launch. Vlambeer has also stated there won’t be a sale anytime soon.


(4) Will online co-op get added?

There are no plans to add online co-op. Vlambeer has stated it would require a huge amount of work and time, it would also be very hard to get right due to the very fast nature of the game. Any amount of latency would would be very frustrating.

A community member, YellowAfterlife, has made a mod based on update 98 that adds online multiplayer (co-op) and improvements to multiplayer-related aspects to the game. You can download the mod here[thronebutt.com] on Thronebutt.


(5) Will more modding support get added? What modding is possible?

There are no plans to add more modding support, as it would require a whole lot of work to add.

The modding that can be done in the current build of the game is changing sprites, music and sound effects. This is done via data.win, or replacing audio files in the Nuclear Throne folder.

There is also an earlier update of Nuclear Throne available through Steam beta builds. This is the last update that used Game Maker 8.1, which means this update can be decompiled. To download Update 19 you right click on Nuclear Throne in Steam, click “Properties”, head over to “Betas” and there you can select the “mods” beta branch.

You can find, download and submit community created content and mods on the Thronebutt website[thronebutt.com].


(6) Will there be DLC?

Vlambeer has stated there are no current plans for DLC, free or paid. They prefer to focus their creative energy on something new.


(7) I lost my progress/save file, how do I get them back?

If you lost your progress or save file you can manually edit your save file by following this guide.


(8) How do dailies and weeklies work?

Dailies (daily runs) are one of the two ranked modes in Nuclear Throne. Every day at 0:00 UTC the daily run leaderboards are reset, and a new seed is randomly selected. You are given a single chance at a daily run. You choose a character (crown and starting weapon can not be chosen) and play the same run as everyone else (dependent on operating system). At the end, your run is ranked based on kills with everyone else who did that same daily.

Weeklies (weekly runs) are the second ranked mode in Nuclear Throne. Each Saturday, at 0:00 UTC, the leaderboards are reset and a new seed, along with starting character, character skin, crown and starting weapon are chosen. Unlike dailies, weeklies are infinitely replayable until Monday 0:00 UTC. Weeklies are based on highest amount of kills achieved, your attempts with lower scores are discarded.


(9) Where can I compare myself and see stats?

Thronebutt[thronebutt.com] is a leaderboards website for Nuclear Throne. It archives and displays the daily and weekly leaderboards. Information on runs like mutations picked, weapons used, what killed them, etc. can be found there. Additionally interesting statistics and graphs can be found on Thronebutt as well.

Thronebutt is financed by Vlambeer and has native support built in.


(10) My daily crashed/failed to submit, now I can't do it again

If your daily run crashed, or failed to submit resulting in you not being able to do it again, a reset can be requested. Currently, you can ask here for a Thronebutt moderator to reset your daily, so you’ll be able to do the daily again. This is a temporary answer, as there will be a more elegant solution in the future.


(11) I got banned from the leaderboards (and Thronebutt)?

Thronebutt moderators will hide cheated scores and ban players that cheated. This will result in every daily and weekly you do being automatically hidden from the leaderboards.

If you want to appeal, currently you can do that by contacting one of the Thronebutt moderators or making a forum post here regarding the subject and a Thronebutt moderator will see it. A more elegant solution will be provided in the future, on Thronebutt itself.

The Thronebutt moderators are: Darwin, Stef Verzelen, Krognol, Fluury, LeonidasCraft, ideaot, Tommydestroyer and squireofthedance.


(12) I found a bug, where can I report it?

Bugs can be reported here, in the “Bug Reports” sub forum.



Gameplay questions (may contain spoilers)

(13) Why did Big Bandit spawn on 1-1 or 1-2?

When opening the ammo chest, weapon chest and rad canister before killing too many enemies on any desert level Big Bandit will spawn. This is a feature of the game, not a bug.


(14) Why was my Crown Vault populated with enemies?

This is a bug that currently exists in the game, often referred to as “Cursed Vaults”. Sometimes (randomly) a Crown Vault will be populated with enemies. The enemies that spawn are the same kind of enemies as the previous level you were in.

These Crown Vaults still contain Vault Statues (containing Crown Guardians), and will most likely be broken by enemies resulting in you not being able to take (or drop) a crown. The Proto Weapon Chest will get replaced by a normal, randomized chest.


(15) Strong Spirit didn't revive me, it didn't work?

Strong Spirit prevents a lethal blow, sets your HP to 1 and grants you 5 invincibility frames. It can activate and save your life once per level. It recharges when you leave the level where it saved your life and reach your maximum health. If Strong Spirit is active your character will have a halo above its head.

Here is a video showing Strong Spirit in action.


(16) How do golden weapons work?

Golden weapons are a variant of some regular weapons. Golden variants have a minor benefit, increasing their overall potency. The benefit they have depends on the weapon.

When you go through a portal with a golden weapon in either slot, it is saved for that character. From then on, starting a run with that character will give you the ability to start with that weapon. Saving a new golden weapon will overwrite your currently saved weapon for that character.

The first tier of golden weapons can be found in Y.V’s mansion (3-?) and after loop 1-1. The second tier can only be found after loop 1-3

More information on this subject including which benefit each golden weapon gives can be found here[nuclear-throne.wikia.com] on the Nuclear Throne wiki.


(17) How do I loop?

When walking up to The Nuclear Throne, you will see 2 large generators on both sides of the level. After activating The Nuclear Throne and it has done its beam attack, the generators will light up. This indicates that they are now active and can be damaged. To loop, you have to destroy all 4 generators while they are lit (so not before, or after defeating The Nuclear Throne). Once they are all destroyed, you’ll hear an audio cue that indicates you are fully able to loop. After you defeat The Nuclear Throne a large portal will appear and pull you in, regardless of location on the level. You have now entered Loop, the majority of the late-game content.


(18) My game crashed on The Campfire (0-1), on the Throne II fight

This is a known bug. It can get caused by the boss intro, and by pausing during or after the Throne II fight. Avoid pausing the game during and after the fight and turn off boss intros until the bug gets fixed.

If this bug resulted in your daily crashing a reset can be requested here.




For information about the game like characters, mutations, weapons, areas, enemies, mechanics and much more the Nuclear Throne wiki[nuclear-throne.wikia.com] is the best resource.

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Feel free to give suggestions for possible questions to add, or give comments on my answers in case I missed something. Please don't use this thread to discuss the topics brought up in this FAQ.
Last edited by Sophie Verzelen; Jul 20, 2016 @ 10:23pm
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Sophie Verzelen Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:23pm 
Feel free to give suggestions on possible questions I should add, or give comments on my answers and if I missed something.

Please definitely don’t use this thread to discuss topics in this FAQ, I will moderate this thread pretty heavily.
Angry Floof Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:35pm 
You might want to include fixes that are frequently requested (EX "Why are fish and crystal not in my game").
Last edited by Angry Floof; Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:35pm
f, the ❤ Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:51pm 
ooh we got one of these now?
Originally posted by Tacobandit:
You might want to include fixes that are frequently requested (EX "Why are fish and crystal not in my game").
there's a pinned thread for that in the bugs section iirc

e: wait, it's gone? wat
e2: http://steamcommunity.com/app/242680/discussions/1/45350244954918975/ is it, it's not pinned anymore
Last edited by f, the ❤; Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:53pm
Amanda O'Neill Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:39pm 
"(5) Will there be DLC?

Vlambeer has stated there are no current plans for DLC, free or paid. They prefer to focus their creative energy on something new."

Sad :/
Ghost Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:15pm 
Kinda funny that one the games "secrets" has to be included in the FAQ
Thank goodness you made this. These questions were like 30% of the forums.
Darwin Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:43am 
Originally posted by FRII:
ooh we got one of these now?
Originally posted by Tacobandit:
You might want to include fixes that are frequently requested (EX "Why are fish and crystal not in my game").
there's a pinned thread for that in the bugs section iirc

e: wait, it's gone? wat
e2: http://steamcommunity.com/app/242680/discussions/1/45350244954918975/ is it, it's not pinned anymore
It's outdated, the save file location and name is different now.
f, the ❤ Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:45am 
Originally posted by Darwin:
Originally posted by FRII:
ooh we got one of these now?

there's a pinned thread for that in the bugs section iirc

e: wait, it's gone? wat
e2: http://steamcommunity.com/app/242680/discussions/1/45350244954918975/ is it, it's not pinned anymore
It's outdated, the save file location and name is different now.
yeah, it's just that i never noticed it was gone
Aliascent Apr 22, 2016 @ 1:29am 
Originally posted by Double Helickß:
Thank goodness you made this. These questions were like 30% of the forums.

Now include "How do I beat lil Hunter" in the op and you've got everything covered.
Angry Floof Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:07am 
Originally posted by Fluury:
Thanks Stef, we'll see if this needs to be locked.

Do you consider this the final version? Since imo there are some things I wanna talk about in the Discord with you about this.
The 1st post after OP explicitly answers your question.
Originally posted by Tacobandit:
Originally posted by Fluury:
Thanks Stef, we'll see if this needs to be locked.

Do you consider this the final version? Since imo there are some things I wanna talk about in the Discord with you about this.
The 1st post after OP explicitly answers your question.

Im blind
Last edited by Fluury [TOHU MODE]; Apr 22, 2016 @ 6:21am
Originally posted by Fluury:
Originally posted by Tacobandit:
The 1st post after OP explicitly answers your question.

Im blind :frogzone:
Nah, Stef should have just put a disclaimer at the top.

So anyway, as I was saying about how I'm going to discuss this FAQ...
Last edited by Booze, Offender of Religion; May 7, 2016 @ 3:01pm
Sophie Verzelen Apr 25, 2016 @ 5:57pm 
Added question #16, also put what I said in the first comment in this thread in the post itself.

I might add some more explanation to question #11 about the secret itself, I don't know yet, maybe in spoiler brackets.

Originally posted by Tacobandit:
You might want to include fixes that are frequently requested (EX "Why are fish and crystal not in my game").
Is that still a frequently asked question? I don't know if this is still an issue or not.
Last edited by Sophie Verzelen; Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:01pm
f, the ❤ Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:24pm 
For #16 I'd recommend adding a link to the "Game crashed on a daily?" thread just incase someone was unlucky and had it happen.

Originally posted by Stef Verzelen:
I might add some more explanation to question #11 about the secret itself, I don't know yet, maybe in spoiler brackets.
Please do.
Sophie Verzelen Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:25pm 
Originally posted by FRII:
For #16 I'd recommend adding a link to the "Game crashed on a daily?" thread just incase someone was unlucky and had it happen.
Good idea, will do.
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