Mystery box

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Artifacts of Godville
Mystery box
Type ⚙️Activatable
Description Unknown
Cost 50% of godpower
Effect Affect in a good or a bad way (Black boxes)

Special artifact that can affect the hero or heroine in a negative or positive way. Requires 50% godpower to activate.

Example of use

« This item can affect your hero in a good or bad way (requires 50% of godpower to activate this item) »
!Hero's Diary
07:22 Felt a burning desire to open the Mystery box. Found inside something unbelievable — a scroll with instructions on how to get a premature level up!


There are many possible outcomes of activating a Mystery box.[N 1]

  • Positive outcomes include finding the following inside:
    • Gold coins (around 100-9926, though more than 9926 gold coins have been discovered)
    • Golden bricks (usually one, but up to three have been discovered)
    • A notarized document stating that the hero has died fewer times than thought, which reduces a hero’s death count by one or two, and increases your position in the pantheon of survival
    • A scroll with instructions for a premature level up, which immediately increases the level of the hero by one
    • Nothing, but a hero gains experience points (around 3000) in the process
    • Tribbles, which are released into the hero's inventory
  • Negative outcomes include:
    • Finding a notarized death certificate inside, which increases a hero's death count by one, and reduces your position in the pantheon of survival
    • Finding a note inside stating that some of the hero's experience points were achieved by dishonest means, which reduces the hero's experience points
    • Releasing a spiteful gremlin from inside the item that will steal about half of the hero's gold coins
    • Nothing happening. If your hero has not completed their temple, the annoyed hero tries to break the Mystery box with a golden brick resulting in the loss of the item and the golden brick. If the temple is complete, nothing happens but the loss of the artifact and expenditure of godpower.

Overall, positive effects are much more likely than negative effects.

Based on trial and error and numerous instances, when not having enough god power to activate a deus ex machina, upon using an accumulator charge and then activating the said artifact, would usually cause a negative effect. For example having only 5% GP, upon using a charge to restore to 55% and then activating the deus ex machina will tend to give a negative outcome. (Disclaimer: It may just be that the certain god and hero were just unlucky)


"Black Box" Activatable Artifacts 
Box with a question mark • Continuum transfunctioner • Davy Jones’ locker • Deus ex machina • Dimensional destabilizer • Improbability drive • Mystery box • Pandora's box • Wonderbox