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Tips for Buying EarthBound

September 9th, 2010 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge

EarthBound doesn’t come with a lot of secret side-bosses or hidden areas, so players have had to be creative when trying to get a lot of replay value out of the game. One of these is what’s known as the “T-Rex’s Bat Challenge”.

Basically, the goal is to buy the T-Rex’s bat in Winters before Jeff goes to Threed. The problem is that Jeff doesn’t have an ATM card, so he can’t get money normally. The only way to raise money is to sell items enemies drop. The items sell for only a few dollars apiece, while the bat is nearly $700. Yes, it’s one of those challenges for the truly crazed EarthBound fan 😛

Luckily, Chasmang put together a nice little guide for this challenge that minimizes the grinding and makes the challenge possible in a relatively short amount of time. Check it out here!

I remember trying this challenge myself not too long after the game’s release, it took forever but it was neat that it was possible. And once I gave the bat to Ness, he’s especially strong for the next few parts of the game, which was nice.

Anyway, have you tried this challenge before? Did you give up? Were you crazy enough to buy the Coin of Silence for $2000 instead? I thought I heard about someone crazy enough to buy EVERY item in the store… that’s way too much even for me 😯


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49 Comments to The T-Rex’s Bat Challenge

Earthbound_X said on Sep. 9, 2010

Yup, I actually managed to do this once before.

It took a real long time.

LachyStar said on Sep. 9, 2010

I remember turning on a little code on my second run of the game so I could buy these. It sure did make things interesting for the next parts.

Posiedien said on Sep. 9, 2010

I bought all the items before just because i had a boring summer a while ago. (NOT WORTH IT) Lol

Earthbound_X said on Sep. 9, 2010

Wow, he says it’d only take an hour, it took me much longer then that, maybe I did buy the Coin of Silence as well?

Omnitarian said on Sep. 9, 2010

Somebody decided to get the T-rex bat when we did the obligatory EB playthrough at the con. It took like AT LEAST a fourth of the entire extent of the playthrough.

Tina said on Sep. 9, 2010

I totally did this on both of my re-plays… although it was especially torturous when I did it in cartridge form, since last time around I used the speed up function a lot on my emulator. (Don’t kill meeeeeee.) It was so worth the two hours or so that it took, though!

What about the house in Onett for $7500, though? Technically you have the ATM card, but still. 😛

KingDarian said on Sep. 9, 2010

I’m the one who got to buy the bat at this year’s con playthrough, but there were a few people that put their time into fighting runaway dogs to grab enough bread rolls to earn the money. One thing we discovered: it’s a VERY BAD idea to sell off your holmes hat for cash. You really need to have that extra defense to stay alive.

Kyoo said on Sep. 10, 2010

I did this on my first play through, that’s just the type of gamer i am 😀 and I didn’t have no list telling me what to do. i just tamed a lot of goats. and sold the items they gave me. it didn’t take long at all, I believe it took about 20-23 minutes. I didn’t sell any of my armor either. I refuse to look at the list. I feel any list that tells you (instructs you) how to play the game earthbound. is an insult to the game earthbound 😛

Gummidge said on Sep. 10, 2010

I managed to do this. I had more difficulty finding the Sword of Kings.

Starstormer said on Sep. 10, 2010

I went for the T-rex bat. It took a while but I’m proud to say I’ve done it.

JamesBond007 said on Sep. 10, 2010

I want to buy T-Rex’s Bat, Non-Stick Frypan and THREE Coins of Silence and bring this equipment to Threed during next playthrough.

edd said on Sep. 10, 2010

did this on my first full playthrogh took bout 2-4hours long time ago cant remember

MagusDuality said on Sep. 10, 2010

I did this on my most recent playthrough. Sucked because at one point I had a power outage at about $500 or so, had to get most of that back. D:

Was worth it in the end, imo.

Jupiter-x said on Sep. 10, 2010

I just did something similar when I picked up Chrono Trigger a few weeks ago: there’s a game at the Millennial Fair you can earn about 25g a round, once you cash in your “points”, and since I was playing on my emulator, I held down the turbo-A button key to win really fast, and the accelerator to simulate hours of play in about 5 minutes. I picked up a sword that was about 5 steps above what you’d normally have, and was overpowered for a good 3 hours of gameplay. Not what you’d call a challenge, considering the emulator shortcuts, but it was cool to push what’d normally be possible.

BottleRocket said on Sep. 10, 2010

I did this the last EBFGP, it took a couple hours but was the kind of thing that was neat to try at least once, and it was worth it.

The Commander said on Sep. 10, 2010

I think Chugga Conroy did it once, I haven’t watched it in a while.

Penguiness said on Sep. 10, 2010

I did this. I TRULY CRAZY EB fan would try to buy the more expensive items, like the Coin of Silence.

blackpanther1026 said on Sep. 10, 2010

interesting..I had noticed that Jeff could buy NOTHING when going into the store. I’ll have to try this the next time I play through it!

PUMPK!N said on Sep. 10, 2010

I think about it every time I play the game but never do it.

Psychomax said on Sep. 10, 2010

I completed the challenge, it took me two days (with breaks, of course). It didn’t make Ness that much stronger, and I ended up quitting that play-through around the Mole Caves. I should just play through it normally the next time 🙁

MG said on Sep. 10, 2010

I haven’t done this yet because I know I’m gonna give up before I get halfway.

Cubivore10 said on Sep. 10, 2010

Doesn’t seem worth the effort. I mean, you could beat the game while balancing a cup of water on your head too, but in the end, what changed? Not much.

neonix said on Sep. 10, 2010

I’ve always wanted to do the T-Rex Bat challenge, but I’ve never had the patience.

MechaMutoh said on Sep. 10, 2010

How frustrating! I just got Jeff to Threed before seeing this post! I knew that there was some way to buy this bat…

Oh, well, maybe next time.

retrostarman87 said on Sep. 10, 2010

I did this (just the T-Rex bat) last christmas and it took I think, 3 straight days of nothing but Earthbound playing. I almost quit cuz it can be very repeatative (boring), but it felt worth it after getting the bat. Plus, Ness gets a big strength upgrade. It does not make him over powered, but it is very useful against most of very strong enemies in Treed and helps you breeze through enemies, though it it not useful in a speedrun. It is way more time consuming. I hate Spitful Crows to this day thanks to that run, though.

Kyoo, HOW THE HECK DID YOU BEAT IT UNDER AN HALF AN HOUR?!?!?! It takes wayyyyyyyyy longer then that. I think it took me at least 10 hours to get the darned thing! I even sold everything in my pockets except equiped items!

Mic said on Sep. 11, 2010

There’s an error in the description, the coin of silence is 2500, not 2000.

Kyoo said on Sep. 11, 2010


gruff goats have… I think 16/128 of dropping salt.

i found a place that kept having the gruff goats over and over again on the map and kept fighting them over and over again, and almost got salt pack after salt pack. almost at the end of every battle.

I look back on it now and think it was pure luck that I kept getting salt so often. or maybe a result of a dirty cart? (it rattled when I shook it ) but when i tried it on an emulator, I wasn’t so lucky with the salt.

so it could just have been the cart I used to own, seemingly giving me salt after the end of almost every battle with gruff goats.


I guess i could have just written that 😛

Kyoo said on Sep. 11, 2010

@kyoo’s last message

yeah its kind of like that friend I have, who had 3 swords of king, and he didn’t spend any time at all looking for them. he just got them all in one play through. some times… there is this thing i like to call gamers luck.

some people have it other people don’t, and I feel it’s random

yetikirby said on Sep. 11, 2010

Well I tried to do it once but I never actuly got it. You know what I’ll try to get it in my next earthbound playthrough! I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!

Tyeel said on Sep. 11, 2010

I only got the T-Rex bat once my last playthrough (just beat it with everyone 99 on Thursday), but I did get the Non-stick Frying Pan three times. All on cart too. I always wanted Paula to be a heavier hitter since Ness was just a cure machine, plus the Offense the Non-stick gives is pretty damn priceless when you can insta-kill a Plain Crocodile the first time you met one 🙂

PKSTARMAN said on Sep. 11, 2010

Done this challenge 7 times.

PKSTARMAN said on Sep. 11, 2010


Oh Jesus Christ…! 3 Sword of Kings?! I at least got 2 of those! That was my lucky day.

PKSTARMAN said on Sep. 11, 2010

I tried to get the Coin of Silence too, but I said “Meh” and bought the Non-Stick Fry pan.

PKSTARMAN said on Sep. 11, 2010

In that case, that guy paid 4944 dollars for buying each item at the store.

retrostarman87 said on Sep. 11, 2010

I used to have gamers luck in earthbound, but I must have lost it! I once got the sword of kings, and then my controller hit my SNES and froze the game. Well, I thought, “Maybe I can get it again!”, Well, I never did get it cuz I leveled up to 99 with everyone and I got no sword of kings after fighting ONLY starman super! Ugh! At least my cart or SNES did not brake 🙂

questionsleep said on Sep. 11, 2010

I’ve done it before – not worth it. I did it for the EBFGP a year or two ago, not using any special guide or anyone’s hints, just grinding on goats, dogs, and crows. I was falling asleep so much, and it put me a few days behind the EBFGP.

thatguy said on Sep. 12, 2010

I did this once. next play through I’m gana buy every thing!

G.Wicks said on Sep. 12, 2010

Hahhaa I did this when I was a kid! It took forever… required a lot of patience. But it was pretty cool.

PKKSTARMAN said on Sep. 12, 2010

Me too.

BlizzardMidbus said on Sep. 13, 2010

I’ve done the challenge for each playthrough of Earthbound after my first playthrough

FireUmbreon said on Sep. 13, 2010

I already cleared that challenge… although thhe challenge for the house that is worth 7500 in Onett and the Coin of Silence are really hard.

BlueMage said on Sep. 14, 2010

I’m doing this on my 4 playthrough (the other saves were erased somehow. I’m trying to do all of the challenges.

VideoGameExplorers said on Sep. 16, 2010

I’m too impatient to buy a Cup of Coffee.

SVEN said on Oct. 4, 2010

I just finished doing a run of Earthbound. I did this challenge after using the guide that was included and it was pretty helpful. I also managed to get the Sword of Kings for the first time ever. I was pretty lucky, I only had to fight about 5 or 6 of the Starmen before they dropped one.

Onward to Mother 3!

StarFan said on Dec. 3, 2010

the coin of SHUT UP!!!

Flamsterette_X said on Dec. 26, 2012

I just finished this challenge after reading about it on Starmen.net a few days ago. Took me about half a day.

Hex0 said on Jan. 6, 2013

I did this the first time I played Earthbound, I think. Is this worth it in a speed run? Spending 30-45 minutes to breeze through enemies for a while?

Opinionated Vector Chimera said on Mar. 4, 2013

I tried this in my current EarthBound playthrough a while ago, with save states. The +33 increase in offense for Ness really makes a difference until you get to Summers, and the extra grinding for Jeff gives him some extra power. I’d say it’s definitely worth the time, but considering the conditions of my playthrough…well, it’s probably not too practical on a console playthrough.


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