|Reach zone 50 for the first time and complete Scientist challenge|
|Reward||Start with 5 Barns, 5 Sheds, 5 Forges, and Tier 2 Equipment unlocked every Portal.|
|Goal||Complete The Block|
|No scientists nor self research.|
|Start with 8000 science.|
"Attempt modifying the portal to harvest resources when travelling. Until you perfect the technique, you will start with 8000 science but will be unable to research or hire scientists. Choose your upgrades wisely! Clearing 'The Block' (11) with this challenge active will cause you to start with 5 Barns, 5 Sheds, 5 Forges, and T2 Equipment unlocked each time you use your portal."
Note: More general information about the Scientist challenges can be found here.
The Scientist II challenge is unlocked by reaching zone 50 and completing the previous Scientist challenge. The player starts with 8000 science.
Gaining research points is fully disabled. The player can't work on science, and Trimps can't be assigned as scientists.
The player is limited to an amount of science total until the completion of the challenge. There is absolutely no way to gain additional science until the challenge is completed. Once the challenge is completed, all of the disabled functionality is unlocked, and scientists are unlocked again as a possible jobs, as well as missing Speedscience awarded.
If the challenge Slow was completed, the tier II prestige upgrades for the new equipment are unlocked as well.
Having the prestige upgrades unlocked does not allow you to buy the equipment at the start of the run. You must still find Shield, Dagger, Boots, etc. by defeating imps in the starting zones.
The strategy to completing Scientist II is mostly the same as Scientist, which is to focus on Coordination and Prestige upgrades. You'll want the following upgrades:
- Battle (10 science)
- Bloodlust (60 science)
- Miners (60 science)
- 8x Coordination (5962 science)
- Breastplate II (1900 science)
Total spent: 7992 science.
Doing a perk respec into more levels in Toughness (around 20) is recommended. You want as much health as you can get to prevent getting completely blocked by fast enemies.
The reward for this challenge is a minor convenience upgrade. As such, it is not essential to do it as early as possible.