Golden Strawberries

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Golden Strawberry

Other names Goldberry
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Golden Strawberries (shortened to goldens, goldberrys, or simply gbs) are special berries, tinted gold and with a crown on top, unlocked upon completing Core B-Side. After being unlocked, they appear at the start of every chapter.[1]. They are collected only at the last gameplay screens of the chapter in A-Sides, and upon collecting a Crystal Heart in B-Sides and C-Sides.

Upon picking one up, the player must finish the entire chapter without dying to collect it. Dying at any point will result in both the loss of the berry and the player being teleported back to the room where they first obtained it.

Golden Strawberries are meant to be some of the most difficult challenges in Celeste. Upon collecting a golden berry, the chapter in the level select menu gains a golden tint for its specific side. Obtaining all 202 strawberries will give the entire save file (in the save select menu) a gold-tinted background.

The easiest golden strawberry is in Forsaken City A-Side. This is followed by Old Site A-Side, as well as the C-Sides, owing to their short length. The B-Sides are harder because they bring both length and difficulty. Farewell is by far the most difficult in the vanilla game. You can attempt to golden almost every modded map; some of them are significantly harder than Farewell and have only a handful of goldeners, or none at all.

Unlike speedruns, obtaining a Golden Strawberry is all about consistency and making it across a large number of rooms without dying once. Celestecord has some advice for collecting them. However, doing as such usually will not yield it on the first attempt; keep trying, practice makes perfect.

A winged golden strawberry exists in Celeste; however, it is unrelated to other Golden Strawberries. Instead of requiring completing a level without dying, it requires completing Forsaken City A-Side without dashing at all[2].

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to the addition of Farewell, there were 200 strawberries in total.
  • On Neoseeker Celeste Wiki, a Cautionary note existed warning the players about the "statistical impossibility" of collecting all 25 golden berries[3]. Five years later, it was removed from Neoseeker by Artubass. It became a meme in the Celeste community and is frequently referenced to this day.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. In 6A, all sides of Core, and Farewell, the golden strawberry appears at the start of the second checkpoint (the second room in 8C). This skips the waiting in cutscenes, crystal heart gate animations, and trivial gameplay.
  2. You are allowed to dash by accident so long as you die before collecting a Red Strawberry or advance to the next room.
  3. It had been written on February 22, 2018, before the addition of Farewell, so it excluded the Farewell Golden Berry. Imagine how this "cautionary note" would have looked if it had existed then!