Slime Rancher: How to Get Slime Keys

Learn how to get slime keys to unlock slime gates in Slime Rancher.

In Slime Rancher, Slime Keys are used to unlock various Slime Gates throughout the Far, Far Range map. Getting Slime Keys is as easy as knowing which Slimes to feed and what to feed them. Follow this guide to find out how to get Slime Keys in Slime Rancher. 

How to Get Slime Keys

Slime Keys can be obtained by feeding wild Gordo Slimes their favorite foods. Gordo Slimes are huge Slimes hidden throughout the map, and there’s usually only one or two Gordo Slimes in each major location.  Snaring them won’t work. You’ll need to know what type of food each Slime likes to eat and then accumulate a massive amount of it to feed them enough to drop a Slime Key. 

how to get slime keys in Slime Rancher
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Gordo Slimes - Favorite Foods

Below is a list of each Gordo Slime type and their favorite food in Slime Rancher. Note that Pink Gordo Slimes don’t have a food preference and will eat anything.

  • Boom - Briar Hen
  • Crystal - Odd Onion
  • Dervish - Prickle Pear
  • Gold - Gilded Ginger
  • Honey - Mint Mango
  • Hunter - Roostro
  • Mosaic - Silver Parsnip
  • Phosphor - Cuberry
  • Pink - None
  • Quantum - Phase Lemon
  • Rad - Oca Oca 
  • Rock - Heart Beet
  • Tabby - Stony Hen
  • Tangle - Painted Hen

Read: Slime Rancher - All Gordo Slime Locations 

Gordo slime - How to get Slime Keys in Slime Rancher
Most Gordo Slimes will drop a Slime Key when they burst. © Monomi Park

Pink Gordo Slimes require 45 food items, while all the other Gordo Slimes require 65 food items. The food requirement can be reduced by feeding a Slime their favorite food type. Once a Gordo Slime is fed the required amount of food, their gluttony will cause them to explode and drop various items. They'll leave behind a Slime Key, along with some crates and several smaller Slimes of the same type. 

It’s important to note that not all Gordo Slimes will drop Slime Keys. The Rock, Tabby, and Tangle Gordo Slimes will burst to reveal Teleporters instead when fed enough food. Teleporters will send a player from one teleporter to another, and where they send you depends on which Teleporter you initially stand on. 

Use Slime Keys to Open Gates

Slime Gate - Where to find Slime Keys in Slime Rancher
In Slime Rancher, Slime Keys are used to open various Slime Gates throughout the map. © Monomi Park

As we mentioned before, Slime Keys are used to open Slime Gates. There are eleven Slime Keys players can obtain in Slime Rancher, but there are only eight Slime Gates found throughout Far, Far Range. This means that three of the Slime Keys are currently obsolete, though perhaps more Slime Gates will be added in future updates to give these keys a purpose. 

Keep in mind that you don’t need to unlock every Slime Gate to access every region in the map. Some locations can be accessed via alternate routes. Since you can use the jetpack to traverse the map and reach certain areas, you may not need very many Slime Keys at all, as you can simply circumvent the Indigo Quarry and Moss Blanket gates using the jetpack instead. 

Now that you know how to get Slime Keys in Slime Rancher, you should be able to unlock various Slime Gates and access new parts of Far, Far Range.


Larryn is a full-time editor who has written guides and editorial features for various gaming websites. She is obsessed with Witcher 3 and is known to put hot sauce on everything.


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