Hotwire is an Item that can be found within common locations, including choice enemy Camps, given by Spouses, and rarely as a reward from Seasonal Festivals. Hotwire is a unique Tractor affecting Item in the sense that it is the only one that completely removes the recharge time, allowing players to repeatedly use their Tractors within a short time-frame. This poses benefits while on the Farm, as it allows players to reap the benefits and perks of their given Tractor at will. In addition, it is useful while clearing enemy Camps, as both the Megaton Tractor and Wood Chipper Tractor are both capable of dealing damage to Enemies. Combined with Hotwire this can allow players to quickly clear Biomes. This can also work in conjunction with the Motivator in order to obtain more Fertilizer and seeds. However, all of Hotwire's benefits come at a cost of a 50% chance to take damage whenever a Tractor is activated prematurely. This is to say that if the given Tractor is used before it would naturally be recharged it will activate, but will have a 50% chance to hurt the player. The damage taken is not blocked by invincibility frames, and can potentially continuously damage players within an alarmingly quick time frame. However, the damage can be blocked by Bark Skin. Despite this, players need to be careful when continuously using their Tractor within a short time-frame as to not kill themselves and to have a good supply of Heart Beet Seeds stocked up beforehand. It is also important to remember that since Items cannot be dropped or removed from the Inventory, once the player chooses to take Hotwire they are permanently stuck with both Hotwire's upsides and downsides for the remainder of the run. As such, it is advised to think carefully before taking this Item.
Compared to other means of activating Tractors, Hotwire is among the more efficient, due allowing the player to use it whenever they desire. This in turn can make other means of recharging Tractors naturally less beneficial. However, due to Hotwire's downside of a 50% risk to take damage when a Tractor is used prematurely, it may be preferable to utilize the other options if the player is already struggling enough with taking damage or does not have enough Heart Beet Seeds to sustain continuous Tractor use.
Less Beneficial Upgrades
Because of how Hotwire incentivizes taking damage certain Items may become less useful. In addition, Hotwire's ability to remove Tractor recharge time may make certain Items less beneficial. As such, the following is a list of possible Items that may not pair well with Hotwire:
- Backup Generator
- Double Cream
- Fertilizer Fuel Converter
- Irrigating Moles
- Shroom-mates (partially, given that Recharge Mushroom is unlocked).
- Thymepiece (Thyme's Character Specific Upgrade)
The following is a list of possible Items that can affect Hotwire:
- Air Freshener
- Beet Drop (Item)
- Blood Bouquet
- Extra Tractor Slot
- Fraidy Fert
- Fume Additive
- Garden Cry
- Organic Armor
- Whiskey Shot
- Prior to Doom and Bloom, Hotwire had only a 25% chance to hurt and would constantly keep the player's Tractor constantly recharged, making other means of recharging Tractors completely useless.