How to Unlock All Tonics in Yooka-Laylee

Head to your nearest Vendi and try out some Yooka-Laylee’s diverse variety of Tonics.

4 months ago by Morgan Shaver in Guides

In Yooka-Laylee, there are 16 different Tonics offered by Vendi that you can unlock and equip. Each Tonic has its own unique effect, many of which can help you find various different collectibles including Pirate Treasure. If you’re wondering which Tonics are available in Yooka-Laylee, or are searching for answers on how to find them (like the Pants Tonic), we’ve got you covered.

Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of all Tonics offered by Vendi in Yooka-Laylee!

Pants Tonic

Give Yooka some pants by unlocking the Pants Tonic!

Arguably one of the most sought-after Tonics in Yooka-Laylee is the last one you can unlock in the game—the Pants Tonic. To unlock the Pants Tonic, you’ll need to collect every single Pagie in Yooka-Laylee. Once you’ve completed this task, head back to Vendi to purchase the Pants Tonic and equip it to see Yooka rocking some pretty snazzy trousers (kind of like Trowzer the Snake).

Hunter Tonic

The Hunter Tonic will help you find more collectibles in Yooka-Laylee.

One Tonic in Yooka-Laylee that you may find particularly helpful is the Hunter Tonic. The Hunter Tonic helps in your quest for collectibles including Pirate Treasure and Power Extenders by letting you know when you’re close to an item. It does this by vibrating your controller while the item itself calls out to guide you. In order to unlock the Hunter Tonic in Yooka-Laylee, you’ll need to track down two Power Extenders, or two Butterfly Boosters.

Athlete Tonic

The Athlete Tonic increases your power meter in Yooka-Laylee.

If we had to pick a favorite, the Athlete Tonic in Yooka-Laylee definitely sits high on our list. By using the Athlete Tonic, you can increase your power meter by a fairly large margin. In doing so, you’ll have more room to chain the moves you learn from Trowzer together. In order to unlock the Athlete Tonic in Yooka-Laylee, you’ll need to complete the game’s story mode, then head back in and talk to Vendi.

64-Bit Tonic

While unavailable, the 64-Bit Tonic sounds like a cool way to relive your childhood in Yooka-Laylee!

At the moment, the 64-Bit Tonic in Yooka-Laylee is unavailable. According to the developers, though, the 64-Bit Tonic should become available sometime in the near future.

“Due to time constraints, the orchestral soundtrack, 64-bit shader, and dev commentary will be added to Yooka-Laylee post release. Our priority was to deliver the core game experience to our backers without further delay, and we hope you look forward to these free additions in the near future.”

Despite being unable to unlock the 64-Bit Tonic, we do know that it gives you the ability to visually transform Yooka-Laylee into a classic Nintendo 64 game.

Fallproof Tonic

Avoid taking fall damage by unlocking and equipping the Fallproof Tonic in Yooka-Laylee.

The Fallproof Tonic in Yooka-Laylee will give the dynamic duo the ability to fall from tall places and take zero damage. If you’re a speedrunner, clumsy, or simply looking to scale up large structures, this Tonic can be a literal lifesaver. To unlock the Fallproof Tonic, you’ll need to collect 10 Ghost Writers in Yooka-Laylee, then return to Vendi.

Salmon Tonic

The Salmon Tonic lets Yooka and Laylee stay underwater for longer periods of time.

The Salmon Tonic in Yooka-Laylee is somewhat similar to the aforementioned Fallproof Tonic. However, the Salmon Tonic gives you the ability to hold your breath underwater for longer periods of time, thus reducing the risk of drowning. If you’re looking for an easier way to explore underwater, you’ll definitely want to unlock the Salmon Tonic by killing 10 underwater enemies. The best place to do this is in World 3, Moodymaze Marsh.

Bruiser Tonic

The Bruiser Tonic in Yooka-Laylee will give you one extra health spot.

Another useful Tonic in Yooka-Laylee is the Bruiser Tonic. This Tonic will give Yooka and Laylee extra health when eating butterflies. To unlock the Bruiser Tonic, you’ll need to collect 10 out of the 20 Pagies found within Hivory Towers. Once you’ve collected 10 Pagies, return to Vendi to get your hands on the Bruiser Tonic.

Livewire Tonic

Beat Rextro on three of his arcade machines to unlock the Livewire Tonic.

If you’re looking to improve your power meter regeneration (aside from Power Extenders) in Yooka-Laylee, you’ll want to unlock the Livewire Tonic. To unlock it, you’ll need to beat Rextro’s high score on three of his arcade machines. Once you’ve beaten Rextro at his own game (literally), head back to Vendi to receive your Livewire Tonic.

Hoarder Tonic

Feeling lazy? Use the Hoarder Tonic to help you collect those pesky Quills! 

Sick of going out of your way to collect Quills in Yooka-Laylee? Well, with the Hoarder Tonic, you can collect Quills using Yooka’s Lizard Lash move. This Tonic doesn’t give you anything beyond a new way to collect Quills, but it’s nevertheless nice to have if you’re a completionist looking to collect all Quills in the game. To unlock the Hoarder Tonic in Yooka-Laylee, you’ll need to collect 300 Quills... which is somewhat ironic given the circumstances.

Loaded Tonic

The Loaded Tonic is the perfect compliment to your Slurp Shot move! 

In Yooka-Laylee, the Loaded Tonic will help you collect and hold more ammo from berry bushes when using Slurp Shot. These include Scorchberries, Splashberries, Bomberries, and Frostberries. To unlock the Loaded Tonic in Yooka-Laylee, you’ll need to collect 15 Ghost Writers before returning to Vendi.

Wellard Tonic

The Wellard Tonic is one of the easiest to unlock in Yooka-Laylee.

The Wellard Tonic in Yooka-Laylee gives the dynamic duo one additional health slot. This Tonic is typically one of the first to unlock, and as such, is best used during the beginning stages of the game. To unlock the Wellard Tonic, simply collect 5 Pagies, then find your nearest Vendi!

Peekaboo Tonic

To unlock the Peekaboo Tonic in Yooka-Laylee, you'll need to take down 10 INEPT robots.

In Yooka-Laylee, the Peekaboo Tonic will give your Camo Cloak move longer duration. This can be helpful for a variety of reasons, especially in maps like Moodymaze Marsh. To unlock the Peekaboo Tonic in Yooka-Laylee, you’ll need to defeat 10 INEPT robots.

Super Slam Tonic

The Super Slam Tonic makes your Buddy Slam more effective.

The Super Slam Tonic in Yooka-Laylee is fairly simple, as it gives your Buddy Slam move additional damage and power. To unlock the Super Slam Tonic, use your Sonar Shot move to stun 30 different enemies, then head off and find Vendi.

Baller Tonic

Use the Baller Tonic in Yooka-Laylee to race past Nimbo the Cloud.

The aptly named Baller Tonic in Yooka-Laylee can be used to make your Reptile Roll consume less power. Basically, you can travel longer distances using Reptile Roll (which is helpful when racing Nimble the Cloud). To unlock the Baller Tonic in Yooka-Laylee, simply defeat 100 enemies (Corplets are the easiest), then return to Vendi.

Helium Tonic

Turn character voices into high-pitched squeaks with the Helium Tonic.

The Helium Tonic in Yooka-Laylee has one of the most obnoxious effects in the game… it makes character voices unnaturally high-pitched. If you really want to use this Tonic (it’s great to confuse a friend who may not know of its existence), you’ll need to complete Yooka-Laylee’s story mode. After that’s done, find Vendi, equip the Helium Tonic, and squeak your way to victory.

Butterthree Tonic

To up the difficulty, unlock the Butterthree Tonic in Yooka-Laylee.

Finally, the Butterthree Tonic in Yooka-Laylee is one that reduces your health in order to make the game more difficult. This is great for players who want to up the difficulty, or players looking to make a second run through Yooka-Laylee’s story mode. To unlock the Butterthree Tonic in Yooka-Laylee you’ll need to complete the game’s story mode.

There are 16 different Tonics to collect in Yooka-Laylee, all with their own distinct properties and effects. In addition, collecting all 16 Tonics will unlock an Achievement and help guide you through Yooka-Laylee’s story mode.

By reading through this guide, you should now know how to unlock all Tonics in Yooka-Laylee.