How to Beat Buffalo Ascension with Advantage Play

Buffalo Ascension is an advantage play slot.

Buffalo Ascension Slot

Buffalo Ascension is an advantage slot that has gained immense popularity. It’s another theme of the Buffalo slots. This one has expanding reels that offer up to 5,488 ways to win. We’ll break down the game and show you what opportunities will give you the player edge. 

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How to Play Buffalo Ascension

Buffalo Ascension Slot Reels

Ways to Win 

Instead of paylines, the game uses “ways to win.”

Win Proportions

Wins are proportional to credit value, except for the progressive jackpot.


Line pay symbols include buffalo, eagle, cougar, wolf, reindeer, A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9.

Special Symbols and Reels

Scatter Symbol

The gold coin is a scatter, paying and triggering Free Games based on its quantity.

Reel Heights 

Reels 1 and 5 have 4 positions. Reels 2 to 5 can show 4 to 7 positions, called “stacks.”

Game Mechanics and Features

Symbol Transformation 

Some symbols may turn into an arrow or buffalo.

Reel Growth

Arrow symbols cause the reel to grow by one position.

Stack Resets

A 7-position stack resets to 4 positions after certain triggers, like winning a stack’s prize.

Progressive Jackpot

A special golden arrow on reel 3 (7 positions high) wins the jackpot, then resets the reel.

Stack Prizes

Reels 2 and 4 usually offer Stampede or Free Games; reel 3 offers the Super Stampede bonus.

Free Games and Multipliers

Initiating Free Games 

The feature starts with 8, 15, or 20 free games.

A New Set of Reels

Free spins use different a different set of reels; stack sizes from the initiating spin are retained.


Landing 2 gold coins adds 5 free spins; 3 to 5 coins add 8, 15, or 20 more.

Wild Multipliers

In free spins, sunrise symbols have 2x or 3x multipliers, increasing to 3x or 5x when retriggered.

Stampede and Super Stampede

Winning a Stampede

Triggered when a reel with a 7-position stack gets an arrow under the Stampede award.

Stampede Feature

Buffalos charge across all stacks, changing many positions to buffalo.

Super Stampede

Similar to Stampede but with multiple buffalo charges and more positions changing.

Example of Winning Calculation

Ways to Win Calculation 

After a Stampede, the number of buffalos in each reel multiplies to determine win ways.

Payout Example

1×4×2×2×1 buffalos across reels results in 16 ways to win. At 300 credits per five buffalo, the win is 4800 credits or $48.

Beating Buffalo Ascension with Advantage Play

A basic rule of thumb is to play when there are 3,920 ways or more. 

If there are Super Stampedes in both reels 2 and 4, then play it no matter the number of ways. 

If there is one Super Stampede in either reel 2 or 4 that is 1 position away, then play it no matter the number of ways.

Otherwise, here are some additional scenarios you can play depending on your number of ways.

  1. If you have at least 2688 ways and Free Games is one position away (seven symbols tall).
  2. If you have at least 2400 ways and there are two Free Games two positions away (six symbols tall). 
  3. If you have at least 2240 ways and there is a Super Stampede in reels 2 or 4 that is two positions away (six symbols tall) 

Where Can I Find Buffalo Ascension?


  • Thunder Valley Casino
  • Morongo
  • Yaamava
  • Agua Caliente
  • Viejas
  • Sycuan

Las Vegas

  • Bellagio
  • MGM Grand
  • Orleans
  • Caesar’s Palace


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