What is WordleBot and how does it work?

The New York Times WordleBot will take your Wordle game to the next level. We explain the new updates to the tool.

During the pandemic, Wordle has become a staple in my daily routine. And according to CNBC, millions of gamers around the world can relate to Wordle-mania. If you are one of those gamers, the game can be part of your daily diet of brain games and sometimes one of the word puzzles that leaves you perplexed.

So how can you improve your Wordle game and keep your Wordle streak strong?

Look no further than WordleBot 2.0.

What is WordleBot?

In April, the New York Times came out with the original WordleBot – “a tool that will take your finished Wordle and analyze it for you”, also known as your very own “Wordle Assistant”. And now the Time launched WordleBot 2.0, a modified version of the tool with a new algorithm to help you become a better Wordle reader. That’s right, there is a tool that will review your completed Wordle and give you feedback, just like your very own Wordle tutor.

The algorithm also allows WordleBot to calculate the probability of various English words as potential solutions, based on past puzzles and a code dictionary of 4,500 words known to the bot.

How it works?

After completing Word of the Day, open WordleBot in a separate browser. The tool rates you on a scale of 0-99 in categories such as skill and luck, compared to New York Times medium. It will also compare the number of steps it took you to find a solution with the Time medium. WordleBot’s in-depth analysis will also describe each of your guesses along with the alternatives you could have tried from there, or indicate whether your guess was the best possible at that time.

And WordleBot does not hold back his comments. He congratulates you on your best attempts and also lets you know if your guess wasn’t his favorite, to say the least.

After evaluating your skills, WordleBot will compare your solutions with its own and give you insight into the most common guesses of your fellow Wordle players. This will also break down other players’ attempts to solve the puzzle.

What is the best word to start on Wordle?

Since the introduction of WordleBot 2.0, WordleBot’s new recommended starting word to start your daily Wordle is “SLATE”. His original choice was “CRANE”. So why the change?

WordleBot’s new algorithm and addition of its 4,500-word dictionary has resulted in “CRANE” being dethroned as Wordle’s top choice (although the creators say “CRANE” is still a strong starter word!). Knowing the most common letters in the English language can also help you minimize your Wordle guesses!

Is WordleBot free?

Unfortunately, WordleBot is restricted to Times Games, News, or All Access subscribers. However, you can still access Wordle for free. And for the cheapest access to WordleBot, the Times Games subscription costs just 75 cents per week.

Now that you have a new tool to change the way you Wordler, enjoy!

Sources:

  • New York Times: “Introducing WordleBot, Upshot’s daily Wordle companion”
  • New York Times: “Introducing WordleBot 2.0”
  • CNBC: “The New York Times buy Wordle, the game that exploded in popularity this month »
  • The Verge: “Wordle’s improved Worldebot has a new recommended starting word”

Maria D. Ervin