Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Horse Hall

Another recent option in FarmVille consists of the Horse Hall, where new Horses can be created with Horseshoes harvested from existing Horse Hall creations.  In other words, it is very much like the Unicorn Island option.

The first colour of horseshoe, Silver, is given upon the completion of the Horse Hall Building.  Sufficient are given to create the first Horse in the form of the Space Horse.  After that, the colours are:

Space Horse: Silver Horseshoe

Plains Horse: Black Horseshoe

Forest Horse: Silver Horseshoe

Desert Horse: Red Horseshoe

Jungle Stallion:  Black Horseshoe

Grasslands Pony: Red Horseshoe

As you can see, new colours appear less frequently than repetition of existing colours as the Player continues to unlock new Horses.  Whenever a new Horse is created, the Player will obtain a single Horseshoe of the corresponding colour.  The accomplkishment can be shared on the Farmer's Wall, where other players can obtain a Horseshoe as well.  The number of players who can benefit from the Wall post depends on the colour of the Horseshoe.  Rare Horseshoes allow fewer Farmers to benefit from the post.  There is another strange aspect to this  some Wall posts allow Players to take a Horseshoe up to 23 hours after the original post, as is the rule with all FarmVille shares, but sometimes, even after less than half a day, the Player will receive a prompt to the effect that the Horseshoes are 'too old'.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Useful Details about new Atlantis Farm

Atlantis is the first underwater Farm in FarmVille.  It is much more appealing than I actually anticipated.  A friend of mine described it as 'similar to a fish tank, only brighter' and I found her descriptions quite apt.  The buildings and decorations that are sold for Atlantis are those that one might find in an upscale fish tank or aquarium, consisting of elaborate ruins.  Sunken Treasure Chests form the obstacles that must be cleared if you wish to be able to plough and plant throughout the farm.  As always, they contain treasures of their own.  'Opening' a Chest unlocks the item enclosed therein in the Marketplace, as with the Enchanted Glen.

FarmVille Freak has the Quest information for the early Access Quests in Atlantis, but there are other details that may be of use to players who seek to avail themselves of the opportunity to cultivate their new farm now.

First of all, there is a new build, the Atlantis Garden that requires materials.  The Materials needed to upgrade it are: Marble Vase, Coral Shears and Garden Sketches.  You cannot request these materials from neighbours but must craft them in your Atlantis Craftshop.

Marble Vase:
3 Shellfish Bushels
3 Morning Glory Bushels
3 Rhubarb Bushels

Coral Shears
3 Coral Bushels
3 Aloe Vera Bushels
3 Jalapeno Bushels

Garden Shears:
3 Sea Sponge Bushels
3 Lilac Bushels
3 Cotton Bushels

You therefore can benefit greatly if you have neighbours who are not in Atlantis who are willing to grow the other Crops needed for these items.  Players who are not willing to pay 45 FC for early access still may find the information interesting as they will be able to sell these Crops to neighbours who have taken the early access option.

If you do not have the necessary bushels to create these items, you can buy them for 2 FC each.

The new Atlantis 'eatery' is the Coral Cafe.  At Level 1, you can cook the following dishes:

Sea Melon Sorbet:

3 Seawatermelon Bushels
3 Urchinberry Bushels
3 Sugar Cane Bushels

Salt Water Taffy:

3 Ambrosia Bushels
3 Starfish Bushels
3 Blueberry Bushels

Sea Biscuit:

3 Sea Sponge Bushels
3 Coral Bushels
3 Wheat Bushels

Shellfish Surprise:

3 Shellfish Bushels
3 Plankton Bushels
3 Onion Bushels

A little tip upon arrival may be very useful if you are attempting to complete the Atlantis Quests, Chapter 1:

You will be required to complete 2 Shellfish Surprises as a requirement for Step 3.  As usual upon arrival at a new farm in FarmVille, you will find that one slot in the Cafe is occupied by a Shellfish Surprise that is ready to be completed and that ingredients for another have been provided.  I was foolish enough to complete BOTH before I even looked at the information about the Quests.  With few FarmVille neighbours who have opted for early access, it is a little difficult to obtain the necessary ingredients to make more of the Shellfish Surprises immediately!

N.B.  The Bubble Seahorse, by the way, that one is required to harvest in Chapter 1, may be placed in an Atlantis Zoo.  It evidently can be placed in the Marine Observatory as well.

The Marine Observatory is a building project similar to those on other Farms that allow the Player to create new types of Animals using magical ingredients.   There is a Lab where new Animals are created and a Pen where Animals can be housed.  By creating a new Animal, one unlocks the ability to create the next Animal in the list.

The first to be created is the Abu, using four Red Scales.  Next is the Zaratan, which requires five Red Scales and produces a Yellow Scale.    When you arrive at Atlantis, you will find a Marine Observatory on the farm.  It is incomplete but lacks only a few materials.

A new Marine Observatory can be purchased for 5 Coins.  The materials required to complete it are as follows:

10 Bronze Hammers
10 Coral Chisels
10 Ultramarine Crystals

You can request these materials from Neighbours.

Monday, March 4, 2013

New Untimed Quests in FarmVille

After FarmVille went through a very impractical and frustrating stage wherein only 4 Quests could be displayed on a farmer's screen, I (as well as a number of others, no doubt!) suggested that FarmVille use a Quest Manager similar to those in other games, including Family Farm.  Recently, FarmVille not only implemented the system, but added a number of new Untimed Quests.

The Untimed Quests allow players to work at their own pace and to obtain Limited Edition items, in many cadses, that they may have missed in the past and do not appear in the Marketplace.  For example, the Chinese New Year Quest sequence offers many of the Lunar New Year Animals as rewards.

FarmVille Freak is a wonderful site that usually makes any efforts of mine to publish information about FarmVille rather superfluous.  In the case of the Untimed Quests, however, I have not been able to find any details on that site and therefore am posting whatever information I obtain either from my own game or from contributors who play FarmVille on this site.

Unfortunately, I did not think of this plan until I had progressed through a number of steps in a couple of the Quests.  What is posted here therefore at this point in time is a 'work on progress'  Ultimately, I will create a separate page on this site for the Untimed Quests for which I have all details:

Why are details about Quests helpful? The primary reason is to give Players details about the Crops they will need to harvest to satisfy requirements for completion of a step.  Where more than one Quest requires the same Crop harvest, a Player often can synchronise his/her farming efforts to allow the harvest to count towards more than one Quest sequence.

Another reason are the Rewards.  If you know the Rewards in advance, you can decide whether or not it is worth your time and effort to pursue any given Quest.

If a Player has the energy and determination, I would welcome ALL details, including the names of the Quest steps and every reward.  The most important details, however are simply the Crops required for each step, Animal harvests required and special Limited Edition Items given as Rewards.  Usually any Reward will include Coins and XP as well as an Item, but the Item is the most important in terms of creating a guide for Players of FarmVille.


Lunar New Year Quests:

Get 8 Cake Decorations
Harvest Lunar New Year Cow twice
Harvest 125 Wheat

Get 8 Red Envelopes
Master the Lunar New Year Cow
Harvest 150 Rice
Reward: Lunar New Year Sheep

Get 10 Large Flashlights
Harvest Lunar New Year Sheep
Harvest 150 Morning Glories


Mardi Gras Quests:

Farmville Mardi Party

 The Colours
Get 8 Mardi Gras Streamers
Harvest Mardi Gras Duck
Harvest 100 Morning glory
Reward:  175 XP, 1 Mardi gras Llama, and 3500 Coins

Get 8 Baby Doll trinkets
Master Mardi Gras Duck to 1 Star
Harvest `150 Cranberries

Six: Colourful Cakes
Get 8 King Cakes
Harvest Mardi Gras Ostrich
Harvest 150 Rice
Reward: Mardigator

Get 8 Cameras
Harvest Mardigator
Harvest 150 Peppers
Reward: Mardi Gras Peacock

Get 10 Bags
Harvest Mardi Gras Peacock twice
Harvest 150 Red Tulips


The Rise, Fall and Career

1.  Sign Away
Get 4 Truffles Autograph
Harvest 50 Tomatoes
Harvest The Horse Paddock Twice
Reward:  125 XP.  1 Scarlet Pigonia, and 2500 Coins


Kelly the Spring Flower

1.  The Spring of Love
Get 4 Scarlet Begonias
Harvest 50 Red Tulips
Store 10 Items on Your Home Farm
Reward:  125 XP, 1 Scarlet Pigonia, and 2500 Coins

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Solacorn Reward

I am very partial to horses and their mythical cousins, the Pegasus, Unicorn and Pegacorn.  For those who may not be aware of the subtle distinctions between each type of steed that can be found in FarmVille, the Unicorn has a single horn, the Pegasus has wings and the Pegacorn has both a single horn and wings.

Every Farm has its own rules where upgrades and requirements for 'beating' the Farm are concerned.  Requirements invariably include completion of all upgrades of a building project or projects unique to that farm.  In the case of the Enchanted Glen, one must complete both the Mushroom Home and the Rivermist Fortress.

I was rather delighted to discover that the maximum upgrade level for the Rivermist Fortress is Level 5, which is not that difficult to attain.  Furthermore, there is a wonderful reward for those who make the final upgrade in the form of a Solacorn, which is a golden Pegacorn.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mistletoe Lane

The new Mistletoe Lane Farm in FarmVille is available for early access for the price of 35FC.  There are some advantages to early access for a dedicated player.  First, there are quests with rewards that are limited to those who complete them.   The quests that will be released with the free regular access to the farm will be different.  FarmVille Freak, usually very reliable, seems to have posted different quests entirely this time, which is why I am posting these here.

Regrettably, I neglected to write down the first two quests, and am giving them from memory.  The most important part of these quests if one wishes to have an advantage, is to plant the required crop and make the required recipes BEFORE the quest appears.

The first sequence of quests is as follows:

Quest 1:  Take a photograph of your farm.

Quest 2:   Collect  6 Brass Spyglasses, Harvest 30 Apple Cider, Make Holiday Pudding

Quest 3:  Get 8 Holiday Garlands, Harvest 40 Winter Squash, Make Benne Cake two times

Quest 4: Get 8 Wood Canteens, Harvest 40 Potatornaments, Make Holiday Pudding two times

Quest 5: Get 9 Stringed Snowflakes, Harvest 60 Wax Beans, Make Benne Cake two times

Quest 6: Get 10 Exploring Lanterns, Harvest 70 Winter Grain, Make Apple Cider 2 Times

As Recipes are included in these quests, it may be useful to list the ingredients for the first two levels of the Mistletoe Lane Patisserie, the crafting building for this farm:

Holiday Pudding: 1 Winter Squash Bushel, 2 Cider Apple Bushels, 2 Coffee Bushels

Benne Cake:  3 Honey Ginger Bushels, 2 Wax Ben Bushels, 1 Lavender Bushel

Apple Cider:  2 Cider Apple Bushels, 1 Holiday Poinsettia Bushel, 2 Rye Bushels

Level 2:

Hot Mint Chocolate:  2 Choco Mint Bushels, 2 Winter Grain Bushels, 2 Peppermint Bushels

Holiday Cookies: 1 Winter Grain Bushel, 2 Cider Apple Bushels, 2 Sugar Cane Bushels

Holiday Stew: 2 Potatornament Bushels, 2 Flint Corn Bushels, 2 Tomato Bushels

Level 3:

Potato Latke: 2 Potatornament Bushels, 1 Winter Squash Bushel, 1 Sunflower Bushel

Winter Casserole: 2 Flint Corn Bushels, 2 Wax Bean Bushels, 1 Bell Pepper Bushel

Hollow Berry Pie: 2 Hollowberry Bushels, 3 Jingleberry Bushels, 3 Blueberry Bushels

As in the case of Jade Falls Recipes, the dishes usually contain two ingredients that are limited to the new farm itself and one ingredient that can be grown on any Farm. 

Where Bushels are concerned, there are a number of different methods for obtaining them.  One can grow the Crops on the new Farm, then Harvest them, hoping that a Bushel will be included in the yield.  Bushels are random, although it is easier to obtain them with Mastery of any given Crop and the greatest number of Bushels usually appear when one harvests Super Crops.  Another method of obtaining Bushels is through 'Trade' with Neighbours.  There is no cost for Bushels obtained from a Neighbour, although there is a limit of three.

Other methods of obtaining Crop Bushels are by 'harvesting' the Holiday Square.  The actual item obtained depends on the level of Upgrade to the Square and is random in a sense as there is more than one 'reward' that can be obtained with harvest at any given level.

One can 'request' a specific type of Bushel in a Wall Post, although this method tends to be glitchy sometimes.  Finally, one can purchase a Bushel directly using 1 FC.

With respect to Harvests of Crops on any Farm, Instant Grow can be used to speed the process.  Bushels still will be random, however, and one may be required to grow the same Crop multiple times in order to receive the number of Bushels required for any given Recipe.

Incidentally, for those players who do not wish to invest in early access to Mistletoe Lane, it is useful to know that the new Animal Workshop can be placed and built on ANY Farm.  You therefore can begin to unlock all the Animals before you have the free access to Mistletoe Farm.

The colour of Animal Spirits when the Animal Workshop is harvested is random only perhaps only when more than one Animal inhabits it.  Each Animal when created is associated with a specific colour.  and when that Animal is created, the corresponding Spirit will be available to other players on a Wall Post. .   The 'recipes' for creating new Animal Spirits are:

Bumby Bear: Purple Animal Spirit
  Create with 4 Purple Spirits

Max Moose: Yellow Animal Spirit
  Create with 5 Purple Spirits

Winston Wolf: Purple Animal Spirit
  Created with 2 Purple Spirits, 4 Yellow Spirits

Catrina Cat: Pink Animal Spirit
  Create with 4 Purple Spirits, 3 Yellow Spirits

Bently Beagle: Yellow Animal Spirit
  Create with 4 Purple Spirits, 3 Yellow Spirits, 2 Pink Spirits

Mrs. Flops:  Pink Animal Spirit
  Create with 4 Purple Spirits, 4 Yellow Spirits, 3 Pink Spirits

Davy Deer:  Blue Animal Spirit
  Create with: 5 Purple, 4 Yellow, 4 Pink

Petie Penguin:
  Create with: 4 Purple, 5 Yellow, 4 Pink, 3 Blue

Patty Pig:
  Create with: 4 Purple, 6 Yellow, 6 Pink, 4 Blue

Sinclair Sheep:
  Create with: 5 Purple, 7 Yellow, 6 Pink, 6 Blue

Camilla Calf:  Yellow Animal Spirit
  Create with: 5 Purple, 4 Yellow, 8 Pink, 6 Blue, 4 Green

Henrietta Horse: Blue Animal Spirit
  Create with: 6 Purple, 5 Yellow, 8 Pink, 7 Blue, 6 Green

Eugene, Final Animal:
  Create with: 6 Purple, 8 Yellow,  6 Pink,  10 Blue,  8 Green

Although a Support Agent told me that the colour of Spirit one receives when harvesting the Pen is random,  that is the case only when multiple Animals inhabit the Pen..  What is certain, alas, is that one does not receive a Spirit oneself but simply makes one available to neighbours through a Wall Post.  In this respect, the Animal Spirit Workshop is similar to the Chicken Coop and the Eggs that are harvested.

I tested the random aspect of harvesting by keeping only one Animal in each Pen.  With the Catrina Cat in one Pen, I received a Pink Animal Spirit.  That makes sense, actually as she is associated with Pink.  Davy Deer alone in a Pen delivered a Blue Animal Spirit, which is the colour associated with him.  Sinclair Sheep delivered a Green Animal Spirit.

It therefore is clear that a single Animal when placed in the Animal Workshop will deliver the colour of Spirit with which he/she is associated.  This is not the case, however, when Animals associated with more than one colour are kept in the Pen.    In the Unicorn Island, when more than one Unicorn was kept on the Island, the default Gem was Amethyst, the lowest type of Gem.  I expect that the Animal Workshop is similar as I was obtaining only Purple Spirits when I had eight different Animals in my Workshop.

It is a pity that one does not obtain Animal Spirits when one harvests but only when one clicks on a Neighbour's Wall Post.  This makes the completion of all Animals worrisome and frustrating as one is a victim of chance essentially, unless one has very cooperative Neighbours!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Level 1 Trees and Activating Quest Sequences

I wrote a little preliminary guide for FarmVille that can be found on a separate Page on this site.  Pages are displayed as Tabs above any Post.  The following are nothing more than random Tips for beginners and veterans alike.

Purchasing Premium Trees:

Trees can be obtained in a number of ways in FarmVille.  They can be grown from 'Mystery Seedlings' that can be obtained when you Harvest one of your own Orchards or found on Wall Posts from Friends who play the game.  A few Trees can be obtained as Free Gifts from Neighbours.  For the most part, however, new varieties of Trees must be purchased from the Marketplace using FC.

Premium Items of any kind tend to be time-restricted.  You have a set number of days in which to purchase any Premium Item.  Sometimes, a Premium Item displayed in the Marketplace is a Reward Item for completing a Quest.  It is a good idea to go to a site like FarmVille Freak to see what all the current Reward Items for Quests are before you purchase a special Tree or Animal that is offered for sale.  You then can decide whether or not you wish to go through all the Quest sequences required in order to win it or whether you would prefer to buy it outright.  In many cases, however, Quest Rewards are NOT offered for sale.  The only way to obtain one is by completing the necessary Quest.

Whenever you look at Trees in the Marketplace, you will see a tiny message declaring that the Tree either is Lv. 1 or Lv. 2.  This message can be quite important as Lv. 1 Trees CANNOT BE GROWN FROM MYSTERY SEEDLINGS, nor obtained in any fashion other than by purchasing them from the Marketplace.  If, therefore, you see a Level 1 Tree that you really like, you should buy it!

There are two types of Level 1 Trees, however.  One is the Tree that, when harvested, creates a Mystery Seedling that will grow into a Big or Giant Tree of the same variety.  For example, a Mystery Seedling obtained from the 'Spooky Crystal Tree' will grow into a 'Big Spooky Crystal Tree'.  These Big or Giant Trees are Level 2 Trees.  In fact, any Tree grown from a Mystery Seedling will be a Level 2 Tree.  The Big or Giant variety of any Tree is very much like the original Level 1 Tree.  You therefore need not purchase the original Tree if you have Neighbours who have that Tree and are willing to share one with you when they obtain a Level 2 Tree from a Mystery Seedling.

The other sort of Level 1 Tree is the one you should purchase if you really love it.  This sort is unique.  When it produces a Mystery Seedling, that Seedling will grow into an entirely different variety of Tree from its parent.  A current Premium Tree of this type in the Marketplace is the Pinecone Tree.  The Pinecone Tree, when placed in an Orchard and harvested, will produce Mystery Seedlings that grow into an Acorn Tree.  If, therefore, you do not purchase the Pinecone Tree, you will not obtain one from any Neighbour's Wall Post.   If you do purchase one, you cannot grow any more of them.  You can grow only Acorn Trees.

Finally, there are some special Trees that can be unlocked by Mastery of other Trees.  These include the Astrological Trees.

Activating Quest Sequences:

This is a situation that I have experienced myself and therefore feel that the 'fix' may be useful to other Farmers.  It can occur at two points in time.  The first point when it can occur is when a new Quest Sequence is released.  You may find that other Farmers are able to activate the Quest Sequence but that you are not able to do so.  In this case, TRAVEL.  For example, a new sequence of Haunted Hollow Quests may not activate when you load the game on the Haunted Hollow Farm.  Travel to another Farm and then return to the Haunted Hollow to activate the Quest sequence.

The second point when you may experience the same problem is when you complete a Quest Sequence and opt to go through the Quests a second time.  Again, if the Quest sequence does not begin, TRAVEL to a different farm and then return to the Haunted Hollow to activate the first Quest in the sequence again.

This problem arises evidently only on NEW Farms that are linked specifically to any Quest Sequence.  It is easy enough to circumvent in the manner described.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Licorice and Dandelion Recipes

With the release of a number of new Crops, new Recipes have appeared in the various craft buildings as well.  Some of the Crops required to complete Quests recently can be found in the new Recipes.  For Farmers who, like me, hate to toss Crops away because his/her Market Stalls have been filled to capacity again and again, it comes as a relief to discover the new Recipes.  Note that FarmVille recently gave Players the option to own all Craft Buildings for no cost whatsoever.  You can have a total of  five of the original Spa, Winery and Bakery on your Farms.  In other words, one of each and two additional buildings on any other Farm.  The additional duplicate buildings will be at the same level as the original. 

Licorice and Dandelion are featured here:


Black Licorice

3 Bushels of Licorice
3 Bushels of Rye
3 Bushels of Sugar Cane

Strawberry Licorice Cupcake

2 Bushels of Licorice
4 Bushels of Strawberry
3 Bushels of Rye


Root Beer:

3 Bushels of Licorice
3 Bushels of Peppermint
3 Bushels of Dandelion

Other recent additions to the Menu:


Dreamy Scented Oil

1 Bushel of Lavender
1 Bushel of Pink Roses
5 Bushels of Raspberry

Lily Bath Bomb

4 Bushels of Lily
4 Bushels of Peppermint
4 Bushels of Columbine

Not as recent, but released with the Hawaiian Farm were:

Seaweed Soap

2 Bushels of Kelp
3 Bushels of Green Tea
4 Bushels of Aloe Vera

Flower Lei

3 Bushels of Double Pikake
1 Bushel of Daffodil
2 Bushels of Lily


Rose Macaroon

4 Bushels of Rye
4 Bushels of Pink Rose
4 Bushels of Purple Poppy

Shrimp Toast

2 Bushels of Shrimp
2 Bushels of Rye
3 Bushels of Onion


Oyster Shot
4 Bushels of Oyster
3 Bushels of Rice
4 Bushels of Ghost Chili

Daffodil Spirits

4 Bushels of Daffodil
4 Bushels of Raspberry
4 Bushels of Gladiolus

Sweet and Spicy Liqueur

6 Bushels of White Roses
2 Bushels of Potatoes
8 Bushels of Pepper

Artichoke Spirit

1 Bushel of Artichoke
3 Bushels of Elderberry
3 Bushels of Rhubarb

Chardonnay Wine
4 Bushels of Chardonnay
4 Bushels of Sugar Cane
3 Bushels of White Grape

Saffron Brandy

8 Bushels of Saffron
6 Bushels of Blackberry
8 Bushels of Zinfandel

English Pub:

Foxes Ale:
4 Bushels of Foxglove
4 Bushels of Hops
3 Bushels of Royal Hops

Turnip Stew:
3 Bushels of Turnips
3 Bushels of Field Beans
3 Bushels of Cara Potatoes

Jade Falls:Tea House

When my Farmer upgraded the Tea House to Level 5, the following Recipes were not included in the Menu.  I therefore believe they are new Recipes:

Tom Yum Soup

4 Bushels of Lemongrass
 3 Bushels of Saba
 4 Bushels of Pepper


3 Bushels of Nori
3 Bushels of Sesame
3 Bushels of Rice

Kimchi Pancake

6 Bushels of Green Onion
5 Bushels of Sesame
3 Bushels of Cabbage

Portuguese Rice

3 Bushels of Bok Choy
2 Bushels of Chinese Daikon
3 Bushels of Rice