Sunday, August 26, 2012

Useful FarmVille Recipes for Unicorns and Crafts

Recently, there have been a myriad of new options in FarmVille. Although some of them can be tedious and annoying, others, like the Unicorn Island, are fun, especially for any player who loves fantasy. A list of Unicorns with the Gems they produce may be useful to those players who are intent upon creation of these often dazzling creatures. Quests have continued to proliferate but no longer are restricted to crop growing. Often, a requirement may be the creation of an item in the Crafts Building. Recipes for the items that are demanded most often may be useful as well. Jade Falls is the newest Farm in FarmVille and the Quests for Jade Falls usually involve Recipes. Those recipes will be included on this page as well.

 *************** Unicorn Island: ***************
Unicorn Island must be built, using three different builsing materials in the form of

10 Enchanted Blossoms, 10 Rainbow Clovers and 10 Hearts of Gold.

 All materials can be found in the Free Gifts List. Once the Island is completed, it will render 1 Amethyst to the builder. You then need to stock the Island with at least one Unicorn in order to allow it to produce regularly. The following list gives the Unicorns that can be created using the Gems as well as the Gems needed to produce each. All other Unicorns, if placed in the Island, will yield only Amethysts.

 Note that you must unlock each successive Unicorn by creating the preceding Unicorn in the list. Once all Unicorns have been unlocked, therefore, you will be able to create any Unicorn on the List. The Unicorns require progressively more Gems to create but may not yield more valuable Gems in every case. There are Unicorns such as the Fancy Pants Unicorn that require a prodigious number of valuable and rare Gems to create but, as in the case of the Fancy Pants, only produce Amethysts once placed in the Island.

 ************* Unicorn List *************

 A list of Unicorns with the Gems each produces as well as the Gems required to produce one:

Pink Lemonade Unicorn: Amethyst
     To create, you will need: 10 Amethysts

 Moon Unicorn: White Diamond
    To create, you will need: 12 Amethysts

 Sun Unicorn: Amethyst
 To create, you will need: 6 Amethysts, 8 Diamonds

 Moss Unicorn: Emerald
To create, you will need: 12 Amethysts, 4 Diamonds

Wind Pegacorn: White Diamond
To create, you will need: 9 Amethysts, 5 Diamonds, 4 Emeralds

Princess Unicorn: Emerald
To create, you will need: 5 Amethysts, 11 Diamonds, 6 Emeralds

Emerald Pegacorn: Ruby
To create, you will need: 8 Amethysts, 9 Diamonds, 10 Emeralds

Starry Night Unicorn: Diamond
To create, you will need: 12 Amethysts, 9 Diamonds, 10 Emeralds, 4 Rubies

Icy Fire Unicorn: Emerald
To create, you will need: 10 Amethysts, 12 Diamonds, 11 Emeralds, 10 Rubies

Tiara Unicorn: Ruby
To create, you will need: 11 Amethysts, 10 Diamonds, 19 Emeralds, 14 Rubies

Angel Pegacorn: Sapphire
To create, you will need: 10 Amethysts, 16 Diamonds, 17 Emeralds, 22 Rubies

Fancy Pants Unicorn: Amethyst To create, you will need: 15 Amethysts, 20 Diamonds, 18 Emeralds, 16 Rubies, 10 Sapphires

Lightning Pegacorn: Ruby
To create, you will need: 22 Amethysts, 15 Diamonds, 23 Emeralds, 18 Rubies and 20 Sapphires

Robot Unicorn: Sapphire
To create, you will need  20 Amethysts, 23 Diamonds, 20 Emeralds, 33 Rubies, 26 Sapphires

The final Unicorn to be unlocked:

Phoenix Pegacorn: Sapphire
 To create, you will need: 40 Amethysts, 37 Diamonds, 29 Emeralds, 23 Rubies, 30 Sapphires

If you study the list, you will see that Amethysts can be created from ANY Unicorn, including the Pink Lemonade, which is the first Unicorn you can unlock. The Moon Unicorn is the first Unicorn that will produce a Diamond but you will not be able to produce an Emerald until you create the Moss Unicorn. The first Unicorn to produce a Ruby is the Emerald Unicorn and the first to produce the Sapphire is the Angel Pegacorn.

Unicorns created on Unicorn Island can be placed in Horse Paddocks to produce foals. When placed in Unicorn Island, they produce only Gems. Incidentally, when Unicorn Island reaches 100%, you always should harvest it BEFORE you place any other Unicorn on the Island. Doing so will decrease the readiness instantly to zero, making the operation of the Island different from that of any other Animal enclosure. Ordinarily, when you place a new Animal in any Animal Enclosure, the readiness will decrease only a little. In the case of any Enclosure at 100%, it will be decreased usually to 96%. Trees can be added to Orchards or Groves, on the other hand, without decreasing readiness at all. If at 100% at the time of adding a new tree, the Orchard/Grove will remain at 100% until harvested.

Strategies for obtaining Gems:

 Gems can be harvested from Unicorn Islands, found on Wall Posts or purchased for Farm Cash.

The prices for Gems are:
Amethyst: 2 FC
Diamond: 2 FC
Emerald: 3 FC
Ruby: 3 FC
Sapphire: 3 FC

You can build more than one Unicorn Island on any or every Farm if you have space and patience. This is a far better strategy actually than purchasing Gems that you need to create any Unicorn. If you are willing to spend premium cash on your Unicorns, you are better served by purchasing the Instant Grow option on any Farm with multiple Unicorn Islands. I have found that the cost of Instant Grow for Animals tends to be 3 FC ordinarily, which is no more than the cost of a single Emerald, Ruby or Sapphire.

Building multiple Unicorn Islands can be a tedious affair and however beautiful they may be, they do tend to dominate a Farm if there are too many of them. Nonetheless, any player who is addicted to Unicorns may wish to follow this strategy in order to unlock the entire list at the earliest possible time. Each time you build a new Unicorn Island, it will yield Amethyst as well.

At the start, you may find that you have more Amethyst than any other Gem, but as you unlock Unicorns, Amethysts may be in demand. If you wish to be certain of the type of Gem that you will harvest, place only one type of Unicorn in your Island. In other words, place only Unicorns that yield Rubies if you wish to make certain that the Island will yield Rubies. Unicorns can be moved in and out of Islands, transferred to Paddocks or simply stashed until needed.

Once you have unlocked all Unicorns, you can create any that you wish or move them into Paddocks in order to create Foals.  All the Unicorns have the potential to produce Foals.

Note that there are two Doghouse options in FarmVille that are similar to some extent to the Unicorn Island option.  The Sunshine Doghouse and the Cupcake Doghouse produce Dog Treats and a Player can unlock new types of Dogs in each.  The difference between the two Doghouses is the types of Dogs that each can house and produce.  I am not really a Dog Person, being more partial to Cats in the real world and Cats and Unicorns in the virtual worlds.  I did enjoy the original Dog Training option in FarmVille that allowed me to purchase, raise and train a Puppy to run at my heels and perform tricks and tasks.   I do not know if that option still exists because I never wished to go through all of that again once I trained my original Japanese dog.  I do know that he stays on the Home Farm and will not accompany me on my travels to other Farms.

I wonder if Zynga plans to release a Cattery that will operate in the same fashion as the two new Doghouses.

 *********************** Craft Items and Quests: ***********************

 As previously indicated, Craft Items often are requirements in Quests in FarmVille now. The Items requested tend to be those requiring the least amount of mastery and are as follows:

 ********************* Simple Craft Recipes: *********************
 Farmhand: 4 Cotton Bushels, 3 Soybean Bushels, 1 Cherry Basket

Fertilise All: 2 Manure Bags, 4 Carrot Bushels, 3 Chickpea Bushels

Shovel Set: 3 Jalopeno Bushels, 3 Double Grain Bushels, 1 Lemon Basket

Arbourist: 3 Peanut Bushels, 4 Morning Glory Bushels, 2 Orange Baskets

Animal Feed: 1 Walnut Basket, 2 Sunflower Bushels, 2 Barley Bushels

You will see that any Crafts Recipe usually requires two different types of Crop Bushels as well as a Basket harvested from Trees or an ingredient, such as Manure, harvested from Animals. Cows yield Milk and Pigs yield Manure, for example. Apple Trees of any kind may yield Apple Baskets, while Cherry Trees yield Cherry Baskets and Orange Trees yield Orange Baskets. Another common ingredient harvested from Trees is the Walnut Basket, which is harvested from any Walnut Tree.

***********Hybrid Crops*************

There is one Crop in the Craft Recipes given above that is not an ordinary Crop but is rather a Hybrid Crop.  The Recipe for the Shovel Set requires 3 Double Grain Bushels.  Double Grain is made in a Greenhouse by combining Rice with Wheat.  It ordinarily takes 3 Days to complete, but can be accelerated to be produced instantly for 7 Farm Cash.   As with any Hybrid Crop, only a finite number of Seeds will be 'unlocked' in the Marketplace with any Greenhouse production.  In the case of Double Grain seeds, a player will be able to purchase 100 Seeds in the Marketplace.   When any Hybrid Seeds have been made, a few can be 'shared' by posting to the Player's Wall.  A Player who clicks on a Wall Post for Double Grain Seeds will receive 40 Seeds.

As with any Crops, Bushel yield is not guaranteed.  Certainly the sum of three Bushels needed to complete the Shovel Set Recipe may be difficult (but not impossible) to obtain from 40 Seeds.  As the actual Double Grain Crop takes only 12 hours to mature, a Player can produce another batch in the Greenhouse if he/she fails to obtain the required number of Bushels from the Crop.

******************* Jade Falls Recipes: *******************

Jade Falls is the first Farm to offer paddies as well as ordinary farmland and water crop areas. Any Crop that is planted in a paddy field will not rot and can be harvested at any time after it matures. Ordinary Crops and Crops planted in Water will rot or wither in the same way as Crops on other Farms.

The Hawaii Farm was the first to offer Water Crops. Jade Falls differs in that separate farm tools are NOT required to plant or harvest Water Crops. An ordinary Combine will harvest Crops in any sort of plot in Jade Falls. Note that Jade Falls Recipes usually consist of two Jade Falls Crops and one Crop that can be grown on any Farm.

The Crops from other Farms that are most commonly used are Wheat, Rice and Green Tea. Jalapeno, Pepper, Basil and Ginger are used as well in some of the low grade Recipes.

 At higher grades, you will find requirements for Cabbage, Eggplant, Sugar Cane, Soybean and Coffee.

 Milk Tea: 3 White Cloud Tea Bushels, 3 Azuki Bushels, 3 Green Tea Bushels

 Pho Soup: 3 Jade Bamboo Bushels, 3 Sichuan Pepper Bushels, 3 Jalapeno Bushels

Hamachi Maki: 1 Hamachi Bushel, 2 Nori Bushels, 3 Rice Bushels

Bao: 2 Chinese Daikon Bushels, 3 Grouper Bushels, 3 Ginger

Egg Roll: 1 Edamame Bushel, 3 Azuki Bushels, 3 Wheat Bushels

 Bibimbap: 1 Sticky Rice Bushel, 3 Sichuan Pepper Bushels, 2 Pepper Bushels

Chow Mein: 3 Jade Bamboo Bushels, 1 Sticky Rice Bushel, 3 Basil Bushels

 Ihura Nigiri: 1 Squid Bushel, 2 Wasabi Bushels, 3 Rice Bushels

Oolong Tea: 2 Imperial Tea Bushels, 2 Lotus Bushels, 3 Green Tea Bushels

Kimchi: 1 Jade Peanuts Bushel, 2 Wasabi Bushels, 1 Cabbage Bushel

Hot and Sour Eggplant: 2 Prawns Bushels, 3 Bok Choy Bushels, 1 Eggplant Bushel

Takoyaki: 3 Unagi Bushels, 1 Squid Bushel, 2 Wheat Bushels

Moon Cake: 2 Baby Corn Bushels, 3 Chinese Cotton Bushels, 3 Sugar Cane Bushels

Fried Rice: 3 Scallops Bushels, 2 Sticky Rice Bushels, 2 Soybean Bushels

Thai Tea: 3 Imperial Tea Bushels, 3 Lowland Ginger Bushels, 3 Green Tea Bushels

At Level 5:

Congee: 1 Millet Bushel, 2 Prawn Bushels, 3 Wheat Bushels

Vietnamese Iced Coffee: 2 Sesame Bushels, 3 Jade Bamboo Bushels, 3 Coffee Bushels

Egg Tart: 2 Lotus Bushels, 3 Azuki Bushels, 2 Rye Bushels