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

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Jade Falls Recipes and Zynga Search Dog

With the new requirements for mastering a large number of Jade Falls Crops if a Player wishes to receive the Shipping Licence that will allow him/her to move items freely from Jade Falls to other Farms with corresponding Licences, new Recipes have been added to the Tea Shop:

Kimchi Pancakes:
  6 Bushels of Green Onions
  4 Bushels of Sesame
  3 Bushels of Cabbage

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

Players will notice that many of the ingredients are Crops that formerly had no use apart from generating income and mastery numbers.

Another new option that is not limited to any Farm is the Search Option.  The Zynga Dog that now can be found in the Menu with the Gift Box and Storage Icons can be used not only to find any Item that is in the Gift Box, Storage Facility or on the Farm but can be used as well to count Crops!  This is extremely useful for Players who perform the various Quests that require specific totals of Crop Harvests.