28 May 2016

Island Wharf and Boats

Last updated on 4 March 2017.

Saturday, 4 March:  A new event has been released that is very similar to Events launched regularly in the original Family Farm.  It has a Global Event as well as Personal Reward quotas and is based on the Boat System and the number of Orders you fill.

Island Wharf
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You now will find a Wharf on your Island.  Note that you have to have the expansion that gives you access, which is the expansion with the unfinished Essential Oil Machine on it.

If you have played the original Family Farm, you will find this option very similar to the Market Orders in that game.  If not, well, here is a brief explanation of the system as far as I have explored it.

When you access your Wharf, you will find your Boat with three Orders.  Each is for a specific amount of a specific item.  What is annoying here is that you may not have unlocked ANY of the items.  You cannot refresh or change the Orders, although you can choose which one of the three to fill.   Whether you fill one order or none of them, you can send your Boat out to sea by tapping on the little icon of the Boat in the far right bottom corner of the Boat Menu.  Do NOT tap on the 'Send to Trade Centre' bar.  That simply will cancel all of the orders for the day and allow you no further access to your own Boat until the next day.  You only should tap on the option to Send to Trade Centre AFTER all your Boat's Orders have been filled.  It then will sail away and return instantly with a reward of some Boat Tickets.

The other component of the Wharf at the outset is a dock for another player's boat.  This can be either a Neighbour's Boat or a Buddy's Boat, but you only can choose one at a time.   I think every one may have the same number of options for this, irrespective of level or Club Membership or anything else.  There will be two Whistles to the left of the jetty.  One is the Buddy Whistle to call a Buddy's Boat to your dock and the other is a Sea Whistle to call a Neighbour's Boat to your dock.  Choose one and use it.  If you use the Neighbour Whistle and there is a Neighbour's Boat currently at sea, it will come to your Dock.  The same holds true for the Buddy Boat, except that you will see a more detailed option when you use the Buddy Whistle.  If any Buddy Boats are at sea, you will see the names of your Buddies who own those boats and have the option to choose between them.    When the Boat arrives, you will be given the option to fill a specific order.  Again, it may or may not be an item you have unlocked.  You have about two hours to fill the Order, giving you time to make or ship the item from the Mainland if you do not have it but can obtain it.  The number of 'whistles' are shown at the site of the Whistle.  For example, if the Buddy Whistle shows 0/3, it means that you have no more Whistles for the day...  3/12 for the Sea Whistle means that you should be able to use the Sea Whistle three times to summon a Neighbour Boat.

Note here that the number of whistles will 'rollover' rather like minutes on a mobile phone.  You can have the total of 12/12 Neighbour Whistles available if you did not use any for a few days.

If you would like to fill more orders in a day but have exhausted all your Whistles, you now can purchase additional Whistles for TC.  Tap on the Whistle to discover the price.

If you fill the Order, the boat should depart instantly.  If not, it will depart when the time limit expires unless you use the option to 'Send Away' the boat.  This is a fairly recent change to the system.  In the past, one might call a boat to the Wharf and then discover you could not fill any of the remaining orders on that boat.  When that is the case, you now can free your own Wharf and the Boat by sending it away.

Originally, you had to send out your own Boat to sea before you could fill a Neighbour's Order or Buddy's Order.   With my own Boat still at dock, despite the fact that I pressed 'Load' again and again for the Neighbour's Order, the menu would revert to my own Boat's Order Boxes.  This is no longer the case, apparently.

To fill your own Boat, choose one of the orders in the Boxes, THEN click on the icon in the far right bottom corner to send it out to sea.  When your boat finally returns with all the boxes filled by other players, choose the 'Send to Trade Centre' option.  It will return instantly with the Tickets you have earned.

Essentially, this is an activity that is limited by the number of Order Boxes you have as well as the number of Whistles for the Buddy Whistle and the Sea Whistle selections.  Once these are all completed or exhausted, you must wait until the next day for the entire affair to be refreshed and restarted.

As with the Research Laboratory, you can upgrade your Boat gradually.  You will earn little chits called 'Boat Tickets' each time you fill an order and send it out to sea and you can trade those for items needed for the upgrades.  At present, these upgrade materials are the only real reward for engaging in this activity but in the original game, one actually could earn special Decorations ultimately. 

The upgrade menus are accessed by tapping on the Boat that actually is landlocked.

Boat Upgrader Level 0: Get one more order slot on the Boat.  Cost: Finish Boat Order 5 times.  2 Anchors.

Boat Upgrader 1:  Finish Boat Order 10 times, 3 Anchors (Pay 1 RC for each or obtain through trade)

Boat Upgrader 2: Finish Boat Order 25 times, 5 Anchors (1 RC or obtain with Boat Tickets)
  5 Boat Wheels (1 RC each)

Boat Upgrader 3:  Finish Boat Order 70 times, 10 Anchors, 10 Boat Wheels

Boat Upgrader 4:  Finish Boat Orders 150 times, 10 Anchors, 10 Boat Wheels

Boat Upgrader 5: Finish Boat Orders 300 times, 10 Anchors, 10 Boat Wheels, 10 Compass

These upgrades add another Order Box to your Boat.  The other type of Upgrade allows you to buy new Boat Parts.

The other option, as previously indicated is to improve your Boat by adding parts to it.  Parts for the 1st Component are:

Basic Boat Body
  The default and original body

Boat Body (Can be obtained from Boat Ticket Mystery Shop)


Wood Raft (Can be obtained from Boat Ticket Mystery Shop)


Yacht Body (Can be obtained from Boat Ticket Mystery Shop)
 

When you have any of these, apart from the first Basic Boat Body, which is what you have initially, you can change your boat and save the changes.

The Boat Ticket Mystery Shop is the final tab in the Mystery Shop Menu.  It may contain a combination of items, including the following:

Anchor: 10 Boat Tickets
Anchor: 10 Boat Tickets

Boat Wheel: 5 Boat Tokens

Wood Raft: 75 Boat Tickets

Evidently, items appear randomly in the Shop.  You always will be able to buy 2 Anchors, however, and now the Boat Wheel has been added to the list. Originally there were only three items but that has been increased to 5.  The last two are boat parts.  One is for Part 1 and the other for Part 2 presently.

Boat Body: 75 Boat Tickets
Wood Raft: 75 Boat Tickets
Yacht: 75 Boat Tickets

Boat Lifebuoy: 100 Boat Tickets
Boat Whistle: 100 Boat Tickets
Boat Oar: 100 Boat Tickets
Boat Outboard Motor: 100 Boat Tickets

You need 2 of the Anchors to upgrade your Boat the first time to add another Order Box to it.

The Boat components are divided into four parts.   At Level 2, I see the following:

Boat Foundation:  Basic Boat Body, Boat Body, Wood Raft, Yacht Body

Part 2 (at the stern):  Boat Lifebuoy, Boat Whistle, Boat Oar, Boat Outboard Motor

Part 3: will be unlocked when boat reaches Level 4
  Note here that you will receive a prompt when your Boat reaches Level 3 that states this group of components has been unlocked and the lock will disappear from the Menu. The parts will begin to appear randomly within a few days.

They consist of:

Basic Boat Bowsprit: 125 Boat Tokens
Boat Bowsprit
Wood Raft Bowsprit
Yacht Bowsprit

In other words, there is a Part III component to match each of the Boat types.  Note that, although each type of Boat has its own allocated Bowsprit, once again you can mix and match as you please.

Part 4: Will be unlocked when your boat reaches Level 7

Filling Orders
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Unfortunately for low level players, many of the Orders consist of very advanced items, such as Pizzas that can be made only if you have a Pizza Machine on the island and have total Mastery of it in some instances.

This holds true not only for the Orders you are asked to fill for Buddy Boats and Neighbour Boats but YOUR OWN ORDERS.

My advice therefore is simply to send your own Boat out to sea as often as you can, even if you cannot fill ANY of your own Orders.  Neighbours and Buddies then have the opportunity to fill them, gaining points and when it returns to your own dock, all Orders should be filled, allowing you to send it to the Trade Centre with maximum benefit to you as well.

It is to your advantage, however,  to bring your boat home after 24 hours, whether or not every box has been filled.  Often the Orders that are not filled are for items most difficult to obtain so leaving a boat at sea with difficult Orders unfilled can be counterproductive.

If you cannot fill any order on a boat, you usually can fix this problem by closing the game and reloading it.

Thanks to June Korrik for pointing out recent changes to the system.

27 May 2016

Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk

Some time ago, I started a Family Farm Seaside Support Group on Facebook named Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk.  Freyashawk is the name under which I have written strategy guides for games for many years.  As I was best known for my guides for the Harvest Moon series of games, it was fitting to name my farm Harvest Moon... Later I discovered some one else had named her farm Harvest Moon as well, so I added the initials FDC (Freyashawk de Conde) to my farm name.  My avatar is a photograph of a hawk against a blue sky, taken when a falcon rested temporarily in a tree in the garden.  Amazing really to find falcons in a rather blighted urban area and quite magical.  It is Freyashawk's Facebook avatar and I doubt I ever will change that avatar, either for Facebook or for my farm.

The reason I am writing this post is simply to demonstrate how much difference a group like this can make.  My primary farm is Harvest Moon FDC, as I explained.   I have been playing Family Farm Seaside for almost four years.  During the first year or two, it was a struggle to find active neighbours, to collect materials needed to complete Machines or Quests.

Our Grop is amazing.  Not only do we have over 400 active members now, but they are caring, wonderful individuals who in many cases I feel to be real friends.  Harvest Moon FDC mainly through the support of our Group placed 5th in the last Farm Beauty Contest.  I never would have dreamed my little farm could have placed in the top 100, let alone the top 5 farms worldwide before this group was created.

I do feel that the placement of Harvest Moon FDC in the Farm Beauty Contest is not my own accomplishment at all but a tribute to our wonderful group.  I would like to thank every one for their continuing support, not only for my farm but in every way, helping new players and veterans alike with the game and showing incredible compassion and sympathy to those who need it.

Frankly, the Buddy system has become increasingly important and if you do not have good active Neighbours, you will not be able to find good, active Buddies.  You can find both within our Group.

If you play Family Farm Seaside and are struggling to find good Neighbours or Buddies, please look for our group on Facebook and ask to join it.  I do not think you will be disappointed.  We have a pinned post where all members add their names, their Farm I.D.s and the names of their Farms.  When you join the group, all you have to do is go down that list, adding Farm I.D.s and you should have the maximum number of neighbours without much delay!

Finally, our administrators are wonderful players themselves and very helpful where questions about the game are concerned.  This site remains the primary source for information about the game and all new quests are published here, but if you have any confusion about the game, you can post a question in the group and some one will answer immediately usually.

24 May 2016

Updated Buddy System

Updates to the Buddy System
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I first published this post when the Buddy System was fairly new and relatively uncomplicated.  Since then, a host of new options have been released in Family Farm Seaside that involve the Buddy System.  Among them are the addition to the Lucky wheel of Decorations that become 'Theme Decorations in the current Farm Beauty Contests.  Whenever there is a Farm Beauty Contest, it now aggressively features Theme Decorations that can be obtained on the Lucky Wheel.  What this means is that they can be added to the Share Box of any Buddy and, if you are at Level 2 or higher with that Buddy, you can purchase the Decoration there if you cannot obtain it on your own Lucky Wheel.

Other options that are affected by the Buddy System are the Pets, the Upgraders, the Research Laboratory and upgrades to the Warehouse.

Buddy Pets
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The Pet System has become increasingly important in Family Farm Seaside and does not depend on high experience Levels on the part of the Farmer.  You can borrow one Pet each day from a Buddy even if you are only at Level 1 with the Buddy.  The number of times that your own Pets have been borrowed is now a Farm Achievement so do try to take advantage of this option not only to help yourself by giving an 'extra pair of paws' when Guest Groups are invited, but to help your Buddy.

Even more significant perhaps in some cases is the option to feed a Buddy's Pet when you reach Level 3 with the Buddy.  This is where increasing your Buddy Levels is very important.  At Level 2, you can buy items from a Buddy's Share Box.  At Level 3, you can feed a Buddy's Pet each day.  At Level 4, you can send Organic Fertiliser and Watering Cans back and forth with Buddies for only a small price in Coins.

Building Materials
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Some of the items needed to build upgrades can be obtained only from Buddies, unless you are willing to spend RC to obtain them.  You can send one request for an item each day to any Buddy who is Level 1 or higher.

Finally, there are the Cropology and Treeology options in the new Research Laboratory.  When you have a Level 4 Laboratory, you can choose either Cropology or Treeology.  Either of these ultimately will allow you to plant special seeds/seedlings.  These are fertilised with a special 'Liquid Fertiliser'.  Any Buddy can interact with your special seeds to fertilise them even at Level 0.  The number of times you can fertilise in any given day is determined by Buddy Level.

When the Buddy System first was released, many players declined the opportunity to participate.  It now has become painfully obvious that, unless you participate in the Buddy System, you will be shut out from many activities in Family Farm Seaside.  That having been said, here is the original post, giving details on how to maximise the benefits of the Buddy System...

A Simple Introduction
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As some readers know, I have a group on Facebook named Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk and since the Buddy System was introduced, our page has been bombarded with questions from group members as well as a great deal of confusion.  We all are learning how to use this new option, but I feel I may be able to help by providing a quick, simple introduction as how to begin to interact with it.

First of all, you need to have a few Buddies... 15 is the maximum number and the reason why you might prefer to have that number is mainly in order to be able to request 15 of the special Buddy Gifts per day. Note, however, that the Buddy System only really becomes active when at least one of your Buddies reaches Level 1 with you.  Until then, all you can do is rack up points by visiting your Buddies' Farms daily to fertilise/harvest and clean 1 Decoration.  When the Cooking Stand Contest is active, you can earn 1 Point by eating at your Buddy's Cooking Stand.

When one Buddy reaches Level 1 with you, all sorts of new options will become available.  You will find the Red Mystron Mystery Shop has been unlocked to allow you to purchase your first Buddy Tree.  Place that on your farm immediately.  To grow it, you either will need 5 Fences or 5 RC or a combination of these.  Do make the effort to grow it as quickly as possible because your Level 1 Buddies cannot interact with a baby Tree.

Now as well, as soon as you reach Level 1 with a Buddy, you will have the option to borrow one of his/her Pets each day.  The Pet System has become very important in Seaside and the temporary addition of another Pet can make a significant difference on occasion when you have a Guest Group on your Farm.

For example, if some of your Guests like the Water Paths but you do now have your own Turtle, borrow a Turtle from a Buddy!

Raising Buddy Levels
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When you confirm a new Buddy, you will be at Level 0.  Until you reach Level 1, you will be unable to send or receive Buddy Gifts or tend a Buddy Tree.  I have noticed, however, that you can call a Level 0 Buddy Boat to your Wharf.  That is one of the few options that recognises the Level 0 Buddy.  To reach Level 1, you need to gain a total of 100 Buddy Points.  Every ordinary Neighbour action you perform on a Buddy's farm will give you 1 Buddy Point.  This includes fertilisation of Crops or Trees, harvesting Crops, cleaning Decorations and, if there is an active Cooking Stand Contest, eating at your Buddy's Cooking Stand.  What this means is that you need to visit that Buddy every day.

Provided your Buddy reciprocates and visits YOUR farm on a daily basis, it will not take long to reach Level 1 at which time you become REAL Buddies.  You will be asked to confirm the relationship.  At this point, you can begin to give and receive both the Free Gifts and the Special Gifts.  You can send and receive 1 Free Buddy Gift from each Buddy on a daily basis.

The Special Gifts are different.  Each has its own time reference.  Some can be sent every hour and some can be sent only once every two days.  Moreover, each has its own Level requirement.   Some have a coin cost.  Others cost RC.  Each has its own Buddy Point value as well.  The most valuable is the Elephant, costing 10 RC but with a Buddy point value of 30 Buddy Points.  This gift will raise Buddy Levels quickly but it is costly and you can send one only every 48 hours.  Fertiliser and Watering Can gifts are useful and, if you are a player who buys these Farm Aids (usually a lower level player who has not amassed many yet from rewards), you can make an arrangement with a new Buddy to send them to one another.  You can send either 6 Super Fertiliser or 25 Super Fertiliser or 25 Super Watering Cans.   Let me add here that you can append a message to your Buddy with any gift.  If you really feel you can have a good relationship with a Buddy, you can become friends on Facebook as well.  This makes communication easy.  Another way to communicate is by joining my Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk Group  or Friendship Group.  We are all very active, helpful farmers and communication is easy when all you have to do is post on the page.  The Friendship Group was in fact designed for chat and communication.

If you do not wish to spend RC, however, you can send the Stone and Flower Path for 500 Coins and Forest Road for 800 Coins.  They may be worth only 1 Buddy Point each but you can send them every hour.  This is a great way to raise Buddy Levels quickly.  I have discussed it later in this post, but felt it might be useful to place a section at the top for new players.

Island Wharf
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The most recent option added to Seaside is the Island Wharf.  It is rather like the Daily Order Board in that boat traffic relies on filling a series of Orders.  I have written a separate post that describes the system in detail.  Suffice it to say here that there is a special Buddy Whistle that allows you to call up to 3 Buddy Boats to your Wharf on a daily basis.  When you use the regular Whistle, you have no choice as to what boat arrives at your Wharf.  When you use the Buddy Whistle, on the other hand, you will see a list of the Buddies that currently have a boat at sea and can choose one.

Seasonal Buddy Items
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From time to time during various holiday seasons, there are special items that operate in a similar fashion to the Buddy Trees.  During the Christmas Season, we had the Snow Bench and Gift Mailbox.   During the Easter Season, there was the Buddy Easter Egg.

You now cannot buy these any longer but you still can interact with existing Benches and Mailboxes and Buddy Easter Eggs that still are on your Buddy's farm.   Unlike the Buddy Tree, which will vanish when it has been upgraded to 100% by your Buddies, the Bench and Mailbox will continue to grow to another level.  Why do you want these items?  They did give Festival Mystrons but now they only increase Buddy Points both for you and for your Buddies.    It is the Buddy Tree that will continue to be an active part of the Buddy interactions now that the Bench and Gift Box and Buddy Easter Egg  no longer are being sold. In tandem with the special Items were special Recipes in the Beauty Shop for use in tending these items.  These Recipes no longer are available.

Tending Buddy Trees
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A free Gift that can be used to tend ANY size of Buddy Tree is the Magic Stick.  If you do not wish to use Fertiliser, Watering Cans or RC to tend Buddy Trees, request the Magic Stick.  The number of Magic Sticks that you need to use will depend on the type of Buddy Tree.  The ordinary Buddy Tree requires only 1, but the Mega Buddy Tree requires 3.

NOTE THAT THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT YOU CAN TEND ANY BUDDY ITEM WITH HEART ACTIONS DEPENDS ON YOUR LEVEL WITH THAT BUDDY.  In other words, if you are Level 1 with a Buddy who has a Mega Buddy Tree, you can tend it once and it will require 3 items for that single action, but if you are Level 2 with that Buddy, you can tend it TWICE and it will require a total of 6 items.

Why should you use three Watering Cans on a Buddy Tree rather than using the free Magic Sticks that cost nothing?  Well, every item you use on a Buddy Tree gives a different number of Buddy Points.  Furthermore, each gives its own type of Gift Bag and the items that you can find inside these bags when opened, although random, include more valuable Farm Aids when you use the Watering Cans or 1 RC.

Note here that a new addition was made recently that allows a farmer to interact with a Buddy's Crop or Tree using his/her own Farm Aids in the form of Fertiliser, Super Fertiliser, Watering Can or Super Watering Cans.  This increases the number of Buddy Points you can obtain on any visit to a Buddy's farm but it only applies if you have reached Level 1 or higher with the Buddy.

Lucky Wheel and Share Boxes
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It is at Level 2 in the Buddy System that you will be able to access the Lucky Wheel on any Buddy Farm and purchase items that the Buddy has placed in the 'Share' box.  Items that you have placed in your 'Share' box will be available to your Level 2 Buddies.  When you reach Level 2 with any Buddy, you will be able to perform 2 'Heart' actions on his/her Farm.  At Level 3, you can perform 3 Heart Actions I believe.

Note that items that are purchased from your Share Box, even if the price is an RC price will give you only Coins and 1 Lucky Wheel Token for each item purchased.

When a Buddy has purchased an item from your Share Box, please remember to clear that item from the Box.  This makes it less frustrating for other Buddies who access the Box (as they no longer will see the item there) and it allows you to collect the Reward.

As mentioned at the very start of this post, the Lucky Wheel has become critical where the Farm Beauty Contest Theme items are concerned.  In the last two Farm Beauty Contests, a number of Decorations were added to the Lucky Wheel that were Theme Decorations for contest.  If you have been playing Family Farm Seaside for years and have participated in all time-restricted Missions and obtained all Calendar Reward Decorations, you probably own these items and do not need to buy them from the Wheel or Share Box.  If, however, you have been playing the game for less than three years or so, you may find that the only way to obtain these Decorations, apart from the random appearance of a couple of them from time to time either in the Yellow Mystrons Shop or the Blue Mystrons Shop is via the Lucky Wheel.

It is here that many players who initially failed to take advantage of the Buddy System now are scrambling to find active Buddies and raise their Levels to Level 2 in order to be able to use this option.

Note here that nothing in Family Farm Seaside is mandatory.  You do not need to participate in the Farm Beauty Contests or the Buddy System or the Research Laboratory if you would rather not do so.  You will lose valuable farm aids and so on but that is your choice.  If, however, you wish to maximise all advantages in the game, you will find that you have to participate in all the new options as soon as you are able to do so.

Unfortunately, for a low level player, it is almost impossible to perform all the available activities on a daily basis.  Apart from the Daily Order Board that gives the Special Sheep as Rewards and now gives Blue Mystrons as well as Farm Aids in the highlighted Order, there is a new Coffee Shop with Characters that demand specific tasks on a daily basis.  This really is nothing to do with the Buddy System per se, but everything in Seaside is interrelated to some extent now.  If you are new to the game or fairly new to the game, pick and choose carefully.  Do not try to accomplish everything at once.  I do recommend that you engage in the Buddy System as early as possible, however.

Free Buddy Gifts
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A nice little benefit of having Buddies at Level 1 or above is that you can request both a Buddy Gift and a regular Free Gift from each of them on a daily basis.

The Free Gifts have a number of different purposes.  The first two regular Free Buddy Gifts are used on Buddy Trees.

Buddy Tree Fence:  This is used to build any size of Buddy Tree.  You need a total of 5 to build any Tree.  With the Super and Mega Buddy Trees, you will need other materials as well.

Magic Stick:  This is used to tend a Buddy's Tree.  The number required to tend a Tree depends on the size of the Buddy Tree.  You need 1 for any regular Buddy Tree, two for any Super Buddy Tree and 3 for any Mega Buddy Tree.

Soil Rake:  The Soil Rake is used to upgrade the Holstein Cow Upgrader.  If you do not have Buddies who can send these, you will be forced to pay 1 RC for each.

Cheese Mould:  The Cheese Mould is used to upgrade the Cheese Master Upgrader.  If you do not have Buddies who can send these, you will be forced to pay 1 RC for each.

Broom:  The Broom was an item that could be used to tend one of the special holiday Buddy items that no longer are available.  Not certain if it can be used anywhere else...

Lab Storehouse Window:  This is used to upgrade your Research Laboratory at higher levels.

Cement Bag:  This is used to upgrade the Decoration section of the Warehouse at higher upgrade Levels.

Essentially, it is best NOT to send Lab Storehouse Windows or Cement Bags to your Buddies... if they need them, they can request them.  Every one needs Buddy Tree Fences and Magic Sticks.  Most players now have Cow Upgraders and Cheese Maker Upgraders but if they need the items that are associated with them, they can request them.

Level Requirements:
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You need a total of 100 Buddy Points with a Buddy to reach Level 1.  The game will tell you that Level 0 is not a 'real' Buddy and that it is only when you reach Level 1 that the system really kicks into place as it is then that you can perform Buddy Heart actions such as tending a Buddy Tree.

Level 2 requires a total of 1100 Buddy Points.  At Level 2, you can access the Buddy's Share Box to purchase items.

Level 3 requires a total of 3000 Buddy Points.  At present, there appear to be no special advantages to Level 3.

Level 4 requires a total of 7800 Buddy Points.  At level 4, two more Special Gifts become available.  These are:
  Organic Fertiliser, costing 100 Coins, worth only 1 Buddy Point and consisting only of a single bag.  You can send one every 2 hours.
  Watering Can costing 100 Coins, worth only 1 Buddy Point and consisting only of one Watering Can.  You can send one every 2 hours.

No doubt more options will be added, but for now, it appears that once one reaches Level 2 with any Buddy, that is the most important advance.

Share Box Items
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Players are asking which items should be placed in the Share Box.  I personally advise players to place the Trees that can be purchased only for RC but more importantly, the Decorations that are included as Theme Items in the current Farm Beauty Contest.  These include the Flower Barrow, the Reading Teddy Bear, the Fishing Elephant, the Lotus Pond and the Water Fountain.  The prices of these vary from 12 RC to 25 RC, but they ARE Theme items.  Remember that duplicates do not count in terms of theme but only for Charm Points.  I suggest that players do not purchase duplicate Decorations until all Buddies have had a chance to acquire the Theme Decorations.  It is not that easy to obtain them on the Wheel.

Other items that players may want are the little Avatars.  Fertiliser and Watering Cans are always useful to some players but can be purchased easily enough from the Market.  The RC sometimes is discounted.  For example, in the Share Box, 7 RC can be purchased for 6 RC.  That's a good deal.

Ordinary Neighbour Actions and Buddy Heart Actions
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The ordinary Neighbour actions that you perform when you visit any Neighbour are the same actions that you need to perform whenever you visit a Buddy's farm but beyond this, there are special 'Heart' actions that can be performed once you reach Level 1 with any Buddy.  The 'Heart' actions help to grow a Buddy Tree or a special Buddy item like the Snow Bench or Gift Mailbox.  At Level 0, you will not be able to perform any Heart actions.  At Level 1, the default number of Heart actions you can perform is 1 action per day, although the game sometimes will allow double that on special weekends or holidays.  It is when you reach Level 2 with a Buddy that the default number of Heart Actions increases to 2.

Tips for Buddy Interactions
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The Buddy System has been the subject of far too many posts, but I promised to address it again. First of all, it takes considerable time, energy and even cash sometimes to build a Buddy Relationship first to Level 1 and then to Level 2. If some one has made that investment, please do try to keep the relationship alive. As a host, please try to keep at least two out of the three Buddy Trees on your Farm so that your Buddies always can interact with an item for 'heart' points. If you still have a Bench or Mailbox, please add the Trees as well. If your Buddies have items still that can be used to upgrade them, they WILL do that first, but many no longer have any items they can use, so please make certain you have trees on your farm as well. When unlocked, you can have one of each type of Buddy Tree. For low level farmers, it often is easier to interact with the ordinary Buddy Tree that requires only a single item. You will increase your Buddy Level faster with the Mega Buddy Tree, but some farmers cannot afford to give 3 items or, at Level 2, 6 items... so try to keep a regular or Super Tree on the farm as well. If you are the visitor in the Relationship, even low level farmers can visit daily to clean a decoration, tend or harvest Crops and eat at the Cooking Stand. Finally, please, please make certain that you have cleanable Decorations on your Farm. Even at low levels, you can buy some of the Coin Decorations and although they are not worth much in terms of rewards when cleaned, they have the same value as any Decoration that gives a Blue Box in terms of increasing Buddy Points. Send Buddy Gifts to your Buddies daily... if you keep three Trees on your Farm, you need 15 Buddy Fences for that. If you have a Buddy who does not have 15 Buddies, he/she may need Fences desperately and low level farmers really really need the Magic Sticks. In terms of special gifts, two of the paths have a coin cost... if you need to increase Buddy Points, send those back and forth.

Finally, COMMUNICATE with your Buddy if you are unhappy with him/her before you delete that Buddy!  By sending a Special Gift to the Buddy, you not only earn Buddy points but you have an opportunity to send a personal message to him/her.  If the Buddy has no Tree on his/her farm, let the Buddy know by attaching a message to that effect to your Special Gift.   Even at Level 1, you can send the Stone and Flower Path for 500 Coins or the Forest Road for 800 Coins.  You can send each of these every hour to a Buddy so take advantage of this both to communicate with your Buddies and to increase your Buddy Level especially when you are trying to reach Level 2.

Holiday Buddy Items
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As discussed previously, there have been special Buddy Items that have been released to coincide with specific Holidays.  Gift Mail Box and Snow Bench were Christmas Items and the Buddy Easter Egg was an Easter item.  You no longer can purchase these but if you find them on a Buddy's farm, you can interact with them still provided you have the right items to tend them.

 Buddy System
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The new Buddy system is quite different from the Neighbour Menu.  This is a situation where there will be many new options and any Buddy chosen must accept.  At present, there is a limit of 15 Buddies for any farmer.  To choose a Buddy, you need to go to the Neighbour Menu and find the second (lower) tab, then tap on it.  You will see a list of your neighbours.  You can choose up to 15 if you have no Buddies and then send Requests to them all at once by filling the little box next to the farm name.  Neighbours thus chosen must accept your request before you can become Buddies.

Note that when a Buddy increases his/her Level from 0 to 1, you must Confirm the Buddy relationship again.  At Level 1, real interactions begin in the form of tending Buddy Trees on Buddy Farms and,  during a holiday season, tending any special holiday item.


There are Levels to the Buddy system and these will be available as time goes on.  You can see the special Gifts you can send and receive at specific levels by accessing your Gifts Menu and choosing the second tab.

You receive 1 Buddy Point for each of the 5 ordinary actions you can complete on a Neighbour's farm if that Neighbour is your Buddy and you will receive 1 Buddy Point for cleaning that Neighbour's Decoration as well.  If you eat at your Buddy's Cooking Stand, you gain 1 Point as well.   You therefore can receive 7 Buddy Points for one visit in some instances.

New Option to Interact with your own Farm Aids
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Recently, a new option was released, allowing a player who has a Buddy at Level 1 or higher to interact with additional actions using one's own Farm Aids in the form of Fertiliser, Super Fertiliser, Watering Can or Super Watering Cans on Crops and Trees.  This simply allows you to increase the number of Buddy points you will receive when you visit a Buddy's farm.

From the game itself:

Here is all the information you need about the Buddy system:  Grade up by collecting Buddy Points from helping on this buddy's farm.  Reach Buddy Grade 1 and discover many new activities!  For buddies on Grade 0, if you do not help each other for 3 days, your Buddy Connection will be cancelled.

Getting Rid of a Buddy
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A member of my group posted that, if you should find yourself removed as a Buddy, it does not necessarily mean that you were a 'bad' buddy.  I suspect there are many players who would like to have their personal friends as their Buddies.

There are two ways to get rid of a Buddy.  One is if the person does not interact with your farm for three days.  The other is more pro-active.  Simply go to the Buddy List in your Neighbour Menu and hold down that Neighbour's icon until it begins to shake and displays an 'x'.  You then will be able to remove that Buddy and any others you do not wish to keep.

I personally would advise players to be patient with their Buddies.  Sometimes a player who wants to be a good Buddy cannot access the game.  During the Holiday season, people are busier than usual.  Delete a Buddy and you will have to start at zero points with any new Buddy.

Here are some tips, however, on being a good Buddy:

Being a Good Buddy
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A Good Buddy will make his/her farm Buddy-friendly by making certain that there are sufficient Crops and Trees to be tended by ALL his/her Buddies.  If you have 15 Buddies, you need to have options for 5 ordinary actions (fertilisation or harvest) by each every day.  Furthermore, you need to have sufficient cleanable Decorations for all of your Buddies to clean as that action is worth 1 Point. For this purpose, the Decorations that can be purchased for Coins are as good as any.

Finally, Buddies can obtain 1 Point by eating at a Buddy's Cooking Stand.  At present, the current Contest is coming to an end, but when the next Contest begins, remember this option.

Perhaps this is too much effort for some farmers.  There is no need to engage in the Buddy option if you find it too demanding.  Simply do not accept Buddy invitations and if you have, remove all your Buddies from your List if you feel you cannot be a 'Good Buddy'.

It is similar to the Friendship Flower option.  Although many players actively seek Friendship Flowers from Neighbours, there is the option to place an X on your Friendship plots to let Neighbours know that you do not want any more of them.

To visit your Buddies, first choose the second Tab in the Neighbour Menu.  This screen shows all your current Buddies and the three icons beneath each will show you what actions currently can be performed on their farms.

Remember that many of your Neighbours/Buddies have two farms.  If you cannot find any way to interact with Crops and Trees on the original Seaside Farm, go to the Island instead.

The Buddy option appears to be a permanent addition to the game and there is NO time-restriction to it.  Players are being rather impatient about Buddy interactions and tend to delete their Buddies quickly if the Buddy's total points are below specific values each day, but remember that this may not be the Buddy's fault.  It may be his/her Buddy who has been inactive!  It is becoming increasingly important and it is difficult to obtain maximum benefits from Seaside now if you do not have some Buddies.

It is only when a Buddy reaches Level 1 with you that you can take full advantage of the system by tending his/her Buddy Tree or, during the holiday season, the Snow Bench and Gift Mailbox.  When these items are fully grown or upgraded, both you and your Buddy can receive a Gift Bag.  In the case of the Buddy Tree, it will contain Red Mystrons, Coins and Farm Aids.  In the case of the Snow Bench and Gift Mailbox, it will contain a few Festival Mystrons, Coins and some Farm Aids.

You need 100 Buddy Points to go from Level 0 to Level 1.  You need a total of 1100 Points to go from Buddy Level/Grade 1 to Buddy Level/Grade 2.

At Level 2, the Share box for the Lucky Wheel becomes available to you.  You can purchase special items then that your Buddy has 'Shared' from the Wheel.

Delaying the Upgrade to the Buddy Tree
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At Level 1, there appears to be a limit as to the number of Buddy Trees you can buy on any given day.  You only can purchase one Buddy Tree apparently.  What this means is that, should you perform the upgrade when it reaches 100% through the actions of one or more of your Buddies, the Tree will vanish and you will not be able to place and grow another until midnight.

I noticed, however, that if you do NOT Claim the upgrade instantly, other Buddies can continue to perform their actions on the Tree and after you have claimed the current Tree, those actions (percentages for the upgrade) will go to the next Tree.  Furthermore, to delay the upgrade is kinder to your Buddies who are trying to increase their Points and Rewards.  At present, my Buddy Tree on Rosewood is at 160%.  Instead of claiming it now, however, I will wait until a point that is closer to midnight.  What possible advantage can it be to me to claim it earlier if I cannot plant another earlier?  At midnight, however, the game will reset as far as the Mystery Shop is concerned, and I will be able to purchase and grow another Buddy Tree.

When to place two Buddy Trees
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The number of Buddy Trees that you have grown to harvest determines the ability to unlock the next Level of Buddy Tree.  When we temporarily were given the option to perform two 'Heart' actions on ANY Buddy's farm, I suggested that we all place both a regular Buddy Tree and a Super Buddy Tree on our Farms to enable each Buddy to perform 2 Heart Actions.  At this point, however, having both may retard your ability to unlock the Mega Buddy Tree as you need to have grown a total of 10 Super Buddy Trees to unlock the final Level.

If most of your Buddies are at Level 1, the default number of Heart actions for them to perform is only 1 per day.  It is only when 15 Buddies each have two Heart Actions available that it benefits THEM if you place two Trees.  It does not really benefit you much as you really want as many points as possible to go to the Super Tree to complete its upgrade.

Easiest Buddy Actions
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Easiest Buddy Actions: It is difficult for low level farmers to participate in the Buddy System fully and higher levels need to help them.  The BEST way to help your low level buddies is by trying to keep a Buddy Tree on your farm at all times. Once you unlock a Super Tree, you can place TWO Trees, one an ordinary one and the other the Super Tree. Some may not have enough space for this, but if you do, I urge you to do this. The Buddy Trees can be helped with nothing more rare than Watering cans and Fertiliser, but for low level Farmers, it is the Magic Stick that you can request as a Buddy Gift that you can use to tend Buddy Trees without any cost at all in Farm Aids.

For a Buddy who does not wish to spend RC, obviously the first step is to bring 15 buddies to Level 1 at least so you can request gifts from them on a daily basis.  If you have 15 Level 1 Buddies, I suggest at this point in time that you request 5 Fences and 10 Magic Sticks per day.  If your Buddies are active players, they should be logging into the game on a daily basis and you should be able to receive all 15 items.

Buddy Trees
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The game declares that:  You can help Buddy Trees a limited number of times.  Get your Buddy Grade higher to increase the limit.

Help your Buddy Tree with different items. It could give the Tree some Tree Hearts and Buddy Points for you also.

The Buddy Tree is a Level 1 option.  You reach Level 1 when you have a total of 100 Buddy Points in the game.

The game states:  Once you reach Buddy Grade 1, you will be able to unlock the Red Mystrons tab.  From here, you will be able to purchase such items as the Buddy Tree.

ALL YOU NEED IS ONE BUDDY AT LEVEL 1 TO UNLOCK THE BUDDY TREE AND RED MYSTRONS SHOP.

After purchasing the Buddy Tree, you will need to build it by tapping on it.  It takes a total of five Buddy Fences to 'build' a Buddy Tree. After that, you will need Buddy Hearts to grow it.  You will receive Buddy Hearts when your Buddies tend the Tree.  After it is grown, it will give a Reward to both you and all the Buddies who helped to tend it and then it will disappear.

Specifically, you need 5 Buddy Fences to build it.  These can be requested or you can spend 1 RC for each, making a total cost of 5 RC.  Once the Tree is grown, any Buddy who has not exhausted his or her allotment of activities on your Farm can tend the Tree.  There are different items that give different amounts of Hearts to a Tree.  A total of 100 is needed to fully upgrade it and deliver the Reward.  By spending 1 RC, you can upgrade any Buddy Tree instantly.

Crafting Buddy Items
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At present, there are no Buddy Items that can be crafted.  This section of the post is obsolete, but I am not certain that they will not reintroduce the option so will leave it here.

There were three Buddy items that you could craft initially.  Each of these took time, whether on the Seaside Farm at the Beauty Shop or on the Island at the Workshop.

The following is interesting historically but no longer applicable to the game:

To craft a Crystal Giftbox, you first have to craft a Blue Crystal in the Glass Factory.  It takes an hour to complete.  You will need two of these which means 2 hours or two Glass Factories.  You then need to use 2 of the Blue Crystals with 2 Oil Painting Frames in the Workshop to actually craft the Crystal Giftbox.  This is instantaneous but it will take Power.  Once you have completed the Crystal Giftbox, it will take 10 minutes to transport it to the original Seaside farm for use.

The other two items are crafted at the Beauty Shop.

To craft the Starfish Envelope, you will need 3 Sakura Flowers, 1 Dried Starfish and 1 Envelope.  You can purchase Envelopes in the Coin Mystery Shop.  Dried Starfish is made in the Seafood House and take 12 minutes to complete.  The actual Starfish Envelope takes a quarter of an hour to complete.

The Shell Box requires 1 Scallop (raw), 2 Silk Ribbons and 5 Red Roses.  Although the Silk Ribbons can be requested from Buddies, you evidently have to be at a higher level than Level 1 to be able to do so as I cannot request them.  You can purchase them for 1 RC each.  It then takes 2 Hours to complete a Shell Box.

When the Buddy Easter Egg was avaiable, one could craft two special items in the Beauty Shop to tend it.  These Recipes no longer are available either.

Buddy Tree Rewards:
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When you go to your Buddy's Farm and tap on a Tree with the Heart icon, you will see a list of the following items or tools that can be used with their effects and the sort of Reward that you will receive for using each:

For a Magic Wand: 5 Hearts, 2 Buddy Points, 1 silver Gift Bag containing 1 Red Mystron, 10 Coins, with a chance to receive 1 Green Watering can and 1 Blue bucket

For 1 Organic Fertiliser: 10 Hearts, 5 Buddy Points, 1 Red Gift Bag containing 2 Red Mystrons, 100 Coins, chance for Green Watering Can and 2 Buckets

For 1 Watering Can: 20 Buddy Hearts, 10 Buddy Points, 1 Blue Gift Bag containing 3 Red Mystrons, 100 Coins, change to get 3 green Watering Cans and 3 Buckets

For 1 RC: 100 Buddy Hearts, 50 Buddy Points, 1 Gold Gift Bag containing 6 Super Watering Cans, 10 Red Mystrons, 1 Power, 100 Coins, and a chance of 5 Green Watering Cans and 5 Buckets

You can grow any regular Buddy Tree to maturity with 5 Buddy Tree Fences or you can opt to use 5 RC (1 for each Buddy Tree Fence).

YOU NEED A TOTAL OF 100 BUDDY HEARTS TO COMPLETE A BUDDY TREE'S UPGRADE.  YOU CAN DO THIS IMMEDIATELY FOR A NEIGHBOUR BY SPENDING 1 RC.

The problem with this is that a Buddy is limited to the number of Buddy Trees he/she can purchase in a day and with 15 Buddies, each one should have the opportunity to interact with Buddy items every day.

Limit to Actions
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At Level 1, the developers temporarily allowed us to interact twice with any Buddy item on any Buddy's farm per day.  On my Level 1 Buddy's Farm, on the little Buddy Tree icon on the top right, it showed 2/2 when I had performed two Buddy Heart actions.  The prompt states that: You can help Buddy Trees a limited number of times.  Get your Buddy Grade higher to increase the limit.

Now, however, the default number of actions has become 1.  You will see this reflected in the little tree bar on your screen.

At Level 1, when you have performed one 'Heart' actions on any given day, you will not be able to perform more at Level 1 on any Buddy Farm unless you are willing to use your own Farm Aids in the form of Fertilisers or WAtering Cans.

You need 1100 Points to go from Buddy Level 1 to Level 2 or Grade 1 to Grade 2.

Some items for the Buddy Trees and Upgraders now are found in the Mystery Shops.  They include:

Buddy Tree Sign: 2 Blue Mystrons
  4 available:  These are used to build a higher type of Buddy Tree

Soil Shovel: 5 Blue Mystrons
  83 available:  These are used for the Cow Upgrader

Milk Container: 50 Blue mystrons
  These are used for the Cow Upgrader

Low Fat Gadget: 100 Blue Mystrons
  This is used for the Cow Upgrader

Milk Powder Gadget: 150 Blue Mystrons
  This is used for the Cow Upgrader

Red Bricke: 5 Blue Mystrons
  This is used for the Cheese Upgrader

Cheese Container: 50 Blue Mystrons
  This is used for the Cheese upgrader

Low Fat Cheese Gadget: 100 Blue mystrons
  This is used for the Cheese Upgrader

Blue Cheese Gadget: 150 Blue Mystrons
  This is used for the Cheese Upgrader

Mozzarella Gadget: 500 Blue Mystrons
  This is used for the Cheese Upgrader

Other Items are available in the special new Buddy Free Gifts Menu, but not until you reach a higher Buddy Level than zero.  They include:

Buddy Tree Fence
  5 of these are needed to grow any ordinary Buddy Tree

Magic Stick
  This is an item used to upgrade a Buddy Tree on a Buddy's Farm.

Soil Rake
  This item is used to upgrade the Holstein Cow Upgrader

Cheese Mould
  This item is used to upgrade the Cheese Master upgrader.

Cement Bag
  This item is used to upgrade the Decorations section of the Warehouse.

Note that some of these items are for the new Upgraders.

Special Gifts
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There now are a total of three options in the Free Gifts Menu.  The first is for the ordinary gifts that can be requested and sent to Neighbours.  The other two are strictly for Buddies.  Tap on the Buddy tab and you will see two choices.  One is for regular Buddy Gifts and the other for Special Gifts.  The Special Gifts are NOT free, but some can be pirchased with Coins or Green Mystrons.

Note here that there is an advantage to sending Special Gifts even if the recipient does not need them.  Every Special Gift has a Buddy Point value and increases your Buddy rating.

At present the list is:

20 Lucky Tokens: 10 Green Mystrons

Super Fertiliser: 1 RC  (3 Buddy Points)
Super Fertiliser (25): 3 RC (9 Buddy Points)
Super Watering Can (25): 6 RC  (18 Buddy Points)
Organic Fertiliser (1) 100 Coins  (1 Buddy Point) (Must be Grade 4 to send)
Watering Can (1) 100 Coins  (1 Buddy Point)  (Must be Grade 4 to send)

Rose Fence: 1 RC  (1 Buddy Point)
Christmas Fence: 1 RC  (1 Buddy Point)
Big Snow Flake Fence: 1 RC  (1 Buddy Point)
Flower Hedge: 1 RC  (1 Buddy Point)
Macaron Road: 1 RC  (1 Buddy Point)
Elephant: 10 RC (30 Buddy Points)
Stone and Flower Path: 500 Coins  (1 Buddy Point)
Forest Road: 800 Coins  (1 Buddy Point)



All Special Gifts set a timer when sent.  You have to wait until the timer expires before you can send another.

Extra Reward for Buddy Tree
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Before your tree is fully upgraded by any Neighbour, you have an option to choose an extra Reward.  The options depend on how many of the Trees you have grown.

For the first Tree, the option is to choose between 700 Coins or 15 Red Mystrons

For the 2nd Tree, the option is to choose between 15 Festival Mystrons and 2200 Coins

Tap on the little i to access the Menu.

There appears to be a limit as to the number of Buddy Trees you can buy per day.   You should be able to buy another after midnight though.

Gift Mailbox and Snow Bench
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These no longer are available:

These are two Buddy Items that you can purchase with Coins in the Festival Mystron Shop.  After placing them on your Farm, like the Buddy Tree, a Buddy can interact with them to 'build' them for a Reward.

The items used to upgrade the Bench and Gift Mailbox can be crafted in the Beauty Shop, Glass Factory and Workshop.  One actually is a Gift in the form of the Broom that you can request from your Buddies.  Unlike the Buddy Trees, the Bench and Gift Mailbox simply upgrade and do not disappear from your Farm apparently.

They include:

Broom (Buddy Request)

Cyrstal Giftbox:  2 Blue Crystals (made in Glass Factory) and 2 Oil Painting Frames

Starfish Envelope: 2 Sakura Flowers, 1 Envelope (buy in Coin Mystery Shop) and 1 Dried Starfish

Shell Box: 1 Scallop, 2 Silk Ribbons (Buddy Request) and 5 Red Roses

Tending the Gift Mailbox:

Use Starfish Envelope: 10 buddy hearts, 5 Buddy Points, Starfish Envelope Reward Bag

use Shell Box: 10 Buddy Hearts, 5 Buddy Points, Shell box Reward BAg

Use Crystal Giftbox: 10 Buddy Hearts, 5 Buddy Points, Crystal Gift Box REward Bag

Tending Bench:

1 Broom gives 5 Hearts, 2 Buddy Points, Broom Gift Bag


1 RC gives 5 Hearts, 2 Buddy Points, RC REward

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Note that any items made on the Island like the Crystal Giftbox have to be transported to the Seaside Farm before you can use them to tend Buddy Items.

Super Buddy Tree
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When you have grown and upgraded 5 regular Buddy Trees, you will unlock the Super Buddy Tree in the Mystron Shop.  To build the Super Buddy Tree, you will need:

2 Buddy Tree Signs
 Blue Mystron Shop for 2 Blue Mystrons each

5 Tree Fences
  Request to Buddies or pay 1 RC for each

5 Blue Buckets
  This can be obtained as a Reward for tending Buddy Trees or as a Request to ANY Neighbour.or pay 1 RC for each

When the tree is grown, you will need 400 Buddy Hearts before the upgrade is complete.

Mega Buddy Tree
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When you have purchased the Super Buddy Tree ten times, you will unlock the Mega Buddy Tree for 3000 Coins in the Mystery Shop.  It is build with the following:

4 Buddy Tree Signs:
  Buy in Blue Mystron Shop (Buy 4 for 2 Blue Mystrons) or pay 1 RC for each
  N.B.  You only can buy 1 set of 4 per day from the Mystery Shop

5 Buddy Tree Fences
  Ask from Buddy or buy for 1 RC each

5 Green Watering Cans
  Receive in Buddy Reward Bag from helping other Buddy Trees or buy for 1 RC each

The Mega Buddy Tree needs 1200 Heart Points to upgrade.

REWARDS
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The following no longer are available unless you complete the upgrade of a holiday item that still stands on a Buddy Farm:

Starfish Envelope Reward 3 Festival Mystrons and 1300 Coins
Crystal Giftbox Reward: 6 Festival Mystrons and 4500 Coins
Broom Package: 1 Festival Mystron and 1100 Coins
Snow Bench Special Package: 2 Festival Mystrons and 1000 Coins

RC Reward had 2 Festival Mystrons and 1000 Coins,
Reward had Shellbox Festival Mystrons 3 and 600 Coins

These are the regular Rewards that remain available:

Gold Buddy Tree Reward: 100 Coins, 1 Power, 10 Red Mystrons, 5 Blue Buckets
Blue Buddy Tree Bag Reward: 100 Coins, 3 Red Mystrons

Note that I believe all these to be the BASIC guaranteed Reward... you have a chance of obtaining a bonus in each case.

I received, for example, a Crystal Giftbox Reward that contained 16 Festival Mystrons and 4500 Coins

Buddy Boost
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There was a temporary Boost to the points you can earn by tending a Buddy's farm until 27 December.

Super Buddy Trees and Mega Buddy Trees
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After you have purchased 5 Buddy Trees, the Super Buddy Tree will be unlocked.

The Blue 'Bucket, a Reward found in some of the Bags given for helping your Buddies with their Buddy Trees  is used on the Super Buddy Tree.

The Green Watering Can, a Reward found in some of the bags given for helping your Buddies with their Buddy Trees is used on the Mega Buddy Tree.


20 May 2016

Farming Science Quest and Beaker Collections Mission

A new 11 day Quest in tandem with a Collections Mission has been released.   The traditional Quest sequence will give you the usual Rewards in terms of Coins, XP and a Decoration for the Seaside Farm as well as one for the Island Farm, but please note that it does not include any Rewards in the form of Festival Medals or Lucky Tokens.   If you like a laboratory motif on your farm, you may like the Decorations.  I personally am not impressed with either much.  The new Juneberry Tree, Reward for completing the Collections Mission, is very pretty.

The Collections Mission is as follows:


Collect Beakers
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70 Turquoise Beakers from Chardonnay


50 Purple Beakers from Peacock Feather


30 Red Beakers from Wheat Bread


10 Yellow Beakers from Macadamia Tree


Reward:  Juneberry Tree


If you prefer not to complete the Collections Mission, you can choose to purchase the Juneberry Tree in the Market for 7 RC instead.


Premium Items Needed
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A number of Premium Items are needed to complete the Quest, including the Macadamia Tree that is needed both for the Collections Mission and for Quest Recipes.  Other Premium Items you will need are a Banana Tree, either an Ice Tree or Ice Dolphin to produce Ice Cubes and an Ice Cream Machine.  You will need the Baking Soda Collectable as well.  If you do not have this Collectable, purchase it as soon as possible unless you intend to pay RC for each Baking Soda needed.  You will need a total of 8 for the Volcano Cakes and another 8 Baking Soda to make Baking Powder in a later task.

Strategies for Quest
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A number of Recipes that have been featured in these time-restricted Quests lately require large amounts of ingredients such as Milk, Cheddar Cheese and Honey.  New players who may be unfamiliar with the game may need to be aware of the fact that these items, as well as Wheat Flour, can be requested as well as given each day as a Free Gift to/from your Neighbours.  This is the best way to accumulate these items in large quantities.

A recent addition to the game is the Special Deal Menu.  This offers 100 OP and 5 Power Daily for 5000 Coins each as well as a second purchase of these amounts for 1 RC each.  In another tab in the same Menu are the Weekly Deals that refresh every Friday.  These include a Farming Package for 15 RC that offers both types of Fertiliser and Watering Cans.  If you have not been playing for a long time, you may find these 'Special Deals' invaluable, especially for Quest tasks that are time-restricted.  There are three other Weekly Deal packages but I feel the most useful in this respect is the Farming Package.

The Reward for the Collections Mission, the Juneberry Tree, is placed fairly early in the sequence, in Farming Science 6.  If you opt to purchase the Tree in the Market instead, you will be able to place the Tree at the very start of the Quest sequence, allowing you to collect from it a couple of times even without using Watering Cans.  If not, however, you need to complete the Collections Mission by the time you reach Farming Science 6.  There is absolutely no point in using 10 RC to skip that task.  It would be better to buy the actual Tree for 7 RC.

Neighbour Requests
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The traditional Quest sequence includes a total of THREE separate tasks that require you to ask Neighbours for 20 items.  If you are not in a hurry to complete the Quest, you need not worry about the number of requests you send out each time, but if you wish to complete the entire Quest sequence in a single day, you will have to divide your Requests into three...  I always refrain from making any Neighbour requests the night before a time-restricted Quest is due to begin as I want to have as many Requests available as possible.

Collecting Products
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Fairly recent additions to Family Farm Seaside include the Research Laboratory with an 'Active Tech' called Gold Finger and new Upgraders in the form of the Dutch Mill Upgrader and Chicken Coop Upgrader.  You now have a choice of methods in terms of collecting products in bulk.

The easiest way to collect probably still is Batch Production, although it can prove costly in terms of the OP required.  The Upgraders allow you to collect MORE products but you cannot use Batch Production with an Upgrader.  What you CAN use at any time, if you have sufficient Farmium and have unlocked and made any necessary upgrades to the Tech, is Gold Finger.  The Gold Finger Tech allows you to collect products instantly from a number of Animals and Machines WITHOUT USING ANY INGREDIENTS!  I love it for this reason.  At the final Level 5 upgrade, you can collect from ANY Animal or Machine but the ones that were not unlocked at lower levels DO require ingredients.  For most players, Gold Finger is most useful at Level 4 because it is fairly easy to upgrade it to that level and that allows you to use it on Holstein Cow, Buffalo, Chicken Coop, Rabbit, Pig, Goat, Dutch Mill, Cheese Master, Baker, Wine Maker and Burger Machine without needing ingredients for any of these.

What is interesting here is that the Gold Finger Tech can be used in tandem with the Upgraders, where Batch Production cannot.  You can use Gold Finger as well on a Machine or Animal that currently is involved in batch production if necessary.  (For example, if you have input the wrong total and need 10 more of the product...)

I did not like the entire concept of a Research Laboratory on my Farm and still prefer the old game with its simplicity but I have to confess that I like Gold Finger!  So even if you, like me, are not particularly enthusiastic about the Laboratory, you may wish to unlock and upgrade Gold Finger at least.

Botanic Garden
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The very last group of tasks in the traditional Quest sequence requires that you tend flowers in the Botanic Garden six times.  Try to refrain from tending your Garden when you approach the later groups of tasks if you wish to complete the Quest without delay.  Otherwise, simply wait it out.  There is no way to speed this task apart from skipping it completely.

As far as Island Tasks in this Quest are concerned, probably the most advanced is that of making the Garlic Bread, which requires Mastery of the Flavoured Bread Machine.  You will need access to the Botanic Garden as well, requiring a number of Island expansions.


Farming Science 1
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Darryl:  Hey!  Look who it is, my favourite farmer!  Thanks for coming!  Here is a lab coat and some safety glasses for you!  Please help me with some farm work while I tell you what's going on!


Harvest 40 White Grapes
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Bottles of Milk
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 6 Apples
  Skip for 6 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  Here we go!  Together we finished these tasks in the blink of an eye!

Farming Science 2
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Darryl:  Wondering why we wear these robes?  Looks cool, huh?  As you have guessed, we created a chemistry lab on our farm and something amazing is about to happen!  Are you ready for the experiment of the century?

Produce 40 Cheddar Cheese
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Cheese Salad
   Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 5 Honey and 2 Cheddar Cheese

Produce 40 Bottles of White Wine
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Good job!  We should now be prepared and ready to start!

Farming Science 3
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Darryl:  What?  Why is my face dirty?  Aah, there was a small accident, when I mixed liquids from the wrong vials together.  Could you get me some wipes, please?  I can't walk round with a dirty face!

Harvest 6 Lemons
  Skip for 6 RC

Produce 12 Glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 12 RC

Ask for 20 Wet Wipes from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Darryl:  This should help me to get rid of the marks on my face!

Farming Science 4
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Darryl:  Everything you see here is preparation for the big science fair!  All the kids from my school and even some of our teachers are participating!  It was all my idea!  We definitely will need some snacks to be prepared!

Collect 40 Buffalo Milk
  Skip for 10 RD

Harvest 40 Love Fruits
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Bowls of Cottage Cheese
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Cheddar Cheese and 2 Milk

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

Darryl:  Well done!  I am certain everything is going to work out since you are helping me!

Farming Science 5
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Darryl:  For all of our experiemtns, we are going to need a lot of ingredients.  The good news is ingredients can easily be made right here on our farm!  Let's get started before our visitors start arriving!

Collect 50 Eggs
  Skip for 12 RC

  N.B.  This is a good opportunity to use the new Chicken Coop Upgrader.  It will be more tedious than Batch Production UNLESS you use Gold Finger with it.  You then can collect your 50 Eggs without needing 50 Corn as well as working towards the amount of Eggs required for the next upgrade of the Upgrader.  (First upgrade requires production of 100 Eggs, 20000 Coins and 3 Hand Rakes.  Once you have upgraded it to Level 2, you can purchase a Super Egg Container that will allow you to add and collect 2 more products.  It is expensive though at 35 RC.)

Prepare 8 Sour Cream
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Buffalo Milk and 2 Butter
  Each Butter requires 2 Milk to make.

Produce 50 Sugar
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  Awesome!  This should be enough for now!

Farming Science 6
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Darryl:  For some of our tasty experiements we will need a special tree on the farm.  Please help me collect all the colourful beakers to obtain the Juneberry Tree!  (Eugenia:  This is interesting in that it is the first time a character has acknowledged the Collections Mission!)

Place Juneberry Tree on the Farm
  Reward from Collection Mission
  (Can be purchased from Market for 7 RC if you prefer)
  Skip for 10 RC

  N.B.  If you do not wish to complete the Collections Mission, it is far better to buy the tree in the Market for 7 RC than to skip this task for 10 RC!

Produce 40 Love Cakes
  Skip for 12 RC

  For lower level players, making 40 Love Cakes is the current Weekly Activity, I believe...  As of today, you have one more day to complete this Weekly Activity, so if you coordinate it with this task, you can kill two of the proverbial birds with a single stone.

Prepare 8 Sugar Cubes
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Sugar to make.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  Great!  Now we have another wonderful and useful tree for our Farm!

Farming Science 7
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Darryl:  Last but not least - how about some real scientist's tools?  I am sure our neighbours might know where to get high quality chemistry sets!


Ask Neighbours for 20 Chemistry Sets
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 8 Juneberry Dots
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Cottage Cheese and 1 Juneberry

Fish 8 times using the Squid Hook
  Skip for 8 RC

  N.B.  When the gauge is full, you have a total of 7 fishing tries.  If you do not wish to pay RC or wait for them to be restored over time, simply MISS one of them and you will achieve the completion of this task.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  Yippee!  Now we are ready to roll!

Farming Science 8
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Darryl:  Our first visitors are already here, why don't we show them the basics?  I will teach them how to grow beautiful and edible sugar crystals, AKA rock candy!  Come join in!

Harvest 8 Plums
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Macadamia Salads
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Cheese Salad and 1 Macadamia Nut

Prepare 8 Rock Candies, aka Sugar Crystals
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Sugar Cubes and 1 Honey Syrup
 
Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Special Reward: DNA Strand Shaped Plant Decoration for Seaside Farm

Darryl:  What a success!  Look how many crystals we made!

The second half of the traditional Quest sequence will require a higher Level of Experience, usually Level 26.  (It varies with each Quest ordinarily).  You will need access to the Island as well to complete all tasks.

Farming Science 9
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Darryl:  More visitors are arriving.  Let's take every one to the Beauty Department!  This is Grandma's area of expertise.  She will teach every one how to make natural homemade remedies for skin care!

Craft 6 Clay Facial Masks
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 2 Algae Powder, 1 Batter and 1 Distilled Water and takes 5 minutes to complete.  The item will be counted as soon as you begin to craft it, however.

Craft 3 Pearl Hydrating Mask
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Clay Facial Mask, 4 Cucumbers and 1 Pearl

Prepare 8 Bowls of Macadamia Soup
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Sour Cream and 1 Macadamia Nut

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  Grandma did a great job and so did you!  You are a great assistant!

Farming Science 10
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Darryl:  Time for me to shine!  Literally, hehe.  Did you know that you can turn tonic water into a glowing lamp at night?  No?  Let me show you how a simple tonic water can be turned into amazing glowing tonic water?

Prepare 8 Glowing Tonic Water
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Virgin Vesper Martinia and 1 Ice Cube
  Each Virgin Vesper Martini requires 2 Lemons and 2 Apple Juice

Harvest 8 Bananas
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 10 Banana Cakes
  Skip for 10 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  See?  How simple is that?  Just make ice cubes out of tonic water and it will glow!

Farming Science 11
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Darryl:  Hmm, what's that smoke coming from Grandpa's lab?  Can you cover for me here while I check to see what's going on over there?

Harvest 50 Garlic
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Crop but not one that requires special Dev Point totals.

Produce 50 Alpaca Hair
  Skip for 12 RC

Transport 50 Alpaca Hair to Island Farm
  Skip for 12 RC

  Divide the Alpaca Hair between Zeppelins to speed the transport.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  I'm back!  Thanks for keeping an eye on things!  Grandpa is fine, he's just working on his new inventions!  Ah?  My face is dirty again?

Farming Science 12
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Darryl:  Our visitors seem to be having a great time, but the best is yet to come!  Do you want to visit our kitchen?  Felicia is preparing something very astonishing.  She has been practicing a lot for this.  Let's cheer her on!

Produce  50 Alpaca Hair Yarn
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Task

  Note that production of Alpaca Hair Yarn requires an advanced Mastery of the Spinning Machine.

Prepare 8 Macadamia Lunch
   Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Macadamia Salad and 1 Macadamia Soup  (You should have both from earlier tasks)

Prepare 8 Volcano Cakes
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Love Cake and 1 Baking Soda

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Special Reward:  Island Mission Gift Box containing Farm Aids

Darryl:  Did you see how the volcano cake's chocolate lava erupted?  Almost like a real volcano!  Felicia did great!

Farming Science 13
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Darryl:  I see that every one is enjoying everything!  As a memento of our science fair, I think we could give every one a Science Club Member's Badge.  Please help me get some from our neighbours.  I am sure they'll be happy to help!

Ask Neighbours for 20 Club Member Badges
  Skip for 20 RC

Produce 20 Chestnut Flour
  Skip for 10 RC
  This is an Island Task

Craft 6 Scarecrow Toys in the Workshop
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is an Island Task

  Each requires 2 Mohair Yarn and 1 Cedar Wood and 1 Power

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  These badges are so cool!  Can I have one for myself?

Farming Science 14
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Darryl:  Have you ever created a hybrid fusion of anything in your life?  Only flowers in the garden?  No?  Here is your chance to do it!  Let's combine 2 types of dishes and create another one!  Can you guess what we're going to make?

Produce 20 Garlic Bread
  Skip for 20 RC
  This is an Island Task

  The price of skipping this task is BRUTAL...  If you don't have the Flavoured Bread Machine or the required Mastery to make the Garlic Bread, you will be spending far too much RC to complete THIS Quest in my view but it depends on how badly you want the Decoration I suppose.

Harvest 60 Eggplants
  Skip for 15 RC

Prepare 6 Baking Powder
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Baking Soda and 2 Cornmeal

Darryl:  How do you like our new recipe?  It took the best of both dishes!
(What is he talking about here???  What new Recipe?)

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

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Darryl:  It's getting late.  We better finish up our fair so visitors can return home before dark.  We can't forget the big surprise!  No one will be leaving empty-handed!  Back to the kitchen and let's show every one what we've learned today!

Produce 10 Banana Ice Cream
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 10 Plum Ice Cream
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Experimental Desserts
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Glowing Tonic Water and 1 Volcano Cake.  You should have both from earlier tasks.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  Wow!  Impressive!  You're a fast learner!

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Darryl:  I have to admit, you were an amazing assitant and without you I wouldn't have been able to make this day such a success!

Take care of Flowers in Botanic Garden 6 times
  Skip for 6 RC
  This  is an Island Task

Prepare 6 plates of Fried Eggplants Rolls
  Skip for 6 RC

  Each requires 2 Baking Powder and 1 Fried Eggplant
  Each Fried Eggplant requires 4 Eggplant and 2 Wheat Flour
  Note that you will need to make more Baking Powder to complete this task even if you save the Baking Powder from the earlier Task.

Prepare 8 Summer Sweets
  Skip for 8 RC

  Each requires 1 Juneberry Dots and 1 Rock Candy

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  Great job today!  I'll see you soon, Farmer!


Special Reward: Lava Lamp Decoration for Island Farm

18 May 2016

New Upgraders, Gadgets and old Upgraders



This is an old post, which I now am updating with information about ALL the Upgraders and Gadgets now available in the Market.

Above you will see photographs of a portion of the Blue Mystrons Shop.  I have included these photographs to illustrate an important tip.  If you go to your Island and access the Market from THAT location, you will be able to see ALL the Upgraders and Gadgets, whether or not you have purchased them.  If you look at the same Mystrons Shop from the original Seaside Farm, you will see only those Gadgets you have NOT purchased yet.

While you are on the Island, tap on the little 'i' to see a full description of any Gadget.

How to Use your Upgraders
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Upgraders are Bases.  Use the Move Tool and then the jigsaw puzzle icon to place Gadgets on the appropriate base.  To upgrade any Upgrader, use the Move Tool and then the icon at the very right end of the toolbar that shows an expansion.

Batch Production
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Note that although originally, you could not use Batch Production on ANY Upgrader, that no longer is the case and you can use Gold Finger to make the total.  Unfortunately, although Gold Finger originally operated even on the Red Egg Gadget if you did not have the necessary ingredient, now you must have the Feed Flour to use it.

Here are the details about the Upgraders and Gadgets  added to the Market:

Dutch Mill Upgrader
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Dutch Mill Upgrader: 3000 Coins

Upgrading the Dutch Mill:

To upgrade the Dutch Mill Upgrader to Level 2:

Produce 100 Products
15000 Coins
3 Hoes (1 RC each or 5 Blue Mystrons each)

To upgrade the Dutch Mill Upgrader to Level 3:

Produce 250 Products
24000 Coins
10 Hoes (1 RC each or 5 Blue Mystrons each)
30 Trowels (1 RC each or Request as Free Gift from Neighbours)

To upgrade the Dutch Mill to Level 4:

Produce 500 Products  (the count begins at 0 again)
54000 Coins
20 Hoes (1 RC each or 5 Blue Mystrons each)
70 Trowels (1 RC each or Request from Neighbours)

To upgrade the Dutch Mill to Level 5:

Dutch Mill Gadgets
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Super Flour Gadget: 35 RC
  Must have Level 2 Dutch Mill.  Add and collect 2 more products.  What this means in fact is that you can add and collect 5 products at a time.
  2 Charm

Extra Flour Gadget: 25 RC
  Must have Level 5 Dutch Mill.  Get an additional product by chance.
  6 Charm

Red Mystron Shop:

Flour Container: 500 Red Mystrons
  Level 2 Gadget:  Add and collect 1 more product.

Almond Flour Gadget: 2500 Red Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget: You can produce Almond Flour now.


Other Gadgets in the Blue Mystrons Shop are:

Green Bean Flour Gadget: 100 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3.  You can produce Green Bean Flour.
  2 Charm

Feed Flour Gadget: 300 Blue Mystrons
  Level 5.  Obtain Feed Flour randomly.

Hoe: 5 Blue Mystrons
  Used for Upgrades of Upgrader

Hand Rake: 5 Blue Mystrons
  Used for Upgrades of Upgrader

There are new Themes in the Purple Mystrons Shop as follows:

Kitty Theme: 150 Purple Mystrons
  Theme for the Dutch Mill at Level 4

Chicken Coop Upgrader
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Chicken Coop Upgrader: 4000 Coins
  20 Charm

To upgrade the Chicken Coop Upgrader to Level 2, you will need the following:

Produce 100 Products
20000 Coins
3 Hand Rakes (1 RC each or 5 Blue Mystrons each)

To upgrade the Chicken Coop Upgrader to Level 3:

Produce 250 Products
32000 Coins
10 Hand Rakes (1 RC each or 5 Blue Mystrons each)
30 Green Wheelbarrows (1 RC each or request from Neighbours)

To upgrade the Chicken Coop to Level 4:

Produce 500 Products (count begins at zero)
72000 Coins
20 Hand Rakes (1 RC each or 5 Blue Mystrons each)
70 Green Wheelbarrows (1 RC each or Request from Neighbours)

To upgrade to Level 5:

1000 Products
128000 Coins
50 Hand Rakes
150 Green Wheelbarrows

Chicken Coop Gadgets:
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Super Egg Container: 35 RC
  Must have Level 2 Chicken Coop.  Add and collect 2 more products.  What this means in fact is that you can add and collect 5 products at a time.
  2 Charm

Extra Egg Gadget: 25 RC
  Must have Level 5 Chicken Coop.  Get an additional product by chance.
  6 Charm

Red Mystron Shop:

Egg Container: 300 Red Mystrons
  Level 2 Gadget:  Add and collect 1 more product.

Egg Yolk Gadget: 2500 Red Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget: You can produce Egg Yolk now.

Other Gadgets  have been added to the Blue Mystrons Shop as follows:

Egg White Gadget: 100 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3, You can produce Egg Whites.
  2 Charm

Red Egg Gadget:   300 Blue Mystrons
  Level 5.  You can produce Red Eggs
  3 Charm

Chicken Feather Gadget: 300 Blue Mystrons
  Level 5.  You can obtain Chicken Feathers randomly.
  3 Charm

To upgrade the Chicken Coop to Level 4:

Produce 500 Products (count begins at zero)
72000 Coins
20 Hand Rakes (1 RC each or 5 Blue Mystrons each)
70 Green Wheelbarrows (1 RC each or Request from Neighbours)

There are Themes in the Purple Mystrons Shop as follows:

Rainbow Theme: 150 Purple Mystrons
  Theme for the Chicken Coop at Level 4


Other Upgraders
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The older Upgraders are the Cheese Master Upgrader and the Holstein Cow Upgrader.  Some of the gadgets for these now can be found in the RED Mystron Shop as follows:

Pasteuriser: 2000 Red Mystrons
  Holstein Cow Level 3 Gadget.  Allows Holstein Cow to produce Pure Milk

Bat Cheese Gadget: 2000 Red Mystrons
  Cheese Master Level 3 Gadget.  You can now produce Bat Cheese, provided always that you have the Bat House!

Holstein Cow and Cheese Master Upgraders
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The original Upgraders released were for the Holstein Cow and the Cheese Maker.  You will find a  tab in the Animal Menu for Upgraders and the same in the Machines Menu.  The Cheese Maker Upgrader costs 2000 Coins and the Holstein Cow Upgrader costs 1000 Coins.

The Upgraders are similar to Bases.  You need to first choose the Move tool and then the jigsaw icon to place the proper item (Animal or Machine) on its Upgrader.

Holstein Cow Upgrader: 1000 Coins

Upgrading the Holstein Cow Upgrader:

Level 2:
Produce 100 Milk
5000 Coins
3 Soil (1 RC each)
Production speed increase of 10%

Level 3:
Produce 250 Milk
8000 Coins
10 Soil Shovels (1 RC each)
30 Soil Rakes (Buddy gift)

Level 5:

Produce 1000 products
32000 Coins
50 Soil Shovels
150 Soil Rakes

Gadgets for Holstein Cow Upgrader:

For the Cow Upgrader, these are:

Super Milk Container: 35 RC
  This is a Level 2 item that will allow you to add and collect 2 more products

Extra Milk Gadget: 25 RC
  This is a Level 5 item that will give you extra products 'by chance'... in other words, randomly.

You will find some Level 5 Gadgets available in the Blue Mystron Shop now, including:

Low Fat Gadget: 100 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3 Item, allows Holstein Cow to produce Low Fat Milk

Milk Powder Gadget: 150 Blue Mystrons
  Level 5 item:  Allows Holstein Cow to produce Milk Powder randomly


Winter Theme (Holstein Cow) 150 Purple Mystrons

Note that the Upgraders can be stored.

Upgrading the Upgraders
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The upgraders can themselves be upgraded:

To upgrade any Upgrader, you need to use the Move Tool and then tap on the icon of the House with arrows that go in two directions.  It is the last icon.  You then will see what is needed for the upgrade.

Cheese Master Upgrader: 2000 Coins

Upgrading the Cheese Master Upgrader:

Level 2:
Produce 100 products (Cheese)
10000 Coins
3 Red Bricks (1 RC each)

Level 3:
Produce 250 Milk Cheese
16000 Coins
10 Red Bricks (1 RC each)
30 Cheese Mould (Buddy Gift)

Level 4:

Produce 500 Products
36000 Coins
20 Red Bricks
70 Cheese Mould

Level 5:

1000 Products
64,000 Coins
50 Red Bricks
150 Cheese Mould

Gadgets for the Cheese Master Upgrader:

For the Cheese Master Upgrader:

Super Cheese Container: 35 RC
  Level 2 item that allows you to add and collect 2 more products

Extra Cheese Gadget: 25 RC
  Level 5 item that will give you extra products 'by chance', i.e. randomly.


You will find some Level 5 Gadgets available in the Blue Mystron Shop now, including:

Cheese Container: 50 Blue Mystrons
  Level 2 Gadget:  Add and collect 1 more product

Low Fat Cheese Gadget: 100 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget:: You now can produce Low Fat Cheese

Blue Cheese Gadget: 150 Blue Mystrons
  Level 5 Gadget:  Get Blue Cheese randomly

Mozzarella Gadget: 500 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget:  Produce Mozzarella (randomly I expect)


Winter Theme (Cheese Master) 150 Purple Mystrons

Warning about Upgraders
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The basic Upgrader takes more space on your Farm than the item it houses, whether it is the Holstein Cow or the Cheese Master.  Unfortunately, each progressive upgrade of an Upgrader is larger, requiring more space.  If you have no clear space on your farm and you upgrade an Upgrader, you may see the horrible situation shown in the photo above.

This is a photo of the Level Editor.  The game will force you into it when any situation arises where the items on your Farm do not all have a space to be placed.  You then will be forced to sell something before the Menu will close.  The easiest solution is to sell some plots and then move items about until you can place the Item that caused the problem.  In this case, as previously indicated, it was the upgrade of an upgrader that required more space than the original.

It is a very good idea to keep some vacant space on your farm always to avoid this situation.  Harvest Moon FDC and Rosewood Farms now are so overcrowded that I have experienced this nightmare situation on both farms.  Try to avoid it if you can!

Extra Product Gadgets
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Note that there are two different Gadgets for each Upgrader that will yield extra product.  One costs RC and is found in the regular Market.  The other costs Red Mystrons and is found in the Red Mystron Shop.  You receive only 1 extra product when the Red Mystron Container is on the Upgrader but you do not have to pay RC for that gadget.

Upgraders 101
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Do you need to purchase and use the Upgraders that increasingly appear in the Market?  At this point in time, they have not been mandatory for any time-restricted Mission, unlike the Pet System, where the use of Pets to open a specific number of Chests has been added to task lists on occasion.

Upgraders basically were designed like the Bases for stackable items.  Rather than being Decorations, they are 'gadgets' with different effects when they are placed on the Upgrader.

Every Upgrader has its own list of Gadgets.  Some allow greater production of existing products but others allow creation of special new products.  Every Gadget is level-based which means that you have to have the Upgrader upgraded to the Level of the Gadget before you can place and use it on that Upgrader.

Upgrader Footprint
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In games, the size of any item is its 'Footprint'.  The Upgrader's size changes with each new level. This can create significant problems when you attempt to upgrade any Upgrader if you do not have sufficient space for the new size or Footprint.

Tool Menu
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To see the Tool Menu of any Upgrader or Base, first choose the 'Move' tool from the Main Menu.  While the Upgrader is in 'Move' Mode, you will have access to the Upgrader Tool Menu.  The most significant Tools are the 'Search' Tool (displayed as a Magnifying Glass) and the Upgrade Tool (displayed as an Expansion icon in the form of a House on a green square with two arrows pointing to southwest and southeast).

While the Upgrader is in Move Mode, choose the Search Tool to see all possible Gadgets that can be placed on the Upgrader.  Each will have a designated position, similar to the Positions allocated to Stackable Decorations on any Base.

Gallery Registration of Gadgets and Themes
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Note that all Gadgets and Theme items can be registered in your Gallery and each has a specific Charm Point value, although Charm Points are no longer that important in Seaside except insofar as they boost Landscape Points when placed within the influence of a Path.

The following Gadgets are available for the new Upgraders:

Angora Rabbit Upgrader Gadgets:
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Super Carrot Container: 35 RC
  Level 2 Gadget: Add and collect 2 more products.

Extra Angora Hair Gadget 25 RC
  Level 5 Gadget: Get extra product by chance.  Does not work with Batch Production.

Wonderland Theme 150 Purple Mystrons
  Level 4 Gadget: Add a Wonderland Theme to your Rabbit Upgrader.

Brown Angora Hair Gadget 100 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget.  You now can produce Brown Angora Hair.

Angora Velvet Gadget 300 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget.  Produces Angora Velvet only when fed Fruit Platter

Carrot Doll Gadget 300 Blue Mystrons
  Level 5 Gadget: Get extra Product by chance.  Does not work with Batch Production.

Carrot Container: 500 Red Mystrons
  Level 2 Gadget: Add and collect 1 more product.

Angora Hair Ball Gadget:  2500 Red Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget: You can produce Angora Hair Ball.

Juice Machine Upgrader Gadgets
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Super Juice Container: 35 RC
  Level 2 Gadget.  Add and collect 2 more products.

Extra Juice Gadget: 25 RC
  Level 5 Gadget.  Get extra product by chance.  Does not work with Batch Production.

Sakura Theme: 150 Purple Mystrons
  Level 4 Gadget.  Add a Sakura Theme to your Upgrader.

Watermelon Juice Gadget: 100 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget.  You now can produce Watermelon Juice

Surinam Cherry Juice Gadget: 300 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget.  You now can product Surinam Cherry Juice

Fruit Platter Gadget: 300 Blue Mystrons
  Level 5 Gadget.  Get extra product by chance. Does not work on Batch Production.

Juice Container: 500 Red Mystrons
  Level 2 Gadget.  Add and collect 1 more product.

Coconut Juice Gadget: 2500 Red Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget.  You can product Coconut Juice

Upgrading your Upgraders
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Every Level of upgrade has different requirements:

Juice Machine Upgrader Expansions:
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Level 2 Upgrade requires the following:

100 Products produced
20000 Coins
3 Brown Bricks (1 RC each or buy for 5 Blue Mystrons)

Level 3 Upgrade requires the following:

250 Products produced
32000 Coins
10 Brown Bricks (1 RC each or buy for 5 Blue Mystrons)
30 Bunch of Cement (1 RC each or request from Neighbours)

Angora Rabbit Upgrader Expansions
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Level 2 Upgrade requires the following:

100 Products produced
20000 Coins
3 Soil Buckets (1 RC each)

Level 3 Upgrade requires the following:

250 Products produced
32000 Coins
10 Soil Buckets (1 RC each)
30 Metal Shovels (1 RC each or request from Neighbours)

Level 4 Upgrade requires the following:

500 products
20 soil buckets
72000 Coins
70 Metal Shovels

(Thanks to Kathy Adams Marcum of our Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk Group)

Jam Machine Upgrader
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Another addition is the Jam Machine Upgrader.

All Upgraders are found in the Market in a tab marked upgrader.  The Jam Machine Upgrader is found in the Machine department and costs 3000 Coins.  Place it on your farm and then place your Jam Machine on it using the Jigsaw puzzle icon in the Move Tools Menu.  You then must satisfy the requirements to upgrade the Upgrader.

Upgraders are limited in their use.  You cannot use Batch Production on a Machine or Animal when it is placed on an Upgrader.  Extra Product Gadgets do not work with Goldfinger.  You can use OP to speed individual production by paying 10 OP for each but I always considered that a bit wasteful myself.

To upgrade it to Level 2:

Produce 100 Jam
20000 Coins
3 Cement Barrels
  Cement Barrels cost 1 RC each or can be obtained in the Blue Mystrons Mystery Shop for 5 Blue Mystrons each.  You only will be able tp purchase 1 per day.

To upgrade to Level 3:

Produce 250 Products
32000 Coins
10 Cement Barrels (Pay 1 RC each or buy in Blue Mystrons Shop for 5 Blue Mystrons each)
30 Tool Kits
  (Request from Neighbours or pay 1 RC for each)

To upgrade to Level 4:

500 Products
72000 Coins
20 Cement Barrels
70 Tool Kits

To upgrade it to Level 5:

1000 Jam
128,000 Coins
50 Cement Barrels
  (Pay 1 RC for each or purchase in Blue Mystrons Shop for 5 Blue Mystrons each.  You only will be able to purchase one per day)
150 Tool Kits

Gadgets for Jam Machine
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Gadgets for any Upgrader can be purchased even before they can be used, but to place them, you will have to have upgraded your Upgrader to the appropriate Level.  The Gadgets for the new Jam Upgrader are:

Super Jam Container
  Level 2 Gadget
  Add and Collect 2 more products
  Cost: 35 RC

Extra Jam Gadget
  Level 5 Gadget
  Get an additional product by chance
  Cost: 25 RC

Jam Container
  Level 2 Gadget
  Add and Collect one more product
  Cost: 150 Red Mystrons

Cinnamon Jam Gadget
  Level 3 Gadget
  You can produce Cinnamon Jam
  500 Red Mystrons

Love Fruit Jam Gadget
  Level 3 Gadget
  300 Blue Mystrons

Jello Pudding Gadget
  Level 5 Gadget
  300 Blue Mystrons

Jam Machine Upgrader Themes
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You can purchase Themes for your Upgraders.  Themes change the appearance of the Upgrader but again, you need to have the Upgrader at the appropriate Level.

Orange Theme
  Level 4 Gadget
  150 Purple Mystrons

Wine Maker Upgrader
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Wine Maker Upgrader: 4000 Coins

Gadgets for the Wine Maker Upgrader are:

Super Wine Container: 35 RC
  Level 2 Gadget: Add and collect 2 additional products

Extra Wine Gadget: 25 RC
  Level 5 Gadget:  Get extra product by chance but not from Batch Production

Rose Wine Container: 100 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget: Produce Rose Wine using Red Rose

Wine Lees Gadget: 300 Blue Mystron
  Level 5 Gadget: Obtain Wine Lees by chance but not in Batch Production

Wine Container: 500 Red Mystrons
  Level 2 Gadget: Add and collect 1 additional product

Rainbow Cocktail Container: 1000 Red Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget: Produce Rainbow Cocktail using Rainbow Fruit

Disco Theme: 500 Purple Mystrons
  Level 4 Gadget: Change the appearance of your Wine Maker Upgrader to a Disco Theme

Upgrade Requirements for Wine Maker Upgrader
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To upgrade initially you will need:

Produce 100 Products
20000 Coins
3 Box of Tools (1 RC each or purchase for 5 Blue Mystrons each)

To upgrade to Level 3:

250 Products
32000 Coins
10 Box of Tools (1 RC each or purchase for 5 Blue Mystrons each)
30 Bundle of Wooden Planks (1 RC each or request from neighbours)

To upgrade to Level 4:

500 Products
72000 Coins
20 Box of Tools (1 RC each or purchase for 5 Blue Mystrons each)
70 Bundle of Wooden Planks (1 RC each or request from neighbours)

To upgrade to Level 5:

1000 Products
128000 Coins
50 Box of Tools (1 RC each or purchase for 5 Blue Mystrons each)
150 Bundle of Wooden Planks (1 RC each or request from neighbours)

Burger Maker Upgrader
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Burger Machine Upgrader: 4000 Coins

Gadgets for the Burger Machine Upgrader are:

Super Burger Container: 35 RC
  Level 2 Gadget: Add and collect 2 additional products

Extra Burger Gadget: 25 RC
  Level 5 Gadget: Get extra product by chance but not from Batch Production

Venison Burger Container: 100 Blue Mystrone
  Level 3 Gadget: Produce Venison Burger using Venison

Pumpkin Tomato Burger Gadget: 300 Blue Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget: Produce Pumpkin Tomato Burgers using Pumpkin Tomatoes (Cropology)

Mini Burger Gadget: 300 Blue Mystrons
  Level 5 Gadget: Obtain Mini Burger by chance but not in Batch Production

Burger Container: 500 Red Mystrons
  Level 2 Gadget: Add and collect 1 additional product

Flatfish Burger Container: 1000 Red Mystrons
  Level 3 Gadget: Produce Flatfish Burger using Flatfish

Doughnut Theme: 500 Purple Mystrons
  Level 4 Gadget: Change the appearance of the Burger Machine Upgrader

Upgrade Requirements for Burger Machine Upgrader
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To upgrade initially you will need:

Produce 100 Products
Use 20000 Coins
3 Tool Shelves (1 RC each or purchase with 5 Blue Mystrons each)

To upgrade to Level 3, you will need:

Produce 250 Products
Use 32000 Coins
10 Tool Shelves (1 RC each or purchase with 5 Blue Mystrons each)
15 Burger Machine Screws (1 RC each or request from Neighbours)

To upgrade to Level 4:

To upgrade to Level 5: