22 November 2016

Thanksgiving Arch and Activity Tokens



(Photograph of Thanksgiving Arch with Turkey, Owl and Sunflower Ornaments on it.  See the last section of this post for a comprehensive list of all possible Decorations, how to obtain them and how they are displayed on the Arch.)

Note that the post that gives all tasks and details for the current time-restricted Quest, Magic Mystery,  is below this one and any older post always can be found by typing keywords into the Search box on this site.

I really am remiss here.  I should have written a post about the Thanksgiving Arch when it first appeared in the Activity Tokens Shop.  I wrote about it in our Groups but not on the site.  I suppose part of the reason is my now-ingrained hatred of the Coffee House which was the only source of the Activity Tokens until now.

Thankfully, yes, THANKFULLY (Thanksgiving being round the corner), that has changed.  You now receive the Activity Tokens by filling orders for the special Thanksgiving visitors that can be invited when you access the regular Map for the Guest House.  Now, temporarily, you will find a new icon in the bottom left cornder of the Map and looks either like a pink cake decorated with cones or a pink mountain range.  Tap on it and you will gain access to the special Thanksgiving Guests.

In case it matters to you, the names of all the guests are Tom, Huey, George, Jane and Cassidy.  They are regular Guests you may have encountered before, but now dressed in Thanksgiving costumes.

It is important to realise that, according to the splashscreen, you will receive only 1 Passport per day for the special Thanksgiving Guests.  I will confirm this after reset tonight but that is what it states.  Today, you only can invite the 1 Star Guests because one of the requirements for unlocking the 2 Star Guests is a total of 120 Coins earned in filling Thanksgiving Orders specifically.

After reset, however, provided you have all the requirements for unlocking 2 and 3 Star, you then can choose the 3 Star Guests with more Guests, Orders and therefore, more Activity Token rewards.

As with regular Map areas and unlocking 2 Star and 3 Star Guests for those areas, you will find two different sets of requirements.  One is for the actual Map Level and group of Guests that live there.  The other is for the Passports (2 Star, 3 Star) needed to actually bring the Guests to your Farm.  It is rather confusing... if I have it backwards, please forgive me.  In point of fact, both sets of requirements must be met in order to be able to invite the higher level of Guests to your Farm!

Thanksgiving Group Requirements
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To be able to invite 1 Star Guests, you need the following:

10 Paths
A zero coin total in Thanksgiving Orders


To be able to invite 2 Star Guests, you need the following:

35 Paths
9 Water Paths

To be able to invite 3 Star Guests, you need the following:

50 Paths
10 Water Paths
Zero coin total

Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Party Requirements
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All players who have a Pet House and Guest House and 10 Paths should be able to invite the 1 Star Thanksgiving Party I believe.

To be able to unlock 2 Star Thanksgiving Party, you need the following:

120 Coins Earned in filling Thanksgiving Orders
5 Telescopes  (obtain by opening Chests)

To be able to unlock 3 Star Thanksgiving Party, you need the following:

1000 Coins earned in filling thanksgiving Orders
10 Telescopes
500 Landscape Points

Actual Orders for 1 Star Thanksgiving Guests:
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Turkey Burger
Egg
Betutu Chicken
Rose (the wine)
Wine
Stuffed Turkey

20 Stiamina used for each order.  4 Tokens from each of the two Guests and 600 to 700 Coins for each order.


2 Star Thanksgiving Group:
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The 2 Star Group consisted of Huey, George, Tom and Jane.  Essentially, you will receive 1 Reward containing 4 Tokens and some Coins from those Guests who give only 2 Orders.  From those who give 4, you will receive 2 Gifts.  The first will contain 4 Tokens and some Coins and the 2nd will contain 8 Tokens and some Coins.

Huey makes 2 different Orders.
George makes 4 different Orders
Tom makes 2 different Orders
Jane makes 4 different Orders

Actual 2 Star Orders
4 Eggs x 352 Coins
4 White Wine x 344 Coins
1 Betutu Chicken Rice at 810 Coins
1 Betutu Chicken
1 Rose
1 Betutu Chicken Rice
1 Fried Seasoned Chicken
1 Fried Seasoned Chicken
1 Roast Turkey
1 Roast Turkey
Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
1 Roast Turkey
2 Turkey Sausage

1st Reward: 4 Tokens 500 Coins from Huey
2nd Reward: 4 Tokens, 700 Coins from Tom
3rd Reward: 4 Tokens, 500 Coins from Jane
4th Reward, 4 Tokens, 400 Coins from George
6th Reward; 8 Tokens, 700 Coins form Jane (2nd Reward)
7th Reward: 8 Tokens, 700 Coins from George (2nd Reward)


3 Star Thanksgiving Group
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The 3 Star Group consisted of George, Huey, Cassidy, Jane and Tom.

George makes 4 different orders.  Huey makes 2 different orders.  Cassidy makes a total of 8  different Orders.  Jane makes 4 different Orders and Tom makes 2 different Orders.

A character who makes 4 Orders gives two separate gifts that contain Activity Tokens.  The first gives 4 Tokens and the 2nd gives 8.  Still have not completed the last four for Cassidy.  This is absurd!

Actual Orders for 3 Star:

2 Spicy Chicken Soup (1776 Coins)
1 Stuffed Turkey (1333 Coins)
1 Turkey Burger
9 Wine
3 Roast Turkey
3 Roast Turkey
1 Custard
1 Betutu Chicken Rice
5 Turkey Sausage
1 Apple Jelly
1 Custard
1 Betutu Chicken Rice
13 Rice
2 Spicy Chicken Soup
1 Fried Seasoned Chicken
2 No-Flour Cornbread
2 No Flour Cornbread

1st Reward: 4 Tokens, 500 Coins
2nd Reward: 4 Tokens, 600 Coins
3rd Reward: 4 Tokens, 600 Coins
4th Reward: 4 Tokens, 600 Coins (Tom's Reward)
5th Reward: 8 Tokens, 700 Coins (2nd from George)
6th Reward: 4 Tokens, 400 Coins
7th Reward: 8 Tokens, 700 Coins (2nd from Jane)
8th Reward: 8 Tokens, 700 Coins (2nd from Cassidy)

The first Reward from any Guest seems to be 4 Activity Tokens and a coin total.  The second one, where a Character gives 2, is 8 Activity Tokens and a coin total.  As Cassidy gives a total of 8 Orders, you will receive more Gifts from her than the others.  I had things to do, so she left in disgust after Order No. 5...  I would imagine she will give a total of 4 Gifts, and that the Token amount will be greater than that given by the others but have to confirm this.

Stupidly, I had auto-bargain on and no Buddy pets on the farm.  With only 2 Pets, all other Guests had their orders filled and I was left with Cassidy, who still needed 4 more orders filled, with all others done.  Next time, will organise things better for the 3 Star Guest Group.  Had no trouble at all with the 2 Star Group.

ADVICE:
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When you send for the 3 Star Group and keep the auto-bargain option on, Cassidy's Orders tend to be ignored, especially if you do not have an extraordinary number of Pets to do your bidding.  There is no problem with leaving some orders unfilled really.  You still can collect Rewards and Tokens from the other Guests.  If, however, you want all possible Tokens from the 3 Star Group, you will be obliged to manage closely.  Many players, including myself, cannot be on farm that much.

My own preference here is to invite the 2 Star Group of Guests.  It is easy enough to fiill all their Orders for a start.  Secondly, one does earn a fair number of Activity Tokens from the Visit.  You can keep auto-bargain on and no one suffers.

Buying Additional Passports
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You can buy an additional Passport for 2 RC to use at any star level that you have unlocked by tapping on the plus sign to the right of the passport count at the top right of the screen.  I was able to buy the 2 Star Guest group after using my initial 1 Passport.

2 Star Thanksgiving Group:

The 2 Star Group consisted of Huey, George, Tom and Jane.

Nonetheless, I can write about the Thanksgiving Arch and the Activity Tokens Shop.

The Activity Tokens Shop is a Mystery Shop that appears usually only during special holiday Seasons.  Sometimes, there are special Decorations that are sold in the Activities Token Shop that are similar to Bases.  One purchases them with Coins and after placing them, can purchase stackable Decorations for them using Activity Tokens.  Last year, the XMas Tree was a case in point.

Now, the Activities Token Shop has the Thanksgiving Arch.  The price is 500 Coins.
Initially, the Decorations for this Thanksgiving Arch (Base) were ones that could be purchased solely with Activity Tokens.  They then added two Decorations with RC prices.

Initially, Activity Tokens could be obtained solely through the Coffee House by completing the Orders of the Customers there.  Now they are available when you invite the special Thanksgiving Guests to visit and fill all of their Orders.

Activity Token Shop
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You will find the Activity Token Shop in the same group of tabs as the other Mystery Shops.

What is sold there is as follows:

Thanksgiving Arch: 500 Coins

The Decorations for the Thanksgiving Arch, with prices are:

Grape Ornament: 250 Tokens
Pumpkin Ornament: 250 Tokens
Barley Ornament: 250 Tokens
Candle Ornament: 250 Tokens
Turkey Ornament:  7 RC
Owl Ornament: 9 RC

Another item for sale in the Activity Tokens Shop is:

Bear Themed Pet House: 600 Tokens

Decorating the Thanksgiving Arch
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Once you have purchased the Thanksgiving Arch and placed it on your farm, it will operate like any other Base.  When you move a Stackable Decoration on top of it, you should see the jigsaw puzzle icon to be able to add it to the Base.  What happens with these Decorations, like those for the XMas Tree last year, is that they change.  They are removed from cornucopia or basket and used to decorate the Arch itself.  You therefore have two different visual options.  One is to place the little Decoration in its basket or cornucopia on your farm directly or to add it to the Base where it will 'trim' the Arch.

There are two other Decorations that can be used on the Thanksgiving Arch as follows:

Sunflower Ornament:  This is the Reward for obtaining a total of 4000 Votes in the current Farm Beauty Contest

Apple Ornament:  This is the Calendar Reward for the month of November.

Preview of  Arch
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There is a way to preview ALL the Decorations associated with any Base now by using the little Search icon (Magnifying Glass) that appears whenever you first tap on the Move (X) tool on any Base.  Tap on the Magnifying Glass and you will have the option to preview any Decoration or Decorations for it.

Every Base has a number of specific positions that can be occupied by Decorations.  The total usually is four but in this case is five.

The Decorations and positions are:

1.  Apple Ornament (Calendar Reward)
2.  Sunflowers Ornament (Farm Beauty Contest Reward)
3.  Grape Ornament or Pumpkin Ornament (only 1 at any time of these, costing 250 Tokens in the Activity Token Shop)
4.  Owl Ornament (9 RC) or Candle Ornament (250 Activity Tokens)
5.  Barley Ornament (250 Tokens) or Turkey Ornament (7 RC)

If you look at the list and the way each Ornament is obtained, you will see that a person who cannot earn many Tokane still can decorate the Thanksgiving Arch.

The visuals are as follows:

The Turkey Ornament and the Barley Ornament are at the top of the Base.  This is quite striking in appearance.

The Owl Ornament and Candles Ornament both go on either side of the top half of the Base. Again, quite striking.

All other ornaments twine about the Base, but the Grapes and Pumpkins depend from it like pendants where Sunflowers and all others twine round it... actually cannot see where the Apples go, probably because the Ornament will not be available until the last day of November!

18 November 2016

Magic Mystery Quest and Magic Symbols Collections Mission

This is the new time-restricted Quest with Collections Mission.   The reward for completing the Collections Mission is another Stove House Recipe.  The reward for completing the first half of the traditional Quest sequence is Dog Pet Ears and for completing the entire sequence, you will receive an Alraun Scarecrow Decoration.

Magic Symbols Collections Mission
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Collect Magic Symbols
Reward: Wizard Cake Recipe

Collect 70 Autumn Magic from Purmpkins
Collect 50 Winter Magic from White Turkey
Collect 30 Summer Magic from Black Bread
Collect 10 Spring Magic from Laurus Tree

Note that this Recipe is not for sale at this point in the Market, so the only way to obtain it is by completing the Collections Mission.  It probably will be added to the Shop once the Mission expires.

Required Items
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One item that should be mentioned here is the Spice needed for one of the Task Recipes.  Spice is a temporary Collectable.  You can purchase it for Coins and it only remains on your farm for three days before it vanishes.  If you do not have at least 40 Spice in your Barn, you will be in trouble.  40 are needed for the Betatu Chicken task late in the Quest sequence.

Required Premium Items
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You will need a Chocolate Machine to complete all Tasks.  The Chocolate Machine is a premium item, a Machine that costs 8 RC when purchased in the Machine section of the Market.  You may find it randomly for sale in the Green Mystrons Mystery Shop and this is true of any premium Tree as well.  Premium Trees now randomly can be found in the Special Deals section of the Market.  Some are included in special sale offers, but at present, the ones needed for this Mission appear to be missing from those special time-restricted Offers.
Premium Trees needed to complete the Collections Mission and traditional Quest sequence include the Laurus Tree for Collections and for more than one Beauty Shop Recipe, the Dark Chocolate Tree for more than one task and the Plumeria Tree for a Beauty Shop Recipe.

Obtaining premium Ingredients
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Note that, although I have stated that you need specific premium items in the section above, if the task only needs the item in question as an ingredient, there is another way to obtain it now, by requesting that a neighbour place it in hisher Flea Market for sale.  You can obtain the Spice that way as well if you are short on the amount needed.  You will need the Chocolate Machine to produce the Chocolates required to complete the tasks near the end of the sequence and actually there are tasks that require that you harvest specific amounts from the premium Trees.  Your only other option, if you do not have the Machine or Trees and cannot afford to buy them, is to skip the tasks that require them.

Premium Items and Collections Set
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N.B.  The Collections Set for this Mission consists of the Alraun Scarecrow, the Laurus Tree and the Chocolate Machine so, if you do not have them, you have to obtain them if you wish to complete the Collections Set to acquire the special Clam Friendship Flower.

Terminology
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Some one made a comment in the group to the effect that 'Rose' should have an accent on the final 'e'.  Never have been able to sort that out on my keyboard but I think her reason for posting that was to make certain players were not confused by the task.  If the task involves a Crop, it wll direct you to 'Harvest'.  If it is a Beauty Shop product or Island Workshop product, it usually will ask you to 'Craft' the item.  If it is a Kitchen Recipe, it will direct you to 'Prepare'.    Oddly enough, if it is a Stove House recipe, it will direct you to 'Cook' ... I suppose some of the kitchen recipes do not involve actual heating of a dish!  If it is a Machine product, the command usually is to 'Produce'.  And so on and so forth.  There are exceptions but the words tend to be used in this fashion generally.  Usually the actual word used signifies little in terms of how the task is counted towards the goal but there are occasions where, in dealing with an Animal, the task coudl direct you either to 'Feed' the Animal or 'Collect' the product.  If you use Batch Production, the task will be counted differently depending on the direction given.   When it is a task to 'Feed', it is counted as soon as you place the food in Batch Production.  If it is to collect the product, obviously you cannot complete the task until you actually collect the Product in Batch Production.

Note that, when you craft items in the Beauty Shop or Seafood House, the task is counted as soon as the ingredients are placed in the slot and not upon completion of the product.  When it is digging a Chest, you must collect the contents of the open chest before it will count.

Note about Site:
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I constantly receive notifications from Google now about the value of including 'Adsense' on this site.  I do NOT wish to burden farmers with advertisements.  I dislike them myself and I always told myself I would not include any.  They are telling me I actually could make a fair bit of money if I did add them but I shan't.  What you can do, however, is vote for Harvest Moon FDC in the Farm Beauty Contests if you feel this site is helpful.  Many thanks for your continuing support!

Magic Mystery Quest
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The traditional Quest, oddly enough, includes only three Island Tasks this time.  One does require the Botanic Garden.  The traditional Quest sequence is as follows:

Magic Mystery 1
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Darryl:  Something is going on here.  Look, today when I took care of the farm animals, I found this mysterious letter.  Wanna know what it is about?  Help me to finish my work!

Harvest 8 Lemons
  Skip for 8 RC

Harvest 40 Grapes
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 bags of Oat Flour
  Skip for 10 RC

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  Thank you.  We work much faster together!

Magic Mystery 2
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Darryl:  Wow!  It's a letter from the Ministry of Magic!  They are looking for new apprentices... does that mean... I can learn magic?!!!!

Harvest 40 Pasture
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Beef
  Skip for 10 RC

Harvest 8 Apples
  Skip for 8 RC

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Darryl:  I am so excited.  Let's do this!

Magic Mystery 3
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Darryl:  Oh, according to the letter, they will keep an eye on our farm and our work.  Let's clean up.  I don't want them to think that I live under the stairs.

Produce 40 Grape Juice
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 40 Champagne
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Lemon Champagne
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Lemons and 2 Champagne

Darryl:  It looks much better here now.

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Magic Mystery 4
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Darryl:  Oh dear, with all this talk about magic, I forgot the Goat's birthday!  A wizard has to have a good heart.  Never forget about that!

Harvest 40 Rice
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Eggs
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Lemon Cocktails
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Lemon Champagne and 3 Grape Juice

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

Darryl:  Ah, it seems so happy now!  The love of an animal is a kind of magic, too!
(I wholeheartedly agree, Darryl!!!)

Magic Mystery 5
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Darryl:  Farmer!  See, we got a second letter!    They say they are impressed by our good will and that we should prepare for some magic classes.  Hm, what kind of classes could they mean/

Ask Neighbours for 20 Magic Books
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 12 Batter
  Skip for 12 RC
  Requires 2 Wheat Flour and 1 Egg

Prepare 12 Soft Dough
  Skip for 12 RC
  Each requires 1 Cake Flour and 1 Batter
  Each Cake Flour requires 2 Oat Flour and 2 Rye Flour

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  That would be one class, but I bet there are more.  Do you know about potions?

Magic Mystery 6
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Darryl:  I hope they have nice teachers in the wizard school.  I am so nervous now!  What I would give for a potion to calm my nerves!

Fish 8 times with Squid Hook
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 50 Sugar
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 Egg Crayfish
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Egg and 1 Crayfish (unprocessed raw creature)

Reward; 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Darryl:  Asphodel would be way too strong!  I know that already and I did not even take potion classes!

Magic Mystery 7
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Darryl:  Do you think I will have to fight against other wizards when I join the Ministry of Magic?  I am not sure I know how...

Harvest 8 Dark Chocolate
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Gourmet Apples
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 3 Apples and 1 Dark Chocolate

Prepare 8 Rice Noodles
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Wheat Flour and 2 Rice

Darryl:  Well, that did not end so well... Never mind.  I can practice when I get accepted into the school!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Magic Mystery 8
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Darryl:  Besides, I like 'Farm Magic' more!  You don't know it?  Herbery, of course!  I am great with magic plants!

Cook 4 Wizard Cakes in the Stove House
  Recipe is Reward for Collections Mission
  Skip for 10 RC

  Instructions for cooking Wizard Cake are as follows:
  This is a Blue Star Recipe that takes 26 minutes and 40 seconds to complete.  It requires 7 Power.  For maximum Flavour Points, do the following:
  Add the Cake Flour first.  Set Pause Timer for 17 minutes 50 seconds.
  Add Dark Chocolate in 8 minutes and 20 seconds.  Set Pause Timer for 1 minute, 10 seconds.
  Add Pumpkin after 6 minutes 40 seconds.  Set Pause Timer for 5 minutes 40 seconds.
  Add Grapes after 30 seconds.
  Tap 'Finish' when timer reaches 00:00:01 precisely.

  Instructions given by John C. Grigsby of our Group, Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk.  He is a wizard with the Stove House.  I personally detest the Stove House and its workings!

Harvest 50 Lilies
  Skip for 12 RC

Craft 8 Laurus Wreaths
  Skip for 8 RC
  This is a Beauty Shop recipe that requires 1 Laurus Leaf, 2 Lilies and 2 Red Roses and takes a quarter of an hour to complete.  Each is counted as soon as the ingredients are placed in the slot, however.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Darryl:  See?  I learned so much magic from the farm already!  No wizard could have taught me that!

Special Reward:  Dog Pet Ears for your Pet House.  To change the appearance of your Pet House,  tap on the Paint Brush icon when you open the Pet House Menu.

Magic Mystery 9
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Darryl:  Oh, this letter sounds more official than the last one.  It is the final test for getting accepted in the Ministry of Magic.  They will cast magic tricks on the farm and we have to remove the magic.  Ready?

Harvest 8 Lychees
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 20 Lychee Candies
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Yule Logs
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Lychee Candies and 1 Dark Chocolate

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  I wonder what challenges the Ministry of Magic will send!

Magic Mystery 10
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Darryl:  Ohoh, I am already getting hungry!  We can't get distracted when we have to protect the farms from magic tricks!  Better prepare some food first!

Ask for 20 Alraune from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Prepare 8 plates of  Arabic Kabsa
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 4 Rice and 1 Soft Dough

Prepare 8 bowls of Pad Thai
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Rice Noodles and 1 Egg Crayfish
  (You should have both ingredients from previous tasks)

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Darryl:  Now that food is here, I'm ready for anything!

Magic Mystery 11
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Darryl:  Oh, we are all set!  Now, I think while we wait, we deserve a break.  How about we prepare a small snack party for the neighbours?  The more people there are, the less magic tricks they will cast!  That is a rule!

Produce 50 Ketchup
  Skip for 12 RC

Dig 8 Chests
  Skip for 8 RC
  N.B.  One chest takes about two minutes to dig up and open.  The task is counted when you collect the contents, so you can open two of these in advance.  You also can speed the process with 45 OP.

Prepare 12 Roast Turkeys
  Skip for 12 RC
  Each requires 1 Turkey and 1 Ketchup

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Darryl:  Everybody knows that magic has to remain a secret in front of the non-magic people. I am smart, aren't I?

Magic Mystery 12
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Darryl: Okay, while I keep an eye on the farm, you go and make sure that our friends' farms are not in danger.  And bring some more snacks, would you?

Harvest 8 Plumerias
  Skip for 8 RC

Craft 6 Plumeria Wreaths
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is a Beauty Shop recipe that requires 1 Plumeria, 4 Lavender and 1 Laurus Leaf for each and takes a quarter of an hour to complete.  The item is counted as soon as you place the ingredients, however.

Prepare 8 Stuffed Turkeys
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Arabic Kabsa and 1 Roast Turkey
  You should have both ingredients from previous tasks.

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Darryl:  We thought of everything!

Magic Mystery 13
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Darryl:  Look over there!  I feel there is something wrong with the kitchen!  Quick, let's cook some dishes to make the magic fade away!

Harvest 8 Chestnuts
  This is an Island Task

Produce 20 Chestnut Flour
  This is an Island Task

Prepare 20 Betutu Chicken
  Skip for 20 RC
  Each requires 1 Turkey and 2 Spice

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  Did it work?  I feel like they tried to put something in the food.  The neighbours were already acting strange.

Magic Mystery 14
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Darryl:  We made it!  I just found the last letter.  The Ministry is very happy about our work and offered me their scholarship!    Let's celebrate!

Produce 60 Bottles of Wine
  Skip for 15 RC

Prepare 8 Rose
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 3 Wine and 3 Champagne
  The word should have the accent grave on the final 'e' but I do not know how to do that on my laptop.  You guys will have to tough it out on this one!  Sorry.

Prepare 8 Grilled Flank Steak
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 8 Beef and 2 Ketchup

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Darryl:  Living on the farm sure is great!  Look at all our friends and our wonderful animals!

Magic Mystery 15
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Darryl:  Come and help me to bring more food.  More and more people are gathering to celebrate, even though they will never know what it's about.  Ah, I will truly miss them.

Harvest 60 Peanuts
  Skip for 15 RC

Harvest 8 Almonds
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Pain au Chocolat
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Dark Chocolate and 1 Soft Dough

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Darryl:  I can't believe that I really made it.  The magic school must be far away: I never heard of it!  I'm starting to feel nostalgic about farming already!

Magic Mystery 16
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Darryl:  Actually, I don't think I will join the Ministry of Magic.  My place is here on the farm.  We went through so much, I cannot just leave!  Do you know what I mean?  After all this time...

Produce 8 Almond Chocolate
  Skip for 8 RC

Produce 8 Peanut Chocolate
  Skip for 8 RC

Use Trimmers in Botanic Garden 3 Times
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is an Island Task

Darryl:  All the neighbours enjoyed our food together!  That's the real magic!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Special Reward:  Alraun Scarecrow Decoration

Collections Set
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The Collection Set, once registered, will give its Rewards through the Lighthouse.  The items you must have and register are:  Chocolate Machine, Laurus Tree and Alraun Scarecrow.























04 November 2016

Chinese Dish Trial Quest and Collect Rice Collections Mission

Another Friday and another time-restricted Quest with Collections Mission.  This Collections Mission has a 'Collectable' as a Reward in the form of a Scallion Bush.   You will not be able to find this Collectable in the Market until the Quest has expired so you will be required to perform this Collections Mission if you wish to have the Scallion Bush for the Quest.

I will pay closer attention next time I harvest this, but I believe that you can harvest the Scallion Bush every 6 hours.  I received 5 Scallions for the first harvest.

If you choose not to complete the Collections Mission, you either can buy the Scallions that you need for 1 RC each or 'skip' the task completely when it is a Dish that uses this ingredient.

The Decoration Reward for the traditional Chinese Dish Trial Quest sequence is a lovely Gong.  You will receive it at the very end of the Quest.  Halfway through the Quest, when you complete Chinese Dish Trial 8, you will receive some Bear Pet Ears.

Bear Pet Hair
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To use, you first must find it in your Gift Box and Use it.  This will place it in the Pet House Menu for accessories, found by tapping on the Paint Brush on the left top side of the Pet House Menu.  You cannot use any Pet Hair until your Pet House is upgraded to Level 3.  The system is very similar to the Boats and Boat Parts on the Island.

N.B.  The Bear Pet House Ears that go with the Bear Pet Hair was a Reward from the Darryl the Doctor time-restricted Mission.

Thanksgiving Farm Beauty Contest
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Note that a new Farm Beauty Contest with a Thanksgiving theme has started as well, and new sales offers are available, as well as new Decorations in the Lucky Wheel.  So there is much to do.

Landscape Points feature more heavily in the Farm Beauty Contest now.  Charm Points are relevant really only insofar as they add to Landscape Points when placed within the influence of a Path.  The best Paths remain the Pebble Path and the Macaron Path with 50 Points of influence each as well as the Water Path that costs 1 RC.

Premium Items
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You will need some premium Trees in particular for this Quest.  For the Collections Mission, you will need a Licorice Tree.  For the quest sequence, you will need, inter alia, a Jackfruit Tree and a Mirabelle Plum Tree.    A premium Animal is needed for this Quest as well in the form of the White Goat who costs 15 RC.  You can find the Goat for sale randomly in the Green Mystrons Shop but you will need it to produce the Goat Milk required as one of the Tasks.  Furthermore, you will need to transport Goat Milk to the Island with Blueberries and Honey to make the Blueberry Yogurt required in another Task.

Collections Set
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The Collection Set in this case is the White Goat, the Scallions Bush and the Gong Decoration, so there is no point in skipping a task that requires the White Goat (Goat Milk or Blueberry Yoghurt) if you wish to complete the Collection Set.  Remember that the Goat may appear randomly in your Green Mystrons Shop if you are willing to gamble that you can purchase it there within the time limit of the Quest.  Blueberry Yoghurt, which requires Goat Milk is an item that needs no Mastery, unlike the Pumpkin Pie in the LAST quest that required full Mastery of the Pie Machine and therefore, in my view, was unfair to the low level players.

Other Collectables Needed
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The problem with Collectables is that you cannot speed production.  The number of Scallions that you need for the Quest is 24 but there are other Collectable products that are needed as well.  Veteran farmers will have the items probably but new ones may not have any in stock.  Prepare ahead of time by purchasing a Spice Rack if you do not have Spice in your Barn and a White Vinegar Stand if you have no Vinegar.  The Spice Rack will operate for 3 days only.  It costs 250 Coins.  If you are a new farmer, you should invest in all the 'temporary' Collectables periodically to build up your stock in your Barn of each.  The temporary Collectables are the Spice Rack, the Soy Sauce Barrel and the Yeast Barrel.  You will need all the products frequently.

The traditional Quest is as follows:

Chinese Dish Trial Quest
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Chinese Dish Trial 1
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Felicia:  Howdy farmer!  We had a great Halloween, didn't we?  But since the festival ended and people went back home, I feel like doing something to break the dull days!  Let's make a plan after we finish farm work!

Harvest 8 Apples
  Skip for 8 RC

Harvest 40 Clovers
  Skip for 10 RC

Collect 40 Bottles of Milk
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  Today's farm work was a piece of cake!

Chinese Dish Trial 2
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Felicia:  What about a big event?  Or having a wonderful trip?  Hmmm, Halloween has just passed, so another big event might make people tired.   Also, we don't have enough money to go on another trip soon.  Do you have any ideas?

Collect 20 Jars of Honey
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 20 Jars of Apple Jam
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Jars of Honey Syrup
  Skip for 8 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 160 XP

Felicia:  It's hard to think it out.  I'm afraid we can't think of a good idea by ourselves.

Chinese Dish Trial 3
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Felicia:  Oh look!  When I was browsing the internet, I found this!  The 11th of November will be Chinese Singles Day.  There will be big sales around that day  That is to say, it's a big chance for us to buy some Chinese goods at a great price!

Harvest 6 Maple Syrup
  Skip for 6 RC

Harvest 40 Carrots
  Skip for 10 RC

Produce 12 Glasses of Apple Juice
  Skip for 12 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  But what shall we buy with our limited budget?

Chinese Dish Trial 4
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Felicia:  I'm on the fence between learning to cook Chinese food or speak Chinese.  So it means we need to choose between buying ingredients and textbooks.  It's hard to choose!  Hmmm... Let's start a poll and let our neighbours help!

Produce 40 Sacks of Rye Flour
  Skip for 10 RC

Dig 8 Chests on the Path
  Skip for 8 RC

Note that the Chest counts when you collect the reward.  You therefore can have your Pets open Chests before the Task is loaded as long as you do not collect the Rewards and it will count towards this total.

You can speed the digging of a Chest by using 45 OP at the start or less as the Pet continues to dig.   It only takes 2 minutes for my Pets to dig a Chest however.

Prepare 8 Jars of Apple Jelly
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Maple Syrup and 6 Apple Jam

Rewards: 2500 Coins, 170 XP

Felicia:  Soon we'll have lots of votes from the internet!

Special Reward: Mission Gift Box

Chinese Dish Trial 5
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Felicia:  Our neighbours are great.  They voted overwhelmingly to buy ingredients.  So it's decided.  We are going to buy some ingredients and try using them to cook Chinese dishes!  Let's go ahead and start!

Harvest 50 Rice
  Skip for 12 RC

  Rice is a 14 hour Crop.  You can use Farm Aids to speed growth obviously.

Produce 50 Sugar
  Skip for 25 RC

  Cost of Batch Production is 100 OP

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

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Felicia:  I have opened a shopping website!  Too many goods and too many sales to select!

Chinese Dish Trial 6
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Felicia:  There are lots of watery* vegetables on this site.  I wish I could put them all into my cart but I need to keep it within my budget.  Look at this: scallions!  It's said to be mostly used in Chinese Dishes!  Let's buy it!

* Meaning unclear!  Poor translation.  Does she mean 'water-grown' or 'mouth-watering'?  I suspect the latter.

Harvest 8 Coconuts
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Coconut Milk
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Coconut and 1 Sugar

Produce 40 Sacks of Rice Flour
  Skip for 10 RC

  80 OP required for Batch Production

Felicia:  We got a great discount because of our good timing!  Lucky!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 180 XP

Chinese Dish Trial 7
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Felicia:  I have no idea when we will receive it.  I guess it will take some time.  Let's have a rest first.  Scallion, scallion... what can we make with scallions... Well, farmer, what's your favourite Chinese dish?

Place a Scallion Bush on your Farm
  Reward from Collections Mission
  (I have it, so do not have cost of skipping this, but it usually is 10 RC)

Fish with the Bone Hook 8 Times
  Skip for 8 RC

  Note that the old trick still works... if you allow yourself to 'miss' one catch after tapping on the water, you can do this with only the alloted 7 tries.  Best to miss a Message in the Bottle Catch!

Prepare 8 Soft Dough
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Cake Flour and 1 Batter
  Each Cake Flour requires 2 Oat Flour and 2 Rye Flour
  Each Batter requires 2 Wheat Flour and 1 Egg

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Felicia:  The delivery was so fast!

Chinese Dish Trial 8
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Felicia:  I have to admit that Hot Pot is really a cool dish, but I'm afraid it's too hard for me.  We'd better check what dishes are possible with scallions first, but where to check?  What if we get Chinese recipe books right now?

Harvest 8 Mirabelle Plums
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Apple Mirabelle Compote
  Skip for 8 RC
Each requires 2 Apple Jelly and 2 Mirabelle Plums

Ask for 20 Chinese Recipe Books from Neighbours
  Skip for 20 RC

Reward: 2500 Coins, 190 XP

Special Reward: Bear Pet Hair for your Pet House
To use, you first must find it in your Gift Box and Use it.  This will place it in the Pet House Menu for accessories, found by tapping on the Paint Brush on the left top side of the Pet House Menu.

You must have your Pet House at Level 3 to use ANY Pet Hair.

Felicia:  You are right, Farmer!  We have great neighbours!

(Indeed, I do!  The members of my Facebook group, Family Farm Seaside Freyashawk,, are fantastic!  Unfortunately, some of my oldest neighbours no longer play Seaside but,, for the most part, i have marvelous neighbours.)

Level Requirements
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The second half of the Quest sequence requires access to the Island to complete unless you are willing to spend considerable sums to skip tasks.  Furthermore, the level requirement is higher.   I actually believe that the Level requirement for Step 5 actually may be higher than that required to perform 1-4.  Last time, a new farmer told me he could not progress past Step 4 of the Quest until he reached Level 26.

Chinese Dish Trial 9
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Felicia:  Let's look at Chinese Dishes with Scallions.  'Scallions Lamb, Beijing sauce wire, beef noodles ith stir-fried Scallions.'  Hmmm, these sound delicious but there is so much meat that I wonder if they are healthy enough.

Harvest 50 Cucumbers
  Skip for 12 RC

Prepare 8 Dishes of Stir-Fry Veggies
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 2 Carrots and 5 Cucumbers

Prepare 8 Bowls of Cendol
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Coconut Milk and 2 Rice Flour

 Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  A dish that is healthy and not too difficult to make would be ideal!

Chinese Dish Trial 10
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Felicia:  Look at this one: Kung Pao Chicken!  It's a famous Chinese dish, as well as a healthy one!  And it seems to be not too complicated.  I want to cook this one.  Let's make it together!  Would you give me a hand?

Harvest 50 Camomile
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Crop

Produce 50 Camomile Essential Oils
  Skip for 12 RC
  This is an Island Task

Prepare 8 Carrot Pastries
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 3 Carrots and 1 Soft Dough

Reward: 2500 Coins, 200 XP

Felicia:  Thank you, Farmer.  Even though I'm not the great cook Grandma is, I have confidence in this dish!

(But Felicia, WHAT is the Camomile connection here???)

Chinese Dish Trial 11
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Felicia:  First of all, wash the vegetables and dice them up.  It's easy work and should be finished soon.  Did you hear what Darryl said just now?  He said I look like an anime character when I'm holding scallions!

Transport 20 Camomile Essential Oils to the Seaside Farm
  Skip for 10 RC

Prepare 8 Fried Veggie Dices
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Stir-Fry Veggie and 3 Scallions to make.

  N.B.  Even if you completed the Collections Mission early on the day of the release of this quest and harvest as soon as it is ready, you will find that it takes a long time to collect the amount of Scallions needed to make 8 of this dish.  You will need a total of 24 Scallions.  If you are fortunate enough to harvest 5 at a time, it still will take a day or so to collect the total needed.  Skipping the task may be less expensive initially than purchasing the extra Scallions you need, but you actually will need this Dish as an ingredient to make the Kung Pao Chicken at the end of the Quest sequence.  The wise Farmer will wait to collect all the Scallions needed... An impatient Farmer (and i often am one myself) will think carefully...)

Prepare 8 Mirabelle Plum Pastries
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Carrot Pastry and 1 Mirabelle Plum

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Felicia:  Naughty Darryl, ha ha!  We have finished the first process. Let's go to the next step!

Chinese Dish Trial 12
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Felicia:  Then, we need to stir-fry the diced vegetables and diced chicken separately.  Remember to put the scallions into hot oil first, in order to get that good flavour and smell!  Be careful not to burn yourself!  Ready, go!

Harvest 8 Jackfruit
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Plates of Sweet Jackfruit
  Each requires 1 Jackfruit and 1 Maple Syrup
  Skip for 8 RC

Prepare 8 Mirabelle Plum Pies
  Each requires 1 Apple Mirabelle Compote and 1 Mirabelle Plum Pastry
  Each Apple Mirabelle Compote requires 2 Apply Jelly and 2 Mirabelle Plums
  Skip for 8 RC

Felicia:  Can you smell that?  The Scallions are releasing their aroma into the oil!

Reward: 2500 Coins, 210 XP

Special Reward: Island Mission Gift Box

Chinese Dish Trial 13
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Felicia: Now we have Fried Diced Veggies and Stir-Fried Chicken!  In fact, you can eat them now but the taste might not be so delicious yet!  Let's heat oil again, and go to finish the last step!

Craft  6 Wooden Aroma Bottles
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is an Island Task.  Each Wooden Aroma Bottle is made in the Workshop using 2 Wool Yarn and 1 Cedar Wood.  1 Power is used for each.

Craft 6 Camomile Aroma Bottles in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Wooden Aroma Bottle, 1 Camomile Essential Oil and 1 Distilled Water.  You must transport the Wooden Aroma Bottles from the Island.  The Camomile Essential Oil was transported in a previous Task.  Distilled Water can be harvested from a Water Fountain or requested from a Neighbour.  Each Camomile Aroma Bottle takes 12 minutes to complete but the task will register as soon as you begin it.

Prepare 8 Bowls of Jackfruit Cendol
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Sweet Jackfruit and 1 Cendol

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Felicia:  Wahoo!  This sour and spicy dish is done!

Chinese Dish Trial 14
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Felicia:  As we combined the diced veggies and diced chicken, it's a really healthy dish with sour and spicy taste!  Just have a try!  It's our masterpiece!  Oh, wait... Let me take a photo as a souvenir before we dig in!

Pruduce 60 Cassava Flour
  Skip for 15 RC
  This is an Island Task

Prepare 8 Spicy and Sour Chicken
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each Spicy and Sour Chicken requires 2 Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken and 2 White Vinegar
  Each Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken requires 2 Spice and 2 Turkey

Prepare 8 Servings of Jackfruit Curry
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Jackfruit and 1 Coconut Milk

Reward: 2500 Coins, 220 XP

Felicia:  Okay, I've taken the photo!  Let's have a taste!

Chinese Dish Trial 15
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Felicia:  I can't believe that we made such a delicious dish!  What's more, it's an authentic Chinese Dish!  I feel as if I have become a super chef!  I will take photos of all my new dishes and make it a gallery!

Craft 6 Mirabelle Hand Soap in the Beauty Shop
  Skip for 6 RC
  Each requires 1 Camomile Aroma Bottle, 2 Mirabelle Plums and 5 Honey and takes 22 minutes.

Produce 30 Bottles of Goat Milk
  Skip for 15 RC
  N.B.  A White Goat costs 15 RC and eats Pasture.

Prepare 8 Kung Pao Chicken
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Fried Veggie Dices and 1 Spicy and Sour Chicken

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Felicia:  I believe that if I practice more, my cooking can only get better and better!

Chinese Dish Trial 16
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Felicia:  Thank you, Farmer.  We used the Scallions we bought from the Singles' Day Discount to make this wonderful Chinese Dish!  It was just a simple trial of cooking but I really enjoyed the time we spend together!

Use Spades in Botanic Garden 3 Times
  Skip for 6 RC
  This is an Island Task

Produce 60 Blueberry Yoghurt
  Skip for 30 RC
  This is an Island Task
  Make certain that you transport the ingredients to the Island in advance!  You will need 60 Blueberries, 60 Honey and 60 Goat Milk.

Prepare 8 Bowls of Circus Snacks
  Skip for 8 RC
  Each requires 1 Cotton Candy and 1 Licorice Candy
  Each Cotton Candy requires 1 Sugar Cube and 1 Honey Syrup
  Each Licorice Candy requires 1 Licorice and 2 Apple Juice

Reward: 2500 Coins, 230 XP

Felicia:  Have a nice time and see you again!

Special Reward: Gong Decoration for the Seaside Farm

Gallery Registration
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The Collections Set for this is the White Goat, the Scallions Bush and the Gong.