Gardening Pixies: the dilemma
When I first encountered the Summoning Pixie spell I not only did not have any wizard with a gardening rank high enough (level 10 required) to get it, but the idea of having the 175,000 gold it costs was laughable. After finally starting serious gardening–thus acquiring lots of gold– I still didn’t want to spend the gold and the cost of 25 energy points per cast just seemed too much.
Pixies, of course, are a like for virtually every plant. Since the likes speed up the time it takes to get to elder harvest, any serious gardener in the spiral wants a Pixie in every patch. The Pixie also keeps pests off the plant it’s on as well as being picked up as a like by every plant within the space of a large area spell.
Without the Summon Pixie spell, I took the advice found in many places and planted most of my gardens with a Tiger Lily in it or at the edge. Tiger Lily is one of many plants with a chance of attracting a Pixie. Thing is, it’s kind of a toss up whether you’ll get one or not. And Tiger Lily gets to elder harvest really quickly–at which point it loses the Pixie. If the plant for which you’ve attracted a Pixie takes longer to reach elder harvest you have to plant another Tiger Lily and hope it gets a Pixie.
Some types of plants have the attract Pixie possibility so you don’t have to add one. Couch Potatoes, for instance, can attract them and, in a patch of any size, at least one CP will usually wind up with a Pixie. Sword Ferns draw them at a very high rate–I’ve even had every Sword Fern in a group get a Pixie. If you have a couple of patches close to one another, sometimes the Pixie(s) that show up in one will reach all the plants in the other. Once there, the Pixie lasts till Elder Harvest so your whole patch has the like continuously.
Eventually I hit a Double Garden days that wasn’t slated to last too long and, wanting to urge the plants along as fast as possible, I finally bought Summoning Pixie for a bunch of my wizards. I like them pretty well, but the hefty 25 energy point hit creates its own set of problems. Even my highest level gardening wizards have gardens that already challenge their energy just to fill needs and take care of pests. Sometimes two different patches need a Pixie. But my wizards rarely have 50 points left — often not 25. On those occasions the plants have to make do with no Pixie until I can get a moment with not too many needs to meet so there’s enough energy for the Pixie.
Thus, whether I use Tiger Lily or Summon Pixie, there are apt to be periods of time when there is no Pixie. The spell has the advantage of guaranteeing a Pixie once you cast it. I have a couple of ways I try to help with the 25 point need, which I discussed in a recent post. [Personally I think for 25 points the Pixie ought to last for the life of the plant.]
If you don’t want to spend the gold or use the energy for Summon Pixie, you can get Tiger Lily seeds at the Bazaar for gold and hope for a Pixie. I suggest an investment in a Sword Fern seed (Crown Shop) if you can. You have a greater chance of getting a Pixie and the plant has a long road to elder harvest, so it will be there providing the like for the whole growth cycle of many other types of plants. On the other hand, it has three needs and gets rank 3 pests so it may add to your energy use.
For the many types of plants that don’t draw Pixies, there really doesn’t seem to be a reliable way to assure the presence of a Pixie for the duration.
Posted on February 12, 2016, in Gardening, Uncategorized, Wizard 101, Wizard 101 basics, Wizard101 Basics and tagged Wizard 101 Basics, Wizard101, Wizard101 beginning gardening, Wizard101 gardening, Wizard101 Pixies. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.