As the Double Garden event wound down and I kept taking wizards to the Bazaar to sell off the last of their harvests, I realized even those who don’t garden and don’t want to can reap some some benefits during the double reward events.
Plants routinely can drop: (1) housing items; (2) reagents; (3) treasure cards; (4) pet snacks. Many plants drop all of the above, some just drop two or three. Those of us who do a lot of gardening generally have well-filled stores of reagents, TCs, etc. When we start getting double we make a lot of trips to the Bazaar to sell things off as we keep hitting our limits.
Many treasure cards, snacks, plant-“like”-housing items and reagents that can be hard to come by at the Bazaar are suddenly being sold in copious numbers. Not only can you sometimes pick up cards, etc. that usually require a long slog at the shop, but often because more are available, the price is better.
For instance, I grow Pink Dandelions quite a bit. They drop
and several of those — like Black Pearl — are much in demand for crafting. They can take a lot of farming to get enough and I sell a bunch every time I harvest. Evil Magma Peas, besides a similarly enticing list of reagents (including Scrap Iron!!!), also drop Feint and Tower Shield tcs, both of which are so sought-after the Bazaar often has none. Couch Potatoes drop a bunch of level 5, 6 and 7 snacks at regular harvests; because they drop mega snacks at elder harvest, many of us sell all the other snacks, so items like Killer Tomato and Shanta Pudding that can be not only hard to grab but pricey can be more available and lower in price.
So even if you never garden and never will, you might want to take advantage of the next Double Garden Reward event by hanging out at the Bazaar stocking up on items you usually have trouble finding. If you have particular items you want, check the wiki to see whether there are plants that drop them. If there are, make sure you haunt the Bazaar for them on Double Garden days.
Besides the usual difficulties these attacks cause for getting into the game and getting kicked off the game, I’ve been noticing an impact on the harvest drops. On two of my accounts for certain crops my wizards – and mostly two particular wizards- are getting no treasure cards. Getting in and staying in has been such an issue I hesitated to try to plant some quick-growing crops but I’ve done it anyway so am interested to see whether the treasure card drought for these two continues.
For instance, one of the main reasons I grow Sword Ferns is to collect TC blades. They normally drop blades at every level of harvest and then give even more at elder harvest, so if you get double rewards, there’s a boatload of blades. Two of my wizards harvested 40+ Sword Ferns apiece at elder harvest as soon as the double rewards started and got … ZERO blades.
Now on these particular two accounts I’ve had an ongoing problem that the Harold Argleston warning about having reached the maximum number of treasure cards doesn’t work any more. Not ever. But I’m aware of it and am pretty careful about checking on how close to the 999 max I am and every time I’ve harvested a chunk of plants, I check in to see if I need to go to the Bazaar to sell a bunch off before I harvest more. So realizing that my TC blade counts had not changed at all after harvesting (including that I always sell or trade off all the ones for schools I don’t use so there should have been some piles of blades where normally there are none) that many Sword Ferns was a shock.
For these two accounts I’ve also been feeding a lot of seeds to pets and those wizards are not getting treasure cards for that either. For Rylee W. (level 92 Life), there may be a bigger problem. As noted in a recent post, I’ve been taking her in to farm Loremaster and she’s only getting one gear drop each time, with an occasional reagent added. Nothing else. Including no treasure cards at a boss who regularly drops more than one at a time. So there may be something going on with this character where her programming is screwed up in some odd way that keeps her from ever getting a treasure card in any circumstances.
It also seemed like I got quite a bit less in the way of housing item drops than normal for certain crops.
Since KI seems to have taken to changing the growing times, drop rates, energy globe refill times, etc. to lower the benefits of these events, I’m not sure whether these drop issues are because of the DDoS attacks or are just part of the plan to reduce benefits? Curious if others are noticing issues with the rewards this time?
At last KI announced a double garden event starting today, January 10, 2018 and going through January 14, 2018. As I’ve mentioned several times, I’ve had gardens sitting at elder harvest since October, waiting for a double xp event so I excitedly logged in and took my first wizard to her garden.
Midway through collecting the harvest the box for harvesting quit showing up and then the game froze. Then I couldn’t get back in. Then I got in and finished harvesting but couldn’t move items from the backpack to the shared bank and then it froze again.
The chatter in the Adult PvP players group on Facebook is that there’s been another DDoS attack. There were troubles a couple of nights ago, then yesterday I was on with lots of people and we seemed to be doing fine and now the problems seem to be back.
So you can try to get in and do your gardening but you may have to keep trying to get in. If you can manage to get in and plant or harvest, you get double XP, double seeds, double drops including pet snacks so it’s a great moment to increase your rewards from gardening.
On the Adult non-PVP group today people were commenting on the inactivity on Wizard101 and somebody mentioned it seemed odd to have nothing going on during a major school vacation time. It’s a thought I’ve had every year. One expressed hope for Double Garden XP; since I’ve had gardens sitting at elder harvest waiting for a double event since early October, I sure get that wish!
As I mentioned in the last post, every year KI just kind of disappears at the end of the 12 Days of the Spiral event. A game that’s supposedly for children and they provide nothing in the way of extra entertainment or diversion during the whole Christmas vacation every year … seems strange.
When they shut down for maintenance last night people were hoping there’d be a Double Garden or something special happening today but the Yule stuff continues. You can still buy the Christmas housing items in the Crown Shop (most available for gold as well). The holiday drops and bundles seem to be around and apparently will be through this Sunday, January 7, 2018.
Which means you can probably plan on waiting at least until next week to see any new or special activities in the spiral. The holiday dead zone at Wizard101 continues…
I tapped on the game icon to check out the “news” column, hoping we might finally get a Double Garden event and instead noted I think the third (if not the fourth) Double Pet event since the birthday celebrations.
I depleted my gold supplies so badly during the birthday celebrations–between TONS of pet training and a couple of wizards who hit the level for some super pricey garden spells– I’ve had a bunch of gardens sitting at elder harvest waiting for a double garden thing for a couple of months now. Pretty soon I’m gonna have to harvest without a double event to restore more gold and replant, hoping for an event to show up.
If I participate in this pet thing much at all I’ll deplete what I’ve managed to build back and the coffers across accounts will be way down again. Why no double garden?
Even though I didn’t take as much advantage of the extended birthday celebration as I once would have, I feel kind of relieved the party is over so I no longer feel compelled to keep trying for another garden or to keep hatching and training pets.
I did very well with the gardening in spite of not planting one batch immediately following another nor planting the biggest gardens for every wizard. Pets ate LOADS of seeds and my mega snack coffers are well stocked. Wizards are well supplied with blades of many sorts, thanks to the Sword Fern crops that were already sitting at elder harvest when the event began.
Pet training wound up mostly being disappointing as usual, with one exception. I did get a great quint heal pet for Jasmine R. Tried to hatch hers with Heather G.’s triple heal Seraph and at 12 failed hatches I gave up. For one the fail was Life Giver, which I’m not that unhappy to have for a Life wizard so I trained the final step and got the fourth heal and Heather will just have to muddle through with that 🙂 The lovely lady from the Adult Non PvP group on FB who helped Jasmine then helped me with Rylee W., for whom I also wanted to get a quint heal pet. I kind of lost count but we’re at something like seven, maybe eight, hatches and the latest one is a fail there too.
Some of the pundits in the world of pets claim quite authoritatively that it takes seven generations or less to get a replica. I’d never hatched that many times on one so I’ve assumed it was true. Very lowering to find out that KI has set this up so apparently there’s no limit to how many hatches it could take to get the pet you want. Just adds to my general feeling that I don’t want to be bothered when it comes to pets.
I only train pets when they have double pet rewards so I’m done with that for a while. Rylee has a couple of miscellaneous plants that didn’t manage to reach elder before the double gardening was over but otherwise all gardens are empty and I plan to leave them sitting for at least a week.
My general plan once I’ve had time off is plant gardens for two wizards on an account, get all theirs to elder harvest and leave it then two wizards on another account, etc. until as many wizards as I want to participate in double rewards have elder harvests ready to go. That way I don’t have to put in too much time per day on gardening but manage to get plenty of double rewards when an event shows up. I’ve been doing it that way for a while and it makes the gardening very relaxed.
I spent so much time on the pets and gardens that once again I barely participated in the BOXES event and never did any of the Lost Pages stuff at all. As always, I enjoyed the party and it was really nice to have the extension so I was able to accomplish a bit more than usual without putting in tons of extra hours at the game. Now the Halloween festivities are just around the corner!
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Since I’m one of the lucky ones who’s been able to get on the game since pretty early in the DDOS attacks, I’ve been enjoying the extended birthday celebration — in fact, I’d say I’m wearing out a bit on it…
Every day I’m aware of glitches that I assume are being caused by the attacks. I’m still having the pet games freeze up in the midst of play and winding up having to close out the game and log back on. I’m still having freezes and weird happenings while gardening as well, some of which also wind up requiring me to either quit and come back in or log out altogether.
It took me a while to catch on to one glitch. I kept thinking it was odd that the double harvests were garnering so few treasure cards from plants that usually drop quite a few. Finally I realized for most of my gardening wizards Harold Argleston has not been popping up when I hit max on the TCs. That’s always my signal to stop harvesting and go sell a bunch of cards. Without it, I kept harvesting and apparently have lost most of the treasure card drops this time.
Be aware that you may want to keep stopping your harvest to check on your TC totals and see if you need to pop to the Bazaar. With a few wizards hatching like crazy during double pets time, I’ve really needed the gold and it hurt my game plan that I wasn’t able to sell all those cards and turn the gold to pricey amulets I could toss in the Shared Bank to keep the coffers up for the ones I have hatching.
Hatching has been grueling so far. Thanks to a patient member of the Adult Non PvP Player group on Facebook, I got the desired quint heal pet you see above for Jasmine in about six hatches. Then the same member and I started hatching with Rylee W., on the second account. We’re up to seven, I think, and the latest one failed at adult. I’ve had Jasmine hatching with Heather G., on the third account. It took six tries to even get a porpoise and I’m now on eight and that one failed…
In the meantime, I haven’t been able to find an indication from KI as to when they’re going to cut off this extension to the birthday celebration. Don’t forget this is a time when people are gathering so many extra snacks, reagents and treasure cards from their gardens that many otherwise tough to find items are plentiful at the Bazaar (and often cheaper than usual). Take advantage while you can!
September 6, 2017
KI announced yesterday–the original end date–that the birthday celebrations will be extended because of the DDOS attacks (see here for their announcement, keep scrolling down) which have been keeping many players from participating. This includes everything; double pets, double gardens, BOXES, Lost Pages, extra rewards on daily assignments and PvP, double monstrology, etc. So far they’re not saying when this ends.
I know from comments I’ve seen that in some parts of the world they’ve still never been able to get back on since the attacks started last Thursday so I’m hazy as to whether the plan is to keep it going until some point after everyone gets back on??? I’m having intermittent problems with the same glitches I previously noted so I gather there are ongoing issues in many places.
I’m both pleased and daunted as the celebration always leads me to spend more time on the game than usual. I’ve been gardening quite a bit on three accounts (I often give a month of membership to one of the two non-member accounts during these events), hatching with some very kind and patient wizards on the Facebook Wizard101 for Non PvP Players group, and that of course leads to lots of the dreaded pet training (those of you who’ve read this blog for a while know how I feel about that 😬).
I’ve barely found time to take a couple of wizards through any of the BOXES — not very encouraged to keep trying by the zero sonic springs I’ve garnered so far (the only reason I do it at this point). As I’ve mentioned before, I find the Lost Pages event is too time consuming/difficult relative to the rewards you get so I’ve not worked on it at all.
The way the Spellwrits are scattered, it often takes the whole 10 fights to get the total you need and the Spellwrits are always quite a bit higher health than the normal mobs in the area. The dungeon then takes a bit of time and has a boss that’s tougher than the usual bosses in whatever area. And I’m always flabbergasted at the tiny amount of XP I get for the time all that takes as well as the relatively innocuous drops. If there are great drops, I’ve sure had no luck at getting any. I generally do so much better just questing…
Looks like some plants for which I thought I’d just get a few double mature harvests are going to make it to elder while it’s still double–though I’m starting to see signs they’ve slowed down the plant timers. As a just-in-case I’ve planted some Couch Potato and/or Evil Magma Pea gardens today for a few wizards who already raked in two elder harvests (plants already there the day it started and then planting and harvesting another round) in hopes of replenishing both some mega snacks and my hatching-diminished gold supplies. If the event keeps going even a few more days I’ll get the gold back up for sure and possibly make it to another elder harvest. My pets will be eating a lot of seeds 🙂
Anyway, if you’re fortunate enough to be in one of the areas where you can get on the game, keep on enjoying the birthday party!
Three something in the morning, I’m up because my muscles are causing trouble, and taking advantage of the birthday celebration by training a pet. Grumpy Gobblers is the game in which I can collect all four (in this case eight) points pretty much every time so I’m lobbing my pet at the lego-like structures. Suddenly the game freezes and I can’t get anything to go again. I wind up using control-alt-delete to close the program, get on again and same thing happens.
I’d used the free elixir and wound up wasting at least half, first spending 10 points a round on nothing– game didn’t finish and couldn’t feed pet so zero points–and then by having to quit before I’d used it all. I logged off and tried to get back on the game. No dice. Tried a couple of times and finally gave up.
Early the next afternoon I tried to get on again and couldn’t do it. Waited a while and couldn’t get on again. I kept getting an error message I’d had before and started running all kinds of fixes as well as the usual, restart computer, turn off/turn on router, try a second computer, change firewall settings, etc. Finally it occurred to me I should check the Wizard101 Non PvP Facebook group to which I belong and there discovered the game was down for everybody.
I couldn’t get back on till after midnight and then I ran into glitches so often everything took ages. Every wizard with a garden froze upon casting the first spell. When it started up again it would close the gardening menu, take the wizard off her mount (literally no longer equipped) and prevent casting any further gardening spells. Each time I had to “quit” and re-enter. When I tried to plant gardens, it would disconnect from the server every 5 or 6 seeds and then I couldn’t select a seed or do anything else until I quit and came back in again.
Also tried to do some pet training. It kept freezing, either during the game or when I tried to feed my pet. Eventually a “Connection Lost” message would pop up, I’d quit and then come back in. This time the xp would have registered when I came back in, but still, a tiresome way to play.
There was much speculation today as to what caused the game to go down. I’m not going to engage. KI will probably make a statement about what happened. And clearly, whatever went wrong, there are still glitches because of it. Hopefully all will be worked out soon. I’m hoping the birthday celebration will extend through Wednesday since we all basically missed a day.