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Sword Ferns

I’ve written about Sword Ferns before but I haven’t given them the full post I usually offer to explain individual plants.

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When I first started growing Sword Ferns, KI hadn’t started offering Double Garden Rewards.  I bought a few seeds because I wanted Hambrosia pet snacks.  The seeds are quite expensive (1500 crowns each), so I figured the Hambrosia drop rate would be high.  It’s not.  I get maybe one out of 25 or 30 plants at elder harvest.  So I didn’t consider them worth it.

They’re also available in some packs (never gotten one from a pack myself) and are dropped in some higher level worlds (Avalon and up) though I’ve never gotten more than one or two for either of the two wizards who are most of the way through Azteca.

When the Double Garden days started, I began planting Sword Ferns for double harvest and, over the course of a number of double elder harvests, I’ve managed to double the few I bought for the first two accounts enough times to have 50 or 60 on each.  Even with all the likes they take about 8 days to get to elder harvest, so you have to plant them well before a double garden event and just leave the elder harvest uncollected until an event starts.

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Now that I have a few wizards who’ve reached higher levels and none of them are going critical (see previous post), I’m using Treasure Card blades much more in order to beef up my hits.  Sword Ferns drop TC blades at every harvest, both mature and elder, including drops of Balanceblades and Dragonblades, neither of which is available at TC vendors.  Every school can use them to add damage.

I can find Balanceblades in very small numbers on RARE occasions at the Bazaar and Dragonblades are just about impossible (both are also available as spell cards through some pets and some gear) so I find it really helpful to get them dropped in decent numbers from the Sword Ferns.

Though some Sword-Fern-owning wizards complained when KI made other blades available through vendors, I like the convenience of getting them through drops and not having to keep heading to the vendors or dropping piles of gold (1,000 apiece) to get a bunch.  They drop blades from every school, including the Spirit and Elemental ones, so I’m able to trade blades between accounts and keep every wizard supplied with blades appropriate to her school.

NEEDS

Care isn’t too bad.  They only have two needs, water and pollination.  They get level 3 pests for which I just use Dragonflies (keeps level 3 pests off for 48 hours).  They also draw pixies with high frequency.  It’s hard to count but I’d say out of 24 at least 19 or 20 of them draw pixies.

LIKES

I find the Purple Grapes of Wrath the easiest to grow and you’ll only get “like” credit for one type, so I recommend growing one of those.  They don’t like garden gnomes, so if you have a gnome for the Sword Ferns it will slow down the growth of the PGW so much you just have to grow one through several crops of Sword Ferns.

Honey Sickles hit elder harvest really fast.  Usually I just leave it sitting at elder to be a “like” I don’t have to take care of, but if you want the drops, you’ll wind up planting at least two and sometimes three successively for each crop of the far-slower-growing Sword Ferns.

Sword Trees are easy to get at the Bazaar, as are the Tropical Garden Gnomes, and the trees are also dropped by Sword Ferns, so if you’re willing to wait you’ll probably pick one up.

Sword Ferns take a long time to get to “young” and “mature” so there’s often a long wait to have pixies show up on the plants.  In order to nudge things along I usually cast a Summon Pixie on the Honey Sickle (it will be at young, when you can cast a Pixie, in about a day).  Once the Purple Grapes of Wrath comes up I usually keep a summoned pixie on it too since it gets rank 4 pests.  You could also just use Miniature Bloodbats on the whole patch — it will keep the level 3s off the Sword Ferns and level 4 off the PGW and save energy.  But I’ve cut back on gardening so Sword Ferns are the only crop for most wizards right now and I don’t have to worry about energy.

DROPS

The Wiki for some reason doesn’t list the drops for these and I’m not much of a record keeper, so this segment is based on experience and general impressions.

As mentioned above, lots of blades drop at every harvest.

They also drop snacks.  At the mature harvests it’s a rank 5 or 6 or a Ninja Figgy Pudding (rank 7).  At elder harvest it drops two snacks, rank 7-9.  You mainly get the lower level ones, most of which can only be sold at the snack vendor — and don’t pay nearly as much as many lower level snacks do in the Bazaar.  Occasionally you get a Hambrosia, which is 5o XP including 15 points for Intellect.

The wiki says they only drop housing items at elder harvest but I get housing items all the time at mature harvests.  Lots of sword racks.  There’s a Ninja sword rack that can’t be sold at auction (I feed them to pets) and another type of weapon rack of some sort that you can sell at the Bazaar.  They also drop a variety of “fern” plants, from Primitive Fern to Celestian Fern and lots of the outdoor types.

Personally I still think for what you pay for those seeds you should get a Hambrosia at elder harvest every time.  But now that you can double the seeds in Double Rewards events, I’d say it’s worth it to buy a couple of seeds for your account and just make sure you have some already at elder harvest before each Double Rewards event starts (i.e. plant some a few weeks after an event, let them get to elder harvest and just leave them sitting there until the next event) so you can slowly build a bigger supply by doubling your seeds at every event.

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Birthday Wrap-up

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Furniture from B.O.X. recipes

Well, the annual Wizard101 birthday event wrapped up early this morning.  As usual, I enjoyed it but wasn’t able to enjoy as many things as I hoped.  Gardening was my main goal, then collecting sonic springs for crafting, and finally a bit of pet training.

GARDENING

The best way to major success on getting double rewards is to grow whatever crops you want to double well before there’s an event and leave them sitting at elder harvest until you get the news another Double Rewards event is happening.  That way it doesn’t matter how long the seeds take to complete their cycle, everything is already waiting to give you double seeds, double snacks, double reagents, etc.

Of course you miss all those double mature harvests, but since most of the plants with highly desirable crops take so long to reach elder harvest that you can’t get from seed to final harvest in one Double Rewards event, it’s the only way to guarantee a double elder harvest.  So I succeeded pretty well from the outset, because multiple gardeners on each account had plants ready to harvest the day it started.

There are more details about my success and lack thereof in the last post.  The final results continued to be slightly odd.  Most of the Pink Dandelions finally made it to elder harvest just within the deadline, which meant they took slightly more than seven days from seed to final harvest.  The odd one was a patch for the one lower level gardener who doesn’t have a Red Barn Farm.  Minus that one like, the PDs usually take about one day longer.  Hers are only about halfway there after eight days, even with every other like.

Sword Ferns lit up by pixies

Sword Ferns lit up by pixies

The two batches of Sword Ferns I planted gave me about four mature harvests each, meaning I got lots of extra TC blades.  Looks like Elder Harvest will be in the next day or two, so those went as expected.  Some King Parsley crops went on wildly different schedules even though all planted around the same time and with all the same likes.

All in all I’m pleased with the results, mainly because of the crops I had waiting at elder harvest at the beginning.

SONIC SPRINGS

KI introduced a bunch of crafting recipes for great housing items earlier this year.  I bought lots of recipes with much excitement.  Then I realized every recipe calls for a Sonic Spring.  It’s another head-scratcher for me.  I’d have thought they’d want to have people crafting the new stuff in great numbers so these fun pieces could start decorating the spiral.

Instead they’ve restricted the ability to craft them by requiring the Sonic Spring ingredient.  It’s only dropped by bosses in the Five B.O.X.E.S.  So you have no hope of getting any most of the year; only possible when there’s a Five B.O.X.E.S. event — maybe five or six times a year [they seem to do it a bit more often now than they did when I first started playing but I’ve never kept track].  They DID put up the boxes last year around Christmas and left them for about a month so best shot at getting more Sonic Springs may be then – if you can stand having to do the instances a few hundred times…

Even more puzzling is that they apparently didn’t raise the drop rate when they decided to add all these recipes with the SS required.  Between three wizards I’d say I completed the Wizard City box at least 40 times this week and got maybe 4 Sonic Springs at most, possibly only 3 (I forgot to check how many a couple of the wizards already had when I started).

I have way more recipes than I have Sonic Springs with which to make them.  I figure it might be a couple of years before I can manage to get enough to craft all the items I’d like (including some multiples).  My willingness to repeat the same instance over and over for one item is limited so my patience with the WC box was past the breaking point by the time I decided it wasn’t worth it to keep trying…

PETS

I’ve mentioned many times that I don’t care for pet training.   If I could choose which of the potential talents my pets get I’d be more willing, but the crap shoot they’ve created has left me disappointed and unwilling to spend much more time at it.  For most of my wizards at this point I have “good enough” pets so I rarely bother with pet training unless I can get Double Rewards and I don’t do much then.

My two Storm wizards still don’t have pets that are quite what I’d like, nor does my Fire wizard.  I chose to do a bit of training for the two Storm girls.  Then I had a pet from the Evergreen Bundle sitting around untrained and another from the Olympian Bundle, so I did some training on those.  The Spirit of the Forest pet did get “Gardening Pixie” (may cast a gardening pixie) but I haven’t remembered to equip it when I’m gardening, so don’t know if it will be helpful in the garden but the other talents so far are not anything I need; unless I make it part of my “energy set” I doubt I’ll use it.

Over all the training has been pretty much as usual.  A waste of time.

MISCELLENEOUS

The gardening took up so much time I really didn’t get to do very much of  the other stuff.  With the backpack and TC limits, the double harvests of these events involve a lot of stopping to go sell stuff, move stuff around in attics, vaults and the Shared Bank, etc. so gardening becomes even more time consuming than usual.   I kind of fit in a few rounds of the WC Box after gardening as I had time and I never got a single wizard to any of the Lost Pages quests.

I look forward to this event every year and overall I’d say I enjoyed it.  I’m always pleased to speed up some of my gardening goals and I did get a few Sonic Springs so a few more furniture items will be appearing.  I’m not too sorry to have missed out on the Lost Pages stuff as I’ve always found it’s a little harder and more time consuming than the rewards (both in drops and low XP for the quests) warrant.  Next up will be the Halloween fun which for me maybe ties with the birthday celebration as the most fun event.  Now I have a week left on the month of membership for my third account and it’s time to move Alura further through Celestia.

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After the party

Tatiana's mid level garden

The birthday celebration is over.  There were so many things going on, I just never got around to some of it.  I’ve had some unmet goals in gardening and pets and it was just too tempting with both Double Gardening and Double Pet Experience going on; I put pretty much all my time into those and never got around to much else.

My third account is the one on which I don’t usually carry a membership and for which I’ve been largely unwilling to spend crowns other than to buy some zones.  I did spring for 12 Evil Magma Peas a while back, which I’d parlayed to 30 during another Double Gardening event.  This time I turned the 30 into 120!

Also managed to double a 17 Pink Dandelion patch twice so I now have enough extra PDs to craft a Seed Vault.  Well, ignoring the I-have-no-Silver-Trumpet-Vines-yet issue, which means I have no way to get the five Braided Vines the Seed Vault recipe also requires.  Heather has hit Celestia and since I got a one month membership so the 3d account could participate in the Double Gardening/Pet stuff, I’ll be whizzing her through there and hopefully will pick up some seeds.

On that account I also started out with something like 12 Couch Potatoes received in drops and had doubled enough in the last event to have 30.  The timing was right this time to harvest more than once, so I’m up to 128!  That means double the mega snacks too.

On the second account I did pretty well also.  From a base of 12 Evil Magma Peas I paid for, I had gotten up to 60 in the last couple of Double events and this time I went up to 180.  Finally I can get far enough ahead on mega snacks to quit gardening for a while.

I don’t have accurate figures for the first account as I bought more seeds without keeping track and have doubled so much over three Double Gardening events that I’m having trouble getting a count.  It took me an hour of shuffling stuff around in Seed Vaults, Attics , Houses and Backpacks to get all the Evil Magma Pea seeds that went into the Bank out and distributed among all six wizards’ various storage options.  I’m talkin’ a LOT of seeds!

As I’ve hit the final harvests in gardening I’ve been leaving the various gardens unplanted.  I’m SO looking forward to a spell of not being required to sign into every account twice every day in order to take care of plants!!!

Pet training, as usual, has been bittersweet.  I’d finally gotten a couple of pets on the first account with Spritely, Spell Defy, Unicorn, Energizing Battery and a variety of fifth talents (many of which I’d still like to get rid of…).  I hatched like crazy across accounts, figuring if I could get a few generations down on each I’d have something close to what I wanted.  Then I could start passing pets through the Shared Bank on the other two accounts.

On the second account my luck so far appears to be fair to middling.  I have some leveling up to do before I know for sure, but it looks like I”ll have to do a couple more generations of hatching off the first account pets.   I do have a few who look pretty good if the last talent comes out okay.

On the poor third account, my luck has been out.  I keep getting pets, even after something like four levels of hatching with one of the good ones, who manifest crappy talents that go back a couple generations before I even started this round of hatching.

I spent WAY too many hours playing the game to get that many seeds and to create and at least partially train a couple of dozen pets.  Thank goodness for the gardening success, because the pets, as always, have left me feeling as if I put in more effort than it was worth.

I never did get to make that foray into the Five B.O.X.E.S and Lost Pages quests.  Although I’ve done the Marleybone and Mooshu boxes a number of times each I’ve never managed to take notes the way I did for the Wizard City box so my plans to post similar guides to those boxes didn’t materialize.  Other than a few Spellwrit battles, I accomplished nothing in Lost Pages.

There was so much going on, it felt kind of exciting, but proved to be too many things happening at once to be able to enjoy all of it.  I mentioned before, seems like a “birthday month” might work better, a different event each week.  Or as they did for Halloween last year, let some of the events last all month???  How about you — did you have fun?  What did you choose to do among the special birthday events?

Wizard101 Seventh Birthday Celebration

Today through September 8 KI is offering lots of fun stuff, much of it for members only but some nice perks for crowns and free players as well.  Some of the member benefits are worth enough if you’re playing as a non-member, you should consider getting a $10 store gift card or a $9.95 on line one month membership so you can take advantage if you can afford it.

I’m particularly excited to have a week of double gardening and double pet benefits.  I’ve already turned 16 Couch Potatoes to 32 on one account that reached final harvest today.  Another turned 40 Evil Magma Peas to 80.  Quite a few other gardens will reach elder harvest soon and probably have time to plant and harvest another entire crop.  It’s for members only–if you’re on a tight budget this opportunity to double your numbers of crown seeds is a great opportunity.

You also get double of all the drops, so if you’re growing plants for reagents, treasure cards or mega snacks, you’ll fill your stores far more quickly during this special week.  Double the XP can move you up quickly in gardening.

Double pet benefits means you get twice the game XP and twice the snack XP.  If you get all four points for a game and feed your pet a 50 XP snack, you can get 108 XP per game (add another 2 or 4 points if the snack is liked or loved.

For members there are also free PvP tournaments and free training point buy back through September 8.

Seven gifts are being given away.  You collect all seven at once for whatever account you’re logged into (I have three so I logged in three times) and you have until September 30 to get them.  There doesn’t seem to be a membership requirement for these.   The gifts:

  • Origami Party Crane Pet (storm)
  • Birthday Hat
  • Confetti Canon
  • Major Fishing Elixir
  • Ultra Dandelion Seed
  • Birthday Cake Snack
  • Huge Ice Cream Snack

There’s a collection of new items in the Crown Shop, just for this.  Some require crowns, but there are some cute housing party items you can purchase for gold, always nice for the player on a budget.

The Five Boxes event and the Lost Pages event are both back through September 8.  You don’t have to be a member to participate in those although there are level and/or access requirements (i.e. you can’t participate in the Mooshu telephone box quest if you haven’t gotten the spiral key to Mooshu yet or get to the Lost Pages quest in Krokotopia if you haven’t finished the main story quests for Wizard City).

Personally I’ve not found the drops for the Lost Pages to be commensurate with the extra difficulty, while the Five Boxes have some really great drops.  But the random nature of these things may mean I just haven’t lucked into good stuff on the Lost Pages quests.  And I might have gotten better drops than you will in the Boxes…

In any event for the next week there’s plenty to keep you busy and lots of great perks that can particularly help you if you don’t have a big budget for crowns, so take advantage!

Double Gardening Days Worked Great for Me

Evil Magma Peas

Evil Magma Peas

Although I had a few disappointments, by and large the double gardening days worked great for me.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of pet hatching and training so my mega snack stores have been dipping on the first two accounts; on the third account the number of mega-snack-dropping plants is so low there have never been stores, nor enough snacks to do more than a few games every four days.

The coffers are full again on the first two accounts.  And I’ve got so many Couch Potato and Evil Magma Pea seeds, especially on the first account, every wizard’s attic and backpack and the Shared Bank are all stuffed with them.  If there’s another Double Gardening Days I’ll be having to sell tons of seeds.

It’s had me wondering why seeds aren’t handled more like reagents and pet snacks — a count that’s kept separate from the backpack totals and where you’re allowed a much bigger number than the backpack max.  Between plants like KP, FP and PBC that drop extra seeds and now the Double Garden days, we could really use an allowance for having more seeds.  And that doesn’t count on our backpacks and attics and Shared Bank totals.

UPDATE:  KI has now introduced Seed Vaults, which you can craft or buy in the Crown Shop and they hold 100 seeds.

The third account is now in much better shape, though I didn’t quite get all I aimed for.  It chanced that I’d harvested and re-planted the six EMPs on that account a couple of days before.  A soon as I saw the notice of double benefits, I “gifted” six more over and planted those.

Because of the different planting times, I kept having plants on different schedules, but every time a batch came to elder harvest, I immediately replanted.  Some managed to get to elder harvest twice because of those already planted before it started.  When the double thing was over the final six were SO close to elder, I was disappointed.

Having started with 6 EMPs and 10 Couch Potatoes, I wound up with 30 EMPs and 40 CPs plus a decent supply of mega snacks.  All the original CPs came from drops and 12 EMPs were bought with crowns.  Not a bad outcome for the price.

With 70 plants dropping mega snacks every 7-8 days, the snack thing should be no problem now.  I’m getting close to having really great pets for all those short-timer new wizards the account is really for.  Not that they need them but I just wanted to try all these create-and-delete wizards out with great pets and great gear and see what it’s like to do Wizard City with fancy stuff.

I had one wizard on the first account plant about 45 Fickle Pickles, hoping for a great boost of reagents and I definitely got some, but the FPs didn’t make it to elder harvest in time for the double gardening (a few hours later… 🙂 ).

On the third account I expanded my collection of Prickly Bear Cactus, Pink Dandelion and King Parsley seeds though I don’t much need those 25 xp snacks from PBC any more.  Didn’t bother to count but enough to be pleased.

I’ve got another Verdant Gardner (level 20) and some others leveled up.  My reagent supplies are looking good on all three accounts.  And all wizards have plenty of gold; spent a LOT of time hopping to the Bazaar to sell all that extra stuff and buy more stuff to reduce gold.  Those pricey new metals are a nice way to tamp down your maxed-out gold supply.

On the second account I’ve had two wizards each growing 12 EMPs and 24 CPs so I’ve been in pretty good shape for mega snacks, but I got more than one harvest and now have more like 96 CPs and 62 EMPs.  Given the amount of pet training I can tolerate that should be more than enough to meet my needs and keep a steady store in the Shared Bank.

The six Sword Ferns I bought for the last Double Days proved a disappointment again.  This time they’d been planted a couple of days before it began so I hoped, with the extra day they added this time, they’d make elder harvest and I’ve have 12 but no such luck.

In spite of the disappointments, I’m VERY well pleased with the overall outcome.  If you have any crowns budget, worth getting a few seeds and keeping them planted so you’re set for double benefits — and doubling the seeds.

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Double Garden Days are Back

I was so pleased to open the game and see the news that they’re offering double gardening benefits through April 30!  That means you get double the gardening XP, double the drops, double the seeds.

If you’ve been waiting for that elusive sale on seeds in the Crown Shop, now is a great moment.  If you buy half the seeds you hope for today and plant right away with some likes, you can reach elder harvest in time to double the seeds.  Kind of like a half price sale sideways…

Verdant Gardener Morgan

As far as the double gardening XP I have mixed feelings.  Very nice for a lower level gardener to quickly gain the right to purchase higher level spells (assuming some way to get access to the trainer).  But I have some wizards who’ve been gardening extensively for quite a while now and they long since reached “verdant”, level 20, the highest gardening rank.

Once you hit verdant, the game doesn’t even keep track of your XP any more so there’s a sense of stopping in place.  When I first joined Pixie Hollow, the questing there involved just getting points that endlessly added up.  It was so fun to go on a quest with someone and see something like “543,200” points.  I feel like I’d get more of a kick out of the gardening if I could keep seeing progress in all the effort I make.  In the meantime, the double XP has pushed some mid-level wizards on my accounts–who’ve been gardening and not questing–to Verdant and now they have nowhere to go in gardening.

One of my wizards happened to hit elder harvest today with some Couch Potatoes [sadly, one of those gardens that went off schedule so more than half of them hit elder yesterday…], which meant getting a bunch of extra CP seeds.  So my Balance wizard, Paige, just blew all her gold on a Red Barn Farm and set up a garden patch of CPs.

They should make it to elder harvest before the end of the double gardening days, so she’ll be able to have 24.  Plus the account, with 60 CPs  and 24 EMPs growing at the moment, will get a BIG boost in mega snacks!

During the last gardening days I posted about a few plants with fast plant-to-elder times if given plenty of likes:  Couch Potatoes, Evil Magma Peas, Pink Dandelions.  There are more, but these are the three Crown seed plants I’d emphasize:  (1) to get extra Crown seeds; (2) to double the great reagent drops (for PDs and EMPs); (3) to double the mega snack drops (for CPs and EMPs), and (4) to double the lesser snacks you can sell for bunches of gold (for PDs and CPs).  In fact, I think this time it’s lasting a day or two longer than last time, so there may be a few more seeds you could plant now and get to elder.

UPDATE:  They seem to have changed the timers on Pink Dandelions; I can no longer get to elder harvest if I plant them at the beginning of a four day event.

If you train pets on snacks you buy at the Bazaar, I’d also advise this as a great moment to get them more easily and for less gold.  With all those gardeners harvesting double the snacks, people will be selling  lots more snacks during this time and at the Bazaar, bigger supply usually means lower price.  For instance, I get tons of Killer Tomatoes, Golden Pizza and Shanta Pudding from my CPs and I sell all of them.  Worth spending some time at the Bazaar refreshing the pet snacks page and buying up extra snacks!

For my crowns account, I actually joined for a month.  They’re offering the first month of a monthly membership for $4.95 and you can cancel at the end of the month [actually you can cancel well before; you get the benefits for the full time you paid for]  I think it’s worth the five bucks to be able to take advantage of double gardening.

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Prickly Bear Cactus

Prickly Bear Cactus

Early on in gardening I read lots of comments by people who tout Prickly Bear Cactus as a great source of pet snacks.  I planted enough to wind up multiplying seeds into a big plot of them and after some large elder harvests I quit planting them.

Now that I have the third account running without a membership or the funds to spend crowns for those wizards as much as I did on the other accounts, I’m back trying out the PBCs again.

Two of the nice things about PBC:  you can buy them in the Bazaar with gold and they may drop seeds at more than one level of harvest.  This means if you’re playing on a budget you can pretty easily obtain a few seeds with which to start and expand to a larger garden.

As far as the snacks, I’m not that impressed.  They drop a wide variety at every stage of harvest but most of them are lower level than I’m willing to bother with.  They can drop one of two 25 XP snacks at any harvest–Crab Apples and Sun Fruit.  Once I discovered and started harvesting snacks with 40-50 XP, 25 just didn’t seem like enough.  [Have I mentioned lately how little I like playing pet games 🙂 ]

On the third account I’ve not had enough crowns to buy a bunch of Evil Magma Peas and both the wizards who’ve gotten into Grizzleheim are having extraordinarily bad luck at getting Couch Potatoes.  At the moment one has six EMPs and 10 CPs.

I’ve been hatching pets with the better pets on my other accounts and trying to get some good ones trained for three wizards.  Those small crops of mega snack-producing plants just aren’t providing enough snacks to train several pets.  I’ve been watching for a sale on EMPs for months, intending to add six more, but in the meantime I’ve got one wizard working on PBCs.  Having been training with 10 XP snacks (Dr. Jalapeno and Shanta Pudding), suddenly those 25 XP ones sound good.

CARE

PBCs are pretty easy care.  They require medium enchanted soil, which means until you can get to the MooShu gardening trainer you can only grow them in pots.  Since the seeds multiply, it’s worth starting some when you hit gardening rank 5–the required level to be able to plant them–even if you can only plant them in pots.

They require the rank 3 pest spell, which you can get from the Krokotopia trainer.  They also need Music and Pollination.

DROPS

PBCs drop only snacks.  No treasure cards,  No reagents.  Only snacks.  The snacks range from level 1 to level 8.  For the mature harvests you get one snack from every plant and at elder harvest you get three.  As noted above, the highest level gives you 25 XP.  See extensive snack list here.

There’s no guarantee of ANY 25 XP snacks being dropped at any level and I’ve recently harvested a crop of 8 more than once without getting a single 25 XP or getting only one from the whole crop at all levels of harvest combined.

The lower level snacks will help you build your gold supply as many of them sell for pretty good amounts at the Bazaar.  And if you’re willing to train pets at a snail’s pace, they’ll keep you in plenty of small XP snacks to feed.

CONCLUSION

PBCs are a little iffy.  Chance of a seed and chance of a 25 XP snack are both pretty low.   Recently I expanded three starter seeds to eight.  Then by the time I finished every stage of harvest of the eight, I had five seeds.  So the progress to expanded numbers of PBCs is a bit up and down.

In the past when I’ve grown 2-4 dozen PBC I’ve gotten a fair number of Crab Apples and Sun Fruits every time, so if you’re pet training and struggling to get mega snacks, PBCs can help you.  Generally I recommend farming for CPs in Grizzleheim since you get three varieties of 40-50 XP snacks from those.  If you’re playing on a budget, it’s a great way to get Crown seeds free–all you have to have is time enough to fight lots of Grizzleheim creatures.

It’s a bit early to tell how much help the PBCs will be in this case.  I’m still working at getting the CPs but it’s taking twice as long per seed as usual (about two hours of beating Trouble Warriors per seed) for these wizards to get them.  The PBCs should be helpful in moving along the training with those 25 XP snacks until higher level mega snack production starts producing enough.

Double Pet Rewards: on a budget with low level wizard does it help?

The double pet rewards event has been an interesting experience with three accounts.  They’re all at different stages when it comes to gardening (which equals mega snacks), money spent, and levels of wizards.  For my newest account, it’s a struggle to get much of an advantage from this.

The first account is by far the oldest.  When I finally got into gardening I virtually stopped questing for all six wizards and concentrated on gardening for several months, which included lots of fighting mobs in Grizzleheim and Krokotopia to get Couch Potatoe and Pink Dandelion seeds.  I had enough crowns to buy Evil Magma Peas on sale as well (haven’t seen a sale in ages so not sure how easy that is to do any more).

On that account every wizard has a big store of mega snacks in the backpack and there’s also a big store in the Shared Bank, so I’ve been able to really move a bunch of pets along on this double reward thing.  Oh how I wish I could go into my account management page and pass mega snacks the way I can transfer crowns…

The second account is newer and though I knew enough to start gardening right away, I haven’t had a chance to develop the same stockpile of snacks.  Their gardens have been built mainly on seeds I could get from drops so they also don’t have as many plants producing mega snacks.

I’ve been leveling up pets pretty well on that account as well, but unless one of the mega snack crops produces tonight or in the morning, the mega snack supply may run out before I train as much as I’d like to.

The third account has been a big challenge.  I don’t have a membership on that account, so in order to partake at all I had to buy another one month membership (after just finally stopping the marathon I ran with a one month membership to take advantage of the double gardening days).  So for starters if you’re on a really tight budget and trying to play for free, these double reward events don’t do you any good unless you can spring for a gift card.

Further,  I’ve had rotten luck on that account with getting CP drops so the probable main source of mega snacks isn’t there yet.  With the questing marathon over, I’d planned to spend a couple of months just working on getting those seeds…  Best laid plans.  I also only have a small crowns amount on that account and it’s just for buying the small number of zones I plan to buy so mostly haven’t bought seeds.

I DID gift Heather G. three Evil Magma Pea seeds from my first account’s crowns back on the double gardening reward event.  I’d planned to gift three more on the next sale, but decided to suck it up and send over the extra three in the hope of a final harvest while the double pet rewards are still going (looking promising as of this afternoon).  And managed to win a second CP after defeating bunches of Troubled Warriors.

So far I’ve been passing lots of Treasure Cards over from my big gardens accounts and buying lots of Shanta Pudding, Killer Tomatoes, Bogwich, etc.  Boy those rank 6 and 7 snacks eat the gold!  Using those lower level snacks gets the job done but takes forever even with double rewards.  Have I mentioned I don’t like playing pet games?  🙂  Especially the dozens and dozens and dozens of games per pet it takes to get to mega.

Normally I refuse to buy Mega Snack Packs even on a half price sale, but I REALLY wanted to move the pets on the third account along, so I finally decided to gift one pack over from the first account and one from the second.  In the absence of gardens full of mega snack-producing plants I could see no other way.

My current to-be-deleted wizard (Kiley L.) was thus able to accomplish some good training on a Jellyfish who will be passed to each new Death wizard.  Alura D., who will ultimately be the pet trainer for the account doesn’t have much of a garden yet and there aren’t enough mega snacks from Heather’s garden to pass any along, so the 500 XP form the pack really helped.

I’m already not too happy about paying for another month of membership nor buying the packs, so I’m seriously not willing to buy any more packs.  I’ve also refilled energy a couple of times for wizards whose gardens take all their energy — something else I generally have a policy against doing.  So I’m a bit disgruntled over the degree to which this seems to be an “advantage” that’s designed to entice us to spend more money.

For the most part on that third account  I’m depleting all the gold I’d accumulated to buy snacks from the Bazaar and doing the best I can.  It helps to move things a long a little faster, but without mega snacks it still leaves me playing way more of those pesky pet games than I want to.  In fact after this weekend I may not do any pet training until July… or 2016…

Bottom line, if you’re playing on a tight budget and don’t already have one or more wizards growing large gardens of plants dropping mega snacks, this double reward deal will only help a little unless you’re willing to fork over $10 for a one month membership and another $5-20  (or more) worth of crowns for mega snack packs .  Which is kind of too bad because it’s those of us on tight budgets with lower level wizards and pets who could use a bigger boost for pet training.

Double pet rewards

Kingsisle is offering double pet rewards for members now through March 1.  When you play a pet game you get double points (8 if you get all points for the game) PLUS double XP for snacks.

For mega snacks with 40-50 XP you can get 88-112 (for a 50 XP loved snack) total per game!

It’s driving me a little nuts already because I’ve had all my wizards playing pet games and you know how I feel about those 😦  I’ve played more of those pesky games today than I usually play in a couple of weeks.  I’ll really have to push myself to keep taking advantage through Sunday.

For those of you who have plants producing megasnacks, I hope they’ll be harvesting for you in the next few days or that you have a nice store of them, because if you’ve got enough snacks, you can fly through pet training.

If you have trouble getting intellect XP for your pets this is a particularly good opportunity for that.  I get those points usually by playing the Maze game and choosing Apple.  Normally each game gets 4 points maximum but for these days it’s 8.

Choose apple for intellect points

Then if you have any snacks that give intellect XP, you get double those points too.  I’ve been using Cherry Tomatos (14 intellect XP) and Mystic Dragonfruit (12 intellect XP) to fill those intellect points:

Check out intellect points

As you can see, that’s 36 intellect XP for ONE game.

If leveling up a pet always went this fast, I’d be more willing to do it…

Be sure to take advantage so you can move those pets along.  I’ve hatched a couple new pets too so I can level them up fast during these special days.