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Light-bulbHints & Tricks with Farmville 2

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by Brandon Jones - Sep 26, 2012 Star_s114,781 views

Hey everyone,

Here are some hints, tricks and tips I have learned from playing Farmville 2 and from a little research. Some things you may know, but thought I would share:

1) Crafting: This is extremely helpful with making money. DO NOT sell your milk and eggs at the stand, as these help with multiple crafting items in your kitchen, not to mention your animals will become "Prized" after so many feeds and will not produce anything anymore, only gold and XP.

2) Animals: Once you have an animal that has become "Prized" you can move it to your inventory, allowing you to place more animals. If there is a quest down the road that you need more animals/prized animals for, you will have it in your inventory to place later. (Once you store it using the Tools icon, go to your animals tab of your inventory). You can of course always sell them as well. If you are willing to spend real money for Farm Bucks to buy certain animals, I saw from a little research 1 guy (Joseph) said that the best animals to buy are: an Iibex, an Ameracauna Chicken and a seal-point dwarf rabbit. According to him, he doesn't believe they become prized if you use Farm Bucks. Double check into that if you are considering that and worried. But he said they produce a LOT. Chicken - about 7 eggs, the Ibex about 4 milks, etc! And if they don't become Prized, that would be extremely helpful!

3) Crops: 1st of all, you can hold down the left mouse button and drag across crops & trees to quickly do the same task (Plant, Water, Harvest, Fertilize, etc). I have seen that Strawberries apparently help give a lot of XP, but you don't really use them for much besides Strawberry Lemonade.

4) ****INSTANTLY GROW YOUR PLANTS & TREES: This is an amazing trick I learned. You definitely need to have lots of neighbors to do this, but every little bit helps. Plant some crops. Water them and fertilize them (Or water & fertilize trees). You can hover your cursor over a neighbor that is on your farm to help you and see which crops/trees they are going to help. After you have already watered & fertilized your crops/trees, THEN allow your neighbor to help. Whichever crops/trees you have already watered and fertilized, they will be INSTANTLY GROWN!!! Amazing for something you need right away or for crops/trees that would normally take a long time to grow. The more neighbors you have, the faster you will get produce and level up!!

5) 2nd Way to Instantly Grow Crops/Trees: If you are close to leveling up, plant and water some crops that you take a long time to grow (Pumpkins, Strawberries, Sunflowers, etc). I do believe they have to be watered already in order to instantly grow upon leveling up. Also, according to Gamenews.com, they confirmed with Zynga that leveling up will instantly grow your crops/trees is permanent & here to stay! So pay attention to how close you are to leveling up! ***I haven't tried this yet, but saw that if you do level up and haven't planted crops yet, supposedly you can still navigate while the Level Up Box has popped up. So plant & water as many as you can, then click on Share, and it should instantly grow everything!!

5) Random things: There is a sign in the Market > Decorations > Tab 6/7 for only 100 gold. Place those where you would like things done. Put them by your trees, crops, animals, etc so that your neighbors know what you need help with!!!!! For example, fence in a bunch of goats and chickens and place the sign in there so neighbors know to feed them. Or place it where it's obviously next to your crops so they know to water/fertilize crops). If we all start doing this, we can all help each other better! Also random: notice when you move stuff and place something, your animals jump up and down each time? Also, there is apparently an email you can get from Farmville 2 with daily bonuses in it....still trying to find it. No idea why, but you know you are going to try it lol.

I learned some of this from the Gamers Unite Blog: "Tips for playing Farmville 2" not sure if I can post there link or not though. Just didn't want anyone to think I was trying to take away from them!

Enjoy!!

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@Lori Gordon - To move the Owl Tree to your Inventory, simply click on it. Because it's expired, it should cause a pop-up to open saying it is expired and offering you the ability to move it to your Inventory. As for the Crafting Booth, are you talking about the Workshop or the Crafting Drive Booth? If the Workshop, that cannot be moved to Inventory. If the Crafting Drive Booth, that must stay on your farm until the event is over.

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Hi Brandon! Great tips and advice. Question - is there a way to delete some of those building items - like the crafting booth or owl tree... I can't move them to storage, delete them or sell them. Thanks.

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i get like about 600 water a day if im on 16 hour day

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Not sure why a few people are trying to turn this into a debate....this is my page, and the point is to offer hints and tips....I was trying to offer advice/tips that when you perform tasks on your neighbors farm, that is not beneficial at all to “use” your tasks on their wells and to, if you want to call it help, help yourself to hopefully get a water or two. I just used 100 tasks on my neighbors farms (SO sorry to my neighbors I wasted my tasks on your wells instead of trees, crops, animals....anything that may have helped you besides giving you maybe 1 water or 2 if you get lucky....but it was for research/experiment). Of those 100 wells, I got 26 waters. I never once got more than 2 waters out of 5, and only got 2 out 5 LESS than a handful of times. I couldn't even keep track of how much time I wasted trying to get those 26 waters, all I know is that is basically 1 out of 4 or 25%......5 tasks x 25% = 1.25, so basically on average you will get 1 water out of the 5.......1 water, so you can WATER 1 of your plots, use your own fertilizer if you want, then wait however many hours for your crop to grow.....pretty exciting stuff...... OR someone could have used their 5 energies on 5 of my plots (which could give them fertilizer or crops depending). Then I can plant 5 asparagus, water & fertilize them and then use the neighbor to instantly grow (which would have taken me 24 hours otherwise…) then giving me 10 asparagus, 105 XP, and 210 feed for my animals. OR use 5 energy on 5 grapefruit trees = 185 XP, lots of grapefruits that can be sold for 292 coins EACH or use to each make 9 feed, etc, etc, etc. But like you said, it is your choice to use it on wells and get your 1 single water to barely, barely "help" yourself, if you want to call that help or beneficial .....but I'm happy for you that you prefer to help yourself get that 1 water instead. :) Anyways....Like the point of this page is...let me know if you have any Questions. I would prefer for people not to share random little tips because 95% of the time it's something I have already shared. Please go through and look at all my posts that I personally added as Replies on here to get helps/tips/answers to questions people have asked. Thanks again everyone! I appreciate your questions and support!

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Quick tip. Ask your neighbors and friends for water and fertilizer. Water re-fills 30 drops, one at a time...if you ask neighbors and friends, 30 additional drops may be stored in our inventory. (But all wells must be used prior to asking.)Use all your well water and accumulated drops...then get your mail and re-fill your inventory. I have 6 wells, so 60 drops of water there, 30 drops on my screen when full, and 30 drops in my inventory. That's 120 drops of water! The more friends you have the more water you may ask for! I also ask for fertilizer, 100 drops on screen and when friends send more, up to 30 in my inventory for 130 bags of fertilizer!

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I've go to say I don't mind what people do when visiting my farm. I like them to water trees and I tend to water trees for other people but it doesn't upset me when they do things for themselves.

Somebody said that the Ibex doesn't become prized. It does but it takes quite a while. I spent real money on the newbe deal. I'm not planning on spending any more but getting the Ibex was worth it.

Happy farming!!

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Visiting: By fertilizing empty plots you can proc fertilizer, definitely more beneficial than a 1 in 5 chance at getting 1 water drop. (for the person harvesting only wells) It's also all about crafting. Use your water & your power every chance you get. Keep a good variety of non-prized chickens and cows for a non-stop supply of eggs and milk. Lemons are good forever, not just in low lvls for lemonade. If you feed a Boer Goat, Devon Cow or Swiss Cow that is prized, they earn 150xp multiplied by 5 = 750xp from just 1 visitor!!! Something they can only do once in every 18 hours (unless they have speed feed). It's very helpful to just fertilize empty crops, a person can easily plant a 24 hour item, water it, fertilize it and instantly grow it with a neighbors help. This is how I make all my feed with cucumbers (cheaper than asparagus or red pepper). I have over 500 cucumbers from just 2 days of doing this at lvl 42. I enjoy FV2. As long as they keep fixing problems with the game, I will continue to play it. I do think the prices of the last 3 expansion areas is a little high. I'd like to finish my map without spending 5 hours a day attempting to earn coin. I'll spend 2 dollars a week. I think of it as a donation to the creators of the game who are doing the best they can for a free game. WTB a billboard to leave notes for my visitors (though the "Farms" sign will allow you to type a 2 word message). Have fun all!

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Uhm, where is the sign? "5) Random things: There is a sign in the Market > Decorations > Tab 6/7 for only 100 gold. Place those where you would like things done. Put them by your trees, crops, animals, etc so that your neighbors know what you need help with!!!!! For example, fence in a bunch of goats and chickens and place the sign in there so neighbors know to feed them. Or place it where it's obviously next to your crops so they know to water/fertilize crops)". My friends keep "helping" but not where I need them to.

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Just curious, I would like to expand my farm but I need 750,000 coins. I never can make enough goods and sell them to get that many coins.

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Since selling Crafted Goods and Recipes is the main way to earn Coins in this game, I'm not sure what else you are wanting.

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Anyone know an easy way to earn alot of coins fast, without selling all my crafted goods?

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I can click on ones with 0 clicks and they are already all taken.....at what point are they not all taken ???

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@Brandon Jones - Why does someone working towards something have to be a "game-changer" in order to be worth it for them?

I use a lot, and I do mean a lot, of Wheat. It is not unusual for me to spend my time collecting Wheat when I visit my neighbors' farms. On a good day, I can collect an additional 30 Wheat this way. That's additional Flour for me, which can then be turned into Batter or Pie Crusts. No, that's not a game changer. But I now have additional Wheat I can use for the recipes I make.

The same holds true for Water. I doesn't have to be a game changer. But if someone has a few unwatered plots, tending Wells on a neighbor's farm is the way to do it. Just because the Water bar refills on its own doesn't mean someone wants to wait that time frame to get what they need. At one Water drop every three minutes, you would have to wait 30 minutes for ten Water. By visiting neighbor's farms, that same ten drops could be received in five or ten minutes. That person could then finish watering their farms and then get on with their lives.

Game changer? No. But no one said it had to be.

If you want to decree that your farm is not open to your neighbors for them to get what they need from it, and then de-friend people who don't follow that decree, so be it. But as you can see from the responses so far, we won't be crying a bucket of tears over it.

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@shriner: I am so with you on this one. Honestly I do not care whether my neighbors visit me or not - I have not been able to visit my neighbors ever since they fixed the glitch- every second neighbor I visit I get a whoops a daisy and my farm re-boots. It is just too frustrating so, sorry neighbors. It is nice if they do but what I do care about is whether they respond to my requests - be it farmhand, quest items, or anything else. These are the ones I want to keep. For my neighbors who click on my decorations - irritating, yes, but if you are sending me stuff and it works for you, go for it....

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@shriner - you go girl. Hit the nail square on the head. My thoughts exactly.

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I'm sorry but, I also agree with Alan. I know I'm the minority and have been told by others that they would unfriend me...but when I visit a neighbors farm, I get what I need not you. Now if I don't need anything, I'll help by watering the trees that cost the most money however, I'm one of those players who play off and on all day and return every request I get within minutes of receiving them, which comes in handy on" Tuesday Quest Day" so, if you want to unfriend me for not playing MY game your way, by all means do so...but what are you going to lose. 1.) a farm hand 2.) sugar or other crafting item 3.) water or other consumable you requested 4.) 1 item to build something or expand 5.) 1 friend to build that same something 6.) the gift I'm sending all my neighbors that day. These are items that I send 1 person EVERYDAY. So, you might want to look again at some of those friends with a new pair of eyes and see if they might have some value after all.

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@Lilly Davis - I was merely informing people that I have not spent 1 penny of my real money on this game and I am about to be Level 55. FV definitely makes you feel like you have to spend Farm Bucks, which of course you have to purchase with real money, on stuff because it isn't available for coins. Especially the expansions and other things. In time they become/became available for coins. When you run out of anything, it's available to buy for Farm Bucks of course. Great marketing scheme of course because they want to make as much money as possible, and I wouldn’t mind spending a little bit because I do enjoy this addicting and entertaining game, but want people to realize they don’t have to feel like that Have to in order to complete tasks, level up etc. But if you take your time and play the game, you will get through it without spending money. Some people of course do (which blows my mind, I see people's farms that it's very obvious they have spent hundreds of dollars of real money on it and I'm like WOW.....it's just a stupid fb game lol). But yeah, good point about crops and products. I don't sell anything except finished good b/c I know eventually I will need them for a quest. I sell my finished goods for coins so I can expand, and don't mind having to craft new ones because I need more coins anyway & XP anyway. But I don’t sell milk, eggs,etc etc anymore.

@Alan Attebery - Thank you for sharing your opinion, although I completely disagree with you. If you use all 5 favors on your neighbor's wells what do you get on average? Maybe 1 single water if you are lucky.......1 single water? That's not exactly a game changer. Even if by some miracle you got water from all 5, that's only 5 waters. Water is FREE and you ACCUMULATE it 24/7. This makes absolutely no sense to me why people do this, I have almost removed them as a neighbor as I am at the max number of neighbors and they are of no help to me doing that compared to a neighbor that could use all 5 energies on my plots or trees. 5 plots = 5 fertilized asparagus instantly grown which would give me 180 Feed! (5 asparagus plots, fertilized = 10 asparagus x 18 feed each), not to mention 105 XP due to 21 XP x 5 plots. Or it could give me 10 Cabbage which could be sold at 515 coins each = 5,150 coins! Did you know that coins would cost $10.00 USD for only 4,000 coins? One neighbor could give you approximately $13.00 USD worth of coins from one visit! Use energy on 5 Grapefruit Trees would give 5 x 37xp = 185 xp and TONS of grapefruits which you could use toward making at least 1 or 2 Citrus Salads that you can sell for $6,820 each and 36xp for making each. I could go on and on and on about all the things neighbors COULD be helping each other with……compared to 5 stinking wells (which you accumulate 24/7 for free once again…) that give you no XP and gives you maybe 1, sometimes 2 or 3 single waters at most if you are really lucky…..I think you get my point why it’s such a waste to just do wells. Some people will water my orchard of 4 trees and 1 well, that’s fine by me! But more than 1 well is like them wasting their energies on my fences or something.

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what I have learnt is NEVER sell any crafted goods unless you need the money desperately. You will need the stuff to sell to make up your grocer points. FV2 is very "crafty" like that. A quest will ask you to CRAFT spinach rolls. So you craft them and then you think what the heck, and sell them. Then the grocer will ask you to sell xx spinach and then suddenly the next day you will be asked to sell yyy spinach rolls or whatever. Now you have sold your spinach rolls from the quest and you have sold your stock of spinach and have nothing left to make the rolls. GRRRRRR....... Cannot tell you how many times I have been caught like that.

And then just a quick note to Brendon. You are very proud of the fact that you have not spent one cent on FV and you strongly recommend that no-one else does. You do realise of course that Zynga is a business and has salaries and overheads like any other business. You play for free - but they need money to cover their overheads. If no-one spent any money at all on the game it would be discontinued as they would no longer make a profit and be forced to shut down..... So I say to people please spend a bit - don't go crazy but a few dollars here and there help keep the game going.

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@Brandon Jones -  Sorry, but I'm going to disagree with you. When someone visits your farm, they get to tend to what they need for themselves. If someone is trying to get more water to use on their farm, then they are going to tend your Wells. This means they aren't wasting THEIR limited helps.

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Also, for those reading checking out my page for the first time, thank you and welcome! Please be sure to read through all of the posts from me in here (don't read every comment from everyone because mine are the answers to all those questions). Thanks and good luck. Please feel free to asks questions you need help with or tips, etc. The "glitch" to get extra wells, silos, troughs etc was fixed and can't be done anymore in case you are wondering.
~Brandon

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