The *MOST* Important Thing to Improve Gameplay at Any Level! by killumshannon (2016 update)

kitkat7145kitkat7145 Gabby EnthusiastPosts: 1,125Registered User Assassin
edited June 2016 in Community Created Guides

Original Publication Date: October 2012

This guide was so helpful me when I started playing FV2! The original thread and its links have been borked by the forum migration, and I have officially lost hope that anyone in charge is going to do anything to fix it. BUT I found it cross-posted over at freetoplaymmorpgs and thought I'd share it back over here for people looking for the information (over 87,000 views on the original guide!!!).

Full credit to @killumshannon and many community members back in 2012 for the information in this guide.
Mods - please delete this thread IF the original guides are ever restored!

There are a lot of tips & tricks in this forum – ways to maximize things & take play to the highest level. But I figured I’d give a few of the tips I’ve found to be the BEST as far as general gameplay – those suggestions that will make the game MUCH more enjoyable for even the casual daily player:

    It doubles the yield of your crops and improves the yield chances of trees for the same amount of water and time. It’s the biggest no-brainer in the game! You need a lot of fertilizer to do this, so you need a good supply of fast-producing animals that give copious amounts of fertilizer in addition to their normal goods.
    • These tend to be Rhode Island Red chickens/Saanen goats at lower levels, and Gold-laced Cochin chickens/Nubian goats at higher levels.
      NOTE: Black Sultan Chickens should drop more fertilizer than Gold-laced Cochin (100% chance of 2 vs. 30% chance of 3).
    • Some LE animals from time to time might beat these, but the most important thing to look for in the purchase screen is fertilizers given and time to hunger. Cows, for example, might give more fertilizer per feeding than chickens, but they only get hungry ever 3-4 hours or more, whereas chickens (for the most part) get hungry every 5 -15 minutes. Keep this in mind when deciding how to keep your fertilizer levels up! You NEVER want to be caught without enough fertilizer to at least fertilize every single crop you plant every single time you plant it.
    • FarmBuck animals will out-produce their coin counterparts in fertilizer production in every class (they provide 2 fertilizer per feeding for both goats and chickens), but they also cost FB. That decision is up to you =)
    • Whether or not you want to keep some cows, LE animals, prized animals, etc., you should make sure you keep enough 5 -15 minute chickens and 15-minute goats to keep your fertilizer at 100 in between plantings/harvests.
    Not only do you help your friends doing this, but you progress your game play. Never let your inbox get to 200 if you can help it – as soon as it gets to 200, you start losing stuff and start hurting your friends. It’s a really good idea to clear your inbox twice in a row when it’s gone up to 200 messages; you might have as many as 75-80 messages in your box immediately after you cleared it. Clearing it twice in a row instead of just once will free up all that space for requests you can benefit from =)
    If you have 30 waters and 30 in inventory and 12 bottles, you will lose out on MANY waters and bottles when you clear your inbox. Spend your water and your bottles (if you need them) BEFORE clearing your inbox each time – with 200 messages, you can get 20 or more water and 6-12 bottles just by clearing your inbox. If you are full when you do it, those resources are LOST!
  • CLEAR YOUR INBOX 2-3 TIMES IN A ROW, or until it says you have no requests.
    Sometimes – especially after you sent your gifts to everyone, those silly “thank yous” will clog your inbox and they won’t always show up right away. You might have 200 messages the first time, then like 7-8 immediately after that, then 150 immediately after that. If you only clear your inbox once, you could end up with space for only 50 new requests. This is kind of a “glitch” in the programming – but DON’T TRUST THE MESSAGE INDICATOR NUMBER! The inbox is perhaps the most beneficial thing to you & your friends in the game – keeping it clear will give you the most resources, AND help your friends out the most. If you’ve cleared it within the past 20 minutes or so it’s not a big deal, but if it’s been a while, make sure to clear it 2-3 times in a row!
    NOTE: The Inbox and its limits have changed since this guide was created. See the excellent Inbox Guide by @Forevever for more information.

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  • kitkat7145kitkat7145 Gabby Enthusiast Posts: 1,125Registered User Assassin
    edited June 2016
      You can get TONS of high-value crops in minutes with no extra water. Even if you don’t use it yourself, please be courteous and click on the five plots your neighbors have set aside if you see them on their farms.
      NOTE: This also works with fields. Additionally, the original linked guide for the 5 Plots Trick is also broken although you can see the bulk of it quoted below.

      • Place the Wooden Sign [available for 100 coins in the General Store] next to the five plots you want to use for this. It should be in the lower-right portion of your farm so that your neighbor can see it easily when your farm first loads.
      • Plant something in those five plots (it can be anything) – you can water it now or just leave it un-watered.
      • Let your neighbors come. This works best once at least two neighbors have clicked on your five plots.
      • When you’re ready to harvest, bring the original crop you planted to FERTILIZED condition. You can use your neighbors to water and fertilize, or do it yourself.
      • Use a neighbor to speed-grow the five plots
      • Plant them with ANY CROP YOU LIKE – it DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THE ORIGINAL THING YOU PLANTED. Water, fertilize (you can use neighbors for this to maximize resources, or do it yourself to maximize crop yield) Use the next neighbor to speedgrow the plots.
      • Keep doing this until you run out of neighbors.
    • ALWAYS keep less than 30 water in your stocks.
      Once you get to 30, you don’t make any more; Remember to use the FREE GIFT tab daily! With 300 neighbors each, we could all receive 300 extra water per day this way (if we all kept our inboxes clear). That’s a LOT of water! I would suggest ignoring the cutsey temporary gifts (like candy) and send water instead – it’s the thing people universally need!
    • If you have nothing to craft, craft butter using the milk from your goats. It only makes you 10 coin and 2 XP, but it prevents wasted craft power so that you are constantly making money/XP instead of letting your craft kitchen sit useless.
    • Get as many FV2 active player friends as you can.
      You can only have a certain number of direct neighbors, but you can receive gifts/requests/farmhand help from unlimited FaceBook friends/zFriends in-game. 2,000 friends goes a long way toward helping you get almost anything you need quickly. Check out my guide for Getting All the FV2 Neighbors You Need.
      NOTE: The Getting Neighbors Guide is also broken.
    • Planting about 33% of your plots with a longer timed crop (say 12 hours) will free up a lot of your well water to use for trees, etc.
    • Did you click on something you shouldn’t have?
      Until Z provides a STOP/CANCEL ACTION button, if it’s something REALLY bad, you can quick hit REFRESH/RELOAD on your web browser. If you can reload the web page before your farmer-self completes the action, then you will have effectively cancelled it. Great when you meant to move your farm and instead set a water action for a bazillion trees & you really need to save your water, etc.
      A lot of people know this one but I just figured it out. You can click on the clouds above your animals to feed them instead of having to click on the animal itself – this can save a lot of frustration when you have a lot of animals close together!
    • If you are into collecting Newsfeed bonuses, you NEED to play the game using as the wrapper instead of Facebook.
      FORGET those auto bonus collectors and the PIA they are (not to mention how mad they make your friends and how they violate Zynga’s TOS & risk your account getting banned) – playing at allows you to collect those feed bonuses easily & very simply. If you don’t like it, just go back to Facebook – you can go back & forth seamlessly!
    • If you AREN’T going to need any requests in the next 18 hours – send out requests for water, bottles, or 1/2 and 1/2 before you leave the game.
      It won’t do you any good, but your neighbors can get one for giving one – it’s like double gifting & if you don’t need the request “space,” then it won’t hurt you at all. It just takes a few seconds & could DOUBLE the numbers of water/bottles we all get if everyone did it =)
    • Always ask for more crafting Power every day.
      Not only does it give you five more Power, but those who help you get Power as well! The Power you receive will be in your inventory – you can get 5 per day (which means you are helping others get those Power as well)
    • After you send your gifts, be sure to clear your inbox regularly (like every 5-10 minutes) NO MATTER HOW MANY MESSAGES IT SAYS YOU HAVE.
      The message counter is notoriously slow, and all those “thank you” gifts of five coins will quickly block your email box, so you can’t get the good requests.
    • Don’t sell anything you don’t need to (except fully crafted goods) unless you really need the coins for something!
      You might think “wow, I have enough potatoes, might as well sell some.” I wouldn’t. Higher level recipes can open up uses for those crops and you can find yourself re-planting them. Inventory space is unlimited for crops and tree goods (tested to 7,000) so you aren’t losing any space.
      Again, if you NEED the coins for something, then by all means go ahead – I just suggest not selling any crop/tree goods “just for fun.” At level 33, I could NEVER have enough eggs, potatoes, wheat, nutmeg, plums, apricots, limes, or 24-hour crops to use for feed. I’m glad I have thousands of milk & cheese.
      Lemons – one of the “lowest” tree crops, end up being a high-value crafting necessity at level 40. Save/make a LOT of lemons as you progress through the levels. Just an example of how selling uncrafted goods can be a bad thing

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  • kitkat7145kitkat7145 Gabby Enthusiast Posts: 1,125Registered User Assassin
    • Check the OFFERS tab in-game before buying farm cash (or before buying anything online)
      You might be able to get farm bucks at no relative cost, or get something “real” in addition to what you would have spent on farm bucks alone. For more information, see this post: Relative-Cost.
      As your farm grows larger, it can take a very long time while your little farmer-self runs from one side to the other. In some cases, you can drastically cut this time using the crafting kitchen and feed mill. By placing the crafting kitchen in one corner of your farm and the feed mill in the other, you can jump back and forth quickly. Just click on your feed mill and then cancel – your farmer-self will be teleported to the feed mill, and as soon as you cancel, will continue doing what he/she was doing before you clicked on the mill.
    • Another time-saving tip is that your farmer self will continue to take commands as long as there is no error.
      Say you have 90 plots, six wells, 30 water in reserve. You can plant all 90 crops, water the first 30, click on 2 of your wells, water then next 20, click on two more wells, water 20 more crops, click on the last well, water the last 10 crops, then start fertilizing the crops that have been watered. Even though your farmer is still watering the first 30 plots and hasn’t even harvested the first well, he/she will continue running around doing stuff until it’s all done.
      There’s no need to wait for him/her to finish one thing before giving commands for the next. Be careful, though, to make sure the command you’re giving won’t make you run out of water, fertilizer, etc. because that will make an error window pop up and clear all pending actions.
      You can plant, water, harvest, fertilize, and then even feed your animals in this manner then just sit back and watch yourself accomplish your long to-do list without wasting time waiting for each thing to finish in order.
    • When using the feed mill, be careful not to just click the crop you’re using for feed until the screen greys out.
      If you have room in your silos for one feed, and click a cucumber (15 feeds), the mill will use the cucumber but only give you one feed for it – wasting the other 14 feeds. Over and over again, you can waste a LOT of feed this way.
      Make sure to stop clicking on the feed crop BEFORE you get to max silo capacity. Then, you can either click on another crop to get you EXACTLY to your capacity, or just leave it short of full.
    • When feeding animals, you can click on the feed mill and make more feed before you run out, and it will credit that feed to pending animals.
      For example, if you have 10 Nubian Goats (8 feed each) and a silo capacity of 75, then you can click on all 10 goats to start feeding them, then click on the feed mill BEFORE you run out of feed and make some more. You don’t have to feed only the animals you have space for, then fill up, then click the rest of the animals. However, if you run out of feed, all pending animal feedings will be stopped. This saves a lot of time when you have 45 animals to feed!
    • Farmhands can’t be used for watering trees, but that doesn’t matter.
      If you don’t need them for crafting, use them to water your crops, then use the water you saved to water your trees; it doesn’t matter who watered them – just that they’re watered =)
    • If it’s been overnight/a while since you played, and you have tons of ready crops/trees, don’t harvest them all right away.
      First, harvest 3 plots, then re-plant them and water them. Now, go to the crafting kitchen and craft at least 5 things (make butter if you have nothing else to do). NOW go back and harvest everything. It can take several minutes to harvest and re-plant everything. If you are full on water and crafting power, that time is “wasted.” Might as well be earning water and crafting power while you’re clearing & re-planting your farm!
    • Farmhands provide only four plot helps, but will give you five power if you use them in the crafting kitchen.
      NOTE: Farmhands also give fuel by dropping them on the fuel pump. Farmhands will help an entire field, so it's more efficient to use them on fields than on plots. And, of course, always use them to SPEED GROW for maximum benefit.
    • Your neighbor’s animals don’t need to be “hungry” in order for you to feed them!
      Prized animals only get hungry every 18 hours, but they don’t need to be hungry for you to feed them when you are visiting your neighbors’ farms. So if you need prized animal items, look for prized animals on your neighbors’ farms and click on them whether or not they’re “hungry.”
    • Let your neighbors finish helping before storing a newly prized animal
      • If you have an adult animal go prized and intend to store that prized animal in your inventory.
      • Move it to a different part of your farm (isolate it) so it’s easy to keep track of. No need to create a separate fenced area as the animal won’t be out long – I just put mine in my fields.
      • Feed the animal. This will give you one of the unique prized items (note, Z might change this back to 2 for some animals). Finish accepting your neighbor’s help BEFORE storing the animal. IF one of your neighbors “fed” the animal as an adult, when you accept their actions, they will “feed” the animal as prized and you will get the special prized product and xp without having to wait 18 hours for it.
      • Once you have accepted all your neighbors’ help, store the animal and put a new animal on your farm in its stead.
    • If I need any particular prized item, I’ll leave adult (producing) animals on my farm, using the wooden sign to ask my neighbors to feed them.
      I’ll use them as normal (for fertilizer & adult product) until they become “prized” and then start accepting my neighbors’ help. When I’ve run through my neighbors, I store the prized animals and replace them with new babies. In this way, I can get MANY special prized items from my animals in very little time, without having to keep a bunch of prized animals on my farm.

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  • kitkat7145kitkat7145 Gabby Enthusiast Posts: 1,125Registered User Assassin

    Want to take it to its max?? Not everyone is interested in leveling up as quickly as possible, making as much coin as possible, etc. This guide is more about general tips to help everyone (whether they are intense players or decoration hounds who just want a pretty but not intense farm). If you ARE one of the people who ARE interested in running their farm to its highest intensity, check out my guide here: Maximization Strategy Guide
    NOTE: The Maximization Strategy Guide is also broken.


    Finally, many people don’t know that Tier 1 technical support is available via live chat and very easy to access. For more information, see this post: Click Here for Instructions on Contacting Support
    NOTE: There is no Live Chat support that I am aware of, but everyone now has access to Email Support if it's needed..

    Just some very simple tips that can as much as double your water intake and almost eliminate the need for you having to request water/bottles. Others (like the wooden sign/five plot trick and recipe profit maximization) will fine-tune your game, but the above will provide major improvement to game play with minimal effort. Happy farming!!!

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