Elf Bell Prizes: Breaking Down the Spruce Caboose

Hey Howdy Hey My Elfish Tappers!

Well….unless you’ve been partying a little too hard you know that Elves have taken over Springfield!  Elves work hard and party even harder…so much so that even Santa bailed on Springfield!  It’s your job to contain the Elves and send them back to the North Pole.  In doing so you’ll earn Elf Bells..which will give you some awesome prizes!

With this event EA is repeating a similar prize structure to what they did for Halloween, only more prizes, and releasing the event (and prizes) in stages.  For the second phase, which lasts until the event ends (Jan 13th), you can win 8 prizes by collecting Elf Bells.  The Seventh prize awarded at 17,700 Bells is the Spruce Caboose.

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Let’s take a closer look at train car and just what happens when you win it it your Springfield…


WARNING Mild Dialogue Spoilers Ahead

Once you’ve collected 17,700 Elf Bells the Spruce Caboose will automatically be awarded to you and you’ll see this popup:


Much like Friendship Prizes, if you’re visiting a neighbor when you hit the 17,700 Bell mark this message will still popup and the caboose will be waiting for you in your inventory once you get back to your Springfield.

The Spruce Caboose will automatically be placed in your inventory, so you’ll have to go into your inventory to retrieve it.  Just tap the “use” icon to place it in your Springfield.



Before you place it in your Springfield some dialogue will appear between Mr. Burns and Smithers.  This will prompt a short 5 minute task to use the Spruce Caboose, where you’ll need 3 plant workers.  Here’s the full rundown:

Caboose on the Loose

Mr. Burns: Time to throw our annual Holiday Dinner for our valued plant workers.  Let’s go back to that delightful restaurant we went to last year.
Smithers: The “Spruce Caboose”?  Last year fort-seven plant workers came down with food poisoning.
Mr. Burns: For which the restaurant cut the bill in half.  That’s how you earn customer loyalty.
Place the Spruce Caboose
Make Plant Workers Attend a Holiday Dinner at the Spruce Caboose- x3. 5m, Earns $10, 3xp
Mr. Burns: Feast at my expense, bumpkins!
Homer: Uh, I’ll have an unopened packet of crackers.
Carl: That sounds safe.  Make it two.
Lenny: Looking around at the other workers, I’d say you better make it two hundred.

Completed Task Earns 100 Bells and 10xp

So here’s the deal with the Spruce Caboose:

-Building for Springfield
-10×10 in size
-Earns $200, 20xp/12hrs
-After initial questline no character interaction with it
-Conform-o-meter: Vanity +600

So that about covers all the details on this food poisoning enduing restaurant!

What do YOU think of the Spruce Caboose?  Have you earned it yet?  Where have you placed it in your Springfield?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we LOVE hearing from you!

85 responses to “Elf Bell Prizes: Breaking Down the Spruce Caboose

  1. All my problems (crashes, server problems, ect.) all for some reason happen around 6:00 only. Well, never missed out on any tapping. Should earn the island (Giligan’s island) tomorrow! Yay‼️.


  2. it’s pretty lame in general to have buildings with no tasks for them, especially when their questline tasks have such cool animations (el chem and recently prized sequel stop come to mind). and while i agree that it shoulda been given gluttony points over vanity, i’m not stressing what amounts to one khlav kalash stand.

    what i have come to appreciate greatly about the spruce caboose is something i haven’t seen mentioned yet, and something not enough buildings and decorations have in this game: geography with a perceived change in elevation, or the built-in illusion of 3D. and to my knowledge, it’s the only one that decreases in elevation, making it look like the stairs lead DOWN to the train cars. this could be a great asset to your springfield, given the right setting. i found a highly functional spot for it in my town, finishing off the bottom edge of an embankment that leads down to a valley area, so basically it looks like the stairs start at the top and travel down the embankment to the bottom of the valley. while i had some ideas forming on how i would finish off that area, the timely release of this prize made the job that much easier, and probably ended up looking better than anything i coulda came up with.

    very underrated building/decoration for the tapped out 3d designer in all of us. 🙂

  3. Another restaurant that does little to nothing on my gluttony rating.

  4. Yes, this Tapper made the most of a Freemium Prize
    (quick quest – very short compared to Elf Ralphie Wiggum)

    Its not small, or huge, but this will have Tappers wondering
    where to place it (I think next to last year’s Fort works for me)

    19,200 Elf Bells, I don’t know if I will reach 22,200 for the Island
    in 4 days (unless Island offers a cool task? I’m not sweating it,
    just sad I loseNeighboreenos who quit this game due to EA

    “Wubba dub lub lubs” – Rick Sanchez 🙂

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