Halloween 2016 101: Act 2 Math

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Seeing a LOT of questions/concerns in the comments about whether or not you’ll be able to earn enough clapboards (ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg) each day to keep up with the calendar and unlock all of the prizes.

So let’s calm those worries and quickly breakdown the math and how to succeed in getting everything….


First…(like I reminded you for Act 1) let’s remember the Ralph way of tapping.  Don’t over think it.  Just have fun and tappa, tap, tap. 🙂

There are several ways to earn Clapboards during Act 2.  I’m just going to cover the bare minimum freemium ways that apply to everyone.  If you have premium characters/buildings that earn currency..well you’ll just be WAY ahead of the game 🙂

So according to the Calendar you’ll need 4,386ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg /day to earn all of the prizes.  Seems like a daunting task, huh?

Let’s break down how simple it really is…

Here are the items we have a firm daily control over…

Tapping Feral Monsters

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So these guys have max of 40 in your town at once, with a bank of 40.  (so 80 max)  The files indicate that the spawn rate is every 20 minutes…now here’s what’s a little more confusing, the number that spawn every 20 minutes. (Note: Some of you are reporting seeing more…)

It appears to me, based on how i’m interpreting things that it’s NOT 1 every 20 minutes (and that’s based just on what i see in my game..these things are everywhere!).  It looks like it’s a rate of 4/20 minutes that spawn. That’s how i’m interpreting what I see in the files…I could be wrong, but that’s how it looks to me. (and it makes sense based on what I observed during Act 1)

Note: IF you’re having problems with your Spawn Rates, or the Feral Monsters aren’t dropping Clapboards for you…that is not normal.  If it’s happening contact EA.

For safety sake I’m going to assume you can tap 120 of these/day.  Which is way less than i’ve managed to tap today, but I’m being safe here.

So we know that as of right now there are TWO Feral Monsters to tap….those with wings and those without.  Those with wings earn you 10 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg and those without wings earn you 20 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg (since you have to double tap) when cleared.

Because I’m not certain the spawn rate of non-winged to winged Feral monsters (I have an idea, but without 100% certainty I’m not going to assume anything), I’m going to just use the 10ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg payout for the non-winged Feral monsters here as a base…this way you know the number will be higher, but we’re playing it safe…

So 120 feral monsters/day x 10ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg each = 1,200ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg minimum from tapping Feral Monsters


Neighbor Actions

Neighbor Icon

You’re allowed 9o total neighbor actions/day (1 tap=1 action…and we’ve got a neighbor actions covered on this post.  Towards the bottom).  Each tap yields       5 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg.

So 5ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg x 90 actions= 450ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/day


Giant Monsters

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The Super Monsters spawn at a rate of 2/4hrs, and will continually spawn at that rate (even if you haven’t cleared them yet) until you have 10 in your town at once. (in otherwords if you clear them every 4hrs, you’ll always have 2 Giant Monsters waiting for you when they’re cleared).

We know that the blue and yellow ones earn 150 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg for defeating them, the Purple and Yellow earn 210 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg for defeating them (assuming you send two characters to defeat it) and the olive green and red ones earn 255 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg for defeating them (assuming you send three characters to defeat them).

We know that these spawn at a rate of 2/4hrs over a 24hr period…and it’s continual until you cap out at 10/day.  Because of this you can assume you’ll be able to clear 12/day..based on your build up from the previous day/overnight build up.  (i.e. you don’t lose time for sleeping…)

We also know that most of those 12 will be the Blue and Yellow Monsters…but we can assume that at least 2/day will be Purple and Yellow and at least 1/day will be the Olive Green and Red.  So that breaks out the 12 for the day as follows:

9 Blue/Yellow @ 150 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg each
2 Purple/Yellow @ 210 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg each (assuming playing with bonuses)
1 Olive Green/Red @ 255 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg each (assuming playing with bonuses)

So that breaks it out as:
1,350 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg from the Blue/Yellow Ones
420ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg  from the Purple/Yellow Ones
255 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg from the Olive Green/Red Ones

So 2,025ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/day from Giant Monsters (playing with bonuses)

Note: It is to your maximum advantage to send multiple characters to defeat Giant Monsters when you can…i.e. if you can send two characters do it to get the bonus.  Some of you aren’t understanding why. You think it’s better to send 2 characters to defeat two different Monsters because you’ll earn 300 for 2 characters vs 210….the math above shows you that using the bonuses is better.  Most of you are missing the fact that the monsters build up, they don’t disappear.

Let’s say you have 4 monsters in your town. And 4 Characters that can battle monsters. 1 of the monsters you can send two characters to defeat (earning 150 +60), 1 of them you can send 3 characters to defeat (earning 150+60+45) and 2 you can only send 1 character to…

Your BEST Strategy is to send all 5 characters to defeat the two with bonuses:
-So send two to defeat the one that you can send two to. (Earning 210)
-Send three to defeat the one you can send three to (Earning 255)

And WAITING until those are cleared to clear the two you can earn 150 for. Because when the four hours are up and you’ve defeated those monsters and earned all of that extra currency. You can go back and defeat the ones that you left hanging out earning an additional 150 currency for each.

So this method you would earn 765 currency (+ more because new monsters will have spawned once the 4hrs are up) vs only earning 600 Event Currency for sending 1 character to defeat all 4 at once.

Make more sense?



Milhouse Trick or Treat      bart_go_trick_or_treating martin_go_trick_or_treating nelson_go_trick_or_treating

This is one thing that will increase as time goes on and you earn more MAG points. (If you’re still confused about MAG Points, check out this post)  Initially you can only send Bart Trick-or-Treating (Squeaky Voiced Teen too, if you have him).  But if you craft 1 item that earns MAG points, you’ll unlock Milhouse too. And the list increases.

Assuming you only earned MAG points via the Act 1 Prize Track you’ll at least have Bart, Milhouse, Martin and Nelson unlocked for Trick-or-Treating

So each will earn 30 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg each every 4hrs from Trick or Treating.  Let’s assume you do this at least 4 times/day.

30ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg x 4= 120ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg x 4 (for Bart, Milhouse, Martin & Nelson)= 480 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/day via Trick or Treating just from Bart, Milhouse, Martin & Nelson…you’ll earn even more if you have premium characters or have unlocked more MAG Points…

So right now we’re at 4,155 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/day…just from the minimal items in this event. And with things you can control.

But the Calendar says you need to earn 4,386ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/day to stay on track and earn all of the prizes.  So how do you make up the remaining 231ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg?

There are a few ways….


You’ll earn 240 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg from the questline (this is just from Completed Task rewards)

So 240 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/13ish days that Act 2 lasts is about 18ish ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/day on average from the questline…

Daily Challenges

You will occasionally receive a daily challenge that will earn you more ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg.  From what I’ve seen it’s a reward of 350ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg.
Of course the total amount for act 2 will vary for each player, based on how many you get throughout act 2

Friend Actions in YOUR Town..

When your friends tap on cameras on your town you can clear those spots to earn 1 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/ tap.  Let’s assume you earn 20ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/day from this.

MAG Prizes

Several of the MAG prizes award ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg.  (350ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg when you get there..)

And of course there are a large chunk of you who will be able to earn more ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg through various other ways.  Here are some other ways you can earn ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg

-Character tasks at MAG.  Count Burns, Booberella, Suzanne the Witch and the Space Mutant (all characters from previous THOH Events) all have the ability to earn 50 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/4hrs with a task at MAG Building.  This could equate to an additional 800ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/day  (if you have all 4 and clear it 4 times a day).

-Premium characters Trick-or-Treating.  Squeaky Voiced Teen unlocks at the Rich House for Trick-or-Treating along with Bart initially.  He can earn an extra 50ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/4hrs for Trick-or-Treating.  Also Sherri and Terri as well as Shauna each unlock with Trick-or-Treating tasks once Act 2 starts…  That’s an additional 200/day (clear/resetting it 4 times/day) for each one you have….(potentially 600 more ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg/day)

-Unlocking more characters for Trick-or-Treating via MAG points.  Several other characters will unlock with more MAG points as you progress through Act 2

So the bottom-line relax.  This one really is easy.  And you should have no problem unlocking everything with steady game play… 🙂

Remember…have some fun!  It’s a game, it’s made to be fun! 🙂

What are your thoughts on the math of Halloween Act 2?  Easy stuff?  Feel like you can relax now?  Excited about Halloween now that we’re getting into it?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!


66 responses to “Halloween 2016 101: Act 2 Math

  1. I already got the prize that was scheduled for Friday. I’m three days ahead and I don’t think I’ll have any problem unlocking Death.

  2. I’m having a little trouble with the math – according to my game, I need about 61,000 clapboards to get Death. If I’ve only got a week to do that, that’s about 8,000/day, not 4,000 – I’ve been playing diligently all week and I’m not even close to getting him. Do I have something wrong here? Thanks!

    • I take it all back – my computations were based on a one-week Act – I thought it would be the same as Act I. My bad!

  3. Regarding Friend Actions…

    I’ve noticed this in the past, but only remembered to document it this time around. I’m only getting 445 ‘Event Currency’ per day via Friend Actions?

    I’ve often noticed that it’ll say I’ll get X from the next 3 actions, but only receive X from the first 2 actions? I remescreensho get a screenshot the other day…

    (I hope that worked!)

    I double checked by noting the numbers today, & it’s definitely 445; I started with 21,372 & ended with 21, 817.

    Any ideas??

  4. Should I feel cheated? I only get 40 clapboards/4hrs for premium characters trick-or-treating 🙁

    • Nah, I think that’s what everyone gets.

      Although if premium characters generally pay out at a 1.5% rate, shouldn’t EA have coded it so they pay out 45, instead of just 40??

  5. When unlocking the MAG prizes I didn’t get the first gate, looked everywhere and it’s gone, anyone else missing one of the gates prizes?

    • Two ideas… First, it looks a lot like the fences…the first view of it is virtually indistinguishable, unless you look closely. So, make sure none of your medieval fence pieces is really the gate.

      If that’s not it, then make sure you look through your *entire* inventory…don’t use the categories, just scroll though everything in the non-categorized list.

    • You only get one gate. As you progress you earn new skins for it. You don’t get multiple gates. Just tap on the gate you have, you should be able to scroll through the various designs.

  6. Hi folks, ive noticed something interesting in the game. On the first day or two of act 2 I had a couple of neighbors with massive amounts of act 2 currency. Amounts that even a premium player would never be able to get so quickly… And I’m wondering if a glitch or something may be going on. Does anyone know what that’s about? Any one clued in?
    I’m frustrated with this level because it’s so much harder to get currency, and seeing this happen makes me wonder if there’s a glitch out there somewhere. Anyone know?

  7. I have a concern more related to crafting. I’ve now crafted everything that generates MAG points. As a long-time player I suspect that I’m not able to craft things I already have for points. As such, am I going to have a problem crafting everything since I can’t further increase my crafting level?

    I’m sure there will be more buildings and such that we get outside of crafting that give MAG points, but the concern is whether or not they’ll be enough to be able to earn all of the crafting levels needed to make the later items.

    • same problem here, I end up crafting stuff I already had, try crafting spooky houses for farming perhaps? that’s what I did in order to increase my crafting level

      • Shouldn’t be necessary… I’ve only crafted the new stuff (that earns MAG points), and I just unlocked the street lamps. Remember, they’ve constructed the crafting so that it’s supposed to take all, or most, of the event to compete it, and we still have several weeks left to go.

        • I feel there will be a point for most tappers where they have capped out on items that earn MAG points until they earn enough obols to progress into the higher crafting levels. I am currently level 10 crafting saving up my obols to craft the forest cave and I have crafted max numbers of everything that earns MAG points up to this point. I am at a stand in Crafting and MAG points until I can craft the cave or unlock the covered bridge. All I can say is patience is the name of the game.

          • I saw that, when bonfires are stored, it says you can craft them for MAG points, so I crafted one, but, when I placed it, I didn’t see the little MAG symbol float up. Stupidly, I hadn’t thought to check how many MAG points I had before I built the fifth bonfire, so I don’t know whether the points actually went up. Have you actually confirmed that your MAG points DO increase when you take advantage of that glitch? If not, then I guess I’ll have to craft another coffin, which I’m not really keen on doing…

    • Yes, they will.

      • SANDRA- The MAG points do not get awarded, so it’s not a glitch that one can exploit. I tried it twice with the walls as I’ll be getting more of those anyway….don’t craft any extra coffins for MAGs…..💜X

        • Hi, Ella – Thanks! I know it doesn’t work with the walls/fences…. It’s the bonfires that I wasn’t sure about. Have you tested those? I’m still kicking myself for not checking the before-and-after MAG points….really didn’t *need* an extra bonfire, so, if that trick didn’t work, I really regret having tried it, and, either way, I’m left no wiser after having spent to obols to craft it. I’ve only crafted one coffin so far, so one more coffin is the only thing I have left to craft that I *know* well earn me MAG points, but I really don’t want another coffin, especially at that price!

          • I haven’t tried it with the bonfires but I did try the bats too, to no avail. I reckon it’s the same for the bonfires. Also, if it were so I reckon the forums would be full of comments about it. The scarcity of comments about it speaks volumes to me at this stage of the event….💜X

  8. With regular 4 hour tapping I should have the 3rd prize obol pack by the end of today. I had prize one by the end of Tuesday and prize two at the end of Wednesday. Very easy event without needing to grind all day every day. At this rate the bonuts will be pouring in.

  9. As a way to “protect” monster fighting characters… I’ve sent them to S Heights. Noticed I got no Heights currency credit though , specifically pills for now. Hmmmm… bug?

  10. Would love to buy Boobarella … EA are you listening?

    • Agreed. Fingers crossed for her and Springfield Cemetery.

    • Wait until start of Act 3 and you should be happy.

    • Ned Flanders: “Sometimes you just gotta spoil yourself, spoil yourself, spoil yourself…”

      Depending on how strong your desire is to know… you could always check on any number of sites that would let you know whether or not this is scheduled to come.

  11. I’m not a fan of maths, but there’s something really warm & fuzzy & reassuring about this (and previous event) maths post, so thanks Alissa. Obols are a slow grind, so I’m chuffed to have had my daily prize today awarding me 60. It meant I could finally craft the cave 😊. The pattern for the events now does seem to be that one prize list (main one) will be fairly easy to obtain & the other (sub one) will be a bit more of a grind, but still achievable. I just switch into Ralph mode and tap-a-tap😎……💜X

  12. Tracy - 1ltwoody920

    Don’t know if anyone else has noticed (speaking of the math…)
    I am getting a fair amount of
    “yellow” 2 character monsters, and
    “Brown” 3 character monsters, BUT
    In the Select Who Battles screen, there is room for FOUR (4) characters. Suggesting that Act 3 will add ANOTHER monster?
    A “purple” 4 character monster paying out ~280?
    Something is coming……..

    • there’s been always room for 4 characters since the beginning of the event just every act it gets unlocked, they gave u the hint you’ll end up sending a lot of characters to fight monsters

  13. Anyone that has played TSTO for more than 2 events (that would be about 3 months) should know that the events are not hard to complete.
    Granted, I play my “A” town in manic compulsive mode and this one is pretty easy so far, but even my mellow “B” town is doing fine.

  14. I have put no effort into strategy and I just got the second prize.

  15. One thing I’ve noticed though, that makes it frustrating, but not earth shattering, my game Has been crashing when visiting some neighbors.

    • Same here. Thing is, it’ll crash on my iPhone 6 Plus, but not my iPad. I’ve already tried completely deleting the game from my phone and reinstalling, removing other apps, restarting the phone. It started during one of the previous events and hasn’t stopped.

      Sorta gave up on trying to figure it out.

    • And the weird thing is: it has been like that for me for months, the game would crash after one or two neighbors, making visiting prety much impossible.

      But now since the start of this event, my game stopped crashing while visiting neighbors – and their towns load quite fast as well. Android phone here. No idea, what EA is doing.

  16. So Far, I’ve been able to get over 6400 clapboards on day 1 and day 2, I’m already over 7000 for the day, just by grinding every 4 hours and going through Act 2 questline.

    It is doable.

  17. Thank you for posting this. It feels so daunting to see those large numbers when you start the act that it seems impossible to finish on time. This helps me feel a lot more at ease about just playing the game and everything will be fine. 🙂

  18. “Those with wings earn you 10 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg and those without wings earn you 20 ico_cur_thoh2016_clapboard_lg (since you have to double tap) when cleared.”

    Umm I thought those with wings were double tapped, and those without were single tapped. 🤔

  19. I was hoping to get something more interesting my mystery box than donuts, even though I appreciated it. The last mystery box gave me the blue haired lawyer for free when I won the box, but I don’t remember why I won it.

    • Carmen (gameid5000)

      The Mystery Box comes up as one of the items you can get via the daily challenge (i.e. complete 5 daily challenges and the prize is a Mystery Box, rather than donuts).

      The only other way to get it is to buy one using six donuts in the store…

    • I just got my 5th Channel 6 Van. I’d rather have had donuts. 😉

  20. So, Alissa…which characters have MAG tasks besides Count Burns?

    *ducks and runs*


  21. Thomas Trakszelis

    My squeaky clean teen is paying 40 not 50 per 4 hours?

  22. DerBlitzkrieger

    Is the game running really slowly for anyone else? I’m playing on an iPhone 7 so I’m kind of surprised that no one else seems to be speaking about it.

    • On my phone (Samsung Galaxy S4 mini) it’s a bit sluggish. On my tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab S2) it’s fine.

  23. I don’t have the first prize yet cause nothing is spawning properly and it’s starting to make me mad.. contacted ea still waiting to hear…

  24. I haven’t been able to connect to my Simpsons for the past four hours from what I understand EA is having some issues this is going to put me behind for sure and anyone else having this problem

  25. I was 10 donuts away from Space Marshmallow and I got 10 donuts in my mystery box from completing 5 quests

    • It was fate!

    • Aw, you are really lucky. I need 15 more, and in 2 days I will get 10 for my Daily Quest Bonus. I am really hoping I can get the remaining 5 from my Find Maggie and Daily Challenges in time.

      • Don’t forget to visit neighbors. Every once in awhile you get a donut from tapping in a neighboring Springfield.

        • And don’t forget your rail yard. 5 bonuts for completing all the tasks there within a week. I can usually do it in a couple of days since EA decreased the amount of blueprints needed. Takes a little bit longer during events though due to needing the same characters for both.

        • Wasn’t this quoted at something like 0.5% per tap? If that is the case, if you have 33 friends that you can visit you should average about a donut a day from friend visits.

          • .05% per tap. Visiting 100 neighbors each day, you should *average* 1.5 donuts a day.

          • Yeah… my math is terrible some days. I’m blaming sleep deprivation from my 8 week old twins. I should have said 66 friends.

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