To Hold Shovels Or Not…

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Real quick, I’m getting this question asked A LOT in the comments…once you unlock Baby T-Rex should you hold shovels for the next Era or Keep using them?

Honestly, there’s no right or wrong answer to this.  If you unlocked Baby T-Rex this easily you likely won’t have an issue with the next Era (which is also 48 Gems) so it’s kind of a moot point for you.  But you’re also going to need shovels to earn more Fossils, Specimens and Tachyons…you know to finish the Prehistoric Prize Track.

So if you’re really paranoid and worried about saving shovels then do a mix of saving shovels and using them until you’ve unlocked the final prize in the Prehistoric Era.  If you’re not worried (and honestly, if you’ve unlocked Baby T-Rex at this point you shouldn’t be worried), keep using them.  Earn all those Fossils and get as many bonuts as you can!

If you do decide to save, I’d do a mix of saving and using.  Or even wait until the day before the Prehistoric Era ends to start saving…this way you’ll continue to earn Specimens (for Crafting) and Tachyons (for the Panini Press).

Everyone got it?  Good.  

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81 responses to “To Hold Shovels Or Not…

  1. would this apply to each era [re:saving shovels]?

    i never got enough gems to get baby TRex or Moe.

    but now in the Egyptian era i have finish the Apu temple, yet i still need to collect papyrus for the Willie pyramid. do i continue excavating until i finish the 2nd prize track that still requires more papyrus OR will i still be able to complete this in time w/o the extra loot from the excavation site (so i can just save my shovels instead for the pirate era)? not sure which is the best thing to do right now.

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  2. IMPOSSIBLE Another bs unreachable price, unless you spend donuts, thx again EA

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  3. Ok, I’m at a crossroads right now. I’ve had the lousiest personal 2 weeks I have had in a while…(2 fam members died within days of each other and other craptastic stuff) and I got the news the day and the moment I was starting the event of the first one. Now, every time I load the game it brings me back to that moment but I have pushed through. I managed somehow to get the fossils needed to get Moes cave, but I’m like 40 gems away from the T. rex. I only got boobrella as my premium collector and somehow doesn’t matter what strat I used, I always end up using ten shovel per gem. There’s 2 days left. I got like 40 donuts. Is it worth me spending on the T. rex or should I save them for the next part?

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  4. Has anyone realized that even if you’ve reached the 199 shovels threshold, you can still send characters to make more shovels by tapping each character individually and sending them on the shovel-making task? I’m at 212 shovels and I just now sent my 6 characters to earn even more shovels.

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  5. Ok, I’m at a crossroads right now. I’ve had the lousiest personal 2 weeks I have had in a while…(2 fam members died within days of each other and other craptastic stuff) and I got the news the day and the moment I was starting the event of the first one. Now, every time I load the game it brings me back to that moment, and I would close the game, but I have pushed through. I managed somehow to get the fossils needed to get Moes cave, but I’m like 40 gems away from the T. rex. I only got boobrella as my premium collector and somehow doesn’t matter what strat I used, I always end up using ten shovel per gem. There’s 2 days left. I got like 40 donuts. Is it worth me spending on the T. rex or should I save them for the next part?

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  6. I had a business trip and couldn’t play for a couple of days. I probably won’t get the baby Rex before this phase ends. Does anyone know if I will still be able to earn this prize after it ends…or should I break down and buy some shovels?

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  7. I’m stockpiling shovels until my panini press levels up and I hit the next excavation bonus increase, so when I do use them I get more bang for my shovellin’

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  8. Does caveMoe earn them?

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  9. I’m starting to save them. I’ve had baby Rex and Moes Cavern for a couple of days now. I’m not in a hurry to specimen up for Homer Lizard…why it’s 10,000 is beyond me…the rest of the specimen prizes really aren’t that interesting and will end up in storage anyway. To each their own. My digging strategy has been working well. I dug up the gem on first try at least 7 times during phase 1 and more often than that hit rock within first 6 shovel attempts. I had no problem reaching 48 gems.

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  10. You read my mind. I came to site to answer this *exact* question. Of course we get the ol’ philosophy of “in the end, it’s your decision.” Love the advice though–might do a mixture of both.

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  11. Tony Da Tiger

    Gonna stockpile shovels and blaze through the next act. I’ll use the last act to farm bonuts with the stockpiled shovels.

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    • Bonut farming Act 3 is best bang, IMHO. I’ll dig only if I’m close to a round of bonuts at the VERY end of Act 1 or 2

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  12. People seem to be going through this first act really fast. I’m 3,000 away from the dino lake but that’ll give me 4 days to get Moe’s Cavern (Should be a breeze). However, I’m still 14 gems from the Baby Dino. I try using the best method (listed in one of the other posts) but I always manage to find a gem on the last 2 shovels.

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    • I got the T-Rex yesterday, and will likely finish getting Moe in another 12 hours or so. It’s been pretty easy so far, but most events in the past year are finishable 4-5 days early

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  13. I just unlocked Baby T-Rex this morning and my panini press is at 8 hour recharge. Honestly hadn’t thought of hoarding shovels until this post (haven’t been keeping up with reading comments).

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  14. I finished the prize track so early that I’m close to maxing out shovels at 199. Once I reach 199 shovels, I will start using them again, but I will make sure to hover around 199 as much as possible. Best of both worlds (pun intended). 😉

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  15. AzulPantalones

    My plan is to hold the shovels til the last day. If I feel I need them, I’ll use them. If not, I’ll blow through act two.

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  16. Remember to save you daily tasks too as these should swap out to the new currency. It’s always worked a dream for me, so I hope EA doesn’t change it!….💜X

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    • Yup but you can only save 3… So it’s still a little early

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      • I know just giving folks an advanced warning😊….💜X

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        • Hello. Can you expand on this? I always complete my daily challenges and have never intentionally clicked on the
          X. Are you recommending otherwise? Thank you.

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          • You can save(not complete) up to 3 daily challenges (this is not hitting the X, this is just ignoring them for 3 days). Then on the first day of the new Act, you can complete all of them at the same time, so you are not falling behind. Once they are complete, a new one will pop up.
            Since most challenges pay in “event currency” during an event, it is smart to save them during the last days of an Act. When the new Act starts, they will pay out in the new currency.
            ***This strategy is only valuable if you have already earned all the prizes, and don’t need anymore of Act 1 currency.***

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          • Even when you can’t avoid completing the daily challenge, you can just NOT collect them. Now that we are in the final 3 days and I’m well into bonuts, I plan to leave any event-currency tasks completed-but-uncollected. I would only collect them if there’s enough to push me past the next bonut round. Otherwise, when the 2nd section starts the payout will switch to the new currency and so they can be collected for a head-start.

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    • I always forget to do that! Thanks for mentioning this ELLA.

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      • Oh i see. Thanks Ebron and Ella. FYI, I’m new to the site, was a loyal reader of TSTOTips and then Patric and Ryan’s Friends site for the past couple years (woah, that’s too much time on a silly game!). Alissa, I like your site, it’s very positive, though I still appreciate Patric’s cranky posts from time to time! Thanks for all you do!

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        • Tracy - 1ltwoody920

          Cranky posts are like an occasional pebble in one’s shoe —–
          It helps remind one of how good one’s life is without that pebble.
          😎

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  17. I suspect that the next act will use a different tool for digging because I do not think they had shovels way back in the Egyptian days. But who knows lol.

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  18. I’m going to save them – I’ve got Moe and the T-Rex. I’ll use some to push me over the bonut threshold, if I’m close, so I don’t waste 800 when I only need 80. Otherwise, I don’t need the bonuts now, so I’ll use them to get bonuts in Act 2.

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