Bonus Percentages – The Fertilizer in Donut Farming

When and if you succumb to the fine art of Donut Farming (as I reluctantly admit to doing recently), you are going to start also becoming a player that is at least casually obsessed with Bonus Percentages Earned from buying and placing a variety of items in your town, which may or may not be bought for their beauty or intrinsic value, but entirely for what they earn.  It’s like the difference between having a nice tile roof on your house, or an array of solar panels.  The tile probably fits the architecture and original intent of the structure…but, the panels are EARNING their keep…all of the time.

Or…think of it like fertilizing your crop.  When you add items to your town that have Bonus % increases, every KEM you farm, every character tapped, every rent or menu collected, will yield more donuts per square green patch.  30 KEMs with a multiplier of 200% will generate 1.2 donuts while those same 30 KEMS will generate 1.7 donuts with a 600% multiplier (at least according to Safi)..until you reach level 939.  See His CHARTS HERE.

Man…OK…so it still sounds complicated. But, using our fertilizer analogy again, your KEM plant will generate way more buds, if you fertilize it with Bonus %. Wait…are were still talking about TSTO?  And what kind of plant are you growing there, son??

As a recent convert (I won’t go into the why right now), I also started caring about Bonus % for the first time. The two go hand in hand. If you are going to  take the time to  farm Bonuts…you better pay attention to the BO-part of the term Bonuts, as in Bonus Donuts. Especially after you crest over the now-storied Level 939, and find yourself having to earn TWICE the number of XP (currently 1M) vs 500K (again currently before you hit 939).

So…Bonus % Items Really Start Mattering…if you want to play in the “big leagues of donut farming.”  I’d like to come up with some romantic or cool term for the “Big Leagues of Donut Farming,” like the “Sprinkle Show,” or the “Big Time Donut Duster” or the “Tragically Obsessed Addicts Who Play Too Much For Their Own Good.”  But, now that I am aspiring to be one of them, it is a waste of time and space.  I’ll just call it, BTDFBig Time Donut Farming.

But, why does the Bonus % matter so much to BTDFers? 

In laymen’s terms…since the changeover to eliminate regular Level Updates as events, you simply are rewarded One Bonut, for every 500K in XP you earn…up to level 939. You will be surprised how quickly a few weeks of farming will zip you through those levels. When I first started writing about this…I was at level 267. I just blew past level 800…and am already dreading the diminished return at level 939.

So…for the FIRST TIME, in over 5 years of playing…I am finding myself looking at the bonus percentages, and buying Mystery Boxes…where a lot of the “Cheap Bonus % Items” can be won, for just 6 donuts.  Let’s not get confused here…it is another form of “gambling for the good stuff.”  But, the cost of playing is so low (especially when compared to some of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Prize Boxes) you can justify it EAsily.

So when you look at the chart(s) below, it starts to make sense why players who had hundreds of donuts over time, bought one, two, three, or more whales. They offer a QUICK increase in return.

HOWEVER…when you look at the return -vs- investment (ROI) of an item (% Per Donut Spent), you quickly realize that  spending 350 donuts for 7% points is a whopping 50 Donuts per % point…yikes!!

If you take a quick look at the chart you’ll find HERE (simpsonswiki), and you click the column marked “Donuts Paid for 1%,” you will get a good idea that your target cost per donut spent should be around 20 or 30 tops.

So….if you can actually get a Jet Engine Bike (which usually costs 30 donuts) or a Channel 6 Van, (which usually costs 40 donuts) for just 6 donuts...you start to see why people swear by the Mystery Boxes.  I got both, within the first few cycles…along with a couple of Itchy and Scratchy Billboards…and a couple of items I ended up just putting in storage, because they didn’t have bonus % earning.

For anyone hazy on where to find the Mystery Box…

Yes. I am hooked.  I am now grinding for donuts (XP Accelerator) for the optimum number of KEMs (so as to stay static with my cash), so I can buy MORE Mystery Boxes, to raise my Bonus %…knowing that I need to boost my harvest yield every time I cycle…or I will soon find myself with half the return, for the same amount of work, once I reach 939.

ERGH!!!

All of this…because I don’t want to pay real cash for stuff that EA is offering…right at the time that they seem to be “gaming the system” by offering items that can ONLY be earned by spending REAL money on donuts (the rebate/character reward system).  We’ll see where this goes…

But in the meantime…here are a couple of charts with the majority of items we have in the game, and what they earn…one is alphabetical (left column) so you can find something quickly. The other (right column) is in order of % return.

But, again….don’t be fooled.  A lot of the items that don’t return as much, cost waaaaaaaay less…making them a better buy. Capiche?

Have fun. Take advantage of the “Fertilizer of Donut Farming” without overdoing it.  Nothing….even juiced up donut farming, is worth sacrificing so much time and effort, that you lose sight of REAL life. Right?

Item by Alphabetical Order % Earned   Item by Highest Earning to Lowest % Earned
7200 Ounce Squishee – 0.6% 0.6 Shelbyville Manhattan Statue – 10% 10
Acid Pools – 2.5% 2.5 Whale – 7% 7
Ambulance – 0.5% 0.5 Springfield Gorge – 5% 5
Ancient Burial Ground – 2% 2 Radstation Air Fortress – 5% 5
Ancient Ruins – 2.25% 2.25 Rad-ish Station – 5% 5
Animatronic Bears – 2.5% 2.5 Donut Boat – 5% 5
Apple Tree – 0.5% 0.5 Satan’s Anvil – 5% 5
Apu’s Apocalypse Jeep – 2.25% 2.25 Murderhorn – 5% 5
Aqua World Fishing Platform – 2% 2 Springfield National Park – 5% 5
Aqua World Fuel Tank – 1% 1 Ghost Pirate Airship – 5% 5
Aqua World Prison Tower – 1% 1 CONRAD – 5% 5
Arc de Triomphe – 2.75% 2.75 Truckasaurus – 4.75% 4.75
Atomic Bomb  0.75% 0.75 Springfield Sign – 4.5% 4.5
Attack Helicopter – 2.25% 2.5 King Winter’s Cave – 4.5% 4.5
Backwater Brewery – 0.5% 0.5 Pagan Bonfire – 4.5% 4.5
Barbarian Statue – 2% 2 Sepulcher of Evil – 4% 4
Barracks – 0.5% 0.5 Tailgate – 4% 4
Bart Balloon – 2% 2 Satellite Station – 4% 4
Bart Snowman – 0.5% 0.5 Señor Ding Dong’s Doorbell Fiesta – 4% 4
Basketball Court – 2.5% 2.5 Wishing Well – 4% 4
Basketball Game – 2% 2 Old Mine – 4% 4
BBQ Pig – 2.5% 2.5 Heisenhower’s 4×4 – 4% 4
Bear Cave – 0.75% 0.75 Ski Lift – 4% 4
Bench (premium) – 0.25% ,25 Ray Gun – 3.75% 3.75
Big Butt Skinner Balloon – 2% 2 Forgotten Grave – 3.75% 3.75
Big T Tree – 0.50% 0.5 Ice Cream Truck – 3.75% 3.75
Blasting Bass – 2% 2 Mount Carlmore – 3.5% 3.5
blue and beige Medieval Banner – 0.25% 0.25 Carnival Float – 3.5% 3.5
blue and green Medieval Banner – 0.25% 0.25 Rolling Rock – 3.5% 3.5
Blue Electric Car – 2.75% 2.75 Frink’s Mechano Spider – 3.5% 3.5
Blue Nerd Knight – 1.75% 1.75 Five Alarm Chili – 2.5% 3.5
Blue Nerd Rogue – 2% 2 The Homer – 3% 3
Blue Nerd Warrior – 2.25% 2.25 Nightmare Pile – 3% 3
Boardwalk Fountain – 2.75% 2,75 ESBN Sports Desk – 3% 3
Boat Truck – 2% 2 Brother Faith Van – 3% 3
Bowling Lane – 0.6% 0.6 Sugarloaf Mountain 3% 3
Box of Fireworks – 2.25% 2.25 Natural Faberge Egg – 3% 3
Boxing Ring – 0.5% 0.5 Easter Island God – 3% 3
Brother Faith Van – 3% 3 Waterslide Tree – 3% 3
Burns Fever Snowman – 0.25% 0.25 Giant Robot – 3% 3
Burns’ Limo – 2% 2 The Mayflower – 3% 3
Caged Tom Turkey – 3% 3 Caged Tom Turkey – 3% 3
Camping Tent – 0.75% 0.75 Yard Work Simulator – 3% 3
Candy Apple Island – 2% 2 Wildlife Sanctuary – 3% 3
Cannon – 0.5% 0.5 Old Tree Spirit – 3% 3
Carnival Float – 3.5% 3.5 Boardwalk Fountain – 2.75% 2.75
Cat Bus – 1.5% 1.5 Dunking Device – 2.75% 2.75
Catapult – 2.25% 2.5 Quimborghini – 2.25% 2.75
Cauldron – 2.25% 2.25 Miniature Nuclear Warhead – 2.25% 2.75
Chalk Outline – 0.25% 0.25 Unfinished Shed – 2.25% 2.75
Channel 6 News Van – 2% 2 Lisa Lionheart Display – 2.25% 2.75
Chariot – 2.5% Feb-75 Vehicle Pileup – 2.75% 2.75
Cheddarbarrel Combine – 2% 2 Little Lady Justice – 2.75% 2.75
Chicken Coop – 0.5% 0.5 Duff Party Liner – 2.75% 2.75
Chinese Junk – 2.5% 2.5 Blue Electric Car – 2.75% 2.75
CONRAD – 5% 5 Duff Barney Blimp – 2.75% 2.75
Cornucopia – 0.5% 0.5 Inanimate Carbon Rod Monument – 2.75% 2.75
Cow Tounges – 2% 2 Giant Takeout Box – 2.75% 2.75
Cozy Hammock – 2% 2 Arc de Triomphe – 2.75% 2.75
Crazy Plane – 2.5% 2.5 Hollow Snake Trunk – 2.75% 2.75
Cremo Bot – 0.75% 0.75 Prehistoric Jungle – 2.75% 2.75
Cristo of Springfield – 2.5% 2.5 Lisa Statue of Liberty – 2.75% 2.75
Cypress Creek Sign – 1% 1 Fireworks Barge – 2.75% 2.75
Dead Lobster – 2.5% 2.5 Ye Olde Cherry Tree – 2.75% 2.75
Death to Homer Missile – 0.75% 0.75 Shadow Knight’s Throne – 2.75% 2.75
Devil Float – 2.5% 2.5 Chariot – 2.5% 2.5
DMV Limo – 2.25% 2.25 BBQ Pig – 2.5% 2.5
Donut Boat – 5% 5 Hot Tub – 2.5% 2.5
Drive-Thru Awning – 0.25% 0.25 Yellow Submersible – 2.5% 2.5
Drive-Thru Extension – 0.25% 0.25 Space Shuttle Simulator – 2.5% 2.5
Drive-Thru Platform – 0.25% 0.25 Chinese Junk – 2.5% 2.5
Drive-Thru Stairs – 0.25% 0.25 Animatronic Bears – 2.5% 2.5
Duff Barney Blimp – 2.75% 2.75 Basketball Court – 2.5% 2.5
Duff Beer Tree – 0.25% 0.25 Lobster Island – 2.5% 2.5
Duff Party Bus – 2.25% 2.25 Dead Lobster – 2.5% 2.5
Duff Party Liner – 2.75% 2.75 Attack Helicopter – 2.25% 2.5
Duff Racer – 2.25% 2.25 Pies for Guns Booth – 2.5% 2.5
Duff Statue of Liberty – 1.5% 1.5 Life-Sized Spruce Moose – 2.5% 2.5
Dumpster (premium) – 0.25% ,26 Training Plane – 2.5% 2.5
Dunking Device – 2.75% 2,75 E.P.A. Hover Jet – 2.5% 2.5
E.P.A. Hover Jet – 2.5% 2.5 Snake Speakers – 2.5% 2.5
Easter Flag – 0.25% 0.25 Snake Stump – 2.5% 2.5
Easter Island God – 3% 3 Pirate Prison – 2.5% 2.5
Egyptian Playground – 2.25% 2.25 Acid Pools – 2.5% 2.5
Elf Home – 2.5% 2.5 Oasis – 2.5% 2.5
ESBN Sports Desk – 3% 3 Cristo of Springfield – 2.5% 2.5
Excellence Prize Statue – 0.5% 0.5 Crazy Plane – 2.5% 2.5
Explosives – 0.5% 0.5 Catapult – 2.25% 2.5
Fake Toll Booth – 0.75% 0.75 The Island of Dr. Hibbert – 2.5% 2.5
Fancy Igloo – 0.5% 0.5 Nightmare Willie – 2.5% 2.5
Fat Chalk Outline – 0.25% 0.25 Heimlich Machine – 2.5% 2.5
Festive Light Plunger – 2.25% 2.25 Improvised Snare – 2.5% 2.5
Fever Cabin – 0.25% 0.25 Devil Float – 2.5% 2.5
Fiesta Terrace – 4% 1 Holiday Totem Pole – 2.5% 2.5
Fire Hydrant – 0.25% 0.25 Elf Home – 2.5% 2.5
Fire Shrub – 0.5% 0.5 DMV Limo – 2.25% 2.25
Fireworks Barge – 2.75% 2.75 Duff Party Bus – 2.25% 2.25
First Ever Christmas Tree – 0.25% 0.25 USS Tom Clancy – 2.25% 2.25
Five Alarm Chili – 2.5% 3.5 Oscar’s Obstacles Truck – 2.25% 2.25
Five Corners – 0.5% 0.5 Duff Racer – 2.25% 2.25
Flags – 0.25% 0.25 Police Tank – 2.5% 2.25
Flaming Torch – 0.2% 0.2 Statue of Burns – 2.25% 2.25
Flander’s Frozen Car – 2.25% 2.25 Jay G’s Pool – 2.25% 2.25
Flower Planter – 0.25% ,27 Yellow Dragon – 2.25% 2.25
Forbidden Tree – 1% 1 Red Dragon – 2.25% 2.25
Forgotten Grave – 3.75% 3.75 White Dragon – 2.25% 2.25
Freak Mobile – 0.75% 0.75 Great Wall Tower (main) – 2.25% 2.25
Frink’s Mechano Spider – 3.5% 3.5 I Choo-Choo Choose You Train – 2.25% 2.25
Frinkosonic MHV – 0.75% 0.75 X-Ray Truck – 2.25% 2.25
Future Monument – 0.75% 0.75 Not a Laser Shark Pool – 2.25% 2.25
Garbage Truck – 0.5% 0.5 Hot Springs – 2.25% 2.25
Ghost Pirate Airship – 5% 5 Egyptian Playground – 2.25% 2.25
Ghost Zapper – 2.25% 2.25 Pharaoh Throne – 2.25% 2.25
Giant Burning Goat – 2% 2 Tennis Court – 2.25% 2.25
Giant Grasshopper – 0.75% 0.75 Box of Fireworks – 2.25% 2.25
Giant Outdoor Fireplace – 1% 1 Blue Nerd Warrior – 2.25% 2.25
Giant Robot – 3% 3 Red Nerd Knight – 2.25% 2.25
Giant Snow Globe – 2.25% 2.25 Two-Story Outhouse – 2.25% 2.25
Giant Takeout Box – 2.75% 2.75 The Paralyzer – 2.25% 2.25
Give Apes the Vote Billboard – 0.25% 0.25 Cauldron – 2.25% 2.25
Golden Calf Idol – 0.75% 0.75 Ghost Zapper – 2.25% 2.25
Golf Course – 1.25% 1.25 Wailing Wall – 2.25% 2.25
Gorgeous Grampa Billboard – 2% 2 The Shinning Maze – 2.25% 2.25
Great Wall Tower (main) – 2.25% 2.25 Ancient Ruins – 2.25% 2.25
Green Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25 Town Square – 2.25% 2.25
Halloween Party Wall – 0.1% 0.1 Apu’s Apocalypse Jeep – 2.25% 2.25
Heimlich Machine – 2.5% 2.5 Ice God – 2.25% 2.25
Heisenhower’s 4×4 – 4% 4 Giant Snow Globe – 2.25% 2.25
Hellfire Pepper Cactus – 0.5% 0.5 Festive Light Plunger – 2.25% 2.25
Hero Clothesline – 0.5% 0.5 Flander’s Frozen Car – 2.25% 2.25
Hi-Glow Waste Barrels – 2% 2 Robby The Automaton – 2% 2
Holiday Totem Pole – 2.5% 2.5 Tire Yard – 2% 2
Holiday Tree – 0.65% 0.65 Channel 6 News Van – 2% 2
Hollow Snake Trunk – 2.75% 2.75 Burns’ Limo – 2% 2
Holo-Bench – 0.05% 0.5 Police Car – 2% 2
Holo-Boardwalk Tree – 0.05% 0.5 Knightboat – 2% 2
Holo-Exotic Tree – 0.05% 0.5 Marvin Monroe’s Tombstone – 2% 2
Holo-Flower Hedge – 0.05% 0.5 Left Handed Roadster – 2% 2
Holo-Lamp Post – 0.05% 0.5 Rocket Car – 2% 2
Holo-Rose Bush – 0.05% 0.5 Shiva Statue – 2% 2
Holo-Tree (bundle – x8) – 0.05% 0.5 Basketball Game – 2% 2
Homer Fever Snowman – 0.25% 0.25 Stiletto Sculpture – 2% 2
Homer Snowman – 0.5% 0.5 Old Gray Mare – 2% 2
Homer’s Hammock – 0.25% ,29 Big Butt Skinner Balloon – 2% 2
Homerclese Statue – 2% 2 Oktoberfest Gate – 2% 2
Hot Air Balloon – 2% 2 Gorgeous Grampa Billboard – 2% 2
Hot Dog Stand – 0.5% 0.5 Yellow Electric Car – 2% 2
Hot Springs – 2.25% 2.25 Limo – 2% 2
Hot Tub – 2.5% 2.5 Hi-Glow Waste Barrels – 2% 2
Human Test Subject – 0.5% 0.5 Plane Bot – 2% 2
I Choo-Choo Choose You Train – 2.25% 2.25 Cozy Hammock – 2% 2
Ice Cream Truck – 3.75% 3.75 Aqua World Fishing Platform – 2% 2
Ice God – 2.25% 2.25 Milhouse’s Trailer – 2% 2
Improvised Snare – 2.5% 2.5 Plastic Prison – 2% 2
Inanimate Carbon Rod Monument – 2.75% 2.75 Señor Ding Dong’s Doorbell Fiesta Van – 2% 2
Inflatable Gorilla And Baboons – 0.75% 0.75 Snake Rocks – 2% 2
Itchy & Scratchy Billboard – 1% 1 Sumatran Century Flower – 2% 2
Itchy Balloon – 2% 2 Cow Tounges – 2% 2
Jay G’s Pool – 2.25% 2.25 Quick Sand – 2% 2
Jet Engine Bike – 2% 2 Boat Truck – 2% 2
Jockey Chalk Outline – 0.25% 0.25 Candy Apple Island – 2% 2
Kang Topiary – 0.5% 0.5 Homerclese Statue – 2% 2
Keep Out Sign – 0.5% 0.5 Pinwheel Firework – 2% 2
King Winter’s Cave – 4.5% 4.5 Old Faithless – 2% 2
Knightboat – 2% 2 Rock Neon Sign – 2% 2
Kodos Topiary – 0.5% 0.5 Blasting Bass – 2% 2
Krustyland Itchy Balloon – 2% 2 Barbarian Statue – 2% 2
Land Octopus Pen – 0.5% 0.5 Hot Air Balloon – 2% 2
Large Iceberg – 0.6% 0.6 Blue Nerd Rogue – 2% 2
Left Handed Roadster – 2% 2 Red Nerd Warrior – 2% 2
Life-Sized Spruce Moose – 2.5% 2.5 Cheddarbarrel Combine – 2% 2
Lightup Elder God – 1% 1 Ancient Burial Ground – 2% 2
Limo – 2% 2 Itchy Balloon – 2% 2
Lisa Lionheart Display – 2.25% 2,25 Krustyland Itchy Balloon – 2% 2
Lisa Statue of Liberty – 2.75% 2.75 Stampy Parade Balloon – 2% 2
Little Lady Justice – 2.75% 2.75 The Grumple Parade Balloon – $: 2% XP: 0.6% 2
Lobster Island – 2.5% 2.5 Pow-Wow’s Casino Sign – 2% 2
Macaroni’s Shed – 0.75% 0.75 Bart Balloon – 2% 2
Marvin Monroe’s Tombstone – 2% 2 Snowball II Snowcat – 2% 2
Mechanical Ant Alpha – 0.75% 0.75 Jet Engine Bike – 2% 2
Mechanical Ant Beta – 0.75% 0.75 Giant Burning Goat – 2% 2
Mechanical Ant Delta – 0.75% 0.75 Ned’s Camper – 2% 2
Mechanical Ant Gamma – 0.75% 0.75 Blue Nerd Knight – 1.75% 1.75
Medium Iceberg – 0.5% 0.5 Red Nerd Rogue – 1.75% 1.75
Milhouse’s Trailer – 2% 2 Duff Statue of Liberty – 1.5% 1.5
Miniature Nuclear Warhead – 2.25% 2,25 Springfield Falls – 1.5% 1.5
Mount Carlmore – 3.5% 3.5 Water Show Fountain – 1.5% 1.5
Mr. Sparkle Billboard – 0.75% 0.75 Cat Bus – 1.5% 1.5
Murderhorn – 5% 5 Nativity Scene – 1.5% 1.5
Murderpuss – 1% 1 Golf Course – 1.25% 1.25
Nativity Scene – 1.5% 1.5 Murderpuss – 1% 1
Natural Faberge Egg – 3% 3 Itchy & Scratchy Billboard – 1% 1
Ned’s Camper – 2% 2 Treestache’s Grove – 1% 1
Nightmare Pile – 3% 3 Aqua World Fuel Tank – 1% 1
Nightmare Willie – 2.5% 2.5 Aqua World Prison Tower – 1% 1
Ninja Homer Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25 Welcome to Springfield Sign – 1% 1
Not a Laser Shark Pool – 2.25% 2.25 WWII Tank – 1% 1
Oasis – 2.5% 2.5 Cypress Creek Sign – 1% 1
Oktoberfest Gate – 2% 2 Old West Sign – 1% 1
Old Faithless – 2% 2 Fiesta Terrace – 4% 1
Old Gray Mare – 2% 2 Sungazer Tour Bus – 1% 1
Old Mine – 4% 4 Forbidden Tree – 1% 1
Old Tree Spirit – 3% 3 Praiseland Gate – 1% 1
Old West Sign – 1% 1 Springfield of Tomorrow Sign – 1% 1
Orange Tree – 0.5% 0.5 Tentacle Tree – 1% 1
Oscar’s Obstacles Truck – 2.25% 2.25 Lightup Elder God – 1% 1
Pagan Bonfire – 4.5% 4.5 Giant Outdoor Fireplace – 1% 1
Pagan Fence – 0.25% 0.25 Shooting Car – 0.75% 0.75
Pagan Hut – 0.5% 0.5 Worldwide Broadcast Dish – 0.75% 0.75
Pharaoh Throne – 2.25% 2.25 Golden Calf Idol – 0.75% 0.75
Picket Fence – 0.05% ,28 Radioactive Man Billboard – 0.75% 0.75
Pie Man Epic Statue – 0.75% 0.75 Stunt Bike – 0.75% 0.75
Pies and Explosives Pile – 0.75% 0.75 Cremo Bot – 0.75% 0.75
Pies for Guns Booth – 2.5% 2.5 Red Electric Car – 0.75% 0.75
Pig of Paradise Pen – 0.5% 0.5 Mr. Sparkle Billboard – 0.75% 0.75
Pinwheel Firework – 2% 2 Frinkosonic MHV – 0.75% 0.75
Pirate Prison – 2.5% 2.5 Giant Grasshopper – 0.75% 0.75
Plane Bot – 2% 2 Inflatable Gorilla And Baboons – 0.75% 0.75
Plastic Prison – 2% 2 Macaroni’s Shed – 0.75% 0.75
Plato’s Republican Fountain – 0.25% 0.25 Fake Toll Booth – 0.75% 0.75
Police Car – 2% 2 Valentine’s Pond – 0.75% 0.75
Police Tank – 2.5% 2.25 Pie Man Epic Statue – 0.75% 0.75
Popcorn Stand – 0.25% 0.25 Pies and Explosives Pile – 0.75% 0.75
Pow-Wow’s Casino Sign – 2% 2 Atomic Bomb  0.75% 0.75
Praiseland Gate – 1% 1 Death to Homer Missile – 0.75% 0.75
Praiseland Statue – 0.5% 0.5 Stack of Beer – 0.75% 0.75
Prehistoric Jungle – 2.75% 2.75 Willy’s Tractor – 0.75% 0.75
Pride Billboard – 0.25% 0.25 Mechanical Ant Alpha – 0.75% 0.75
Pride Of Ulster Banner – 0.25% 0.25 Mechanical Ant Beta – 0.75% 0.75
Purple Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25 Mechanical Ant Gamma – 0.75% 0.75
Quick Sand – 2% 2 Mechanical Ant Delta – 0.75% 0.75
Quimborghini – 2.25% 2,25 Future Monument – 0.75% 0.75
Quimby’s Broken Promises Billboard – 0.5% 0.5 Windmill – 0.75% 0.75
Radioactive Man Billboard – 0.75% 0.75 Freak Mobile – 0.75% 0.75
Rad-ish Station – 5% 5 Camping Tent – 0.75% 0.75
Radstation Air Fortress – 5% 5 Santa’s Little Helper Snowdog – 0.75% 0.75
Rake – 0.1% 0.1 Bear Cave – 0.75% 0.75
Ray Gun – 3.75% Mar-75 Holiday Tree – 0.65% 0.65
Red Dragon – 2.25% 2.25 7200 Ounce Squishee – 0.6% 0.6
Red Electric Car – 0.75% 0.75 Super Jeb – 0.6% 0.6
Red Nerd Knight – 2.25% 2.25 Bowling Lane – 0.6% 0.6
Red Nerd Rogue – 1.75% 1.75 Large Iceberg – 0.6% 0.6
Red Nerd Warrior – 2% 2 Santa’s Little Helper Topiary – 0.5% 0.5
Red Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25 Apple Tree – 0.5% 0.5
Reindeer – 0.5% 0.5 Orange Tree – 0.5% 0.5
Rigellian Chalk Outline – 0.25% 0.25 Three Swing – 0.5% 0.5
Robby The Automaton – 2% 2 Fire Shrub – 0.5% 0.5
Rock Neon Sign – 2% 2 Ambulance – 0.5% 0.5
Rocket Car – 2% 2 Cannon – 0.5% 0.5
Rolling Rock – 3.5% 3.5 Tetherball – 0.5% 0.5
Sacred Parchment – 0.5% 0.5 Hot Dog Stand – 0.5% 0.5
Santa’s Little Helper Snowdog – 0.75% 0.75 Big T Tree – 0.50% 0.5
Santa’s Little Helper Topiary – 0.5% ,5 Excellence Prize Statue – 0.5% 0.5
Satan’s Anvil – 5% 5 Strupo Statue – 0.5% 0.5
Satellite Station – 4% 4 Quimby’s Broken Promises Billboard – 0.5% 0.5
Secret Singing Stone – 0.25% 0.25 Soccer Net – 0.5% 0.5
Señor Ding Dong’s Doorbell Fiesta – 4% 4 Try and Stop Us Billboard – 0.5% 0.5
Señor Ding Dong’s Doorbell Fiesta Van – 2% 2 Hero Clothesline – 0.5% 0.5
Sepulcher of Evil – 4% 4 Keep Out Sign – 0.5% 0.5
Shadow Knight’s Throne – 2.75% 2.75 Kang Topiary – 0.5% 0.5
Shelbyville Manhattan Statue – 10% 10 Kodos Topiary – 0.5% 0.5
Shiva Statue – 2% 2 Praiseland Statue – 0.5% 0.5
Shooting Car – 0.75% 0.75 Five Corners – 0.5% 0.5
Singing Stones (x7) – 0.25% 0.25 Explosives – 0.5% 0.5
Ski Lift – 4% 4 Hellfire Pepper Cactus – 0.5% 0.5
Snake Rocks – 2% 2 Sacred Parchment – 0.5% 0.5
Snake Speakers – 2.5% 2.5 Boxing Ring – 0.5% 0.5
Snake Stump – 2.5% 2.5 T-Ball Stand – 0.5% 0.5
Snowball II Balloon – 0.5% 0.5 Tennis Machine – 0.5% 0.5
Snowball II Snowcat – 2% 2 Garbage Truck – 0.5% 0.5
Soccer Net – 0.5% 0.5 Teleporters Zeta – 0.5% 0.5
Space Shuttle Simulator – 2.5% 2.5 Teleporter Theta – 0.5% 0.5
Spooky Wall – 0.05% 0.05 Holo-Flower Hedge – 0.05% 0.5
Springfield Falls – 1.5% 1.5 Holo-Bench – 0.05% 0.5
Springfield Gorge – 5% 5 Holo-Boardwalk Tree – 0.05% 0.5
Springfield National Park – 5% 5 Holo-Exotic Tree – 0.05% 0.5
Springfield of Tomorrow Sign – 1% 1 Holo-Lamp Post – 0.05% 0.5
Springfield Sign – 4.5% 4.5 Holo-Rose Bush – 0.05% 0.5
St. Patrick’s Day Flag – 0.25% 0.25 Holo-Tree (bundle – x8) – 0.05% 0.5
Stack of Beer – 0.75% 0.75 Barracks – 0.5% 0.5
Stampy Parade Balloon – 2% 2 Chicken Coop – 0.5% 0.5
Statue of Burns – 2.25% 2.25 Wavy-arm Elder God – 0.5% 0.5
Stiletto Sculpture – 2% 2 Human Test Subject – 0.5% 0.5
Strupo Statue – 0.5% 0.5 Snowball II Balloon – 0.5% 0.5
Stunt Bike – 0.75% 0.75 Cornucopia – 0.5% 0.5
Sugarloaf Mountain 3% 3 Reindeer – 0.5% 0.5
Sumatran Century Flower – 2% 2 Homer Snowman – 0.5% 0.5
Sungazer Tour Bus – 1% 1 Bart Snowman – 0.5% 0.5
Super Jeb – 0.6% 0.6 Backwater Brewery – 0.5% 0.5
Suspicious Dirt Pile – 0.25% 0.25 Pig of Paradise Pen – 0.5% 0.5
Tailgate – 4% 4 Wooly Mammoth Pen – 0.5% 0.5
T-Ball Stand – 0.5% 0.5 Land Octopus Pen – 0.5% 0.5
Teleporter Theta – 0.5% 0.5 Medium Iceberg – 0.5% 0.5
Teleporters Zeta – 0.5% 0.5 Pagan Hut – 0.5% 0.5
Tennis Court – 2.25% 2.25 Fancy Igloo – 0.5% 0.5
Tennis Machine – 0.5% 0.5 Homer’s Hammock – 0.25% 0.25
Tentacle Tree – 1% 1 Flower Planter – 0.25% 0.25
Tetherball – 0.5% 0.5 Dumpster (premium) – 0.25% 0.25
The Grumple Parade Balloon – $: 2% XP: 0.6% 2 Bench (premium) – 0.25% 0.25
The Homer – 3% 3 Chalk Outline – 0.25% 0.25
The Island of Dr. Hibbert – 2.5% 2.5 Fat Chalk Outline – 0.25% 0.25
The Mayflower – 3% 3 Suspicious Dirt Pile – 0.25% 0.25
The Paralyzer – 2.25% 2.25 Popcorn Stand – 0.25% 0.25
The Shinning Maze – 2.25% 2.25 Plato’s Republican Fountain – 0.25% 0.25
Three Swing – 0.5% 0.5 Jockey Chalk Outline – 0.25% 0.25
Tire Yard – 2% 2 Rigellian Chalk Outline – 0.25% 0.25
Town Square – 2.25% 2.25 Zenith City Billboard – 0.25% 0.25
Training Plane – 2.5% 2.5 Pride Of Ulster Banner – 0.25% 0.25
Treestache’s Grove – 1% 1 St. Patrick’s Day Flag – 0.25% 0.25
Truckasaurus – 4.75% 4.75 Green Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25
Try and Stop Us Billboard – 0.5% 0.5 Purple Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25
Two-Story Outhouse – 2.25% 2.25 Red Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25
Unfinished Shed – 2.25% 2,25 Yellow Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25
USS Tom Clancy – 2.25% 2.25 Ninja Homer Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25
Valentine’s Pond – 0.75% 0.75 Easter Flag – 0.25% 0.25
Vehicle Pileup – 2.75% Feb-76 Fire Hydrant – 0.25% 0.25
Wailing Wall – 2.25% 2.25 Pride Billboard – 0.25% 0.25
Water Show Fountain – 1.5% 1.5 Flags – 0.25% 0.25
Waterslide Tree – 3% 3 Drive-Thru Awning – 0.25% 0.25
Wavy-arm Elder God – 0.5% 0.5 Drive-Thru Extension – 0.25% 0.25
Welcome to Springfield Sign – 1% 1 Drive-Thru Stairs – 0.25% 0.25
Whale – 7% 7 Drive-Thru Platform – 0.25% 0.25
White Dragon – 2.25% 2.25 Give Apes the Vote Billboard – 0.25% 0.25
Wildlife Sanctuary – 3% 3 blue and beige Medieval Banner – 0.25% 0.25
Willy’s Tractor – 0.75% 0.75 blue and green Medieval Banner – 0.25% 0.25
Windmill – 0.75% 0.75 Duff Beer Tree – 0.25% 0.25
Wishing Well – 4% 4 Homer Fever Snowman – 0.25% 0.25
Wooly Mammoth Pen – 0.5% 0.5 Burns Fever Snowman – 0.25% 0.25
Worldwide Broadcast Dish – 0.75% 0.75 Fever Cabin – 0.25% 0.25
WWII Tank – 1% 1 First Ever Christmas Tree – 0.25% 0.25
X-Ray Truck – 2.25% 2.25 Singing Stones (x7) – 0.25% 0.25
Yard Work Simulator – 3% 3 Secret Singing Stone – 0.25% 0.25
Ye Olde Cherry Tree – 2.75% 2.75 Pagan Fence – 0.25% 0.25
Yellow Dragon – 2.25% 2.25 Flaming Torch – 0.2% 0.2
Yellow Electric Car – 2% 2 Rake – 0.1% 0.1
Yellow Practice Snake – 0.25% 0.25 Halloween Party Wall – 0.1% 0.1
Yellow Submersible – 2.5% 2.5 Picket Fence – 0.05% 0.05
Zenith City Billboard – 0.25% 0.25 Spooky Wall – 0.05% 0.05
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177 responses to “Bonus Percentages – The Fertilizer in Donut Farming

  1. Just re-read this and wanted to suggest one point of clarification to Patric’s post. The “diminished returns” after Level 939 are not as scary as one might think. The bad news is that it is 1,000,000 XP (twice as much) to “level up.” The good news is that you no longer earn one donut per level. You get the “box” system with one, two, or three donuts–and the chance to try again for $50,000 per try.

    The bottom line is that the donut rewards are actually BETTER after Level 939. Or, to be a cynic, they’re statistically the same for a minority players, and better for most players.

    For players without extremely high XP multipliers (those below ~1,500% XP bonus without the accelerator turned on), leveling up after 939 is better. Even though it takes twice the XP, you get THREE TIMES the donuts. On average (in the long run), you will have to try again one time to get three donuts (one third of the time you get three on the first try, one third of the time on the second try, and one third of the time it takes three tries: 0+1+2=3; 3/3=1). So, for double the XP and a $50,000 fee, you get 3 donuts instead of 2.

    For those with super-high multipliers who decide that the $50,000 option to try again is unprofitable (or unprofitable in certain circumstances, such as when you get two donuts on the first try and that third donut comes at an average cost of $75,000), the post-939 system is, at worst, a push. You need twice as much XP, but you should average twice as many donuts (two) each level vs. the one-donut-per-level system up to Level 939..

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    • Correction: “So, for double the XP and a $50,000 fee, you get 3 donuts instead of 1.” Stupid brain!

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    • All good…and yes, I agree in theory. However…the simple facts are, it costs twice as many XP, which diminishes your take for the same number of KEMs…and increases the amount of cash needed to max the return. SO…if like Safi has suggested that the best way to farm is to stay static in your cash (only place as many KEMs as you can afford in game cash to remain even), then you need to factor in the added cash to play “the guessing game.” If you just take whatever result you get on the first time, you may remain static, but may also remain with 1/2 the take for the KEMs placed due to the doubled price.

      It’s pretty simple to say…”more expensive,” because it can be, if you are comparing cost per donut earned.

      BUT…as I am not quite there yet (level 909), I haven’t been able to run the numbers in practical terms…and you may be correct about the “Push.”

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      • Patric: Given the progressive pricing of KEMs, you have a good point. “In theory” twice as much XP should cost twice as much cash, and if you’re willing to wait it does. But to buy twice as much XP in the same amount of time, you pay more than twice as much. Alternatively, you take twice as long (and time is a resource, as is the investment of donuts to keep the XP accelerator on).

        It’s really hard to run numbers because there are too many variables: bonus percentage, KEM price, “cash income,” how often a player logs in. All of these impact the real price one pays for donuts. So it does mostly come down to playstyle and preference, and you sort of get a sense of your donut income through practical experience. The numbers can help guide you (e.g., seeing that I pay about $40,000 per donut through farming convinced me to stop trying again on “Where’s Maggie?” when I get two donuts on the first attempt, because I’m basically paying $225,000 for that third donut), but I don’t sweat the margins.

        I just chimed in to make sure people knew it wasn’t all bad news when they hit Level 939. But, as usual, you provided more useful information (in a more enjoyable way) about the big picture in this post than I ever could. 🙂

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      • He is correct – it’s a push because you’ll average twice the donuts for twice the XP. And, trust me…farming is better after you get to 939 (especially since, theoretically, you’re also plowing at least some of those farmed donuts into buying bonus-multiplier objects along the way, so, at some point). At 939, at least you have the option to get three donuts if you have cash to spare and, as your multiplier goes up, you’ll have mode cash to spare (and there’s only so much of that you want to plow back into getting more KEMs….there’s only so much land and time, after all).

        If you really care about maximizing your return, focusing on building up your multiplier is the key (at least until you get to 1,000%). However, be warned…if you care about maximizing your return and building your multiplier and farming and such, you’re likely to be accused of being “obsessive” and other such negative attributes. 😜

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        • Sandra…your replies are “obsessive.”

          Look…for the record, I am never going to be a full blown dedicated farmer. And what you seem to be missing, is that the “Safi Way” calls for staying relatively even with cash spent while acquiring donuts. Sorry…but if you are spending “excess cash” you aren’t playing Safi parity. And…I will NEVER spend the time and effort to reach 1009%…ever. The hours, and grinding, just aren’t my thing. At all. I have better things to do with my time.

          Now…Let. It. Go. You and I are NEVER going to agree on this. Ever. You might as well try to convince me that cutting coupons is a worthwhile effort… My time is worth something. I am enjoying the moderate way in which I farm…casual…controlled…and NOT obsessive. I am at 350% currently…and will only be adding things that I LIKE…not a bunch of stuff just to be able to acquire more donuts…in a game that has NO real value to the majority of my life.

          Read what you wrote………….. after 939, you “have the option” to get three. But, you might get one. And it might cost you $100K to get three. So…in my case…I currently farm 40 KEMs to stay static with cash. To do that, I already have to send ALL of my people on 4 hour tasks…which takes me ten minutes to convert and harvest. Add to that, playing the rest of the game, I am now spending an extra 40 minutes to an hour per day, BECAUSE of donut farming. Now…..I don’t know how much you make an hour…but I can tell you that 40-60 minutes a day accumulated time…is worth a helllofalot more than the measly 20 donuts (roughly .80 cents in dollars), that I have “earned.”

          So…..yes…..donut farming is obsessive. But writing about continually, trying to convince those who aren’t doing it “your way,” is even moresoe. Again…more than happy to take the “off site” so the rest of the readers don’t have to keep seeing our discussion. Once again…email is tstopatric@gmail.com

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  2. Wooooooooooooooh. Freaking game changer. The Rat Trap truck!!! And you don’t have to wait 4 hours!!! You guys have just saved me a mountain of cash.

    I’m getting around 2 bonuts per truck placement. I have 282 million in game cash so not to worried about burning through it. Currently at 453 donuts let’s see what I can end the night off with

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    • Alright an hour into buying & selling Rat Trap Trucks

      Started with 282 million ended with 245 million

      Started with 453 donuts ended with 874 donuts!

      Over 400 donuts in one hour! You guys have broke the game! I love it 😍 I’ll never have to pay for donuts again unless they tie it to a bundle like they did recently with Squeaky Voice Teen on Halloween

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  3. WOW!!! Thank you for that awesome and GI-NOR-MOUS list of xp items! That must have taken forever to do!! Anyhoo, until recently I was one of those KEM farmers and I did manage to make about 600 doughnuts in less than 10 days but I got worn out so unless I am bored or broke I will likely just spend the bucks to get some dough!

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  4. I am sorry folks, I don’t understand the position of some commenters here…
    They say “do not open the third box of bonus donuts when you reach 500k / 1m of xp”. Why? Why do need to save those measley 50k? The ingame cash is free and flows freely. I have excess 99% of the time. Besides, that’s the whole point of farming. You use useless cash to get useful bonuts.
    Beats me…
    My take on that – open all 3 of them and get the most sprinkles you can.

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    • I always do that with “Where’s Maggie”…and most who are farming also have ways to generate tons of cash. So, I don’t get it either. High five on the confusion?

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    • Just as you, I always go for the 3 bonuts. I have a 9 figure amount of game cash. What else to do with it? (Maybe Cecil Terwilliger gets new game cash guzzling tasks)

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    • I will buy up to 3 donuts if I get 1 on the regular level up, but not if I get 2 on the first try.
      I never pay for extra tries for Where’s Maggie or for special events. The cost for another try is $150,000 which will buy more than 10 KEMs at full price. With my multiplier (around 750%) I only need 9.9 KEMs per level-up, so I’d rather spend the $150K on 10 more KEMs.
      It all depends on what your multiplier is. If it’s high enough, the money is better spent on more EXP rather than the second and third chance. I’ve run a lot simulations and that’s the best outcome for my level. (Assuming the RNG is truly random. I swear it cheats sometimes!)
      I try to keep my money at an even level between events (10M right now), then buy all the new land whenever an event starts. Once that happens, I run my KEM farm a little leaner to get my reserves back up.
      New land is extremely expensive.

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      • Or…you could just do as I do, and remember that it is ALL pretend currency…so spend a lot, save a lot, it all adds up to the same thing when it’s time to pay the rent in the real world.

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    • It’s really simple. OK, it’s kinda simple from a math angle, but there’s no right answer here when it comes to how to play the game.

      Math-wise, tt comes down to ROI. I won’t walk you through all the numbers (it’s long, boring, and I saved all that stuff on another computer), but suffice it to say I could write a whole series of posts on this stuff.* Short answer: you will reach the point (in terms of bonus percentage) where you are able to “buy” donuts by farming and “leveling up” for LESS than the cost of “try again” donuts. Depending on what level you are (or if you’re playing “Where’s Maggie?”), the price tag for another donut through trying again can be low as $25,000 (getting one donut from leveling up and paying $50,000 to try again, winning two more donuts). Or it can be as high as $300,000 (getting two donuts on “Where’s Maggie?” then trying again twice for the third donut)! When you calculate the average cost per donut of trying again in certain situations, it can be far more expensive than simply saving the cash and using it to farm more. By my math, at 1,500% XP raw bonus (including “hidden” bonuses), a KEM farmer should NEVER try again unless it’s $50,000 with a chance to win MORE than one donut.

      I don’t have all the numbers in front of me, but it does not take a massive bonus percentage (just a few hundred percent, and turning on the XP collider) to make trying again on “Where’s Maggie?” an “unprofitable” move by ROI standards–especially if you win two donuts on the first try, because your average cost for the third donut is $225,000. My bonus percentage is under 1,000%, and it’s unprofitable for me to EVER try again on “Where’s Maggie?” and slightly unprofitable for me to try again I get two donuts on the first try from leveling up. The numbers are going to vary based on HOW you farm (do you just buy expensive items, or do you patiently build KEMs?) and which try again scenario you’re facing (which game/level and how many donuts you got on the first [or second] try).

      So really, there’s truth to the idea that we all play differently. Patric is right (and has written some wonderful prose) about maximizing a resource more important than in-game cash: your time. For me, I’m someone who LOVES a bargain and figuring out how things work, so I would rather spend a bit more time and get the maximum donut reward for my in-game cash (it’s NOT unlimited). And given that this is a post about maximizing ROI and KEM farming, I find it curious when people are confused about when people discuss farming strategies and yet balk at the idea of rethinking the try again decision. If you view cash as infinite, then just buy $150,000 Rat Trap Trucks ($10 per 1 xp), $132,000 Bloodmobiles ($10/xp), $9,500 Weather Stations ($9.5/xp), or $4,500 Volleyball Courts ($9/xp). Seeing a trend? The less work, the less value. All those provide instant gratification. We WAIT (four hours) for KEMs because of the ROI ($7.2/xp at maximum price, and far less for KEMs before the 25th). So, as I see it, if I’m willing to wait four hours to save cash, I can pass on donuts from try again if they’re too expensive. But I understand other views on saving time.

      *A few years back, I was on the verge of writing a series of posts on the math behind farming, trying again, XP bonuses, etc., which I was going to pitch to the team. Real life things got hectic (mostly in a good way), and then Safi joined the team and covered many of the issues I was compelled to write about (and I’m psyched he did, because he has great insights!).

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  5. I think CONRAD takes the cake for highest % for footprint. It’s 5% on 1×2.
    It seems common for items to be 2% on 2×2.

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  6. Kwik-E-Mart!
    Ahhaaaa!

    I’ve been farming blood mobiles with the xp collider turned on. Is it more efficient tonis kwik-e-marts?

    Thanks,
    Bryan

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