Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
So usually when events first start I jump out with SIB posts first because that tends to be the number 1 thing requested (after the calendar). However, with this event seems like a lot of you are getting confused with the Bonus Area/Upgrading the Emu Experience so I figured let’s start with an explanation on that.
If you’re looking for information about how to increase your Amusement/Bonus Area percentage and/or information about Upgrading the Emu Experience (or Big Cat Country) and/or where the heck the animals go when you unlock them via upgrade this is the post for you. So please, read this post in its entirety. If you’re still confused, read it again. And then…if you’re still lost ask your question in the comments below.
Let’s get started….
Let’s start with the obvious…crafting, at least in its traditional sense, is nowhere to be found with this update. For some of you, myself included, that’s fantastic news. As we’ve been begging EA to get rid of traditional crafting for a while now. For others, you may be bummed by this. And if you’re among those bummed out by the lack of crafting, try to look at the bright side. Items that normally would be craftables (Zoo Walls, Enclosures etc) are now available to purchase for in-game cash! So you get all the benefits of crafting, without the grind. Plus something to spend that cash on. Win-win in my book!
So, if there’s no crafting with this event what exactly is there? Well outside of the normal prize track, there’s upgrading. Various attractions you will earn throughout the event (5 total I believe, 2 each for Acts 1 and 2 and 1 for Act 3) will have upgrade features. Each time you upgrade an attraction you’ll unlock either additional animals to place within the attraction or a unique decoration for that particular attraction. And each unique decoration provides a boost to your Arrangement/Amusement bonus %. (the animals do not)
So what exactly am I talking about? Let’s break it down further….
Currency You’ll Need for Upgrades
Sanctuary Grants are the upgrade currency you’ll need to upgrade your Attractions.
They look like this…
And are awarded/earned in various ways.
The first way is via the Tappables in Springfield and/or in your Neighbor’s town. Each Tappable you clear will earn you 2. This applies to those tapped in your town or a neighbor’s town. Don’t forget you can use the Animal Feeding Area, discussed in this post, to instantly clear all the tappables in your town every 4hrs.
The second way to earn Sanctuary Grants is via Invasive Tadpoles/Toads. For every Invasive Tadpole, you send to a neighbor’s town you’ll earn 2 and for every Invasive Toad you clear in your town (sent to you from a neighbor) you’ll also earn 2 .
The third way to earn the Sanctuary Grants is to send characters to volunteer at various attractions. (remember you can do this via the Springfield Zoo sign) Each character will earn a base of 7 for freemium and 14 for premium.
And finally, you can purchase Sanctuary Grants from the store for donuts. If you’re in a huge rush to upgrade or want a ton of stuff from upgrading. The price isn’t unreasonable, just depends on how you value your donuts and time.
Ok so now that we understand the currency needed to upgrade, and how you earn it…
How exactly do you upgrade and what happens when you do?
So for Act 1 of Moe’s Ark there are two Attractions that can be upgraded, the Emu Experience and Big Cat Country. The Emu Experience is a free attraction you’re awarded during the Act 1 questline. While Big Cat Country is the 5th prize in the Act 1 prize track (and requires 23,300 to unlock). Let’s break each one down, starting with the…
When you tap on the Emu Experience you’ll see an option for Animals and an option for Upgrade. For now let’s focus on Upgrade, I’ll cover animals in a bit.
Once you have enough Sanctuary Grants to upgrade to the next level you’ll see the Green Upgrade icon appear (prior to this it will be pink and suggest you spend donuts fo upgrade). Simply tap the Upgrade icon and you’ll upgrade to the next level and be awarded the prize associated with that level…
Again, we’ll talk about the animals in a minute but it’s important to note that when you unlock an animal from the upgrades (in this case Big Horn), the animal WILL NOT be a free-range animal roaming around your Springfield. (so nothing will be placed in your inventory/nothing will automatically appear in Springfield). Instead, unlocking the animals in the upgrade track give you an additional animal to place at the attraction. (within the confines of the attraction “gates”)
So don’t panic that you can’t find the animal in your inventory or in Springfield. It’s not there. Again, we’ll discuss it in more detail in a minute.
So how does the Amusement/Attraction Bonus come into play?
Well, the decorations you earn from the upgrade track each award an attraction/amusement bonus % when unlocked and placed in that area. (the animals do not earn a bonus %.)
So the Duck Pond, Hay Bale and Petting Zoo Awning each award a bonus % when placed in the bonus area (around the Springfield Zoo sign).
Here’s the breakdown of what each upgrade costs (in Sanctuary Grants) for the Emu Experience and what the bonus % awarded is (if one applies):
|Emu Experience Upgrades|
|4||Buck and Fawn (Animals)||500||n/a|
|7||Petting Zoo Awning||750||1%|
Why is there an Emu Experience at the end up the upgrades?/What happens when I’ve Finished the Upgrade Track?
Once you’ve completed the upgrades and gotten to level 7, you’ll notice there’s another Emu Experience for 900 at the end of the track. If you decide you like this particular attraction and want another one, you can have another one. Simply upgrade to level 8 and unlock another Emu Experience (which will award you another 1.25% for the bonus area) and the upgrade track will start all over again.
You don’t have to have a second Emu Experience if you don’t want one, but if you like it and want another that’s your chance to collect everything a second time.
So now let’s talk about…
Big Cat Country Upgrades
Big Cat Country, once unlocked from the Prize Track, earns a 2.25% bonus in the bonus area.
Note: You’ll also be able to send different Springfielders to Volunteer here once unlocked. (again this is done through the Springfield Zoo Entrance) Martin, Comicbook Guy and Moe are NEW characters that can volunteer here to earn even more event currency. Those 3 are unable to volunteer at the Emu Experience.
Tap on Big Cat Country to find the Upgrade option…
And if you have an upgrade available the icon will turn Green and say Upgrade:
Again, just like the the Emu Experience, the animals unlocked with the upgrades are NOT free-range animals to roam around Springfield. These animals will stay within the confineds of Big Cat Country. More on that in a minute…
Here’s the breakdown of what each upgrade costs (in Sanctuary Grants) for Big Cat Country and what the bonus % awarded is (if one applies):
Just like with the Emu Experience, if you’d like another Big Cat Country you can upgrade to unlock another and start the whole upgrade experience over again.
Oh and for those concerned about size for the extension pieces, here’s the size chart for each:
|Petting Zoo Awning||4×8|
|Big Cat Country||8×8|
|Big Cat Play Area||4×4|
|Big Cat Lazy Rock||4×4|
|Big Cat Lazy River||8×4|
So now that we’ve covered upgrades, let’s talk about…
So what the heck do you do with all the animals you unlock during the upgrades? They don’t roam around Springfield, so what do they do?
Well, each animal you unlock via each Habitat/Attraction upgrade and be viewed within the confineds of that Habitat. What does that mean exactly? It means that within the Emu Experience you can have th Emu, Llama, Ram and Armadillo visable. Similary with Big Cat Country.
How does it work?
Simply tap the Habitat/Attraction you want to select animals for and tap the Purple View option next to Animals
Keep in mind, until you’ve fully upgraded and unlocked each animal, some animals will remain locked. (also remember that if you have multiple habitats (of the same type) you’ll have to upgrade each habitat again to get the animals to appear there. So just because you’ve fully upgraded 1 Emu Experience doesn’t mean the second will automatically have all of the animals unlocked. You’ll need to fully upgrade that one to unlock the animals there)
Once you’ve selected animals and filled all 4 slots you can make animal changes depending on your mood. Simply tap the Purple Change icon…
You can also select multiples of the same animal to appear. So if you only want Emu’s at the Emu Experience you can:
So remember, the animals unlocked via upgrading Habitats are NOT Free-Range Animals to roam around Springfield. They’re animals that will unlock for viewing at each individual Habitat (and no there’s no crossover. So you can’t have Emu’s at Big Cat Country or Lions at the Emu Experience. Certain animals are meant to be kept apart). So when you unlock them you won’t find them in your inventory or running around your town. You’ll simply unlock the ability to have to become visable at their corresponding Habitat.
And in the end, if you choose unique animals for each, they’ll look like this…
With each animal out there for all the Zoo visitors to experience…
And that my friends concludes the details up Upgrading and the Amusement/Arrangement bonus for Moe’s Ark Act 1. Hopefully this clears some things up for those of you who have been confused on the whole process.
Thoughts on upgrades? How about traditional crafting going “bye-bye” for this event? Thoughts on the animals in the habitats? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!