Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
In our games, the snow is falling and TSTO is calling yoo hoo! It’s the most wonderful time of the year Tappers, Christmas in TSTO! Of course, an all-new event means all-new premium content in our stores, just tempting us to drop those pink sprinkles!
As we all know, that limited-time label can tempt us to grab everything in sight because it’ll be gone soon. But don’t sweat it! That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth those donuts and what you might want to hold off on.
Wondering if you should add the Golden Pickaxe to your Springfield? Or just wondering what the heck it does? Well before you hit that confirm button let’s break down the pickaxe and assess if it’s worth those pink sprinkles…
Going to do this one a little differently. Let’s break down the details on the pickaxe, then we’ll assess what it does and how it works for your Springfield, and then I’ll give a final opinion. And yes, this is a Saturday game-related post. Very rarely do I do these because weekends are for family and non-TSTO time…but I’ve been seeing so many questions and confusion on this, just felt it was necessary to get this up as soon as I could.
Building/Decoration: Golden Pickaxe
Donut Cost: 100 Donuts
Earns: Nothing, increases the CHANCE you’ll earn the donut jackpot from donut veins
Conform-O-Meter: n/a, not a physical item for your Springfield
How Do I See It: This will only appear in your store if you have the new frontier land available in your game, and donut veins available to tap on. It’s also important to note, there are 150 available donut veins in the new frontier. If you had the replicating glitch for donut veins, even if you didn’t unlock all of the land yet, the game will think you’ve cleared 150 veins and this will NOT appear in the store for you.
Leaves stores January 12th
Ok so let’s address some basic info on this…
True or False: If I Buy This I’ll Get 100 Donuts Per Donut Vein I Mine.
FALSE. That’s not how this works. The Pickaxe increases your ODDS of getting the Jackpot from a donut vein, it doesn’t automatically award them, every time. From our very own Safi on the subject:
Typically you will get anywhere from 1 to 20 donuts from the donut veins. However, every x percent of times, you will hit the Jackpot and earn 100 donuts from the donut vein.
So x percent of times, you get 100 donuts. (1 – x) percent of times, you get 1 to 20 donuts.
What the Golden Pickax does is increase the likelihood of hitting the Jackpot by 3. So every 3x percent of times, you will hit the Jackpot and earn 100 donuts from the donut vein.
So 3x percent of times, you get 100 donuts. (1 – 3x) percent of times, you get 1 to 20 donuts.
True Or False: The Pickaxe increases the payout for every donut vein I tap on.
FALSE. If it’s a non-jackpot donut vein it’ll still payout 1-20 donuts per vein as a standard. It does NOT triple the payouts for every vein. It won’t increase the standard payouts, nor does it increase the jackpot payout. The payouts are still 1-20 donuts and the occasional 100 donut payout.
True or False: I Found Pickaxes in my Neighbors Town, So I Tapped On Them and Got a Donut Payout.
UPDATE: It appears this was a glitch and has now been patched by EA. So this no longer works.
TRUE. If your neighbor has unmined veins, you’ll be able to tap on them and earn donuts. What we’re not sure about is if this impacts your neighbor (ie if they lose the donuts). I have seen in a neighbors town multiple pickaxes stacked up on a donut vein, similar to when you see multiple handshakes in a town, which makes me think it doesn’t hurt your neighbor. But I honestly can’t say for sure.
What Did I Do?:
So I purchased the pickaxe, but I have A LOT of land still to unlock in the frontier, have yet to get a jackpot payout, and have the donuts to spend. So I didn’t mind dropping 100 donuts on this.
However, for a lot of players this may be something you want to skip. If you don’t have a ton of land left to unlock, if you aren’t a fan of taking the gamble, or if you’re strapped for donuts…this may be something you want to skip. Spend your donuts on a character combo with this event instead!
And that’s it, my friends, the details on the Golden Pickaxe. Hopefully, this post has cleared up some of the confusion for many of you about this one!
Thoughts on the Golden Pickaxe? Will you be spending the donuts to bring it to your Springfield? Did you already? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!