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    FAQ/Strategy Guide by TanukiVoodoo

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                      P O C K E T  P A R A D I S E
    
                             (Nintendo DS)
    
    Welcome!
    
    Basically, if you like Harvest Moon and/or monster-farming games,
    you should like Viva Pinata Pocket Paradise. It's a simple game that
    never gets a little worse than frustrating, and the ability to save
    at any time makes it a good game to play during breaks at work or school.
    
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      Purpose of this Guide
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    There are tutorials in the game... but I found them a little lacking.
    Sometimes a tutorial wouldn't pop up until long after I accomplished
    the task it was trying to teach. The worst part about the game is that
    when you're stuck, the answer is usually pretty simple. It's a little
    bit late getting out, but hopefully it can help a few people that may
    pick up the game just in time for the holidays.
    
    This is not a guide about how to lure a particular species of pinata
    to your garden - for that, you will need to visit the "Species Guide"
    written by "somethingsdont" at GameFAQs.
    
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      SECTIONS
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    To jump to a section of this guide quickly, use the ctrl + f function
    on your computer, and then type in what section you're looking for.
    
    
    Section 1: Goals, Achievements
               (Things you have to look forward to, the point of the game)
    
    Section 2: An Introduction
               (What you should know, a kinda-sorta walkthrough)
               2a) Intro
               2b) Layout
               2c) Wild and Resident Pinatas
               2d) Pinata Homes
               2e) Seeds
               2f) Gardening
               2g) General Store
               2h) Gretchen Fetchem the Hunter
               2i) Pinata Requests
               2j) Pink Candy
               2k) Sour Pinatas
               2L) Fences
               2m) Useful Pinatas
               2n) Variants
               2o) Evolutions
               2p) Accessories
    
    Section 3: Making Items
               (How to create sandwiches, jam, and other needed items)
    
    Section 4: FAQs
               (Things that may stump you)
    
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     Section 1: Goals
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    To completely beat the game, there are several goals for the game:
    
    Pinata accomplishments and goals:
    
    * Get every species of wild Pinata to visit
    * Purchase all pet Pinatas
    * Get all Pinata evolutions
    * Get every species of Pinata to become a resident
    * Get every species of Pinata to romance
    * Convert at least one of every species of sour Pinata
    * Acquire at least 7 individuals of each species for "Master Romancer"
    * Get a variant of each species
    * Use all Pinata abilities (such as Macaraccoon's ability to fetch
    treats)
    * Harvest all items from appropriate Pinatas (wool, milk, etc)
    
    Garden accomplishments and goals:
    
    * Grow every species of plant
    * Fertilize every species of plant (that can be ferilized)
    * Fill your garden with expensive pinatas, plants, and decor to hike
    its value
    * Acquire all items and tool upgrades
    * Unlock all NPCs (such as helping out the hobo to open his store)
    
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     Section 2: Introduction/Semi-walkthrough
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    2a) Intro
    
    First, you'll want to go into the Garden. For now, ignore the
    Playground - its just a sandbox mode that doesn't progress the game
    any - and the Episodes, which will just show you parts of the cartoon
    that were just played in the tutorials.
    
    The beginning of the game is good at helping you along. First you
    will want to establish your garden by cleaning up some of the rubble
    using your shovel and tamping away the rock. Once you have cleared away
    some dirt (at least 10%), some Whirlms will become interested in your
    garden. Don't feel rushed - you don't have to clean up all of the
    garden ASAP if you want to focus on your new Pinatas, but your Whirlms
    won't die if you want to clear out the garden first.
    
    2b) Layout
    
    The flower on the right-hand side of your top screen shows your
    experience. You gain experience every time you accomplish something
    in your garden. It also ticks down the hours in the day. Don't worry,
    though - you're not being timed and there is no hurry to level - it's
    just a way to show you what time of day it is in your garden.
    
    Click on the DS icon on the top right to go to the Encyclopedia - here,
    you can read about Pinatas, items, or characters you have seen. There
    are some help files, but they are generally not very informative. This
    is where you can go back into tutorials. The Encyclopedia is most useful
    for its entries on Pinatas, as that is where you can learn about what it
    takes to make a Pinata want to become a resident in your garden.
    
    Always pay attention to the left side of your top screen - known as the
    "combat log" in other games, this pane displays current news on what's
    going on in your garden, such as who's visiting, romancing, or if there's
    a dangerous sour Pinata on its way.
    
    2c) Wild and Resident Pinatas
    
    Every Pinata has its own requirement to first skirt the perimeter of
    your garden, and then different requirements to actually visit. Finally,
    you will need to meet the requirements for a Pinata to want to become a
    resident. In this case, the Whirlm is very easy to please, needing only
    10% of dirt to appear, visit, and then become a resident. Whirlms will
    continually become residents in your garden
    throughout the game.
    
    When you meet a Pinata's requirements, you can drag them together to
    romance. They will do a little dance, summon an egg, and produce a new
    little Pinata. If your Pinatas aren't romancing, you may have too many
    Pinatas in your garden (you will be able to have more when your garden
    grows bigger), or it's your Pinatas' bedtime and they're not interested.
    Also, as the game progresses, pay attention to your Pinatas' happiness
    levels - if they drop, they may no longer want to romance. Feed them a
    food that they like to spark the mood.
    
    Some Pinatas in your garden just don't get along - in this case, skip to
    the fences section (2L), or just try to avoid keeping two conflicting
    species - some of it is common sense, like snakes (Syrupent) and mice
    (Mousemallow)... sometimes, it's not so obvious, as in the case of
    squirrels (Squazzil) and badgers (Badgesicle)... so always pay attention
    to what's happening in your garden at all times.
    
    If a wild Pinata is threatening your residents, you can whack it with the
    shovel and shower your own guys with yummy candy (beware of sour candy
    though - it is dark red and black, and you should destroy it because it
    will make your Pinatas sick). You won't be able to whack a wild Pinata
    that is locked in combat. If you're in danger of losing a weaker Pinata
    to a wild Pinata that you don't want as a resident, then you can still
    sell your own Pinata in mid-combat.
    
    2d) Pinata Homes
    
    Willy Builder will introduce himself. When you buy the Whirlm house and
    plop it down, it will take him a little while to build it. There will
    be a countdown timer and then you will see Willy standing outside the
    blinds when the house is ready. Use your shovel to give it one good whack
    to get rid of the blinds, and you will see your Whirlm house! Be careful
    though - you can accidentally destroy a home that hasn't been built yet -
    don't whack it until you see Willy standing outside.
    
    The higher level the Pinata, the more time it will take to build its house.
    
    2e) Seeds
    
    The game then introduce Seedos. You won't be buying seeds from him, but he
    aimlessly wanders through your garden and gives you a chance at getting
    free seeds. You can tap him with the stylus, but he has a bad sense of
    humour and will sometimes play a prank by not giving you anything. In that
    case, it's perfectly okay to whack him with the shovel to get him to drop
    a random seed. When he offers you a free seed, take the turnip. After the
    turnip grows, feed it to a Whirlm and get your first Variant!
    
    If you can't plant a seed, pay attention to your top screen - you may have
    too many plants already, or the seed requires being planted in dirt or water.
    
    2f) Gardening
    
    Always keep a variety of plants in your garden. It may be hard at first since
    you're allowed a very limited number of plants, but it will get easier. As your
    garden widens, you can plant more. The more plants you have, the better the
    chance of attracting a new Pinata to come take a look at your garden. A lot of
    Pinatas are attracted to flowers, and others will require eating a certain
    number of fruits or nuts to become a resident.
    
    When you get a Taffly, feed it a lot of fruit and start collecting fertilizer.
    Use the corresponding colour of fertilizer on the same colour of flower. It
    may take about 5 charges to get the plant completely fertilized, and the DS
    controls can be rather fickle, but your plants will be more beatiful and yield
    more flowers than non-fertilized plants.
    
    2g) General Store
    
    Costalot is where you'll buy everything from seeds and food to new types of
    fencing, and even hired help for your garden. Anytime you unlock a new item,
    such as getting honey from a Buzzlegum for the first time, the item will
    appear in the store. Instead of farming Buzzlegums, you can just visit your
    store for honey from then on. Occasionally, the store will be out-of-stock
    of certain items, but it's temporary.
    
    You can sell items at the store, but you can also sell things by hitting
    the grocery basket on the right-hand side of your touch screen while you're
    in your garden. Then you touch anything that you want to sell - it will mark
    them with an icon of Lottie's head. After you've marked all you want to sell,
    you hit the coin/sell button on the right side. Be careful, it's easy to
    accidentally sell trees or houses if you're not paying attention to what you
    mark.
    
    Oh, and the currency in this universe is chocolate coins - yeah, you can
    dig them up, it's kind of gross. But you don't have to eat them.
    
    2h) Gretchen Fetchem the Hunter
    
    She is a very important figure. She will hunt and catch any wild Pinata you
    want (you must have had at least one of the species before she can catch it -
    but this is very nice for Pinatas that are difficult to lure into the garden,
    so that you can get the second Pinata for romancing). She will also sell an
    unlimited amount of "pet Pinatas" that can't be found in the wild: Moozipan
    (cow), Barkbark (dog), Kittyfloss (cat), etc.
    
    When you have her catch a wild Pinata, you will have to come back to her store
    after she returns from a hunt (it will alert you in the log on the upper screen
    when she returns), and then click on the cage icon to get your captured
    Pinata(s).
    
    2i) Pinata Requests
    
    Sometimes a little party box will show up in the lower left-hand corner of
    your touchscreen. These are party requests for a certain type of Pinata -
    click on it to see what the challenge is. It doesn't hurt to accept the
    challenge, even if you don't currently have all of the Pinatas it is asking
    for. To send a Pinata, drag them to the box, or click on the box and select
    the Pinatas you want, then select 'Pack' in the top of the screen. The Pinatas
    will be gone for just a few hours, and return with pink candy.
    
    2j) Pink Candy
    
    When your Pinatas bring you candy, save most of it for later. This candy
    makes any Pinata want to romance, even if your garden doesn't meet all of
    its requirements. This makes it easy to romance higher level Pinatas that
    are very picky about what they like to eat. At level 7, I had almost 80
    pieces of candy, and I didn't exactly use it sparingly.
    
    2k) Sour Pinatas
    
    Every level or so will introduce a new villian to the garden - the first
    of this cast is the Sour Shellybean, a type of snail. Just drop an apple
    seed in front of the grumpy little guy. He'll eventually eat it and go
    into a short hibernation state before emerging as a friendly regular Shellybean.
    Sometimes a sour Pinata will snub potential food and cause more trouble than
    its worth - in this case, it's okay to whack the jerk to death. Be sure to
    whack the sour candy it leaves behind too - this will make your other Pinatas
    sick.
    
    As soon as you have unlocked Bart, have him convert a pumpkin into a jack
    o'lantern to feed to the next sour Pinata that will come into your garden, the
    sour Sherbat. Then work on getting some honey to make into medicine for the sour
    Crowla even later on.
    
    2L) Fences
    
    Fences are useful to keep two types of Pinata from fighting eachother (for
    example, Arocknids and Raisants, or Mousemallows and Syrupents). The fence
    may not protect your Pinatas from flying Pinatas, Dastardos, or other savage
    visitors, but it should keep them safe from wild four-legged visitors and
    aggressive residents.
    
    It can sometimes be hard to see where the fencing lands when you place it.
    Play your DS in the dark or away from natural light where you can see the
    screen clearly, and look for a very faint I-shape that connects the north-south
    fence pieces. Another good way to test the fenceline for weakness is to
    direct a resident Pinata to walk in and out of the pen. It will walk through
    the gaps and alert you to the spot that needs to be fixed.
    
    Whenever you have to release a Pinata from a pen, be sure to sell some of
    the east-west fencing so you can see there are no gaps when you want to seal
    it back up again. And be sure to keep fenced Pinatas housed and well-fed so
    they will remain happy and healthy.
    
    2m) Useful Pinatas
    
    Aside from being food or party favours, some Pinatas are worth keeping
    one or two around all of the time, even if you don't want to waste space
    on a house for them (just be sure to feed them every once in a while to
    keep them from running away).
    
    * BarkBark will keep some intruders away. You can turn off his guard dog
    status at any time.
    * Buzzlegum can produce honey if you purchase a honey hive and feed it a
    buttercup.
    * Chewnicorn can heal a sick Pinata.
    * Cluckles can sit on an egg and help it hatch faster.
    * Cocoadile will create "crocodile tears" to help your plants grow.
    * Goobaa can be sheared for wool if you purchase a shearing shed and feed
    it poison ivy.
    * Macaraccoon can go hunting for pink candy.
    * Moozipan can produce milk if you purchase a milking shed and feed it a
    daisy.
    * Taffly will eat any fruit and produce an appropriate colour of fertilizer
    (click on the.. ahem.. leavings.. to pick it up). Use the corresponding
    colour of fertilizer to the colour of flower you want to fertilize.
    Fertilized plants are larger and more hardy.
    
    You may always want to keep a few "prey Pinatas" around, even if you don't
    give them a house - Mousemallows, Cluckles, and Raisants will remain in d
    emand by a lot of visiting Pinatas throughout the game.
    
    2n) Variants
    
    A variant is a mutation, or a special colour of Pinata. They sell for a higher
    price at the market, and some types of Pinata prefer to eat variants over
    normal coloured Pinatas. Click on the DS icon on the top right, and go to
    the Encyclopedia. Go to "Pinatas" and select a species - click on the option
    for Variant to see what's required for that species. For example, to get
    a Whirlm variant, you will need to feed your Whirlm a turnip. Variants
    can breed with normal Pinatas, but will only yield normal offspring.
    
    2o) Evolutions
    
    The game only subtly hints at evolution, but certain actions can cause
    your Pinatas to evolve. Feeding a buttercup to a Sparrowmint creates a
    Candary - a completely new species of bird Pinata. Romancing two of these
    newly evolved Pinatas will unlock new achievements/romance cinemas.
    Evolved Pinatas won't romance with their predecessors; for example, a Candary
    won't romance with a Sparrowmint.
    
    2p) Accessories
    
    To be honest, I haven't experimented with accessories yet. Sometimes they
    are required to make a Pinata happy (such as Barkbark's collar), but
    supposedly they may boost other stats like they do in the 360 version.
    I will post my findings later if somebody else does not write a guide
    for accessories in the DS version.
    
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     Section 3: Creating Items
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    Sometimes, a Pinata requires an item that isn't available at the store (for
    example, a banana split). When you unlock a character named Bart (when
    you click on the shopping basket on the right side of the touch screen,
    he should be the last option), you are then well on your way to creating
    new items (and making a lot of money in the process!).
    
    Banana Split
    Created from: Bananas
    
    Bread
    Created from: Corn
    
    Carrot Cake
    Created from: Carrot
    
    Cheese
    Created from: Milk (from Moozipan)
    
    Gooseberry Fool
    Created from: Gooseberry
    
    Jack o'Lantern
    Created from: Pumpkin
    
    Jam
    Created from: Blackberry
    
    Medicine:
    Created from: Honey (from Buzzlegum)
    
    Mushroom
    Created from: Toadstool
    
    Peanut Butter
    Created from: Monkeynut
    
    Rainbow Gem
    Created from: Gem
    
    Sandwich
    Created from: Bread (from corn)
    
    Toffee Apple
    Created from: Apple
    
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     Section 4: FAQs
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    *How much does Pocket Paradise differ from the X-box version?
    
    I've only played the demo for the X-box version, but it seems like it's
    not too different. The progression for the DS is faster, it's a little
    less complicated, and the touchscreen makes it easier to carry out commands.
    My opinion is that it makes a much better portable game than a console game,
    though perhaps a little short. On the downside, though, it seems to be more
    of a commercial bid at getting people to watch the cartoon - the characters
    from the series will pop up from time-to-time, though they're not really
    important, and though fun to watch, the "episodes" are random snippets and
    usually don't have anything to do with what's going on with your game.
    
    *Why do my Pinatas sometimes refuse to eat/romance?
    
    Pinatas will not eat or romance before bed. Even if they start doing a
    "romance dance" in the garden, they may occasionally stop and go to bed
    without summoning an egg. You will have to wait for them to wake up
    naturally (sometimes tapping on the house to wake them up will work, but
    most of the time they will just get unhappy, ignore you, and go back to
    bed). And of course, Pinatas will refuse to eat if you're accidentally
    trying to give them something they don't like.
    
    *Why is my Pinata just standing there?
    
    If your Pinata is not responding at all, it is probably stuck and not
    eating because it's bedtime. Sometimes Pinatas get stuck in strange places
    that don't seem obstructed. This can happen because of a new tree that
    was passable until it matured, or because a non-water Pinata stepped into
    some water. Try getting the Pinata to move just a few steps instead of
    calling it a long distance. If water is blocking its path, cover the water
    with the tamping shovel and then try to coax the Pinata along. Leave it
    for a day or so - if it doesn't respond to anything, you may need to just
    sell the Pinata.
    
    *I keep seeing unknown Pinatas. How do I get info on them?
    
    You probably need to level up, first. You will start seeing some Pinatas
    at least a level before you're able to attract it to the garden. Then, be
    sure to keep your garden full of a variety of plants and Pinatas to make
    it more likely for a species to become interested in visiting. Once a Pinata
    visits, you will be able to access information in the Encyclopedia on how to
    get the Pinata to visit.
    
    *How do I unlock _______?
    
    If it's not on here, I probably do not know. I would like to expand the
    guide a little bit in the future, but for now, this is all the information
    I know off the top of my head. You might want to try looking at the X-box
    360 guides - even though it's a different game, it may hint at the right
    direction for whatever you need to do.
    
    *So what strategy should I use?
    
    The basic strategy is variety - different plants and Pinatas will attract
    new Pinatas. Keep as many plants in the garden as you can take care of -
    hire Sprinkling (at the general store) ASAP to keep plants watered, and
    keep at least one Taffly around to make fertilizer from fruit.
    
    Always check for Variations in the Encyclopedia - you can make quite a
    profit from turning a Pinata into its more expensive version with a simple
    cheap flower.
    
    Don't be afraid to sell what feels like an "obsolete" Pinata. If you find
    yourself no longer needing Whirlms to attract other Pinatas, sell their
    house and sell the Pinatas to clear up space for a new species. You can
    always buy them back later.
    
    Check your map often. Check the store often. Pay attention to your top
    screen. Listen for romance/battle/illness music. Stay on guard,
    particularly at night, when sours and villians come out to ravage the garden.
    
    Just remember - if you grow unhappy with your garden, you can always
    sell everything and start again. There is no time limit.
    
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    That's it for now - my DS' battery is dead and I'm too lazy to plug
    the charger back in.
    
    Important! The following e-mail address is only to correct mistakes or
    for input (you will be credited if changes are made). Do not e-mail me for
    help, I just don't have the time to reply.
    
    Julia H., Tanuki Voodoo
    V 1.0    10/31/2008
    tanukivoodoo (at) gmail (dot) com