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    Goat FAQ by Orporg

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    Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life goat FAQ by Orporg
    
    Preface:
    
    Welcome!  This file is meant to help people out with the goat in Harvest
    Moon: A Wonderful Life. The goat is a bit of an enigma and a lot of
    questions (including mine) have been asked about it on the message
    boards.  Hopefully this will clear up some of the confusion.
    
    Many thanks go out to all the message board users who have posted about
    the goat.  This FAQ (as dorky as it sounds) is dedicated to them.
    Special thanks got out to Shatterpated for giving me the prices on the
    goat products.  Thanks goes out to Flamebeamer and Sillygirl for
    informing me that you could get haggle Van's goat price down to 2,000 G.
    And of course, thanks goes out to CJayC and Gamefaqs for hosting this
    document.
    
    Let the FAQ commence:
    
    
    Q:  How do I/Where do I get the goat?
    
    A:  The goat can be obtained in the spring of either the second or third
    year of the game.  That is, the years that make up chapter 2.  Purchase
    the goat from Van (the guy who you sell stuff to) for the price of 4,000
    G.  Van always comes on the 3rd and the 8th of each month.  He often
    comes more frequently but you can always be guaranteed of his presence
    on the 3rd and 8th.  The time that he sets up his shop varies but he
    always closes it at 6:00 PM.  If you are outside when he sets up you
    will get a message telling you so.  You will not get a message if you
    are inside a structure.
    
    
    Q:  I heard you can get your goat for only 2,000 G?
    
    A:  This is apparently true.  I myself paid the full 4,000 G for him but
    some people have managed to haggle him down to 2,000 G.  Sometimes you
    can make Van mad with your haggling though, so be careful.  Just keep
    trying and you can probably get a discount on the goat.  It may help if
    you are friends with him.  This isn't hard to do, just give him eggs
    once in a while when his shop is closed and he will quickly become your
    friend.
    
    
    Q:  My goat comes with a goat milker?  What does it do?
    
    A:  It's exactly like the cow milker except for goats.  You can either
    use the milker or milk the goat by hand, it makes no difference to your
    character or the goat.  Using the milkers supposedly influences your
    child more towards the science career path while milking by hand makes
    it more likely he will become a farmer like your character.
    
    Q:  Does the goat take up barn space?
    
    A:  Yes, the goat will take up a space in your barn just like the cows
    and sheep.  You can choose where to place it's feedbox.  As a result,
    you MUST have a free space in your barn when trying to buy the goat.  I
    don't know if having a pregnant cow counts against your space quota when
    buying the goat.  It probably does.
    
    
    Q:  How much does the goat eat?
    
    A:  Like the sheep, the goat eats only one fodder per day.  Like all the
    other critters you can put him outside to graze at his leisure.  The
    goat will not eat good fodder.  At least not if you show it to him.
    
    
    Q:  How much milk does the goat produce a day?
    
    A:  The goat will only produce one bottle of milk per day.  There is no
    way to raise the quantity of milk it provides per day.
    
    
    Q:  How long does the goat provide milk for?
    
    A:  1 year or 40 days, approximately.  My goat gave me 37 days which is
    almost a year.
    
    
    Q:  How do I get the goat to give milk again?
    
    A:  You don't.  This is the drawback of the goat.  The goat will only
    give milk for 40 days and then it stops.  Permanently.  There is no way
    to get it give milk again.  You cannot breed the goat.  You cannot have
    more than one goat.  Once your goat stops giving milk you're stuck with
    it.
    
    
    Q:  That sucks!  Why is this?
    
    A:  It certainly does.  No one knows why the goat is flawed in this way.
    My personal guess is that the developers did not have the time and/or
    money to spend fleshing out the goat species the way they did with the
    cows.  They may also be saving a more comprehensive goat breeding system
    (like the one implemented with cows) for the next game in order to have
    something fresh.
    
    
    Q:  I need that barn space for something else.  How do I get rid of my
    goat?
    
    A:  You cannot sell your goat either before or after it stops giving
    milk.  The only known way to get rid of the goat is to kill it.  That's
    right, kill it.
    
    
    Q:  Ok, I hate my unproductive goat.  How do I kill it?
    
    A:  The key to killing the goat is to make it sick.  Once the goat
    becomes sick it is only a matter of time until it dies.  A combination
    of bad weather and not feeding it will make your goat sick and
    eventually kill it.  It will then disappear from your Status Book and
    you will get the space back for cows or sheep.
    
    
    Q:  Have you killed your goat yet?
    
    A:  Yes.  I can confirm success with the following method:  I used a
    combination of starvation and keeping the goat in the rain and snow. 
    This is easier said than done however.  The best time to try and kill
    your goat is during the Fall and Winter seasons.  In order to starve the
    goat you must keep all your animals inside or put out all the critters
    except your goat.  However, as long as your other animals are not at
    their feedboxes the goat *will* pilfer their food (it's not stupid, you
    know).  So if you're going to put your other barn animals outside you
    must make sure all the feed boxes are empty first.  The easiest way to
    do this is to simply not fill the feed boxes when you go to sleep. 
    Shortly after you get up your other critters should have cleaned our
    their feedboxes.  Put everyone except the goat outside.  Keep your other
    animals outside for as long as the weather is good.  This will keep the
    goat from eating.
    
    Also, when it rains, put the goat outside and leave the other critters
    in the barn.  This works especially well in the Fall when it can rain
    almost every day.
    
    Eventually the goat will get sick.  You can find out if its sick by
    talking to it or looking at the chalkboard inside the barn.  If you talk
    to the goat and the message reads "[Your goat's name] needs the Animal
    Medicine" then your goat is sick.  Do *not* give it Animal Medicine. 
    Don't feed it and keep putting it in the rain if you can.  Eventually
    you will wake up one day and the Harvest Sprites will call you over to
    the barn where you the goat will finally keel over.  Her feedbox will
    now disappear and you can put another animal in the barn.  It will take
    about a game year to do this depending on how bad the weather is.
    
    
    Q:  Well, my goat's giving me milk for now, how much is it worth?
    
    A:  Regular goat milk sells for 115 G a bottle.
    
    
    Q:  Can I use my food processing room to make goat cheese and goat
    butter?
    
    A:  Yes.  Goat cheese sells for 155 G.  Goat butter sells for 150 G.
    
    
    Q:  Can you get the goat milk to go up in quality like the cows milk?
    
    A:  Yes.  Unlike the cows, which have 3 grades of milk (B, A, and S) the
    goat can produce regular Goat Milk as well as higher quality Good Goat
    Milk.  Like the cows your goat must be very happy to give good goat
    milk.  Unfortunately, since you have the goat for such a small amount of
    time you won't get much good goat milk out of it no matter how nice you
    are.  But you should be able to get a few bottles.  Good goat milk sells
    for 300 G.
    
    
    Q:  How do I get good goat milk?
    
    A:  Brush, head-snuggle, and talk to your goat twice a day.  Keep it fed
    at all times.  If the weather is good, keep it outside.  Washing it
    periodically when its dirty may help but I doubt it.  Eventually,
    probably in about 2 to 3 seasons, you will get good goat milk.  This
    stuff looks exactly the same as regular goat milk except the stripe on
    the neck of the bottle is colored pink.  Unlike the cows, you cannot
    force the quality of milk to improve by feeding it good fodder.
    
    
    Q:  Can I make good goat cheese and good goat butter?
    
    A:  Yes.  The good goat cheese sells for 355 G.  Good goat butter sells
    for 350 G.
    
    
    Q:  Should I get a goat?
    
    A:  Like leg hair and Crisco, getting the goat is a personal choice.
    Economically, it's a poor bet.  If you sell everything you get from the
    goat you will make a profit on it.  But not a huge one.  It would
    probably be wiser to store the milk, cheese, and butter in your fridge
    in case a need for it comes up.  Some people (myself included) got the
    goat to see what it looks like and to see what its milk, cheese, and
    butter looked like.  Some get it for the sake of completion.  Others
    because they have a thing for goats.  Keep in mind that getting rid of
    your goat isn't easy.  However, keeping it alive isn't hard either,
    since all you have to do is plop some fodder in its feed box.
    
    
    Q:  Are there any recipes that *require* goat milk, goat cheese, or goat
    butter?
    
    A:  None that I know of.  I *think* you can substitute goat milk for cow
    milk in many recipes.
    
    
    Q:  Are there any villagers who like goats milk?
    
    A:  Most of the people like that cows milk will also like goat's milk. 
    Romana seems to like it quite a lot so goat milk be useful in
    befriending her in order to obtain the cat.
    
    
    Q:  If I do kill my goat, can I get another goat from Van to replace it?
    
    A:  No.  You can only get one goat.  After your goat has died Van will
    no longer be selling goats next Spring.
    
    
    Summary of selling prices for goat products:
    
    Goat Milk:  115 G Good Goat Milk:  300 G Goat Butter:  150 G Goat
    Cheese:  155 G Good Goat Butter:  350 G Good Goat Cheese:  355 G
    
    
    This ends the goat FAQ.  Once again, thanks for Shatterpated for giving
    me the prices on goat products.  And thanks to Flamebeamer and Sillygirl
    for telling me the goat could be bought for only 2,000 G.  And my huge
    thanks to all the users of the Wonderful Life message board who have
    helped me with this game.  And, of course, thanks to CJayC and Gamefaqs
    for hosting it, assuming they do.
    
    This work is copyright 2004 by Nick Crait.  It may not be reproduced in
    any fashion for any reason without express permission of the author.
    Only www.gamefaqs.com is authorized to display this FAQ.  Last modified
    4/1/2004.