HARVEST MOON: FRIENDS OF MINERAL TOWN
MINING/STAMINA FAQ (v1.1)
written by dekar10
E-mail: evilryu1@yahoo.com

1) INTRODUCTION
   a) ABOUT THIS FAQ
   b) UPDATES
   c) BASIC MINING
   d) SPRING MINE
   e) WINTER MINE

2) THE SPRING MINE
   a) REGULAR ITEMS LIST
   b) SPECIAL ITEMS LIST
   c) ITEM HELP
   d) THE GODDESS GEM

3) THE WINTER MINE
   a) REGULAR ITEMS LIST
   b) SPECIAL ITEMS LIST
   c) ITEM HELP
   d) THE CURSED TOOLS
   e) THE KAPPA GEM

4) SAVE/RELOAD TRICK

5) MINE MECHANICS
   a) EXIT/STAIRS GOING DOWN
   b) LEVEL LAYOUT MECHANICS
   c) SPECIAL NOTES

6) STAMINA/FATIGUE MECHANICS
   a) STAMINA/FATIGUE MODIFIERS
   b) STAMINA/FATIGUE USAGE
   c) STAMINA/FATIGUE RECOVERY
   d) STAMINA/FATIGUE INDICATORS

7) MINING TIPS

8) COPYRIGHT/CREDITS

===============
1) INTRODUCTION
===============

a) ABOUT THIS FAQ
-----------------
     The purpose of this FAQ is to provide detailed information about
the two mines in the game, the Spring Mine and the Winter Mine. At the
time of writing this FAQ, there are no obvious guides to mining. As
such, i hope this FAQ will be of use to both new players of the game,
as a guide to mining, and veterans of the series, as an easy reference
for mining information. Any points that i feel will be of great value
to the reader, i will mark it as such:

     (!IMPORTANT!) ...
So please take a look when i mark something as important!

     If you feel that the FAQ is lacking in something or has some
mistakes, please feel free to e-mail me about it. If i do add the
information, i will give credit where it is due. And please do not
bother me if i do not reply to your e-mails. It is either the
information has been given by someone else already, or i do not wish
to add the information into the FAQ. Or i might not have time to check
my e-mail:P So please don't pester me! But if the information is true
and proven, i will appreciate it very much!=)
     All right, enough with the introduction and on with the FAQ!

b) UPDATES
----------
v1.0     -First version of FAQ, 17/01/2004

v1.1     -Made a new section for STAMINA/FATIGUE MECHANICS!
         -Corrected a mistake regarding level on winter mine
          which the Power Berry is found
          Thanks to Brian Darnell for pointing it out! 26/01/2004


c) BASIC MINING
---------------
NOTE: This section is only for those who have completely no idea about
      mining at all! If you have already played the game for sometime,
      feel free to skip this section.

CONTROLS: USE TOOLS    = B
          SWITCH TOOLS = Press B while holding L
          INVENTORY    = Press B while holding A
          DUMP ITEM    = Press A while holding item

These controls should be sufficient for the purpose of mining.

TOOLS TO BRING: HOE    = For digging ground
                HAMMER = For breaking rocks

ITEMS TO BRING (OPTIONAL): BASKET                 = For shipping items
                           BODIGIZER/BOGIGIZER XL = Restore Stamina
                           TURBOJOLT/TURBOJOLT XL = Restore Fatigue
                           ELLI GRASS             = Restore stamina/fatigue

WHERE TO FIND TOOLS/ITEMS:

HOE                      You start off with it
HAMMER                   You start off with it
BASKET                   Buy from supermarket for 5000G
BODIGIZER                Buy from hospital for 500G
TURBOJOLT                Buy from hospital for 1000G
BODIGIZER XL             Available at hospital for 1500G after shipping
                         certain amount of Blue Grass / Cook
TURBOJOLT XL             Available at hospital for 2000G after shipping
                         certain amount of Green Grass / Cook
ELLI GRASS               Cook(Secret recipe, go find out yourself!:p)


GOING DEEPER IN MINES:
     In order to go to the deeper levels of a mine, you must find the
stairs leading down to the next level. The stairs is found by digging
in the ground of the level. The stairs can be anywhere in the ground,
even under rocks.

(!IMPORTANT!) At deeper levels of the mine, you might not be able to
              find a stairs leading down. In such cases, the only thing
              you can do is either to load the game from an earlier
              level and try again OR leave the mine and come back!

LEAVING THE MINES:
     To leave the mines just walk to the stairs leading up. It will
bring you straight to the exit of the mines. You CANNOT go one level
back up! The only way to go to a previous level is to leave the mine
and work your way down again!
     On the first level, to leave, just walk through the opening at
the bottom of the screen.


d) SPRING MINE
--------------
     The Spring Mine is located at the southwest of your farm. It is
just above the Spa, where you replenish your stamina. The Spring Mine
is accessible all year round.

     The Spring Mine holds the essential ores for the upgrading of your
tools to more powerful versions such as Silver and Gold. The ores
inside can also be shipped to provide an extra source of income at the
start of the game. But later on in the game, it is better to mine in
the winter mine instead, as the ores in the winter mine can ship for
much more.

e) WINTER MINE
--------------
     The Winter Mine is located at the bottom of Mother's hill. At the
start at the game, it is not accessible as it is surrounded by the lake.
You can catch a glimpse of it by walking right to the edge of the lake
and looking up. You will see a small grassy patch where the entrance of
the mine is located. The mine is only accessible during Winter when the
lake freezes over, allowing you to cross over to the Winter mine. There
are other ways to reach the Winter mine during other seasons, but that
will be available to you only much later in the game...

     The ores in the Winter mine have no practical use except for
shipping. But certain uncommon ores such as Ruby and Diamonds make for
good presents to both girls and townspeople alike. The most important
thing in the Winter mines is perhaps the Cursed Tools. These are very
powerful versions of your original tools. More on the Cursed Tools
will be explained later.


====================
(2) THE SPRING MINE
====================

a) REGULAR ITEMS LIST
---------------------
NOTE: N-s stands for non-shippable items.

[ITEMS FOUND IN ROCKS]

ITEM:           LEVEL FOUND:        USES:                        SHIP FOR:
-----           ------------        -----                        ---------
Junk Ore        All                 None                            1G
Copper Ore      All                 Upgrade Tool to Copper         15G
Silver Ore      All                 Upgrade Tool to Silver         20G
Gold Ore        Level 3/Below       Upgrade Tool to Gold           25G
Mystrile Ore    Level 5/Below       Upgrade Tool to Mystrile       40G
Orihalcum       Level 10/Below      Used to make Accessories       50G
                                    Ex. Earrings, Necklace
Adamantite      Level 10/Below      Used to make Makers            50G
                                    Ex. Cheese Maker, Yarn maker

[ITEMS FOUND IN THE GROUND]

ITEM:           LEVEL FOUND:        USES:                        VALUE:
-----           ------------        -----                        ------
Gold            All                 Money                         10G
Black Grass     All                 Restore some Stamina/         10G
                                    Fatigue


b) SPECIAL ITEMS LIST
----------------------
NOTE: N-s stands for non-shippable items.

(!IMPORTANT!)   Many of the special items can only be found after meeting
                certain requirements! For more information, look at part
                (c) ITEM HELP. DON'T SEARCH IN VAIN!!

[ITEMS FOUND IN ROCKS]

ITEM:            LEVEL FOUND:        USES:                      SHIP FOR:
-----            ------------        -----                      ---------
Goddess Jewels   B60, B102, B123,    Collect 9 to get Gem of       N-S
                 B152, B155, B171,   the Goddess
                 B190, B202, B222
Mythic Stones    B60/Below           Upgrade Tools to Mythic     20,000G
Teleport Stone   B255                Teleport around game          N-S


[ITEMS FOUND IN THE GROUND]

ITEM:            LEVEL FOUND:        USES:                      SHIP FOR:
-----            ------------        -----                      ---------
Power Berry      B100                Increase Stamina              N-S
Recipe           B255                Recipe for French Fries       N-S


c) ITEM HELP
------------
1) GODDESS JEWELS: The Goddess Jewels look like small round rocks.
                   You might not necessarily find the jewel even if you
                   are on the correct level. The appearance of the jewel
                   is totally random. So if you cannot find the jewel on
                   a specific mine level, just reload the level again.

                   (!IMPORTANT!)
                   The Goddess Gem(not jewel) is a tool. As such, if
                   you collect all the jewels but your Tools section in
                   your rucksack is full(carrying 9 tools), the Gem
                   will not appear! So take note! Keep at least one
                   empty space in your Tool section!


2) MYTHIC STONES:  The Mythic Stones look like black branches.
                   Mythic stones only appear after you have uncursed all
                   the cursed tools(refer to Winter Mine section for more
                   info). Even then, they are very rare and hard to come
                   by. So don't be upset that you cannot find them. Have
                   patience. It's worth it ^_^

                   (!IMPORTANT!)
                   I have observed that Mythic Stones seem to have a
                   higher chance of appearing on levels same as those of
                   the Goddess Jewels(ex. B60, B102, etc). It is just an
                   observation, I do not have any proof to support it. So
                   it all depends on you to believe it or not.
                   Also, it seems that the Stones have a higher chance
                   of appearing at very low levels of the mine. I have
                   managed to find them on levels like B250 and below.

3) TELEPORT STONE: The Teleport Stone looks like a pink Adamantite Ore.
                   The stone can only be found after you are in the
                   third year on the farm. There seem to be no other
                   requirements besides that. It is also quite easily
                   found. You should be able to find it after breaking
                   10 or less rocks.

                   (!IMPORTANT!)
                   Like the Goddess Gem, the Teleport Stone is a tool.
                   As such, if your Tool section in your rucksack is
                   full(carrying 9 tools), the Stone will not appear!
                   So take note! Don't go all the way to the last floor
                   and find that you've got no space for the Stone!

4) POWER BERRY:    The power berry looks like...well, a power berry =P
                   The berry can be found by digging in the ground at
                   B100. It is quite easily found and it shouldn't take
                   more than 20 digs to find it.

5) RECIPE:         The recipe looks like a piece of newspaper.
                   It is the recipe for French Fries. But you can also
                   get the recipe by winning the Goddess Quiz with 90-99
                   correct guesses. Like the Power Berry, it is quite
                   easily found and shouldn't take more that 10 digs
                   to find.


d) THE GODDESS GEM
------------------
     The Goddess Gem appears when you have collected all the 9 Goddess
Jewels in the specific levels of the Spring Mine. The levels are B60,
B102, B123, B152, B155, B171, B190, B202, B222. Make sure you have a
empty tool slot when you get the last jewel. If not, the Gem will not
appear as it is a tool.
     When equipped, the Gem will restore your Stamina as time passes.


====================
(3) THE WINTER MINE
====================

a) REGULAR ITEMS LIST
---------------------
NOTE: N-s stands for non-shippable items.

(!IMPORTANT!) On the levels 50,100,150,200,251/Below, the only ore
             that can be found is Alexandrite. NO OTHER ORES CAN BE
             FOUND ON THESE FLOORS!
             So when an ore can be found on all floors, levels ending
             with "0" or levels ending with "5", the exception is for
             floors 50,100,150,200,251/Below.

[ITEMS FOUND IN ROCKS]

ITEM:           LEVEL FOUND:                            SHIP FOR:
-----           ------------                            ---------
Moon Stone      Floors ending with 8 (B8,18,28,etc)        55G
Sand Rose       Floors ending with 9 (B9,19,29,etc)        60G
Amethyst        All floors                                 60G
Agate           All floors                                 62G
Fluorite        All floors                                 65G
Peridot         All floors                                 68G
Topaz           All floors                                 70G
Ruby            All floors                                 75G
Emerald         Floors ending with 5 (B5,15,25,etc)        80G
Diamond         Floors ending with 10 (B10,20,30,etc)     100G

[ITEMS FOUND IN THE GROUND]

ITEM:           LEVEL FOUND:        USES:                  VALUE:
-----           ------------        -----                  ------
Gold            All                 Money                   10G
Black Grass     All                 Restore some Stamina/   10G
                                    Fatigue

b)  SPECIAL ITEMS LIST
----------------------
NOTE: N-s stands for non-shippable items.

(!IMPORTANT!)   Many of the special items can only be found after meeting
                certain requirements! For more information, look at part
                (c) ITEM HELP. DON'T SEARCH IN VAIN!!

[ITEMS FOUND IN ROCKS]

ITEM:            LEVEL FOUND:        USES:                    SHIP FOR:
-----            ------------        -----                    ---------
Pink Diamond     B30, B70, B90,      For shipping              10,000G
                 B110, B130, B170,
                 B190, B255
Alexandrite      B50, B100, B150,    For shipping              10,000G
                 B200,B251/Below
Kappa Jewel      B0, B40, B60,       Collect 9 to form the       N-S
                 B80, B120, B140,    Kappa Gem
                 B160, B180, B255

[ITEMS FOUND IN THE GROUND]

ITEM:                     LEVEL FOUND:        USES:
-----                     ------------        -----
Power Berry               B19                 Increase Stamina
Cursed Fishing Rod        B29                 Uncurse to get Blessed Rod
Cursed Hoe                B39                 Uncurse to get Blessed Hoe
Cursed Ax                 B49                 Uncurse to get Blessed Ax
Cursed Hammer             B59                 Uncurse to get Blessed Hammer
Cursed Watering Can       B69                 Uncurse to get Blessed Can
Cursed Sickle             B79                 Uncurse to get Blessed Sickle


c) ITEM HELP
------------
1) PINK DIAMOND:   The Pink Diamond is a...ermmm, pink diamond :p
                   This rare gem can only be found on specific mine
                   levels(see above). Even then, the appearance of the
                   diamonds are random. Usually there is only 1 diamond
                   on one level. But on rare occasions, there can be 2
                   or more of them. If you don't find any on a level,
                   just reload and try again. It IS tedious AND boring,
                   but they don't give 10,000G for free >.<

2) ALEXANDRITE:    The Alexandrite is a small green rectangular stone.
                   Alexandrite can only be found on the few levels
                   listed above. It is the only gem on that level but
                   there is no gaurantee there will be one. You could
                   break all the rocks on the correct level but still
                   not get one. Similar to the Pink Diamond, you just
                   have to reload and try entering the level again.

3) KAPPA JEWELS:   The Kappa Jewels are small green round stones.
                   There are 9 of these jewels scattered through the
                   mine. You might not find the jewel even if you are
                   on the correct level. So if you cannot find the
                   jewel on a particular level, just reload the level
                   and try again.

                   (!IMPORTANT!)
                   The Kappa Gem(not jewel) is a tool. As such, if
                   you collect all the jewels but your Tools section in
                   your rucksack is full(carrying 9 tools), the Gem
                   will not appear! So take note! Keep at least one
                   empty space in your Tool section!

4) POWER BERRY:    Located on B19 of the Winter Mine, this berry is
                   similar to the one on B100 of the Spring Mine, just
                   that this berry needs less work:) The berry might
                   also need a bit more digging on the level to find.

5) CURSED TOOLS:   See section (d) THE CURSED TOOLS below.


d) THE CURSED TOOLS
-------------------

(!IMPORTANT!) The Cursed tools will only appear after you have upgraded
              ALL your tools to MYSTRILE LEVEL!! But there is no need
              to carry the Mystrile tools into the mine. You only need
              to UPGRADE them.

     The cursed tools are black-coloured tools that are found by
digging on specific levels in the Winter Mine. These tools, once
equipped (as in,held in hand as current tool), cannot be removed
unless you make a trip to the Church to remove it. Also, the tools,
although powerful, use a large amount of Stamina. And i mean LARGE!!
Just three to four uses a day can use up all your stamina! So beware!
As for the times when you can remove your cursed tools at the church,
the days are:

     MONDAY:        1-4 PM
     WEDNESDAY:     1-4 PM
     RAINY DAY:     1-4 PM

Enter the door on the left in the church. The first option will be
"REMOVE CURSED TOOL". You will have to pay 1000G to have Carter
remove it. So be careful not to equip it by accident!
     The locations of the cursed tools are as below:

              Cursed Fishing Rod        B29
              Cursed Hoe                B39
              Cursed Ax                 B49
              Cursed Hammer             B59
              Cursed Watering Can       B69
              Cursed Sickle             B79

(!IMPORTANT!) The Cursed Tools have a random chance of appearing, just
              like the Goddess/Kappa gems or the rare diamonds like
              Alexandrite. So you might not be able to find the tool
              even if you dig on the correct level. If you cannot find
              the tool, just reload the level and try again. If you
              are lucky, you can even find it on the first try! But
              if you are not, it could take many tries(even more than
              10!) to find the tool...
              Also, being a tool, if your Tool section in your rucksack
              is full when you dig for it,you will not be able to get
              the cursed tool as there is no space for it! So don't
              bring too many tools into the mine if you are planning
              to dig for cursed tools.

[UNCURSING THE TOOLS]
     Alright, now here comes the fun part! The 6 cursed tools have
different ways of uncursing them. Here are the ways:

TOOL:                     UNCURSE BY:
-----                     -----------
Cursed Fishing Rod        Using the tool 255 times
Cursed Hoe                Go to Carter and uncurse 10 times
Cursed Ax                 Using the tool 255 times
Cursed Hammer             Equip the tool in hand for 10 straight days
Cursed Watering Can       Go to Carter and uncurse 10 times
Cursed Sickle             Equip the tool in hand for 10 straight days

     Some of the ways to uncurse the tools seem impossible. But they
can all be done. Here are tips on uncursing them the fast way:

Cursed Rod/Ax:  Using these tools 255 times seems impossible,but
                all you have to do is bring them to a festival!
                At a festival, time stops and stamina cannot increase
                or decrease. So just keep on tapping the A button to
                use the tool and you can uncurse both tools in one day!
                Note that you do not need to charge the tools.

Cursed Hoe/Can: These tools are the easiest to uncurse if you have the
                money. Just go to the Church on a day when the left
                door is open and remove it ten times. Have Carter
                remove, re-equip, have him remove, re-equip and so on.
                It comes to a total of 10,000G to uncurse these tools.

Cursed Hammer/
Sickle        : These two tools are possibly the hardest to uncurse.
                There is no shorter method of uncursing them. You have
                to have them equipped on your hand for 10 days. After
                the 10 days, the tools will uncurse itself on the
                morning of the 11th day. It is important to note that
                you must not remove the tool at anytime within the 10
                days! If you do, the time counter is reset and you
                have to wait ten days all over again! In other words
                you will not be able to use another tool for the ten
                days.
                The best time to uncurse them will be winter, when
                there isn't that much to do. Just get the harvest
                sprites to tend to your animals as you won't be able
                to milk or brush them.

     Once a cursed tool is uncursed, it will become a Blessed tool.
A Blessed tool has the same or even greater effects that a cursed
tool. A Blessed tool also uses normal stamina and can be unequipped
like a normal tool! Just charge it up and watch the dust fly! 0.o
     When you have uncursed all the cursed tools, the Mythic Stones
in the Spring Mine will be unlocked, allowing you to get the highest
tool level in the game! (See Spring Mine for more details)

e) THE KAPPA GEM
----------------
     The Kappa Gem appears when you have collected all the 9 Kappa
Jewels in the specific levels of the Winter Mine. The levels are B0,
B40, B60, B80, B120, B140, B160, B180, B255. Make sure you have a empty
tool slot when you get the last jewel. If not, the Gem will not
appear as it is a tool.
     When equipped, the Gem will restore your Fatigue as time passes.

NOTE: B0 is the level that you enter the mine at. It seems that the
      jewel on this level rarely appears. So you might have to spend
      quite a bit of time looking for it.


=====================
(4) SAVE/RELOAD TRICK
=====================
     This section describes the Save/reload trick that can be used to
reach the lower levels of the mine. Some of you might be wondering how
it is possible to get down as low as B100 and below. This is the only
method of doing it, besides using cheats.
     The method is as such:

     (1) When you first enter the level,save your game in the first
         slot.
     (2) Dig until you find the stairs. Remember where it is.
     (3) Load the saved game earlier. Go to the stairs immediately
         and dig for it.
         By doing this, only one Stamina point is used to go to the
         next level.
     (4) Before going down the stairs, save your game in slot 2.
         This is to avoid entering a "dead-end floor" where there
         are no stairs going down.
     (5) On the next floor,repeat steps (1) to (4) again.
         If at step (2), you cannot find a stair going down, load
         the savegame in slot 2. Go down the stairs and try the
         level again. Repeat until you can find a stairs going down.
     (6) Repeat all steps all the way through to B255!


==================
(5) MINE MECHANICS
==================
     This section is devoted to how the mines work and tips to mining
effectively and quickly. It will be easier understood if you have spent
sufficient time in the mines. It is still under construction and there
is still much to be found. If you notice any trend or pattern while
mining and you think it is important and useful, e-mail me to tell me
about it. Do not provide me with spam! I will give credit to useful
information but spammers will be ignored. But any helpful people will
be gladly welcome! ^_^


a) EXIT/STAIRS GOING DOWN
-------------------------
     The exit of a mine is always the stairs that is leading up. You
enter a level with the exit just beside you. So there is no worry of
not being able to leave the mine. The problem is advancing in a mine.
For now, there seems to be no certain way of calculating where the
stairs going down can be found. It seems to be entirely random. But
there are patterns that it's location follows. Below are some points
to note:

PATTERN 1: The stairs is NEVER found in the 8 squares around the exit.
           See the diagram below:


             XXX
             XOX
             XXX

           The O in the center represents the exit stairs. The x's are
           the squares surrounding it. The stairs going down will never
           appear in the x's.

PATTERN 2: The stairs is NEVER found along the border of the level.
           See the diagram below:


           xxxxxxxxxxxxx
           x          Sx
           x  SS  O    x
           x  S      S x
           x     S     x
           xxxxxxxxxxxxx

           The O inside represents the exit stairs. "S" represents
           stones. The x's represent the border of the level. The stairs
           going down will never appear in the x's.

PATTERN 3: This is possibly the most important point of all. It allows
           us to dig the deepest levels of the mine by using the
           SAVE/RELOAD TRICK which i have explained in it's section
           above.
           The stairs leading down on a level can ALWAYS be found on the
           same square if the setup of that level is the same. You can
           see this by following the steps below:

           1) When you first enter a level, save the game on one of the
              two slots.
           2) Dig around to find the stairs leading down. DO NOT enter!
           3) Remember the position of it.
           4) Load the saved game earlier.
           5) Go directly to the position you remembered earlier.
           6) Dig and the stairs will appear again!

           This shows that the position of the stairs will stay the
           same on the same level even as you are smashing rocks or
           digging the ground. This point is very important
           in chapter 4, SAVE/RELOAD TRICK.

PATTERN 4: This is not exactly a pattern, but it's still a point to
           take note. There can be multiple stairs on a level. When
           you find a stair, try reloading the start of the same level
           again and digging elsewhere. You might find that the stairs
           can be found on other squares too. But only one stair can
           appear at any one time. So you can't get multiple stairs
           to appear on the same level. You can only know that there
           are several positions to find the stairs on one level.

           As you progress deeper into the mine, the number of
           positions you can find stairs will decrease. This explains
           why it is harder to find stairs as you go deeper. At times
           there might not even be a stair going down!

Above are all the patterns I have noticed so far. Although they cannot
show the exact position for sure, they will reduce the squares that
you need to dig to find the stairs, especially on large levels.


b) LEVEL LAYOUT
---------------
     This section is about how the basic level layout of a mine level
is determined. So far, i don't see much practical use for it. It is
optional information but if you want to know more about the mine
layout, please read on.
     What i have found is that the size of specific mine levels is not
random as it may seem to some. This is the rules of the size of
levels in mines. Using these rules, you can know the size of any
level within the mines without going down to it.


MINE LEVEL RULES
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
RULE 1: ANY LEVEL WHICH IS A MULTIPLE OF 3 (ex. 6,33,66,144)
        HAS A 13x14 (HORIZONTAL x VERTICAL) GRID LAYOUT.

        XXXXXXXXXXXXX
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        X           X
        XXXXXXXXXXXXX

RULE 2: ANY LEVEL WHICH IS A MULTIPLE OF 5 (ex. 5,15,20,50,100)
        HAS A 28x28 GRID LAYOUT. THIS OVERRULES RULE 1.
        I will explain later on.

        Too big too draw,wastes space...:P

RULE 3: ANY OTHER LEVEL WILL HAVE A 13x6 GRID LAYOUT.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Here is an example of how the rules work. I will list the size of
levels 1 to 20 of the Winter Mine.

LEVEL:    SIZE:                LEVEL:    SIZE:
B1        13x6                 B11       13x6
B2        13x6                 B12       13x14
B3        13x14                B13       13x6
B4        13x6                 B14       13x6
B5        28x28                B15       28x28
B6        13x14                B16       13x6
B7        13x6                 B17       13x6
B8        13x6                 B18       13x14
B9        13x14                B19       13x6
B10       28x28                B20       28x28

The rules hold true throughout the levels. As you can see, on B15,
the size of the level is 28x28, even though 15 is a multiple of 3.
This is what i meant by RULE 2 overrules RULE 1. RULE 2 will always
be considered first before RULE 1.

     It is not only the size of a level that has a pattern. Each
specific size also has it's specific number of stones. I have
reloaded same levels again and again and have found it to be true
so far(except for 28x28).

SIZE:          NUMBER OF ROCKS:         ROCK DENSITY:
13x6                 30                     38%
13x14               100                     55%
28x28               300                     38%

     As from above, the 13x14 map has a much higher rock density than
the other maps. As such, you always seem to be surrounded by rocks
in 13x14 maps.
     So far, I have not put these information to use yet. It is just
for your knowledge(that's why this is a mining FAQ =>). Perhaps the
only use so far is that you can predict which levels it will be harder
to find the Goddess/Kappa Jewels on. On larger levels the number of
rocks you have to search will also be more, making it very tedious to
find gems that are on B60, for example.


c) SPECIAL NOTES
----------------
     These is a section for some points that do not seem to fit
anywhere in the FAQ. As time goes, i will add more points. If
you have found something about the mines that deserves mention, please
e-mail me about it. If it can be verified, i will add it and give
credit to you. But note that i will NOT accept glitches or in-game
errors of any sort.

1) Time DOES pass in the mines unlike what some think,although it is
   hardly noticeable. It will take about 3 to 4 hours game time if
   you go all the way to B255.

2) I have found that it is possible to get 2 Goddess jewels on one
   level. I have been able to duplicate it a few times on the same
   level. Here's what happened:

   a) I went through the Spring Mine up to B123, collecting the
      2 Jewels on B60 and B102 on the way.
   b) On B123, i couldn't seem to find the jewel, so i decided to
      move on.
   c) At B152, again i skipped the jewel as i couldn't seem to
      get it.
   d) At B155, I smashed all the rocks and found 2 Goddess Jewels!
   e) I reloaded the level again. I managed to get both jewels several
      times but most of the time i only found one.

   What i thought is that the second jewel was the one i missed before,
   in B152. So i left the mine and entered again. When i reached B123,
   i found the jewel on that level. I continued on but i never managed
   to get the jewel on B152. So it seems like the second jewel WAS
   from B152. Some others have also reported getting multiple jewels
   on the lower levels.

3) Black Grasses become rare at levels below B100. Also, at B255,
   there are many Black Grasses in the ground, about 2 in 3 squares.
   If you are almost going to faint at B255 and still need to find
   something, dig!

4) There is no need to have all 8 jewels(Goddess/Kappa) when you are
   about to find the last jewel. When you get the last jewel, where you
   have the other jewels does not matter(i.e they can be in your shelf)
   The Goddess/Kappa will appear and give you the Gem as long as you
   have an EMPTY tool slot in your RUCKSACK!


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(6) STAMINA/FATIGUE MECHANICS
=============================
     I have not experimented much on this topic so far. Perhaps there
will be another FAQ that focuses on this topic. But what i have found
so far, i will list below. Take note that any stats here are only for
working on a sunny day. I have not figured out how rainy days or
working at night affect stamina/fatigue usage.

LEGEND
sp = Stamina Points,     1sp = Stamina used by tool at Level 1
fp = Fatigue Points,     1fp = Fatigue used by tool when sp = 0

a) STAMINA/FATIGUE MODIFIERS:
-----------------------------
     These are your original starting Stamina/Fatigue in the game. As
you get Power Berries or the Kappa Berry, your maximum values for them
will increase. So far, only these two berries can change your maximum
Stamina/Fatigue values:

ORIGINAL STATS:
Starting Stamina       75 sp
Starting Fatigue       50 fp

STAT CHANGERS:
Power Berry            +5 Max Stamina per berry
Kappa Berry           +50 Max Fatigue

MAX POSSIBLE STATS:
Max Possible Stamina           125 sp
Max Possible Fatigue           100 fp

b) STAMINA/FATIGUE USAGE:
-------------------------
     Every time a tool is used, your sp will decrease. When your sp
is drained, every use of a tool will start to drain your fp.

(!IMPORTANT!) For some reason, the plough seems to use less sp than
              the rest of the tools! So the calculation for it's stamina
              use is different. Also, using the Fishing Rod only uses
              1 sp, regardless of level charged or if fishing is
              successful or not.

TOOL STAMINA USAGE(HAMMER/WATERING CAN/SICKLE/AXE):
Charge level 1(Wood)          -1   sp
Charge level 2(Bronze)        -2   sp
Charge level 3(Silver)        -2.5 sp
Charge level 4(Gold)          -4   sp
Charge level 5(Mystrile)      -5   sp
Charge level 6(Cursed)          ???
Charge level 6(Blessed)      -10   sp   *
Charge level 7(Mythic)       -20   sp   **

Use Milker                    -2 sp
Use Scissors                  -2 sp
Use Bell                      -2 sp
Use Miracle Potion(Cow/Sheep) -2 sp
Use Seeds(Any)                -1 sp
Use Teleportation Stone       -1 sp

TOOL STAMINA USAGE(PLOUGH):
Charge level 1(Wood)          -1   sp
Charge level 2(Bronze)        -1.5 sp
Charge level 3(Silver)        -2   sp
Charge level 4(Gold)          -2.5 sp
Charge level 5(Mystrile)      -3.5 sp
Charge level 6(Cursed)          ???
Charge level 6(Blessed)       -5   sp
Charge level 7(Mythic)       -20   sp

TOOL FATIGUE USAGE(ALL):
Charge Level All              -1fp!!!

*  The Hammer uses 7.5 sp at Blessed level.
** Only proven for Watering Can. Other Tools use different sp, i think.

     Surprisingly, what i have found is that when you are using your
fp, no matter what level you charge your tool, it only uses 1 fp
whereas when you had Stamina, a full charge can use up to 20 sp! This
shows that it is actually much more practical to use Stamina consuming
tools (ex. Mythic Watering Can at max charge) when your Stamina is
drained! Although it IS stupid just to use up your Stamina for that
purpose:p  A Turbojolt is actually more cost-saving than a Bodigizer
in this sense!


c) STAMINA/FATIGUE RECOVERY
---------------------------

SPA RECOVERY:
2 mins       +1sp,  +2fp
10 mins      +5sp, +10fp
30 mins     +15sp, +30fp
1 hour      +30sp, +60fp

Rate of Stamina recovery: 1sp/2 mins
Rate of Fatigue recovery: 1fp/1 min

BATH RECOVERY:
30 mins     +10sp, +20fp

MEDICINE/HERBS EFFECTS:
Bodigizer       +25 sp
Bodigizer XL    +50 sp
Turbojolt       +25 fp
Turbojolt XL    +50 fp

Blue Grass       +5 sp
Indigo Grass    +10 sp
Green Grass      +2 fp
Yellow Grass     -2 sp, +5 fp
Purple Grass     +3 sp, +2 fp
Orange Grass     NO EFFECT
Black Grass      +3 sp, +5 fp
White Grass      +5 sp, +10 fp

FOOD THAT CAN BE BOUGHT:
SUPERMARKET:
Bread         +1 sp
Rice Cake     +1 sp
Curry Powder  +1 sp
Flour         +1 sp
Oil           +1 sp
Chocolate     +1 sp
Muffin Mix    +1 sp

I have noticed that there are slight differences between the basic
ingredients. For example,i think that Flour only increase your Stamina
by 1/4 sp while Rice Cake increases it by 1/2 sp, but it is difficult
to work out fractions of a Stamina, if it exists. So I have rounded
them up for convenience sake:p

AJA WINERY:
Wine          +1 sp, +5 fp
Grape JUice   +3 sp, +5 fp

DOUG'S INN(DAY):                                   COST:
Water        +1  sp (?) To be confirmed              1G
Lunch Box    +50 sp, +20 fp                        500G
Salad        +10 sp, +30 fp                        300G
Apple Pie    +25 sp, +3  fp                        300G
Cheese Cake  +20 sp, +3  fp                        250G
Cookies      +10 sp, +3  fp                        200G

DOUG'S INN(NIGHT):
Grape Wine   +1  sp, +40 fp                        500G
P. Juice     +2  sp, +30 fp                        300G
Milk         +2  sp, +20 fp                        200G

GODDESS GEM RECOVERY:
30 mins      +15 sp
1 hour       +30 sp


d) STAMINA/FATIGUE INDICATORS
-----------------------------

     When all your sp is used up, every use of a tool will start
depleting your fp. When all your fp is used, you will faint and be
sent to the hospital:(  Indicators of your Stamina/Fatigue are not
according to how much you have left, but how much percentage of your
Maximum Stamina/Fatigue you have left. Below are the indications of
your stamina and fatigue levels:

PHYSICAL INDICATORS:

% of sp left:        Action:
50%                  Wipe Sweat
20%                  Breathe deeply
4%                   Sit on floor
0%                   Face turns blue for a while

% of fp left:        Action:
50%                  Shake head
20%                  Turn blue
0%                   Faint! XoX

     Another way of seeing your Stamina/Fatigue left is by going for
the check-up at the Hospital. This is the chart of what the doctor says
at your corresponding level of Stamina/Fatigue.

DOCTOR'S INDICATORS:

What is said:                           Level of Stamina/Fatigue:
Your Stamina is fine...                    70-100% Stamina left
Your Stamina is a little low...             50-70% Stamina left
Your Stamina is significantly decreased     20-50% Stamina left
Your Stamina is very low...                  4-20% Stamina left
Your Stamina is practically nonexistent       0-4% Stamina left

...Some Fatigue                             20-50% Fatigue left
...High Fatigue                              0-20% Fatigue left
...Fatigue very high,could collapse...              ?
(Fatigue Indicators not confirmed yet)


IN RELATION TO MINING...
     As you can see, at maximum stamina and fatigue, you can use a tool
225 times(125 sp + 100 fp) before you faint. Assuming that on every
level of the mine, only 1 sp/fp is used (digging for the stairs down),
only one Bodigizer XL is needed to go all the way to B255 without
fainting.
     Another point to note is that Black Grass is better saved until
you start using up your Fatigue. If your Fatigue level is still full,
the Black Grass +5 fp effect will not work. It will only have it's
+3 sp effect.


================
(6) MINING TIPS
================
     This section is for general mining tips that i have found useful.
If you have any other tips, please feel free to share them. I will
update this section as often as i can.

1) Save Black Grasses if you can. They have more effect when you are
   using up Fatigue.

2) Try to find and eat as many Black Grasses as possible in the earlier
   levels. This will help conserve your stamina for the later levels.
   Black Grasses are like the stairs leading down, they have fixed
   positions on the same level. So just dig out some Grasses, memorise
   their positions and reload the start of the level again!

3) Getting more Power Berries helps in lasting through the mines.
   Likewise for the Kappa Berry.


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