Philosofruits (Guide)

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This guide covers the repeatable activity unlocked after completing the Premium Story The Mushroom's Dream. This content is FATE-locked, so per this Wiki's Content Policy, the covered content will not otherwise be included on the Wiki, and the guide may contain mechanical descriptions but not narrative content.

Overview[edit]

This activity is located in the Mangrove College, a zee location in The Sea of Voices. Philosofruits are accessed from a Gold-bordered Storylet visible while docked, which takes you to a new location. Leaving this location costs an action and resets activity progress.

Mechanics[edit]

This location makes heavy use of the Opportunity Deck. It is infinite-draw with a three-card hand. There are no discardable cards, although several effects will discard all cards, including at least one playable card. Progress is made in three phases:

  • Play cards to increase Yield and either Rot, or the three "regular" qualities with Quirk icons.
  • From a Storylet, Harvest to gain Fruits based on the above qualities and re-set them. The three "regular" fruit qualties use the same icon as Solacefruit.
  • From a Storylet, create a Philosophy from the above Fruits and earn rewards. This resets all of the above qualities and wipes your hand.

You may Harvest multiple times for a single Philosophy. This is required to receive the Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise reward (as it requires both regular and blackened fruits). More harvests decreases action efficiency, but attempting to produce a larger harvest will put a penalty card in your deck.

Vanity title[edit]

Every time you cash in fruits for rewards, you increase your A Synthetic Philosopher quality by 1 (regardless of how many fruits you've turned in). This currently has no effect other than bragging rights.

Mechanics in Detail[edit]

There are five tracking qualities for growing fruit:

Playing a card will let you raise one of these qualities by one level on success.

When Harvesting, the total number of fruits will be 50 × Yield. The other qualities do not impact the total amount of fruits, but the distribution of fruits. If you are using the Rot option, then Yield is the only quality which impacts the result, earning 50 Blackened Fruit per Yield. Otherwise, you merely have to hit the minimum values to play the action.

If you are playing the "normal" harvest action, then Asceticism, Curiosity, and Frivolity impact the distribution of fruits received but not the total amount. For example, if you have 200 Yield, 1 Asceticism, and 1 Frivolity then you will receive 100 Ascetic Fruit and 100 Frivolous Fruit. If your Asceticism and Frivolity were both 2, then you were received the same rewards. If you had 1 Asceticism and 3 Frivolity, then you would receive 50 Ascetic Fruit and 150 Frivolous Fruit.

Harvest fruit resets the above five qualities. You can accumulate fruit over multiple harvests. This is necessary to receive the Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise reward, but otherwise should be avoided as it spends unnecessary actions. Note that Harvesting does not wipe your hand.

If your current Yield is 3 or higher, a card is added to your deck which does not increase any qualities. The purpose of this card is to make large harvests more difficult. For this reason, it is better to focus on flavour first and yield second, subject to the whims of the RNG.

If your current Asceticism, Curiosity, or Frivolity reach 3 or higher, a corresponding frequent Card is added to your Deck to convert 3 of that quality into 3 extra Yield. Usually you only want these qualities to equal 0 or 1 (depending upon your desired reward), but if your hand is full of Cards without a Yield option this may be a slightly inefficient way to get your missing Yield.

Constructing a Philosophy is a simple matter of playing the action when you have harvested enough fruit. Excess fruit will be converted into Memory of Distant Shores. Then all relevant qualities (excess fruit, yield, rot, and flavours) are wiped and you are moved back to the main area of the Mangrove College.

Restrictions[edit]

You need a minimum Philosofruit Yield equal to 2 for Rot Harvests, and for Regular Harvests equal to the sum of your Asceticism, Curiosity, and Frivolity (this sum is unofficially referred to below as "Flavour"). A Rot Harvest also has a minimum Rot requirement of 3, or equal to your Flavour if that's higher than 3.

A Regular Harvest is also prevented by a Maximum Rot value, which can be raised with more Flavour:

  • 1 Rot is acceptable (but useless)
  • 2 Rot requires 5+ Flavour
  • 3 Rot requires 8+ Flavour
  • 4+ Rot cannot allow a Regular Harvest (tested as high as 17 Flavour).
Restriction Regular Harvest Rot Harvest
Minimum Philosofruit Yield Asceticism + Curiosity + Frivolity 2
Minimum Fruitful Rot n/a
Maximum Fruitful Rot 3 n/a

References[edit]

Cards[edit]

Unless otherwise noted, challenges against Primary stats are Broad with difficulty 180 (100% success rate with level 300). Challenges against Skills are Narrow with difficulty 6 (100% success rate with level 10).

Card Icon Frequency Options Challenge Success Failure
Treeblue.png 100% Treesmall.png Shapeling Arts 3? +A -
Cagedmansmall.png Dangerous +R -
Blemmigan.png 100% Mushroomsmall.png Kataleptic Toxicology 3? +C -
Blacksmall.png Persuasive +R -
Passerby.png 100% Salon3small.png Mithridacy 3? +F -
Ring brokensmall.png Watchful +R -
Argument.png 80% Tonguesmall.png Dangerous +C +2 CP Nightmares
Confidentsmilesmall.png Persuasive +A +2 CP Wounds
Ropecourtsmall.png Shadowy +F -
Blacksmall.png Mithridacy +R -
Crowd2.png 50% Uttershroom portsmall.png Watchful 150 +C -C
Spidertreesmall.png Dangerous 150 +A -A
Servantsmall.png Persuasive 150 +F -F
Salon3small.png Shadowy
  • +Y
  • Clears Hand
-
Jungle.png 80% Blueeyesmall.png Watchful 150 +Y +2 CP Wounds
Stick.png 50% Fistsmall.png Dangerous 150 +Y +2C
Cherries.png 100% Whispered secretsmall.png Persuasive 150 +Y +2 CP Nightmares
Mangrovecollege interior.png 80% Cherriessmall.png Kataleptic Toxicology +2 CP Nightmares
Applegallssmall.png -
Creepyhandsmall.png Watchful 150 +10 Solacefruit -Y
  • Elegaiccockatoo.png
  • Drawn with 3+ Y
80% Heartfruitsmall.png Shadowy -2 CP Wounds -2Y
  • Drowned.png
  • Drawn with 3+ C
200% Toolboxsmall.png -
  • -3C
  • +3Y
  • Spidertree.png
  • Drawn with 3+ A
200% Mercyhandsmall.png -
  • -3A
  • +3Y
  • Parrot.png
  • Drawn with 3+ F
200% Booktearssmall.png -
  • -3F
  • +3Y

Rewards[edit]

Excess fruit beyond the minimum requirements is paid out in the form of Memory of Distant Shores, at a ratio of 6 Fruit per Memory.

A C F R Min. Actions Reward Max EPA
50 50 5 4.00
50 50 5 4.00
50 50 5 4.00[1]
150 150 150 13 3.85
300 10 90x Correspondence Plaque [2] 4.50
200 200 250 20 4.375[3]
200 200 11 4.54 [4]
  1. Up to 4.58 with the Rat Market.
  2. Requires (but does not consume) at least 1x Starstone Demark
  3. Up to 5.09 using the Khanate and Rat Market, discounting travel costs.
  4. Up to 5.76 with the Rat Market.

Optimization and Strategy[edit]