At level 50, there are ways to strategically arrange your decoration and buildings to maximize the number of tiles where purple gems can spawn, implement lag reducing measures and still have decent storage space for workers to continue their harvest. Within this guide, you will learn the underlying concepts and ways to achieve the 3 goals. This guide only applies for level 50 Habitarium players whom use workers on a regular basis to generate exp.
There are multiple ways to arrange your Habitarium at level 50. Unfortunately, there is no best way to arrange the Habitarium because your ideal optimization eventually boils down to personal preferences.
The Underlying Concepts
Using Decoration Items Efficiently
Building Arrangement Guidelines
Steps to Block P3s
Dealing with Blind Spots
The Underlying Concepts:
Where can purple gems spawn?
There are 2 parts to this answer:
First, purple gems can only spawn on unoccupied tiles. Water, decorations, food and buildings prevent the purple gems from spawning on the tiles they occupy. Details regarding decorations preventing gems from spawning will be further elaborated in this guide as there are special details to consider.
Second, purple gems can only spawn on & within the original 11x11 tiles of Habitarium. To determine this 11x11 area where gems can spawn, simply start by going to the top left most tile, and counting 11 tiles to the right (include the top left most tile in the counting procedure, and 11 tiles down. To help with this counting procedure, I recommend opening your item bag, and dragging out an item to help identify tiles more easily. Below is an image outlining how you can determine the 11x11 area:
With this in mind, my recommendation is simple: have as few decorations, buildings and food on the tiles where purple gems can spawn.
Using Decoration Items Efficiently:
All decorations prevent purple gems from spawning. The only reason why you should have decoration items out should be for lag reduction. Interestingly enough, all non-nc decoration items only prevent 1 purple gem from spawning. After some experimentation, I found that:
1x1 decoration items prevents 1 purple gem from spawning on its occupied tile.
1x2 decoration items prevents 1 purple gem from spawning on the top most tile it occupies.
2x2 decorations items prevents 1 purple gem from spawning on the top left most tile it occupies.
For a list of 1x1, 1x2 and 2x2 decorations, consult this decorations guide.
After running habitarium for a very long time period (without collect gems, till workers began to tire out), I was able to produce this image:
No gem could spawn on the glowing ember (1x1 decoration) occupied tile, 1 purple gem can spawn on the large mossy twig (1x2 decoration) and 3 gems could spawn on the seashell occupied tiles (2x2 decoration. Use 1x2 and 2x2 decorations to your advantage when implementing lag reduction as they occupy multiple tiles without reducing too many of the 11x11 tiles. Note:
I did not experiment with NC decoration items since NC items are animated and may cause more lag than non-animated decoration found in the shop. I also don't have NC available.
Building Arrangement Guidelines
Arrange your storages onto the tiles outside of the 11x11 tiles where purple gems can spawn. Choose a lag reduction method (blocking p3s, blocking multiple access points, blocking storages, blocking all access points) and arrange the associated non-storage buildings/decoration/food accordingly. The number of storages you have out on your habi is up to you. Having more storages simply allows your p3s to continue their harvest longer before you need to empty the storages out (but having too many can obscure your view, and make habi management more difficult). Having less storages will require you to empty them out more often (but offers a better view).
Like Storages, you should arrange them onto tiles outside of the 11x11 where the purple gems can spawn or you may arrange them within the 11x11 to set up a blocking method. At your discretion, you may have 1 extra nest so that harvesting/discarding eggs is easier. Instead of dragging the nester onto an unoccupied tile/building to access the egg it produced, you can simply drag it onto another empty nest.
You have 3 options with these buildings:
- Use them as blocking material for a lag reduction method
- Store these buildings in your item bag & drag them out when you need to heal p3s
- Place them near your harvesting p3s or place them on tiles outside of the 11x11 tiles
I recommend storing the buildings in your item bag because you can prevent decay, allow for the greatest amount of purple gems to spawn and you won't leave workers behind in houses. With this option, you will only drag the houses/hospitals/barracks out to heal your p3s, and drag them back into your item bag when you are done. Since you cannot drag a house with a p3 into your item bag, you will never forget about idle p3s in houses.
According to my Lag Reduction Guide
, there are 4 methods you can use in game to alleviate lag issues. Here are my recommendations as to which one you should use:
- Top choice: Blocking p3s
For the most part, I recommend blocking p3s as your lag reduction method. If done correctly & arranged at its best, blocking p3s will barely reduce the area where purple gems can spawn, protects harvesting p3s which allows you to use food lures without greatly risking your workers. However, blocking p3s takes more management than some other lag reduction methods to initiate, so if you are lazy, you may want to reconsider this option (Ex. when p3s die, replacing the worker may be difficult).
- Blocking Multiple Access Points:
Blocking multiple access points to a resource tile is an option for those whom want decent lag reduction, and an easier habi to manage. This method of lag reduction does not offer as much protection to your harvesting p3s, does not reduce lag as much as blocking p3s (harvesting p3s walk a short distance after a pest invasion is over), but it is easier to manage than blocking p3s.
- Blocking Storages:
If you want the greatest amount of area for purple gems to spawn, blocking storages is something to consider. Since you can have all your storages blocked outside the 11x11 area, this method of lag reduction can be most profitable if you plan to leave habi unattended for a long time. But because this method of lag reduction is the least effective, I would not always recommend this option.
- Blocking all Access Points to a Resource Tile: (not recommended)
Because this method requires a great number of blocking materials, and is very similar to blocking multiple access points, I would not recommend this method of lag reduction. Generally, the added protection for the resource tile is not valued greatly. The harvesting p3s are vulnerable as usual, and this method would likely reduce the 11x11 area where purple gems spawn the greatest. If you want, you could combine blocking p3s and blocking all access points to provide full protection of the resource tiles & the harvesting p3s, but that can be costly in terms of space for purple gems to spawn (on the 11x11 tiles).
Here Are My Summarized Guidelines
- Avoid placing anything within the 11x11 tiles. If possible, have harvesting p3s access the resource tile outside the 11x11 tiles so you don't have to place any blocking materials inside the 11x11 tiles.
- The best lag reduction method to use is blocking p3s.
- The number of storages you have is at your discretion (more = workers can continue their harvest, less = workers could stall their harvest when storages are full)
- Have your nests outside the 11x11 tiles. Have 1 extra nest to help make management easier
- Store your houses/hospitals/barracks. Only drag the out when you need to heal your p3s.
Steps to Block P3s
To block p3s well, you should consider using 2x2 decorations because they occupy 4 tiles, but only prevents 1 purple gem from spawning. Without proper planning, using 2x2 decorations for blocking purposes can be difficult to achieve. As a result, I have outlined the steps to do so:
1) Determine the 11x11 where purple gems can spawn. This will give you some ideas as to where you can have p3s harvest without taking up space in the tiles where the purple gems can spawn. I used 3 nests to help create reference points.
2) Determine which resources you want to harvest from & where you want the harvesting p3s to stand during their harvest. In this step, you would also want to figure out where you can use the 2x2 decorations effectively (Use 2x2 decorations when you plan to have the harvesting p3 stand in the 11x11 tiles), and where you should be using 1x1 blocking materials to block p3s (areas outside the 11x11 tiles, where purple gems cannot spawn). Using 1x1 blocking materials to block p3s is easier to accomplish but blocks more purple gems from spawning.
Next, leave a 2x2 space gap (for the future 2x2 decoration), and surround that 2x2 space using other blocking materials. The plan is to use 2x2 decorations for the blocking process, and have harvesting p3s stand on the 2x2 decoration. In this example, the red circles are the resources I want to harvest from, the yellow circles represent where I want my harvesting p3s to stand, and the seashells represents where I plan to have the 2x2 decorations.
3) Drag the p3s you want harvesting next to their respective resource tiles, within the small enclosure you've created. The p3s outside the enclosures are soldiers and they should not be inside the isolated segments.
4) Drag the 2x2 decoration onto the empty 2x2 space you left empty previously (the 2x2 decoration should occupy the harvesting p3s' tile). Remove the blocking materials surrounding the 2x2 decoration.
5) Finalize the blocking procedure & place non-storage building, food or decoration on the isolated tiles that are outside the 11x11 tiles where purple gems cannot spawn. In the image below, I placed 3 large drops of nectar on the isolated segments outside the 11x11 area.
Why does this work?
2x2 decorations blocks like 4 pieces of 1x1 decorations arranged in a square, but only prevents 1 purple gem from spawning (in the top left most corner tile it occupies). In essence, 2x2 decorations are very useful tools for blocking purposes when used strategically. In my example, only 3 tiles cannot have purple gems spawn. How efficient is that?
Dealing with Blind Spots
By following this guide, your Habitarium will likely have many blind spots, thus making the gem collection process more difficult. Fortunately, there is a way to alleviate this problem, simply by using the keyboard for gem collection purposes.
After a long harvest, many gems tend to spawn and some of those gems often land in hard to collect areas. For example, your habitarium might look something like this (Nest and storages are arranged on non-purple gem spawning tiles, houses/barracks/hospitals are stored, 2x2 decorations used for blocking purposes):
After collecting the gems visible via a mouse, you're habitarium might look something like this:
Unfortunately, some of the purple gems are partially and fully obscured from view because of the storage arranged. To solve this problem, simply use your keyboard for gem collection needs. Press tab or shift tab multiple times (on your keyboard) until you see a yellow box select a gem. Press enter on your keyboard to collect the gem, and repeat until you finished collecting all the gems. Shift tab selects the previous object in Habitarium while tab selects the next object in the game. Shown below, is an example of what happens when you use the keyboard to select a gem:
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