Zynga has been pretty busy this week, not only introducing new crops and an entirely new Pigpen feature (see our coverage for full details), but they’ve also begun to unleash a system of recipe mastery in crafting buildings, giving users added incentive to repeatedly create the same recipe.
This is actually a fairly complex, and in-depth new feature, but we’ll try to explain it the best we can. For starters, the very basics of this feature see you leveling up your recipes, as normal, with certain levels unlocking mastery stars, just as growing a certain number of crops of a plant unlocks crop mastery. As you unlock levels of crafting mastery, you’ll earn experience point and coin bonuses, and will have the opportunity of receiving Mastery Signs that can be placed on your farm, that look similar to those for mastering crops, but instead contain pictures of the recipe you’ve mastered.
Getting your first star on a recipe is where the complexity of the feature comes in, as it all depends on when you unlocked that recipe in the crafting building. The higher the star or “tier rating” of that crafting recipe, by default, the higher the recipe level needs to be to unlock your first star. For example, in the Spa, you can create a Fresh Sachet in a one-star Spa (that is, the most basic Spa, before being upgraded to a two-star building and beyond). This recipe, along with any others that were first available upon building the Spa would be given a one-star mastery after that recipe reaches level 20.
Recipes that unlocked at a two-star spa, like the Petal Sachet, would require a level of 23 before they’re mastered at a one-star level, and recipes that unlocked at a three-star spa, like the Energizing Lotion, would need to be level 26 before unlocking the first star of mastery. This continues until the 5th building tier (or a five-star building), with three more levels being required for each new recipe.
As the Crafting Buildings can be upgraded to level 5, so too can recipes, earning a total of five stars of recipe mastery. The first two stars of mastery are dependent upon the system above, whereas 3, 4, and 5 star mastery require the same level regardless of the recipe or tier. Luckily, Zynga has put together a nice chart for us, to better explain what I spoke of above.
Once you master a recipe, the matching sign will pop into your Gift Box, and you can place it on your farm. You can also store these signs if you run out of room. A mastery sign is available from the one-star mastery level, and as you progress, the signs will automatically update to add more stars as you master the recipe to higher levels.
The experience point and coin rewards are dependent upon what level of mastery you’ve reached, just as it is with crop mastery. However, since you can eventually earn a 5-star recipe, the rewards here are much greater than found in crop mastery, eventually allowing you to earn 25,000 coins as a reward, as seen in another handy chart below.
As the Crafting Building feature has already been available for some time, you need not worry about losing all of your progress on your recipes, as the system of mastery will simply start where you are and carry on. If you’ve already reached level 20 or above with a recipe (where applicable), you will be granted instant mastery of that recipe, and will see the signs added to your gift box the next time you login. You’ll also receive a pop-up letting you know that this has occurred along with receiving the appropriate coins and experience points as rewards.
As we said, it’s a complicated new feature, that becomes much easier to understand in practice. Be sure to head over to the game’s page on Facebook to check on the status of your own recipe mastery. Good luck reaching the higher levels!