Friday, September 19, 2008
The Last Item in the Mine in Island of Happiness
Every game is different in Harvest Moon and a player can do as he/she pleases in terms of obtaining special items and completing the Shipping List.
It is most probable, however, that in terms both of the Ores List and the Shipped Ores List, the last item to be completed will be the one at the very end of each List.
That item, as many veteran Harvest Moon players would have suspected from their experienced with other Harvest Moon games, is a Lithograph.
The Lithograph is an interesting item in every Harvest Moon game in which it appears. Like the 'Bottle' that can be caught when fishing at the ocean, it is a mystery item. In some Harvest Moon games, these items will trigger special events. In others, they have no specific function in the game apart from being necessary to complete the Items List.
In Island of Happiness, the Lithograph can be found on specific floors of the Mine when using your Hoe. One of these is Floor 255, the very lowest Floor of the Mine. On 255, there are no Rocks to smash. When you arrive, you will be greeted by the Harvest Goddess who will congratulate you for your efforts and decide that your labours merit a special gift. She then will give you either a Wonderful or a special Recipe. The colour of the Wonderful is based on Farming Degree total in the same way that the colour of the Wonderful given as a prize is determined by your total when you win any Festival Contest.
There are players who have tried to obtain more than one gift from the Harvest Goddess in a single day and have failed. (I suspect many of them used cheat codes of some kind to do it, as the journey to the bottom of the Mine is a long one, even if you have sufficient energy to make it and use Pitfalls rather than stairs. I do not recommend cheat devices for any Harvest Moon game, as they tend to corrupt the data. There are too many variables that contribute to any Event. It is important to make progress in every aspect of gameplay. A code usually artificially forces the game to allow an option that would not be obtained at that point in a natural way. It acts, however, only on a single point, rather than acting on all the variables that otherwise would be effected by your character's action. This puts everything out of balance. I prefer to find 'exploitations' in the game itself. I include those in my Guides but never include codes.)
In any case, however you make the journey to Floor 255 of the Mine, the Harvest Goddess will give only one gift per day in the same way that Manfred gives only one item per day.
If you have sufficient energy when you reach Floor 255, you can use your Hoe to search for a Lithograph. As with any special item found in the Mine, the location will be random and it is possible that you will not find one at all, but Island of Happiness usually is programmed to place an average number of special items on each of the Floors where they can be found. In other words, on Floor 100, where you can find Mythic Stones, you usually can find 5 - 7, I believe (speaking from memory alone here), although the actual Rocks in which they are found will change each time you reload once you have reached that Floor. In fact, the actual number of Mythic Stones to be found will change with each reload as well, although the total will remain within the 'average' allotted to that Floor.
Floor 255 is not the only Floor where you can find a Lithograph. Based on my own experience and those of other players who posted comments as to their results, the General Guide now includes all the locations where a Lithograph can be found as follows:
In the section that lists all the floors and each item found there:
Lithograph: Floor 25, 50, 100,
125, 150, 200, 225, 250, Floor 255
It was thought that keeping a Lithograph and/or Bottle in your Rucksack would earn you points towards your Farming Degree, based on previous Harvest Moon games, but careful counting of my own points did not confirm this at all.
Incidentally, your Shipped Ores List and Ores List are almost identical in Island of Happiness. The only difference is that the four Suns are included in the 'Shipped Ores' List but are not included in the Ores List, as you cannot find them in the Mine either by splitting a Rock or by digging in the ground in Island of Happiness. They can be purchased at Chen's Market in all seasons once your Greenhouse is built.