Saturday, September 6, 2008
The Witch Princess and Toadstools in Island of Happiness
One of the most colourful characters in Harvest Moon is the beautiful if mischievous Witch Princess. To my delight, she is one of the characters in Island of Happiness. As in HM DS and Cute DS, she never leaves her Hut in ordinary circumstances. She is a voracious reader, an expert in herbs and a collector of teddy bears. In Harvest Moon DS, if you wished to court her successfully, you had to allow 50 of your Animals to die, rather a cruel requirement for any Animal lover.
In IoH, there is no such requirement.
Screenshots include some of the Witch Princess' ordinary dialogue at different times of day, the remark she makes once you marry, the interior and exterior of her charming Grimms' Fairy Tale style hut and her favourite item, a Toadstool, growing wild in another area of the Forest. Toadstools can be found randomly throughout the map during the Autumn season. Throw one into your Seed Maker to make Toadstool 'seeds' that can be grown on a pallet to the right of your farmhouse. When you have shipped 100 Shitake, you will unlock Toadstool 'seeds' at Chen's Market, although they are not that useful as you can grow only 8 different Mushrooms on the pallets at any point in time. One Toadstool growing there is sufficient to meet ordinary needs, especially as they grow in the Wilds so profusely.
Once planted on a pallet, Mushrooms of all varieties will continue to grow through all seasons, including Winter. They are found in the Wilds, however, only in the Autumn season.
In terms of growing fungi, it is the Matsutake that is most needed. You will not find more than one or two in the Wilds in any Autumn season. They are the 'Truffles' in other Harvest Moon games and are even more rare on the map in Island of Happiness. You will unlock the seeds at Chen's Market by shipping 100 Toadstools, but it is far easier to gather one from the Wilds in Autumn, pop it into your Seed Maker and then throw those seeds on one of your pallets.
Even though Matsutake is the most valuable variety of Mushroom, the humble Shitake is the most useful in terms of Cooked Dishes. Even in your first Autumn, you should be able to cook 'Grilled Mushrooms' and 'Foiled Mushrooms' and 'Steamed Egg Custard', three simple recipes that feature Shitake. They are wonderful cooked dishes in terms of Energy recovery early in the game. It therefore is a good idea to convert a couple of Shitake to seeds to grow on the pallets throughout the year.