Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City – Comprehensive Guide for Puzzle Hint + Potions + Food Tips

Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City – Comprehensive Guide for Puzzle Hint + Potions + Food Tips 1 -
Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City – Comprehensive Guide for Puzzle Hint + Potions + Food Tips 1 -

Includes potions, what they do, tips for food (if you don’t want to hack or use glitches), and helpful tidbits.

In the Beginning

When you first start the game, drag the kids over to the robe first. If one of them becomes chief, it will make initial gameplay a lot easier. If that doesn’t work, avoid having your builders become chief. You need them and making a master, or even adept, builder takes forever.
Make your two builders start constructing the hut. If you have a leader, have them oversee the construction. Have someone plant the fruit on the far right of the screen right next to a broken machine. Then have one of your adults get firewood (pile of wood near the top of the beachline) and dry grass by the waterfall on the far left of the map. Then have that adult start the fire (throw them on the firepit until they start it). Then,put a villager on the burnt out torches next to the beehive until they try an idea.
Somewhere, someone claimed that if a villager who liked to run smoked the bees, it would get you unlimited honey, I tried it out. Didn’t work.
If an adult is your leader and it is not a builder:
Have the adult that is not a builder and not with child harvest honey. When there is about 250 food, have them research until the food drops to about 150 and then have them harvest some more honey. When they become an adept farmer, switch them out with one of the builders. The reason why is that there needs to be 3 adept builders to fix the lift and you need 3 adept farmers to do a rain dance so that you can get the seeds on your own terms (and some more food when your village is starving).
If a kid or a builder is your leader:
Have someone building, the leader directing and then someone harvesting food and someone researching. Try to keep honey in the behive at all times if it is possible. I think it regenerates faster if there is honey. When I leave it alone, more honey will appear but in very low quantites like 2 or 3 honey but if it is drained it takes a very long time before you can harvest anything. I am still playing around with the times but the preliminary studies make it seem as though the beehive will regenerate faster if there is already honey in it to begin with.

My People are Starving

Have no food and the beehive and tree are empty? Don’t worry….too much. Just be prepared to spend quite a few hours on this game ensuring your tribe won’t die.
Ask yorself the following questions:
Do you have a villager who is under the age of 14 but is not nursing?
If you answered no, I am so sorry but there isn’t much you can do. Have your leader create food by putting them on the storage hut. If you have already done that in the past 24 hours then figure out how much waiting you have to get through. On fast mode, it takes 1 hour and 30 minutes for a tree to bear fruit again and roughly 2 hours for the beehive to get less than 20 honey with the nature faction selected. If an adult isn’t already with a kid, you are going to have a hard time gettin one of them preganant because they won’t produce a kid if they are hungry. The most you can do is pray a box appears or you manage to survive planting another tree or producing enough tech points to get the sixth herb to make the potion to cause sharks to go away. If you manage to get your hands on a kid, then good for you. You might make it out with a tribe.
If you have a kid, search for mushrooms like there is no tomorrow. The brown ones will give you 6 food, the red ones will give you 36 food.
Is the lift built?
If not, you need to get level 2 in Restoration in Tech and have 3 adept builders. Have everyone who is not working towards becoming an adept builder work towards researching and have the kids also pick up any collectibles though the mushrooms will always take priority over the collectable. Extra collectables give tech points and you need 7000 to get to level 2 of reconstruciton. Once you have 3 adept builders and have level 2 reconstruction, put the 3 builders on the lift. Bam, you now have a lift.
Can you make it rain?
To make it rain, you need level 2 in leadership (which is 700o tech points) and 3 apedpt farmers. Put the leader on the fire and then the 3 farmers and they will dance a weather dance. Now, wait for the water in the lift to evaporate. Then put an adult on the lift and make it rain. Plant the fruit and keep doing this so you have 3 trees. Then, the fruit knocked down will give you food. Not much though, but it will help on top of the mushroom harvesting done by the kids.
If you don’t have the means to create the conditions for it to rain (aka, you don’t have 3 adept farmers), then you will just have to be quick on the ball when it rains naturally in the game. As soon as it starts raining, drag an adult to the lift so they will climb on. Then either plant the food there or have them take it back to the hut.
Done all of that?
Now you wait and work on making your villagers survive until more food appears. Keep an eye on their health bars. There is a potion to heal health that I have found but it doesn’t work if the villagers are starving. So when a mushroom appears, while the kid is taking it to storage, take the villager that is the worst off health-wise and have them eat 2-3 pieces of food. Then have them take the potion to restore health. The potion is cactus+cactus+lotus. Anyone can collect herbs and I would suggest using a kid as they will run the herbs to the alchemy room. Use the person with the most health to always make the potions incase they explode. That can happen sometimes.
But I have 3 trees already mature and my people are still starving.
Well, you might’ve made a bit too much population for the amount of food you had available if something horrible didn’t happen in-game. What you need to do is work extremely hard to get enough tech points for level 2 of whichever faction you picked so that you can get the 6th herb. That herb will allow you to make the potion to force sharks away so you can fish. Now I haven’t tested any of this out yet but for the nature faction the potion for sharks is supposed to be herb+black orchid+black orchid. For the magic faction, its berry+rose+rose. Take every villager to the potion to speed up the process of getting rid of the sharks. After that you should be able to fish.


Potions with interesting effects
black orchid+catcus+lotus => This causes the villagers to run when doing something. I found using it helped speed up tasks and helped me have a villager master something before they turned 18. It also helps if you need someone to become a master or adept at something quicker or if you need tech points faster.
cactus+lotus+rose => This causes the villager to feel light and springy. It will allow them to jump up very high. Use it to get the pink key in the cliff on the right side of the map near the orchird.
Potions that harm
Potions that heal
catcus+catcus+lotus => This will heal a villager’s health if they are well fed. I am currently not sure about the maximum effect yet as I tried it out while my village was starving (hence, how I figured out it doesn’t help heal if there is no food in the villager) but as soon as I figure it out, I will post it.

How to complete the puzzles

Put vilagers next to the robe in the amplitheater until the robe fits one of them. Then, you have a leader.
Build a fire by putting a villager on the pile of wood on the beach line and another villager on the pile of dry grass on the very far left of the map near the water fall. Once they have put the items on the firepit, put a villager on the fire pit to start a fire. Then, next to the beehive are some burnt out torches, put a villager on the torches until they are “Trying an idea….” Then wait patiently until the bees are smoked out.
Alchemy Room
Get an adept scientist and then put them next to the various pots and items around the village so they carry it back and fix the chamber. There is a brown pot, a red striped pot, a yello striped pot, a morter, and a stick thing. All of them must be carried back by an adept scientist or better to fix the room.
Roster of the Dead
On the right of the map near the bottom, there are a bunch of leaves on a stone. Get villagers to clear the leaves. The stone is the roster.
Weather Dance
You need level 2 in Leadership on the tech screen and at least 3 adept farmers. Put the leader on the fire and then the 3 adept farmers on as well. They will dance and then rain will come.
The Lift
You need level 2 in Reconstruction on the tech screen and 3 adept builders. Put the builders on the lift so they start fixing it all at the same time.
The Bath
You need level 2 in Reconstruction, a master builder, and the Alchemy Room puzzle complete. In the alchemy room, there is a chalkboard. Put the master builder near it so they start drawing plans. Then villagers can work towards fixing the bath.
The Orchard
You need the lift to do this. Anytime it rains, have an adult villager get on the lift, they will knock down a fruit. Then have them plant the fruit. Do this until there are 3 trees planted. You can also put a villager on the lift and have the villagers create rain. Once all of the trees are mature, this puzzle will be considered complete.

Written by Jamari Xin

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