Friday, 2 November 2012

Mythbusters: Jogu Edition (Only listen to the Drunk Fish)

Previously heard on Power Word: Gold episode 47... (skip to the 01h25min mark)

Meet Jogu.


Jogu is a jinyu with a drinking problem - which is an hilarious but unfortunate issue for a fish-person to have.
If you talk to him, he'll be able to divine what plants will give bonus crop rewards on the next day, because he's got super gardening powers.
(There's a fee to talk to him, depending on the level of friendship your character has with him.)

There are a bit of rumors, confusion and miscommunication about how exactly that whole mechanic works.
So here's a little experiment I've conducted with my 6 characters that have access to a farm.

Day 1
All my characters go talk to Jogu and pay the fee to get to know what the bonus crop reward will be.
All my characters are told the same plant will give it.
That day was Scallions.
I've asked a guildie what Jogu told him - it was Scallions as well.
All my characters planted Scallions.
The next day, all my characters got +2 bonus Scallions when they picked them up.

Day 2
Only my main talks to Jogu and pays the fee to get to know what the bonus crop reward will be.
That day was Green Cabbages.
All my other characters don't talk to Jogu.
I've asked a guildie what Jogu told him - it was Green Cabbages as well.
All my characters planted Green Cabbages.
The next day, all my characters got +2 bonus Green Cabbages when they picked them up.

Day 3
None of my characters talk to Jogu to know what the bonus crop reward will be.
I've asked a guildie what Jogu told him - it was Green Cabbages again.
All my characters planted Green Cabbages.
The next day, all my characters got +2 bonus Green Cabbages when they picked them up.

Day 4
None of my characters talk to Jogu to know what the bonus crop reward will be.
I've asked a random person at Halfhill what Jogu told him - it was Pink Turnips.
I've asked a guildie what Jogu told him - it was Pink Turnips as well.
All my characters planted Pink Turnips.

Day 5
All my characters got +2 bonus Pink Turnips when they picked them up.
After 5 days in a row of getting the same results, I'm fairly sure I've got the whole system down.

Conclusions
The bonus crop reward:
  • gives a bonus +2 of that plant per crop
  • works across all characters
  • works across all players on your own specific server
  • works without any of your characters even speaking to Jogu, as long as someone passes the info along to you
There is no such thing as "an invisible Jogu buff".
There is no such thing as the bonus crop "working only sometimes".

Jogu timing issue
There is a small, very annoying, but crucial detail that some people aren't aware of, and it can make them think that Jogu doesn't work 100% - and it's entirely Blizzard's fault.

Farms start a new day at midnight server time.
Dailies reset later, at a different time. (Usually 3am server time)

Here's the kicker: Jogu's advice resets with the dailies reset and not the farms reset.
So in order for Jogu's advice to work, you have to talk to him after dailies reset.

It's stupid.
It's really friggin' stupid.
And I'm sure there's a perfectly logical reason as to why all of this is planned this way.
But it still feels as if you were to wake up at midnight and start your day, only to find yourself waking up again at 3am like nothing happened.
Like if you were in one of those trippy sci-fi fucked up thriller movies where the character spends his time going from dream sequence to dream sequence and it's harder for both him and you, the viewer, to make the distinction between what's real and what's a dream - only to be sucker punched at the end by a bad script writer that tries to convince you that all of this never even happened in the first place and you yell at the scream for the rest of the evening.

Does not - make - sense.

Other types of bonus crop rewards
There are random actions that can happen when you plant a seed and when you come collect a plant.

When you plant a seed, you have a random chance to get a Bursting plant, which you can collect on the spot, then re-use the soil spot immediately to plant another seed.
It is a random chance that has nothing to do with Jogu.

When you come collect your plants when midnight clocks over, there is a random chance that some of your plants are Plump, which means that you will collect a certain number of extra plants from it.
It is a random chance that has nothing to do with Jogu.

I think these two occurences are what confuses certain people into thinking that Jogu might be responsible for those things happening or not.
That somehow Jogu gives a lucky buff that makes Bursting or Plump happen.
It's okay because the Tillers and Pandaria Cooking and Farms aren't very properly explained in a way that makes it very comprehensive for everyone to easily grasp and understand.
I like the tutorial quests with Farmer Yoon - those were great to make sure you got how all this worked.
But they could've helped just a liiiitle bit more and this kind of situation and confusion wouldn't be happening.
 
But it's okay because now you know the facts and you can pass the knowledge on and strut into the sunset like a pimp.

4 comments:

  1. For safety i always harvest and ask for advice after the daily reset just to be sure :D

    But glad I'm not the only person who noticed this :P

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  2. From what I understand, this has been fixed in 5.1, and Jogu reset with the dailies, as does your farm harvest time...which is an universal 3:00am PST, across all servers, now.

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