For those of you who don't know, Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise (VP:PP) is a farm simulation that was released by Rare on the DS. The game revolves around getting Pinata's to appear, making them your residents and romancing them. In VP:PP in particular, there has been on extremely rare Pinata known as the Jeli, which appears only starting at Level 6. In an attempt to get one in my playthrough, I've been researching on what forces it to appear. However, most of the information online is not verifiable, or just incorrect, making it hard to force a Jeli to appear.Facts that are definitely true about the Jeli:
I'm writing this post in hopes that someone could take this on as a personal project, and figure out what causes the Jeli to appear and what prevents it from appearing by delving into the ROM
Facts that are likely be true about the Jeli
- The Jeli only spawns after level 6
- The Jeli only appears at night
- Once the Jeli enters the garden, you have to whack it in the shovel, after which it becomes a resident.
Factors that may or may not be true:
- The Jeli rarely spawns past Level 6. That means the Jeli is only easily found at Level 6.
- The Jeli between 12am to 3am (Time can be viewed on the top screen as a 12 hour clock)
- Only one Jeli appears per save file / per cartridge (One of these is definitely true, thought I cannot find which one due to conflicting sources)
Factors that are likely wrong:
- Blackberry Bushes/Fir Trees/Fir Cones/Gem Trees/Gems/Rainbow Gems increase the likelihood of a Jeli appearing.
- The Jeli does not appear when there is a light source in the garden
- You need to have not hit any Pinata/character from the start of the game to the end, as well as have no/low number of Pinata's fall ill (This is really vague but it's the best I've got
- You need a Chewnicorn
- You may or may not have to fence it in (Again, conflicting sources)
- You need to sell all other Pinatas
- You need some combination of buildings and terrain for the Jeli to appear
- There is no notice when the Jeli appears on the top screen
- If you go the screen where it shows you a bids-eye view it will show up not as an unknown, like a question mark, but as an actual pinata
- You cannot use Gretchen Fetchem services whatsoever
-Pinata Island is a really good source for Viva Pinata knowledge in general. It divides information on each Pinata/Item/Tree into a few sections based on the game, so remember that the game this is regarding is Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise.
-Pinata Island is favoured over alternatives like VivaPinata Wiki because Viva Pinata wiki lacks information on Pocket Paradise and all of the information is mixed up with other games.
-Pinata Island has much missing information, however.https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/ds/942380-viva-pinata-pocket-paradise/faqs
-In-depth FAQs are reliable for the most part.
-Plant guide by Vinder_DarkWolf fills in the fertiliser information missing on PinataIsland.
-The species guide by somethingsdont is useful for finding what Pinatas are available at your current levelFAQs
Q: You can get the Jeli in the Pinartic.
A: That is only true for Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (the XBox version). This topic is on Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise (the DS one)
Q: How much have you tried looking for the Jeli on your own?
A: I've tried playing the game on two different cartridges, as well as on a DS emulator (desmume). The ROM I used for the emulator as well as for one of the cartridges was completely new from what I could tell. (Unsure how true this is, but a quick way to check whether your ROM is fresh is that you are prompted with a tutorial the first time you start a game). For the other cartridge, I had gotten the Jeli a few years prior but had deleted the save file. Regardless, I've reached Level 6 on all save files and waited 15-20 days at night with some of the above conditions met thrice on each version. I have not sighted a Jeli at all.
Q: How do I reach Level 6 quickly?
A: I don't have a quick and easy way. My only recommendation is to go for the Master Romancer and Variant (where possible) award for each Pinata that you get, so as to minimise the number of Pinata's you need. As well as this, I recommend growing all plants and weeds available to you (with fertiliser when possible) as you gain experience for fully growing a plant. If you do it right, you can reach Level 6 anywhere between 1 to 4 hours. What I usually do is meet the master romancer requirements and variant requirements and immediately sell all the Pinata's of that species.
Q: How do I get this item?
A: If you are missing a certain item that is not available in the store, either you are not high level enough to obtain it, or it has to be unlocked through Bart's exchange. (https://pinataisland.info/viva/Bart%27s_Exchange#tab=Pocket_Paradise
) This is vital for taming the Sour Crowla, which can only be obtained by performing Bart's exchange on Honey. For Honey, Milk, and Wool, you have to obtain a Buzzlegum, Moozipan and Goobaa respectively, feed them a Buttercup, Sunflower and Watercress respectively, and direct them to the appropriate building (that are available under Wily's Buildings)
Q: How do I get romance candies?
A: You can obtain romance candies by sending Pinatas to Pinata Central (requests from Pinata Central come up as Balloons on the bottom left corner of the touchscreen).
Q: How do I earn money quick?
A: There are two ways to do this. First, you can breed Syrupents to obtain Twingersnaps (by lightly tapping the eggs with your shovel before it hatches until gas leaves the egg). After you get two Twingersnaps, you can breed them and perform the same egg trick to get Fourheads. While you cannot breed Fourheads until level 8, adult Fourheads can be sold for a lot of money early game. The second, much easier strategy, is to copy your save file in the menu and send yourself your extra Pinatas/items to sell in your main save file (or sending money directly). I am unsure if the second one affects Jeli spawning so I did not do this method. Rest assured if you're managing resources carefully you should never have a shortage of cash.
Q: What Pinatas should I attempt to get?
A: You should complete the Bunnycomb requirements as soon as possible, as Pretztails that attack Bunnycombs appear at level 3. Do not fill the garden with grass until you have completed the Mousemallow. Flutterscotches are easy free experience once you have unlocked them, as they are the only Pinata in which you can obtain the Master Romancer achievement for each variant. I don't recommend you try to get Arocknid, Buzzenge, Badgesicle, and Chippopotamus.
Thanks to whoever picks up this project, and I hope that this puzzle gets solved soon. I will update this post with new information as time passes.