LAST CALL: Probe collection ends in 6 hours

Several hours ago EA put up an announcement letting us know that the new currency will be called ray guns and if you are tracking the timeline, there is just over 6 hours remaining to collect probes.

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We do not know what happens to those items if they are not unlocked but would suggest you try to get them just to be safe.

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85 thoughts on “LAST CALL: Probe collection ends in 6 hours

  1. Does the ray gun part of this Halloween special end on the 30th or do we have all day on the 31st as well? If it ends at the end of the day on the 30th then the prize calander is off and many people, including me, are not going to get the last prize. I have 5,920 guns and should have two more days according to the prize chart but the countdown says there is only 1 day 5 hours left…
    Unless I’m missing something.

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    1. Check the timer in your game. Tap the trophy bottom right to see exactly how much time is left

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    2. It looks to me like the Prize Calendar is off…

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    3. I’m in the same predicament, my in-game timer says 7 hours, but the chart states I have one more day…..currently at 6700 rayguns, when does the 3rd phase officially start? On halloween or Nov. 1st?

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      1. Go by the in-game timer. It was always set to switch on Oct 31st. No one ever said that the calender counted whole days. The first and last are half days so actual time is about 11 days but the span is 12 days.

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        1. I did end up getting the hover-copter! (had to use my saved resources tho) I know no one said its whole days and it also doesn’t say half days either. If read as stated, the final day was the 31st. In fact when the chart was posted for the first time, someone asked if the chart daily goal was at the end of the day starting or beginning? Someone replied very sarcastically “obviously you can’t have 671 probes at the beginning of the event.” It’s at the end of the day stated. Following that logic, and reading the chart….7100 rayguns at the end of october 31st??? I know the chart wasn’t made by EA or is official. But its intent is to guide and help. Instead its misleading, maybe some people were lucky like me and managed to barely complete the goal. But I know lots didn’t. As a daily visitor, I share this site with anyone I know that plays TSTO. I even shared the chart, I look pretty stupid now that lots of my friends didn’t get to their goal. That’s the more upsetting part….

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          1. I dont know who said that it should be the end of the day or who approved that comment. If you have doubts double check with your game and do your own calculations. Ask for second opinions.
            Im closing the discussion on the accuracy of the Raygunpart of the calender. Nothing good can come out of letting it continue. We admit that it was unclear and we all feel bad for those missing out and we apologise but whats done is done and there’s no use to keep beating the horse that just died. We will be more careful in the future.

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  2. Has anyone figured out what makes the Spaceships show up in other people’s towns? More to the point, has anyone figured out how you can make them appear more often?

    I just went through a list of 30 friends and found exactly one >_>

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    1. There’s no way to make anything appear in the game, especially UFO’s. Everything in this game is based on coded chances. I’m looking in the files now and it looks like it’s saying there is only 1 max use with a 24 hour cool down meaning you get one UFO per day.

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  3. Seems impossible to get the the last prize (the hoover ship) this second phase. Less Rigelians spawning AND they only give 2 guns. Just broke 3900 and I log in multiple times a day and visit friends (with 1 day’s exception). Disappointing.

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    1. The spawn rate is the same and at 3,9K you’re on track for the Hovercopter.

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  4. Is there a max amount of ray guns you can get from friends per day? Once I get to around the P section of my friends list I only get EXP and money.

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    1. There’s a 90 action a day limit for getting rayguns from neighbours. You get 1 raygun/action unless you bought the license then you get 2/action. Tap the “i” by the count on the minitown map, if you tap the “i” in your/neighbours town you will not see the actions left but the eventguide.
      If you’re at maximum Friendship level you have the chance of getting donuts for you actions as well, even from those that dont give you rayguns.

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  5. The Rigellian shrubs have gone back into my inventory the last few days, after I placed it in the town, but the shrubs seem to be staying in my town today. So that could be a possible glitch with this update.

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  6. Do I need to complete the Good Son quest to begin the Life is Grand quest?

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    1. No. Those are seperate quests. You need the Grand Pumpkin for the Life is Grand and Hugo for the Good Son. Doesnt matter what order you craft them or if you choose not to craft them at all (and not get the quests). The quests will start once the G. Pumpkin/Hugo is crafted.

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  7. Is anyone else coming to the conclusion that bronze gift bags may be much more valuable than they seem? At this point in the event, I have almost enough candy from each type to buy everything I want, except for fences, where I’m 700 short. Almost everything good requires huge amounts of fences, which are only guaranteed for bronze gift bags.

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  8. The chart up top says I should be at 1100 something ray guns by now. I just broke 2000. If I went by those numbers I wouldn’t unlock my next prize till Friday, and who wants to wait that long just to get another non-controllable animal who walks around at random?

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  9. letsplaynintendoita 10/21/2014 — 19:44

    appstore update is up!
    brought the rigellian hut & queen.
    ios only for the moment

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    1. letsplaynintendoita 10/21/2014 — 20:05

      edit: seems like hut & queen are not there yet. but a user on ea forum reported they ‘re there weird

      http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/15/10211495.page

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  10. Brownbacon127 10/21/2014 — 18:31

    How do we get the Rigellian Bush?

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    1. Roght now you can only win it in bags but it will be craftable later on.

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      1. Bubbiesmommy 10/22/2014 — 00:32

        I finally got one in my bags and the human test subject. joy!!

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  11. If I get the ray gun will I also get Kodos too or is that separate?

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    1. You will get Kodos with the raygun. You need to shoot her down before she appears but yes, you’ll get her, the raygun and a crashed ufo (once you shoot it down)

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      1. One important remark: once you shot Kodos down, the raygun turns into the crashed ufo, but you get an undamaged raygun in your inventory. Don’t forget to place it in your town, so it can start earning ammo for the event.

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        1. Thx for reminding me. I said you get Kodos, the raygun and the crashed ufo (once you shootit down) completely forgot that the raygun generates one ammo every 8h πŸ™‚

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          1. Thank you both so much! πŸ™‚ I have one more question: is there a timer on the ray guy to tell me when 8 hours is up to get ammo?

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            1. No, unfortunally not. I time it with my trick or treaters though πŸ™‚

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              1. That’s a great idea and thank you!

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  12. Oh I’m missing 10 donuts for the House of Evil -_-
    Anyone knows how can I get them before they take it away?
    I already have the 10 from Moe

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    1. If you only miss ten I’d buy a scratcher. If you’re on maximum friendship level you can find donuts while you do actions, not ten a day but maybe 2-4 a week. Every 100 game of SideshoYou in KL pays 5 Ds (or should). Level up and bonus-level-up gives you donuts. If you’re toplevel you could xp farm to get the bonuslevelup donuts faster but it is expensive, for ten donuts you need to spend at least 5 million on bloodmobiles.

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      1. Never had sideshow donuts in my main game. Got them for the first time in my second game the other day.

        Anyone else noticed that treat bags with ray guns seem a lot less than with the probes. Haven’t seen one yet today and clearing Rigellians at the same rate as for the probes.

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        1. Sideshow You is suppose to give you 5Ds every 300pop/100game and there’s always the tiny %chance of getting them. I know mrfy gets the 5Ds every other month or so it works for some. I get the 5Ds every 9 month and I play the SSY twice a day…
          I think it is chance on what you get in the bags. I havent noticed a deline in rayguns from bags compared to probes but Im not always that attentive.

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        2. Yah just got some ammo! My first one since the ray gun quest began! Not good 😦

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  13. To unlock the other craft items do I need to craft all the first ones? For example, I have the human subject, spooky wall, and Hugo. I don’t want to craft the pumpkin house because I already have one. Do I need to craft it for the new craft items to show up?

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    1. No. You might have to craft the Queen to unlock the Hut or vice versa but none of the existing items.

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      1. Thanks!

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  14. Real dissapointed in this yrs halloween update candy bags as prizes? And only 6 actual prizes 😦

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    1. 6 actual prizes and 7 prizes that you craft + the Make-a-thing store and Kang (for those who did not have him) that is more than we got last year.

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  15. When can we craft the tribal hut and the queen?

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    1. Not sure. Either later in this new questline or in the next stage on Oct 31st

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  16. OK am I the only one who thinks its ridiculous you cant even go to a quarter of your friends and get probes/guns/whatever from them? Whats the point? Especially when it takes sooooo many to get the prizes!! I played 4-5 times a day and STILL was 700 short for the donut torture device. I ALWAYS get all the prizes. So for me to not get this one is really irritating. Sure you can craft it… but they dont even take into consideration how many probes you had!!! This Halloween event is probably my least favorite event so far. Last years event was so much better. Boo 😦

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    1. You can still get FPs/donuts from the rest of your friends and more can drop eggs. The limit is set so that newer players dont miss out. My B is Anonymous and I can tell you that friends makes a huge differance! I mean about 350 probes/rayguns/whatever A Day differance.
      Agree on the craft thing. Should consider the number of probes collected and reduce the stuff.
      This is still better than the wheel of torture. You can obtain everything by tapping or spending donuts. It burns me that I dont have the Lizards, HugsBunny and Shari Bobbins from Easter especially since I was prepared to pay almost a Storeful of Donuts for them.

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      1. goaliegrrl31 10/20/2014 — 18:28

        Yeah, after all the Easter craziness and even spending donuts, I didn’t get Shari B, Lizards or the priest.

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      2. The wheel!!!! I really don’t know how I blocked it from my memory. Gahhh that thing was awful. Guess this Halloween is not so bad after all! HAHA

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        1. It was necessary to push it into oblivia, for sanety reasons. Sorry I brought it up.

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    2. I managed to get it with a day or so to spare. 270 per day from friends and 150 every few hours from Rigellians + gremaliens. It would have been tight if I’d started late or missed a day. Guess it will be the same with all the prizes.

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  17. Hello, I haven’t been able to connect since thursday night. I tried contacting ea and no answer. When I try to download the new update it stops at 33% . I really don’t know what to do anymore. The same thing goes for my boyfriend as well as my mother. I tried delating my app and reloading it, but it never works.

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  18. I have a question….which queen do you mean? I can’t craft a queen?

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    1. It will be in the craftmenu later.

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  19. The “get it now” price changed drastically when the prize rotation hit.. I was about 500 probes short of the donut machine, with a “get it now” price of about 35 donuts. After it became “craftable”, it was 188 donuts to complete. D’oh!

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    1. Yup. The items to craft it costs a lot more then to buy it 😦
      I was 1,500 probes short, I wish they considered how far off you were to gain advantages in crafting the thing.

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  20. goaliegrrl31 10/20/2014 — 14:02

    Question – if we already have the PUMPKIN HOUSE from last year’s event is there any reason to craft another (for a quest line or some such)? I’d rather not have two of these. THANKS for any information.

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    1. I have one too and dont want another although it will generate 1 pumpkin every 24h. After crafting the G. Pumpkin you only need 80 pumpkins for the rest (not including the P. House) so I see no point in crafting more.

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      1. A whole 24hrs and all you get is 1 pumpkin. Seems unbalanced when you can get pumpkins from treat bags. Should be more like 10 per day from the house.

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  21. I went to bed thinking I wouldn’t get the torture device but woke up thinking about it. Got with about 5 minutes to spare and was just 10 or so probes over.

    That was rough

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  22. After you max out on probes you get a quest for a silver bag with each 750.

    The probes are now gone but the quest remains.

    Guess we should look for another update soon.

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    1. After you max out on probes you get a quest for a silver bag with each 750.

      The probes are now gone but the quest remains.

      Guess we should look for another update soon.

      Also. Its only 2 ray guns vs 3 probes. So that means this round of prizes will potentially be harder.

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      1. You needed 8,050 probes vs 7,100 rayguns

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        1. 592 ray guns a day or 296 popped invaders vs 671 probes a day or 224 popped invaders.

          You’ll need to find 36 more invaders per day.

          Its not a perfect comparison because you’ll still get your 90 from friends. Not to mentions bags and rockets etc.

          It does mean people will have to step up their game.

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          1. Thx for doing the math πŸ™‚

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  23. letsplaynintendoita 10/20/2014 — 10:11

    mhm Devil Flanders dont earn Premium rates. another thing that should be fixed :p

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    1. He wasn’t originally premium. I hope they do change that, though. I’d love to have a free skin earn premium rates

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  24. TheRealTiminator 10/20/2014 — 09:57

    So now we’re collecting rayguns & the totals required for each stage of the prize list is less than the equivalent level in the probe quest. Should be a cruise then if you got the top prize in probes to get the top prize in rayguns. Unless……………………………………………………………….there’s a catch of some sort? Hhhmmmmm……………………………………………………………………………..Oh yeah, that’s it, now you only get 2 rayguns for each alien you squish instead of the 3 probes you used to get.
    At least Grem-aliens still pay out 4 for a win & 2 each for a squished one.
    I guess my message is: Don’t get complacent (like I was) & back off your tapping, keep up whatever level of play you used to unlock those probe prizes & keep checking your daily totals against the goal amounts on the header page on the excellent TSTOTOPIX.

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  25. So rayguns are here now, you only get 2 per tapped alien, but no new candy prizes appeared for me. I got the donut torture device in time, so it’s clear why I don’t see that as craftable, but the other stuff (Rigellian Hut & Queen) has not appeared yet. Maybe some time into the main quest, or on Nov 1st…

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    1. I think it will come after the first 24h task for Kang.

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      1. letsplaynintendoita 10/20/2014 — 15:05

        not yet minicha i did the questline and still nothing. i guess it makes sense that it’ll come with the end of the questline, after reading the text of it

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      2. no it isnt there in this phase, we have to wait until november :/

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  26. I have now got the update and yet again I have all gift bags apart from 2 prizes. Is this because I have the stuff from last year? Or is it the same for everyone? It’s not a huge incentive!!!

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    1. The new items for crafting is or will be: the GrandPumpkin, Hugo, SpookyHouse, HumanTestSubject, RigillianTribalHut, RigellianQueen, Rigellian Shrub.
      You can craft multiples of all but the G. Pumkin, Hugo and the Queen
      The new Raygunprizes are Bulldozer-saurus and the Hovercopter (7,100 rayguns)
      Next stage Long Protein oct 31st. Dietsign and UBO Burns (14,900 proteins)

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      1. I have someone on my friends list who already has the Rigellian Shrub and has for a while. Is this possible or has he hacked?

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        1. You have been able to win it in bags the entire event, so I dont think its a hack. The odds are 1% so they are not that common.

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          1. I’ve won 2 so far

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            1. I’ve won two as well.

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  27. Literally just managed to get the torque device with 15 minutes to spare

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  28. Richard Everson 10/20/2014 — 04:37

    Haven’t crafted the giant pumpkin, will it stay once the shift over happens?

    Got the last prob prize yesterday, wish it would give free donuts

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    1. Nothing from the craftmenu will be removed, only additions will occure.

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  29. According to the Tapped Out wikia, any prizes not obtained while the currency is active will become craftable. For the Torture Device, that will be 200 fences, 500 candy corn and 500 chocolates.

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  30. Will the craft items change or should I continue trying to get the Grand Pumpkin?

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    1. No removal of craft items – unless you craft the unique (G. Pumpkin, Hugo, Queen) only additions.

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  31. Gutted! I’m a thousand short for the torture device 😦

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    1. You should be able to craft it after the currency switch. πŸ™‚

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    2. letsplaynintendoita 10/20/2014 — 07:56

      you can use donuts to speed it up instead of then spending all your craft items! but… its coming to an end in 4 minutes hurry

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