When L. Sarhan is not writing or designing, she plays Klondike: The Lost Expedition in her spare time for the last six years.
Starting to play the Vizor game Klondike: The Lost Expedition can be exciting, overwhelming, and a bit frustrating for beginners. Players who stick with it and continue leveling up and opening new lands will discover how enjoyable and somewhat addicting the game can be. Intermediate and experienced players all have varying game strategies. The following game tips are meant to offer insight as beginners develop their own strategies.
Tip #1 Follow the Quest Line
Many catch on quickly and work to get ahead of the game. This is great and many players develop varying strategies to achieve this. However, follow the Quest Lines. It can be frustrating to think you are getting ahead only to have a quest line come up that you have already done and must do again or where you have already used up a valuable resource they are wanting you to use.
While some Quest Lines seem ridiculously simple and others take more time to complete, there is a point to them, especially in the beginning. They are meant to train you to learn certain skills used in the game. The more familiar you become with the game and all of its features, the more successful you will be.
Tip #2 Cows, Sheep, and Grass, Oh My!
When starting out, you will need cows and sheep for milk and wool. It is good to buy several of each to ensure you have milk for production buildings, quest lines, and more. However, did you know that they eat grass in your Home Station? While you need a large amount of grass to exchange for various items, do not be alarmed by the cows and sheep eating up the grass in your Home Station. You will get plenty of opportunities to gather grass in other lands close by. The cows and sheep will help you clear your Home Station and make room for buildings, nests, and more while saving you energy. Besides, once you have no more grass in your Home Station, you will have to keep up with hay, to feed your animals.
Tip #3: Collection Sets
Exchange Collection sets for many of the basic goods you need as you build your Home Station. However, some Quest Lines require you to collect and exchange a certain amount of specific collection sets, so always keep some of each set to complete Quest Lines. For beginners, try to collect and save a minimum of five to twenty of each set for this purpose.
Because this game offers neighbor assistance and support, sometimes you can ask neighbors to assist you with collections. Just be sure to offer gratitude with a gift back when you can and kind words and remember to pay it forward to others in the future.
Collections do not require storage space when people gift you. When you ask for nails, cable, chains, fabric, and more but get a collection instead, it is to not take up gifting space or because you are maxed.
What Is In the Collection Sets?
- Bear Set – 1 clay and 50 XP (page 1)
- Wolf Set – 1 board and 75 XP (page 1)
- Mining Set – 1 fabric and 5,000 coins (page 2)
- Bone Set – 1 nail and 7,000 coins (page 2)
- Lucky Set - 100 XP and 5 super shovels (page 3)
- Lock Set - 150 XP and 1 brick (page 3)
- Inuit Set - 10,000 coins and 1 cable (page 4)
- Viking Set - 15,000 coins and 1 beam (page 4)
- Fisher Set - 5 100% fertilizer and 1 tile (page 5)
- Stone Set - 200 XP and 1 window (page 5)
- Autumn Set - 350 XP and 25 milk (page 6)
- Trace Set - 50 XP and 5 wool (page 6)
- Mushroom Set - 75 XP and 10 water (page 7)
- Healing Set - 450 XP and 1 blueberry (page 7)
- Lady Set - 300 XP and 1 stool (page 8)
- Horn Set - 120 XP and 1 +5 energy (page 8)
- Butterfly Set - 500 XP and 1 cage (page 9)
- Wind Set - 2 boards and 25 winds (page 9)
- Eagle Set - 2 cable and 50 fish (page 10)
- Wooden Set - 1 100-ounce nugget and 1 nesting box (page 10)
- Shaman Set - 400 XP and 5 coal (page 11)
- Indigo Set - 50,000 coin and 1 peacock egg (page 11)
- Gentleman Set - 200 XP and 1 chain (page 12)
- Sea Set - 30,000 coins and 10 quartz sand (page 12)
- Reptile Set - 250 XP and 25 grass (page 13)
- Hunting Set - 500 XP and 1 styrofoam (page 13)
- Illusionist Set - 350 XP and 15 iron ore (page 14)
- Cowboy Set - 100 XP and 10 porridge (page 14)
- Mask Set - 5 tinplate and 2 feed for 7 birds (page 15)
- Leadlight Set - 1000 XP and 50 iron (page 15)
- Sweet Set - 250 XP and 10 stone (page 16)
- Invention Set - 3 glue and 100 XP (page 16)
- Dinner Set - 15 logs, 10 kerosene, and 350 XP (page 17)
- Courage Set - 1000 XP and 1 courage coin (page 17)
- Flower Set - 1000 XP and 1 rare seed (page 18)
- Deck Set - 1000 XP and 1 cinnamon (page 18)
- Seaweed Set - 1 cable and 1 clay (page 19)
- Seashell Set - 1 pink pearl and 3500 XP (page 19)
- Feather Set - 10 wind and 1 all-purpose lure (page 20)
- Lure Set - 350 XP and 1 blueberry (page 20)
- Frog Set - 500 XP and 1 provisions (page 21)
- Pirate Set - 10 quartz sand and 100 silvers (page 21)
Tip #4: Why Multiple Upgraded Barns are Important
Build more barns and upgrade them to granaries so people can send more gifts to you. Some gifts are free (as in storage space) to send but most aren't. The amount of storage space an item takes up is based on the coin value. Once you have received gifts that have maxed out your storage space, you will not be able to receive any more gifts that have coin value. Many beginners keep asking for specific gifts after they are maxed out and get frustrated. Just be patient; it will get easier. Some of your neighbors would love to send you more, but until you have multiple upgraded barns, the amount they can send you is out of their control.
Tip #5 Your Wish List
Your wish list allows you to add up to four items that you need. This allows your neighbors to know what to gift you if they can and if you have the gifting storage space. It is suggested that you add at least one of the daily gifts to your wish list. As a beginner, you will need wind and water because you won’t be able to produce it on your own yet. In fact, in the beginning, one of the quest lines requires neighbors to send you to wind. You will want to have it on your wish list for those who avidly use the “Show Who Needs It” option.
How to add items to your wish list
Step 1: To add a daily gift to your wish list, you will need to click on the yellow and red present in the top left corner.
Step 2: Click the plus sign (+) by the daily gift you would rather receive from your neighbors.
Step 3: To add an item you need, you should see a plus sign (+) in the equation. You can add it by clicking on the plus sign.
Simple and easy and a great way to communicate your needs with your neighbors. However, once you have the amount you need, remove the item and add the next item you need.
Tip #6: Show Who Needs It (SWNI)
You may have received a daily gift with the acronym SWNI. This means they are letting you know they checked the “Show Who Needs It” box when sending you a gift. There has been some contention among players about using the show who needs it feature. Many encourage their neighbors to check it because it allows players to receive the daily gift or other gifts based on what they need. Consider it a Klondike player courtesy. Let’s say you have tens of thousands of wind and you have clay on your wish list but a player send wind to everyone. The player could have used the show who needs it feature to send each player what they need.
Other players are grateful to receive any daily gift and will often have multiple daily gift options added to their wish list or have none added at all. This is a situation where you could send anything. Technically you could still send anything, but checking the show who needs it button shows a type of game etiquette and politeness. It is understandable if you have limited time on the game or are in a hurry, but to build connections among players, it is considered best practice to check the show who needs it tab.
Let’s say a player is asking for something outside their wish list or you are feeling extra generous and want to give away gifts. You can click on storage and select the blue and red present to gift. Another pop-up will appear, and you can check “show who needs it” to find who has the item on their wish list. You should then click the plus (+) sign for the amount you want to send that person. You could also click on the number box and use your keyboard to enter the correct number. Press send and make your neighbor’s day.
Tip #7: Free Daily Max Energy
Did you know that Klondike gives you free energy daily? Find the energy bar at the top. Click on the yellow bar that says, “Add Energy.” Now go to page three. You will see an option for “Max” energy. Your energy bar should be at zero. If you have any energy but not a full bar and click on the "Max" energy, it will only bring you to your max amount. For example, if you max at twenty-five and have three energy left when you click on the "Max" energy, it will only bring you to twenty-five not twenty-eight.
Unless you are taking advantage of the emerald sales, do not be too tempted to spend the two emeralds beyond your daily free “Max”. You will need those emeralds for more useful things, such as bakeries, a gardener, a cat, and so on.
Tip #8: Visit Neighbors for Extra Energy
Whether you are out of energy or need more energy beyond your maximum energy, visiting neighbors can help you increase your energy to chop out larger items. Use shovels to click on things in your neighbor’s Home Station. Blue decorations have a higher chance of receiving that blue lightning bolt of energy. You will not get it every time, but more likely to get one energy if you click on things that are blue. Blue cask flowers are also more reliable when digging for energy. Consider having a row of them at the front of your Home Station to help other players. If your neighbor has them out, use your shovels on those.
You automatically get five regular (steel blue) shovels to use in each neighbor’s Home Station. To be able to click on more than five items, you will need super shovels. They are the golden ones. You can exchange Lucky Sets in your Collections tab on page three when you are in need of super shovels. Lucky Set collections can be found in bundles when you cut out grass and bushes. The Lucky Set gives five super shovels and one hundred experience stars for every set exchanged.
Tip #9: Need More Energy to Chop Out Larger Items?
Aside from visiting your neighbors’ Home Stations, you can store bundles in Wind Song or land you choose to use later. Some of the bundles that have the potential for extra energy are twig bundles from cutting out bushes, iron ore, coal, and clay pieces. Golden chests and barrels always have extra energy.
How this works is to determine your maximum amount of energy. Let’s say you have a twenty-five energy bar. Add energy in your home station up to 24, then apply a larger energy source, such as a +20 or +50. Now, head over to Wind Song, or wherever you have the extra bundles stored, and load bundles or chests into the cargo of your sled. Once you unload at Home Station, watch the blue lightning bolts maximize your energy further.
Let’s say you aren’t storing them because you want to use them, yet you need to recharge your energy bar first. Instead of clicking “unload” when you get back to Home Station, click “later”. Recharge your energy bar to the maximum amount, then click on your cargo sled to unload.
Tip #10: Do Not Use Cheesecake +35 Energy
New players do not have much energy to work with in the beginning and may be tempted to apply the Cheesecake +35 Energy since they are often given as a prize in quest lines. However, you will need them to build and upgrade certain buildings and learn new skills within some of the production buildings. Unless you have bakeries up and running, the only way you can get Cheesecake +35 Energy is if it is given to you by the game. Neighbors cannot send this to you. Save them as they are given to you to make the build process and production easier in the future.
Tip #11: Hides and Treasure Boxes
Hides and treasure boxes are tempting to open immediately once they are revealed. They are filled with many valuable resources, especially for beginners. In most cases, they also contain extra energy in the form of blue lightning. Before opening them, try to fill your energy bar as high as possible. The extra energy from hides and boxes will allow you to chop out larger items beyond what your energy level normally holds.
Tip #12: Store Extra Buttermilk in Another Land
Once you have your dairy built and ready for production, you will need to start producing buttermilk. However, you will need buttermilk to make more buttermilk. Some quest lines may give buttermilk, but since the Klondike game fosters trading among neighbors, you will need someone to gift buttermilk to you. You can add it to your wish list; many neighbors are happy to help get you started.
But what happens if you run out? Neighbors will often help in a pinch, but it is good to get to a more stable place in your gameplay where you can fend for yourself. Consider storing extra buttermilk in another land for emergency outages. Many players use Wind Song, but Indigo works well, too. If you accidentally run out you will have peace of mind that you have some stored safely in another land. It is suggested that you store at least 20 to 60, as the Milk Plant needs at least twenty buttermilks to make 30 buttermilks. The Dairy, which is what most beginners start with, requires two buttermilks to make three buttermilks.
Tip #13: Creating Pear and Cherry Orchards
Wind Song and Indigo are great Away Stations, as they offer storage and the Market feature. Since neither of these are turned into a settlement after clearing these lands, they make great places to create pear and cherry orchards. As your level increases, you will find that pears and cherries are needed in large quantities, but Home Station has limited space. You can always create orchards and transport what you need as you need them. Clearing the land, or having it mostly cleared, will give you the best results in your production strategy but you can start growing cherries and pears as you clear it.
A great feature to have if you choose to create an orchard is a Gardener. A Gardener can be found in the Market tab once you are in Wind Song or Indigo. Click on “buildings” and then “special.” There you will find a Gardener to purchase for 60 emeralds.
Pear and cherry trees will need water. Both of these lands have water production in the barter section of the main building. Whenever possible, be sure to bring supplies for production or barter or you will have to transport water from Home Station.
I like to use Wind Song & Indigo as an away station for pears & cherries. I have two orchards. Bring water or supplies to create water in that land. You should clear the land first for more room.
Tip #14: Emeralds
At the beginning of the game, following the Quest Line and leveling up makes you feel rich in emeralds sometimes. Unless you are planning to purchase more emeralds, you may want to be more selective on how you spend your emeralds. It is tempting to spend emeralds on energy, workers, supplies, dynamite, and other items that you can achieve without spending emeralds. However, whether you buy or earn emeralds, spend them wisely.
If you plan to play Klondike long-term, purchasing extra emeralds is worth it. It also helps support Vizor's continuing development of the game that we all enjoy.
Tip #15: Buy a Cat
Are you tired of collecting poultry nests, yet? Even still, are you fed up with moving buildings to collect the nests under them? Invest in a Cat. An orange cat is 39 emeralds and costs 15 milks to send out hunting and collecting nests for you. The black and gray cat is 49 emeralds but has more cats out collecting and in a shorter amount of time for 30 milks.
Starting out, this is one of the first things you should spend your free emeralds on. It helps save time and maximizes egg collection. As you clear some of the Away Stations with Markets, you can also purchase cats to collect eggs in lands where you have poultry and nests. Wind Song and Indigo are great lands to have poultry and henneries where cats will come in handy.
Tip #16: Harvest, Complexes, and Away Stations
Are you having trouble keeping up with harvests? Tired of them using up the energy you could be used to clear lands? The best value for harvesting is buying a few Vegetable Complexes or Vegetable Super-Complexes. Vegetable Complexes require one of the items you need to harvest and one energy. These can be bought in the Market under the Farm and Hotbeds tab for 200,000 coins. Vegetable Super-Complexes cost 25 emeralds and produce 16 items for 1 energy plus 1 of the items you are wanting to harvest.
You can place these in your Home Station, but they are also great to use in Away Stations. Depending on your game strategy, some of the most popular land choices include Wind Song, Indigo, and Wallmond. Some players select a few lands not to settle so they use them for vegetable complexes.
Tip #17: Wigwam
Managing your plant crops, and collecting production from factories and animals take a lot away from your gameplay time. Consider spending 80 emeralds on a Wigwam that sends out workers to manage your crops and collect your production.
Tip #18: Bakeries
Bakeries are valuable to successful gameplay. Oftentimes, they solve most of your energy issues. However, each one costs 70 emeralds and most avid players have more than one. In the beginning, players receive a good amount of emeralds but the free emeralds begin to taper off, so spend your emeralds wisely. The devs are generous throughout the game by rewarding emeralds via Quest Lines and clearing land, but buying emeralds, especially when they are on sale is a great option.
As a beginner, you will need a few things in place before you can operate a bakery. Aside from three workers per bakery, you will need a Dairy or Milk Plant to make buttermilk, curd cheese, sour cream, butter, and more. You will also need a Pottery or Manufacturies for making containers and jugs to assist with your Dairy or Milk Plant productions.
Inside the bakery you will be able to make:
- Flour - Although, it is better to clear Wind Song and receive the Mill to make flour there.
- Bread +5 energy
- Cookies +10 energy
- Pie +20 energy
- Cheesecake +35 energy
- Raspberry Chime +40 energy
- Blueberry Pie +50 energy
- plus much more!
Tip #19: How to Make Coins
Over the years, I have heard many different strategies players use to make coins in the game. Coins are needed to buy buildings, animals, and feed, pay workers, and keep your Home Station and gameplay running smoothly. But what happens when you run out? Here are a few suggestions for beginners to increase their coin wealth in the game:
- Exchange a few Collection Sets that offer coins.
- The game prompts you to sell your gold. That is fine, but you will need it later in the game, especially when you purchase a Jeweller's Shop. So, if you sell gold, do so in limited quantity.
- Turkey egg containers are exchanged in the barn and can be sold from storage. Sell 50 for one million coins.
- Ostrich egg baskets are exchanged in Polar Side and can be brought to Home Station for production or to sell from storage. Sell 50 for four million coins.
Keep in mind that while most of the resources with coin value attached to them in storage can be sold, you will need these resources to make gameplay easier. Consider selling items that can easily be produced with the intent to sell for coins, such as the egg baskets and trays suggested above. As you advance further in the game, more opportunities to make coins will become available.
Tip #20: Sleds
Everyone starts with a small sled but soon realizes the limitations it has regarding its storage space and distance. It is tempting to spend 150 emeralds on buying a larger modern sled with a team of six dogs that can go 210 km and hold a minimum of 1,000 kg. That's quite the comparable contrast to the small sled with one dog, 100 kg of storage, and can only travel 100 km. For some players, this cost is a bit steep, and will need to work their way through lands to upgrade their sleds through Quest Lines. However, once you reach level 35, you will be able to purchase a large sled for one million coins. This will give you two dogs, 250 lbs of storage, and a travel distance of 100 km.
Light Wind Sled - Found in Wind Song
- Requirements to obtain: Small sled plus three moon stones
- Storage capacity: 120 lbs
- Distance: 125 km
- Dogs: 2
- Food: Porridge
- Addons: 2
Eagle Sled - Found in Aery
- Requirements to obtain: Light wind sled plus seven small rubies
- Storage capacity: 300 lbs.
- Distance: 125 km
- Dogs: 4
- Food: Porridge
- Addons: 2
Shaman Sled - Found in Polar Side
- Requirements to obtain: Eagle sled plus seven 5-carat Diamond
- Storage capacity: 400 lbs.
- Distance: 150 km.
- Dogs: 4
- Food: Porridge and Fish
- Addons: 2
Freight Sled - Bought in Market with 80 emeralds
- Storage capacity: 600 lbs
- Distance: 150 km
- Dogs: 4
- Food: Fish
- Addons: 3
Indigo Sled - Found in Indigo
- Requirements to obtain: Shaman sled plus seven 15-carat Diamond
- Storage capacity: 800 lbs
- Distance: 180 km
- Dogs: 4
- Food: Fish
- Addons: 4
Two-Harness Horse - Found in Indim
- Requirements to obtain: Indigo sled plus seven Amethyst
- Storage capacity: 900 kg
- Distance: 180 km
- Horses: 2
- Food: Horse Feed
- Addons: 4
Tip #21: Dynamite
Most veteran players will tell beginners not to waste their dynamite on low-energy items. Save the dynamite on items that are 100 or higher. It looks tempting to set a dynamite stick on several low-energy items but it may not use all the dynamite energy, thus you are wasting energy. Also, as you will find out, it can be challenging sometimes to chop out large energy items with a limited-energy bar. This is where dynamite (or a game partner with pickaxes) comes in handy.
Another thing to consider when strategizing when to use dynamite is that some lands and Away Stations cannot be cleared completely without dynamite because they have items that do not take energy to clear. Wind Song has several giant pillars. If you intend to use Wind Song as an orchard, vegetable garden, or egg production, you will want those pillars gone. Indigo has ponds that you can't clear with energy or your partner's pickaxes. You will have to use dynamite if you want to clear them out of your way in these lands.
Tip #22: Pickaxes and a Game Partner
You may have noticed when you are chopping items away in lands that you receive pickaxes. You receive one pickaxe for every ten consecutive energy used. You can then assist your game partner with the items they have marked. There will be an icon with hands on the upper right-hand side of your screen. You can earn up to 300 pickaxes. If you go over, you can continue playing but you will not earn any more pickaxes until you help your game partner.
To Find a Game Partner
If you don't have a friend you know that is also playing the game, you can send a request to one of your neighbors. To do so, click on the plus (+) sign to the left of your neighbor bar. You can also click on the hands in the upper right part of the screen. There will pull up another screen. You will see two tabs. One that will let you search for a game partner or enter in a player's game ID and another to manage requests. Once you have agreed to partner with another player, it is time for you to mark objects in other lands. You cannot mark objects in Home Station or Forgotten Bay.
To Mark Items
Once in the land you need help with, click on the hands in the upper right corner. At the bottom click "Ask for Assistance". Then select the item you would like your partner to help with. When your partner has cleared a marked item, an orange exclamation mark will appear on the left side of the hands icon. Go to the land and select the object to collect your goods. Be sure to mark more objects as your partner clears them.
Communication and Strategy
Communication can be essential at times when assisting a game partner. Their strategy may be different from yours. You can communicate by sending a gift. Some players prefer the largest objects cleared first while others are trying to open new areas. Even still, some players may focus on marking objects that provide resources they are low on. Most players will mark large energy items; other players have no preference and will also mark lower energy items. Strategies can change from land to land, thus it is important to communicate your goals to your game partner.
- The game will alert you when you have reached three hundred pickaxes. Please stop and help your partner if they have objects marked. It is just rude to waste pickaxes unnecessarily when you have a game partner with objects marked.
- Unless otherwise instructed by your game partners, consider knocking out the largest items first. This will help them advance further in their goals to clear the land.
- Before you exit the game, check your pickaxes. Do you have enough to help your partner? They may be playing when you are not and clearing objects for them may help their gameplay.
- Mark ten (10) objects! You are allowed to mark up to ten objects. Your partner may have the time and game energy to collect more than three hundred pickaxes in one sitting. You don't want to miss out on wasted pickaxes because you did not mark anything or have enough objects selected.
- If you need a few days off from the game or from traveling to lands that provide pickaxes, let your partner know. This reduces miscommunication and assumptions that you have stopped playing the game.
There are many tips and tricks for beginners that can be discussed. For many players, we learned along the way and that is a part of the fun. But Klondike: The Lost Expedition is also a neighbors game and many players take on the neighborly stance to help out other players, especially those just starting out.
If you already play the game, what other tips do you suggest? Let us know in the comments. It is always fun and interesting to see different strategic approaches to playing the game whether you are just starting out or have been playing for years.
Where to Play Klondike: The Lost Expedition
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