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#1 TheV

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 02:58 PM

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The Wishing Well
How to get your wish granted!


Intro:
The wishing well is something almost all of us have tried at some point, probably when we were newbies, hoping for that extravagant Baby Paint Brush. Who doesn't want cute baby pets? After several futile donations you probably gave up on the wishing well and spent your time doing other things (like ABing). I'd like to take you back to the wishing well and explain how it works and how you can actually make profit* from the wishing well.

*Note that as more people become familiar with the mechanics of the wishing well, the chances of profit will decrease.


Item Rarity:
Here is what you see when you go to the wishing well:

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This should be straight forward and familiar to you. Enter the neopoints you want to donate, the super expensive item you're wishing for and never hear from the wishing well at all is how it usually goes. If you look closely at the items being granted by the wishing well however, you notice a pattern. The same items keep appearing: Usukicon Y13 Goodie Bag, Bag of Peanuts, Neopets 11th Birthday Goodie Bag etc. What do these items have in common? They are the most expensive items at rarity 89 or below!

The wishing well only gives out items of rarity 89 and below. Now, you can use various item databases to find the most expensive and therefore most profitable items of rarity 89 and below.
Jellyneo Item Database
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Neocodex Item Database
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If you don't mind selling a HTS item, go ahead and choose the very most expensive items (Glyme Collectable Charm, Beautiful Columns Foreground, Geraptiku Bushes etc.). If you want a more ETS item with a stable price, I recommend Bag of Peanuts. If you don't want to deal with the trading post at all then you should go for buyable items. The various expensive spooky foods are good for this (Strawberry Ice Cream Apple Lantern, Brain Ice Cream etc.).


Donation Amount:
Other users' experiences have shown that the minimum amount donated that will result in a prize is 21np[1]. This means that for an item like Bag of Peanuts for example, which is worth ~210000np, you can put in 10000 donations before you break even. You can see you have pretty good chances to make a profit.


When to Donate:
The wishing well says that it gives out wishes 4 times a day. This is false. It has been observed that wishes are granted twice a day[1], with 10 wishes granted each time for a total of 20 wishes granted a day. This means you can win twice a day. It has been hypothesized on the neodaq forums that the wishes are granted at 6am/pm NST. If you make a wish around every 12 hours though, it should be fine. I make my wishes at 10am/pm local time, since it fits best with my sleep schedule.


Key Points:
  • Ask for items with rarity less than or equal to 89.
  • Minimum donation is 21np.
  • Make a wish every 12 hours.
  • Profit!
I hope to see your name on the wishing well list in the future!


Sources:
[1] Neodaq Forums (Neodaq account needed to see the thread)


Edited by TheV, 08 September 2011 - 03:02 PM.


#2 Junsu

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:37 PM

Is there actual physical proof that the minimum requirement is 21?

#3 TheV

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:42 PM

I skimmed through the thread on neodaq for people who have had their wishes granted. I saw successful wishes granted at 21np. It may very well be lower though, but I can't say. Anyway, 21np is quite insignificant already and trying to maximize your profits by going even lower wouldn't make a huge difference.

Edited by TheV, 08 September 2011 - 03:45 PM.


#4 hobowars

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:38 AM

very nice guide thumbs up :thumbsup:
hopefully i get to see my name on the wishing well

#5 Indigo

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 02:14 PM

Awesome guide, going to try and get me some peanuts. :D

#6 Graz

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 03:55 PM

Is there actual physical proof that the minimum requirement is 21?


If you donate 1np, the well will accept the donation but the url will not change, if you enter in a higher amount the url will change. Also there is a limit of how many wishes I think it was 6 or 7 per 12 hours.

#7 TheV

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:06 PM

That's interesting. I just tried it and it checks out.

The URL after clicking "Make a wish" with 21 or above:
http://www.neopets.c...l?thanks=21&xt=
With 20 or below:
http://www.neopets.c...phtml?thanks=20

On the 8th wish of 21 or above (wishes below 21 don't seem to count.), the "&xt=" disappears and looks like:
http://www.neopets.c...phtml?thanks=21

The xt parameter being there does not conclusively prove that there is a limit, since it's just an empty parameter. It does suggest something different is going on in those wishes though. Personally, I'm convinced.

Edited by TheV, 15 September 2011 - 04:09 PM.


#8 MarvelGirl

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 03:44 AM

During my dailies I make 8 wishes per day at 25nps per wish.

I win at least once a month.

Since July I have won a Jhoduras Bluff BG, A Faerie Foods Stamp and a NP 11th birthday bag.

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#9 landM

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 06:12 PM

Whoah. Today's the first time I ever used the well; I followed your instructions and I got a Bag of Peanuts! Thanks a bunch!

#10 Kat

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 06:20 PM

Nice guide, thanks for posting this.
Still can't believe the avatar hasn't been solved yet.

#11 Kas

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:24 PM

This is pretty cool, just entered my votes. +reped, Thanks :)

#12 grafxmaster

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 08:30 PM

I never knew this about the Well.
Thanks! +rep

#13 Pifron

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 11:23 AM

Interesting analysis. Crossing my fingers for some peanuts.

#14 Debbie

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:23 PM

lol, I came online one day after making a load of wishes, and found my wish had been granted twice :D

#15 Desmodius

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 03:51 PM

This is fantastic.

I donated 21np, my very first time using the well, and it gave me a Bag of Peanuts.

Thanks for the tips!

#16 Spex

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 09:16 AM

Great guide, I always only donated 1 np, thanks for the info!

#17 lonewolf

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 01:57 PM

During my dailies I make 8 wishes per day at 25nps per wish.

I win at least once a month.

Since July I have won a Jhoduras Bluff BG, A Faerie Foods Stamp and a NP 11th birthday bag.

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Wow, seems easy now :o nice guide btw, im going to start this now :)

#18 Noitidart

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 04:56 PM

Can you wish for an JWand WoDF IStaff FSS?Are those ever granted?

#19 ch33psh33p

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:03 PM

Those are above r89, so no.

#20 lexipaige

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:48 PM

My wish was granted the first time I tried this. I donated 100np.
Thanks!

#21 Sage

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 09:37 PM

.... What the hell is an "Eo-Codestein"? Somebody on the wishing well list I've got open right now got one.

#22 Bone

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 12:47 PM

.... What the hell is an "Eo-Codestein"? Somebody on the wishing well list I've got open right now got one.


Eo Codestone in German. The award always shows up in the language of the user that won it.

#23 Aarpm

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 08:42 PM

Great! I always skipped by the Well. Now it's one of my dailies. Thanks!

#24 rraven

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:41 PM

worked for me within two days! thanks a lot! :thumbsup: +rep

#25 MarvelGirl

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 07:11 AM

This is a great page, this has worked for me 5 times now.

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