CastleVille 'Mage Academy Herbology' Quests: Everything you need to know

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The Mage Academy feature continues to expand in CastleVille this week, via the launch of a Herbology class and a set of 10 matching quests. These quests will see you expanding further into the gloom to find the Mage Academy's Greenhouse, and completing tasks to show off your skills to Professor Plume. We're here with a guide to these quests, thanks to Zynga. Let's get started!
Herbology 101
  • Expand into the Gloom

The Gloom here is full of evil plants, and it can be unlocked with 100 Castle Level Points, one Exploration Crystal, and 1,000 coins. For completing this basic quest, you'll receive 2,000 coins and 40 XP.

Snapping It Up
  • Have 2 Snap-snacks
  • Use 1 Weed-B-Gone
  • Clear 3 Grass

The Snap-sacks can be earned by posting a general request to your news feed, while the Weed-B-Gone can be crafted inside the Workshop using two Poppy Seeds (ask friends), five Ogre's Belches, two Amber and four Yellow Feathers. While you can tend Adult Peacocks for a chance at the Yellow Feathers, you can also earn these items by sending out individual requests to your neighbors for help. Depending on the size of the item in this new expansion square, the plants may require more or less units of Weed-B-Gone, so get ready to craft a ton of these over the next few days or weeks. Completing this second quest gives you 2,000 coins and 40 XP.

Oh, Snap!
  • Defoliate the Mage Academy Greenhouse
  • Plant 5 Grapes
  • Craft 2 Swords

The "defoliating" here can be thought of as a building project in your Kingdom, as you'll need to collect three Clingy Vines, three Snapweed Whackers, three Aquamarine, and two Bronze Bars to complete this first stage. You'll earn these items through a combination of crafting, friend requests or other actions in your Kingdom, like mining rocks or collecting from buildings. As for the Swords, they require items like Alchemist Powders to craft inside the Workshop. You'll earn 2,000 coins, 40 XP, and a Glow-Lily for completing this quest.Greenhouse Magic
  • Have 4 Super Sprouts
  • Cast the Sunripen Spell 1 Time
  • Use 4 Weed-B-Gone on the Snapweeds

The Super Sprouts are earned by posting a general request to your news feed. While you're waiting for those to arrive, you can work on the Sunripen spell, which is a green spell in the nature category of the spell book. It requires Eggs, Sand, Candles, and Seeds to create, and it will allow you to instantly grow your crops once it's cast. Completing this quest gives you 2,500 coins and 50 XP.

The Preposterous Pots
  • Feed 2 Magic Planters
  • Plant 2 Crops in a Magic Planter
  • Cast the New Bloom Spell

You'll find the Snapweed Magic Planters in this new expansion square, but you'll need to use Weed-B-Gone before you can actually plant any crops within them. Once you do that, you'll be able to cast the New Bloom spell using three Beanstalk Leaves, five Grapes, and two Flaxseed Oil. You'll receive 2,500 coins and 50 more XP for completing this quest.

Weed Whacker
  • Click on the Greenhouse
  • Harvest 2 Crops from the Magic Planters
  • Tend 8 Flowers

This quest is rather easy, especially if you plant crops that take a short amount of time to grow. For the record, you can defoliate the next stage of the Greenhouse using eight Clingy Vines, three Mystical Stones, four Steel Bars, and three Mortar. You'll receive 2,500 coins, 50 XP, and a Smoochweed Statue when you complete this quest.

Make It Snappy!
  • Cast the Harvest Wind Spell
  • Use 5 Weed-B-Gone
  • Water 6 New Tree Saplings

The Harvest Wind Spell is another in the green nature category of the spell book, and it requires Red Feathers, Down Feathers, Wood Planks and Rubies to craft. This spell will bring a whirlwind to your Kingdom that will instantly harvest your crops. Meanwhile, saplings can be purchased in the store for 400-600 coins, depending on the type of tree you'd like. You'll be given another 2,500 coins and 50 XP for completing this quest.

Ankle Snappers
  • Use 6 Weed-B-Gone
  • Have 8 Hedge Shears
  • Craft 1 Cleansing Rain Spell

The Hedge Shears are earned by posting another general news item to your wall. Meanwhile, the Cleansing Rain spell can be crafted using Fish, Magic Beans, Aquamarine, and Wool. You'll receive 2,500 coins and 50 XP when you complete this quest.

Nightshade Necessity
  • Defoliate the Magic Academy
  • Use 8 Weed-B-Gone
  • Collect 1 Nightshade Blossom

This is the last stage in the defoliation process on the Greenhouse, and it requires 25 Clingy Vines, seven Snapweed Whackers, four Iron Bars, and two Flaming Swords to complete. Once you've freed the Greenhouse, you'll be able to collect Nightshade Blossoms from it for free. Completing this quest gives you 3,250 coins, 65 XP, and three Nightshade Blossoms.

Herbology Final Exam
  • Plant 8 Crops
  • Use 5 Fertilizers on Crops
  • Cast Phantom Farmer Spell

The Phantom Farmer spell is found in the green nature section, and it requires Nightshade Blossoms, Super Sprouts, Alchemist Powders and Green Fairy Elixirs to craft. This spell will bring in a phantom farmer that will pick all of your ripe crops in an instant. You'll receive 3,250 coins, 65 XP, and a Smoochweed for finishing this final quest. Good luck finishing them all!
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