FarmVille: Breed or adopt pigs to receive points and unlock new patterns

A huge update has been added to the Pig Pen and Pig Breeding feature in FarmVille. It's not a huge update in terms of changing how you breed pigs, as that has remained the same; rather, this upgrade adds a point system to the feature. As you breed pigs, or even adopt pigs from friends, you'll receive points. As you level yourself up as a "Pig Breeder," you'll unlock new patterns that could potentially be passed down to piglets. I guess now we know why all of those awesome patterns were recently added to the game.

Right now, it seems like there are just two ways to earn points: either by successfully breeding a Boar and Sow and raising a Piglet, or by sharing a Piglet with friends and having that Piglet adopted. While you might feel tempted to immediately start breeding your pigs, know that this feature is slowly rolling out to users, so you won't want to waste your Love Potions until you know you'll actually earn points.

Meet us behind the break to see what new patterns are available and to see just how much breeding you'll have to do to earn them.While the actual ability to earn points for breeding is still slowly rolling out, every user has access to the adoption points. You'll earn 3 points for simply adopting a Piglet, while your friends will also earn 3 points when you do. Remember, even if you put a Piglet up for adoption, no one earns any points if no one actually adopts the animal. As you work your way through the levels, you'll have access to new patterns:

Level 5: Checkered Pig Pattern
Level 10 Heart Pig Pattern
Level 15 Flower Pig Pattern
Level 20: Racing Stripe Pig Pattern
Level 25: Spiral Pattern
Level 30: Moon Pattern

Since this addition relies on lots and lots of breeding to earn points, and the easiest way to guarantee success is by using Love Potions, you can be sure that Zynga has added new ways to earn Love Potions as well. For one, you'll be able to unlock prizes in addition to the new patterns as you level up, with some prizes being free Love Potions. In addition, you'll be able to - wait for it - sacrifice pigs to the Pig Breeding altar to receive Love Potions as well. Ok, perhaps it isn't as sinister as all that, but you can "trade-in" existing pigs (say, if a Piglet didn't turn out looking as cute as you'd like) for Love Potions all the same.

To give you a better idea of how you'll level up, let's take a look at leveling from the first level to Level 2. You'll earn three points for each Piglet you breed on your land, and as you breed Piglets you'll earn either Love Potions or Bottles as prizes. For this example, you'll earn two bottles for the first two successfully breeding attempts you complete, and will then earn a Love Potion for making it to level 2. To be clear, you must breed three times (or earn nine points) to make it to level 2.

From there, it's more of the same, as you earn two Bottles and one Love Potion per level. That may not sound like much, but remember to trade in your excess pigs and you'll do just fine.

Have you received the update to Pig Breeding on your farm? Even if you haven't, will the addition of a points and level system make you want to breed more Pigs? Would you like a similar system to come to Sheep Breeding? Sound off in the comments.
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