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Set Buildings: Worth It or Worthless?

Sometimes for events we are trying to get a special building. Other times we need to upgrade a certain building. Then, there are the times that we’re trying to complete a set. Sets are interesting because they perform better next to other pieces of their particular puzzle, but that means they’re getting larger and do the bonuses keep up with the space required to make them worthwhile? Depends entirely on the set.

Originally you could only win the sets during the events, and some of them were available through the Daily Quests function. With the introduction of the Antiques Dealer however, we are seeing the ability to bid on or purchase set pieces, which changes everything entirely. Now you could potentially finish that set where you just missed a piece or two, or even get a second one (or third, or fourth) altogether!

But is it worth it to do so? Is the set worth the cost at the Antiques Dealer? After all, most of them cost gems, and gems are not easy to get. Best to spend wisely. Especially in consideration of the Cherry Garden Set, Indian Palace Set, and Indian Fountain Set; all of which you can possibly get pieces for from Daily Quests.

With Sets, Remember…

There are a couple of things you need to remember overall when it comes to sets, so before we get into whether or not it’s worthwhile to build them we should review these items.

First and foremost, sets typically are not worth building if you do not have all the pieces. This means don’t start putting in a set before the event is over, because if you get to the end and are missing something that’s a lot of Store Buildings that you’re going to need to get the space back. I repeat, DO NOT build an incomplete set! The only exception to this tidbit is if you already have a complete set, and you can get all the benefits of the pieces you’re adding on to just daisy-chain things. A good example is with the Classical Garden Set, where you can add the pool to either end because it works. You don’t need a second full set to get the full bonus of the pool.

Be aware of which pieces need to be connected to a road, and which ones do not. Often only a couple of pieces need the road connection, but it’s usually enough to screw up your best-laid ideas for a moment as you suddenly realize that the set isn’t working because the road isn’t passing by the correct piece. This can be really obnoxious when it comes time to actually get the set into your city, because they usually end up being something of an odd size.

Know that the bonuses stack, they don’t change. So if a piece has multiple bonuses based on how many other pieces it touches, you’ll get each of them if you can make a full connection.

Take for example the Gong of Wisdom (level 2, in The Future era) for the Cherry Garden Set (pictured left). Its base reward, all by itself, is 10 medals.

  • If it touches 1 other piece of the set, it will produce an additional 21 medals, for 31 medals total.
  • If it touches 2 other pieces of the set, it will produce 21 medals + 30 medals, for 61 medals total.
  • If it touches 3 other pieces of the set, it will produce 21 medals + 30 medals + 2 FPs, for a total of 61 medals and 2 FPs.
  • If it touches 4 other pieces of the set, it will produce 21 medals + 30 medals + 2 FPs + 2 FPs, for a total of 61 medals and 4 FPs.

That’s pretty amazing! Each object of a set will have a similar menu, and you’ll know if it’s connected properly because the items you are going to receive are lit up in green. If the item in the list isn’t green, then you’re not getting it come collection time.

Remember that to receive the bonuses, you have to use unique set pieces. So you can’t put four Gongs of Wisdom around a singular Gong of Wisdom to get the bonus. The pieces requirement is for the number of unique pieces that object is touching. This is why with the Indian Palace Set you can’t just surround the Maharaja’s Palace with Eastern Palace Towers and make it work. It’s also why events can be tricky if you aren’t guaranteed to get all the unique pieces, and what makes earning them through chance in Daily Quests so frustrating.

These sets are also able to be plundered, and unlike a Hall of Fame or Shrine of Knowledge that, once motivated, cannot be plundered, there is no way to stop the ability to plunder a set. So if you’re getting attacked regularly (or at all) in your current neighborhood, it’s best to be on top of your collections to keep them out of your sets, where the really good stuff is.

Finally, you can identify sets by unique icons. Somewhere near the set piece in your inventory will be an icon that indicates not only that it’s a part of a set, but to which one it belongs. Even if you don’t know the name of the set, you can easily match the images together to know that those pieces belong with each other. In this way it’s fairly easy to keep sets together. Likewise, once planted that icon will be next to each additional bonus you can earn by placing unique set pieces adjacent to each other. So there are a lot of triggers to remind you which pieces go to which set, and to keep them together so you earn the maximum bonuses. Try not to break them apart, even when rearranging your town, so the bonuses don’t reset their timer (thankfully the Reconstruction Tool allows you to move things around without screwing this up).

The Sets

For ease of navigation, these are listed in alphabetical order, with the ability to jump to each set included. This list will be updated as sets are released, as time of the author allows; so if you don’t see a specific set yet please be patient.

Cherry Garden Set | Classical Garden Set | Indian Fountain Set | Indian Palace Set | Piazza Set | Royal Garden Set | Winter Village Set

Key Information:

Most sets always give things in the same manner, so this is a general list of what you might get and how it will be determined. Please refer to this when looking at set bonuses if you are confused.

  • Coins: The number you get will always be dependent on the age of the set piece giving them.
  • Supplies: The number you get will always be dependent on the age of the set piece giving them.
  • Happiness: The amount will always be dependent on the age of the set piece giving them.
  • Medals: The number you get will always be dependent on the age of the set piece giving them.
  • Population: The amount will always be dependent on the age of the set piece giving it.
  • Coin Boost: This is a permanent percentage boost to coins you collect in your city (GBs excluded). Actual percentage will be dependent on the age of the set piece giving them.
  • Supply Boost: This is a permanent percentage boost to supplies you collect in your city (GBs excluded). Actual percentage will be dependent on the age of the set piece giving them.
  • Forge Points: A specific quantity will be given regardless of age.
  • Goods: A specific quantity will be given regardless of age. The type of goods you will get will be dependent on the age of the set piece.
    • When they are in multiples of 5 (ie: 5, 10, 15, etc.) you will usually get a set of each good for the era (so 5 goods means 1ea, 10 goods means 2ea, 15 goods means 3ea, etc.).
    • If the goods are in a random quantity that is not a multiple of 5, then you’ll just get one random good matching the age of the building, in that quantity (ie: 3 goods for an Industrial Era set piece might give 3 Coke one day, and 3 Textiles the next).
  • Attack Boost: This is a permanent boost that your units being used to attack with will receive.
  • Defense Boost: This is a permanent boost that your units being used to defend your city will receive.

Cherry Garden Set Level 1

 
Full Set Size: 5×5

Number of Pieces: 5

Full Set Bonus: Coins, Supplies, Medals, Happiness, 5 FPs, 5 Goods, 5% Attack Boost, 5% Defense Boost

Reno/One Up Kit: Only worth it if you want to bring the goods to your current age, or are seriously desperate for happiness.

Comments: This is an amazing set to have. You get a lot of stuff in a space the size of a small GB, and the majority of it is very useful. This is an easy set to daisy-chain as well, as you only need three additional pieces to either side to get just over two full sets. So if you have 3x Gongs of Wisdom and 2x of all other pieces, you can have just over two full sets in an 11×5 space.

If you want to know specifically what it gives you for your age, please check the wiki.

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Cherry Garden Set Level 2

 
Full Set Size: 5×5

Number of Pieces: 5

Full Set Bonus: Coins, Supplies, Medals, Happiness, 7 FPs, 10 Goods, 10% Attack Boost, 12% Defense Boost

Reno/One Up Kit: Only worth it if you want to bring the goods to your current age, or are seriously desperate for happiness.

Comments: If you are able to fully upgrade the cherry set, it is well worth your efforts. Even just upgrading pieces as you’re able is worth it, because you can mix-and-match levels, it’s still the same set.

If you want to know specifically what it gives you for your age, please check the wiki.

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Classical Garden Set

 
Full Set Size: 4×4

Number of Pieces: 3

Full Set Bonus: Coins, Supplies, Coin Boost, Supply Boost, Happiness, 3 Goods, 5% Attack Boost, 4% Defense Boost

Reno/One Up Kit: If you planted it in a much earlier era, bringing it to your current era (3 or 4 or more eras down the line) might be worth it for the increased coin and supply boost; but only if you’re struggling to have enough coins/supplies.

Comments: This is a smaller set that really packs a punch. Especially if you’re looking for attack boost, because you can place an extra Classical Garden Pool on the opposite edge of the other two set pieces, and get the full bonus from it again. So instead of a 5% attack boost in a 4×4 area, you can get a 10% attack boost in a 4×6 area. Very, very easy to daisy-chain this one for great results.

If you want to know specifically what it gives you for your age, please check the wiki.

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Indian Fountain Set

 
Full Set Size: 6×4

Number of Pieces: 5

Full Set Bonus: Coins, Medals, Happiness, Coin Boost, Supply Boost, Attack Boost, Defense Boost, 1 FP

Reno/One Up Kit: Since this one actually has the Attack Boost as an age dependent thing, it’s absolutely worth using a Renovation Kit on that particular piece when you’ll get extra boost.

Comments: This particular set isn’t necessarily worth building unless you’re someone who does a lot of attacking, or are in desperate need of the coin or supply boost. Otherwise it’s a lot of space to take up when it doesn’t have a lot of benefits. It’s definitely a set that will serve best only a select style of playing that involves wanting to kill things. You can daisy-chain this set, but it’s not as easy as it’s the pool in the middle that gives the attack boost and it needs to be connected to all the other pieces.

If you want to know specifically what it gives you for your age, please check the wiki.

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Indian Palace Set

 

Full Set Size: 8×4

Number of Pieces: 5

Full Set Bonus: Coins, Supplies, Medals, Happiness, 10 Goods, 6 FPs

Reno/One Up Kit: Unless you want to bring the goods to your current age, it’s not really worth using a renovation or one up kit on this set. If you’re desperate for happiness, maybe, but you’d really need to be desperate.

Comments: This is a very popular set to have because it does give a lot of FPs and goods, among other things. Definitely worth it to get. It is a bit more difficult to daisy-chain because the main piece that gives the best goodies is the Palace in the center, and it needs to be connected to all the other set pieces to offer its full output. So if you start to daisy-chain this, it can get rather large.

If you want to know specifically what it gives you for your age, please check the wiki.

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Piazza Set Level 1

 

Full Set Size: 5×5

Number of Pieces: 5

Full Set Bonus: Population, Coins, Supplies, Medals, Happiness, Coin Boost, Supply Boost, Attack Boost, 5% Defense Boost, 4 FPs, 9 Goods

Reno/One Up Kit: Aside from perhaps raising the attack boost by upgrading that specific building when it’s applicable to do so since it is age dependent, it’s not really worth upgrading these. Not unless your really desperate for one of the other boosts to go up (aside from defense, which won’t change).

Comments: This was a very difficult set to get because it wasn’t guaranteed, it was won through a massive game of chance (something that many people were very unhappy about). If luck wasn’t on your side, you didn’t get this full set. It is a fantastic set to have down though if you did get it, and it takes up no more room than the Cherry Garden Set. Like that set, it’s easy to daisy-chain in a very similar fashion.

If you want to know specifically what it gives you for your age, please check the wiki.

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Piazza Set Level 2

 
Full Set Size: 5×5

Number of Pieces: 5

Full Set Bonus: Population, Coins, Supplies, Medals, Happiness, Coin Boost, Supply Boost, Attack Boost, 8% Defense Boost, 8 FPs, 16 Goods

Reno/One Up Kit: Aside from perhaps raising the attack boost by upgrading that specific building when it’s applicable to do so since it is age dependent, it’s not really worth upgrading these. Not unless your really desperate for one of the other boosts to go up (aside from defense, which won’t change).

Comments: This was a very difficult set to get because it wasn’t guaranteed, it was won through a massive game of chance (something that many people were very unhappy about). If you were lucky enough to get the full upgraded set, it’s well worth the space it occupies to plant! Like the Cherry Garden set, it’s easy to daisy-chain in a very similar fashion. Even if you cannot upgrade all the pieces to level 2, it’s worth upgrading what you can and you’ll end up somewhere between the level 1 and level 2 totals for what you’ll receive.

If you want to know specifically what it gives you for your age, please check the wiki.

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Royal Garden Set

 
Full Set Size: 4×5

Number of Pieces: 3

Full Set Bonus: Coins, Medals, Happiness, 5 Goods, 2 FPs, 5% Defense Boost

Reno/One Up Kit: Unless you’re somehow desperate for coins or goods of your own age, this set is not worth wasting a Renovation or One Up Kit on.

Comments: In the early going when you have some space to spare and are in need of FPs, this isn’t a bad set. It doesn’t age well though, and once you’re capable of making 50+ FPs a day it should probably go bye-bye into storage. On top of not being very useful, the set itself does not line up well so you end up with a weird gape edge somewhere. In addition, two of the three set pieces have to touch a road, making it even more awkward. This wasn’t a well thought-out set, and you really can do a lot better with that space in your city.

If you want to know specifically what it gives you for your age, please check the wiki.

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Winter Village Set

 
Full Set Size: Varies, but the pieces all combined as shown here take up a 7×4 area

Number of Pieces: 9

Full Set Bonus: Varies. See comments below.

Reno/One Up Kit: Not at all worth it.

Comments: So this is a set that when released, the purpose behind it was to allow the player to just pick the pieces that work for them to make up small sets. There is no actual way to combine one of each piece into a giant set that gives you the full bonus on all pieces. To get full bonus out of all pieces, you need a lot of multiples of smaller pieces, so that the bigger ones have more to touch. However, doing so will only increase the size of this behemoth, meaning it will take up more and more valuable space in your city. It is extremely not worth it to do that!

As shown here though, a small little tidbit from the set, is an example of what perhaps a fighter might put together to get some attack boost. This set uses 5 of the 9 set pieces (Smörgåsbord Feast, Candlemaker’s Tent, Tinkerer’s Tent, Halmbock, and Madame Fortuna’s Tent) , and none of them require a road so you can stick it anywhere. Its total size is a 3×3, and it will give: Happiness, Medals, 5% Coin Boost, 5% Supply Boost, 3% Attack Boost, 5% Defense Boost, and 1 FP. None of which is worth using a Renovation or One Up Kit on, and it’s questionable if it’s worth the space in general.

It’s little groupings like these that Inno was thinking players might find value in, but to piece it together and come up with combinations takes more time and thought than most really want to put into this game. Options are nice, but this was a bit too much.

If you want to learn more about this set, and what each of the pieces do (to get an idea how maybe you could combine them to work for you), then please check the wiki.

If you want to see a bunch of ways to combine set pieces to get bonuses, check the comments on this wiki page.

Overall though, this set is unruly and not really recommended.

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