Forbidden Garden Beginner’s Guide & Walkthrough

Welcome to the ultimate Forbidden Garden walkthrough, the only game where you play an evil character with bad intentions.

Forbidden Garden Gameplay
Forbidden Garden Gameplay

Currency and Resources

In Forbidden Garden, you will find a bigger-than-normal list of currencies, points and resources which defitely make the game the “casual” category, getting a bit more complex to understand.

  • Energy: Necessary to do all in-game activities, with the exception of contracts, upgrades and resource gathering by minions.
  • Experience: Each time you fill up this meter you will level up. Completing quests, creating buildings, and almost any other in-game action yields experience.
  • Timber: You need the sawmill to wood gathered by your minions to produce timber.
  • Stones: Stones are produced at the stone mine and also by collecting stones from your reign.
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  • Knowledge: This resource is produced at the library building exclusively.
  • Crystals: Crystals are produced at the Crystal Mine, by finding treasure-troves and garbage.
  • Population: You need inhabitants for making potions. To increase the population, you must conquer new lands or improve existing village homes. Another key resource. You need population for placing traps, making potions and participating in contracts.
  • Minions: See our Mini-Guide on Minions below.

Study Upgrades/Improvements Tree

You might notice there’s a tab called “Science” at the bottom bar, on top of the neighbors list. Here you have listed the entire list of upgrades you need to “Study” in order to unlock recipes, new buildings and building improvements. Here comes into play the importance of Influence Points, you need “Influence Points” on most of the studies to unlock them. The first building you need to start the studies is the library.

How To Get Free Energy on Forbidden Garden

  • 1 energy point is granted every time you visit a neighbor and do five actions on their land.
  • Add “Energy” to your wishlist in Gifts so your friends know what you need. The storage limit for energy packs is 50.
  • Run out of Energy and ask your friends for it. It’s good to have dozens of neighbors simply because you can get 1 energy for each friends that replies to your request.
  • Some contracts in Buildings have energy included, use them to give you a boost.
  • Villain’s Collection: By completing this collection you will be given 3 energy points
  • Level Up: by leveling up, you will fully refill your energy bar

The Story – Historical Stages

Historical Stages are a series of quest chains that follow the game story line. The entire log of Stories/stages can be found by clicking on the parchment icon on the top right side of the screen, below the fullscreen button. The first historical Stage you need to complete is Awake The Volcano.

How procurement Works

Once you start procuring one of the basic resources it will take a certain amount of time for the task to fully load the facility. You won’t be able to collect until you finish the production session. Remember, you will always need a minion to gather raw mats for the building in order to produce the resource, if you urgently need the minion for something else, you have to stop the production.

Contract Buildings

As you progress through the game, you will construct new buildings and be tasked with fulfilling contracts. Each building has a different set of contracts, each one having a different types of profits, the bigger the profit the longer the time it will require and more population it will consume. The price usually includes a population threshold and gold. Some contract buildings need to be researched first on the study tab to be unlocked.

Once you start a contract, you can check out the completion time remaining by positioning a mouse on top of the building.

Finally, not all buildings fulfill contracts, some only procure resources.

If you take a look at any contract building sidebar, you will get to see what bonus each contract has. Usually, the first contract in the list if the most convenient time-wise. The second is the one providing more gold, the third one will give you energy, and finally the last one will yield a rare material.



All buildings can be found on their respective tab within the Shop. You basically unlock buildings through 3 different methods: by getting an achievement, by completing a quest and by doing a certain study. Some buildings fullfill contracts exclusively, others spawn creatures and flora and the rest procure resources.


Potions are meant to be created in order to defeat bosses and complete quest tasks.


each different trap get a different king of trophy, taking out different objects from the captured thief.


Spells give you temporary boosts to different resources, minions and traps and potions effectiveness.


Here lies the secret to Influence, add them to your reign, and fill up the Influence meter bar.


You have a list of eggs that once cracked will give birth to different magical pets, you need souls to buy them.


Remember, you are on the bad side this time, and the ones attacking you are usually the characters you would play on any other game, but not on Forbidden Garden.

These “thief heroes” will seize your buildings and you need to get rid of them to get the building functioning back. They have a limited life counter that you need to deplete.

Peasants will also show up in your neighborhood, you just need to scare them and they will drop collectibles.


The gift section plays a special role in Forbidden Garden, since you actually need to receive certain items from neighbors in order to complete the construction of buildings and craft more complex items. Each item listed within this tab has the “ask from friends” and “add to wishlist”. Initially, the gift section was bugged and the request messaged was never delivered. Water, Fab, Cobweb and Bark are among the items listed.

Where can you find your neighbor wishlist?

Forbidden Garden Wishlist

The wishlist can be found when you position and keep your mouse on your neighbor avatar, at the bottom bar, the wishlist will drop-up and show which items they are currently looking for. Beware, some items are quite scarce and are too valuable to be gifted sometimes.

Minion Mini-Guide

Minions are essential for your progress in the game, you will find that there’re several types of minions that can carry out tasks other Minions cannot. Below there are a series of tips that will help you take advantage of Minions:

  • Minions Also Level Up: If you position your mouse on your current minion you will see it actually has its own XP bar. The level is indicated right to the side of its name. For each new level they reach, the speed work rate increases by 1%
  • Permanent Extra Minion: The second minion is obtained after completing the “Forced Labor” mission. The third one comes after finishing the “Art of Coercion” study and upgrade the Citadel to level 3.
  • Special Scroll: You get this item after battling a boss, from a daily bonus or as a reward from a task completion. Simply use it and get an extra minion for 96 hours.
  • Buy Extra Minions: Yes, if you have souls, you can spend them on extra minions. Simply click on the + button next to the Minion meter on the top right of the screen and get 1 for 10 hours for 3 souls and 1 for two days for 9 souls.
  • Stimulate your Minion: After a certain period of time, your Minion becomes sort of lazy, so make sure to use the whiplash on him to “awake” it before you start questing. They are only awake for 10 minutes and extra whipping during that lapse of time does not add to the timer. Each whiplash costs 1 energy. For each whipping, you also make your minion gain 1 XP point.
  • Rubrik: this minion is the best one for creating buildings, since they work faster than regular minions and do not rest until the building is finished
  • Bespell: Visit your neighbor and click on the “Bespell” button to call one of your friends’ minion to work in your kingdom, you can get up to 2 minions from your friends to work for you at the same time. If you cannot bespell the ally, that means the person is currently playing the game.
  • Inactive Minions: These are shown in the bottom right corner of the screen, they are displayed once they are done with a task and have nothing else to do.
  • Last but Not Least, you will still be calling extra minions when doing instant actions such as mining stones or chopping wood. However, you need permanent minions for building construction and resource gathering for some buildings.

If you feel some important feature of the game has been left out and unexplained, let us know with a comment below.

11 thoughts on “Forbidden Garden Beginner’s Guide & Walkthrough”

  1. Just started playing and I’m trying to complete the First Souls and Sign of Friendship quests and it isn’t working. So, seems there is a game glitch. And it doesn’t seem that any other quests will appear until I complete those two.

  2. I have 5 permanent minions but none of them are named Rubik. Above you state a minion named Rubrik: this minion is the best one for creating buildings, since they work faster than regular minions and do not rest until the building is finished. I have seen that name in other neighbors gardens but none of my minions are Rubik. How do I get Rubik? The names of my minions are Bernard, Sullen, Valdemar, Sweetie and Wlm.

    1. I am not sure about that one myself. But I do know that some of my neighbors have minions with different names than what mine are named. Good question Linda

  3. Does anyone happen to know exactly when we can make up to 4 timed quest recipes at one time in the cauldron. I do know that until we upgrade the cauldron we can only make 2 recipes at a time. But once the cauldron is upgraded I thought that we could make up to 4 recipes at the same time when we have the timed quests. My citadel is at level 3 and the cauldron was upgraded as well.
    Thanks :)

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