Nemo’s Reef Beginner’s Guide and Walkthrough
Nemo’s Reef intro tells pretty much all about the game’s objective, you have to build a reef, with as many fish and coral species as possible.
Before you start playing for the first time, you will be prompted to type a profile name or keep the default one. The default name can be changed later on, and is used for referral promo codes.
Currencies and Score System
- XP points: you obtain experience points by harvesting Corals and Plants.
- Sand Dollars: this is Nemo’s Reef soft currency, obtained from harvesting matured plants.
- Algae: Algae units are obtained from harvesting matured corals [in turn, you use these algae to help plants grow]
- Pearls: Pearks are the hard currency, only obtained by opening treasure chests or purchasing it with real life money and are used to speed up building processes and growing times [notice they are not the same though].
The pink heart on the top-left side of the screen indicates your Vitality. Vitality represents the population of ornamental plants, rare platns, rare fish and gustes in the reed. Vitality will also increase the chance of attracting a rare fish to the reef: the higher the Vitality the better the chances of growing a rare plant that will attract a rare fish. It’s a good idea to check regularly the Vitality of the reef, as it will change throughout the game.
The idea is to keep Vitality at 100% all the time. What you need the most to raise the bar to 100% are RARE PLANTS. Rare fishes are attracted by rare plants so that’s why rare plants are far more important. Don’t worry too much about guests since they are mainly obtained through quests. We’ve got a separate guide that teaches you to attract these rare fishes, some of them require several rare plants of the same type and another ones need a combination of different plants.
You can invite friends by adding them through their game username, using your facebook contacts or with email invites.
By visiting other Reefs and completing all 5 actions, you will be rewarded with sand dollars, algae and XP points. beware though, since you only get to do 5 actions a day.
You need to carefully pick your action for the best rewards. For instance, you sure want to harvest the following plants and corals: Bamboo Coral, Pipe coral, Cat’s Paw Coral or Yellow Small Grass
You can move plants, coral and stones from place to another by going to menu >> move, then tap on the object you want to mov (you can also sell it).
New expansions will beome automatically available when other friends join the reef. The first friend to appear is obviously Dory, which shows up after completing the visit a friend’s reef quest.
Even after placing the plant you bought at the nursery, you still need to make them growth, this is made by seeding algae a total of 3 times, allowing the plant to mature. The plant will indicate when it needs the algae by popping the algae plant surrounded by a pink frame.
But what’s the point of plants and corals?. Turns out that the right mix of Ornamental Plants next to a Living Plant attract different species of fishes. As you progress through the game you will be wondering how certain fishes can be attracted to your fishes by discovering plant combos.
So what’s the difference between a Coral and a Plant, well, considering they are both matured, you will collect algae from the first and collect sand dollars from the latter.
After collecting a certain amount of starfishes, you will level up. by leveling up you will unlock new corals, algae and decors
As you reach higher levels, you will need more stars/XP points to level up. Now, what is the best strategy to level up quicker? There are basically two methods, one of them is by plant a huge farm of Yellow Table Plants and Loop Coral so you tap a thousand times every two minutes. During the early stages of the game, this is for sure the best method. The next strategy is to start planting species that do not require too much attention, and can be harvested every two or three hours, for instance Orange Tubes & Blue Mushrooms and Eggshell Coral. Don’t forget to actually blend the plant species.
Always check out the living plant and coral description at the nursery, so you are sure that it fits your harvest schedule. for example, Yellow Plateau plants take a very long time to yield the sand dollars, that is 12 hours to be exact.
Always make sure to have plenty of sand dollars and algae, this is because quests will get more and more demanding and will eventually stop your progress. This is why is very important to flood the Reef with plants and corals at first, to create a profitable farm.
Notice that the higher level the plant is, the longer time it takes to grow, that means is not enough to buy it from the nursery, you also need to feed it with algae through the 3 stages, in some plants it takes half a day for a single stage to take place.
You can always remove and sell cheap plants to make some space for rare plants, in fact, this is what you have to do in advanced stages of the game to keep getting new rare fishes and completing quests. Some plants take a lot of grids in order to be planted.
Here’s one major tip, when you plant a Mystery Seed, the best indicator if it’s going to grow into a Rare plant is by having sparkles around it. Not all your Mystery Seeds will yield a Rare Plant, remember that. You will eventually realize that is better to plant them in batches of ten, and watch if any of those sparkles, if they don’t you will have to plant more Mystery Seeds.
Regarding Extraordinary Mystery Seeds, you are guaranteed to grow a Rare Plant, but NOT guaranteed to obtain a NEW RARE PLANT, it could be one that you already have in your Reef.
Treasure Chests are a recent addition to the game, they were not present when the Nemo’s Reef was initially released. But what are Mysterious Chest and how do you get more of these? The fact is that these chests appear randomly, you cannot control when they will appear. But as soon as they show up, you must open them or they could disappear, they usually cost a few coins to be opened. You will always get different rewards, sometimes are Pearls, other times are XP points and so on.
The nursery is where you purchase all the available Living Plants, Corals, Ornamental plants, Rare Plants and seeds and Special items. Remember, you will unlock new species of plants and corals as you level up or also by combining plants [more on that in our guide on plant formulas.]
We’ve got the complete guide to obtain all 13 guest fishes and 29 rare fishes
By entering the menu, you can tap on the “collection” button, which opens a sorts of fishpedia, listing three categories of fishes; Friends, Guests and Rare Fish:
- Friends: These fishes show up as you make progress through the game by completing quests.
- Guests: From time to time, a unique sea species will come to visit your reef. Perform the mission/quest that will tempt it to stay or it might leave. If it leaves, it will come back later. You can buy hints with sand dollars to get a better idea of how to attrack a missing fish on the list of guests. Also, you can buy all the hints by spending one pearl.
- Rare Fish: Rare fishes are attracted to the reef by growing a specific rare plant. You can try growing a Rare Plant from a Mystery seed. But you can also plant an extraordinary Mystery Seed to be sure to grow a Rare Plant, that costs 10 pearls through.
To find out the exact name of the rare species or guest that is swimming in the reef, tap repeateadly over its body and the the screen will zoom in and unveil its name.
Quests, or missions, are key to progress through the game and manage to unlock new plant and coral species and also to be able to attract unique fishes, including Nemo’s friends. We are working on a guide that lists all quests in order, including their descriptions to help you out with the most difficult ones. If you run out of quests, that means you must first level up in order to unveil the next set of missions.
The quest “what seadragon” introduces you to the first fish species and how it can be attracted to your reef. Each time you grow the right plant combo that attracts a new fish to the reef, you will get the option to publish the event to your facebook page.
Growing Your Reef
Following up quests is just not enough to quickly make your Reef bigger and attrack Rare and Guest fishes. Here are a few tips that will help you start from scratch and create a huge coral, making sure you don’t run out of algae and sand dollars in the meanwhile:
- When you first start out, start by growing a huge set of Fan Coral Plants along a huge set of Yellow Table Plants. This is mainly because they will yield tons of algae and sand dollars every 2 minutes, giving you a constant currency supply to plant more expensive species. We suggest you plant up to 40 of each to keep up with the pace. Of course, eventually you will get rid of these plants since you will run out of space in the reef.
- Save the pearls exclusively to buy extraordinary mystery plants, do not use them to speed up building or growing stages.