Trapped Minion Updates!

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Hello, everyone!

Thanks to some helpful users, I've been looking into a less-loved feature. The trapped minions. In the spirit of communication, here are some current and future changes.

Throughout May, you might notice the bubbles have a higher chance of popping. Before an hour ago, the chances for a bubble to pop and give you a minion was ridiculous at 1/100 chance. I'll adjust throughout May to find a good spot where it's not too common or rare for you to pop a bubble. Why?

In June, I'll adjust the code so you can get minions of rarities outside of 1-99 as well as 1-99! Those are the only rarities that will have the minion follow you home. There are a lot of cool minions outside of those rarities that we'd like you to have a chance at. That's why I'll first find that sweet spot for how often a trapped minion will be released to you. Don't want those super rare minions to become too common after all!

Edit:
To clarify some things:
:star: June will mean you'll get some extra minion rarities in addition to 1-99 minions.
:star: We won't be adding cash shop minions as a potential prize (other plans for those friends)!
:star: We will be changing Major Drills for the next few days not to ask for you to feed trapped minions. This will go into effect at midnight on the 14th.
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Posted by Amber

Enchant

If someone is auto feeding then that should be looked into, but please don't make the cool down between feedings longer. Maybe have the fed minions clear a bit faster. If achievements are added for this, it's probably going to take feeding hundreds of minions to get them. A few months after the initial rush, it won't be so busy. Feeding the minions is fun, but waiting 30 seconds when no one else is around is going to be a bummer.
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Owl

I got blocked over a user feeding JUST AS MANY (or more) minions as I was one night. Ridiculous. Minions only have a 5 second cooldown between feeding each one, so feeding a whole row within 30 seconds IS possible, it doesn't mean someone is "cheating". Something needs to be changed about them, because not everyone has the same ability to do them as fast as others.

Would it ever be a possibility to make them appear to only yourself? Even if it meant we could only do like 10 minions every 5 minutes or something?
I'm just tired of being bashed by others because they're doing the same thing and we all get on them at the same time..
5

Nebet

@Bliss Yeah, if someone is feeding them all in 30 seconds, somethings not right.
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Bliss

@Nebet
I had also timed myself to feed all the minions and it took me 3min. I've seen users auto feed ALL the minions in 30 seconds. What's odd about it, is when there's a new wave to feed, the user in question waits about 30 seconds and then all the minions are fed. There's something wrong there.
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kokoMO

and maybe add a 25-30 second timer between feedings... to give more people, a chance to feed. :)

I vote for feeding minions to be permanently be removed from Major Drills, so timer does not hinder doing his quest.
As always, Peace!
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kokoMO

Thank you for volunteering to feed these starving minions. Hopefully their rescue pod will arrive soon!

Wow! You managed to pop its protective bubble!
Rainbear
can't stay here anymore, so why not take it home with you?

Amber
If you add achievements for popping, please please, make it retroactive. I know I have popped bubbles 2 or 3 times previously. Peace!
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Nebet

It looks like another row of minions were added?! Thanks, that's helpful. :)
Also, I just did an experiment where I timed how long it took to feed all the minions on the page on a speed run-I missed the last two before all the bubbles reset but it took me almost 4 minutes.
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Nebet

I got this guy
Mneypuk
earlier today, first one I popped since the change. Right now there are still so many minions over rarity 99, so not poppable yet. Hopefully things will get even more interesting in June!
0

Bliss

@Amber
Some of us are having a difficult time feeding minions due to the same user auto feeding gje whole page in 30 seconds. Is there a way to look into this?
0

Bliss

5 second*
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Bliss

@ennui
I know exactly what you're talking about! I don't understand how they insta feed a whole page when there is a t second timer per minion. I can't feed either, and I agree... it really isn't fair when the same user(s) have been doing it for hours.
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ennui

Love this change, but I agree that having some kind of timer would make it feel more fair. Every time I try to feed a minion, someone else has already insta-fed almost the entire page :(
2

Bliss

Has anyone else noticed that (it's always the same people) feed 30 minions in 1min or less? I'd like to know how that's possible when there's a 5 second timer per minion
3

StarShadow

"Wow! You managed to pop its protective bubble! Musical Note can't stay here anymore, so why not take it home with you?"
Wow, 1st time. Thanks. :D
2

Sad

Could we please, please get an achievement for x bubbles popped (i.e. 5, 10, 15, 20, etc.)?
6

Souza

I've spent years on this site not even knowing the bubbles could pop and you could get a minion out of them. So I'm looking forward to this!
0

gemajgall

I hope there's a lot of Steampunk Snowman. I wanna fill one pet's treasure chest with them.
0

goodboy

bubble popped on my first feeding today
Riffy
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Bliss

@Vanessa
I've fed 200 minions today and not one bubble has popped
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Vanessa

@Amber aww, too bad! I hope it's definitely better than 1/100 though. I've fed now about 400 trapped minions and I think I only saw it popping once..... and I fed a cheap minion that time lol
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Amber

Not telling, @Vanessa. :) I'll be adjusting it throughout the month and even after I'll likely not tell the exact odds.
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Vanessa

@Amber what's the ratio of trapped minions popping now?
0

Penemuel

@Marcus that must be it - I’m playing on an iPad. Some things just don’t work at all…
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Penemuel

@Marcus that must be it - I’m playing on an iPad. Some things just don’t work at all…
1

thinking_kiwi

I just fed Distilled Rum to a Vetan Turtle, I feel like animal services would have a problem with that-
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Yuzu

Update: Personal opinion, there DEFINITELY needs to be some kind of cool down timer for feeding them, I just watched someone rapid-fire feed a bunch of rare ones in like 20 seconds flat LOL. I think a cool down time of 30 seconds to a minute would be fair? That would certainly give others time to have a chance at the good ones.
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Amber

@Oreo There will be a general heads up soon!
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Jules

Oh wow exciting news!
It’s been a while since I fed minions but I use to feed them a lot! 4,027 / 5,000
I have had bubbles pop for me when I did feed them but it was rare
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Stocking

That's really cool! I'd pop in there sometimes and usually noone else was feeding them. I knew about the drop but figured it had to be really rare since I can't remember the last time I got one from it. Looking forward to more drops!
0

Oreo

Psssst hey…hey @Amber
Any chance we could get a heads up on when steamworks will start? 👀 Pretty pretty please :3 💕
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Oreo

Psssst hey…hey @Amber
Any chance we could get a heads up on when steamworks will start? 👀 Pretty pretty please :3 💕
0

Bliss

Ickiest

Dang lag 😫
2

Vivifier

also never knew the bubbles could pop lollll.....
3

Hunger

Actually got one to pop
Lobster
and reading it's description I realized it's a Simpsons reference XD
1

Taarna

Hard to find an unfed minion, now. :P
4

Doodles

I'm with most other people in that I had no idea that they'd pop
2

Doodles

I'm with most other people in that I had no idea that they'd pop
2

Kushiel

Oh wow, I never knew the bubbles could pop!
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Bliss

@Amber
I like the Hustler idea
0

evolution

Super excited about this update!

Even with the 1/100 rate, I never had a bubble pop for me and I'm over 1k minions now lol. I wondered if it was a broken feature, tbh.
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Amber

@Aline It's not gone for good, it's just turned off for now. :) I plan on looking at his tasks in June.
@krae Sorry about the confusion: in June it will be 1-99 PLUS whatever rarities I add in (there will be a news post).
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Julia

Omg I love this! I haven't fed trapped minions a TON but I'll go through periods where I do a bunch of feedings. Hoping to get some cool minions from this now.
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Celesdragon

Wow, I didn't think you could actually win this! Good to see it getting love.
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krae

"...rarities outside of 1-99! Those are the only rarities that will have the minion follow you home."
"June will mean you'll get some extra minion rarities in addition to 1-99 minions."
(emphases mine)

@Amber will we still be able to get 1-99's in June or nah?
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Eitleoidhme

@Amber Thank you for the clarification. I thought that might be the case but I wasn't sure from the wording. The Cash Shop limit makes perfect sense to me and I look forward to see what minions need rescuing after June. :)
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Marcus

@Penemuel
You can hover your cursor over the food item the minion is thinking of (upper right corner of their image), and the hoverbox will tell you what the item name is. From there, you can also go straight to the shop search for that specific item! Doing it on a mobile/touch device is very fiddly, though. Possible, but fiddly.
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Funke

You have fed 2400 minions!

I maybe got 2 or 3 Minions home with me, I was very unlucky. 1/100? It more felt like 1/1000.
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Aline

A good idea to replace that Drills activity that got deleted would be putting some neglected games in his roster, such as Matlal's Jewels, Stealth Bomber, Caliph's Tomb and Memory. (Not Cybill Sledding, Burrero Bonanza or Street Team though, those are harmful if one's photosensitive)
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Penemuel

I did ten. Total. Never saw a purpose for it and gave up. I never knew you could actually get one!

Now I don’t even remember HOW to feed them, because the items don’t seem to be named…? I feel really dumb right now.
1

Curbstomped

Omg…almost 15 years here and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a minion despite my efforts! Cool to see the “that’s a thing?” features getting some love! 💖✨
0

Jasper

[qoute="@Yuzu"]... I'm sorry, THE BUBBLES CAN POP AND GIVE YOU A MINION??? :scream:
I have been here for over a decade and I had NO IDEA that's something that could happen... 18 years here and yeah, me either! I think that says something about a feature no one (but apparently staff) knew about. Why wasn't that on the games page?
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Tammynoneed20

@Amber Thank you so much for the update I feel alot better on drills quests
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Amber

Yeah, I can turn off the request for Drills to request the bubble popping at midnight. :) I want it to be fair for everyone that had to deal with it today.

@Mackenzi Yes, you could only get r1-99 minions. 1/100 seems like a lot, sure, but that's every single time you pop one of those minions. If you aren't lucky, sucks to be you basically. That rate is actually more rare than some things I've added like some avatar borders / other achievements.

@Bliss I'm going to avoid doing Cash Shop minions, sorry! I can add that friend to the Hustler, though.

@Eitleoidhme Next month, you'll be able to get some minions past 1-99 in addition to 1-99.
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Metaphor

This makes me so nostalgic. I was obsessed with Trapped Minions when it first came out (like what, 15 years ago?! I was in middle school.) Glad to see it's getting some love again.
0

Magical

I tried feeding them in the past but never had any luck with any popping (don't think I fed as much as I remember though XD). This is a great update!
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brokensafety

I've fed over 9,400 minions and I popped a handful, so I have no idea where 1/100 came from. It will be interesting to see where it lands.
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ViciousDelicious420

Hm, I've never had one pop before but I haven't fed that many to begin with so that's probably why lol.
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Vandraren

I don't even know the bubble could pop... I thought it's just to feed them
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Eitleoidhme

I knew they could pop but I've never had one pop before, though I wasn't trying very hard either. I really don't want a wait time between feeding minions but I wouldn't mind a longer wait time after I free one. So if I'm aiming for the achievement and I don't get lucky I can make progress faster. But if I get lucky then make the wait before I can save another one whatever seems reasonable. My first thought was 30 min but I wouldn't mind even longer.

The rarities are between 1-99 right now but after the proposed changes they will go higher than 99. The part that confuses me is it sounds like the only minions that would go home with us after the changes are ones that are over rarity 99.
4

Bliss

@Amber
For next Black Friday, can you release all the minions that will give you
Pandy
or just release the
Pandy
? It's been on my WL forever ;-;
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goodboy

aaaahhhh awesome! i...i'm one of the people who didn't know the bubbles pop until... right now
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alienXing

Lol I am so relieved that I'm not the only one to find out that the bubbles pop JUST NOW through this post. So excited to try it.
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Mackenzi

@Amber After reading this and the linked forum thread, I am still a teeny tiny bit confused- there was a 1 in 100 chance for minions to pop IF they were rarity 1-99, and higher rarity minions had zero chance to pop? So there was no chance to get non-restocking minions at all? Because 1 in 100 seems like a much better rate than what I've seen people get (only one or two per thousand minions fed).
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beinagrind

Cool! I never bothered with it bc it seemed pointless as i didn't realize they could pop :v
0

Frenchi

1/100? was it really that high?? i've fed 1,474 minions and only ever had a bubble pop twice!
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Sheap

I didn't know the bubvles were supossed to pop
Lol
I read "those are trapped minion waiting for rescue" and though that some else, an NPC was supossed to be space travelling on rescues missions ang got lost ij a lot os something
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Tammynoneed20

This idea was a great suggested I'm so glad it's done another good suggestion is what Sydney said "Drills requests to feed minions be put on pause"
1

Grub

I didn't know only rarities 1-99 could pop... 😭
7

Kinky

I don't think I ever had one pop. I completely forgot it was even an option to play this game lol.
2

FyreNWater

1/100 chance of popping? Wow, that's so common! It's an entire percentage point! [laughs in Terraria player stockholm syndrome]

Joking aside, I'm glad staff is listening to feedback and testing out changes.
0

Mindblaze

I love the idea and the increased chance to get a minion (I think it's been at least 6 months since I last got one from a popped bubble). However, now I'm struggling to complete a Quest because all the minions are fed. So, yay! and sad boo!
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Sydney

Question @Amber can Drills requests to feed minions be put on pause until work can be done?
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Mythology

Wow! Thanks for looking at this feature. I played it off and on on the off-hand chance I could get a rare minion. Over 2000 bubbles and I only had ONE drop.

I second the idea that Higher Rarity Minion have the higher 1/100 chances to drop.

Also, if you could add the Poiko as a Minion Option you can also get by achievements for this, that'd be cool. I know we have a few.
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Mackenzi

I honestly thought the chance of a bubble popping was even less than 1 in 100, or I might have played this game more.
Looking forward to seeing some retired minions able to enter circulation again, even if rarely.
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Saturnine

Oh maybe I'll give it a try :o
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Grishiu

I LOVE that this feature is getting looked at! If I can put my two cents in I think the rate of bubbles popping should scale with the rarity :) Super common minion? Much higher chance at it following you home!
4

Nightmares

I didn't even know they could pop and drop them :0
6

Magic

Ahh, I was the user that suggested this!

@Amber THANK YOU SO MUCH!! You are amazing and I really appreciate you taking user suggestions into consideration like this. You help keep Subeta awesome! <3
3

Ryuu

Wonderful! I've helped ~800 of these poor minions & only ever popped two bubbles. This is a very nice change~

Also thought that I'd mention there's an Achievement for helping these little guys too:
https://subeta.net/achievements.php#/achievement/133

It's not for releasing them, just for feeding them. ♥️
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Pinocchio

Thanks for the updates and info! I had no idea we had no chance of saving those unbuyable minions ;~;
I get them done whenever Major Drills asks for them since I need them for the achievement. ^^
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Tammynoneed20

More would be great thank you @Amber
Yep popping any more I will wait till it cools down
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TheNarcolepticCatHerder

It may be worth implementing a ""loser point" system where it gets increasingly likely that a bubble will pop for you the more you feed(up to a point) which resets on a pop.
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Asellus

Wait...bubbles can pop??? For real??
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Kat77

I've been on here 15 years and I swear I only just popped my first minion a month ago. I was freaked out by it! I am so glad you are tweaking this, because I would love to pop more minions and have a chance of getting some super rare/expensive/hard to get ones.

I usually only do them for Major Drills, but I guess that will be harder to do for the next little while, but thats ok :D
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Sweetheart

yay! that’s awesome! 💖
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Julie

This is great news. I’m glad I have the achievement.
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Fenren

BUBBLES CAN POP???
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Amber

Once things cool off in a few days, I might add another row of minions. :eyes: Everyone is rushing to do this right now, I'd rather not do any big changes yet!
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Tammynoneed20

A wait time would be good as long as I still could finish my quests for drills but I tried feeding some n i fed 2 could have done more but gave others a chance so I stopped at 2
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Banana

I remember back in the day when it was really hard to feed minions because so many people were always there, this reminds me of the good ol' days T___T And if I'm being honest.....I did not even know there was a chance for them to follow you home LOL whoops.

Thank you for this!!! I'm excited about the changes :3
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Sneaky

A cooldown time would probably be useful here. Maybe 1 or 2 minutes or something.
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Pollux

I don't hate the wait limit idea @thinking_kiwi mentioned. I think this change is very cool, but even without this change, sometimes I'd get there and all of the minions have already been fed. I'm trying to think if there would be a downside, like if the wait limit could just cancel out the increased chances of a bubble popping if it's too long of a limit. but we all want to get a chance to feed the minions too.
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Tammynoneed20

I wish the page had more trapped minions it might be too busy to do those drills quests
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Sie

Wow 1/100. I thought it was WAAYYYY lower as I've fed so many minions and have seen them pop a handful of times.
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Eivor

Things I forget existed because the odds seemed forever stacked against me: this.
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Tammynoneed20

@thinking_kiwi yea I noticed a few feeding them now time for me to set back n wait till later
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Tammynoneed20

Yep and I got a u buyable minion when I fed 6,000 n only popped a handful but I need 91 minions I forgot about the one I bought today that cost me 22 mil I been even buying crystal shop minions so I hope I can pop just a few that will save me money for another one off my list
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thinking_kiwi

current issue: can't feed any minions cause ppl are going through them way too fast! maybe implement a limit? 2 minions every 10 minutes or something... i wanna feed a cute minion too :c
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Yuzu

... I'm sorry, THE BUBBLES CAN POP AND GIVE YOU A MINION??? :scream:
I have been here for over a decade and I had NO IDEA that's something that could happen...
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LadyTamarwen

While other greedy games are taking away nice features that don't make them any money, Subeta is adding them. This is why we never leave. 🤣
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Tammynoneed20

Yea popping those bubbles was very rare n I fed over 6,000 n never the rare ones popped I need so thank you I love it now I might have a chance getting the last 92 minions I need
0

Gastrodon

awesome, thanks guys! I never did much with this feature but I may have to try it out.
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Life

feeding, rather
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Life

@Amber maybe I was popping the wrong kind XD
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Sneaky

Thanks, that's only happened to me once before. Now I have more motivation.
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Amber

@Truffula That's 1% chance of getting a minion to pop. That's not exactly a common chance. Some people have very bad luck where that 1% was never in their favor. I have also fed many minions and I don't think I've had it pop for me!
@Life It was!
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Skull

Thank you! I've had maybe 3 pop from the 1600 that I've fed.
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Koharu

THEY POP???
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Koharu

THEY POP???
4

Life

BUT EVERYTHING ELSE IS EXCITING!!!!
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Life

I don't believe it was 1/100 because I've fed 2,800 of them and I've popped maybe 3 XD
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gemajgall

Thank you! I attempt this on and off, but I've never had a bubble pop before--despite feeding over 200. It's like the Oofa fruit. Never had a bug inside one either, and I've been on site for a decade feeding them to my pets.
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Truffula

Wait Amber it was 1 in 100? that common? I thought people were saying it was way smaller in the thread...
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DizzyTheBat

I, too, had no idea the bubbles popped lol. Definitely gonna play it more!
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PeachGoblin

Sweet, that's more incentive to play it more. I love collecting minions
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Spatial

Also here to say, as someone who does use it, THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO POP??? i don't believe it!!!
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Amber

hahahahhaa you can tell how not used this feature was with people going YOU CAN GET MINIONS???
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Bro

wait, the bubbles pop? LMFAOOO. I thought it was a time/sP-sink feature for the achievements LUL
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ghost

awesome news, thank you!
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Nomi_Barei

I had no idea you could get minions from feeding the trapped minions?! I thought it was like a fantasy charity thing, feeding the babies out of the goodness of our hearts (or on Drills quests) and rarely played it. This is a cool update!
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ShayBaby

YESSSSS. Thank you!! The motivation to waste sP feeding minions for no good reason was severely lacking. An actual chance of bringing home those rarer minions still needed for my collection is huge motivation!
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Clea2003

Thanks for sorting this. I feed at least one most days for Drills quests and seem to have fed *checks achievement score* 1424 of the things over time. I think one popped once, years ago. (I'm guessing I won't be able to feed any for the next few days but that's fine - it's like Blackheart Hollow, nearly everyone forgets about it a few days after the post!)
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StarShadow

Wow, I haven't fed minions for years so forgot this was a thing. I only fed them in the past for a reason, like a challenge. But nice to know it's getting some adjustments. Thanks.
3

Sad

Wow! You managed to pop its protective bubble! Gazengel can't stay here anymore, so why not take it home with you?
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hannahharmin

I have fed 1,024 minions out of 6,000 so far. Now I'll never be able to feed another minion until feeding minions becomes old news again. :(
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Nicole

Thanks for looking at this and for the update!
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Amber

Major drills didn't raise no quitters @Danjhoye
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mushsprout

thank you! the trapped minions minigame is one of my favourite onsite features, but it was getting disheartening hearing about how poor the pop-rates were.
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Bliss

@Amber
MUST AID THE HELPLESS MINIONS!

Yeah, I'll probably try later tonight. I'm back on afternoons to start after gallbladder surgery and sepsis 10 days later. A month of no work really hit me in the pockets.
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Faune

OMG yes! Thank you for making these changes!
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Danjhoye

Mjr. Drills quests just became harder
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Amber

@Bliss competition has heated up!! I'd suggest try a few hours after this post. TOO MUCH ATTENTION AT ONCE TO HELPLESS MINIONS.
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toesbees

omg I didn't even know they could come home!! I love thiiis~~!!
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Jupiter

Woooo thanks
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Bliss

@Amber
I'm trying to get the minion achievements and now I can't because suddenly everyone, is feeding them lol. I've only fed 2,060
4

Amber

truly, they should get an NPC on their side and start a revolution, @Ipsi. then they'd all be free
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Ipsi

Most minons still trapped T.T
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Nebet

Thank you for listening to the feedback on this, this is an exciting update!
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Amber

Once everything is sorted, I'll also look into the achievements :eyes:
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fruitparty

yaaaay! i love the trapped minions :D
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macker515

Oh the minions! ♥️ Thank you for the wonderful news and update @Amber
I appreciate ALL of you and the hard work you put into the site 🥰
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Naahri

Oh! Guess it's time to feed them all! :D
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Rogue

Thank you for the update :heart:
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Bliss

Thank you so much for listening to us! I'm excited to continue feeding minions
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Oreo

I LOVE YOU
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Sad

omg yes ; ;
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