While Kemono Friends Pavilion is a very simple game, with the majority of gameplay simply consisting of opening the app and seeing what Friends have appeared, there are more complex rules that allow for players to quickly accomplish specific goals. Some of these rules are hidden in the game's code, while others are tricks to rig the game's elements of randomness in your favor. This page will document these strategies and tips.
It is highly recommended that before attempting any advanced play techniques that the player has at least two Areas (including the default Savanna), or even three, so that they will not be as limited in terms of options. It is also recommended that the player has acquired at least 50 total unique Playthings, though some strategies can be used as early as the first hour of the game, depending on the player's luck with the Sandstar Printer.
Increasing Appearance Rates
The majority of advanced strategy in Pavilion relies upon creating a Plaything setup that makes desired Friends more likely to appear. There are several terms that are used to refer to which Friends a Plaything is more likely to attract - "rate-up" and "liked/favorite toys/Playthings" being some of the most common - but the effect is the same in nearly all cases. Using nothing but a Friend's preferred Playthings, a player can rig the game to spawn said Friend more often than usual. This is used in many different aspects of advanced play, from grinding Materials to craft specific Playthings, to raising a Friend's Archive Level, to hunting KemoTalks, and more.
There are several important facts to keep in mind concerning rate-up:
- Rate-up is most effective on a Plaything's effective Area.
- Most Playthings have rate-up for three different Friends, though some have rate-up for four.
- Rate-up is less effective if Playthings that do not have rate-up for the desired Friends are used.
- The game itself does not inform players as to what Friends have rate-up on a specific Plaything, except for a brief period of roughly two weeks if the Plaything is mentioned in the game's news tab.
- Playthings that have a Friend's Unique Behavior(s) always have rate-up on that specific Friend.
With this information, one can imagine that discovering a viable setup can be very hit-and-miss. However, once a working arrangement has been discovered, the player can use it to minmax their Pavilion to achieve the desired result. To begin creating a viable setup, there is a category one can reference which collects various subcategories, which themselves list Playthings that are confirmed or suspected to have rate-up for a specific Friend. The Plaything pages also contain information on effective Area, whether or not this Plaything can be crafted, and if that Plaything has the Unique Behavior for any Friends. This is an excellent starting point to building a viable setup.
While there are many reasons to raise a Friend's Archive Level, the primary two reasons are PikaPika Crystrals and KemoTalks. All Friends give out 5 PikaPika Crystals upon level up, so quickly raising level is a good method to obtain fast PikaPika, especially for low-level Friends. Additionally, KemoTalks hand out 10 PikaPika Crystals upon unlock, and all Friends have Archive Talks which are unlocked by achieving a certain Archive Level. Whether the goal is to obtain PikaPika or to complete the KemoTalk library, increasing a Friend's level is beneficial to the player. Not only that, but all Friends have a "bragging rights reward" in the form of Bronze, Silver, and Gold Books which can be seen in the Friend Archive. These books are unlocked at levels 20, 50, and 99, respectively, and can serve as a show of devotion to the game, to your favorite Friend, or even be considered a completion goal. For some people, achieving as many Gold Books as possible may be the ultimate challenge in Kemono Friends Pavilion. The following techniques will allow players to quickly raise level, in pursuit of whatever goal they may have.
Duckboating is a form of advanced play that at first seems counter-intuitive, but in fact has achieved some of the most impressive results for raising a Friend's Archive Level yet. Duckboating is a technique in which a single instance of a specific Plaything is placed into its effective Area, without placing any additional Playthings whatsoever - including duplicates of the same Plaything. While only using one Plaything at once appears like foolishness, the technique works because of how the game handles spawn rates. When a Friend appears, it has a chance to replace an existing Friend that is already occupying a space, and will do this 100% of the time when all spaces are occupied. When doing this, it has the chance to replace the Friend already present on the space with the exact same Friend. By using Playthings with only one space with a high spawn rate for a specific Friend, the chances of the Friend replacing itself on every spawn is increased to its maximum potential. While the Plaything having one space is not necessarily a requirement, having even one more additional space greatly reduces the effectiveness of the setup, as the chances of the Friend you want being replaced are cut from 100% to 50%, or even 33%.
Duckboating is named after the first observed instance of the technique, wherein it was discovered that Gentoo Penguin had an absurdly high spawn rate on the Duck Boat, which was soon exploited. Using nothing but Duckboating, Gentoo Penguin achieved Archive Level 99 within the span of a single month. However, the biggest drawback to Duckboating is that it does not work on every Friend. While Duckboating can be used to level Friends at an absurdly high speed, so far, only a few Playthings have shown the capability to be exploited in such a manner. Another drawback is that the majority of Playthings capable of the technique can only be acquired from the Sandstar Printer, meaning players need to get lucky with gacha rolls before they can attempt it. Regardless, if the option is available, the technique has proven itself to be the absolute most effective method of raising a specific Friend's Archive Level.
For convenience, all known methods of Duckboating are listed here:
Crafting Playthings is an excellent way to spice up your Pavilion and attract more Friends, and not only that, but it can help open up more options for advanced play, since some extremely useful Playthings, even Playthings usable in Duckboating, can be crafted using Materials. However, crafting Playthings is a long and arduous process due to the slow grind involved in obtaining Materials, especially Materials such as Rough Steel. However, there are ways to ease this by manipulating rate-ups to increase your chances of seeing Friends that give you a specific Material.
Material Grinding is a much simpler technique than one may think. All it truly requires is a setup that manipulate Friend appearance rates to favor those which drop specific Materials more often. While all Friends can drop all Materials, several Friends have a hidden value - the "take_no" value - which determines the likeliest drop for a Friend. While the ability to directly view the take_no value while datamining was removed, data shows that the value did indeed match up with the expected Material. Some Friends also have a value which gave them an approximately equal chance of dropping all four Materials - these Friends should not be used for Material grinding.
A list of Friends and their most common Material drop is below:
|Sturdy Wood||Soft Cloth||Cold Stone||Stretchy Rubber|