The Point of MyLand/How to Play MyLand
- Remove the fog from/"unlock" the highlands and lowlands of Lemur Island and the other two islands, once purchased
- Purchase the other two islands (you can navigate to them via buttons at the bottom of your MyLand screen). Emerald Island and Turtle Island each cost 10k gems.
- Plant the highest-earning plants and buildings
- Plant a "pretty" island full of the plants and buildings you like the best
- Earn lots of animals
- Have one of every item
- Have one of every item, and upgrade them all to Level 4
- Earn a huge gem total or coin total
- Choose difficult Quests to achieve, one after the other
To play the game, you must have "energy points" to spend, and you get those energy points via the steps you take every day. What does this mean? That the ultimate goal of the game is to get you motivated to walk more! So find something to pursue within the game, whether it's some combination of the items listed above, or another goal of your own devising, and get walking!
No matter which approach you take, there is information below on various ways to earn gems/coins/energy, Striiv friends you can add, strategy advice on what to buy (and accompanying charts) and other important tips. Click "Read More" below for the full post!
Ways to Earn Gems, Coins & Energy
Plus strategies for getting the most out of each
You can earn gems by:
1. Adding a friend (1200 gems). Below is a growing list of readers who'd like to be gem-earning Striiv buddies. How To Add a Friend via New Striiv App: To add a friend, open the Striiv App, click the "Friends" section in the middle of the home page. This takes you to the "Friends" page, where you'll see a human head icon with a plus near it in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Click on that icon. In the search box at the top of the page, and type a username and hit "Search Striiv Community." Names that match will show up; click "Add" next to the person you'd like to add. (If the username you searched for doesn't show up, they've changed their username without telling me, or they no longer use Striiv). How To Add a Friend via Old Striiv Walkathon App: To add a Striiv friend, open the Striiv App, click the "Friends" tab (You'll see it on the bottom of the Home screen), on the "Friends" screen right under "Add Friends," you'll see a search box with a little magnifying glass/ search icon in it. Tap in that box and type the full user name of one of the Striivers below. Then click the text that says "Search the Striiv Community" and a list of possible matches will show up (if the name doesn't show up, they've changed their username without telling me, or they no longer use Striiv). Finally, click "Add" to send that person a request. They will get a notification the next time they open the app and they must then click the "Friends" tab in their app and approve you as a new buddy.
MyLand Friends-to-Add List
If you'd like to be added to this list, please use the blog comments below to share your Striiv Username, or use the contact form on this site's contact page! Thanks!
- TrackerFran FitGal
- lee pierce
- d p
- Jennifer Lesniak
- Bob Cocking
- Anneke Loos-Brady
- Laura Orsag
- Ryan Murphy
- Stephen P
- Rain L
- money mike
- Arabian Hulk
- Oh JenJen
- Linette Walla
- meredith shannon
- Lerria Rosamond
- Brad Walker
- Gail Armstrong
- Xiaowen Yu
- Timothy Jackson
- CG Phillips
- wendy wennerberg
- Whiltierna T
- Ellie Fröhliche
- Cheyenne Wiley
- Katherine Leatherman
- Mandee Bennett
- newt newt
- Jade Pikari
- Vanessa Belanger
- Dian Cassidy
- Don guderian
- Palina Sigera
- Alisha Jones
Level 1 Cost and Earnings Comparison (Gems, Coins, Energy) for Striiv MyLand
Level 2 Cost and Earnings Comparison (Gems, Coins, Energy) for Striiv MyLand
Level 3 Cost and Earnings Comparison (Gems, Coins, Energy) for Striiv MyLand
Level 4 Cost and Earnings Comparison (Gems, Coins, Energy) for Striiv MyLand
3. Buying Gems. You can buy Gems from the MyLand Store using real world money. That kind of defeats the purpose using the app to motivate you to exercise, though.
You can earn coins by:
1. Exchanging Gems in the MyLand Store. You get better rates when you exchange in larger amounts, so the optimal strategy here is to hold onto your gems until you can buy the largest exchange of gems for coins.
2. Exchanging Energy in the MyLand Store. You get better rates when you exchange in larger amounts, so the optimal strategy here is to hold onto your energy until you can buy the largest exchange of energy for coins.
3. Harvesting from plants and buildings. The optimal strategy here is to choose the item with the highest coin earnings/plot per hour for the harvesting schedule you do (i.e. as soon as it's ready to harvest vs once per day). I call out the best earners in the text below, and provide an entire chart at the end of the post. If you're planning to earn gems in order to convert them to coins at the best exchange rate, I've also calculated the best earning items at an "Adjusted Coin Earning Rate" that converts the item's gem earnings into a coin value by assuming one gem equals 4000 coins (i.e. using the store's best exchange rate). This column is also in the chart below.
4. Visit MyLand once per day to earn a 1,500 coin bonus
5. Add Striiv Friends. How to earn coins from friends (same in Old Striiv Walkathon app and New Striiv App): If you have Striiv friends, then click on your MyLand tab to visit your MyLand island(s). At the bottom of the MyLand screen you'll see a tab that says "Friends." When your friends have earned you coins, a little speech bubble with coins in it will be "speaking" out of this tab. Click on this "Friends" tab and it will show you a list of all your friends. Every time one of those Striiv friends walks 1000 steps, their coin bounty will be ready to harvest within this list and you can tap them here to earn 1,500 coins. You'll know the "harvest" is ready because you'll see a golden coin near their name and the words "Collect Coins!" About 20% of the time, you'll also earn a few (maybe 10) gems, too. This means it's to your advantage to add as many Striiv friends as you can. Once you collect the coins, the step counter re-sets and your friend has to walk another 1000 steps to be ready to "harvest" again. If a friend has not completed the 1000 steps, the coin is gray-ed out completely and says "1000 steps to go," or it will be partially colored in gold in order to correspond to the remaining number of steps until they hit 1000, with the corresponding words such as "510 steps to go."
6. Other: Using Specials & Quests (see below)
You can earn energy by:
1. Taking steps while carrying the phone that has the app installed
2. Taking steps while wearing a Striiv fitness tracker, and linking the tracker to the app
3. Earning bonus energy via Challenges, Relays, Walkathons, etc. This feature will eventually be added to the new Striiv App, but is not yet available. However, it is available via the old Striiv Walkathon App if you already have it installed (see under TIPS below).
Once you can afford it, consider making use of the Specials tab in the MyLand Store to do things like boost your harvest earnings. The Specials items include:
- Collect All - This lets you tap once to collect all coins and gems that are ready at that time. A handy trick once you've already "made it" and don't want to do so much tapping.
- Islands - Turtle Island and Emerald Island let you plant more fixtures and expand your empire.
- Bonus Animals - Buy these creatures and earn a bonus on each harvest, either a flat add-on number of coins per harvest (+i.e. 5,000 coins per harvest) or a percentage boost (i.e. 5% more coins per harvest).
- Mystery Boxes - These contain surprises that range from animals (tiger!) to bonus time intervals (i.e. earn 200% from harvests for the next two hours).
Quests can be found from within the MyLand game by clicking the scroll in the upper right hand corner of the screen. You'll be presented with a choice of Easy, Medium, and Hard Quests that you can complete in exchange for a reward. Rewards are usually monetary (coins or gems), but can sometimes be animals (special lemurs, tigers, etc).
It always makes sense to be working toward completion of a Quest, as long as that Quest fits into your overall goal within the game. The Quests related to earning and exchanging money almost always make sense no matter what your overall goal is: For example, the Easy Quest for "Collect 10,000 coins" will reward you with 3,000 additional coins upon completion. It might not make sense for you to pursue a Hard Quest calling for you to accumulate 50 animals on your island if that's not something you care about — it would take a long time to complete that quest and might not contribute as directly to your ultimate goals.
Quests don't get used up. You can complete a Quest and it will still be there the next time you navigate through the Quest system.
Finally, you can't retroactively win a Quest; That is, if you've already installed a Level 4 Fairy Forest, you can't then go find the Quest for "Build 1 Level 4 Fairy Forest" and immediately earn the reward. Instead, you'll need to start the quest and begin building a new, second, Fairy Forest.
Optimal Game Play
However, there is a next best thing, and it is much simpler. Almost no matter what your goal is (i.e. buying the other islands, unlocking the fog, etc.), you have three constraints: limited Energy, limited Gems, and limited Coins.
For this reason, assuming you're already walking as much as you can, you want to make sure you're not limited by having too few Gems or Coins for the next move you want to make. This means installing the best-earning fixtures.
But how to identify the best earning fixtures? Each item's capacity to earn Gems and Coins is, in turn, constrained: by space (as there is a limited number of plots on the islands), and time (as there is a limited amount of time during the day).
- Space: Not all items take up the same amount of space; some take up 1 plot, some take up 4 plots, other take up as many as 19 plots. Something that looks like the most amazing earner in terms of coins per hour but that takes up 19 plots might actually be earning fewer coins per plot than something a bit smaller.
- Time: Items become ready for harvest at different times. If you plant a bunch of the ultimate highest earning item in terms of earnings per plot per hour, but that item is ready every half an hour and you only harvest once per day, your effective earning rate is 1/48th of what you thought it was on paper using the "best case harvesting" assumption that you'd harvest all the time. The actual earning rate of an item will depend on your harvest schedule. Do you harvest everything once a day? Twice a day? Every half hour? In the chart below, I've done calculations showing the "best case" earnings that an item brings in if you click it at an optimal rate -- that is, every time it is ready to be harvested -- and the "once-a-day" earnings that an item brings in if you harvest just once every 24 hours at the same time each day.
- So, what you want to optimize for is Earnings/Plot/Hr, where earnings are calculated over the number of hours between the times you actually plan to go into the app and do a harvest.
Buy items that have the highest earnings/plot per hour based on the harvesting schedule you adhere to. I've done one calculation below for an "optimal" harvest and a once-a-day harvest.
If two items have the same earnings/plot/hr, choose the one with the lowest energy installation cost. Keep in mind the whole lifecycle energy cost of the item, and its ultimate Level 4 earning capability.
The highest earning items are those that are fully upgraded to Level 4. For that reason, when planning what to install, you may want to look at which Level 4 items are the best earners and install those, even if their Level 1 or Level 3 earnings are less optimal.
In general, you'll want to upgrade to Level 4 as quickly as possible, spending as little time in the other levels as you can. Every extra hour your items spends at a higher earning rate is a benefit to you.
BEST EARNERS (Earnings/Plot/Hr)
1. Highest Earnings/Plot/Hr items via "Optimal Harvesting"
Based on "Optimal Harvesting" (i.e. collecting as soon as each harvest is ready, over a 24 hour period), the items that earn the highest number of earnings/plot per hour in each level are:
(Note: Adjusted coins takes the gem earnings for an item, converts those gems into an equivalent coins value using the best exchange rate available in the MyLand Store (1 gem = 4000 coins), and adds that equivalent coin value to the existing coin earnings for that item to come up with an "Adjusted Coin" earning rate. This is useful for people who plan to take all the gems they've earned and use them to exchange for coins at the best rate.)
Coins - Flowering Bush: 700 coins/plot/hr
Gems - n/a: no gem earners at this level
Adjusted Coins - n/a: no gem earners at this level
Coins - Flowering Bush: 3,500 coins/plot/hr
Gems - Gem Mine: 0.69 gems/plot/hr
Adjusted Coins - n/a: even with gem-equivalent coins added in, the Flowering Bush is still the top earner in terms of coins/plot/hr
Coins - Morning Bluebells: 11,333 coins/plot/hr
Gems - Gem Mine: 1.14 gems/plot/hr
Adjusted Coins - Morning Bluebells: 14,000 adjusted coins/plot/hr
Coins - Morning Bluebells: 68,000 coins/plot/hr
Gems - Celestial Observatory: 3.28 gems/plot/hr
Adjusted Coins - Morning Bluebells: 76,000 adjusted coins/plot/hr
2. Highest Earnings/Plot/Hr items via "Once A Day Harvesting"
Based on "Once A Day Harvesting" (i.e. collecting exactly once every 24 hours at the same time each day), the items that earn the highest number of earnings per square foot per hour in each level are:
Coins - Great Grandfather Tree: 595 coins/plot/hr
Gems - n/a: no gem earners at this level
Adjusted Coins - n/a: no gem earners at this level
Coins - Grandmother Tree: 1,786 coins/plot/hr
Gems - Gem Mine: 0.36 gems/plot/hr
Adjusted Coins - n/a: even with gem-equivalent coins added in, the Grandmother Tree is still the top earner in terms of coins/plot/hr
Coins - Ice Maple: 3,750 coins/plot/hr
Gems - Gem Mine: 0.6 gems/plot/hr
Adjusted Coins - Ice Maple: 5,542 adjusted coins/plot/hr
Coins - Grandmother Tree: 10,714 coins/plot/hr
Gems - Gem Mine: 1.19 gems/plot/hr
Adjusted Coins - Grandmother Tree: 14,286 adjusted coins/plot/hr
Please see further below for complete charts.
Important MyLand Tips
The sell-back price of a plant or building appears to always be 1/4 of the original price in that Level. Strategically, why is this is significant? It's not, really — if you buy something, you should never sell it unless you have an item that earns at a better rate (earnings/plot per hour) and there's no other space on the island(s) to put it.
- It never makes sense to buy an item, let it earn, sell it back, and replace it with the exact same item (or an item that earns the same or worse earnings/plot/hr). Think of it this way. You're a taxi driver, and the item you bought is your taxi. You can earn a certain rate per day from that taxi. If you sell the car back, it's at a loss (you only get 25% back of the original price you paid). If you replace that taxi with the exact same taxi that earns the same rate, you're really in the hole — you're no better off than when you had the first one. In fact, you're worse off because now you've paid 1.75 times the cost of the taxi, and with no benefit to the rate it earns.
- The more you upgrade something that you're eventually going to sell, the worse the sellback price is. This is because you only get paid 1/4 of the original price for the coin cost of upgrading the item to the current level...the money you sunk into the previous levels will not be repaid to you.
- It may sometimes make sense to buy an item, let it earn, sell it back and replace it with an item that has a much higher earning rate, but only once your island is so full that there's no other place to put that higher-earning item. Over time, you'll earn more from the new item than you would have with the old one (though how long this will take depends on the two items and how long you hold onto them). But it would have been better if you hadn't bought the item with the sub-optimal earning rate in the first place. Instead, save up and spend your money wisely. Only buy a suboptimal earner if you have to, and wait to replace it until there's no space left for you to put the better earner.
You can use both the old Striiv Walkathon App and the New Striiv App
If you have the old Striiv Walkathon App installed, you can also install the new Striiv App, and with the same login credentials you can log into one or the other without losing your data, island, energy, coins, gems, etc. You won't fool the system and earn double points, but it's nice to have access to both apps so that you can get comfortable with the new app, because eventually the old app will not be supported. If you don't already have a copy of the old Striiv Walkathon App, it appears you've missed the boat — it does not show up anymore in a search of the App store.
Why bother continuing to use the old app? The old app has an advantage: It has extra ways you can earn bonus energy points: Challenges (i.e. "do 1 more minute of activity in the next 3 min to earn 1,000 bonus energy") and Relays (earn energy bonus for walking 50 steps in a relay race with a pal who then has to walk the next 50 steps). It also awards you bonus energy for hitting personal steps milestones throughout the day. Plus, as you add friends, their steps count toward a "Team Total" step tally, which in turn earn you an energy bonus at incremental step totals (i.e. when your team hits 10k steps it earns you 10k bonus energy points; 30k steps earns you 30k bonus energy; 50k steps earns 50k bonus energy, etc).
However, keep an eye out for an app update to the new Striiv App that will add such challenges back in. When a reader recently reached out to the company, Striiv responded that challenges are in the works, though they they did not provide an anticipated rollout date.
These have worked for me on the old Striiv Walkathon App only. Try at your own risk!
- When I've logged into the old Striiv Walkathon app and collected my daily bonus for visiting MyLand, and then I've opened and logged into the new app, I've been able to collect that daily bonus again.
- In the old Striiv Walkathon app, when I've spent down all my gems and then exited MyLand and re-entered MyLand, sometimes those gems have been instantly re-filled. If it doesn't work, then sometimes I close the app and then reopen it and it works. Not sure why, and it's kind of risky to try if you don't have a way to get more gems, so try at your own risk. I haven't tried this approach in the new app.
- In the old Striiv Walkathon app: When my team step has reach the 75k steps goal at the end of the day, I fell into a funny loophole where I was able to close out the app and re-open and repeatedly was awarded the 75k energy bonus popup screen as well as a coins bonus. I don't know why. But this might be another good reason to add team members who will get up to a high team step goal, and then to try closing and opening the app when you hit that step goal. Again, not sure if this weird trick can be replicated. I was able to do this on two consecutive evenings.
CHARTS: Earning Rate (Earnings Per Plot Per Hour) by Level
2. If you buy anything, do your best to buy the item with the highest earnings/plot/hour that you can afford. If two items have the same earnings/plot/hr, choose the one with the lowest energy installation cost.
3. Don't sell anything unless you have to.
4. If you're going to exchange gems or energy for coins, do so in the largest units possible.
5. Add as many Striiv Friends as you can, for both coin and gem earnings. If you want to be added to the "MyLand Friends to Add List" above, send me your Striiv user name via a comment below or via the contact form in the top-of-the-page site navigation and I'll update the list accordingly.
6. Use MyLand Quests and buy MyLand Store Specials to earn more.
7. Decide what goal you are working towards within the game.
8. Once you install something that you plan to keep, try to progress it up to Level 4 (or its highest earning rate Level) as quickly as you can.
Though this took quite a lot of work and thought to put together, there is more to consider. Still, I believe this hits the most important issues in terms of MyLand Game strategy approaches. I hope this helps many of you out there!
Please leave thoughts and questions below, and I'll do my best to help figure them out, as will other readers!