Ruffian

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For answers to commonly asked Ruffian questions, see below.


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The Ruffians are a group of menacing Piñata poachers led by Professor Pester on the island. They are humanoid characters who will do their worst to spoil your garden and should be dealt with as soon as they're spotted.


Behavior

  • Ruffians will show up and take away your helpers if they become trapped in your garden.
  • They will open gates and destroy fences in your garden.
  • If there is water in the way of a Ruffian, it will "throw up" land to make a bridge in order to leave the garden.
  • Usually if one Ruffian has entered the garden, there will be another in your garden as well. Be sure to keep your eyes open whenever a Ruffian comes in.
  • They will fight with your pinatas and never lose


Ways to deal with Ruffians

  • You can scare them away by whacking them with an upgraded shovel.
  • If you bribe them with chocolate coins (as soon as they enter your garden), they will temporarily leave.
  • You can direct a Mallowolf to howl at them in order to scare them off, unlocking an achievement in the process.
  • Buying a Captain's Cutlass (available at level 30) for the garden will keep them away for good.
  • Watering some Ruffians--particularly the one with green grass-like pigtails--seems to pause their tour of terror, but only while you're still watering them. Once you stop watering, they'll continue where they left off.


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The Ruffians are a group of menacing Piñata poachers led by Professor Pester on the island. They are humanoid characters who will do their worst to spoil your garden and should be dealt with as soon as they're spotted.


Behavior

  • Ruffians will show up and take away your helpers if they become trapped in your garden.
  • They will open gates and destroy fences in your garden.
  • If there is water in the way of a Ruffian, it will "throw up" land to make a bridge in order to leave the garden.
  • Usually if one Ruffian has entered the garden, there will be another in your garden as well. Be sure to keep your eyes open whenever a Ruffian comes in.
  • They will fight with your pinatas or helpers and never lose.


Ways to deal with Ruffians

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  • You can scare them away by whacking them with an upgraded shovel.
  • If you bribe them with chocolate coins (as soon as they enter your garden), they will temporarily leave.
  • You can direct a Mallowolf to howl at them in order to scare them off.
  • You can direct a S'morepion to a Ruffian to temporarily stun them with its stinger.
  • Buying a Captain's Cutlass from the general store (available at level 35) for the garden will keep them away for good.
  • Watering some Ruffians--particularly the one with green grass-like pigtails--seems to pause their tour of terror, but only while you're still watering them. Once you stop watering, they'll continue where they left off.


Ways to deal with Professor Pester

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  • In Trouble in Paradise, Professor Pester is not afraid of the Captain's Cutlass. In fact, he'll often break it...
  • If you pay Pester 500 coins in time, he will go away.
  • If you don't get to him in time he will break something in your garden, usually the most expensive item or pinata.
  • You can trick Pester by keeping a decoy horstacio pinata in your garden, available from the General Store, in case you don't pay him off in time.
  • A dragonache or choclodocus in your garden will scare Pester away.
  • A Limeocerous, once tamed, will attack Pester.
  • Another way to deal with Professor Pester is to run a fence along the outer perimeter of your garden from the base of the Tower of Sour, out two spaces and down about 8 units. Pester will enter this small portion of your garden, whinge a bit, then eventually leave without injuring any of your pinatas.


Ruffians do not appear in the Just for Fun mode.


The Ruffians are a group of menacing Piñata poachers led by Professor Pester on the island. They are humanoid characters who will do their worst to spoil your garden and should be dealt with as soon as they're spotted.

Ruffians will go away if

  • you give them chocolate coins,(at least a 100)
  • if you whack them with your shovel
  • If a Mallowolf or Barkbark scares them away
  • If you have a Captain's Cutlass in the garden, they won't come
  • watering a ruffian will only make them pause for a little while, then they will continue what they were doing

Professor Pester will come to your garden at levels 9 or 10. He his harder to get rid of and will try to break your most valuable($) pinata or item.


Commonly asked questions
How do I get Ruffians to leave my pinatas alone?

You can scare them away by whacking them with an upgraded shovel, bribe them with chocolate coins (as soon as they enter your garden), direct a Mallowolf to howl at them in order to scare them off, or buy a Captain's Cutlass for the garden to keep them away for good. View thread


What level do I have to be to buy the Captain's Cutlass?

Level 30. The Ivor Bargain and General Store articles list 'Available at level' details for their merchandise. View thread