They are humanoid characters who will do their worst to spoil your garden and must be dealt with.
A Ruffian will show up and take away your helpers if they become trapped in your garden.
If there is water in the way of a Ruffian they will "throw up" land to make a bridge and leave the garden.
Ways to deal with Ruffians
- You can scare them away by whacking them with the upgraded shovel.
- Buying a Captains Cutlass (at level 30) for the garden will scare (keep) them away.
- If you bribe them with chocolate coins (as soon as they enter your garden), they will leave your garden.
- If you have a Mallowolf, you can direct it to howl at them and scare them off (unlocking an achievement).