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How to use the Elf Bottler (with video)

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  • snowpinga
    1 posts
    edited December 2014
    Works about 1 in 20 timed for me, even with all the tips. We really need an alternative to these tap and hold events as they never work well. Couldn't just clicking the icon turn it on and off as well?
  • suetopia
    4229 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    Barry - you are awesome for posting this video and helping everyone who are having trouble with the zapper.

    I'm finding that this zapper is, for lack of a better word, inept. The previous zappers weren't perfect either, but this one seems like it is much harder to use (to get it working AND to catch the target/bottle the elf). I don't recall the bunny zapper being this difficult... Seemed it was way more responsive and actually caught the target on the first try. The elf zapper seems to miss the target a lot (at least in my case it does). I think Brevis mentioned this in another post, but it's almost as if you have to hit the elf with the zapper on a certain angle.
  • barryriddl474
    4838 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    suetopia wrote:

    I'm finding that this zapper is, for lack of a better word, inept. The previous zappers weren't perfect either, but this one seems like it is much harder to use (to get it working AND to catch the target/bottle the elf). I don't recall the bunny zapper being this difficult... Seemed it was way more responsive and actually caught the target on the first try. The elf zapper seems to miss the target a lot (at least in my case it does). I think Brevis mentioned this in another post, but it's almost as if you have to hit the elf with the zapper on a certain angle.


    I agree. You can even see in the video where I was all over the first elf with the zapper and it was as if the little rascal was invincible, lol. Angle does seem to play a part with this tool and I can see how people may become annoyed using it. Previous zap tools were much easier. :D
  • johncolombo
    11583 posts Senior Moderator
    edited December 2014
    I find it easier to tap them since you have to hover exactly over them to catch them anyway.
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  • jraffa50
    559 posts
    edited December 2014
    Does anyone find this "prize" helpful?
  • barryriddl474
    4838 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    jraffa50 wrote:
    Does anyone find this "prize" helpful?

    The only time I find the prize helpful is in congested areas where there is a lot of money floating for neighbors or if the elf is behind something.
  • Ningyo42
    1465 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    You don't need to long press on an elf, just on the screen. It's main reason is to help you get all of them, including ones hiding behind buildings and such, so you don't miss any. :)
  • Jblue8298
    7994 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    Yes, I find it's more trouble than it's worth. I still just tap them.
  • suetopia
    4229 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    Here is a link to another thread on this topic that you may find useful:

    http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/10259047.page

    It contains a video on using the zapper, as well as other information and concerns/observations.
  • wadebear
    4183 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    Stop the game, sleep your device. Clean the screen.

    Wash your hands.

    Back to the game...

    Make sure there are no cash, XPs, bottles, etc. Let them collect.

    Tap gently and hold over an empty spot making sure not to jiggle so the screen twitches. No buildings, decorations, etc. Wait for the buzz and yellow lightning bolts.

  • drumnman
    1475 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    I only use the zapper to clear up elves that congregate around the cannon upon logging in. I use the x-ray technique to get the ones in my town. The zapper is too much of a PITA and the collection radius is too small, imo.
  • clooless2000
    117 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    *** UPDATE *** On my S4 I went through the entire town in about 1 minute!!!! The ability to do so on myiPad3 was impossible. Also, I was able to utilize my stylus, on the S4, and again, I covered the entire town, and zapped all the elves in a minute or less!!! I cannot do this on my iPAd3, it stops, and many times the elves are right beneath my finger and still fly off... grrrrrrrrrrrrr. If the elf bottler worked as well on the iPad3 as it does on the S4 I would be tickled pink!!!

    I just now got the zapper on my S4 account, and the system works perfectly. I am even using my stylus.

    For the person asking about devices:

    iPad3 - playing since game came out, level 48 (obviously) totally tricked out town,(desperately need more space) had difficulty getting it to work on this system, mostly just click individually, and after collecting the 20 elves prefer to use individual clicks.

    S4 - playing since Oct 2013, level 48, just got the elf bottler, and it works as should.


    I dont know if it is the device, or the fact I have a totally full device which caused the difficulty in getting the elf bottler to work on the ipad3. I always have to remove things, to add anything, as have been at max space for well over a year on the ipad3, the S4 I am building and not buying any donuts, so less everything.

    Again, Thank YOU Barryriddl474
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  • tracydudge118
    154 posts
    edited December 2014
    wadebear wrote:
    Stop the game, sleep your device. Clean the screen.

    Wash your hands.

    Back to the game...

    Make sure there are no cash, XPs, bottles, etc. Let them collect.

    Tap gently and hold over an empty spot making sure not to jiggle so the screen twitches. No buildings, decorations, etc. Wait for the buzz and yellow lightning bolts.

    This still doesn't work for some of us. I've used this type of Zapper in this game before and had no problems. For some reason it just isn't working this time. EA needs to fix this
  • lee67628
    818 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    Hold it, and rub your tablet with your finger... Clean your tablet screen with your finger is the best way to zap elves! :mrgreen:
    Post edited by Unknown User on
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  • neuroheart
    8132 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    Bump
  • abc1177947165
    601 posts
    edited December 2014
    works fine on my iPad 3

    cant get it to work at all on my Samsung Galaxy 3 Tablet
  • barryriddl474
    4838 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    works fine on my iPad 3

    cant get it to work at all on my Samsung Galaxy 3 Tablet

    That shouldn't be a device issue, as many have reported about other devices. I say that because I used the Galaxy Tab 3 for the video.
  • Annathewicked
    4722 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    ke2nedy wrote:
    Even with a clean screen the bottler only works once every 5 - 6 trys for me.

    Same here...not at all surprised, something else that's inconsistent on this game... also I noticed I have to tap the icon in the top right corner before it works, but that's not guaranteed to make it happen either.


    This, I understand well how it's supposed to work, but it does it like 50/50..... At best.

    As a "prize" it kinda sucks- no one likes getting broken toys.
    PM me- I DO need Good Neighboreenos currently
  • cutez69626
    13 posts
    edited December 2014
    Galaxy Note 4
    works maybe 10% of the time
    I would not care if there wasn't a quest connected to it.
  • theslayer369
    2002 posts Member
    edited December 2014
    lee67628 wrote:
    Hold it, and rub your tablet with your finger... Clean your tablet screen with your finger is the best way to zap elves! :mrgreen:

    You took the words out of my mouth. Yep thats all there is to it, once you get the hang of it.....
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