Although using and maintaining your Festival Plaza is not crucial to game progress or even your enjoyment of the game, there are a lot of benefits to doing so. The most important of which include the fast track to Level 100 and Bottle Caps/Gold Bottle Caps for Hyper Training.
How to Farm FC Fast
As you learned earlier, FC is everything in Festival Plaza; you need FC to use facilities and you need it to rank up your plaza and get more facilities. The common ways to earn FC are by interacting with guests and participating in Missions or Global Missions.
It might seem daunting to get all the FC necessary to rank up rapidly, but by and large the fastest way is the Battle Agency. Winning all three battles in a round gets you a ton of FC and as your grade goes up you can get even more. You still get FC even if you don’t win all three rounds, and even better, you don’t need to breed and raise your own Pokemon!
Additionally, if you are planning on Wonder Trading away a ton of Pokemon, take the time to talk to each trainer you Wonder Trade with for a lot of FC at the end.
Recommended Uses for FC
Once you have a load of FC, you might wonder what you should use it for. Actually, despite all the bells and jingles, there’s not much in Festival Plaza that’s absolutely necessary.
For example, the EV training provided by the Bouncy Houses and Restaurants can be substituted with Poke Pelago or S.O.S. Chaining. The Lotteries are a lottery and so too are the Haunted Houses. Which leaves the Dye Shops as the only worthwhile investment…and that’s if you’re into fashion.
Or so it appears on the surface. In fact, FC and the facilities in Festival Plaza can be very useful for hardcore players, due to Hyper Training, which we discuss in the Advanced Knowledge section.
In case you missed the memo, one of the most useful facilities is the 5-star Rare Kitchen, which can greatly speed up getting your Pokemon to Level 100 for Hyper Training. It’s competing with S.O.S. chaining Chansey and Blissey, but if you don’t want to have to do all that work and you have a ton of FC to spend, this method is quick and (relatively) painless. After you’ve become Champion and your Plaza has reached Rank 30, the 5-star Rare Kitchen will offer two amazing dishes:
- Rare Dinner: Increases a Level 79 or lower Pokemon’s Level by 7 (Costs 100 FC)
- Rare Buffet: Increases a Level 89 or lower Pokemon’s Level by 9 (Costs 300 FC)
To really speed up the process, you’ll want to invest in not one but two 5-star Rare Kitchens. This will allow one Pokemon at exactly Level 66 to reach Level 98 by eating two Rare Dinners and two Rare Buffets.
That said, acquiring a 5-star Rare Kitchen is completely random. If you manage to get Sophocles to give you one when you Rank Up, then lucky you! Otherwise make sure you talk to everyone you encounter and buy the Rare Kitchen from them. Remember it has to be the 5-star rarity.
Using the Festival Plaza to Farm Bottle Caps
The other incredibly useful facility is the 2-Star Treasure Hunt. Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That’s 2-Star, not 5-star or anything rare and fancy. This facility is useful, but not in the way originally intended. The first time you visit a Treasure Hunt, you will be guaranteed to receive a rare Bottle Cap, necessary for Hyper Training.
What you can do is search for a guest with a 2-Star Treasure Hunt (or make a deal online) and VIP a guest that has it. Making sure you don’t have a 2-Star Treasure Hunt already (if you do, replace it), request the VIP to build the 2-Star Treasure Hunt. This should cost you 100 FC. Not a lot, right?
After building the 2-Star Treasure Hunt, visit it for the guaranteed Bottle Cap. Next, find a guest with a 1-Star facility not in your plaza and replace the 2-Star Treasure Hunt with this facility for 50 FC. After that, return to the VIP with the 2-Star Treasure Hunt and repeat the process for unlimited Bottle Caps! You could get 6 Bottle Caps faster than you could ever find one Gold Bottle Cap.