How to automate wheat fields in Craftopia
Wheat is a crucial ingredient in Craftopia, especially to move forward through the ages and to craft most of the different vehicle types. You use wheat to produce bioethanol. You can head over to our guide on how to craft a motorcycle and bioethanol here!
There are two ways to craft an automated crop, the cheap and nasty way, and for those who love their bases neat, we also got you covered with a more detailed method.
We will start with the cheaper, untidy version of an automated wheat field.
Let’s start with what raw materials you will need to automate your wheat fields:
- 12 Fences = 12 Wooden Logs
- 4 Wheat Fields = 20 Wooden Logs & 20 Straw
- 1 Sprinkler = 5 Cogwheels & 20 Buckets of water
- 1 Rotating Saw = 5 Cogwheels & 5 Batteries
- Absorber = 5 Iron ingots, 3 Charcoal, 1 Battery
Now that you have collected all the raw materials, build the following items:
The fence will confine the automated harvester called Rotating Saws in Craftopia to your camp or the area you want it in. The problem with the fence is, it can be a little low, enabling the Rotating Saws to bunny hop right over it. When you place the fence around the wheat fields, make sure you give the rotating saw enough room to move. And when you have a rogue automatic saw running wild, it will chop down everything in sight and you might never find it again.
Wheat fields do not require any seeds, when you craft them they will only produce what they were built as, unlike the plantation where you can plant different seeds. We feel like four wheat fields is the sweet spot for a small scale automated operation. Once you get the grip of automating, you can scale up your operations. The other benefit to having only four wheat fields is that you will only need to craft 1 sprinkler to get your process up and running.
How to use Sprinklers
A sprinkler is how you will keep your crops watered at all times. Sprinklers in Craftopia do not need to be connected to any water source, you place it in the middle of your four crops and watch them spray.
How to use Rotating Saws
This is the most exciting part of building your automated wheat fields, placing your rotating saws to start harvesting. Not only do they look incredibly cool, but they also get the job done by automatically harvesting your crops as soon as they are ready. While they are great, we have found that they sometimes have a mind of their own, so when there is nothing for them to harvest they will find something to harvest. This sometimes leads them to them either bunny hopping over the fence or getting stuck in corners. This was especially a problem with the 4 wheat field plantation.
How to use Absorbers
The absorber is like a vacuum/whirlwind sucking up anything in the vicinity. The suction coming from the Absorber will bring all the cut off wheat together neatly to wherever you placed the Absorber. We placed ours in the middle, next to the Sprinkler. While the Absorber is not a crucial part of automating your crops, we felt like it was a nice addition to keep the harvested wheat in one place.
Now we get to the more sophisticated solution for automating wheat fields in Craftopia
Here is a list of all the materials and items required to implement this solution.
- 1 Rotating Saw = 5 Cogwheels & 5 Batteries
- 12 Wheat Fields = 60 Wooden Logs & 60 Straw
- 12 Wall (horizontal) = 12 Wooden Logs
- 19 Wall (Vertical) = 19 Wooden Logs
- 2 Wall (Diagonal) = 2 Wooden Logs
- 1 Container = 2 Belt Conveyor, 3 Chest, 5 Copper Ingots, 3 Iron Ingots
- 6 Belt Conveyor = 6 Iron Ingots
- 2 Sprinklers = 10 Cogwheels & 40 Buckets of water
Step 1. Place the Wall (Diagonal) where you want the entrance to your operation to be.
Step 2. Connect the Wall (horizontal) to the Wall (Diagonal) you placed in step 1. Because you cannot build the wheat fields on thin air, you will need to place these floors (Wall (horizontal)) as foundation for the wheat fields. It is important that you do two rows of 6 each. This makes the farm longer, so by the time your rotating saw has harvested the furthest piece of wheat, the wheat at the other end has already grown back. This resolves the issue of your rotating saw constantly looking for new targets.
Step 3. Place your wheat fields on top of the floors you have placed.
Step 4. We have seen that Sprinklers can water up to 6 wheat fields, so place your sprinklers accordingly to make the most of their watering radius. You can add as many sprinklers as you want, but we got away with only two sprinklers.
Step 5. Place the conveyor belts so they face toward your entrance. Only place them on the one side of your operation. The conveyer belts will transport the harvested wheat into a container where it is stored until you collect it.
Step 6. Now that you almost have your entire operation in place, secure the perimeter by placing walls around it, preventing the rotating saw from escaping its duty.
Step 7. Place the container at your entrance and connect it to your conveyor belts in order to store the harvested wheat.
Step 8. The last step will be to put down the rotating saw at one end of your operation once all the fields have grown. The harvestedcut wheat will gravitate towards the conveyor belts as they get chopped by the rotating sawharvested.
Now you can sit back, reap the rewards of an automated wheat field in Craftopia. It is important to note there was still an instance where our rotating saw went rogue and we had to pick it up and place it again. We made a lot of wheat in a brief span of time with minimal effort (1000 wheat). If you have figured out exactly how to stop the rotating saw from getting onto the conveyor belt, let us know in the comments! We have seen that the longer you build your farm the better it goes, but the rotating saw still hops onto the conveyor belt from time to time.
Hope this guide on how to automate wheat fields in Craftopia helps you on your journey.