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The Humbug is the incarnation of the misunderstood Ethereal element of Poison. When it buzzes its wings fast enough, it can open up and glide on supersonic dimensional highways from universe to universe. Humbugs naturally enjoy warm weather, and are drawn to humid places where the hum produced by their wings has the finest tone.

Description

The Humbug joined the song on February 19th 2014. Its body resembles that of a bee, wasp, or hornet, with charcoal-gray and light greenish-yellow furry stripes. It has a beaked face.

When this monster is idle, it stays in tempo by bending its knees like the Quarrister, except for the steadier motion and a slight twitch of its wings.

Song

Audio sample:
Memory Audio M

The Humbug's song is a legato synthesizer sound, providing a smooth melody to an island's song.

Breeding

The Humbug can be bred using a combination of one four-element monster and one three-element monster. Possible combination(s):

There is roughly a 1% chance of breeding this successfully. According to statistics, doing 70 attempts gives you a 50% chance of successfully breeding at least one Humbug; and doing 690 attempts gives you a 99.9% chance of successfully breeding at least one Humbug. Note that a Rare Monster can substitute any parent. The only exceptions are "Ethereal Breeding Bonanzas. These increase the chance of breeding an Ethereal by 500%. That means during the event, you'll know there is a 5x higher chance.

Earning Rate and Maximum Income

Earning rate is in coins or shards per hour and depends on Happiness % (Likes increase Happiness), also each monster has a limit to how much income it can hold at a time. Increasing the monster's level increases the limit.

Coins

Level Per Minute Coins 2.0 Maximum Coins 2.0
0% Happiness 25% Happiness 50% Happiness 75% Happiness 100% Happiness
1 14 17 21 24 28 25,000
2 22 27 33 38 44 40,000
3 34 42 51 59 68 60,000
4 45 56 67 78 90 80,000
5 56 70 84 98 112 100,000
6 67 83 100 117 134 120,000
7 78 97 117 136 156 140,000
8 90 112 135 157 180 160,000
9 101 126 151 176 202 180,000
10 112 140 168 196 224 200,000
11 123 153 184 215 246 220,000
12 134 167 201 234 268 240,000
13 146 182 219 255 292 260,000
14 157 196 235 274 314 280,000
15 168 210 252 294 336 300,000
16 176 220 264 308 352 315,000
17 183 228 274 320 366 327,600
18 188 235 282 329 376 337,428
19 192 240 288 336 384 344,176
20 194 242 291 339 388 347,618

Shards

Level Per Hour Shards Maximum Shards
0% Happiness 25% Happiness 50% Happiness 75% Happiness 100% Happiness
1 2 2 3 3 4 25
2 3 3 4 5 6 40
3 5 6 7 8 10 60
4 6 7 9 10 12 80
5 8 10 12 14 16 100
6 10 12 15 17 20 120
7 11 13 16 19 22 140
8 13 16 19 22 26 160
9 14 17 21 24 28 180
10 16 20 24 28 32 200
11 18 22 27 31 36 220
12 19 23 28 33 38 240
13 21 26 31 36 42 260
14 22 27 33 38 44 280
15 24 30 36 42 48 300
16 25 31 37 43 50 315
17 26 32 39 45 52 327
18 26 32 39 45 52 337
19 27 33 40 47 54 344
20 27 33 40 47 54 347

Feeding Monsters

Each monster needs to be fed four times before it reaches the next level. Increasing the monster's level increases the shards earned per hour, as well as the maximum shards earned.

The food per level table:
Level Food Per Feeding x4 Food to Level Up Total food to reach this Level
1 20 80 -
2 40 160 80
3 80 320 240
4 160 640 560
5 320 1,280 1,200
6 640 2,560 2,480
7 1,280 5,120 5,040
8 2,560 10,240 10,160
9 5,120 20,480 20,400
10 10,240 40,960 40,880
11 20,480 81,920 81,840
12 40,960 163,840 163,760
13 81,920 327,680 327,600
14 163,840 655,360 655,280
15 245,760 983,040 1,310,640
16 368,640 1,474,560 2,293,680
17 552,960 2,211,840 3,768,240
18 829,440 3,317,760 5,980,080
19 1,244,160 4,976,640 9,297,840
20 - - 14,274,480

More info can be found in this article.

Note: with the Ethereal Island update, Humbug can be fed up to level 15, at which time it can be placed on Ethereal Island, instead of Gold Island.

Likes

  • ThumpiesGo to Thumpies
  • KazilleonGo to Kazilleon
  • Floofy NestGo to Floofy Nest
  • Flappy FlagGo to Flappy Flag
  • Piney TreeGo to Piney Tree

Every monster has different things that they like. For every unique object that they like that's placed near the monster (if not using a Unity Tree), the monster's happiness will increase by 25%. Placing two of the same liked item near a monster will still only increase happiness by 25%. Below are the things liked by Humbug:


See the Likes page to view a complete list of all monsters' likes.

Strategy

Some items to take into consideration when designing your island by strategy are number of beds for the monster, rate of income per bed, max income per bed, and time for max income to be reached.

Earth Island Ethereal Island
Number of Beds 5 5
Rate of Income High 336 48
Rate of Income Low 168 24
Max Income 300,000 300
Rate of Income per Bed High 67.2 9.6
Rate of Income per Bed Low 33.6 4.8
Max Income per Bed 60,000 60
Time to Max Income @ High 14:53 6:15
Time to Max Income @ Low 29:46 12:30

Name Origin

"Humbug" is an English-language term, originally (mid-1700s) referring to a trickster or fraud, later used more generally as a term of derision or scorn (e.g. "Bah!  Humbug!").  More recently the word has been used to describe bugs that actually hum, and Norman Juster's novel The Phantom Tollbooth has an insect character named "Humbug".

Notes

  • It is true that some insects are attracted to warm places, as Humbug is to Earth Island.
  • Humbug is Diane Delsigs favorite monster.


Monsters
Breeding Eggs Feeding Likes

Start a Discussion Discussions about Humbug

  • Rare Humbug?

    4 messages
    • they said this before rare humbug was out.
    • This post was about raretherals, so it should switch over then.
  • Humbug animation

    • Is it just me or if you mute all of your other monsters on earth island, humbug plays a part than keeps playing but in its idle stage?