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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 waiting and preparing itself in a patient perseverance similar to the Quarrister, except for 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%. If you know your Maths, this means 5x more 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 Hour Coin Maximum Coin
0% Happiness 25% Happiness 50% Happiness 75% Happiness 100% Happiness
1 14 17 21 24 28 20,000
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

Shards

Level Per Hour Shard Maximum Shard
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

Feeding Monsters

Each monster needs to be fed four times before it reaches the next level. Increasing the monster's level increases the coins earned per minute. The food per level is the same for all Ethereal monsters of the same element count and 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 and friends that they like. For every unique object that they like that's placed near the monster, the monster's happiness will increase by 25% (in other words, placing two of the same liked item near a monster will still only increase happiness by 25%).

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

  • This, Fung Pray, and Arackulele are the only monsters with bug-like features. Coincidentally, they are all Ethereal monsters.
  • It is true that some insects are attracted to warm places.


Monsters
Breeding Eggs Feeding Likes

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  • 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?
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