FrontierVille: How to Get Your Thorns to Grow

One perk of having a WordPress Blog is that I get to see what search terms web surfers use to access my site. This one comes up more than any other. While I briefly cover the topic of thorns in the FAQ, I’d thought I’d devote an entire post to the process. After all, I know how it feels to be frantically trying to find thorns after you’re cleared them and the all encompassing feeling of dread which accompanies that state.

One song, I have but one song…

If you’ve just started playing FrontierVille and this is the first you’re heard of Thorns take note:


I repeat,


Thorns are a necessary step in the Family-chain of quests. Specifically, once you have a child, your child must then clear 5 thorns and a cactus.

If you’re like most people, you’ve already cleared all your thorns when you were chopping down your forest. (Please Note, you don’t have to chop down your forest – but even if you do, you’ll have a quest to regrow it later anyway…) So at this point you’re probably freaking out: “How do I get more thorns to grow?!?”

It’s easy. Just follow the map:

Map of Undomesticated Flora

Consider an invisible line running from the West corner of the map to the East. Above this line, thorns are more likely to grow. Below it, skulls, rocks, and wildflowers. Cacti are kind of a wildcard, but I predominantly find them in the Southern hemisphere of the map, though they can grow far North as well.

If you want a thorn to grow, you have to have a space for it to grow into. So make sure there are enough clear spaces, otherwise it won’t grow. Thorns specifically tend to spawn near or around Trees, or where Trees first were when you started the game.

And, if you’re impatient, you can always buy thorns from the Market for 8 horseshoes a pop. But if I were you I’d save the money and just wait it out.

Remember, just because one thing tends to grow in a certain area doesn’t mean it won’t show up in another. Thorns grow predominantly in the Northern most corner of the game map, but they can pop up along the center or the south. The reverse is true of Wildflowers. This map is just to increase the percentage chance of a thorn growing.

Good Luck!


3 Responses to “FrontierVille: How to Get Your Thorns to Grow”

  1. 1 jodi June 29, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    thanks for that

  2. 2 Falcon July 10, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    I’ve just cultivated the north part of my ‘stead to grow thorns (successfully too). There was also no shortage of either wildflowers, rocks or skulls on the north side, but I haven’t seen any cacti so far. I’m thinking it’s thorns to the north, cacti to the south, the rest all over the place.

  1. 1 Cactus Skull Farm « Pioneer Party! Trackback on July 22, 2010 at 12:04 AM

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