Ingredients levels (also known as Ingredient drop levels) is one of the six level types in Candy Crush Saga. This level type's icon is green with a white arrow pointing downwards. Ingredients levels first appear in Candy Factory, the second episode, with the first ingredient level being level 11.
Ingredients levels are the third most common level type, making up 22.16% of Reality levels at 533 non-mixed appearances out of the 2405 levels. Adding the 133 mixed levels, there are 666 appearances.
In Dreamworld, they make up 27.22% of the levels, with 181 total appearances out of the 665 levels.
The current trend is 0-2 ingredient levels per episode. Some earlier episodes have 5, and Bubblegum Bridge has 7. Wafer Wharf has only one ingredient level. However, Blueberry Brush , Bonbon Beanstalk and Apricot Alley does not even have one ingredient level. Most episodes between Chocolate Barn and Cherry Chateau have either 3 or 4 ingredient levels. Most episodes in World Twelve to World Twenty also have around 3 to 4 ingredient levels. Precious Pond has 6 ingredient levels, and is one of the few episodes with more ingredient levels than jelly levels.
Ingredients levels are considered easier than jelly levels, but there are still some very hard ingredients levels, such as levels 158, 181, 325, 361, 409, 417, 445, 500, 664, 734, 879, past version of 1001, 1085, 1142, 1247, 1374, 1396, and 1779.
To win an ingredients level, the player must bring all the required ingredients down to the bottom of the board (or anywhere where there is a green arrow). In some levels, only one ingredient is needed, and in others, up to 18 ingredients are needed.
There are 2 types of ingredients a player will have to bring down: cherries and hazelnuts. Some levels require cherries, some require hazelnuts, and some require both. Currently no functional difference exists between the 2 types of ingredients. A certain number of each will have to be brought down to complete the level. 10,000 points are awarded for each ingredient collected.
The ingredients fall like normal candies. They come in through the top of the board, usually after another ingredient has been cleared. Some levels start with the ingredients already on the board, and in levels 217 and above, sometimes the ingredients come out of a dispenser.
When all ingredients have been collected, a striped candy is made for every move remaining, giving 3,000 points for each. Then each of the striped candies activate themselves.
Ingredients such as hazelnuts and cherries will appear on the board at various points throughout the level. On the side of the board you’ll see how many of each ingredient you need to collect. If you do not collect all the ingredients (bring them to the bottom of the board) before running out of moves, you will fail the level.
When you cursor on the ingredient at the middle left of the game, an inscription will show up like the gallery below:
Ingredient Drop levels are generally easier than jelly levels and sometimes easier than candy order levels. They are considered overall more difficult than Timed levels. Like all level types, earlier ingredients levels are easier than later ones.
Many ingredient drop levels are easy. They generally have few colours, and many, even later ones, such as level 439, are easy and almost pointless. But like all level types, there ARE difficult ingredient drop levels, but they are quite few.
Certain levels do have misplaced ingredients. Switching an ingredient left or right is the hardest things to do when it comes to ingredient levels, because only a few arrangements allow such switching. This requires luck and future prediction in order to set up a horizontal ingredient switch. Levels such as 315, 409, etc. require switching or else a player will not win the level. The levels do not top out to be extremely hard but they are still very hard to manage. Luckily, these levels are not as common as extremely hard jelly levels.
However, when you do get a difficult ingredient drop level, they are VERY DECEIVING! They often look easy when they aren't. This can lead to players feeling stupid and bad about themselves if they don't realise the level is generally hard for the community. There are many examples of deceivingly difficult ingredient drop levels, such as 325, 445, 664, and even the original 181, 361, and 500 to name a few. These levels often contain hidden difficulties which may not be so obvious when playing the level for the first time. This sneaky aspect of ingredient drop levels has led many people to quit and many others to rage.
More ingredients are required to complete most levels. Level 383 is an example. Also, there are fewer moves given. The hardest part about these levels is usually only 1 ingredient can spawn on the board. That means that a large cascade is wasted if the ingredient is just as close as 1 square away from the exit. This is the reason why 87 was voted as the hardest level in the Dreamworld before it was nerfed. Level 272 is also another notorious level because of this.
- About 1 in 4 levels are ingredients levels. This means an episode has an average of three to five Ingredients levels.
- On web version, the drop down will disappear after you passed level, but on mobile version, they don't disappear.
- It is impossible to score fewer than 10,000 points on an Ingredients level as bringing down an ingredient scores a player 10,000 points. It is impossible to score less than 100,000 points on an Ingredients level that requires ten or more ingredients.
- It is impossible for one to NOT get 3 stars on level 11 since the objective for achieving 3 stars is 3,000 points, whereas bringing down a single cherry would give you 10,000 points. The same thing is true with level 22, 30, pre-nerf 664, pre-nerf 671, 743, 745, and 895.
- There are no ingredients levels that require ten or more ingredients of the same type. But, Level 1951, a mixed level, is the first level to have more than 9 of the same type of ingredient.
- Bubblegum Bridge and Crazy Crossing have 7 ingredients levels - more than any other episode.
- There is a chain of 3 ingredients levels starting at Twilight Egg's ending to the 2nd level of Crazy Crossing, another one at Dizzy Dessert, Toffee Tower, and Caramel Clearing. The longest chain of ingredients levels is at Marmalade Meadow, with 4.
- Wafer Wharf and Piñata Park lacks ingredients levels, both have only one ingredients level. They are the only episodes to have more timed levels than ingredients levels.
- Blueberry Brush, Praline Pavilion and Bubblegum Bazaar have no ingredient levels.
- This is the most probable reason because of the rise of mixed levels.
- Salty Canyon, Polkapalooza, and Eggnog Emporium have only 2 ingredients levels.
- Hundredth ingredients levels:
- The 100th Ingredients level, level 413, is featured in Soda Swamp.
- The 200th Ingredients level, level 743, is featured in Marmalade Meadow.
- The 300th Ingredients level, Level 1110, is featured in Pastry Palace.
- The 400th Ingredients level, Level 1456, is featured in Divine Diner.
- The 500th Ingredients level, Level 2046, is featured in Tricky Tracks.
- Levels 87, 187, 287, 387, 487, and 587 are all ingredients levels, but 687, 787, and 887 are jelly levels but 987 continues the trend. Of these levels, 587 is the easiest having only 3 colours present in the board.
- In Dreamworld however, level 587 is the hardest among all levels ending with "87".
- Meringue Moor has 5 ingredient levels (including level 500). This is the first level to have more than four since Crunchy Castle. They are separated by 17 episodes.
- Ingredients levels used to be the only levels where the coconut wheel could appear, but starting at level 824, coconut wheels can appear in any level type.
- Only four in the game has an episode finale fallen on a level multiple number of 100. Two times this happened, (levels 200 and 500), the level type was ingredients. Level 500 is extremely hard ingredients level.
- In most cases, the required target score is equal to the points awarded when all ingredients are dropped, for example, if you must drop 4 ingredients, then the target score will be 40,000, making the level impossible to fail because of not reaching the target score.
- The music used in the iOS and Android is the Timed levels from the web version.
- All levels ending with x42 (except 342, 642, 842, 1042, 1242, 1342, 1542 and 1742) are ingredient levels.
- It is unlikely that another type of ingredient will be released. If so, they may have special functions regarding the new ingredient, such as only being able to be dropped in certain specially marked tiles.
- For long time, ingredients levels are the second most common level type, now Candy Order levels are more common than ingredients levels.
As of September 2015, there is a confirmed glitch on Facebook where in some levels the ingredients don't drop until the very last moves of the level, and some don't drop at all, causing the level to be impossible to complete. This has been known to affect some players on Level 264/Dreamworld, Level 376, Level 378, Level 390, Level 428, Level 495, Level 500, Level 551, Level 581/Dreamworld, and Level 587. It is unknown what caused the glitch, but it was fixed in early October.
Notable ingredients levels
- Level 11 - First ingredients level
- Level 181 - Was formerly one of the hardest ingredients level because of the thick layer of icing on the sides. Now badly nerfed.
- Level 200 - Inspiration for Sweet Surprise, milestone level number.
- Level 357 and 376 - The most ingredients in a single ingredients level that needs bringing down - 9 of each.
- Level 361 - Was also formerly one of the hardest ingredients level due to six colours, irregular blockers, and only a few ingredient exits. Now badly nerfed.
- Level 413 - 100th ingredients level
- Level 417 - Another super difficult ingredients level. A level dependent on luck.
- Level 409 and 734 - Two of the hardest ingredient levels in the game.
- Level 500 - Used to be a level with most moves in the game at 65 moves, also milestone level number, supposedly the hardest ingredients level, and considered one of the hardest levels in the game. Now badly nerfed.
- Level 587 - One of only four levels in the whole game to contain just 3 candy colours. The others are 31, 621, 1020, and 1108.
- Level 600 - Milestone level, and contains the first 3 item dispenser
- Level 620 - World finale level
- Level 645 and 674 - The two levels that highly dependent on luck (Particularly where the ingredients spawn).
- Level 700 - Another milestone level. Along with level 696, it used to have the largest number of moves in the game: 75. It has been buffed and now has 45 moves.
- Level 743 - 200th ingredients level
- Level 910 - The level which has the highest three star target score at 9,000,000 points. Currently, the three star target is largely nerfed to 400,000 points.
- Level 1110 - 300th ingredients level
- Level 1247 - The first ingredients level with jelly fish, also one of the nearly impossible levels
- Level 1456 - 400th ingredients level
- Level 1688 - The first ingredients level that coincides with jelly (Mixed).
- Level 2040- The first ingredients level with mystery candy dispensers (the only one of the three new dispensers which can appear in any level type).
- Level 2046 - 500th ingredients level
- Dreamworld version of level 376 - Considered one of the hardest ingredients levels in Dreamworld.
- Dreamworld version of level 383 - 100th ingredients level in Dreamworld, former hardest level in Dreamworld.
- Dreamworld version of level 664 - Final ingredients level in Dreamworld
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