"Cheating" in Habitica is a matter of opinion and circumstance. One person may feel it's cheating to list things like getting out of bed and brushing teeth, while another person may need those Dailies for motivation or reminders. One person might have a Daily for an hour of study, while another might have a Daily for any studying at all. And one person might prefer to keep doing Dailies while sick, but another might check into the Inn (or grey out Dailies) at the first sniffle.
That's all fine. Habitica is here to help players learn good habits (and unlearn bad ones), not to stress them out and make them feel guilty. The right way to play is the way that is the most productive and effective for you.
To that end, "problem cheating" would be any dishonest play by which a player avoids being productive (possibly rewarding them as though they had been).
Cheating Yourself Edit
Habitica is not a traditional game. There are no high scores. You are playing against yourself, against the version of you who you don't want to be. Therefore, the following methods of problem-cheating only hurt your own efforts to improve.
- Using Fix Character Values to give yourself extra levels, mana, or gold.
- Clicking things you didn't do.
- Giving yourself Habits like "breathing" (here, "breathing" refers to the physiological process, not to meditation or therapeutic breathing techniques).
- Setting a task Difficulty to "Hard" (making it worth more gold and Experience Points) even when it's easy for you to do.
- Greying Dailies out to avoid receiving damage you deserve.
- Doing a custom Reward without paying the gold.
Motivations for Cheating Edit
Wanting to Get to a High Level Edit
Alternative: Take the time to earn it yourself and reap the true benefit of Habitica: becoming the person you want to be in real life. Also note that, since Fix Character Values exists, attaining a high level in a short period of time does not itself mean anything and will not impress anyone. Additionally, you'll miss out on valuable tutorials if you instantly level past them.
Avoiding Character Death EditAlternatives:
- If you are near leveling up, look for any Dailies, To-Dos, or good Habits you can complete easily. When you level, you will regain health.
- Take a look at the Data Display Tool to see what Dailies will do the most damage and focus on those.
- If you are in a party with a Healer, ask for healing.
- Other classes can use skills to decrease the damage they take, e.g. by buffing CON or increasing the task value of uncompleted Dailies.
- Use a Health Potion. If you cannot afford one, consider selling your excess Eggs, Hatching Potions, or Food to get enough gold.
- Warn the others in your party: They may be able to gain enough health to protect themselves from your damage.
- Add an "indulgence" to your list of Rewards: A pre-determined amount of gold you can pay to set a task to "not required" for today. Don't forget to fix the required days tomorrow!
Burned out, no Motivation to do Dailies Edit
- Reduce your number of Dailies, perhaps greying some out or moving them to Habits.
- Use a Fortify Potion if your tasks have gone red. This will return them to yellow, making them less damaging (and less threatening looking). You can get a similar effect by deleting and remaking tasks, but you will lose your task history.
- Join a Guild that is focused on completing tasks and Dailies. Be sure to ask for help and give help if needed.
- Take a look at the Burnout article for additional advice.
Picking Yourself Up After Cheating Edit
If you have been cheating, and have decided to stop doing so, that's great. You do not necessarily have to do anything else! But if it would be more motivating to you, you can use Fix Character Values to remove the gold and levels you gained, or even look at options for starting over.
Cheating At Challenges Edit
Since many Challenges are competitions, checking off things you have not done in a Challenge is actually cheating against other people. Many challenge creators look at their challenge data to weed out obvious cheaters or include tasks like declaring progress in Tavern chat or specific Guilds.
If you are joining a Challenge to cheat in an attempt to get free gems, remember, they do not provide anything that isn't cosmetic (Backgrounds, hair colors) or obtainable by other means (partying with someone who is providing quest scrolls). You can also get Gems by contributing to Habitica, and some guilds may have smaller Challenges you can complete honestly.
Not Paying for Custom Rewards Edit
You do not always want to pay gold to do something you like, but the point is for it to be a reward. So reward yourself for your hard work!
Sticking to one's custom Rewards plan is a habit in itself. And that means things like practice, accountability, and tools are useful there! For practice, start by making the Reward inexpensive, perhaps something like 1 gold for 30 minutes, so it's barely a decision to pay it. Then use it a lot, until "before I start gaming, I pay some gold" comes naturally. You could even make a Habit or Daily task out of it.
Don't Give Up!Edit
Remember that there is a friendly community to cheer you on and friends to help with your motivation! Don't just give in to cheating; take a moment and relax. You can share your troubles with some friendly people in the Tavern to help you through your day and maybe help you get a few more of those monster Dailies done! Another potential solution is to take a short break from using Habitica and then go back, refresh your lists, possibly reset your account, and take another go! You may also be more motivated by joining a Party. You can find Parties at The Archery and the Party Wanted (Looking for Group) guild, or you can invite your friends to start one with you! Don't wait until mild cheating develops into severe cheating.