If you haven't placed a pier in your town, you'll be prompted to do so the next time you login. Provided you've reached at least Level 20, if you haven't created an expansion that touches the water yet, you'll be given a discount on purchasing it for City Cash, as it should cost you only three City Cash for the expansion itself. If you've already unlocked a Pier in your city, however, you'll simply be able to jump straight away into the upgrade process.
There are three requirements to upgrade a single Pier, and you'll need to upgrade each individual Pier you own individually to take advantage of these bonuses and rewards.
- Have 6 Ships
- Harvest 15 Ships on this Pier
- Gather Parts to upgrade your Pier
Again, each Pier must be upgraded individually, with this second requirement asking you to harvest ships specifically on the Pier that you're currently trying to upgrade. As for gathering parts, you'll need to gather six of each of the following items:
- Pier Planks
- Mooring Lines
The Pier Planks, Mooring Lines and Forklifts are earned through general news items you'll post to your wall, while the other two items are earned via individual requests sent to your friends. You can also purchase the parts for City Cash.
Once you've finished these three tasks, you'll have upgraded that individual Pier to Level 2. This takes the Pier from a 6-foot Dock, housing 420 Goods to one that is an 8-Foot Dock, allowing storage for 1500 Goods. From there, you'll be able to upgrade yet again to Level 3, but this time, the requirements are different:
- Harvest 30 Ships or Freighters on this Pier
- Have 3 Freighters
- Gather parts to upgrade the Pier.
You'll be required to gather 50 parts overall for this upgrade, instead of 30 as for the first upgrade. Additionally, the Freighters and Super Freighters are available to purchase from the store, just as you've purchased Boats or Barges in the past. A Freighter costs 10,000 coins, while a Super Freighter costs 100,000 coins. These cost more coins to purchase initially, but they can also return with more Goods than you would have received from Boats normally, so that's the trade-off. Once you've reached Level 3 of a Pier, it will offer storage for 2,500 Goods and will be 10 feet long.
To go along with these Pier upgrades, a set of new goals has also been released pertaining to Shipping Upgrades, and we'll make sure to have a complete guide to those goals for you as soon as we can.
What do you think of the ability to upgrade your shipping Piers in CityVille? Will you upgrade each to Level 2/3 and upgrade all of your Boats to Freighters, or is that too much work to take on right now? Sound off in the comments.