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Friends are an important aspect of gameplay. They are other people who also play the game, and they can be presented with a gift or a treasure chest dropped in their towns (each contains one Heart) once every 24 hours.

Friends Menu

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The Friends menu.

Friends are accessed by tapping on the Profile icon next to the Experience Bar, then pressing the "Friends" button at the bottom of the screen. The Friends screen is a transparent interface that contains the "Friends", "Invite", and "Inbox" tabs, along with a refresh button, located on the left side of the screen. While in the Friends menu, your Bit, Gem, current VIP level, and current Heart will be displayed along the top of the screen. The current Friends menu was added during the design overhaul of Update 3.5.

Friends

When viewing friends, the first two will always be Princess Celestia and Princess Cadance, then the order will be higher to lower level, highest VIP players listed first. Players can gift other players Heart by clicking on the relevant icon in the Friends tab on the left, and can also visit other players' towns, where they can leave treasure chests that contain one Heart.

  • Please note: Friends will be listed by their in-game name, not their code number. If you prefer to send treasure chests with others in an even exchange, be sure to provide your in-game name along with your code. There is no way to confirm who has sent you a treasure chest, however.

For those players under the age of 13, the game automatically provides eight friends (two for update 2.4 onwards): Princess Celestia (level 50), Princess Cadance (level 40), Spike (level 30), Rainbow Dash (level 2), Pinkie Pie (level 20), Applejack (level 50), Fluttershy (level 30), and Rarity (level 30). They all have towns that can be visited, but the state of their towns does not match their reported level. Princess Cadance, Spike and Rainbow Dash's town layouts are the same.

Inbox

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The main game interface. At the top left is the Profile Menu button, with a (1) badge showing the number of Inbox notifications.

The Inbox is where you will receive notifications about player activity. If a player has gifted you a Heart, beaten your score in the Crystal Mine minigame, or danced with you in the Equestria Girls minigame, a number will display next to the Profile Menu icon in-game, showing the combined total of Heart given, scores beaten, and times danced with. The Inbox can be found at the bottom of the menu on the left in the Friends tab of your Profile Menu (see above picture).

Invite

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The Invite tab in the Friends menu.

The Invite screen, accessed using the tab on the left in the Friends menu, contains three main features: the "Add New Friend" code entry interface for adding new friends, the "My Code" interface for copy/pasting your Friend Code and sending it to others or saving for later, and the "Invited Players" scroll menu, which tracks the progress of players who entered your code in the promo interface prior to reaching level 10. The Invited Players section of this menu had its own screen in previous versions of the game.

Friend Codes

Early versions of the game, prior to Update 2.3, had a feature which allowed players to add others via username on several social networking websites. This feature was removed after the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) was passed. Update 2.4 reintroduced the Friends function fully by implementing Friend Codes, unique multi-character hexadecimal codes assigned to each player upon playing the game for the first time. Friend Codes are comprised of hexadecimal (0-9/A-F) codes from four to seven characters in length, and are used to add Friends in-game.

Directory of Friends

An online directory has been created to allow players to add their MLP codes to a list. In addition to codes, players provide their in-game Pony Name (ID) and answer simple questions about gifting and dancing. By joining the directory, players will increase their chances of making new friends, thus earning more hearts from social activities. Submitting your answers on the form will automatically populate the directory list (which is a Google Docs Spreadsheet). For those players who are seeking new friends to invite, the directory makes the list of codes easier to find, instead of having to scroll through pages of comments below or in other forums.

Add your game information to the directory using this Google form:

Use the directory to locate codes to invite new friends to your MLP social list.

Currently, the directory doesn't support players who are new to the game or who have already reached past Level 10. So getting friends for the Invited Players section makes things rather problematic.  

Tips

You can use the Data menu to sort the list by newest first, platform used, code number or pony name to find people more easily. If you need to edit your entry, either return to the form you filled out and update it (if you saved it when prompted), or email the editor of the Directory (see below).

Please note that now most players can add friends from other platforms. You will be able to send them gifts and dance with them, but you may or may not be able to visit their towns and leave them treasure chests. Amazon Underground users, however, should sort the directory by platform used, since AU users can only friend other AU users. Highlight or select the entire spreadsheet (click empty box above the 1 and left of A), click Data, then Sort Range, check Data has header row, then sort by On What Platform..., then click Sort.

If you find that you are unable to add many of the codes, mostly because of players with "different versions", reverse sort by timestamp to list the newest entries first. They will tend to be current players with updated games. Highlight or select the entire spreadsheet (click empty box above the 1 and left of A), click Data, then Sort Range, check Data has header row, then sort by Timestamp, choose Z->A, then click Sort.

Frequently asked questions:

  • Where do I find my Friend Code? To locate your code, go to your Profile Menu at the top left of your screen next to the Experience Bar (or Menu Scroll at the top right of the screen for earlier versions), navigate to Friends using the tabs at the bottom (or click the Social horseshoe icon), then go to the Invite menu.
  • What is my in-game ID? Your in-game ID, or game name, can easily be found by looking at Leaderboard lists. If you enter the Equestria Girls mini-game, for example, your highest score is listed beside your game name. It generally appears as a two word name, like Blossom Cake. Note: this is not always the case, and old friends and players on the leaderboards who stopped playing the game entirely prior to Update 2.4 will still have their old social network usernames listed.
  • What is my character icon or picture? Your character icon (which will be one of nine or so My Little Pony game characters like Spike, Princess Cadance, or Rarity) always appears next to your in-game ID on a Leaderboard. If your character isn't on the list, please email the Directory Keeper (see below), so it can be added to the list of options.
  • Why is my Friend Code listed as ###+E##, that's not what I entered in the form? Google sheets and forms have a bug that changes certain numbers or strings of characters into scientific E notation. If your ID is a long number, or if it is a bunch of numbers with only one letter E in the middle, the form will change it. If this happens, please add a single quote mark before your ID, or add in a space, or even add some dashes.

Directory Contact

If you have any problems with your Directory of Friend Codes entry, please e-mail the Directory Keeper (editor) at mlpfrienddirectory@gmail.com with your issue. It would be highly suggested to contact the Director Keeper to ask about information pertaining to level progression numbers, if you are intending to add friends for the Invited Players feature.