Top 5 things to understand before treasure hunting

Upland just announced that spark can now regularly be found while treasure hunting. If you have never done treasure hunts before, or are just starting out, here are 5 important things to understand before you start hunting for treasures that hold UPX and spark.

1 Understand how send work

When you send yourself to a property, you must pay a fee (anywhere from 5-100 UPX depending on the city, and the specific fee the player sets on that property) to go there. You also use one of your 11 sends that you can hold at any given time. However, if you own that property it doesn’t cost you any UPX and you don’t use up a send. It is a common misconception that you receive 3 sends every 24 hours. There are instances when you do not get any sends, and you must find them on your own to replenish them. Read more here about everything you need to know about visits, sends and collecting them.

2 The number of properties you have in a city contributes to the likelihood of you being successful without losing UPX

If visits cost you UPX and finding sends also cost you UPX, the ability to utilize your own properties during treasure hunting gives you a great advantage. It is possible to win a treasure, but end up spending more on visits than the reward. Owning lots of properties in a city can enable you to be more efficient and complete more hunts in a given period of time since you won’t need to use your sends. The more properties you have spread out across a city means you have more opportunities to utilize your own properties to help narrow in on a treasure. Given that you must be less than 50 meters away from a treasure to claim it, even players with more than 50 properties in a city will most likely have to use some sends in order to find a treasure.

3 Understand the hints

Treasure hunts are timed, so if you aren’t familiar with the signs and hints you will be wasting valuable sends and time.Each city is different

4 Each city is different

Each city varies in the visiting fees, which also affect the amount of UPX or spark that you can find in a treasure. Cities with higher send fees will have bigger prizes. The geographical size and shape of the city are also important to familiarize yourself with. And lastly, the properties that you own can also help you to set bearings. If you are going to include treasure hunting in your overall game strategy, it makes sense to focus on one city and master it. This would include investing in purchasing properties in strategic locations for the purpose of saving on sends. You will want anywhere form 25-50 properties spread out as a minimum starting point for effective treasure hunting in one city.

5 Familiarize yourself with distances

If you have chosen your primary treasure hinting city, it makes sense to understand distances – between neighborhoods and between your properties. Again, if you are going to be hunting on a regular basis, spend some time in research. Utilize google, or print out a real map to measure distances. If you not familiar with the metric system, translate the graphic above to miles (1.6 miles = 1 km). Lastly, check out this video that explains how to treasure hunt.

Read more from Upland regarding how much spark can be found in which treasure chests and in which cities.


You get one free standard treasure chest each day. Use that to practice. Expect to lose money at the beginning. Consider this loss as a long term investment in learning how to do it. Don’t expect to master this task without practice. Lastly, make sure you start treasure hunting with the maximum amount of sends. The last thing you want to do is run out of sends in the middle of a treasure hunt!

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