When you first started playing “Little Alchemy 2,” you might have thought that the Earth element represented all forms of the earth in the game, including dust, soil, and mud. Yet, the game developer actually distinguishes between these and other earth-based elements.
Each of the earth-based elements has different icons and descriptions. They also form many other separate and overlapping elements.
This article is a part of LifeRejoice’s step-by-step ‘how to’ guide series for making Elements in Little Alchemy 2. Click here to check out more Little Alchemy 2 Element guides.
The game gives you several methods for making the Soil element. In all of these scenarios, you use the basic Earth element and other related elements:
1. Create a Planet
Soil only exists on the surface of a planet in the larger spheres of a solar system, galaxy, galaxy cluster, and universe.
If you haven’t already created the Planet element or the earth and water elements necessary for life on our planet, you should do so now to both help you make Soil and add them to your collection:
- Earth + Earth = Land
- Land + Land = Continent
- Continent + Continent = Planet
- Water + Water = Puddle
- Puddle + Puddle = Pond
- Pond + Pond = Lake
- Lake + Lake = Sea
2. Add Life to the Surface
The easiest way to make the Soil element is by combining Life with Earth or Land. If you haven’t already collected Life, combine the following:
The Life icon, a multicolored DNA RNA symbol, pops up on the screen with the words “It finds a way.”
Now that you have Life, you use it in one of the following two ways:
- Life + Earth = Soil
- Life + Land = Soil
The Soil icon, three layers of speckled, two-tone dirt, pops up on the screen with the words “The organic scalp of the Earth where plants, not hair, grows.”
3. Other Ways to Make Soil
“Little Alchemy 2” gives you two extra options for making Soil with Earth or Land.
In both of these cases, you need the Organic Matter element since soils in the real world are made of a lot of organic matter that contains a wide range of materials, including living organisms, decomposing recently living things, and substances that don’t decompose.
If you don’t already have Organic Matter, the easiest way to make it is by combining a living thing, Bacteria, with the decomposition process represented by the Death element:
- Life + Primordial Soup = Bacteria
When the Bacteria element appears, you see an oblong cell with blue-green spikes and spots. Beneath it are the words “Microorganisms that are essential for life even though they sometimes help take it away.”
The easiest way to make Death is by collecting 100 elements, including the four basic ones, to unlock the Time element. Once you have Time, you combine it with Life as follows:
- Life + Time = Death
When you have Death, a white skull and crossbones icon appears with the words “One of life’s constants, along with taxes.”
- Bacteria + Death = Organic Matter
The Organic Matter icon, an image of a plant growing out of the soil under a bright blue, cloudy sky, appears with the words “Matter from a living organism, like leaves from a tree, or recently living organism, like rotten flesh on a zombie.”
Now that you have Organic Matter, you use it as follows:
- Organic Matter + Earth = Soil
- Organic Matter + Land = Soil
The other easy option to make Organic Matter is to combine Life with human ingenuity via the Science element. If you don’t have Science, combine the following:
- Air + Air = Pressure
- Pressure + Earth = Stone
- Earth + Water = Mud
- Mud + Stone = Clay
- Planet + Planet = Solar System
- Solar System + Solar System = Galaxy
- Galaxy + Galaxy = Galaxy Cluster
- Galaxy Cluster + Galaxy Cluster = Universe
The Importance of Soil in “Little Alchemy 2”
On Earth, the role of soil is diverse. Various types of soils act as reservoirs and purification systems for water. Soils impact the air and atmosphere as part of natural climate regulation processes.
They cause atmospheric changes by absorbing and releasing water, dust, and different gases like carbon dioxide and methane.
Soils recycle important nutrients that lifeforms need to thrive. As a result, soils act as habitats for a wide range of lifeforms, including microorganisms, insects like ants and plants.
Without soils, many of the antibiotics and medicines used to save human lives wouldn’t exist. The majority of plants on the planet use organic matter in different types of soils as a source of oxygen, water, and other nutrients and protection for their roots.
Humans also use soils in agriculture to plant fruits and vegetables in fields. People alter the natural shape of landscapes made of soil to meet their needs.
They use soil and mud to construct dams to redirect or store water. They construct levees, embankments similar to dams, to prevent floods. Soil is a critical component in the construction of buildings, roads, and many other things.
In “Little Alchemy 2,” you discover these elements when you explore Soil:
- Soil + Air = Dust
- Soil + Farmer = Field
- Soil + Plow = Field
- Soil + Tool = Field
- Soil + Big = Land
- Soil + Soil = Land
- Soil + Water = Mud
You’ve Hit Pay Dirt!
After prospectors found gold by sifting soil during the California Gold Rush, the phrases “hit pay dirt” along with “strike it rich” became popular. They remain so to this day.
Although you might feel like exploring soil didn’t get you very far with your element collecting, the small nuggets of soil-based elements that you’ve found are worth their weight in gold in “Little Alchemy 2” because they can lead you to dozens of elements.
Take Field, for example. With just this one soil-based element, you can collect Barn, Crow, Dog, Fence, Fog, Grave, Graveyard, Horse, Lawn, Lawn Mower, Livestock, Nuts, Orchard, Plow, Pumpkin, Tractor, Vegetable, and Wheat. With anthill, you can even add an ant farm to your collection.
Exploring the other soil-based elements helps you find a variety of other elements, including Allergy, Cotton, Desert, Forest, Garden, Grass, Horizon, Lightning, Moss, Pollen, and Snake.