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The Candiosity meter as shown below the cursor focused on the Peckanmix piñata in Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise.

Each resident piñata in a garden has a happiness rating, or Candiosity meter in Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise, that reflects the quality of the care that has been provided. Despite being retconned to Candiosity in Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise to fit in with it having to be maxed out to be sent into a party in the game, it still acts as a measurement of happiness. If it stays very sad for a while, it will walk out of the garden and return to the wild, causing it to lose its resident status, and also lose any accessories, stats, and name applied to the piñata.

A piñata's happiness is shown on the happiness meter and in the expression on the face (or the color of the Cannoñata icon in Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise) within the happiness meter. The happiness meter shows when the cursor is over the piñata. Happier piñata are worth more chocolate coins. A very sad piñata will be crying, detectable from a distance.

Some things that can make piñatas happier/increase candiosity are:

  • Naming it.
  • Directing it to eat a seed, flower, fruit, vegetable, or produce that it enjoys.
  • Directing it to a pond.
  • Watering it with the watering can (if it likes that sort of thing).
  • Directing it to eat happy candy or joy candy.
  • Buying it an accessory.
  • Romancing it with another piñata.
  • Building a house for it.

Some things that can make piñatas sad/reduce candiosity are:

Gameplay elements
Player Tower of Sour · Chocolate Coin · Alert · Award · Achievement · Gardener level · Journal · Camera · Concept art · Player Permissions · Training episode · Label · Label Designer · Crate
Garden Weather · Day and night cycle · Fertilizer · Transformation · Candy · Shop · Pinometer · Helper · Piñata Vision · Bouncer Board · Garden Store · Trap · Playground · Just for Fun · Cursor
Tools Watering can · Shovel · Surface Packet · Trick Stick · Seed Bag · Fertilizer Bag · Bait Bag
Piñatas Species · Variant · Wild · Resident · Egg · Cocoon · Sour · Evolution · Romance · Conflict · Fight · Sickness · Wild-card · Happiness Rating · Food chain · Accessory · Costume · Trick · Item level · Reluctance to return
Minigames Great Piñata Paperchase · P-Factor