Where’s the Grumple? Where’s Gil? Questions Answered!

So you may have noticed in the “Holiday 2013” character collection a spot for the Grumple. However you’ll noticed that he’s nowhere to be found. You can’t buy him in the shop, and he isn’t one of the personal or community prizes. So what’s the deal?

There was also word of Gil reappearing for the holidays, but there has been no sign of him. When can we expect another day-old donut deal, or did the Grumple steal it away? The information that follows could technically be considered spoilers, so only read on if you don’t mind a few surprises being revealed early.


The Grumple unlocks for purchase on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th) and will cost 120 donuts.

There will also be a short quest that takes place between Dec. 22 and Dec. 24, and judging from the dialogue it may be giving players a subtle hint about the upcoming Gil deal. Who needs subtle hints when you have a direct line to the information? (Thanks once again to spAnser.)

That Gil deal is in regards to donut purchases. You won’t save any money this time, but you will get 25% more donuts for the same price. It is only scheduled to be active on Christmas Day (Dec. 25th) though, so if you want to stock up on donuts, that would be the time to do it.

Play on Christmas Day (Dec. 25th) and you’ll get double payout on presents and gift bags. In addition, you’ll also get a free reindeer placed in your inventory. All-in-all, it seems like we’ll be getting a few holiday treats during the days leading up to Christmas. Do you plan on taking advantage of Gil’s donut deal?

18 thoughts on “Where’s the Grumple? Where’s Gil? Questions Answered!

  1. Keep getting error message to contact iTunes support when trying to purchase the $99.99 Boatload of Donuts “Gil’s Xmas Special with 750 extra donuts.” (5 days left for this special) The purchase never goes through.
    It worked on Dec. 24th but when trying to make another purchase for my daughter’s account this has been happening every time on all accounts.

    My credit card is valid and I verified this with them directly. I am able to purchase all the other amounts of Xmas donut specials but not this one. This happens on every single TSTO account in my family — not just one.

    Anyone else experiencing this?

  2. Apologize for what may be a silly question. I am looking for confirmation that presents left by friends are always in gift bags while those left by the game are in wrapped boxes. If I know this is true, I can collect gift bags and let the elves collect some of the boxes. I am trying to keep track of friends and return the favor on gift bags as much as possible.

  3. I don’t even have the ‘Holidays 2013’ Available in my characters collections at all, baring in mind that I have this update…. just wondered if anybody else was experiencing this too. I have noticed that the ‘Yes Guy’ is available under ‘More Oddballs’

  4. Does anyone know yet whether the Grumple will have tasks or be a non-playable character? I pass on NPCs (for donuts anyway), but if he can be sent to earn money I’d consider him

  5. I’d love to take advantage of the Christmas Day offerings, but I’m not going to be anywhere with wireless access that day, and my wife would kill me (justifiably I think) if I tried to hideout for an hour at a McDonald’s or some other place with public WiFi just to access my Springfield on Christmas Day.

  6. I assumed we’d have a Booberella-equivalent premium character for the holidays!
    Was beginning to second-guess not getting a Grumple balloon, but now I am again content…

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