The common goal

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Common goals require agents working together to reach a target set by the Chairman of S.C.O.T.C.H.

How they work

The Chairman selects one ghost that has to be trapped a certain number of times within a specific time period. If that target is reached, a secret (and random) game buff will be enacted for a short period of time (usually but not always 24 hours). All agents will benefit from the buff during the specified time period.

Rewards for participating

The 10 players who catch the largest number of the target ghost for each common goal will be awarded the dutiful agent id badge. If they have already received this id badge, they will receive 100 Nessy's instead. The badge will then be awarded to the player who has caught the next highest number of the target ghost and who doesn't yet have the dutiful agent badge.

Retired devoted agent

The devoted agent id badge was awarded each week to the 10 players who caught the largest number of the target ghost between 17 November 2010 and 11 September 2012. The devoted agent id badge is current retired.


The common goal's progress can be tracked in the status bar in the common goal box on your Camp screen. It is updated every 15 minutes.

Game buffs

The currently available game buffs are:

Historical record of common goals and game buffs

The past common goals and 2012 common goals pages list many of the early common goals and the associated game buffs.

We no longer keep a record of the individual common goals and their associated game buffs.

How do you participate?

Some common goals will be ones that all agents can take part in ... others may depend on the efforts of agents who can travel to a particular location. Some Common Goals you can be an active participant in ... for others, you may be cheering on a more advanced group of hunters. Every catch of the designated ghost by any agent during the common goal time period counts.

And once a common goal target has been reached, all agents will have the benefit of or the opportunity from the buff.

Share the news!

You can post the common goal to your Facebook wall, making sure that as many agents as possible will see the news and will try to help meet it.

Once the common goal has been met, you can also post the buff as well so that your friends won't miss it.


  • 29 November 2009: The common goal was introduced in Virtual Scotland.
  • 17 November 2010: The devoted agent id badge was added to the rewards for the players who caught the most of each week's target ghost for the common goal.
  • 11 September 2012: The dutiful agent id badge was added to the rewards for the 10 players who catch the largest number of each week's target ghost. The devoted agent badge was retired.

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