Wild West Island Guide


A shadow is creeping across the frontier, and its name is El Mustachio Grande. He’s the meanest, nastiest, outlaw in the land, and he’s terrorizing the good folks of Wild West Island. With your trusty horse by your side, only you stand between the Mustachio gang and total anarchy. Can you bring Mustachio to justice, once and for all?

For walkthroughs on Wild West Island, scroll down.

Released: February 14, 2011 (for members)
or March 11, 2011 (for all)
Common Room: Dusty Gulch Hotel
Preceded by: Cryptids Island
Succeeded by: Wimpy Wonderland Island

Resources on this page: Island Extras | Synopsis from Poptropica | Video Walkthrough | Written Walkthrough | Album Photos | Trivia

Island Extras: Map | Official Tour | Videos | Poptopics Book | Pop Places IRL

Video Walkthrough

For a written walkthrough with pictures, scroll down on this page!

Written Walkthrough

Walkthrough written by Super Thunder
Special thanks to Slippery Raptor & Slanted Fish

Go to Wild West Island if you’re not there yet. Go right until you see a cowboy trying to trade your future horsey companion, Elmer. Anyway, talk to the cowboy and try to tame the horse. Try to keep your cursor over the white one, and once Elmer is tamed, he’s all yours. You’ll also get a little Horse Whistle you can use if you and Elmer get separated.


Talk to the lady on the horse, and she’ll give you a Letter to Marshal, to be delivered to Marshal Taylor at the Diamond Plains.


Now you and Elmer can leave town. Once you leave, pull down your map on the top right hand corner to see Diamond Plains. Go there.

Go right, to the Saloon, and talk to the guys who are spitting gum. Join them and play. Aim your arrow and click to spit your gum into the pot when your aim is perfect. The one who gets the most gum in wins.

ww5When you win (keep trying if you don’t win!), you will find out that the Marshal is the snoring guy towards the end of the shop. You will go and tell him you have a letter for him, but you’ll have to read it. He won’t help, so you’ll be the new Marshal. He’ll give you his Marshal’s Badge.


Put it on to show everyone who’s boss. You can leave Diamond Plains now.

Go back to Dusty Gulch, and get your picture taken. You have to hold the camera on you while it develops, and when it’s done, you’ll get your own Portrait.


Go back to Diamond Plains, and enter the Marshal Building. It looks like this:

In case you were wondering what the Members-only outfit looks like, there it is in the above picture. Anyway, go inside. Use your portrait, and since you are officially the new Marshal, you get the Pea Shooter! Do you realize that you can now shoot peas?

ww6Anyway, just as you get the Pea Shooter, the ground will begin to shake. El Mustachio’s Gang is rescuing the jailed person! They will take off, but you and Elmer have to help! Follow the Mustachio horses, until they go into the train entrance.

ww7Then you’ll say they got away. Now, find the star in Dos Cactos, and enter from the shooting side.


Once in there, enter the shooting contest by talking to the man by the booth. Aim about one centimeter above your object, then shoot, but be faster than your opponent. To reload, click the “Reload” button at the top.

You will have to play against five opponents, and if you beat them all, the last opponent – Miss Annie Oakley – will be impressed and give you your own Spud Gun.

ww9Now, go up the little hill to the casino. Go inside, and go to the top floor. Talk to the guy with cards on his hat. You’re gonna play a game of Slap Jack! What you have to do is put a card in the centre when it’s your turn, and when you see a Jack in the center, you slap it! But here’s the catch: the opponents move the Jack, so you have to be sure it’s properly placed before slapping it. Otherwise, you lose a card.

When you have all the cards, you win a Map to Gold.


You’re done with the casino, but if you go to the right, you’ll find a boy with a big head. He says he needs a blue tulip to cure him – you’ll get that later.

For now, go to Rock Ridge. Talk to the cowgirl with orange hair. She needs her cattle back, and after talking to you, she’ll give you a Lasso.


Go find that cow! Activate your Lasso by pressing space bar. Follow the little trail of hoofprints, and go north a little bit.

You’ll find the little cow. When your Lasso is pointing straight her, use your space bar again. The cow will resist, but don’t force her yet. But after a little while, she’ll know who’s boss, and she’ll follow you. Lead her to the ranch that looks like this:

After you’ve led her there, go back to Rock Ridge. Talk to the cowgirl, and you’ll get an Old Saddle.


The cowgirl will also say she could use your help wrangling five of her cattle that have escaped – this part is optional, but if you leave town and help her by lassoing five more cows, she’ll reward you with the Rattlesnake Wrangler costume. Again, it’s not necessary, but you get a cool costume for doing it!


Also, walk right of the cowgirl, and R.J. Earl will give someone a bad potion that will turn them invisible.

Moving on, head on over to Dusty Gulch and talk to the trader at the trading post, trading your Old Saddle away for a Gold Pan. The pan’s not gold; it’s for panning gold.


Now, go to this location on your Map:

Once you get there, examine it to start panning for gold. Click on a sparkling spot to pan, then shake off the dirt to see if you’ve found any gold.

If you found the gold, it should look like this:

Yay! A Gold Nugget! You can get something for that over in Rock Ridge.

Talk to R.J. Earl (at Rock Ridge) and use your Gold Nugget. He’ll give you some of everything: a fine selection of R.J. Earl’s Tonics!


Go back to Dusty Gulch, and this time, trade your pan for the Oil Can.


Now go to Diamond Plains. Find this entrance, and go inside.

Inside, you will have to drop some red platforms (click the silver knobs) and push some boxes in order to reach the top. Watch out for the pale brown wood, which falls if you step on it.

At the top, you will see the back of the clock, with all its gears and cogs.

Only it’s gonna look really dirty and rusty. Click on it, and now you’ll need to oil just the eight gears that connect from either side of the two important big gears. Use the oil on them until they let off a shine, being careful to add just enough so you don’t run out of oil. If you’re having trouble oiling a specific gear, click and hold a bit to the right of the gear you want to oil.

Now click on the button in the lower-right to turn the gears, and the clock will be fixed.

ww clock oil

Leave that room, and if you talk to the worker, you’ll find that the train is pulling up! Ride the train to Rock Ridge, and you’ll have to stop a train robbery on the way. The Mustachio gang is at it again!

Use your Spud Gun, and shoot at them! With Concentration Carbohydrate, they’ll seem to slow down, but you only have a limited supply. You must shoot each person once. Reload whenever possible.

You will arrive in Rock Ridge. Find the canary (the yellow bird), who’s resting on a ledge just next to the train station, and shoot at it. Don’t worry, it’ll only make him drop a Canary Key.


Next, go left to the door with the lock. Use the key to go inside. Inside the mine, go right. Rocks will fall.

Go right and hop onto the mining cart. This next part is similar to Nabooti Island, except instead of ducking and jumping, you have to shoot at the targets to switch tracks if necessary – otherwise, you might be led off track and fall off!

Your potato ammunition is unlimited, so fire at will! You can even knock down the flying bats, and you’ll pass about ten track-switchers before eventually coming to a stop.

Find the Blue Tulip and go up (why is there a cow just sitting there?).


Once you go up, go right. A guy will be crying because Mustachio and his gang have wreaked havoc on his bank. Above the crying dude’s head, there is a piece of paper. Grab it and you’ll have half the Map to Hideout.


Go to Dos Cactos (you can take the train), and give the Tulip to the kid with the giant head. His head will shrink to normal and he will give you the other half of the Map to Hideout.


Are you ready for the battle with Mustachio? Well, this is it! Ride to the star in the lower-left corner:

Use the Transparency Tonic to help you sneak past, and go inside their cabin for the final shootout. You will have to get rid of everyone except El Mustachio Grande. Avoid getting shot!

  • For the girl in purple, shoot at the money bags above her. They’ll spill. Then, shoot at her using Concentration Carbohydrate to slow down the scene.
  • For the guy in blue, next to Mustachio, shoot at the candle to light it, and it will put the rope on fire. Get rid of him using Concentration Carbohydrate.
  • For the guy with the orange beard, shoot the gun lying under the cow head. Take him out using Concentration Carbohydrate.
  • For the other guy with a sombrero, shoot the root beer on the shelf, which will make the wheel drop on the guy. Take him out with Concentration Carbohydrate.

Then El Mustachio will take off – so take off after him! Follow Mustachio, and then lasso him and take him to Diamond Plains.


El Mustachio Grande will be sent to jail, and you’ll get your Island Medallion and credits to spend at the Store! Congratulations, cowboy (or cowgirl), you’ve finished Wild West Island!

Looking for more walkthroughs? Check out our Island Help page! 🙂

Album Photos

These pictures are collected in your Poptropica photo album in the profile section. Click to enlarge.


  • Wild West Island is Poptropica’s 17th island. It was released to members on February 14, 2011 and March 11, 2011 for non-members.
  • Elmer the horse may be a reference to Elmer’s glue. Horses used to be made into glue.
  • You can get a bonus Rattlesnake Wrangler costume if you lasso 5 more cows after getting the Old Saddle from the cowgirl at Rock Ridge.
  • All the towns contain posters of El Mustachio Grande and his crimes, such as “Stealing Marshal’s Lucky Underpants.”
  • Common room: Dusty Gulch Hotel
  • Starting from January 27, 2011, there was a preview version of Wild West Island available, in which you could play a sneak peek game called Round’Em Up. The objective was to lasso cows and bring them back to the ranch within a time limit. A new prize every other day for a total of 7 prizes: Sheriff Hat, Sombrero, Hat and Bandanna, The Loaner, The Hombre, The Kid, and Wunder Bubble Tonic. A special prize, the Wild West Hero outfit, was available to members only.
  • One of your opponents in the shooting competition at Dos Cactos, Annie Oakley, is based on a real American sharpshooter of the same name.
  • At least one of the town names is a reference to a movie called Blazing Saddles (not for kids!).
  • On March 18, 2011, Wild West Island costumes were released to the Poptropica Store – Peacemaker and Outlaw for girls, Lawman and Outlaw for boys.
  • In Spanish, El Mustachio Grande means “The Big Mustache.”



382 thoughts on “Wild West Island Guide”

  1. Thanks a million for helping me I was barely able to get out of town then I found this and now I passed the island

  2. you can get the horse in the train thing even though it says NO HORSES ALLOWED I tried it, trust me it works

    1. i called Elmer Arion,like the horse Hazel rides in Hero’s of Olympus Mark of Athena
      ‘ARION RIDE!’-Hazel telling Arion to ride (well duhhh)

      1. That horse was from Greek Mythology (well duh!). What I mean is that Poseidon tried to court Demeter, but she turned into a horse and ran away. Then Poseidon, having created horses, turned into a horse himself. He cornered her and they had a child together: Arion.

  3. Thank you so much Super Thunder! Without you, I would have never figured this all out.(add me on poptropica – Summer09)

  4. This was an awesome guide! it helped me a ton! 🙂
    I’ve used these guides for all of my islands I’ve defeated (7)
    thank you for making these 🙂

  5. i can’t get the purple girl in the final shootout 😡 i click on the bags of money and she DOS NOT DO ANYTHING!! aarrggg!!!

  6. where do I need to find the other half of the map.I only got the half of it when I gave the blue tulip to the big head guy.Thanks!

  7. When I get to the gear part, the oil finishes and ALWAYS 3 or 4 gears are left. But thnx whoever made this guide. I’ve completed 7 islands with it! but this I don’t understand..

      1. Which gear path do you tak PHB? I tried all of them but ran out of oil and the gears fell off. Plz help soon!

        Slanted Fish: Grease each gear in between the two big gears.

      2. And I took the right one cause it was shorter and i had one gear left when I ran out of oil!

      3. I don’t see how I beat the gear part on my other forgotten account if I’m stuck on it now O_o

  8. HELP! Once i gave the boy with the oversized head the tulip, he came back to normal but his eyes were closed and he froze and it kept loading what do i do??

  9. Guys I was playing WW island and went to my friends tab and when I saw it,Maroon Rider(glitch poptropican)who was always in the front was now at the extreme back with no Green Star!

  10. ok so ive done everything (i think) but when I go on the train to Dos Cactos it wont let me play the shooting game! Im pretty sure I beat it a while ago (because I left the island and came back) but I only have the map piece from the kid with the big head. Does anyone know how to fix this??

  11. I encountered this glitch where when I was looking for the dude it took me out of the mine and when I got back up there were two blue tulips. Is this usual for some people?

  12. i cant get the clock to work and i have the oil can but i cant figure out witch gears need oil?

  13. the story of the blue cow: the blue cow was an adult it was a little bit shy it was good it was happy but one day the cow heard grumbling like an avalanche! it stayed still until it fell in a hole it was in a ( diamond ) minecart she waited… then it saw someone it was a girl she ignored the cow but she gave it wheat. she threw a letter also from its owner the letter said “my dear blue cow these pieces of wheat are my bye bye gifts youre in a hole a girl told me your gonna be safe also survive with water – katty c. arntonez” the girl threw a water bucket then she left. the cow survived and he decided to go out to be with them it saw its family and they lived happily ever after THE END.

  14. Sorry to point this out, but when you are at the mine part you actually have to go right to the mine place. Thanks for such an awesome walk through! Love it!

    Friend me: friendly3807

  15. thank you so much!!!! i used this as i played the game haha. so now i have beaten wild west. i couldnt have done it w/o you!

  16. i get to the gears, but when i try to oil a gear, it won’t oil the gear i click, it oils a gear across or next to it. Is that supposed to happen? some of the gears won’t unrust in any way because i can’t find a way to oil them. please help!!!

  17. when you’re on the mine cart and it says to shoot the targets, just click non-stop and you’ll never miss a target.

  18. Fishy, I can’t seem to turn the gears! Can you PLEASE make an updated video walkthrough or something???

    Slanted Fish: I’d suggest searching for a video walkthrough on YouTube.

  19. SlantedFish I did everything but I don’t have the other half of the map. I really don’t know what happened but I swear I did everything? Is it like a glitch or what? I know (Late already 2015) LOL But what actully happened?

    slantedfish: Could be a glitch – try contacting Poptropica for help.

  20. i finished this island with the help of the guide ( thx! ) and the saddest part was saying goodbye to elmer

  21. is no one else having troubles with oiling the clock?
    it’s driving me insane!
    peace out

  22. What do you mean as in Click on it, and use your oil for all the gears that connect one side of the clock to the other. (That’s each gear in between the two important big gears.) Use the oil on them until they let off a shine, being careful to add just enough so you don’t run out of oil.?

    1. you get the pea gun when you become the marshall. You walk over to the case in the marshall’s office
      Hope I helped

      1. They didn’t specify that in their comment. Obviously the horse is only for the island, but if you return to the island (even after the quest), Elmer will still be around.

  23. I CAN”T TO THE OIL GREASE FIX THE CLOCK THING!!!!!!!!!!! I”VE BEEN TRYING TO DO IT FOR DAYS! SOOOOOOOO HARD!!!!! I DON”T KNOW WHERE TO GREASE!!!!!Will someone please help me? Thanks guys :)!!!

    1. Click to the right of a gear to grease it, and grease a path between the two important gears on either side. I added a picture to the guide for further clarification. 🙂

  24. where do you pick up the gold becaause mine isnt showin up

    slantedfish: Pan for gold in one of the spots that are sparkling.

  25. What happens if you loose the calf? Because she went on a rock and disappeared off of the screen.

      1. are you that craaaaaazy!!! i dont know y but it was kind to understand the part where you have to oil the thingies.[dont judge me cause i cannot write as fast as i can think.

  26. I can’t get past the part where you hop into the mine cart. It always pushes me out and I can’t play the mini-game to get the flower for the guy with a big noggin…

  27. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!
    I Can’t bring the calf back to the back the city!!! every time I capture the cow and bring her back, I click on the city ad she disappears!!!

  28. Help!!!! I cant figure out how to fix the clock i’ve been trying for several weeks now and im still stuck!!

    1. You have to oil the gears a certain way. Try oiling the outside of them and see what happens. It worked for me.

  29. Help! When I go to jump on the mining cart and go through the mine, I get knocked off the cart and it rolls away. Does anyone know how to fix that from happening or why it is happening?

  30. I restarted the island, as I have never finished it and wanted to play it from the beginning. When I went to play it, I arrived in riding Elmer, but I couldn’t dismount and the mailwoman said I didn’t have a horse, and when I went to ‘win’ Elmer and clicked on the speech bubble, Elmer would just jump onto the fence and buck???
    WHAT DO I DO???

    slantedfish: Use the horse whistle whenever you need to call Elmer towards you.

    1. Something weird is happening, I’m at the part where you oil the gears, and when I oil a gear, a gear on the other side of the clock gets oiled, what should I do?

    2. That happened to me too! Just keep restarting the island until you show up without Elmer. Worked for me!

  31. This guide really helped! Would not have been able to pass the island without help! Thanks so much!

  32. I beat the train ride game, but when I tried to close the “you won,” nothing happens. I tried refreshing the page, and it hasn’t worked. I’ve done it three time and nothing has happened. Please help me!

    1. I’m having the exact same problem! I’ve tried everything from restarting my computer, logging out and back in, and I even restarted the whole island and it still isn’t working. I even tried it on a different browser. It’s super annoying because I can’t complete the island without completing the game 😥

  33. I just finished the train robbery game… and then the game crashed! I have to do all over again now!

  34. This is a great walkthrough! I didn’t know that you could get that tonic item and rattlesnake outfit from the island! Now I have a snazzy new outfit. 😎
    Thanks, PHB!

  35. umm i accidentally let the calve off of the lasso, and now i can’t get him back on. HELP ME

    slantedfish: Try logging out and logging back in. You may need to talk to the calf owner again.

  36. so I killed my calf. I was leading it through the desert an then it got caught in some rocks. like actually inside the hard rock.

  37. does anyone still play Poptropica? I remember that this island was really hard to complete, at least for me. but it was fun to have a horse 😀

  38. I think the gear mini game is broken. I failed several times until I realized I have to click to the far right of the gear I want to oil. I watched a walkthrough and the people doing that did not have to do what I did.

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