Balack’s Cove

PygmyBy now, if you’re still reading this, you’re a freaking expert at MH and can probably do this on your own. But I’ll still be here, guiding you until the bitter end.

Balack’s Cove is for Knights and above, and the area can be somewhat frustrating. First of all, to successfully hunt here, you need Vanilla Beans. Eh, you say? Vanilla Beans? That’s right. So where are they?

Well, my friends, they aren’t here. They are in the Jungle of Dread.

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! AAAIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!!!!”

Fear not, for it’s not what you think. To get these beans, you need to catch a lot of Pygmy Swarm Mice (or Pygmy Wranglers with SB+) in the Jungle of Dread. It’s not hard at all. Equip your Clockapult of Time (or your Gorgon), equip Gouda cheese, and watch the fur fly. SB+ obviously works even better, but you can do this with Gouda.

The beans are used to make Vanilla Stilton. Recipes are as follows:

Formula: Vanilla Stilton (15 pieces)
Description Qty Cost (Each)
Coconut Milk 15 800 / Loot
Curds and Whey 15 12
Salt 15 6
Vanilla Bean 15 Loot
Total 270 – 12,270

 

Formula: Vanilla Stilton (Magic Essence) (15 pieces) *
Description Qty Cost (Each)
Vanilla Bean 5 Loot
Coconut Milk 15 800 / Loot
Curds and Whey 15 12
Magic Essence 15 Crafting / Loot
Salt 15 6
Total 270 – 12,270

If you have the SB+ to make the Magic Essence, by all means, go this route, as you only need a third of the beans as in the original recipe. Please note that the beans are the only thing that changes; the output it still 15.

So now you have some Vanilla Stilton. “All right Matt, but I still can’t find Balack’s Cove on my map. How do I get there?” Well, you have to build Balack’s Lantern to get in. First off, go to Cape Clawed and buy the Antique Lantern in the general store for 94,000 gold. Next, check your inventory. Do you have any Dragon Embers from your time in Dracono? Yes? No? Well, you need 3. If you don’t have any, that sucks, you need to go make some more Inferno Havarti (you know how to do that and the entire process in the event you’re not even close) and hunt in Dracono. Whelping and Wardens drop them.

If you have 3 embers, this is easy. Craft the three embers together with the lantern and viola, you now have access to Balack’s Cove.

Inside the cove, you need to know a few things: Balack

  1. You’re in the water, and every so often, the tides wash you out to sea and you end up back in the Jungle of Dread. The HUD monitors the tidal activity.
  2. All mice except for Balack are attracted to Vanilla Stilton.
  3. Balack is only attracted to Vengeful Vanilla Stilton.
  4. Both the Acronym and Ancient Box Trap are needed. I suggest using the ACRONYM when hunting with Vanilla Stilton and the Ancient Box Trap when hunting with the Vengeful flavor. As Larry says, Balack is weak to Forgotten weapons like the ABT.

CRITICAL ALERT!! CRITICAL ALERT!! 

The cove operates somewhat like the Forbidden Groove, but the danger is, when you get washed back to the jungle, if you’re not actively playing Mousehunt at that time, you’re going to start your hourly trap checks with whatever cheese you had equipped in the cove, which should be the vanilla stilton! THIS IS BAD!!!! You don’t want Pygmys eating the vanilla stilton (because they can’t be caught with either the Acro or the ABT), and you sure as hell don’t want it going stale! Please pay attention to this to mitigate vanilla stilton cheese loss!!!

In your hunts, you’ll invariably catch some of the Liches that drop Bottled-Up Rage, Pinch of Annoyance, and Raisins of Wrath (HA!). When you have these, you need to use even more Vanilla Beans (yeah!) to make VENGEFUL Vanilla Stilton.

Formula: Vengeful Vanilla Stilton (1 piece)
Description Qty Cost (Each)
Bottled-Up Rage 1 Loot
Coconut Milk 1 800 / Loot
Curds and Whey 1 12
Ionized Salt 1 450 / Loot
Pinch of Annoyance 1 Loot
Raisins of Wrath 1 Loot
Vanilla Bean 1 Loot
Total 12 – 1,262
Formula: Vengeful Vanilla Stilton (3 pieces)
Description Qty Cost (Each)
Bottled-Up Rage 1 Loot
Coconut Milk 1 800 / Loot
Curds and Whey 1 12
Ionized Salt 1 450 / Loot
Pinch of Annoyance 1 Loot
Raisins of Wrath 1 Loot
Vanilla Bean 1 Loot
Magic Essence 3 Crafting / Loot
Total 12 – 1,262

Vengeful will attract all 9 mice in the Cove, including Balack. It will also attract a larger portion of the Lich mice that give you the items necessary to make the Vengeful cheese. This is a tough process. Think of it like going after the Silth. Only one type of cheese attracts it, but others can eat it too. Fun times! Catching Balack is NOT easy.

As you can see, the amount of Vanilla Beans you need is a lot. Better go get those Pygmy’s!

And THAT’S IT! Your time in the Tribal Isles is OVER, unless you just want to build up your silver crowns. It’s time to move on to the Seasonal Garden in Rodentia!

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