The Burroughs Rift is the second Rift location to open in the game, and it is a much deeper area than the Gnawnia Rift. In order to hunt here, you obviously must be a Duke or above in rank.
You must have the Rift Detector map piece to hunt here, which was covered in the Gnawnia Rift section. Like that area, mice CAN be caught with a very high power physical trap, but the catch rate is really poor, and frankly, why would you do that? With this in mind, here is the checklist that you need to follow:
- Hunt with Crystal Tower
- Hunt with regular String Cheese (marble, swiss and brie varieties) or Magical String Cheese
- Use the Rift Base (very important, take the time to obtain this base)
- If you do NOT have the Rift Base but are just itching to hunt here, make sure you have one of the Super Bases I list on the Base analysis page.
Set up for the area
This may not make a whole lot of sense yet, but just go with it. It’ll make sense as you progress below. There are several zones in this area, each of which are “activated” by what cheese you’re using and if there is mist in the air.
- Zone 1 (No mist in air, regular string cheese): Rift Lab Mice, collecting mist canisters
- Zone 2 (Mist in air, regular string cheese): Rift Mousoleum Mice, collecting Terra Ricotta potions
- Zone 3 (Mist in air, terra ricotta cheese): Rift Digby Mice, collecting Polluted Parmesan potions
- Zone 4 (Mist in air, polluted parm cheese): Rift Polluted Mice
Ultimately, your goal is two fold: to catch enough mice in the Red zone (more on this below) to collect RIFT CIRCUITRY (needed to buy new traps), and secondly, catch The Menace of the Rift mouse, which drops the Null Gauntlet (which allows for purchasing and crafting of new rift charms). First, let’s take a look at the traps.
As discussed on the Trap Analysis page, this trap is key for hunting down the non-boss mice in this area because of it’s increased luck (+3). This trap costs 1.5 million gold, plus 50 pieces of rift circuitry, as well as a smashed Crystal Tower.
This trap is almost twice as power as the Crystal Tower and is ideal for hunting mice in the Red Zone. Like the Multi-Crystal trap, it also costs 1.5 million gold and 50 pieces of rift circuitry, as well as a smashed Crystal Tower.
Riftwalker Set Bonuses
A completed Riftwalker set includes a trap, base, and charm. Currently, there are 3 rift traps in the game, 1 rift base, and 2 rift charms.
Bonus (2 pieces): +10% Power Bonus
Bonus (3 pieces): +10% Power Bonus, +5 luck
The catch, and there is always a catch, is that you need to have the Null Gauntlet in your inventory in order to even purchase and arm rift charms. And the only way to get the Null Gauntlet is to catch The Menace of the Rift Mouse. I will cover this in more detail below, but in terms of focusing and prioritizing your efforts, your goal should be to catch this mouse as soon as possible so you can add those invaluable charms to your setup. Obtaining 50 pieces of Rift Circuitry with the Crystal Tower isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do (again, more on this below), and you will want to focuses your efforts mainly on the Polluted Rift Mice to loot the circuitry, since they are easier to catch with your Crystal Tower than the other boss mice.
When you obtain 50 pieces of circuity, you should buy the Focused Crystal Laser first, because it will help you catch the Monstrous Abomination and Big Bad Behemoth Burroughs mouse much easier, and will make your NEXT 50 pieces of rift circuitry go much faster.
PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING MECHANIC BREAKDOWNS ARE FOR YOUR FIRST TIME THROUGH. PLEASE SEE THE SECTIONS BELOW FOR SUBSEQUENT TRIPS.
Mechanics – Zones 1 and 2
You will notice the HUD has changed. Let’s take a look at it.
As always, pay no attention to the numbers on my HUD – this is just a snapshot in time. If you’re here for the first time, yours will be zero.
As you hunt with string cheese, you will begin catching mice that drop Mist Canisters. This is represented by the canister just to the right of your “arm” buttons for the various cheeses. Keep hunting with regular string cheese (I would advise against using Magical String at this point, you’ll see why later), collecting canisters. My recommendation would be to collect at least 300 before we move on to the next goal. This is by no means the “end” of this part, as you’ll keep doing this over and over and over (as you’ll see).
Once you save up 300 canisters, click the blue “Mist” button. It will change to a purple button that says “Misting.” Once you go on a hunt while misting, the fan will start moving (well, not literally on the HUD!) and mist will be released. Each HUNT, the mist meter will increase by 1, regardless of whether you catch a mouse or not. Each time you hunt with your mist canister off, your mist meter will decrease by one.
The yellow/green/red misting bar in the middle keeps track of how much mist is in the air. Now that you’re misting, you will finally be able to start collecting potions to hunt the other mice.
The first 6 hunts are in the Yellow section, which means there are only 5 mice available to catch. You’ll notice the mice available to catch are no longer the same mice that you caught while collecting canisters. It’s the Mist!!
When you progress to the Green section, 3 more mice are now available to catch, and they drop even more Terra Ricotta potions. The HUD also will update to what it looks like below, with a few mice now peeking out of the mist. Keep collecting potions, and keep hunting until your mist meter shows 18/20. DON’T GO INTO THE RED ZONE.
Immediately upon reaching 18/20 on your mist meter, deactivate your mist. You are not yet ready to go after the boss mouse. Well, technically, you can, but even with Crystal Tower and Rift base, your catch rate will be lucky to be above 8%. It’s a very tough mouse without the proper trap!
With your canister deactivated, your mist meter will go back down. You are still catching the same mice, but as soon as the meter hits 6/20, three of the mice, Zombot Unipire, Lycanoid and Revenent, will all disappear. Solution? Turn your mist back on! Stay in the green zone and keep collecting those Terra Ricotta potions! You will need a lot!
Mechanics – Zone 3
If you are in the Yellow misting section, and using Terra Ricotta cheese, your HUD will look like this.
There is not much point in hunting in the Yellow zone with Terra Ricotta cheese, but it can be done. My advise is to wait until you are in the Green section before switching over.
The question is, do you use your potions with Magical String cheese or store bought? It’s a 1:1 with store bought, and 2:1 with Magical. Again, as with every situation in the game before this one, the choice is up to you and how much work and effort you want to put into this area. The gold difference is the same between all the store bought cheese – so it will cost you the same amount of gold to transition store bought cheese into Terra Ricotta. Cheaper the cheese, you spend more in conversion, and vice versa.
The mice that you attract with Terra Ricotta cheese are the rift versions of the Digby Dirt Dwellers. These mice are worth a lot of gold and points, especially the Bitter Boulder Biter mouse (14,000 gold, 70,000 points). The mechanic works the very same way here – keep hunting in the green zone for maximum points and gold, and the occasional Polluted Parmesan Potion drop.
Once you get to 18/20 on your mist meter, as before, stop misting. The boss mouse, the Big Bad Behemoth Burroughs mouse, is incredibly hard to catch with the Crystal Tower and you’ll need a stronger Rift trap to catch him. Go ahead and try if you like, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Keep collecting Polluted Parmesan Potions. You’ll want around 150 pieces of cheese (your choice on how you convert, either 1:1 or 2:1) before moving on to catch polluted mice.
Mechanics – Zone 4
This is what the HUD looks like in the Yellow zone. You should NEVER EVER hunt in the yellow zone with Polluted Parmesan.
The next image is what it looks like in the green zone. Again, don’t make it a habit of hunting in the green zone with this cheese until it doesn’t matter anymore (meaning, you have both traps).
Your goal is to loot Rift Circuitry, and the easiest place to do that is against the Polluted Rift mice. That being said, you need to stay in the RED ZONE to catch mice that drop this loot. You have two choices:
- Keep misting and stay at 20/20
- Demist at 20/20, mist at 19/20, demist at 20/20, and so on
Obviously, method #2 takes a lot more active watching of Mousehunt than the more passive method of #1, but it will save you mist canisters in the long run if that’s a big deal to you. It isn’t to some people. Here is what the HUD looks like.
The reason why I say 150 pieces of cheese is because it will more than likely allow you to loot 50 pieces of the circuitry you need to get your first trap. If you don’t get the 50 pieces, you’ll need to regroup and try again. Once you purchase the Focused Crystal Laser trap, getting circuitry is much more simpler and less time consuming.
Obtaining the Null Gauntlet, and what to do with charms
When you catch the Menace of the Rift in the Red Zone, you’ll get the Null Gauntlet as alluded to above. Now you can purchase Rift Vacuum charms. By themselves, they offer nothing to your trap: no power, no bonus, no attraction, no luck. So what is their use? Remember back to what I posted above about the Riftwalker set bonuses. If you have the Rift Base (and you should!), the charm becomes the third part of your set, and gives you an additional +5 luck to your trap setup. Using the Focused Crystal Laser/Rift Base/Vacuum charm will make your trap setup catch nearly 98% of all non-boss mice with every attraction.
Now that you have the Null Gauntlet, regardless of whether you’ve upgraded your trap yet, purchase vacuum charms and hunt with them constantly. When armed, not only will you have an extra bonus for your setup, but mice will start dropping calcified rift mist as loot, which you can either turn into another charm, the Rift Power Charm (along with a few other items, like a divine orb), or you can simply sell the loot on the marketplace.
To me, the Rift Power Charms are pretty expensive in terms of crafting materials to come by, and don’t really offer that much of an advantage. You can sell the calcified rift mist on the market and make some extra gold if you’re short, or just stockpile it for the Whisker Woods Rift. If you don’t need the gold immediately, stockpile it.
- Upgrade your trap to the Focused Crystal Laser
- Hunt in all three different Red Zones with upgraded trap and charm, catching all the boss mice
- Work back up to 50 pieces of rift circuitry to purchase the Multi-crystal laser, which will allow you to catch non-boss mice even more easily.
- Silver Crown those mice!! 🙂
What’s next? From the various art Feedback Fridays, it looks like the next Rift area will be in the Whisker Woods!