MouseHunt is more than just a game where you wait for your energy to refill so you can do certain tasks…you have to have resources to move forward, and no resource is more important than gold, the currency of MouseHunt.
But one of the questions that always comes up on the forums/Facebook pages/blogs is: “Hi, I’m at the [rank] level, what’s the best way for me to make gold?” Forum Nazis will scoff at the question and tell the seeker to go to Furoma and stop asking questions. But the answer is not always that simple, depending on where you are in the game, what traps you have, your patience/tolerance level, etc. This mini-guide will help you decide what is best for you.
Novice – Journeyman
At these ranks, you’re not making a lot of gold, and you only have access to a few places to hunt anyway. That being said, the Windmill is one of the best places at this level to make gold, not so much for the gold the mice drop, but the loot they drop as well, (like simple orbs) which can be sold at the marketplace. Many hunters are willing to help younger hunters out by giving them gold, but in the absence of this, just hunt normally and sell your excess orbs you manage to pick up – it will add up pretty quickly and you’ll find yourself with enough gold to buy stronger traps in no time.
The great debate here is again dependent on style/patience/supplies. Strictly for hunting purposes, the Great Gnarled Tree is outstanding, considering the amount of Eagle Owl mice you’ll encounter. The longer approach though is to gain access to Digby, buy a portal, hunt in the Laboratory for potions, and then hunt in the Mousoleum for shadow mice. The main issue I have with this approach is the catch rate with a portal on shadow mice. But the reward is nice. So what’s the verdict? Conservative: GGT. High risk: Moz. I like to play it more conservatively.
You have access to Furoma (and thus the Furoma cycle), but it’s not the best at this point because you don’t have the best traps for it. The Ambush would be your best bet, but honestly, that trap will struggle to produce the best results. Save that rumble cheese for later (see below). Stick with the same rules as the Master level.
Catacombs with ACRONYM and Radioactive Blue cheese.
Hero – Knight
Derr Dunes (only once you get at least the RhinoBot).
Lord – Count
This is where things change. Your options vary greatly. You might have Zugz First Move. If you do, that’s the first trap I’d even try the Furoma Cycle with; you need a very strong Tactical Trap to do this. To do that, you hunt for the Students in the Dojo, and then the Masters in the Meditation Room, and ultimately the Master of the Dojo in the Pinnacle Chamber. Once you catch quite a few, you’ll want to craft the unstable curd, which is 1 onyx stone, 1 ionized salt, and 1 curds and whey. When you “open” it, it will give you cheese. Open enough and you’ll get a good assortment of Master-level cheeses to go back to the Meditation room, and you’ll then catch more Mojos, and do it again, blah blah blah…that’s why it’s called a cycle. The Mojo is your meal ticket. He’s worth 27,300 gold.
Derr Dunes is still a good place to hunt if you don’t want to mess with the tediousness of Furoma. You should have the Enraged Rhinobot by now anyway.
Another option, albeit not at first, would be the Gnawnia Express Station (the train). You need a strong law trap, preferably the SLAC 2 to even get started on the train. You’ll have to spend quite a few hunts in Claw Shot City before you have access to SLAC 2 though. The train is a great money-maker, somewhat of a middle ground between Furoma and Derr in terms of complexity.
Some long time players will scoff at these remarks in contrast to Furoma. The simple truth is, if you have the time to dedicate, the Furoma cycle will always be at the top. The problem is, if you need gold immediately (for whatever reason, not going to speculate here), and you’re out of rumble cheese but have lots of Maki or maybe even master cheeses, you’re still a ways off of making any serious gold because of the amount of time you’ll need to just get there (because students and masters don’t drop much gold at all).
So if you’re in a quick pinch, spending a day hunting in Derr Dunes might be what you need. Or a 24 hour train ride. There is no one-size-fits-all answer unfortunately, regardless of what some of the stubborn players on the forums might say.
Duke and up
Same theories as the previous, but you can add the Burroughs Rift to the discussion as well. If you have a completed Rift Walker set, hunting in the green mist zones (especially with Terra Ricotta) will guarantee nearly a 98% catch rate and will attract the Boulder Biter and Master Exploder in MASSIVE quantities – two mice worth a lot of gold. For me, I would much rather hunt in the Burroughs Rift for gold because the points production is the best in the game as well. So you get two for the price of one.