The King’s Gauntlet is a horrible place to hunt – hence the name “Gauntlet.” It will drive you mad; it will drive you crazy; it will consume so much time that if you fail, you might just contemplate giving up MouseHunt entirely (I’ve seen it happen).
There are several calculators out there that people have put together. I have my own that I use personally (not on Google Docs for the reason I’m about to give), but I don’t share it, mainly because I gave it to a former player and he used it religiously and passed it on, and three people did the very minimum based on my calculations and all three failed to catch the Eclipse. I told all three that it was based on estimates and the actual results could vary. They were all upset, tried to get me banned from the game, blah blah blah. Needless to say, I don’t share the formula anymore, but I am willing to give you my recommendations (and I err on the high side).
Before you begin
There are a few things we need to do first.
- Loot a crown jewel from the Master Burglar mouse either in Town of Gnawnia or Bazaar.
- Exchange the jewel at the cartographer in the Harbor for the Gauntlet floor plans (this will take 24 hours to complete).
- Pick up the plans, enter the King’s Gauntlet (Located in the “Valor” area on the map).
The KG contains a total of 8 levels (called tiers). Different mice populate different tiers, and by and large, they are susceptible to different power types. Theoretically, each tier is supposed to have harder mice, but honestly, you won’t run into difficult mice until Tier 6. The good thing is that each tier is not a different area – instead, all you do is change your cheese to attract the different mice, so there is no travel required. Let’s go ahead and get started.
Tier 1 (Physical)
The mice in this level are incredibly weak and offer little reward. The minimum luck needed to have a 100% catch rate is 11, regardless of power type. Check your trap and base inventory (also consider your Lucky Gold Shield). You need to max out your attraction rate and keep a minimum luck of 11.
We’re maxing out our attraction because I’m going to advise you to use Swiss cheese on Tier 1 instead of brie or gouda (do NOT use Super Brie). With Swiss, you’re going to break even in terms of profit, but that’s not your goal. Your goal is to obtain Tier 2 potions.
How many is the big question. Like other potions in the game, you can imbue them with regular cheese or Super Brie to give you the next tier cheese. Obviously Super Brie returns a larger number of pieces. If you use the recommended setups all the way through AND use all Super Brie for conversions, I calculate that you only need to loot 15 Tier 2 potions.
ALERT: I DO NOT RECOMMEND TAKING THIS APPROACH.
I personally value Super Brie more than this (for it’s magic essence). Therefore, I only like to use Super Brie in the KG when I have Tier 6 potions. For the sake of this guide, I’m going to recommend you imbue potions with normal cheese in tier 1 through 5 and Super Brie at tier 6 through 8.
This means you need anywhere (based on my math and Horntracker.com) from 67 to 124 tier 2 potions to get 1 Tier 8 potion. That’s a really wide range. Since we all like round numbers, I’ll make it simple: Obtain 100 Tier 2 potions (this will take you approximately 280 pieces of Swiss Cheese to hunt with to get 100 potions).
Tier 2 (Physical)
Mice here again are incredibly weak. Make sure your luck rating is at least 13 and you’ll have a 100% CR, again regardless of power type. With at least 13 luck, again try to max out your attraction rating.
If you followed my advice, you used Swiss cheese to imbue your potions. Keep hunting, collecting tier 3 potions. Completely exhaust your supply of T2 cheese before moving on.
Tier 3 (Tactical)
At this stage, we need to start following the power type recommendation, which is tactical. Minimum luck for 100% CR is now 18. Arm your Tier 3 cheese and sound that horn! Collect Tier 4 potions, exhaust your supply of T3 cheese, and then you can move on.
Tier 4 (Tactical)
Minimum luck here is getting much higher; it’s 33. You may not be able to achieve that, it just depends on what traps you have. Even if you can’t do that, your catch rate here is still incredibly high. Again, you’re still using store-bought cheese to imbue your potions you collect. Hunt until you’re out of T4 cheese and them make your T5 cheese.
Tier 5 (Shadow)
Tiers are getting harder now. Min luck is now 35. You can’t achieve that with shadow traps unless you have the Clockwork Portal Trap already (Reaper’s Perch gets you really close at 33 if you have LGS and a 10 luck base). Regardless, hunt with T5 cheese to get T6 potions. Remember, my recommendation is that once you run out of T5 cheese, imbue your T6 potions with Super Brie. If you did collect 100 T2 potions originally, you’re probably still safe if you use regular brie here, but it’s going to be close.
Tier 6 (Arcane)
Minimum luck is now 45, which is basically impossible without the Grand Arcanum Trap, 10 luck base, LGS, and a Super Lucky Charm. Here you need to use your best Arcane trap, which is probably the ACRONYM. Use your best base and sound the horn. Collect T7 potions and imbue them with Super Brie once you’re out of T6 cheese.
Tier 7 (Hydro)
At this stage, there are only two mice (Fiend and Necromancer). Both are not that easy to catch, and you might not have a lot of cheese (9 pieces? 12?). You need to use your best hydro trap, and I honestly wouldn’t even try this unless you already have the Steam Laser MK1. There are some LE Hydro traps that can work (Ice Blaster comes to mind), but don’t attempt this with the Ancient Spear Gun. Use all your cheese, and hope and pray you loot a Tier 8 potion. Minimum luck for 100% CR is 54, which can’t be achieved without using an ultimate luck charm.
Tier 8 (Forgotten)
The Eclipse mouse is worth 379,000 points and 300,000 gold. He is insanely weak to Forgotten traps, so much so that any forgotten trap in the game will catch him 100% of the time. My recommendation is to use your freshest base with your Ancient Box Trap because you don’t want to take the chance of your cheese going stale and losing it.
Good luck hunters!