The Living Garden has a dark side, and it’s really twisted! The Twisted Garden is the dark, alter-ego of the more docile Living Garden. When you’re transported here, keep hunting with the same setup you caught Carmine with. Now, you’ll notice you’re collecting Graveblossom Petals. Much like the Dewthief Petals on the “normal” side, the Graveblossom Petals are used to purchase Graveblossom Camembert.
You may have a lot of Duskshade to use here. Keep at it! The important thing to remember: if you hunt with any type of cheese other than the “approved” cheese for the appropriate twisted location, you will be dropped back to reality and have to catch Carmine again. So to sum up:
ONLY USE DUSKSHADE CAMEMBERT WHEN IN THE TWISTED GARDEN. At least, for now. 🙂
You’ll notice the HUD has changed again.
In the regular garden, you collected dewdrops with the blue sponge charms. Here on the twisted side, you need red and yellow sponge charms. You still need 20 total, but only 10 of each one. Again, it works the exact same. Arm 10 red charms, catch mice, then arm 10 yellow charms, catch more mice. When you have both canisters full, pour them out, and now you can attract the Dehydrated Mouse (the twisted version of the Thirsty Mouse).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep an eye on your Duskshade cheese as well as where your current “pour” is in relation to the mini-game. The reason why I say this is because when you pour out both red and yellow, you gain +5 luck and +5% power bonus to your trap setup. Well, a little later, you’re going to come back here and hunt for Twisted Carmine (who has lots of goodies to drop). When you start that, you want to be at the BEGINNING of a pour (or ready to pour) so you can maximize your trap’s power and luck when going after her.
For example: say you have 15 pieces of Duskshade left, and you have just filled up both canisters. DON’T POUR THEM OUT!! Save them for when you come back with Lunaria cheese.
Revisiting the Twisted Garden
If you’ve followed the guide to this point, you’re ready to catch Twisted Carmine. If you just finished reading the paragraph above and you just kept reading on, back up…you’re not ready yet.
If you followed my advice above, you should be ready to pour out your canisters to help you with more power and luck against Twisted Carmine. Go ahead and pour (if you can).
You want to buy Lunaria cheese here. Now, you know that I’m not a big SB+ hunter, but for Lunaria cheese, I would recommend you use the 4-pack option to buy. You want as many Lunaria as you can get your hands on. Make sure you have enough magic essence in relation to the amount of herbs and petals you need, and buy away.
Now it’s time to hunt.
There are three mice you can catch right now, which helps your odds of catching Twisted Carmine. When you do catch her, she drops the Living Chest, which can be opened to reveal tons of goodies inside (essences, crafting supplies, etc). Catch one? Great! Keep going!! You need to catch a lot of this mouse, because the highest essence she’ll give you is a “G.” You need 9 G to make one “I.” One “I” will allow you to craft the blueprints for the Phantasmic Oasis Trap, which, as of this writing, is the best hydro trap in the game.
When you run out of Lunaria cheese, evaluate where you are, and what you can create. Open all your chests (hopefully you got several), and check the Living Garden Recipe Book on how to make the POT blueprints. Create them if you can.
|Phantasmic Oasis Trap Blueprints|
|Est Essence||1||Loot / Crafting|
|Fel Essence||1||Loot / Crafting|
|Total||2,000 – 1,720,500|
Next, create the Phantasmic Oasis Trap.
|Formula: Phantasmic Oasis Trap|
|Oasis Water Node Trap Parts||1||Crafting|
|Phantasmic Oasis Trap Blueprints||1||Crafting|
|Total||3,802,000 – 6,721,300|
Now what? I’m glad you asked. If you were fortunate and had tons of Twisted Carmine catches, check to see if you can create the Grand Arcanum Trap Blueprints or the Clockwork Portal Blueprints. If you can, you are awesome. If not, never fear, but to get these traps, you’ll need to go back through the Living Garden routine again.
|Grand Arcanum Trap Blueprints|
|Gur Essence||1||Loot / Crafting|
|Total||2,000 – 1,822,000|
|Clockwork Portal Trap Blueprints|
|Fel Essence||1||Loot / Crafting|
|Total||2,000 – 1,700,500|
Sound daunting? Well, this area wasn’t meant to be completed in a few weeks. Good luck.