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Hunting in the Sand Crypts with any cheese other than Graveblossom Camembert will transport Hunters to the Sand Dunes.

Sand Crypts
Region: Sandtail Desert
Minimum Rank: Baron/Baroness
Travel Requirement: Living Garden Key
and
Capture
Carmine the Apothecary
in Living Garden
Required Power Type: Shadow
Required Cheeses: Graveblossom Camembert
Required Charms: Grub Salt Charm
Grub Scent Charm
Shattering Charm
Number of Mice: 6
Shops: Charm Shoppe
Cheese Shoppe
General Store
Lose Gold: Yes
Lose Points: Yes
Lose Cheese: Yes
Release Date: 14 November 2012
While there's no Grubling Mice in the area, slime trails indicate they've been through here. Perhaps they've been bringing food or something else to the immense and powerful King Grub Mouse that lives in the area?


Overview

The Sand Crypts is a location in the Sandtail Desert region requiring a minimum rank of Baron/Baroness, the Living Garden Key, and capturing Carmine the Apothecary in the Living Garden to enter. The Living Garden Key is obtained from the Cartographer at the Muridae Market.

Mice in the Sand Crypts are weak only to Shadow weapons.

Graveblossom Camembert is required for attracting all mice in the Sand Crypts. Hunters must use Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms and play the King Grub Minigame to weaken the King Grub and King Scarab mice. Once weakend, Hunters can arm a Grub Scent Charm to attract the King Grub Mouse or a Shattering Charm to attract the King Scarab Mouse. Catching either will reset the King Grub Minigame.

Hunters must collect Lunaria Petals to use in purchasing Lunaria Camembert. Lunaria Camembert is required for attracting Twisted Carmine, and with a Shattering Charm armed, Shattered Carmine in the Twisted Garden.

Accessing the Twisted World

The Twisted World locations of Twisted Garden, Cursed City, and Sand Crypts can only be accessed by capturing Carmine the Apothecary with Duskshade Camembert in the Living Garden. Capturing Carmine the Apothecary will move the Hunter to the Twisted Garden and the following message is displayed:

On catching Carmine the Apothecary, a light flashes and a spell she had prepared in advance erupts! Nightmarish tendrils of dark smoke burst from the ground around me, and before I knew it the world had changed before my very eyes into a wild and twisted version of itself.
I can feel this world itself attempting to reject me and send me back, but I must stay as long as I am able to find out what Carmine is doing in this hidden, dark place.

Hunting with any cheese other than Graveblossom Camembert in the Sand Crypts will cause Hunters to be moved to the Sand Dunes and the following message will be displayed:

Almost as if an illusion suddenly shattered, the world around me snaps back to normal. Using X Cheese has brought me back to the normal world.

If an M400 Hunting Research Assignment requires capturing the M400 in the Sand Crypts, Hunters can encounter it, but will be dropped to normal reality for hunting with the wrong cheese.

The Living Garden Sequence

Hunters will need to hunt the areas in the Living Garden sub-region in a specific order. The following steps outline the basic requirements for accessing and hunting in each location. Additional information on minigames and other activities can be found on the individual location pages.

The steps of the cycle that can be completed in the Sand Crypts location are highlighted in bold.

Step 1a: Hunt with Standard Cheese in the Living Garden to collect Dewthief Petals.
Step 1b: Use Dewthief Petals to purchase Dewthief Camembert.
Step 2a: Hunt with Dewthief Camembert in the Lost City to collect Dreamfluff Herbs.
Step 2b: Hunt with Dewthief Camembert in the Sand Dunes to collect Duskshade Petals.
Step 2c: Use Dreamfluff Herbs and Duskshade Petals to purchase Duskshade Camembert.
Step 3a: Hunt with Duskshade Camembert in the Living Garden.
Step 3b: Capture Carmine the Apothecary to open the Twisted World and travel to the Twisted Garden.
Step 4a: Hunt with Duskshade Camembert in the Twisted Garden to collect Graveblossom Petals.
Step 4b: Use Graveblossom Petals to purchase Graveblossom Camembert.
  • Step 5: Cursed City and Sand Crypts - steps a and b can be done in any order.
Step 5a: Hunt with Graveblossom Camembert in the Cursed City to collect Plumepearl Herbs.
Step 5b: Hunt with Graveblossom Camembert in the Sand Crypts to collect Lunaria Petals.
Step 5c: Use Plumepearl Herbs and Lunaria Petals to purchase Lunaria Camembert.
Hunt with Lunaria Camembert in the Twisted Garden to attract Twisted Carmine.

Sand Crypts HUD

Hunters can access and track the following using the Heads-Up Display:

King Grub Minigame

To play this minigame, Hunters need to arm Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms and hunt normally. As the player catches mice, the salt meter will increase weakening the King Grub Mouse and King Scarab Mouse. The meter is capped at a maximum of 50 salt.
Grub Salt Charms can be purchased for 200 gold and 1 Ber Essence from the Sand Crypts Charm Shoppe.
Super Salt Charms can be crafted or found in Living Garden Treasure Chests.

Once salt has been collected, Hunters can use Grub Scent Charms to attract the King Grub Mouse.
A minimum of 18 salt collected with Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms is generally recommended when targeting this mouse. Higher salt levels usually reduce the numbers of failures to catch.
The meter will reset after successfully catching the King Grub, with the following message in the Hunter's Journal:

Whoa, the King Grub mouse nearly wrecked my trap! He definitely dislodged all the salt and left his ah... distinct smell about the place! I'll need to re-salt and scent my trap before attracting another one.
I should unequip my Grub Scent Charms and save them for later.

Hunters can choose to arm a Shattering Charm instead of a Grub Scent Charm to attract a King Scarab Mouse.
A minimum of 30 salt collected with Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms is generally accepted to be necessary when targeting this mouse. However, between 40 and 50 salt collected will usually result in fewer failures to catch.
The meter will reset after successfully catching the King Scarab Mouse, leaving the following message in the Hunter's Journal:

Success! Though it took an incredible amount of salt, patience, and luck, I was able to catch the massive and terrible King Scarab mouse! Of course, I'll have to re-salt my trap before attracting any more big game.

Sand Crypts Mice

All mice found in the Sand Crypts are part of the Sand Dunes Mice group.
All mice found here are weak only to Shadow weapons.

King Grub Mouse

Hunters wishing to capture the King Grub Mouse must use Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms as part of the King Grub Minigame to weaken it, then arm a Grub Scent Charm to attract it.
A minimum of 18 salt collected with Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms is generally recommended when targeting this mouse.

King Scarab Mouse

Hunters wishing to attract the King Scarab Mouse must use Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms as part of the King Grub Minigame to weaken it, then arm a Shattering Charm to attract it. A minimum of 30 salt collected with Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms is generally accepted to be necessary when targeting this mouse. However, between 40 and 50 salt collected will usually result in fewer failures to catch.

Cheese Preferences and Loot

Graveblossom Camembert is required to attract all mice in the Sand Crypts.

Mouse
Points
Gold
Without
Grub Scent
Charm

or
Shattering
Charm

With
Grub Scent
Charm

With
Shattering
Charm

Loot
Graveblossom Camembert
King Grub
Requires weakening with Grub Salt Charms
35,000 8,500 X Dol Essence
Est Essence
Fel Essence
Lunaria Petal
King Scarab
Requires weakening with Grub Salt Charms
175,000 22,500 X Living Garden Theme Scrap 3
Scarab Chest
Sand Colossus 20,500 1,500 X Aleth Essence
Ber Essence
Lunaria Petal
Sarcophamouse 17,000 2,550 X Aleth Essence
Ber Essence
Lunaria Petal
Scarab 16,500 3,500 X Ber Essence
Cynd Essence
Lunaria Petal
Serpentine 25,250 1,650 X Aleth Essence
Ber Essence
Cynd Essence
Lunaria Petal

Hunting Strategy

Hunters should arm Graveblossom Camembert to collect Lunaria Petals from the mice found in the Sand Crypts. Hunters can then use Lunaria Petals (along with Plumepearl Herbs) to purchase Lunaria Camembert.

Hunters can then return to the Twisted Garden and arm Lunaria Camembert to capture Twisted Carmine and, with a Shattering Charm armed, Shattered Carmine.

Hunters wishing to attract the King Grub or King Scarab must play the King Grub Minigame which requires using Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms to weaken these mice.

Capturing King Grub

Collecting salt with Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms in the King Grub Minigame and arming a Grub Scent Charm with Graveblossom Camembert allows Hunters to attract the King Grub.

Capturing King Scarab

Collecting salt with Grub Salt Charms or Super Salt Charms in the King Grub Minigame and arming a Shattering Charm with Graveblossom Camembert allows Hunters to attract the King Scarab.

Shattering Charms can be crafted with the proper ingredients.

Formula: Shattering Charm
Item Qty Cost (Each) Source
Epic Orb 1 125,000
Aromatic Oil 1 1,000,000
Icuri Essence 1 N/A
Charmbit 1,000 25
(25,000 total)
Total 1,150,000

Super Salt Charms

These charms can be crafted given the proper ingredients or obtained from Living Garden Treasure Chest.

Formula: Super Salt Charm
Item Qty Cost (Each) Source
Divine Orb 1 N/A
Ber Essence 2 N/A
Extra Coarse Salt 1 10,000
Total 10,000

Location-Specific Effects

Bases

Charms

Adventure Book

Hunters can complete steps to Defeat Twisted Carmine by hunting with Graveblossom Camembert in the Sand Crypts.

Library Assignments

Tournaments

Sand Crypts mice are worth points during some Tournaments.

Treasure Maps

Many mice in the Sand Crypts are often found on Relic Hunter Treasure Maps and Living Garden Treasure Maps.

Hunting tips by Larry

You're going to need a lot of Graveblossom Camembert here. The mice in these crypts don't seem to like anything else! Plus, any other cheese just doesn't feel... appropriate here in this world.

There don't seem to be any grublings in these crypts, but there's definite evidence they've been here, with slime trails littering the ground. At any rate, Grubling Chow Charms won't help here.

Instead, listen close and you'll hear the roar of the King Grub Mouse. He's huge, and powerful, and up to no good! Now, while catching him is definitely in your best interests, he's not going to be an easy fight!

First, you'll need to liberally apply coatings of salt to your trap by purchasing and using Grub Salt Charms, then when you feel you've salted your trap enough, purchase and use some Grub Scent Charms to draw him to your trap and steal his Garden Essences.

The King Grub Mouse is hoarding Garden Essences, but why?

Shops

These are the shops that can be found in the Cursed City:

Charm Shoppe

Item
Cost
Per Piece
Refund
Per Piece
Aromatic Oil 1,000,000 1,000,000
Charmbit 25 20
Epic Orb 125,000 125,000
Grub Salt Charm 200
1 Ber Essence
N/A
Grub Scent Charm 500
1 Cynd Essence
N/A

Cheese Shoppe

Item
Cost
Per Piece
Refund
Per Piece
Gouda 600 600
Dewthief Camembert 750
1 Dewthief Petal
N/A
Dewthief Camembert 4-Pack 3,000
3 Dewthief Petal
1 Magic Essence
N/A
Duskshade Camembert 1,100
1 Duskshade Petal
1 Dreamfluff Herbs
N/A
Duskshade Camembert 4-Pack 4,400
3 Duskshade Petal
3 Dreamfluff Herbs
1 Magic Essence
N/A
Graveblossom Camembert 1,500
1 Graveblossom Petal
N/A
Graveblossom Camembert 4-Pack 6,000
3 Graveblossom Petal
1 Magic Essence
N/A
Lunaria Camembert 1,775
1 Lunaria Petal
1 Plumepearl Herbs
N/A
Lunaria Camembert 4-Pack 7,100
3 Lunaria Petal
3 Plumepearl Herbs
1 Magic Essence
N/A

General Store

Item
Cost
Per Piece
Refund
Per Piece
Essence Prism 500 500
Plant Pot 900 900
Rift Base Blueprints 7,500,000 7,500,000
Umbral Capacitor 500,000 500,000

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