Balack's Cove

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Balack's Cove
Region: Tribal Isles
Minimum Rank: Knight
Travel Requirement: Balack's Lantern
Required Power Types: Forgotten
Arcane
Shadow
Required Cheeses: Vanilla Stilton Cheese
Vengeful Vanilla Stilton Cheese
Number of Mice: 10
Shops: Cheese Shoppe
Trapsmith
Charm Shoppe
General Store
Lose Gold: Yes
Lose Points: Yes
Lose Cheese: No
Release Date: 17 May 2010
This foreboding sea cave has fierce, unpredictable tides that can easily wash unsuspecting Hunters out to sea. Those who seek the spirits of this darkened grotto should arm a Shadow, Arcane or Forgotten trap, and use Vanilla Stilton as bait.

Overview

Balack's Cove is a hunting location in Tribal Isles region.

It requires the rank of Knight and Balack's Lantern to access.

Mouse pool here is determined by Tide and cheese used.

Catching a Riptide Mouse transfers the Hunter to Jungle of Dread, unless an Anchor Charm variant is armed.

Tide

In Balack's Cove, a Tide mechanic is in effect.

Heads-Up Display

In Balack's Cove, the HUD shows:

Mice

All mice found in Balack's Cove are part of Balack's Banished mouse group.

Forgotten, Arcane, and Shadow power types have varied effectiveness against these mice.
All other types are ineffective.

Derr Lich, Elub Lich, and Nerg Lich drop loot that is used to craft Vengeful Vanilla Stilton.
This cheese can attract Balack the Banished and also boost the attraction rate of the Elder Lich mice.

When using Vengeful Vanilla Stilton, Forgotten power type is recommended.

The Hunter should be aware of Riptide Mouse which can move them to Jungle of Dread.

Mouse Points Gold Low Tide Medium Tide High Tide Loot
Vanilla Stilton
Cheese
Vengeful Vanilla
Stilton Cheese
Vanilla Stilton
Cheese
Vengeful Vanilla
Stilton Cheese
Vanilla Stilton
Cheese
Vengeful Vanilla
Stilton Cheese
Balack the Banished 80,000 41,000 X X Ancient Relic
Blue Pepper Seed
Bottled-Up Rage
Delicious Stone
Divine Orb
Empowered Anchor Charm
Flawless Orb
Pinch of Annoyance
Raisins of Wrath
Red Pepper Seed
Savoury Vegetables
Seashell
Vanilla Bean
Yellow Pepper Seed
Brimstone 11,200 2,300 X X X
Davy Jones 9,000 2,000 X X X Empowered Anchor Charm
Derr Lich 32,112 13,508 X X X X Bottled-Up Rage
Flawless Orb
Scrap Metal
Elub Lich 52,992 8,272 X X X X Flawless Orb
Pinch of Annoyance
Scrap Metal
Enslaved Spirit 20,000 900 X X X
Nerg Lich 40,144 10,340 X X X X Flawless Orb
Raisins of Wrath
Scrap Metal
Riptide
High tide only
32,000 3,800 X X Flawless Orb
Scrap Metal
Tidal Fisher
Low tide only
9,800 3,800 X Empowered Anchor Charm
Vanilla Bean
Twisted Fiend 10,500 1,100 X X X Empowered Anchor Charm

Hunting Strategy

Hunting Tips by Larry

I'm jolly glad to be out of Dracano, fearless MouseHunter, but this place isn't much better... I can hear whispering all around, and I don't think it's the sound of the waves.

This is the cursed resting place of Balack the Banished, and his legion of lich slaves. Shadow and Arcane traps work here, but Forgotten traps garner the best results, especially in conflict with Balack. The evil lord's followers respond only to the smell of rare vanilla bean, so keep plenty of Vanilla Stilton on hand. If you're after Balack and his Elder Liches, however, you'll need something with a little more bite-- Vengeful Vanilla Stilton, a nasty cheese made from the rage of Balack's eternal slaves.

If a legion of undead mice isn't enough to spook you, there's also the tides. The mysterious Riptide Mouse pulls the tides in and out several times a day, so unlucky Hunters caught in the waves will get washed out onto the shores of the Jungle of Dread!

The tides have three states; Low, medium and high. Low tide lasts the longest and there are no Riptide mice present. Medium tide increases the presence of Balack and his Elder Lich followers. Riptide mice will only appear during High tide, and should you catch one without an Anchor Charm at the ready, you will be washed out into the Jungle of Dread!

This will be a difficult fight, even for an experienced MouseHunter, but I believe in you! Get in there and lift that curse!

Adventure Book

The Hunter can complete Defeat Balack the Banished adventure in Balack's Cove.

Location-Specific Effects

Weapons

Charms

Shops

These are the shops found in Balack's Cove.

Cheese Shoppe

Item Cost Requirement Refund
Swiss Cheese 100 gold None 100 gold
Brie Cheese 200 gold None 200 gold
Gouda Cheese 600 gold None 600 gold

Trapsmith

Bases
Item Cost Requirement Refund
Bamboozler Base 75,000 gold None 13,500 gold
Aqua Base 115,000 gold None 20,700 gold
Tribal Base 240,000 gold None 43,200 gold
Molten Shrapnel Base 720,000 gold
50 Scrap Metal
1 Dragon Ember
None N/A
Weapons
Item Power Type Cost Requirement Refund
Obelisk of Slumber Trap Arcane 316,350 gold None 56,943 gold
Obelisk of Incineration Trap Arcane 45,529 gold
2 Scrap Metal
1 Coal
1 Obelisk of Slumber Trap
None N/A
Arcane Capturing Rod Of Never Yielding Mystery Arcane 632,700 gold
12 Scrap Metal
1 Onyx Stone
3 Magic Essence
1 Obelisk Parts
None N/A
Gorgon Trap Shadow 700,000 gold None 126,000 gold
Clockapult of Time Shadow 1,800,000 gold None 324,000 gold
Forgotten Pressure Plate Trap Forgotten 400,000 gold
6 Rune
None 72,000 gold
Ancient Box Trap Forgotten 158,175 gold
1 Ancient Ripped Blueprint Piece
1 Ancient Frayed Blueprint Piece
1 Ancient Mangled Blueprint Piece
1 Ancient Relic Staff
1 Timeless Mystic Gem
1 Hinge of Eternity
1 Ethereal Rope
1 Engraved Solid Stone Slab
1 Encrusted Metal of Time
None N/A

Charm Shoppe

Item Cost Requirement Refund
Charmbit 25 gold None 20 gold
Empowered Anchor Charm 1,000 gold
1 Scrap Metal
1 Flawless Orb
None N/A

General Store

Item Cost Requirement Refund
Raisins of Wrath 1 Pinch of Annoyance
1 Bottled-Up Rage
None None
Pinch of Annoyance 1 Bottled-Up Rage
1 Raisins of Wrath
None None
Bottled-Up Rage 1 Raisins of Wrath
1 Pinch of Annoyance
None None
Salt 6 gold None 2 gold
Curds and Whey 12 gold None 3 gold
Ionized Salt 450 gold None 150 gold
Coconut Milk 800 gold None 800 gold
Plant Pot 900 gold None 900 gold

History and Trivia

  • 17 May 2010: Balack's Cove was released as a new hunting location in Tribal Isles region.
  • 21 September 2010: Tidal Fisher Mouse was added to this location.
  • 21 September 2010: The tide cycle was stabilized and the role of the Riptide Mouse became instrumental in washing hunters out into the Jungle of Dread; prior to this date, the Balack's Cove closure was timed but not dependent on the capture of a specific mouse.
  • 16 February 2012: Balack's Cove had its banner image updated. The image had previously been painted live on Feedback Friday on 6 January 2012.
  • 17 January 2023: Balack's Cove Charm Shoppe was added to this location. Balack the Banished also started dropping varying loots that can be found around the Tribal Isles region upon a successful catch.

Links and Images

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