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Hunter Perpetrated Myths

Flawed strategies

  • Purchasing a large amount of cheese to keep gold 'safe'
Having zero gold does not 'block' a mouse from stealing a hunter's gold. If the hunter has zero gold, the mouse will steal the equivalent amount or more in cheese.
  • Changing traps or bases will increase the chance of catching different kinds of mice; it "changes things up and resets your luck."
This is a very widely used strategy. Hunters have been trying this since the game's inception. The classical example is if you have an unlucky streak (lots of red boxes or misses), switch traps. Your unlucky streak will end. Developer Dave Vanderburg has stated there is no truth to this myth. [bias] may cause a player to interpret the random variation as a change in luck.
  • A location swap will help to increase odds of catching mice; it changes your "D.H.U." factor
Some hunters believe that if they are having bad luck in a certain area, traveling away and back again will improve the chances of successfully catching mice.
  • Weapon/Base setup has an effect on which mice you attract
No weapon or base will ever increase or decrease your chance to attract a specific mouse, with the following exceptions:
"I caught a Shelder Mouse with a Net Cannon, that must be the best set up to attract it!" Certain trap setups may increase your chances of catching a specific mouse, but they do not change the chances of that mouse appearing.
Shadow type traps attract Shadow type mice. The use of Radioactive Blue in the Mousoleum or Gnarled Cheese in the Lagoon is the only way to attract the shadow mice in those locations.


  • Salt Mines (now referenced in-game)
  • Hanging Gardens
  • Pepper Mill
  • Pepper Dunes
  • Elysian Fields
  • Candy Cane Forest
  • Skull Island
  • Xanadu (ancient city of mice accessed through the ice caves north of the Training Grounds)
  • The Haunted Forest (the other side of the river)
  • Mouson Derrière
  • Gloomy Forest of Furoma (mentioned in the Catacombs)
  • Island of Camundongos / Island of Mice (Extensive and elaborate explanations have been written on the forums. These explanations detail supposed areas on the island such as Feta Beach, Lost Village, Volcano, Ancient Camundongo Ruins, and Mousasaurus Valley.)
  • Shipwreck


  • Pagoda (Present in-game, but not as a shop)
  • Mr. Giggles' Fantastic Shoppe of Imported Goods Which May or May Not Include Cheese Traps Bases and "Hunting Mice For Dummies: A complete collection of common mistakes and their solutions"
  • Candy Shop for the mice of the Salt Mines


  • Anchovy Mouse (Salt Mines)
  • Anklyo-mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Beggar Mouse (Catacombs)
  • Black Mamba Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Bigpaw Mouse (Catacombs)
  • Bronta-mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Bulgarian Bread Mouse
  • Burlesque Mouse (Mouson Derrière)
  • Camundongo Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Explorer Mouse (Island of Camundongos), drops map to volcano and ruins
  • Gnome Mouse (Catacombs)
  • Greater Mummy Mouse (Catacombs), drops Imperial Pass
  • Hollywood Mouse
  • Jade Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Jungle Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Kamikaze Mouse, drops Permit to the Salt Mines
  • Kong Mouse
  • Kraken Mouse, responsible for sinking the Harbour ship
  • Lobster Mouse (Harbour)
  • Magma Mouse (Island of Camundongos), drops map to Dino Valley
  • Midden Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Monkey Mouse
  • Mouseticore (Catacombs)
  • Neanderthal Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Obsidian Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Olivia Newton-John Mouse (Xanadu)
  • Pearl Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Pelican Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Piranha Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Primal Lycan Mouse (Catacombs)
  • Pterodactyl Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Pumice Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Rambo Mouse (Island of Camundongos), drops Pitfall Base Blueprints
  • Raptor Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Ruby Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Saber-tooth Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Scorpion Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Seal Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Seaweed Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Slither Mouse (Catacombs)
  • Stalagmite Mouse (Salt Mines)
  • Surfer Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Temple Guard Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Tricera-mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Turtle Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Tyrannosaurus Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Umpire Mouse, (Furoma), drops Shredded Wheat Map piece
  • Village Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Warrior Mouse (Island of Camundongos)
  • Witch Doctor Mouse (Island of Camundongos)

Traps and Bases

  • Any Salt Mine-related cheese or traps, such as Salt "Extractor" or the "Salty Droid"
  • Bulgarian Bread Feast Trap
The official Brotherhood of Tudor MouseHunt group definition is as follows:
"It is effectively just a huge hunk of Whole-grain soaked in Kitten Soup. The only mice that can escape from this mouthwatering fiesta of flavours are those that are 'as quick as snot on a door knob'.
The chances of catching a mouse with this trap are 3v1 one million vs 1."
  • Diamond Atomizing Portal Trap
A description of this trap is as follows:
"A top-secret advancement on the now-redundant earlier portals, this trap atomizes any unsuspecting mouse to set foot into its shimmering jaws. Developed by Burroughs' scientists to combat the wave of rapidly-evolving mutants spreading from the Mousoleum, this trap remains in the early stages of testing and is reported to be highly volatile and unstable. Mousehunters should use only at their own risk."
This trap is created when a hunter arms a Sticky Glue Trap with Moon cheese and catches 3 Diamond Mice.
  • Diarrhea Bottomizing Portal Trap
The official description of this trap created by Pooflinger is as follows:
Power: 10
Power Type: Shadow
Accuracy Bonus: -25% (negative accuracy bonus)
Luck: 50%
Cheese Effect: Extremely negative
"An eastern scientist has applied Yin/Yang philosophy into a new weak but effective trap. The entrance is not properly sealed but the virus inside could make the mice exhausted forever in this toilet-equipped trap."
  • Hot Tub (Base)
Creates a sense of ambiance that draws the mouse in for a calming swim which soon turns into a boiling pool of burning doom
  • Diving Board (Trap)
Created for use with the Hot Tub base the diving board trap uses pressure plates on the surface of the diving board to activate what the creators of this trap called the hydraulic hinge, folding the board from front to back upon itself crushing the mouse.
  • Fall Base
Fall describes two things on this trap, its design and its camouflage, designed to have the appearance of a forest floor scattered with leaves the fall base blends perfectly with its surroundings. Stepping on this false ground will cause you to plunge into a pool of liquid nitrogen instantly freezing the mouse.
  • Armor Plated ULTIMATUM or A.P.U.
A mish-mash of many traps, blended together to make the strongest trap ever devised yet. With an Accuracy rating of 300%, and Cheese Effect off the chart positive, this trap will catch just about any mouse, be it physical or undead. While it has not been tested against the battle-trained mice to this point, it is expected to do very well. (Catacombs)
  • Not A Fat Guy's Mouth Trap
Another creation of Lobster Mouse's creator, the "Not A Fat Guy's Mouth Trap" is a staircase that goes through a doorway that promises "Definitely not to be a fat guy's mouth". This doorway leads to a staircase leading to a fat guy's mouth, which will eat the betrayed and saddened mouse.
  • Radioactive Base
Many versions and crafting formulas exist, most recipes involve around 20 Radioactive Sludge and several Scrap Metal (Splintered Wood being too weak to contain the base's raw materials), along with varied other materials. This myth came before Radioactive Sludge had a use, and many players still hope for its inclusion. It has a high basic power and power type, a low attraction bonus, and a high Stale effect.
  • Salty Droid
Created by crafting 1,000 Salt and Deathbot Parts, this trap is a method of gaining alternate entrance to the Salt Mines (only works if Ronza is in the Salt Mines)

Map Pieces

  • Shredded Wheat Map piece, leading to the Elysian Fields
  • Salt Mines Work Permit, opens Salt Mines map location, dropped by Kamikaze mice in the Training Grounds
  • Babylon Boat Pass, opens the Hanging Gardens, dropped by a Pirate Mouse in the Training Grounds or a Gold Mouse in the Salt Mines.
  • Ancient Book, dropped by Sensei mice, unlocks Xanadu
  • Riddle of the Catacombs, unlocks the Catacombs if you can solve the riddle
  • Secret Knock Of The Pagoda, a samurai supposedly a slip of parchment with the secret knock written on it. The secret knock comprised exactly 26 knocks.

Map Pieces (Winter Hunt '09 Event)

  • Santa Claus' Village map piece, dropped by a Christmas Tree Mouse in Festive Comet. The village, located East of Calm Clearing, is said to contain only the rare breeds of Christmas mice.


  • Dark Moon Cheese and Dark Moon Cheese potions (Selenelion Potions).
  • Green Tea Cheese
  • Lerxst, Dirk, and Pratt, three Kings who give random rewards to worthy hunters in Xanadu.


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