Each mouse caught is worth a specific number of points. Trap components have a minimum points requirement, should a hunter fail to meet the requirement they will not be able to purchase, arm or craft the component. Points determine your rank on the scoreboard.
Points are gained by catching mice. The breed of the mouse determines the amount of points it is worth. Previously, the points also differed based on the weight of the mouse caught (the heavier the mouse, the less points). Mice might steal points if you attract but fail to catch them in most areas, with the exception of Town of Gnawnia, Meadow, Windmill, Calm Clearing, Great Gnarled Tree, Town of Digby, Training Grounds and Cape Clawed. Losing points does not affect rank progress and thus will not cause a Hunter to drop in rank.
50 points are also awarded each time you sound the Hunter's Horn. You gain 25 extra points for each hunter in your hunting group at your location and yet to sound the horn, up to a maximum of 250 points. Points can also be gained from Research obtained as loot, or found inside Mysterious Boxes, as well as from opening a Tome of Wisdom.
The knowledge this research contains instantly awards the hunter points upon being collected. This item does not appear in a hunter's inventory.
Combat Research is dropped by different mice as follows:
- 750 points - Kung Fu Mouse in the Training Grounds and Dojo
- 1,250 points - Samurai Mouse in the Dojo
Hunting Research can be found as follows:
- 5,000 points - dropped by Silth Mouse, in Gifts dropped by Elf and Abominable Snow mice around Christmas 2008 and in Stolen Birthday Gifts dropped by Present mice around MouseHunt Birthday II.
- 10,000 points - dropped by Silth Mouse, Mystic King Mouse
The knowledge this artifact contains instantly awards the hunter points upon being collected. This item does not appear in a hunter's inventory.
An Acolyte Relic worth 125,000 points may be found in Mysterious Boxes.