3. Fungal Cavern
Power Type: Hydro / Forgotten
Minimum Rank: Duke/Duchess
Minimum Recommended Trap: Phantasmic Oasis Trap
Objectives: Get the Crystal Crucible Trap / Get the Labyrinth Key
Recommended Area Progression Plan: Where Should I Go Next?
So it seems the mountains at the edge of the Sandtail Desert are not as lifeless as we always thought. In fact, underneath the mountains there’s a huge system of caverns where, isolated and over millennia, all sorts of strange and wonderful mice have evolved.
When you first enter the Caverns you will face the Fungal Fodder mice in the Cavern Mouth. Your goal is to hunt for Cavern Fungi and Nightshade. Using SB+ is the only way to attract the Nightshade Masquerade mouse, which will help in gathering both more quickly. In my experience, Nightshade charms are hardly worth it. You’d need hundreds for them to make a big difference. If you come by any, save them for the Labyrinth.
Next up: The Hollow Halls. The Gruyere Grazers can only be attracted with Glowing Gryuere cheese. Depending on your traps it could be beneficial to switch to a Forgotten Type trap now, although Hydro traps will still catch these mice. Hunt them for their loot of Minerals, an important crafting material in many recipes in this region.
Now is the time to switch to a Forgotten trap. Hydro simply won’t do anymore. The Mineral Munchers in the Glittering Grotto won’t go for anything else but Mineral cheese. They drop Gemstones.
In the end you reach the Subterra Silence where the bosses of the area await. Use Diamond cheese to attract them. Here you can loot Crystal Crucibles which are key in getting the new trap, the Crystal Crucible Trap. There’s a rare chance to attract one of the bosses even with Gemstone cheese though.
There are new charms that will eventually make life easier in the Cavern (and beyond). The three types of Spore charms can be used anywhere in the kingdom. They have no special abilities but are quite powerful. Once you’ve been through the area cycle several times, you can use your excess Fungi to craft those. These charms are probably not advisable during your first run though, as Minerals will be needed for other recipes. For later, there are also Gemstone Boost and Diamond Boost charms.
The Cartographer holds a Labyrinth Key, the means to progress to the next area. But for now let’s concentrate on getting that new trap! Charge!!!