Special Stage – The King’s Gauntlet


Last Updated on: June 7th 2013
– Added the minimum required luck for trap setups to achieve 99.99% catch rate base on the post in the forum.
– Added the recommendations of using Freshness Charm. 


  • Get a stolen Crown Jewel from Master Burglar mouse either in Town of Gnawnia or Bazaar.
    • To attract the Master Burglar you are required to use Glided or SB Cheese only
    • Glided cheese can be obtained from Burglar mice as drop loot in either Harbour, Laboratory or Bazaar.
    • However farming in Bazaar is more recommended as it appears there more often. It’s better to use Brie cheese to better attract Burglar.
  • After obtaining the Crown Jewel, now is time to build the map by visiting Harbour. Go to the Cartographer and purchase a copy of the King’s Gauntlet Floor Plans for 50,000 gold.
    • Note this plan will take 24 hours to complete
  • If you have done the plan, now you are ready to challenge the King’s Gauntlet which can be found in the Valour region of the map.

Area Description

This area contains a total of 8 tiers, each tier you go up the harder the mice it is to catch. Each tier is not separated by area, therefore travelling is not required, all you need is use each tier’s special cheese to attract that particular tier mice.


According to the Gauntlet Potion/Cheese Calculator I made, a minimum of 1,700 Swiss cheese is needed to yield 1 tier 8 potion (without the use of SB+) or a minimum of 42 if you use SB+ all the way.  Any other combinations can be simulated in the calculator yourself. By using the recommended setup below you can get 1 tier 8 potions with just 306 Swiss cheese to start with!

Anyway I recommend to use the following setup, so that you use the minimum amount of SB+ to yield a reasonable good amount of tier 8 potions. (Of course if you are rich feel free to use SB+ all the way, which will be WAY more tier 8 potions)

KG setup

Reason for my recommendation can be seem from the comparison table below!


Tier 1 – Puppet

Tier 1 mice list

  • Wound Up White
  • Hapless Marionette
  • Toy Sylvan
  • Clockwork Samurai
  • Puppet Master
  • Sock Puppet Ghost

Mice here drops Gauntlet Potions Tier 2. Which is what you need to collect.

Trap Setup

physical Physical or tactical Tactical traps (Min 11 luck +) works great here, since the mice here are easy to catch. (if you have Ancient Gauntlet it is recommended)

For cheese use either Swiss or Marble will do since the reward of the mice are low, therefore Brie is not recommended.  ( Cheese can be restocked here at the cheese shoppe, as the price here are the standard prices)

Tier 2 – Thief

Tier 2 mice list

  • Impersonator
  • Lockpick
  • Escape Artist
  • Bandit
  • Stealth
  • Rogue

Mice here drops Gauntlet Potions Tier 3

Trap Setup

physical Physical Trap (Min 13 luck +)  is best to be used here

Required to arm Gauntlet Cheese Tier 2, which is converted by using Gauntlet Potions Tier 2 with either Super Brie or Swiss, or Marble.

Arm Freshness Charm is highly recommended! “Because Freshness charms have an extremely unique consumption quality, they are only consumed when there is an FTA. Since Gauntlet cheese has an extremely high attraction rate (and gets higher as you climb the Tiers), it would be possible to go 50-100 hunts without a single FTA, which means you might not even use up one Freshness charm.”

Tier 3 – Melee

Tier 3 Mice List

  • Fencer
  • Page
  • Berserker
  • Knight
  • Phalanx
  • Cavalier

Mice here drops Gauntlet Potions Tier 4.

Trap Setup

tactical Tactical Trap (Min 18 luck +) is best to be used here

Required to arm Gauntlet Cheese Tier 3, which is again converted using Gauntlet Potions Tier 3.

Arm Freshness Charm is highly recommended!

 Tier 4 – Bard

Tier 4 Mice List

  • Cowbell
  • Drummer
  • Dancer
  • Fiddler
  • Guqin Player

Mice here drops Gauntlet Potion Tier 5.

Trap Setup

tactical Tactical Trap (Min 33 luck +) is best to be used here

Required to arm Gauntlet Cheese Tier 4, which is again converted using Gauntlet Potions Tier 4.

Arm Freshness Charm is highly recommended!

Tier 5 – Magic

Tier 5 Mice List

  • Black Mage
  • Terra
  • Ignis
  • Zephyr
  • Aquos

Mice here drops Gauntlet Cheese Tier 6.

Trap Setup

shadow Shadow Trap (Min 35 luck +) is best to be used here

Required to arm Gauntlet Cheese Tier 5, which is again converted using Gauntlet Potions Tier 5.

Arm Freshness Charm is highly recommended!

Tier 6 – Noble

Tier 6 Mice List

  • Sacred Shrine
  • White Mage
  • Paladin

Mice here drops Gauntlet Potions Tier 7.

Trap Setup

arcane Arcane Trap (Min 45 luck +) is best to be used here

Required to arm Gauntlet Cheese Tier 6, which is again converted using Gauntlet Potions Tier 6.

Arm Freshness Charm is highly recommended!

Tier 7 – Dust

Tier 7 Mice List

  • Necromancer
  • Fiend – (this mice worth 50,000 gold per catch!)

Mice here drops last tier potion Gauntlet Potions Tier 8

Trap Setup

hydro Hydro Trap (Min 54 luck +) is best to be used here

Required to arm Gauntlet Cheese Tier 7, which is again converted using Gauntlet Potions Tier 7.

Arm Freshness Charm is highly recommended!

Tier 8 – Eclipse 

Now you had reach the end and get ready to fight the boss, Eclipse Mouse!

Trap Setup

forgotten Forgotten Trap is best to be used here

Required to arm Gauntlet Cheese Tier 8, which is again converted using Gauntlet Potions Tier 8.

Arm Freshness Charm is highly recommended!

Note: The minimum luck recommendations is base on a very awesome post in the forum, that analysis this result base on a spreadsheet. The minimum luck recommended is including bases, charms and LGS. Not just the trap by itself. Also with that luck satisfied you should get a catch rate of approx 99.99%.


Tier Theme Trap Types
1 Puppet physical Physical or tactical Tactical
2 Thief physical Physical Trap
3 Melee tactical Tactical
4 Bard tactical Tactical
5 Magic shadow Shadow Trap
6 Noble arcane Arcane Trap
7 Dust hydro Hydro Trap
8 Eclipse forgotten Forgotten Trap
  1. Jan
    June 7, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    I recommend everyone to read this post carefully: https://www.mousehuntgame.com/forum/showthread.php?80649-Best-set-ups-for-the-Gauntlet-are&p=945837&viewfull=1#post945837

    It contains very detailed information about the best possible setup for each KG level, advanced setups to achieve 99.99% catch rate + maximum freshness and also some “budget” variants.

    • June 7, 2013 at 6:11 AM

      Thank you for the link 🙂
      Last Updated on: June 7th 2013
      – Added the minimum required luck for trap setups to achieve 99.99% catch rate base on the post in the forum.
      – Added the recommendations of using Freshness Charm.

  2. Jason
    June 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Cannot “go to file and make a copy” the selection is grayed out”

    • June 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      You need to login into your google account before you can make a copy.

  3. Jason
    August 14, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Does Law type work for Tier 2?

  4. van Gents
    November 18, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    It only took me 1 hour to get the map from harbour cartographer

  5. yan yan
    February 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    what’s special with ancient gauntlet that it’s recommended for tier 1?

  6. April 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    One thing that I have an issue with is the calculator that is linked. While I understand the calculations and whatnot, the description categories are not correct and are misleading. For example, one of my hunting teammates came to me with questions on how to do the KG. He said he found your calculator but couldn’t decipher it. I tried it, and here is what I found:

    1. He wanted to see if he had enough cheese to move forward. So he put Swiss at 0, Tier 2 cheese at 272 (what he had), and tier 3 cheese at 75. He changed the conversion rates by cheese/potion to regular cheeses except for tier 6 and tier 7, which was Super Brie (also, Tier 3 is missing Swiss as an option, as the calculator only has marble and SB)

    2. What I found was, unusual. The calculations below (using numbers above) under “POTIONS OBTAINED” returned values that made no sense. It says the Tier 2 potions obtained is 272, T3 357, T4 171, T5 88, T6 42, T7 12, T8 4. What in the world?!? First off, with only 272 PIECES OF T2 CHEESE, how in the world can you get 357 T3 POTIONS? That’s not possible.

    Are the categories in the calculator at the top left of the page actually supposed to be the number of POTIONS you are starting with, and the values below are actually the number of potions you get as a result of the number of POTIONS you start with? If that’s the case, then you need to update the category headings on your calculator to this:

    1. Starting Cheese (Swiss), and color-code it so people know it goes together
    2. For the T2 – T8 right below your input for Swiss cheese, you need to color code this differently and call it out to say POTIONS TO START, OR…..change your calculations to reflect actual cheese usage, because when you plug in the actual number of pieces of T2 cheese, when you have Swiss at 0, the results below will return the same value in # of potions (which is not possible).

    • April 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      First of all I put in the values you said and it made perfect sense to me. I put 272 Tier 2 potion and 72 Tier 3 potion in as initial values. You will yield 357 tier 3 potions.

      Here is the calculation process to clarify you.
      1. I choose Swiss as the the conversion cheese so that’s 1 potion give you 4 Tier 2 Gauntlet Cheese so that makes 272 * 4 = 1088.
      2. Secondly I choose to use CRB as trap so that’s 0.26 potion per hunt assuming you use 1 cheese per hunt you will yield 1088*0.26 = 282 tier 3 potions (round down).
      3. Now you initially have 75 tier 3 potions so that adds to the 282. Which then yield 357 tier 3 potions.

      You might not believe the amazing amount of potions in the end, but according to the data it has potential of getting that much. Believe or not it’s not impossible.

      • April 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        You did not read what I posted correctly. Look at your calculator: it says to put in your “STARTING CHEESE.” People using this will then put in their STARTING CHEESE, when you clearly stated in your reply that it is POTIONS.

        You really need to clarify this better in the headings on your calculator. My teammate didn’t have 272 potions, he had 272 pieces of T2 CHEESE, and your calculator is asking to provide starting CHEESE. You need to change it to POTIONS.

      • April 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Just to clarify, your calculator works just fine as long as the first section, you input your tier POTIONS. But the calculator clearly asks the user to input their CHEESE.

        This is what you need to fix – the heading. You are asking people to input a value for CHEESE when they clearly should be inputting a value for POTIONS.

      • April 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        I see what you mean now. I will edit it. Thank you.

  7. October 15, 2015 at 5:41 AM

    I completely disagree with the freshness charm recommendation I read here in this advice guide – especially when tier cheese is resistant to staling – to the point where i seriously doubt it ever happens in KG, (does it?) I have only my personal observations to rely on, but I do pay attention, and I do read my hunting summaries. and I also use Horn Tracker since I happen to possess a keen interest in statistics for some reason.
    If my Tier cheese ever turned stale – even once – in my many hours spent catching mice in the Gauntlet, I would have noticed it – but in my opinion it simply doesn’t happen. Maybe, instead of worrying about our bait having that “not-so-fresh” feeling, we should consider a better use of our one and only charm we choose to accompany our trap on each hunt. I don’t need to elaborate here, the answer in one word is simply : LUCK.
    Luck has the greatest impact on the number of potion drops we’re going to get while hunting in KG. Using freshness charms is a colossal waste of an important luck boosting opportunity, If you have come to the Gauntlet to hunt, then you are already ranked a Hero – so you already know what your best trap setup options are, depending on your individual circumstances. There are so many charms that boost Power and Luck – made available to us in various ways, and from different places throughout the game, and I admit I don’t even know the half of them. And I certainly don’t know enough to publish a paragraph, much less an entire Gauntlet hunting guide describing how to do it right from start to finish.
    However, I do know common sense when I see it (or when it’s missing) – And I do know, for example, that Champion Charms and Tourney Bases are fabulous together. They make a nice pairing, (on purpose) and give my strongest most favorite trap that special decent lucky power boost I need when hunting with an eye for loot drops.
    And one final thing that I DO know is something I feel that future readers of this article deserve to know: To All Future Readers Trying to Inform Themselves About the Gauntlet Quest: Don’t bother to look up the “Ancient Gauntlet” trap to find how how you can acquire it, because YOU CAN’T. The only Mouse Hunters these days who actually has that Limited Edition ancient & no-longer-available “Ancient Gauntlet” in their arsenal – are the Old Timers of this game – (you know the ones) – they are the esteemed Mouse Hunter Nobles of Lore – been playing since 2009, have captured the Eclipse Mouse ages ago, and have long since moved on to greater deeds, treasures and adventures in this Game and elsewhere in Life, and beyond.
    Don’t be Fresh, just Lucky.

  8. October 21, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    Fantastic points Sheryl!

  9. Maria
    February 8, 2018 at 8:02 PM

    Can you create recommendations for trap setups that don’t include limited edition stuff also? So I know which traps I am still able to get that would be best for each stage.

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