Stage 24 – Zugzwang’s Tower


  • Completed Stage – 23
  • Combined the Zugzwang’s Tower Key
  • Have at least 200 Gouda or SUPER|Brie+ cheese
  • Tower Amplifier is Fully Charged

Required Rank

 Lord /  Lady

New Mice

Special Area Notes

  • In Zugzwang’s Tower mice are themed like chess pieces. There are two sides, the Technic and Mystic.
  • In here you need to catch these chess like mice in a particular order as below:

8 Pawns -> 2 Knights -> 2 Bishops -> 2 Rooks -> 1 Queen -> 1 King

Note: The mice from before can still be attracted, let say you are at catching the Queen, the Rooks, Bishops, Knights, and Pawns can still be attracted. However you need to catch 8 Pawns before the Knights can be attracted and so on. You will be kicked back to Seasonal Garden after you have caught the King/Chess Master!

  • Now let’s see how is our Tower Amplifier is being used here! The Tower Amplifier is a multiplier for your power and as it drops below 100% your luck will be affected negatively. Once your amplifier reaches 0% you will be kicked back to Seasonal Garden. The following table shows the effect of catching/fail to attract mice in this area on the amplifier meter.
Mouse Caught Amplifier Effect
Failure to attract -3%
Pawn -1%
Knight -3%
Bishop -3%
Rook -5%
Queen -9%
King* -10%

* Only applies if you catch it with Checkmate Cheese

Stage 1 – Pawns 

Trap Setup for Technic

Technic Pawn Pincher Wooden Base with Target* Gouda
643,750 gold 1,225 gold 600 gold/piece

* Can substitute Wooden Base with Target with Cheese Cake Base (Better Setup)

Trap Setup for Mystic

Mystic Pawn Pincher Wooden Base with Target* Gouda
643,750 gold 1,225 gold 600 gold/piece

* Can substitute Wooden Base with Target with Cheese Cake Base (Better Setup)

Stage 2 – Knight ~ King

Trap Setup

Zugzwang’s First Move* Molten Shrapnel Base** Gouda
1,030,000 gold 720,000 gold 600 gold/piece

* Can substitute with 2012 Big Boom Trap or your best tactical trap available

** Can substitle with Snake Jade Base

Main Goals

  • Catch the Technic King and he will drop Technic Cheese Mould, Torn Technic Page, and Droid Jetpack. 
  • Catch the Mystic King and he will drop Mystic Curd, Mystic Crystal, and Torn Mystic Page. 
  • After collecting the Droid Jetpack and Mystic Crystal, you can craft the following two traps to help you repeat this area to collect more materials to craft the powerful base Spellbook Base. However if you are not having huge trouble with Zugzwang’s Tower (ZT) run, I don’t recommend getting these two traps. As they are expensive and not worth the gold, because they are only effective in ZT. Follow the below recipes to trap them:
    • Obvious Ambush Trap (Effective for Technic mice and reduce effectiveness against Mystic)
Obvious Ambush Trap Blueprints* 1
Droid Parts** 1
Droid Jetpack 1
Required Points 58,000,000

* From Seasonal Garden general store for 1,100,000 gold

** From the Bazaar general store for 7,750 gold

    • Blackstone Pass Trap (Effective for Mystic mice and reduce effectiveness against Technic)
Blackstone Pass Trap Blueprint* 1
Coal** 4
Mystic Crystal 1
Required Points 58,000,000

* From Seasonal Garden general store for 1,100,000 gold

** Loot drop from the Catacombs (Better using Ancient cheese to collect)

  • Now you can equip these two traps to catch the Mystic and Technic Kings, and it will be much easier because you will have less chance of catching the other team’s mice. This way you can preserve your amplifier. For your next few runs you should start with Pawn Pincher Traps then equip one of these two traps to catch the kings. *(If you didn’t buy them, then use your setup from your first run and repeat)
  • Your next goal is to go back and boost up your amplifier and re-run the Zugzwang’s Tower over and over again until you have collected enough of the following materials:
    • 3 Torn Mystic Pages from the Mystic King
    • 3 Torn Technic Pages from the Technic King
  • After you have collected 3 of each pages, you are ready to craft the next cheese to catch the Chess Master mouse. The special cheese is called the Checkmate cheese, craft them using the following recipe:
    • 3 Checkmate Cheese
Mystic Curd 1
Technic Cheese Mould 1
Ionized Salt 12
    • 9 Checkmate Cheese
Mystic Curd 1
Technic Cheese Mould 1
Ionized Salt 12
Magic Essence 6
  • To catch the Chess Master, you need to catch the King with Checkmate cheese. It is recommended that you craft enough supply of checkmate cheese before attempting to catch the Chess Master.
  • The Chess Master will drop the Master Bindings and may drop Zugzwang’s Left Sock. (The Sock is merely a collective item, there is no use for it)
  • Now that you have 3 of each pages and 1 Master Bindings, you can now craft the next most powerful base, Spellbook Base using the following recipe:
Master Bindings 1
Spellbook Base Blueprints* 1
Tiny Platinum Bars** 6
Torn Mystic Pages 3
Torn Technic Pages 3

* From the Seasonal Garden general store for 936,000 gold

** From the Training Grounds general store

Note: Required 67,750,000 points to craft

  • While you are repeating the tower, you should had obtained a Crystal Library Card from mice in this area. It is most commonly dropped by the Rooks or the Queens, though Knights and Bishops could also drop it too. After obtaining this card you will have access to Crystal Library.
  • Now you can move to next area

Advance to Stage 25 – Crystal Library 

  1. Afiq Razali
    October 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Cheese Master?Isn’t it Chess Master?

    • October 26, 2012 at 4:05 AM

      Thanks for spotting that out. It’s being corrected now.

  2. JollyCheong
    November 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Why wooden base with target?

    • November 11, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      Since your power is greatly amplified against the correct pawns, you can use the Wooden Base with Target to reduce the chances of failure to attract or of accidentally catching pawns from the other team.

  3. November 28, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    u have forgotten to add the Master Bindings as one of the items need to craft the spellbook base recipe

  4. November 28, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    in the recipe*

  5. November 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    I thought OAT and Blackstone Pass trap required points is 58m and not 58.8m?

    • November 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Thanks for spotting that out. Correction had being made.

  6. randommouseuhnter~YeoZhiEn
    March 23, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Hi! Valentine Charm can be used right? And is it really a must to get Spellbook? I thought Snakejade is already good enough

    • March 23, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Yes valentine charm can be used, also spellbook base is a good keep still, because at places power is more important over luck.

  7. Anon
    March 24, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Is Zugzwang’s first move or rewer’s riposte more suitable?

    • March 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Both very similar, however Rewer’s Riposte has a smaller data size, when I compare them on horntracker, so I recommends Zugzwang’s First move

      • Anon
        March 24, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        thank you so much! 🙂

  8. Stacy
    May 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Can i continue to equip GTB with power charm after the amplifier drops below 100%? I have a Tiki too, is it better to use Tiki? BTW I don’t have SBB.

  9. June 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Why do you not mention the cheesecake base as an option, instead of the wooden base with target? Both have the same attraction rate, and cheesecake gives additional power also? Am I wrong in assuming cheesecake would be better??

    • June 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

      Yes cheesecake base will increase attraction rate by 0.3% and CR by 0.1% (For Technic side). Not a big difference tho. I added it as an option for the setup now.

  10. May 11, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Ain’t Chesla better tactical?

  11. lik
    June 13, 2014 at 5:24 AM

    which is better CHesla or Zugzwang 1st move? for this area

  12. Vincent
    October 31, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    I tried using chesla for the whole 150% charge of my tower but did not catch the king; I suggest you use zungwang’s first move

  13. November 3, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Will we still be able to catch the kings with Brie? What are the consequences if we use lower grade of cheese?

  1. July 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM

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