Attracting a Mouse
Once you’ve encountered a mouse, the next stage is to see if you can attract that mouse to your trap.
There are two factors which will affect this, the cheese you’re using and the attraction bonus of your trap.
If you successfully attract the mouse to your trap, you get the chance to try and catch it, if you fail to attract the mouse (often abbreviated to FTA), you’ll never know what type of mouse it was and your cheese may go stale (see the results section for more on this).
These two factors combine into what we call the attraction rate, so let’s take a look at those two factors now:
In the previous stage, cheese helped determine what kind of mouse we encountered, in this stage it also helps determine if we can attract the mouse to our trap.
Before we go into this though, there’s some important information to consider, a cheese may attract a certain breed of mouse to our trap, but that cheese can also be completely useless at attracting that same breed of mouse.
A good example of this is using a cheese like Brie in the Mousoleum, it’s a good cheese, and it’ll encounter many of the mice there, but it’ll also completely fail to attract any of the Shadow mice found there. This will result in you having a pretty awful attraction rate, so watch out for things like this, and make sure you’ve got a cheese than can both encounter and attract the mouse you want.
In each location a cheese has a base attraction rate, this is the chance that the cheese on its own will attract a mouse you encounter to your trap. The base attraction rate for a cheese can be very different in one location to another, unfortunately this is another thing that we’re not told in the game, but is more information that we have in the Cheese and Mice sections of our various location articles on this site.
Each trap has an attraction bonus, this is the total of the weapon’s attraction bonus and the base’s attraction bonus added together. If your cheese fails to attract the mouse on its own, then the trap’s attraction bonus might attract the mouse.
These two factors combined make your Attraction Rate for the location.
Combining the Base Attraction Rate for the cheese and the Attraction Bonus for the trap allows us to see what kind of Attraction Rate we can expect while hunting, this will tell us how often we can expect to attract a mouse, and how often we can expect to fail. Given that a failure to attract a mouse may result in stale cheese, it’s often important to know this as part of our planning. A trap and cheese with a low attraction rate, may mean we need to look at the freshness of our trap if we are concerned about cheese going stale.
To see how these two factors combine, we’ll take a cheese with a base attraction of 60% and a trap with an attraction bonus of 10%.
To start off with, the Cheese will attract 60% of the mice, and fail to attract 40% of the mice.
Of those 40% of mice, 10% will be attracted by the trap, meaning a further 4% of the total mice will be attracted.
We can then add these together to give us an Attraction Rate of 64%.
Now it’s important to note, that the weaker the base attraction of the cheese, the more important the attraction bonus is, and if we’re using cheese with a really good base attraction, then the attraction bonus can become largely irrelevant.
As an example of that, lets take Super Brie, which has a base attraction of 99% in many locations, using that with the same trap above that has an attraction bonus of 10% we get the following:
Super Brie attracts 99% of the mice, and fails to attract only 1% of the mice.
Of that 1% of mice, 10% will be attracted by the trap, meaning a further 0.1% of the total mice will be attracted.
Adding these together we get an attraction rate of 99.1%.
This isn’t much better than the base attraction of Super Brie, in fact, we’d need to use 1,000 pieces of Super Brie to even get a benefit out of it. As traps with high attraction bonuses often sacrifice power or luck, it’s important to know when it’s just not worth using them.
Every so often you’ll get a summary of your hunting appearing in your hunter’s journal, this will tell you details about how many mice you caught, gold and points earned from those catches, and it’ll also give you a description of how good your attraction rate was that will look something like “My attraction rate was decent.”
These attraction ratings correspond to certain percentages as follows:
Very Poor is anything less than 25%.
Poor is at least 25%, but less than 55%.
Decent is at least 55%, but less than 75%.
Good is at least 75%, but less than 89%.
Very Good is at least 89%, but less than 95%.
Near Perfect is at least 95%, but less than 100%.
Perfect is 100%.
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