Ranks beyond MHBasics in a Shellnut V1.7

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  1. Ranks beyond MHBasics in a Shellnut
  3. Refer to this guide if you're lost and not sure what to do at your rank. If you spot anything missing from earlier ranks, clear those first if appropriate. For earlier ranks, please refer to MHBasics - <>. If you need details or help with any specifics in any area, you can always refer to the Reddit guides or ask in the discord.
  5. Companion guide - Traps & Bases Analysis: <>
  6. Check if your Limited Edition (LE) trap allows you to skip any standard traps.
  8. V1.1 13/5/2021 - Valour Rift Guide added.
  9. V1.2 16/5/2021 - FI section added.
  10. V1.3 21/9/2021 - Recommended cheese to hunt with added
  11. V1.4 3/4/2022 - Added Sky Palace and recommended order to buy BiS traps
  12. V1.5 29/5/2022 - Updated trap list at Archduke
  13. V1.6 21/11/2022 - Added FoFo section
  14. V1.6.1 15/2/2023 - Updated Count to reflect that Kalor adventure needs to be cleared before QFT can be bought. Thanks to Kiyoi Lyyneheym#8134 for pointing this out
  15. V1.7 22/2/23 - Integrated FoFo into FI section
  17. Baron (now available at MHBasics)
  18. - Once Baron, head to Fort Rox (Frox). ACRONYM throughout, unless Clockapult at twilight only (Chrome or better charm) [Use only Crescent/Moon Cheese at night]
  19. - Do Frox until you have Droid Archmagus Trap
  20. - Go to Fiery Warpath, catch Warmonger. Build Sphynx Wrath
  21. - After FW, go to Muridae Market (MM), rebuild General Store -> Charm Shoppe -> Cartographer (alternatively buy Artisan with KC to rebuild Cartographer directly)
  22. - Go back to Frox, upgrade until you have Interdimensional Crossbow Trap
  23. - Go to Living Garden, farm Dewthief Cheese & A essence
  24. - Head to Sand Dunes, trigger a stampede with Bonzana Charm, buy Chow charms from shop, farm 15 C essence with IDCT
  25. - Buy a Rift Detector to compete the adventure.
  27. If you're still not Count yet at this point,
  28. - Do Frox until you get Meteor Prison Core Trap (optional)
  29. - Rebuild whatever's left at MM
  30. - Farm more Living Garden essence for Living Base later
  32. Collect these before moving on:
  33. Queso Dowsing Rod, DAT, IDCT, Rift Detector
  35. Items to prep for next rank: as much SB as you can
  38. Count
  39. - (optional) Snipe in Queso River to get some SB (use either MPCT or Judge Droid Trap)
  40. - Leech Queso Canyon Grand Tour maps (get Bland Queso, Hot/Flamin'... etc)
  41. - Catch lots of Nachous (preferably with Tonic) for Nachore
  42. - Buy Overgrown Ember Stone Base (optional if you have Birthday Banana Cake Base) & Blazing Ember Spear Trap
  43. - Upgrade Pump to level 6, clear Inferna adventure
  44. - Buy Queso Geyser map piece
  45. - Do small/medium/large erupts, trigger Epic eruption
  46. - Do 1 hunt for Kalor adventure, buy Queso Fount Trap
  47. - Go to Gnawnia Rift, use QFT/OESB to get Riftiago potions -> Riftiago cheese (alternatively buy potions with KC)
  48. - Use Riftiago Cheese to farm Resonator cheese
  49. - Catch Goliath Field Mouse, buy Crystal Tower
  50. - Snipe & leech until rank up, or do Sunken City adventure.
  52. Collect these before moving on:
  53. OESB, BEST, QFT, CT, Fungal Cavern Map Piece
  55. Items to prep for next rank: Cherry/Gnarled/Stagnant Charms, Super Rift Vacuum Charms, Glowing Gruyere Cheese, Forgotten Charms, King's Credits, Essence of Destruction, Enigmatic Core
  58. Duke
  59. - (optional) Do Whisker Woods Rift, get Fracture Base [use at least Brie String Cheese for all Rift areas]
  60. - Do Burroughs Rift, get Null Gauntlet
  61. - Clear Fungal Cavern adventure and get Labyrinth map piece.
  62. - Enter Labyrinth, do a 49 clue or less (do not reach 50) Treasury run, buy Labyrinth Base (Compass Magnet Base is NOT a replacement for this!). [Glowing Gruyere Cheese is basically mandatory for all hunts in Labyrinth/Zokor, use King's Credits to buy Shuffler's Cubes as needed for runs]
  63. - Do 3 Labyrinth/Zokor runs (1x Scholar, 1x Fealty, 1x Tech at 80 clues or more), build Endless Labyrinth Trap.
  64. - (Optional) Do 1 more Tech run, upgrade ELT to Infinite Labyrinth Trap.
  65. - Do 1x Scholar run, build Event Horizon Trap
  66. - (Optional) Do 1x Fealty run, build Temporal Turbine.
  67. - (Optional) Farm in Burroughs Rift, get 50 Rift Circuits to buy Multi-Crystal Laser
  69. Collect these before moving on:
  70. Fracture Base, Null Gauntlet, EHT, Moussu Picchu Climbing Route
  72. Items to prep for next rank: 3x Ful'Mina Tooth, Chrome Stormwrought Ballista Upgrade Kit, Quantum Quartz, Portal Scramblers, Portal Rekindling Keys, Enerchi Charms, Ancient String Cheese, Fire Bowl Fuel
  75. Grand Duke
  76. - (Optional) Unlock Ancient String Cheese in King's Calibrator with extra KC
  77. - Go to Moussu Picchu, farm potions.
  78. - Raise Wind (arcane) intensity to max, farm Arcanevines (100/0)
  79. - Raise Rain (shadow) intensity to max, farm Shadowvines (0/100)
  80. - Raise Wind again until 50/50.
  81. - Dragonvine Cheese to max both together
  82. - Complete Ful'Mina adventure, buy Chrome Storm Wrought Ballista Trap
  83. - Complete earlier Epic eruption
  84. - Go to Bristle Woods Rift, get Riftstalker Codex
  85. - Go to Furoma Rift, repair Battery 4, get Attuned Enerchi Induction Base
  86. - Repair Batt 7/8, get MYNORCA (if no Laser)
  88. In any order:
  89. - Head back to Bristle Woods Rift, grind 50 Clockwork Cogs to get Timesplit Dissonance Trap (maximum should be 10 AAs)
  90. - Buy a Living Base from Gnawnia Rift
  91. - Complete Twisted Carmine Adventure in the Living Garden complex using Living Base
  92. - Farm/buy Gauntlet potions, complete King's Gauntlet adventure
  93. - Finishing repairing rest of batteries (filler until you hit AD)
  96. Collect these before moving on:
  97. CSWBT, Riftstalker Codex, AEIB, MYNORCA
  99. Items to prep for next rank: Champion's Fire, Gauntlet String Cheese, Cyclone Stones, Bottled Wind
  102. Archduke
  103. - Finish farming for TDT if not complete
  104. - Do Valour Rift adventure and cry/grind/bulwark until you get at least TE10 Prestige Base and Chrome Celestial Dissonance Trap (Guide here:
  105. - Grab remaining Best in Slot Traps in this order:
  106. - Ember Prison Core Trap (Queso Canyon, basically free)
  107. - Chrome School of Sharks (Sunken City, godly amount of luck makes Hydro Islands good)
  108. - Either of the Physical traps [Smoldering Stone Sentinel Trap (Queso Geyser) or Chrome MonstroBot (Fiery Warpath)]
  109. - Either of the Tactical traps [Gouging Geyserite Trap (Queso Geyser) or Chrome Sphynx Wrath (Fiery Warpath), may be skipped in favour of a direct Sleeping Stone from FI]
  110. - Dragon Slayer Cannon (Queso Geyser, costs a ton but makes Draconic islands decent)
  111. - (optional) Chrome Temporal Turbine (Labyrinth/Zokor, Shadow islands are still gonna be bad even with this trap though)
  112. - Try to grab at least 1 BiS for each type before heading to Floating Islands
  113. - Minimum for FI: SSST/CMB, SW, QFT, EHT, IDCT, SERT(?), CSWBT, EPCT
  114. - Recommended for FI: SSST/CMB, CSW/GGT, CSoS, EHT, CTT, ILT, DSC, EPCT
  116. - Get Oculus 2, clear adventure
  117. - (Optional) Head to Folklore Forest once map piece has been obtained. Use ME for all recipes in FoFo.
  118. - Foreword Farm (GGT): Alternate planting Magic Parable Papyrus (for coins/papyrus) and Magic Mythical Mulch. MPP must be planted in all 3 plots simultaneously to attract Locust. If you cannot plant 3 MPP, plant Magical Mulch instead. Condensed Creativity is usually *OFF* here.
  119. - Prologue Pond: Arm Gouda -> Get Grubs -> Craft & arm Grubbeen -> Get Clams -> Craft Clamembert (do not hunt with this) -> Craft Stormy Clamembert. Toggle Chum off and on as needed for Coins and Ink. If you have Stormy Clamembert potions, use them. Condensed Creativity should always be *ON* when arming Stormy and *OFF* otherwise.
  120. - Table of Contents: Hunt outside/leech FFGT for your initial batch of Draft Derby Curd. Craft and write with 2D cheese as your main source of Curd (CC optional). Gather Papyrus, Ink, and Curd to make FD cheese. Write with FD cheese for Gnawbels (CC compulsory).
  121. - (optional) Buy Tome of the Mind's Eye Trap
  123. - Grind and buy F1, F2, CF2
  124. - LAI: Shrine in 1st or 2nd position, make sure at most 1 empty tile (cycle otherwise)
  125. - HAI: [Oculus 1-3] Stack any 3 non-cheese resources [Oculus 4-7] Cache + 2 of a kind, or 3 of a kind
  126. - Once Oculus 8, farm Corsair's Curd at High Altitude (x16 curds), seals at Low Altitude (2 pirate tiles) while getting Tier 1 Forgotten.
  127. - Use seals to do pirate maps while slowly grinding for the rest of FI traps. (Refer to companion Traps guide for order)
  128. - Oculus 9: Cycle for 2 Keys 1 Pirate or Cloud Curd for both LAI and HAI. You can also keep on doing 2 Pirates at LAI.
  130. - Sky Palace: Get the boosters as soon as possible, SPs do not interfere with LAI and HAI sequence
  131. - [Oculus 1-8] Cycle exclusively for 4 Loot Caches (4K) [Oculus 9] Cycle for 4 Seals (4S)/3 Key 1 Seal (3K1S) and 4 Pirates (4P) mixed for Sky Palace Maps. Otherwise stick with 4K.
  133. - Head to FoFo if you haven't already (with CF2) and grind for all upgrades (excl. Farm 4, Farm 7), followed by Charming PrinceBot and Dark Magic Mirror
  134. - Buy the rest of the FI traps (see Traps guide for order)
  135. - Foreword Farm (T2): Alternate planting Magical Parable Papyrus (for coins) and Magical Twisted Parable Papyrus (for Papyrus). The same type of plant must be planted in all 3 plots simultaneously to attract Locust and Midge respectively. If you cannot plant 3 of the same, plant Magical Mulch instead.
  136. - Return to FI, FoFo is basically completed at this point
  142. For any feedback/clarifications, please ping/tag Zafiast#0327 on Discord or leave a message on my corkboard (8084385).
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