Congratulations! You have successfully leveled from Novice. You are now in the Recruit stage.
Basic Overview: In this stage, you should farm enough gold to buy a new trap at the store in the Town of Gnawnia. It is still only the second level, and your main goal should just be to get enough points to level up to an Apprentice.
New Locations/Skills: You are able to go to the Town of Gnawnia and the King’s Arms.
Change in the Game: As you progress through Recruit, you will notice having to wait more time to sound the horn. By the end of Recruit, you will be able to sound the horn every 15 minutes, and it will be so for the rest of the game.
Okay first off lets move to the Town of Gnawnia, the new location. You will find more breeds of mice here, and it is recommended that you stay here to hunt for the duration of the Recruit stage. By now, you should have a 500 Pound Crusher or better trap.
Your first goal is to farm enough gold with your 500 Pound Crusher to buy a better base and trap that will be used for a long duration of time. In this case, using Cheddar Cheese is the best option, since the cheaper price yields a higher profit. At this stage, there are plenty of mice that are easily attracted, and it is not entirely cost-effective to use a type of cheese with just a little better attraction that’s more than double the price of Cheddar, like Marble.
After a few hunts, you will have enough to buy the Wooden Base with Target. This base will increase attraction dramatically and has one of the highest attraction bonus. With this base, buying more expensive bait like Marble or Swiss becomes even more superfluous.
Arming the Wooden Base with Target with the 500 Pound Crusher is a pretty decent setup for now. Using the combination, save enough money for the Mouse Mary O’Nette, sold at the Town of Gnawnia trapsmith. This trap features 5 luck and 250 power, making it an excellent upgrade that you should proceed to buy.
With the Mouse Mary O’Nette, it will be fairly easy to rack up gold and points, and that is what you should do for the rest of the Recruit stage.