Cheese Recipe - Vanilla Stilton

Vanilla Stilton
Both recipes make 15 pieces.

Recipe 1 ~ the patient version ~
15 x Vanilla Beans
15 x Salt
15 x Curds and Whey
15 x Coconut Milk

Recipe 2 ~ the enterprising version ~
5 x Vanilla Bean (changed from 1 on 25May)
15 x Magic Essence
15 x Salt
15 x Curds and Whey
15 x Coconut Milk

This cheese attracts the mice found in Balack's Cove. What you waitin' fer? Git over there!

Ghostly mice just love the taste of a good, mould-veined Stilton, but it's the vanilla that compels the spirits of Balack's Cove to leave their eternal strife. Aged to perfection in the cool, damp vaults of a sea cave, this cheese contains vanilla bean harvested at great peril from the Jungle of Dread. The ghosts of Balack's Cave are not the only mice that love this cheese, however. If you happen to get washed up on a jungle shore, hide your Stilton stock in your knapsack.

(thanks, MH Kitchen!)

QRG - Balack the Banished

Quick Reference Guide to Catch Balack the Banished

Goal 1) Gain entrance to Balack's Cove

Buy the Ancient Lantern at Cape Claw. Loot Dragon's Ember at Dracano. Craft Balack's Lantern and Balack's Cove opens for you.

Goal 2) Growing your Stilton baits

Loot Vanilla Beans at the Jungle of Dread from the Pygmy Swarm Mice. Craft some Vanilla Stilton Cheese and head to the Cove. Catch the Lichs for their loot. (Acronym trap recommended)

That allows you to craft the Vengeful Vanilla Stilton cheese.
You'd now be able to catch Balack the Banished Mouse. (Ancient Box Trap recommended, Acro/Ice Maiden works too)

Repeat Goal 2 as necessary.

Following each link above will yield a more in-depth walkthrough.

(And I'll fit in all the images later)
(and many thanks to the MouseHunt Kitchen, for most of the info)

Map Recipe - Balack's Lantern

Balack's Lantern
To gain entrance to Balack's Cove, you'd need to craft Balack's Lantern.

Stop by the General Store of Cape Clawed to get the Ancient Lantern.
Then hop over to Dracano to find Dragon Embers. You need 3.
Of course, you have the Ice Maiden and lots of Inferno Havarti lying around, don't you?

Newly Knighted hunters may find that their Chrome Drillbot works with the Whelping and Dracanic Warden. The embers will eventually get dropped too.

Recipe for Balack's Lantern
1 x Ancient Lantern
3 x Dragon Embers

Balack's Cove is a unique environment with unpredictable tides that keep the dark caverns constantly soaked, and that can easily wash unsuspecting Hunters out to sea.

This place works like Forbidden Grove/Acolyte Realm. From Balack's Cove, you'd occasionally get washed out to the Jungle of Dread. Timing's not charted yet..

Beasts of Balack's Banished

Mice you'd see at Balack's Cove
Brimstone | Enslaved Spirit | Davy Jones | Derr Lich | Elub Lich | Nerg Lich | Riptide | Twisted Fiend

Balack the Banished

Related Mice
Dracanic Brood - for Dracon Embers
Swarm of Pigmy Swarm Mice - for Vanilla Beans

Crafting Item - Ancient Lantern

Antique Lantern

Buy one from the General Store at Cape Clawed.
Needed for Balack's Lantern

This strange old lantern must have been sitting in the seawater for too long. No matter what you use, a conventional fire just won't set it alight. Perhaps a more magical flame might bring it to life.

Crafting Item - Dragon Ember

Dragon Ember 

Looted from the Draconic Mice at Dracano
Needed for Balack's Lantern

This nugget of molten rock glows with the Dragon Mouse's enchanted flames. It burns bright enough to pierce any darkness, but in order to use it as a guide, its handler must first find some way to contain its searing heat.

Crafting Item - Bottled up Rage

Bottled-Up Rage
(The Derr Lich Mouse in Balack's Cove drops these)

This potion contains all of the hatred and loathing generated by the ensorcelled Derr Elders over their long servitude to Balak the Banished. It is so angry, it pounds the cork in its bottle, trying to escape.

Crafting Item - Pinch of Annoyance

Pinch of Annoyance
(The Elub Lich Mouse in Balack's Cove drops these)

This powder is the distilled essence of the Elub Elders' irritation at being cooped up in Balak's Cove. Don't let it get on your skin-- you'll itch for weeks.

Crafting Item - Raisins of Wrath

Raisins of Wrath (The Nerg Lich Mouse in Balack's Cove drops this as loot)

These raisins probably started out as grapes of wrath, but they've been sitting out for far too long. The drying process has only concentrated the wrath, so use them sparingly in any evil banana breads or nasty oatmeal cookies you may be planning. Wrath Raisins are best known as an ingredient in Vengeful Vanilla Stilton.

Balack, Interim Guide

From MHKitchen, a walkthrough of current journals leading to Balack's Cove:

Tess Ofner    May 18 at 4:29am 
Hello MH Kitcheners,

Well… AN EXCITING DAY IN MH!! Balack is back! Confused? Me too! lol

I’ve tried to set this out in as simple to follow format as possible. If you’re still confused, let me know ;)
A BIG thank you to Lindie for much (if not all) of this info!

Travel to the Jungle of Dread. Arm your best shadow trap setup (Clock/Magma works well) with Gouda or SB and catch Pigmy Swarm mice. They will drop Vanilla Beans as loot (not every mouse drops the loot).

Craft Vanilla Stilton. Thanks to Candice Lim for the recipes ;)
Recipe 1 ~ Makes 15 pieces ~
15 x Vanilla Beans
15 x Salt
15 x Curds and Whey
15 x Coconut Milk
This recipe is NOT confirmed as there is no way I’m crafting this when recipe 2 is available (anyone that is not using SB is welcome to confirm it for me).
Recipe 2 ~ Makes 15 pieces ~
1 x Vanilla Bean
15 x Magic Essence
15 x Salt
15 x Curds and Whey
15 x Coconut Milk

Travel to Cape Clawed and purchase 1 x Ancient Lantern (cost is 94,000 gold and refunds for the same).

Travel to Dracano. Arm your Ice Maiden with Inferno Havarti and collect 3 Dragon Embers from the mice there.

Craft the map required to get to Balack’s Cove.
1 x Ancient Lantern
3 x Dragon Embers

Travel to Balack’s Cove. The mice here are ‘Forgotten mice’ so you need to arm your ACRO with Vanilla Stilton to catch each of the Isle’s Lich mice. Each of them drop different loot required to craft the cheese you’ll need to attract and catch Balack.
Derr Lich drop ‘Bottled-Up Rage’
Nerg Lich drop ‘Raisins of Wrath’
Elub Lich drop ‘not sure yet, will let you know in the next update’
There are also a bunch of other new mice that you’ll catch in-between Lichs :D

With these Lich items, plus a little Coconut Milk, Ionized Salt, Curds, a single Vanilla Bean and an optional dash of Magic Essence, you will have to craft a new 'vengeful' cheese to attract and catch Balack.

I don’t know the recipe or what trap to use at this stage so please don't ask lol. It also appears from Dave’s post that Balack’s Cove will be a little like the FG/AR - “Balack's Cove is a unique environment with unpredictable tides that keep the dark caverns constantly soaked, and that can easily wash unsuspecting Hunters out to sea.” but again, I'm not sure if this is the case. I will send out a new update specifically on Balack’s Cove a little later on when I know more. Until then… have fun!

Tess :)