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Newborn Mushrooms

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Route from Rata Novus Waypoint

Interactive map (Underground)

In the mushroom cave of Rata Novus, in a small rocky cave are a cluster of Newborn Mushrooms. Interaction with them will trigger the group event Defeat the Champion Mushroom Queen which must be completed within 10 minutes to complete the hero challenge.

After this challenge has been completed for hero points, it can then be activated and completed daily for map currency, experience and additional rewards.

Getting there[edit]

This challenge is most easily accessed following completion of the Rata Novus meta event chain, as this will disable the sentry traps. Completing the chain opens the lab door above the Rata Novus Command Center. There are two ways into the Rata Novus Orchards; the primary route is by dropping through the hole in the lab above the command center, and the secondary route is to glide from the stairs to the command center into an opening in the opposite wall - both of which lead to the Orchards. The Mushroom Queen is at ground level within the Orchards.


These mushrooms sprouted recently. It's odd that they're defenseless and in the open.
Talk combat option tango.png Poke the mushroom.
Talk end option tango.png Leave.


  • The mushroom queen is difficult to fight due to the tight quarters of the terrain. She spawns on a very uneven, rocky surface that can 'trap' players within her large AOEs and can only be pulled down the corridor a small way before she resets. Other, natural-spawning fungi can complicate this hero challenge as well due to their high damage, plentiful AOE skills, and large amounts of cripple.