Cryptids Island Guide


An eccentric billionaire is promising a big reward to whoever can prove the existence of cryptids — hidden creatures. The hunt is on for Bigfoot, Nessie, and other legendary beasts. But watch out: you’re not the only one in search of these monsters…and your competitors will stop at nothing to find them!

For walkthroughs on Cryptids Island, scroll down.

Released: December 20, 2010 (for members)
or January 18, 2011 (for all)
Common Room: Bert’s Bed & Breakfast
Preceded by: Great Pumpkin Island
Succeeded by: Wild West Island

Resources on this page: Island Extras | Synopsis from Poptropica | Video Walkthrough | Written Walkthrough | Album Photos | Trivia

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Video Walkthrough

For a written walkthrough with pictures, scroll down on this page!

Written Walkthrough

Walkthrough and pictures by Super Thunder & Slanted Fish
Special thanks to: EmoEyedFreak & Spotted Dragon

Welcome to Cryptids Island, where you’ll be on the hunt for mythical beasts and legendary creatures! You will arrive on Main Street. Walk right and a guy will hand you a Reward Flyer, which explains that local billionaire Harold Mews is offering a million dollars for proof of the existence of cryptids.

Head right, past the fancy houses, and climb up the tree with money stuck in it.

money in tree cryptids

Hop up and grab the Five Dollar Bill.

Now head back to Main Street and enter the General Store. Click ‘Use’ on your newly-found $5, and you’ll be able to buy a Sports Drink! (Everything else is just too expensive!)

Go back to the lane with the fancy houses, and give the Sports Drink to the thirsty gardener. He’ll decide to take a break and give you his Gardening Shears to hold.

(Just for fun: You can use the shears on the bush in front of the rich lady’s house. She won’t be too happy, but at least you can make a leafy masterpiece!)

have a sports drink

Now, head all the way left, past Main Street, and over to the park area. To the left, you’ll find the girl holding onto a hang glider, and at her request, be sure to give her a push by clicking on her.

push hang glider girl

Next, jump up the house and find the person sitting in a hot air balloon to the right. Cut his rope with your Gardening Shears and you’ll obtain some extra Nylon Rope.

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Now go to Kitty’s Kites on Main Street and click ‘Use’ on the Nylon Rope. You’ll get a brand-new Kitesurfer X250! Go back to the park and go all the way to the edge. You will surf for a while and… lookie here… it’s Gretchen Grimlock, the villain of this island who’ll do anything for Mews’s million dollars. She’s like the updated Betty Jetty: she’ll throw fire balls at your kite, burning your connection to the kite, and… you’ll sink. (Aw, not my new kite!)

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Fortunately, the Mews-copter comes in and saves the day! That’s the last thing you see before passing out. Later, you’ll wake up, lying down on a nice comfy bed…

mews bed

Yay, you lived! Anyway, Harold Mews will come tell you to meet in the foyer. (That’s right! He’s talking to YOU!) First, you have to drink the water that should be on your nightstand.

Exit the bedroom, and enter through the door on the lower right. Since Mews isn’t here yet, check out all the videos. When you’ve watched them all, Mews will arrive. Tell him you’ll help him in his hunt.

mews excellent

Exit the mansion and run to the right. Check out that totally rad private helicopter!

mews helicopter

Hop onto the Mews Corp helicopter and pick a destination. You can go in any order, but I’m doing them in the easiest order – so Loch Ness, here we come!

Loch Ness

Go right, to the Pub. Inside the pub, grab the matches and talk to the dude who looks like this:

Play a game of darts with him. Click and hold to drag the dart back, and release to throw. Aim for the center if you can, but if you land in the outer slivers of the circle, you can still earn points.

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After you win (don’t give up, you can win), he’ll give you a Rowboat Ticket for a ride on the Li’l Ness. He’ll also upgrade your Ratty Darts to Osprey-feathered Darts.

Go back left, and under the bridge, there should be a guy with a yellow jeep. Talk to him, then click on his tire. Blow it out, and he’ll give you a Rugged Camera.


Now go take a ride on the Li’l Ness. Take a picture of the thing that looks like Nessie.

Go back to the Mews mansion, and show Mews the picture of Nessie. You will find out it’s fake: just some truck tires floating in the pond!

Go back to Loch Ness, and talk to the liar from the rowboat. He will go away, scared that you’ll call local police for tricking you. Now, go back to the pub and talk to the guys who are hanging out. Play another game of darts, and if you win, you’ll get a Submarine Ticket.

Now you get to drive a submarine! Head back to the water and show your ticket to the man by the submarine. Deep-sea diving time! Steer the sub down to the lower left, and take a picture of the weird-looking Nessie:

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Return to the pub and show the guys the picture. They will show you a newspaper article about Oh! Looks like another fake. Sigh. But not wanting you to feel bad, the man gives you Peregrine-feathered Darts.

You’ll play another game of darts, but the reward promised is a LIE!!! But the bartender, feeling bad for you, will give you a Penny Whistle.Go on the Lil’ Ness, and go left.

Go left again. Blow the whistle. And…. NESSIE!!! (Doesn’t it look CUTE?)

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Take a picture, then head over to the Mews Mansion! The Nessie case will be confirmed.


Now go back to your helicopter, and go to the Himalayas.

Once you arrive at the Himalayas, go up a bit, until you see the Sherpa guide who’s carrying a big load on his back. He looks like this:

Climb up the mountain with him. In this part you will have to run and click the next ring so you can get safely up without falling. You’ll go first, then after hooking your rope to the next ring, the Sherpa will follow. Move when the winds aren’t blowing against you, so it’ll be easier.


You will arrive at a monastery. Go inside, and talk to the monk in the far right corner. He won’t let you take Bigfoot’s scalp as evidence, but he’ll give you a Lantern. Light it with your Matches from the pub at Loch Ness.

Then go outside, and climb a little bit up. Talk to this monk:

You will play a quick game, where the objective is simply to get your piece, the Yeti, to the other side of the board without being trapped on all sides by the Hunter pieces.

Once you beat the game, he will let you pass. Go up and there will be a foot in the snow. Use your camera to get a Photo of Snow Track.

cryptids5 copy

Go back to the Mews Mansion and show Mews the photo. Turns out, it’s just a snowshoe footprint.

Get on your helicopter, and head to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico

Talk to the farmer. He will give you seeds to take to his brother, and lend you his jeep. Get on the jeep and drive north, to the top right hand corner star. Give the other farmer the seeds, and go left, to grab the Unidentified Fur.


Head back to the lab at the Mews Mansion to test the fur, making sure to follow each step at the lab station carefully. And… you’ll find that it’s just coyote fur.

Fly back to Puerto Rico, and drive your jeep to the star in the top-left corner (farthest from the beginning). Talk to the farmer there, who will tell you that the Chupacabra only feeds on goats that are brown with white spots. You’ll need this tip in a while.

For now, climb up the branches to the right, until you reach the top of a cliff. Pick up the Bolt Cutters.


Now, get back into your jeep and drive to the area indicated by the middle star. Using your jeep, herd three goats that are brown with white spots into the grassy patch next to the bone-like cave area.


Once you’ve herded the three goats there, exit your jeep at that spot and go right until you find the first farmer you met earlier. Hide with him by the boulders. You will hear a THUMP!

Go move the box. Suddenly, it will shake and open, and out pops… the CHUPACABRA!!!


It will growl at you, run away, and leave you in the ground with stars circling your head. Go where the Chupacabra was, and grab the Chupacabra Tooth. Head back to the Mews mansion, and… yay, confirmed! But, wait! You still have to find Bigfoot!

Now you can go to New Jersey.

New Jersey

When you arrive, jump on top of the gas station. Cut the girl free using your gardening shears.


That motorcycle by the gas station looks tempting, but first, you’re going to need instructions on where to go. Next to the motorbike is a dumpster. Cut open the lock using the Bolt Cutters you picked up from Puerto Rico (see above).

Dig out the old bathroom door from the trash, then enter the gas station bathroom and match it with the other old bathroom door. Your character will copy down the completed Bathroom Door Message.


These are the instructions for where you’ll be taking the motorbike. Here it is for your reference:

Now that you’ve got that, it’s time to jump on this sweet ride!

Follow the instructions above, and you will finally come to a small clearing (see picture below). Get off the bike here by clicking on it to look around.

Enter the gate, and through there, enter the house and start heading up. On your way to the attic, you’ll hear a noise, and when you get upstairs and keep walking, you’ll find that it was just a raccoon. Next to it is a Grappling Hook – you’ll want to take that.

On your way down, you should see a monster. Could it be… the Jersey Devil?!

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Go outside, and the Jersey Devil will fly away. Use your grappling hook to reach its nest and pick up the Broken Egg Shells.


Now head back to Mews Mansion and test the egg shells in the lab, again being sure to follow the steps carefully so the DNA extraction is successful.


And… yes! The egg confirms the existence of the Jersey Devil.

Mews will tell you that Bigfoot has been spotted in the Pacific Northwest, and that he’s installed the location in the helicopter. Go to your helicopter, and head for the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific Northwest

When you arrive, Bigfoot will be running around. Follow him in your helicopter, and don’t lose sight of him! He’ll eventually scamper off into a cave.


Mews will send you a message, but Gretchen will listen in on it and catch Bigfoot first.

Now you have to stop Gretchen. Jump on her helicopter, and let all the fuel out by clicking on the circle near the front (the opening for her helicopter’s fuel tank).


Next, jump down to Bigfoot’s cage and use your gardening shears. You and Bigfoot will float down to safety in a parachute. Yay!


You and Mews will talk for a bit, and being the good-hearted person you are, you just can’t take that million-dollar reward because he wants to use it to help build a good habitat for Bigfoot. Aw well. At least you get your medallion and credits to spend in the Poptropica Store! Congrats! 😀

Looking for more walkthroughs? Check out our Island Help page! 🙂

Album Photos

These pictures are collected in your Poptropica photo album in the profile section. Click to enlarge.


  • Cryptids Island is Poptropica’s 16th island. It was released to members on December 20, 2010 andJanuary 18, 2011 for non-members.
  • Common room: Bert’s Bed & Breakfast
  • The island’s plot is centered around hunting legendary creatures – Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster,the Chupacabra, and the Jersey Devil. Many players have reported being deathly scared when they first saw the Jersey Devil on Cryptids Island.
  • The house in New Jersey where you sight the Jersey Devil has the number 666 on the front gate (the last 6 is hanging upside-down so it looks like a 9). 666 is considered to be the number of the beast (the devil).
  • Starting from December 2, 2010, players could visit a preview version of Cryptids Island, where they could look through a viewfinder once a day for a chance to spot Nessie. If you saw her, you’d win a special Nessie Hat. Other interesting sights included seeing Balloon BoyCaptain Crawfish’s ship, a carrot, bag of popcorn, all kinds of dogs, toy sailboats, fish jumping out of the water, a seagull, pelican, motorboat, helicopter, etc.
  • Now, if you look through the viewfinder at Loch Ness, you can spot planes, Balloon Boy, and even a fishing boat that matches the one on the docks of Counterfeit Island, called Ribica.
  • An external website for the Mews Foundation ( was launched by the Poptropica Creators to promote Cryptids Island.
  • Players visit real-world locations while hunting cryptids: Loch Ness (which is in Scotland),Himalayas, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific Northwest.
  • If you have the Garden Shears, you can click on the untrimmed hedge next to the well-dressed lady in the rich housing estate next to Mews Mansion and trim the hedge however you like. Make something artsy!
  • The yellow jeep at Loch Ness says “Lema” – a reference to former Pop Creator James D. Lema.
  • The fence beside the gate to the Mews Mansion is patterned with a foot motif.
  • The Bigfoot Fanatic costume was released in the Poptropica Store on December 22, 2010.
  • There’s a sound when the Chupacabra escapes from the trap.
  • A book for Cryptids Island was released on April 4, 2013.
  • The name “Harold Mews” may be derived from the phrase “Herald News.”

don’t be messy
be cool like nessie


642 thoughts on “Cryptids Island Guide”

  1. that darn chupacabra scared me so much when he got out of the box that my whole body jumped and my hand flung and x’ed out the window!


  3. HI i really need help when everything was confirmed execpt for the bigfoot Mews didn’t tell me anything and now im stuck please please help and I got everything even the furs.

    1. If your character has disappeared completely and isn’t coming back no matter where you move the mouse, you can fix this glitch by going to your Store Items and teleporting to the Haunted House (free in the Store). You can leave through the hole and go back to Cryptids Island on the Map. Take the helicopter back to the Himalayas and pick up where you left off.

  4. Er… I tried to ride the Lil’ Nessie, but it says I need a ticket ( which i do have one. ) I tried to use the ticket, but all whats happening is my character just ducks.

  5. Please tell me I’m not the only 1 who got scared the crap out when the Jersey Devil popped out in the window out of the blue!

  6. I gave the so-called-fancy bush a haircut— more like a SHAVE. XD I still don’t understand why the woman calls the ”shaggy mess” ”classy” 😛

  7. Mews didn’t tell me anything about pacific north west, he didn’t install the thingy, and I did everything this guide said. What is wrong?

  8. i need help!!!!!!!! the flying baloon doesnt apper and i didnt get the rope waht to do because i cant continu the map

  9. Can’t complete Cryptids Island,i cant do Loch Ness. I finished Himalayas,Puerto Rico and New Jersey months ago,but i dont know how i can complete Loch Ness. The rowboat and submarine are still there,the orange hair and moustache man with glasses is gone,and i cant play darts game with the two guys sitting on chairs. Plz tell me what to do

  10. I got the matches and the guy came back i won the dart match but when i came back after the submarine tour (i did take a photo) i did not have the photo in my items,and the guy is gone again. Plz plz tell me what to do. BTW My username is greatpumpkinvampire

  11. I did the dna thing for the chupacabra and confirmed it but mews never said anything about big foot so what do i do??

  12. Thank you for this guide! I can’t imagine my Poptropican Life withouth this awesome website. lmao. Add me! un: rhynaix

  13. I can’t find the Shroud House!! (BTW the Shroud House is the legendary birthplace of the Jersey Devil) I searched everywhere on my motorcycle but no luck!! PLEASE HELP!! I tried using the message (Right, Left, Over the cleft. Left, right, into the night. Right, right, shudder with fright. Left, left, Mother bereft) but it seriously does NOT WORK! I tried just randomly zooming everything, hoping I’ll find it because of PHB’s photo but yeah, NO LUCK! Please help me! I do not wanna restart Cryptids again because this is my 2nd time! HELP ME!!! Maybe someone could give me directions? HELP! My username is AwesomeCY:) if you wanna add me

    slantedfish: Try watching the video guide on our Cryptids Island page to see exactly where to go. 🙂

    1. Have you tried going to Mews Mansion and analysing the coyote fur? When you come back to Puerto Rico, the farmer who loaned you the jeep says he’s gonna catch the beast, then he runs off. THEN you go to the place where you herd the goats and then exit the jeep and you go right and the farmer is there. Don’t worry, I made the same mistake. 🙂

  14. Hey, Im at the Jersey Devil part and when I got to the mansion it was really dark… I tried using the matches I got from Loch ness but It didnt work and now Im stuck. Is there something I missed?

  15. Who else believes in any of these cryptids? I believe in Nessie and a little of the Jersey Devil. My 3rd fav. island! Thanks PHB!!! 🙂
    BTW, there’s an X Files episode on the Jersey Devil.

  16. Every time I click on the helicopter it says that I don’t have permission to use it, even though I keep going back to speak to Mews. please help

  17. Fun fact: From the Poptropica creator’s blog, this week five years ago Cryptids Island was released. That’s why I’m playing this one.

  18. GLITCH REPORT: I got the nylon rope, and when he went off, I came back on here to see what to do next. The guy in the balloon came down, and when I clicked on him, he disappeared, with his original text bubble still up. Lol

  19. Noting everything I see and referencing it to something: The picture of the pink unicorn by the lab room = pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows. lol

    1. Oh, I didn’t realize all unicorns in existence just materialised from whatever that is, it’s not like they have existed in myth for centuries or anything…

  20. It doesn’t let e pop the wheel on the truck. That’s why I even got on here, wanted to see maybe I was doing something wrong, but still, it won’t let me. What do I do??? Thanks!

  21. Did anyone notice that on the gate in New Jersey, the 9 is tilted, making me think that it was actually a six? If it was 666, that’s the devil. THE JERSEY DEVIL!!!

  22. HEELLPP!!!!!
    I keep having to restart the island because everytime I go to start the helicopter, I get a bubble saying I don’t have permission to use it, then I go back inside, then come out again, then I transport outside the mansion, with no way in.
    What do I do?

  23. The author forgot to say in the New Jersey part: Open your inventory and use the box of matches to create a fire in the lantern. This will help you to see in the dark when you get to the gate of the spooky house.

  24. I’m having trouble with the lab procedures?
    I’ve done everything slowly and carefully, and every time it says I’ve failed. I’ve been making sure of every step, and it doesn’t work. I actually had my sister try it, it still fails. Anything like that happen to you guys? If so, any tips?

  25. i herded the goats but were do i go next?????? i need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. my laptop isn’t showing the last place here the Yeti is and i have already tried reloading
    please help,

  27. Mews will never tell me anything about big foot being spotted and i’ve finished every other area and everything else is confirmed. I have no idea what to do. Help please?

  28. HELP! ‘m stuck on blowing out the tire for nessie. I reloaded it but nothing happened. HELP PLZ!

  29. I have an issue. After I showed the pub dudes the Nessie photo (the ones that’s deep in the water), the one with the white shirt is giving me his dart, but there’s no other dart games and I couldn’t earn the whistle. Can you help?

  30. I have 3 goats near of cave (or what it is) and when I go right, there is no farmer. Why? And what I have to do?

  31. Is it weird that I got to New Jersey and didn’t know what to do so I just got on the motorcycle and drove around and found the House, but thought it was a dead end so just stopped playing the island for a couple years?

  32. If you ever get stuck on the last point where Mews tells you about Bigfoot. Try walking around the lab and make sure that Nessie is confirmed. If she is uncomfirmed show Mews the picture of her again. Also you can always go back to New Jersey and repick up the broken shells if you need a reset. The only animal that should not be confirmed is Bigfoot at this point.

  33. ive tried to do the dna extraction part and everytime it tells me ive failed but im following it exactly from the instructions and other walkthroughs?

  34. Could someone help me, the DNA thing is not confirming even though I am following the steps properly (I did Puerto Rico first, so it’s the unidentified fur)

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