Mystery of the Map Island Guide


A lost Viking settlement… an island unstuck in time… a magical map with power beyond understanding… and a devious plot that could unravel the very fabric of Poptropica! Join Mya, Oliver, and Jorge for a thrilling new adventure that lifts the veil from the greatest secret of all: the origin of Poptropica!

For walkthroughs on Mystery of the Map Island, scroll down.

Released: May 21, 2015 (for members)
or June 11, 2015 (for all)
Common Room: Vikings’ Grotto
Preceded by: Galactic Hot Dogs Island
Succeeded by: Timmy Failure Island

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

Island Extras: PHB Island Review | Official Tour | Videos | Read the Graphic Novel | Champions Map

Video Walkthrough

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

Written Walkthrough

Walkthrough and pictures by Brave Tomato

Meet Octavian

You’ll start off by the triumphant return of the Poptropica blimp as you find yourself on a tropical landscape. Go the right and you’ll run into a man trapped in a tree in a hot air balloon. His name’s Octavian, and he needs your help in getting him down. He’ll pass you a corner of the Map he has.

This map is essential to go places during the quest. You can access it by either following one of the signs on the edge of the screen or directly in your inventory.

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Open the map and select the camp. You’ll traverse places Indiana Jones map travel style and you’ll find yourself at a camp a random Viking made. Yes, there are Vikings here, nothing special. Go a bit to the left and grab the Shovel.

Next, head back to the jungle via the map and go to the right until you end up at a beach. Go over to the mound of sand by the Viking ship and use the shovel. Upon digging through the sand like a pro, you’ll find a Viking Battle Axe. Return to Main Street, and use the axe to get Octavian down.

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Go back to where you found him and use the axe on the tree. You’ll chop the tree down and as you make your way to talk to Octavian, you’ll grab some Rope. Upon talking to him, you’ll realize that the map he gave you was only a piece of a larger one that showcases all of Poptropica. He claims to be robbed of the rest of the map by his “traveling companions” and he believes them to be at the Viking fort “selling it off”. He promises to split any proceeds he finds with you as he runs off.

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Making the Rock Slide

You should get into the Viking fortress to investigate these traveling companions, but you can’t just walk into the front door. You’ll have to enter the garbage chute and to do that- you have to make a moat for the Viking fortress. You already have one part of how to make that happen, the rope. The next thing you’ll need is gunpowder.

Go to the camp again, and you’ll notice that the Viking guarding the camp is now asleep so you can check out the entire area now. Not too far from the campfire, there’s a bag of Gun Powder. Go ahead and grab it – the Viking is not going to notice because he’s busy taking a nap.

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The final part of the process is for you to get a lens. However, it’s not as simple as swiping the gunpowder. First, go to the Viking Fortress and over to the garbage dump to the left. A fancy golden Goblet will drop out. Grab it- you’ll see why in a bit. Go to the waterfall and go into the water. Click use on the goblet and you’ll hold it in your hand. With that in hand, click on one of the fish swimming around and you’ll scoop it up with your goblet.

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The lens is over in the Dodo area. Go there and you’ll find Dodo birds being protective of their territory and guarding their nests. To lure them away, use the fish right by where the animal bones are and all the dodos will come chasing after the poor fish. Go up to the top nest and grab the Lens.

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Go back to the waterfall, but this time, jump your way up to the top of it. You’ll find a rocky area with a bunch of rocks on the left that look like they’re ready to fall. First, place down the gunpowder. Then, place down the rope. And finally, use the lens to direct the sunlight towards the rope, causing an explosion that’ll cause a rockslide. Upon jumping down, you’ll realize the rockslide redirected the river, which means you can get into the fortress now.

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Playing as Servant

Go over to the fortress area and swim to the left. Use the Battle Axe again to chop down a tree in order to access the garbage chute (gross). Enter through it and you’ll find a Viking demanding you to serve drinks to everyone. Go a bit over to the right and click on the drink tray. First, pass over a drink to the big guy, and then pass the rest to the other two Vikings at the table.

While the big Viking is eating at the seat, you can grab the coat of Furs hanging off his chair. You can’t put it on now, but you’ll see what’s up later. Go back to the kitchen and grab the bucket of Drippings that is on a shelf over the fireplace. Also gross. Grab the drink tray again, but this time, use your goblet and put it on the drink tray. Go over to the left and enter the throne room of Erik the Red.

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Erik the Red will accuse the Vikings standing before him of stealing his goblet and he just wants someone to hand it back, no judgement. He’ll then close his eyes and count in order to give them a chance to confess. Pass the drinks out to the Vikings and you’ll give the goblet to Thorlak, the Viking at the front of the line.

When Erik turns around, he’ll see Thorlak, the Viking carrying the large goblet, and feel utterly betrayed. Despite his promise of “no judgment”, Erik unleashes his fury at Thorlak and tries to throw his Viking helmet at him as he runs away. Go ahead and pick up the Helmet. You can’t wear it now, but again, you’ll need it later.


Rescuing Mya, Oliver, and Jorge

Your servant duties are done now. Go all the way to the right into the pig pen area. There, you’ll see Octavian, the man from before, insist to a trio of kids to give him back the map. That trio of kids are the protagonists from the graphic novel: Mya, Oliver, and Jorge.

Speaking of, if you have read the graphic novel, you are probably already aware of the fact that Octavian is not a nice man. You’ll hide behind a bale of hay as Oliver gives Octavian the map. Despite the kids pleading him to be let go from the cage, he ditches them because he already has what he needs. Slipping on a disguise, he then runs off.

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A guard will then come over and taunt the pigs with slop. Use the Drippings on the guard and he’ll be covered in the stuff, causing him to be chased by a stampede of pigs. Karma’s annoying, isn’t it?

Go over to the cage and use the battle axe to break down the wooden door keeping the kids in the cage. Jorge will thank you by giving you an already bitten Candy Bar.

Oliver and Mya note that they can’t just leave the fortress like normal – they need a disguise. Luckily, you have one. Use the Viking helmet and you’ll place it on Oliver’s head. Then use the gigantic fur coat and you’ll put it over Jorge. The four of you will then stack together to make one tall Viking disguise.

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As the role of the legs, it is your objective to make sure the four of you stay balanced as you head over to the garbage chute. Move forward a little bit at a time; wait for Oliver to tilt slightly forward, move forward a little, wait, move, and keep doing this to until you reach the garbage chute at the end of the hallway. Be careful not to be too unbalanced (it’ll be indicated by Oliver’s facial expression), otherwise you’ll have to start over.

Upon reaching the garbage chute, the real big Viking will arrive and you and the kids will be busted. The three of you will escape through the garbage chute and ride the log down the river. Now it’s time to find Octavian before he leaves the island!

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Escaping the Vikings and Finding Octavian

You’ll end up in a chase scene down the river, and you’ll have to dodge the rocks as you go downstream. However, another obstacle comes in the form of the large Viking hurling boulders at you. A good strategy to use is to keep to the left of the screen to give yourself time to notice the river rocks, and allows you to more easily dodge the Viking’s thrown rocks.

You can only take 4 boulder hits before you have to start over — each boulder hit knocks out one of the kids. After a minute of successful dodging, you’ll be able to escape by falling down a waterfall.

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Upon landing, you’ll find Octavian just about ready to leave and he proclaims that no one can stop him from leaving this island and therefore having everyone else be trapped on this island. You’ll notice the Dodos also wandering around right nearby. In order to get Octavian away, use the candy bar Jorge gave you, and you’ll toss it to Octavian. The Dodos, loving food, will then go up to Octavian and chase him away from the scene.

The trio will thank you and offer you to join them on their journey home, but of course, you have your own adventures in store. As thanks anyway, Mya will give you the medallion. Congratulations, you’ve completed Mystery of the Map Island!

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

Album Photos

These pictures appeared in a former feature known as the photo album.


  • Mystery of the Map Island is Poptropica’s 43rd island, and it was released to members on May 21, 2015 and June 11, 2015 for non-members.
  • Mystery of the Map Island was re-released for Steam on May 25, 2022.
  • Common room: Vikings’ Grotto
  • Mystery of the Map Island tells the story of Poptropica’s origin. This story was conceived in the form of a screenplay by Jeff Kinney, Poptropica’s founder, around 2013.
  • There is an official graphic novel based on this island, also called Mystery of the Map, which you can read on the PHB’s Comics page. A page of the book was published every day on the Creators’ Blog in the days leading up to the announcement of the island.
  • The graphic novel is the first in a series of four graphic novels. The other Poptropica graphic novels are The Lost Expedition, The Secret Society, and The End of Time.
  • The Mystery of the Map story takes place in a time period where Vikings (c. late 8th to 11th centuries) and dodo birds (now extinct) roamed the earth.
  • Previously, members could get a Dodo Bird and Pig Costume in the Poptropica Store, while everyone could get Viking Shields.

two roads diverged in a wood, and i—
i took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.


144 thoughts on “Mystery of the Map Island Guide”

      1. It means you tilt your character a little by lightly clicking in that direction. Balancing requires you to lean back and forth in both directions. Watching the video guide at the top might help give a sense of what that looks like.

  1. I’m in love with this guide. x looks up, clasps hands together, goes on knees and lisping x Thank you, PHB Authors!!!

      1. this was SO glitchy! Also when the girl wanted me to break them out of the cage I said, ”What am I gonna use? The battle ax?” then i tried it and it worked! I did not expect that to happen.

      2. Actually Octavian the Roman HAS to sacrifice stuffed animals. Without sacrifice – how will he get all those prophecies? I think he is pretty cool. This Octavian is also a little unstable. So…I, all in all, like BOTH Octavians EQUALLY.
        PS. Nico, Leo and Reyna RULE!!!

      3. Yeah! He took Percy’s panda pillow pet! What a tongue twister. Can’t say that 5 times fast. Leo is my favorite. +Reyna+Percy+Annabeth+Nico

      1. when i gave the helmet to the kid he kept saying give me good costume well slip i even gave them a fur coat

    1. lol yes I am a Percy Jackson fan and right now I am reading the Mark Of Athena and I HATE OCTAVIAN too so don’t worry girl I got ya

    2. Octavian is psychopath that sacrifices stuffed animals to gods and starts wars. Not the kind of guy you want to meet, if ya know what I’m saying

  2. Ugh…. For me, it is impossible to get past the table without getting busted…. Way too hard for me…. It is becoming annoying…. As soon as I start to walk past the table, I start to tip and have to walk all the way back to the entrance to where the pigs were… I could really use the help…

    1. In response to my previous comment, nevermind…. I got past… I watched Captain Crawfish’s walkthrough and that helped….

  3. when I try to pass out the goblets i am in the motion of giving a viking a goblet but it stops and starts to load and won’t stop loading and I can’t click on anything in the game. I have to restart it and log in and then there will be one less cup but i can’t do anything. Can anyone help??

    1. I actually experienced the same glitch the first time I played through. All, I could do is restart the island. When you reach back to the fortress, try not to grab the bucket of drippings over the fireplace. When I didn’t grab that bucket, it was working again.

  4. im just wondering, who is that girl on this island it has been perplexing and im just to curious

    + buddy me my name is my username

    1. If you’re talking about the girl in the yellow shirt, her name is Mya. She’s one of the three leading kids in the graphic novel.

  5. I can’t get to do the island either cause my computer internet is slow or it does not even work 😦

    1. Sadly, there probably will not. I’m pretty sure Charlie and the Chocolate factory is now in the public domain, so they could make that island, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid was made an island because the author of the series (Jeff Kinney) made Poptropica 🙂

      1. Yeah. I really do want to Harry Potter island. Imagine urself going to Hogwarts and Hogsmeade (oops, spoiler alert)! And being able to do magic whenever u want! 😯

  6. I solved it (getting past Viking guards) by walking in the wrong direction (when Oliver grits his teeth SO HARD and starts to sweat) and then running to the left, so I got to the garbage chute in time! 😀

    1. I had an issue with that – what I did was pick up the drink tray, put the goblet on it, then passed the drinks out to the Vikings being interrogated in the throne room. The last one took the goblet. However, either before or after, you’ll also need to give a drink to the big Viking in the dining hall so he’ll be distracted and you can take his fur coat.

  7. Hello! PHB STAFFs this island is so cool and awesome,thanks guyz for the walkthrough,and oh slippery raptor my name is red raptor in poptropica

    PLZ be my friend guyz my username is: chua11254 ….. nice to meet all of u!!!! bye

  8. i think this was a gr8 island but when i was on this island and i had my inventory and all the items in it then suddenly i opened it for an item and there was nothing in there talk about a glitch plz fix this!

    1. It’s possible. If you have all the rest of the items minus the candy bar, you might have gotten through part of it already. If you can, try restarting the island. It may take away the glitch.

  9. I miss the tough islands, like Cryptids, Mystery Train, Steamworks, etc. Now those would take hours to finish. This one… well, it was TOO fast. And nothing to really draw the player in. I’m not quite sure what was up with the vikings being there anyway.

  10. thz i completed the isand.I did every thing and also every hard par in the game.Thx so so much….:)

  11. when you put the Viking disguise on, I cant seem to walf, failed every time, I need a video or someone to help!!!

  12. hi i like this guide but where is the rocks that are about to fall because i cant find where they are but thanks a lot i really like it thanks!

  13. Here’s a tip for when you are in the disguise: Walk the OPPOSITE direction to the one you’re falling in. (For example, if you are leaning to the left, walk right until you are completely straight again) Also, if you are bent a lot, RUN!

    1. i love poptropica mystery of the map but how do you get into the game

      slantedfish: You can find MotM Island on Poptropica Original – click the button in the top corner at!

  14. HELP!!1 i chopped down the tree and did all the steps but now when i try to go into the garbage chute it says,”thats one place i hope to never go again!” please help!!!

  15. Just finished MOTM Island and I did it pretty fast. *hums lyrics of City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2* Just waiting for the MOTM graphic novel to come out.

    *whispering* Man, this is gonna be awesome!

    slantedfish: You can read the MotM graphic novel on the PHB’s Comics page. 😉

  16. I cant get past the part where we have to pretend to be the big viking and we have to keep balance HELP PLZ plz help me plz


    1. Same thing happened to me where Oliver and Jorge had the costumes but wouldn’t follow me, for me I just had to exit through the barrel and they were on the raft

  18. I thought that completing this map will reveal the old ones! But sadly it did not. Please help me get the old islands back for me!

  19. well I love this island Why do they have to remove this Island no matter I can Install In on play store it’ll be available

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