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Not to be confused with the Forest of Wavering Mists.

The «Forest of Wandering» (迷いの森, Mayoi no Mori?) is a field dungeon (sub-dungeon) on the 35th Floor of Aincrad.


The dungeon is a vast forest located in the north of the 35th Floor. Like all field dungeons, it is a popular target for players of average level, due to the Clearers almost entirely focusing on clearing the Labyrinth areas of each floor. As the name implies, it is easy to get lost in the forest. In addition to the forest being full of large, towering trees, which divide the forest into areas like a chess board, players within the forest will be teleported to a random area in the forest one minute after setting foot in their current area. Additionally, if Teleportation Crystals are used within the forest, they transport the player to another area in the forest instead of a town. To exit the forest, the player must go through each area in the forest within a minute each. To help navigate through the forest, the player may purchase an expensive map from a shop in the local town. This map checks what areas the player's current area is linked to, allowing them find their way.[1]

Notable Locations[]

  • A giant curved fir tree that is the spawn point of «Nicholas The Renegade», the Christmas event boss.


Aincrad Arc[]

Red-Nosed Reindeer[]

On the night between Christmas Eve and Christmas, Kirito comes to the Forest to look for the Christmas event flag boss, «Nicholas The Renegade», near a giant fir tree in a particular corner of the Forest, where he believes that the Boss will appear. Kirito is followed by Klein and the Fuurinkazan, who are followed by members of the Divine Dragon Alliance, into the Forest. While Fuurinkazan hold off the DDA members, Kirito confronts the Boss and is barely able to defeat it off-screen.

The Black Swordsman[]

One day, Silica was fighting in this field dungeon with a party of six since morning, but, nearing the end of the day, when they were running low on potions and were returning to the city, she got into an argument with Rosalia, a spear user of the party, after which, she decided to leave the party and head out of the forest on her own. Unfortunately, only the leader of the party had the Map, so Silica ended up getting lost in the forest and encountered numerous monsters while wandering the forest, using up both her healing potion and crystal supplies. she eventually encountered 3 Drunken Apes, which killed her familiar, Pina, and would have done the same with Silica, if Kirito hadn't saved her. Eventually, they both use Kirito's Map to safely leave the Forest.

Known Monsters[]

  • Drunk Ape - one of the strongest monsters in the Forest.

Known Flag Boss[]




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1 Town of Beginnings, Black Iron Palace, Hidden Dungeon, Monument of Swordsmen[Navbar 1], Monument of Life[Navbar 2], Chamber of Resurrection[Navbar 3], Tolbana, Horunka Village, Medai Village
2 Urbus, Urbus Teleport Gate Plaza, Marome Village, Taran Village
3 Forest of Wavering Mists, Zumfut, Zumfut Teleport Gate Plaza, Dessel
4 Rovia, Rovia Teleport Gate Plaza, Bear Forest, Yofel Castle, Usco Village, Caldera Lake
5 Karluin, Karluin Teleport Gate Plaza, Mananarena, Shiyaya
6 Stachion, Stachion Teleport Gate Plaza, Suribus, Ararro Town, Castle Galey, Lake Talpha, Cave City of Goskai, Murutsuki Village
7 Lexio[Navbar 4], Lexio Teleport Gate Plaza, Verdian Prairie, Volupta, Volupta Grand Casino[Navbar 5], Volupta Beach[Navbar 6], Volupta Grand Casino Monster Arena[Navbar 7], Plamio, Skeleton Prairie,[Navbar 8] Forest of the Shaky Boulders, Halin Arboreal Palace[Navbar 9], Ant-Crossing Ravine, Tribra Village
8 Frieven Village, Frieven Teleport Gate Plaza
9 Dark Elf Queen's Castle[Navbar 10]
10 Thousand Snake Castle[Navbar 11]
11 Taft, Taft Teleport Gate
19 Ralberg, Ralberg Teleport Gate, Hill of the Cross, Griselda's Tomb
20 Sunshine Forest
22 Coral Village, Coral Teleport Gate Plaza, Forest House K4, Lake Outside Coral Village
24 Panareze, Panareze Teleport Gate Plaza
25 Giltstein, Giltstein Teleport Gate Plaza, Former location of the Knights of Blood Headquarters
27 Ronbaru Town, Ronbaru Teleport Gate
28 Wolf Plains
35 Forest of Wandering, Mishe, Mishe Teleport Gate Plaza
39 Nolfret, Nolfret Teleport Gate Plaza, Former location of the Knights of Blood Headquarters
40 Jaileum, Jaileum Teleport Gate Plaza
46 Ant Hill
47 Floria, Floria Gate Plaza, Hill of Memories, Forest of Giant Flowers
48 Lindarth, Lindarth Teleport Gate Plaza
49 Myujen, Myujen Teleport Gate Plaza
50 Algade, Algade Teleport Gate Plaza
55 Granzam, Granzam Teleport Gate Plaza, Knights of Blood Headquarters, West Mountain
56 Pani, Divine Dragon Alliance Headquarters
57 Marten, Marten Teleport Gate Plaza
59 Danac, Danac Teleport Gate Plaza
61 Selmburg, Selmburg Teleport Gate Plaza
65 Old Castle Labyrinth
66 Old Castle Labyrinth
72 Ozmalt, Ozmalt Teleport Gate Plaza, Agarla Village
74 Kamdet, Kamdet Teleport Gate Plaza
75 Collinia, Collinia Teleport Gate Plaza
100 Ruby Palace
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