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Edit: looks like Kris found an official reference that shows the final mystery clarified to not be a normal active mystery.

I use the difference between epic monsters and non-epic monsters as a guiding example. Usually when you have a is-a relationship between two things, especially when the object A in the A is a B relationship outright contains the name of B within it, I tend to strongly favor applying all rules governing B toward governing A as well except where explicitly stated. That is, all rules governing monsters should be used for Epic monsters except where explicitly stated otherwise. Shub-Niggurath's mystery where you have to accumulate toughness of non-epic monsters is an example of this.

Following this line, the final mystery is a mystery and governed by all the rules and effects pertaining to mysteries except where noted. Any other approach would require a tedious amount of clarification to further include final mysteries in any mention of a mystery.

So, until or unless they clarify that the final mystery is not to be considered in this effect, you should consider it a mystery like normal ones.

I use the difference between epic monsters and non-epic monsters as a guiding example. Usually when you have a is-a relationship between two things, especially when the object A in the A is a B relationship outright contains the name of B within it, I tend to strongly favor applying all rules governing B toward governing A as well except where explicitly stated. That is, all rules governing monsters should be used for Epic monsters except where explicitly stated otherwise. Shub-Niggurath's mystery where you have to accumulate toughness of non-epic monsters is an example of this.

Following this line, the final mystery is a mystery and governed by all the rules and effects pertaining to mysteries except where noted. Any other approach would require a tedious amount of clarification to further include final mysteries in any mention of a mystery.

So, until or unless they clarify that the final mystery is not to be considered in this effect, you should consider it a mystery like normal ones.

Edit: looks like Kris found an official reference that shows the final mystery clarified to not be a normal active mystery.

I use the difference between epic monsters and non-epic monsters as a guiding example. Usually when you have a is-a relationship between two things, especially when the object A in the A is a B relationship outright contains the name of B within it, I tend to strongly favor applying all rules governing B toward governing A as well except where explicitly stated. That is, all rules governing monsters should be used for Epic monsters except where explicitly stated otherwise. Shub-Niggurath's mystery where you have to accumulate toughness of non-epic monsters is an example of this.

Following this line, the final mystery is a mystery and governed by all the rules and effects pertaining to mysteries except where noted. Any other approach would require a tedious amount of clarification to further include final mysteries in any mention of a mystery.

So, until or unless they clarify that the final mystery is not to be considered in this effect, you should consider it a mystery like normal ones.

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I use the difference between epic monsters and non-epic monsters as a guiding example. Usually when you have a is-a relationship between two things, especially when the object A in the A is a B relationship outright contains the name of B within it, I tend to strongly favor applying all rules governing B toward governing A as well except where explicitly stated. That is, all rules governing monsters should be used for Epic monsters except where explicitly stated otherwise. Shub-Niggurath's mystery where you have to accumulate toughness of non-epic monsters is an example of this.

Following this line, the final mystery is a mystery and governed by all the rules and effects pertaining to mysteries except where noted. Any other approach would require a tedious amount of clarification to further include final mysteries in any mention of a mystery.

So, until or unless they clarify that the final mystery is not to be considered in this effect, you should consider it a mystery like normal ones.