Welcome to Shadowgate, and particularly this walkthru. This
walkthru is designed to ease you through whatever stumps you in
Shadowgate. Keep in mind that this walkthru contains not just hints,
but explicit directions as well. Don't come back unless you're
absolutely stuck. Having said that, before we begin let me touch on
three major issues in Shadowgate. First of all, you die often. Really
often. (Even more than in Uninvited, for those who have played it.)
Save a lot (but use the Save As command, otherwise you will overwrite
your last save.) The next issue is light.
This game takes place well before Edison, so to see where you're
going you'll need a flaming torch. However, each torch has a limited
life. Torches are stuck in the walls of most of the rooms, and you can
pick them up and bring them with you, but you can't carry ALL of them,
so knowing where another torch can be found is crucial. Also note that
a torch will flicker momentarily 6 turns before going out (except the
torch you start out with, which only lasts about ten turns), so when
you get the flicker, light another torch. The last issue is secret
Not all entrances in this game are apparent, or even shown in the
Exits window. Sometimes a passage is hidden in a scene, or moving a
loose brick will uncover a hidden passage. Keep your eyes out for
them. Okay, let's go! Here we are, at the entrance to Castle
Shadowgate. But before you open the door, take a look at that skull.
Well, there's no welcome mat to hide a key under, so maybe the skull
holds it. Open the skull. Voila! Pick up the key. Now open the door
(you won't need the key to do it). And wouldn't you know it, it creaks
(shades of Uninvited here). Let's go inside.
Now, the first thing to do here is light one of those torches
before yours goes out (that's OPERATE the lit torch on the unlit one).
You can now drop your torch and pick up the one in the wall. If you
like, go ahead and set fire to the rug (people who went through
Uninvited hitting every window with the battle axe will have fun
here). The key won't open the side door, but it will unlock the double
doors, so unlock those and go through. Here we are at another hallway.
Grab the funny-looking torch, and save here. We're going to do a
couple of interesting things now.
First, light the funny looking torch and examine it. Greenish
tint, eh? That might come in handy soon, but we don't need it now, so
don't save here. Now pick up one of the candles, or the book. Whoops!
Enjoy the funeral dirge (soon it will start to drive you insane). Now
open your saved game (funny how the default is to start from the
beginning, and not from a save file) and don't pick up anything from
the shelf. But just because we can't take the book doesn't mean we
can't read it... Open up the book.
Aha! A key! Grab that, and go back to the first hallway. Now we
have the key to unlock the other door. Do that, and go through (you
can drop both keys now). You now should be in a closet, and two nice
armaments are sitting on the shelves-a sword and a slingshot. Grab
both (note that you can click on one, and then hold down Shift and
click on the other, and you will select both; but release Shift before
dragging them) and go back to the second hallway. Look at the far
wall. Something fishy about that stone there... open it. A secret
passage! Head through it. Now we are in a chamber with a large exit.
You can't get through that (go ahead and try it), but there is another
exit from this room. First pick up the arrow, and note which way it's
pointing. Hmm... that torch on the left wall won't come out. Perhaps
it's attached to something? Maybe if we pull it...
Operate the torch (on itself). Ta-dah! Another hidden entrance!
Go down there now. Two bridges, but which to take? For now, don't try
to cross the rickety skull bridge. Stick with the sturdy one. Uh-oh.
Good time for a save. That wraith won't kill you immediately (unlike
everything else in this game), but will instead curse you. This is to
be avoided. There is a way to destroy the wraith. Like many mystical
creatures, the key to victory lies in the occult. In other words, try
some smoke. If you operate your torch on him, he shudders. Maybe some
particular kind of smoke? Green smoke? Fire up the oddball torch and
fry him with it. Now you can pick up the cloak and go thru the door
(the exit in the upper-right of the exit window is totally useless).
Cages? (More shades of Uninvited here) Don't bother trying to open
them; it can't be done.
Instead, read the scroll on the shelf (you don't need the scroll
itself, just the information). This little rhyme basically states the
object of the game: to find the bladed sun, the silver orb, the staff
of ages, the golden thorn, and the platinum horn. We will be coming
back here later, but now let's leave through the top exit. Wait! You
can't reach it? Try climbing. The rope, in particular. But how to get
it up there? Read the sign. "EPOR"? What does that spell backwards?
"ROPE"! Perhaps it's a magic word... Say "EPOR" to the rope. Now we
can climb it. Mirrors, mirrors, on the wall, who's the bravest of them
all? Anyway, right now you can leave this room alone. Just open the
back door and go through. Here we have a bunch of coffins. Actually,
most of them are safe to open. The only one to avoid is the middle one
on the left side. But the others, we can open.
Try the left front. Close call, there! Now the back right.
Nothing... the back middle, now. Those coins are useless; leave them
alone. Now, the right front. Ah, now things are getting interesting!
That mummy is holding something useful. But how to get it? Maybe we
can remove the mummy's rags. Don't bother trying to unravel them; burn
them off with your trusty torch. Now grab that scepter (it's not the
Staff of Ages, by the way) and head through the back door. Go through
the right door. Theres a shark in the lake! Don't worry about that
yet. Go through the door on the far wall. Those stones would be good
ammo for the slingshot. Grab one and load it (either operate it on the
slingshot, or open the slingshot and put it in).
For a chuckle, try putting in something else while the stone is
in the sling. Now comes one of the nastiest parts of Shadowgate: a
secret door. See the black space under the waterfall (right of the
rockslide, which is for all practical purposes impassable)? Go through
it. A secret room, and a rock. Take a look at the rock. Try whacking
it. Grab the bag revealed and open it. Gems! (Uninvited players have a
slight advantage here-the gems look like the Blothney gem, and are
used the same way.) Go back to the fork now; we can't do much here
yet. At the fork, take the left door. Ignore the rat; we have better
things to do than chase rodents. See the gem-shaped hole in the door?
A gem would fit in that nicely, wouldn't it?
Put the lightest-shaded gem in the hole (you can drag the gem
over the hole, or operate it on the hole). That sphere is not the
silver orb, but is useful anyway. Examine it. Brrrr! Pick it up and
return to the lake (don't try the trapdoor). Now we have to try to
grab that object (a skeleton key, in fact) from the skeleton. Swimming
is suicidal (try it, if you desire and have a save handy). Time to
think here... the shark can swim in the water, but if the water
weren't water... Maybe if it were ice, he would be stuck. But how can
we freeze the water? The sphere! Operate it on the lake. Now how do we
get it back? Melt the ice a bit. Your torch will do nicely.
Now take the sphere and the key, and return to the pedestal room.
Open the door and go through. Oh boy. Time to save your place, because
one false step and you're fried adventurer. If you were to take
something, the dragon at the far end of the room would roast you. You
need some way of blocking his fire. What's here that can do that? The
shield. Snatch it up (if it's too big, go back out, drop some stuff,
and come back; don't drop anything in here). Now grab the hammer, the
spear, and the helmet. We can't get any more here, so leave (you can
drop the shield now it's totally useless for any other purpose).
You can get more room in your inventory by wearing the helmet and
the cloak. Now it's time to head for the mirror room, where your
adventure really begins. One of these mirrors holds a surprise. But
which one? The middle one. Smash it with the hammer (nothing else will
do it). Don't worry about seven years of bad luck; you won't last that
long if you don't do it. The hammer will do you no good anymore, so
drop it. Open the door and go through. Whoa! It's locked, so use the
skeleton key to get it open. If you can't take the heat, get out of
the kitchen--or find something protective. If you aren't already, wear
the cloak. That will enable you to tolerate the flames. Now open the
Uh-oh... it's a firedrake! This creature feeds on fire. But if
there's no fire... put out the fire with the chilling ball. Whew! Now
you can take off the cloak, and drop it too. Oh, well, so much for
that, but no time to waste, go through the door. Cross the bridge.
Wouldn't you know it, there's a troll guarding this bridge. Don't
worry about the toll (for a laugh, get the coins from the coffin and
pay the toll); instead, dispatch him with your trusty spear. That will
take care of him... for now. In any case, head on down the bridge.
Another nastie! This time it's a cyclops. Thirteen feet tall... kinda
reminds you of Goliath, doesn't he? So treat him the same way. Nail
him with the slingshot. Bull's-eye! He's out cold, but he's not dead.
If you really want to kill him, stab him with the sword. Neither
the sword nor the sling will be useful anymore, so drop them.There's a
well here, too. Anything inside? Operate the well on itself and find
out? A bucket, but what's inside? Open it up and find out. A metal
glove (technically a gauntlet). Hang on to that, but now open the door
and enter another area of the castle. This hallway, judging by the rug
stretching across the hall, is the entrance to the main area of the
castle. Leave the broom here-you may or may not need it, but if you do
you can always come back for it. Go ahead and burn the rug if you
please, but don't waste too much time; let's head down the front left
passage. This library is pretty well stocked.
The most important book, though, is the one on the desk, so grab
that. Also look inside the desk. Take everything in there you'll need
all of it. Now it's time for a little light reading. The only book of
interest to us is the thick book on the bottom left shelf, third from
the left. (However, go ahead and read them all; there's some
interesting and funny stuff in there.) Open that book up and copy down
the stuff about scrolls and books (a text editor DA would be great for
this, as well as for reading this walkthru). Incidentally, while
you're at it, read the scrolls and the big book. Terra Terrakk and
Instantum Illuminaris (yet another item borrowed from Uninvited) are
easy enough to decipher, but what about that book? You can't read it
right now, but don't trash that item yet. In any case, there's a
gem-shaped hole in the wall. Just slide in the medium-shade gem and go
inside. Here's another rug to burn, but that's not the important thing
Look at that globe. Try to open it. If we can't open it with our
mortal powers, maybe some more power would help... Remember "the key
to the world"? Use the Terra Terrakk scroll on the globe (brace
yourself for some nasty puns, too). Pick up the key (the bottle is a
cure for the wraith's curse, which is there so that people wouldn't
have to know the obscure bit about the green smoke) and close the
globe. The rest of the stuff you can leave here, so go back to the
main hallway and take the far left passage. Welcome to the laboratory.
If you want to die, open the cage or drink some of the jars on the
shelf. If not, examine the stone on the floor. Doesn't that look like
a handle? Indeed, you can pull it. Operate the stone on itself
(although Open should work, it doesn't) and take the holy water. Now
head downstairs into the garden.
Examine the fountain. There's a flute in there. But the fountain
is gushing acid, so we can't get it or drink it (go ahead and try it,
if you dare). Maybe if our hand was protected from the acid, we could
grab the flute. Put the glove on and take the flute. Now it's time to
remember one of the minor rules of adventuring: "Use it where you
found it." Play the flute (operate it on itself) and pick up the ring.
The flute and the gauntlet can both be dropped, and there's nothing
more here, so return to the main hallway. Now let's explore the right
doorway. Lots of nice stuff here, so pick up whatever you like...
uh-oh. I guess that wasn't such a good idea. Get out of here before
those hobgoblins rip you apart (there is no way to get the stuff,
which may be just as well). Instead, open the door and enter the
banquet hall. What could that be under the rug? Probably something
useful. We can't move the rug, so we have to remove it.
This particular spot is fun for the belligerent, because guess
what-you have to burn the rug. Do so, but don't bother taking the
key-unlock the lower door (in the center of the picture) with it. The
other two keys you picked up here unlock the other two doors, so get
those open and get rid of those two keys. Now take the door on the
right. The picture of this room is very important. Either save here,
and use a distinctive name like "Sphinx", or take a screen dump, and
keep either one handy. In any case, this is a Sphinx, and (you guessed
it) it will ask you some riddles. There are a total of six riddles,
and which one is chosen is totally random. Try to figure them out
yourself, but if you're stuck, the answers to the riddles are listed
below: "Eyeless tho' that I may be...": Skull (from the library) "It
has towns, but no houses;" Map (from the library) "First I was
burnt..." Horseshoe (from the laboratory) "If you look at me..."
Mirror (from the banquet hall) "I at fires attend..." Bellows (from
the study) "Long neck and no hands..." Broom (from the mirror room)
Once you know what the answer to the riddle is, go back and get that
object, and give it to the Sphinx (dropping it will suffice).
You may now go up the stairs into the observatory. The scroll is
useless, but the map is not so. Examine the shooting star. It's not
part of the map, so you can remove it. Take that, and then open the
map. That rod will be of use to you, so take it. Now let's go up into
the turret. That odd-shaped object on the floor is indeed the golden
thorn, but getting it is not so simple. Save here, and then pick it
up. Gee, I guess that beautiful lady isn't so beautiful after all...
well, there is a surefire way to kill a werewolf, and that is with a
silver object (usually a bullet). We don't have a bullet, but we have
got that arrow, so operate the sucker on the lady/werewolf.
Now take the spike and return to the banquet hall. Take the left
passage now. This chamber seems innocent enough, but... there's the
platinum horn, there on the floor. Pick that up. Maybe that wasn't so
smart. This hellhound definitely will not let you get near the horn
while it's around. We ought to send it back to the devilish place
where it came from. And what better way to destroy a hell-spawned
creature than with holy water? Use that on the hellhound, then get rid
of it and get the horn. That's two out of five-not bad, but there's
still a ways to go. Climb the stairs. Another artifact! This time it's
the bladed sun, and this time a wyvern (a close relative of the
dragon) is guarding it. The solution to this puzzle is sort of a
throwaway, so don't feel low if you don't get it. Operate the shooting
star on the wyvern.
Now you can pick up the bladed sun and go back to the banquet
hall. Now take the middle passage, and from there take the left
doorway. The lightning is awfully menacing, but we can control it.
What better way to control lightning than with a lightning rod!
Typically such things are made of metals, such as iron. We do indeed
have an iron rod, so stick that in the hole. Blammo! The hand seems to
have something for you. Take the wand, and have a look at it. A
serpent on the side, huh? That may serve us well eventually. Take the
stairs down, but DON'T take the pot of gold; that's the oldest trick
in the book. The bag is safe, so you can get it. Now go up the stairs,
back to the hallway, and through the right doorway. Sir Doogan is
quite dead, so you don't have to worry about him. However, there are
some neat things here. Look at that panel on the right. Perhaps it's
Open it, and admire the small hole. What would fit in the hole?
Not a gem, but something a bit smaller. Like a ring. Stick the ring in
the hole. Now look at Sir Doogan. He looks a little plain without a
kingly object in his hand. What of yours befits a man of such
greatness? Try the scepter. Give it to Doogan. Aha! A secret tunnel...
head down it.
In the secret hallway under Doogan, watch out for the passage on
the left; going that way makes for a crushing experience. Instead,
take the passage straight ahead. The gargoyles will leave you alone as
long as you don't try to get past them, but that's fine for now; just
take the side path. Now we really need some magic. Remember the book?
The book on magic stated that books come with extra protections. What
would help us read anything, the book in particular? Maybe we need our
eyes checked... but that's not necessary; just put on the glasses and
read the book. The stuff in the book is important to keep, so copy
that down. But "A bridge to form amidst burning death, a demon to
guard"? The lava seems pretty deadly to me. The book is for this
Use it on the demon, then drop the book and the glasses and cross
the bridge (toll-free, even). The switches here will open the
cylinder, but if you throw them in the wrong combination the beastie
in the hole will have you for breakfast, so think before you flip. Now
is the time for the saved game or screen dump of the Sphinx' chamber.
See those little lines on the staircase? Those lines are a diagram of
which switches to throw. Flip the right switch, the middle, then the
right again to open the cylinder. Take the silver orb. That makes four
out of five. Unfortunately, the fifth of the five is on the other side
of the troll's bridge, so we have to do some major backtracking here.
Head back all the way to the second hallway by double-clicking the
back exit (the one on the bottom of the exits window) and return to
the bridge room. What we seek lies across the rickety bridge, but it
will fall under too much weight, so drop everything but your lit torch
and go across. The snake is merely a statue, so don't panic.
However, we have seen a snake before-on the wand. Go back and get
that, and go back across. Operate the wand on the snake. Aha! The
staff of ages! Take that, ditch the wand, and go back across. Once on
the other side, grab everything and go back to the "EPOR" room. Look
at the back wall closely. See the loose stone in the center. Open it
and go through. Here's the third gem-shaped hole, so stick your last
gem in it. The wizard's words are important, so keep a record of
those. Take the scroll as well, and read it. If you're puzzled,
"Ulterior Humana" translates to "Hidden Human". The scroll is an
invisibility spell! That will be really useful soon. Now go out, go up
the rope and back to the troll bridge. Cross the bridge.
Well, the troll doesn't want you to cross. But if he can't see
you, he can't stop you! Use Ulterior Humana on yourself, and stride
past him. If you didn't kill the Cyclops before, he will be aroused
again, but you're still invisible, so no matter. Just pass him and go
back to the room with the gargoyles. An interesting fact about
gargoyles: they are extremely irritable to light. This gives you a
good weapon against them: Instantum Illuminaris. Use it on them, then
go straight past them. The door on the left is impossible to open, so
don't worry about it. Instead, turn the crank to open the well. Guess
what? This is a wishing well. Got any coins?
Check the bag. Look at that big coin. Got a picture of a well on
it, eh? Toss that into the well. The wind means you may now jump in
the well, so do so. Here's the River Styx (yet another cliche; this
game thrives on them). Perhaps the gong is a service gong. Try banging
it with the mallet. That ferryman is Charon (the game calls it Kros),
for you mythology buffs. He wants a fare of one coin, so give him one
of the coins from the bag. Almost done! This is a good time for a
save; dying is none too difficult. The bladed sun looks like it would
fit in one of those niches. But which one? Remember the message in the
book? "Where the sword is hung, thou shalt put the key" or something
to that effect. Stuff the bladed sun in the left hole. Now about the
staff. Recall the scroll: "Five to find, three are one." Also recall
"Three for the staff, one to be the key, and one to be thy pathway."
We need to put together some stuff, the staff being one of the three
items in question. Stick the orb and the staff together, then add the
spike to that. Ta-dah! The staff is now ready for action.
Now how to get inside. "One to be thy pathway." The only one of
the five we haven't used is the horn. Blow it. Besides a few eerie
notes, you may now enter the skeleton, and have a rendezvous with your
destiny. Oh boy. Here's the Warlock Lord, and there's the Behemoth
(sounds kinda like a piece of heavy machinery, doesn't it?) Now,
annihilate the Behemoth by zapping him with the staff. Kerblam! You've
saved the world from a horrible fate. Enjoy the winning music (I
preferred the music for Uninvited, but to each his own) and the
princess (the game assumes you're male-one final cliche). Also don't
forget to print out a certificate of achievement, acknowledging your