System: Nintendo Entertainment System
This is the first of my two walkthroughs I am releasing simultaneously. These
are my first walkthroughs, so if they seem a bit meaty, I apologise. What I
can assure you is that you WILL get the information needed to solve the
many puzzles of Shadowgate. If you have any questions, contact me at
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Make sure you use the word "Shadowgate" as your subject, so it will be filed
under the correct folders and not slipped into my Junk Mail folder.
And with that, here is the rather mediocre game introduction:
The last thing that you remember is standing before the wizard Lakmir as he
waved his hands. Now you find yourself staring at an entryway which lies at
the end of a forest. The druid's words ring in your ears: "Within the castle
Shadowgate lies your quest. The dreaded Warlock Lord will use his black magic
to raise the Behemoth from the dark depths. The combination of his evil arts
and the great Titan's power will surely destroy us all! You are the last of
the line of kings, the seed of prophecy that was foretold eons ago. Only you
can stop the evil on from darkneing our world forever! Fare the well."
Gritting your teeth, you swear that you will destroy the Warlock Lord!
| Walkthrough |
Open skull above door. Take Key 1. Open door and go to entrance hall.
The Warlock Lord greets you. "That pitiful wizard Lakmir was a fool to send a
bufoon like you to stop me. You will surely regret it for the only thing here
for you is a horrible death!" The sound of Maniacal Laughter echoes in you
ears. Take the two torches on the walls. Use Key 1 on door and go into the
Take the two torches on the wall. Do not take the book, as it will kill you.
Instead, open the book and take the Key 2 from it. Head back to the Entrance
Hall. Open the side closet door and enter. Take the sword and sling from the
shelf. Head back to the hallway. See the odd shaped stone near the turn? Hit
it to reveal a new exit. Head on through.
In here, take the arrow on the wall. You can't take the torches on the wall,
but if you USE the torch on the left, you'll reveal a new passage. Enter the
new passagway to get to the Bridge Room.
Now, take a carful look at the two bridges. If you amble across the one on
the right, you'll be joining the denizens down below. For now, take the
safe path to the left.
Ahh, a wraith! No need to fear however. Simply use one of your lit torches,
the use it on the seperate special torch in your inventory. You'll instantly
throw the torch at the wraith, ending its existence. Take the two torches as
well as the cloak on the wall. The western exit leads no where, so open the
other door and exit.
This is the Epor Room. Lots to do here. Firstly take the torch from the
wall. Secondly, take the scroll and the blue bottle closest to you on the
shelf. The scroll basically tells you the main idea of the game, to gather
those artifacts to banish the Warlock lord and the Behemoth. The bottle will
be used later. Now, look at the sign twice. You'll then learn the magic spell
Epor. Use it to raise the rope in the room. Climb the rope into the mirror
In the mirror room, take both the torches and the broom. Move back a room to
the Coffin Hall. In here, be careful of which coffins you open. Opening the
grey coffin on the left permanantly stops you from returning to the mirror
room through this hallway. Instead, open the green casket on the right. Use
a lit torch on the mummy to recieve the scepter. Now, open the door behind
you and exit.
In here, you can't really do anything in the right room at the moment, so head
on in to the left room. Take the two torches in here. The trapdoor leads to
death, so don't take that exit. Open the door in here and proceed to the
Now, be careful in this room. Before you do anything else, pick up the shield
on the ground. Doing so will protect you from the dragon's fire. Everytime you
try to take something or approach the dragon, he'll shoot flames at you. Your
shield can take up to 4 hits before it melts. After that, you have to move
back to the room before the den. After that, feel free to loot the rest of
the room. The important things you need are the hammer, the spear, and the
Once you have those items, head back into the hallway with the doors. Head in
through the door on the right now. Jumping into the lake is death, so avoid
going for that key for now. Instead, open the door and enter to the waterfall
Take one of the rocks from in here. Use it on the sling to load the sling.
You'll be using this quite soon. Now, the only visible exit in this room is
up the caved in passage, but you can't go that way. Instead, click move and
then click the black space between the waterfall and the cliffside to enter
In here, hit the odd shaped rock to reveal a bag. Inside the bag are three
jewels. Take them. Now, remember the Epor room? Head back there (from the
hallway with the three doors, head straight twice, then go down the trapdoor
in the mirror room. If you spilt the green goo on the floor in the coffin
room, head back to the hallway right after the Entrance Hall. Enter the
secret passage there, go down the stairs, cross the left bridge, and you're
Back in here, look for the outline of a door on the opposite side of the room.
Open it and step inside. In here, use the Blue Stone on the pedestal to raise
the door. A wizard will greet you;
"Listen, warrior! The Warlock Lord can only be defeated by thy courage and the
Staff of Ages. Remember, Five to find. Three for the staff, one to be the
key, and one to be thy pathway. Have thy wits about thee, warrior! Fare thee
The wizard leaves a scroll behind. Open it and read it to learn the Humana
spell. Now, head back into the Epor room and climb the rope into the mirror
Head back to the Dragon's Antechamber. In here, use the White gem in the slot
near the door. Doing so allows you to retrieve the purple sphere from the
pedestal. Take it and head back to the lake. It's the one with the skeleton
chilling in the middle.
In here, use the Sphere on the lake, The entire lake will freeze over. Now,
use your lit torch on the lake to temporarily melt it. After it is melted,
grab the Sphere and the Key 3 from the skeleton. With all these in hand,
make your trip to the Mirror room.
Make sure you have your cloak on, otherwise you can't proceed any further.
Use the hammer on the center mirror to break it apart. Use it on any of
the other mirors, and you can kiss your butt goodbye. Make sure your cloak is
on, then use the Key 3 on the door and go in.
Whoo! It's hot in here! Go ahead and open the door there. Surprise! The only
way to kill the beast is to extinguish the flames. Use the sphere on the
flames to extinguish them. Now you can continue across.
Try to walk across the bridge. A greedy troll stops you. No matter how many
coins you give him, he won't let you cross. Hey may even kill you if you give
him enough. Instead, use the spear on him to cross the bridge.
God, what's with all the monsters around here? Anyway, the cyclops is an awful
mean looking thing. Use the loaded sling to knock him out, then use the sword
to end his life. Before you leave, use the crank on the well, the open the
bucket and take the gauntlet. Wear the gauntlet.
Now, continue through to the hallway. Take the first door closest to you.
In here, take the map and the skull. Then open the door, take the glasses,
and use them on yourself. Now, open the book on the table and read it.
Afterward, read the two scrolls in the desk to learn two new spells. Now,
use the Red Gem on the hole in the wall. Enter to the study.
In here, take the bellows and the poker on the wall. Now, use the spell you
just learned, "Terra Terrakk" to crack the globe open. Open it and take the
Key 6 out of it. Head back into the hallway.
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Take the other open door in here. Once inside, make sure you don't open the
grate on the wall. Doing so leads to your death. Take the horseshoe from the
mantle and use the hook on the ground. Take the water from the chamber and
continue into the garden.
Make sure you have the gauntlet first. Now, take the flute from the fountain.
Now use the flute to open up the ring chamber. Take the ring from the tree.
Head back to the hallway and open the door. Head through to the foyer.
In here, take the mirror from the wall. Afterwards, use your lit torch on the
rug to reveal a key. Take the Key 4. Use the Key 5 on the upper right door.
Inside, try to move up the stairs. You will be asked a riddle. If you answer
wrong, it will send you to the room the answer is in. If you think you have
the correct answer, use the item on the Spinx. Here are the questions I've
been asked so far:
"You look at me, I look back, your right hand raises, I my left. You speak,
but I in vain." Answer : Mirror
Make note of the pattern on the stairs. You'll use it later. Now, head up.
Take the star from the star chart, then OPEN the chart on the wall. Take the
rod from behind. Now, climb the ladder. Don't be fooled by appearences, she
packs a nasty surprise. Go ahead and use the Arrow on her, then take the
Back in the foyer, use the Key 6 to open the upper left door. Inside, try to
take the horn. Use the water on the Hellhound to get rid of him, then take
the horn. Now, head up the ladder, then use the star on the Wyvern. Take the
talisman from the stand and head back to the foyer.
Back here, use the Key 4 on the center door and enter. Take the torches on
the wall. In here, take the left exit and proceed to the balcony. Taking the
pot of gold means death, so instead open the bag and take the Big Coin and
a gold coin.
Head back to the first part of the balcony and use the rod on the hole in the
guard rail. Take the wand out of the hand. Now, we need to do some serious
backtracking. Remember the bridge I told you not to cross WAAY back when?
Well, head back there.
In here, use the Bottle 2 on yourself. If you've already used it or forgot it
somewhere along the way, besides the bottle in the EPOR room, there is a
bottle of it in the laboratory. Now, after using it on yourself, you can
cross the rickity bridge.
In here, use the wand on the serpent and take the Staff from it. You're
almost ready to take on the Warlock Lord. Now, head back to the hallway
before the balcony. When you get to the bridge, use the Humana spell to get
by that pesky troll. When you're in the hallway, go through the other door
into the throne room. Use the scepter in the hand of the skeleton, then use
the ring on the hole that appears. Now, slip through the hole in the floor.
Take all the torches. Do not go through the little hole in the side, just
continue straight forward. In here, take the right door and use the Motari
spell to raise a bridge. Move into the cavern behind. Now, manipulate the
levers in the pattern on the staircase in the Spinx's room. If you forgot,
turn the rightmost lever, the then middle, then the rightmost again. Take
the orb from the case.
Now you are ready to make the Staff of Ages. Use the blade on the staff,
then the orb on the staff. Now you are ready to take on the Warlock Lord.
Make your way back to the gargoyles. Use the Illumina spell to blind the
gargoyles, then enter the room.
The door on the left can't be opened, so use the lever on the well instead.
Use the Big Coin on the well, then enter. Now, use the, umm, stick? Whatever
it is, use it on the gong to summon the ferry. Use a gold coin on the ferryman
and then move onto the raft. Use the talisman on the hole under the sword,
then use the horn to open the door. Step in for the final confrontation.
First glance makes you think of getting rid of the Warlock Lord. Instead, use
the Staff of Ages on the behemoth. Congratulations, it was really that simple.
Sit back and enjoy the rather brief ending.
| Items |
Arrow - A finely crafted silver arrow is not uncommon in Elven lands. Found
in the Bridge Room Antechamber. Use to kill the Werewolf in the tower.
Bellows - This wooden bellows has stoked many a floundering fire. Found in the
study. Used as a possible solution to the Spinx's riddle.
Big Coin - It is a large gold coin with a well engraved on it. Found in the
bag on the balcony. Used to descend to the underground river.
Blade - It's some sort of spike that is made of precious metals. The tips are
as sharp as needles. Found in the tower, used as part of the Staff of
Blue Stone - It's a dark blue gemstone that is as big as the pommel of a
sword! Found behind the waterfall. Used to raise the door off the
Bottle 1 - It's a small silver bottle. What is it? It sure smells terrible!
Found in Epor room. Using it on yourself kills you.
Bottle 2 - This small silver vial glows with a lustrous shine. You notice that
the bottle is impossibly light! Found in the Epor room. Used to
cross the rickity bridge.
Broom - This broom looks remarkably liek the one owned by the Sirens of the
Isle of Yelkum Iret. Found in the mirror room. Used as a possible
solution to the Spinx's question.
Cloak - This heavy cloak contains no frivolous adornments, such as pockets or
a hood. Found in the wraith room. Used to enter the Room of Flame.
Crest - It's the family crest of Sir Dugan himself. Found in the castle foyer.
Used as a possible solution to the Spinx's question.
Copper Coin - Hey! Wait a minute! This is no gold coin. It's but a brass slug.
What a royal rip! Found in the coffin next to the mummy coffin.
Flute - It's a small, wooden flute. It looks like it could make wonderful
music. Found in the garden. Used in the garden to receive the ring.
Glasses - These glasses are worn. They've probably been used for a long time.
Found in the Library. Used to read the book in the library.
Hammer - It's an ancient Gnome War Hammer. This weapon does not show the signs
of battle. Found in the Dragon's Den. Used to smash the mirrors in
the Mirror Room.
Helmet - This seems to be a helmet of the sort commonly worn by Hobgoblins.
Found in the Dragon's Den. Used as a possible answer to the Spinxes
Horn - This horn is forged of flawless platinum. It's beauty is unbelievable.
Found in the balcony antechamber. Used to open the door to the
Horseshoe - This horseshoe seems to have taken quite a beating. Found in the
laboratory. Used as a possible answer to the Spinx's Question.
Key 1 - It's a small iron key. Found at the castle entrance. Used to open the
door in the Entrance Hall.
Key 2 - This key bears a skull. This must be a skelton key. Found in book in
the hallway. Use to open the closet in the Entrance Hall.
Key 3 - It's a small brass key. Found in the Lake room before the waterfall.
Used to unlock the door behind the middle mirror in the Mirror room.
Key 4 - Used to unlock the middle door in the castle foyer.
Key 5 - It's a small iron key. Used to unlock the door to the Spinx's room.
Key 6 - Used to unlock the door to the balcony in the castle foyer.
Map - This fine map of the lands of Tarkus is quite detailed, although
incomplete. Found in the library. Used as a possible answer for the
Mirror - The frame of this fine mirror is laced with silver and gold. Found
in the castle foyer. Used as a possible solution to the Spinx's
Orb - Aha! It's an orb made of silver. Its glowing surface causes your skin
to tingle. Found in the cavern, used as part of the Staff of Ages.
Poker - It's a black iron poker. It is used to stir the embers of an ongoing
fire. Found in the study. Used as a possible answer to the Spinx's
Ring - It's a ring! Set with a large, black sapphire. Found in the garden,
used as part of opening the secret passage in the throne room.
Rod - This rod is made of cast iron. Found behind the star chart, used to
recieve the staff on the balcony.
Scepter - This jewel-studded scepter is truly made for a king! Found in the
Coffin Hall. Used as a part of revealing the secret passage in the
Scroll 1 - "Five to find, three are one. One gives access, the Bladed Sun. The
silver orb, to banish below. The Staff of Ages, to vanquish the
Foe. Joining two, the golden blade. The last to invoke, the
Platinum Horn." Found in the Epor room. Describes processes to
banish the Warlock Lord.
Scroll 2 - "As the shadow of the wind, thou shalt be! Humana." Teaches the
Scroll 3 - Land under the heavens; The key to the world. "Terra Terrakk".
Teaches the "Terrar Terrakk" spell.
Scroll 4 - To move the sun from far to near, light is what the darkness fears.
"Instantum Illumina" Used to blind the gargoyles near the well.
Shield - It's a heavy shield. There are only a few dents on it. Found in the
Dragon's Den. Used to protect yourself from the dragon's flame.
Skull - It seems to be the skull of some unfortunate individual. Found in
the library. Used as a possible answer to the Spinx's question.
Sling - It's a small leather sling. This would come in handy for long-range
battles! Found in the closet from the Entrance Hall. Used to knock
the Cyclops unconcious.
Spear - This spear is some seven feet long. The tip seems to be made of finely
forged silver. Found in the Dragon's Den. Used to slay the troll to
gain access to the second part of the castle.
Sphere - This crystal sphere is as cold as ice. Found in the Dragon's
Antechamber. Used to freeze the lake and get the Key 3, then again
to quell the flames in the Flame room.
Staff - Druidic script winds its way around this staff. You can feel power
emenating from it! Found in the cave. Used as the base for the
Staff of Ages.
Star - It's an ornate carving of a shooting star. The object is made of silver
and is extremely heavy. Found in the observation room. Used to destroy
Stone - This stone would not be good for skipping. Found near the waterfall.
Use in conjunction with the sling to KO the cyclops in the courtyard.
Sword - It's a double-edged broadsword. The handle has druidic script written
upon it. Found in the closet off the Entrance Hall. Used to kill the
Cyclops after knocking it unconcious.
Talisman - This rather heavy talisman is made of gold and is extremely sharp
along its edges. It shines with an incredible brillance! Found on
the roof. Used as the key to open the door to the Summoning
Torch - It's a torch. An oil-soaked rag is wrapped around it. One must be lit
at all times or you will die.
Torch (Special) - There is something out of the oridnary about this torch, but
you can't put a finger on it. Found in hallway. Used to kill
the wraith in the Mirror Antechamber.
Wand - It's a wand of sorts. Carved on the side is a small picture of a
serpent. Found on the balcony. Used to retrieve the staff from the
Water - The glass vial is filled with clear liquid. The sign of the cross is
on it. Found in the floor chamber in the laboratory. Used to banish
the hell hounds in the roof antechamber.
White Gem - It's a white stone of unknown origin. A fine thing to gamble away
in a good card game! Found in the Waterfall Cavern. Used to
retrieve the sphere from the Dragon's Antechamber.
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