Walkthrough by Moonpooka for TRLE.NET
This level is from the TR Forge Advent Calendar 2008
Health and Ammo
Secrets ~ 3
Lara arrives in this level by sliding down a long slope. Immediately jump left onto a flat area above the slope, and then jump over the slope for some Uzi Ammo. From here you can pick off the three snow leopards in the valley below. Once the area is clear, return to the slope and continue on down into the valley.
The Unknown Key
There is a deep central hole, a hole at the north wall, and a hole at the east wall. First take the central hole and stand jump down onto the pillar in the hole. Behind the pillar there is a passage in the wall with a deep pit a ceiling ladder. Use the ceiling ladder to scale the pit and drop off at the end. Pull up into the higher passage and use the lever to the right to open the door ahead. Inside the new door you will find the Unknown Key. The route back over the pit is now made easier as the walls are climbable, and snow now fills the floor of the pit. So make your way back over the pit, and then pull up out of the hole to get back to the deep central pit.
Some rocks have now risen at the east wall enabling you to climb out of the pit. So head up top and go to the hole at the east wall. Drop down the hole and head through the rocky passage until you are seemingly at a dead end. Now find the ceiling hole in the SE corner and use the blue climbable wall to climb up through it.
At the end of the south passage you can see Winston trapped behind an ice wall. There's nothing you can do for him though so head into the north passage and take note of the gold ceiling hatch at the end. Continue on into the east passage, and at the end pull up into the icy hole in the north wall. At the end of this passage, Lara will arrive in a large snowy cave with a deep pit and a lever on the other side of the pit.
Jump the pit to get to the lever, and then use the lever to open the gold ceiling hatch back in the previous passage. Jump back over the pit, find the climbable south wall ladder and make your way to the bottom of the pit. Some of the ice on the frozen pool here is broken. So nip under the ice for the 1st Secret ~ Silver Dragon, and then head back up the ladder to the top of the pit. Now return to the previous passage and enter newly opened gold ceiling hatch at the end of the passage.
Kill the baddy in the new room, and then take the Automatic Pistol Ammo from the top of the box at the south wall. There is a closed door in the east wall and an alcove in the east wall with a lever inside (to the left in the alcove). Use the lever to open the door and go through to the new room for LMP ~ Automatic Pistol Ammo x 2 ~ SMP x 2 ~ Flares. Note the gap in the south wall with a key inside which you will get to later on, and then head out of the room and drop back into the passage below.
Make your way south up the passage until you come to the hole you climbed up through earlier. Stand jump to grab the wall above the hole, and then climb up to the top of the hole and drop off to the left. There is nothing at the other end of the passage, so head through the south passage and enter the cave at the end. This is what I call the ice tile cave and you will see why soon.
The 1st Cottage Key
Take the LMP in the NW corner and then note the 3 ice tiles in the snowy floor of the cave. The SE tile is sealed shut but you can drop through the NE and SE tiles. Take the SE tile first and drop inside. Lara will arrive in a room with four yetis and a key inside a cage. Of course this is what I call the yeti cage. First take the Uzi Ammo from the NE corner of the room, and then run around to the left and use the lever on the wall to open the yeti cage. Kill the four yetis, and then enter the cage and take the 1st Cottage Key. On the way out of the cage note the closed gold ceiling hatch, and then return to the ice tile cave above.
Climb down through the NE ice tile (only the east wall is climbable) and make your way to the pool below. Dive into the water and swim through the north wall passage until Lara can pull out into a small cave. This is what I call the cottage cave. Kill the leopard that attacks, and then use the 1st cottage key on the lock at the north wall. The door to your right will open when you use the key, and so will the gold hatch back in the yeti cage. There is no need to enter the newly opened door just yet as you need another key first. So head back up to the ice tile cave and drop down through the SE ice tile again to get back to the yeti cage.
The 2nd Cottage Key
Now that the gold hatch is open you can pull up inside it and enter a passage above. In the new passage, use the lever to the right to open the door to your left and go through for the 2nd Cottage Key. Now we have to return to the cottage cave. Leave the passage, drop back down to the yeti cage and make your way back up to the ice tile cave. Once again, drop through the NE ice tile and head back to the cottage cave beyond the water pool. Enter the open door in the north wall and pull up through the hole. You will now find yourself in front of a cottage. Use the 2nd cottage key on the lock and enter the cottage.
Kill the baddy inside the room, and then use the lever in the south wall alcove to open the central gold floor hatch. Drop down the hatch and collect the Automatic Pistols from Lara's feet. Now make your way to the end of the passage and pull up into a new room. Collect the SMP and Flares from the floor, and then move the pot in the SE corner to reveal the Uzis. There is an alcove and a closed door in the north wall. Enter the alcove and pull up into a hole in the wall to your left. Go through to the end of the short passage and use the unknown key on the lock to open the door back in the room. Now return to the room and enter the north door.
Climb over the low wall at the north end of the room. There are two blocks here and a wall lever. Use the lever to lower the block on the other side of the block to your right, and another lever will be revealed. Nip over the block to your right and use the next lever to lower the block to your left. Another lever is now revealed. Use the final lever to raise a ladder in the middle of the room, and then proceed up the ladder to the room above.
The Monastery Key
Grab your gun and take out the six baddies that attack. From the top of the ladder you will see a switch at the south wall; but leave it alone for now and walk out into the main room. There is a closed door up some stairs at the east wall, a push block at the east wall (to the right of the staircase), a hole up in the south wall (opposite the push block) and a grated floor panel with a reward underneath it. First go to the push block and move it under the hole in the south wall. Pull up onto the push block and enter the wall hole. Go through to the end of the following passage and drop down the ladder at the end. Proceed along the following passage until Lara is underneath the grated flooring. Here you will find the 2nd Secret ~ Jade Dragon. Now head back to the main room and save your game at the south wall switch because there is a timed run coming up. The switch will open the timed door at the top of the stairs. Also, beyond the door there is a fire hole, so even if you think you are safe you probably won't be the first time around. So use the switch, sprint to the stairs, run jump when Lara's sprint bar is low and get through the door before it closes. Immediately jump when you are through the door to avoid the fire trap that is just behind the door. Now go to the end of the passage and use the lever to the right to open a gate behind you. Enter the new gate, take the Monastery Key and return to the main room. Make your way back down the ladder hole and go all the way back to the ice tile cave. Note: If you have an issue getting Lara to pull out of the pool on her way back. Swim underwater and roll. Then swim back up and pull out on the north side of the pool.
Back at the ice tile cave. Leave the ice tile cave via the west passage and make your way to the hole in the floor of the passage. Use the wall ladder on the north or south wall to get to ground, and then go all the way back to the first snowy room of the level.
The next location is down the north wall hole. So drop down the hole, pick up the SMP and then drop to ground level. Head through the passage to the room at the end, and then kill the leopard and take a SMP from the central rock. There is also some Automatic Pistol Ammo on the other side of the rock. Now drop down through the hole at the north wall and enter the lower cave.
The pool at the bottom of the cave is frozen and it needs to be thawed, so ignore it for now and enter the passage in the south wall. Lara will now be in a maze and she needs to find four levers to thaw the pool.
Go right, right, left, right and use the 1st Lever.
Roll over from the lever and go straight ahead to the end of the passage. Now go left, right, left and to the end of this passage. Turn, and then stand jump to an upper passage to the west.
Go straight ahead, and then right, left, right and use the 2nd Lever at the end of this passage.
Roll, and then go left and left again for a SMP. Now roll and go straight ahead to the end of the passage, and then go left, right and to the end of the passage. Now go right and drop down the hole at the end of the passage. Use the 3rd Lever on the south wall and watch as a gate opens near the start of the maze and a push block is revealed.
Now jump back up to the higher passage and go straight ahead to the end. Go left, and then right and drop down the hole at the end of the passage. Go straight ahead, and then right, right, left and find a push block to your right in the east wall. Push the block through once and use the 4th Lever inside the alcove to thaw the pool. Now drop down into the lower cave and enter the pool. Swim through the crawl space in the east wall and make your way through the passage until Lara emerges out in a pool by the monastery.
Pull out of the pool on the south side. You need to pull out where the ground is low but you will also be on a slope, so grab the slope and shimmy left until Lara can pull out onto a flat area of ground. Now open the monastery and go through the first passage. The second set of doors will open as you approach them and Lara will find herself in a wide hallway with closed doors ahead and the receptacles for two prayer wheels. There are in fact four prayer wheels to find. Two prayer wheels need to be placed to open the doors ahead, and then two more prayer wheels are needed to open the way beyond these doors. So, let's go exploring the monastery.
Go left in the hallway and make your way to the large room at the end. I call this the main room as there are quite a few things to do here and it seems to be the largest room. Just before the main room you will see a room to the right (south), but ignore this room for now because you need a key before entering there, so head on through to the main room.
Kill the two baddies at the entrance of the main room and take note the hole up in the south wall. Go inside the room and kill the next baddy who's waiting inside. Note the closed north door, and then move the push block at the north wall (to the right of the closed door) to reveal a lever. Use the lever to open the gold floor hatch behind you, and then climb down through it to a room below.
The 1st Prayer Wheel
Gun down the baddy and take note the prayer wheel sitting in a fire at the south wall. Use the switch on the north side of the central pillar to turn off the fire, and then take the 1st Prayer Wheel. Now climb back up the pillar to the main room.
The 2nd Prayer Wheel
Leave the main room and head back out to the wide hallway. Run all the way to the other end of the hallway and drop into the pool. Use the lever in the pool to open the door and swim through. Use the three levers inside the watery passage to open the door at the end, and then swim through. Collect the SMP from the floor of the pool, and then climb out of the pool on the south side. Pull up into the hole in the south wall and run straight ahead for the 2nd Prayer Wheel. Now return to the bottom of the hole and enter the east room.
Kill the two baddies that show up, and then jump the fires and use the block in the corner to jump to the higher pillar. Now climb the ladder on the east wall and drop off to the left. Use the lever inside the alcove here to open a door inside the north door back at the main room, and then return to the pool. Swim back to the wide hallway and return to the main room.
The 3rd Prayer Wheel and The Buddha Jewel
Note: Make sure you have done the lever task in the 2nd prayer wheel area or the door beyond the north door will be closed.
You now need to use two levers to open the north door. Go to the east side of the room where you see a host of movable boxes. There is also a hole in the south wall nearby. Move all of the boxes away from the east wall until you have revealed a lever on the back of one of the boxes at the east wall, Screenshot and then use the lever. Now place one of the boxes below the hole in the south wall and climb up into the hole. Use the lever at the end of the short passage to open the north door, and then drop back to ground and enter the north door.
The door to your right (east) should be open (see the 2nd prayer wheel part), but the door beyond that which leads to a small room is closed. There is a blue curtain to the left (west), so run through it and use the switch at the end of the short passage to open the door to the small room. Head back out to the east door and go through to the small room. Take the 3rd Prayer Wheel from the right side of the north wall and the Buddha Jewel from the left side of the north wall. Now return to the main room.
Remember the other south wall hole as you entered the main room? Well you can go there now and grab the final secret. To do this, move one of the boxes under the hole and climb up into the passage inside the hole. Carefully go ahead in the passage so as not to fall into the blade trapped room below, and then jump the gap over the room to get to the 3rd Secret ~ Gold Dragon. Now jump back over the gap, drop back down to the main room and go out into the wide hallway.
The Switch Room Key
Head back to the water pool at the other end of the hallway and swim back through the passage. Pull out of the pool on the north side and place the buddha jewel in the receptacle at the north wall. The west doors will open. Enter the west room and jump over the water trench. Push the single box towards the two stacked boxes, and then jump to the top of the stacked boxes for a SMP. Now drop to ground and enter the water trench.
Swim down to about half way and find a hole in the west wall of the trench. Swim inside for a LMP, and then continue on down the trench southwards. At the bottom of the trench, swim up through the south passage and note the closed door half way along. Continue on through the watery passage and pull out at the end.
This is what I call the pillar room. Kill the baddy, and then take another set of Uzis from the west ledge. Now climb the NE pillar and use the lever at the top to open the door back in the watery passage. You will also see another door close but don't worry about that for now. Pull up onto the SW pillar for the Switch Room Key, and then dive into the trench and swim all the way back to the previous room. Go back through to the east room and drop into the pool. Swim back through the passage and pull out to the wide hallway. Now return to the main room, but stop at the entrance.
The 4th Prayer Wheel and Wen Cheng's Thangka
Just before the main room, enter the south room and jump the rolling blade traps to get to the other side of the room. Use the switch room key to open the door and go through. At the end of the room you will find a lever. Use the lever to open a door on one of the pillars back in the pillar room, and then head out of the room and make your way back to the water pool at the end of the wide hallway. Drop into the pool and swim through to the next room. Pull out to the west and enter the west room. Drop back into the water trench and swim all the way back to the pillar room.
Pull up onto the NW pillar and use the lever on top to open the other door in the water trench. Now drop into the water trench, swim through the newly opened doors and pull out onto the central platform. Take Wen Cheng's Thangka from the platform and the south door will open. Enter the south door for the 4th Prayer Wheel, and then return to the water trench and swim all the way back to the wide hallway.
Make your way half way down the hallway until you come to the prayer wheel doors. Place two of the prayer wheels in the receptacles to open the first two doors, and then inside the doors you can place two more prayer wheels. The final doors will now open. Head through to the final room and slide down the slope at the east wall to finish the level.