Shadowgate Guide

This is a graphical walkthrough for Shadowgate on the NES. It should work for every other version too.

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Open the skull above the door and take Key 1.


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Open the door and move to the first room.


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Take both of the torches.


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Open the door and move to the next room.


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Take the two torches. One of them is a magic torch that is used soon.


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Open the book, don't take the book though or a trap will go off.


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Take Key 2.


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Hit the light colored brick against the back wall to open a secret passage.


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Go back to the previous room and use Key 2 to open the small door.


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Enter the small door.


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Take the Sword and Sling.


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Go back to the room with the book and take the exit to the right.


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Open all three doors.


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Go through the door on the right first.


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Open the door against the far wall and move to the next room.


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Pick up at least one stone.


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Move into the small gap behind the waterfall.


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Hit the stone.


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Open Bag 1 and take all three gems inside.


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Move back to the room with the three doors and move to the left room.


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Place the Whitegem in the hole next to the door.


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Take the Sphere.


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Take the torches.


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Open the door and move to the next room.


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In the next room the Shield must be taken first.


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There will be time to take two other items. The hammer and spear are required.


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Exit and re-enter to take up to three more items at a time.


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Torches are always useful and a skull is needed to solve a puzzle later on. However there is another place where a skull can be found.


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Head back to the room with the small lake.


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Use the Sphere on the lake to freeze it.


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Take Key 3.


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Use a lit torch on the lake.


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Take the Sphere back.


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Go back to the room with the book and move to the secret passage.


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Take the Arrow.


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Move the torch against the left wall to open a secret passage.


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Move through the secret passage.


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For now only the stone bridge can be crossed.


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Use a lit torch on the magic torch (the one found in the room with the book).


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Take the torches.


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Take the Cloak.


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Use the Cloak on Self to wear it.


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Open the door and move to the next room.


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Take Bottle 2 (the leftmost one).


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Take the torch.


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Read the sign twice to learn the Epor spell.


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Speak the Epor spell to raise the rope.


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Open the door against the back wall and move to the next room.


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Place the Blue Gem in the hole.


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Open the scroll.


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Go back to the previous room and move up.


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Move back for now.


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Open the last coffin on the right and use a lit torch on the mummy inside.


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Take the Staff.


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Move back to the room with the mirrors. Take the torches and broom.


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Use the Hammer on the middle mirror.


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Use Key 3 on the door.


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Move to the next room.


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Use the Sphere on the flames.


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Open the far door and move to the next room.


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Try to cross the bridge.


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A troll appears, use the Spear on them.


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Now cross the bridge.


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Use the Stone on the Sling.


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Use the Sling on the enemy.

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Once they are down use the Sword on them to finish them off.


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Use the handle on the well.


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Open the bucket.


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Take the Gauntlet.


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Use the Gauntlet on Self to wear it.


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Open the door and move to the next room.


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Take the torch.


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Open the door.


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Move to the first room on the left.


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Take the Map and Skull (if one wasn't previously taken).


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Open the desk drawer.


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Open Scroll 4 and Scroll 5.


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Take Key 5.


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Take the Glasses.


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Use the Glasses on Self to wear them.


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Put the Red Gem in the hole on the wall.


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Use the book on the desk to learn another spell.


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Move to the next room.


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Take the bellows and scepter, the cup is optional.


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Speak the Terrakk spell.


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Open the globe.


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Take Key 6.


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Go back to the room with three passages, enter the top left one.


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Take the Horseshoe.


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Open the floor tile with the hook on it.


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Take the Water.


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Move down the stairs.


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Take the Flute.


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Use the Flute.


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Take the Ring.


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Go back to the room with the three passages. Take the one at the end of the hall.


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Use a lit torch on the carpet.


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Take Key 5.


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Use Key 5 on the top right door.


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Use Key 6 on the top left door.


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Use Key 4 on the center door.


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Take the Crest and Mirror.


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Move through the top right door.


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Moving up the stairs triggers the Sphinx to ask a riddle.


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Use the item they're describing, these puzzles are all incredibly easy.


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Now move up the stairs.


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Open the scroll.


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Take the Star.


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Open the plaque the Star was attached to.


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Take the Rod.


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Move up the ladder.


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Use the Arrow on the woman.


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Take the Blade.


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Move back to the room with three doors. Take the top left door.


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Try to take the Horn.


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Use the Water on the hellhound.


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Now take the Horn for real.


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Move up the ladder.


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Use the Star on the wyvern.


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Take the Talisman.


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Go back to the room with three doors. Move to the lower door.


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Take the torches.


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Go through the door on the left.


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Place the Rod on the small hole.


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Take the Wand.


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Move to the left.


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Open the bag.


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Take the Big Coin and at least one Goldcoin.


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Backtrack all the way to the room with the two bridges.


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Use Bottle 2 on Self.


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Cross the wooden bridge.


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Use the Wand on the snake.


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Take the Staff.


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Start heading back to the previous hallway. Along the way the troll blocks the path again but now they have the spear. Speak the Humana spell to sneak past them.


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Once back at this hallway, take the right passage.


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Use the Scepter on the skeleton's empty hand.


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Place the Ring in the hole that appears.


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Move down.


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Take the torches and move forward.


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Take the right passage first.


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Speak the Motari spell.


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Cross to the next room.


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Use the righmost handle.


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Use the center handle.


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Use the rightmost handle again.


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Take the Orb.


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Go back to the room with the gargoyles. Speak the Illimina spell.


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Move to the next room.


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Use the handle to open the well.


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Throw a Big Coin into the well.


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Move down the well.


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Use the little hammer on the gong.


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Give the skeleton a Goldcoin.


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Move onto the raft.


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Place the Talisman in the leftmost slot (the one with the sword icon).


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Use the Horn.


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Move to the next room.


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Use the Blade on the Staff.


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Use the Orb on the Staff.


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Use the Staff on the dragon.


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Hooray, the end.