BLACK CAULDRON SOLUTION
Well,here is the long-awaited solution for The Black Cauldron. There are many alternative routes to an ending, but there is only ONE correct way to get all 230 points.
One more thing … since B.C. uses mostly the joystick or the special commands instead of text,here are the commands:
F1 – Sound On/Off
F2 – Display DO/USE/LOOK Menu
F3 – Save Current Game
F4 – USE Object Selected On Status Screen
F5 – RESTORE A Saved Game
F6 – DO Something [talk,enter,exit, open,etc...]
F7 – RESTART The Game
F8 – LOOK At Area Or Object From Status Screen
[TAB] Display STATUS Screen
[ESC] PAUSE Game
[CNTRL]-J Install Joystick
[RETURN] Returns To Game From Status Screen
[HELP] Displays Help Screen
Type in ‘SLOW’ Slows The Game Speed. Type in ‘NORMAL’ Sets The Default
Game Speed. Type in ‘FAST’ Speeds The Game Up.
Use the numerical keypad for directional movement,8 is north, 2 South,4 West,6 East,7 North-West etc.
So, now there will be no questions about what command you are supposed to do! Whenever a sentence does not say which command to use, try ‘DO’ first, ‘USE’ second. To USE an item, hit [TAB], move the highlighter to
the desired item, and then hit [RETURN] or push the joystick button. Now when you select USE, that item will be done. If using ‘DO’ does not work, try ‘USE’.The reverse is also true.
Before the Castle:
Well Assistant Pig-Keeper, go inside the house, and talk with Dallben. Grab the pot from the fire, and empty out the cupboard on its right. Exit the house, and go East. Enter the pigpen, and feed the pot of gruel to Hen-Wen.When she splits for the house, tag along. Go inside again, and watch the fun little pictures.Take the rope, and leave the house. Go South,and then East to the bridge. On the bridge screen, when you first appear, don’t make any movements, and count to twenty. If a gwythaint appears,RESTART the game (What’s a gwythaint you ask? Believe me, if one appears, you’ll
know it). It will go after Hen-Wen, bringing her to the Horned King. You will not be able to get all 230 points easily if she is captured, so its best just to RESTART. If none appear, walk over to the right side of the bridge, and search around. Grab the Food Wallet, and WALK BACK TO HEN-WEN! Pigs don’t swim, so if you kept walking, you’d lose her! Go with her across the bridge, and then go South, West, and West again. You should now be on a screen full of bushes. To get through the thicket, stand behind the stones, then go behind the bush east and behind the stones. Walk to the east end of the bush, and head North until your feet are at a blue-coloured bush. Go West young man, toward the center of the screen. Tah-Dah! Open the door, and go inside with Hen-Wen. Chat for a bit with Gwystyl, and you’ll get The Magic Word. Go to the cabinet next to the secret passage, and open it. Grab the cookies, and then leave. You will have to go find a gift for the King, so while in the thicket, go west until there is a clear area to the North. Go
North, and then cross the river. Go North again,and look into the hole in the tree. You will find a Lute, and then USE it twice. That was nice, wasn’t it? Back to the game … go North, and then East. Walk along the southern edge of the lake, while going East. On the waterfall screen, walk along the southern edge of the lake again, and go as far East as possible.
When you are next to the rock, use the Magic Word. The rock will drop, and you can walk across it to the grey cave area to the right of the waterfall. You will drop down into the caves of the Fair Folk. Talk a bit with the King, and then offer him the lute. He will give you some Flying Dust, and a Magic Mirror. Use a little of the dust, and fly out of the cave.
Once outside, use the Magic Word again, and walk back across the rock. Now for the hard part … you’ll have to find a little furry guy named Gurgi, and feed him to make him friendly. He is never in the same place twice, so you’ll have to hunt for the little bugger. He can be anywhere in a one-screen radius from the waterfall (including it, of course), so you will just have to hunt around for him. When you catch up with him, feed him an apple or a cookie. UNTIL YOU FIND HIM, YOU CANNOT GO ON TO THE NEXT SECTION !
The Road To The Castle:
Now that you’ve found Gurgi (If you didn’t, you cannot get all 230 points) and fed him, making him your friend, you must raid the castle of the Horned King. Return to the waterfall screen, because that’s the easiest place to
give directions from. At the waterfall go North twice (don’t cross the bridge), and West three times. Pull the dagger out of that freaky tree,but ignore the ‘NO TRESPASSING’ sign. Go West, and then North to the rock maze. This is another area which takes some tricky maneuvering to get through. First, go behind the boulders at the bottom-right of the screen. Move towards the right of the screen, until you think you have reached the ‘V’ in the next row of boulders (you should be totally hidden). Go as far forward as you can, then west until you reach the ‘V’ in the third row of boulders.
Go forward again, and then left. Go forward and left again, until you are behind the boulder to the farthest left. Go forward as far as you can go, then go right to the center of the screen. Go forward towards the dead tree in the center of the screen, and you have arrived! Now, use the rope, and you will be able to scale the cliff. Remember to go diagonally, or you’ll do your Humpty Dumpty imitation. Once at the top, you will be faced with a rather nasty looking series of ledges. This is yet another maze screen, but with different directions. There are also two screens of this type, each a mirror image of the other. From the rope, walk west until you reach the edge of the cliff. Walk towards the far wall, and then climb up it. Go west as far as you can, and then climb down. Walk west to the edge again, and climb up on the wall once more. Climb up to the highest ledge to the right, and go above it. Climb down, and you will be on a VERY tricky ledge. Carefully walk to the right edge of it, and then climb up on the wall again. Go up and right, and then drop down to the end of the cliffs! Wah-lah! Walk off the screen to the right, and check out the castle. Cool, eh? But, you must press onward…by going forward. There is another set of twin screens, each with a twisted pathway on it. Type ‘SLOW’,
which will slow the game, and then walk very carefully. Once you reach the end of the path, type ‘NORMAL’. Go forward, and you will see the only passable portion of the moat. [Once in a while, an evil dude will pull up to the drawbridge, at the screen to the west of this area. Jump into his wagon, and enter with him into the castle, but jump out fast or he will see you.] At the moat, wait until the gators are at the sides of the screen, and none of them are in between you and the wall. Swim across, and if there are no gators in between, you will be able to outswim them. Or ,just dodge around them until you get through. At the wall, go forward to the next screen. Go climb up the wall, while not going over the light coloured stones, and also avoiding the rocks thrown at you by the bad guys. Go up to the next screen, where a lot of vines have grown. Keep dodging boulders and light coloured stones,and go over the yellow rectangle. Select the DAGGER, and then cut the vines away. A window will open up, which will allow you to go…
Inside The Palace Of The Horned King:
Welcome to the most unfriendly place you could go beside Lybia. The guards will constantly be chasing after you if spotted, but the hanging tapestries provide enough cover so that the guards will not be able to see you, and then leave. Or, since you run at the same speed, you could simply outmove them. But, when you first enter the castle, it helps more to let yourself get captured!!! Just wait for a guard to show up, and walk into him. You will be taken to the high point of the castle — the dungeon! After being put in jail (do not pass go, do not collect $200), grab the tin cup, and bang it against the door. Some spazzy chick will open a secret door in the floor,and you might as well get out any way possible. After you know where the door is, you can open it whenever you get thrown into jail by those spaced-out guards. Once in the under-dungeon tunnels (nice place, eh?), go West twice, North, and North again. Take a look at the dude there, and then grab his sword. GUARD THIS SWORD WITH YOUR MISERABLE EXISTENCE. Hit [TAB], and select it. Whenever a guard gets too close, USE it. The girl will slip out a door you can’t use, so keep looking! Go South twice,
and then East. Turn the gargoyle candelabra, and go through the newly opened secret door! When you get up there, go to the other gargoyle at the far left, and turn it again. We don’t want to go falling into a hole now, do we? While still at the far left, go North. The guard will pop instantly, so USE the sword quickly. After boinking him upside the noggin,
grab the keys off of the right wall. If the guard wakes up, bop ‘im again! You have to unlock the door to the North (you’ll have to un-select the sword though), and unlock the chains holding the bard, Fflewddur Fflamm. In his gratitude, he’ll give you another musical instrument, a harp. He’ll exit the castle (how, even I don’t know), and you should walk out
as well. Back at the guarded room, you have to go West to a flight of stairs. If the guard gets too close, you know what to do (ka-whack!). Go up the stairs. About halfway up, if you have followed these directions to the letter,you should be thirsty. Hit [TAB], and USE the Water. You might as well eat something as well. Continue up the stairs, and then go
East. There is a small door on this screen, in which all your confiscated stuff is. Open the closet door, and grab your gear.You’ll have to reselect the Sword at this point. Ignore that chained gwythaint, because if you get too close, it’ll catch you like a guard! Go through the South door, into the wine cellar (hic!). Go directly South, or else a guard will pop up if you take too much time. You should now be at the drawbridge control room. Stand next to the chain and winch, and USE the sword to Ginsu the chain. The drawbridge will drop, and now you are on your way to…
The Marshes Of Morva:
To get down from the Horned King’s castle, just reverse the directions you used to get up there in the first place. When you get to the end of the boulders, go South twice. USE the Flying Dust, and go South across the Marsh. Once over dry land again, USE the Dust again for a landing (landing lights not necessary). Get your Magic Sword ready before you open the door and enter the hut. Go inside, and open the chest. Ignore the previous adventurers/frogs, and wait for the witches to appear. Talk to them for a little bit, and when they say they will turn you into a frog, USE your sword. Ahhh … the Cauldron at last! Alas, if you wish to get all 230 points, you must simply wait for a gwythaint to come and swipe it. Depressing, wasn’t that? You must now trudge off to the Horned King’s castle again to get rid of both him and the Cauldron.
The Battle For The Black Cauldron:
You now are returning to the once Good castle for the last time. Instead of going past the gators and climbing the wall, go west from the moat screen to the now open drawbridge. Go North, into the wine cellar again (double hic!). There is a secret passage between the second and third kegs on the right. Walk between them, and keep going right after the text says you found a passage. You’ll do a Star Wars imitation, going right down the garbage chute. After falling, you will now be in those lovely little tunnels under the dungeon level. Hit [TAB] and ready the Magic Mirror you got from the
King of the Fairy Folk. Go South, and then East. The Horned King will be in here, making some truly bizarre home brew (actually,he’ll be making an army of invulnerable,undead soldiers). When you drop in unannounced, he’ll get a bit peeved, and go after you. USE the mirror, and the horror of what he sees will make him take a swim in the Cauldron. YECH! You don’t wanna think about what is in that pot now! The walls will crumble, but you’ll be safe on a floating log. Enjoy the ride (Black Cauldron floom ride – no tickets necessary.), until you find yourself on the same screen as that
stupid Cauldron again!!! The witches will offer you all sorts of junk, but ignore ALL of it. You’ll get your sword back, and then you’ll reach
…. THE END!!!
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