TOMB RAIDER GBC: TEMPLE A

NOTE: Letter designations for switches (S#), doors (D#), save crystals (C#), etc., in the text refer to labels on the corresponding level maps. The switches are numbered to match their corresponding doors (e.g., switch 1 opens door 1, switch 3 extends ledge 3, etc.). All pick-ups are marked on the map (I hope). Enemies and hazards are noted in the walkthrough but not on the maps.


Temple A - Map 1 (click for printable map/map key)

Go to the right and pick up the small medipak. Hop down to the next lower level and backtrack to the left to get a stick of dynamite (in a shallow pit) and another small medipak on the ledge beyond. Go back to the right and then continue on, picking up a large medipak, jumping over a spike pit and grabbing another small medipak. After that, climb up two ledges to the right and pick up a large medipak partly hidden behind a plant. You'll hear some squeaking so draw pistols and kill a bat that flies in from the left.

Drop into the pit on the right and shoot the scorpion. (You'll also find a stick of dynamite here if you don't already have some.) Climb the ladder to the top where you'll encounter another bat. Climb onto the ledge above and use the switch (S1) to open the blue door below (D1). Drop back down and continue through the door to the right. Hop down one level, kill another bat and use the save crystal (C1).

Hop or climb the ladder down to the next level and use the dynamite to break open the gray door and get the large medipak behind it.

(NOTE: To use dynamite, position Lara right next to the door and select the dynamite from inventory. Then run away to avoid taking damage when it explodes. If you make a mistake and use the dynamite prematurely, go back to the right and you'll find a new stick of dynamite at the bottom of the next ladder. The dynamite respawns at the previous pick-up points after you use it.)

Climb back up the ladder and use the save crystal (C1) again if you want to. It's also a good idea to climb back up on the left, go through the blue door (D1) and climb down the ladder beyond to get more dynamite, since you'll need it soon.

Now continue to the right again. Jump the gap to the right of save crystal (C1), climb up one level to shoot another scorpion and climbing down the next ladder. Kill the snake at the bottom of the ladder.

Continue to the right. Pass under a ledge, continue past a short column and kill another scorpion. You'll come to a gap with a ladder below. Climb down and head to the right. Lara will pass behind a brown wall and you'll find small and large medipaks in the dead-end passage. Climb back up the ladder, jump the gap to the right and continue right to another ladder. Climb to the top and use the switch (S2) to extend a small ledge (L2) to the left. Jump to the newly extended ledge, kill the snake on the next ledge to the left and then jump over to it. Pick up the small medipak and climb the ladder to another switch (S3). Use the switch to extend a set of ledges (L3) elsewhere.

Climb back down. Return to the left to the ledge under which you passed earlier. Climb onto that ledge and climb the ladder to the top. Jump across the series of small stone ledges (L3) to the other side. Pick up a small medipak, shoot the scorpion on the ledge above and then climb up there to get another small medipak and find save crystal (C2).

You don't need to jump across the ledges again, just climb down the short ladder to the left of the ledges and let go at the bottom. Continue to the right, retracing your steps back to the switch (S3) you used to extend the ledges. This time, jump the gap to the right of the switch and kill a scorpion on the next ledge before climbing onto it. Use the red switch (S4) to open the blue door (D4) next to it and continue to the right.

Beyond the gap in the floor is a gray door. You'll need dynamite to open it. If you don't have any, you'll have to backtrack quite a ways to the left, to the pit beyond the blue door (D1) to get some. Once you're back at the gray door, use the dynamite and hop out of the way. Beyond the door is a ladder. Climb down. Shoot the snake and pick up some more dynamite in the next alcove ahead. Then use the dynamite to blow up the white floor tiles at the base of the ladder so you can get the small medipak below.

Climb back up the ladder, return to the left, drop through the opening in the floor onto the ledge below. Then step off to slide down a long ramp. If your timing is very good, you can jump near the beginning of the ramp to grab a ledge above and to the right (Up + B to grab). Pull up onto the ledge, kill a scorpion and pick up a large medipak and then slide the rest of the way down the ramp to the next area.

Temple A - Map 2a (click for printable map/map key)

Go to the right past the huge statue. Pick up the dynamite and use it to blow the gray door just beyond. Shoot the snake and take the large medipak. Return a few steps to the left and climb onto the ledge above where the gray door was. From there climb the ladder to the top and backflip onto the ledge behind (to the right). Climb the next ladder on the right wall. Shoot the scorpion from the ladder before backflipping to land on the ledge where the scorpion was. Cross this ledge back to the left. Kill a snake on the level below, drop down and pick up a small medipak. Climb the ladder to the bottom and then let go to land next to the big statue.

(NOTE: The dynamite respawns to the right of the statue, so you can get another stick now.)

Position Lara in front of the flashing aperture at the base of the statue and press Up.

CUT SCENE: Lara examines the statue and inadvertently awakens the guardians of the temple. Blue energy courses through her body and she's rendered unconscious. She awakens sometime later, notices a trail of blood and decides to follow it.

Temple A - Map 2b (click for printable map/map key)

A save crystal (C3) has appeared just to the left of the statue. Save if you like and then go to the left.

Pass under the ledge (where the gray door was earlier) and climb the ledges and ladders as you did before. You'll encounter a snake and 2 scorpions, and pick up a small medipak. There's no ladder to the right of the statue anymore. So, instead walk to the edge of the ledge and jump straight up to grab the vines on the ceiling (Up then B). Monkey swing to the left above the big statue. Drop onto the ledge with the large medipak and from there safety drop back to the ground.

Now go past the statue to the left and climb three ledges to the next area.

Temple A - Map 3 (click for printable map/map key)

When the new area loads, go left, climb a short ladder then three low ledges and another ladder. Turn right, hop across the gap and shoot the scorpion. If you don't already have a stick of dynamite you'll find one here.

Hop back across the gap to the left and climb up one more level to the gray door. Use the dynamite to blow it open. Continue to the left to an area with a dart-shooting stone reptile head. (Lara can crouch and to avoid the darts.) A bat flies in from the left. Jump up onto the thin stone ledge to the left. Shoot the scorpion on the next ledge and hop over to it. Climb the ladder and use the switch (S5a) at the top. (This is one of the two switches needed to open the trapdoor above the exit.) Then jump the gap to the right. Cross this ledge to the right, killing a scorpion and a snake as you go.

Take a running jump across the gap to the right. Kill another snake and then climb down the ladder. Kill another snake in the alcove, pick up the dynamite and use it to blow up the white floor tiles so you can get the large medipak in the pit below.

Climb the ladder back to the top and either safety drop from the first ledge you come to (losing a little health) or head back to the right and climb down the ladder near the switch (S5a).

(NOTE: As in the "big" Tomb Raider games, safety dropping—or hanging from a ledge and then letting go to land below—causes Lara to lose less health than just stepping or jumping off the same ledge.)

From the area with the dart-shooting gargoyle, continue to the right on the lower level, killing 2 scorpions as you go. The golden trapdoor (D5) in the floor doesn't open yet. If you want to save, continue a little ways to the left and you'll find a save crystal (C4). Return to the gold trapdoor (D5) and look for a ledge above on the right. Climb onto it and then climb the long ladder and kill the snake at the top.

Turn left and make a series of standing jumps across the four thin stone ledges. Jump to the next ledge, kill a scorpion on the level above and then climb up there. Get the small medipak in the pit to the left and then climb down the short ladder to the right. Let go to land on an island-like ledge with some plants and 2 small medipaks [directly above save crystal (C4)]. Climb down the ladder on the left and use the crystal again if you want to.

Continue to the left. When you come to the white break-away tiles, either shoot them or run over them to break them. Climb down the ladder below. Go left, kill a scorpion and climb down the next ladder you come to. Here you'll find another gold trapdoor (D6), not yet open. Pass over it to the left, kill a bat, climb up one level, kill another bat and pick up a small medipak near the tall column.

Continue to the left, passing over more white floor tiles. (These tiles require dynamite.) Climb onto the low wall ahead, kill the snake below and continue left. Jump over the next set of white break-away tiles to avoid falling into the spike pit below. On the other side, you'll find an alcove with a switch (S5b) and a ledge above with dynamite and a large medipak. Use the switch, get the goodies and return to the right. [This switch in combination with the first one you used in this area opens the gold trapdoor (D5) above the exit.]

Use the dynamite to blow up the white floor tiles. Climb down or drop into the hole then slide down the ramp. Lara will land in a room with a dart-shooting gargoyle, 2 snakes and a large medipak. Crouch and roll under the low overhang to the left to get into the alcove with the heavy bullets. Then go all the way to the right and climb the ladder. At the top is a save crystal (C5) and the switch (S6) to open the gold trapdoor above (D6). To get out, stand at the edge of the ledge on the right and jump straight up to grab the trapdoor opening then pull up.

Climb the ladder to the right. Retrace your steps back to the right, up another ladder and past the save crystal (C4) between the two broken columns. (You can use it again now if you want to.) When you get back to the first gold trapdoor (D5) it opens. Drop in and fall a looooong way to splash down in the next level.

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