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The Palace of Darkness is a dungeon in Secret of Mana. Located above the village of Mandala near the base of the Lofty Mountains, it is one of the world's eight Mana palaces, and the fifth to be visited in the story.

Story[]

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A short while before Geshtar destroys the Imperial Palace, Randi, Primm, and Popoi are met by King Truffle, having flown from Matango on the still-growing Flammie. Before the palace collapses, Truffle grants the party a pellet drum that he has trained the dragon to respond to. All hop aboard Flammie to escape, but King Truffle wants to return to his castle first, so the party agrees to drop him off

Back at Fung Castle, Truffle thanks the party and offers a clue to its next point of call, the mountain range near the southern part of the world. Remembering his mission to locate Sage Joch, Randi and his comrades scale the peaks and find Jehk, Joch's disciple, who brusquely informs them that his master is away, and has gone off into the palace below.

The party navigates the complex palace through a network of switches, caves, and invisible paths, only to reach a void at its summit. There, Shade, the scion of darkness, sets a challenge—a massive, all-consuming blob of morphing ooze that must be defeated.

With his servant slain, Shade introduces himself as a one-time king of Mavolia who was exiled to the Palace. Reluctantly, he lends his power to Popoi alone, that it might be of use in the party's quest.

Spoiler ends here.

Walkthrough[]

Map of Palace of Darkness

Get here by either summoning Flammie and landing in front of the cave, or walking that short, short distance on the Mountain Road. In the first room, defeat the Fierce Head. In the next room you can go left or right; take the right path after you give the Dark Knight a beating. Go north and ready the Axe. Whomp the stalagmites to your right; left is ignored for now, but you have to return here because there is a crack in the wall. Go south for now.

Go to the left and through the passage. Tap the switch for a pole to appear. Return and take the path leading south. In the next area, walk left and step on the switch. This opens up the gate you see in the lower-left corner of the screen-the chamber that is now accessible contains a Glove's Orb. Ignore it for the moment. Take the stairs leading to the floor below and go through the passage.

Watch out for the Dark Knight and walk through all those narrow passages. Pick the 1000 GP out of the chest and walk on, to arrive at the other side of the "second room". Do not go through the passage but go up the stairs. Do not attend the Dark Knight; just go through the passage. Here, avoid the enemies again and keep heading north. You will arrive in the cave-like area again. Kill the Embermen, do not go in the room above, and use the Whip on the stake you have let appear earlier. Step on the switch to reveal an entrance on the wall that had cracks in it. Obviously, that is where you need to go now, so run all the way back there. You can use the Magic Rope now and pick up the previously-ignored Glove's Orb while trudging to the entrance.

Lime Slime Boss Battle

In the new area, head all the way north. Step on the switch and flames will appear on your left, making an invisible bridge. Walk on and repeat the process with another switch, and another one. Eventually, you will enter a dark room with a gigantic blob, and a voice will tell you that he, Shade, is going to test you.

After defeating Shade's monster, you will arrive in a room with the next Mana Seed, and an elemental in front of it. Talk to it, and you will learn that it is Shade, the elemental of darkness. In return for defeating his servants, the Sprite will gain its powers. Before you leave, hit the Mana Seed on the pedestal to gain its powers and the possibility to up your magic's level to 5 or 6.

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Characters
Heroes
Randi · Primm · Popoi
Mana Spirits
Undine · Gnome · Jinn · Salamander · Shade · Wisp · Luna · Dryad
Villains
Vandole Empire
Emperor Vandole · Thanatos · Fanha · Geshtar · Sheex
Others
Elinee · Scorpion Army
Non-Player Characters
Cannon Brothers · Dyluck · Elliott · Elman · Flammie · Gemma · Sage Joch · Karon · Krissie · Luka · Mara · Admiral Meria · Commander Morie · Neko · Pecard · Phanna · Rudolph · Santa Claus · Sergo · Serin · Timothy · King Truffle · Watts
Monsters
Enemy List
Armored Man · Basilisk · Beast Zombie · Blat · Blue Drop · Bluster Gas · Bomb Bee · Buzz Bee · Captain Duck · Chess Knight · Chobin Hood · Crawler · Dark Funk · Dark Knight · Dark Ninja · Dark Stalker · Dinofish · Doom Sword · Eggatrice · Eggplant Man · Emberman · Evil Sword · Eye Spy · Fiend Head · Fierce Head · Ghost · Ghoul · Goblin · Grave Bat · Green Drop · Gremlin · Griffin Hand · Heck Hound · Howler · Ice Bandit · Iffish · Imp · Kid Goblin · Kimono Bird · Kimono Wizard · Lullabud · Mace Menace · Mad Mallard · Marmablue · Master Ninja · Ma Goblin · Mushgloom · National Scar · Nitro Pumpkin · Metal Crab · Metal Crawler · Mimic Box · Needlion · Mushboom · Mystic Book · Nemesis Owl · Pebbler · Polter Chair · Pumpkin Bomb · Rabite · Red Drop · Robin Foot · Sand Stinger · Silktail · Specter · Steamed Crab · Steelpion · Tomato Man · Trap Flower · Tsunami · Turtlance · Water Bandit · Shape Shifter · Spider Legs · Weepy Eye · Werewolf · Whimper · Wizard Eye · Wolf Lord · Zombie
Boss List
Mantis Ant · Tropicallo · Spikey Tiger · Tonpole · Biting Lizard · Fire Gigas · Wall Face · Kilroy · Jaberwocky · Spring Beak · Great Viper · Mech Rider 1 · Boreal Face · Frost Gigas · Minotaur · Doom Wall · Vampire · Metal Mantis · Mech Rider II · Lime Slime · Blue Spike · Gorgon Bull · Dark Stalker · Shadows · Aegagropilon · Hydra · Kettle Kin · Snap Dragon · Hexas · Mech Rider III · Dragon Worm · Snow Dragon · Axe Beak · Red Dragon · Thunder Gigas · Blue Dragon · Buffy · Dread Slime · Dark Lich · Mana Beast
Items
Item List
Candy · Chocolate · Royal Jam · Faerie Walnut · Medical Herb · Cup of Wishes · Magic Rope · Flammie Drum · Moogle Belt · Midge Mallet · Barrel
Equipment
Armor List
Headgear
Bandana · Hair Ribbon · Rabite Cap · Head Gear · Quill Cap · Steel Cap · Golden Tiara · Raccoon Cap · Quilted Hood · Tiger Cap · Circlet · Unicorn Helm · Dragon Helm · Duck Helm · Needle Helm · Cockatrice Cap · Amulet Helm · Griffin Helm · Faerie Crown
Body Armor
Overalls · Fung Fu Suit · Minor Robe · Chain Vest · Spiky Suit · Kung Fu Dress · Fancy Overalls · Chest Guard · Golden Vest · Ruby Vest · Tiger Suit · Tiger Two-Piece · Magical Armor · Flower Suit · Battle Suit · Vestguard · Vampire Cape · Power Suit · Faerie Cloak
Accessories
Wristband · Elbow Pad · Power Vambrace · Wolf's Band · Silver Band · Golem Ring · Ivy Amulket · Gold Bracelet · Lazuli Vambrace · Guardian Ring · Vambrace · Dragon Coil · Watcher Ring · Imp's Ring · Faerie's Ring
Weapon List
Swords
Rusty Sword · Cutlass · Herald Sword · Claymore · Excalibur · Masamune · Gigas Sword · Dragon Buster · Mana Sword
Spears
Spear · Heavy Spear · Sprite's Poleaxe · Partisan · Halberd · Oceanid Spear · Gigas Land · Dragon Lance · Daedalus Lance
Axes
Watt's Axe · Lode Axe · Stout Axe · Battle Axe · Pyrite Axe · Were-Buster · Great Axe · Gigas Axe · Doom Axe
Whips
Leather Whip · Black Whip · Backhand Whip · Chain Flail · Silver Flail · Morning Star · Hammer Flail · Nimbus Chain · Gigas Flail
Boomerangs
Boomerang · Chakram · Lode Boomerang · Rising Run · Titan Boomerang · Cobra Shuttle · Frizbar · Shuriken · Ninja's Trump
Gloves
Spike Knuckles · Power Glove · Moogle Claw · Chakra Hand · Heavy Glove · Hyper-Wrist · Griffin Claws · Drgon Claws · Aura Glove
Bows
Chobin's Bow · Iron Bow · Long Bow · Great Crossbow · Silver Bow · Elfin Bow · Wing Bow · Doom Bow · Garuda Buster
Javelins
Pole Dart · Javelin · Light Trident · Trident · Silver Pilum · Imp's Fork · Elf's Harpoon · Dragon Dart · Valkyrian
Spells
Undine's Spells
Freeze · Acid Storm · HP Absorb · Cure Water · Remedy · Ice Saber
Gnome's Spells
Gem Missile · Earth Slide · Slow Down · Defender · Speed Up · Stone Saber
Sylphid's Spells
Air Blast · Thunderbolt · Silence · Analyzer · Balloon · Thunder Saber
Salamando's Spells
Fireball · Lava Wave · Exploder · Flame Saber · Fire Bouquet · Blaze Wall
Shade's Spells
Dark Force · Evil Gate · Dispel Magic
Shade's Spells
Lucid Barrier · Light Saber · Lucent Beam
Luna's Spells
Lunar Magic · Change Form · MP Absorb · Moon Energy · Lunar Boost · Moon Saber
Dryad's Spells
Burst · Sleep Flower · Wall · Revivifier · Mana Magic
Locations
The Empire · Ice Country (Crystal Forest - Frozen Forest - Santa's House - Tropics) · Kakkara (Kakkara Desert - Sandship) · Lighthouse Isle · Lofty Mountains · Lost Continent · Turtle Shell Isle · Upper Land (Forest of Seasons - Great Forest)
Settlements
Dwarf Village · Gold City · Kakkara · Kippo Village · Mandala (Mandala Temple) · Matango (Fung Castle) · Moogle Village · Northtown · Pandora (Pandora Castle) · Potos Village · Southtown · Sprite Village · Tasnica · Todo Village
Mana Palaces
Fire Palace · Light Palace · Moon Palace · Palace of Darkness · Tree Palace · Underground Palace · Water Palace · Wind Palace
Dungeons
Cave of the White Dragon · Gaia's Navel · Gold Tower · Grand Palace · Haunted Forest · Ice Palace · Imperial Palace · Joch's Cave · Mana Fortress · Northtown Ruins · Pandora Ruins · Pure Land · Scorpion Army ship · Sewers · Undine's Cave · Witch's Castle
Other
Bosses · Weapons · Armor · Items · Stats in Secret of Mana · Mana Beast · Mana Seeds · Mana Sword · Mana Tree
Game Mechanics & Script
Version Differences · Unused Content · Secret of Mana Trophies
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