From “A Shattered Stronghold” onward in Mark of the Ninja: Remastered, you will encounter significantly more environmental traps. You’ll need to proceed with caution and watch your step as your adversaries get sneakier than ever in the final leg of your journey.
Retrieve the Keys Without Using Any Items
After you recover the Sumi (as outlined below), you will continue through an underground cavern and soon reach a new building where you receive a new objective: Retrieve the Keys to Free Dosan. Optionally, you can also earn a seal by accomplishing that feat without using items. Keep in mind that for the purposes of this seal, the grappling hook counts as an item.
Ascend the shaft to the right of where you receive that objective and start to the right to arrive at the edge of The Central Tower. Climb some stairs and start right to find a sniper, who is unlikely to see you at first. Jump up and grab the overhead handholds, then cross along the ceiling and drop to kill the sniper.
From where the sniper was perched, start right along the ledge but watch to your lower right. Another sniper is waiting there. Wait until he’s looking off toward the right, then descend along the ledge’s right side and drop to eliminate the sniper (be careful not to simply hop down, which will cause him to see you ahead of your kill).
Now return left to where you took out the first sniper and look down to see a sniper to your lower left. If you drop down, you can easily enough kill him, but there is a guard patrolling to the right who will likely spot you. Make that guard your first target. Eliminate him silently, without relying on the vase for cover (it’s boobytrapped and will flash before exploding), and then take out the sniper.
Once the sniper is out of the picture, you can drop down along the right side of the long ledge where he was perched (past where the second guard was patrolling) and find some vases at the base. Hide behind one and look to your left, where another soldier is patrolling. Rush up behind him and eliminate him when he turns his back, then grab the keys to obtain your seal.
Recover the Sumi Without Taking Any Damage
When you depart the Conservatory area and start making your way through the extended underground tunnel, you will eventually reach a point in the cave where you are instructed to Collect the Tattoo Sumi. At that same time, you are given the option of doing so without taking any damage to receive a seal.
Start right now, ducking behind large vases for cover as you near a guard. Eliminate him with a stealth kill after he passes by your hiding place without detecting you (more points are always nice), and then head right again.
You will notice two chains here. You can safely jump through them without triggering any traps, but note there is a guard patrolling just to the right. Leap only after he is heading back toward the right, and duck behind another vase if needed until you find a good moment for a surprise stealth kill.
To the right, there are two guards on lower ground, and you need to eliminate both of them in a hurry or one might survive your attack and damage you.
Ascend the stairs leading toward the upper left, where there are more chains. Jumping through them will cause a heavy block to fall from the ceiling overhead. So jump from the right side and let your leap carry you left so that you cling to the wall as the stone falls. Then you can jump to the right to reach a higher ledge and turn a crank. This will raise a large block with spikes along its base, to your left.
Raise the block to its highest point, and then let go of the crank wheel. The block you raised will begin to quickly descend. You need to drop down swiftly and pass through the opening it was covering before the block descends low enough that its spikes will touch you. If you do, you’ll duck into a passage with a crate. Push the crate to the right, then drop down through the opening to grab the Sumi and receive your seal.
Get the Tattoo Needles Without Being Detected
As you head west along the rooftops after retrieving the keys, near the very end of the stage, you will eventually be forced to descend to continue in that direction. At that point, you will pass through a yellow patch of light that activates a checkpoint and offers a new objective: Recover Dosan’s Tattoo Needles. Optionally, you can do that without being detected to earn the level’s final seal.
Head toward the left, but don’t climb the stairs to the upper ledge. There is a guard positioned there who will see you. Instead, descend toward the lower left. Another guard waits here, but he patrols and allows you to surprise him from behind. Eliminate him and also another guard just to the left from there, in quick succession.
Next, ascend the vertical shaft positioned over the stairs the two guards were patrolling. Now you can safely take out the guard waiting there from behind, and then ascend to find another crank. This one manipulates the large block to the right. There are also a bunch of chains overhead, crossing every which way. Passing in front of one will cause darts to fly out from hidden holes in the wall to the right.
Turn the crank until the block is in line with the lowest of the holes from which spikes will emerge. Make a small hop to break those lowest chains. The block will prevent the lowest series of darts from hitting you. Then you can can repeat the process with the higher openings, slowly moving the block up and snapping the chains so darts pass harmlessly by your sheltered location. In this manner, you can ascend to the top of the area and grab the tattoo needles without being detected, to secure the seal.
Voice of the Hisomu
Shattered Stronghold Scroll #1
Start right through the stage, avoiding traps and guards, until you reach The Outer Ruins. Now you’re near your target.
Continue right until you reach the point where you can descend through an opening to find a short underground passage leading left. Here, there are chains positioned along the way that will prompt darts to fire from the left. Break the first chain and immediately jump to the overhead wall as darts pass underneath and destroy an explosive charge. Then head left again and be careful of more darts. Just left from the chains, you’ll find the scroll resting on a ledge.
Shattered Stronghold Scroll #2
As you travel right through the stage, you will pass The Outer Ruins and reach The Conservatory, where you meet up with Dosan during a cutscene. Head right again, ascend the building’s wall, then start through it. Descend along the series of ledges to find an opening along ground level that leads to the stage’s second underground cavern.
As you descend, you should reach a point that announces itself as Deep Below the Desert. When you see that text appear on-screen, look for a vent along the wall to the upper left. You can pass through the vent and follow that passage to find the stage’s challenge room.
To clear the challenge room, complete the following steps:
- Climb up to the overhead ledge, with a bed of spikes to your right.
- Grapple up toward the nearest grapple point.
- Immediately make a small hop to the right as darts fly at you from that direction, and grapple up onto the grapple point since your hop likely didn’t give you enough distance to reach it without taking that step.
- Grapple back left and then hop to the ledge to the left.
- Pull the lever.
- Grapple to the ledge to your upper right and immediately duck as darts will fly from the left.
- Hop left and pull the lever, which produces a new lever below you and to the right, amid the bed of spikes. It also prompts darts to fire from the ceiling toward the floor in a vertical shaft near the right side of the area.
- Return to the lever you first pulled, just to the lower left, and pull it again to lower the bed of spikes to your lower right.
- Drop down and pull the lever, which you can now safely reach.
- Pulling the lever produces a barrier near the base of the vertical shaft to the right, where the darts are still firing from the ceiling.
- Drop down to the room’s lower level along the left side, where you first appeared when starting the challenge.
- Grapple toward the right along the series of three grapple points, and hop right again to reach the final platform.
- Pull the lever to raise the barrier just to your right.
- Collect the scroll.
Shattered Stronghold Scroll #3
As you advance through the stage, you will receive an objective that instructs you to retrieve keys to free Dosan. Complete that task as described. Then head back to the upper left, where a checkpoint raven is inscribed on the side of the building.
From there, ascend to the domed rooftop and start toward the left. In this direction, you will find a flag where you can resupply your equipment, and to the left from there is an interior with two guards and two dogs. You can easily spot their locations using Farsight, if needed.
You want to use the Hisomu Terror Dart on one of the guards. Let him kill his friend and also the dogs, in the middle of his fit of panic. Then drop down and eliminate him.
Next, head just left of where the guards were standing. You can find the entrance to a hidden room there that contains the scroll.