In Mark of the Ninja: Remastered’s “The Return” level, you’re now within striking distance of your journey’s end. There is only this one more standard stage, with its seals and scrolls, and then you finally come face to face with your true destiny. This is it: the final challenge.
Remain Undetected Until You Recover Your Equipment
The first seal pertains to your performance in the very first portion of the level. You are without your equipment, which means you have to use stealth as you make it through the first few areas.
Start by dropping down and heading right. As you pass the overhead building, scale the wall and find a nook where there is a crank to turn. Doing so aims the spotlight. You want to aim it toward the right, which eliminates a block across the gap. Then you should cross the gap and enter the vent the block was hiding.
Now in cramped quarters, head right to arrive in a puzzle room. Here, there is a large block to the right. You can jump and climb up the wall overhead, where you’ll find another crank wheel. Turn it to raise the block, then warp over and roll through a vent. Continue along that passage as it descends and you’ll arrive in a room with large blocks, such as the one you eliminated earlier in the stage by aiming a spotlight. Hop over the first one and turn the crank to clear the way to a lever to the left. Then zip over to it and pull it to produce light to the right.
Drop through the vent in the floor and head back to the right, to the crank. Turn it again and the light you generated will shine on the blocks. Zip quickly left once again and this time drop through the left vent that is temporarily available. Then descend through the passageway and drop through the vent into a small, square room. Roll through the vent to the right. Then pass into the next corridor and drop along it toward the bottom. Pass through a new vent leading right.
You’re now in a lengthy corridor. Proceed along it until you see a crate resting on a high ledge. Hop up to its left side and push it toward the right. Do so until it comes to a halt over the face on the wall. Glowing eyes will appear and the gate to the right will rise. Now you can drop down and head through that opening, then ascend the vertical shaft beyond. Follow the next few vents leading generally right and upward, until you arrive at the subway. As you do, wait for a train to pass so you’re not killed. Cars come along regularly, with barely a break between them.
Your destination is a vent to the left. Make your moves only as the trains permit, a little bit at a time, then pass through the vent in the ceiling. Ascend to a new room with a guard holding a flashlight and looking toward the right. Pass into the overhead vent and head right, then drop down at the end in front of a locked door. Pick the lock and enter the next room, where more guards are positioned. This time, follow a vent in the floor, and then emerge and roll through a vent on the room’s right side. Follow that shaft as it ascends to reach another set of train tracks.
In this tunnel, you will find handholds positioned along the ceiling. Grapple to the handholds overhead when you safely can and then head toward the right. Near the end of the handholds, you should wait until a train passes and then grapple right to the grapple point and right again to a vent. Hang there and wait for another train to approach from the left. As it nears, its light will shine on the block beneath you, so that you can swiftly drop and then duck through the vent the block had been hiding. This will allow you to find the game’s final challenge room, where you can obtain a scroll.
Once you clear the challenge room, return to the subway tunnel and this time head left along the ceiling. Make sure not to let yourself hang too low or one of the trains may hit you. Near the far left side, you’ll have to grapple down to a grapple point, then jump to and duck inside an opening in the wall as the next train passes. From there, grapple up and jump up a platform to arrive in the Hisomu-Jo area. A new objective should appear soon: Recover Ninja Gear.
Start to the right, but watch for a patrolling guard to come your way. Follow after him as he heads right, and duck behind the statue shaped a bit like a large fire hydrant. Let the guard continue right, then return left past your location. Rush to the right and climb the wall, then pass through the vent to the right to arrive in a large chamber with a crank and a large block ahead of you.
If you turn the crank, it will start to rise and then darts will shoot out of the wall and strike you, a fatal blow. Instead, hop to the top of the block to the right, then jump into the air. Teleport up to the side of the overhead shaft, and climb to higher territory. Roll out a vent along the left or right base of the platform, then hop onto the platform to grab your gear and secure the seal.
Stealth Kill 3 Hallucinations in Less Than 15 Seconds
The first leg of your journey through this stage is spent searching for your ninja equipment. Once you find it, the game presents a new objective: Reach the Main Compound. At the same time, you are able to work on this optional seal.
The term “hallucinations” refers to virtually any enemies you might meet, so the real challenge is finding a group of them occupying a space close enough to one another that you can easily cut three of them down within the specified time limit. There are numerous places around the stage where you might accomplish this. The easiest place to do it is perhaps the final building you visit before you complete the stage, The Dojo. Enter that building through the vents, then head right and pass through the yellow checkpoint light.
You’ll now find yourself at the edge of a large room. There is a statue at the center, and there are overhead platforms and guards to consider. Your goal is to turn lights so they shine in the right spots throughout the room, which is easy enough to do once you eliminate the armed guards. Start across the floor at ground level and work toward the room’s right side. Head up the vent, but don’t emerge on the next level. Wait until the guard is near you but has started back to the left. Then break free of the vent. Stab that guard in the back, which starts your timer.
Quickly grapply up to the overhead vent and pass through it to arrive on the higher level. Make sure that you only emerge when the guard to the immediate left is looking off toward the left. Break out of the vent and stab that guard. Then descend the wall behind the sniper and kill him from behind, as well. If you did it quickly enough, which isn’t particularly difficult by this point, you’ll receive the seal.
Stealth Kill From a Hiding Spot After Moving Into it With Serenity
There should be numerous places throughout the stage where you can complete this seal, but one spot makes doing so particularly easy.
Near the end of the stage, there is a wide outdoor area with a bunch of scraggly tree silhouettes in the background, and a lot of lights and guards. You can grapple past most of them and will soon reach a higher building.
A guard patrols here, walking left and right past a statue at the center of the rooftop. You can hang from an eve, then use the Mark of Serenity to teleport to the statue. If you aimed properly, you’ll duck behind it. Then you just have to wait for the guard to pass. Once he does, perform a stealth kill and you will receive the seal.
Voice of the Hisomu
The Return Scroll #1
The first scroll is hidden within a challenge room, which you can find near the right side of the second subway tunnel. You’ll need to grip the roof above a vent that is blocked by one of the stage’s special blocks, which melt away when light shines across them. As a subway train approaches, its light will make the block over the vent appear, so that you can drop from the ceiling and then drop through the vent opening before the train has a chance to crush you. Descend the cramped passage to reach the challenge room.
To clear the challenge room, complete the following steps:
- Teleport left, through the right of two vertical laser beams that are positioned just to your left as you appear in the challenge room.
- Turn the crank, so that it shines on and eliminates a block that prevented access to the small chamber on the room’s lower left side.
- Teleport over to that room and to its left side, where you should pull the lever to cause a light to shine in the chamber on the challenge room’s lower right side.
- Head left through a vent to the upper level and pull a lever to make light appear on the room’s upper right side.
- Return to the room’s lower level.
- Make your way to the lower right side of the screen using a series of quick teleports, now that you can pass through an opening that formerly was barred.
- Pull the lever you find there.
- Pass through the vent to the right and follow the passage up to the chamber in the challenge room’s upper right quadrant.
- Pull the lever to make a spotlight to your left tilt upward and reveal an opening.
- Teleport down to the crank at the center of the room, between the two vertical lasers.
- Turn the crank, which causes the overhead spotlight to turn and point to the mask on the wall to its left and eliminates lasers surrounding the generator to your left.
- Teleport over to the generator and activate it, which eliminates one of two horizontal gates positioned at the base of the short shaft along the top of the chamber.
- Return to the crank and turn it the other way, to shine the light to the right and eliminate the beams around that generator.
- Activate the generator, which eliminates the second of the two horizontal bars near the top of the challenge room.
- Return to the center of the room and turn the crank so the light faces to the left again, which causes a block to materialize to the upper right.
- Jump up and teleport to the side of that block, so that you cling to it.
- From there, grapple to the ledge overhead and pull yourself up to collect the scroll.
The Return Scroll #2
After you acquire your ninja gear, you can head right to the Paradise Lost area. The main attraction here is a large, multi-level building with Stalker enemies positioned throughout it. You should first navigate that building as you see fit and emerge on the right side. Then climb up the wall to the rooftop and start left. There’s a vent there that leads to a very low passage, with the scroll positioned at the center of it.
The Return Scroll #3
The third and final scroll in the level (and thus in the game’s main campaign) is only a short distance from the second one. Head out from the passage where you found the second one and descend along the building, then work your way to the right. Ahead of the next building, you’ll see some guarded steps leading down through the lower area. Start down the steps, but keep an eye on the wall to the right. You should spot a vent, which you can roll through to find a small square room that contains the scroll.