2021: Walkthrough by: Louis Koot

This is my English translation of my 2013/ 2014 Dutch walkthrough

Level 12: On route to the Palace

Free your captive buddies from the Endurance:

A: Geothermal Caves:

At the end of Level 11, Lara narrowly escaped certain death by diving into the blood river. The 2 Solari's who had been instructed by Mathias to "have fun" with Lara did not feel the urge to jump after Lara, to check whether or not she survived her dive. Trembling with fear, those 2 Solari's went to report to their boss, Mathias, that Lara has finally died ... but nothing could be further from the truth because Lara put her head, dripping with blood, above the blood stream and notice that the coast is clear.

Lara stands upright ..... well ..... she may consider to take a shower ..... she is dripping with blood and it will stay that way for a while .... It is not Lara's blood by the way .... it is the blood of countless people who have been murdered here over the years and are still being murdered by the mad Mathias, as a sacrifice to his beloved goddess.

There is only one route that Lara can take, so wade through the river of blood and then dive into the bloody and ascending tunnel, which is filled with the bones of countless victims.

When Lara has almost reached the top, a fairly fresh corpse leans against a wooden partition to the left. A quiver with arrows also leans near the corpse.

Ahead the tunnel is blocked by heavy beams and dirty, and poisonous, yellow gas flows into the tunnel at those beams.

When Lara was overpowered by the seconds of Mathias, in the "party hall",  all her weapons were taken away, but before she dove into the blood river she recaptured her Bow. The Bow is the only weapon that Lara now has, but she does not have many arrows for it. So pick up those arrows to begin with. We have to continue through the tunnel, but then those heavy beams, near the yellow gas, have to be removed

Lara will often encounter that yellow gas in these caves and tunnels .... the yellow gas is poisonous but also explosive ..... If Lara stays in such a gas cloud for too long she will get very dizzy, and you can see it this. Always run through such a gas cloud as fast as possible because the gas is deadly. You can also make a gas cloud explode by putting a fire arrow in it ..... always do that from a safe distance because if Lara is too close to the explosion it will also kill her. By the way, it is not the case that you permanently disable the gas clouds by making them explode ..... an explosion only ensures that the gas cloud disappears for only a few seconds, but they always come back ..... If you have a gas cloud explode if there are Solari's nearby then the explosion take those Solari's out. But make sure Lara does this from a safe distance or else she will die from the explosion herself.

 in front of you is your 1st gas cloud ..... stay at a safe distance, about l at the body, draw the bow and make sure Lara can shoot a flare. 

Aim for the gas cloud and pull your trigger and ........

..... BOOM ..... the gas cloud explodes and the explosion clears the barrier ..... Run quickly, before the gas cloud returns .... Are you a little too slow, so that the yellow cloud again has come back, then you run quickly through the yellow gas cloud ..... you will then experience that Lara gets a bit dizzy, but if you walk quickly then there is nothing wrong. After the gas cloud you crawl into the next cave and ...... You have reached the Day Camp "The Pit".

To the left hangs a net with a yellow box in it. There is a document on the mat of the camp ......

Yes ..... we can collect stuff, documents and Relics again. Set the net on fire and then loot the box

..... Then use the Camp to fill up Lara's diary and spend any skill points and XP points on Upgrades.

Then get up again and go and grab that document that is on the mat in front of the campfire.

For me this is the 5th "Confessions of a Solari" document and so for me the last of this series of documents.

Continue through the tunnel, push Lara through the crack and ...... we will end up in the next cave with a few cells.

The 2 cells are empty ..... straight ahead you see a "window" of which the bars are broken. 

To the right of that window, the tunnel continues down to the Pit. Continue to the "window" and .....

in a short scene we see that Lara looks through the "window" ... She looks into the Pit and she sees a fat Solari throwing a prisoner into it. The Solari pulls back and closes and locks the gate again and then ....UNDEADS ...... and those UNDEADS are hungry and like that fresh juicy meat of that prisoner. While Lara peeks through the "window" quickly draw the bow and aim at one of those Undeads and ..... fire .......

You can't save that poor prisoner but Lara kills some of those Undeads and causes the prisoner to die a "more humane" death, and that's always better than being eaten alive by a bunch of wacky Undeads. Lara then retired from the "window". The route then continues to the right, so follow the, now descending tunnel, further down and .....

............ we end up in the:

PIT:

Stop and look around for a moment. In the middle is a thick column and in that column is a niche and in that niche you can pick up a Relic. If you look to the right you will see the tunnel from which Solari just threw that prisoner into the Pit. The gate of that tunnel is closed and locked again, but it is Lara's exit from this hellish Pit.

Note: If you're not interested in things like Relics, Chests, GPS Caches and other extra "Challenges" then you might as well leave this hell pit now and continue Lara's route through these stinking and dangerous caves and tunnels. Unfortunately I can't because otherwise I will again be accused that my walkthroughs are incomplete, if I don't tell you where to find all that extra stuff.

So unfortunately for Lara .... with me as a guide she will still be "in the pit". Yellow gas spurts into the cave on the right side of the central column, so stay away from it for a while. Start by turning Lara counter clockwise ..... Lara then looks back to where she came from ...... You see a so-called Stalagmite ...... a stalagmite and stalagtite that are grown together .. .... and you see a yellow box, so go and demolish that yellow box first

Then turn Lara over again so that she looks back at the central column and the niche where the relic is located for the retrieval. Walk forward to the central column and .....

.... then walk up the granite slab on the right side and then jump / climb up into the niche. Loot the Relic chest

In this box Lara then finds the 1st of 3 ceremonial Fans, a Funeral Fan.

Turn around but don't jump back down just yet .... stay on the ledge and turn on Lara's Survival Instinct and then look up at the ceiling of the cave and ..... There is a BAG dangling from the ceiling. This is the 1st of a total of 6 bags that Lara can set on fire for the "Lighter Challenge".

Jump back down. We are then faced with the stalagmite

If you look to the right you will see the entrances to 2 tunnels, A and B. 

In tunnel B you see yellow gas "clouds". Enter Tunnel A and follow this short tunnel to the back.

Tunnel A ends in a pit. There are 2 yellow boxes in the pit. Jump down to loot those 2 yellow boxes.

Turn around and jump / climb out of the pit again, into tunnel A .......

..... An Undead comes, screaming and screaming, running towards Lara  .. Quickly ... shoot the Undead on fire with a flare ......

Then press your Q button to activate Lara's survival instinct for a moment and look ... the Undead corpse glows white and you might get a message from the game about the treasure map. Walk back through tunnel A to the large cave and then, before the stalagmite, turn left and you will see tunnels B and C.

Yellow Gas injects into the tunnel B Walk to Tunnel B but keep a safe distance and let the yellow glass explode with a flare arrow.

Of course this is not necessary .... you can also move Lara quickly through the gas cloud.

Then quickly run into Tunnel B, before the yellow gas comes back and ... Oops .. an .. undead .... but they are burning nicely.

Tunnel B ends at a high niche where a yellow box is shining. Climb into the niche and loot the yellow box

Then stand on the ledge ... so don't jump right back down ... and switch on Lara's Survival Instinct again and ...

If you are in the right place now you will see Bag 2 for the Lighter Challenge hanging in the tunnel. Well ... set the bag on fire

Jump out of the niche and return to the Stalagmite and then turn Lara left again and .... now walk into Tunnel C

In Tunnel C are cells and in most of the cells there is an undead trapped. Those Undead won't hurt Lara because they can't get out of their cell. 

But if you want to earn an extra Skill Point you can decide to kill those Undead in their cells ..... they burn well and I like a beautiful fire:

Walk further ..... a little further up in the tunnel you will see something glittering on the ground ..... it is a GPS-Cache .....

This is the 1st of 5 CPS-Caches that Lara can find in this level. Just past the GPS-Cache, a cell has completely collapsed.

Above this collapsed cell is a small cave where Lara can loot such a gray metal box.

So climb into the above cave and pry open the chest:

Walk back to the edge and jump back out of the cave. 

Back in tunnel C turn Lara left and then switch on Survival Instinct again because a little further on the 3rd Bag for the "Lighter Challenge" is hanging from the ceiling. 

Set the Bag on fire.

3 more Bags to be found ... Walk on, kill Undeads in their cell and when Lara has almost reached the end of Tunnel C she sees an Undead running away at the exit .....

 Quickly , Shoot a flare into the Gas Cloud ... the explosion then kill that last Undead and you will have earned your Skill Point.

Bingo ...... The exit is Tunnel D but the fence of Tunnel D is locked .... At the fence, however, is a red rotary valve ..... Force that red rotary wheel ....

....... then gas spurts out of the pipe ... quickly run away to a safe distance. 

Then turn Lara around so that she faces the exit again and then let the gas explode and clears the fence out of the way.

Well ...... Leave the Pit, but get ready to fight almost immediately with about 6 Solari boys ........

Catacombs:

Lara ends up in the Catacombs, and almost immediately she hears the voices of a pair of Solari fuckers approaching her.

On the left is a wooden bulkhead and Lara will automatically take cover at the wooden bulkhead.

Draw the bow and peek around the bulkhead .... at first 2 Solari's come into this cave ... they talk to each other and they have no idea of Lara's presence ....

 take advantage of this fac t to klii those 2 guys quickly and silently, via Headshots.

If you do not give these 2 guys a chance to make noise then you will be alright ..... if they cause noise, their comrades will be alarmed and you will have to deal with another 4 Solari's. Of course, the Solari's don't stand still to be slaughtered by Lara ... they move and also go into cover ... so make sure Lara survives this fight too. The cave is divided into 2 halves by an "island" and in the right half Lara can pick some orange fruits from the plant and there is also an orange food box and a GPS-Cache for the taking.

So go pick the orange fruits, loot the orange food box and pick up the GPS-Cache.

Loot the Solari corpses and then continue through the tunnel. Lara then end up in the 2nd catacombs cave. 

The door to the next tunnel is hermetically locked again.

There is a chessboard on the floor and you can pick up a Document at that chessboard. For me it is the 3rd of a total of 7 documents from officers of the Endurance.

Then walk a little further and then turn and look up .... a net is dangling from the ceiling of the cave with a yellow crate in it.

Fire the net and then go and loot the yellow crate that will fall to the floor.

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Turn around again and then walk further to the back. The gate to the next tunnel is closed tight and Lara will never be able to open it .....

....... It also makes no sense to detonate the gas cloud, in the left corner, because the explosion will not destroy the fence either. Lara has to get above the entrance, but because of the boulders that lie in front of the wooden climbing wall, Lara cannot climb / jump up the climbing wall ... something else has to be done. Turn Lara over. A stone staircase goes up and at the top of the stone staircase is the Base Camp Catacombs. In the left corner an orange food box is waiting for Lara ..... so go and loot that orange box first. The stone staircase goes up along a wooden scaffolding with iron cages. Walk all the way up the stone steps to Base Camp "Catacombs".

Behind the campfire is a yellow box and a Relic chest. Loot the yellow box and loot the Relic chest...

Lara has found the 2nd of a total of 3 Ceremonial fans.

When you have enough points, use the camp to upgrade Lara's skills and equipment, or leave it alone. Walk back to the stone stairs. An orange gas valve protrudes from the ground in front of the wooden scaffolding. At the top of the wooden platform is a large iron cage. That cage has to go down to the wooden climbing wall.

We'll leave this alone for a while because there is still a Treasure Map to score here. Go back down the stone steps to the iron cage at the bottom of the scaffolding. Then stand right in front of that cage. Climb all the way up the planks, to the top of the scaffolding .... halfway through you have to use your jump key to let Lara climb further up.

On top of the scaffolding the Treasure Map is there for the taking, so take the thing .....

Turn Lara around and step back over the ledge and press Shift to make Lara climb / fall back down. Walk up the stone stairs again and go to the gas valve.

Force open the valve and then quickly run to the campfire to avoid inhaling the gas. 

Then turn Lara around, draw the bow and shoot fire arrow into the gas cloud and and ....... BOOM

The gas cloud explodes and the force of the explosion shoots the top iron cage through the scaffolding and the thing ends at the wooden climbing wall. 

Well ..... Lara has provided a "step", so run down the stone stairs and then climb on top of the iron cage

Jump / climb via the wooden climbing wall to the wooden beam and then move Lara along the wooden beam to the left and climb up the "gallery" and .......

... Lara immediately goes into cover behind the metal crates because she hears voices .... 2 or 3 Solari's appear ..... 

well ..... Kill the Solaris ... More Solari's will show up and they also climb up the crates to get to Lara

.... Survive this fight ....plan your own strategy how to do it. Lara will return to normal upright position and put the bow away when all Solari's have been killed.

 Here on the "scaffold" there is still an orange chest to plunder, and of course any Solari corpse.

Walk on and then, at the red plank, stand on the edge of this right "scaffold". Lara's route continues on the other side, so you could now jump right over to the "scaffold" on the other side. Don't do that just yet ..... Stay here and turn on Lara's survival instinct again, via Q-button. If you then look to the right and up you will see Bag 5 hanging in front of the "Lighter Challenge" ...... Turn left and look down slightly and .... you see Bag 4

If you don't move Lara you stay in Survival Instinct ..... Draw the Bow and set Bag 4 on fire, then turn around and burn Bag 5 .....

One more bag to go, and we'll find it later. Step over the edge ... Lara landed on top of the iron crates.

At the back of the tunnel you will now see an orange box. Climb / jump to the bottom and run to the orange box

Behind the Oranje Kist is also a GPS-Cache. Loot the box and pick up the GPS Cache. This is the 3rd GPS of this Geothermal level

Unfortunately I have to inform you that I will soon find GPS 4 but that I have not found GPS 5 ..... you have to find it yourself.

The exit from this tunnel is blocked, so Lara has to find another exit and there is one too ..... above the gray climbing wall ..... 

Climb the iron cage and then climb further up to the wooden platform and climb then further up, up the plateau.

On the plateau Lara can pick those tasty oranges. When Lara has wiped the juice from her mouth, make sure that Lara hangs with her climbing hook in the climbing wall and then you climb further up the climbing wall andLara reaches the higher tunnel.

Okay ..... wait a minute ........ Have a good conversation with Lara ..... Whisper Lara in her ear that she will soon have to fight again with 8 Solari bastards ....

..... Remember that Lara only has her Bow with arrows to defend herself.

Ritual Cave:

Climb further up and Lara end up in the "porch" of the great Ritual Cave and ..... she hears voices and immediately takes stealth position and draws her bow

Straight ahead are 2 wooden partitions .... Sneak to the wooden partitions to take cover and then peek carefully around the corner and ....... We see 1 Solari guy on guard ..... The guy shows us the back of his head and he hasn't noticed Lara yet ........ The guy guards the entrance to the great Ritual Cave. The path goes to the left and to the right .... The left the path goes down to the Ritual Cave ..... the right the path ends above the ritual cave ......

you can try to kill that Solari silently, through the complicated maneuver with the climbing axe ..... but the guy will always sound the alarm and his buddies will still come in. So I wouldn't bother and just put an arrow through the back of the Solari dude's head. As a result, more Solari's will come to Lara from the left side, so kill them all.

If you are very fast then you can also, if you have killed the 1st Solari quickly, follow the path to the right, past the fence. The right path ends high above the Ritual Cave and from that position you can also kill Solari's, who are still on their way from the big Cave to Lara .....

Anyway, make sure that Lara survives this fight ....... when all Solari's are killed, Lara will automatically put her bow away again. Wherever you are with Lara ..... make sure she is back at the entrance because there is still the last bag to score for the "Lighter Challenge". Stand at the intersection and then switch on Lara's survival instinct and look to the right and up and ..... You see the 6th Bag hanging .... Well ..... shoot Bag 6 also on fire with a flare arrow and .... you have completed the "Lighter Challenge".

Turn left and follow the path, past the fence, down and then right around the bend and ..... We are down in the Ritual Cave.

Walk through ..... On the left is a second cave, where the exit is. At the back right corner, are 2 orange plants, so go and pick them first

Then go to the next cave, via the stone steps and ... well ... the exit, above the stone stairs, is closed with an iron gate and Lara cannot open that gate either .......

....... at least .... not without brutal force and you have to take care of that .....

In the left cave is an iron cage and that cage hangs in front of a "Swing arm" with white rope wrapped around it. 

There is also such an orange gas valve. However, first walk all the way into the left cave and then look left into the corner

In the left corner is an orange food box ...... walk to the orange box and ...... 

just before the orange box is also a GPS-Cache ....... First pick up the GPS- Cache and then loot the orange chest ....

For me this is the 4th GPS-Cache of this Geothermal Level ..... I have not found GPS-Cache 5, so if you want to "score" it, you will have to find it yourself .... you can always "backtrack" or later, via a fast travel camp, return to this level. Anyway .... walk out of this cave ..... stand at a distance from the "Swingarm" arm and pull the Bow and then shoot a Rope Arrow in the white Rope of the "Swingarm" and ......

Lara puls the rope causing the "Swing Arm" to swing against the Iron Cage, causing the Iron Cage to hang right in front of the exit. 

Now go turn open the gas valve and then quickly run to a safe distance and .....

Then let the gas cloud explode by jacketing a fire arrow in it and ....... the explosion then causes the iron cage to ram the fence out of the exit but ........

...... apparently this was 1 explosion too much because the whole goddamn fucking cave is now starting to collapse and everywhere it's going to explode ..... RUN .... RUN .... RUN  up the stone stairs and into the tunnel and just keep running, always having to hold back Lara in time for the explosions that happen along the way ..... Lara will not die here as long as you just follow the tunnel and take care of it that she doesn't end up in such an explosion

After a few turns and explosions, right in front of Lara, 1 bigger explosion happens and this causes the ground to sink under Lara's feet and she thunders further down through a "sliding tunnel" and ends up in the lower GAS TUNNEL.

The tunnel is full of that poisonous gas, but even now there is no reason to panic as long as you keep running fast ..... So run on through this shadowy gas tunnel and ......

.... Lara then reaches the end of the tunnel ..... and that end is a Climbing Wall, so climb / jump up the wooden climbing wall and ..... Lara ends up in the:

B: Hangar:

Free your friends:

BE QUIET ..... and crawl and  look through to the wooden partitions.  High up in the air apart of a helicopter hangs and Lara's buddies, Alex, Jonah and Reyes, are trapped in it. On the left are 2 Solari's on guard and on the right is another Solari ..... there are however 4 Solari's here but you can't see that 4th guy yet. Well ..... take care of the 4 Solari's here .... how you do it you do it, but kill those Solari bastards .....

..... and as a thank you Lara is warmly greeted by her imprisoned friends .... Especially Reyes, however, is no longer so happy when Lara tells her 3 friends that she unfortunately could not save the old Grim. Reyes is also a shitty bitch who adds nothing constructive to the game at all, but only spits unfounded criticism on Lara. Unfortunately, we can't choose to leave that Reyes bitch here ......

Lara's new goal is to get her 3 buddies out of their floating prison and then also escape from this cave to the next level. We are in a big and high cave. Alex, Jonah and Reyes are trapped in the wreckage of a cargo helicopter and that thing is high in the air. You can look around here first but there is nothing else to be found, so go straight to the painful process of freeing your friends.

The helicopter is held in the air by 2 counterweights. The front counterweight hangs over the huge pile of rubble that Lara now faces. If you look up at the helicopter you will see that it hangs right in the middle of the cave. To the left of the helicopter is a high wooden platform. Lara must  get to the platform of that scaffolding. The top right is the escape route for Reyes, Alex and Jonah. Lara must therefore ensure that the helicopter wreckage is catapulted to the right, so that the 3 prisoners can get out safely.

Above the pile of rubble hangs a metal platform and below that metal platform hangs the front counterweight. There is a red bulkhead at the front of the mess. The passage to the back is blocked by a pile of rubble. Walk up the "steps" .... Lara then comes to stand between the rubble and she sees an orange gas valve .....

Force the gas valve open and ..... well ... a cloud of gas will spray out of the pipe so run back to the red bulkhead.

Stay in cover of the red board and then shoot a rocket into the gas cloud and ........

...... BOOM ........ the explosion causes the metal platform, with the counterweight, to hang free ...

The explosion has also cleared the barrier .... the stone staircase is now clear ... so climb up the stone staircase ..

....... on the right, the passage in the scaffolding is closed, so turn left and climb further up the wooden stairs.

The wooden stairs takes Lara to the wooden platform where the metal platform with the counterweight was attached too.

The metal platform is now floating between Lara and the helicopter .... Jump to the metal platform and ......

...... then jump from the metal platform to the helicopter .....

..... with loud applause from her 3 imprisoned friends, Lara climbs on top of the helicopter. To the left is the closed platform where Lara has to go, but first the rear counterweight has to be loosened. Walk on a little. You will then see the 2nd counterweight and you will also see 2 gas clouds ..... Gas 1 and Gas 2 ..... In front of Gas Cloud 1 there is a heavy metal cage.

Draw the bow and then first explode Gas Cloud 1 and then almost immediately you also explode Gas Cloud 2 and .....

The explosion of Gas Cloud 1 swings the metal cage towards counterweight 1 but it is not enough ..... 

......but if you also explode gas cloud 2 quickly enough then the combined force of both explosions is sufficient to release counterweight 2 ... .....

..... but due to the shock of the explosion Lara is knocked off the helicopter ...... but luckily Jonah lends a helping hand just in time ......

Thanks to Jonah, Lara then hangs a metal rod, which is attaches to the fence of the helicopter ...... The floor has now been knocked out of the cave and the chopper has no floor anymore. Alex, Jonah and Reyes are now hanging in the railing, to which they desperately cling. If Lara doesn't work quickly, her 3 friends will disappear into the fire ...... I wouldn't mind that for Reyes, but I wouldn't mind it for  the 2 wimps Alex and Jonah ....... .

On the right there are 3 metal rods above the other ... Slide Lara to the right, to the next metal rod, and climb up until Lara is hanging from the top rod.

Then slide Lara to the right and ....... the floor of the cave explodes and ... the top bar, on the corner, breaks off and Lara thunders down but she just manages to hold herself with one hand. grab the bottom bar ..... Quicly press your E-keyPRES so that Lara also grabs the bar with her other hand .... if you are too late Lara will fall down into the conflagration below her and it's GAME ABOUT.

Lara is now hanging on the corner ..... slide Lara to the right and then around the corner and ..... Lara is now hanging on the other side of the helicopter .....

climb back up the roof of the helicopter via the bars placed above each other and ......BOOM

....... a huge explosion destroys the scaffolding and the platform is now accessible for Lara .....

There are 2 gas valves on the platform ...... On the left are a few crates where Lara can take cover.

Jump onto the platform and then force the 2 gas valves .... first do the right gas valve and then the left gas valve .....

Then take cover behind the crates / chests, draw the bow and shoot an fire arrow into the front gas cloud and .....

... Both gas clouds explode simultaneously and the force of this bundled explosion throws the helicopter wreckage all the way to the right, to the exit .....

Alex, Jonah and Reyes manage to get out of the chopper just in time and then the wreckage thunders down into the fire ..... Lara is somewhat coolly thanked for her services and the 3 leave and Lara is left behind, because the other side has now become completely out of reach for Lara.

Lara has full filled her Objective, freeing her 3 imprisoned friends, but you don't even get points for it and Lara does not expect any further help from her friends .... Get up and run to the other side of the platform and ..... all explosions have released 2 large yellow cages and those 2 cages are now hanging between Lara and her EXIT from this cave .... Take a run and then jump to the front yellow cage and Lara reaches the cage

Climb up the cage and .... we see the 2nd cage and the EXIT ..... 

The distance between Lara's cage and the other cage is actually too big but ..... Jump to the 2nd cage anyway and......

... It then seems that Lara makes it but then she lets go and you  have to press your E-key to make sure that Lara still gets hold of the cage ...

.... Then climb on top of the cage and then jump to the EXIT and ......

Lara will hang from the bottom white bar, so climb up and ..... When Lara enters the EXIT corridor, the whole fucking hangar cave explodes ....

the explosions set fire to the whole palace ..... we are going to finish this level and then start with Level 13 .... 

Just follow the corridor now, but watch out for the explosions .....

............ when Lara has climbed a few stone stairs we reach the end of this level 12 .....

Level 13: Palace / Solari Fortress:

2021: Walkthrough by: Louis Koot