Climbing the Temple

If you walk around the left side of the temple you'll find a wall covered in moss. Start climbing there. You might enjoy figuring out how to get all the way up yourself. If you find your grip meter isn't large enough, jump in upward diagonals. This takes longer but uses significantly less of the grip meter.

There are a few things to see onces on top: A garden with fruits that decrease your health; a frustrating arrangment of blocks; and ofcourse the bridge which leads to the world entrance.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, there is atleast one person who read your blog here, been poking around sotc and needed info to get to the garden. I had the right starting point but didnt know you could rest or that you were supposed to go right after reaching the ledge. I just beat all 16 on time attack easy, and I am enjoying my flash arrows... alot. Wish I got it on video; blew an eagle/falcon out of the sky with one, hehe. Anyway, thanks for the help. If you've beaten hard time attack i'd like to see the other rewards, mainly the "parachute" I hear about, thanks.

11/30/2005 11:06:00 PM  
Blogger Rezrov said...

Using the recoil from the Flash arrows, you can propel yourself about 1/4 the way down the tunnel leading to the exit from the forbidden lands if you shoot the ground in front of you.

Unlike everyone else, the FIRST thing I did once I had successfully scaled the tower and gotten to the Bridge was head to the exit. I was much more interested in seeing if you could leave the game, than seeing the secret garden

- Shawn

12/11/2005 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are awesome!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

12/18/2005 01:16:00 AM  
Blogger demetae said...

Should've posted my fruit comment here...
But yeah, the bad fruit, can it help defeat Dormin?

2/01/2006 01:50:00 AM  
Blogger gnothi said...

demetae: no.. the developers have confirmed that there are no alternate endings =\

2/10/2006 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger demetae said...

Thx, gnothi. It just bugs me that the fruit up there has no other purpose than to bring your meters down. It just seems so suspiscious!
Sry for all the postage...

2/13/2006 03:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Dark Inquisitor said...

There is something strange in the european version. I can not rest on the tiny piece of ground you show in your video. After the frist straight climb, if I jump onto this part, either I fall, or I am automaticly moved on the upper left. I think they fixed that bug for the european version ... argh ! The only way seems to use an action replay cheat code to have infinite grip, thing I do not like to do.

2/19/2006 03:48:00 AM  
Blogger gnothi said...

Dark Inquisitor: yeah, a few people have noted that the ledge no longer works. i really thought they wanted people to use that ledge, to make it easier to get up there.. oh well, i guess they considered it a "glitch".

2/23/2006 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also the jumping in diagonal dosen't work in the Pal takes as much stamina as a upwards jump..

or am i doing it wrong :(

2/23/2006 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also the jumping in diagonals dosen't work in the european takes as much stamina as a upwards jump..

or am i doing it wrong :(

2/23/2006 07:24:00 AM  
Blogger gnothi said...

nope, the diagonal jump glitch doesn't work in the european version either. in fact i think they'd fixed that by the time the japanese version was released.

2/27/2006 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just thought i'd let everybody know
that it is possible to get to the garden in the PAL version
i completed the game twice and was on the 15 colossus the first time i reached the top.
Not as amazing as i thought it would be, but don't get me wrong its breath-taking but i expected to reach the true top of the shrine.

3/01/2006 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A question to the last poster...


3/06/2006 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Ledi said...

I just got up to the garden in the PAL game, it took a LOT of stamina (I was on my third playthrough and had been eating a lot of lizards). Apart from a small shortcut I simply climbed the entire way... The shortcut is (if I remember correctly) when you get off the first ledge and there's a grassy area and a ledge below you, go around the corner only about a third of the way, then jump backwards and sideways to the grassy wall. If you do this correctly, you'll be able to grab onto the grass near the corner of the grassed area and the lower ledge. From this corner, I took a great almighty leap sideways and grabbed on about halfway across, saving me climbing stamina. ^^

It can be done, just takes a lot of patience to build up that much stamina. Hunting lizards is much easier with the flash arrows, though. ^^

3/09/2006 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello i've just reached the secret garden in the european version and there are a few block in the temple wich you can climb. Can I get higher with this blocks?

3/12/2006 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger gnothi said...

nope, it really doesn't look like you can.

3/13/2006 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so the only thing you can do in the secret garden is walk around and eat those poisenend fruits?

3/13/2006 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many colloses you have to kill to get up there?

3/20/2006 07:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must admit that I have my doubts that anyone with a Pal version of this game has made it to the Secret Garden using the climbing method. I think those who claim they have are bull-shi**ing. I have played through easy, time attack and reminise mode. I have eaten all the lizards. The highest I can climb up the temple is the point were the glitched version lets you rest.

3/22/2006 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Ledi said...

I believe I said I was on the third playthrough - I had a LOT of stamina (in fact, it's nearly transparent after defeating the 15th Colossus). Just playing it through once will get nowhere NEAR the amount of stamina you need... in fact to be able to do it safely I need to finish the game again to get more.

I don't appreciate being called a liar.

3/30/2006 07:45:00 PM  
Blogger gnothi said...

re: How many colloses you have to kill to get up there?

you can actually climb the temple without having killed a single colossi. but in that video, i'd played through the game at least once.

4/12/2006 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous JAG said...

This blog is amazing!!! I found it through Wikipedia > Google video > then here. Unfortunately, I don't know how to get to the beach, and the video doesnt load... :(

Anyway, brilliant stuff!

4/12/2006 07:18:00 AM  
Anonymous jag said...

Me again, well the video works now. Thanks :)

4/12/2006 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard from another website that there is a hidden colossus in the garden, I wasn't surprised when I found nothing there, and extremely mad when I couldn't climb any higher with the blocks on the far wall.

4/15/2006 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be very interested to hear exactly how those people who claim to have reached the secret garden in the PAL version achieved this. I've just completed the game for the third time and I still don't have enough stamina to get more than halfway round the second ledge.

4/18/2006 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Redcastle said...

ive had the PAL version a while now and i cant see why you find it so hard to believe we can reach the secret gareden. I completed the game 3 and a half times and hunted lots of white tailed lizards. My pink circle is well off the side of the screen (on widescreen), its about 1/3 across the screen. You do need to go the correct route though, and not waste stamina. after youve tried many times, like me, you will have learnt when to jump how long to bulid up a jump etc. there are no rest points. believe me its not that hard.

4/18/2006 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, thanks. I guess I just made the mistake of thinking that I must have enough stamina after completing it for the 3rd time but obviously I still have a way to go.

4/19/2006 02:50:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Question for the PAL gamers.

Do the Lizards re-populate every time you finish the game?

I'm on my second playthrough and have cleared the map of all Lizards. My grip meter is quite high, but still not nearly enough to reach the top of the tower. As a previous poster said, about a third of my grip meter extends beyond the screen.

I can reach what I assumed to be a resting spot (platform with a tree growing on it, above the second ledge you must shimmy around) but can't jump from the moss up to this platform. Unless there is an alternate resting spot, or the lizards do in fact re-populate I can't see me reaching the top.

4/26/2006 05:11:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

To answer my own question, the lizards do re-populate. I haven't yet maxed out my grip so I don't know whether you can get to the top of the tower in the PAL version.

5/01/2006 05:27:00 AM  
Blogger gnothi said...

hmmm, they don't repopulate in the american version =\

5/01/2006 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

That's probably because they don't need to. With the verticle jump glitch , you guys never need to max out your grip.

5/02/2006 06:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Evaluation z3r0 said...

i hav the pal version and i hav made it to the garden. i am on my 2nd run thru and up to the 15th colossus. there is a rest area that i hav found:
1/2 way up the first climb there is a ledge, not the grassy 1, but a sloped 1 to the right of the grassy climbing stuff.. if u climb just past that and then fall onto it, face so ur running up the slope ur stamina meter fills up again, then u just jump a few tyms and grab bak onto the grass and continue climbing. then near the end on the last part to climb there is another reachable rest spot on the last climb, u hav to jump sideways onto an almost imposible spot and keep running again, then jump bak onto the grassy stuff and get to the top.

6/24/2006 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone please tell me how to jump diagonally?

8/29/2006 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know if there is a limit for the stamina in PAL version? or does it continue increasing endless? (sorry for my english)

12/20/2006 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the fruits in the secret garden aren't fact they are helping Wanda to be normal (storyline-wise) since he has pieces of Dormin in him. The fruits are pure and help to rid the dark powers that infest Wanda after defeating a colossus. Wanda doesn't level up after each colossus but rather gains dark powers from pieces of Dormin that exit the colossi to enter Wanda. It's just story for Wanda to unknowingly have the dark parts of Dormin within him. That doesn't mean that it's okay to ask a voodoo-ist for powers to help you in life. ^_^

2/09/2007 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone please tell me how to get on the resting spot? i tried a few times but i keep deing :0

2/15/2007 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone please tell me how to get on the resting spot? i tried a few times but i keep deing :0

2/15/2007 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to the garden, i've completed the game 4 times, which let me enough stamina to reach the top. No were NEAR as good as it's hyped up to be, seriously. I thought i would be able to climb higher, but no. Big let down.
But still, amazing game.

2/17/2007 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger SoTC fan said...

Has anyone tried jumping in the hole that is in the secret garden. I mean isnt that were dormin talks to u evrytime you kill a collosi. just wondering i have yet to make it up there but the diagnol jump is a HUGE help. I can almost make it up there with just beating the game once. haha

2/28/2007 11:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok this is strange i was in the garden i got to the top and those blocks you can get on but you have to beat all the 15 colossus climb up eat all the fruits and wait to battle the 17 colossus

5/11/2007 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just beat the game the secong time.. are there things you can get afterwards, LIke the white horse, the mask, or the longer sword? Please help me.. email me at, thank you!

6/21/2007 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there a way to get on top of the shrine (the very, very top)

if so how?

3/18/2008 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger manu said...

is true that shi t aboute of the 17th colossus?
ande if it `d be real, how is it?
(sory my english if I wrote someting grong)

3/20/2008 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I found out today that if you eat ALL the lizards with glowing tails, you get infinite grip.

4/22/2008 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually bought a ps2 this year specifically for this game. My cousin found out about climbing to the garden and I have made seveal attempts. It's very difficult, even with all the diagonal jumping! Oh well, try try again I suppose. Thanks for the post!

9/09/2009 05:06:00 PM  

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