Tomb Raider 3 Walkthrough and Game Guide
Featuring All Secrets and Hidden Rewards and packed with Screenshots
INDIA: Temple Ruins
*(Plus 1 monkey that some people have mentioned it appears in the room with the second Ganesha Key.)
[Note about the enemies - You will encounter monkeys in this level too, but unlike to the previous level, they are not friendly, so you need to kill them. Also, the cobras that you will meet are poisonous and if they bite you, the health bar will turn into yellow and will start to decrease. You need to get a Medi Pack (or a Crystal) in order to be healed. You can kill the cobras with your Pistols, so as to save the ammo of more powerful weapons. As soon as they are triggered, start shooting at them whilst jumping backwards. Their poison cannot get you if you are shooting from a distance.]
Head forward and go through the tree trunk on the right. Pick up the Small Medi Pack and draw your weapons. Walk cautiously, as a cobra will pop out from the greenery. If you do not rush, the cobra will appear from a distance and you will not get damaged. Kill it and continue ahead, watching out of a second cobra.
[Note - Here you can skip a part of the level and continue to the branches above, but you will miss several pickups (no Secrets though). If you are interested, check the screenshots of this page.]
Head to the right corner (behind the second cobra) and use the switch to open the trapdoor behind you. Drop through it and crawl through the opening. Pick up the Small Medi Pack from the alcove on the left. If you accidentally fall into the water (outside the cave), let the current push you. When you are able to control Lara, swim to the end, close to the grates and then swim through the opening on the right hand side. Climb out of the water and crawl through the opening, where the Small Medi Pack is. Continue through the dark cave on the right hand side, but be alerted of a cobra that is lurking just around the corner. Kill it and follow the dark tunnels. Two monkeys come in the last room from outside. Take care of them and climb the two blocks to exit to an area with a stream.
Stream area with the island in the middle - Go to the left and climb up the blocks in the back left corner to get the Shotgun Shells and MP5 Clips. Approach the stream having the opening you came from to your back. Stand on the extended part of the tree roots, facing the island in the middle of the water. Walk to the edge and take some steps to the left to reach the slope (see this screenshot for Lara's correct position). Tap back once and take a running jump to grab the edge of the island (you may need to press the left direction key whilst in midair). Pull up and pick up the Small Medi Pack. If you accidentally fall into the water, either climb out on the other side to avoid the piranhas or load a previous saved game. Take a running jump to the pebbled ledge on the right and go to the end. Use the switch to open a gate between the two pebbled ledges. Swim through it and follow the tunnel until you can surface.
Mud slide area - Climb out and kill the monkey that is coming towards you. A second monkey appears as you explore the left hand part of the area. Take care of it and head to the other side towards the mud slide. Climb onto the second block and jump up to grab the ledge above. Pull up and pick up the Uzi Clips from the lower ledge. Continue to the end of the ledge and step on the flat part of the mud. Go to the end and jump to the next flat ledge on the right, then onto the stone ledge. Kill the monkey and continue to the end killing a second monkey on your way. Before going through the passage, take a running jump to the ledge at the bottom of the curved wall to get some Uzi Clips. You can either take a running jump back to the ledge where the passage is, or safely drop to the ground and go back up via the mud slide. Draw your weapons and go through the passage, killing a monkey on you way. Follow the passage to exit and get the Crystal.
Treetops - You are now above the stream where you started the level. Stand on the front left corner of the ledge and jump to the branch. (The following series of jumps are shown in this page). Go to the end towards the tree trunk and take a running jump to the bent branch on the right. Stand on the bent part of the branch and turn having the previous branch to your back. Take a running jump to the opposite branch without pressing Action or Lara will not make it. Get the Flares from the alcove on the right hand side and take a running jump back to the previous branch (the bent one). To make it, stand on the higher part and again do not press Action. Take another running jump to the next branch ahead (no Action) and then jump to the branch on the left. Pick up the Desert Eagle Clips and make your way back to the very first branch above the stream the same way you came.
Waterfall - Turn to face the waterfall and take a running jump to grab the stone ledge ahead. Pull up and take another running jump to the branch on the right hand side. Pick up the Small Medi Pack and jump to the stone block to the right of the tree trunk. From there jump to the slope, pressing Action to grab the edge whilst sliding. Or, from where you got the Medi Pack, jump to the stone ledge on the left of the tree trunk and follow the tunnel to the end. Slide down backwards pressing Action to grab the edge. Shimmy to the right until you can pull up. Get the Shotgun Shells and crawl backwards. Hang from the edge and drop to the slide below to land on the greenish ledge next to the stream. Turn left and take a running jump towards the cave. Kill the cobra inside and get the Flares from the other side. Make your way back to the greenish ledge next to the stream, where you slid before.
Having the stream to your back, continue forwards and climb onto the low block and then onto the ledge above. Turn right and jump to the next ledge in front of the cave. Kill the monkey and crawl through the opening of the cave. A cobra is lurking among the greenery on the right hand side. Kill it and slide down. Continue through the passage on the left, killing a second cobra. Before sliding down, take a note of the boulder above on the left. So, slide down the right hand side of the slope to avoid the boulder.
[Bug note - If you are playing the PS or the un-patched PC version of the game, you may want to save your game before dropping into the next room. Avoid saving into the next room and loading this specific saved game and also avoid coming back here (there is no reason anyway) or you may encounter an "invisible wall" later in the game.]
Shiva statue - Drop down into the room with the Shiva statue and pick up the Shotgun Shells from the left (or the Shotgun if you do not have it). Locate the movable block on the right hand side of the statue and pull it once. Go to the back side of it to get more Shotgun Shells from the alcove. Crawl through the opening to reach the next room.
Alive Shiva statue - When you are able to stand, you can see another Shiva statue beyond. This comes to life if you continue forwards. So, as soon as you enter this room, run up the mud on the right hand side and climb onto the ledge with the Crystal. The statue has already come into life and of course you need to kill it. Whilst you are shooting at it, it protects itself with the six swords it carries. So, you need to run around or attract its attention with another way in order to make it draw away the swords from its chest.
Killing the Statue - If you are having troubles with the Statue, you can stay on the ledge with the Crystal and shoot it from there, simply because the Statue cannot climb on the ledge. Start shooting with your Pistols and the Statue will soon put its six arms before it to protect itself. Holster your Pistols, turn around and jump back and off the ledge. You can press Action if you are at the left or right hand side, where the platform is high enough and Lara can hang from the edge. But even if you do not hang from the edge it does not matter. As long as you leave the ledge, the Statue will automatically draw away its arms and start moving. Immediately climb up the ledge again. Turn around and wait. The Statue will start strolling around the room. Wait until it has its back to you and then start shooting. You will have enough time to shoot it before it will turn around to face you and cover itself again. As soon as it does so, put away the Pistols, jump down from the ledge again and immediately climb back up to repeat the process. Do this a few more times, and the Statue will die.
Once you are done with the Statue, get oriented with the room. There is a double big closed gate and you need two keys to open it. There are two more closed gates - one on each side of the room. Those two gates will lead you to the two keys you need in order to open the double big gate. You may have noticed the two switches on the ledge at the top of the mud. Use both to open one of the two gates (the left hand one as you face the bid double gate). If you killed the Statue by running around the room, you may have opened a trapdoor in front of the second gate, by stepping on one of the three raised ledges around the trapdoor. If not, step on the one that differs from the others in order to open the trapdoor. Drop through it and throw the switch to open the second gate (the right hand one as you face the double gates).
1st Secret - Before climbing back out, notice the movable block next to the switch. Push it once (you cannot push it further anyway) to reveal a secret opening. Go through it, but be careful of the poisonous darts. Like the cobras, if a dart hits you, you need to get a Medi Pack (or a Crystal) in order to be healed. Crawl beneath the darts or stick to the right hand wall and walk carefully into the next room. Then turn right. There is a Small Medi Pack in the pit. Get it and quickly climb out to avoid the rolling boulder. Continue to the next room and get the Flares from the ledge on the right. In the third room you will find some Shotgun Shells and a Small Medi Pack. Make your way back to the room with the dead Shiva statue, crawling under the darts where necessary.
[Note - Both gates should be open by now, using the three switches mentioned above. It does not matter which one you follow first, as you need to go both ways in order to get the two keys and open the big double gate in the middle of the room. Note, however, that the bug that mentioned above appears when you try to go through the left hand gate (as facing the double gate) where an "invisible wall" blocks the entrance. If you are playing the PS or the un-patched PC version, you may want to get the second key first (contrary to the way we follow) in order to avoid a possible bug.]
Key Of Ganesha #1\ right gate - Go through the gate on the right of the room (as you face the big double gate). It closes behind you, so continue ahead and drop into the swamp. Continue to the left and keep going even if you see the breath bar decreasing. If you do not stop at all, Lara will make it without getting damaged. You can also take a running jump from the ledge into the swamp, turning left in midair, so as to cover more distance. Climb out of the swamp at the end and continue forwards. Stand against the slope and take a standing jump over it to land on the above flat ledge. Turn around and take a running jump to grab the ledge. Pull up and draw your weapons. Kill the monkey before it grabs the Small Medi Pack, which should be on the right. If you cannot find the Medi Pack, search close to the dead monkey.
Hallway with traps - Throw the switch at the far left corner to open the nearby gate. Do not be hurry to go through it, because the next hallway is full of traps - one spiked wall on each side that closes in and a horizontal swinging blade at the entrance and two more spiked walls that close in from the sides beyond. To get past this room, stand in front of the switch and side jump to the left. Tap back once and you should now be standing two blocks away from the entrance (you may need to side step to the left to position Lara in the middle of the doorway). Start running and press the Sprint key and then the Jump key. Until Lara gets the command to jump, she will have sprinted to the entrance and then she will jump over the blades. Keep pressing these two buttons and you will make it through the second set of spiked walls (hopefully) without getting damaged.
Room with central strucrure - Kill the two monkeys in the next room and go to the right hand side. Locate the movable block, which is the bottom of the second pillar. Stand with the central structure to your back and pull the block once. Go around behind the block and push it towards the central structure.
2nd Secret - Now go to the right hand side of the block and push it twice. Climb onto the block, turn right and jump up to grab the ledge of the structure. Pull up and go to the other side of the ledge. Notice the hole in the ceiling. Walk up to the edge and take a standing jump to grab the ladder. Climb to the top and pick up the Shotgun Shells (or the Shotgun if you do not have it) and the MP5 Clips. Throw the switch and climb down the ladder. Let Lara hanging from the bottom of the ladder and then drop down. To lose even less health, press Roll before landing. Lara will twist on the spot and lose hardly any health.
(Note about the 3rd Secret - On using the above switch, the camera shows a gate in a pool you have not been in yet and it is not too far away. This switch along with an underwater lever will give you the access to the 3rd Secret. So, make sure you have used the switch because once you proceed to the next part, there is NO way to come back.)
Go to the right hand side of the structure and use the switch to open the gate at the top. Pull the block twice to the other side of the structure and climb on it. Climb on the ledge and go through the gate you just opened to land in a pool. Pull the underwater lever to open the gate and if you want, surface to get some air. Swim down and through the gate. Follow the underwater tunnel as it goes, passing beneath a trapdoor in the ceiling. In the next room there are two underwater levers that open the trapdoor you just passed. They are opposite each other, so use the first one, roll and swim to the other side to use the second one. Swim through the tunnel you came from, then through the trapdoor you just opened in the ceiling. Surface and climb out of the water.
3rd Secret - Jump into the water. Pull the underwater lever beneath the steps. This opens a gate behind you and it is timed. So, roll and swim forward and a bit to the right. Go through the gate that closes behind you (as it is out of time) and swim to the left. Get the Grenade, the Flares and the Large Medi Pack. The gate is now open, so swim outside and surface to get some air. (Note about the Secret - The gate will not open if you have not used the switch in the room with the 2nd Secret. If you want the Secret, you need to load a previous saved game, since there is no way to go back.)
Pool with fire breathing statues - If you have not done so, pull the other two underwater levers that are opposite each other. Each lever activates the statues above, which breath fire. If you take a closer look, you will see that the fires reveal invisible blocks that float above the pool. Climb out of the water on the other side and if you want, get the Crystal close to the Shiva statue (the PC players may want to get it later). Approach the pool on the left hand side (that is, above the gate you got the Secret) and take a running jump to grab the first invisible block. Pull up, turn around and jump to the solid ledge on the left.
Timed gate - Throw the switch to open the gate at the far left corner of the room. This is timed, so side jump to the left, run off the ledge and sprint or jump towards the gate that closes behind you, as it is out of time. If you keep falling into the pool, try this: use the switch, tap back once and run off the ledge to the right. You should not land into the pool in any way. Continue to the left, jumping over the steps and go through the gate.
Once you are inside, you can relax. You can see the closed gates on the left hand side. These open by throwing the switch on the right. Once you use the switch, a spiked wall will start closing in. Immediately turn left and sprint to the far left corner. Pick up the Key Of Ganesha #1. The gate opens again, so roll and sprint to go through it. Tips: release the Sprint button just before you reach the Key or you may bypass it. This will make you step backwards which is a waste of time. Even if you do not sprint all the way, you can still make it as long as you do not hesitate at any rate. You can complete this trial at your ease by sprinting only a little bit towards the key, then run normally, grab the key, roll and just run towards the open door.
Enter the room again and go to the right hand side, where the spiked wall initially used to be. Pick up the Small Medi Pack and the MP5 Clips and exit again (if you did not get the Crystal before, get it now). The pool has turned into mud now and as you approach it some rocks fall down. Drop into the mud and head to the other side sticking to the either left or right hand wall. Climb out and walk to the middle of the ledge. Take a standing jump over the slope and climb onto the ledge on the right. Go through the opening and up the steps. On the T-junction, pick up the Flares from the alcove on the left.
There is a boulder trap on the right, which is activated when you go up the stairs. A boulder starts rolling when you step on the second stair. To get past it, step on the first stair and turn around, so as to have the rest of stairs to the back of you. Hop backwards onto the second stair in order to trigger the boulder. Immediately head forwards and through the opening from where you came on the left. The boulder will roll into the alcove and you can freely pass.
Now go up the stairs. The two gates at the end open as you approach. It does not matter which one you follow as they lead to the same place. One of them, however, offers one more kill. If you go through the right hand gate, kill the monkey in the next room (the boulder you hear is from the other way) and throw the switch to open the nearby gate (ignore the crawlspace on the left and head forward). If you follow the left hand gate, jump over the moving blade and sprint to the other side, as a boulder has already started rolling. Immediately crawl through the opening on the right and stand at the other side (ignore the gate on your right and turn left).
Kill the two monkeys and search close to their bodies, as one of them was carrying a Small Medi Pack (the monkey probably grabbed it from the next room, otherwise it held the Medi pack in its poscket :-p). Go up the steps and head to the far left corner to get the Crystal. Go through the opening on the left to reach a hole in the floor at the end. Turn around and drop backwards to grab the edge. Climb down the ladder and let Lara hanging from the bottom of the ladder. Release and drop onto the ground. Again, roll just before landing so that Lara will take less damage. You are back in the room where you killed the first Shiva statue.
Key Of Ganesha #2\ left gate - If you have not done so, use the two switches on the ledge at the top of the mud to open the left gate (as you face the big double gate) and go through it.
[Bug note - You may encounter an "invisible wall" that blocks the entrance of the passage. This happens because you saved in the room before killing the Shiva statue (check the first bug note above) and loaded this specific saved game. The PS players can restart the level and avoid doing that again. The PC players must load a previous saved game before this specific room. If you do not have an available saved game, you can download one from our Saved Games section.]
Follow the passage and climb onto the block. Drop down and enter the next room. Kill the two monkeys and go through the opening on the other side. You may have noticed the lever into the pit. Lara cannot use it now, as you need to fill the pit with water. You may have also seen the second Ganesha Key behind the gate, but you have to take a long route in order to get it.
Enter the room with the pool cautiously, as the two statues alongside the entrance breath fire. Drop into the pool and surface on the other side. Two more statues breath fire, so be careful whilst climbing out. Swim to the middle of the ledge, just below the switch and pull up when the fires go out. Throw the switch to open the underwater gate below and drop into the pool again. Swim through the gate you just opened, sticking to the bottom of the tunnel to avoid the poisonous dart. As soon as you enter the next room, swim to the right, sticking to the wall to avoid the falling rocks. Climb onto the small greenish ledge and pick up the Small Medi Pack.
Climbing up the ledges - (The following procedure is shown in this page) Drop into the water again (be careful of the dart), swim to the exact opposite side and climb on the greenish ledge. Climb up the ladder and back-flip on the ledge behind. Walk to the front left corner of the ledge (towards the ladder), turn left 45 degrees and take a running jump to the ledge on the left of the ladder. Now jump to the block on the left and turn around. Take a standing jump to grab the ladder and climb to the top.
Take a running\ standing jump to the next ledge to the right (or to the left if you face the pool) and then a running jump towards the ledge with the cobra (try to land on the left side). Kill it and walk to the other side of the ledge. Take a standing jump to the next ledge, which is close to the doorway.
[Note - If you do not want to take any damage at all from the cobra, and waste no Medi Pack for healing, do this: take a running jump to the ledge with the cobra and immediately turn to the right and make a standing jump to the next ledge. Turn around and shoot the cobra. Even if it spits poison, it cannot get you, and this way you can kill the cobra even with your Pistols. Just be careful as you land near the cobra, because apart from spiting poison at you, it can also push you in the water again. If you are fast, however, it will not have the time to do neither. After finishing it off, turn around and jump to the doorway.]
Jump to the doorway and immediately hop backwards to grab the edge in order to avoid the rolling boulder that passes over Lara. Pull up and crawl beneath the darts. Also, crawl beneath the moving blades, but make sure you crawl beneath the left blade, which is higher from the right. Or, stand in the middle of the tile before the left blade and side-jump over it when it is on the horizontal position. Lara will land safely on the other side. Pick up the Small Medi Pack from the left. Walk to the edge of the spiked pit and take a running jump to the opposite side, having the left moving blade to your back, which is further than the right one. Get the Crystal. (The spiked pit leads to the next Secret. Wait though and first complete the next part in order to avoid climbing up all the ledges again in the pool room).
Movable blocks - Having the pit to your back, locate the movable block in the far right corner of the room. Push it once (you cannot push it further anyway). Turn right to face a second movable block - push it four times. As you push it, you reveal a hallway and the block is finally pushed into another room. Do not bother with this room yet. Instead, return to the hallway. On the left hand side of the hallway (or to the right as you return from the second room), there are three more movable blocks (do not count or bother with the very first block you pushed, which is lined to those three). Turn to face the blocks and push the left and right ones once. Now push the middle one to the left or right to reveal a switch behind it. Use the switch to flood the pit with the lever you saw before.
[Note - The room you revealed by pushing the second block, leads back to the underwater tunnel that took you to the pool room where you climbed up the ledges. You need to get a Secret now and if you decide to explore everything you will have to climb up all those ledges again in order to get the Secret. If you want to see everything, enter the room and notice the two boulders above. Stand on the left hand side and start running. When you hear the dramatic music, sprint a bit but release the Sprint button in order to jump over the spiked pit. Or, stand in the middle of the ramp, walk forwards and when you hear the boulders drop, jump backwards. Approach the spiked pit and take a running jump over it. Walk to the edge of the opening and turn around. Hang from the edge and drop into the underwater tunnel (be careful of the dart). Turn left and swim to the pool room. Climb up the ledges again in order to get the Secret.]
4th Secret - Return where you previously got the Crystal and approach the spiked pit. Take a running jump to the other side, where the moving blades are, and hang from the edge of the pit. Shimmy to the far left and drop onto the flat ledge below next to the spikes. Turn right, crouch, start crawling and go through the opening on the left. You can also Walk through the spikes, but when you attempt to crouch in order to crawl through the opening, you will lose some health. Follow the tunnel and crawl into the next room. Kill the cobra and get the Uzi Clips, the Desert Eagle Clips and the Crystal.
Jump into the water. To avoid the dart, you can hang from the edge of the opening and drop into the water. Swim through the tunnel sticking to the bottom to avoid the dart. Surface on the other side of the room with the fire breathing statues and climb out of the water. Return to the room with the pit you flooded before (you may or may not encounter a monkey here). Jump into the water and pull the underwater lever to open the gate behind. Go through it and get the Key Of Ganesha #2. Climb out of the water and go through the opening on the left to return to the room where you killed the first Shiva statue.
When you have both Keys - Use the two Keys to open the big double gate. Jump over the pit and immediately start climbing up the ladder, because a spiked ceiling descends. Do not hesitate and do not stop at all. Once at the top, enter the next room. Kill the two monkeys and get the Crystal from the back left corner. Locate the movable block in the back right corner of the room and pull it once. Climb on it and take a running jump to grab the ledge on the other side. Pull up and throw the switch. Jump to the second ledge on the left and use the second switch. These two open the double gate below.
Safely drop to the ground and be alerted for a boulder trap behind the double gate you just opened. Run in front of the gate to trigger the two boulders and go through it. The double gate closes when you drop into the pit. Follow either of the ways, as they lead to the same place, by crawling beneath the fire breathing statue to avoid getting toasted.
Two alive Shiva statues - There are two Shiva statues in the next room. The left hand one comes to life when you enter the room. The second one comes to life when you climb on the ledge where a third Shiva statue is (that does not come to life). You may want to deal with them one by one, so do not climb close to the third Shiva statue. As soon as you enter the room, run to the other side. Go up either steps and climb onto the block. It is a safe spot here and the statue cannot reach you. When it crosses its swords to protect itself, hang from the edge of the block in order to attract its attention and pull up. Once you are done with it, climb onto the ledge with the third Shiva statue and kill the other statue that comes to life. Once you choose a safe spot to shoot them from, you can deal with them even with your Pistols. Like with the very first statue, wait till they have their side or back to you, so that you have enough time to stuff them with bullets before they protect themselves again.
When both are dead, get the two Scimitars they drop (stand above the handle of each Scimitar). You can also find some Shotgun Shells on the far left block and a Small Medi Pack in the small pool beneath the third Shiva statue. Climb on the ledge where the statue is and place the two Scimitars in its hands to open the gates on the other side. Go through them. The gates close when you drop into the pit. Pick up the Uzi Clips and climb out of the pit. Follow either way and crawl through the opening to reach the next room. Go up the steps on the left.
Yet another alive Shiva statue - In the next room you can see Rory and Randy hanging in midair (oh my!). The Shiva statue comes to life when you approach the middle of the room in order to get the Key Of Ganesha #3a beneath one of the two men. The block where the other man is hanging is a safe spot. You just need to drop down in order to attract the statue's attention and climb onto the block again. Again, you can finish the Statue off with your Pistols. On this block you can also find some Flares. Get the Key if you have not done so. You need two more Keys in order to open the exit gate of the Temple.
Key Of Ganesha #3b\ spiked ceiling - Locate the hole close to the entrance of the room, but do not drop through it. Opposite, there is a gate that opens as you approach. Before going through it, line Lara to the middle of the opening and light a Flare. Now go through the opening and sprint towards the switch on the other side. A spiked ceiling has already started descending. Use the switch and tab back twice. Turn right and use the second switch that, along with the first one, opens the trapdoor on the right. Turn right and sprint to drop through the trapdoor. If you lost some health from the spiked ceiling, do not bother to heal Lara. You are almost at the end of the level and there are no more enemies. Pick up the Key Of Ganesha #3b and go through the gate that opens as you get the Key. Climb back up into the room above.
Key Of Ganesha #3c\ water room - Go to the next room in the far left corner. Get the Crystal at the end of the room and approach the hole facing the wall where the Crystal was. Drop into the water and swim forward, towards the wall ahead. As you drop into the water, the current will drag you towards the spiked wall on the right hand side, but if you press the Swim button you will reach the wall ahead where there is no current. Swim to the right and pull the underwater lever. Roll and swim to the other side (towards the hole). At the end, turn left and try to swim to the other side. The current will drag you towards the spikes again, but when you reach the middle of the pool, the current is not so strong. Swim towards the hole and cut to the left. Again, a current will drag you to a second spiked wall. Just keep pressing the Swim button and you will reach the wall. Swim to the left and pull the second underwater lever. Both levers turn off the current. Swim towards the opening and surface if you need some air. Swim back down and get the Key Of Ganesha #3c.
Climb out of the water and use the three Keys to the keyholes to open the gate at the top of the steps. Go through it to end the level.
The cut scene shows Lara sliding down a ramp, exiting the Temple. She finds Tony rafting down the River Ganges. She draws her weapons and shoots at him but he laughs whilst leaving. The ground crumbles and shakes. The Temple collapses, but Lara jumps down and avoids some pillars. When the ground quiets, Lara stands and runs towards a quad bike (that probably Tony left).
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