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GATEWAY TO THE SAVAGE FRONTIER


INTRODUCTION

This walkthru of GATEWAY TO THE SAVAGE FRONTIER is divided into 3 parts.
Beginner's Information is for people who are unfamiliar with AD&D and the SSI
implementation. Game Hints is just that, hints. Outright Answers are explicit
answers to puzzles and locations. They are numbered and the numbers match the
reference numbers in Game Hints. Finally only information needed to complete
the game is given. There are side missions that are not necessary but useful
for the loot and experience points. These have been left for the player to
discover. Some of the more valuable loot are listed in the walkthru. Locations
are usually for the door that leads to where you want to go.

BEGINNER'S INFORMATION

Party composition is very important to compete the game. The player can chose
to create a party for this game or a party that can be transferred to the
sequels. The main difference between the two parties is the racial composition
of the parties. Due to race limitations, any party that will be transferred to
the sequels have to be human except for any thieves.

A balanced party has two fighter types (Fighter, Ranger or Paladin), two
clerics, two mages and one thief. Since this is one more character than you
can have, one non-human multi-class character is needed.

A Ranger is a very good character to have as they score extra hits on giants
and giant size characters. At very high levels Rangers can cast some mage
spells but this ability is too limited to be of much use. A Paladin has a
Protection From Evil 10 Feet spell in effect at all times and at high levels
can Heal and cast cleric spells as well. (A Paladin will not rise high enough
in this game to do this. This ability will have to wait for the sequel.) If
you include a Paladin in your party, you cannot have any characters with an
Evil alignment. A Fighter's main advantage is fighters require less experience
points to rise to the next level.

You need at least two clerics for their Heal Wounds spells. Your clerics
should be of Good alignment so they can Turn Undead. This will make some of
the battles much easier.

You need at least two mages. You can get by with one but the battles become
significantly harder as a result. Since you also need a thief, a good combina-
tion is a human mage and an elf mage/thief. Eventually the elf will reach the
racial limit for a mage but will continue to advance as a thief. By the time
the elf reaches that limit, your human mage will be powerful enough that the
elf is only needed as a backup mage. This limit will not be reached in this
game so do not worry too much about it. If you want to optimize the party for
just this game, then a fighter/mage and a mage/thief would be a very good
combination. You can even replace a fighter with another fighter/mage giving
you three mages! By the end of the game your party will be very powerful as a
result.

The rule book and journal give a good explanation of the game mechanics and
should be carefully read.

All the mazes in this game are 16 by 16 mazes with each coordinate numbered
from 0 to 15. The upper left corner is (0,0) and the lower right corner is
(15,15). The first number of any coordinate is the horizontal direction and
the second number is the vertical direction. Use the Area command to map out
the maze as you progress through it. The Area command is useful for locating
hidden rooms. If you see an outline of a room but cannot find a door into it,
that is a good indication there is a hidden door that you have to find. Just
beware that some "rooms" shown in the Area command are solid areas and are not
rooms. Also note the doorways you see in combat. Hidden doors show up in
combat.

Finding a place to Rest is very important. There are very few mazes in the
game that have no rest areas. In most cases you can rest in a room where you
fought a battle. If you cannot rest, move to another place. Some common sense
helps. Resting in a public street is usually forbidden. Resting in a hidden
room usually works. The Fix command will heal and re-memorize spells; however,
the Fix command will not memorize additional spells. When your clerics and
mages gain a new level, they also gain additional spells. To get these spells
you have to do an explicit Memorize command. Once they learn the new spells,
the Fix command will re-memorize them. If you decide to change your spell
selection you must use the Memorize command instead of the Fix command.

GAME HINTS

YARTAR

You start out in Yartar. The first order of business is memorize spells and
visit the weapons shop across the street from the inn where you woke up. The
game gets underway once you meet Krevish. You can encounter Krevish at a
variety of locations so wander around. Until you rescue Krevish nothing will
happen. Once you save him, accept his offer and his patron's offer. You do not
have to accept Krevish as a partner. If you do, make sure and keep him alive.
He is important to the end game. While Krevish is not a very good fighter,
having him in the party makes for some amusing moments. You also get a
slightly different ending. Once you have your commission you can head for
Nesme.

NESME

The main mission here is find and kill the Bane priest. A side mission is
locating the secret Kraken base and foiling the assassination of the Waukeen
priestess; however, all the side events in Nesme exist only to gain experience
points and loot. You accomplish nothing substantial by doing them. The first
step towards locating the Bane priest lies behind a door with a sign that is a
play on Bane. Everything else follows if you try to bashing on some walls. (1)

Once you kill the Bane priest, you know your real mission and it is time to go
to Silverymoon.

SILVERYMOON

There are two things to do here. One is to get information and one is
necessary. Visit the blacksmith in the SE corner of the city at the right time
to figure out what you are supposed to be doing. The clue that a rescue
mission exists is found in the Vault of Sages. You must look for the hidden
door to perform the rescue. (2) The rescue is a two part mission and the next
part will take you to Everlund. You should definitely accept Erek; however,
before rushing off, you should check out the city. There are some useful
encounters and a very useful magic shop in the city.

EVERLUND

The rescue is the only thing of consequence at Everlund. Again the key to
success is to look for hidden doors. (3) Everything else in Everlund is there
just for experience points and loot. You also get the first clue which points
you back to Yartar. At this point, the game opens up. You can get the 4
statues in any order BUT the increasing difficulty of each statue imposes a
natural order. This walkthru will use the natural order for finding the
statues.

BACK IN YARTAR

Check out the taverns. One of them will be very different but the way to find
the secret base is to try to leave the city after clearing out the tavern. You
will be captured and imprisoned in the secret base. The way out is obvious if
you look. (4) It is worthwhile to explore a bit before leaving the base. (5)
The big battle (6) gives a clue to the next place to go, Luskan. The way out
is very wet.

NEVERWINTER

There is nothing here of any significance. It is worthwhile to explore only
for the experience points and loot. There is a magic shop and one place where
you can get a +3 long sword made for you if you get some meteorite ore from
Tuern.

PORT LLAST

There's nothing of significance here except some nice loot. Check for hidden
doors.

LUSKAN

Luskan is important for 3 reasons. First it is the biggest source of magic
loot until the end of the game. Second, the clue you found when you return to
Yartar hinted you should take a trip on the Brazen Pennant line. Luskan is the
shipping line's home port. Finally Luskan is where one of the statues is
located.

The magic loot can be found by checking out the various buildings. The build-
ing where the statue is located is obvious. Once you get in the tower, look
for a hidden door in the rooms where you find Owlbears. (7) (Some amusing
dialogue happens if you try to clear all the rooms with owlbears.) It does not
matter whether you allow Brinshaar to join the party or not but if you do let
him join, do not equip him all that well as he leaves the party as soon as you
recover the statue. The statute is in NE corner room (8) but you have to
traverse the entire floor to get there. (9) Beware of one way hidden doors.
They can force you to retrace your steps.

TUERN

Taking a Brazen Pennant ship to Tuern is the next step; however, at this point
a trip back to Neverwinter to stock up supplies might be in order. There is
not much in the way of magic shops and training halls in the islands.

Tuern is just a way stop but it is worthwhile stopping here because there is a
very good suit of magic armor (10) and meteorite ore (11) for making a +3
magic sword. You also have a chance to rescue some pretty maidens. (12)

GUNBARG

This is another way stop. If you rescue Princess Jagaerda (13), King Redaxe
will tell you how to get to the Purple Isles where the next statue is located.
You also get a +1 shield as a reward. There is nothing else except some
encounters if you stay afterwards. It does not matter much whether you include
the princess in your party after you rescue her but she is fun to have around.
At this point, the game will not allow you go back. You will end up at the
Purple Isles when you try to leave Gunbarg.

THE PURPLE ISLES: UTHREAAL

This is where you arrive. There are three things to do before heading for the
other island. First is disable the lighthouse. The second and third deeds are
to clear the two forts on the island. That will give you the two halves of the
messages that tell you where to go on Trisk to find the statue (14). There is
one safe place to rest on Utheraal (15); however, you can usually rest without
too much problem else where. You will find a boat to Trisk in one of the
forts.

THE PURPLE ISLES: TRISK

Unless you want the experience points, the best plan is head due south until
you find the oyturghs (16). There you will find a map that indicates where the
statue can be found. (17). This avoids the battles that will wear down your
party. Many places on this isle are no rest zones. You will automatically
return to Neverwinter but beware that you will face one battle as soon as you
return. Don't forget to get your +3 sword made.

LOUDWATER

This is a way stop on the way to Llorkh. It is mainly a source of experience
points. It does not matter whether you accept Rishpal. There is a nice side
story if you do accept him. The big battle can be whittled down in size if you
take the long way around Loudwater through the tavern. That results in a
series of small battles rather than one big battle against huge odds.

LLORKH

This is the where the third statue is located. As soon as you enter any
business in town, you will be captured. This is unavoidable. There will be a
three part battle in the arena so be prepared.

Afterwards, rest and try to bash through the door. This will start the escape
sequence. You want to escape and find the statues. Hint: It's another hidden
door and Muthtur can give you directions. (18)

There is a side mission in Llorkh. It involves the missing dwarves. You can
find them if you look for a hidden door where dwarves might hide (19). Some
silver mirrors would nice if you go after the medusa; however, you cannot do
anything except kill the medusa.

STAR MOUNTAINS

The last statue is located here and it is the toughest one to get. Take the
river north from Secomber and rescue the "bird". To find the statue, search
for hidden doors. (20) You can rest in most places after a battle. Beware of
medusas.

SUNDABAR

This is just a way stop on the road to Ascore. There are some encounters if
you want to explore. Beware of the medusa. Stop by fountain in the center of
the square for some experience. (21) It is the place in the game for that +3
sword you had made for you. Some encounters will occur only when you have all
4 statues.

ASCORE

This is the site of the final battle. Be sure to stop by Silverymoon and get
lots of Potions of Extra Healing. The Final Battle is a no rest battle in four
parts.

Ascore is divided into the city and the Final Battle maze. It is worthwhile to
explore the city first. There are some nice weapons (22) (23) (24) and a very
important map of the Final Battle maze. (25) Remember that you are looking at
a mirror image!

The Final Battle maze is behind the doors directly east of the main gate. (26)
Once past the doors, the path leads only to the Final Battle maze. It is
behind the second set of doors. This is one long continuous multi-part battle.
If you guess correctly, it will only be a 4 part battle. One of the maps you
found at location (25) is the map of the Final Battle maze. By the nature of
the Final Battle, no coordinates are possible. The correct direction is always
north. You know you are approaching the center pyramids as the battles will
get tougher. If they remain easy, you went the wrong way. When you meet
Vaalgamon himself, you are just an exit away from your goal.

To get through the maze, after all the enemies have been killed, just walk
one character until that character has "fled" the battle scene in the direc-
tion you want to go. That will move your entire party to the next section of
the maze and start the next battle. Before exiting, use the time to heal your
party. This is when the Potions of Extra Healing should be used. Beware that
trolls regenerate so after the troll battle, it may be better to exit
immediately unless some characters are really badly wounded.

Finally there is a bug in the program. Characters who are unconscious at the
end of the battle are automatically revived but due to the bug, they are still
listed as Unconscious. The way to restore them to Okay is to fight a battle
and kill the characters. Bandage as needed to keep them from dying and then
cast Heal Wounds on them after the battle. This will restore them to Okay.

If you find the Final Battle too hard, there is an extremely easy way to win
it. This method works only if you do not have an NPC such as Krevish with the
party. Buy a Potion of Invisibility in Silverymoon for each character. Before
entering the Final Battle maze, have each character drink their potion. When
the battle begins, do NOT attack or cast any spells. Have one character more
off the battle area. Keep doing this until you reach the center of the maze
and trigger the end sequence. If you like, you can stop and fight Vaalgamon in
the last battle area. With your characters uninjured and all your spells
intact, this battle is not too difficult to win. This method works because
your characters are invisible and cannot be attacked. The invisibility wears
off ONLY if your characters attacks with a weapon or magic.

You can continue to play on but there is really not much to do. To prepare
your characters for the sequel, go to a training hall. Unready all items and
Remove the characters from the party. This will create a series of files in
the Save directory with the character's name as file name on the PC version of
the game. Save these files for the sequel.

OUTRIGHT ANSWERS

(1) At (10,5) is the hidden door that eventually leads to the Bane priest.

(2) At (2,0) is a hidden door that leads to Erek who is behind another hidden
door at (8,1).

(3) At (0,8) is a hidden door to where Amanitas is located.

(4) Look at the door where you are imprisoned. You will spot a way out.

(5) There is loot in the room at (11,2).

(6) The base commander is in the room at (11,4). The way out is also located
in this room.

(7) The secret door that eventually leads to where the statue is located is at
(8,12).

(8) The statute is actually located in the room at (14,1).

(9) But you need to traverse the maze down to the door at (14,15) to get to
the room at (14,1).

(10) The castillean at (15,9) has the armor and will give it to you if you
rescue him.

(11) The ore is located at (1,0).

(12) The maidens are at (7,10).

(13) There is a secret door at (8,2) that leads to where the princess is
located.

(14) The deciphered message is "Guard it at all cost. If threatened the guards
will take it to the southwest corner of the castle. The statute will be taken
from its vault through the south door down to the dock."

(15) The rooms at (14,13) are safe to rest.

(16) The oyturghs with the map are at (11,13).

(17) Depending on what you did or did not do on Utheraal the statue is at
either (3,11) or (0,15).

(18) The exit from the arena is a hidden door at (7,0). The path out from
there leads to the statue. You also recover the ones that were taken from you.

(19) A hidden door at (13,5) leads to the medusa's lair (13,13) and some
hidden dwarves (12,8).

(20) The hidden door at (4,3) leads to Ceptienne's lair at (4,8); however, you
need to trigger some fixed encounters with Ceptienne before you can find her
so explore all the areas the unhidden doors lead to before going into this
door.

(21) The fountain is at (13,9). You really want to keep the statues.

(22) At (8,15) is a Long Bow+2.

(23) At (0,1) is an Axe+2.

(24) In the mirror room located at (25) there is an Elven Long Sword+2. Its
location is random in the room. You stumble across it while exploring the
room.

(25) At (5,9) is a mirror giving the layout of the final battle maze. There
are other mirrors in the room with maps in them of Ascore. Remember that the
image is a MIRROR image of the actual map!

(26) The gate is at (9,8) The door at (12,15) leads to the final battle maze.
You do not go through the door. Just stepping on this square triggers the
final battle sequence. Fortunately you get a chance to back out.

GATEWAY TO THE SAVAGE FRONTIER is published and distributed by SSI.

This walkthru is copyright (c) 1991 by Danny Low. All rights reserved.


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