- 1 Walkthrough criteria
- 2 Getting started
- 3 Walkthrough
- 4 Appendices
Though the gamebook can be completed in many different ways, this walkthrough prioritises the following criteria:
- Collect as many useful items as possible;
- Avoid combat whenever possible; where combat is unavoidable, make use of the most advantageous circumstances;
- Avoid loss of EP where possible;
- Avoid instant endgame deaths and reach section 350.
- Grand Weaponmastery (Weapon: with bow and your chosen Kai Weapon; you will be using your Kai Weapon for all combats)
- Grand Huntmastery
- Kai-Surge or Kai-alchemy*
*In the original version of the text you are allowed to choose four disciplines. In the Collector's edition you are allowed five. This is because you should have, at most, 15 disciplines when you reach the final book (32).
Kai-surge is a good skill with minimum risks, but does not work all the time, while Grand Weaponmastery works more reliably; keeping in mind that the strongest unavoidable enemy, Dromodon, is immune to psychic attack. Further, Kai-surge is unnecessary as you will have a Combat Skill of at least 37 with your Kai Weapon, Grand Weaponmastery and Potion of Alether. Without Grand Weaponmastery it may be too difficult to fight Dromodon without a base Combat Skill of at least 30.
Herbmastery may be replaced with Deliverance if you do not plan to carry your character over to the next book as this will make fights less difficult and require less planning ahead. One or the other of these disciplines is necessary for regaining or preventing the loss of Endurance. If you choose Deliverance then Grand Huntmastery is less valuable as you will have more backpack space for Meals and may be replaced with either Kai-surge or Kai-alchemy.
- Bow (weapon)
- Quiver (special item)
- 2 Meals (backpack item)
- Potion of Laumspur (backpack item)
- Another Weapon (weapon)
The most useful of the Kai Weapons is Valiance, a sword that grants an extra 3 Combat Skill against the strongest enemy in the book; its conditional bonus is activated three times in total. Sunstrike (also a sword) is used more often (five times), but it gives you only 1 extra Combat Skill in those instances. Other than a Bow, normal weapons are of little value.
Holmgard and onboard The Pride of Sommerlund
(1) Record your Moonstone as special item.
(235) Wait for Captain Raker. Looking for him costs 2 GC.
(278) Grand Huntmastery saves you from an encounter with the pirates which, though not very dangerous, can cause you to lose up to 2 backpack items and 3 EP.
(42) If you use Grand Huntmastery at the previous encounter then there's a 50% chance The Pride of Sommerlund encounters a whirlpool. You have a 20% chance instant endgame death unless you have Elementalism. Otherwise, you will sail past Kita Cove. If you have Kai-alchemy then you progress immediately to the next node, but this is somewhat of a drawback since without the discipline you can lead an exploration trip to pick up the Iron Skull (a moderately useful item later that you can trade for gold crowns).
(150) Get a premonition of what you may face with Astrology and/or go to sleep.
(35) Accept Oriah's invitation to explore the sunken galleon (there is no drawback), then investigate the hole in the hull for a Siyen Crown. The other option nets you 9 GC and a Dagger which are less valuable.
(165) Lose 4 EP if you do not have Kai-screen.
(274/139) Climb the rigging and kill the spider (Otokh), you will still fight the spider after helping marines fight raiders. (299/121) Use Magi-magic or Elementalism and fight spider, without either discipline you fight at -3 CS.
(315) Use your Bow and waste 1 arrow. There is 40% chance you will win without fighting or 90% chance if you have Grand Weaponmastery with Bow. If you miss, you will be fighting the first round without a weapon. If you do not use your bow, you will still be fighting the first round without a weapon.
From Cape Kabar to Bir Rabalou
(289/195) Reach town's bazaar to avoid combat with slaver. If you choose to engage the slaver, you will get +2 CS if you have Kai-alchemy or Magi-magic otherwise there is 50% chance to get -3 CS for first 2 rounds of combat or +2 CS. You will still have the same 50% chance even if you used Elementalism against slaver.
(126) 30% chance to lose 0 EP or 60% chance with Assimilance and 40% chance to lose 2 EP and escape (52). 30% chance to lose 5 EP without Assimilance and do not use Bow and arrow if you have Magi-magic or Kai-alchemy (52). If you do not have those skills, use your Bow and arrow to have 50% chance or 80% with Grand Weaponmastery with Bow to avoid instant endgame death and lose 1 more EP (52).
(52) Restore 3 EP.
(142) Buy 6 arrows for 2 GC or 9 arrows for 3 GC if you had used 3 arrows. Buy 3 Candles for 1 GC. Ignore coastal village.
(232) Part with 10 GC. Understand that the merchant is not evil with Telegnosis.
(106) Ignore the request to keep your Bow and other normal weapons intact.
(255) Stay with travelling companions and continue journey south by road.
Bir Rabalou to Bisutan and Bisutan to Bavari
(73) Choose coastal road (east) to save your GCs.
(167) Camp out under the stars to save your GCs.
(250) Take a closer look at market stalls, don't buy anything at 3 GC (79), but buy Potion of Alether and Potion of Laumspur at 2 GC each. Rearrange your backpack such that the first item is either a Candle or a Meal before making the purchase.
(96) Assuming you followed the recommended route and equipment. You will have 2 Candles, 3 Meals, 3 doses of Cowana, 1 Potion of Laumspur, 1 normal weapon other than the Bow. Now, do not pay the 3 GC if you still have enough GC.
(155) If you have 2 GC or less, don't sell anything to net 7 GC after paying for the room. If you have 3 GC, sell 1 normal weapon other than the Bow and the 3 Meals since you have Grand Huntmastery. This should net you 3 GC if you sell after paying for the room. Sell the 2 Candles for 2 GC if you have more than 4 GC.
(77) If you do not have 7 GC, pay up with the 2 Candles.
(180/149) Visit the campfire and turn to Section 23 to earn 10 GC for the riddle. (290) Both actions does not make a difference.
(91) Consume dose(s) of Cowana and/or Potion of Laumspur to heal up. Drink your Potion of Alether to embrace a difficult unavoidable fight. You have 60% chance to avoid instant endgame death, 80% chance if you have 20 EP or more, 40% chance if you have 8 EP or less here.
(82) Ignore the text to delete the Bow, you get it back later, you just can't use it for the next fight.
(268) You gained 20 GC and get your Bow returned.
(17) Give the tavern-keeper 3 GC or all GC if you have less than 3 GC.
(38) Decline the offer to avoid losing a lot of EP.
Hikas to Elzian
(328) Ignore the village and continue ride to Hikas.
(89) Turn to (237) if you still have an Iron Skull and give the elder the Iron Skull (264), restore 3 EP and get 1 meal (347). If you do not give the elder the Iron Skull, you will lose 6 EP without Kai-screen or lose 3 EP if you have Kai-screen and have to eat a meal for both situations (48). If you do not have Iron Skull, lose 2 EP (332) and show your Temujun's Ring to avoid losing 2 backpack items or 1 weapon and restore 3 EP and get 1 meal (347).
(186) Ignore the anxious natives and continue to Hikas.
(273) Take a seat at the table.
(245) Tell them you are from Sommerlund and travelling to Elzian.
(309) Tell them Holmgard is the capital.
(337) Take a random number. If you have Telegnosis add 1 to the number, add 3 if you have Grand Pathsmanship and turn to the relevant section. 0-4, retrace steps or lose your last backpack item going through iron gate. Avoid chance to lose EP with Kai-alchemy or have 50% chance to not lose 5 EP, 70% chance with Grand Huntmastery or EP above 20 and 90% chance with both to not lose 5 EP.
(177) If you have Telegnosis or Grand Huntmastery, you will need to have a Bow and arrow to have 50% chance to fight a severely weakened Deathstalker, 80% with Grand Weaponmastery with Bow. However, you lose 2 EP in the process or if you had a low number you will still fight a weakened Deathstalker and lose 2 EP. With the disciplines but not the bow, you will lose 2 EP and fight a normal Deathstalker. If you do not have the disciplines, you have a 50% chance to fight a severely weakened Deathstalker without losing EP in the first round of combat or fight a normal Deathstalker and lose 2 EP.
(28) Restore 3 EP. Restore 1 additional EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full.
(188) Restore 1 EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full.
(124) Restore 1 EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full. Go to the beach and join in the festival.
(251) Restore 1 EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full. Make an offering of Gold Crowns.
(182) Restore 1 EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full. Restore 1 EP per GC you offered as much as you need since you will need for 1 more hard fight later. Keep 2 GC for later.
(34) Restore 1 EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full. Buy a standard room for 2 GC.
(216) Restore 1 EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full. You have 50% chance for meeting an encounter with a deadly spider. With Animal Mastery or a 60% chance without Animal Mastery you will lose 2 EP, else you will lose 3 EP with Cowana and 6 EP without Cowana.
(314) Restore 1 EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full.
(113) Restore 1 EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full.
(200) Restore 1 EP for section without combat if you had not used up the 10 EP from Curing until EP is full, assuming you followed the EP restoration from Curing so far, you had used up all 10. Drink all Potions of Laumspur, consume all dose(s) of Cowana if necessary and drink a Potion of Alether to fight your last enemy. If you do not have Kai-alchemy, Elementalism or Bow and arrow, there is a chance to lose 2-4 EP. Grand Huntmastery and EP above 20 will lower this chance to lose EP before your final battle.
(76) Turn to Section 350. Congratulations! You have successfully completed the Voyage of the Moonstone!
Items that are missed following this walkthrough are in brackets.
Items found in travel from Holmgard and onboard the Pride of Sommerlund:
Items found in travel from Cape Kabar to Bir Rabalou:
Items found in travel from Bir Rabalou to Bavari:
Items found in travel from Hikas to Elzian:
Useful items for subsequent gamebooks
- Moonstone (mandatory and unavoidable)
- Siyen Crown
- Potion of Laumspur
- Dose(s) of Cowana
- Potion of Alether
- Bow, Quiver and Arrows
Default sorting is in the order the enemies can be met based on this walkthrough in the gamebook. Three of them are unavoidable and one of them can be avoided depending on luck.
Grand Master's average combat skill (because the average result of the Random Numbers Table is 5):
- 30, without Grand Weaponmastery and not using Kai Weapon (+5 CS)
- 35, without Grand Weaponmastery and using Kai Weapon (+5 CS)
- 40, with Grand Weaponmastery and using Kai Weapon (+5 CS)
The highest combat skill for Grand Master is 53:
- 30 (base),
- +5 (any Kai weapon),
- +3 (Valiance Kai Weapon),
- +5 (Grand Weaponmastery),
- +8 (Kai-surge),
- +2 (Potion of Alether).
The lowest combat skill for Grand Master is 25:
- 25 (base), unarmed, no psychic ability, no enhancement.
|Otokh||40||40||303, 210, 162||Unavoidable||Section 162: CS-3; Immune to psychic attacks except Kai-surge|
|Dar-Isun||39||38||5, 230||Use a Bow and get 6 or higher||First round of combat unarmed|
Immune to all psychic attacks
|Deathstalker (wounded)||38||36||279||Unavoidable #1||Immune to Mindblast|
|Deathstalker (grazed)||39||38||266||Unavoidable #1||Immune to Mindblast|
|Deathstalker||40||40||204, 248||Unavoidable #1||Immune to Mindblast|
|Deathstalker (stunned)||38||38||94||Unavoidable #1||Immune to Mindblast . No EP losses for Grand Master for first round of combat|
|Deathstalker (mate)||42||40||120, 43, 60, 300||Unavoidable||Immune to Mindblast|
- - Same enemy except under different situation