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Kao The Kangaroo: The Frozen Mountains Walkthrough

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  • Step-By-Step Collectible Guide
  • Where To Find The Runes
  • Where To Find The Crystals
  • Where To Find The Scrolls

The Frozen Mountains is the third hub stage in Kao The Kangaroo. However, this hub stage operates a little differently than the two that came before it. While both Hopalloo Island and The Hungry Jungle make every collectible (except for the runes, of course) available right from the beginning, The Frozen Mountains locks away a number of the collectibles behind the different level gates.

This means that you will have to approach this hub world a little differently. So, this guide will essentially be broken into four pieces. One big section, where you will collect about half of the items, and three smaller sections, where you will piece together the remaining collectibles. There is a little more to this hub world, but thankfully this guide will lead the way.

Step-By-Step Collectible Guide

Crystals8
Scrolls3
Runes3
Treasure Chests3
Extra Lives0
Heart Pieces0

To the left of where you begin the stage, you can find a fire orb. Grab this and head outside and look to your left. You should see one of those blue spectral coins. Grab each coin as they appear, and they will lead you to a treasure chest encased in ice. As long as you grabbed that fire orb, you should be able to melt the ice and get the chest.

Your first rune (1/3) will be found as you platform toward the Eternal Well segment of the level. Once you have finished platforming past the floating island that holds the Eternal Well, you will be in the primary section of The Frozen Mountains.

You will be facing three buildings. The first building on the left holds a fire charge (you will need this later). The building in the middle contains this level's shop. Lastly, the building to the right of the shop holds both a crystal (1/8) in a cage and the first scroll (1/3) in the back room. You can also climb the cages here to get to the roof of this building. There are a bunch of coins up there.

Head back toward the shop. Inside, there are shelves on the left wall; use them like a staircase to get to the second floor. Here you will find another treasure chest! Go back outside and head straight to the center of the hot spring. Here you will find the most sadistically hidden crystal (2/8) in the entire game. Due to the lighting, this crystal is functionally invisible.

Hop out of the hot spring and hug the wall on the left (the one that circles the water) and grab the crystal (3/8) sitting on the table. From there, follow the trail of coins up the mountain. This will lead you directly to a sliding section, which will dump you in front of another treasure chest. The treasure chest will be encased with ice, but as long as you grabbed that fire orb from the first building (the one to the left of the shop) then you should be fine.

Follow the coIns and hop up until you reach a trampoline. Step on it, and it will send you all the way back to the beginning of the stage with all the level gates. You have officially found every crystal, rune, and scroll that is available to you at this juncture. Now it is time to complete The Crystal Caverns stage.

Once you have completed The Crystal Caverns, you will have enough runes to unlock The Hot Springs. To the right of The Hot Spring level entrance, you will obtain a scroll (2/3) and on the left you will obtain a crystal (4/8). Now, you will need to complete The Hot Springs stage before you can find any more collectibles.

Once you have completed The Hot Springs, you will be able to unlock the gate for The Slopes. Here, on the right side, you will find a rune (2/3). Close to the rune is another crystal (5/8) floating just above the water. Freeze the water flowing out of the center and you will be able to jump up and claim the crystal. Complete The Slopes and you will be able to find the remaining collectibles.

Now that you have finished every stage in this world, the last rune (3/3) will appear in the middle of the hot spring near the shop. Go grab that, and you should have more than enough runes to unlock the final gate. Once you unlock the Temple Of Spirits gate, take a left. You will see a giant gong. Go around behind the gong to find another crystal (6/8). Head up the left side, and you will find yet another crystal (7/8) hiding in the shallow water on the second to last step.

Continue up the left side, and jump on the roof of the gazebo to get a bunch of coins. Now, work your way around to the other side. There will be another gazebo roof to jump on top of; this one has the final crystal (8/8) on top of it. Hop down, and you will find the last scroll (3/3) in front of another large gong. That should be this stage's final collectible. All that is left for you to do is to beat The Old One.

Where To Find The Runes

Rune 1This rune is sitting on the middle floating platform that leads you to the Eternal Well and the shop. It will be available from the onset.
Rune 2The second rune will be located behind The Slopes level gate. It is to the right of the entrance.
Rune 3This rune will appear smack dab in front of the hot springs in front of the shop once you have completed all the stages.

Where To Find The Crystals

Crystal 1The first crystal will be found in a cage inside the house that is next to the shop.
Crystal 2This crystal is dead center in the middle of the hot spring in front of the shop. Due to the lighting, it is nearly invisible.
Crystal 3You can find this crystal sitting on a table not too far from the shop. Just follow the leftmost wall away from the shop and you will encounter it.
Crystal 4This crystal will only be available after you unlock The Crystal Caverns level gate. It is to the left of the entrance to the stage.
Crystal 5After you unlock The Hot Springs level gate, this crystal can be found to the right of the entrance.
Crystal 6Obtainable after you unlock the Temple Of Spirits gate, this crystal is located behind the gong on the left.
Crystal 7Obtainable after you unlock the Temple Of Spirits gate, you will find this crystal in the shallow water on the left side of the stairs (near the top).
Crystal 8Obtainable after you unlock the Temple Of Spirits gate, this crystal is sitting on the roof of the gazebo on your right.

Where To Find The Scrolls

Scroll 1You will find this scroll inside the backroom of the house that is next to the shop.
Scroll 2Once you have unlocked The Crystal Caverns gate, this scroll will be found to the right of the level.
Scroll 3Once you have unlocked the Temple Of Spirits gate, this scroll is found sitting in front of the gong on your right.

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