Castlevania: Lords of Shadow gem, scroll and upgrade guide

If there’s one thing you’ll learn by the time you’ve finished Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, it’s that the Knights of the Brotherhood were much more useful as shimmering, loot-filled corpses than they ever were as warriors. Our collectibles guide shows you exactly where to find every single Life Gem, Light Gem, Shadow Gem, weapon upgrade, and scroll throughout this beautifully grim tale.

All of the aforementioned items contribute to your level completion percentage except for the scrolls - while they’re not worth anything in terms of in-game achievements, you can always give yourself a big pat on the back for experiencing everything the game has to offer. Plus, they make for interesting reads and will often give you hints on how to best overcome the challenges of each level. Gabriel's already got bottomless pockets, so why not pick up the extra parchment? 

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapters 3 & 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapters 7 & 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapters 10 & 11


CHAPTER 1: Hunting Path


Life Magic Gem

After the horseback battle with the Wargs, Gabriel will be in a clearing and have to fight several Lycanthropes. Run the lower part of the area to find a corpse containing this Life Gem Medallion. Make sure to nab this before you defeat all of the Lycanthropes or a cutscene will take place, removing you from the area.


CHAPTER 1: The Dead Bog


Life Magic Gem #1

At the very start of the level, on the first knight’s corpse.


Scroll #1

Just beyond the first corpse is a second corpse containing this scroll.


Life Magic Gem #2

After killing the first group of Goblins in this level, continue on until you see stairs to the right. Follow this path until you drop from a ledge and the camera angle changes. Now head to bottom right corner of the screen and you’ll encounter a corpse containing this Life Gem.


Life Magic Gem #3

Now continue the way you were heading before that little detour. Immediately after hopping up to the next area there is a path leading to the left covered by some dead brush. Follow this path, wading through the bog until you come upon a corpse lying on a rock. Continue in this direction.


Scroll #2

You’ll eventually reach dry land, with more bog leading north. Choose to go up through the bog and you’ll see a corpse on the right containing a scroll. Grab health from the fountain on the left side of the screen if needed, then continue north through the bog until you reach another camp. Here you’ll need to fell the dead tree using Goblin grenades.


Scroll #3

After crossing over the fallen tree, there is a corpse to the left containing this scroll.


Life Magic Gem #4

After dropping down to grab the ledges, you’ll come upon a section where the game tells you to use the R2/Right Trigger button to grip. Ignore that, swing to the ledge to the right, and drop down to find a corpse containing the last Life Gem. If you’ve collected all of them so far, this one should be enough to fill your first Life Gem Medallion.


CHAPTER 1: Pan’s Temple


Scroll #1

Follow the straightforward path, and soon after the second amulet you will find a corpse containing the first scroll.


Life Magic Gem

From the corpse with the scroll, run right as far as you can. The camera angle will change and you’ll be in front of another amulet. Continue past it to find a corpse containing a Life Gem.


Scroll #2

Just before you pass through the massive tree trunk, a corpse is lying right out in the open.


Holy Water Upgrade

Just before where you solve the rune trial, you’ll see a glaringly obvious Brotherhood Ark to your left. Unfortunately, you cannot reach it until you have the Seraph Shoulders, obtained by completing chapter 8. Return here when you have them.


CHAPTER 1: Oblivion Lake

Life Magic Gem

To the left of the statue, on the dock.


  • kristoffer-romestrand-juvik - December 14, 2014 2:48 a.m.

    actully there is missing a scroll in chapter 6 refectory when i exedently jumped down after obtaining the hint scroll i happend to come across another knight scroll... i cant seem to find that scroll here or anywhere else so i do not know what thats all about anyone know?
  • ranchnumber51 - July 5, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    Oops, my bad... to correct my comment above, the scroll is found right after the first corpse in the guide.
  • ranchnumber51 - July 2, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    The guide is missing a scroll in Sanctuary Entrance. After obtaining the first crystal shard, go to the right and drop off a narrow walkway (instead of heading down the broken stairs). The corpse with the scroll is right after the drop, and when you continue, you'll come across the shard by the wheel and ark. The shadow gem found above the red wall is right after this section.
  • calvinholland - January 20, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    i love how u guys take the time to do this thank u but can u edit the last dark dungeon entry i shimied then i jumped to the glowing ledge then scrolled down and saw dont jump to the ledge.
  • Camo335 - December 30, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    This is SOOOO Helpful! Thank you!
  • Tagboomer - October 19, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    This game is pure value for money, 2 discs and the ability to replay the levels to get the hiddem items and upgrades is amazing, I will be using this guide thoroughly now thanks.
  • elpurplemonkey - October 14, 2010 11 p.m.

    This is a great guide since while it's incredibly useful to have your health and magic upgraded, it's a total pain to find it yourself. Maybe it's the fixed camera, but I found finding stuff in this game harder than in most. Good job though, I don't think I've used any sort of guide this much since Mega Man 9.
  • cyclone306 - October 13, 2010 1:29 a.m.

  • TheDarkslyder - October 12, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    the missing upgrades have just been added
  • PaperLampHoles - October 10, 2010 8:55 a.m.

    Nice guide I will probly use it once I find the spare money to pick this game up
  • 8BitArtist - October 9, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    only it isnt complete. unless im blind, the enchanted forest is missing its dagger upgrade and the labyrinth entrance is missing its fairy upgrade.
  • TheDarkslyder - October 8, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    @cyclone Agharta's dagger upgrade is listed here on the second page. All of the backtracking upgrades should be listed
  • cyclone306 - October 8, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    ok, so I'm just going to go ahead and say it, This guide isn't complete, there are weapon upgrades missing. Mostly ones you need to backtrack in order to get. There are a few but there are some missing like in Argharta.
  • Crimsonkingx - October 6, 2010 6:31 a.m.

    Actually Chip...that guys name in the picture is PAN lol.
  • Crimsonkingx - October 6, 2010 5:37 a.m.

    Actually Chip...that guys name in the picture is PAN lol.
  • ChipTheExecutioner - October 6, 2010 2:14 a.m.

    That guy in the first pic looks exactly like Pan.
  • Cleanser247 - October 6, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    Thankyou! This is going to help a bunch : D Good guide Mr. Hughes!

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