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?
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.
Life Magic Gem #1
At the very start of the level, on the first knight’s corpse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Life Magic Gem
To the left of the statue, on the dock.
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