Tomb Raider: Underworld - Full Walkthrough

*This walkthrough was done using the PS3 version of the game. It's not been tested for Xbox 360, but as far as we know he two versions are identical bar the different buttons.*

*Although complete this walkthrough is still 'work in progress' as we have yet to add images to aide the user. If you have any additions or suggestions feel free to add them in the comments section and we'll see if they can be included.*

The first task is to escape the burning mansion. This is a fairly straightforward reminder of how to use Lara's moves. Just avoid the fire and follow the instructions.


Chapter 1 | Mediterranean Sea

Game section: The Path To Avalon

- If you dive straight ahead and down you'll end up on a stone pathway with a tall stone structure ahead of you. As you face its entrance, turn to the right and notice a clump of stones.

- Swim round it until you find an entrance. Swim inside and through the passage until you find a handle you can pick up on top of a stone plinth, take it and swim back to the tall structure you saw before and through the entrance.

- Directly in front of you is a large circular metal door

- Place the handle you are holding into one of the empty slots at the center of either of the lower circles. In front of the doors on another stone plinth is the other handle. Grab it and place it in the remaining empty hole.

- To open the door you need to get the three eye-shaped symbols to line up in the middle.

- If you need the quickest way use:

  • Right circle: pull twice.
  • Top circle: pull twice.
  • Left circle: pull once.

- Swim down the linear route and then emerge in a dry room. Leave the water via a platform. Climb through to the next room with a pool in it and then up a ramp to reach a stone block. Use this to get to a ledge and follow them round the wall onto a bar across more ledges and then back down to the base of the room on the other side of the water.

- Head round the corner to find a switch in front of a door with two pillars either side of it and two floor switches.

- Pull the pillar to the right of the door (facing it) using the grapple. It will topple over and weight down the switch on the floor in front of it.

- Next to the left-hand floor switch are two blocks. Use these to weight down the other switch and pull the main switch opening the door.


- Head through the door and then follow the passage until you drop down under a stone arch. Locate the tunnel on the other side of the area and crouch and walk through it. Carry on following the obvious path to reach some steps. At the top you trigger a cut-scene.

-The aim is to kill the Krakken using the spikes above his head. To do this you need to free-up the mechanism behind the structure he’s in front of. As you face the Krakken from the area you arrived in, Lara will have to free the mechanism on the left and on the right. It doesn't matter which order this is done in.

(Right mechanism)

Head right down the obvious passage and use the ledges to climb across the gap and slide down the slope.

- Go forward and right where you'll see a blue flame on the wall. Head past it round the corner and then continue to find yourself behind the Krakken, where you can see one of his tentacles.

- Use the grapple point to pull out a pin and it will land on the Krakken's tentacle, freeing it from the cogs. Head up and out of the room using ledges, a pole then jump of a slope and onto more ledges to find a switch. Pull it. Now head out on the platform across and above the where the Krakken is and into a door behind the right hand mechanism where you'll see another of the Krakken's tentacles.

(Left mechanism)

- Remove the cog with your grapple and pull the switch. Easy.

Short cut-scene.

- Now you need to flick the central switch. Head back outside the front and walk directly left behind the head of the statue. Walk round and onto his arm and then use a ledge to reach the platform with the central switch.

- Shoot out the chain links to the left and right of you using free aim and watch the cut-scene.

- Use the grapple hook to abseil down to find a door. Open it with the switch to the right as you face the door. Walk through and follow the obvious passage round, using a climbing wall and a beam. You'll enter a high-ceilinged room with a gate at one end.

- To open the gate we need weights to put on the switch to the right of the door as you face it.

- Head through the door to the high right using the climbing pole. Put the first block on switch and then get the next one and stand on the switch with it. Throw it through the now open door using R1. Pick up the other block and do the same with it, following it out before the door slides shut with a jump roll. Place them on the right switch.

- Now stand in the far left corner of the left switch and grapple onto the point in the middle of the gate to pull it over. Run towards the first of Thor's two gauntlets and watch the cut-scene.

- To escape the tomb, exit the room you are in and head right into the unexplored room using a block to get through a hole in the wall that has now appeared.

- Enter a room with a load of red pillars and climb the first one on the right to get to a platform above. From here use the pillar top on the right, to jump to the next platform. Now jump to the one hanging from the ceiling and across the two pillar tops to leave the room. Head on and under some rubble to find yourself back in the room where the Krakken was.

- A cut-scene will show you were to go next.

- To get through the door use the rappel point and swing to the ledges above the exit you’ve just seen in the cut-scene. Shimmy to the left and drop down when it's safe.

- Head out and follow the obvious passage all the way to the door you opened earlier on when you first entered the tomb. Cross the water and head over the blocks to find the pool you swam in through.

- Swim down and out of the gold circular exit and head back to the surface and your boat.


Game section: Realm Of The Dead

- Climb up the anchor to get to the deck. There's no strategy to this bit - just make your way across the boat (using the containers to get up to the bridge area) until you find the entrance to the below deck area. Shoot some more goons inside and... cut-scene.

- Follow the corridor round for another cut-scene.

- To escape the ship: go out the doors (the ones without the green lights) to find some burning steps. Head right then right again past the flaming control panels and then up the steps and left, a pair of doors will open. The ship starts rolling.

- Avoiding the steam, use L1 to sprint through the corridor while the boat starts to keel over. When you get to a dead end look for a ladder shaped object and keep climbing up using the valve taps to progress.

- When you can go up no further shimmy left and pull yourself up onto the platform.

- Follow the corridor to another ladder on the right and climb up again, using the valves and ladder. Jump from the ledge you arrive on to the ledge behind and find an open porthole.

- The cut-scene kicks in signalling the end of the level.


  • sarraman - July 30, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    Coastal Thailand: Bogavati : Just started playing but I can't seem to get the cage under Shivas platform fast enough. Is there a trick to it as I have been trying now for some time and about to give up
  • michael-lancaster - October 12, 2011 2:56 a.m.

    in southern mexico you have the time dial how do you put the dragon head on the plat form it wont let me do it when i press y HELP me
  • patsy0607 - May 5, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    I found this to be somewhat helpfull but it was lacking in description. I felt that whom ever posted it could have taken more time to get accurat directions. I also felt that when it came to the ruins where Thor's hammer was it could have been clearer on the fact that things would collaps. Given the things that I have found that differd slightly it was still helpfull. Thanks!
  • Equi - January 16, 2011 3:35 a.m.

    Definitely one of the easier Tomb Raiders. I enjoyed it on the Wii too, i liked the little logic puzzles. It seemed very short, i had it done in about a day. I'm still working on Anniversary on ps2 ><;
  • ericeck - June 1, 2010 2 p.m.

    - "First, kill all the ghoulies easily with your hammer. Then make your way across the platforms to the pillar at the far right end nearest the glowing area - you'll see it has a symbol on it. Use Thor's gauntlet to turn it blue and then head across to the pillar that's sticking out of the water at a low angle on the left hand side of the raised altar area. Use this and a ledge to get up and approach the altar area." In this area, before you kill the ghoulies, there is a blue symbol on the wall next to the doorway on the left as you are facing it. Then kill the ghoulies and climb down to the platform and walk across the pillar on the left and jump to the next platform for the next symbol. Then go badck to the first platform and continue on as stated in the walkthrough.
  • rachaelhunt - April 11, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    hiya yeah im on the last bit in the room with the 3 buttresses and i have moved one and i am on the second but i cant find a way to actually hit the button with my hammer.... any ideas?
  • aliciarae - April 4, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    I NEED SOME HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in Southern Mexico- Xibalba pt.2 and I lost my bike in the beginning!!! So far I have been able to get around without it but now I seem to need it to jump over something that doesn't have an alternate route!!!! Please help me! Is this a common thing to lose your bike and it is no where to be found?
  • wyldewhytecub - February 3, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    after finding Thors belt in chapter 4 (i think) - Head back to the bike and head up the steps using the gauntlet to move a stone blocking your path. When I get to the stone, the triangle does not appear, no matter what I do, enabling me to use the gauntlet to move the stone out of the way. HELP! FYI-when I moved the pillar in to place, I accidentally fell in to the water and died. When it restarted, the triangle was also gone there. I just continued anyway because the journal said, "I have everything I need to leave this place."
  • medacakes - January 23, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    Help! I can't find the third lever in chapter 1.
  • lilbbiemmie - December 4, 2008 6:03 p.m.

    could anyone please help... i am on the level jan mayen island and am stuck by the swinging hammers, i have killed the giant yeti and have got up onto the first hammer but am now stuck on where to go next as there aren't any ledges to jump on or grab from the first hammer. am playing it on the wii so the platform and aspects are different compared to the ps3 n xbox 360 versions of TRU.any help will be appriciated.thank you
  • goodtimegary - December 1, 2008 5:20 p.m.

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  • codzprc - November 27, 2008 2:50 a.m.

    Awesome guide, I found it the other night when I was drunkenly trying to traverse Southern Mexico. I got lost somehow so I decided to have a little fun whippin' shitties with the bike and running Lara into walls at high speeds. After finding the guide I realized I had taken the wrong path about 15 times in a row. Drinking and driving is never the answer, even in video games.
  • gamesradar_george1 - November 26, 2008 9:29 a.m.

    federalist25: Sorry - can't quite work out what you're doing wrong here. You don't need to take the skull at this point you need to place it on a lever to activate it. I'll have a look at the walkthrough and see if it can be made clearer.
  • gamesradar_george1 - November 26, 2008 9:28 a.m.

    ravensghost: Not entirely sure of the problem here, but the 'tombstone like structures' are to the left and right of the main entrance to the big temple. Swim up there and find the central lever, then try and pull it and the camera will swing round to show their position.
  • gamesradar_george1 - November 26, 2008 9:24 a.m.

    jfusa: It's about where you position yourself. If you stand one way it thinks you want to hold the lever. It's trial and error unfortunately.
  • ravensghost - November 22, 2008 7:48 p.m.

    Love the guide but having problems in "Game section: Arctic Sea" - "In the one on the left (as you face the temple structure, furthest away) you'll find another Power Stone. You should now have four. Now we can open the Helheim Drawbridge." for some reason every time I pick it up the xbox doesn't see it for me to place in the "tombstone-like containers" any help please.
  • Thejester_1987 - November 21, 2008 6:03 a.m.

    To easy i beat it in 14 hours and that is with all the treasures so next game bring it on
  • misfit119 - November 21, 2008 1:37 a.m.

    It's okay. We're not mad at you for saying first. What we feel is better described as equal parts pity and equal parts intense humor. Cheers! Nice guide by the way. Can't wait for the images.
  • EvilZeus - November 20, 2008 4:44 a.m.

  • victor4u0 - December 1, 2008 1:34 a.m.

    I'm stuck in statue 7 I get to the door , but is closed, how do I open it ?

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