There’s one big question we’ve had while playing Return to Monkey Island, and that is, “How do I find the five Golden Keys?” Return to Monkey Island is another in the series that mixes together comedy and puzzles while you explore the seas. As with the previous game, you have to help as Guybrush Threepwood fights his arch nemesis, LeChuck, to be the first to find the secret of Monkey Island. However, as it turns out, the whole time, the secret was locked in a chest. A chest that requires five Golden Keys to unlock. So, how do you find the five Golden Keys in Return to Monkey Island? Keep reading to find out.
How to get Old Mrs. Smith’s Golden Key in Return to Monkey Island
The first key is easily the most simple to obtain. All you have to do is visit the locksmith. She will then tell you about her mom, who was Old Mrs. Smith. She will also explain that she left a key to the locksmith in her mum’s will. She will agree to give you the key if you talk with her a bit more.
How to Get the Terror Island Golden Key in Return to Monkey Island
Once you’ve found the first key and progressed through the story a bit more, you’ll be on to the second Golden key. Sail to Terror Island and look for the Unlucky Place. There, you will have to collect a Silver Key. Next, you will have to head over to the Mysterious Clearing and locate a lamp. You can pick up the lamp and light it using any sort of fire you come across.
Next, go to the Twisting Path. Travel down it for a while until you reach the end. Check out the sign there. It will read “xyzzy” and then reveal a keyhole. Use the Silver Key in the keyhole to access the Dark Cave. Using the lamp that you collected earlier, you will be able to get inside the maze. Using only the exits that aren’t marked with an “X,” you will fall into a hole and locate Mr. Toothrot and a Golden Key.
How to Get Widey’s Golden Key in Return to Monkey Island
This key is pretty simple. You will have to locate Widey Bones to find the third key. She will tell you that you have to have two other keys before she will work with you, which you already have. However, you’ll find that LeChuck and his crew have taken Wiley’s Key. This can be found by looking around on the boxes outside of LeChuck’s room on his ship. Dock with the boat, and you can just grab it.
How to get Bella Fisher’s Golden Key
Talk to the captains in the fish shop, and they will explain that Bella Fisher had a secret hiding spot where she left a clue. You’ll have to find that clue on a flag on the Adrift Ship, but you can’t get onto the ship to snag the Return to Monkey Island Golden Key.
Go to Scurvy Island’s camp. There you will find and grab a picture of Elaine and a note that says where she is. You’ll have to find her in the specific Lime Grove that was in the note and get the Scurvy Flier from her. However, a seagull speaks a picture from you. If you look on the map, you’ll see a bird’s nest by one of the lime groves toward the Northeast. Go there and take back the picture of Guybrush.
You will have to take Elaine’s flier to the Brrr Muda Ice Quarry, where Stan is. You’ll have to find a picture of Stan from his old hut on Melee Island to get into the Quarry. When you get in, show Stan Elaine’s flier for him to touch up.
He will help, but he needs to talk to Elaine in person. You’ll have to get a copy of the one-month court decree, and tells you about his accountant, Ned Filigree.
You will then need to find Ned Filigree on Barebones Island and show him Stan’s court decree. He will give you Stan’s financial records, which you take to Judge Planke in the Burr Muda Court Building. He will then increase Stan’s sentence to 10 years.
Take the new decree to Stan. Once he sees the new decree, he will want nothing less than to escape his cell. Use the Double Monocle to get the serial number off Stan’s shackles and take it to the locksmith on Melee Island to get a key.
Now, Stan will go with you to see Elaine, who gets you onto the ship to get the Golden Key.
How to Get the Brrr Muda Island Golden Key in Return to Monkey Island
Travel to the top of the Ice Castle on Brrr Muda and speak with the Queen. She will give you three challenges you must beat her in to become queen, which will give you the crown and the last Golden Key.
- Heartiness – Get Slimehead Fish from the fish shop and add some Demon Pepper. When you have to draw a fish from your bucket, grab one from your inventory instead
- Seriousness – Grab the joke book from Bob on LeChuck’s ship by giving him the Endless Book that Never Ends that you can find in the Governor’s Mansion. Use this book when it’s your turn to tell a joke.
- Intelligence – You’ll Abe to build a fire with driftwood that you took forth lookout point on Melee Island. Light it with matches from the Queen’s throne room. While the Queen is distracted, switch papers with her!
Now you have all five Golden Keys in Return to Monkey Island. Prepare to take on LeChuck now!