Phantom Menace Walkthrough: Level 5

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Walkthrough

Level 5: Escape from Theed
Mission: Protect the Queen; Reach the hangar

In this mission you have to make sure the Queen is not killed, otherwise the level automatically ends. You both need to reach the hanger safely. If you are separated from the Queen because you are scouting ahead, and you get a message that she has died, next time check back on her more often, or don't stray too far from her.

Unless you are following this section of the walkthrough from beginning to end, it is impossible to give an exact strategy that everyone can use. That's just the nature of this level and the enemy AI. Enemies can attack unexpectantly, you may have left the queen at a different point than I did, or done things in a different order than I've done here (which will definitely affect your game). For this level, I'm providing one of the strategies I used to finish it. Just keep keep your eyes (and ears) open, check on the queen often, and protect her as best you can from the droids.

You start the level separated from your comrades (how original), and the Queen is running from gunfire, so follow her. Go up the stairs, to the right, then left, through a circular room, and down some stairs to the garden. Kill a couple of battle droids along the way. The queen should tell you that there's a secret path behind the statue. If she doesn't lead you to the statue or she's still somewhere behind you, go back to her and let her lead you. Push the statue forward and make sure there's a big enough path for her to get through or she won't follow you.

Once through, keep going up the stairs until you get to a door that is jammed. You'll have to make a running double jump to the balcony on the other side. But first, force push the droid off the balcony. Once across and near the window, jump down to a secret balcony below you. Here you'll find a proton missile launcher with 5 shells, which you're definitely going to need. Jump back up and go through the window into the room. Push the button to let the queen inside. Listen to the queen and take the blaster with 250 shots and a small health powerup (you would have done it without her permission anyways).

Exit, make sure the queen is following you, and go down a few steps. The queen will tell you that she'll stay there while you scout ahead. Remember to come back and check on her from time to time during your battles, because even though you can clear the area of droids and go a little further, more droids will come back when you're back is turned and try to kill her.

Go down the stairs and droids will start attacking you. Go right, and take out a few droids. Go back to the left path. You'll be greeted by a couple of battle droids. Kill them, and continue forward until you come to a dead end. There's a door to the right, and an open room above you. First, jump up and grab the ledge above you. Kill the droid and take the light repeating blaster with 300 shots. Jump back down and kill any battle droids you see. Make sure you check on the queen at this point because more droids should be attempting to silence her snotty little attitude right now.

After you check on the queen, go back down the left path and through the door on the right. Ignore the boy, jump onto the upper level, and grab the full health pack. Talk to the boy, and tell him it's safe to return to his mother. Follow him to his mother (the door near the queen) and you should get another full health pack for saving her son. You can save this health pack for later.

Talk to the queen and take her with you. Go forward, keep to the left side, and you'll eventually come to a courtyard with a big battle tank shooting at you. A locked security gate is to the right. The queen will stop on the left side of the courtyard and be in a relatively safe area. The queen will tell you that you need to open the gate, talk to her and tell her to make a run for it when you get the gates open. Make sure you kill any battle droids in the area before you scout ahead.

You'll need to get up on the bridge. From the courtyard, go up the stairs on the left, kill a couple of droids on the way, and around the corner on the bridge is a wounded soldier asking for water. If you want to help him, jump off the bridge near him where there's a broken side railing and you can see a small path. Follow the path around the corner and up the stairs. There's a shield here, but if you pick it up the downed solider may not talk to you while it's active (he doesn't offer anything useful anyways). There's also a flask of water and a fusion coil (which you'll need for the next level). Push the red button to open the door and you'll be back on the bridge with the wounded soldier.

Go across the bridge, and the door at the end has a droid and a small health pack. Exit, and continue down the side balcony and go through the windows (you may need to check on the queen again beforehand). Walk through the door on the left and cross a small covered bridge. Right after you cross the bridge into another room, notice the side door on the right. You'll find a blaster with 250 shots behind it. Cross another covered bridge and go into the last room.

Walk towards the exit and you'll find yourself at the top of some stairs. To your left in the corner is an open window. Crawl inside, and you'll find a light repeating blaster with 300 shots on the floor. In the compartment is a full health powerup. There's also an R2 unit and a dead person (kind of makes you wonder if R2 had anything to do with it). If your shield is still active, you may not be able to fit in the window, so come back here when it has worn off.

Go down the stairs and you'll end up in a small courtyard behind the battle tank. Show the lone droid near the battle tank the pretty color of your lightsaber, and then whack the tail end of the tank with your saber to make it move out of your way. Once the tank has moved, you can push the red button in the corner and open the locked security gates. If you go up the other set of stairs in this area, you can free a wimpy prisoner and he may give you a thermal detonator (but don't take his advice about using the detonator on the tank).

Find your way to the queen. If she took your advice and made a run for it when the doors opened, she'll be in the new area beyond the security gate. If not, or you told her to wait, go back to her in the courtyard and tell her the gates are open, then make a run for it. If you really want to waste your ammo, it is possible to kill the battle tank (it'll take a very long time).

Now would be a good time to save your game.

In the new area past the gates, kill the three droids coming at you on the ground. And watch out for the two droids in the window above you. Use your saber to reflect the shots back at them. A word of warning: DON'T kill any of the battle droids on either side of the archway near the stairs, because this will trigger the release of more destroyer droids than you can handle. If you leave those battle droids alone, you will only have to deal with 2 destroyer droids. If not, then it is possible to still get through the level (I had about 6 destroyers my first time through).

Off to the side is an R2 unit. Leave him alone, you'll need him there when you return to Theed later on in the game.

Talk to the queen and she should lead you to the stairs on the right (remember, don't kill the battle droids here). Tell her to follow you up the stairs. Make sure you quickly run ahead of her and don't let her catch up, otherwise she'll get ahead of you and into the path of the destroyer droids on the other side of the arch. But you also want to make sure she is not left far behind on the stairs, or the battle droids might get her.

You'll cross a small bridge (the archway) and come to a room. In the compartment is a full health powerup, and on the floor is a proton missile launcher with 5 shells. Go to the exit on the far side, and you can see some stairs leading down. Make sure the destroyer droids are NOT in this area when you go down, wait for them to pass. They patrol the area in a predictable circular pattern.

Now would be a good time to Save your game.

When the destroyer droids are gone (wait for them to come around at least once so you can observe their patrolling patterns), go down ONE set of stairs and turn right. Wait for the destroyer droid to roll into your line of sight, and shoot it with your proton missile launcher. Try to get in your first shot before its shields come up. Two to three shots should do it. And remember, you can always run up the stairs back into the room for safety.

After the first destroyer is history, go down another set of stairs on the left, turn right, and walk forward just a little bit (don't walk too far forward or the droids under the archway will start shooting at you). There is another destroyer droid moving around in a circular pattern. Wait for him to be in your line of sight, and get him with your proton missile.

Go back into the room (or to the bridge if you ran a little too fast) and get the queen. She should follow you (if not, run into her or talk to her to coax her into moving). Once she starts moving out of the room, stay out of her way. If you are lucky and you didn't destroy any of the battle droids under the archway, there should be no more destroyer droids in the area. She'll walk directly to the locked blast doors on the far side. Follow her there. Go down the steps near the blast doors, and take out the two droids on the bottom (one will come out of a door).

In order to open the blast doors, you need to go up another set of stairs that you passed on your way to the blast doors. Look for the star symbol on the ground, and there are stairs near there. Go up and talk to the rude woman if you want. She'll tell you (if you're nice) how to open the blast doors. There's a full health in the bedroom around the corner if you need it. Go out the window, hang a right, and you'll see a rope above you. Jump up and cross to the other side. Once across, jump onto the outer balcony and go through the glass door. Find the red button that opens the blast doors, and exit through the bottom level.

Get the queen through the blast door (if she hasn't already gone through), and when she stops, tell her to stay put while you scout ahead. There will be 2-3 battle droids near some land mines, so show them the butt end of your blaster. When you come to a bridge that's raised, jump over it and get into the boat. You can talk to the boatman if you like. And yes, there really is a deadly waterfall at the end of the river. From the boat, go into the room, get the blaster with 250 shots, and go up the stairs onto the balcony. Shoot or force push the release lever on the balcony across from you to make the bridge go down. Now the queen can cross.

Go back for the queen and she'll follow. Make sure she doesn't step on any land mines (shoot and destroy them first if you have to), and stop stepping on her dress. Once you cross the bridge, she'll start running ahead of you and leading you.

You'll come to a courtyard with a fountain, and the queen will stop. Save your game here. Go forward a little bit, and the queen will say "we're trapped." Around the corner are 2 battle droids and a droid using a heavy repeating cannon. Ignore them for a moment, because there are more battle droids coming from behind you. Take them out. Then kill the two battle droids in front of you.

If you need it, there's a small health powerup in a room on the other side of the fountain. But there's also a battle droid in there.

There will be one droid left operating the heavy repeating cannon. Once you take this droid out, a destroyer droid will appear, so be prepared. Look up above you near where the queen is standing. There's a ledge you can jump on. Jump up and cross it all the way to the end. You may see two battle droids to your left that you can take out from up here. Now, carefully look to your right and you'll see the cannon droid. Jump down behind him, and take him out quickly with your saber. The queen should start running towards you. If not, quickly go get her and lead her away. A destroyer droid may show up near the fountain, so get behind the heavy repeating cannon and use it. Or if you have any proton missiles left, that will also work.

When it's safe, the queen will run ahead a little bit and stop on the right side, near a corner with two doors. She'll stay there until it's "safe." Go into one of the doors and talk to the man. Ask him for help, and he'll open up the door next to it and you can find a full health pack and a floating seeker droid.

Save your game here. You're almost near the end of the level.

Exit, and make sure there are no droids behind you that can take out the queen as you move forward. Continue forward, and you're almost near the end. There are a few soldiers hanging about, talk to them if you want, but they aren't very good at fighting for you.

You'll come to a big courtyard. On the right is a fountain, two destroyer droids, and a blaster with 250 shots. Unless you are desperate for ammo, it's not worth it. To the left is the hangar, but there are a lot of battle droids guarding it. Now would be a good time to use your flash grenades (or better yet, your thermal detonator) if you have any left.

Once you've made junkyard metal of the droids, go back and get the queen. Lead her to the outside of the hangar where she'll stop. Talk to her and tell her to stay put while you scout ahead. Go inside the hangar and kill 3 more battle droids. Go back out to the queen and tell her you need to get to her ship. At the far end of the hanger is Qui-Gon and company. End of level.

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