Chapter 23: Empire of Ice
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Put your weird looking frozen waterfall thing onto the Portal of Power whilst in the Ruins and a new ice rocket ship platform will appear in the waters to the left of the docks, you'll need a Skylander that can cross over water to reach it.
The Frozen Wastes
Haldor will ask for your help getting rid of the Ice Ogres that have invaded his home, to do that you'll need to collect the pieces to a catapult from all throughout the level. To start head up to the left where there's a couple of blue ice crystals in the way, these will smash to reveal Frozen Fiends, they run up to you and swing their heads down onto the ground - if you're hit you take some damage and get briefly frozen in place. Easy to kill though.
The floor beyond them is slippery, you'll have to get used to it as a lot of the level is like this. Go up past the frozen cactus to some normal ground and a few more Frozen Fiends before slipping down the slope going right. At the bottom you'll be introduced to the festive looking Chucker, these guys throw large snowballs towards you that move quite quickly. Keep out of the way of those best you can.
After killing the Chucker and the Frozen Fiends in front of him, smash through a pile of frozen vases and barrels at the bottom of a stone slope on your left, go up to find an Undead Gate.
Ice Crater Lake
A mini Heroic Challenge awaits you. Your task now is to collect all 20 of the magic skulls that are dotted about the frozen lake, problem is that the lake is sloped and slippery as well as being home to a few large snowballs that when nudged will knock you backwards. If you're finding you keep missing one over and over then try circling the entire lake to give it another go rather than doubling back - you could also use the snowballs to help quickly change direction.
Once you've got them all you'll be thrown back out and given a Present that you can shake open to collect the Santa Hat.
Walk back down the slope and go down onto the slippery ice, head right to a teleporter.
Maze of Obelisks
What you've got here is a simple maze, as you can see pretty much all of it there's not much you can do to get lost, the ice might not help though. First up you're going to need to find the switch that opens the exit. Take the right-hand path, smash the barrels to continue right, down and around up to the top right corner where you'll find the small square button that you're looking for.
Return to the start of the maze and go to the left in order to grab the Treasure Chest from the bottom left corner. From there head north, smash through a barrel and make your way to Slam Bam's Soul Gem "Yeti Cooling-Factor". You're right by the exit teleporter which should be open provided you stepped on the button earlier.
Go forwards past that undead ramp from before and kill the Frozen Fiends standing next to a monster gate. Slip and slide along the ice around some cacti until you get to another group of Frozen Fiends and the brand new Ice Ogre enemy.
Altar of Eyes
Ice Ogres will cast their fairly powerful spell but aren't much of a threat despite their size due to poor aiming and lack of motivation. Kill him to open up the monster gate nearby. Slide on through to meet up with Haldor again. He'll point out a key further on and the lock it's for. Continue along the ice around to the other side of the altar so you can get up it. There's a large gang of Frozen Fiends and a new enemy to be introduced: the Furyclops. Essentially a Cyclops Chopper in a woolly hat. Instead of going into the stone enclosure keep on circling around and you'll find a Treasure Chest.
Turn around and enter that enclosure, go up the slope in the centre of it and pick up the key as well as the Story Scroll nearby. Kill the Chuckers that have been throwing snowballs at you before dropping down off the side to reach the locked gate to the right (pretty much at the base of the Undead Gate teleporter).
Behind the locked gate is the first of the four pieces of the catapult. Walk into it then walk forwards off the small ledge towards the broken catapult. Go left after the conversation down the path. Ignore the purple bomb icon for now, you don't have access to a bomb just yet. Instead go left at the end where you'll find a few more Frozen Fiends and a Furyclops, behind them is a small slope down onto an icy section.
The Sunken Garden
Slide to the left along the ice, avoid the cacti and kill the two Chuckers standing about. On the left side there's a switch to open a tiny section with a small amount of money in, not particularly earth shattering. Go down to the right from there, kill a few Frozen Fiends and an Ice Ogre to open up the monster gate at the end. There is the second piece of the catapult, step into the teleporter to get sent into a maze.
This maze is made trickier by the introduction of holes. Fall into one and you get teleported back to the start of the maze. There's nothing to collect in this one so all you need to do is hit the button in the bottom left corner and leave via the teleporter at the top. To get there go forwards along the only safe bit of ice, left at the stone block, up, then left and then up and immediately left. Down then right should take you to the button. Once you've pressed the button go left then north, right then up before you fall into the hole, right at the cactus and then up before the hole again, right at the next hole then up at the gap.
Another maze, even trickier now as they've removed the stone blocks that may have helped you out before - it's all just holes and cacti. There are two things to collect this time, a piece of the catapult and a Present. First you might as well hit the switch, slide down and go right at the large hole, then down and right to the button. If you didn't fall off during the brief moment of loss of control go left and then up to a large hole, go right there and then up to get your Cossack Hat.
Turn around and go down, left at the hole, up and around the central hole to go left and up to the catapult piece. Once you've got that go to the centre and head north to the teleporter back to Haldor.
To your right is now a bomb, pick it up and run left down to where you earlier saw a purple bomb icon. You may need a fast Skylander as a slow one may not quite reach it in time. Behind the wall down there you'll find a bounce pad that'll jump you up the pathetically small ledge where you'll find the Legendary Treasure .
Return to the catapult and pick up another bomb, take it north and blow up the wall that Haldor showed you.
The Winter Wall
Walk down the path and smash through the brick wall that's in your way. You should notice a yellow aiming marker trying to target you, this is actually a very helpful thing as you can trick it into destroying the blockages ahead. Stand next to the blockage at the end and the marker will centre on you and stop, move out of the way and it'll safely only damage the barricade and not you (although the damage is does do if you're not quick enough is tiny).
Step on through the new gap onto some ice. There's an optional barricade to trick the target into destroying, you can however just go around it. Kill the Frozen Fiends and the Ice Ogre that's walking about there. Smash the next barricade in the same manner as before, slide down the slope and defeat another Ice Ogre.
Down at the very bottom is the wall and a couple of Furyclops that you'll need to kill to open up a monster gate north of them. There's one more Chucker standing high up that you might not be able to reach depending on your Skylander's attacks. Walk up the slope behind the monster gate and you'll find the final Treasure Chest beyond a few barrels. Keep on going around the ledge to the final catapult piece.
Getting back is as simple as carrying on in the same direction as you were before, drop down and follow the path back out of the area to the catapult again.
Destroying the wall is a simple process, aim for the lowest parts and hit them again and again - don't bother winding the cannon back at all if you're going for speed as taking out the bottom takes out the upper parts too. As the bombs seem to bounce you can just hit the attack button as quickly as you can without any worry of a minimum pull. Dodge the incoming barrels and grab the incoming food if you're running low on health, but otherwise keep focused on one section of wall at a time and you'll be done in no time.
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