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7. Best Laid Plans

Version: 3rd revision Objective: Defeat the bear and explore the Mongol ruins
  • Find a way to defeat the bear
  • Find mushrooms for the Poison Arrow Upgrade
  • Find Cloth for the Poison Arrow Upgrade
  • Return to the camp to upgrade arrows
  • Sneak or fight past the Trinity soldiers to reach the cave
  • Defeat the Bear
  • Explore the cave to find an exit
  • Follow the Mongolian Path and search for signs of the Lost City
Finds (Siberian Wilderness): 1/1 Challenge Grab and Go, 1/1 Strongbox, 2/6 Documents Finds (Glacial Cavern): 1/1 Tomb, 3/3 Relics, 4/4 Documents Locations: Siberian Wilderness, Glacial Cavern
Siberian Wilderness

Find a Way to Defeat the Bear

Right at the beginning you earn +150 XP. Follow the path back to the beginning. Here you can scramble up the wall at the wooden board and reach some ledges you can climb. At the top head into the passage.

Find Mushrooms for the Poison Arrow Upgrade

Once you enter the passage you get +50 XP. On the left you can spot some poison Mushrooms you need to collect.
Gift of Alms:On the left side you can find an elevated rock where a wooden board allows you to scramble up the wall. At the top you can find a container with random Resources and +25 XP. Get back down.
Run towards the climbable ice wall and scale it using the axe. At the top you will find a Salvage crate on the left and above your head a nest you can shoot down to gain Feathers erhaltet. (It's likely that the nest falls over the edge. In that case you need to collect it below.) Sometimes you can find a second nest with Feathers just next to the salvage. Use the rope slide to return to the Mongolian ruins. From here head to the north, so a little to the right from where the rope slide drops you off, back to the spot where we explored a cave earlier. In the passage you can find several Mushrooms. Once you've collected all three that were needed, you gain +50 XP.

Find Cloth for the Poison Arrow Upgrade

Now you need to find cloth, of which you most likely have one left over from the previous crate. There may be a crate with Cloth by the two fir trees near the stone circle, or by the monolith. Remember: The survival instincts will show you an objective beacon. Press RS, the right Stick button. You will gain +250 XP, if you've also collected cloth.

Return to the Camp to Upgrade Arrows

Return to the base camp Wilderness Refuge. Right of the base camp you can find a tall tree stump with Mushrooms which Lara pries lose using the axe. Sit down at the camp and enter the inventory menu, here you choose ammunition to craft Poison Arrows. When you leave the menu, Lara will retreat into her shelter for the night.
She is woken up by sounds of a gunshot. Trinity soldiers are chasing a couple of natives to the region. One of the Nazgūl soldiers is attracted to her location by the light of her camp fire.
After the cut scene, Lara is sitting on a tree branch. Below her is a Trinity Soldier, that can be attacked from above with the axe (press Y). Press Y again to perform a finisher with the rock Lara has picked up.
Challenge "Grab and Go" (1/3): Use the X button to loot the corpse for Resources. You will start a challenge and gain +25 XP (or +35 XP with avid learner). You need to loot 3 fallen enemies.
Quickly hide in the bushed right in front of you, as the next Trinity Soldier is approaching. Once he's come closer, you can use the axe (pressing Y) to finish him from the cover. If you manage to get him before the stops talking on the radio, you earn the achievement One-Sided Conversation.
Challenge "Grab and Go" (2/3):Do not forget to loot his corpse and earn +25 XP.

Sneak or Fight Past the Trinity Soldiers to Reach the Cave

Now return towards the ruins. The area is teeming with Trinity Soldiers. You can sneak past them or decide to take them down. If you want to finish them, I suggest you take them down with headshots from the bow or silently from behind to avoid a big fire fight. Poison arrows can also be useful, especially since they can take out more than one enemy at once.
Challenge "Grab and Go" (3/3):You need to kill at least one more soldier to pick his corpse clean and finish the challenge. This will get you +150 XP (+225 XP with avid learner) and 2000 credits which can be used to buy card packs for the Expedition mode.
After you have dealt with the Trinity forces, return to the Mongolian ruins.
Document (5/6): On a table in the middle of the stone circle you can now find a voice recorder titled Gearing Up, from the set "Heart of Darkness" which has been placed here by the soldiers. This will get you +15 XP.
Before you continue, you can collect more resources, if you like. Now once again climb up the tree to reach the higher level that leads to the bear cave. Collect the Salvage at the end of the passage on the right and grab the Hardwood right next to it. Once you reach the clearing, you are awarded +50 XP.

Defeat the Bear

Now it's time to deal with the bear. Approach the cave mouth. Right of it you can find a crate with Cloth. Make sure you have crafted poison arrows, then enter the cave, on your way you can find two sets of Mushrooms in the narrow passage. You will encounter the bear inside.
Combat Details
Immediately shoot it with a poison arrow. (You aim with LT and the right stick, but shoot with RB instead of RT to use the special arrows.) This will stun the bear for a moment, giving you enough time to shoot it with as many arrows as possible before it starts moving again. (Remember: Charged arrows do more damage, but they take longer to shoot. You need to find out which works best for you. I usually don't charge my shots against the bear and use up to six arrows per stun phase.) When the bear snaps out of being stunned, use another poison arrow to stun it again. And repeat shooting it with regular arrows. But leave a little time to craft new poison arrows (using RB when not aiming) before the bear starts moving again. A third poison arrow should do the trick and finish the bear. When it gets too close, run from the cave, out onto the clearing. Remember to evade its attacks with B.

Beating the bear will award you +100 XP.

Explore the Cave to Find an Exit

Loot the bear to get the bear hide, and the "Survivor Pack" card pack. Inside the cave you can collect a few more things.
Gift of Alms: On the left side after entering the cave you can find a small container with a random resourceand +25 XP. Another crate with random resources can be found on the right. Loot the dead deer to gain its hide.
Strongbox (1/1): In the right part of the cave you will find a Strongbox. Pry it open, using the axe, by pressing X repeatedly. Inside you will find a Semi-Auto Pistol Part (1/4). You will gain +75 XP.
Document (6/6): Just a little to the left from the strongbox, near the dead dear, you can find a scroll lying on the ground. It is Northern Passage, from the set "The Hunter" (3/6). It will improve your Russian (+15 XP) and award +15 XP.
Now examine the back wall between the strongbox and the document. Use the axe to pry loose some of the bricks and create an opening. Step through into the passage behind and follow it to reach an ice plateau of the Glacial Cavern. You'll get +50 XP.
What's missing in the Siberian Wilderness?
You have now left the region "Siberian Wilderness" behind you. If you've followed the walkthrough closely, you will now have 89% in that region, missing only 2 relics. These two can not be recovered at the moment. For the first you will need to have rope arrows and for the second a stronger weapon like an assault rifle. Don't worry, once you have both items, this walkthrough will guide you back to the Siberian Wilderness to retrieve the items. This will be in Alone Again.
Glacial Cavern

Follow the Mongolian Path and Search for Signs of the Lost City

In front of you, on the left, is a climbable ice wall, but since it will crumble under Lara's weight, you might as well slide down right away.
Document (1/4): When you've reached the bottom, turn around to the right and climb up the short ice wall. Here you will find the document Shores of Svetloyar, from the set "The Hunter" (4/6) lying on the left side. By collecting and reading it, you gain +15 XP and improve your Russian (+15 XP). Turn around and climb back down.
Looking for a way back?
If you want to return to the Siberian Wilderness for any reason, do not climb down again but instead jump towards the ice wall in front and climb up.
Follow the icy passage down into a water cave. On the way Lara will have to crouch down.
Relic (1/3): On the left edge of the water you will find a tiny box with a relic. It is the Bone Arrowhead from the set "Mongolian Invasion". You will get +25 XP for finding the item. Examine it by turning it around to look at the tip and finding out it was a whistling arrow. This will improve your Mongolian (+15 XP).
Now get into the water and learn how to dive.
Hold LT to dive down. Release LT to resurface. Press B repeatedly to dive (or swim) faster.
Dive under the stone arch and resurface on the other side. Here swim to the fork.
Relic (2/3): Dive under the icy arch on the right. On the other side you can pull up onto the platform. Here you will find a crate with salvage and a tiny box with a relic, a Paiza , from the set "Mongolian Invasion". You gain +25 XP. Examine the back of the paiza to discover the inscription and improve your Mongolian (+15 XP). Dive back to the fork.
Now dive through the stone ark and quickly to the safe shore. Here you will find the next base camp, Mongolian Passage. You'll get +10 XP for discovering the camp site. When playing on Survivor, the camp is inactive and you have to build up a camp fire by using three pieces of hardwood with X. You'll most likely have another skill point to use and enough salvage to upgrade your bow or your axe. Right next to the camp you can find a box with random resources.
Gift of Alms: At the right edge of the water you can find a container with random resources, which will also reward you with +25 XP.
Now head up the ramp on the left. Jump through the water curtain (which is probably less noticeable on the 360?) into the next passage. Here you will get the notice that an optional challenge tomb is nearby. We will of course check it out, when we come past the entrance. Step forward to reach the edge and jump to the next ledge. Pull up and walk along the narrow path. Lara will spot an ancient war galley stuck in the ice wall. Jump towards the climbable ice wall and scale it, using the axe. At the top head to the right, into the next part of the cavern. Scramble up the wall ahead and follow the path upwards to the left.
Challenge Tomb (1/1) "Ice Ship": You will come past a spot where a narrow beam is sticking out of the walkway to the left. This is where you can reach the challenge tomb. Step onto it, to jump from here to the climbable ice wall. Climb up, using the axe.
Gift of Alms: At the top, on the left you will find a container with random resources, which will reward you with +25 XP.
Run out onto the wooden planks and from here jump towards the mast. Grab the beam of the red flag and climb up, onto the mast. Balance across and at the end pull up.
Document (2/4): On the right, near a frozen skeleton you can find the next document, Impossible Pursuit from the set "Glacial Cavern". It will award you +15 XP and improve your Greek (+15 XP). Immediately next to it you can find Mushrooms.
Gift of Alms: On the other side you can find another container with random resources and +25 XP.
Now stand in front of the golden cog mechanism and use the axe to pry lose the hook holding them in place. A dangling brass kettle comes into focus on the right side. Scramble up the wooden board just behind the mechanism to reach the beam above it. Balance across it and out onto the mast. At the end jump towards the brass vessel. It will swing against the ice wall, breaking the ice that prevented Lara from climbing up the wall. Wait till you have safe ground below you, then let go of the vessel and run over to the newly exposed ledges on the right. Climb up using regular jumps and wall scrambles. At the top traverse to the left to pull up. Here you will find a crank. Turn it counter-clockwise as far, as you can, using the left analog stick. This will lower another brass vessel. You will now be faced with a simple time run. Let go of the crank and immediately run out onto the mast. Follow it to the right end and from here jump towards the kettle which will break the ice on this side. Again wait till it has reached its final position to drop down onto the ledge safely. Jump over to the next ledge, below the climbable ice wall and scale it, utilising the axe. When you reach the wooden beam, jump up to the upper beam. It will come lose, forcing Lara to secure her grip. Shimmy sideways to the right and jump over to the next wood beam. Traverse further to the right and pull up. Wall scramble up to reach the top.
Coins: On the right you can find a pile of Coins (+2).
Document (3/4): Head further up. Also on the right, before you reach the stairs, you will find the document The Captain's Revenge, from the set "Glacial Cavern" lying on the ground. This will award you +15 XP and improve your language skill Greek (+30 XP).
Map: Just behind the document, on the table, you can spot the Archivist Map, for documents, relics and murals. To the right of it you can find some Arrows.
Gift of Alms: On the left side in front of the stairs you can find another container with a random Resource, and +25 XP.
Then head up the stairs and open the secret codex. You will gain the Ancient Abilities ("Quickly shoot up to 2 successive arrows without the delay of redrawing from the quiver. Rapid fire arrows by quickly pressing and releasing RT after an arrow is first shot.") and the achievement Challenging, as well as 10000 credits. Now turn around and head towards the left edge of the chasm. Here you use the rope slide to continue the level.
You will automatically slide down a chute.
Relic (3/3): You will land right on top of the next relic. Open the box to find the Enamel Brooch from the set "Tokens of Faith" inside. This will rewards you with +25 XP. Examine the flipside and you improve your Greek (+15 XP).
Run further ahead. You would have come from the right, had you ignored the challenge tomb. So we will now turn left. Jump towards the climbing wall and attach the axe. Climb to the top. Follow the path into a large cave. Here you jump to the second part of the walkway and pull up. Also jump to the third section where you also have to pull up. On the right you will find some Coins (+2). Head into the narrow tunnel and at the end get into the water. Dive through underneath the low ceiling and quickly to the end, where you can climb out of the water.
Document (4/4): Turn around to the right, where you will find a document, an ancient scroll lying on the ground. It is The Frozen Wastes from the set "The Hunter" (5/6). It will be worth +15 XP and improve Lara's language proficiency Russian (+15 XP), which means you've mastered level 1.
You've now completed the Glacial Cavern 100%. There is no need to return here later.
Run further along, up the path. Scramble up the wall and at the top run across the narrow ledge. Through the tunnel you will reach the Soviet Installation. Head towards the base camp.
A cut scene ensues.
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