Dark Romance: The Ethereal Gardens Walkthrough

Welcome to the Dark Romance: The Ethereal Gardens Walkthrough Can you defeat an evil fairy queen to avenge your father? Whether you use this document as a reference when things get difficult or as a road map to get you from beginning to end, we’re pretty sure you’ll find what you’re looking for here. This document contains a complete Dark Romance: The Ethereal Gardens game walkthrough featuring annotated screenshots from actual gameplay!

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Dark Romance: The Ethereal Gardens

General Tips

  • This is the official guide for Dark Romance: The Ethereal Gardens.
  • This guide won’t tell you when to zoom into a location; the screenshots show each zoom scene.
  • Hidden-object puzzles are referred to as HOPs. Only the locations of the HOPs will be shown.
  • Use the map to fast travel to a location.

Chapter 1: Kingdom’s Border

The Ethereal Gardens Kingdom's Border
  • Speak to the character; take the ring (A); take Sword, BROKEN SCOOP, and CURTAIN TASSEL (B).
  • Take GAUNTLET and Tasks (C).
  • Use CURTAIN TASSEL (D) for HOP (E); receive SCEPTER.
  • Take LOCKPICK and Map (F); use SCEPTER on the shell; take STATUE AMULET (G).
  • Place STATUE AMULET; take MEDAL, KNIFE (H).
  • Use KNIFE for SADDLE (I); place SADDLE on a horse.
  • Use GAUNTLET; take 1/2 OBELISK INLAYS, NEEDLE, AND THREAD and scroll (J).
  • Take ACID; use BROKEN SCOOP (K); take 2/2 OBELISK INLAYS and MAGNET (L).
  • Take note; place 2/2 OBELISK INLAYS (M).
  • Easy solution (N).
  • Hard solution (O).
  • Take MULE WHISTLE.
  • Use MULE WHISTLE on a mule.
  • Go forward.
  • Take note; use LOCKPICK (P); take CATAPULT HANDLE (Q).
  • Use MEDAL (R); take WIRE SAW and DAMAGED MASK (S).
  • Take NET; use ACID (T); take LEATHER PATCH (U).
  • Take note, 1/2 LEVERS; use MAGNET (V); take PURIFYING INCENSE (W).
  • Go down.
  • Place CATAPULT HANDLE; take BRUSH and LENSES (X).
  • NEEDLE AND THREAD, LEATHER PATCH, PURIFYING INCENSE, and LENSES on DAMAGED MASK for PLAGUE DOCTOR MASK.
  • Use PLAGUE DOCTOR MASK (Y).

Chapter 2: Celeste’s Wings

Celeste's Wings
  • Speak to character; take HAMMER and Celeste’s Diary (Z); open diary; take PICTURE.
  • Take RAZOR, BIG LEAF (A); place PICTURE on a nail; play HOP (B); receive CRESCENT PENDANT.
  • Use CRESCENT PENDANT; take LASSO and HAIR PIN (C).
  • Place BIG LEAF; use HAIRPIN (D); select leaf; take, use key (E).
  • Go forward.
  • Take DAMAGED HOSE (F).
  • Use RAZOR; take GLUE and CHISEL (G).
  • Use CHISEL and HAMMER (H); take FOX TAIL and PATCH (I).
  • GLUE and PATCH on DAMAGED HOSE for HOSE.
  • Place HOSE (J); speak to character; receive CAT TOY.
  • Take 1/3 MIRROR INLAYS (K).
  • Go down.
  • Give CAT TOY (L); take PUMPKIN TOKEN, EMPTY WINESKIN (M).
  • Select handle; place EMPTY WINESKIN for WATER (N).
  • Go forward.
  • Place PUMPKIN TOKEN (O).
  • Easy solution (P1-P3). Place and rotate: A-Bx2-Cx3-D-Ex2.
  • Use ARBORETUM KEY (R).
  • Go forward.
  • Take DIPPER; GLOVE (S).
  • Use LASSO; take BARRETTE, 2/3 MIRROR INLAYS (T).
  • Use FOX TAIL; take SKELETON’S ARM, 3/3 MIRROR INLAYS (U).
  • Go down 2x.
  • Place 3/3 MIRROR INLAYS; take BELL (V).
  • Return to Arboretum.
  • Place BELL (W) for HOP (X); receive MAGIC FLUTE.
  • Go down.
  • Use MAGIC FLUTE; take MAGIC SEED (Y).
  • Go forward.
  • Place MAGIC SEED; use WATER (Z).
  • Speak to characters; take HELMET; use BRUSH for POLLEN ON BRUSH (A).
  • Use WIRE SAW; take LOCKED CASE, SICKLE (B).
  • Use NET (C).
  • Easy solution (D). 1-21.
  • Hard solution (E). 1-21.
  • Take WOODCUTTER FIGURINE.
  • Go down.
  • Use POLLEN ON BRUSH (F).
  • Solution. 1-5.
  • Take CASE PLAQUE.
  • Return to Abandoned Sawmill.
  • Place WOODCUTTER FIGURINE; take BROKEN SWORD STONE, 2/2 LEVERS (G).
  • Place 2/2 LEVERS; take CASE PLAQUE, NUT (H).
  • CASE PLAQUE, CASE PLAQUE on LOCKED CASE.
  • Easy solution (I). (F-C)-(F-E)-(H-E)-(I-A).
  • Hard solution (J). (C-I)-(C-G)-(C-F)-(F-E)-(H-E)-(A-I).
  • Take note, MAGIC NET.
  • Return to Magic Gardens.
  • Use MAGIC NET (K); speak to character.
  • Go forward.
  • Take note, HAMMER (L).
  • Use HELMET, take SWORD STONE PIECE (M).
  • Take WRENCH; use SICKLE (N) for HOP (O); receive CHEST FACE.
  • Place CHEST FACE (P) take WHEEL (Q).
  • Return to Abandoned Sawmill.
  • Place NUT, WHEEL (R); take BOOT SPUR, FISHING ROD (S).
  • Return to Arboretum.
  • Use FISHING ROD (T); open, take FLAT MEDAL, SWORD STONE PIECE (U).
  • Go down.
  • SWORD STONE PIECE, SWORD STONE PIECE on BROKEN SWORD STONE for SWORD STONE.
  • Place SWORD STONE; take MAGIC SWORD (V).
  • Go forward.
  • Use MAGIC SWORD (W).
  • Easy solution (X). (I) A-Cx2-Dx2-H; (K) A-C-Ax2-B-G; (J) A-C-E-C.
  • Hard solution (Y). (I) A-Cx2-Dx2-H; (L) A-C-Ax2-B-G; (J) A-C-E-C; (K) A-C-A-G.

Chapter 3: Cador

Dark Romance Cador
  • Speak to characters; use BARRETTE (Z); take DROPPER, 1/3 DECORATIVE BRANCHES (A).
  • Take HAMMER; use GLOVE (B); take TROWEL, 2/3 DECORATIVE BRANCHES (C).
  • Use SKELETON’S ARM; take WOODEN PEGS, 3/3 DECORATIVE BRANCHES (D).
  • Place 3/3 DECORATIVE BRANCHES (E).
  • Go forward.
  • Use DROPPER (F) for HOP (G); receive CARROT.
  • Give CARROT (H); take MORTAR WITH RECIPE, SHARP FANG (I).
  • Take BOARDS (J), use DIPPER (K); take PESTLE.
  • Use SHARP FANG (L); take METAL BRUSH, NAILS (M).
  • Use HAMMER, BOARDS, and NAILS (N).
  • Go forward.
  • Use WOODEN PEGS; take HEALING HERBS (O).
  • Use TROWEL; take VINEGAR; STIRRUPS; LASSO (P).
  • Use VINEGAR, METAL BRUSH (Q); take OIL ETHER; 1/3 MODEL PIECES (R).
  • Go down.
  • Use LASSO; take SLINGSHOT, 2/3 MODEL PIECES (S).
  • Go down.
  • PESTLE, HEALING HERBS, OIL ETHER on MORTAR WITH RECIPE for MORTAR WITH HEALING EXTRACT.
  • Place MORTAR WITH HEALING EXTRACT (T).
  • Solution (U). (B-A)-(A-C)-(C-B)-(A-C)-(B-A)-(A-C)-(C-B).
  • Take ANTIDOTE.
  • Give ANTIDOTE to character; speak to character; receive WATERFALL EMBLEM.
  • Go forward.
  • Place WATERFALL EMBLEM (V); take DUSTER, 3/3 MODEL PIECES (W).
  • Go forward.
  • Place 3/3 MODEL PIECES; take RAKE, SAW (X).
  • Return to Cador’s Hut.
  • Use SAW (Y); take SPHERE LAMP, SADDLE STRAP (Z).
  • Use SPHERE LAMP for FIREFLIES (A).
  • Go forward.
  • Place FIREFLIES (B).
  • Solutions (C1-C3).
  • Take PIPE, SADDLE SEAT.
  • Go forward.
  • Take diagram; place STIRRUPS, SADDLE STRAP, and SADDLE SEAT (D); take GRYPHON SADDLE.
  • Place GRYPHON SADDLE (E).

Chapter 4: Castle

Dark Romance Castle
  • Speak to characters; use BOOT SPUR (F); take TWEEZERS, CHESS PIECE (G).
  • Take FISH PENDANT; use WRENCH (H) for HOP (I); receive STONE WITH SQUARE HOLE.
  • Use STONE WITH SQUARE HOLE; take AWL (J).
  • AWL on CHESS PIECE for GOLD COIN.
  • Give GOLD COIN (K); receive PRISON KEYS.
  • Use PRISON KEYS (L).
  • Easy solution (M). (E-C)-(H-B)-(I-B)-(D-G)-(E-F)-(G-B)-(E-G)-(A-E).
  • Hard solution (N). (I-A)-(D-B)-(E-C)-(G-D)-(E-I)-(I-F)-(I-G)-(H-I).
  • Go forward.
  • Use FLAT MEDAL (O); take DAMAGED PENDANT, CHISEL (P).
  • Take BOWSTRING (Q); use TWEEZERS for PENDANT DETAIL (R).
  • Use CHISEL, HAMMER (S); take PENDANT DETAIL, GARDEN SHEARS (T).
  • PENDANT DETAIL, PENDANT DETAIL on DAMAGED PENDANT for SHIELD PENDANT.
  • Place SHIELD PENDANT (U).
  • Solutions (V). (E-F)-(H-G)-(A-I)-(L-C)-(K-M)-(J-B).
  • Go forward.
  • Use FISH PENDANT (W); take SOLDIER FIGURINE, DAMAGED INVISIBILITY CLOAK (X).
  • Use GARDEN SHEARS on roses; take CANE (Y).
  • Use BOW STRING (Z); take INVISIBILITY POWDER, NAPKIN (A).
  • Go down.
  • Use CANE for WINDMILL ELEMENT (B).
  • Use SOLDIER FIGURINE; take SNAKE’S HEAD (C).
  • Go forward.
  • Use SNAKE’S HEAD (D) for HOP (E); receive BLACKSMITH FIGURINE.
  • Place WINDMILL ELEMENT; take MAGIC FLOWER, RAMROD (F).
  • Go down.
  • Place BLACKSMITH FIGURINE; take BROKEN PENCIL, MAGIC SCALES, and BOWL (G).
  • Go forward.
  • INVISIBILITY POWDER, MAGIC FLOWER, MAGIC SCALES on DAMAGED INVISIBILITY CLOAK for INVISIBILITY CLOAK.
  • Use INVISIBILITY CLOAK (H).
  • Use DUSTER; take BROKEN DULL AXE, ACID (I).
  • Take AXE POMMEL (J).
  • Take MUG; use SLINGSHOT (K); take GRINDSTONE (L).
  • Remove cover; use MUG; take BONES (M).
  • GRINDSTONE, AXE POMMEL on BROKEN DULL AXE for AXE.
  • Use AXE (N).
  • Easy solution (O). Ax3-Bx4-Cx3.
  • Hard solution (P). (D-F)-(E-D); Ax3-Bx4-Cx3.
  • Go forward.
  • Use RAKE; take DECORATIVE WRENCH, NIPPERS (Q).
  • Use ACID for WEATHER VANE (R).
  • Use PIPE; take PESTLE (S).
  • Use WEATHER VANE; take 1/2 BAG TOKENS, STRONG ROPE (T).
  • Go down.
  • BONES on STRONG ROPE for ROPE LADDER.
  • Use ROPE LADDER (U).
  • Go down.
  • Speak to characters; use DECORATIVE WRENCH (V); take CROSSBOW STRING, SEAL-BREAKER RECIPE (W).
  • Take MORTAR; use NIPPERS (X) for HOP (Y); receive NOISEMAKER.
  • Return to Tower Roof.
  • Use NOISEMAKER (Z); take 2/2 BAG TOKENS, CARABINER, and PHOENIX CLAW (A).
  • Place 2/2 BAG TOKENS (B).
  • Easy solution (C). (F-O)-(A-M)-(J-L)-(B-J)-(C-N)-(D-B)-(E-C)-(O-D)-(L-E)-(J-O)-(I-L).
  • (H-I)-(M-P)-(L-M)-(O-J)-(G-H)-(P-O)-(M-P)-(B-M)-(O-L)-(P-O)-(M-G)-(L-P)-(C-M).
  • (O-C)-(P-B)-(M-F)-(N-A).
  • Hard solution (D). (A-R)-(L-Q)-(K-O)-(B-P)-(C-L)-(J-K)-(I-J)-(P-N)-(Q-M)-(D-A)-R-D)-(O-C).
  • (G-B)-(H-P)-(F-O)-(E-I)-(P-E)-(M-F)-(N-G)-(O-H).
  • Take THIN CHAIN, MAGICAL AMBER.
  • Go down 2x.
  • PESTLE, MORTAR, MAGICAL AMBER, and PHOENIX CLAW on SEAL-BREAKER RECIPE for SEAL-BREAKING DUST.
  • Use SEAL-BREAKING DUST; speak to character; take HAIRPIN (E).
  • Go down.
  • Use HAIRPIN (F); take PRUNERS, ARROW (G).
  • Go forward.
  • Place CROSSBOW STRING, ARROW; take STONE SWORD (H).
  • Go down 2x.
  • Place STONE SWORD; take DOOR RING (I).
  • Use DOOR RING (J).
  • Go forward.
  • Speak to characters; receive LANA’S MAGIC WAND.
  • Use LANA’S MAGIC WAND (K).
  • Go forward.

Chapter 5: Forest

Dark Romance Forest
  • Use RAMROD on the shell; take TORN MAZE MAP, CORK (L).
  • Use NAPKIN; take SICKLE, MAZE MAP PIECE (M).
  • Use BOWL; take 1/2 GEARS, GLUE (N).
  • MAZE MAP PIECE, GLUE on TORN MAZE MAP for MAZE MAP.
  • Place MAZE MAP (O).
  • Solution (P). L-R-L-Rx2-Fx4-Lx2-R (pick up key) D-Lx3-R-L-R-L-R (use key).
  • Use BROKEN PENCIL (Q); take DYNAMITE STICK, 2/2 GEARS (R).
  • Use CORK (S); take FLAT MEDALLION, SALTPETRE (T).
  • Use FLAT MEDALLION (U); take MATCHES, CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE (V).
  • Use SICKLE; take BABY TURTLE (W).
  • Go down.
  • Give BABY TURTLE (X); take 1/2 ANGEL HARPS, STRONG CORAL (Y).
  • Place 2/2 GEARS; take HANDKERCHIEF (Z).
  • Go forward.
  • Use HANDKERCHIEF; take 2/2 ANGEL HARPS, HELMET (A).
  • Go down.
  • Place 2/2 ANGEL HARPS; take SAW, PLIERS (B).
  • Go forward.
  • Use PLIERS (C); take FUSE (D).
  • SALTPETRE, FUSE on DYNAMITE STICK for DYNAMITE.
  • Place DYNAMITE (E); use MATCHES.
  • Go forward.
  • Speak to character; take 1/2 TILE; use CARABINER, THIN CHAIN (F) for HOP (G); receive LION DECORATION.
  • Place LION DECORATION (H); take FEATHER BROOM, PLIERS, and 2/2 TILE (I).
  • Place 2/2 TILE (J); take PLANKS, FILE (K).
  • Use FILE on character’s chains; speak to characters; receive LIST AND BOWL.
  • Use STRONG CORAL; take DECK OF CARDS, BUTTERFLY SCALES (L).
  • Use CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE (M); take BAG.
  • Use HELMET; take JAR, WATER (N).
  • Use SAW; take FISHING LINE, MAGIC SEED (O).
  • BAG for POWDER, DRY LEAVES.
  • WATER, MAGIC SEED, BUTTERFLY SCALES, and DRY LEAVES on LIST AND BOWL for INGREDIENTS FOR LOREANT.
  • Give INGREDIENTS FOR LOREANT (P).
  • Easy solution (Q1-Q3). A-F; A-F; A-F.
  • Hard solution (R1-R3). A-F; A-F; A-F.
  • Use DECK OF CARDS; take BRUSH, 1/2 FLOWER INLAYS (S).
  • Use POWDER (T).
  • Solution. (1-7)-(5-2)-(3-8)-(4-5)-(5-8)-(6-7)-(7-8).
  • Take THICK CLOTH, 2/2 FLOWER INLAYS.
  • Place 2/2 FLOWER INLAYS (U).
  • Go forward.

Chapter 6: Ethereal Gardens

Dark Romance Ethereal Gardens
  • Take POT OF RESIN (V).
  • Use JAR; take TORN MUSIC SHEET, HAMMER (W).
  • Use FISHING LINE; open; take MUSIC SHEET PART, HOOK ON ROPE (X).
  • MUSIC SHEET PART, BRUSH, and POT OF RESIN on TORN MUSIC SHEET for MUSIC SHEET.
  • Place MUSIC SHEET (Y).
  • Easy solution (Z). A-B-C-D-E.
  • Hard solution (Z). A-B-C-D-E; B-E-D-A-C.
  • Take BOW, SHAVING BRUSH.
  • Go down.
  • Use BOW (A) for HOP (B); receive HEALING WATER.
  • Give HEALING WATER (C); speak to character; take SIGNET RING from character.
  • Go forward.
  • Use SIGNET RING; take BRIDGE CRYSTAL (D).
  • Place BRIDGE CRYSTAL (E).
  • Go forward.
  • Speak to character; take WIRE; use PRUNERS (F); take 1/2 PADDLES, RAKE (G).
  • Use PLIERS for 2/2 PADDLES (H); use WIRE (I); take ROUGH BRUSH, KEY TEMPLATE (J).
  • Place 2/2 PADDLES (K).
  • Go forward.
  • Use FEATHER BROOM (L).
  • Easy solution (M).
  • Hard solution (N).
  • Take CRANK.
  • Use CRANK (O); receive BROKEN HORN.
  • Place PLANKS; take HAMMER, HORN PART (P).
  • Use RAKE; take 1/2 GATE FLOWERS, MAGIC STONE (Q).
  • Go down.
  • MAGIC STONE, HORN PART on BROKEN HORN for HORN.
  • Use HORN (R).
  • Use HAMMER; take 1/3 TREE’S RUNES, BLINDING POWDER RECIPE (S).
  • Use HOOK ON ROPE (T); take 2/3 TREE’S RUNES, POUCH (U).
  • Use POUCH for GUNPOWDER (V).
  • Use THICK CLOTH; take 3/3 TREE’S RUNES; use SHAVING BRUSH for POLLEN ON BRUSH (W).
  • Go down.
  • Place 3/3 TREE’S RUNES (X) for HOP (Y); receive EMPTY VESSEL.
  • Use EMPTY VESSEL for WATER (Z).
  • Go forward.
  • Use WATER; take CRYSTAL EYE (A).
  • Return to Ethereal Gardens Gate.
  • Place CRYSTAL EYE; take POCKETKNIFE (B).
  • Return to Ethereal Gardens.
  • Use POCKETKNIFE; take PLATE (C).
  • GUNPOWDER, POLLEN ON BRUSH, and PLATE on BLINDING POWDER RECIPE for BLINDING POWDER.
  • Use BLINDING POWDER (D).
  • Easy solution (E).
  • Hard solution (F).
  • Speak to the character.
  • Uncover, take CRYSTAL INLAY (G).
  • Place CRYSTAL INLAY; take BROKEN MAGIC SCEPTER, CHISEL (H).
  • Go forward.
  • HAMMER and CHISEL on KEY TEMPLATE for KEY.
  • Use KEY; take COMPASS NEEDLE, 2/2 GATE FLOWERS (I).
  • Place COMPASS NEEDLE; take CRYSTAL OF BALANCE (J).
  • Go down.
  • Place 2/2 GATE FLOWERS (K) for HOP (L); receive OIL CAN.
  • Go forward.
  • Use ROUGH BRUSH and OIL CAN (M); open; take SCEPTER TOP (N).
  • Go down.
  • CRYSTAL OF BALANCE and SCEPTER TOP on BROKEN MAGIC SCEPTER for MAGIC SCEPTER.
  • Use MAGIC SCEPTER (O).
  • Easy and Hard solutions. Solutions are random.
  • Congratulations. You’ve completed playing Dark Romance: The Ethereal Gardens.

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