Death Gate: Ceramic Mansion Dungeon Guide | All secrets and puzzle solutions
The Ceramic Manor is the very first real dungeon that your little reaper will have to explore in The door of death. As in The Legend of Zelda, it’s a sprawling place full of enemies, puzzles and miniboss to defeat. To complete the dungeon, you will need to collect “Free Souls” – the souls of the Lost Reapers trapped inside the dungeon. Finding these souls energizes the old portal, granting you access to a new upgrade in the Hall of Doors.
Everything is not obvious in the Manoir de Céramique. There are enemies hidden in vases, multiple paths to explore, and tons of little secrets you may miss. We will also explain where to get all the seeds of life and the energy masses of the soul. Seeds of Life are healing items that you can plant in green pots that create a permanent healing point that you can flip on each run – very useful, especially for areas you will return to often. Soul Energy Mass is much like a currency, you can spend it at Reaper Headquarters to boost your stats. And you’re going to want to upgrade as much as possible.
Take a step closer to the first great soul of The door of death. Here’s how to complete the Ceramic Mansion dungeon and get the Flame Spell.
Ceramic Mansion Walkthrough
At the first door you will find a new unique vase – you have to break both vases to unlock the door. Onward, you will reach the Reaper HQ portal.
- Seed of life: At the top of the main hall of the Manoir de la Céramique.
The main hall is full of locked doors. There is only one open door on the second floor. There is a strange door in the center – it is the door of the soul. To unlock it you need to find all [Free Souls] in the zone. They are four [Free Souls] you have to find and release to unlock soul door and unlock new magic ability.
First free soul
Enter the fireplace room and attack the vase in the upper right corner. Unlike other vases, this one is an enemy! Defeat him to lower the door.
In the second corridor, attack the green vase. It’s a hidden enemy this time! In the third room of this path you will find a [Key] and you can find a [Life Seed] on the high shelves.
- Seed of life: At the start of the Manoir de Céramique, after clearing the corridor in front of the fireplace. In the room with the key, find it on the shelf in the lower corner.
To get the [Key], begins by climbing on the shelves of the room and shoots an arrow in the fire to light the urn. Go up to the urn and shoot an arrow to hit the second urn in the upper corner. You can now retrieve the key and continue.
Then go up the stairs using the long ladder. At the top you have to break four urns.
- Urn 1: To the left of the fireplace.
- Urn 2: At the top of the stairs, under the bridge.
- Ballot box 3: At the top of the stairs, at the end of the long balcony.
- Urn 4: Go down from the high balcony to the table. Shoot the final urn with an arrow on the other table.
In front, use the fire to burn the cobwebs. The next room contains a series of braziers that you have to light to finally burn the cobwebs – the real challenge comes after that.
Miniboss: A strange mouth-shielded enemy attacks in the room after the second spider web door. To destroy him, dodge when he slams both shields, then attack them until they shatter, leaving him temporarily stunned and vulnerable. Only the tongue is vulnerable.
When you break his shields, he will change his attack pattern. Pay attention to his punch on the ground, his bites and his energy projectile. You can return the green projectile to him to deal bonus damage. Once you’ve defeated it, you can collect the [Free Soul].
The collection of [Free Soul] will partially open the boss door. Go back and you will meet the Urn Witch herself! Attack it and go through the opening where the gates were to return to the main hall.
Second free soul / Second floor keyring
Back in the main hall, enter through the yellow keyed door. Inside there are five enemies that you must defeat – smash all the vases in the room and grab him [Life Seed] tall shelves while you’re at it.
Past the combat room, you will find the [Second Key]. Just light all the urns in the room to get it. No stuff here. Climb the ladder and smash the crates at the top to find another one [Life Seed].
In the hallway, go to the bedroom and break all the magic urns. You will need to stand on the bed and climb the high shelf to pull the urn onto the cabinet. At the bottom, watch out for the explosive vases and beat all the enemies until you reach a second miniboss room on the other side.
Miniboss: The second fight is the same as the first, but modest enemies appear as you fight it. Take your time to dodge and destroy them while the miniboss is protecting itself, then you can give yourself a good time to pierce its shields. Using the bow to soften regular enemies also helps – then you can defeat them faster with a combo and move on to boss management.
Collect the [Free Soul] after completing the miniboss. The shortcut to the main hall is located in the dance hall in the hallway of the bedroom. Use the switch and grab the [Life Seed]!
Third Free Soul / Dance Hall
In the dance hall at the end of the hallway from the bedroom, talk to the giant vase to start a miniboss battle. Retreats when he spins and uses combos when he stops after his attack. He has huge range on his spin attack, so dodge the path and wait for him to finish. Destroy it and you can climb.
At the top, smash the two magic urns to unlock the urn door. Walk on the rafters to find them.
- Soul energy mass: In the rafters above the dance hall, attack the chandelier to break it. Go down and collect the energy of the soul stuck inside!
Explore the rafters further to find a [Life Seed] and a collector’s item.
- Old engagement ring: Found at the end of the rafters path above the dance hall.
In the attic, light a brazier path until you can burn through the webs blocking the ladder at the top. There is also a secret reward if you light all the braziers in the room.
- Soul energy mass: Light all the braziers in the attic to reveal a ladder leading to this hidden room.
At the top of the attic ladder you will find a [Free Soul]. No miniboss required here.
Fourth Free Soul / Third Floor Keychain
Go up to the third floor in the main hall and finally use this key. This is another magic urn puzzle piece.
- Urn 1: On the high shelf near the right staircase.
- Urn 2: On the middle shelf of the left staircase. Go down to the center to reach it with your bow.
- Ballot box 3: On the high shelf at the top of the room.
- Urn 4: On the ground floor of the upper half of the room. Impossible to miss it.
There is also a secret mass of soul energy here!
- Soul energy mass: When you go down to the lower shelf to hit Urn 2, you can go under the upper shelf to find a hidden object around the bend. Don’t miss the [Life Seed] on the right rear shelf near the stairs.
Forward you will enter a new [Key] riddle room. Just light the only urn next to the fire – use the fire to burn the cobwebs and stand under the white ‘bridge’ tablecloth in the center of the room to shoot the fire to hit the urn . The shot is a bit difficult to line up, so try it a few times. Lighting the ballot box will lower the key and allow you to grab it.
Follow the cobweb path to reach the exit of the room. There is a green pot here. You may want to heal yourself before the miniboss.
Miniboss: Another identical miniboss, but this time wizards appear with him. They will never stop – it’s easier to deal with them by attacking them or hitting them with a bow arrow to stun them. Their magical projectiles can also be deflected with a melee attack.
Finish the fight to win the last one [Free Soul]. You can now return to the main hall and unlock the old door.
Old Door / Avarice
Passing the ancient door leads to a giant treasure chest! Using it will swallow you up – complete all four fights to gain a new power. Combat encounters are tricky, I recommend using Daggers (complete the optional Garden of Life) to easily bounce green projectiles. Eliminate all enemies and you can take care of the miniboss solo.
To meet the challenges, you will earn the [Flame Spell]! Use the flame spell to light urns without a source of fire. Do this to leave this area of the Reapers HQ and return to the Ceramic Mansion.
- Soul energy mass: In the Reapers HQ after obtaining the Flame Spell, go down behind the desk / table in the tiled room to get this Mass.
- Soul energy mass: And a second can be picked up when going out. You won’t miss it.
Next, you’ll want to enter the mansion basement which is its own separate sub-dungeon. You can access it by shooting the two urns near the Reaper HQ portal in the Ceramic Mansion with the flame spell.