Bard's Tale Cheats & Hints
Hold down Shift in game and press the following keys:
right Left Right Left up down up down - can't be hurt
Left, Right, Left, Right up down up down - Can't Be Struck
up down up down Left, Right, Left, Right - damagex100
Left, Left, Right, Right, Up, Down, Up, Down - Maximum Health and Mana
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right - Obtain bonus Silver Pieces
Early in the game (without cheating), go talk to the barrel maker that
is inside one of the Broch's. This is the Broch that is near the middle
of the town, but at the west end; his door is facing north (if you were
to be facing his door, you would be facing east). The name of the place
at the bottom of the screen when you walk in will read "Boyd's Barrels",
at the west side of Houton. After you talk to him, go back outside.
Go to the right side of his Broch and start destroying the barrels next
to his dwelling (that are under the awning). He will come out and talk
to you. Give him nice responses. He will give you the "Barrel Maker -
Break lots of Barrels" quest. After that, every time you see a barrel,
make sure you do whatever it takes to break it into tiny pieces. Then,
go into The Drunken Rat bar and smash all the barrels on the upper floor.
This is the floor you are on when you first walk in the front door. There
are eight barrels that you can smash with your fists or a sword, and three
behind the three singing drunks that you cannot destroy until you have
bought a bow at the store. This makes a total of eleven barrels.
Then, go down the stairs in the back room of the bar. You will find
eleven more barrels to smash. After all those barrels have been smashed,
go out the front door of the bar. Then, go back in and smash them all
over again. After smashing a large number of barrels (over 100) go to
the man who gave you the quest. He is standing next to the awning where
you broke his barrels. He will give you 500 Silver.
By doing this, it, you can make as much money as desired early in the
Note: Try buying the Longbow to shoot the three barrels behind the
The Wizard Of Oz reference:
Sometimes when killing a scarecrow, it will drop a diploma, making a
reference to The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz getting a diploma from
You Got Served references:
The Knight summon occasionally says "Thou hast been served".
Donate 100 silver to the priests, both in towns and in the wild to unlock
various bonuses, such as movies, artwork, and songs.
Use the following trick to unlock the bonuses easily. After getting at least
2,000 silver, save the game. Find a priest and make a 100 silver donation.
Keep donating 100 silver until all your silver is gone. Then, pause game
play and select the "Exit To Main Menu" option without saving your game.
Answer "Yes" when warned that your unsaved chapter progress will be lost.
Once at the title screen, enter the "Extras" menu to view the unlocked
bonuses. Exit that menu and load your previously saved game.
Immediately save the game again. You will still have your silver and the
unlocked bonus options.
There is no easy way to get all the bonuses. You must do a set amount of
large donations which are listed as follows. The number indicates the number
of large donations that must be made with the corresponding bonus that you
will get. Note: If you save and leave the game you must redo every donation
to get up to the same amount as when you saved.
1: Movie: Introduction
2: Song: Beer, Beer,: Beer
4: Art Gallery 1
6: Art Gallery 2
10: Movie: Bard's Tale Logo
15: Song: Bad Luck - Ogan
20: Art: Gallery 3
25: Song: Bad Luck - Wolves
30: Art Gallery: 4
35: Song: Bad Luck - Minion
40: Movie: InXile Logo
45: Art Gallery 5
50: Song: Bad Luck - Jail
60: Art Gallery: 6
70: Art Gallery 7
80: Song: Tale of the Nukelavee
100: Song: Here's to the Bard
120: Art Gallery 8
140: Art Gallery: 9
160: Song: You're a Fooling One
180: Art Gallery: 10
200: Song: Bad Luck - Lava Life
220: Song: Bad Luck - Lava: Death
220: Song: Bad Luck - Bard
260: Art Gallery: 11
500: Movie: Ending 2
600: Movie: Ending 1
700: Movie: Ending 3
In the final choice, if you have summons out you can ask their advice, unless
they do not talk (then the Bard just says "Right").
Load your party, go to the statistics screen for the first player.
Pool all of the party's gold to the first player, then remove him
from the party, and then load him back in.Then pool the gold to
another player. Repeat this for each player.
Turn off the computer without saving the game and every player will
have the gold of the entire party before. Repeat if wanted.
The Highlander reference:
Talk to the crier in The Tup Pub in West Dounby and agree to be in the talent
show. You will get the Boots of "Quickening" as a reward. Read about these boots
in the menu to learn that they were made for the Highland warrior Connor McLaihd.
This is a reference to Connor McCloud from the Highlander movies. Also, all the
other quickening boots have been lost, and the narrator says there surely can
be only "one" pair left.
After you kill the giant rat in the beginning of the game, go through Houton
village and find the puppy in the middle part of the village. Respond nicely
and the dog will follow you. As you journey on, the dog will distract enemies,
thus making easier kills.
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