The following was taken from alt.games.lucas-arts.monkey-island, and modified by me
to make it a bit easier. If you need more help, /msg me. Beating the game will take hours, but you can't lose, or be killed, like Myst
Hey, saves you from having to call a 900 number hint line.
Below is the FULL solution to Monkey Island 1.
You don't have to scroll down !!! I'd suggest playing the game until you hit a wall somewhere, then look this up.
Solution to the Secret of Monkey Island
This solution only touch on the essentials in
the game. You may want to try out other
possibilities not written here.
Part One - The Three Trials
The first part of the story. You must complete
three trials in order to prove that you are fit to
be a pirate. The three trials are:
Mastering the sword
You will need to get a sword. Find someone to
train you. Then challenge the swordmaster.
Mastering the art of thievery
You need to steal the idol of many hands from
the governor's mansion.
You need to get the map to the treasure and
get a shovel. Then go and dig for the treasure.
Walk to the Scumm Bar. Open the door and get
inside Talk to the pirates inside to find out about
the situation on the island. Talk to the important
looking pirates and they will tell you about the
three trials. When the cook is serving the pirates.
Get inside the kitchen. Get the meat, and the pot.
Chase the bird away by stepping on the plank. When it flies away, get the fish.
Now, walk to the cliffside to the outpost.
Walk to the path outside the village. You will see
map with a figure representing Threepwood. Go to
the clearing. You will find a circus there. Go
inside and you will find two brothers quarreling.
Talk to the Fettucini Brothers. They will ask you
to perform a dangerous feat. When ask whether you
have brought a helmet, show them the pot you found
in the kitchen. Go ahead and do the feat, you will
be paid 478 pieces of eight.
Now that you have enough money, go back to the
village. Walk along the street until you find a
man with a parrot. Buy the map from him. Talk to
the three men standing in front of a rat. Take the
minute if they pay you 2 pieces of eight.
Walk to the voodoo house. It is in one of the
house between the man with the parrot and the three
men with a rat. Walk inside and get the rubber
chicken with a pulley in the middle. Walk to the right and talk to the voodoo
man inside. Ask him about your fortune.
Go to the old man shop. It is the first house
you will find after you walk under the archway under
the clock. Press the bell if he is not around. Get
the sword and shovel. Pay the required amount to
the old man before you leave. The shopkeeper only
sell certain items when do certain things. So,
after some encounter, you might want to return here
Go outside the village. Walk to the bridge.
Give the fish to the troll so that you may pass.
You might want to talk to the troll before you give
him the fish.
Go to the house. Open the door and talk to the
one eye jack. Pay him the fee required to learn
sword fighting. Show him the sword you have bought.
After many hours of training, you will learn how to
In this game, sword fighting skill is
dependent on how well you can insult your opponent
as well as responding correctly to an insult. You
will begin with a few insults and responds. As you
come across other insults and responds, they will
be added to your own list. (See Sword fighting insults). So what you should do
now is to fight with all those pirates that are
moving around on the map. Just put yourself near
the fork and they will automatically look for you.
There is no need for you to go after them. Make
sure you remember the correct response. If you find
a new insult, you should use as soon as possible so
that you will know its correct response. The better
insults are listed at the top of your list. After
you have won enough battles, you can then seek the
Go to the fork. Take the following path to
reach the swordmaster.
North. You should see a plant with yellow
flowers. Pick up the flowers. North. East. East.
West. North. You should see a sign post. Push it to
lower the bridge. Cross the bridge and you will
find the swordmaster. Once the swordmaster is
found, you can go there directly from the map. You
will need to respond to her insults correctly for
five times before you can defeat her. Choose the
correct responds from those you have gathered.Remember, they have to be WITTY. Try
until you have defeated her. Once defeated, her
will give you something to prove her defeat.
Go back to the village and go to the
governor's house. The mansion is guarded by deadly
piranha poodles. Use the yellow petal on the meat.
The meat will become drugged. Give the meat with
condiment to the dogs. After they fall asleep, get
inside the mansion. Open the door inside the
mansion and you will get into the fight. This
sequence is automatic, so sit back and watch the cut
screen. Check your inventory after the fight, a few
items will be added to it. You will need a file in
order to get the idol.
Go to the prison and talk to the prisoner. You
will find that he will need some breath mints. Go back to the shopkeeper and this time
you can buy the breath mints from him. Get the
breath mints and give it to the prisoner. Ask him
for the file, he will then ask you for some rat repellent. Give the gopher repellent you found in
the mansion to the prisoner and he will give you a
carrot cake in return. Use (eat) the cake. There is
a file inside.
Now, go back to the mansion to get the idol.
Jump into the gaping hole and you will get into
another fight. After getting the idol, talk to the
sheriff. The governor will appear and chase the
sheriff away. Talk to her (if you could). After she
leaves, open the door to get outside the mansion. The
sheriff will be waiting for you. You will be then
be thrown into the sea by the sheriff. Inside the
water, get the idol and then walk up. Talk to the
governor on the docks.
Go to the Scumm Bar and talk to important
pirates. Tell them your progress.
Now go the the fork again. This time you will
need to find the lost treasure. Take the following
path. North. You should see yellow flowers. West.
You will find a campsite here. Take the left th
to the north. West. North. West. You should see a
skeleton here. North. North. East. West. North. You
should find a place full of red flowers. East. You
will find an 'X' on the ground. Use the shovel on
the 'X' to get the treasure.
Return to the village. You see the ghost ship
sailing away. Talk to the cook. He will tell you
that the governor was kidnaped by the ghost pirate,
LeChuck. Now, you must find a ship and get a crew
of three to go after the ghost ship.
Go to the Scumm Bar. Pick up all the five mugs
that are on the tables. Go to the kitchen. Use the
mug with the barrel which contains grog. The grog
inside is very corrosive and thus a mug will not
hold the grog for long. When the mug is near dead,
use it with another mug. You got no time to loose
now, so better hurry up. Find the shortest path to
the prison. Change the mugs on the way. When you
reach the prison. Use the melting mug on the lock
to melt it. Ask the prisoner to join your crew. If
the mug is dead before you switch, go back to the
bar and try again. Don't worry, you can always get
new mugs in the bar.
Go to the swordmaster place. Ask her to join
you. She will agree and ask you to meet her at the
Walk outside the village and go to the shore.
Use the rubber chicken on the cable to reach the
island. The man, Meathook will ask you to take a
test. The test is quite simple. Touch the beast and he will join you.
Go to the place where you find lights. You can
find Stan's Used Ship Emporium there. Talk to Stan.
Make sure you mention about buying the ships on
credit. Well, you might want to look through all
the ships but you will not be able to buy any single
one of them. Before you leave, he will give you a
Now go the the shopkeeper house. You might
want to save the game at this moment. Ask him to
get a note of credit for you. He will open the safe
and get the note. Watch how he opens the safe. When
you are sure of the correct combination (Note that
the combination is different when you start another
game. So, it is not possible to write it down in
this solution) If you miss the combination, go
outside and come back again. The shopkeeper will
repeat the sequence again. When you are sure of the
combination, ask him to look for the swordmaster.
Open the safe while he is away. Get the note of
credit from the safe.
Walk outside the village. Go the the Used Ship
Emporium. Talk to the man. Buy the Sea Monkey from him with the note of credit. Make sure you do your
bargaining with him. You can do away with all the
extra in order to cut price. Start your offer with
the minimum amount and gradually increase. When
you bought the ship, he will give you a magnetic compass.
Go back to the village. Your crews and ship
will be waiting for you to set sail.
Part Two - The Journey
After your conversation with the crew. You
will find yourself in the captain's room. Get
feather pen, ink. Open drawer and get the dusty
book. Read the book carefully, it gives hints as to
how to reach the Monkey Island.
Walk to deck. Talk to crew. Walk to rope
ladder. Get the Jolly Roger (pirate flag) on top.
Go down to the deck. Walk to the hatch behind
the crew. You will find another hatch that leads to
the store and a door that leads to the kitchen. Walk
to kitchen. Get pot. Open cupboard, get cereal.
Open cereal to get the prize. Look at the prize,
it's a small key! Go down the second hatch to the
store room. Open the chest to get the fine wine.
Get the giant coil of rope. Open the kegs to get
Go the captain's room. Open the cabinet with
the small key. Open the chest inside the cabinet to
get a recipe and some cinnamon sticks. Read the
Go to the kitchen. It's time to get rid of all
the redundant stuff in your inventory. Use the pot
with the followings:
piece of paper
100% cotton T-shirt
The pot will explode and release a voodoo
that will bring the ship to the Monkey
. Note that not all items are necessary to be
thrown into the pot. You do it just to reduce your
inventory list. So throw in the gunpowder only when
you have got rid of all the redundant
worry, any items that could be thrown into the pot
is not important.
Use the map on the red hot fire to get a
flaming mass. Go to the storeroom to get more
gunpowder. Go to the deck. Use the gunpowder in the
cannon nozzle. Use the rope on the cannon to serve
as a fuse. Now, use the pot as a helmet. Light the
cannon and sent yourself to Monkey Island.
Part Three - Under Monkey Island
The island can be accessed by clicking at the
crosshair to move your character. When move to a
place of interest, its name will be shown. The
names of location used here are exactly those used
in the game. When in doubt, move around until the
appropriate place is found.
The cannon will sent you to the beach. Pick up the
Go to the fort to the western side of the
island. Push cannon. Get cannonball. Get
gunpowder. Get rope. Get spyglass. Talk to Herman
Go to river fork. Pick up stone under note.
Look at the stone, it's a piece of flint. Climb up
the hill with the footholds. At the middle of the
hill, you will find a catapult. You can push/pull
it to adjust its aim. Go to the hill top. Use the
spyglass. If you don't see the banana tree, go down
and adjust the catapult again. Do it until you have
the banana tree on target. Push the rock to
activate the catapult. A message will be shown if
you hit the banana tree. If your hit is not
successful, pick up another rock from the heap of
rock and try again. Hitting the tree will cause the
bananas to drop. You can collect it later on when
you go to the beach. Go down the hill.
Go to the pond at the end of the dry riverbed. You will find a man hanging on the tree. There
is a coil of rope on his hand. So, in order to get
the rope. Go back to the river fork. Walk to dam.
Use gunpowder on dam. Use the flint on the cannon
ball to produce a rk. This will blow up the dam
and release the water. Go back to the pond, the log
will be floating and the dead body is on the
ground. Get the rope from the dead body.
Go to the crack. There is air of oars at
the bottom. Tie the rope on the strong branch. Go
down the rope. Tie the other rope on the sturdy
stump. Climb down to get the oars.
Go the beach with the banana tree. Pick up the
bananas. Use the oars on the boat. Now, you can
travel by sea to the northernrt of the island.
Note that you must land your boat on a beach before
you can travel on foot.
Go to the village to the north. Walk to the
giant head to the left. Pick up the bananas on the
fruit bowl. Walk out of the village. You will be
stopped by three cannibals. Talk to them. They will
then lock you inside their guest room. Inside hut,
get skull. Open the loose board underneath the
skull. The hole will let you get out of the
Go to the forest north of the beach with the
banana tree to find the monkey. Look at the monkey.
Give all the five bananas to the monkey. This will
make him happy and follows you. When successful you
will find a gray dot following you wherever you go.
If you happen to lose sight of him, go back to look
for him. (This only happens when you travel by
Go to the clearing at the eastern end of the
island. Make sure the monkey is following you. Walk
to totem pole. Move the cursor around until you
find the nose on the totem pole. Pull the nose to
open the gate. The monkey will then pull the nose
for you so that you can go near the Gigantic
Monkey's Head. Pick up the wimpy little idol. Look
Go back to the village. Give the idol to the
cannibals. They will then be friendly to you. Walk
to the hut where you were taken to the other time.
This time the door is opened. Get the banana
picker. Walk to the right. Herman Toothrot will
be waiting for you. Give him the banana picker and
he will give you the monkey head key. Exit the
village and come back again. The cannibals will
talk to you. Give them the leaflet. They will give
you the navigator's head and necklace.
Go to the Gigantic Monkey Head. Use the key
the dig the Gigantic Monkey Ear to open the Monkey
Head. This will open the Gigantic Monkey Head. Walk
inside the Monkey Head. Use the navigator's head.
It's nose will be pointing to the correct direction. Follow it until you have found the ghost ship.
Don't go inside the ship yet. Talk to the
navigator's head. Ask him until he agrees to give
you the necklace. Wear the necklace before you
enter the ghost ship. It will make you invisible to
Go to the captain's room. Use the magnetic
compass on the key. Walk to the deck. Climb down
the hatch. You will be in the bedroom. Walk to the
passage to the right. You will find some ghost
chickens there. Get the ghost feather. Unlock the
hatch with the key. Go down and you will find
yourself surrounded by rats. You will need to get
something in order to get past the rats. Go back to
the bedroom. Use the ghost feather on the sleeping
ghost. When tickled, he will drop the wine bottle.
Get the jug o'grog and go back to the rats room.
Pour the jug o'grog on the dish. The rats will get
drunk after drinking it. Get the glob of grease.
Go back to the deck. Use the glob of grease on
the squeaky door. Open the door. Get the ghost
tools beside the ghost guard. Go back to the ghost
chickens. Use the ghost tools on the glowing crate
to open it. Get the voodoo root. Go back to the
Cut screen : You will travel back to the
village and give the root to the cannibals. They
will then prepare the root for you. Then you will
travel all the way back to the ghost ship. You will
find that the ship is gone. The ghost pirate,
LeChuck, is going to marry the governor. So, you
will need to go back to Melee Island to stop the
wedding. Talk to funny ghost. Don't kill him. When
your crew is back, listen to their conversation.
Last Part - GuyBrush Kicks Butt
After another journey, you will be at the
docks in the village. Use the potion on any ghost
Find you way to the church. Talk to LeChuck.
Your potion will becomes jammed and you will be
whack by the ghost pirate continually. You will be
flying all over the place.
When you find yourself in the emporium. Try to
get the root beer before the ghost hit you. After
you get the root beer, try to use it on the ghost.
If you did it successfully, you will destroy the
ghost. Talk to governor and watch the fireworks.