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Dark Temple Key Locations

The temples of Dark Agon, Dark Torvus and the Ing Hive are sealed tight with three individual locks. To unlock each you'll need to track down three keys hidden in the region. Usually found in a specific order, all three must be recovered to gain access to the temples of Dark Aether and the stolen planetary energy beyond.

Dark Agon Wastes

Click for larger view 1. (Trial Tunnel)
When you first visit the Dark Agon Temple, take the left path from the entrance to find a door at a dead-end. Inside a tiny chamber beyond you'll find this key.

Click for larger view 2. (Doomed Entry)
You'll discover this key up high in the Doomed Entry room after accessing Dark Aether via the Command Center. Climb up around the room and Space Jump across to the rock ledge where it rests to retrieve it easily.

Click for larger view 3. (Battleground)
Once you've obtained the Light Beam, head through the western exit of the Doomed Entry and follow the corridor beyond to locate the Battleground area where this key awaits. Defeat the pack of Warrior Ing awaiting inside to secure your prize.

Dark Torvus Bog

Click for larger view 1. (Dark Torvus Arena)
You'll need to destroy the Boost Guardian (also in this room) and reclaim the Boost Ball before reaching this key. Once you have the Boost Ball, boost yourself up the half-pipe this key resides atop, you should then easily be able to pop into the small alcove containing the key.

Click for larger view 2. (Undertemple Access)
Once you've secured the Gravity Boost and defeated the Alpha Blogg, travel back up to the Hydrodynamo Shaft and power up the Dark Portal there. This key will be waiting directly in front of you in Dark Aether.

Click for larger view 3. (Venomous Pond)
With the Grapple Beam recovered, head to the Venomous Pond to see this Dark Temple Key lying atop a ledge only accessible via a Grapple Point suspended nearby. Work your way up to the ledge across from the key, then use the Grapple Beam to reach it easily.

Ing Hive

Click for larger view 1. (Culling Chamber)
You'll need the Spider Ball to reach this. Just inside the main corridor from the portal terminal you'll see this Dark Temple Key resting inside a wall section surrounded by a strain of Phazon and a number of Spider Ball tracks.

Head further down the corridor to find an accessible Spider Ball track. Climb up around the tracks to reach the tunnel within the wall where the key resides, and lay a bomb to break through the crates keeping it sealed in.

Click for larger view 2. (Hive Gyro Chamber)
The Echo Visor and Spider Ball will enable you to reach this. Transit to Dark Aether at the Dynamo Works and proceed through the white door near the portal.

Open up the sealed door in the following chamber by using the Echo Visor to see the sonic emitters locking it down, then move onwards to the Hive Gyro Chamber. Inside the gyro chamber itself you'll discover this Dark Temple Key resting atop a huge sphere covered in Spider Ball tracks.

Climb aboard and look for a small vertical track, from there boost yourself up to the horizontal circular track surrounding the key. Simply line yourself up with the key and boost off the track to slam right into it.

Click for larger view 3. (Aerial Training Site)
Once you've secured the Screw Attack ability, travel to the Main Research room on Aether. Use the portal there to travel to Dark Aether, then exit the Staging Area by way of the only exit up on the western wall.

Use the Screw Attack in the following shaft to jump up the Wall Jump Surfaces, then exit the shaft at the apex to find this Dark Temple Key waiting directly in front of you beyond the door.

Sky Temple Keys

Ten locks hold the entrance to the Sky Temple shut. One has already been recovered by A-Kul, but the other nine are unaccounted for. You'll find each key hidden inside an invisible Flying Ing Cache in the Dark Aether version of areas on Aether where you find the body of a blue Luminoth warrior resting. Generally to keep an easy track of your secured keys you should go for them only after receiving the Light Suit.

Click for larger view 1. (Battleground - Dark Agon Wastes)
Travel to the Battleground, entering the room via the upper eastern corridor from the Doomed Entry room. From the ledge overlooking the sand pit below, deal with the two Warrior Ing below and look across to the opposite side of the room.

Switch on the Dark Visor to spot the Flying Ing Cache way over on a ledge opposite. You'll also spy four now-visible floating platforms. Traverse across the platforms carefully to reach the ledge where the Flying Ing Cache hides, then blow it open to retrieve this key.

Click for larger view 2. (Dark Oasis - Dark Agon Wastes)
You'll need a Power Bomb and the Light Suit to safely retrieve this key. Inside the Dark Oasis you'll discover a large section of the cave is blocked by a large cracked rock wall.

Dismantle the rock wall with a Power Bomb to discover a large underground murky lake beyond. The air above the lake is rife with Ingstorm particles but with the Light Suit on they can't do squat to you.

Wipe out the Inglets covering the walls then dive into the murky water. Switch on the Dark Visor and search for the Flying Ing Cache (underwater) hiding in a corner. Take it out to retrieve this key.

Click for larger view 3. (Poisoned Bog - Dark Torvus Bog)
Travel to the Poisoned Bog and deal with the lone Hunter Ing standing guard. Take a dip in the murky lake and switch on the Dark Visor (just make certain you've got the Light Suit). Search for the Flying Ing Cache hidden down a dead-end and take it apart to score this key.

Click for larger view 4. (Dungeon - Dark Torvus Bog)
Travel to the Catacombs in Torvus and transit to Dark Aether via the Dark Portal there. Once in the Dungeon, play with the two Dark Grenchler and take a dip in the murky water below the inactive Light Portal.

Step forward and turn right in this small underwater maze to spot a Light Beacon within a wall ahead above a small round object. Scan the object for your Logbook, this Watchdrone will only move when exposed to bright light.

So go ahead and shoot at the Light Beacon to cause the little fella to hobble out of the reach of the safe zone. Roll through the opening and look for another Watchdrone around the corner. Pass this one to locate a dead-end, switch on the Dark Visor to locate the Flying Ing Cache easily.

Click for larger view 5. (Hive Entrance - Ing Hive)
Travel to Dark Aether via the portal terminal at the Hall of Combat Mastery, then make your way across to the Hive Reactor (the Dark Aether version of the Reactor Core room).

From there, blow open the yellow door on the south wall and follow the path through to the Hive Entrance. Wipe out the Dark Preed floating above the massive chasm ahead of you, then Screw Attack across the gap to the giant yellow light beam on the far side.

Step in to teleport up to a higher ledge, then face the fortress entrance and Screw Attack back there. Switch on the Dark Visor to spot the Flying Ing Cache hiding up on this alcove, blow it open to recover this key.

Click for larger view 6. (Hive Dynamo Works - Ing Hive)
Head back to the section of the Dynamo Works where you faced the Spider Guardian (by way of the Sanctuary Temple). Once there, follow the network of tunnels right through to the end.

In the small chamber where you claimed the Spider Ball a yellow blast shielded-door exists. Blow the shield off with a Power Bomb and step inside the next chamber to locate an inactive Dark Portal. Energize it and step inside.

Once in Dark Aether, go outside to the Hive Dynamo Works to find yourself looking across a chasm to a platform across the room. Climb up the Spider Ball track nearby and boost yourself across the two floating sentry pods to clear the gap.

Boost to the second Spider Ball track running along the northern wall to reach the platform, then search for the Flying Ing Cache there to retrieve this key.

Click for larger view 7. (Ing Reliquary - Sky Temple Grounds)
You'll need the Light Suit to locate this one. Travel to Dark Aether via the portal at the Sacred Path area. Follow the path along past the Phazon Grounds to locate the Reliquary Grounds - inside the lone door up on the cliff here is the Ing Reliquary. Go inside, search for the Flying Ing Cache with the Dark Visor on and bust it open to claim this key.

Click for larger view 8. (Defiled Shrine - Sky Temple Grounds)
Use the portal at the Hall of Eyes in the Temple Grounds, then make your way across to the Defiled Shrine (the Dark Aether version of the Landing Site). Defeat the four Warrior Ing greeting you there and switch on the Dark Visor. Look for the Flying Ing Cache hiding up in the south-western corner of the room. Blow it open to reveal this key.

Click for larger view 9. (Accursed Lake - Sky Temple Grounds)
Use the portal at the Temple Assembly Site to travel to Dark Aether. Once there, exit the room via the door blocked with a purple blast shield (blow it off first) then proceed through the tunnel beyond to locate the Accursed Lake.

Deal with the two Hunter Ing emerging from the poisoned waters, then switch on the Dark Visor and look for the Flying Ing Cache hiding on the far side of the lake. Blow it open to claim this key.


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