Broken Age Act 2: Complete Walkthrough for Shay and Vella

Broken Age ™
By: Double Fine Productions, Inc.

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This is a complete step-by-step walkthrough for Broken Age Act 2 by Double Fine Productions. Since Shay and Vella’s stories are intertwined in Act 2, I’m not separating them completely. I’m starting with Shay Volta and going as far as he can go on his own, then switching to Vella Tartine and going as far as she can go. The final chapter of my walkthrough involves switching back and forth between the two characters. When I say “exhaust all options,” I’m referring to the dialogue. I like to hear everything the characters say, and I recommend doing the same. If the game requires a specific response for a puzzle, I will tell you that. If you follow this walkthrough, you should get all the cutscenes at the right moments and minimize backtracking. Feel free to ask for extra help in the comments section.

See my Broken Age review here.

See my other Broken Age guides here.

Skip straight to Vella’s walkthrough.

Skip to the final chapter with both Shay and Vella.

Walkthrough:

Shay’s Story:

1. We will start with Shay. Tap anywhere on the screen to wake him. Dad (Ray) will start talking to Shay. It doesn’t matter what you answer — he’ll get himself out of the sand. You’re in Shellmound. Head left and pick up the broken Hexipal.

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You can also watch my video for this part of the walkthrough:

2. Head up the stairs to the right to the pyramid. Talk to Alex and find out how you can help him fix the ship. Exhaust all options so you get the schematics for a Superconductive Gyroscopic Hypercam. You’ll need to get him one of those, an electrical genius, help your your dad patch the hull of the ship, find a radiation suit for Alex, and find a Heavy Duty Anti-Gravity Thrust Unit.

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3. Leave the pyramid and head back to the beach. The ship is really gone! Ignore the choking Marshall Dune for now. We’ll help him later. Go over and talk to Shay’s dad, Ray. He tells you he needs more calcium carbonate to get the pH balance of his Hull Patch mixture to exactly seven. He used every last seashell, so you’re going to have to find something else.

You can also watch my video for this part of the walkthrough:

4. Talk to Carol (AKA Car’l) and exhaust all options. She has wire, which you need, but she wants a hook in exchange for it. She doesn’t believe the hook you have will catch any fish, so you’ll have to find a way to convince her later. Head left and continue to the talking tree. Exhaust all options, then continue left to the front of Curtis the woodworker’s house.

5. Continue left to the snake. Let him hug you and, instead of blowing on the trumpet, just stand there with him squeezing you until he gets tired and falls to the ground. Pick him up. Notice Shay calls the snake MR. HUGGY. We’ll need that info later.

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6. Go to the mailbox in front of Curtis’ home and take the flyer about Vella missing.

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7. Go in and talk to Curtis. He now works with metal instead of wood. Exhaust all options, then head up the ladder to Meriloft.

8. Talk to F’ther. He isn’t brave enough to climb up the ladder and rescue Harm’ny Lightbeard, so you have to. Have Shay climb the ladder and talk to Harm’ny. Exhaust all options. Then talk to F’ther and have him try to untie the bow in Harm’ny’s cloud. Ask him what the knot looks like and he’ll show you. Mine looks like an elephant the first time. Don’t tell him what to do to the knot yet, or you’ll end up with a different knot.

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You can also watch my video walkthrough for this section:

9. Go back to Shellmound. We have a few things to do here now. First, give the snake to the choking Marshall Dune so it can do the Heimlich maneuver on him. He’ll cough up the pitch pipe and you can take it.

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10. Talk to Marshall Dune and exhaust all options. Then give him the schematics for a Superconductive Gyroscopic Hypercam and have him make you one out of sand.

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55 thoughts on “Broken Age Act 2: Complete Walkthrough for Shay and Vella

      1. Jesse

        It cant seem to work out how to get the pattern right the guide is so difficult, how do you now you need the shapes?!?!

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    1. Im using PS4

      When I got the hexigal all the way through to the door, she got sucked up through the big hole seperating the kitchen with the control room, did i do something wrong? Do I need to restart or…?

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      1. Leaf

        Go into the kitchen, get the thing in the top center to say ‘taco pill Tuesday’ while in the sun thing, and then use the grabby arm.

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  1. wendy

    i am also stuck on the hexipal wiring the part with the drums.
    i tried your walktrough but i think mine is different.
    can you please help me

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Yeah, each game is different. But the drum sequence is gotten from Vella’s story. It’s actually pretty easy to get because of the burn marks — you just need to figure out the order of the colors.

      Were you able to get the other hexipal wiring a to work?

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      1. Max

        Help! I’m stuck on wiring Shay’s hexipal for drumming! I didn’t write down the hexigal’s wiring for drumming, but I can’t look at the pattern anymore because I’m past the point of distracting Mom so the game won’t let Vella go back to inspect the hexigal’s wiring pattern. Is there any way I can get the drumming wiring pattern at this juncture?

        Thanks.

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        1. AppUnwrapper Post author

          If you mess up the last section of the game, it will make you do it over again. So then you can look at it and write it down (or take a screenshot). The easiest way to reset it is to have Vella press the button for the laser before everything else is set up (assuming you’re able to do that at this point).

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      2. Lee

        Thank you so much for your help, loved this game even more then others I’ve paid a lot for. Much better than destiny! It did pee me off something fierce so you helped me complete it.

        There are bits in this game I would never have figured out or found

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        1. AppUnwrapper Post author

          Glad to help! 🙂 And yeah, I really enjoyed it too. Surprised about all the negativity surrounding part 2. A few puzzles could have been designed better, but it’s still one of my favorite P&C’s.

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    2. Annika

      Thank you for this walkthrough! I think I’ve made a mistake, and I’m not sure how to go back. I’m trying to rewire the hexipal to beat the drum, but I didn’t write down Vella’s burnt hexigal pattern. Is there any way to go back to see it?

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      1. gamergirl17

        Oops meant the 2nd time with Vella’s I’m having trouble with the order of connecting them. Like the coloring, blue, yellow, and red. I think I’ve tried almost all the ways possible with the colors but it isn’t working!

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        1. AppUnwrapper Post author

          Which wiring are you trying to get? One is easy to figure out from the burn marks (you just need to figure out the colors on that one) and the other is found in Shay’s game.

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            1. AppUnwrapper Post author

              If I remember correctly, the darker burn marks are the starting points, so just try each color option until it works. There are only a few options to try. But each game is different, so you have to figure that part out yourself.

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  2. Alex2000

    Ok first:thanks for the wireing guide i got stuck fvor a long time at that part.Never tought that infos from vellas story are used for Shays or the other way around.
    Second:How did Shey knew how to connect the wires if the family photo was on Vellas side of story and how did Vella knew about the wire pattern in the book on Alexs ship?
    I guess the only “plausible” explenation is that they comunicate through telepathy,but only twins are supposed to posess such abilityes…….but……that means……OMG PLOT TWIST VELLA AND SHAY ARE TWINS XD.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Yeah, plot-wise, it doesn’t really makes sense, unfortunately. With Shay, at least it’s *his* family photo, so he could just remember it. But Vella knowing things that only Shay could know (like Mr. Huggy) is kind of odd. It probably could have all been fixed by just giving them some way to communicate.

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      1. Alex2000

        I know i was just trying to make a joke,but this problem really puts me on thinking.I REALLY hope that they dont mess up the story and end it with some kind of romance cliche about connections and stuff like that(i am not sure about that but playing through the game made me feel that could be the only possible ending and i hate that)

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  3. Ingrid

    I’m placing the hexipal by the harp but he won’t play it he just stands there for a few seconds then Shay pick him back up. Please help what did I do wrong

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      1. Ingrid

        I’ve met the diamond pals already and no I don’t think so since every time I put him down he just stands there and his eyes flash to x’s

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        1. Ingrid

          Actually I wired him exactly how it shows in the picture diagram but mines didn’t stretch with his arms up 🙁

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          1. AppUnwrapper Post author

            Yeah, you can’t just follow my photos. Each game has it wired differently. You need to figure yours out based on the information you got from the first one and then use the book from the ship that tells you the programming sequence. If you get it right, the Hexipal will waves his arms over his head.

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  4. Matty C:

    Can you please help me ASAP?
    In (pretty much) the end, I’m supposed to use the drumstick and turn on the power, right? But I didn’t know that until I read this, so now it’s stuck to my hexipal! Is it possible to take it away/reset that thing? It would be really depressing if I have to reset the whole game and start over…

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  5. Laura921

    I need help it won’t let me do the very last thing Vella just keeps saying “didn’t work that time. Alex did u disable my death ray?”

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  6. Roxy

    ok I’m sure I’ll prob get stuck wiring the hexipal but right now my problem is that I can’t even attempt to wire according to the triangle patterns! Shay just keeps saying this is all the wire I have this is all that carol gave me. I need to unhook so,e connections first. But when I tap on the connectors it won’t unhook and I have nothing in my inventory to unhook the wires. What do I do?

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  7. soeren

    i’ve done everything with Shay but now i,m playing as vella and i can’t find the Hexipal (or whatever it’s called) with the burnmarks. please help me

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  8. Ryan

    Dear writer,

    Thank you so much for this all. It helped me a lot. I have one final question though. I am stuck on Vella pushing the button. I did everything exactly how you said. I distracted Hope and Alex (Hope was in the room with the weaver and Alex was downstairs). Shay used Gary and after that I switched back to Vella and tried to push the button. She says: ”Huh, didn’t work that time, but it should have. Alex did you disable my death ray?”.

    I switched to manual etc. I actually did everything what this and other walkthroughs told me to do. I am a little lost. I hope you can help me!

    Thank you!
    Ryan

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      So, be careful about the manual thing. I think there might be a small bug with that. It’s been a while since I played, but I think the game confuses the two settings at some point. I believe I mentioned it in my walkthrough, but I could be mistaken. That might be the problem, though. If not, I’ll try to think what else it could be (besides a bug).

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      1. Ryan

        Hey. Thank you for your reply! I tried different things. But nothing works. Also tried to switch the Manual on and off a few times. Still didn’t work. Tried to change the order of the way of acting, also didn’t work.

        Now after I let the Hexigal tickle the harp, I tried the other way (instead of going to the left and bumping into Hope, I tried to go to the control room through the small entrance on the right) and it said there was Debris blocking the way. Is this the problem? If so, how to solve it?

        Thank you

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  9. Sophray

    I’m stuck when hope blocks the nav scarf system because marikai is watching it. I walk into the command room and while marikai is watching the system. I can not leave the room and I can’t do anything in the room, I have waited it for a while and nothing has happened. I have watched many videos but none have turned out the way mine has. I relize you may not see this but if there is any way you could help me that would be great.

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  10. Moo

    Welll… i changed the hexipals wire to the safety one and i gave him the hammer, still when i place him by the drum it just starts to dance instead. I really dunno what to do o.o

    Reply

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