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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Faith
5 years ago

Stuck on repairing Hexipal wiring

Rechelle Lynch
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

BROKEN AGE ACT 1 the game

Jesse
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

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?!?!

okuleli
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

I cant see where the Nummbers are! Why!

Oscar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
3 years ago

I’ve kept trying and trying but it hasn’t worked???

Im using PS4
Reply to  Faith
4 years ago

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…?

Leaf
Reply to  Im using PS4
3 years ago

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.

wendy
5 years ago

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

Max
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

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.

Lee
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

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

Annika
Reply to  wendy
4 years ago

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?

Wendy
5 years ago

Yes i have but my friend helped me with it. Can you give me some hints?

gamergirl17
5 years ago

I’m stuck on wiring the first hexipal can somebody help me?

gamergirl17
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

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!

gamergirl17
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

The burn marks. I can’t figure out the coloring.

Alex2000
5 years ago

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.

Alex2000
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

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)

Ingrid
5 years ago

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

Ingrid
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

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

Ingrid
Reply to  Ingrid
5 years ago

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

Ingrid
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

Oh thanks I got it now! 🙂

Ingrid
5 years ago

I’m at the end now but Alex disabled the death ray so I can’t use it. How can I enable it?

Matty C:
5 years ago

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…

P2
Reply to  Matty C:
4 years ago

What did u do ? I have the exact problem !

Human
Reply to  Matty C:
3 months ago

i’m pretty sure it needs to keep the mallet in order to complete the game

Laura921
5 years ago

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?”

Laura921
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
5 years ago

I figured it out! I just forgot to turn the power on?

Roxy
5 years ago

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?

Reagan
5 years ago

I’m at the ending, but the ray will only go on for a few seconds.

Eamon_Oc
5 years ago

I need help with the part where u use the hook to play with the wires my thing is boarded up

Eamon_Oc
Reply to  Eamon_Oc
5 years ago

Do I have to start over

Abigail
Reply to  Eamon_Oc
2 years ago

Did you figure this out? I have the same problem! I did something in the wrong order and I’m boarded up.

SuSu
5 years ago

I just wanted to say thank you so much! This walk through saved me so many times and multiple nervous break downs!

Endivida
5 years ago

This is game made me want to throw up.

soeren
4 years ago

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

Ryan
Reply to  soeren
4 years ago

It is in the hallway. In between the control room and the kitchen

Ryan
4 years ago

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

Ryan
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
4 years ago

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

Sophray
4 years ago

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.

Moo
4 years ago

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

Moo
Reply to  Moo
4 years ago

nvm i did it wrong c:

Mimi
2 years ago

Thank you 🙂 !

Mimi
2 years ago

Thank you very much, this was super useful and very well explained 😀 !

Joe
1 year ago

Won’t let me shoot laser

Joe
1 year ago

Cat shoot laser

Mary
1 year ago

So I think I used the death ray before I had to so now I can’t use it anymore. Is there any way to fix it?

Arturs Kass
1 year ago

I am stuck in the completely last step. I have tried it a couple times by my own but something was always wrong, now everything was in place but Alex had been disabled my death ray, so it doesn’t work. What now?

Human
3 months ago

It won’t let me press the button to fire the death ray for the ending, Alex is downstairs wrestling the hexipal, and Hope is helping with the space weaver. It still says “Did you disable my death ray Alex?” Or something like that