Mystic Realm/Mystic Temple

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In Mystic Realm, a small temple structure called the Mystic Temple is hidden in the second act of each main zone. If the player steps on the platform in its center and then completes the level normally, they will be warped to the emerald stage for the zone. The emerald stages are regular Single Player levels with a similar but slightly different theme than the zones they belong to. Near the exit, they contain a Chaos Emerald. Note that the player has to explicitly pick up the emerald; merely finishing the stage will not award it to the player. After finishing an emerald stage, the player advances to the third act of the original zone. The game is automatically saved upon entering an emerald stage.

In addition to the seven Mystic Temples in the main zones, there is an eight Mystic Temple in Starlight Palace Zone, the seventh emerald stage, which leads to Inner Sanctum Zone. This article describes the locations of all eight Mystic Temples.

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Regular locations

Jade Coast Zone Act 2

At the second Star Post, turn around and look inside the cave you came from. You should see a small hole in the wall. Spindash underneath it and take the red springs to reach a ledge to your right. After reaching the outside area again, jump up the ledge to your left and continue running along it. You will reach the entrance to a cave that leads to the Mystic Temple, which unlocks Mudhole Karst Zone.

Tempest Valley Zone Act 2

In the cave with the rising and falling slime, a passage to the Mystic Temple is hidden in the slime. To reach it safely, you need an Elemental Shield or invincibility. If you take the left path after the cave, you can find both an Elemental Shield and an invincibility monitor. The invincibility monitor is in plain sight to your left at the start of the path, while the Elemental Shield is hidden behind a bustable wall to the right. Alternatively, you can also reach the Mystic Temple with only your temporary invincibility if you move quickly and always recollect at least one ring after getting hit.

Once you're properly equipped, go to the last room of the cave and jump down to your left. Look for a passage in the left wall and walk through it. Take the spring at the end to reach a room with the Mystic Temple, which unlocks Rainstorm Keep Zone. If you need additional protection for your way back, there is an Elemental Shield in a corner behind the Mystic Temple.

Verdant Forest Zone Act 2

At the end of the stage, in the room where the paths with the treetops rejoin, look around for a tree trunk that is slightly larger than the other ones, but much smaller than the huge one that one of the paths leads out of. Behind that tree trunk is a small hole in the wall that you can spindash through to reach the Mystic Temple, which unlocks Labyrinth Woods Zone.

Flame Rift Zone Act 2

Take the upper path at the second path split in the cave. In the large room filled with lava, after taking the row of red springs to the tall pillar overlooking the area, turn around. You should see a small passage that leads to the Mystic Temple, which unlocks Vulcan Forge Zone.

Midnight Freeze Zone Act 2

In the final room, search the left wall for a small hole you can spindash through. You will reach a small area with a Crawla, several Buzzes and an extra life. To avoid getting hit by the Buzzes, immediately spindash in place once you've passed through the hole in the wall. Once you are safe, look around and you will see a small platform with another hole behind it. Spindash through it and continue forward along the corridor that follows. You will reach the Mystic Temple, which unlocks Silver Cavern Zone.

Sunken Plant Zone Act 2

Take the lower path at the start and follow it until you get to the first Star Post. In the following room, jump into the water and make your way up to the barrier that divides the room in half. Instead of continuing into the other half, walk along the right wall and search for a small hole in the ceiling. The floor beneath the hole is intangible, hiding a spring that leads up through the hole into a room with the Mystic Temple, which unlocks Nitric Citadel Zone.

Aerial Garden Zone Act 2

In the area where the first path split rejoins, before you enter the corridor that leads to the waterfall room, you will encounter a closed gate with two unlit torches. The Mystic Temple is hidden behind this gate. To open it, you must press two buttons, one of which is located on each path of the second path split, which starts after the waterfall room.

Take the left path first and make your way through the first outdoor room and look to the right of the exit to see a platform with a yellow spring. Use this spring to get on top of the narrow L-shaped beam floating next to the exit. From there, continue across several beams to reach a platform containing the first button. After pressing it, continue forward until you reach a beam with a yellow spring. Use the spring to reach the beam floating above you and to your left. From there, jump across a few more beams to reach the top of a tower high above the entrance of the room.

Walk through the tunnel entrance on top of the tower to reach a river that feeds one of the waterfalls in the waterfall room. Follow the current to the end and then jump off to land on the beam above the exit of the room. Jump into the river feeding the waterfall on the opposite side and walk against the current to reach the entrance to another tunnel, which leads to a tower high above the entrance of the first outdoor room on the right path. You will see a series of platforms with blue springs in front of you. Bounce across these springs until you can see a platform with a yellow spring slightly below you. Drop down to that platform and continue across two more platforms with blue springs to your right to reach a platform with the second button.

After pressing the second button, go back to the gate behind the waterfall room, which will now be opened. Walk through it to reach a room with the Mystic Temple, which unlocks Starlight Palace Zone.

Starlight Palace Zone

If you take either path at the path split at the start, you will eventually reach a corridor with a river. At the end of the river, next to the exit that leads to the room where the paths rejoin, there is a small button in the river. If you push a gargoyle onto it, it will open a door in the waterfall next to it. You can do this on both paths, but it's easier on the right path, where this part of the river is dried up. Step onto the slightly elevated portion of the floor that blocks off the dried-up part of the river. To your right you should see a pillar that holds two gargoyles instead of one. Jump to that pillar and push the left gargoyle down to the floor. Now push it onto the button to open the door. Walk through the door to reach an outdoor area with a large platform across a pit to your right. Stand on the outer rim of the platform you entered on and jump to the large platform, where you will find a button. Press the button to open a door that leads to the Mystic Temple in a later part of the stage.

Now proceed through the stage until you reach the shrine with the Chaos Emerald at the end. Instead of turning left to reach the shrine and the exit, continue forward along the corridor. After walking down a staircase, you will reach a room with a large pit to your right. To your left is the entrance to another corridor. This corridor was previously blocked by the door that you opened by pressing the button. Walk through the corridor to reach a room with a large death pit and several pillars with gargoyles on top of them rising from the pit.

Before moving on, collect the extra life and the two Super Ring Monitors in front of you. Then jump on top of the platform with the gargoyle. Across the pit, you can see a pillar with another gargoyle. An invisible platform connects the pillar and the platform you are standing on. Walk across it and turn left at the end to see another pillar with a gargoyle in front of you. Another invisible platform leads to it, so walk across it. Repeat this a few more times until you reach a passage with a row of red springs, which take you up to a higher entrance to the room. After walking across a few more invisible platforms between pillars, you will reach a passage that leads to a room with the Mystic Temple, which unlocks Inner Sanctum Zone.

Second Quest locations (v4.5 and earlier)

Prior to v4.6, Mystic Realm included an unlockable called the Second Quest, which was a variation of the Single Player campaign with different texturing, different enemy placement and different Mystic Temple locations. While the unlockable was removed in v4.6, this section lists the Mystic Temple locations in the Second Quest for the sake of completeness.

Jade Coast Zone Act 2

The Mystic Temple is located in what is normally Sonic's emblem location.

Tempest Valley Zone Act 2

On the upper path, shortly before you reach the second Star Post, there is a cave to your right that is filled with slime. At the end of it is a passage with an extra life monitor that leads to the Mystic Temple. Spindash-jump to it or use an Elemental Shield to wade through the slime.

Verdant Forest Zone Act 2

If you take the upper path, you will find the Mystic Temple in plain sight in a large tree trunk that you pass through at the end of the treetop section.

Flame Rift Zone Act 2

Take the left path at the start. After making it across the room with the crumbling platforms, turn around to see a ledge with a yellow spring attached to the cliff in the center of the room. Jump to that ledge (you can wait for the crumbling platforms to respawn and use them as stepping stones) and take the spring to reach the top of the cliff. Next to a torch on the right edge of the cliff, you will find a bustable wall that leads to the Mystic Temple.

Midnight Freeze Zone Act 2

Take the upper path and continue until you get to the underwater passage. In the room with the large pit, there is a hole in the ice on the ceiling. Below it, just above the pit, is a small platform with a yellow spring. Jump down to the platform and use the spring to pass through the hole in the ice, which leads to the Mystic Temple.

Sunken Plant Zone Act 2

The Mystic Temple is located in what is normally Sonic's emblem location.

Aerial Garden Zone Act 2

The Mystic Temple is located in what is normally Sonic's emblem location.

Starlight Palace Zone

This Mystic Temple is in the same location as in the normal campaign.