Skip to main content

How to escape the hold in Return to Monkey Island

You've finally gained access to LeShip and have made it off Melee Island. At this point, things look like they will be smooth sailing. Of course, what kind of game would *Return to Monkey Island * be if that were the case? As soon as you gain control of Guybrush again, you'll quickly realize that you're more of a prisoner than you first expected.




15 minutes

Getting out of the hold is a multi-step process that will require more than a little lateral thinking on your part. You're so close to finally reaching Monkey Island and getting the adventure off to a proper start, so don't let this setback keep you from accomplishing your goal. If you're trapped in the hold with no clue as to how the random assortment of items available can help you get out, here's a step-by-step guide on how to escape the hold in Return to Monkey Island.

Two pirates in a hold.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

How te get out of the hold

The hold is a small space, but with plenty of things to look at and use. Even so, escaping this room isn't easy. Here's how to get above deck.

Step 1: Grab the Pamphlet off of the barrel.

Guybrush looking at a pamphlet.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 2: Examine the Crate and take the skull.

Step 3: Exhaust the skull's dialogue about Captain Madison.

A talking skull named Murray.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 4: Examine the Porthole to see it is screwed shut.

Step 5: Grab your mop and swab the grease at the bottom of the ladder.

Step 6: Swap the greasy mop on the Porthole screws.

Step 7: Use your knife on all the screws to remove them.

Step 8: Swab up more grease with your mop.

Step 9: Grease up the Porthole.

Step 10: Repeat the last two steps three times.

Step 11: Return the mop where you found it.

Step 12: Squeeze through the greased-up Porthole.

Guybrush about to escape through a porthole.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 13: Head right and climb the ladder to the ship's deck to find the crew.

Editors' Recommendations

Jesse Lennox
Jesse Lennox loves writing, games, and complaining about not having time to write and play games. He knows the names of more…
How to play left-handed in Counter-Strike 2
A character holding a gun in the left hand in Counter Strike 2.

Unless you're a lefty, you may not notice that every shooter, including Counter-Strike 2, always has you playing as a right-handed character. While it may not seem like a big deal, it just feels awkward for people who primarily use their left hands to get used to seeing games that way, especially when previous versions of this game allowed you to play as a southpaw. And, if you're playing at the highest level, swapping hands can make peaking corners much easier. While it was missing for almost the first year of the game, Counter -trike 2 has finally allowed players to swap hands and play however is more natural and comfortable for them. Here is how to set your preferred handedness in Counter-Strike 2 and swap it on the fly.
How to swap handedness

If you want to set your character to always play either left- or right-handed, the best way is to set your preferred handedness in the settings. Open up your settings and go into Game > Item and scroll down to the Preferred Viewmodel Left/Right Handedness option. The drop-down menu will let you choose between right and left so you will always default to that view.

Read more
How to change bot difficulty in Counter-Strike 2
A team groups up in Counter-Strike 2.

There's no denying that Counter-Strike 2 is one of the most hardcore and competitive FPS games on PC. One wrong move in this game can force you to wait out the rest of the round and leave your team a player down.

With such a long history and dedicated playerbase, the skill ceiling is intimidatingly high and you may not be able to keep up with those you're matched up against. Bot matches give you a chance to practice your skills and strategies in a less-stressful environment, though the challenge they provide may not be exactly right for you. There is a way to tweak them so you can find the perfect targets, but it's not very intuitive.

Read more
All Incantations and how to unlock them in Hades 2
Melinoe fighting under a full moon in Hades 2.

You can't have a game where you play as a witch without a massive cauldron. Hades 2 places one front and center in the Crossroads, but it isn't just there for decorative purposes. Melinoë can use this big boiling pot of green liquid to bring new features into the game, whether it be between runs or during them, in exchange for various materials like Silver. You will only start out with a few Incantations, but doing more runs and getting further toward your goal of killing Chronos will gradually unlock more to create. There are far more than you might expect for an early access game. Here are all the Incantations and their recipes.
Every Incantation, effect, and recipe
The order in which you unlock Incantations in the menu can vary based on what you do and how you progress in Hades 2, so this list is in no particular order. Also, it is possible there are more we haven't been able to unlock yet, so we will update this list if we discover any more or if additional ones are added during early access.

Incantation name

Read more