The Panicking Boy, Part 2 Guide – Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout Walkthrough
The party prepared to fight the Old Castle Dragon | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
The party prepared to fight the Old Castle Dragon

In order to clear the second part of the chapter, you will need to clear the following requirements:

  1. Head from Traveler’s Road to Weissberg Volcano.
  2. Enter Meteor Castle, then make your way to the top floor.
  3. Synthesize a Hammer and upgrade your gear.
  4. Defeat the Old Castle Dragon.

Getting to Meteor Castle

Once you complete the preparations, fast travel to Traveler’s Road – Northern Fork.

Follow the cobblestone road and head northeast, up the hill.

Following the cobblestone road up the hill | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Following the cobblestone road up the hill

Once you get to the top of the hill, proceed to the next area, Weissberg Volcano – Smoky Mountain Path.

Heading to  Weissberg Volcano | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Heading to  Weissberg Volcano

The path will split into two, heading north and east. Both paths will lead to the next area, so choose whichever one you prefer.

The southeast is slightly better, as you will find fewer monsters along the way, and you will also discover the Old Drawbridge landmark.

Taking the path to the east and walking to the Old Drawbridge | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Taking the path to the east and walking to the Old Drawbridge

Once you get to the end of the path, proceed to the next area, Hidden Village.

Heading to the Ancient Village | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Heading to the Ancient Village

In the Ancient Village, head east until you get to the fork in the road. Take the path heading south and follow the trail.

Taking the path to the south | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Taking the path to the south

Continue until the end of the trail, and then proceed to the next area, Meteor Castle – Heatwave Gate.

Entering Meteor Castle from Weissberg Volcano | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Entering Meteor Castle from Weissberg Volcano

Meteor Castle

Arriving at Meteor Castle | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Arriving at Meteor Castle

After entering the castle, read through the dialogue, and then take the path heading south of the gate.

Taking the path south of the gate | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Taking the path south of the gate

Continue up the stairs and proceed to the next area, Upper Waterway.

Heading up the stairs and continuing to the Upper Waterway | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Heading up the stairs and continuing to the Upper Waterway

On the Upper Waterway, follow the marker until you get to the center of the map.

Getting to the center of the Upper Waterway map | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Getting to the center of the Upper Waterway map

A cutscene will play, and you will obtain the first of the three Power Reactors for the forge inside the Atelier. 

With the forge, you will be able to reinforce weapons, armors, accessories and items by adding new traits and unique effects. While it won’t be particularly useful right now, the forge will be quite handy for the postgame content.

Discovering the first Power Reactor | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Discovering the first Power Reactor

Once you get to the marker, Tao will find a stone tablet from the Klint Kingdom era, which contains some information about the dragon.

The stone tablet at Meteor Castle | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
The stone tablet at Meteor Castle

Read through the dialogue, and then get ready to face the first boss fight in the game. The fight will start as soon as you walk up the stairway and proceed to the next area, so make sure to complete all preparations first.

The stairway leading to the Dragon Tower | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
The stairway leading to the Dragon Tower

Synthesizing a Hammer and Upgrading Your Gear

First of all, you will need to upgrade your gear. Start by synthesizing a Hammer.

Equip the Woodcutter’s Axe, then use it on the dotted stones around Heatwave Gate.

The stones at Meteor Castle | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
The stones at Meteor Castle

You will collect Ethereal Stones, which are the core ingredient for the Hammer recipe.

Collecting an Ethereal Stone for the Hammer | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Collecting an Ethereal Stone for the Hammer

After collecting the Ethereal Stones, return to the Atelier and synthesize the Hammer.

Synthesizing the Hammer | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Synthesizing the Hammer

Next, fast travel back to Meteor Castle – Heatwave Gate. Equip the Hammer, and use it on the same stones from before.

Using the Hammer on the Ethereal Stone | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Using the Hammer on the Ethereal Stone

With the Hammer equipped, you will obtain Cometstones and Pentanite for the next ingot morph – Staltium.

Obtaining Cometsone and Pentanite | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Obtaining Cometsone and Pentanite

Synthesize a few Staltium ingots, and then upgrade your weapons to their next morphs.

Synthesizing Staltium | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Synthesizing Staltium

Once you are done with the preparations, return to Meteor Castle – Upper Waterway and proceed to the next area in order to face the boss.

Old Castle Dragon Boss

A cutscene will play as soon as you reach the upper floor of the castle. You will see Agatha fighting against the dragon, as the party arrives just in time to help her.

Read through the dialogue. The fight will start as soon as the cutscene ends.

Agatha facing off against the Old Castle Dragon | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Agatha facing off against the Old Castle Dragon

As the first proper boss fight in the game, the Old Castle Dragon will present you with a significant step-up in difficulty. The dragon doesn’t have any weaknesses for you to exploit either.

Old Castle Dragon information | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Old Castle Dragon information

Focus on stacking up your AP and on raising your Tactics Lv. up to 5. Make sure to follow up on your party members’ Action Orders to pick up a few extra AP, and to deplete the Old Castle Dragon’s stun bar as well.

Pay attention to the boss’ charged attack. Once the dragon starts channeling, make sure to quickly burst its stun bar down.

The Ice Bomb you synthesized earlier in the chapter will be a great help for this fight, as the Slowdown debuff will buy a lot of time – especially against the charged attack.

After you reach Tactics Lv. 5, the battle will be over in an instant. Make sure to watch out for your party members’ HP bars, and heal through the damage as necessary.

Defeating the Old Castle Dragon | Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Defeating the Old Castle Dragon

Read through the dialogue after the fight, and then advance to the next part.