This page explains how to obtain the Manor Key during the Viper Manor infiltration in Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition.
Viper Manor Exterior
Regardless of how you reached Viper Manor, you’ll begin in the exterior part of the manor at night. There will be guards patrolling and a search light towards the east.
Your starting position depends on who you recruited as your guide back in Termina.
- Nikki’s Path: South from the front door of the manor.
- Pierre’s Path: Front entrance…
- Guile’s Path: South-east corner of the back garden.
The manor exterior is divided into three screens. The westernmost screen is the front entrance, where the guards are blocking the gate. Above the gate, there’s a chest with a Turn Yellow Element, although it can be hard to spot.
The middle screen is where the front door of the manor itself is. Near the top, there’s a chest by the left corner containing an Ointment Element. Halfway up and to the right are some guards standing watch at the door. If you go near them, they’ll see you and start a fight.
After defeating the guards, you can proceed right, towards the front door. Except it’s currently locked…
Finally, the easternmost screen is the back garden. Here, there’s a moving search light, which you’ll want to avoid, unless you want guards chasing you. At the bottom right corner, there’s a door that you can open and go through to reach a chest with a Turn Blue Element.
Meanwhile, near the upper right corner of the garden is a stable, which is where you want to go next.
Dragon Feeding Mini-game
Inside the stable, the man near the top will mistake you for new recruits–and so, you’re forced to play the dragon-feeding minigame. If you can successfully feed the dragons, the man promises to hand over the Manor Key.
How to Obtain the Manor Key
After winning the Dragon Feeding mini-game, the stablekeep will direct you to the cupboard in the top-right corner. Go over there and check inside to obtain the coveted Manor Key.
You can then use this to unlock the front door, located one screen left from the back garden, and enter Viper Manor for real.