After arriving, make your way northeast and stop in at Swift Solutions. Talk to the large Tomte on the right side of the room to trigger a few scenes with Tabitha. Afterward, head back to the Cat’s Cradle and choose to rest up for the night, which will of course earn you another page for your Wizard’s Companion. This time, you get [OTHER ISLANDS] .
The next morning, go to the top part of the town and enter the house on the right, which is the elder’s home. Talk to him, and he’ll immediately give you permission to enter the Grotto, and will also give you four sets of [WINTER CLOTHES] so you can finally travel sensibly in the cold!
Before going, we have plenty to do in town. Head back inside the elder’s home and you should see Horace off to the left, as long as you’ve solved his riddles in the previous towns. Talk to him with ‘Spirit Medium’, and he’ll want to know what the icy flowers they use in their stew are called. Feel free to flip through your Wizard’s Companion if you like (the answer is on page 139), then when you’re ready, tell him it’s a “Blizzard Bloom” and he’ll reward you with the [CLOUDBURST] spell!
While you’re still in the elder’s house, check the urn on the right side of the room for [ WILDFLOWER SUNDAE or RUBY RIPPLE ICE CREAM or SEE-THROUGH PIE ], then head back outside.
Check the urn a few steps down from the chest to find a [FROSTY FLAN] , then talk to the tomte who is ice-fishing just to the right of the chest. He will give you quite a few more recipes: 016, 021, 026, 031, 036, 041, 061, 071, 074, 080, 096, 107, and 112.
Head southwest just a bit, then turn northwest to a dead-end at an igloo. If you stand next to the woman here and face the igloo, you should find Swaine’s vantage point to be able to collect the green chest, which is on top of the igloo to the right. Opening it will net you a [ SOULSHIELD GEM ]. Go down to the Cat’s Cradle and head inside to find a chest to the left; it has a [ CHEESEBURGER ] inside, while the urn beside it has a [ SLEEP-BE-GONE or NIX-BE-GONE or PHOENIX FEATHER ] inside.
There’s one last chest inside of Swift Solutions, but you can’t get it just yet. You’ll definitely want to visit the Hootique/Peddler in Yule, as he sells some excellent equipment and items. The Blazing Blade will prove extremely valuable in the upcoming dungeon, and the water-resisting armor pieces are also rather handy.
Before heading off to the Glittering Grotto, it’s time to heal some hearts and bash some baddies.