Ardennes Forest

Ardennes Forest is a level in Shadow Hearts: Covenant. It is a forest the party travel through between Domremy and Paris.

Plot Significance

After Yuri has been cursed by the Holy Mistletoe, he and Karin are brought to a cave outside of Domremy by Gepetto and Blanca. Gepetto explains that Domremy is no longer safe and the German Army will be chasing them. He suggests that they travel to his apartment in Paris, and equips everyone with crests.

While travelling through Ardennes Forest, the party is attacked by monsters. Gepetto says this is a result of Malice within Yuri. They travel for a time, but Yuri collapses from exhaustion. While he is unconscious, Karin and Gepetto speak together. Gepetto explains to Karin that Yuri has the power of Fusion, and his soul is filled with the souls of monsters, but he is still human. Gepetto then recalls when he first met Yuri. Yuri and Gepetto’s niece, Alice were lovers, but Alice died before she was able to return home to her mother. Gepetto first met Yuri during this time, when Yuri buried Alice himself.

As Gepetto is speaking to Karin, Yuri begins to convulse and a monster appears from within him, as the monster souls have grown restless. Yuri is able to awaken to help defeat it. They are then able to travel onwards to Paris.

Enemies Encountered

Origin & Trivia

  • Ardennes is a huge forested region of Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany. Domremy lies within this region.
  • Shadow Hearts Covenant Walkthrough: Ardennes Forest

    Previous Level: Domremy

    It should be noted that there are 2 ways to complete Ardennes Forest. One method involves solving a -puzzle to fix a bridge level, and the other method involves finding a battery to power an outdoor lift.

    Route One: Lift

    1. Party can save here
    2. Head West from the cave (monsters will begin to appear)
    3. Continue West until you find a crossroads with a large bolder
    4. Head South from the bolder
    5. Eventually you will find a bridge made of logs, cross this bridge
    6. Head North-East towards a rocky area and climb the mountain
    7. Key Item: Battery, within a nook on the mountain
    8. Continue up the mountain until you find a lift. Use the battery and take the lift down
    9. Party can save here. Progress into the forest clearing.
    10. Graveyard Segment
    11. BOSS: Arachne

    Route Two: Bridge

    1. Party can save here
    2. Head West from the cave (monsters will begin to appear)
    3. Continue West until you find a crossroads with a large bolder
    4. Head North from the bolder
    5. Eventually you will find a river with a large raised bridge.
    6. The bridge level needs to be operated, pull the levels in order: Right, Left, Middle
    7. Cross the bridge.
    8. Party can save here. Progress into the forest clearing.
    9. Graveyard Segment
    10. BOSS: Arachne

    Next Level: Paris

    Ardennes Forest Items

    • Key Item: Battery in mountain nook
    • Focalor Crest: From Gepetto
    • Andras Crest: From Gepetto
    • Furfur Crest: From Gepetto
    • Thera Leaf: Chest North of bolder
    • Pure Leaf: Chest on mountain
    • Soul Benediction: Before lift
    • Soul Benediction: Hidden path near bridge
    • Leather Cap: Take lift to uppermost level
    • Tent: Take lift to uppermost level
    • Barbatos Crest: Hidden path near river
    • Hit Area Expansion: Hidden path near bridge
    • Hit Area Expansion: On Bridge
    • Mana Leaf: Chest near lift, bottom floor

    Gallery

    Ardennes Forest Cave Shadow Hearts Covenant

    The Cave

    Ardennes Forest Battle Shadow Hearts Covenant

    Battleground

    Ardennes Forest Bolder Shadow Hearts Covenant

    The bolder

    Ardennes Forest Log Bridge Shadow Hearts Covenant

    The log bridge

    Ardennes Forest Lift Shadow Hearts Covenant

    The Lift

    Ardennes Forest Fireplace Shadow Hearts Covenant

    Gepetto and Karin talking while Yuri is unconsious

    Ardennes Forest Bridge Shadoqw Hearts Covenant

    Large Bridge