Gradual improvement, whether it’s through your own skills or in-game upgrades, is the secret sauce for the best roguelikes. Rogue Legacy 2 take that addictive gold investment concept into the series of upgrades introduced in the first season and add even more ways you can improve your various heirs from run to run. The latest addition is the Heirlooms, which not only bestow new abilities but also in some cases require to advance into different areas deeper in the game in a light Metroidvania style. These valuable jewels are unique items that can only be obtained in specific regions, but apply permanently to all characters and continue without needing to be collected again.
Heirlooms are placed in specific puzzle rooms hidden inside Rogue Legacy 2. Thankfully, you can determine which room contains one by looking at the map and spotting the orange candle icon. Once there, you can use a special teleporter to send you into the puzzle room, if successful, you’ll exit with a new ability. For now, you’ll need to collect seven heirlooms to complete this set. If you’ve spent a generation searching for the ever-changing layout of Rogue Legacy 2 For these Heirlooms, here is the complete guide on how to get and what they do.
The first heirloom you can get Rogue Legacy 2 is Ananke’s Shawl, which can be obtained early in the game in the Citadel Agartha. Just locate the statue here, interact with it and enter the challenge room. Complete the basic set of the random challenge room without dying and you will receive this item at the end.
Ananke’s Shawl is a must-have heirloom, hence why you get it so soon. With it, you can now perform a flying maneuver in the air. Not only is this great for move and dodge options, but it’s also essential for reaching the Lamech Estuary boss.
Next, we have the slightly different Aesop’s Tome, also located at the Citadel Agartha. This statue is found near a different statue than the first one, which, when interacted with, enjoys mocking your character’s weight. Regardless, the process will work exactly as it did last time.
After beating the challenge room series, you will receive this book that allows you to read the memories and nightmares, which appear as small ghostly images surrounding the game. As you read them, they will give you some hints, secrets or lore about the game. This isn’t the most exciting Heirloom for most people, but it’s still worth picking up if you’ve passed it the first time.
Of all the heirlooms in Rogue Legacy 2, in our experience, this is the hardest to track down. Echo’s Boots are found in Axis Mundi, right near the top as you can’t really make much progress in this area without them as the road ahead is too big a pit to jump over, even if you cross the air. To find Echo’s Boots, head back to the room before the impenetrable pit and use your swirling kick move to erect a series of torches that lead to the top right corner of the map. Continue up this path, turn left once at the next tower and find the statue ahead. As you pass the challenges the statue presents to you, you’ll earn these new shoes.
Once you lace up this boot, you’ll unlock two important abilities you’ll need to master to get there. First, you can now spin kicks away from the Resonance surface. The second is that after each swing kick you perform, you’ll regain a flight path in the air, allowing you to link them together. Test it by crossing the distance we mentioned before.
The next heirloom you are likely to receive is the Wings of the Aether. With the help of Echo’s Boots, you’ll be able to continue further into the game until you reach the Far Shores in the Kerguelen Plateau. At the end of this area, you will come to a body of water that you will need to rotate the rock through until you reach the next statue. Interact with it as usual and take on the new challenge it has for you.
Aether’s Wings gives you what almost no 2D platform game is complete without: A double jump. You’ll need this move to get to the boss battle at the Naamah Estuary in Stygian Research. Nothing else to say to this, except enjoy your new sense of freedom and mobility.
The Void Bell is the last cool Heirloom we have Rogue Legacy 2, although the next one is still needed for other reasons. Void Bell is deep in the Stygian Research area, but unlike the others, there’s no real spot you can rely on to find it. Instead, just keep exploring the rooms until you come across the statue, checking the map again for the storytelling orange candle icon when in doubt. After you’ve explored enough, you’ll eventually find it and be able to go into the challenge rooms.
Once you’ve picked up a Void Bell, your normal dash will be converted to a Void Dash. This move works like your regular dash, only has a longer range, can be canceled, and allows you to safely pass through Void projectiles, pass through Void Doors, and use Void Lifts. . You’ll need it before you can fight the boss at Estuary Enoch or go to the Sun Tower.
Our last true heirloom in Rogue Legacy 2 located in the Dry Lake of Pishon, unlocked only after defeating boss Estuary Irad in the Tower of the Sun. When you arrive here, you will encounter an NPC named the Unknown Knight. They will give you Theia’s Sun Lantern, no strings attached.
As you might have guessed, this lantern lights up in the dark so you can walk across the Pishon Dry Lake.
Technically classified as an Heirloom, Gilgamesh’s Anchor cannot be ignored, and is of very limited use. Without much damage, when you reach the end of the final area and go through the Golden Door, you will pick up Gilgamesh’s Anchor, which allows you to interact with Binding Stones that only appear in the final sequence of the game.