Palace Key (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)

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Palace Key
Sprite of the gray Palace Key in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Palace Key blue.png
Gray variant: "A key for a door in the Palace of Shadow."
Blue variant: "A key for a pedestal in the Palace of Shadow."
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Screenshot of Mario obtaining a Palace Key in the Palace of Shadow's Riddle Tower.
A Palace Key from Riddle Tower.

A Palace Key is a key item in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. There are two kinds of Palace Keys: the white Palace Keys open doors in the Palace of Shadow, while the blue Palace Keys open pedestals in the Riddle Tower.

There are three Palace Keys of the first kind. The first one is in the area before the Riddle Tower. It is dropped by the Dark Bones in the big Dry Bone room. After Mario catches the Dark Bones and defeats it, it drops the key, therefore allowing Mario to make progress. The second is in the east Palace of Shadow area that leads to Shadow Queen's room (which can be accessed after using the eight Palace Keys of the second kind). In the room to the north of the descended hallways 2 and 3, there is a spinning wheel with a locked door to the left. Mario finds this key on a ledge to the lower-right of the spinning wheel, and uses it to open the door to the left and activate the wheel. Eventually Mario finds an area to use Plane Mode. The third key is in the room to the north of this area. Mario must use Mini-Yoshi to reach it speedily. This key opens the door on the right of the room after which Mario will encounter Sir Grodus.

There are eight Palace Keys of the second kind. They are placed in the rooms on the first two floors of Riddle Tower, and they can be used on the pedestals on the third floor. Mario and his partners must solve the puzzles to reveal the chests that contain the keys. On the third floor, Mario must use the Star Key after defeating Gloomtail to unlock the pedestals, then place the Palace Keys on the pedestals to activate the planetarium, which will unlock the path to Shadow Queen's room in east Palace of Shadow.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese きゅうでんのカギ[1]
Kyūden no Kagi
Palace Key
Spanish Llave Palacio Palace Key