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Searing Crags is the eighth area of The Messenger. It is a red mountain at the base of Glacial Peak.

The west side of Searing Crags is accessed from Quillshroom Marsh, and the north side leads to Glacial Peak. In 16-bit, a southeastern pathway to the Underworld opens up and can be crossed with the Lightfoot Tabi.


Searing Crags is composed of rocky red-orange terrain. Green cacti, white animal skulls, green tents, brown crates, and leaf-free brown trees are interspersed throughout the area. The background sky has a sun in the lower-left corner of the screen, creating an orange horizon in a red sky. A few stars dot the red portion of the sky closest to the orange horizon. And in the distance are huge pointed and jagged dark rocks.



  • Ninja obtains the Rope Dart as his third free upgrade from The Shopkeeper.
  • After Ninja gains the power to freely time travel, he can use the Lightfoot Tabi to cross a river of lava at the beginning of the pathway to the Underworld. Across this initial lava gap is Pyro the Phobekin, and Ninja can talk to Pyro to "collect" Pyro.


8-Bit → 16-Bit[]

  • If Ninja owns the Power Thistle and talks to Colos and Suses in 8-bit, Ninja is sent to the pathway to the Key of Strength. Ninja travels through some time rifts and collects the Music Note in 16-bit.

Power Seals[]

For the main article, see Power Seals.


Power Seal #1[]

In a room with a breakable block directly next to a checkpoint, break the block and head past the checkpoint into the next room. There are two spike-lined crusher blocks with a lantern under each of them, separated by a death gap and rocks falling from the ceiling. Wait for the spike-lined crusher blocks to lift up, and Rope Dart the lanterns to reach the opposite side of the room. Slash at the falling rocks while crossing the gap in order to destroy them and to prevent taking damage. Climb up into the Power Seal room.


Power Seal #2[]

In 16-bit, in a room with a swinging spikeball, climb into the upper-left corner to reach a checkpoint. Head left into the Power Seal room. Cloudstep the lanterns while avoiding midair rotating circles of spikeball plants to reach the Power Seal.

Power Seal #3[]

In 16-bit, in the tall vertical room before Colos and Suses's boss room, there is a breakable block on the left wall. Break the block and head left into the next room. Cloudstep off of the falling rock projectiles to cross the death gap. Climb up into the Power Seal room.

The Shopkeeper's Dialogue[]

Initial Dialogue[]

Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Congratulations, you made it to the base of the mountain.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Almost there!
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Do you know what this means?
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja I don't know, does it mean you have another dialogue trap for me?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper ...
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja What?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Oh, so you're just going to try and steal my character like that???
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper I guess you think you deserve a prize?
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja No...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Well, you do. Plus, you will never be able to make the climb without the Rope Dart.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja The Rope Dart?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Don't overthink it, everyone will probably end up calling it the Grappling Hook anyway. Here.

Rope dart[]

Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja So, thanks for the Rope Dart?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Oh did you think that was an awkward interaction?
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja You could say that.
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Clearly you never had to tell your boss that your little experiment went wrong, permanently impacting one of your colleagues.
Parrot Hey, I heard that!
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Anyways, you can use it on rings, lanterns, walls and enemies. Go nuts!


Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja About that monk...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper It is as I feared, our most promising Messenger did not die, but was instead cursed forever. She became the Queen of Quills.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja How did that happen?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper This is a tale for another time.

Any stories to share?[]

For the main article, see The Shopkeeper's Stories.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Do you have any stories to share?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Of course, here's one for you. It's a story I once told the guy who hooked me up with music for my shop. There once was a village struggling to figure out who the werewolf was. People kept dying every full moon, and very gorily at that. One day, a brave young couple decided to venture into the woods. He would be the hunter, and she, the bait. As one would expect from such a clichéd setting, they got separated and our hunter faced off alone against the beast near a cliff. After fifteen minutes of a literal uphill battle, the hunter managed to chop off the werewolf's paw with his axe, just as it was attempting to choke him. The hunter then ran for his life, severed paw still clutched to his throat. By the time he got home, the sun was up, and he found his fiancée bleeding, also badly wounded. The paw on his throat had reverted to its human form, and that moment he noticed it was wearing a ring he had purchased a few days ago. The end.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...woah, that was spooky.
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper I'm still looking for a title. Any suggestions?
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja What about "The werewolf bride"?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Wow, great idea!
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Really?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper No, not really. You put the reveal in the title.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...

Level boss[]

Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Looks like the boss is up.
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Surely you mean the bosses?
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Bosses?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Bosses. The bosses are up.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja I need to fight more than one boss here?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Well, technically it's more like personal training than an actual fight.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja What?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Ah don't let me ruin it, go see for yourself.


  • In the Power Seal room closest to Colos and Suses's boss room, there is a red and brown-gray mattress with a small green pea underneath it. This is an easter egg that references The Shopkeeper's story in Forlorn Temple.
  • Although normally the Big Time Shard pathway is only open in 16-bit, Ninja can slowly whittle away at the Big Time Shard in 8-bit by throwing a Windmill Shuriken at it from the left side.
  • According to Thierry Boulanger, the main writer and director of the game, the flood turned Searing Crags from an active volcano into a dormant volcano.[1]



Interactive Locations Map[]

Locations in The Messenger
Messenger Island Ninja VillageAutumn HillsForlorn TempleCatacombsBamboo CreekHowling GrottoQuillshroom MarshSearing CragsGlacial PeakTower of TimeCloud RuinsUnderworldDark CaveRivière TurquoiseSunken ShrineElemental SkylandsCorrupted FutureMusic Box
Voodkin Island Open SeaVoodkin ShoreFire MountainVoodoo Heart
Miscellaneous Locations The ShopTower of Time HQThe Craftsman's CornerThe Void