Minecraft Dungeons Runes are scattered throughout every level. Each main area in Minecraft Dungeons has a secret location with a rune in it. Collecting all ten runes in Adventure Mode allows you to unlock a secret level. Before you do this, you will first need to defeat the Arch-Illager in Story Mode. Once he is defeated, this secret “quest” opens up.
In this guide, we will walk you through where to find the Rune location and explain what they unlock in Minecraft Dungeons
How to unlock Minecraft Dungeons Secret Levels
Make sure you’re in Adventure Mode, and then you will need to find the secret areas on each level. Doing so will unlock a secret level that you can explore for some awesome loot. Here’s a breakdown of each secret area you need to find, with an in-depth explanation below:
- Secret Church Location
- Creeper Woods Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
- Pumpkin Pastures Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
- Soggy Swamp Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
- Cacti Canyon Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
- Redstone Mines Secret Level in Minecraft Dungeons
- Desert Temple Secret Level Minecraft Dungeons
- Fiery Forge Secret Level in Minecraft Dungeons
- Highblock Halls Secret Level in Minecraft Dungeons
- Obsidian Pinnacle Secret Level in Minecraft Dungeons
Keep in mind everyone’s map will be slightly different due to procedural generation. However, certain parts of the map always look the same. They may be slightly rotated or pieced together differently, but the secret locations should be roughly the same. After finding all ten runes in the secret locations, you unlock the hidden level.
Secret Church Location
You first begin in the Lobby, also known as the Camp. After defeating the Arch-Illager in Normal Mode, you unlock a new area in your starting zone. Start inside the Camp and head down and to the right. Go past the house with the portal until you get to a springboard. Jump across both springboards and hang a left through the trees off the path.
Continue on your way until you get to the church. Follow the red carpet through to the end where you will see a button. Pressing this button shows you your rune progress. You have just unlocked your first rune for finding this location.
Creeper Woods Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
Get to the end of the level where you need to start freeing villagers from the cages. You can find a portal on the ground in the middle of some stone platforms. Go inside and head through the level and step on the center of the platform. You will find the next rune in this area.
Pumpkin Pastures Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
There’s a stone castle wall throughout this level. Follow it to the end and you might notice some slightly off-color bricks. Look for a little switch nearby and activate it to open the wall, revealing a secret level. Go inside and follow it through to the end for the next rune.
Soggy Swamp Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
After defeating the Cauldron, proceed to the end of the level but do not exit. You will see a stone temple with a bunch of mushrooms near the bottom of it. Among the mushroom you can find a switch to open the wall and reveal the secret level.
Cacti Canyon Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
In this level you will reach a point where you need to defeat enemies to get a blue and yellow key. At this part, you only need to defeat the first wave of enemies and then head to the area towards the next key. You will see an area with a palm tree. You can find a hidden switch behind the palm tree to open up the next rune location.
Redstone Mines Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
In the Redstone Mines, you have a mission to free enslaved villagers. At one point, you will come to a room where you need to free a bunch of villagers at once. There is a small portion of the wall where you can tell a portal could be, and next to it you can find a lever on the wall. Click on it to reveal the portal for the Redstone Mines secret location rune.
Desert Temple Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
As soon as you open up the room using the golden key, you can find a switch inside the next room. It’s on the right side of the wall next to a palm tree. Activate the switch to activate the portal and open up the pathway. The next rune will be inside.
Fiery Forge Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
Here’s an easy one to find. Near the start of the level, you will see a golem on the ground with some light shining on him. At the bottom of the stairs on the wall, you can see a lever. Activate it to reveal the portal to the Fiery Forge secret location rune.
Highblock Halls Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
In Highblock Halls, it’s a bit confusing to find the secret location. You need to look in the main outside area of the level, which is kind of like a village. In this area, you can find an unlit torch on the wall that you can interact with to open the portal to the next location. Try your best to look for the unlit torch, because that’s the giveaway.
Obsidian Pinnacle Rune Location in Minecraft Dungeons
Head to the inside area of the level to the tavern library area. You will find a wall of bookshelves at the top of the stairs. One of the books can be clicked on to open up the portal to the next rune location. This area is visible on the map. Also, you get some bonus loot in the rune room which is a nice surprise.
Now that you found all of the runes in the secret levels, you can head back to the Church. The runes should all light up now and unlock the final secret level. Walk into the portal and claim your loot. If you want to see what to expect in this hidden level, check out our post about the secret cow level in Minecraft Dungeons, also known as Mooshroom Island.
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