Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a platform hybrid adventure where you take on a series of challenging side-scrolling levels that involve solving puzzles in order to rally Queen Phoebee's Royal Bee-tallion to take down Capital B and his Impossible Lair so that you thwart his evil plan of using a 'Hivemind' device to enslave an entire kingdom of bees. In order to do this you will need to combine the abilities of the two heroes, Yooka and Laylee as you venture out and explore the Overworld. Check out our Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair cheats and tips to get help rescuing the Royal Beetallion bees and finding the hidden collectibles.
Cheats, Tips and Strategy
Below is a collection of hints and tips that will help you to progress in the game. These include paywalls and unlocking alternate chapters. As well as these hints and tips we also have a mini-guide here which goes into more details on some of the tips we have below:
Gathering of Tents
The tent that appears near the entrance to the Impossible Lair after you have finished the first level represents the housing for the Beetalion soldiers. As you complete more chapters and rescue more of the Beetalion soldiers more of these tents will appear there. The Queen will tell you whether to attempt the fight against Capital B, or continue looking for additional Beetalion Soldiers. Check out our Bee Team Locations guide to find out their location and how to rescue them.
Complete Pagie Challenge Levels
It is important that you complete these as doing so alters the Overworld, opening new areas for exploration. You will be able to attempt these Challenge Levels upon encountering Pagie NPCs in the Overworld. You will be taken to a single-screen challenge room where you will be tasked with eliminating the enemies. Once all of the enemies in the challenge area have been defeated, it will be completed.
Unlock Alternate Chapters
Each of the 20 Chapters in Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has an altered version that you can unlock. These alternate versions will often put a new twist on the area and open up additional areas you can explore. They will each also contain new challenges, 1 Beettalion soldier, and 5 T.W.I.T. Coins. To progress in the game these alternate chapters must be completed. Check out our How to Unlock Chapter 1 Alternate Level page to find out how to access this hidden secret level.
Trowzer is a NPC that teaches Yooka and Laylee abilities at the cost of quills. He also has paywalls separating sections of the world and the only way that you can pass them is to have enough T.W.I.T. Coins. In each of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair's 40 levels there are 5 coins you can find. You don't need to find all the coins in a level, just enough to satisfy the paywall.
Get More Quills
You will discover that to unlock the alternate level of some of the chapters you will require Quills. Ghost Quills act as a challenge to earn more Quills in Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. There are 5 different coloured Quills which each behave in different ways. Ghost Quills can sometimes be found inside of crates with a Quill symbol on them, or throughout different levels. Other than Fee-Dee, every Ghost Quill will award you with a T.W.I.T Coin or a Quillion. Just playing through the game normally should give you enough Quills anyway. Quills can also be collected repeatedly during the levels.
Gritty Comic Tonic
This extremely hard to find FX overlay Tonic adds a black-and-white filter changing the game to look like a gritty black-and-white comic book. You will be able to find it by going to Nimbo in Area 4 (the lake area with Chapter 12 and Chapter 13) and climbing onto the wooden fence and roll-jumping to reach the right-most post. If you then Buddy Stomp into this post you will find the Tonic. It costs 1,000 Quills to buy. Check out our Tonics Locations Guide to find these collectables that allow you to change your gaming experience, by either making it easier or harder or by applying some visual changes to the game.
We hope these tips help you out in the game, but for further help, try our beginners guide, we also have some FAQs for Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, you can also submit your own questions there for other players to answer.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair walkthrough and guide