This page of the guide to Oddworld Soulstorm contains the first part of the walkthrough of Mission 15 - The Yards. You will learn how to avoid snipers at the beginning of the mission, how to solve the elevator puzzle, how to safely escort the Mudokons and how to reach the Gantry Channel.
Additional note: The green color in this walkthrough stands for secrets and unique locations/activities associated with the badges (challenges) in the game. Mission 15 badges have been described on a separate page of the guide.
Take the crane to the Security Station
Contrary to what the message at the beginning of the mission says, you don't have to rush to reach the container with the antidote ingredients. Using binoculars near the starting point is completely optional, too
Use the elevator and follow a linear path - you will find many lockers and other containers along the way. The Storage Yard features a Moolah Gate, where you have to spend 50 Moolah. It is very simple, because apart from the containers, there's also an empty bottle recycling station in the area. Additionally, to the right of the recycling machine you will find a Royal Jelly marked in the picture.
When you open the Moolah Gate, you'll come across some lockers with padlocks - Brewnade cocktails are hidden inside. Go further to the right. There are snipers in the next location that are watching the path.
There are pressure plates on the path, and touching each of them activates the nearby Steam Zone. You can use this to your advantage and hide in a cloud of smoke to wait the situation out. Start walking again when the sniper begins to check the area to the left or to the right of the path - you can see that by the direction of his laser beam.
After you get under the sniper tower, press the button to unlock the passage. You can optionally attack the single sniper who is watching the next path (e.g. by using Brewnade). Alternatively, you can wait until the path to the right becomes safe.
Go further to the right and after jumping over the spikes, examine the lower path first. While moving to the right, avoid the sniper - wait for a good moment to run through the observed area.
By traveling further to the right, you will reach a Secret Area, with a Royal Jelly and 5 Mudokons to heal and recruit. Return to the crossroads with the Mudokons and avoid the sniper's detection on the way back again.
Now choose the upper path. Unfortunately, the crossing with the Mudokons is quite demanding, because you have to avoid another sniper. If need be, crouch. Run to the right when the sniper stops watching a given part of the path.
You'll get to the crane platform. Pressing the button will switch on the crane and you will be transported to the background.
Bring the lift to this side
After the lift ride ends, go right. In the new area, you will find 5 more Mudokons to recruit, but you can't venture further with them immediately There's a bigger puzzle to solve here, which involves bringing the lift to the left.
Start by placing Abe under the scanner marked in the picture. Set the alarm off deliberately, and Sligs will appear on the shelf above the scanner.
To solve the puzzle, you will need to use possession multiple times. Remember that the energy during Chanting is limited, and therefore, try use the Chi Orbs to quickly get to the enemies you want to possess.
Start with possessing one of the Sligs on the shelf above Abe (picture 1). After taking control, climb the blue pillar and aim the gun at the blue tank on the right shelf (picture 2).
Destroying the tank activates the Guard Post located below it. For the first time, you have to change the possession target without restarting the power.
Press L2 (on PS4 / PS5) to "jump" out of the Slig's body and resume control of the Chi Orb. Quickly direct it at the Slig to the right, who left the Guard Post. This will allow you to continue the journey by climbing a new pole.
Once you reach the upper level, you need to change the possession target again. Direct the Chi Orb towards the Slig on the highest shelf. You can use this Slig to pull the lever and turn off the red discharges that were blocking the road.
Return to controlling the previous Slig. It's worth bringing it back down and ending the possession. This is because you don't have enough energy to complete the puzzle in one go.
Reactivate the possession and resume control of the Slig from the shelf with the destroyed tank. Go up again and pass through the gate where the red discharges were earlier.
Go down the pole and approach the burning shelf. Wait for the right moment to stun a controlled Slig and possess the elite enemy with a flamethrower who is immune to flames.
Pull the lever to put out the fire. Move the newly possessed Slig to the lower levels. You have to use the flamethrower to destroy the crates, and pave your way through.
After reaching the lowest level, head left. Go inside the lift and press the button, so that the elevator goes left to the place where Abe and the other Mudokons are. You can stop possessing the flamethrower enemy in any way, e.g. by killing or stunning him.
Summon all the Mudokons, have the whole group enter the elevator that you got here with, and use it to go right. You can recruit 1 Mudokon along the way.
After jumping to the lower shelf, examine the path that's obscured by containers first (picture 1) It will lead you to a Secret Area that hides 2 pieces of Royal Jelly.
In the same spot where the second Royal Jelly was, there is also a passage to the cave, which is a small separate area. Inside the cave, you will find lockers to search, a recycling machine and a row of vending machines - you can buy Batteries and Blastos and pick up Fizzy Pop for free.
Leave the cave after you've explored it, return to the Mudokons and resume the journey.
Soon, you will reach an area patrolled by the big smile machine. The key to keeping the Mudokons alive is to hide with them in lockers, but they can only fit up to 10 allies (plus the Abe as the 11th). It's a good idea to split a group of Mudokons into two smaller ones by issuing separate commands to them.
Guide each group through, that is run behind the machine facing right, hide in the lockers, leave them when the machine passes all the lockers with Mudokons inside, and quickly reach the upper right shelf. Before you leave this place, reach the right end of the lower path to take the Royal Jelly.
Your group then has to keep moving to the right. Soon, you will reach the Bird Portal, which will allow you to send back all Mudokons. Continue your journey to the Gantry Channel.