"I'm just saying, something bad's happened here. A whole colony doesn't just up and vanish."
— Elena to Nate when they approach the Customs House
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The Drowned City
The Drowned City




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"The Drowned City" is the eighth chapter of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.


Nate and Elena swim out of their crashed jeep into a nearby city, which has become largely flooded over the years. Elena shows Nate what she has been filming with her video camera, pointing out a building in the harbor that all cargo coming off ships must have went through. She surmises that the El Dorado statue must have went through there too. Nate notices a small motorboat in front of the building, and decides that it is their best chance of escaping the island, telling Elena that the treasure and the truth about Francis Drake "is not worth dying over."

The two set off through the drowned city on a jet ski. Along the way, they wonder what happened to the Spanish colony. Elena remembers stories of a cursed Incan treasure, saying that "something bad happened here." Nate laughs it off as superstitious nonsense, but Elena points out that "a whole colony doesn't just up and vanish."

Once they reach a drop-off point at the building, Nate hops off the jet ski. They spot a cable above that connects from a tall tower to their desired building. Since this cable can help them get inside, Nate decides to check it out. Elena decides to stay behind and keep watch over the jet ski, while Nate goes on to figure out a way to get them to the tower. He explores the area and encounters more pirates. He eventually comes across a winch and unlocks the gate blocking the path to the tower. Elena pulls up in the jet ski and Nate hops on, then the two proceed to the tower.


Minor battle: 1st courtyard

You start off in the water that Drake dropped the car into. Swim to the shore and then you can either shoot the remaining goons attacking you from the cliffs, or just run along and fight the goons in the area ahead. Elena will be with you, so it helps to sometimes let her draw fire for you. Once the goons are dead, find the chain switch and go through the gate that it opens.

Ride the jet ski

The gate will lead you to a dock with a jet ski. After the cut-scene, get on the jet ski and start down the river. Enemies will attack you from the buildings on the side of the river. The key to surviving enemy attacks is a) to blow up any and all barrels you see, and b) to drive slowly and use Elena's grenade launcher to blow them up as soon as you see them. Just remember, while you are aiming with Elena's launcher, you cannot move. Use this tactic until you get through the river surrounded by buildings.
Drowned City Concept Art

Concept artwork of the drowned city

You will hop up a ramp and enter a port. Drive the jet ski to your left and find the dock.

Major battle: 2nd courtyard

As you get off the jet ski, Drake's attention will be drawn to a cable between a tower and the side of the port; you need to get to. Head towards the tower where the cable is bolted down. You will approach a courtyard packed with pirates. Watch out for the guy with the grenade launcher. Take him out and grab his weapon and use it to your advantage, but try not to use it in tight spaces. You will also find a Wes-44 revolver, which is very effective against the goons.

After taking out the goons, follow the ruins until it leads you up a staircase. At the top of the stairs, turn right and start jumping between the balconies of the buildings. Use the balconies and windows of the buildings to reach a chain switch. Use the switch to open a gate that will allow the jet ski to get farther into the ruined city.


There are two treasures in this chapter.

Number Treasure Location
1 Decorated Silver Ring Upon entering the first area with pirates, head right to find the treasure by the small plant in the ground.
2 Silver Frog It can be found in what used to be a house. This section comes after encountering the pirate with the M79. You'll find the treasure around the back corner of the house.



Uncharted - Drake's Fortune - Walktrough - Chapter 8 - The Drowned City

Uncharted - Drake's Fortune - Walktrough - Chapter 8 - The Drowned City