I'm playing Lands of Lore: Throne of Chaos and I'm trying to figure out how the monster respawning works.

So far, I have Googled and not really found much to support what I think I've found as I've been playing. Basically, to me it seems that it depends on which area you are in and I think there are the following scenarios:

  1. The monsters in certain areas (particularly Northland Forest & Southland Forest in the beginning) seem to be "set" and once they are dead they are dead permanently.

  2. The monsters in Level 1 of Draracle's cave only seem to respawn once I leave and reenter the area.

  3. The monsters in Level 3 of Draracle's cave seem to respawn at a constant rate as I travel around the area.

Can anyone confirm whether these scenarios are correct, or if there are any more?

  • I am currently replaying the game after almost 20 years. Great game. Yes I think you are correct for these areas. Could also be that areas with secret passages have a different spawn algorithm – user24441 Apr 24 '12 at 18:35
  • In most of the case, it's the first scenario that applies. But in a few areas, monsters respaws on their own, like giant bees. – Tloz Aug 31 '15 at 11:31

The monsters in certain areas (particularly Northland Forest & Southland Forest in the beginning) seem to be "set" and once they are dead they are dead permanently.

I believe this is true for Southland Forest at least (orcs and giant lizards), but not for Northland -- the hog respawns after some time (a couple of minutes). Apart from some regular enemies working like this there's also the Larkhon (guarding the Mines) and the Minotaur (in the White Tower) that do not respawn (understandably so, since they're "quest" enemies).

The monsters in Level 1 of Draracle's cave only seem to respawn once I leave and reenter the area.

Agree with this, although not all of them respawn, seems like it's only the ones in the area before the pit room. Interestingly enough, it also seems to matter how much time you spend on the level between clearing out all the enemies and reentering -- if I do it in quick succession (i.e., kill everyone, fall down to where I found Lora, and climb back), only one giant rat respawns. If I kill everyone, then wait for a long time and then fall down and climb up again, there are ~4 rats there. So it seems that time is a factor here as well.

The monsters in Level 3 of Draracle's cave seem to respawn at a constant rate as I travel around the area.

Most enemies do respawn with time, though the interval varies. This happens, for instance, in Draracle's Caves 3, White Tower 3, and Yvel City (during the siege). Sometimes you can stop them from spawning by burning their nests with fireballs (giant bees in Upper Opinwood, flying twin dragons in Mines 3).

Can anyone confirm whether these scenarios are correct, or if there are any more?

There are at least two more scenarios.

  1. Some enemies spawn after a specific trigger done by the player. For example, a stone monster spawns the moment you mine the first coal from the wall in Urbish Mines 3.

  2. The other respawn mechanism is spawn spinners.

In some areas, you can enter a "spinner", a tile that spins you around in order to confuse you. For a prominent example you might recall the large room in Castle Cimmeria, level 1, which strips you of the Atlas, makes your compass hard to use and forces you to find four pressure plates in a room full of spinners and pits that end in the Dungeons:

The infamous Cimmeria pit room

Now, most of the spinners in the game do just that, break your stride and force you to do some rerouting. There are at least two locations in the game where spinners have an additional feature, which is spawning enemies. Notable examples:

Draracle's Caves, Level 2

In Draracle's Caves, Level 2, spinning on the spinner tile denoted with a blue X spawns 1-2 cave people on the red X tile. It seems that it's consistently 2 for the first spin after the area has been cleared out and then either 1 or 2 more for each spin, but they seem to stop spawning after there's about 4-6 of them in the spawn area.

Spinner in Draracle's Caves

There's also another spinner in the same level that spawns rat people for a change: when you take the Sapphire route, before the first secret wall.

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Catwalk Caves

In the area with many one-way secret walls and spinners, some of the spinners seem to generate Dark Army Knights in the target area (red X), so the more you get confused by the game there, the more enemies it punishes you with later on.

Spinner in Catwalk Caves

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