In the Lost Forest, Magic Dungeon, More Magic Dungeon, and very rarely in the
Ordeal Mansion, you'll encounter shops run by Gargoyles. Each shop has 9
different items for sale. To buy an item simply pick it up. The gargoyle will
then block then exit, so talk to it, and you can buy the item. If you drop an
item in a gargoyle shop, you can talk to the gargoyle to sell it.
The main thing to do in shops, however is steal the items. If you want to
actually steal an item, and have it be recorded in your exploration log, you'll
need to remove an item from the shop without paying for it, and make it to the
next floor down. The easiest way to remove the item without paying for it is to
kill the gargoyle, so it doesn't block the exit. Normally the gargoyles are
friendly and you can't attack them, so you need to make them hostile first. The
way to do this is simply damage them or change their status. Any spell or
warrior skill that does damage or changes status will do the trick, as will
various staves, herbs, and scrolls. If you want you can just throw something at
However once a gargoyle becomes hostile it will attack you, and gargoyles are
VERY tough (500 HP, 200 attack, and 2 attacks per turn). Do not mess with them
unless you have a +99 sword and shield (preferably Loto sword and shield). In
addition once you leave the shop with an item, more gargoyles will be summoned
and chase you down. Generally taking the easy way out is not the best way to
steal. After you leave the shop, you won't be able to exit either. Thieves
can't use an outside scroll, spell, or skill.
There are other methods of getting items out of the shop that work much better.
The best is to use an ItemPull scroll, this will cause items on the floor,
including those in the shop to be pulled right next to you. Try to use this
next to the stairs down. You can then pick up the items you want and leave.
The gargoyles will still be summoned, but you should be able to go down the
stairs before they find you.
Another method is to chew a Warp herb after you've picked up the items you
want. You'll be warped out of the shop, and the gargoyles will be summoned,
but hopefully you'll be closer to the stairs down. You can also try tunneling
your way out of a shop. However, the ItemPull method is probably the safest,
most reliable method.
You can also try using a BigRoom scroll. This will cause the gargoyle to guard
the stairs down to the next floor, rather than the exit of the shop
(technically the stairs down are the new exit for the shop). Then you can pick
up the items you want, and get rid of the gargoyle, who will be standing on the
stairs. You don't need to kill the Gargoyle though, a warp herb or disperse
staff can get rid of it long enough for you to exit. However, this method is
not technically stealing, and won't show up in the exploration log.
One last word about stealing. If you pick up an item in a shop, then exit the
dungeon before going to the next floor, you won't have the item when you get to town. Stealing
isn't quite that easy.
If you don't plan on stealing then you need to be careful in a shop. If you
break an item, the gargoyle will expect you to pay for it. If you don't have
enough gold then your out of luck. Be very careful of traps, Land Mines can
destroy items, forcing you to pay for them. Warp traps can warp you away, and
if you're carrying an item, the gargoyle will consider you a thief. Rocks can
cause you to trip, and drop items, which may land outside of the shop, at
which point the gargoyle will come to attack you. Sweep the shop for traps
so this won't be a problem.