Editor’s note: This guide contains mild story spoilers.
One of the best things about Shenmue 1+2 can also be one of its more frustrating elements: you don’t always know where to go. Most of the time, NPCs will give you pretty good directions and/or intel. Other times, they’re completely mum and have no idea how to help you.
If you want to find Warehouse #8 as quickly as you can, you’ll quickly discover that things aren’t as straightforward as they seem. This guide will show you where to find the real warehouse, as well as the optimal path to take to find it faster.
Where is Warehouse #8?
After you’ve gotten the Chinese letter translated at the China Shop and called the phone number written on it, you’ll need to find the mysterious Master Chen at Warehouse #8. However, you don’t know where that is, and until you find out, you’ll be stuck in Dobuita.
How to Use the Phone or Phone Book to Find the Warehouse Location
Instead of asking around, simply head straight to the Tobacco Shop, which is located across from the Flower Shop by the busy road near Dobuita’s outskirts. Use the phone to call information (104). Once you get the operator, be sure to ask for the area of the number. You only get two chances before Ryo says calling the operator is pointless, so don’t choose anything else.
If you’ve already done this and gotten locked out of calling information, you can also use the phone book to find the number’s area address. At the Tobacco Shop, hold LT, look at the phonebook, and press A. Ryo will automatically look up the address for the phone number.
After you’ve found the address, hop on the bus next to the Tobacco Shop and head to the Docks.
Going Straight to Your Destination
Get off the bus and turn left at the first intersection. You’ll come to a QTE encounter at the end of the road. Afterwards, your punching bag will tell you how to get to the Warehouse.
However, once you get there, a guard will stop you from going inside. Go around back and look up for an open window above several tall crates. Look to the right of the tall crates to find a smaller crate. Make sure the patrolling guard ins’t around and push the smaller crate up against the tall crates. Climb up to get inside.
But wait a minute, this isn’t the right Warehouse #8. What gives?
Where is the Old Warehouse District?
Go to the front of the Docks area, where you fought the thugs and where the main guardhouse is. Instead of turning left to go past the guardhouse to the bus, turn right and go into the big open area. Go past the Tomato convenience store and the cafeteria.
Go straight ahead and toward the water. Once you get to the water, turn left and continue past Tom’s Hot Dog cart. Follow the path around until you reach another guard post. Sneak through and you’re in the Old Warehouse District.
How Do I Get Past the Guards?
You could try to get past the guards legitimately, but it’s really a pain in the butt. Instead, it’s easier to cheese your way through. Here’s how: you’re going to need the homeless man.
If you’ve already met the old homeless man milling around the docks and bought him a coffee, this part will be a bit tedious, but easy. If you haven’t met the old homeless man, then go to Warehouse 12 in the New Warehouse District to find him and buy him a coffee.
Once you’ve done that (or if you already have), you’ll need to get caught by the guards eight times. After the eighth time, the homeless man will tell you to return at 11 p.m. because there are fewer guards — meaning one guard.
All you have to do know is run straight to your destination. Warehouse #8 is in the back, left corner of the area. The homeless will mark its location on a map he gives you.
That’s all you need to know about finding Warehouse #8 in Shenmue. Be sure to check out our other Shenmue 1+2 guides for more tips and tricks.
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