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The Mussel Shell Armor of Apanuugpak

Production Number

3-28 (108)


August 31, 1995


Green Monkeys


Amanda & Gator Starck

Artifact Location

The Chamber of the Sacred Markers

Pendants of Life


Temple Layout


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The Mussel Shell Armor of Apanuugpak is the 108th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the 119th episode to be aired.

Moat Crossing

When Kirk gave the signal, the contestants had to hop across three icebergs, starting over if they fell or their knees touched the iceberg.

Moat Results
Finish Team ​Time
1st Silver Snakes 0:08
2nd Green Monkeys 0:09
3rd Blue Barracudas 0:10
4th Red Jaguars 0:11

Steps of Knowledge

The most famous warrior of all the Eskimo tribes was Apanuugpak, who lived in Alaska in the late 1700's. As a hunter, he could stand still for hours so that he could stalk the polar bear and the seal. And as a warrior, he was fearless. One day, he and his wife were approached by a band of neighboring warriors.

"You have been fishing on our hunting grounds."

"No, I haven't!"

"Yes, you have, and we are here to put an end to that right now!"

The circle of enemy warriors tightened around Apanuugpak, but he was unafraid.

"Ah, your mother wears sealskin boots! Go back over the mountain where you belong, you tundra turkeys!"

Without warning, two warriors attacked. But Apanuugpak dodged their knives easily and tossed each warrior aside. A volley of arrows struck his fur parka. But Apanuugpak just laughed.

"Try again, seal whelps!"

Astonished, the men turned and ran.

"Are you hurt, my little snowball?"

He opened his parka and showed his wife the mussel shell armor he'd invented. Years later, the armor made its way to the Temple.

The Steps of Knowledge Question Answers
Question Choices Response
Was Apaanuugpak...?
  • A Mohican
  • A Sioux
  • An Eskimo
Silver Snakes (2 steps left)
Did Apaanuugpak live in ...?
  • China
  • Alaska
Red Jaguars (2 steps left)
Was Apaanuugpak famous among all of the eskimo tribes for being...?
  • A hunter
Red Jaguars (1 step left)
What make Apaanuugpak such a great hunter?
  • That he could stand still for so long
Green Monkeys (2 steps left)
Did the other tribe complain that Apaanuugpak fished?
  • In their hunting territory
Blue Barracudas (2 steps left)
During the attack, Did Apaanuugpak dodge...?
  • Two enemy warriors
Blue Barracudas (1 step left)
In the 1700s, for warmth, did most Eskimos wear....?
  • Fur parkas
  • Wool underwear
Red Jaguars (Advance to the Temple Games)
What did Apaanuugpak have under his parka?
  • The mussel shells
Green Monkeys (1 step left)
Did Apaanuugpak live in...?
  • A hut
  • An igloo
Green Monkeys (Advance to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Red Jaguars are Nikolette, who enjoys gymnastics and science, and Jarrod, who enjoys baseball and studying history. The Green Monkeys are Amanda, who enjoys science and wants to be a pediatrician and Gator, who plays football and wants to be a Navy SEAL.

Ice Fishing (Oversized Table)

One of the most important sources of food for Eskimos was ice fishing, wherein they would cut a hole in the ice and fish below; Amanda and Nikolette were under an ice slab. When Kirk gave the signal, both girls would slide under it to sneak up on some fish. After they catch the fish, they must place in their ice bucket; whoever collected the most fish within 60 seconds would win. Although both girls were even, Nikolette missed a fish— this allowed Amanda to edge her out for the win, 4-3. 

Seal Haven (Trampolines and Nets)

Some Eskimos believed that all seals should be protected at all costs; Gator and Jarrod were inside a fortress serving as a seal haven, with a safe area at the top for them. When Kirk gave the signal, both boys would toss the plush seals upward until they reached the top, and whoever brought the seals to the save haven within 60 seconds would win. Gator had gotten the lead early on and won with 34 seconds remaining, awarding the Green Monkeys their second half-Pendant (Jarrod tried in vain to catch up).

Enemy Tribe (Bowling Slingshot)

Apanuugpak defeated the enemy tribe, despite their complaints of him fishing in their territory; when Kirk gave the signal, each team would load their slingshots and launch balls to knock down four rogue Eskimos. The first team to knock down all of their warriors or whoever has the most knocked down within 60 seconds would win; the Green Monkeys scored early while the Red Jaguars stuggled at the end. Eventually, the latter team was able to knock one down to tie the game. Both teams received a full pendant— however, The Green Monkeys went to the temple because of having two Pendants to the Red Jaguars' one Pendant.

The Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants
Red Jaguars Lost Lost Tied 1 Pendant
Green Monkeys Won Won Tied 2 Pendants

Temple Run

Amanda started by running to the Crypt. She was lucky to pull the right book first, and advanced to the the Pit of the Pendulum. Unfortunately, she did not have enough power to hit the column and instead had to jump off to knock it down. In the the Tomb of the Headless Kings, she encountered her first Temple Guard. She found the head and had to place it on both skeletons to open the door to the the Jester's Court. It took her three tries to open the door that led to the the Dark Forest where the Temple Guard spirit in the left tree caught her. Gator entered the temple with about a minute and a half left. He finally broke through the wall to the the Quicksand Bog and climbed the ladder up to the the Shrine of the Silver Monkey with a minute left. A Temple Guard happened to be in this room and Gator gave up his pendant. After assembling the statue, the door leading to the the Room of the Ancient Warriors was delayed in opening up. The third set of armor worked opening the door to the Chamber of the Sacred Markers where the Mussel Shell Armor was, where he grabbed it and quickly ran out of the temple. He ran across the Pit, through the Crypt and escaped with 10 seconds left making it the fastest second temple run in show history.

Temple Run Results
Victory Yes (0:10 Left)
Reached the Artifact Yes
Temple Guard Locations The Tomb of the Headless Kings
The Dark Forest
The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

Prize Plugs

  • Original Run
    • Moat Crossing: $50 Savings Bond for Melody Pops
    • Steps of Knowledge: Moon Shoes by Hart Enterprises
    • Temple Games: Looney Tunes B-Ball for SNES
  • Alternate Version
    • Moat Crossing: Skechers Footwear
    • Steps of Knowledge: Koosh Lings
    • Temple Games: BK Ratch Tech

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