Lily's Well

Lily's Well

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The Complete Guide
By azalty
Gives tips and solutions in case you're stuck.
The Complete Guide is made in a way that avoids spoiling the entire game.
Warning! This guide contains tips and spoilers about the game:
Most content here will be behind spoiler tags : example spoiler tag, but not everything will, so only go to chapters that interest you and are near your progression.

Only use this guide if you're stuck, and cannot find a solution.
This guide will first provide you with tips, that bring you closer to the solution. If you still can't find what to do, the solution will be provided.
The Complete Guide is made in a way that avoids spoiling the entire game.

You can select the chapter you want at the right of this guide.

This guide will me filled with more infos as the time goes on, the goal being to make it a complete guide to the game, containing every needed tip and solution.

If some infos are incorrect or if you want to add infos, please comment! :)

Guide order
The guide is ordered: the lower you go in the guide (the lower the chapters are), the later in the game those tips are for. If you're pretty far but you're unsure wether or not you missed something, try starting at the top of the guide (else, you might spoil yourself or miss important elements).
Early to midgame tips
This section gives useful but non-spoiling infos for your first minutes to your first hours of game. Only look at the guide if you're stuck, else, you'll ruin your game experience. Go tip by tip, and search yourself between each one.

Your goal is to get inside the well.
You know it's pretty deep, so your goal is to craft ropes with materials that you find in the map.
Not all materials are considered "good rope material". Use your common sense to decide wether or not a material is strong enough to support your weight.

Start by searching inside your house, interact with every object that you can. Look at them, and take them if you think they could be useful.
Tip: Once you grab a rope material, you can discard it by throwing it into the trash can in the Road area. Once you've thrown a material, you won't be able to grab it again, so choose wisely!
After you've explored the well
Now that you've explored the well and died, you wake up.

Dead End... now what ?
There still is plenty of things to try...

Was your rope strong enough?
If not, then don't take that weak material.
TIP: Having only one weak material will break your rope.

Try to search for more rope materials. Going outside might be a good idea.
Try interacting with decoration, objects, everything.

The following sections will give you tips about some areas of the map. It is recommended to play by yourself and check it only if you're stuck.
House - early to midgame tips and solutions
Try interacting with every object in the house.

TIP 1: There's a key in the kitchen, but you cannot reach it... could there by a way to..?

TIP 2: Have you seen prisonners escape from prison? Some of them use something from their room to escape by the window. TV isn't life, but maybe you could try to replicate them?

TIP 3: Search in drawers, you might find useful things.

TIP 4: Search around the sofa, that's often where we lose things


Solution for TIP 1: Move the stool/chair near the key, then interact with the stool. If it gets stuck, exit the kitchen and go back to it.

Solution for TIP 2: Take the bed sheets of your bed.

Solution for TIP 3: Go to Papa's room, and search his wardrobe, you should find Papa's belts, they might make a good rope. Once you're there, you might want to search a little further nearby. Looks like there is a vault too, and it needs 6 digits... you should take note of that.

Partial solution for TIP 4: Interact with the sofa and do the "Take" action. You might find some useful objects. Interacting in different places on the sofa will give you different items.

With all that, you should make a little trip to the well, unless you want to search for more items inside the house or outside?
Garden - early to midgame tips
Beautiful flowers, lovely place, isn't it?

TIP 1: The door to the shelter is locked. There might be a way to open it somewhere.

TIP 2: Looks like there is something in the top right of the screen. Yea, that's shears. They could be useful.

TIP 3: Take a look at the memorial. Something seems to be written in an unknown language (or is it?).


TIP 1 - More infos: You might find a key somewhere. They're often kept inside a house.
Rope Swing Area - early to midgame tips and solutions
TIP 1: There is a tire swing... What is it held by...?

TIP 1 - More infos: Find something to take the rope of that swing. Search in the garden.

TIP 1 - Solution: Use the shears found in the garden to cut the rope.
Forest - early to midgame tips and solutions
TIP 1: A rock... how would that be useful? Keep that in mind for later.

TIP 2: Vines... there might be some infos about them in a book.

Don't you feel observed too...? Creepy forest...


TIP 2 - More infos: There is a small library inside the house.

Solution for TIP 2: The vine with the blue dots becomes really solid after being cut.[/spoiler

TIP 3 (TIP 2 needed): Find a way to cut the vine. You might want to check around the garden.

Solution for TIP 3: Cut the blue vine using the shears found in the top right corner of the garden.
Road - early to midgame tips
TIP 1: A mailbox... you should check if you have mail. If not, you should check again later... maybe not in a few minutes, but perhaps in another live?
End of the "early to midgame" section
By now you should have enough playtime, tips/solutions to go a bit further in the game.
You should experiment and search by yourself.

TIP for ropes: having 1 or more bad rope materials will cause you to fall instantly when going in the well. Each good material will add 1 screen worth of rope. Adjusting the number of rope materials you take might be a good idea.
Garden - midgame to near end tips and solutions
This is the start of the "mid-game to near end" section. Check the previous chapters before going here.

Shelter door solution: Go to the kitchen of your house, move the stool/chair and grab the key (check "House - early tips and solutions"). This key will open the shelter door.

Get inside the shelter. You'll find a bunch of things.

These two tips really aren't needed because they're pretty obvious, but hey:
TIP 1: Take the bolt cutters, they'll be useful.
TIP 2: The spare extension looks solid.

It might be a good thing to remember the TIP 3 of the "Garden - early to midgame tips" chapter.
Bridge - midgame to near end tips and solutions
TIP 1: Take a close look at the bridge. A chain is missing...

TIP 2: The chain might make a good rope, but it is welded... perhaps you could find something to cut it?

Solution for TIP 1: Take a look at the water where the chain is missing. You can see a cave... get there.


TIP 3 (TIP 1 needed): You should try to make a path to the cave...

TIP 3 - More infos: You should put something heavy in the water

Solution for TIP 3: Take the 3 rocks and put them in the water to create a path
Cave - midgame to near end tips and solutions
If you don't know what is the cave, then GO HIGHER IN THE GUIDE!

TIP 1: Read carefully the birthday card.

TIP 2: Take the knife. You should try using it on differents objects. Remember what you saw.

TIP 3: The net seems pretty solid...

TIP 3 - More infos: Mhh, you could use the net as a rope... find a way to take the net.

TIP 1 - More infos: Happy birthday to... Lily? But... that's you!

TIP 1 - More infos: Your birthdate is July 20th, 1984

TIP 1 - Even more infos: People that care about you remember your birthdate, and can even use them as codes.

You got enough tips! Think!

Solution for TIP 3: Use the bolt cutters to cut the net.

TIP 1 - Even more infos: "6 digits"

TIP 1 - Even more infos: Format: MM/DD/YY

Solution for TIP 1: Your birthdate is July 20th, 1984. Go to your house. Inside the wardrobe of Papa, there is a vault. Format: MM/DD/YY -> 07/20/84 so the password is 072084.
House - midgame to near end tips and solutions
TIP 1: The doors to the pantry are locked by a padlock...

Solution for TIP 1: Use the bolt cutters to cut the padlock.


Looks like there is some food in there...


TIP 2 and old TIP solution: Remember about the sofa from the "House - tips and solutions" chapter? Search at the left of the sofa and get the knitting needles.

Solution for TIP 2: Grab the yarn ball, and then use the knitting needles to make a stronger rope.
Garden - midgame to near end tips and solutions (part 2)
TIP 1: Check the memorial

Solution for TIP 1: Put the weird knife inside the hole of the memorial


TIP 2: hair was used as a bridge, according to a letter from the mailbox... This could be the hair the letter was talking about, but the hair is stuck, find a way to get it.

Solution for TIP 2: Cut some hair using the shears
Midgame to near end briefing
You should have all the keys in your hand.

1 rope material = 1 additional screen inside the well
TIP: Try going into the well with a different amount of rope materials each time. This way, you'll be able to get to different points in the well.

TIP 2: Each ending gives you a number, take note of that, it might be useful in the future.

TIP 3: Try to get to the bottom of the well


Solution for TIP 3: Pick all the good rope materials by following the previous chapters of the guide. You should have exactly 10 rope materials
Near end
If you didn't reach the end of the well, go higher in the guide.


Congrats, you've reached the end of the well.
You're now trapped inside the bottom of the well. Find a way to escape.

Solution: Use the bolt cutter to cut the metal bars of the door.

You're now inside... something..? Investigate.
Inside... - Near end tips and solutions
TIP 1: There is an elevator, but a card is required

TIP 2: Go to the right room, you might be able to find something there

TIP 3: Go to the right room, and look at the bars in the upper part of the screen.

TIP 3 - More infos: Find a way to get the key

Solution for TIP 3: Use the knitting needles to reach the key.


You should have a card now... Get to the elevator.
I'll let you search by yourself from here... good luck.
End - tips and solutions
Listen, if you're here, but you didn't get to the end of the well and didn't go a bit further after that, then you shouldn't be here. Don't spoil yourself.

Make sure you used the elevator, and you went everywhere you could. Check the "Inside... - Near end tips and solutions" chapter if necessary.

So... you made a big discovery... seems like Papa is behind all of that...
Remember about those numbers you collected by going at different heights in the well..? If you didn't test every height and didn't get all the 10 achievements from that, then stop reading this, and do them.

Okay, so you're pretty close to the end now... right? If you did everything correctly, you should have 802-426-2313. What could it be..?

Solution: It's a phone number!

Solution (you seriously need that?): You should call the number... wasn't there a phone in your house?
--- Secret endings, it is recommended to finish the game first ---
chapter title ^ - else, you'll get spoiled

Alt Ending 1 : Poor Construction
Just go into the well with at least 1 bad rope material

You fall to your death because the rope isn't strong enough
Alt Ending 2 : Car (Street Smarts)
Two things give you a tip about this ending:
- The letter with a coffee stain on it
- The tip that says that there were a lot of car accidents in the US

Else, this ending is basically impossible to guess and is completely random. The fact that it is not very likely to happen can even prevent people that know those two tips from getting this ending (I personally had to try 15 times in a row to get this ending, but according to the % of completion, I probably got unlucky).

Go to the road area, and run on the road. If nothing happens, when stepping on the road, exit and re-enter the area. Do that continuously until something happens :

A car drives on you. Boom, you're dead.
Incredible ending.
Alt Ending 3 : Animal
  • Unlock the pantry
  • Take the food
  • Give the food to the animal outside in the Forest area
  • Die, start a new iteration
  • Repeat the process.

Each time you do that, the visage/eyes of the animal will change. After enough times, the animal won't be here anymore.

Do that before reading the following lines

When you go in front of its previous location, the animal will jump on you and eat you... that's what you get for feeding unknown wild animals :)
Achievement : The Worst Possible Job
Create a rope only made of all the bad rope materials.

There is a total of 5 bad materials you have to collect:
  • Yarn ball (without kneeting it) (Your chamber)
  • Toilet paper (Bathroom)
  • Stray (and broken) charger (located under the couch, slightly at the right)
  • Red vine (Forest area)
  • Yellow vine (Forest area)
Secret Ending : Stupid Idiot
v1.1 added a trash can in the road area

To get this ending, throw all the rope materials inside the trash can.

Remember, you there are 15 total rope materials but you can only take 14 with you, so simply throw the 14 and you'll get the ending.

This ending currently doesn't give any achievement. This might be done on purpose or the developer could have forgotten to add one.

What happens: Lily seems to forget why she was grabbing all the ropes, so she decides to throw a few more things in the trash can... until... the trash can eats her.
Don't ask me why.
The end text is: "Stupid Idiot End"
Secret Achievement : Unknown Caller
Call the correct number before reaching the bottom of the well (before being killed by your dad)

What will happen (spoiler, make sure you finished the game with the True Ending first): The original Lily will basically stop the phone call. You can obtain this achievement in a legit way (without prior knowledge) if you do all the well's levels (1-9) before going to the bottom. Then, you just have to call the last 10 possibilities of phone number.

Might be a rare achievement, but I actually did it legitly, so I don't really know.
Secret Achievement : They Didn't Pay Him Enough for you to do That
When at the bottom of the well, kill the guy who's sleeping in the couch with the shears.

You'll be able to grab the master keycard which allows you to open new rooms.
Secret Achievement : Unlearned Lesson
Finish the game before reading this secret achievement!

After being killed by your dad in his laboratory, come back in a new iteration and go back to the highest floor.

Sadly, he didn't change... :'(
Rare Secret Achievement : Mother
  • Equip the shears
  • Go to the 8th level of the well
  • Go to the fan, and use the shears on it to break the fan.

I'll let you experience that by yourself. Else, here is what happens:

You discover a painting of ???, but then, everything glitches...

The screen fades to black and you can see random characters.
These are actually base64 codes (credits to DeskLazer (STEAM_0:0:4005894) for finding this)

QW5kIHlldCBteSBmbGVzaCBpcyBhIHBhcnQgb2YgeW91Lg== -> And yet my flesh is a part of you

SG93IHNlbGZpc2ggb2YgQW50b25pbyB0byByZWNyZWF0ZSB0aGUgbGl2aW5nIGJlZm9yZSB0aGUgU3RhcmR1c3QgV2l0Y2gu -> How selfish of Antonio to recreate the living before the Stardust Witch.
Rare Secret Achievement : Ma
Hardest achievement to find imo

You only need to reach the end of the well to get this achievement, but for lore related reasons, you should technically do these things before:

You need to do the "They Didn't Pay Him Enough for you to do That" secret achievement first.

  • Go to the bottom of the well
  • Kill the guy/grab the keycard
  • Go to the cyan floor
  • Enter in the left room (archives)
  • Check the bottom right library

You might want to do that yourself and try finding the secret.

The text says: "The attic ladder is in the pantry" (the text is a bit too big but you can guess it)


Spoiler in case you want to find what's written by yourself. This next part won't directly spoil you the secret.
Die, and in the next iteration, unlock the pantry using the bolt cutters.
Then, it's a bit like the Car secret ending, upon entering, you'll have a random chance that the room will look different. If it happens, the game will become all glitchy and a ladder will be there.
You can just exit and re-enter the room continuously to re-roll the dice :)

Do this yourself, else, here is what happens:

You climb the ladder, and a woman talks through frequent error messages, asking you to stop going after her. If you persist and you continue climbing, you'll find her hunged in the attic...

This is a short summary of what happens. You should really try this yourself.


Discussions about this achievement:

- According to several people, it is possible to get this ending without actually going to the end of the well. This was untested, and during my test, I couldn't get this ending on a fresh new save file. Could this ending/achievement be enabled after a certain event?
Secret : Blood screen
Randomly, when going to the area in front of the house, the screen will have weird "blood" trails, the music will stop, and a voice of a woman will be heard.

I couldn't exactly manage to get what is was saying (probably because I'm not a native speaker)


BlazedRogue (STEAM_0:0:13397074) says she mentions maggots a lot.

According to CheeseyHR (STEAM_0:0:41756516) and DeskLazer (STEAM_0:0:4005894), the woman says:
*Heavy breathing* As our last breaths leaves our lips, something new begins to enter our bodies, the flies come and begin to feed upon our rot, they then burrow into us, and lay their eggs so that their children may join the feast upon their birth. When the maggots appear, they fatten up and help up return to the earth. They make homes in our veins, and meals of our skin. The maggots will always be there. They will be there if we have a funeral, they will be there if we are left forgotten in the woods. *heavy breathing*

More infos are needed. If you have any, please comment :)
How to unlock outfits?
Check this guide (might contain spoilers!):
The End (of the guide)
Work In Progress - Subjects to write about:
- Nothing (for now?)

Thanks for reading!
- azalty
Tutorial : Deleting your save file
Clicking "New Game" doesn't reset your progress, it only starts a new "iteration" of your character (as if you died), while keeping your current progress.

To entirely delete your progress (and save files):
  • Close your game if it is open
  • Delete every file inside "Steam\SteamApps\common\Lily's Well\www\save"
Unknown Things (please help!)
"Tip: Some DEAD ENDs have different conclusions depending on Lily's actions despite the ending remaining the same"
I have no infos about that, maybe someone could give examples? Perhaps they change is consequent enough that I can specify it here.

Garent's opinion (STEAM_0:1:17290763) : I think this might be referring to the two ways of doing ending 8. You get the phone number digit either way, but it's different depending on if you use the shears or take the regular path.

impostor's opinion (STEAM_0:1:506270152) : for the unknown things what the different conclusions mean is when you die with a different ending there'll be a 1 frame pop-up, getting the new iteration ending you can get 2 pop-ups, either one showing the test tubes with lilies in them or a dialogue box of lily saying "Papa?"

Airship? - need more infos, I did all the achievements & flowers and never got that. I'll investigate.

The airship was confirmed to be a bug by the developer. This was fixed in v1.1

Animal (bear?) footprints near the road
They seem to appear randomly, but no explanation and way to trigger it was found yet.
redhillsprincess (STEAM_0:1:637280722) says there is a letter that talks about wildlife getting to people, and after reading that letter, this event will happen after some time. In short, this event has no real use.

Mysteries about random events
Most random events need certain conditions to occur, and those aren't well known. Finding the thing that enables them might take some time, but is definitely interesting! Their goal is often a secret too.
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blueyandicy 3 hours ago 
A little unpolished, but probably one of my favorite guides on steam. I was literally thinking to myself "I wish there was a puzzle game guide with no spoilers..." Even though I barely used it, tysm for this, it's awesome.
Skuthes Sep 2 @ 10:14pm 
I unlocked the attic on my very first go, but ran out of the room as soon as I saw it was pitch black. Took until after true end completion and this guide to realize what I missed. It definitely would have been spooky to run into that right off the bat.
VOID Aug 31 @ 12:44pm 
@remirusaiki The cat thing is the "Second Animal Ending" I was alluding to on my previous comments.
And yes, the weed whacker thing is, to me, the best part of the idiot ending "What is she doing? I can still fix it!" XD
azalty  [author] Aug 30 @ 4:48pm 
@remirusaiki thanks for the info :)
remirusaiki Aug 30 @ 2:54pm 
okay; havent investigated cat thing yet. the soft lock button, weed whacker thing, is just a new cutscene for the stupid idiot end.
remirusaiki Aug 30 @ 2:45pm they said in response to "how" and they said "i got all endings then went to the vine area". i assume it's in a new save file when u see the cat and rock there but still have in another file have all endings
azalty  [author] Aug 30 @ 2:40pm 
@remirusaiki if you have any links, feel free to send those to me :)
remirusaiki Aug 30 @ 2:32pm 
screenshot tab is completely canon stuff, imma try to investigate the weed whacker things
azalty  [author] Aug 30 @ 1:25pm 
@remirusaiki some are screenshots from content that was probably added in updates (I did this guide on the first released version), but a lot are fan-made content.
I might return to the game, but I don't really plan on doing it atm. If anyone would like to contribute to the guide, contributions are welcome :)
remirusaiki Aug 30 @ 12:14pm 
i keep seeing a ton of things in the "screenshots" and "art" tabs of events in the game i didnt know were possible? like "oh shit she got the weed whacker" and a picture of a cat for some reason?? can yall look into this? im dumb.