Area 51

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Area 51
Tomb Raider III
Section Nevada Section
Length (*)
  • Game Time: 50 minutes

Secrets 3
Location USA, Nevada
Level Chronology:
High Security Compound Area 51 [[Thames Wharf / Coastal Village / Antarctica]]

Area 51 is the third level of the Nevada Section in Tomb Raider III.

At the end of this level Lara finds the Element 115 or, due to an error in some versions of the game, the Ora Dagger (in which case Element 115 will be found in the South Pacific section).

The level starts behind some boxes brought by the truck where Lara hid in. Area 51 adds some difficulty since the guards can now activate lasers when seeing Lara. They can be stopped however, if she can bring them down before they reach the pad. Also, near the end of the level there are sensors which can damage Lara. They appear as very thin yellow lines close to the floor.

Area 51 consists of many area surrounding a hangar with a UFO. Lara must find a series of passes and code disks in order to reach open the ships's hatch (as well as an alien autopsy room) and, finally, the inside of the UFO, which is a much bigger than it seems from the outside.


Lara escapes High Security Compound and manages to hide inside a truck heading to Area 51.


  • Find the switches that open the area with the UFO
  • Find Element 115 inside the saucer



There are three secrets to be found in this level.

Artefact& Keys




First Aid
More Gear


Traps & Obstacles


Obstacles, Triggers & Puzzles


Area 51, also known as Dreamland, Groom Lake, Paradise Ranch, Home Base, Watertown Strip and Homey airport and officially as Air Force Flight Center (Detachment 3) has been a long-time areospace research and flight-test center for the U.S Air Force since 1955. Projects developed in Area 51 have included the U-2 Spy plane, the SR-71 Blackbird and related projects, the F-117 and B-2 Stealth Aircraft. The secretive nature of the base and the projects located therein have generated many rumors and conspiracy theories. Such rumors include speculative projects such as the Mach 3+ capable "Aurora" reconnaissance aircraft, Un-maned areal combat vehicles, the storage of Soviet Aircraft for evaluation and stealthy cruise missile technology. The most well-known speculation is that Area 51 stores both extraterrestrials and their spacecraft and does research on both.

This later rumor is the basis for many plots for television programs, motion pictures and video games.

Area 51 is still in use, despite further rumors of it having moved due to violations of environmental regulations, and is located close-by to Lincoln County and the town of Rachel, Nevada. Over 1,000 personnel are estimated to work in Area 51, with a small number commuting from nearby Las Vegas.