The Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (2024)

The Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (1)
This quest has an in-depth article.

It contains a more detailed description of dialogue, cutscenes, and storyline.

Contents

  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Getting started
  • 3 Ice button
  • 4 Blood button
  • 5 Smoke button
  • 6 Pylon or Shadow Anchors
  • 7 Shadow button
  • 8 Finishing Up
  • 9 Rewards
  • 10 Required for completing

Overview[edit | edit source]

Start pointThe Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (2) Talk to Dr Nabanik outside the Kharid-et Dig Site. Show on map


2021

Member requirementThe Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (5) Members only
Official lengthMedium
Requirements
The Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (6) Quests:
  • The Vault of Shadows
    • Ability to see the Shadow Realm inside Kharid-et
  • 58 Archaeology
  • 60 Divination
  • Time Served (can be completed at the same time with an ancient timepiece)
Items requiredItems from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
  • Ancient Timepiece (if Time Served is not completed)
  • Pontifex signet ring (can be on the tool belt)
Recommended
  • Ring of visibility or Sliske's gift, or have powered all eight shadow anchors or the pylon active
  • 'Animate Dead' spell scroll (alternatively players can use an 'Animate Dead' spell scroll (loaned) given by Dr Nabanik)
  • 'Exsanguinate' spell scroll (alternatively players can use an 'Exsanguinate' spell scroll (loaned) given by Dr Nabanik)
  • 'Incite Fear' spell scroll (alternatively players can use an 'Incite Fear' spell scroll (loaned) given by Dr Nabanik)
  • 'Smoke Cloud' spell scroll (alternatively players can use a 'Smoke Cloud' spell scroll (loaned) given by Dr Nabanik)
Enemies to defeat
  • None

Getting started[edit | edit source]

  • Speak to Dr Nabanik near the bank chest at Kharid-et Dig Site. (The Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (9) )

He will "loan" you any of the spell scrolls that you are unable to obtain. It is recommended to power all shadow anchors before proceeding with the quest to avoid the pylon requirement.

Ice button[edit | edit source]

  • Head into the prison block section of the dig site, enter the eastern door which leads to the solitary confinement area, go down to the southern end of the corridor, there will be an inactive dial on the west wall before the last empty room.
    • If you havent done Time Served but you have the repaired artefact in your inventory, then just inspect the ancient mechanism to the North. Insert the artefact and then the eastern door will open.
  • Cast an 'Incite Fear' spell scroll whilst standing next to the dial. The dial is located on the middle of the western wall; south of the corridor, just outside the southernmost room.
  • Press the Ice button and enter the vault (The Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (11) 1)
  • Pick up the praetor's log page 1.
  • Set your compass to face north (so the central vault is on the east of the screen)

Using the image, press each button in order. Backwards turns are denoted by '. For example SW' means turn south-west back.You may cancel pressing the wrong direction (e.g. SW instead of SW') by pressing the same button in the other direction (e.g. SW'). You can then proceed with the right move (e.g.SW).

  • NE, E, NE', SW', S
  • S, SE, SE, C, N'
  • S', W, NW

If you make a mistake, you can leave and return via the button on the western wall to reset the puzzle.The final combination of the dials on the wall is, from top to bottom: shadow, blood, smoke, ice.

  • The door will open and you will automatically receive praetor's log page 2.

Blood button[edit | edit source]

  • Head to the Main Fortress of the Kharid-et Dig Site (first room) and go to the south-east corner (with your Pontifex signet ring).
  • Pass the Pontifex barrier and find the inactive dial on the northern wall, directly north of the Orcus altar.
  • Cast an 'Exsanguinate' spell scroll whilst standing next to the dial.
  • Press the Blood button and enter the vault (The Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (13) 1)
  • Walk to the large door and stand in the centre of the control dials.
  • Set your compass to face north (so the central vault is on the north of the screen)

Using the image, press each button in order. Backwards turns are denoted by '. For example SW' means turn south-west back.You may cancel pressing the wrong direction (e.g. SW instead of SW') by pressing the same button in the other direction (e.g. SW'). You can then proceed with the right move (e.g.SW).

  • SW', C, NW, NW, SW'
  • C', C', NE, SE, C'
  • NE', NE', C', C', NE'
  • C', SW', SE, C, SE
  • C, SE, SW, C, SW'
  • C, C

If you make a mistake, you can leave and return via the button on the eastern wall to reset the puzzle.The final combination of the dials on the wall is, from top to bottom: shadow, blood, smoke, ice.

  • The door will open and you will automatically receive praetor's log page 3.

Smoke button[edit | edit source]

  • Return to the Main Fortress of the Kharid-et Dig Site and go directly north of the Pontifex barrier, by the oven.
  • Find the inactive dial on the wall immediately west of the oven.
  • Cast a 'Smoke Cloud' spell scroll whilst standing next to the dial.
  • Press the Smoke button and enter the vault (The Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (15) 1)
  • This time, set your compass so the north pointer is facing right (unlike the other puzzles), making you face the big door.

Using the image, press each button in order. Backward movements are denoted with a ' after the number, e.g. 5' is 5 dial back.You may cancel pressing the wrong direction (e.g. 5 instead of 5') by pressing the same button in the other direction (e.g. 5'). You can then proceed with the right move (e.g.5').

  • 5', 2, 7', 3, 3, 4' - Top row complete (all pink)
  • 2, 7', 2'
  • 1, 1, 8', 1', 1'
  • 3, 3, 8, 3', 3' - Second row complete (all red)
  • 7', 4, 8, 4' - Puzzle complete

If you make a mistake, you can leave and return via the button on the eastern wall to reset the puzzle.The final combination of the dials on the wall is, from top to bottom: shadow, blood, smoke, ice.

  • The door will open and you will automatically receive praetor's log page 4.

Pylon or Shadow Anchors[edit | edit source]

For this next step (The Shadow Button), you will either need to have activated all the shadow anchors or wait until the Kharid-et pylons are active. As of June 17, 2022 the pylon is only active about once every 16–24 hours on average, so it is usually best to charge the Shadow Anchors (you will want to do this eventually anyway, so might as well get it out of the way now). However, if Pylon activation is close (90% or more), it might be worth waiting for it, though you should still put any batteries (10 each) towards charging the anchors instead of the pylon (as 10 batteries is only +0.01% toward activation) just in case you are not able to finish in the 30 minutes. To obtain fast batteries, you can repeat Zarosian I collection for Soran, Emissary of Zaros in Varrock. He will give you 20 batteries each time you repeat the collection (after the first time). You will need 80 batteries in total to charge all 8 Shadow Anchors.

Shadow button[edit | edit source]

  • Return to the Main Fortress of the Kharid-et Dig Site and enter the war room by clicking the praetorium war table (middle of the Main Fortress)
  • Find the inactive dial on the western wall in the small western room.
  • Cast an 'Animate Dead' spell scroll whilst standing next to the dial.
  • Press the Shadow button and enter the vault (The Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (17) 1)
  • Set your compass so the north pointer is facing south (so the central vault is at the top of the screen)

Using the image, press each button in order. Backward movements are denoted with a ' after the number, e.g. 5' is 5 dial back.You may cancel pressing the wrong direction (e.g. 5 instead of 5') by pressing the same button in the other direction (e.g. 5'). You can then proceed with the right move (e.g.5').

  • 3, 3, 1’, 3’, 3’
  • 1’, 5’, 2, 2, 4
  • 1’, 3’, 1, 5’, 3
  • 3, 5, 2’, 3’, 2’
  • 3, 3, 4, 4, 3, 3

If you make a mistake, you can leave and return via the button on the southern wall to reset the puzzle.The final combination of the dials on the wall is, from top to bottom: shadow, blood, smoke, ice.

  • The door and now the vault will open.

Finishing Up[edit | edit source]

  • Pick up the shadow engrammeter (depleted) from the centre of the vault.
  • Collect 500 divination memories (vibrant tier or higher). Click "Recharge" on the Shadow engrammeter when you have an inventory full of memories to charge it. Enriched memories count as double.
  • Once your shadow engrammeter is full, return to the centre of the vault via any of the dials and Operate the engrammeter.
  • Take Trindine's memory to Dr Nabanik. (The Vault of Shadows/Quick guide (18) 3#)

You will receive the memory as a book, and be granted 25,000 divination experience.

  • Return to the vault using any of the dials, with your ring of visibility (or ability to permanently see the shadow realm).
  • Speak to Praetor Trindine in the centre. This will complete The Vault of Shadows mystery.
  • Return to and speak to Dr Nabanik.
  • Speak to him again after the cutscene.

Quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Additional rewards/activities
  • Two ghost praetorians may now be found by the smoke and shadow buttons. The ring of visibility must be equipped or Sliske's gift must be unlocked, and each of the shadow anchors must be activated. Speak to each of them to receive:
    • 80 Ancient vis
    • 80 Blood of Orcus
    • 80 Samite silk
    • 80 Zarosian insignias
    • 80 Third Age iron
    • 80 Vellum

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

The Vault of Shadows is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

  • Azzanadra's Quest

It is therefore an indirect requirement for the following quests and miniquests:

  • A New Age
  • Aftermath
  • Battle of the Monolith
  • City of Senntisten
  • Extinction
  • Eye of Het I
  • Eye of Het II
  • Twilight of the Gods

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The Vault of Shadows

Part 7 of The Elder God Wars quest series
NPCs
  • Azzanadra
  • Trindine
Items
  • Shadow engrammeter
  • Shadow engrammeter (depleted)
  • Trindine's memory
  • Trindine's memory (book)
Log pages
  • Praetor's log page 1
  • Praetor's log page 2
  • Praetor's log page 3
  • Praetor's log page 4
Spell scrolls
  • 'Animate Dead' spell scroll (loaned)
  • 'Exsanguinate' spell scroll (loaned)
  • 'Incite Fear' spell scroll (loaned)
  • 'Smoke Cloud' spell scroll (loaned)
Scenery
  • Banner
  • Blood button
  • Blood dial
  • Central vault
  • Control
  • Ice button
  • Ice dial
  • Inactive dial
  • Shadow button
  • Shadow dial
  • Smoke button
  • Smoke dial
  • Vault door
  • Vault exit
Locations
  • Kharid-et Dig Site
Miscellaneous
  • The Vault of Shadows (mystery)
  • Achievement
  • Quick guide
  • Transcript
  • Quest journal

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