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Rift Puzzles Guide

This guide strives to offer walkthroughs for completing all of Rift's puzzles. This is a work-in-progress, so expect new information to be added often. Click a link below to view the walkthrough for that zone's puzzles.

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Please also check out our other Rift Guides:
Defiant Leveling Guide
Guardian Leveling Guide
Guide for Beginners
Dungeons Guide
Warfronts Guide

List of Zones
Lake of Solace Puzzles
Silverwood Puzzles
Stonefield Puzzles
Gloamwood Puzzles
Scarlet Gorge Puzzles
Scarwood Reach Puzzles
Moonshade Highlands Puzzles
Droughtlands Puzzles
Iron Pine Peaks Puzzles
Shimmersand Puzzles
Stillmoor Puzzles

In Rift, there are puzzles and cairns. For puzzles, there is one in every zone. Puzzles can be completed by both factions, regardless of zone. The challenge is just simply reaching the puzzle in enemy territory.

Puzzles typically involve some type of challenge that you must solve. For example, the Lake Solace Puzzle requires you to light 12 Aqua Lamps. The trick is that the Aqua Lamps disappear constantly and you must quickly light them before they disappear. Other puzzles are much more complicated. Usually, not only do you have to figure out how to solve it, but solving it is also difficult. You may figure out that you have to match one image with another, but figuring out how to do that is also the challenge.

Cairns are different than puzzles, but offer similar rewards. Cairns are simply well hidden treasures scattered throughout zones. All you have to do is find them to be rewarded. There are multiple cairns in each zone.

For both puzzles and cairns, the rewards are very lucrative. You can receive rares, or even epics, from solving or finding puzzles and cairns. The rewards scale with your current level and always are items that are usable by your class.

Our Rift Puzzle Guide will walk you through every puzzle and cairn in the game. This is all you should need to easily complete all of these puzzles.

 

Lake of Solace Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: Sleeping with the Fishes
Location: Lake Solace, (5996, 6128)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 30

Goal: Right-Click all 12 Aqua Lamps. All 12 Aqua Lamps must be lighted blue.
Tips: Find the puzzle first and swim to the top and get full breath before trying to solve the puzzle. Also, bring a friend or have a water breathing buff. In order to find it, make a way point at (5996, 6128). When activating the Aqua Lamps, just spam click on them!


Location of the Aqua Lamps (zoomed all the way in). The area inside the red circle is a slightly darker blue on the map. Also, a screenshot of the Aqua Lamps on the lake bed.

For this puzzle, you must first find it! This puzzle is located in the middle of Lake Solace around (5996, 6128) on the lake bed. When completing this puzzle, it's a good idea to bring a friend or have a water breathing buff. It is possible to do this by yourself and without a water breathing buff, but it helps.

When you find the puzzle, you will see 12 Aqua Lamps flashing around. You must Right-Click each Aqua Lamp while it's visible to light it. Once clicked, it will stay lit for about 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, it will deactivate and must be activated again. You will complete the puzzle when all 12 Aqua Lamps are lit.

Below is a short video on completing this puzzle.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Seeking Solace
Location: Lake Solace
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 30


This is a map of all 7 Cairns in Lake Solace

1: Discarded Strongbox, (5626, 5685)
2: Forgotten Casket, (5449, 6009)
3: Plundered Safe, (5560, 6233)
4: Lost Soul, (5872, 6223)
5: Weed Covered Vase, (6029, 6509) (DO THIS ONE LAST!)
6: Heavy Metal Barrel, (6311, 6228)
7: Sunken Cargo, (6708, 5987)
8: Old Chest, (6430, 6430)

 

Silverwood Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: Puzzled at the Top of the World
Location: Silverwood, (6415, 3155)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 30

Goal: Successfully teleport to the Treasure Chest.
Tips: Once you find the Mysterious Plaque and teleport to the first tower, just simply move counter-clockwise around each tower and Right-Click the first Mysterious Plaque you see.


Location of the Mysterious Plaque in Silverwood. Also, a screenshot of the Mysterious Plaque.

This puzzle is pretty easy to find. Just simply travel to Overwatch Keep in the center of Silverwood. Find the Mysterious Plaque and Right-Click it to teleport to the first tower. Then just simply move in a counter-clockwise direction around the top of the tower and Right-Click the first Mysterious Plaque you come across. Do this 5 times and you'll reach the Treasure Chest.

Below is a short video on completing this puzzle.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Silverwood
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 30

Cairn of Miron Sternhammer, (6345, 2317)

 

Stonefield Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: Spinning Plates
Location: Stonefield, (4577, 4976)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 35

Goal: Successfully light each Ocular Enhancer
Tips: Nothing special at all. Just Right-Click the 5 Ocular Enhancers in the correct order and then Right-Click the lever.


Location of the Ocular Enhancers in Stonefield. Also, a screenshot of the correct order of Right-Clicking the Ocular Enhancers.

This puzzle is one of the easiest. There are 5 Ocular Enhancers (telescopes) and a lever. Just simply Right-Click each Ocular Enhancer in order (numbered above) and then Right-Click the lever to claim your reward. You must hurry when clicking the Ocular Enhancers. Taking too long will cause the first one to become un-lit. All 5 must be lit in order to Right-Click the lever. No speed enhancement is necessary, just be quick traveling between each Ocular Enhancer.

Below is a short video on completing this puzzle.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Stonefield
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 30


Video of collecting the Freemarch Cairn, Cairn of Bahar Farwind

1: Cairn of Bahar Farwind, (5898, 5033) (This is considered a Freemarch Cairn. It caps at Level 30)

 

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Stonefield
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 35

2: Cairn of Nasreen Tahleed, (5327, 5364)
3: Cairn of Valta Cliftswind, (4664, 5006)

 

Gloamwood Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: Shield Wall
Location: Shadefallen Keep, (4540, 2380)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 35

Goal: Move the Shields around until they match the pattern of shields in the above room.
Tips: Nothing special other than understanding how to solve the puzzle! Read below to learn how.


Location of the puzzle in Gloamwood. Also, a screenshot of what the shields should look like to complete the puzzle.

This puzzle is probably the hardest due to the fact that most people cannot figure out the correlation between using the buttons and moving the shields. Below is a screenshot describing how the puzzle actually works.


For example, pressing the Left Button on the Top Row will cause all Shields on the Left Column to shift towards the button - as well as all other Columns to shift in the opposite direction (away from the button). The result is the image on the left.

In the example above, the Shield at the Top of the Left Column moves up, towards the button pressed. This causes the Shield to now be at the Bottom of the Left Column. A similar thing happens to the Shield at the Bottom of the Right Column. That Shield moves down and is now at the Top of the Right Column.

If pressing a button on the Left Row or Right Row, you will cause that Row to shift towards that button and all other Rows to shift away from that button. This is how the puzzle works. Now, hopefully you won't just press random buttons for 30 minutes until you get lucky and succeed!

Now for the strategy. In order to quickly succeed in this puzzle, you must get the Shields to certain 'stages'. The first stage is to simply get the Main Shield (the one that is long and unique) in its own Row or Column with just Bucklers (the wooden ones).

Below is a useful tool to complete this puzzle.

You can use this handy Shield Generator from RiftIdeas.com to help you solve this puzzle

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Gloamwood
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 35

Cairn of Nylaan Starhearth, (5576, 3210)

 

Scarlet Gorge Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: A Barrel of Laughs
Location: Scarlet Gorge, (3629, 2755)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 35

Goal: Move the Barrels and Crates around until you match the left ones to the ones on the right.
Tips: Nothing special other than understanding how to solve the puzzle! Read below to learn how.


Location of the puzzle in Scarlet Gorge. Also, a screenshot of the barrels and crates.

This puzzle is one of the harder puzzles and can either take a few seconds or many minutes depending on how stuck you get! The puzzle itself is simple. You must match the clickable Barrels and Crates on the left to the pattern on the Right. For the puzzle, there is one space unoccupied. You can Right-Click an object touching this empty space and it will move to the empty space. Once it moves, it will create an empty space in its spot, which you can now move another object to.

The goal is to continually move the objects around until you get the matching pattern. There is really no special trick except figuring out how to move one object around the others. We will add a more informative video soon on how to do this. But you basically rotate 3 around in a circle and then add a fourth object to the mix. This will keep the 3 in the same pattern, but you've now added a 4th. Again, we will add a more informative video as soon as possible.

Below is a short video on completing this puzzle.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Scarlet Gorge
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 35


Video of collecting the Scarlet Gorge Cairn, Cairn of Faraz Massi

Cairn of Faraz Massi, (4654, 3097)

 

Scarwood Reach Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: Scarwood by Twilight
Location: Scarwood Reach, (3125, 4427)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 40

Goal: Align the Torches in the correct pattern.
Tips: I couldn't quite figure this one out. All I know is that you can solve it in 4 moves if the Torches are aligned a certain way to start. Once the puzzle is solved, the Torches start at this position. As long as nobody has touched the Torches since it was last solve, using the below combination will work.


Location of the puzzle in Scarwood Reach. Also, a screenshot of the Torches and correct order to use. Note the positions of the green, red, and blue flames. You do not need to press 1 or 4. Just simply press 2 then 3 to solve the puzzle from its starting position.


Screenshot indicating the 3 circles of Torches. Also, a screenshot indicating the correct alignment to complete the puzzle (red lines indicate where the Torches should be lit)

Left Column: When pressed, that button's corresponding circle will shift clockwise. The other two circles will shift Counter-Clockwise.
Right Column: When pressed, that button's corresponding circle will shift counter-clockwise. The other two circles will shift Clockwise.

Top Button: Correspondes to the inner circle, or Red Torches.
Middle Button: Correspondes to the middle circle, or Green Torches.
Bottom Button: Correspondes to the outer circle, or Blue Torches.

For example, if you press the Top Button on the Left Column, the Red Torches will shift Clockwise, the Green Torches will shift Counter-Clockwise, and the Blue Torches will shift Counter-Clockwise.

In order to complete the puzzle, you must align all 3 circles with the columns. If the puzzle wasn't messed with after a last completion, you can simply press the 4 buttons indicated above to instantly complete the puzzle. Otherwise, you must use the above information to get the torches aligned.

Below is a short video on completing this puzzle.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Scarwood Reach
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 40

Cairn of Engel Malik, (4075, 4443)

 

Moonshade Highlands Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: Go With The Flow
Location: Hammerknell Fortress, (6459, 1178)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 45

Goal: Activate all 8 buttons to power up the blue lights. Power up the blue light to full power.
Tips: Bring friends and click accurately!


Location of the puzzle in Hammerknell Fortress, Moonshade Highlands. Also, a screenshot of the buttons in their off position.

You do not have to run to each button. All buttons are within range if you stand where I am standing in the screenshot!

First off, this puzzle can be completed solo, but is much easier with the more people you have.

For this puzzle, you must activate 8 switches. When all 8 switches are on (glowing green), they will power up this bar by a tank holding an alien. When the power bar reaches full (all blue lights glowing), the puzzle is solved and you can Right-Click the alien tank to collect your reward.

The trick to this is to keep all buttons green for as long as possible. The more people available, the easier this is.

When completing this with a group, be sure to delegate specific buttons for each person. If completing solo, I hope you are a very accurate clicker!

Below is a short video on how to complete this puzzle. Please note that you do not have to run around like the video shows.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Moonshade Highlands
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 45

Cairn of Roma Gammult, (5348, 2239)

 

Droughtlands Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: Don't Be Cagey
Location: Droughtlands, (8340, 6200)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 45

Goal: Teleport the Treasure Chest around the cages clockwise until it reaches the last cage by activating the Strange Gems.
Tips: Simply look at the back of each cage to find out what color to activate the Strange Gem on. Have a friend tell you what the color is to save time.


Location of the puzzle in Droughtlands. Also, a screenshot of the buttons in their off position.

Quite simply, find the cage with the treasure chest in it. On the front of each cage there are flashing buttons - red, white, and purple. In order to complete this puzzle, you must press the button on the front of the cage that the treasure chest is in. How do you know which color to pick? Look at the back of the cage!!!

The treasure chest will rotate around the cages in a clockwise direction for each successful button you press until it returns to the beginning. If you fail, you must start over at the first cage.

Below is a short video on how to complete this puzzle.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Droughtlands
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 45


Jump a lot!

Cairn of Mongo Vachir, (9161, 6927)

 

Iron Pine Peak Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: Tracks in the Snow
Location: Iron Pine Peaks, (3750, 2270)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 50

Goal: Herd the bunny through the exit of the maze.
Tips: Be patient.


Location of the puzzle in Iron Pine Peak. Also, a screenshot of the maze.

This puzzle is very easy, just frustrating. You must guide the bunny out of the maze. Just simply enter the maze and find the bunny and herd it to the exit. Run at it to push it in the direction you want it to go. For example, if you want it to run to the left, run at it from the right. It doesn't work perfectly and you can sometimes get stuck with the bunny moving back and forth between two spots many times. Just be patient!

Below is a short video on how to complete the puzzle.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Iron Pine Peaks
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 50

Cairn of Harwin Kalmar, (4980, 1865)

 

Shimmersand Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: A Classic Treasure
Location: Shimmersand, (6420, 7715)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 50

Goal: Light out all other lights except the center light.
Tips: Just follow the video.


Location of the puzzle in Shimmersand. Also, a screenshot of the puzzles.

This puzzle is very easy. It's the same as the Chinese Checkers game. You must click a light and then click an unlit button. The light you clicked will jump over another light to the dark spot - turning off the light it jumped. You must unlight every button and leave the last lighted button in the middle.

The puzzle is exactly the same everytime and can be solved with the exact same solution.

Below is the step-by-step solution:


Below is a short video on how to complete this puzzle.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Shimmersand
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 50

Cairn of Qara Chuluun, (7535, 7170)

 

Stillmoor Puzzles
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Puzzle

Achievement: Herding Bats
Location: Thalin Tor, (1720, 2320)
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 50

Goal: Trap the majority of the bats inside the cages.
Tips: Use the bells to herd the bats into cages. You can ring a bell by jumping underneath it.


Location of the puzzle in Thalin Tor, Stillmoor. Also, a screenshot of the bells, cages, and bats.

This puzzle is both very easy to find and complete. There are bells, cages, and bats. Jump under a bell to ring it. When rung, the bats will run away from the bell. Sometimes, a bat will run into a cage. Hit the button on that cage to close it and trap the bat. Once you trap the majority of the bats, the puzzle is solved. This also can be frustrating as the bats move very randomly. But it is easy enough and should not take long.

Below is a short video on how to complete this puzzle.

 

Cairns

Achievement: Cairn Do
Location: Stillmoor
Reward's Maximum Item Level Reward: Level 50

Cairn of Thera Valnir, (1585, 1862)