Sarcophagus (Shifting Tombs)

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Sarcophagus are one of the three main objectives within Shifting Tombs that must be completed before the time limit of 5 minutes is reached. The number of sarcophagi to be opened varies from tomb to tomb.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

Each sarcophagus is surrounded by panels depicting the 6 minor gods in the Desert Pantheon. Sarcophagi are found all over the tomb, primarily at the end of each path, although there may be a few that can be found at minor detours along the main path.

To loot a sarcophagus, players must first unlock it by clicking the panels in a row, and the order in which players must click the panels is shown by orbs emitting from the sarcophagus.

The start of the pulses is marked by a yellow flash on the sarcophagus, and this is followed up by 3 blue orbs emitted from the sarcophagus onto a tile, one at a time. After these 3 orbs have touched the panels, the sequence is repeated, with another yellow flash marking the restart of the sequence. To unlock the sarcophagus, players must click the panels in the order that the orbs touch.

If the wrong input is placed, the pattern will reset again. A message will display, 'You hear a grinding as the panels reset to their original positions'. Wait for the yellow flash from the sarcophagus to re-enter the pattern. At any time, the pattern can be forcibly reset to a new pattern by selecting the reset option on the sarcophagus. When a pattern is successfully completed a message will display, 'You hear a click as you press the last panel'. It is important to click on the sarcophagus to open it before leaving the area. The sarcophagus lid will turn sideways to indicate it is open. Forgetting to open the sarcophagus will result in a nil count for that sarcophagus in the overall number of sarcophagus openings in the objectives.

Sarcophagi opening count is shared within a group. Any member of a group opening a sarcophagus will count towards each individual player's objectives.

If soloing, a maximum of 3 sarcophagi will need to be opened. It is possible to receive a task of 1 or 2 sarcophagi. Generally up to five or six sarcophagi can be found in a single solo run, although they are generally excess and do not need to be opened.

Players have a chance of finding small Menaphite offerings from looted sarcophagi, which may turn into medium size if the player has ring of Fortune luck or higher. There is also a 1/200 chance to loot a soul talisman from the sarcophagi, making it an extremely safe alternative for Ironmen compared to feline akhs.

Once a sarcophagi is opened, an icon Shifting Tombs sarcophagus map icon.png is placed on the map at its location.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 5 February 2018 (Update):
    • Players now have a chance to obtain a soul talisman from looting a sarcophagus in Shifting Tombs.
  • patch 17 July 2017 (Update):
    • A rare issue where players weren't able to complete a Shifting Tomb due to an issue with a sarcophagus has been fixed.
  • patch 10 July 2017 (Update):
    • A new icon has been added to the minimap for opened sarcophagi in Shifting Tombs.
  • hotfix 12 June 2017 (Update):
    • In solo Shifting Tombs, players will only receive a maximum of 3 sarcophagi to open, making the experience more solo-friendly.