Quick guide for The Vault of Shadows (miniquest)

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This quest has an in-depth guide here.
It contains a more detailed description of dialogue, cutscenes, and storyline.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Getting started[edit | edit source]

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]

The ice button grid
  • Head into the prison block section of the dig site, enter the eastern door, and find the inactive dial on the west wall at the southern end of the corridor.
  • Cast an 'Incite Fear' spell scroll whilst standing next to the dial.
  • Press the Ice button and enter the vault (Chat 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. Backward movements are denoted with a ' after the number, eg. 5' is 5 dial back. Dials are denoted by their cardinal directionality.

  • 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.

Blood button[edit | edit source]

Blood button grid
  • 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 (Chat 1)
  • 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 southwest back.

  • 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.

Smoke button[edit | edit source]

Smoke button grid
  • 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 (Chat 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, eg. 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.

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 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]

Shadow button grid
  • Return to the Main Fortress of the Kharid-et Dig Site and enter the war room by clicking the praetorian 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 (Chat 1)
  • Set your compass so the north pointer is facing south (so the central vault is on the north of the screen)

Using the image, press each button in order. Backward movements are denoted with a ' after the number, eg. 5' is 5 dial back.

  • 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. (Chat 3?)

You will receive the memory as a book, and be granted 25,000 divination XP for completing The Vault of Shadows mystery.

  • 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.
  • Return to and speak to Dr Nabanik.
  • Speak to him again after the cutscene.

Miniquest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

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

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