Treasure Trails/Guide/Puzzle boxes

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Puzzle boxes[edit | edit source]

When speaking to an NPC in a level 3 or 4 trail, the player may receive a puzzle box. Puzzle boxes are 'step two' of a clue: first the player has to find the right NPC to speak to (when they get a cryptic or anagram clue), and then they have to solve the puzzle, to advance along their trail.

Puzzle boxes are the RuneScape version of n-puzzles – they contain a scrambled image that players must work to unscramble by clicking on tiles to move them to an empty space. Once the puzzle box is completed, players will need to talk to the NPC who gave the puzzle to receive the next clue or the reward.

Many people find puzzle boxes daunting, but taken from the right approach they can be simple and quite fun. The game scrambles the puzzles by randomly moving pieces approximately 50 - 200 times.

If the player logs out, without finishing the puzzle, they will lose all progress and will have to start over again. However, if the puzzle box belongs to an elite clue, they will be unable to ask for another one, and must either complete the puzzle or drop the puzzle scroll box/casket.

Solution[edit | edit source]

The steps to solve a puzzle box the most efficient way without messing up the already-completed tiles.

To solve the puzzle, (refer to the picture to the right)

  1. Begin by arranging from left to right, the first section (red) so that it matches the solution.
  2. Repeat step one with the second section (orange).
  3. Repeat the process for the third section (yellow).
  4. Correctly arrange the two tiles located in the fourth section (green).
  5. Repeat the process as in step four for the fifth section (blue).
  6. Lastly, arrange the last six tiles in the sixth section (purple).
  7. When all of the tiles match the solution exactly, exit the interface to complete the puzzle.

Note: After a step is completed, DO NOT re-arrange any tiles in the previous step; just work with what you have.

List of puzzles[edit | edit source]

Following is a list of all known puzzle boxes. The completed puzzle also can be viewed by hovering on the Hint icon at the bottom left of the screen. When finished, simply close the box; if on a hard clue, speak with the NPC who gave you the box.

The bloodveld puzzle only appears after completing the You Are It quest.

Adventurer Archers
Adventurer puzzle solved.png Archers puzzle solved.png
Araxxor Black dragon
Araxxor puzzle solved.png Black dragon puzzle solved.png
Bloodveld Bridge
Drakan bloodveld puzzle solved.png Bridge puzzle solved.png
Castle Clan Citadel
Castle puzzle solved.png Clan Citadel puzzle solved.png
Corporeal Beast Elves
Corporeal Beast puzzle solved.png Elves puzzle solved.png
General Graardor Gregorovic
General Graardor puzzle solved.png Gregorovic puzzle solved.png
Helwyr Ice strykewyrm
Helwyr puzzle solved.png Ice strykewyrm puzzle solved.png
Nomad Nymora
Nomad puzzle solved.png Nymora puzzle solved.png
Pharaoh Sword of Edicts
Menaphos Pharaoh puzzle solved.png Sword of Edicts puzzle solved.png
Tree Troll
Tree puzzle solved.png Troll puzzle solved.png
Tuska V
Tuska puzzle solved.png V puzzle solved.png
Vanstrom Klause Werewolf
Vanstrom Klause puzzle solved.png Werewolf puzzle solved.png
Wizard Wyvern
Wizard puzzle solved.png Wyvern puzzle solved.png

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • hotfix 13 February 2018:
    • Slide puzzles no longer produce null errors upon opening and completing.
  • ninja 12 February 2018 (Update):
    • Slider puzzles have been updated to be much more responsive to control.
    • A 'check' button has been added to the slider puzzle interface to indicate which tiles are incorrectly placed.
    • It is now possible to invert the keyboard controls on a puzzle box using a checkbox on the interface.
  • ninja 10 July 2017 (Update):
    • The clue scroll bridge puzzle sliding puzzle has had a duck added to help differentiate between some similar coloured tiles.
  • ninja 2 November 2015 (Update):
    • Treasure Trail sliding puzzles have been reworked:
      • They now move slightly quicker.
      • Arrow keys can move the pieces around the board.
      • More than one piece can be moved at a time.
  • patch 31 August 2011 (Update):
    • Some puzzle pieces from hard Treasure Trails have had their colour restored.
  • patch 12 August 2008 (Update):
    • Treasure Trail sliding puzzle boxes were getting stuck, making them impossible to complete. This bug has been fixed.