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    Default Perplexing Puzzle Pieces achievement complete guide

    The achievement Perplexing Puzzle Pieces rewards you level 65-70 gear for finding and picking up caches in the Starfall Prophecy launch zones. Completing it also unlocks an reward whose purpose is as yet unknown in Tok's Proving Grounds.
    Some are easy to get to, some are very hard. This post will show you how to get them all.
    With thanks to everyone in this post for finding and posting them, and rift.pictures for the hi-res map.

    None of these require the Opie mount jump or a racial jump, but they will make it easier. The runecrafted Glyph of the Shalistiri helps you jump higher and can help, but is still not necessary. A Rogue Riftstalker's Memory Capture & Flashback abilities can also save you time. But I have done it the hard way and you can too.

    Scatherran Forest
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    1. Scatherran Forest Whirring Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 6059, 5431
    Port to Blackthorn Fall and go up to west of that box (about /setwaypoint 5959, 5404) and hop up the rocks and head east on them:
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    Mount up and jump to land on the lowest flower lip:
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    Then jump up the ledges and the box is in the middle of the big flower thing.
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    2. Scatherran Forest Tocking Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 5832, 6748
    Start way north at about /setwaypoint 5719, 6260 . Go up, scale the rocks and ridges to the box. Beware invisible walls.
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    3. Scatherran Forest Ticking Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 4779, 6088
    Very easy to get to, hard to see. In the critter den whose opening is at /setwaypoint 4775, 6103 ; reachable from the ramp, not the bottom.
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    4. Scatherran Forest Humming Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 5942, 4540
    Quite hard to jump to. The puzzle piece is on a pillar. The pillar is below a tree. The tree is below a cliff. You have to get to that cliff the long way.
    Start way southwest at about /setwaypoint 5487, 4887 (you can also start at about 5753, 4515)
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    and scale the rocks and ridges. See video for the full how-to.
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    5. Scatherran Forest Buzzing Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 4884, 6783
    This is all the way at the bottom of the waterfalls & river, behind a waterfall.
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    Gedlo Badlands
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    1. Gedlo Badlands Tocking Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 3444, 6389
    This one is in a nook near Saint Taranis and is easy to get to. Jump in and turn around.
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    2. Gedlo Badlands Buzzing Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 3665, 6325
    This one is in Saint Taranis, on top of the dog statue that holds the fire pit important to the story. However, it's very hard to jump to.
    Start on the outcropping about 3633, 6291 and jump to the base of the top claw. Yes, it's possible:
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    Run up the claw/blade to the top of the blade:
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    Hop on to the rock and walk half of the way up:
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    Jump to the stone ear opposite you:
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    Walk and pick up the box. You made it!

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    3. Gedlo Badlands Ticking Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 3462, 7381
    Start northeast of the box at about /setwaypoint 3805, 7165 and it's an easy jaunt. Watch for invisible walls. A bit hard to see against the rock.
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    4. Gedlo Badlands Whirring Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 3772, 5833
    This one is on top of a floating pillar. Go around up to the ledge near it (about /setwaypoint 3745, 5829) and jump on to it.
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    5. Gedlo Badlands Humming Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 2793, 5835
    This is found on the BOTTOM of the floating rock. Stand on the highest outcropping you can and look up and you will be able to pick up the puzzle piece.
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    Last edited by forbiddenlake; 12-18-2016 at 12:57 PM.

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    Xarth Mire
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    1. Xarth Mire Humming Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 4555, 3879
    This is on top of a mountain and not terribly difficult to get to. This image is taken from 4604, 3958:
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    2. Xarth Mire Whirring Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 4577, 3955
    Below the Humming is the Whirring. Head to the ledge at 4562, 3991 and jump into the nook with the box:
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    3. Xarth Mire Tocking Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 4574, 4213
    Close by is the Tocking puzzle box. Head to about /setwaypoint 4541, 4111 and go up the ledge and to the left (southeast):
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    At the keep, about 4549, 4179, jump on to the first tower:
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    Then to the second:
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    And pick up the box in the corner.

    4. Xarth Mire Buzzing Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 4905, 4077
    Climb the tree very close to this box (at 4945, 4085). Drop on to the walkway and it's in the corner.
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    5. Xarth Mire Ticking Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 5783, 3969
    The box is on a mountain, not in the den. Start northwest of the box, about /setwaypoint 5464, 3740. Scale the ridges & mountains and drop down to the box from above. It's hard to see in the grass.
    Start here:
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    Ashenfell
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    1. Ashenfell Whirring Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 3588, 5720
    This is easier to get to from Gedlo, starting at about /setwaypoint 3521, 5851 (you can also go to the Wreckage of Hamatu in Ashenfell, about /setwaypoint 3322, 5633, and climb the wreckage and the mountain).
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    2. Ashenfell Ticking Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 2279, 4879
    The best way to get here is not to scale any mountains, but to go up the lava flow the Ashenfell story line also takes you up. Bring a heal spec, or complete the Ashenfell story for the lava immunity skill. The box is a short leisurely walk from the plateau at 2237, 4918.
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    3. Ashenfell Humming Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 3124, 4854
    Start on the path above this box and drop down to it. Don't fall in lava!
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    4. Ashenfell Buzzing Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 3505, 4687
    This is above the Oracle, but not on the top level. Start around /setwaypoint 3163, 4515 and head towards the box, past the sin vendor.
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    5. Ashenfell Tocking Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 3239, 3428
    This box is very high up, on top of the floating rock. Start at about /setwaypoint 3396, 3574 and go up and around to the largest stalagmite, whose base is about 3410, 3344.
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    Go up to almost its top (not all the way or you'll fall off). Jump to the floating rock and go up it.
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    WOW thank you!

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    Thank you for this! Great job! More than enough detail for even a newbie to figure it out. Now if only they stuffed those boxes with slightly better loot then all that jumping around would be more than worth it lol.
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    Really superb guide - thank you for all the work!

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    Default Glyph of the Shalistiri can be useful

    Runecrafters can also make you light and bouncy like in Planetouched Wilds by crafting the Glyph of the Shalistri and this can help you jump quite high to get up to some hard areas to climb too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forbiddenlake View Post

    Gedlo Badlands
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    2. Gedlo Badlands Buzzing Puzzle Box - /setwaypoint 3665, 6325
    This one is in Saint Taranis, on top of the dog statue that holds the fire pit important to the story. However, it's very hard to jump to.
    Start on the outcropping about 3633, 6291 and jump to the base of the top claw. Yes, it's possible:
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    Run up the claw/blade to the top of the blade:
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    Hop on to the rock and walk half of the way up:
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    Jump to the stone ear opposite you:
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    Walk and pick up the box. You made it!

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    I had an easier time jumping up the opposite side of the kobold, because I couldn't make it from the cliff many times.
    1: Went up the rock that was on the ground
    2: Jumped to the top thorn joint
    3: Climbed up a tiny bit further. The middle blade made me slide off, so I had to stop just below it.
    4: Jumped to the lowest blade there, and ran around it.
    5: Got onto the ledge
    6: Turned and jumped onto the horn
    7: Turned toward and jumped onto the upper ledge.
    8: Climbed up and grabbed the box.
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    On my third character doing these.

    I agree with Lienda, it's easier doing the Gedlo Badlands Buzzing Puzzle Box from the south side of the kobold statue--I'm miserable at jumping, and yet managed to grab that one on my first try with my third toon.

    On the Scatherran Forest Humming Puzzle Box, I strongly suggest climbing the mossy rocks by /setwaypoint 5753, 4515. It saves several minutes of running over ridges.

    On the Ashenfell Humming Puzzle Box, there is an easier path than the one listed. The box can be reached from the bottom instead of jumping down--just walk down the path to the lava lake from the southeast; the box will be in a nook behind a small lava pool. No danger involved other than a few mobs along the way.

    On the Ashenfell Ticking Puzzle Box, remember you can Soul Walk out of lava, or respawn at a healer, walk past your corpse, and hit Resurrect on a safe ledge nearby. Ascended spirits aren't hurt by fiery lava!


    As for soul combos that may be useful for those irksome jumps:

    Rogue: Riftstalker + Assassin for Memory Capture and Stealth
    Mage: Archon + Elementalist (or Archon + a friend) for Point to Point and a pet to place it on (remember to tell it to Stay and not mount up until you've placed the PtP totem)


    Thank you so much for the guide.

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    Awesome! Has all the info needed! Thank you for the great work!
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    thank you so much

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    Excellent guide, thank you

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    Thank you very much for the guide, much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cithran View Post
    Thank you very much for the guide, much appreciated!
    You're welcome. Fun fact: the character in my screenshots is named Cithrin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forbiddenlake View Post
    You're welcome. Fun fact: the character in my screenshots is named Cithrin.
    Cithran was actually my char name in WoW, and I used it in the beginning when Rift came out. Now, it's only my forum name .

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    hey, what is the reward or drop from all map puzzle?can some1 show a pic?thanks

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