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Palia: How to Complete Open the Door

To get into the next set of ruins in Palia, you'll need to solve a riddle or two.

Ruins and riddles go hand in hand in Palia. Another ruin is waiting for you behind a door puzzle. It starts by obtaining broken key fragments, but this quest presents a challenge for just about everyone who plays. Here’s how to complete Open the Door quest in Palia.

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How to Complete Open the Door Quest in Palia

To begin the Open the Door quest in Palia, you must be Friendship Level 3 and have found the broken key fragment while mining. After giving the fragment to Jina, you need to wait a couple of days, and then speak with her to follow up on it.

She’ll tell you that Hekla finished fixing the key, but the door still won’t open. It’s a puzzle door, bound with a riddle, much like the water ruins were in the Ancient Battery quest. The riddle is in ancient human, so she wants you to have a go at answering it.

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How to Solve the First Open the Door Riddle

The riddle she gives you is: There is a house. One enters it knowing all and leaves knowing nothing.

You’re given two choices to pick from as an answer to the riddle. The correct option is number two, a school. She thinks you’re correct and will update you after one Palian day.

How to Solve the Second Riddle

The letter you receive from Jina confirms that a school is the correct answer to the first riddle, but there’s a second riddle to solve. Speak with Jina to get the full details. She can be found in the library during the evening and night, or at Mirror Pond Ruins after 4 a.m. during the day.

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This door puzzle goes like this: The key you hold shows a thirst for knowledge, but the next clue for entering these hallowed doors requires a thirst for something more. Answer with option number two.

This Open the Door riddle points you somewhere with water or a place you go to quench your thirst. I originally thought this meant the tavern, since you go there to get drinks, but nothing looks out of place at Ormuu’s Horn. I ran all over, looking at wells, library books, and ponds. You name it, I searched it.

Finally, I returned to the town square and realized I didn’t search the centerpiece. The statue in the center is a former fountain similar to the smaller structure found behind the village. Search the base until you can read an inscription, which completes this step of Open the Door.

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How to Solve the Third Riddle in the Open the Door Quest

Unfortunately for those that don’t like riddles, the inscription that’s on the fountain points you to yet another task. It reads: In figuring out the clue rests in this fountain, you deserve much congratulations. But gaining entrance to the library requires passing but one final test. You must find a stone that represents the sands of time. Slip that gem into the hilt of your key, and you shall have your revelry.

Thankfully, this Palia door puzzle is a bit easier to solve. A stone representing the sands of time is a Pearl, formed as oysters process sand over time.

If you don’t already have a pearl, head to the Bahari Bay coast to collect Unopened Oysters. There’s a chance that whenever you open one, it will contain a Pearl. I find the best place to get oysters is along Beachcomber Cove and both sides of Lighthouse Lagoon. You may have to open a few to obtain it, but once you do you can head to Jina to insert it in the key.

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For completing the final riddle in the Open the Door quest, Jina gives you Spice Sprouts x25. You also get 25 Renown and the key. Your friendship rating with her increases, too. After a Palian day, you’ll receive a letter thanking you for your help, as well as some Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms.

What you thought may have been a school behind the Mirror Pond Ruins door puzzle is actually a library. You’ll be greeted with rows and rows of books upon entering. Speaking with Jina or Hekla while inside doesn’t give you a new quest or progress the main story, but it becomes Jina’s private room. For now, you can just explore the vast shelves until another discovery is made.

That’s how to complete the Open the Door quest in Palia. For other quest walkthroughs, such as Lost in the Wind or how to find various fish, check out our Palia guides library.


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