Remnant 2: How to Solve Postulant’s Parlor Puzzle

The Postulant's Parlor chess puzzle in Remnant 2 is a devilish as it is straightforward. Here's how to solve it.

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Some puzzles are more devious than others in Remnant 2, and you may come across one of the most devilish. If so, you’re wondering how to solve the Postulant’s Parlor puzzle. It can be as complex or as simple as you make it, but the rewards are well worth getting: the Royal Hunting Bow. Like most everything else in the game, the exact way to solve it is likely different for you than it was for me. That said, the how of finding it is the same regardless of when you encounter this headscratcher.

How to Solve Postulant’s Parlor Puzzle in Remnant 2

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Learning how to solve the Postulant’s Parlor puzzle in Remnant 2 is actually very easy. You must have all three of your white pieces in a straight line anywhere on the board (vertical, horizontal, or diagonally). The book nearby even explains as much. The Postulant — the gargoyle sitting across the board from you — is looking to do the same and will give you a progressively worse curse the more you lose. The rules of the game are simple:

  • Your turn is always first.
  • You can move one piece a single space forward, backward, side-to-side, or along the diagonals, as long as your one of your opponent’s black pieces isn’t blocking the way.

The starting position is also always the same. If you lose, you always know where the board stands for the next round. There’s no other penalty for losing beyond the Cursed status, but as that debuff removes a percentage of your health for each acquired stack, you might find too many losses makes survival impossible outside the game room.

Bear in mind that you might not come across the Postulant’s Parlor in your playthrough, but could in an Adventure or rerolled campaign later on. I happened across the optional dungeon in my initial campaign, though I was rarely so lucky on other worlds. To solve the puzzle, consider the top leftmost position on the board as position one, and the bottom right as position nine.

  • Your pieces, therefore, start in positions five, six, and eight.
  • Your opponent’s pieces start in positions three, four, and nine.

Turn 1

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White 8 to position 7. Black 9 to position 8.

Turn 2

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White 5 to position 9. Black 3 to position 2.

Turn 3

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White 6 to position 5. Black 2 to Position 3.

Turn 4

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White 9 to position 6. Black 3 to Position 2.

Turn 5

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White 5 to Position 3. White wins.

That was my Postulant’s Parlor puzzle solution in Remnant 2. Like any game of actual chess, it depends on specific moves from my opponent playing black. For instance, in Turn 2, had their piece on position 8 moved to position 5, I would have needed to adjust my strategy. The only piece I could move would be my white piece on position 9. There would still be a clear path to victory, but it would’ve looked different than the game laid out above.

And that’s how to solve Postulant’s Parlor puzzle in Remnant 2. It’s a neat middle ground between chess, checkers, and tick-tack-toe, taking less strategy than the former but a bit more than the final one. If you’re looking for more content tips and tricks, there’s a lot to cover. We have guides on how to solve the clock tower puzzle, how to open the door in Vault of the Formless, and much more in our R2 guides hub.

About the author

John Schutt

John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.