During your playthrough of Mass Effect Andromeda you will come across many Remnant Decryption Puzzles, left by the Remnant in order to protect their terminals and consoles. These Remnant Decryption Puzzles are essentially a high level of security. They can be very tricky, especially if you don't quite understand the rules as they use glyphs instead of numbers. In this Mass Effect Andromeda Remnant Decryption Puzzle guide we'll explain how to solve Remnant Decryption puzzles, giving you all the tips you need to find the solution to every one in the game.
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Mass Effect Andromeda Remnant Decryption
Remnant Decryption puzzles are presented as a grid, split into distinct areas while also functioning as one whole. You need to view the grid as rows, columns, and shapes (the shapes are initially squares but end up being more complex). In this grid is a series of glyphs (symbols that mean something to the Remnant but don't mean anything to you) and numerous empty spaces. To solve the puzzle you must fill the spaces with glyphs - this may require a touch of exploration so that you have knowledge of the glyphs needed.
While these pictures don't mean anything to you, that doesn't matter and won't affect your ability to solve the puzzles. These glyphs could be anything. What you're looking at is essentially a Sudoku puzzle with pictures instead of numbers. Just like Sudoku doesn't require any maths knowledge, nor do Remnant Decryption puzzles require any knowledge of Remnant language. You could even draw out each grid and replace the glyphs with numbers. Your eye will naturally be able to distinguish between numbers more easily, making the puzzle easier to solve. Once you're done, just translate the numbers back into glyphs in the game.
Mass Effect Andromeda Remnant Decryption Puzzle Rules
- A glyph must be inside every grid space
- No row can include repeats of the same glyph
- No column can include repeats of the same glyph
- No highlighted shape can include repeats of the same glyph. These shapes can be different but begin as squares
If you submit the wrong solution a wave of enemies will appear, which you'll have to take out before you have have another attempt at solving the puzzle.
Remnant Decryption Keys can be used to bypass a puzzle, but these are rare consumable items. The key to solving a puzzle is to look at more than one row or column at a time. Look at a row and a column that intersect, working out what would work in each empty space.
Where are Remnant Decryption Puzzles and how Many are There?
There are Remnant Decryption Puzzles scattered around seven planets in Mass Effect Andromeda. There are four on Eos, three on Havarl, five on Voeld, two on Kadara, one on H-047c, four on Elaaden, and one on Khi Tasira.
Remnant Decryption Puzzles are tricky, but work through each part of the grid in order and you'll get there in the end.