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The Witness: Monastery puzzle solutions

The Witness features a mysterious temple area more likely to induce stress-related apoplexy than zen calm.


The Witness: Monastery puzzle solutions

The Monastery is found between the Mountain and Town, close by the Jungle and across the meadow from the Keep. It's a beautiful place and probably quite serence when you aren't considering snapping your controller in half and jamming it up someone's backside.

We'll provide a general sequence of events to start out with, then give some hints for solving the puzzles along the way. We'll close with image galleries of completed puzzles.

There are only two sets of puzzles here - the trellis the main building, and the boards on the pillars inside it.

After opening the doors by activating the simple locks on the ocean side of the temple building, you need to locate the shutter controls. This hidden slider puzzle affects one of three sides depending on how you solve it. (Can't find it? Here's an image showing the device solved with one of three shutter configurations.)

Solve the trellis puzzles to power the pillar boards, then simply activate the laser in the stone structure on the Keep side of the temple building. Simple, yeah? Ah ha ha haaaaaa.


Monastery hints

  • Take a good look at the trellis puzzles.
  • Look at the trellises from a different perspective.
  • Open the shutters on the trellis side, and look through at the trellis puzzles.
  • Use the cut aways on the temple wall to find the solutions to the trellis puzzles.
  • Wait, this cut away allows for multiple paths - which is the correct one?
  • What's different about this cut away?
  • Some of the cut away sections are broken.
  • Look for the different texture indicating a scar and reconstruct the complete shape.
  • As usual, getting a different perspective will help with the pillar puzzles.
  • The solutions really aren't far away.
  • Stand a short distance away and line the tree branches up with the boards.
  • Sometimes the twigs indicate the path and other times they show the negative space.
  • Oh no! This twig map seems incomplete! What's happened?
  • Think on your feet.
  • Did you notice this?

Solutions galleries

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