Opening an Ancient Vault requires a key that matches the Vault's Totem theme. These keys can be Totem Keys (Tall Tales) or Treasure Vault Keys (Wayfinder Voyages). The key is placed on a small square shaped rock pedestal found near a rock painting of the Vault's Totem.
Once opened with the key, a tunnel will be revealed with leads to a second stone door. Inside the Vaults, there is a single central stone table with a magical screen, a hand-shaped button, and three circular holes on the side facing the door. Along the back wall of the Vault there are 4 pillars with paintings on them that can be rotated to solve a puzzle. Between the pillars, there is a small stone door, concealing a high value item. These Vaults can have Traps or Skeletons inside them.
List of Vaults
|Inside the Northern side of the Cave system.
|Under the North Western Arch.
|Southern cave wall close to the waterfall.
|Amidst rocks on the South East beach.
|Amidst rocks to the North under the big arch.
|Uncharted Island (N-13)
|In an underwater cave hidden among the coral reefs.
|In the central cave system, next to Eagle cave paintings.
|In the middle of a northern cave system cutting through the island.
Ancient Vaults are a regular part of The Shores of Gold Tall Tales. These Vaults will be visited during The Shroudbreaker (Quest), Stars of a Thief and The Art of the Trickster. Players will have to follow clues to find the corresponding Totem Key to access the Vaults.
Depending on the Tall Tale, the Vaults will include a pillar puzzle, combat encounters, or traps inside and will hide different Quest Items necessary for the completion of the Tall Tales. None of the Quest Items acquired during Tall Tales can be sold and are only valuable to the Crew who are doing the Tall Tale.
Gold Hoarder Treasure Vaults
Players will require a corresponding Treasure Vault Key to unlock these Vaults. These keys are essentially identical to the Totem Keys from Tall Tales with the main difference being that they can also be sold to the Gold Hoarders (or Reaper's Bones). The location of each vault is inscribed on the Keys, with the name of the exact Island stated in their name.
Treasure Vault Keys can be acquired during Wayfinder Voyages by using the Golden Wayfinder to find Torn Map Parchments and piecing together a Torn Map which will show the location of the buried Treasure Vault Key.
The Treasure Vault Key will vary in material depending on the difficulty of the Voyage: Stone Treasure Vault Keys, Silver Treasure Vault Keys or Gold Treasure Vault Keys. The material determines the quality of Treasure to be found in the Ancient Vault. Stone Key Vaults contain treasure of low value, Silver Key Vaults will contain more valuable treasure and more scaffolding, and Gold Key Vaults will contain the most valuable treasure, with even more scaffolding platforms to hold it.
Once opened, a Gold Hoarder Treasure Vault will remain open for 3 minutes and 10 seconds from when the door begins to lift, during which time, players can loot the Vault clean of its riches until the stone door closes shut. When the Vault door closes after a time, any players inside will be stuck, left to drown with water filling the room.
A puzzle can be solved for an additional generous payout by finding 3 hidden Vault Medallions and placing them in the central Stone Table. Finding the Medallions may require exploring the scaffolding around the Vault. They can also be hidden on the sides of pillars. The Medallions always shine with a bright white glint.
Each Medallion will reveal the solution for one of the first three pillars, while the solution for the fourth pillar is a combination of the images on the first three pillars. Completing the puzzle requires pushing the button on the Stone Table. If the solution is correct, a small stone door will open with a Chest of Ancient Tributes.
The combined value of this Chest, and any retrieved Treasure items from the Vault are worth more than the Treasure Vault Key itself. However, the crew fails to retrieve anything from the Vault in the allotted time limit, the Key will be used and players will return with nothing.
Ashen versions of Wayfinder Voyages are purchaseable at Morrow's Peak Outpost, which focus on the The Devil's Roar and lead to a Vault found in that region. These Vaults will contain the Ashen counterparts for Treasure Chests and Trinkets.
There are five more Ancient Vaults on Tribute Peak in the Shores of Gold Tall Tale that revise Puzzles from previous Tall Tales. There are 4 open Vaults hidden in cliffs towards each compass direction of Tribute Peak. Their locations are marked in the Tale Book with additional hints on how to solve the Pillar-Puzzles inside.
The Tribute Peak Vaults are the following:
- Southern Vault - Hides the Shark Medallion
- Western Vault - Hides the Boat Medallion
- Eastern Vault - Hides the Warrior Medallion
- Northern Vault - Hides the Kraken Medallion
- Compass Vault - At the end of a spiraling pathway. The four other Medallions have to be placed into the Vault mechanism to unlock the door to the Gold Hoarder Coin.
Sun Vault entrance on Ashen Reaches (unavailable in Tall Tales).
Eagle Vault entrance on Fetcher's Rest (unavailable in Tall Tales).
- 2.10.0 (January 23, 2024)
- The time available for a crew to raid an Ancient Vault now scales based on the size of the crew.
- The braziers surrounding the altar in an Ancient Vault will now extinguish over time as an indicator of how long the crew has left before the door slams shut.
- 2.5.2 (May 12, 2022)
- Inside a flooded Ancient Vault, the bubble effects on water pouring from the statues now appear from the correct source.
- 2.0.2 (May 23, 2019)
- Resolved an issue preventing the display of water splash VFX from falling water in puzzle vaults.
- 2.0.1 (May 8, 2019)
- Turning a puzzle block while it is underwater will correctly show bubble VFX.
- 2.0 (April 30, 2019)