Scorn Major Puzzle Guide

Scorn’s Puzzles Walkthrough: Full Guide

A comprehensive guide that explains how to solve Scorn's major puzzles from Act One to Five with step-by-step solutions and images.

The puzzles in Scorn aren’t by themselves complicated; however, the game provides no cues on the correct or wrong choice. Most of the puzzles will involve trying out different combinations or following random steps until one of them works. While patient gamers love this puzzle-solving method, others prefer a more intuitive approach.

Nonetheless, for those stuck at a particular puzzle or have limited time, we’ve compiled a solution for all the puzzles in Scorn. Below you’ll find a guide with step-by-step instructions on how to solve all the puzzles from Act 1 to 5. We’ll only cover the significant time-consuming puzzles, as Scorn includes many mini-puzzles that are generally easy to figure out.


Key Takeaways

  • The puzzles in the initial Acts are generally more challenging.
  • Solving the puzzles involves a lot of trial and error.
  • The Crane Egg puzzle is the hardest out of all the major puzzles.
  • No hints are given when solving the puzzles.
  • The Red Jewel puzzle is the longest out of all the major puzzles.

Scorn Puzzle Walkthrough

The atmosphere in Scorn is nothing short of uncomfortable, and gore is the prevalent theme throughout. Viewer discretion is advised since some pictures will highlight the game in all its gruesome glory.

Crane Egg Puzzle Act 1-1

Players are introduced to the Crane Egg puzzle relatively early in the game, and most will have a hard time solving it. The puzzle involves moving pods on a platform to specific spots in order to progress further. There are two segments to this puzzle, and we’ll walk you through how to solve them below.

Crane Egg Puzzle Part One

Scorn First Puzzle
Crane Egg Puzzle Part 1 – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.

Upon entering the room, players control two main contraptions to solve the puzzle. For most of the puzzle, the right contraption is used to move the Pods across the platform. The contraption in the middle is used to check whether the Pods are in the correct places or not.

In the picture above, we’ve highlighted two boxes with the Pods you’re going to move to solve the first part. Solving the puzzle involves moving a Pod to the glowing spot on the upper left.

  1. Move the connected Pods marked by Pink three spaces right.
  2. Move the individual Pod marked by Blue to the glowing spot on the upper left.
  3. Use the middle contraption to activate the mechanism to use the claw.

Crane Egg Puzzle Part Two

Unfortunately, before the claw can place the glowing Pod into the mechanism, it breaks and falls off. This leads to part two of the puzzle, which is arguably more complicated and involves trial and error. Part two is considered one of the most challenging puzzles in Scorn; therefore, you’ll find extensive steps below.

Scorn First Puzzle
Crane Egg Puzzle Part 2 – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.

The picture above shows how the platform should look after completing the first part of the puzzle. We’ve numbered the Pods from 1 to 11 to make it easier to explain. To solve the puzzle, we need to get the vertically connected Pods ( 11 ) to the glowing spot on the upper left.

  1. Move Pod 9 to the empty spot toward the right.
  2. Move Pod 6 downwards and right towards Pod 9.
  3. Move Pod 5 at the end of the second row towards the left.
  4. Move Pod 2, one space up, five spaces right, and one space down right next to Pod 6.
  5. Move Pod 4 one space down and two spaces left.
  6. Move Pod 11 all the way to the top, with two spaces left and one space down.
  7. With the area now clear, move Pod 2 between Pod 7 and 8.
  8. Move Pod 3 all the way to the right, one space down and right, then one space down again.
  9. Move Pod 4 all the way to the right and down so that it is directly above Pod 3.
  10. Move Pod 1 two spaces right, two spaces up, and three spaces right, then one space down.
  11. Move Pod 5 two spaces right and one upwards three spaces right again.
  12. Move Pod 11 to the glowing spot on the upper left now that the way is open.
  13. Activate the middle contraption to solve the puzzle.

Light Tree Puzzle Act 1-2

Players encounter the next central puzzle in Acts 1-2 after they have obtained a weapon. There’s a lot to explore in the area near where the weapon was obtained, including a large tree. The Light Tree puzzle is generally more straightforward than the first one; however, it may be confusing for some players.

To solve the Light Tree puzzle, we first have to interact with two consoles with the weapon equipped. Make sure to explore the area beforehand to make following the steps down below easier.

Scorn Second Puzzle
Floating White Pods – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Activate the console North of the room’s starting point with your weapon.
  2. Activate the console on the opposite side of the room, which has the same outcome.

Activating both consoles leads to a cutscene where floating white pods are released into the room. The critical thing to note is that the Cores in front of the consoles are also lifted and transported near the tree towards the center of the room. Follow the steps below to complete the puzzle.

Scorn Second Puzzle
Flying Drone – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Activate the console near the large tree to control a flying drone.
  2. Fly the drone above any of the three cores to pick them up.
  3. Insert the core into the open slot in the tree to raise a new console.
  4. Use the newly raised console to lock in the core.
  5. Repeat the same steps with the other two cores to complete the puzzle.

Red Jewel Puzzle Act 2-2

The next main puzzle is the Red Jewel which involves solving four Spinning Keyhole puzzles beforehand. Players struggle with this puzzle the most as it progressively gets harder after every step and is the longest. We’ve split up the puzzle into a few parts, with the first four covering the Spinning Keyholes and the last one solving the Red Jewel.

Spinning Keyholes Puzzle One

As you explore the building in Act 2, you’ll encounter a dead body where you can pick up a key. A locked door with the first of four Spinning Keyhole puzzles is next to the dead body. In order to turn in the correct order, follow the steps below going clockwise.

Scorn Spinning Keyhole Puzzle 1
Spinning Keyhole Puzzle One – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Turn the key to the fifth slot.
  2. Turn the key to the third slot.
  3. Turn the key to the second slot.
  4. To solve the puzzle turn the key to the first slot.

Spinning Keyholes Puzzle Two

After taking the lift and unlocking the room to the left, the second puzzle is found. You’ll encounter a second panel following the path where you have to solve another spinning puzzle. The difference is that the rings are rotating on their own now. Timing and listening for Notches are crucial in this puzzle; follow the steps below for the correct order.

Scorn Spinning Keyhole Puzzle 2
Spinning Keyhole Puzzle Two – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Turn the key to the fifth slot.
  2. Turn the key to the second slot.
  3. Turn the key to the sixth slot.
  4. Turn the key to the first slot to solve the puzzle.

Spinning Keyholes Puzzle Three

Upon exploring further and past the stopped fan, you’ll see the next console with another spinning keyhole puzzle. The third puzzle follows the same concept as the second one, where you have to listen to the Notch sounds clear. Follow the steps below to solve the puzzle quickly.

Scorn Spinning Keyhole Puzzle 3
Spinning Keyhole Puzzle Three – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Turn the key to the fifth slot.
  2. Turn the key to the first slot.
  3. Turn the key to the third slot.
  4. Turn the key to the first slot again to solve the puzzle.

Spinning Keyholes Puzzle Four

After riding the new elevator down, interact with the tube in front of you to get a device allowing you to control more technology. Return to the area where you solved the second spinning puzzle and interact with the top console. Spinning the console toward the path with the dead bodies and activating it will open up a new path you can connect to.

Moreover, you’ll encounter the fourth and final spinning keyhole puzzle if you explore further down the path. This one is the toughest of the four, seemingly because half the puzzle is out of view. Players must listen carefully for the notches if they plan on solving this without help. To solve the puzzle quickly, follow the steps below.

Scorn Spinning Keyhole Puzzle 4
Spinning Keyhole Puzzle Four – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Turn the key to the second slot.
  2. Turn the key to the third slot.
  3. Turn the key to the fifth slot.
  4. Turn the key to the first slot to solve the puzzle.

Red Jewel Puzzle

After getting all four keys, return to the starting point and interact with the contraption on the left to bring four pods down. Interact with the contraption on the left to start the Red Jewel puzzle. Solving this puzzle involves aligning the four white jewels with the four red jewels to the left. The solution is found pretty quickly through experimentation; however, general directions are given below.

 Scorn Red Jewel Puzzle
Red Jewel Puzzle – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Move the first white jewel to the closest red one and turn the other three upwards.
  2. Move the first white jewel out and turn all the jewels down, with the first one entering the last tunnel.
  3. Turn the rest of the white jewels down until the third one enters the last tunnel.
  4. Move the two white jewels outside upwards and move the last one towards the closest red jewel.
  5. Turn upwards until the remaining white jewel enters the top tunnel, and move towards the final red jewel to complete the puzzle.

Light Node Puzzle Top Level Act 3

The Light Node puzzles are the next significant ones in Act 3. There are two puzzles of this kind on different levels, and the goal is to light up all of the nodes. Turning the wrong node extinguishes the light in some of the rest, making it challenging to solve. There are several ways to solve this; however, the steps below are the quickest solution.

Scorn Light Node Puzzle
Light Node Puzzle Top Level – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Turn the middle node until it faces the node on the upper right.
  2. Turn the left node until it connects and lights up.
  3. Turn the middle node until it faces the node on the upper left.
  4. Turn the right node until it connects and lights up.
  5. Turn the middle node back towards the node on the upper right.
  6. Turn the right node four times.
  7. Turn the middle node back towards the node on the upper right.
  8. Turn the right node until it lights up.
  9. Turn the middle node towards the bottom node to light up all nodes and solve the puzzle.

Light Node Puzzle Lower Level Act 3

The second Light Node puzzle is on the lower level and has the exact mechanism as the first one. The only difference is that there’s an extra node that complicates the process this time. This puzzle is solvable with trial and error; however, those wanting the solution can find it below.

Scorn Light Node Puzzle
Light Node Puzzle Lower Level – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Turn the node at the very bottom three times.
  2. Turn the left node three times.
  3. Turn the topmost node once.
  4. Turn the right node three times.
  5. Turn the bottommost node once.
  6. Turn the top node once again.
  7. Turn the left node once again.
  8. To solve the puzzle turn the right, bottom, and top nodes three times in that order.

Maze Puzzle Act 4

The final major puzzle is in Act four and is the easiest of the bunch. The Maze puzzle involves interacting with a console with four different sides. Moreover, the sides each include a different maze; however, all contain the same ball. Moving the ball in any maze also changes the ball’s position in other mazes.

Players must make sure the ball reaches the center by interacting with all the different sides to solve this maze. Solving the Maze puzzle involves experimenting and can take a significant amount of time which is why we’ve outlined the steps below. We’ve separated the vertical columns and horizontal rows with letters and numbers to make it easier to explain.

Scorn Maze Puzzle
Maze Puzzle – Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming.
  1. Move the ball to D5 and turn the console once.
  2. Move the ball to E6 and turn the console once.
  3. Move the ball to D3 and turn the console once.
  4. Move the ball to E3 and turn the console twice.
  5. Move the ball to D2 and turn the console twice.
  6. Move the ball to C3 to solve the puzzle.

Are The Puzzles In Scorn Hard?

Make no mistake, Scorn is a horror game first, but one that has a plethora of puzzles. Many of the game’s mechanisms rely on puzzles, including boss fights which may be offputting for some. Some of the puzzles may put off players going in expecting an action-adventure horror game due to how difficult they are.

The puzzles themselves aren’t super complicated; however, the lack of hints or help is the real issue. As a result, most puzzles will only be solved via trial and error, which may take a lot of time. Casual players may not like this approach and could give up early, depending on how difficult they find the puzzles. That said, puzzle game fanatics and those looking to 100% Scorn and earn all achievements shouldn’t have any complaints.

Conclusion

Scorn’s puzzles are divided into the entirety of the game. The initial Acts have the most challenging puzzles, while the later stages of the game rely heavily on combat. Despite the difficulty of the puzzles, the game is vividly beautiful, and some players will love the gruesome aspect of it and follow the story.

For players wanting to finish the story and skim through the puzzles, we believe the guide above provided enough help for solutions. If you find yourself excelling at the puzzles but failing at the boss fights, take a look at our comprehensive guide to progress further.

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