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Up to date as of February 07, 2010

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"Puzzle" redirects here. For the Treasure Trails item, see puzzle box.

Occasionally, players will need to solve Puzzle boxes to complete a level three clue in treasure trails, or during Monkey Madness Quest
In the Monkey Madness quest, If the player is not willing to do the puzzle box, they can pay Glough a "small fee" of 200k. Although this is HIGHLY not recommended, you may still do so if you find puzzle boxes long and grueling. When you have paid Glough the 200k, you only have to slide in one piece, and that is the last piece on the second-to-last row from the bottom down one square.

Puzzle boxes contain a scrambled image that players must work to unscramble by clicking on tiles to move them to an empty space. Once the puzzle box is completed. Players will need to talk to the NPC who gave the puzzle to receive the next clue or the reward.
With all puzzles logging out will reset the puzzle, even after you have completed it. If you want an easier starting puzzle, destroy the box (not the clue) and ask the NPC for another or log off to get a different starting puzzle.

Currently, there are four puzzle box images to unscramble (the fourth one only during Monkey Madness).

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Method for solving puzzles

The image to the right is a solved puzzle. We can use numbers to reference each tile.

A solved puzzle will have all of the tiles ordered from left to right in each row with the empty space in the bottom right corner.

You should begin by placing tiles 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in their correct position.
File:solved.png

One possible way to achieve this is to position the tiles like the image to the right.

Try not to move tiles 1, 2, or 3. Tile 5 should be directly underneath tile 4.

Occasionally, tile 4 will be stuck underneath tile 5. If this happens, you will have to move the tiles using this method to complete row 1.

Or, just make tile 5 sink a few lines lower in the puzzle, put tile 4 in the top right corner, and then move tile 5 back underneath tile 4.

However, if your board looks like the one to the right, you can continue with these steps.

File:row 1v.png
Now, the board should look something like this after sliding tiles 4 and 5 in the correct position.

The same method can be used to solve rows 2 and 3.
File:row 1.png
Now, the board should look something like this after solving rows 1, 2, and 3.

File:row 4.png

From now on, the puzzle should be solved in terms of vertical columns instead of rows.

It is easiest to just place tiles 16 and 21 on the right hand side of the bottom row and slide the remaining tiles clockwise.

If you try to arrange the tiles too close to the left border, you may find it difficult to place the pieces next to each other in the correct order.

File:row 4v.png

Tiles 17 and 22 can be solved in a similar fashion.

Now that two columns are completed, the remaining 5 tiles should be rearranged to solve the entire puzzle.

Every puzzle box generated by the game can be solved. If you cannot manage to complete the puzzle, it is likely that you have confused the positions of two very similar looking tiles. Refer to the completed images below and look closely at the details of each tile. Make sure yours matches the picture exactly!

File:row 4vv.png
Congratulations! Solving slide puzzles isn't too difficult when a method is used. With enough practice, almost anyone can become an expert. File:solved.png

Additional Techniques

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What to do if 4 is underneath 5?

The process is quite simple using a quite easy process that involves moving 4 blocks to moving 6 blocks. Here's how to do it:

1 2 3 5
X X X A 4
X X X B C
X X X X X
X X X X X

1 - With tile 5 at the top right corner, try to position tile 4 on the far right side of the middle row.

  • Move A one square up.
  • Move B one square up
  • Move C one square left.
  • Move 4 one square down.

Which gives us this "C" shaped pattern:

1 2 3 A 5
X X X B
X X X C 4
X X X X X
X X X X X

2 - Place tile 5 next to tile 3.

  • Move B on square right.
  • Move A one square down.
  • Move 5 one square left.

Which gives us:

1 2 3 5
X X X B A
X X X C 4
X X X X X
X X X X X


3 - Finish by placing tile 4 underneath tile 5. Then just rotate them into place.

  • Move A one square up.
  • Move 4 one square up.
  • Move C one square right.
  • Move B one square down.
  • Move 4 one square left.
  • Move A one square down.
  • Move 5 one square right.
  • Move 4 one square up.

Congratulations! Here's what you should have:

1 2 3 4 5
X X X A
X X X B C
X X X X X
X X X X X

Puzzle box images

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File:Troll puzzle unsolved.png File:Troll puzzle solved.png
File:Castle puzzle unsolved.png File:Castle puzzle solved.png
File:Tree puzzle unsolved.png File:Tree puzzle solved.png
File:Gliderpuzzle unfinished.png File:MM controls.PNG

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This article uses material from the "Puzzle box guide" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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