You can acquire artifacts in Risk of Rain Returns, which majorly change how the game works. For example, one makes you a damage powerhouse but cuts your health by 90%, and another causes items to drop from monsters instead of chests. However, finding the locations for all these artifacts takes a lot of work. Fortunately, I get every artifacts, I will show you where to find them and what each does below.
Risk of Rain Returns Artifacts locations and effects
To access the Cognation Artifact, locate a hidden spot in one of the six distinct versions of the Desolate Forest (Number 4 in book).
Identify this specific area in the provided screenshot and go there via the vine close to the ground to reach an underground chamber.
Upon entering the hidden zone, engage both wall switches. It’s advisable to initiate with the upper switche, as it proves more challenging to hit.
Upon successfully activating both switches, a golem will spawn, just kill him and collect the Artifact of Cognation.
You can find the Artifact of Command in the Hive Cluster. Head to the map’s east side and look for ropes that cross over a gap.
Use the ropes to bridge the chasm, and you’ll find the artifact.
When you reach the Damp Caverns, head to the upper-east side of the map. You’ll find three platforns with strange contraptions on them when you get there.
The catch here is that you have to increased your character’s jumping ability to reach them. When you make it up there, use an ability on the box, and the Artifact of Distortion will appear.
You’ll need to make it to the Sunken Tomb for this one. Go to the southeastern corner of the map and look for a pit. Jump down it, and it’ll bounce you back up toward an area where you can find this artifact.
Slide to the Frozen Tundra and climb the mountain’s west or east side. You’ll eventually come upon an alcove that leads to a cave. Once you get there, you’ll have to find a few buttons to hit. Once you slap the last one, the Glass Arifact will spawn.
(I don’t have all the map plans yet, I’ll post them as soon as I get them.)
Proceed to the Desolate Forest and look in the western part of the map for a narrow tunnel. You can head through this and make your way south, then west, and you’ll find a stairlike formation you can climb to get this artifact.
Go to the Dried Lake map and look for a partially broken piece of wall. You can destroy it by hitting it with your weapon, which will reveal a hidden area.
Hit the three buttons inside, and the Artifact of Kin will spawn.
When you reach the Magma Barracks, you’ll need to start looking for three buttons. These aren’t too hard to find.
You need to have attacks that can pierce the wall surrounding them. Once you activate all three, you can find the Artifact of Sacrifice at the southern part of the map.
Head to the Temple Ruins and head to the east side of the map. Once you’re there, jump off the side and land on the hidden platforms. Once you land, keep heading east and jumping across platforms and you’ll find it.
Once you make it to the Sky Meadow map, look for a small hole that’ll lead you all the way to the bottom of the map. Then, just follow the platforms until you reach the artifact.
To unlock the Tempus Artifact, simply reach the Temple of the Elders and collect the artifact in less than 16 minutes. Be careful, you must collect the artifact before 16:00. otherwise it seems to disappear.
So far, every time I’ve seen the artifact, it’s been in one of the tall vertical sections of the tower, in front of what appears to be a hole in the wall.
Ok this one is hardcore to unlock if you don’t change the damage taken values. You must activate all other artifacts in a playthrough before attempting to find the Artifact of Origin. Once you’ve accomplished that, play through the game until you defeat the final boss.
By JIN ジン
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