Noita features a lot of secrets and some of them are only found on the world’s surface. But these require skills acquired in the game’s many caves.
As you dig deeper into the dungeons, you might wonder if there is a better way to go back without digging your way through. Well, fortunately for you, there is one.
How to Get Back to Surface in Noita
As mentioned above, there is a pretty obvious way to go back to the surface that requires you to dig through the walls of holy mountains that separate the game’s biomes.
This will anger the gods, causing a hostile Stevari to spawn in this end every other holy mountain you’ll visit. On top of that, the walls are made of brickwork, which is resistant to explosives but can be damaged using a black hole, acid, or worms.
The Less Violent Way
If you want to avoid angering the gods, there is one more way you can get back to the surface.
Although the ma of Noita is semi-randomized, areas always connect with each other the same way.
There is one area called the tower, which allows you to safely get back to the surface after defeating the boss.
It is a secret area, accessible after reaching Temple of the Art. In the upper-left portion of this location, you should find some lava that, once destroyed, will reveal the portal to the tower!
Of course, the tower itself is a location like every other, so be prepared to fight a boss at the end. But, it is also the only location that’ll lead you back to the surface.
Genshin Impact: Sandglass Dendroculus Puzzle Guide
Get rewarded for clearing this new exploration-based mechanic.
Primal Sandglasses are a new mechanic for exploration that you’ll find in the Ruins of King Deshret. Flipping one will start a timed challenge where you’ll need to flip other Primal Sandglasses. Doing so within the time will grant you a reward.
In this guide we’ll teach you how to beat one of these challenges.
The Sandglass Location
To find the Primal Sandglass that rewards you with a Dendroculus and an Exquisite Chest you’ll want to go west of The Mausoleum of King Deshret.
Get to the red-circled area – there’s a Four-Leaf Sigil around to make the travel faster. You’ll end in an area with one of the squared-floor panels that you can activate by interacting with the book front of it. This will create an updraft that will get you to a Dendroculus waiting on top, plus a Forged Primal Light.
From that position you can look at the second area, the one we encircled in a blue circle in the first image. Take the Forged Primal Light to the panel there to create a Primal Sandglass.
The Sandglass Time Trial Challenge
Once you flip the Primal Sandglass you’ll have29 seconds to flip the other two. It may look simple, but there’s invisible walls that’ll make tricky getting to the others.
First you’ll want to do a straight-line run towards where the red arrow points: the part where you can see stone steps rather than sand.
From here turn to the right and keep going forward until you crash against the invisible wall. Then employ some wall-hugging: move while sticking close to the wall so that at the moment it stops being there, your character will get past it to the other side.
When you ‘see’ the door get past it and turn back in direction to the hourglass. This time the wall will be to the right-side of your character. Make your way to the Sandglass normally, and we’re on to the last one.
From that sandglass you’ll run straight to the second batch of stone-floor.
At that point, turn 90° degrees to the right until you see another invisible wall flare up blue. You’ll turn 90° degrees to your right again. Make sure to wall-hug a little so that you can see where the wall ends.
After you’ve cleared the wall do a full turn around, leaving it to left-side of your body and run in a straight line like you were trying to get the torch close to the last Sandglass. You’ll be clear off the wall in a matter of seconds and you can make a beeline for the last Sandglass. Flip it.
Now just walk forward in the direction of the Four-Leaf Sigil, but don’t use it. If you look down you’ll be able to see the Dendroculus and an Exquisite Chest to its right.