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Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines: How to Lockpick

This simple guide will tell you everything you need to know about lockpicking in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.

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Lockpicking in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines allows you to enter places that maybe you shouldn’t. We’ll break down how this works and tell you how to make your character better at it.

How to Lockpick in Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines

Lockpicking in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is fairly simple. Unlike in other games, there’s no minigame or anything like that for lockpicking. Lockpicking is entirely a stat check in this game.

To lockpick, you’ll require a lockpick first of all. You get a free one from the tutorial. If you skip the tutorial, you can buy a lockpick from Trip’s Pawnshop in Santa Monica. It costs $90 to buy.

When you finally have a lockpick, though, you just have to approach whatever you wish to lockpick. Interact with what you want to lockpick and your character will start lockpicking it automatically. If your character is skilled enough for the lock, they will successfully pick the lock. Be careful that you aren’t caught by other characters when attempting to lockpick, however.

Making your Character Better at Lockpicking

Your character’s lockpicking ability is governed by their Dexterity Attribute and Security Ability. Basically, your lockpicking ability is a combination of both stats. For example, 3 Dexterity and 3 Security combine to give you a lockpicking skill of 6. They both also carry the same weight, so 5 Dexterity and 1 Security would also give you a lockpicking skill of 6. You can increase these stats by leveling up or finding manuals across the game world.

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Genshin Impact: Sandglass Dendroculus Puzzle Guide

Get rewarded for clearing this new exploration-based mechanic.

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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.

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