In Mass Effect Andromeda you can find many Remnant Glyph Puzzles. This guide shows all their solutions and locations.
Solving 20 remnant puzzles in a single playthrough unlocks the trophy and achievement “Cryptographer”. Many of them are tied to quests. They are usually found at Alien Monoliths, also marked as Points of Interest on the world map. Remnant Puzzles are similar to Sudoku. First you must locate hidden glyphs that can only be seen through the scanner. Search the area around the puzzle carefully and scan the glyphs.
Now you must decrypt the Remnant Code by assigning the glyphs to a grid. No row or column can include repeats of the same glyph (only one glyph of each type per line). The same goes for each quadrant block (usually four quadrants divided by glowing lines). You can’t have two of the same glyphs in one quadrant.
Start with the lines that are only missing one glyph. This will immediately give you the last glyph for that line (whichever one is not in the line yet). Then move to the lines that are missing 2 glyphs. Piece by piece you’ll get closer to the correct combination. You can also use Remnant Decryption Keys to solve the puzzle immediately (items that are sometimes found in chests near the puzzles).
The puzzles inside remnant vaults are all missable. Once you complete a vault it will stay closed forever and there’s no way to get back in. This also means the trophy and achievement is missable.
Below are screenshots of the correct glyph combinations for each puzzle, structured by planets:
This guide is now complete! All glyph solutions have been added!
Main Mission: A Better Beginning (Quest Related)
The glyphs can be scanned on top of the towers. The puzzle is part of the main story and cannot be missed.
[Missable] Later into the quest, after activating all three monoliths, you will enter the EOS Remnant Vault (dungeon). This glyph puzzle is extremely well hidden and missable. If you don’t get it at the first chance it will be impossible to obtain later. It’s on the 2nd floor of the vault (see screenshot). Activate the hidden terminal to make a path to the opposite side. This leads to a secret area with a chest that requires a glyph combination to open. Scan the two glyphs on the walls near the chest. It rewards you with lots of powerful items.
Additional Task: Data Trail (also in Free Roam)
There are 4 scannable glyphs in the Remnant Vault during this task. They are used to open a chest that’s sealed by a glyph combination. You can also reach it in free roam without doing the task.
Additional Task: The Ghost of Promise (also in Free Roam)
Inside a remnant vault that can be accessed during this task you can find a chest locked by a glyph combination. It’s in a room with a Destroyer enemy (big robot) and one of the easiest puzzles to solve. It can also be reached in free roam without doing the task.
Relationship Quest: Peebee Secret Project (Quest Related)
The glyph can be scanned behind the wall a few meters from the puzzle console (on the ground level, not on towers).
Heleus Assignment: Restoring a World (Quest Related)
In the quest “Restoring a World” you must solve 3 remnant puzzles scattered across Voeld. See their locations and solutions below. For the first one you must find 3 glyphs. Two on the monoliths above the console and one on a snowy mountain a little bit east.
For the second puzzle enter the frozen cave and scan 2 glyphs on top of a monolith and one in a nearby crevice.
Again you must enter a frozen cave with a puzzle and locate 3 glyphs. Two are outside, straight above the puzzle console. They are both on a 2 meter tall triangle-shaped stone sticking out the snow. The third is inside the frozen cave near the console, also on a stone sticking out the ground.
[Missable] We are still in the “Restoring a World” quest. After solving the last 3 puzzles you get a waypoint marker to the Voeld Remnant Vault. Inside the vault there’s an optional side room with a puzzle console. You don’t have to scan any glyphs for this one and it rewards you with 2 extra skill points. This puzzle is missable! After completing the vault there’s no way to get back in.
Additional Task: Subjugation (also in Free Roam)
Another Remnant Decryption Puzzle can be found while free roaming Velaaden, at the end of a Remnant Vault that you can visit at any time. You go there during the “Subjugation” task but it’s possible to enter without any active quests (credit to DMI605 and Immortal_Joker for the location).
Main Mission: Helping Havarl’s Scientists (Quest Related)
There are two glyphs to scan. One on a nearby monolith, the other on a stone to the right of to the remnant puzzle terminal.
Side Quest: A Dying Planet (Quest Related)
[Missable] The puzzle is in the Havarl remnant vault after activating the four lasers. There are 2 remnant consoles in the room. Ignore the one marked as the main objective and look for this puzzle in the back of the room. You don’t need to scan any glyphs for this one, just enter the solution. Once you leave the vault there’s no way to get back in, thus the puzzle is missable.
Havarl Free Roam / Open World
This one is really well hidden. There’s a remnant console in a cave, see screenshots below for the location and glyph puzzle solution. Activate the console and use your scanner to follow the yellow cables in the ground. It will lead to new consoles and eventually a gravity well. After using the well it puts you in front of the console with a glyph puzzle to solve. You must have completed the Harvarl Remnant vault to access the first console inside the cave.
Side Quest: Healing Kadara’s Heart / The Outlaw Monolith (Quest Related)
There are three glyphs that must be scanned. Two at the bottom of the alien towers (on the side of the walls), the other one at the top of a tower.
[Missable] This is inside the Kadara remnant vault during “Healing Kadara’s Heart” in a hidden side room. You don’t have to scan any glyphs for this one, just enter the solution. There’s no way to enter the vault after completing it, so make sure you do the puzzle at the first chance.
Side Quest: Taming a Desert / Make This Dust Bowl Livable Monolith 2 (Quest Related)
Three glyphs can be scanned on top of the towers.
[Missable] Later into the “Taming a Desert” quest you enter the remnant vault of Elaaden. In the top right corner of the map there’s a remnant puzzle. No glyphs have to be scanned for this one. It unlocks 2 bonus skill points as a reward. Just like all the other remnant vault puzzles this will become unobtainable once you complete the vault.
Heleus Assignment: Investigate the Remnant Derelict (Quest Related)
During this quest you have to use a puzzle console to open a door (it’s a main objective, unmissable). One glyph can be scanned behind a pillar near the puzzle console. When using the scanner check for cables running from the console to the glyph.
Additional Task: Cache Flow (also in Free Roam)
There’s a chest locked by a glyph puzzle in the remnant vault of this quest. You can also reach it in free roam without doing the quest by visiting the vault in the north-east corner of the map behind some sand dunes.
Elaaden Free Roam
This puzzle can be found while free roaming Elaaden, inside a Remnant Vault directly west of the southern-most monolith (credit to Anakha for finding it).
Heleus Assignment: The Remnant Tiller (Quest Related)
This remnant puzzle is a main objective at the very end of the quest. To unlock this quest you must first complete “From the Dust” which is triggered by investigating the quest marker in the orange dome near the Tempest landing zone (it gets marked with an exclamation point on the map once you go near it).
Location: Khi Tasira
Main Mission: The Journey to Meridian (Quest Related)
[Missable] There is only one glyph puzzle location on Khi Tasira during main mission The Journey to Meridian. Possibly the hardest puzzle in the game and it’s well hidden, easy to miss. At the start of the mission you must use a gravity well and then you can either take the path on the left or the right (there’s a main objective on either path). Take the path on the right to the objective “Garden Tower: Access the tower in the research sector”. Just before reaching the objective marker you can jump down the side of the bridge to a locked door that requires a glyph combination to open. Two reward boxes await you behind the door.
That’s all the glyph puzzle solution and locations in Mass Effect Andromeda.