Assassin’s Creed Origins has so many things you can do and so many quests, that it’s easy to get lost. The sheer volume of quests and collectables can be confusing, but fortunately that’s why you have us. After all, we aim to please. Our Papyrus Puzzle Guide will help.
One of the collectable hunts you can go on is a series of papyrus puzzles. There are 25 of them in total, and each one will provide legendary gear and loot along with XP and coins. You don’t get anything special for completing them all, but rather each one provides its own, individual reward. You will have to find the papyrus first, followed by scouting out the location it indicates to retrieve your reward.
We give you the location as well as the name for each one below. If you are having trouble finding them once you are in the area, you can always use your eagle companion to reveal items in your area. If that’s too hard, remember to read your in-game controller settings. Pressing down the left analog stick brings up the objectives in your vicinity. The locations below should put pretty much right on the spot. In the event you are having some difficulty, however, those two tips should help you out.
All of the papyrus are listed at random, and you can retrieve them in any order you see fit. Just as our Bayek’s Promise quest guide, of course, some of the locations are occupied by more difficult enemies than others. Take this into account while playing, and you may want to try another location if one is proving too difficult for your character level.
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Map – Siwa
- A LONG DRINK
Papyrus – House of Life
Reward – Directly east of fast travel point near big lake. There is a round pool you need to go in to get it.
Map – Alexandria
- DIVIDED VALLEY
Papyrus – Great Library
Reward – In the Sap Meh-Nohm section of the map. Papyrus reveals that “Crocodile Lair” on the map, the reward is by a tree right here.
- NATURE’S WAY
Papyrus – Great Synagogue
Reward – go to Kanopos Nome section of map. You’ll see on the map the giant city section with a barren area over a bridge to the right. There is one tree here all alone, this is where the reward is
- DEAFENING SILENCE
Papyrus – Back of the Iseion building
Reward – Very close by. Right to the east of the actual papyrus is a really small island. Reward is by pile of rocks by edge of water
- STONE GAZE
Papyrus – Temple in southwest corner Alexandria – no name
Reward – Lake Mareotis on island farthest south. Near the giant statue at the base
- RAY OF HOPE
Papyrus – Alexander the Great’s tomb behind a statue
Reward – Qattara Depression section of map. The reward is near a lone oasis to the west at the base of the smallest tree.
Map – Memphis
- IN PLAIN SIGHT
Papyrus – Temple of Apries book shelf
Reward – southern most island of Krokodilopolis in the 1 different colored pool
- BURNING BUSH
Papyrus – Wabet, can’t miss it
Reward – All the way to the east as far as you can go by the Nile River. Single tree on the sand and reward is here. You’ll notice that single trees tend to be a thing in AC Origins worth checking out 🙂
- FALLEN FRIEND
Papyrus – Temple of Ptah
Reward – In the water at the canal. There is a ship in water by two statues, reward is near the helm.
Map – Kanopos Nome
- SEA OF SAND
Papyrus – Temple of Horus
Reward – For some reason, there is a sunken ship in the desert in Iment Nome. You can only get this during the sunrise and you’ll see a shadow on the sand from the boat marking an “X”. Unfortunately, contrary to what Indiana Jones said, X does mark the spot in this case.
- DEAD END
Papyrus – There is a single hut (see the trend) on a farm in the middle of the map. Enter it.
Reward – Sapr-res Nome section by the water filtration system (or whatever it is). It’s at the end.
Map – Lake Mareotis
- FERTILE LANDS
Papyrus – Hypostyle Hall
Reward – In desert northwest of Sekhmet Temple, there is an oasis in the middle of nowhere with palm trees and a fence. Of course, there is one palm tree by itself and the reward is here.
Map – Haueris Nome
- THOTH’S SECRET
Papyrus – Temple of Thoth
Reward – Uab Nome section there’s a den of leopards. Jump off the one tree branch into the cave. It’s here.
Map – Herakleion Nome
- TWIN DESPAIR
Papyrus – Khonsu Temple
Reward – Two huts east of the temple, there’s a single tree by them and the reward is here
- ROYAL FLORA
Papyrus – House Galenos
Reward – The one giant tree (here we go again) in the bottom right of the map section. Here it is
Map – Giza
- STONE FUNGUS
Papyrus – Mastaba Cemetery in the building half buried in the sand
Reward – Two rocks at top of the small pyramid, it’s at the smallest one of the two rocks
Map – Faiyum
Papyrus – Valley market vendor table
Reward – Haueris Nome. Here we go again. There are a bunch of pyramids where dead are buried. Of course, there is one on its own. Guess where the reward is.
- LEANING TOWER
Papyrus – Keranis Serapeion balcony
Reward – in Dionysias Caravanserais. As the name states, it’s by the side of the leaning tower.
- JUST LAWS
Papyrus – Iwm House
Reward – In Atef-Pehu Nome. There are huts with smoke coming out of them. Reward is on top of western one.
- SOBEK’S RAGE
Papyrus – Sobek Temple
Reward – By the pyramid with the top of it having the pharoah head in Haueris Nome.
Map – Kyrenaika
- UNDUE HASTE
Papyrus – Zeus’ Temple
Reward – Sunken ship by the light house north of the temple
- DEAD OR ALIVE
Papyrus – Cyrene Apollonion
Reward – By the water in the elephant arena of Green Mountains
- UNDERGROUND CURRENTS
Papyrus – Battos Tomb
Reward – top of waterfall in green mountains
Map – Green Mountains
- FORSAKEN CITY
Papyrus – round building in the Asklepieion section.
Reward – hut all by itself (sound familiar) with no roof far south of Paraitonion
- WET WORK
Papyrus – cave next to Apollo Oracle
Reward – Two barrels in the cave of the aqueduct. As the name implies, it’s right in the water next to them.
These are all a lot easier than they look. The maps they are in are smaller sections of the larger map, and the locations are easy to find. In fact, this quest is much longer than it is hard. If you are having trouble finding them and you are in the right area, remember to use your left analog stick or eagle. As you can tell, they hold extremely true to their names. Nearly all of them are found by a lone tree, building, statue etc. as you can tell. Remember this if you find yourself lost. If something seems out of place, it’s most likely hiding something.
All of the gear you get from completing the scrolls should be about the same level as your character is at the time. If you don’t need it or decide you don’t want to waste the resources needed to upgrade it, simply dismantle it.
We hope this guide helps, and let us know how you’re enjoying AC: Origins so far.