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Little Nightmares 2 guide: Chess piece puzzle

Find the key in Chapter 2

Little Nightmares 2: Chess piece puzzle Image: Tarsier Studios/Bandai Namco via Polygon

In this Little Nightmares 2 guide, we’ll walk you through the chess piece puzzle in Chapter 2. To solve this puzzle and retrieve the key, you’ll need to assemble three chess pieces — a king, a queen, and a rook. The steps for finding them and placing them are below.

The projector screen

Little Nightmares 2 Chess piece puzzle solution Image: Tarsier Studios/Bandai Namco via Polygon

After escaping the schoolteacher, you’ll find your way to a room upstairs. When you first arrive, you’ll have to assemble a chess piece to reach the door handle. Inside, you’ll find a room with an oversized chess board.

Little Nightmares 2 Chess piece puzzle solution Image: Tarsier Studios/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Head to the lower right to find a short hallway. Jump up, grab the projector screen, and drop to make it roll up. The solution to the puzzle is on the wall behind it. You’ll need to place three pieces: a rook, a queen, and a king.

The rook chess piece

Little Nightmares 2 Chess piece puzzle solution
Use the rook to reach the king.
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Head left and back out the door you entered through. The rook is the piece you used to open this door. Pick it up, and place it on the piece closest to the table on the left side of the board.

The king chess piece

Little Nightmares 2 Chess piece puzzle solution
Place the king.
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Use the rook to climb up to the table and grab the king. Carry it down and place it on the white base in the middle of the board.

Little Nightmares 2 Chess piece puzzle solution
Place the rook.
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Move the rook top from the left to the right side and place it on the white base there.

The queen chess piece

Little Nightmares 2 Chess piece puzzle solution
Retrieve the queen and place it here.
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Head to the lower right again, past where the clue was, and jump onto the table against the window. Pick up the queen. Carry it back to the chess board.

Place the queen on the white base along the left side where you just had the rook. You’ll see a light flicker on along the right side.

The key

Little Nightmares 2 Chess piece puzzle solution
Use the rook to reach the light fixture on the right.
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Climb onto the rook and up onto the table on the right. Jump up to grab the light fixture, and you’ll pull it down.

That opens the hidden door behind the shelves at the back (top) of the room. Head inside to pick up the key. Take it back downstairs to unlock the door and proceed.