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Stray guide: How to open the safe in The Slums

Here’s how to find the safe’s mysterious password

The cat in Stray stands in front of a closed safe Image: BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna Interactive via Polygon
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Early on in Stray you’ll come across a safe in The Slums. On the safe you’ll find a clue to help you find its “mysterious password,” but none of the robot folk in town can decipher it for you (because, unlike whoever wrote the note, they’re not “real geeks”).

In this Stray guide we’ll help you find the password, open the safe in the Slums, and receive the Sheet Music treasure from inside.

How to find the safe

The cat in Stray grabs a hint off of a safe Image: BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna Interactive via Polygon

If you’re in the first few chapters of Stray, proceed until you enter The Slums (chapter 4) and start interacting with the robot citizens in town. After you talk to the Guardian and they deem you safe, turn left.

Down a short slope you’ll run into Morusque, the local guitar player. You’ll need to gather Sheet Music for them in another quest, but just walk by for now. When you reach a gate, look left and you’ll find a shallow alley. Walk in and you’ll see the safe sitting there. Interact with it to get a clue item that you can show to the people in town.

At this point, you can look around to try and solve the mystery for yourself, or you can continue reading for the solution.

How to find the password and open the safe

The cat in Stray stands in the Dufer bar and stares at the sign Image: BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna Interactive via Polygon

To find the code, you’ll need to make your way to the local bar. Face away from the Guardian and walk straight until you see a neon red sign, which adorns the entrance of the local watering hole. Go inside and you’ll see another neon red sign propped up against the wall that reads “Dufer Bar.” Above the sign is a picture of a beach.

The cat in Stray stands in front of the Dufer Bar sign and prepares to knock a picture off the wall Image: BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna Interactive via Polygon

Jump onto the counter and walk up to the sign and picture. Interact with it and the cat will knock the picture off of the wall and reveal the code written underneath: 1283. This is the code to the alley safe, so memorize it or take a screenshot (or just bookmark this guide).

Walk back over to the safe next to Morusque. Punch in the four digit code and it’ll swing open, revealing the eighth and final Sheet Music page for the guitar player. Grab this treasure and take it over to Morusque to continue his quest.

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