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Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye walkthrough – Shrouded Woodlands guide

A quick trip through the woodlands

A wooden bridge in Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye Image: Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive via Polygon

In this Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye Shrouded Woodlands walkthrough, we’ll take you through a short trip to this area and back to Starlit Cove to gain some valuable cues to beat the game.


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Shrouded Woodlands walkthrough

On our quest to find the codes for the Abandoned Temple, the Shrouded Woodlands are a fitting final stop. The most complicated of our treks into the Other World, completing the Shrouded Woodlands requires entering the dreamland from two different locations. But, once you know what to do it’s mostly a matter of timing and execution. Here’s how to reach the Shrouded Woodlands’ Forbidden Archive.

First Stop: Shrouded Woodlands

A wooden plank with a hole in Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
Step one: extinguish the lights
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Enter the Other World in the Shrouded Woodlands, cross the left footbridge, and head left to find the wooden statue with the hole in the middle. Use the statue to extinguish the lights. That’s all you have to do here, so wake yourself up.

Second Stop: Starlit Cove

Now that you’ve completed the first step, head to the Island Tower and enter the Other World at Starlit Cove.

A rocky tunnel in Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
Enter here
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Walk across the bridge into the stilted village, keep left until you reach the wooden statue, and turn the lights on. Return to the entrance and head down to the nearby raft, which you just revealed. Ride the raft until you reach the third stop (which will be on your right), go on land, and walk through the rocky tunnel and through the door that, thanks to your actions in the Shrouded Woodlands, is now open.

A walkthrough in Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
Head right here
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You are now back at the spot where you entered the Shrouded Woodlands originally. Take the right footbridge and head left, looking for a bridge and a scrawny tree. Make sure to use your artifact to keep a handle on your surroundings, because if you fall into the water now, you’ll have to start over at the Island Tower.

A hidden staircase in Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
Go up these stairs
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Eventually, you should find a big rock with a hidden staircase built into the back. Climb the stairs, light up the bridge, drop down, then cross over the bridge. In this section, you should hear an eerie singing sound. Cross a narrow wooden bridge then look for a short set of stairs leading up to a wide bridge. Walk across it to find an open area with trees. In the distance, you should see the green light of an owl person’s lamp.

A creepy owl person in Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
Follow this owl person
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You need to follow them, so conceal your artifact’s light and tail them at a comfortable distance. They will lead you through a hidden tunnel beneath a tree and to a large wooden structure where other owl people are gathering. Once inside, don’t go up the stairs. Stay by the door and wait for the dam to break in The Stranger. This will wipe out the owl people, but you will stay safe because you entered through the Island Tower.

A big fireplace in Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
Walk through the fire. It won’t hurt.
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Walk through the fireplace, which will not hurt you, to find the elevator.

Forbidden Archive

Ride the elevator down into the Forbidden Archive. Once you reach it, insert your artifact into the device, which will reveal a bridge to a shelf where there are two reels. One shows the ringed planet on the exterior and reveals the owl people using The Stranger as a spaceship to reach the strange star. The second reel, the exterior of which shows the ringed planet glitching out, shows an owl creature holding an artifact jumping off the raft while it passes through the dark area between docks. This is a vital clue for reaching the end game.

An owl person in a digital image in Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
Remember this clue
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The Forbidden Archive also contains a container bearing a green, glowing symbol where you might expect to finally find the codes. Unfortunately, they aren’t here. Don’t worry though. That second reel gave us the information we need to solve the Abandoned Temple.