How To Open The Midnight Burrows in Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Published: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 17:07 | By: Andrew Stretch
Developer
Moon Studios
Release Date
March 11, 2020
Series
Ori
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The Bells Toll for Thee

Ori and the Will of the Wisps has been out for a few days, and while hunting through the land of Niwel, players might encounter a few roadblocks along the way. Team Moon has done a good job keeping some of the secrets satisfyingly cryptic. One of the side quests involves making your way into the Midnight Burrows.

Finding the Midnight Burrows in Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Map Location
While an optional area, the Midnight Burrows do have plenty to collect.

The burrows can be found by heading the to Southwest of Inkwater Depths. This is an area that you'll have access to relatively early on, but be warned—if you try to head there too early, you might find that you're blocked by not having the right abilities. The two that you will need for certain are the Bash and Dash abilities.

Once you reach the entrance you'll find Tokk, who explains that he wants to find out how to open the gates to the Midnight Burrows, but that he's not familiar with reading the note runes. Behind him will be pillars of different height, the note runes that he's referring too.

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Note Charm
Gives a whole new meaning to the term "Rock Music."

As you can see the holes in these runes are arranged into three different levels. These, when translated to a stave, show a pattern.

 
 

How to solve the first flower bell riddle?

To the right, hanging over the entryway to the Midnight Burrows are three flowers. These flowers can be rung by dashing off them the same way you will have already been doing for other hanging plants and lights. The flowers, much like the rocks, are also arranged in terms of their height. If you 'play' the flowers according to the notes on the rocks then you get the following order

Left - Center - Right - Right - Left - Center - Left

While there doesn't need to be any haste in ringing the bells, players won't have any difficulty chaining all of the flowers in a single jump. Once they have been rung correctly, the doors will open and players can descend into the Midnight Burrows. Once completed the players will earn an Ancient Tablet. Bring the Tablet back to Tokk at the mouth of the Burrows. He will exclaim that the tablet explains how to unlock the Burrows, remarking that it would have been useful to have beforehand, but that strangely it's written backward.

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Bells
I like it, but I really think it needs more Flower Bell.

How to solve the second flower bell riddle?

You might have noticed that there is a spirit tree behind a locked door to the right of the puzzle room that has yet to be opened. The hint for that is in the Ancient Tablet and it being backward. You've played the rock notes forward, and now it's time to ring them the other way.

Left - Center - Left - Right - Right - Center - Left

Once again you'll lose control of Ori as you see the doors to the right open. The ability that players will earn from opening this door is the Ancestral Light. This gives players a flat 25% bonus for all types of damage, an extremely useful tool to get early in the game.

 

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I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.