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Check out the story mission, challenge guide and tips, tomb location, and collectibles available in The Hidden City in this walkthrough.

The Hidden City - Mission Walkthrough & Challenges

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Hidden City (2nd Visit) Mission Guide

Mission Walkthrough

Challenge / Tomb / Crypt - Guides

Path To The Hidden City Walkthrough

Find The Hidden City

1Go down the path & jump into the pool of water
2Keep moving forward until you reach a cliff area
3Use your pick axe to jump & swing across the cliffs to reach The Hidden City

The Hidden City Walkthrough

Find the Silver Box of Ix Chel

1Travel across the town to head towards the temple
2Head inside the temple through narrow entrance
3Climb, rappel and swing and decent to the ruin platform
4Jump at the roped hook point and use grapple axe to make multiple jumps
5New basecamp near landing spot, head down the path to enter the temple

Climb the Belly of the Serpent

1Jump across on the cliff, wall scuffle to reach above the ledge
2Rappel on the ledge, swing and jump on the hanging cage
3Jump grapple the ledge, traverse across the ledge
4Rappel down the wall and reach the bloodied floor
5Crawl through the corpse filled space
6Kill the cultist, destroy the wall on the right corner

Complete the Trial of the Serpent

1Tether a rope on the lever to the left, fill the pool with oil
2Pull lever on statue to ignite the oil, burning the blockade
3Jump on the wall and rappel down to a chamber
4Tether the two poles in front of the gate
5Turn the longer pole clockwise, twice as it clicks into place
6Cut the tether connecting the two pole
7Turn longer pole once clocwise
8Tether a rope on the lever above the gate to fill the pool with oil
9Pull lever on statue to ignite the oil, burning the blockade

Shoot Roped Levers to Pour Oil

Wooden roped levers can be pulled by tethering to pour oil to puzzles.

Adjust the Smaller Pole First

By tethering the two poles, you will be able to turn the alter with the shorter pole, along with the longer pole. Be sure to adjust the smaller pole's alignment first before aligning the other.

Adjust the Long Pole Before Igniting

Adjust the pole to this position as seen on this image before filling and igniting the oil.

Outrun the Cultist Soldiers

1Go down the path & jump into the pool of water
2Keep moving forward until you reach a cliff area
3Use your pick axe to jump & swing across the cliffs to reach The Hidden City

Jump on the Platform to Escape

Cultist will block your way while you run. Head up the wooden platform to jump over them.

Check Out the Cenote Mission Guide

The Hidden City - Challenge & Side Mission Guides

Find Takiy's Dice

Reward1 Skill Point


  • Talk to Takiy
  • Find Pisco the Dead
  • Talk to 5 Outcasts around the Hidden City
  • Go back to Pisco
  • Return Takiy's Dice

Check Your Map for the Location of the Outcasts

The Outcasts are not highlighted with the Survival Instinct. You have to navigate the village with just your map so try to stop and look at your map constantly to check if you're going the right way.

Hearts and Mind

Reward2 Skill Points

Retrieve the King's Horn Procedure

  • Talk to Ushu in Unuratu's Home
  • Go to Kabil in the other side of the village
  • Follow the quest marker to the market.
  • Head to where Cualli is being held
  • Talk to Yamil
  • Retrieve the knife on top of the ledge and return it to Yamil
  • Free Cualli while Yamil makes a distraction
  • Return to Kabil where he will give you the King's Horn
  • Return to Ushu

Retrieve the Savior's Amulet Procedure

  • Find the White Tree at the other side of the village
  • Go inside the cave and traverse through traps
  • When you get to Manko's resting place, you will fall down a pool.
  • Swim through the small opening underwater.
  • Press the lever. The room will fill with water
  • Swim down under the gate to get back to main pool
  • Go to the room with another lever. Pull it to fill it with water
  • Swim back to the main pool and go to the small room with a wooden blockage, use your rope arrow
  • Activate the lever to fill the room with water, swim up to the ceiling
  • Go to platform where Manko's remains are and open his tomb to get the Savior's Amulet
  • Pickaxe the wall at the end of the room and grapple back to entrance
  • Give the Savior's Amulet to Ushu

Retrieve the Champion's Bow

  • Go to the entrance to the jungle
  • Follow the quest markers through the jungle
  • Enter the Nahaul's Den
  • Defeat the Nahaul
  • Approach it once it enters back into its den
  • Go back to Ushu

This Quest is Long and Includes Puzzles

Hearts and Mind is cut into two parts and can take a bit of time to complete. It's includes going around the village and last part specifically includes a puzzle that can get you killed if you don't do it correctly.


RewardCh'Amaka's Greaves

Free the Rebels Walkthrough

  • Talk to Poma in the new base of the Rebellion
  • Go around the village and free 4 captured rebels
  • Return to Poma

You Need the Cultist Outfit to Unlock this Quest

The quest will not show up unless you've unlocked the Cultist Clothes. Since the disguise is required to free the rebels, don't change out of it during this quest!

Use Your Map to Find the Rebels

The rebels will not appear with your Survival Instinct. Check your map as you go along the village to make sure you're on the right track as the village paths can be confusing.

Save Colqui Walkthrough

  • Follow the quest marker to the top of the village
  • At the house nearest the edge of the marker, climb on the small wooden planks
  • Move across and grapple the wall
  • Keep moving until you reach a gold wall
  • Go through small holes on the base of the walls
  • Survive the ambush

Find the House Next to a Wall You Can Grapple

It's easy to miss how to get to the mountain by just going after the quest marker. Find the house right next to a wall you can grapple on. There's wooden ledges at the side of it you can jump on.

Move Around & Use Distractions

Survive the ambush by constantly moving from one place to another and using different items to create a distraction. You can also craft smoke bombs to get out of enemy sight.

Widow's Tears

RewardYaway's Battle Tunic
1 Skill Point

Investigate Sumaq's Murder Procedure

  • You will see a commotion at a house near the very top of the city
  • Talk to one of the bystanders to start the quest
  • Talk to the guard standing by the door
  • Create a distraction by going down to the side of the building and talking to the priest
  • Talk to the Xoco, Taruca, Akna and the 2 guards
  • Go around the main house to get where Akna is
  • Inspect the blood stains on the wall
  • Go outside again and inspect the dirt to the left of the doorway
  • Talk to Taruca again
  • Interact with the guard to arrest Xoco since she's guilty of the murder
  • Free Taruca

You Need the Cultist Outfit to Unlock this Quest

The quest will not show up unless you've unlocked the Cultist Clothes. Since the disguise is required to be able to talk to the guard, don't change out of it during this quest!

Stay of Execution

RewardReinforced Knife
1 Skill Point

Rescue Hakan Procedure

  • Talk to Kayara
  • Ask for the men around the plaza for help
  • Talk to the priest to stop the prayers
  • Ask the Drum Player to play his drums
  • Quickly talk to the 2 men at the side of the plaza to open the door
  • Go inside
  • Pickaxe the wall to your right
  • Move the wall together

You Need the Cultist Outfit to Unlock this Quest

To get the quest location, you first need the Cultist Outfit. This quest coincides with the main quest as you try to rescue Unuratu.

Ancient Studies

RewardHeart of the Eagle Longbow
1 Skill Point

Decipher the Murals Procedure

  • Talk to Awil
  • Read 3 cult murals
  • Go to Maya, Awil's mother

You Need the Cultist Outfit to Unlock this Quest

You would need to unlock the Cultist Outfit first before you can get this side quest. The Cultist outfit is required to fool the other guards!

Use Your Survival Instinct to Find the Murals

The murals can be easy to miss since they blend to the rocky background of the Hidden City. Make it easier to find them with the Survival Instinct as they will glow green!

Stop the Ritual Procedure

  • Head to the abandoned village
  • Enter the ritual site
  • Go near the altar
  • Kill all the guards
  • Go back to Maya and Awil

Use the Pool to Break Line of SIght

With so many guards, it's hard to go hidden when the combat ensues. Use the pool to hide from enemies and get out eliminate them as soon as you're undetected.

Dunkin' Bones Challenge Guide

ObjectiveKnock Down 3 Skeletons

The skeletons can be found around the cliffs near the Temple of Kukulkan Base Camp. You will need a bit of traversing to find all three, but they can easily be seen with your survival instincts.

Skeleton Locations

  • From the Temple of Kukulkan base camp, go to your left and hand down the cliff. Rapel down the wall you're grappling on the skeleton should be down there
  • Go back to the base camp and move to the right. Go across the terrain till you get to the rock formations in the middle of the water
  • The skeleton is under the formation where you have to grapple swing
  • The last one is further down the area. It is where you have to grapple leap to go further.
  • He is right under the cliff where you grapple leap to.

Dropping Decimals Challenge Guide

ObjectiveGrapple from 3 Quipus

Two of the Quipus can be found near the Temple District Basecamp, one on the right and another on its far left. The last you is very the Abandoned Village Base Camp.

Quipus Location

  • From the Temple District, move forward and turn right to see the first Quipus
  • Backtrack and move to the other end of the village
  • The Quipus is right next to a house, above the stairs
  • The last one is next to the Hidden Village Basecamp
  • Climb up the stair next to the base and you'll see it

Bottom Feeder Challenge Guide

ObjectiveHarvest 5 Aquatic Plants

This is a very easy quest to do since there is a huge river right in the Hidden City. You just have to gather 5 plants underwater and you'll complete the challenge!

Keep Calm and Carrion Challenge Guide

ObjectiveGather 3 Condor feathers from nests

The Condor nests are distinguished from other nests with the Condor Icon. You can find them relatively easy across the Hidden City, mostly in high places.

Condor Nest Locations

  • The Condor Nest in the Hidden Village is right at the cliff before the Crypt, next to the white wall
  • The second one is found by climbing the white tree. It's right at the edge of the platform facing the tree.
  • Within Paititi, you can find the Condor Nest easily since you just have to climb the wall indicated in the map

Changing the Weather Challenge Guide

ObjectivePull down 5 Frog totems

The totems can be found on houses in the Hidden City. Use your zoom and align it to the rope of the totem to bring out your bow.

Frog Totem Location

  • One of the Frog totems is next to the zip line at the bottom of the village
  • Another is between two buildings south of the bridge to the upper village
  • A frog totem is at the north of the Temple District, but this one is up a window
  • There's one northwest of the infirmary area, up the white walled house
  • The last one is at the house in the middle that looks unfinished. It's at the side, behind the walls.

Speak of the Dead Challenge Guide

ObjectiveFind the 4 hidden crypts

There are a total of 4 crypts around the Hidden City. Check out the crypts guide below to complete them all!

The Hidden City- Tomb Locations

Path of Battle Location

RewardSip's Quiver (Skill)
Check Out the Path of Battle Guide!

Temple of the Sun Location

RewardHoatzin's Hunger (Skill)
Check Out the Temple of the Sun Guide!

Ancient Aqueduct Location

RewardJaguar's Paw (Skill)
Check Out the Ancient Aqueduct Guide!

The Hidden City - Crypt Walkthrough

Crypt #1 Walkthrough - Temple of Kukulkan camp

RewardYaway's Wooden Greaves


  • Fast Travel to the Temple of Kukulkan Base Camp
  • From the camp, go to the right side of the bridge & use your camera to check which ledge you can hang from
  • Grapple the wall connected to the ledge & rappel down
  • Swing to the rock ledge to your left to find the crypt entrance
  • Crawl into the entrance & proceed forward until you automatically slide down
  • Keep going until you can jump onto a weight that brings you down into the room below
  • The sarcophagus is located in this room

Use Your Camera To Check The Ledge

From the base camp, find the ledge you can hang from on the right side of the bridge. Use your camera to locate it so you won't fall to your death.

Rope-Pull Wood Panels To Exit Crypt

Once you've opened the sarcophagus, there's now way to exit the crypt but to climb up. Search & rope-pull the wooden panels so you have something to grasp onto when climbing walls.

Crypt #2 Walkthrough - Temple of Kukulkan camp

RewardCh'amaka's War Vest


  • Fast Travel to the Temple of Kukulkan Base Camp
  • From the camp, don't cross the bridge & find the rock face you can grapple onto from the left side of the bridge
  • Follow the path by jumping, hanging on ledges, and rappel down until you can find a small rope point
  • Tether the rope point to another one across the rapids to move across
  • Make your way up to the left until you find the crypt entrance
  • Proceed forward and jump across the gap, grappling onto the wall
  • Rappel down into the room below
  • Keep moving on & crawl through a small opening until you can rope-pull a barrier
  • Wade through the water until you can squeeze through another opening
  • Climb up until you can reach the statue/carving up top
  • Rapple & swing onto the platform that holds the statue/carving & push the lever
  • Go through the path until you reach the final room with the sarcophagus in it.

Swim Fast To Exit The Crypt

To exit the crypt, you need to backtrack through your previous path but underwater. Make use of the trapped pockets of air to replenish your oxygen supply.

Crypt #3 Walkthrough - Abandoned Village camp

RewardManko's Vest


  • Fast Travel to the Abandoned Village Base Camp
  • From the camp, turn right into a path that leads to a clearing with water
  • Swim across the pool of water towards the submerged huts & go ashore to the left
  • Go between the stone archway & you'll find a scale-able wall behind them
  • Follow the path & tether the two rope points before heading across
  • Climb the walls, moving towards your right and then upward to reach the entrance of the crypt
  • Go through the dark tunnel & deactivate the trap before proceeding
  • When you reach the clearing, turn left to find stairs to go down
  • Dive into the water & swim until you can squeeze through a narrow opening
  • Just keep swimming until you can find a wooden blockade you can break through with your pickaxe
  • Proceed through the narrow opening until you reach the stairs that lead above ground
  • Find another set of stairs & go up to find the sarcophagus

Crypt #4 Walkthrough - Wild Jungle camp

RewardGreaves of Six Sky


  • Fast Travel to the Wild Jungle Base Camp
  • Find the big pool of water that leads to the Challenge Tomb
  • Turn to the left & climb the tree, making your way through the cliffs & ledges upwards to get to the crypt entrance
  • Proceed through the entryway, be careful to jump over the falling floor trap
  • Keep going & squeeze through the narrow gap to get into a small sunlit cavern
  • Turn left through a small dark tunnel then turn into the darkened hallway to the right
  • Move straight ahead & go down to the floor below you
  • Locate the breakable wall & pry it open with your pickaxe
  • Go through the gap, jump & swing across the trap to get to the other side
  • In the next cavern, go to the back of the rock formation on your right to find a way up
  • When you reach the top, jump onto the ledge & into the room that has the sarcophagus

Climb The Tree To Get To The Crypt

The entrance to the crypt can be found on the cliffs above the entrance to the Challenge Tomb. You can find a climbable tree around the area to get you started on your way up.

Crypt #5 Walkthrough - Unuratu's Home

RewardSavior's Amulet


  • Go up the white tree then scale the wall to the right
  • Move through the inside the narrow opening and pickaxe the left wall in front of the statue.
  • Use your knife to activate the traps then go under it
  • Go up the wall at the side of the table with the document to get up the small opening
  • Fall down the pool and swim through the small opening underwater
  • Go up the ledge and press the lever.
  • Swim down under the gate to get back to the main pool
  • Go to the room with another lever, pull the lever to activate the trap
  • Swim back to the main pool and go to the room with a block
  • Use your rope arrow to destroy the blockage then activate the lever
  • Swim up through the opening on the ceiling
  • Break the blockage with your pickaxe
  • Go to platform where Manko's remains are
  • Open his tomb to get the Savior's Amulet
  • Pickaxe the wall at the end of the room
  • Grapple on the wall on the right and climb up till you get to a small opening
  • Grapple on the opposite wall and rapel down
  • Go forward to get out the cave

Complete with the Hearts & Mind Quest

Complete the crypt along with the Hearts and Mind Quest. You will need to go through this Crypt for the Retrieve the Savior's Amulet part of the quest.

Escape the Traps by Swimming Faster

The rooms in the crypt will fill with water quickly so you have a few seconds to save yourself from ]drowning or getting crushed. Know your escape route first before activating the traps.

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Anonymous 1

is there only one way to get the prisoners out tried to get across climbing the rocks the one where you use the rope to swing to the left hand side rock I've tried and tried again but its just impossible to do it , is there any other way to get across

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