Tomb Raider Optional Tomb Guide: Temple Of The Handmaidens

As if the game wasn’t huge enough with all the Island exploration, secret items and relics to collect and locations to find, Tomb Raider also has 7 optional Tombs scattered all around the island in addition to the one present in the main story. Since these tombs are completely optional, there’s no reason to search for them and complete the puzzles withing if you’re just going to complete the story of the game. There are, however, a few advantages in completing these optional tombs: completing them will give you some extra XP which is pretty good, considering how many skills are in the game and how much EXP points are needed to master all of them. At the same time you’ll be able to find some extra items and relics, as well as simply enjoying more of the excellent Tomb Raider gameplay. If you’re looking to 100% the game and obtain all trophies and achievements you will have to complete all seven extra tombs, since the Intellectually Superior trophy / achievement is unlocked only after completing the extra seven tombs. Another tomb is available as DLC, the Tomb Of The Lost Adventurer, but it’s not required to obtain the trophy/ achievement. In this guide we will cover all the extra tombs with tips to find and complete them.

  • Temple Of The Handmaidens

The Temple of the Handmaidens is one of the two tombs available in the Shipwreck Beach: to reach the entrance of the tomb Lara will need the Rope Ascender. This tool is found after completing getting to the Endurance.

At the beginning of the tomb, start by releasing the weighted buoy. It will float clockwise, allowing you to retry if you miss something along the way.

The first jump is quite easy: jump on the horizontal bar swinging into position after the buoy hits the first turnstile. Reaching the platform will be easy enough from this position.

The second jump may be trickier: count around 2 seconds and shoot a rope arrow from the previous position. It’s the only way to get the turnstile into position to get it knocked by the passing buoy.

For the second horizontal bar you will have to hit it just beyond the point you can reach it. Hit it when it starts going away to reach the climbable wall and the treasure.

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