Tomb Raider Optional Tombs Guide: Hall Of Ascension

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.

  • Hall Of Ascension

The Hall Of Ascension is the second tomb Lara will need to complete for another part of the Treasure Map of the Mountain Village. Lara needs the Firestarter and Rope Arrows abilities to complete the tomb: however only the Rope Arrows are required to enter the tomb. The entrance can be found near the crossing to get to Captain Jessop’s smoke signal: the lower route takes you to the captain while the upper one will lead you to the tomb.

Most players will have some trouble timing the shutter’s opening and closing: just try to get the secret timer inside your head to be able to time everything perfectly, allowing the platfom to cathc the wind just after Lara gets on the raised ground to access the moving platform. It’s not easy on the first tries, but once you get the timing down, you won’t have any problems. After closing the shutters using the crank, run to the platform’s crank and count 2 seconds, use the crank of the platform and the second panel should be open.

After this section there won’t be much trouble: just make sure to not miss a jump or drop down, otherwise you will have to do the timing section again. Just tread carefully and the Treasure Map piece will be yours.


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