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Identifier: South 3-7
Area: Circular Oasis
Puzzle Type: Main
Previous Puzzle: Displacement
Next Puzzle: Preliminary

Above is the seventh main puzzle in the Circular Oasis area of The Talos Principle 2.

Puzzle elements


When you enter the puzzle, you find yourself on the ground floor, and see three tall structures. The structures have two levels, both above ground.

  • The first level on the structure on the left is accessible via a fan set on the ground in front of it.
  • The structure on the left is roughly L-shaped. There is a pressure plate that activates a fan to the upper level, where a driller is available. On the lower level, an inverter is available. There is a moving concrete platform that is shuttling between this structure and the structure on the back.
  • The structure on the right is roughly I-shaped. It is not normally accessible by the player. It's main feature is a moving concrete platform that shuttles between the near side and the rear, on which is a red emitter, blocked on all four sides by low metal grates, except for a small strip of empty space on the side.
  • The structure on the back is a square shaped building. On the lower level is a pressure plate that activates a fan that takes you upstairs via a shaft.
  • Upstairs, there is a pressure plate with a connector on it that is keeping a blue door open to the shaft downstairs. There is a drillable wall to a little balcony that looks out to the main puzzle area. There is a blue receiver that unlocks the blue door to the progress wheel


A basic hint:

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Since the name of the puzzle is Above, you have to think vertically in this puzzle. There are several puzzle elements available at a higher elevation than the standard. Don't miss them.

If you're struggling to get started:

[ hint ]
Don't forget to grab the driller. Explore the top floor of the structure on the back, carefully. Also, as you are riding the movable concrete platform, take some time to carefully observe the other platform.

If your laser is getting blocked:

[ hint ]
You cannot get the laser from the upper floor of the first structure. Try something else. It doesn't matter if the laser is interrupted sometimes, as long as it gives you enough time to activate the receiver.

If you're wondering what the driller is for:

[ hint ]
There is only one drillable wall in the entire puzzle. But you can also use the driller to pull double duty while it is drilling a hole.