Universal Activation

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Universal Activation
Identifier: West 2-1
Area: Anthropic Hills
Puzzle Type: Main
Previous Puzzle: None
Next Puzzle: Chain Reaction

Universal Activation is the first main puzzle in the Anthropic Hills area of The Talos Principle 2.

Puzzle elements


When you enter this puzzle, you find yourself in a front room of a three-room puzzle.

  • In the front room, there is a blue activator, and a blue emitter, with a small grate wall blocking it on the left.
  • The second room, which is to the right, is blocked off by a blue door, there is a red activator.
  • The third room, which is to the left, is blocked off by another blue door. There is a red emitter, and a pressure plate that gives access to the progress wheel


A basic hint:

[ hint ]
This puzzle introduces you to activators and their rules. When an activator is connected to a laser of the same color, it generates a large bubble around it. Any barriers in that bubble are deactivated, and any other activators within that bubble are activated so they create bubbles of their own.

If you're struggling to get started:

[ hint ]
Pick up the blue activator and connect it to the blue emitter. What do you see? How large is the bubble? As you hold the activator and move around, what icons show up on your HUD? What do they indicate?

If you obtained the red activator and are not sure what to do next:

[ hint ]
Try to figure out a way to jump-start the red activator.