I have finally completed the Little Black Book puzzle and am churning out glowing orbs by the truckload. While the details were still fresh in in my mind I thought I’d better write a more detailed guide.
The first step in solving the Little Black Book puzzle is completing the artifact collection, Little Black Book. The artifacts for this collection drop from fishing and artifact-collecting in Morban. I resorted to the auction house for many of mine as collecting my own was a long, arduous grind. Once the artifact collection is complete, take it to the artifact collector and hand in. He’ll give you a collection of missing pages. Take these pages to Omi, along with seven mutated fish, and trade them in for a completed book. Omi can be found in the canal near the Manufactory in Tempest Bay (10558, 10617). Read the book and add it to your book collection. That book is the key that allows you access to the puzzle. Without having collected the book, the puzzle will remain inert.
The Morban puzzle requires seven of the item, ‘A strangely Mutated Fish’. These are only available after Volan has been killed and the Biofoundry is accessible. Watch out for the event, Dreams of Blood and Bone. There is one lake (5864,7093) in the far corner of the Biofoundry that spawns Strangely Mutated Fish pools. You can only fish from a pool once but each mutated fish pool will drop one of the fish. Despawn the other pools by fishing them to increase the frequency of mutated fish pools. It took me about half an hour of fishing to get all seven strangely mutated fish.
The puzzle can be found near the Black Strand porticulum in Morban. It is located at 12700, 7480. When you arrive at those co-ordinates you’ll find yourself under an arch. Go right around the arch and look for a lighter coloured rockface (12639, 7376). When you see the cairn to your left, go right around the rock and onto the arch. There you will find the puzzle.
The Little Black Book puzzle is based on the game Black Box, where 4 orbs are hidden in a 6×6 grid. Lazer beams are shot into the grid; how the beams travel through the grid gives clues as to the orbs’ locations. Wikipedia has a nice guide for Black Box. When you think you know where the location of the four orbs are, mark their location on the grid by right clicking on the square, then confirm your guess by pulling the test resonance lever. If your solution is correct, you will receive an orb, if not the board will clear allowing you to try again. The reset lever resets the entire puzzle giving you a new one in case the puzzle is unsolvable.
The first time the Little Black Book puzzle is solved you will receive a black key. This unlocks the chest which contains a piece of epic gear and the dimension item, A letter From Omi, which tells you that re-solving the puzzle will reward Glowing Orbs of different rarities. Thereafter, each solve will reward an orb of different colour and rarity. Anyone who has collected the Little Black Book can share the puzzle solving. If you stand around the puzzle while somebody else solves it, you will both receive an orb.
The orbs are different in colour and frequency.
- Epic – Orange Glowing Orb
- Rare – Green and Purple Glowing Orbs
- Uncommon – White and Yellow Glowing Orbs
- Common – Blue and Red Glowing Orbs
Good luck with solving the puzzle and may all your orbs be epic.