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Genshin Impact

Act I: A Ruin Under Lock and Key

Matt Chard

To complete the story quest - A Ruin Under Lock and Key in Genshin Impact, you will need to complete six steps - each of which are outlined for you below. This popular quest has been causing Genshin players quite a few problems, so if you are somebody who needs a little extra help to chalk it off your list, you have come to the right place.

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The expedition to investigate Osial in the Guyun Stone Forest came away with slim pickings. Kliment and Wanyan also clashed vociferously over their differing perspectives, which has greatly displeased the former.

During the argument, he heard Wanyan mention the tale of the God of Salt, and decided to take the party there to try their luck, lest he finishes this venture empty-handed.

How To Complete A Ruin Under the Key in Genshin Impact

Right, all you need to do to complete A Ruin Under the key is work your way through the steps below in order.


  1. Go to Sal Terrae
  2. Go to the first contraption
  3. Look for a spot from which the picture formed by the relics can be seen
  4. Go to the second contraption
  5. Follow Zhongli’s instructions and light the monuments up
  6. Go to the site of the broken seal

Go to Sal Terrae

Teleport to the Sal Terrae Waypoint (Sal Terrae can be found west of Dragonspine) and head to the small island to the north, you’ll notice a ruin with a magical seal with a Stone Tablet just in front of it, go towards it for a cut scene which will mention about a contraption to unlock it.

Go to the first contraption

Head southwest across the sea to the west of the larger island in the center.

Rotate your camera so the Glyph aligns like this image.

Look for a spot from which the picture formed by the relics can be seen

Stand on the spot just infront of the tilted pillar of salt and face to look at the rocks to the west, rotate your camera slightly to make the golden glyph line up

Go to the second contraption

Go to the east end of the same island and you’ll get a small scene where Zhongli will tell of the tale “Tianheng in the South, Yaoguang in the East, Jueyun in the West, Qingce in the North - All desolate and devoid of life, Liyue is vast, yet even one haven is hard to find”.

(1 of 4) The south totem is hidden behind the large stone wall with a chest behind it

Follow Zhongli’s instructions and light the monuments up

With this clue we need to activate the Electro totems in the same order as the tale, so South, East, West and finally North. After activating them all you’ll see some dialogue about it.

If everything is done correctly, you’ll notice the seal has disappeared.

Go to the site of the broken seal

Head back to the ruin up north and after the cut scene, the quest will end.

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    Android, iOS, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch
  • Genre
    Action RPG, Adventure
  • Guide Release
    31 October 2020
  • Last Updated
    31 July 2023
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This guide for Genshin Impact includes the following:

  • Based on version 3.0.
  • An interactive Map of Teyvat showing the location of all; Anemoculus, Geoculus, Statues of the Seven, World Quests, Shrines, Plants, Monsters, Enemies, Chests and Minerals.
  • Knowledge on all of the current known regions of Teyvat.
  • Detailed Character pages of all playable characters showing talent trees, skill builds and Ascension tables.
  • Character Tier Lists.
  • Combat Information and Elemental Effects & Combinations.
  • Weapons - Showing the current best and highest rated weapons in the game.
  • All Archon Quests including the new Sumeru Archon Quests.
  • All World Quests that are unlocked by speaking to NPCs through Teyvat. They give insight into the various locations and stories of the world.
  • All Story Quests consisting of chapters related to the background and personalities of each playable character.
  • All Domains laid bare with expert strategies including the new Sumeru Domains.
  • How to conquer the Spiral Abyss.
  • All Weekly Bosses covered with expert strategies.
  • How to get all the optimal outcomes on Hangout Events
  • Housing guide using the Serenitea Pot including a full blueprint and furnishings list.
  • All details on Gardening and Fishing.
  • Bonus Content, including Interviews from voice actors.

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