This page contains all of the parts you will see and manipulate in The Talos Principle. Although there aren't many, you'll find that each time they're used it's to serve a different purpose, to combine the elements in a different way.

Tools Edit

These are the primary tools you can manipulate during your journey. Only the humble jammer may be used at the start. The rest need to be unlocked, using yellow sigils.

Jammers Edit

Jammers can be used to prevent the operation of one energy wall, turret, fan base, bomb, or buzzer. They can operate from any distance and can track a moving object, but they need line of sight, or they'll stop operating. However, if they regain line of sight, they will operate again.

Standard tricks:

  • [Spoiler] Getting jammers through gates:Two jammers can be used to get through any energy walls. Point one at the gate from one side, move the other inside the gate and jam the open energy gate from the inside, then grab the outside jammer and move on.
  • [Spoiler] Jamming what should not be jammed:Jammers can operate through exclusion fields.

Reflectors Edit

Reflectors can be attached to any number of other reflectors, coloured light generators, and coloured light receivers. When you then place them on the ground or on a hexahedron, the reflector will send beams towards all of these objects (and generators send beams of light towards the reflector) until it's picked up again. If the beam of a reflector strikes another reflector's beam, the two will cancel out. In some cases, this can be used to create a cycle of reflectors causing walls to open and close in sequence.

Special tricks:

  • [Spoiler] Not all walls are impenetrable to beams:Reflectors can operate through exclusion fields.

Hexahedrons Edit

The hexahedron is a strange shape that may appear to be a cube, if you don't look too closely at it. If you do, you will realise that it is actually a hexahedron, which is a polyhedron with six faces. Totally different.

Hexahedrons may be jumped upon and stacked. You can jump onto one hexahedron, but jumping onto a stack of two requires more elevation, such as a third hexahedron to get a step up.


Fans Edit


Fan on the left, base on the right.

Fan emplacement

This fan cannot be removed, and sends objects flying in an arc. It even has a cute little platform to jump onto.

Fans are not operable without their bases, which is on the right, and their bases must be powered, such as by a receiver or a wall switch, or sometimes automatically. Some fans cannot be removed from their bases. However, fans themselves are weighty enough to push down a pressure plate.

The amount that fans push depends upon their base; some will push just a bit, some will push far. If a fan pushes upwards, you can ride on top of it. Hexahedrons may also ride a fan, and multiple hexahedrons may be stacked. However, other tools will fall off the air stream. To ride a reflector or jammer on a fan, you need to put them on a hexahedron first.


Playback Edit

The playback tool allows you to record up to five minutes of movement (but not through an exclusion field) when you use the tool. When you use it again, a simulation of you will do whatever you did while recording, until the recording ends, until you die, until the recording dies, or until you walk through an exclusion field. During playback, all tools have doubles, that you can't initially see until you move your copy of the tool. This allows you to double the number of tools you have available, with one major limitation - you cannot ride a playback hexahedron.

Platforms Edit

Platforms are used with the playback tool during recording to provide for your future self a place to stand on. During playback you'll need to be high enough to be able to jump on the platform, or put tools on top of it.

Environmental tools Edit

There are some things in the environment you will need to manipulate with your tools.

Pressure plates Edit

Pressure plate
Pressure plates can be stood upon to cause them to activate something, such as to turn off an energy wall. You can also weigh them down with reflectors, hexahedrons, jammers, or fans. Platforms and anything else you can carry are not heavy enough, and bombs and buzzers float, so they don't activate pressure plates.
Pressure plate - do not crush yourself

An important safety notice about pressure plates. Do not crush yourself while standing on a pressure plate!

Pressure plate - do not do things unrelated to pressure plate

It is also important to not do unsafe things completely unrelated to pressure plates.

Wall switches Edit

Wall Switch
Wall switches are used to disable energy walls, disable turrets, and perform other actions.

Generators Edit

Generators are sources of red or blue light that you can connect to a reflector, and connect that to a receiver to manipulate the puzzle.

Receivers Edit

Receivers take light from a generator that has been bounced off a reflector. When they have power, they perform different actions - primarily, they turn off energy walls and activate fan bases. They need to be matched to the correct colour to operate.

Tools of Opportunity Edit

You may find some other objects of use in your environment.

Keys Edit

Keys can be found in some tests. They may be able to open one or more than one locked gates. They will be dropped if you pass through an exclusion field and returned to where you picked them up.

Paint Edit

You can often find buckets of paint in your environment. If you bring it to a wall, you can use the paint to write a message on it.

Axe Edit

You can sometimes find this rad axe laying around. If you pick it up, you will look really cool. And if you can get to a playback tool with it, you can pretend to have an axe fight with your former self! Or you can drop it, too. [Spoiler] Or if you want to use it for something...:You can also use it to break down wooden barriers. [Spoiler] And if you can't go around it...:You can even use it to clear brush or chop down trees, if you get close enough to them. Bizarre!

Enemies Edit

There are a certain number of enemies you will need to use your tools to circumvent or deal with, or parts in your environment that can be used to accomplish your goals. While they can kill you, understand that that is only their programming, and they do not bear you any ill will.

Bombs Edit

Bombs are floating black spheres that generally move around in a set pattern, although some are still. If they get close enough to you, they will suddenly fly towards you and explode, killing you. You will be killed regardless of your radius, so if you were to drop down a hole right before the explosion, you'll still die.

Bombs can be temporarily disabled with a jammer. There are some more tricks you'll learn as you play the game:

  • [Spoiler] Misfire:Bombs will target active turrets if they get too close, and kill both of them in the explosion.
  • [Spoiler] Stacking:You can put hexahedrons on top of bombs, and then jump on them for a ride or use the surface in other ways.
  • [Spoiler] Blocking their movement:Bombs will bounce off almost any object, including reflectors, jammers, and of course hexahedrons.
  • [Spoiler] In range and out of danger:Bombs will not sense you if you are about one and a half hexahedron blocks above them.

Buzzers Edit

Buzzers, like bombs, are floating spheres that generally move around in a set pattern. However, they will not attack you, although you can die if you run into them often enough. Most of the time, they are there to interrupt reflector beams.
  • [Spoiler] Stacking:You can put hexahedrons on top of buzzers, and then jump on them for a ride or use the surface in other ways.
  • [Spoiler] Blocking their movement:Buzzers will bounce off almost any object, including placed reflectors, jammers, and of course hexahedrons.

Turrets Edit

Turrets are weapons that, if active, will scan a conic region in front of them. If they spot you, they will start beeping, and if you are close enough they will fire and kill you unless you manage to get out of their sight. There is a blind area beneath them, and the angle for the cone of their view is not very wide, meaning they can only see mostly what's in front of them.

Turrets can be temporarily disabled with a jammer, or they may be connected to a wall switch.

Obstructions Edit

Energy walls Edit

Energy wall
Energy walls are blue barriers that block all movement and reflector beams. They may be disabled with a jammer, or there may be one or two receivers that can disable them.

Exclusion fields Edit

Exclusion field
Exclusion fields are purple regions that you can pass, but if you have a tool in hand, it will be dropped. They are the boundary into all tests, and are sometimes used within tests as well. The field also stops recording or playback. You will not only drop keys, but they will be returned to where you got them if you try to carry them through an exclusion field. Only paint may be carried through the walls.

Locked gates Edit

Locked gate
Locked gates may be opened with keys.

Wooden barriers Edit

Wooden barrier
Wooden barriers sometimes block your way. If only there were some way to remove them, such as with a flamethrower! [Spoiler] An axe can make short work of a wooden barrier. Most will stay dead, some will come back.:{{{3}}}

Sigil locks Edit

Sigil lock
Sigil locks are puzzles that require the correct number of sigils of the correct colour. They must be organised on the grid so that none overlap and all spaces are filled. Most of the puzzles have multiple solutions beyond simple symmetry and rotation.

Trees Edit

Why would a tree be an obstruction? Just go around it, you doofus! [Spoiler] Or if you can't go around it...:Axes can be used to cut down trees. If you, you know, want to be a murderer.

Rewards Edit

If you manage to complete a test or puzzle, you may be rewarded.

Sigils Edit

Sigils are rewards for completing a test. Elohim will tell you sigils are the letters of his name. Perhaps that is true. They are also, completely coincidentally, tetrominoes. Sigils can be green, yellow, red, or gray. Green sigils allow you to progress to new lands and areas. Yellow sigils unlock tools. Red sigils are used in the Tower in defiance of Elohim. Gray sigils are a mystery to be solved. [Spoiler] The use of a gray sigil:Gray sigils are used to access the 6th floor of the Tower.

Stars Edit

Stars are an additional reward that you can find in some areas, or perhaps in the Nexus or the Tower itself. When they are within an area, you may know how many stars are present by the sign at the start of the area or before its teleporter. Stars may be found in a test or outside of them. They always require imaginative use of the tools you have available to you.

Stars are used in the sigil locks that open your way to a challenge area in a land. You need 10 for each challenge area, and so there are 30 stars for the 3 challenge areas.

Miscellany Edit

Some objects in your environment are there for you to learn more about other characters in the story, or to interact with some of them.

Teleporters Edit

Standing in these will transport you between different locations.

Signs Edit

There are signs all over the place. They tell you what sigils you can be rewarded with, what stars are available, what tools you must have access to for each test beneath the sigils, and when you complete a test that sigil will be crossed out.

Help walls Edit

Help wall
If you assist a messenger of Elohim (which shows up as a question mark icon on the bottom of your screen), you can get help from them for solving a test by painting a plea on the wall here. You can still paint on the wall if you have already completed the test, or you haven't helped any messengers; just don't expect a useful response.

Messages Edit

There are messages scattered about in your environment, written by the other testers. If you come close to them, you can read their text. Some, however, are not valid encodings and you will get the sound prompt that indicates you've read it, but you will not see any text.

Terminals Edit

Every area has a primary terminal you can use to get records giving background to the game, and possibly to interact with the MLA.
Hidden terminal
Sometimes you may come across a more basic terminal in the environment. Those are only for reading files, but some of them give the most direct information about the story of the game.

Ladders Edit

Ladders can be climbed to get to the other side of some walls. You cannot carry anything while climbing a ladder, and you cannot stop on top of the wall. Some walls have ladders on both sides. It is often fruitful to look at the tops of walls to see any ladders poking out, to give a clue about where you might want to go.

Elevators Edit

Elevators allow you to move up and down floors in an expedient fashion. Being a polite robot, you may not jump while riding an elevator. However, they can be used to transport any objects you may find. The elevator in the Tower only allows you to select the ground or first floors, in order to ensure you do not defy Elohim.

Secrets Edit

Croteam's games have always been full of secrets and easter eggs, but The Talos Principle is absolutely lousy with the things. No area is devoid of something stupid or funny (and also stupid) to discover, if you look hard enough. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for them!
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