How to solve the clock tower puzzle in Shenmue 3

Recently released for PC and PlayStation 4, Shenmue 3 offers fans a sequel in every sense. In addition to continuing the storyline of the first titles, the game strictly follows the hallmarks that have made the series a worldwide success.

Examples include complex puzzles that challenge the players’ thinking skills.

One of these mysteries is the bell tower. It harbors an important mystery of history and requires keen perception to unravel. If you get stuck on this part, follow our step-by-step guide.

We’ll show you where to find the tokens, what order to pick them in, and how to unlock the mysterious treasure.

How to solve the clock tower puzzle in Shenmue 3

Known as the Bell Tower in the English version, the Bell Tower is a puzzle that has to be solved in several stages. First, Ryo needs to find all the tokens that will be inserted into the columns.

Then you have to decipher the engraving rule to put them in the right order and in the right place. Finally, the third part of the puzzle requires turning the tower core in a very specific order by following the notes.

Let’s start our work!

1. Where to find the bell tower tokens

There are 6 tokens in total. They are scattered about the residence of Elder Yeh (Elder Yeh). You can find them in the following locations:

  • Token 1 – Alcoholic Beverage: Located in front of the Old One, in the right corner of the building (from their perspective). There is a tangle of bookshelves with small doors. Open the bottom door to find the garment above a pair of shoes.
  • Token 2 – Dragon: Just beyond that is a shelf where you found the first token. Hold down the button indicated to open the door and find the piece on some books. Ryo will also pick up a paper with an important clue for the third phase of the puzzle.
  • Token 3 – Crane: Without moving, look a little to the right and open the drawer on the far left of the furniture. You can find the heron marker on some spoons.
  • Token 4 – Sword: Still in the same furniture set, look for a bookcase with 6 small drawers. The sword marker is on the last, lower, and right.
  • Token 5 – Clenched Fist: Open the furniture to the right of the small drawers. The two doors contain the hilt token.
  • Token 6 – Moon: is kept in the two-door furniture that is directly in front of the Ancient One.

2. Choosing the right order for depositing the tokens

With all the tokens in hand, the next step is to visit the bell tower and place the pieces on the pilasters in the correct order. Note that each of the pillars has a specific design. Their mission is to give meaning to the counterpart and create a kind of yin-yang.

  • Shield Pillar – Use the Sword Token
  • Sun Pilaster – Use the moon token
  • Bread Pilaster – Use the alcoholic beverage token
  • Open Hand Column – Use the clenched fist sign
  • Phoenix Pillar – Use the Dragon Token
  • Turtle Pilaster – Use the crane marker

Once this is done, a ladder will descend from the attic and will reveal the path to the third and final stage of the bell tower puzzle.

3. The final challenge: solve the mystery

In the highest part of the tower, the characters will find a kind of prayer wheel. Ryo and Shenhua must work together to shoot the play by following the clue found earlier in the old man’s house. The correct order is:

  • Left
  • Left
  • Left
  • Right
  • Right
  • Right
  • Left
  • Left

The structure opens and reveals an important scroll. It’s time to return to Ms. Yeh’s house for important information about the future and past of the journey in Shenmue 3. If you’re having trouble, you can watch the full puzzle being solved in the video below:

After the success on Kickstarter, Shenmue 3 was released for PC and PlayStation 4 on November 20th, 2019 with the help of Sony. The computer game was sold exclusively in the Epic Games Store without an arrival date on Steam. You can access the game page by clicking this link.

It is also possible to get free games on the Epic Games Store, find out how.


Source(s): Gamepur, S Neukend and xSelphie1999xHDGaming