How to solve all puzzles in The Temple Where Sand Flows Like Tears World Quest in Genshin Impact

Follow the steps below to complete the puzzles in this long quest.

The Temple Where Sand Flows Like Tears is a Genshin impact World Quest in The Dirge of Bilqis quest chain. Once you enter the Temple of Gurabad, you need to solve three similar puzzles that involve opening the gate, activating devices, exploring the area, and returning to the main room.

Below is a detailed walkthrough on how to solve the entire puzzle segment in the World Quest. Since all three puzzles are similar to each other, we'll walk you through the first part in detail and focus on new mechanics for the next two parts. If you're midway, reference the Table of Contents below to find the segment you're looking for.

Genshin Impact The Temple Where Sand Flows Like Tears puzzle walkthrough

We highly recommend turning on the quest marker/quest navigation (the blue diamond that shows you the way) as it will make navigation in the underground maze so much easier.

Open the gate (1/3)

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For this segment, turn on your quest navigator, which will point to the Sand Pile you need to remove. Then attack the nearby Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile, dispersing it and revealing a mechanism. Interact with the mechanism to open the gate and enter to proceed.

Activate the device and, in turn, another machine somewhere within the temple (1/3)

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Upon entering the room, you'll find an optional Rune Mechanism and Sand Pile puzzle, which will reward you with a Common Chest. Since it's not necessary for this quest, you can ignore it if you prefer. Proceed with interacting with the mechanism beside the door to open it.

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Follow the path until you reach a huge room with two statues. Turn right and enter the smaller room to find a Rune Mechanism and Sand Pile puzzle.

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First, you need to find a way to unblock the path for the blue beam to cross to the other room. Attack the Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile on the right, dispersing it and revealing a lever. Interact with the lever to open the hatch on the pyramid-shaped window on the left.

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Attack the Rune Mechanism again until the blue beam is facing the pyramid-shaped window on the left. Since it's now open, the beam will be able to disperse sand in the other room.

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Go back to the entrance of the room with the two statues. This time, turn left. You can ignore the other puzzles as they aren't related to the quest. Instead, you can directly interact with the mechanism in front of the door to open it.

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Enter the room and ignore the locked mechanism. Turn right, where you'll find the device in a brightly-lit space. Interact with the device to prompt a small cutscene and unlock the other mechanism outside.

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Look for another exit (1/3)

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Simply go out of the room and interact with the now-unlocked mechanism to open the door. Upon entering, you'll find another Rune Mechanism and Sand Pile puzzle. Attack the Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile, revealing a mechanism beside the door. Interact with it to unlock the door and proceed onward.

Search the temple (1/3)

You'll find yourself in a room with a broken floor. Turn on your quest navigation to make this part so much easier! A glowing spot will appear so simply glide toward it at the bottom of the crater, where the water level is high.

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From here, keep following the quest navigator. Reference the images above to help you stay on track. Your goal is to reach the glowing spot beside the Primal Constructs. You can also defeat them to unlock the Chest, but it's optional.

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Keep following the path until you reach the Rune Mechanism and Sand Pile puzzle in front of the door. Attack the Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile, revealing a mechanism. Interact with it to open the door, completing this segment.

Find the activated machine (1/3)

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A lot of the machines in the room look the same, so follow the quest navigator to find the correct one. Approach it to prompt dialogue with the party.

Scatter dust around the sealing machine (1/3)

Attack the machine once or until the blue beam is facing the giant pyramid at the center of the room, dispersing the sand and completing the segment.

Open the gate (2/3)

Similar to the first instance, turn on your quest navigator to figure out the next room you need to work on. Then attack the bigger mechanism directly in front of the room until the blue beam is pointing to the Sand Pile, revealing a mechanism beside the door. Interact with it to open the door and proceed.

Activate the device and, in turn, another machine somewhere within the temple (2/3)

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There's a new quirk to Rune Mechanisms—they can now move at command. Move the Rune Mechanism until it's closer to the wall, then attack it until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile. The Sand Pile will disperse and reveal a mechanism, which you must interact with to open the door.

You'll find another puzzle inside the new room, but it's optional. Interact with the mechanism beside the door to open it and move forward with the quest. Don't forget to unlock the hidden Teleport Waypoint.

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This room is formatted similarly to the one before. You need to start from the right side first as well.

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The puzzle is the same as the first one, with the addition of the moving mechanic. Follow these steps to solve it:

  1. Move the Rune Mechanism so that it's further away from the wall.
  2. Attack the Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile on the right, revealing a lever.
  3. Interact with the lever to open the hatch on the pyramid-shaped window on the left.
  4. Attack the Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the pyramid-shaped window on the left.
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Return to the large clearing, and this time, turn left. You must move the Rune Mechanism so that it's closer to the door. Then attack it until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile, revealing a mechanism. Interact with it to open the door and enter. Once inside, turn right and interact with the device to complete this segment.

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Look for a way back to the temple (2/3)

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Go back and interact with the now-unlocked mechanism to open the door, then follow the path until you encounter the next puzzle. To solve it, start by moving the Rune Mechanism so that it's closer to the wall. Then attack it until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile, revealing a mechanism. Interact with it to open the door and enter.

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Turn on your quest navigator for this segment. Glide downward to enter a clearing with mobs. Follow the direction of the quest navigator—you can reference the images above to help you stay on track.

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Once you reach the building with the two giant hourglasses, climb the stairs and interact with the mechanism to open the door. Enter and follow the path toward the glowing spot to complete this segment.

Scatter the dust around the sealing machine (2/3)

Follow the quest navigator toward the larger mechanism, then interact with it until the blue beam is facing the pyramid at the center of the room. This will get rid of the Sand Piles and complete this part of the quest.

Open the gate (3/3)

Turn on your quest navigator to figure out the next room you need to work on. Then attack the bigger mechanism directly in front of the room until the blue beam is pointing to the Sand Pile, revealing a mechanism beside the door. Interact with it to open the door and proceed.

Activate the device and, in turn, another machine somewhere within the temple (3/3)

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Upon entering the room, turn left to enter a smaller space, where you must solve a puzzle. Move the Rune Mechanism so that it's closer to the door. Attack it until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile, revealing a mechanism. Interact with the mechanism to open the door and enter.

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Follow the path until you're in another room with a Primal Construct. Defeat the enemy, then turn your attention to the puzzle. It's essentially a relay, where the Rune Mechanisms will unlock one at a time. Follow the steps below:

  1. Attack the blue Rune Mechanism until it's facing the Sand Pile, revealing a lever.
  2. Interact with the lever to open the pyramid-shaped window.
  3. Move the Rune Mechanism so that it's closer to the wall.
  4. Attack the Rune Mechanism so that the blue beam goes through the pyramid-shaped window, melting another Sand Pile on the other side of the wall.
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The Sand Pile will unlock another Rune Mechanism. You need to control it (circled above). Follow the steps below:

  1. Move the Rune Mechanism so that it's further away from the wall.
  2. Attack the Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile (with the red mechanism).
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This time, you need to control the newly-unlocked Rune Mechanism (circled above). Follow the steps below:

  • Move the Rune Mechanism so that it's closer to the door.
  • Attack the Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile, revealing a mechanism.
  • Interact with the mechanism to open the door and enter.
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There are a few puzzles in this room, but they're optional. Focus on going up the stairs, where you'll find a Rune Mechanism. Attack the Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile by the wall. Once the sand disperses, a mechanism will appear.

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Interact with the mechanism to make the platform disappear. Then plunge down and interact with the device to complete this segment.

Look for a way back to the temple (3/3)

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After activating the device, go forward and climb up to return to the previous area. You must now solve the puzzle beside the Teleport Waypoint. Attack the Rune Mechanism until the blue beam is facing the Sand Pile. Once the sand disperses, interact with the mechanism to open the door.

Follow the path to find yet another Rune Mechanism. Move it so that it's closer to the door, attack it until the blue beam gets rid of the sand, and interact with the mechanism to open the door.

Scatter the dust around the sealing machine (3/3)

Follow the quest navigator toward the larger mechanism, then interact with it until the blue beam is facing the pyramid at the center of the room. This will get rid of the Sand Piles and complete this part of the quest.

For more puzzle guides, check out How to solve the Weathered Obelisk puzzle at Liloupar’s Cell in Genshin Impact here on Pro Game Guides.

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How to solve all puzzles in The Temple Where Sand Flows Like Tears World Quest in Genshin Impact

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  1. Totally stuck for 3 days on this walkthru of yours, no idea what I am missing. in the center of this temple have the west and east large beams blue, but only 1 of them rotates when hit, cannot get the 2nd to move at all. The north and south ones are still red, apparently not enough unlocked yet to turn blue. Got the one door open (blew away the sand), activated the Rune mechanism and switch for next room, got door open but only can get to top of stairs where there is another closed door and no apparent way to open it to get to next section my blue quester is showing me I need to go. Totally stuck. Please help!!!

    1. Hey Hawk, based on your comment it seems like you’re stuck on the second part? The mechanism is right in front of the door. The quest navigator will point to the exact door you need to open, and you need to hit the mechanism in front of it so that the beam gets rid of the sand that will reveal the mechanism to open the door. This is on the west side of the room. Upon entering, you can ignore the puzzle and directly interact with the mechanism by the door to enter. Hope this answered your question, otherwise, please let me know which part of the quest you’re in based on 1) the name of the objective on the lefthand corner and 2) which of the 3 gates you’ve opened, I can give you detailed instructions from there.