How to solve the Realm of Snaring Illusions Fantastic Compass puzzle in the Genshin Impact Perilous Trail Archon Quest

Turn time with the Fantastic Compass.

The Realm of Snaring Illusions is a Genshin Impact Domain that you'll encounter in the quest called At Tunnel's End, Light. This is the fourth part of the Archon Quest Interlude Chapter: Act II - Perilous Trail, which you can initiate after completing the following prerequisites:

  • Archon Quest Chapter I: Act III - A New Star Approaches
  • Raiden Shogun Story Quest Imperatrix Umbrosa Chapter: Act II - Transient Dreams
  • Arataki Itto Story Quest Taurus Iracundus Chapter: Act I - Rise Up, Golden Soul
  • The Chasm World Quest Wherefore Did the Spiritstone Descend? (part of The Chasm Delvers questline)
  • Serenitea Pot World Quest A Teapot to Call Home: Part I

During the Perilous Trail event from May 31, 2022, to June 20, 2022, you can start the Interlude Chapter without completing the Story Quests and Serenitea Pot World Quest above by clicking on the Quick Start button in the event menu.

How to Solve the Fantastic Compass Puzzle in the Realm of Snaring Illusions

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Upon entering the Domain, you'll be prompted to battle against Treasure Hoarders using a Yanfei trial character. After that's done, complete the following tasks:

  1. Interact with the glowing Investigate spot to pick up the Note of Unknown Origin I.
  2. Break the boulder by attacking the Exploding Barrels.
  3. If you see a sapling with red leaves on the right of the Fantastic Compass, cut it down by attacking it.
  4. Interact with the Fantastic Compass. Choose to Rotate the Needle Forward once.

Once you're done doing the tasks above, go through the door to continue the story. You need to battle Fatui Skirmishers using Yelan and Yanfei trial characters.

Related: How to complete the Chamber of Twisted Cranes in the Genshin Impact Perilous Trail Archon Quest

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Complete the following tasks after defeating the Fatui Skirmishers:

  1. Interact with the glowing Investigate spot to the left of the locked gate to pick up the Note of Unknown Origin II.
  2. Interact with the lever on the right of the locked gate to unlock it.
  3. Go to the cave that was opened up by the Exploding Barrels and loot the Common Chest inside.
  4. Interact with the Fantastic Compass. Choose to Rotate the Needle Forward once.

After, go through the door to continue the story. A battle against Xiao and an invisible Boracius will commence.

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After the battle sequence against Boracius, complete the following tasks:

  1. Interact with the glowing Investigate spot near the locked gate to pick up the Note of Unknown Origin III.
  2. Interact with the Fantastic Compass. Choose to Rotate the Needle Backward thrice or until it's pointing to the bottom leftmost symbol.

Go through the door to continue the story. After the cutscene, interact with the Fantastic Compass and Rotate the Needle Backward once. Once the next cutscene ends, interact with the Fantastic Compass on the ground. After the dialogue, you'll be teleported to the end of the Domain, where you can claim a Precious Chest before exiting.

What if you miss an Interaction before using the Fantastic Compass?

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If you forget to interact with an object or complete a task at any point in the Domain, you can return to your map of choice by adjusting the timeline using the Fantastic Compass. Reference the image above to help you find the map you're looking for.

If you're struggling with the previous Domain in this series, check out our guide on How to solve the City of Hidden Runes Domain puzzle in the Genshin Impact Perilous Trail Archon Quest.

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How to solve the Realm of Snaring Illusions Fantastic Compass puzzle in the Genshin Impact Perilous Trail Archon Quest

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  1. A common chest appears where you hit the exploding barrels (I believe it is on the Yelan level).

    1. Hi again sturtis, thanks for this callout as well! We’ve double-checked and you’re right – a Common Chest does appear in Yelan’s level. The guide has been updated.

  2. PSA: First area with Yanfei, you need to also break the branch next to the smaller compass to prevent it from growing into a tree and blocking you from turning it later.

    1. Hi sturtis, thank you so much for letting us know! I must have destroyed it by accident during my run so it was missed. The guide has been updated.