Dragon’s Dogma 2 Sphinx Riddles Solutions

Remember the Sphinx shown in the trailers for Dragon’s Dogma 2? She is featured in the side quest A Game of Wits where you will be asked different riddles and you probably want to answer all of them correctly because of the rewards. We’ll guide you on where you can find the Sphinx, the solutions to the riddles, and finally how to get the Eternal Wakestone through this side quest!

Let’s go over some details to avoid missing trophies or rewards. While the quest will not fail if you answer a riddle incorrectly, you will lose the specific reward as you only get one try for each riddle. However, later on, failing a riddle will end up with the quest being left unsolved. It is best to be cautious and rest at an inn before doing any riddle so you can close the game after getting one wrong and reload back at the inn. Also, if you are okay with spoilers regarding the quest then we recommend reading the whole guide when you are starting the quest so you can be aware of some important things. This will help as some answers to the riddles are personalized to your character. Also, you will generally get to keep the items you bring to the Sphinx.

IMPORTANT: Do not try to attack the Sphinx! You will lose all rewards as the Sphinx will fly away. This will also render the quest line unfinished.

How to find the Sphinx in Dragon’s Dogma 2

How to find the Sphinx in Dragon's Dogma 2

The Sphinx is at the Mountain Shrine in Vermund. But the path there is tricky so we recommend carrying a Portcrystal with you to place at the Mountain Shrine for fast travel.

  • First, just head to the Checkpoint Rest Town and move northeast on the main path. Later, you’ll find another road on the left that you need to follow to head into the mountains.
  • You should be in the Ancient Battleground by now. See the ruins on top of the hill? That’s where you need to head to.
  • We recommend finding the NPC Oskar in the area who will guide you through the area in exchange for you escorting him. This is part of the quest ‘Tolled to Rest’.
  •  Now, once you are on top of the old battlements, you’ll see a ladder that will take you to the top if you climb it. Behind the ruins will be the Worldsend Cavern which will take you into the mountain.
  • Be prepared to fight multiple enemies as you get through the cave to find the Ancient Ruins. Just run across them and head into the Shrine Corridor.
  • Move into the Shrine Corridor and go up the staircase and you’ll meet the Sphinx in all her glory at the Mountain Shrine.

Do not forget to place a Portcrystal here! While the path to the Mountain Shrine was fun considering we get to see a dragon and a cyclops fight each other on the way (and fight a golem ourselves), the journey is pretty long and tiring so you will not be looking forward to traversing it all again.

Riddle of Eyes

Riddle of Eyes in Dragon's Dogma 2

“Our eyes are our allies, yet oft do they betray, for eyes tell lies, so I advise, and thence do lead astray. Yet how will your eyes advise you? Venture through yonder door and retrieve that which is of greatest value.”

In simple words, the Sphinx wants you to go through the door into the dungeon and find the best item to bring to the Sphinx.

  1. As you enter and walk, look back and up to see a chest on a platform above you.
  2. Reach it through the steps on your left that you can use.
  3. After opening the chest, you’ll find a Sealing Phial that you need to bring to the Sphinx and also a Wakestone.
  4. While you can choose to fight the enemies inside the dungeon, you can just return now to the Sphinx and save time. 

The Sealing Phial can hold a person for easy transportation. Bring it back to the Sphinx to finish this riddle.

Riddle of Madness

Riddle of Madness in Dragon's Dogma 2

“Love is as twin to madness, they say. They are bound fast, as night is to day. So bring forth your most beloved to me, that I might gauge the depth of your insanity.”

The Sphinx wants you to present the character that you have the highest affinity level with. While obviously, the character will differ for each player; the best way to handle this is to choose a specific character and make them our guinea pig for this riddle.

  1. Pick an NPC and perform all of their quests. 
  2. Give them gifts to further raise the affinity level.
  3. Their cheeks will be rosy when the affinity level is at maximum and now you have to just pick them up and take them to the Sphinx.

You will be rewarded with 1 Portcrystal for this riddle.

Riddle of Wisdom

Riddle of Wisdom in Dragon's Dogma 2

“The parent knows the child, yet the reverse is far from true. The child knows not the parent: such is the parent’s due. I am a lost child; for kinship do I yearn. So bring to me my “Parent”, that I might better learn.”

Yes, you are not the only one who was confused by this riddle and who to bring as the Sphinx’s parent. You need to recruit a specific pawn and present them to the Sphinx.

  1. Head to Harve village near Vernworth.
  2. Activate the Riftstone of Fellowship and enter the rift.
  3. Find the pawn called ‘SphinxParent’ and recruit them. Make sure the creator is Capcom.
  4. At the Mountain Srine, place the pawn in front of the Sphinx to solve the riddle.

You’ll earn 1200 Rift Crystals from the chest you get from this riddle.

Riddle of Conviction

Riddle of Conviction in Dragon's Dogma 2

“Life is an enigma – a lender of mortal debt. Yet lighter pack makes fleeter foot and challenge nimbly met. So grant me what you most prize, and thence elude your ponderous demise.”

Probably the easiest riddle of the bunch. The Sphinx wants you to hand over the most prized item in your possession BUT oh boy can we exploit this since the Sphinx will take anything you give and hand over two of the items.

So, just hand over something useful like a Portcrystal that you would want more of and give it to the Sphinx. 

Riddle of Rumination

Riddle of Rumination in Dragon's Dogma 2

“It’s ever the first we keep fond in our breast, and ever the first that eclipses the rest. You know of the Seeker’s Tokens, I trust? Those keepsakes of a fondly remembered journey? Yet where was it that you found your first? Retrace your steps, if you can – you might make a new discovery,”

Again, this is a riddle whose answer will be unique to each player. You need to go back to the place where you earned your first Seeker Token and collect the Finder’s Token now from there. It should be around Vernworth or Melve as they are the starting areas. After getting the Finder’s Token, return to the Sphinx to receive a reward of 3 Ferrystones.

How to Find the Sphinx Again in Dragon’s Dogma 2

How to Find the Sphinx Again in Dragon's Dogma 2

After you have completed the five riddles, the Sphinx will fly away and you will need to find her again to continue the questline. Before leaving the Mountain Shrine, don’t forget to pick up the portcrystal that you dropped here for fast travel.

The Sphinx will now be found at the Frontier Shrine which is just south of the Checkpoint Rest Town. You need to follow the path alongside the river flowing here to the west past a cave and you’ll find the Frontier Shrine where the Sphinx is located; and like last time, do remember to drop a portcrystal here for easy travel.

Riddle of Reunion

Riddle of Reunion in Dragon's Dogma 2

Felt the journey was arduous and you should be rewarded for it? Well, you will be as catching up to the Sphinx in the Frontier Shrine is considered your sixth riddle! You will be rewarded with 100,000 gold coins for this riddle.

IMPORTANT: The Riddles will now be in a random order. Scroll to the riddle that the Sphinx asks you accordingly. Also, don’t forget to switch to the Archer class before attempting the final riddle.

Riddle of Contest

Riddle of Contest in Dragon's Dogma 2

The Sphinx will spawn an armored combatant and also force you to equip the Ring of Derision which weakens your attacks immensely.

You need to stagger your opponent and then carry them to throw them off the cliff, which should not be too hard.

You will gain the Ring of Ambition as the reward which will increase your XP gains from defeating enemies.

Riddle of Differentiation

Riddle of Differentiation in Dragon's Dogma 2

“I seek this man. If men are so distinct, I’m sure you’ll meet him in a trice.”

The Sphinx will then proceed to show you an image of a tubby red-haired man wearing a white robe. There should be two NPCs in the game world fitting the description and now you need to take the help of your History and the NPC Logbook for further clues.

You’ll find two names; Dante and Vergil. It’s an easter egg for the Devil May Cry games. Dante has straight hair and a slightly straight scar on his eyes. Vergil has curly hair with a jagged scar on his eyes. You can find both in Checkpoint Rest Town. 

After you find the specific person needed, bring them to the Frontier Shrine and display them to the Sphinx. 

You will be rewarded with Whimsical Daydream which is a trickster class weapon.

Riddle of Futility

Riddle of Futility in Dragon's Dogma 2

“Here I have an amphora destined for Ser Maurits in Battahl. Deliver it to him, but beware: it’s rather fragile.”

This is self-explanatory as the player needs to deliver the fragile amphora to Ser Maurits in Battahl. Some restrictions are placed on you such as not being able to fast travel and not allowing yourself to get attacked while holding the amphora as it will break. 

There are two ways to handle this task the first being to put down the amphora if you even get a scent of danger. You can pick it up after you have defeated the enemies in the vicinity. Another option, which Dragon Dogma’s II interesting mechanics allow is to bring Ser Maurits to the amphora instead; by finding him and carrying him back to the amphora.

You will be rewarded with the Eternal Bond Ring which greatly enhances your affinity with the NPC that you gift it to.

Note: Be prepared for a fight after the next riddle.

Riddle of Recollection

Riddle of Recollection in Dragon's Dogma 2

“My memory fails me, you see. Remind me, make it plain. Let yonder statues be your means. For every question aptly answered, bring one here before me.”

The player need to place the number of statues on the dais corresponding with how many riddles they have correctly solved. If you were following this guide from the start, you should have completed all 9 and hence need to place 9 statues in front of the Sphinx. Make sure you get the number right as you can fail the riddle.

Your tenth reward from the Sphinx will be the Unmaking Arrow. It can kill enemies instantly which means you only need one hit to kill a specific foe. However, the game automatically saves after you fire the arrow so you can’t use it again.

We recommend using it against the Sphinx! Yes, the Sphinx has given you multiple rewards. The Sphinx will congratulate you for solving all of the riddles as she proceeds to leave but you can’t let that happen.

How to Defeat The Sphinx

How to Defeat The Sphinx in Dragon's Dogma 2

So, probably wondering why the huge golden chest is still locked. Well, the only way to unlock it is to stop the Sphinx from flying away and defeating her.

Note: The Sphinx is a fairly powerful opponent so you need to be on your guard and be powerful enough to defeat her (at least level 30). She uses all of the elements in the fight and you need to be constantly running to even have a chance of dodging her attacks. 

  1. Before she can fly away, start attacking the Sphinx. After you deal enough damage, she will accept your challenge to a duel.
  2. So, we meant it when we said you should use the Unmaking Arrow against the Sphinx but that is one of the two ways you can defeat her. One is the easier way by using the Unmaking Arrow and the harder way is to charge on and deal enough damage to defeat her.
  3. The issue with the harder choice is that if you deal enough damage to the Sphinx’s head/chest then she will fly away and you won’t be able to defeat her. So, you will also need to fight without your pawns as they will damage whatever part of her is in range of them. You need to focus your attacks on her back or legs to have a chance of completing the fight.
  4. After taking enough damage, the Sphinx will accept your victory and say that you have solved the final riddle. She will drop a huge key and a ton of gold as she fades away.
  5. The much easier way to win the fight is by using The Unmaking Arrow. As soon as the key around her neck starts to glow; equip the Unmaking Arrow from inventory and shoot it at the Sphinx.
  6. Make sure to be in close range and not miss as then you will have to proceed with the charge and constantly strike strategy mentioned above. Alternatively, you can reload at your last inn rest albeit losing a ton of progress. 

As a reward for completing the final (final) riddle, you earn the Eternal Wakestone from the big chest. Eternal Wakestone is a powerful item that can only be found once in the whole game. It can be used to revive all NPCs in the surrounding area! You can revive a whole town even. (Yes that can happen if they fell to the curse of Dragonsplague)

The ‘A Game of Wits’ quest is one of the best in the game and the Sphinx as a character herself in Dragon’s Dogma 2 is very interesting, we hope you enjoyed the quest as much as we did.

For more content on Dragon’s Dogma 2, check out our Status Effects guide on Dragon’s Dogma II!

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Zain Raza
Zain's gaming passion started with the PSP era. He has been a PlayStation fan from the start and loves narrative driven single-player games. He dabbles into all things pop culture.

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