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Looking for the Starfield Lair of the Mantis puzzle solution? The Starfield Mantis quest takes you to a secret outpost at Denebola I-B in the Denebola star system known as the Mantis’ Lair in a far flung corner of the Settled Systems. There, you’ll have to make your way through an underground base teeming with high level spacers, robots, and a tough puzzle involving pressure plates. One wrong move and a trio of turrets will gun you down.
Though you can solve it with some save scumming and brute force, we’ll explain how to get across the corridor unharmed, discover the secrets hidden deep within the Lair of the Mantis thanks to the Starfield Mantis puzzle solution.
Before you set off, it may be worth learning how to lockpick in Starfield, how to assign weapon groups in Starfield, where to get Digipicks in Starfield, where to get the Mark 1 spacesuit, where to get the Bounty Hunter spacesuit, how to find the Scorpion’s Sting, and knowing how to change weapons in Starfield.
Starfield Lair of the Mantis pressure plate solution
To solve the Starfield Mantis puzzle, you’ll need to step on the lettered pressure plates to spell out TYRANNIS. So, for simplicity, T on the first line, Y on the second of floor panels, R on the third, and so on, until you reach the end of the rows of tiles. The Mantis floor puzzle solution can be found in the Leon Voclain – Sic Semper Tyrannis slab audio log, which you’ll find on a random dead spacer as you explore the secret base.
As you make your way across, be careful not to accidentally trigger any of the other, wrong tiles otherwise it’s almost guaranteed death. Stick to the correct tiles to spell out the word by paying close attention to the marker below each one. Once you make your way across the pressure plates, tap the red button to the right of the barred door to get through.
From there and after a brief chat with Livvey (if you kept him alive), get ready to face several tough robots. Continue forward, picking them off as you go to discover what’s hidden inside the Starfield Lair of the Mantis, unlocking some great gear, loot, and rewards – the Mantis Razorleaf ship, helmet, and Mantis spacesuit. You’ll find the Mantis armor set on a mannequin in a room to the left as you enter the large chamber.
Note that there are two robots hidden to the right of the console that unlock the starship so be cautious as you approach. The Razorleaf, in particular, is a superb early game ship, mainly thanks to its shielded cargo hold, which will allow you to get through customs scans and smuggle contraband.
While you in the lair, you can also pick up the Mantis Pack, Mantis Spacesuit, and Mantis Space Helmet. All three are on a mannequin in a display case in the quarters to the left as you enter the chamber containing the Razorleaf.
Now you know how to solve the Starfield Lair of the Mantis mission puzzle, check out how to dock at space stations and ships in Starfield if you haven’t already. For more on the what lurks in the corners of the cosmos, check out our Starfield planets guide.