How to Solve the Sphinx’s Riddles – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

How to Solve the Sphinx's Riddles during The Sphinx Challenge
The Sphinx will make you answer 3 riddles.

As you playthrough the main story in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you will reach a point where myth and reality merges. At this point, you will be tasked with going out into the world to gather 4 artifacts from different mythical creatures. One creature you will be tasked with obtaining an artifact from is a Sphinx. The Sphinx’s challenge can be completed by completing a number of riddles tp get the medallion. Here’s how to solve the Sphinx’s riddles.

Note: You need to solve the Sphinx’s riddles as part of The Gates of Atlantis quest. Completing this quest line unlocks some interesting additional lore for the game.

Where is the Sphinx?

Sphinx Location in Assassin's Creed Odyssey

You will find the Sphinx at this location.

The Sphinx statue can be located in the Scorched Rolling Plains of Boeotia. You will need to complete a side requirement of killing a nearby Alpha animal before being able to speak with it. Once you’ve killed the lion you will have a complete medallion. Take the medallion to the Sphinx’s statue to start the challenge.

Sphinx Challenge (Answer 3 Riddles)

The Sphinx Challenge

The Sphinx will make you answer 3 riddles. The solutions to each riddle can be found below.

When you return to the statue, you will notice it is gone. Instead there is now a live Sphinx in its place. As you speak to the Sphinx it will mention a challenge that needs to be completed to get its artifact. To complete the challenge you will need to answer a 3 of its riddles (note the Sphinx can ask from a selection of the riddles listed below).

Sphinx Riddles:

“What can bring back the dead; make you cry, make you laugh, make you you; is born in an instant, yet lasts a lifetime?” Answer: A memory.

“At night they come without being fetched, and by day they are lost without being stolen.” Answer: The stars.

“In spring I am gay in handsome array; in summer more clothing I wear; when colder it grows, I fling off my clothes; and in winter quite naked appear.” Answer: A tree.

“Never resting, never still; moving silently from hill to hill; it does not walk, run, or trot; all is cool where it is not.” Answer: The sun.

“This thing all things devour: birds, beasts, trees, flowers; gnaws iron, bites steel; grinds hard stones to meal; slays kings, ruins towns; and beats high mountains down.” Answer: Time.

“As small as your thumb, I am light in the air. You may hear me before you seen me, but trust that I’m there.” Answer: A hummingbird.

“Some try to hide, some try to cheat; but time will show, we always meet. Try as you might to guess my name; I promise you’ll know, when you I do claim.” Answer: Death.

“What is always old and sometimes new; never sad, sometimes blue; never empty, but sometimes full; never pushes, always pulls?” Answer: The moon.

“What is large, yet never grows; has roots that cannot be seen; and is taller than trees?” Answer: A mountain.

“I create my lair with earthen string, and dispatch my prey with a biting sting.” Answer: A spider.

“What can run, but never walks; has a mouth, but never talks; has a head, but never weeps; has a bed, but never sleeps?” Answer: A river.

“I’m alive, but without breath; I’m as cold in life as in death; I’m never thirsty, though I always drink.” Answer: Fish.

Once the Sphinx has asked you 3 riddles from the list above, you need to input them via stone tablets around it. Click on the answers to see the tablet corresponding to each answer. If you put in the wrong answers, you will be killed and have to try again.

What do you Get for Solving The Sphinx’s Riddles

Sphinx's Riddles rewards in Assassin's Creed Odyssey

For solving the Sphinx’s Riddles, you are well rewarded.

Solving the Sphinx’s riddles has a couple of benefits for you. First it allows you to progress the Atlantis mission. Second you get some loots for answering the riddles. The items you receive are:

  • Prize of the Sphinx.
  • Sphinx Figurehead (Legendary Ship Cosmetic).
  • Mace of the Sphinx.
  • XP.
  • Drachmae.

Besides getting the stuff mentioned above, you will also unlock the achievement/trophy, Riddle Me this. Not a bad days work for solving a few riddles.

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