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Vault Puzzle

The puzzle

This article is a guide for a Silent Hill: Downpour puzzle.

In the Centennial Building, Murphy Pendleton comes across a large vault in the library archives, with a trail of footprints visible only with the forensic flashlight leading to it. In order to obtain a mandatory ID card that will allow him to reach the radio station on the 18th floor, Murphy must find the combination to the vault.

Because the lock always has the same combination, the player does not necessarily need to find the slides in order to enter the vault. However, the player still needs to travel through the entire level regardless, due to the elevator being stuck on the third floor, right past the mayor's office.

Solution

In the video archives in the room next to the vault, Murphy can follow another trail of footprints to a slide projector displaying an image of the mayor of Silent Hill sitting at his desk. In the mayor's office on the third floor is a box of projector slides. When inserted into the projector, the slides cycle through images of the clock tower, with the vault's combination being made up of the times displayed. No matter what the puzzle difficulty, the combination to the vault is the same, though the clues for determining the solution are different.

Easy/Normal

On Easy and Normal difficulties, the slides will show the clock stopped at 9:00, 6:00, and 1:00. Since the numbers on the locks go from 1 to 10, the combination for the safe is 961 (IX, VI, I).

Hard

On Hard difficulty, the images of the clock display the time as 1:45, 2:30, and 3:05. However, in this case, the necessary numbers are ones the minute hand is pointing to, rather than the hour hand. On the clock, 45 minutes is represented by 9, 30 minutes is 6, and 5 minutes is 1. Just like on Easy and Normal difficulties, the solution is 961 (IX, VI, I).

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Characters
Major Characters
Murphy Pendleton - Charlie Pendleton - Carol Pendleton - Anne Marie Cunningham - Howard Blackwood - John P. Sater - Patrick Napier - Frank Coleridge - George Sewell - Bobby Ricks - Nun
Other Characters
Sanchez - Homer - M. Koons - Bryan Handley - Ariadne Johnson - Melissa Matlan - Glen Milton - Ricky - Daniel Stephens - Chloe Zane - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - James Sunderland
Weapons
Baseball Bat - Bogeyman's Hammer - Bottle - Brick - Chair - Colt - Crowbar - Demon Statue - Double Headed Axe - Fire Axe - Fire Extinguisher - Fork - Frying Pan - Golden Gun - Golf Club - Hammer - Handle - Hand-to-Hand - Hatchet - Ladder Hook - Knife - Lamp - Meat Cleaver - Nailgun - Pickaxe - Pitchfork - Plank - Rake - Rifle - Rock - Shotgun - Shovel - Steel Pipe - Vase - Wrench - Tomahawk
Monsters
Bogeyman - Doll (Shadow) - Monocle Man - Nurse - Prisoner Juggernaut - Prisoner Minion - Pyramid Head - Screamer - Tormented Soul - Void - Wall Corpse - Weeping Bat - Wheelman
Locations
Aerial Tram Station - Centennial Building - Chastain Heights - Chastain Heights Cinema - Devil's Pit - Devil's Pitstop - Interstate Gas Station - Hardware Store - Hillside - Logan's Park - Monroe Cemetery - Overlook Penitentiary - Pearl Creek - Pearl Creek Bank - Pleasant River - Port District - Ryall State Prison - St. Maria's Monastery - Underground Subway - Toluca Lake
Terms
Trinkets - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Sidequest - Siren - Walkie-talkie - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - Welcome Sign - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Memos

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