While exploring the worlds of Mass Effect: Andromeda you’re bound to find remnant puzzles throughout the galaxy, and you’ll have to solve them to improve the viability of the planets that you want to colonise. But some of them can be difficult for some. Which is why I found out an easy way to cheese (most of) them with little to no effort.

Let’s be honest, how many of you enjoyed Sudoku in school? Probably not many, so that’s what you might not like the Remnant Puzzles in Mass Effect: Andromeda. Turns out there’s an easy solution for them and it involves similar strategies to beating a sudoku puzzle.

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Let’s take a look at a remnant puzzle in Andromeda below, after we’ve scanned for the glyphs in the surrounding area.Sudoku Capture 01

The idea of the remnant decryption puzzles is to make sure that one of each of the four symbols appears in each square quadrant, but that one of each also appears in every row and column with zero repetition. Sounds familiar? It probably is, because it’s basically a sudoku puzzle.

If you can’t be bothered or are just mathematically challenged, find yourself a Sudoku solver. This is a 4 x 4 grid, so I used Sudoku Jackpot.

Essentially, what you need to do here is enter the symbols you already know –  by assigning each one a number between 1 and 4 – because there’s four possible symbols in the remnant decryption.Sudoku Step 2As you can see, we have mirrored the Andromeda remnant decryption in our own puzzle solver on Sudoku Jackpot. Each number refers to a specific symbol on the grid. Next, all you need to do is solve it. The Sudoku Solver will automatically punch in those numbers for you and present you with a completed grid. It’s then up to you to punch them into the game to complete the puzzle.Sudoku Capture 02As we can see above, the symbol we have designated as 1 in previous steps is now in the other sections of the grid where the Sudoku Solver told us to put a 1. As such the puzzle is solved!

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It’s worth noting that this will only work for the Remnant Decryption puzzles that are perfect squares like a Sudoku. Others are a bit more complicated and crazy – but hey, given the price of the Remnant Decryption Keys (the things that let you skip these puzzles) wouldn’t it be better to use this method for the easier ones and then your hard earnt keys on the harder ones?

We think so.