Reposting this from /r/Gemcraft. These are a collection of the discovered secrets in Gemcraft: Chasing Shadows. Some of this may be slightly inaccurate, but hopefully compiling all the knowledge here will get us closer to the final answer.
ReaperGuy on the AG forums figured out GreyTrees, and Seberoth also identified some extra codes. It was discovered that the outside corner squares of the map (zoom out to make them easier to see) are clickable. Various codes inputted will do changes to the game, but so far it's only cosmetic aside from the almost-useless Gift Gems.
The codes are entered with the following scheme (as if they're four corners of a number pad):
Southwest = 1
Southeast = 3
Northwest = 7
Northeast = 9
The codes discovered so far are:
11331791 - Grey Trees - To get the achievement, finish any field with this set.
11319773 - Black Orb
13371337 - Spinning tower shots
11379197 - Mossy towers
97713791 - Mossy amplifiers
77919713 - Heavy rain
79797919 - Heavy snow
77311973 - Gift gems
11799397 - Dark monsters
11111111 or any 8 digits of the same number - Mods reset
Assuming up to 8 digits in any given code, there are still over 65k codes to try. I don't think brute forcing these will work. Again, all credit for this discovery goes to ReaperGuy and Seberoth on the AG forums.
The basic gist is that you need to set all compass pieces to tier 5 and beat the final one that drops the field marker. Rinse and repeat 11 times for talismans and field markers. The third reward is a bugged field marker that prevents the round from finishing. Just manually end it and start on the next compass set. You'll know you have completed them all when the gems no longer show up in the loading screen.
The compasses themselves correspond to the gem tiers you see on the loading screen of compass levels. Teardrop is tier 1, triangle is tier 2, square is tier 3, a "U" shape is tier 4, and an "X" shape is tier 5. Every time the compass tiers reset, the compass correspondences are set to a random orientation, which always follows a pattern of 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2.
Let me be perfectly clear: The directions on the compass don't matter for any tutorial/description, because where Tier 5 is pointing is random each time you do things such as reload the game, change your skills, or beat a level.
The compass levels, in left-to-right order, are C2, E3, J2, K2, O3, U4, and X7. The easiest level to finish at is E3, with only 24 waves at untraited Looming.
Here is my basic algorithm for setting a compass based upon the gem at the loading screen:
Tier 1 - Turn 4 times. Done.
Tier 2 - Turn 3 times. Recheck.
Tier 3 - Turn 2 times. Recheck.
Tier 4 - Turn 7 times. Recheck.
Tier 5 - Done (duh).
With this algorithm, tier 2 and 4 always become a tier 3 or 5. Tier 3 always becomes a tier 1 or 5.
The rewards for completion of a certain amount of cycles is as follows:
1 - Field D6
3 - Bugged Field Marker (perhaps supposed to be N7?)
5 - Field O4 (Already acquired through normal progression)
7 - Field P6
9 - Field Q7
11 - Field X6
2, 4, 6, 8, 10th times: Talisman fragments of ascending quality
This list is FAR from complete or entirely accurate. These are just the notes I have from field markers I have acquired or seen from other sources.
A6 - Complete A4 on Glaring
B6 - Complete the achievement "Still Alive B1"
D6, P6, Q7, X6 - See compass explanaition above.
Y4 (->Y5->Y6) - Complete all waves on X5 without charging up the gem.
G4 - Complete the rest of Hex G on Haunted difficulty
L5 - Complete L1, L2, and maybe L4 on Haunted difficulty
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I call it cheese-charging. just remove all skillpoints except from freeze, don't build any towers...just call waves early to recharge freeze.
i had it already (the critical hit skill), just didn't realize.
now i have all 25 skills.
some of them you can only get by temporarely removing gems from the towers (overpowered) and put them back once the monsters are in the target zone.
Some more compass info: http://gemcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Mysterious_Compass_%28GC2%29
beating R2 on haunting unlocks R6 !
beating W2 on haunting unlocks W3
beating U6 on haunting unlocks U7
It was asked previously if you could do the compass rewards without the pouch and there was never an answer. I have confirmed that you cannot do them because of locked fields that are only available to people with the pouch.
what are the compass rewards and how to unlock ?
what is "shrine charge" ?
From what I hear, the compass just rewards some low-value talisman fragments. You also need premium to get the one in C.
For me, all five compasses need to point south-east, but it's supposedly a different direction every time you start a new game.
Shrines have a variable called charge. By default, they can store enough charge to fire off twice in a row. Some shrines are pre-built, others come from sparks.
mmh, did i ever see one ? i have cleared all fields since some days.
how do they look like ?
All of the details on the compasses are in the first post of this thread. It is not about them all pointing the same direction. Additional questions and answers on the compasses are in additional posts within this thread. You need to read the thread.
I got H6 after the third compass try, not N7. I guess they fixed the bug. Didn't get D6 though because I left before winning the field. I guess they didn't fix that bug.
If you did a compass quest but left or lost the game, all you have to do is quit the browser, start it up again and reload the flash file, and the field will magically have appeared.
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