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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They already fixed N7's problem
I leave K2 and I lost X6 forever! Please tell them to fix this bug!!! tks!(E3 is already tier 5.so I went to play K2,and then I accidendly build my tower at a wrong place,so I leaved it.)same problem as many people
How do I unlock Y1? I already did T6 and unlocked the general Y tile, but usually when you unlocked a hextile you get the first area as well. For example I know K4 unlocks L&O tiles and gives you o1 and L1 to get started.
So where is Y1 found?
On the loading screens with the red gem and % of loading, the gem graphics appear across the screen below that red gem...BUT I never saw it until after I had completed V1
For those that completed the Flea Trap achievement, how did you do it? That's my last one.
So X5 is the last map and the end of the game? That felt anti-climatic. You can't get into the hex with the mountain and rainbow?
Wait for gemcraft 1.1 and steam release, there should be something
Any idea when that is going to happen?
And (almost) more importantly - are those of us who bought the Pouch going to have to buy the game again on Steam?
It's nice that GS:CS has been green-lighted for Steam. Although I have a rarely-used Steam account I don't see any point in playing the game there because, other than having a wrapper so that it can launch as a standalone executable, it's still the same Flash-based GS:CS.
I finished the compass (11times) but still not unlocked N7
How can we obtain this one ?
Uh, N7 should be given after the 5th compass-cycle... Take a look at the compass-fields loading screen, if they still show the gems like before, you can start another compass run...
If they don't appear, I've no idea
It does not show the gems in the loading screen anymore
Anyway, I restarted the game and the field randomly appeared
I don't know what happened but well... problem solved
yepp, something like that happened to me, too...
Can people get all the rewards from the compass stuff? I completed it and got only field D6 nothing more T_T
You have completed the compass and you've got a reward. Complete it again and get another reward...
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