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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.

Grey Trees

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.


Compass

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

Missing Fields

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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wolfman6666
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aaand w1 and w2 on haunting unlocked W3

Oskilled86
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Ok I think... (and i did X5 a few times now WITHOUT getting Y4...) you need to charge X5 WITHOUT having any battle traits aktivated that helped me finally get the last battletrait + Y4 now.

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This is to complicate for me ..... my English is not good enough to understand this mystic stuff
Can someone tell it me in German? (send a Message over my profile==

Narim
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Beating U6 on Haunting unlocks U7

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Also, I got B6 without getting "Still Alive B1". However, I replayed it on glaring, instead of looming. I guess playing B1 on glaring unlocks B6?

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I got field H6 from the third time compass thing -_-'

sozered
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Oh and I never got field B6 with the "still alive B1" but with B1 on glaring too

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Can anyone of you do a video on youtube or anywhere else, because I'm not english and I know I don't understand something but I don't know what. Thanks a lot, this game rocks so much, I d'ont want to miss a part!

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Hi, anyone knows how to get field G4?

update: seems I have to do all the G fields in haunting.

ajktulm
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Hmm I got G4 after doing the rest of G, except G6... maybe it's a coincidence, maybe it isn't needed.

ajktulm
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Also can confirm that L4 isn't needed for L5

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Fun glitch, on X5, if you set it to a new difficulty or anything that adds waves, you still have to clear it by wave 99. otherwise it kills your orb.

bilbaosong
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Hi, I'm playing with a mac, is because of that I can't succed the compass stuff? As anyone of you any problems to do that with a mac?

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bilbaosong, you have to be much more specific with the issues you are having with the compasses.

osmoosys
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hi everybody.
what a good game ! but so frustrating not bein able to finish because of hidden maps. to me (i'm french), the compass method is very hard to understand. even for english people it might be i guess. can someone write a easier tutorial or release it on youtube for noobs as me ? thanks to all ... have a good play ...

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