How to solve the Assassin's Creed Mirage Serpent's Nest book puzzle

Solving the book puzzle in Assassin's Creed Mirage
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The Assassin's Creed Mirage book puzzle appears almost at the end of the game while Basim is hunting down his final target in the Serpent's Nest. There aren't many puzzles in Assassin's Creed Mirage, so this one comes a bit out of nowhere which doesn't help matters. During this mission, the person you're after hides themselves away in a chamber which can only be opened by solving a strange book puzzle that uses one of Arib's poems. If you're having problems then I've laid out the puzzle solution below so that you can easily find the hidden chamber where Basim's final assassination target is lurking.

Assassin's Creed Mirage book puzzle solution

The poem involved with the book puzzle in Assassin's Creed Mirage

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There are four pedestals around the balcony area in the library room you find during The Serpent's Nest mission. You'l be able to place one of four books you now have in your possession - black, blue, yellow, and white.

Book puzzle in Assassin's Creed Mirage

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The key to figuring out the Assassin's Creed Mirage book puzzle is firstly the poem itself, which involves themes that correlate to the book colors.

  • Rage in the ocean, I'll sweeten your storms (blue)
  • Scorch as the desert, I'll bathe in your heat (yellow)
  • Strike as the cobra, but plunge in my breast (black)
  • Soar as the dove, but alight in my nest (white)

The four items we've marked in bold above the key words to solving this puzzle - albeit not quite in that order. Each has an obvious color associated with it so Ocean is the blue book, the desert is the yellow book, cobra is the black book, and the dove is white book.

Now it's about figuring out the order. If you go down to the level below and look back up, you'll be able to see glowing images using your Eagle Vision. They go all around the ceiling, but just look at the ones above where each pedestal is, as you can see below (use the arrows to switch between the two images).

Using the word/color associations from earlier, you'll now know that - starting from the pedestal furthest from the stairs - the order goes:

White (for dove)

Black (for cobra)

Yellow (for desert)

Blue (for ocean)

This will then cause a bookcase on the lower floor to drop down, revealing a small room behind it. There you'll find a ladder you can take to descend to where your objective is lurking in a hidden chamber. Watch a few cutscenes and you'll get to the game's slightly confusing finale, which is where our Assassin's Creed Mirage ending explained guide should help you out.

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