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A Switch in Altitude is a previously Nintendo Switch-exclusive level 60 quest given by Joe the Younger at Rookie Harbor - Inn. Obtaining the Meteor Shade.pngMeteor Shade is a prerequisite of this quest.

Tasks[]

  • Search for new species on Off Road 2 in Autumn's Rise
  • Search for new species on the Secluded Path in Autumn's Fall
  • Examine the strange device on Secluded Path in Autumn's Fall
  • Find and enter the Secret Entrance on Secluded Path in Autumn's Fall
    • Accessed by going north east to the area south of a waterfall.
  • Explore the Secret Facility
    • The player will be required to check a few computers, solve some puzzles, and eventually fight The Hedgelord.
    • After defeating The Hedgelord, the room to the north will inform the player of the ultimate fate of the researchers of the facility. It also contains a chest with a Shy Fly.pngShy Fly.
  • Return to Joe the Younger in the Rookie Harbor Inn

Completion message[]

You found proof for the existence of Flying type Hedgehags and also uncovered a secret facility of the "Avian Appliances"-company! Maybe this other new secret facility really exists as well?

Facility X Key[]

The quests A Switch in Altitude, Out of the Box, Best in the West and Foul Play were formerly exclusive to a single platform (Nintendo Switch, XBox One, PC and PS4/PS5 respectively), although they are now available on all platforms. They were connected through a multi-platform easter egg, that begins by finding the Encrypted Key.pngEncrypted Key and a clue at the end of each quest. The clues refer to locations where the key must be brought. All four clues are needed to find the easter egg, and originally needed to be shared between the players on each platform.

Clues

A Switch in Altitude clue

One of the hidden places can be found in Autumn's Fall, "North of a big ruin, surrounded by water"!

This clue refers to the Great Lake in Autumn's Fall, on the north side of the ruins where you fought the Hologram Frobbit.

Out of the Box clue

One of the hidden places can be found in Bergen Trail, "Between a laser bridge and the hidden lair of Frobbits out of reach."!

This clue refers to the Off Road 3 in Bergen Trail, where you will need to take the high ground in the north to get to the small protected glen on the west. Go counter-clockwise around the glen with the two Frobbits in it on the first level above ground. The key is on the 3:00 side of the circle, just outside the wall formed by the second level above ground.

Best in the West clue

One of the hidden places can be found in Maroon Valley, "At a hidden source of water, uncovered while searching for cursed treasure."!

This clue refers to the Deadly Oasis in Maroon Valley, at the top of the small pond area.

Foul Play clue

One of the hidden places can be found in Gaia's Garden, "At a crossing, on top of one of the four tree stumps"!

This clue refers to the Splitting Stumps in Gaia's Garden, on top of the northern-most stump.

Facility X

After you have found all four parts of the decryption key, you will be informed that the secret Facility X is somewhere in Sapphire Ridge. You will find an elevator similar to the first one in Carved Pathway, in the northwestern area; blue lights coming from you will lead the way.

This facility houses the four different creatures found in each respective quest. Meanwhile, Drey Santres, Xavier Bonegate, Dave Halman, and Barney Sauceston can be found in the furthest room playing video games.

v · d · e Quest Quests by starting location
Rookie Harbor Railing RiderFaction IntroductionPetty Crime HunterSickly TreesDigging for DataSmall Time DeliveryWood 'n SteaksSmuggle TroubleIt Can Dig, but It Can't Hide!Bull GrabIntensive Tree CareAll Hail the Ice CreamA Promise Is a PromiseMeating ExpectationsTraining with the Master (Training: VRPTraining: VPI) • Points of PowerWet WorkNew MetalBull on FireRaising the SteaksA Switch in Altitude  • Wetter Work (A New Home DLC)
Autumn's Rise The ObservatoryFirst StepsA Few Steps MoreAutumn's Rise Trailblazing (Autumn's Rise CollectAutumn's Rise LandmarksAutumn's Rise DefeatAutumn's Rise Data Probe) • Round and RoundCrocus Pocus
Autumn's Fall Chase of the Hologram Frobbit
Bergen Trail You've Got Mail?Round and Round 2The Legendary BunnyBergen Trailblazing (Bergen Trail CollectBergen Trail DefeatBergen Trail LandmarksBergen Trail Data Probe)
Bergen Village Filthy FrobbitsFancy TophatTrial of AspirationKidding AroundChallenge of Aspiration (Timed Challenge  • No Shield Challenge) • Digging Up the PastBuilding a BaseGifting for Fun!A Promise Is a Promise 2The GoatfatherHeating the HermitPushing BasesTrial of ProgressionExplosive DebuggingChallenge of Progression (Timed Challenge  • Frosty Challenge) • Preemptive DebuggingOut of the Box  • Trial of Ascension (A New Home DLC)  • Challenge of Ascension (A New Home DLC) (Timed Challenge  • Frosty Challenge)  • Wrath of Goat (A New Home DLC)
Maroon Valley Maroon Trailblazing (Maroon Valley CollectMaroon Valley DefeatMaroon Valley LandmarksMaroon Valley Data Probe)
Ba'kii Kum Maroon Tree DefenderBlasting ShellsCrate HateShady TheftA Promise Is a Promise 3Just DesertsHot TrailSteamy BoozeSteamy ChallengeWaves of SandBest in the West  • Spiritual Drinks (A New Home DLC)
Vermillion Wasteland The Northern Trial BuildingThe Southern Trial Building
Gaia's Garden The Root CauseTurret Defense Challenge #1Gaia's Garden Trailblazing (Gaia's Garden CollectGaia's Garden DefeatGaia's Garden LandmarksGaia's Garden Data Probe) • Turret Defense Challenge #2
Basin Keep An Infested VillageHostage SituationTurret DefenseTropical ChillLakeside EscortPumpkin Land SuperfunSprouting BusinessMushroom KingdomA Promise Is a Promise 4Melting this Cold FiendAn Original IdeaHigh CratingRooting for PowerFoul Play  • Riches with Fridges (A New Home DLC)  • Salty Detox (A New Home DLC)  • In Cawhoofs (A New Home DLC)
Sapphire Ridge Trials of the Golden Bugs (Trial of VigorTrial of AgilityTrial of PatienceTrial of Insight) • Henry TrailblazingLast Minute Help NeededAn Unfortunate Series of FeaturesThe Book of an Old Man
Rhombus Square A Promise Is a Promise 5  • Tremors of the Past (A New Home DLC)  • Trouble on the Highway (A New Home DLC)  • Lost and On the Run (A New Home DLC)
Azure Archipelago (A New Home DLC) Beach Fight
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