Sapphire Ridge is a location in CrossWorlds. It is an area of caves and bamboo forests with Japanese-influenced architecture that can be found on the east half of the Croissant. It is a high-level area that can only be accessed after obtaining all four Elements. The area closely resembles the Old Hideout area from the prologue, and is likely connected to it.
Sapphire Ridge is a system of hills located to the east of Shadoon. It's covered in eternal night by a strange weather phenomenon that is currently researched by the United Voyager Nation. Many years ago miners carved deep into the hills to unearth the valuable Cobalt Ore. Although not much was found, the miners uncovered many hidden paths that lead to the north of the area. Otherwise Sapphire Ridge is rather rural as most paths lead through the cave-systems up Ascension Temple.
The south houses a hostel called the Cave Inn, which counts among the oldest structures built by humans on Shadoon.
The area is a complex tangle of crisscrossing pathways and caves. The main features of note are the Cave Inn Mall to the south, which serves as the main hub of the area, and the Old Dojo to the north.
Most of the map is immediately accessible, but the northern area past Path to Peace is notably locked until the Meteor Shade is collected. There's also a few areas locked behind quests and plot progression: Henry's Hideout is reached during the Henry Trailblazing quest, the interior of the Old Dojo is reached during the Trials of the Golden Bugs quest, the Hidden Entrance and Tunnel are unlocked late in the game's plot, and Facility X can only be reached through the puzzle following the platform-exclusive quests.
Western Exit, North West Path, Eroded Passage, River Road, The Cave Inn, Bamboo Thicket, North East Path, Spider Chasm, Flower Lake, Narrow Passage, Old Dojo, Old Dojo interior, High Ground, Henry's Hideout
North West Path, Eroded Passage, North East Path, Spider Chasm, Flower Lake, Narrow Passage, Carved Pathway, Wheel Passage, Old Dojo, Nesting Grounds, High Ground, Henry's Hideout, Baton Pond, The Barracks
Sapphire Ridge is the furthest location that humanity has been able to unlock in the Track of the Ancients. As such, it is the final destination for Seekers, who arrive here after demonstrating mastery of all four elements. Here, they are challenged to the Trials of the Golden Bugs, a final series of trials organized by the mysterious Twilight Master. After completing the trials, they receive the Meteor Shade, signaling that they have reached the endgame of CrossWorlds. The Shade unlocks the city of Rhombus Square with all its extra content, as well as the northern part of Sapphire Ridge, containing the Ascension Temple, which is still inaccessible.
During the A New Home DLC, CrossWorlds receives some major updates. Humanity has uncovered the final steps in the Track of the Ancients, and the Ascension Temple is finally unlocked, revealing a teleporter to Ku'lero Temple, the final dungeon of CrossWorlds, where the Secret of the Ancients is hidden.
Over the course of CrossCode, several of Lea's dream memories feature Sapphire Ridge, leading Sergey to speculate that a hidden area is located here. After reaching the area and completing the CrossWorlds plot, they discover a secret teleporter in Waterfall Backyard, hidden behind several pathfinding puzzles, that leads to the Old Hideout.
After learning from Satoshi that the area also hides an entrance to Vermillion Wasteland, Lea returns here, and Sergey is able to uncover the entrance at the Old Dojo. When Lea and her friends decide to storm Vermillion Wasteland and attempt to recover the Evotar Server, they meet here and use the hidden tunnel to access the Wasteland.
In the A New Home DLC, C'tron returns here after remembering his past, and finds the tunnel to Vermillion Wasteland blocked off. When Lea and Sergey follow him here, he confirms that he was a spy for Sidwell. Later, Lea and her friends join the crowds of players taking part in the grand opening of Ku'lero Temple.
Currently there is only one challenge available in the Sapphire Ridge: Ring of Spiders, a challenge that tests both skill and endurance by letting you battle infinitely respawning Aranetardas and War Websters for a high score.
The area also has a few secrets: The second time you can encounter Code Knight is in Henry's Hideout. There is also Baton Pond, a hidden area containing a boss fight that is tied to the A Promise Is a Promise 5 quest but can be accessed without the quest. A hint to locating the easily-overlooked path leading here can be found on a bookshelf in Books 'n Worms in Rhombus Square.
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