Tomb Raider Anniversary Time Trial Tips - Level 11: Sanctuary of the Scion

The following walkthrough was created by Eldin to help other gamers who might be having trouble beating the Anniversary time trials.

Before you start, be sure to review the General Time Trial Tips & Strategy if you haven't done so already. You can also find the regular walkthrough for this level here.

Time Limit: 28:50

At the beginning of the level make sure to kill the mummies. Try to run towards them while shooting; don't let them push you down the stairs.

In order to solve this puzzle, you must choose two cylinders that are diagonally opposite each other and turn each one 180 degrees. My suggestion is if you can't do this on the first try, practice before starting the time trial or check the walkthrough if necessary.

"Swan Dive Jump" through this hall in order to cover more ground.

Make sure to "Fast Traverse" while Lara is on the wall.

From this point there is no need to use the ladders, just drop from the point shown in the picture. Sometimes Lara will take minor damage. In my case she didn't take any damage at all.

After that you can jump from here to the lower level and continue on. My suggestion is to "Swan Dive Jump" here as well, because that way Lara will jump higher and cover more ground. Maybe this doesn't sound very important, but in a time trial anything that can save a few seconds is good.

You can now go right or left. For me, the right side is much harder, so I like to get it out of the way first. Do whatever works best for you.

To save time on the horizontal poles, as soon as Lara grabs the first pole, press the Jump button again and again. Then she'll swing forward and immediately jump to grab the next pole, and you won't waste time swinging around. Repeat this move on the second pole.

Make sure to climb faster on the ladders.

From this point you can jump without taking the slower way down. Lara won't take any damage.

The best weapon to use when fighting the flying monsters is the 50 Caliber pistols. Do not run away from them. Try to kill them as they approach. They can throw fire and they can grab Lara, so one bad move and she is dead.

From here, you can drop Lara in front of the hallway without going down slowly. She will take a little damage, but that is the price for some extra time. Don't bother with the switch. Just go directly into the hall.

As always, make sure to "Swan Dive Jump" through long, straight halls like this.

There is nothing for you in this room, the only thing you need to focus on is the puzzle. From the upper level jump into the water and start solving the puzzle.

There is not much I can tell you here, there are no shortcuts. Just focus on solving the puzzle—if necessary make notes from the walkthrough before you begin so you don't get confused—and try not to panic.

Again in this hall make sure to "Swan Dive Jump" until you reach the exit.

You will need to get rid of the centaur here, because later two more will come. The best weapon to use is the Shotgun. Only one bullet will make him angry and then you can finish him with the "adrenaline dodge".

Again, drop in front of the hallway without taking the slower way down. A little damage is worth the extra time. Do not bother with the switch.

As always, when wall running with the grapple, try to jump off after the first swing to save time. This room is a lot easier than the previous one (right side) but if if it helps, you can make notes from the walkthrough beforehand to remind yourself of the sequence.

When you return to the front of the sphinx, once again kill the centaurs using the Shotgun and adrenaline dodge.

The strategy inside the pyramid is to "Swan Dive Jump" from the beginning of the slope. That way Lara will cover a lot of ground at once. Keep doing this until you reach the big room with the water.

In this room, the most important thing is to relax and follow your quest, which is to raise the water level. Just relax and focus and follow my tips here. Turn the Infinite Breath cheat and use the lever between the statues to lower to water level first.

Make sure to tap Interact to swim faster both underwater and on the surface.

When wall running, try to jump on the first swing in order to save some time.

Climb faster when Lara is on the ladders.

If you haven't already discovered this shortcut in the main walkthrough, note that you can jump from this point directly onto the other statue's arm, as shown in this picture.

In order to save time, use this screenshot or make a note for yourself showing the solution to the second metal scarab puzzle. Then you won't need to waste time climbing down to check it out. If you already know the right combination, good for you :D.

After raising the water to the highest level, exit this area into the final hall. "Swan Dive Jump" through it and get ready for some action.

You will need to kill all the monsters in this room, because they will slow you down and of course kill you if they can.

For the final sequence with the columns and grapple swinging, be very careful here but also try to stay relaxed and positive. You've done everything up to this point, so don't give up now. You still have a lot of time even if you do fail once or twice. There is not much I can help here, this is all about you, Lara and your ability. Do your best! ;)

Time trial completed!

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