Most of the quests in Tales of Arise aren’t particularly taxing, since the map markers usually direct you to the exact place necessary.
There are a few exceptions to this where a bit of further thought, investigation or Googling is involved, and one of these is the Mysterious Pair quest, where Alphen and the team are tasked with solving some riddles and retrieving a legendary instrument.
The answer to this isn’t spelled out, but don’t worry. Here’s how to complete the Tales of Arise Mysterious Pair quest.
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How to unlock the Mysterious Pair quest
If you haven’t already done so, the Mysterious Pair quest is unlocked by speaking to the Wonder Bard in Niez in Mahag Saar.
The quest will only be available if you already healed the Wonder Bard whilst passing through Overseer Hill just after reaching Menancia. It’s almost impossible to miss this since the necessary quest, A Healer and Her Patients, is prompted by the story. As a result, you shouldn’t have any problems unlocking this quest but can easily fast travel back if it happened to pass you by.
How to complete the Mysterious Pair quest
The Wonder Bard will provide you with three Wonder Texts, which can be read from the menu but are also displayed when he gives them to you. These each provide a clue towards the location of a mysterious secret instrument. To be clear, all of these clues are for the same single item.
The Wonder Text clues state:
- Just beyond the hovels in a land shrouded by sand and stone
- The northernmost reaches of a wasteland to the north of an abandoned village
- It lies dormant at the back of a narrow road to the west, whereupon an ancient tower stands
A Land shrouded by sand and stone describes the realm of Calaglia.
A wasteland to the north of an abandoned village is the Iglia Wastes, just north of Ulzebek.
The narrow road to the West, whereupon an ancient tower stands is a small area at the Northern part of the map.
Fast travel to Iglia Wastes in Calaglia. You can pop to the location near the Fagan Ruins, where Alphen and Shionne first hunted down Shionne’s outfit.
There is a narrow pathway just around the corner, and right at the end (pictured above) you’ll be able to examine the sparkly ground near the shrubs and find an Iron Pipe.
Simply return to Niez and present the Wonder Bard with the Iron Pipe in order to complete the quest.
What are the rewards for The Mysterious Pair quest?
Once you know where to go, this is an easy quest. The rewards for clearing the Mysterious Pair quest are:
- 2300 Gald
- 15 SP
- Quivering Candles
The Quivering Candles are an artifact that automatically increases the amount of ore collected from mining points (unless you switch off the artifacts). This is a handy boost that makes the quest well worth doing.
Furthermore, you’ll get to keep the Iron Pipe itself. This doesn’t do much on its own, but is later used as a crafting material for Alphen’s Realm Unifier sword, which happens to be the best in the game.
Unfortunately, this weapon actually cannot be crafted until the post-game, since many of the other materials are only available in a location unlocked after beating the final boss.
Here’s a brief recap of everything you need to know:
- Clear A Healer and Her Patients on Overseer Hill, Menancia (likely already completed)
- Speak to the Wonder Bard in Niez
- Travel to Iglia Wastes in Calaglia and find the Iron Pipe through the narrow path in the north of the map
- Return to the Wonder Bard and provide him with the Iron Pipe
That should be the Mysterious Pair quest ticked off your list. In the end, it’s one of the simplest quests to complete with a really neat reward in the Quivering Candles, which will generally help you craft better weapons throughout your adventure.
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