Orb of True Knowledge

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Orbs of True Knowledge are collectibles that can be picked up by you in the world. They are always accompanied by an Emerald Tablet, and many are also housed in Orb Rooms, which have hidden messages about the lore of the World when their basins are filled with specific contents.

Effects

The orb counter that appears alongside your stats in the HUD.

When first collected, they will give you a specific message depending on which Orb was collected and an accompanying spell, which also unlocks the spell for future runs. In all future runs, you will instead receive a slightly different message (referring to the Orb as a Familiar Orb of True Knowledge) and an Extra Max Health pickup (+25Icon hp template heart.png). Shortly after an orb is collected, an eerie sound will play with an accompanying ominous screen shake effect, hinting that something more is going on as well.

When at least one orb has been collected, a counter will appear below the wand mana or potion capacity bar indicating how many orbs have been collected. This counter does not appear until you have obtained at least 1 orb.

Kolmisilmä receives exponential health increases and additional buffs, weaknesses, and/or abilities with each orb collected, with its health reaching 131,481Icon hp template heart.png if you acquire all 11 orbs in the main world. This is able to go even further still with Orbs of Corrupted Knowledge.

Orbs of Corrupted Knowledge

Any Orb that generates in a parallel world turns red and is referred to as an Orb of Corrupted Knowledge. These orbs will never contain spells and instead function similarly to Familiar Orbs of True Knowledge, with the exception that the health upgrades they typically come with are replaced with a poisonous Cursed Extra Max Health. It is possible to pick up the Orb without taking the cursed health upgrade by standing on the Orb's very edge when picking it up.

Collected corrupted orbs add to the orb counter in the top right, further scaling the final boss in the starting world (if still alive). However, each specific corrupted orb can only be collected once per direction; for example, collecting the Orb atop the Pyramid in any east world will render any other east Pyramid orb uncollectable, but it will still be possible to collect the orb once more in the west worlds (which will then render all like west Orbs uncollectable).

With 11 orbs in the main world and 11 more per parallel world direction, the maximum amount of orbs that can be collected in a run is 33 (though this goes up to 36 with the orb that can rarely be found in a Great Treasure Chest, and the equivalent chests in Parallel Worlds). Note that the Orb beneath the Lava Lake does not spawn in parallel worlds outside of New Game Plus due to the lake itself not generating at all, meaning the maximum amount of Orbs attainable in NG only is 31 (34 with the Great Treasure Chest Orbs).

Known Orbs of True Knowledge

Emerald Tablet Orb Icon Spell Location Message ID[1]
Thoth Orb earthquake.png Earthquake Atop the Pyramid Secrets of Earth's anger have been unlocked to you 1
Volume I Orb sea of lava.png Sea of Lava Within the floating island containing the Mountain Altar, above the mine entrance in the Forest. Secrets of endless lava have been unlocked to you 0
Volume II Orb tentacle.png Summon Tentacle and Summon Tentacle With Timer Under the Frozen Vault, which is located under the Snowy Wasteland to the left of Giant Tree. Secrets of otherworldly life have been unlocked to you 2
Volume III Orb nuke.png Nuke Under the Lava Lake right from entrance. Can be reached if you dig through the extremely dense rock on the west side of the chasm down to Snowy Depths with Black Holes or by freezing the lava and drilling through. Secrets of utter destruction have been unlocked to you 3
Volume IV Orb necromancy.png Necromancy At the bottom of the Sandcave below the Pyramid. Secrets of Undeath have been unlocked to you 4
Volume V Orb holy bomb.png Holy Bomb In Orb Room To the left of the Magical Temple. Secrets of fire and brimstone have been unlocked to you 5
Volume VI Orb spiral shot.png Spiral Shot To the left at the bottom of the Lukki Lair west of the Underground Jungle or the top west of The Vault. Secrets of the Spiral have been unlocked to you 6
Volume VII Orb thundercloud.png Thundercloud In Orb Room to the right of the abyss (climb the dense rock or cross the rope bridge) which is to the right of the lava lake to the right of the Mines. Secrets of the stormy skies have been unlocked to you 7
Volume VIII Orb fireworks.png Fireworks! In the center of The Work (Hell). Secrets of jubilation have been unlocked to you 8
Volume IX Orb exploding deer.png Summon Deercoy, Flock of Ducks, and Worm Launcher At the bottom of the Snowy Chasm under the Snowy Wasteland. Secrets of hidden danger have been unlocked to you 9
Volume X Orb cement.png Cement (Spell) At the bottom of the Wizard's Den under the Desert Chasm and east of the Temple of the Art. Secrets of rebuilding have been unlocked to you 10

Gallery

Collecting an Orb of Corrupted Knowledge atop the Pyramid in the Desert in a Parallel World.

Secret orb

It is possible, but astronomically unlikely, to obtain a 34th orb from a randomly generated Great Treasure Chest, and 35-36 via Parallel Worlds. The message for the secret orb is This secret should not have been available for you.

Known ways to force this orb include::

  1. kaliuresis's Noita Orb Atlas lets you find the correct X,Y coordinates for your own random seed, where casting The End of Everything in that exact spot will (if you survive!) summon a chest with the orb. Note that if using the player.xml file to exact your coordinates, you must account for rounding (1200.6 => 1201).
  2. There are several known seeds which generate a 32nd orb in a naturally spawning chest in the Mines. This orb can be entity duped to reach 34 orbs without entering NG+. A complete list is here.
  3. Some seeds have orbs at conveniently accessible coordinates. This text walkthrough by kaliuresis explains the details, or these videos:
How to obtain 34 orbs for peak Noita drip - FuryForged
Noita Quick Look: The Ruby Amulet - Alexander Cochran

Moon orb

In the game's code there is code to spawn an orb relating to the moon which grants Destruction and a message stating "Secrets of great undoing have been unlocked to you". It is likely that this orb was planned to be granted when you "opened" the moon but was later scrapped for an unknown reason.

Spell interactions

Many projectiles can collide with (certain parts of) orbs and other objects in addition to enemies, enabling wand designs to detect and locate nearby orbs and items. Adding triggers to projectiles with GameAreaEffectComponents is particularly useful, as they can collide with entities in an area (rather than a single pixel like normal projectiles), and the hitbox on orbs is small (much smaller than the sprite). Additionally, currently loaded orbs and items can be detected in an infinite range using a special interaction[2]. The locator wand design below is a rudimentary demonstration that will delete many enemies (and your HP) and warp the caster to orbs, health upgrades, health and spell refresher Pickups, Destruction-immune enemies, or other "colliding" entities below the caster, including Hand Statues, various sorts of traps (including Miinankylväjä mines, Lukki Eggs, and Root Grower Fruits), Candles, and dripping liquid generators (e.g., in the Vault and Frozen Vault).

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Shuffle
no
Spells/Cast
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Divide By 2
Light
Add Trigger
Phasing Arc
Gravity
Circle of Fervour
Double Spell
Add Expiration Trigger
Nolla
Slime Mist
Add Trigger
Nolla
Circle of Fervour
Nolla
Return
Destruction

To perform wider searches, it is useful to add a Bomb alongside Destruction, and to integrate this wand with healing, efficient digging, and travel wands or Pollen feedback loops. Additionally, a projectile-clearing spell such as Spells to Acid is needed to prevent growing lag from the long-lasting circle projectiles. Destruction-immune, explosion-resistant entities will also need to be avoided or crafted around.

Explanation:

  • Divide By 2 + Light eliminates the recharge time penalty of Destruction but adds some cast delay, so holding down the "use wand" control on some higher-end wands will fire at a reasonable rate (not too fast or too slow).
  • The first Circle of Fervour will hit (too) many types of enemies and other entities. When it hits:
    • Destruction will remove many of the unwanted enemies (and your health).
    • A Nolla'd Slime Mist will fire off a Nolla'd Circle of Fervour after a momentary delay, waiting for these enemies to be removed. If this circle hits any surviving entities, it will fire off the Nolla'd Return projectile to warp you.

See Also

Notes

  1. ID of Corrupted Orb in the west adds 128 to main world's ID, and the ones in east adds 256.
  2. Orb radar by nathanskimscam on Discord