In House Of Ashes, the latest entry in the Dark Pictures anthology series, there are lots of little secrets to discover as you play through the various levels. They usually give you a little extra insight into the story, telling you about the people who came before you, the enemies you're faced with, and the locations you're exploring. Here, we detail how to find every one of those secrets so that you can get the full picture.

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1 - Bandit Briefing

House of Ashes - Secret 1 - Location in-game on left, secret 1 on right

This secret is found at the beginning of the game, just after the prologue. Once you've finished the mission briefing, you'll be given free rein to look around. This secret is lying out on one of the tables.

2 - Mythology Book

House of Ashes - Secret #2 - Mythology Book

This secret is obtained the first time that you play as Salim. You'll need to look around the house for Zain, your son. The last door on the right is his, and on his desk there's a book on Mesopotamian Mythology. It doesn't prompt you to do anything but to unlock the secret you need to click again so that Salim will open it. Then, use the arrow icons to flip through the pages.

3 - Expedition Map

House of Ashes - Secret #3 - Expedition Map

After Rachel helps Clarice climb out of the depths, the scene shifts to Nick, who gets a chance to explore the area just outside the archeological dig site. There are a number of secrets here, so take a thorough look around. One of them is this expedition map, lying on a desk on the left-hand side of the area.

4 - Pocket Watch

House of Ashes - Secret #4 - Pocket Watch

You can find the Pocket Watch almost immediately after descending into the Well with Jason and Salim. It's further along the path than Secret #10 and #40. It's next to a giant pile of moss and under a cocoon.

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5 - Staked Woman

House of Ashes - Secret #5 - Staked Woman

This secret is an iron peg stuck in the chest of a corpse. You'll find it after Jason and Nick meet up with Eric. While setting up cameras, Jason and Nick progress into a suspiciously familiar circular room with a number of secrets to find. This woman is on your left immediately after entering the room.

6 - Bloodless Corpse

House of Ashes - Secret #6 - Bloodless Corpse

This secret is found not far from the previous one. Continue to walk around the outside of this circular room to find this dead body leaning against a wall.

7 - Gas Mask

House of Ashes - Secret 2 - Location in-game on left, secret 2 on right

The gas mask is found during the initial raid after Eric's first appearance. Once you've gone through the first building, you'll pass through it and into a small clearing before entering the second house. Nick is standing outside the front door. Upon entering this second house, go into the very first room on the left. There's no one inside, but the gas masks are at the back of the room on the right.

8 - Science Notes

House of Ashes - Secret #8 - Science Notes

This secret is found during Bloodbath. After waking up as Rachel in the underground, bloody caverns, you'll create a torch using a bone and pass through a small hole. Once through, you'll continue on to reach an inaccessible crack in the caves, through which ominous green light is shining. Just past that, against the left-hand wall, you'll find these scientific notes about the creatures. Flip the sheet upside down to unlock the secret.

9 - Vampire Speculations

House of Ashes - Secret #9 - Vampire Speculations

After Rachel is rescued by Clarice, the scene shifts to Nick, who is attempting to get a signal out of the cave and wandering around a ledge just outside the archeological dig site. On the right-hand side, towards the wall and away from the ledge, there's a crate with a sheet of paper on top. Pick up the sheet and flip it over to read a researcher's notes about the creatures that are hunting you.

10 - Cocoon

House of Ashes - Secret #10 - Cocoon

The Cocoon is found after Salim and Jason have descended into the Well. After heading out of the elevator, it will be straight ahead on your right.

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11 - Plastic ID Card

House of Ashes - Secret #11 - Plastic ID Card

The aid worker's card is found immediately after waking up as Rachel in the Bloodbath. It's on the left-hand side after passing the very first rock formation ahead of you. Keep an eye on the piles of debris lying along the wall to find it!

12 - Cuneiform Tablet

House of Ashes - Secret 12 on right, Location in-game on left

The Cuneiform Tablet is found in the archaeologists' site in the temple. You'll find it after falling underground after the raid. You play through a few scenes with other characters before controlling Rachel and Erik, who (eventually) reach this archaeologists' site and attempt to restart the generator. Head towards the tent that's on the other side of the room from the generator. Behind it, there's a wooden crate with the cuneiform tablet on top of it. Interact with it and flip the tablet over to find the label the archaeologists left on it.

13 - Raddolph's Journal - Part 2

House of Ashes - Secret 13 on right, Location in-game on left

This journal entry is discovered after Erik and Rachel are attacked for the first time by the Iraqi soldier and group up with the others. Jason goes to restart the generator, then proceeds to investigate a light going off down another hallway. After passing the tripwire, you'll enter into a new room with a few interactable items. The journal entry is a page loose on the floor just across from the entry to the room - interact with it and flip it over to get the secret and its associated cutscene.

14 - Randolph's Journal - Part 3

House of Ashes - Secret 14 on right, Location in-game on left (1)

You'll discover this journal entry during Slayer, when you take control of Nick after having just played as Salim. You'll have been through the room where the Iraqi soldier laid the tripwire and pushed on with your group. You'll come to a large room with a pool of blood, and this loose page of Randolph's Journal will be on the ground to your right. As with all the others, just turn it over to unlock the secret and the cutscene.

15 - Randolph's Journal - Part 9

House of Ashes - Secret #15 - Randolph's Journal - Part 9

Randolph's Journal is found once Jason and Salim descend into the well. After finding Secret #4, keep heading along the path and scan the left-hand side for this page. If you get to the large blocks of stone marked with an eye icon, you've gone too far and need to turn around before you progress in that direction.

16 - Randolph's Journal - Part 7

House of Ashes - Secret #16 - Randolph's Journal - Part 7

After Dar attacks the archeological dig site and brings the creatures down on the group, Jason and Salim must team up to find their friends and escape. They pass through a few corridors - the room where you can find this page of Randolph's journal is immediately after they both sneak under the heavy door. It's against the wall very near to one of the lights, so it's hard to miss!

17 - Pagan Effigy

House of Ashes - Secret #17 - Pagan Effigy

The Pagan Effigy is found during The Raid in an unconventional way; you can't just interact with it when you're walking around. While interviewing one of the Shepards, Rachel and Jason will notice an altar, of sorts, set up in the corner of the room. To find the secret, Jason needs to be "Curious" about it, causing him to pluck it from its place and turn it in his hands.

18 - Pazuzu

House of Ashes - Secret 18 - Location in-game on left, secret 18 on right

This Pazuzu idol is found towards the start of the game. After the initial raid, your team falls underground with the ruins of the Akkadian temple. You'll play through a few other characters' interactions before reaching Rachel and Erik. The two travel together deeper into ruins to search for a way out. After helping one another to get past a door onto a solid ledge past it, the next room has several interactable objects - including this idol of Pazuzu. It will prompt a cutscene where Rachel tells Erik about it.

19 - Creature Life Cycle

House of Ashes - Secret #19 - Creature Life Cycle

Towards the end of the game, after discovering the vault, you'll be given a moment of respite in an isolated chamber where you can talk to all the surviving members of your team. There's a pinboard near the ledge which has the Creature Life Cycle pinned to it.

20 - Creature Features

House of Ashes - Secret #20 - Creature Findings

The Creature Features sketch is located during The Temple. It's located in a side room coming off of the throne room. It's a little out of the way - go past the generator, up the stairs, past the throne, and check the back wall for a hallway. It'll lead you to a room with a number of pots displayed in the walls, as well as this secret on a desk!

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21 - Star Map

House of Ashes - Secret 21 on right, Location in-game on left

After falling into the temple ruins, Erik and Rachel will encounter an Iraqi soldier, while Nick and Jason encounter a mysterious murdering creature. When the two groups meet up again, Jason goes off to restart the generator. Eventually, he'll go down a hallway and past a tripwire. In that next room, you'll find this star map. It's a circular clay tablet laying on a desk. Turn it over to unlock the secret and see the label on the back.

22 - Finds Catalogue

House of Ashes - Secret #22 - Finds Catalog

After Clarice saves Rachel and helps her get up out of the abyss, the scene changes to Nick, looking around an area outside of the archeological dig site. This secret is found atop a crate close to the edge of the chasm. It's a notebook with a label on it - just click on it again to prompt Nick to open it. Then, use the arrows to flip to the next page and unlock the secret.

23 - Randolph's Journal - Part 4

House of Ashes - Secret #23 - Randolph's Journal - Part 4

The fourth page in Randolph's Journal is found after Rachel has fallen into the unknown and Nick, Jason, and Eric meet up again. Jason and Nick progress into the nearby tunnels to step up cameras and defences. You'll head down a staircase into an ominous, familiar circular room that's full of bones. This page is on the ground here under one of the carvings.

24 - Randolph's Journal - Part 1

House of Ashes - Secret 24 on right, Location in-game on left

This journal page is found after falling into the temple after the raid, when you first get the chance to control Erik and Rachel. You'll use a rope to travel further down into the ruins and eventually reach an abandoned archeological site with a generator you hope to start. This journal page is on the other side of the room from the generator. Look for the big tent that's set up: this page is found on a right-hand table on the inside. Flip it over to unlock the secret (and a short cutscene)!

25 - Randolph's Journal - Part 6

House of Ashes - Secret #25 - Randolph's Journal - Part 6

This secret is a new entry in Randolph's Journal. You can find it during The Signal, when Nick wanders around near a ledge outside the archeological dig site, trying to get a signal out of the caves. The page is found on top of a desk in an isolated spot on the right-hand side of this area. Turn it over to unlock the secret and its cutscene!

26 - Randolph's Journal Part 8

House of Ashes - Secret #26 - Randolph's Journal - Part 8

After being attacked by Dar and dealing with the creatures, Salim and Jason must team up to survive. This page of Randolph's Journal is found in the room directly after they are attacked by a creature. It's on the floor against one of the walls, so keep a sharp eye out for it.

27 - Fossilized Lifeforms

House of Ashes - Secret #27 - Fossilized Lifeforms

This secret can be found once Jason and Salim descend into the Well and progress through the City. After seeing the Vault for the first time (the giant, oval structure covered in cocoons), you'll be given control of Jason. Instead of pushing forward, turn around and look for two skeletons on the ground behind you.

28 - Parasite Notes

House of Ashes - Secret #28 - Parasite Notes

The Parasite notes are on a clipboard not far from Secret #26; you'll get access to the room while playing as Jason and Salim who are forced to team up. You enter it just after dealing with the creature that ambushes them.

29 - Holed Stone

House of Ashes - Secret 29 on right, Location in-game on left

This is another one of the clay tablets with a catalogue tag on the back you can look for. You'll find it while playing as Salim for the third time while underground. You're progressing down a dark and narrow tunnel - having just switched from one of the other perspectives - when you'll find this thing glistening on the ground.

30 - Black Onyx

House of Ashes - Secret #30 - Black Onyx

The Black Onyx is found after Dar ambushes the group and the creatures attack them. Salim and Jason are forced to work together afterwards to escape. They'll get through a few rooms but eventually are attacked by a creature. After surviving that encounter, you can find this secret in the next room. It's easily missable, so watch out! The easiest way to find it is to go to the door that would allow you to exit this room and continue the story, but turn right instead of going through it. There's a small nook where the Black Onyx can be found inside a box.

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31 - Cylinder Seal

House of Ashes - Secret #31 - Cylinder Seal

After Rachel falls into the abyss, Jason and Nick meet up with Eric, and they've passed through the circular room you recognized from the prologue, this secret is found atop a crate on your left. It's described as a "Cylinder Seal" but you'll probably recognize it as the necklace which Kurum was wearing.

32 - Curse of Akkad

House of Ashes - Secret 32 on right, Location in-game on left

This secret is discovered just after your team has dropped into the temple following the raid. During the first time that you control Erik and Rachel, you'll eventually drop into a hole and find a large room full of archeological equipment and a generator. The fuse is burning on a pile of stone. From where the fuse is, head away from the stairs near the generator towards the other side of the room. There's a table with this sheet of paper to inspect - turn it over to find the secret.

33 - Randolph's Journal - Part 5

House of Ashes - Secret #33 - Randolph's Journal - Part 5

You'll find this secret briefly after waking up as Rachel in the underground cavern of blood. While the Ancient Helmet is found on the right-hand path, the journal page is found by going down the left-hand route. Just circle back around to get whichever one you missed! When you find the loose page, just turn it over to unlock the secret (and a brief cutscene).

34 - Expedition Members

House of Ashes - Secret 34 on right, Location in-game on left

This is a photo of the archaeologists who were exploring the temple in 1946. You can find it after you drop into the temple and find the archaeologists' site as Rachel and Erik. The photo is found in a tent set up on the opposite side of this room as the generator. When you go inside the tent, it's on a table on the left-hand side (right across from Secret 24: Randolph's Journal - Part 1). Flip over the picture to unlock the secret.

35 - Aline's Letter

House of Ashes - Secret 35 - secret 35 on right, Location in-game on left

When your team drops into the old ruins of the temple, you'll get to play through brief segments with each group. Eventually, you'll take control of Rachel and Erik. After dropping especially far into the temple, discovering old archeological equipment and a generator, you're given free rein to walk around. Go to the left of the generator, past the stairs, to find a desk set up. On it is a sheet of paper to interact with - after moving the coffee cup out of the way, you'll be able to read Aline's letter.

36 -Randolph's Journal - Part 10

House of Ashes - Secret #36 - Randolph's Journal - Part 10

The final page in Randolph's Journal is found towards the end of the game. After Jason and Salim descend into the Well, they find the City and discover the Vault (the circular mass of cocoons). The surviving members of your team group up here and you get a chance to speak to them before continuing. The page of Randolph's Journal is found on a table set up behind the circular stone statue feature in the centre of this area.

37 - Ruptured Skull

House of Ashes - Secret #37 - Ruptured Skull

After Salim and Jason descend into the Well and discover the City, they venture through it to learn more. After a while, they'll come across the half-disintegrating corpse of Kurum or Balathu. Shortly after seeing that, you'll climb up onto a large, circular platform. Head around by the right-hand side and keep an eye out for this skull at the base of a chair (of sorts).

38 - Alien Parasite

House of Ashes - Secret #38 - Alien Parasite

To discover the Alien Parasite, you'll need to fulfill a couple of requirements:

  1. Rachel and Eric survive up until Strange Aeons.
  2. Eric discovers that the UV wand hurts the creatures.
  3. Rachel is infected during the Assault.
  4. You fail the quick-time event in which Rachel stabs a W.P. round with a knife.
  5. Rachel convinces Jason not to shoot her.
  6. Rachel agrees to be put in a cocoon.

If all of these conditions are met, eventually it will occur to Eric that they might be able to burn the infection out of Rachel using the UV light. Rachel will chase the thing down and step on it - at that point, you can pick it up and examine it to unlock the secret. We discuss how to do this in more detail in our article on how to get the best ending and save all of the protagonists.

39 - Infection Symptoms.

House of Ashes - Secret #39 - Infection Symptoms

After Rachel climbs out of the abyss with Clarice, you'll take control of Nick who is trying to get a signal out of the caverns. You get free rein to walk around near the ledge, finding a number of secrets. On the right-hand side, you'll see a clipboard of notes on a table. This secret details the symptoms of the infection someone got from one of the creatures.

40 - Finds Ledger

House of Ashes - Secret #40 - Finds Ledger

The Finds Ledger is found immediately after Jason and Salim descend into the Well. Turn left out of the elevator to find this journal on a makeshift desk. You'll need to click to open it and then use the arrows to flip the pages and unlock the secret.

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41 - Mysterious Artifact

House of Ashes - Secret #41 - Mysterious Artifact

The Mysterious Artifact is a shell-like object with a spiral carved into the top. It's found after Jason and Salim descend into the Well and behold the underground City for the first time. Head towards the ledge to your left after the cutscene - you'll enter a brief conversation between Jason and Salim first, but the second time you click "Inspect" you can find the Mysterious Artifact.

42 - Reference Book

House of Ashes - Secret #42 - Reference Book

Find this secret while Jason and Nick are securing the hallways during After The Fall. It's off your path a bit, down a dead-end corridor and lying on top of a desk next to a large hole in the temple wall.

43 - Mary's Notes

House of Ashes - Secret #43 - Mary's Notes

Mary's Notes are found towards the end of the game after having discovered the Well and the City and gotten your first look at the Vault (the oval-shaped group of cocoons). Jason and Salim group up with the other surviving members of their team and get a chance to pause and talk to one another. The notes are found in that room where you get rest, on a crate next to the table covered in your team's weapons.

44 - Dynamite

House of Ashes - Secret 44 on right, Location in-game on left

This secret is located after your team has fallen into the underground temple and you control Erik and Rachel for the first time. After diving underground and reaching an archeological site, you'll find a generator.

Unlocking this secret requires you to interact with two places. Starting from the generator, turn right and walk along that wall. You'll be able to interact with one of the large columns and discover explosives that were rigged up to it. Then, head to the centre of the room. Near the machine gun, you'll be able to interact with a detonator that's been destroyed. After examining both of these items thoroughly, you'll unlock the secret.

45 - Van Huyten's Confession

House of Ashes - Secret #45 - Van Huyten's Confession

Once Jason and Salim descend into the Well, reach the City, and find the Vault (the oval-shaped mass of cocoons), they'll meet up with the surviving members of their team and get a moment of rest. You're given the opportunity to chat with all your surviving friends and find secrets. Secrets #43, #36, #19, and the Gold-Bordered Picture are also found here. Van Huyten's Confession is on a crate near a large mass of moss.

46 - Autopsy Notes

House of Ashes - Secret #46 - Autopsy Notes

After Dar ambushes the group and the noise of the fight brings the creatures down on them, Salim and Jason are forced to team up to survive. They'll push through the ruins of the temple for a while before being attacked by a creature. In the room you get to explore after that happens, check, the desk for a photo. It's of a statue of Pazuzu, but the secret is actually the notes taken on the back of the picture.

47 - Punctured Skull

House of Ashes - Secret #47 - Punctured Skull

When playing as Nick for the first time after falling into the caves, you'll meet up with Jason in a room with a large stone hand. You'll find the Punctured Skull in this room, right under that hand!

48 - Ancient Helmet

House of Ashes - Secret #48 - Ancient Helmet

It's easy to know where this secret is because you're bound to remember this scene. You find the Ancient Helmet immediately after waking up as Rachel in an underground cavern full of blood. As you slowly push through the liquid, check along the right-hand wall just after waking up to find this secret. Turn it over to see the claw marks on the back and unlock the secret.

49 - Battle Tablet

House of Ashes - Secret #49 - Battle Tablet

The Battle Tablet is found during The Signal, when you play as Nick wandering around near a ledge just past the archeological dig site. This occurs just after Clarice has helped Rachel emerge from the Bloodbath. The secret is on top of a crate on the centre-right of the area that Nick gets to wander around. Flip it over to see the catalogue marker and unlock the secret.

50 - Ritual Tablet

House of Ashes - Secret #50 - Ritual Tablet

The Ritual Tablet is found after Dar ambushes the surviving group. Jason and Salim must team up to find the others and attempt to escape. The pair will push through the caves for some time and attempt to go through a gap under a door. When it causes a collapse of the surrounding rock, they have a brief chat while clearing the rubble. In the following exploration area, you'll find this Ritual Tablet on top of a stone slab.

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