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Remark: This article describes the many different Artefacts found in Tomb Raider Games in general. For information about the type of secrets in Tomb Raider Anniversary, see Artifacts (Tomb Raider Anniversary), for a type of secrets in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, see Artifacts (GoL), for the the collectibles in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, see Artifacts (SotTR).

An Artefact (also Artifact in American English) is an archaeological item of certain value or power.

Lara's main focus in the games, movies or comics is often on an artefact that, when in the wrong hands, could be misused and cause a disaster. Some artefacts only play a minor role and are simply used to open doors or activate mechanisms. Some artefacts have to be re-assembled before their power can be revealed. In some of the games Lara has to use the Crowbar to get an artefact out of a receptacle.

Artefacts in Tomb Raider Games

Tomb Raider

In the original Tomb Raider Lara's main focus is on an Atlantean artefact, the Scion, which has been split into three pieces.

Other minor artefacts can be found in Peru and Egypt.

In Lara's Home there's an artefact that serves as an Easter Egg:

Tomb Raider II

Tomb Raider II tells the story of Lara's quest for the Dagger of Xian, an ancient Chinese artefact.

Two minor artefacts are needed to find the dagger; the Seraph which opens a door to the resting place of the Talion, and the Talion which opens the gate to the Temple of Xian.

Other minor artefacts are

The Golden Mask

In the Tomb Raider II Add-on The Golden Mask Lara searches for the Mask of Tornarsuk.

Tomb Raider III

In Tomb Raider III Lara discovers the Infada Stone in India and is then contracted by the scientist Mark Willard to search for three similar artefacts, all pieces of a meteorite, in London, the South Pacific and Nevada.

Other minor artefacts found in the game are

The Lost Artifact

In the Tomb Raider II Add-on The Lost Artifact Lara sets out to find a previously unknown fifth meteorite artefact.

Other minor artefacts are

The Last Revelation

In The Last Revelation's prologue young Lara sets out with her mentor Werner von Croy in search for the Iris in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. In the game itself Lara discovers the Amulet of Horus and by removing it, accidentally releases Set.

Other minor artefacts are found everywhere in this game.

An artefact with no real importance to the story are the glasses of Werner von Croy

Tomb Raider Chronicles

Tomb Raider Chronicles tells of four independent quests, each with its own artefact.

Other artefacts are also found on the way.

The Angel of Darkness

In The Angel of Darkness Lara encounters several artefacts of importance. She has to stop the Black Alchemist, Pieter Van Eckhardt, from assembling the Sanglyph, the pieces of which are hidden within the Obscura Paintings.

Other artefacts are

An artefact with no real importance to the story is the walking stick of Werner von Croy.

Tomb Raider Legend

In Tomb Raider Legend Lara sets out to examine a Stone Dais similar to one she had seen in Nepal in her childhood and suddenly finds herself searching for pieces of the sword Excalibur.

Other minor artefacts are

Tomb Raider Anniversary

Tomb Raider Anniversary retells Lara's quest for the Atlantean Scion.

Other minor artefacts are

Several Relics that serve as secrets can be found within this game.

There are also plenty of artifacts hidden in the levels as secrets.

Tomb Raider Underworld

In Tomb Raider Underworld Lara sets out to look for artefacts of Nordic mythology

Other minor artefacts are

Beneath the Ashes

Tomb Raider (2013) - A Survivor is Born

Instead of Artefacts there are 42 different Relics throughout TOMB RAIDER which often come in sets of two or three. They replace the secrets of the earlier games.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Main article: Relics (RotTR)

There are 59 Relics in Rise of the Tomb Raider which are all hidden in small chests that can be found throughout game. An additional 54 Relics can be found in the DLC Blood Ties.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Main article: Artifacts (SotTR)

All collectibles - e.g. Documents, Photographs - and even Murals are are classified as Artefacts in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. As before, they can also improve Lara Croft's Language Proficiency in the Ancient Dialects of the Maya.

Artefacts in Lara Croft Games

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

In Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light the story is focused around the Mirror of Smoke, which is the main artefact

There are plenty of relics and artifacts to be found in the levels and also to be earned by completing Score and Reward Challenges.

Other minor artefacts are

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Main articles: Rings and Amulets

Lara Croft: Relic Run

Main article: Relics (Relic Run)

Lara Croft GO

Main article: Lara Croft GO Relics

Artefacts in the Movies

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life

Artefacts in the Novels

Artefacts in the Comics

Top Cow Comics

Dark Horse Comics