In Tomb of the Nine Gods the most commonly skipped puzzle is the puzzle whereby you need to choose 5 items in the correct order, however, this is actually most likely the fastest puzzle out of all 3 of them when done correctly. I will attempt to explain here how to do it properly, in order to promote more parties doing this puzzle.
The objective within the puzzle is to select 5 of the 6 items in the correct order. Some important things to note about the puzzle is the following:
1) The position of the 6 items is always the same and is as follows:
2) All 5 players within the party have the same order, but can solve the puzzle independently. Only 1 player needs to get the order right for the puzzle to be complete.
3) If you choose something incorrectly, you have to start over, however everyone else attempting the puzzle can continue from wherever they are.
4) The First 4 items in the puzzle say use hidden switch:
5) The last 2 items (of which you only need to choose 1) in the order say manipulate pedestal:
6) When someone finds 1 of the items in the sequence, it displays what they found and the position within the order that it is, on the bottom left hand corner of your screen (if you have toggled npc dialogue voices off these do not display, just set your slider for npc voices to 0 like me):
As you can see in this example, the Shield was the first part of the sequence.
7) Any item you have selected within the current attempt is highlighted in blue, like this:
8) If you fail on the 3rd Hidden Switch in the order, you automatically know the 3rd is the 1 you did not use and the 4th is the 1 you did use.With all of this in mind, the fastest way to solve the puzzle is as follows:
1) 4 people within the party all interact with the items labelled, "Use Hidden Switch." This guarantees that you find the first item in the sequence on the first try. 1 person gets to sit out this step.
2) The person who gets the first 1 (lets call them Albert), then goes to 1 of the other 3 labelled, "Use Hidden Switch" and tries it. 2 of the other party members (lets call them Jess and Paul) use the 1st item in the order. If Albert gets it right (which happens 1/3rd of the time) it displays on the left and then Jess+Paul know to interact with it (This leads to 3A). If Albert guesses incorrectly, it does not display on the left and Jess+Paul each use 1 of the other 2 labelled, "Use Hidden Switch" which results in 1 of them guaranteed to get the correct one, lets say Jess got it (This leads to 3b).
3a) In the situation where Albert guesses correctly, he then picks 1 of the other 2 remaining that state, "Use Hidden Switch." If he guesses correctly, you automatically know that the last remaining 1 that states, "Use Hidden Switch" is the 4th as it is the only remaining one that says this. If he guesses incorrectly, you know that the other 1 that says, "Use Hidden Switch" is the 3rd and the 1 he clicked on is the 4th. In which case, Jess+Paul both click on the 3rd and 4th one. Either way, for a continuation of these outcomes, see 4a.
3b) If Albert Guessed Incorrectly, then Paul and Albert start over, while Jess clicks on 1 of the other 2. If Jess gets it right, she then automatically knows what the 4th 1 is as it is the last remaining 1 that states, "Use Hidden Switch." If Jess gets it wrong, Albert and Paul know the 1 she did not choose is the 3rd and the 1 she did choose is the 4th and they can both choose the correct ones. Either way, for a continuation of these outcomes, see 4b.
4a) If Albert chose the 4th item correctly, then he guesses 1 of the 2 that says, "manipulate pedestal." If he gets it right, the puzzle is complete. If he gets it wrong, either Jess or Paul click on the 1 he did not click on. If Albert did not choose the 4th item correctly, Jess clicks on 1 item and Paul clicks on the other item and the puzzle is complete.
4b) If Jess guesses the 3rd and 4th items correctly, then she randomly guesses 1 of the other 2. If she guesses the "Manipulate Pedestal" correctly, then the puzzle is finished. If she gets it wrong, then Paul+Albert know that the item she did not select is the final 1. If Jess failed on the 3rd, then Albert+Paul each guess a different 1 for the 5th and either way the puzzle is complete.Even if only 2 people do the puzzle however, it can still be done efficiently.Here is a video example of the puzzle being done: