Genshin Impact uses chess pieces as common motifs, and you’ll find an example of this while exploring the giant chessboard in Safhe Shatranj. The missing pieces in the area can be filled with chess pieces modeled after key locations in the Sumeru desert region. If you collect all five, you can unlock a World Quest called Apocalypse Lost, as well as a giant chessboard puzzle.
All of these chess pieces can be collected from exquisite chests while completing the quest chain The Dirge of Bilqis and the subsequent questline called Tadhla the Falcon. Check your inventory, you may already have them.
All 5 chess piece locations in the Sumeru Desert – Genshin Impact
King Deshret’s Pillar
You must complete The Temple Where Sand Flows Like Tears to access this chess piece, which is located in Liloupar’s Cell. To get there, start from the chessboard in Safhe Shatranj and head north to find a triangular passageway. Enter and follow the path ahead until you reach the edge of a cliff.
Slide from the edge of the cliff towards the tunnel on the left. This will take you straight to Liloupar’s Cell.
You will find one Beautiful chest at the foot of the tree. Raid it to get the King Deshret’s Pillar chess piece.
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You must complete Dune-Entombed Fecundity: Part I to access this chess piece, located in the underground area on the edge of Mt. Damaven. Start at the underground Teleport Waypoint near Qusayr Al-Inkhida’, pictured above. Once you enter the area, look ahead to find an entrance leading inside – enter the ruin to continue.
Once you’ve entered the ruin, follow the path forward and enter the cave behind the obelisk. Float down and turn right to enter another area.
You see one Beautiful chest next to the mechanism. Loot it to get the chess piece called Border Fort.
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You must complete the Dune-Entombed Fecundity: Part II to access this chess piece, which is located in the underground area called Bayt Al-Sukr. Go to the underground Teleport Waypoint west of The Sands of Three Canals. You will see a large path ahead.
Enter the path to the Beautiful chest I am waiting for you. Loot it to get the chess piece named Soulferry.
You must complete Dune-Entombed Fecundity: Part III to access this chess piece. Go to the underground Teleport Waypoint west of the wounded Shin Valley. Use the Four-Leaf Sigils to travel to the other side of the compound, where you’ll find a large entrance that leads to a covered ruin.
Once inside you immediately see the Beautiful chest in the middle of the clearing. Loot it to get the chess piece named Khaj-Nisut.
Temple of Gurabad
After completing the entire quest chain of The Dirge of Bilqis, wait one real-time day or until the server is reset to unlock a new series of quests, starting with Tadhla the Falcon. Completing it will unlock the next quest called “The Falcon’s Hunt.”
Follow the World Quest to the part where you find the fragment of Liloupar, then loot the Beautiful chest nearby before reporting to Masseira. This will reward you with the chess piece called Temple of Gurabad. If you missed the looting of the chest, click the link above for a full rundown of its exact location.
For more information on Tadhla, check out our Genshin Impact The Fallen Falcon World Quest guide here on Pro Game Guides.