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Memory Vaults are creatures found in Mental worlds in Psychonauts, Psychonauts: in the Rhombus of Ruin and Psychonauts 2. They contain memories of the character who's mind it resides in. These memories can be truthful or fabricated.
They look like sentient safes with four legs and dog-like ears that run around, attempting to avoid being caught by the player. They slightly resemble running puppies, with their "mouths" being located directly behind their faces. Razputin can open these with a PSI-Punch, making them fall to the ground, unconscious, and causing them to open their faces to reveal their tongue and mouth. Once opened, memories are revealed of the character whose mind the vault is in. Each Mental World has two memory vaults, with the exception of the Meat Circus, which has only one, for a total of nineteen in the game.
In each Mental World, one of the two vaults is generally in Raz's path when playing through the story. The second vault is in a less obvious spot. The combination of these memories provides insight into the backstory of each character.
The Psychonauts Vault Viewer app for iOS provides a way of viewing the memories outside of the game along with developer commentary.
- Using Clairvoyance on any Mental Vault will reveal they see Raz as a dog catcher.
- As first shown by Oleander's Pride, Mental Vaults can represent false or manufactured memories, although this does not seem to affect their behavior.
List of Memory Vaults
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
Main article: Painful Memories/Little House in the Psyche