Second Ascension

Today I crafted my second set of heavy ascended armor (Ahamid’s/Knight’s), ascended hammer (Knight’s), ascended longbow (Knight’s) and the Shadow of Grenth ascended backpiece for my human warrior, Lorelai Iceblade. I also bought the Molten Dye and Pyre Dye to colour her armor. All in all, I spent close to 1000 gold.

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Shadow of Grenth comes with a cool dark mist trail effect when you move.

I retraited from 30/10/0/0/30 dual axes/longbow to 10/0/30/30/0 hammer/longbow for more survivability. Although I cant do 10000 damage criticals now, my survivability has gone through the roof with 27000 health and 3100 armor. Hammer provides a lot of disabling skills so it’s even easier to mitigate damage. I tested it out in Twilight Arbor and it was a resounding success.

Now I have to save up laurels for two ascended rings, two ascended accessories and 15 WvW infusions, which cost 205 laurels, 2125 badges of honor and 100 globs of ectoplasm. I am in the process of farming pristine fractal relics and hoping for a berserker’s ascended ring when I do fractal’s 10-19 everyday at the moment though.

 


Flamekissed

Here is the new redesigned Flamekissed Armor, which is an exclusive gemstore light armor skin worth 800 gems. To be honest, I prefer the old design but I bought it for my elementalist anyway. It goes really well with dark red shades. I’m using Fling, Black Cherry and Midnight Red.

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The Flamekissed Armor looks really nice at night or in dark lightning.

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The 11000 AP Mark!

Today I reached the 11000 achievement points mark and unlocked the Zenith Kris, a dagger skin. Here’s my necromancer Persephone wielding the Zenith Cesta and Zenith Kris.

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On another note, today I also bought my last ascended accessory for my guardian. She is now wearing full ascended gear infused with agony infusions, bringing her agony resistance up to 65. With that, my guardian is complete and ready for high level fractals. For my next project, I plan to start buying and crafting ascended gear for my warrior. However, I will be using WvW infusions for the infusion slots this time because my warrior is my WvW character. I have enough laurels left over to craft a full set of ascended armor, but I’ll wait a few days before changing her build so I can craft the ascended weapons too. I will be switching from dual axes pure damage/burst to hammer control/healing shouts.

 


Monthly Achievement Guide: February 2014

This month we have a set of the usual straightforward monthly achievements. Simple but boring.

Start by using 40 Scrolls of Knowledge which I asked you to store in your bank. This gets you Skill Point Amasser immediately.

Now for Monthly Successful Events, Monthly Group Event Completer and Champion Slayer, you can either join the champion farming train in Queensdale; or take part in WvW (less reliable depending on your server but you can also complete Monthly WvW Player Kills at the same time). Note that if you choose to join the champion farming train in Frostgorge Sound, you will only progress Champion Slayer as the champions there do not have associated events. Additionally, as of October 2013, only keep and Stonemist Castle capture events count as group events in WvW.

So here’s the most efficient way to get all the achievements. Participate in WvW until you get 50 player kills. Then join the Queensdale champion farming train until you complete 20 group events. Now, every even hour, the Twisted Marionette event will start in Lornar’s Pass at False River waypoint. This is a very good place to get 60 champion kills quickly. Lots of champion watchwork mobs spawn and do not attack you. So just use a character with a lot of AoEs to tag as many champions as possible. It should only take two or three Twisted Marionette events to get 60 champion kills.

Finally, just complete 5 daily achievements a day for four days to get Monthly Completionist.


The Origins of Madness: Achievement Guide

Hello again everyone. Looks like living story has started again. This month’s current living story, the Origins of Madness involves two new world boss events that start every two hours on the hour, alternatingly. That means the Great Jungle Wurm world event in Bloodtide Coast starts every odd hour while the Twisted Marionette in Lornar’s Pass starts every even hour. These two world boss events are on par with the new Tequatl the Sunless in terms of difficulty, therefore most of the achievements will not be completable during the duration of this living story. So, we’ll have to make use of daily living story achievements to make up the remainder  of the 11 achievements needed for the meta achievement.

I will not be covering the new Great Jungle Wurm because it is permanent content and there will be plenty of time for future guides and strategies to come up.

First, go to the False River waypoint in Lornar’s Pass at the start of any even hour (12 AM, 2 AM, 4 AM, etc.). If you are in a highly populated world, it is recommended to be there one hour early to avoid getting thrown into overflow. Take part in the Twisted Marionette world boss event. It does not matter if you fail or succeed. You should do this everyday for the Boss Thumper daily living Story achievement.

Next, go to the story instance near Sanctum Harbour waypoint in Lion’s Arch. After that, go to the Durmand Priory waypoint in Lornar’s Pass. Follow this map to Scarlet’s Secret Lair for an achievement and a bag of 10 power core pieces.

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Immediately after jumping down from the Durmand Priory onto the snow turn right and enter the cave (it is the same one used for guild rush). Run past the bats and wurms (dodge and use stability) straight to the star which is past a false wall which you can pass through. Now you need to gather 40 more power core peices to make a power core to enter the lair.

In every map except Eternal Battlegrounds, Orr, Southsun Cove and the starter maps, there are energy probes all over the map. The locations of these probes are static so you can camp one if you want; the respawn time after being destoryed is 10 minutes. There will be a set of five to six defenders guarding these probes. Defeat them and the probe will become vulnerable.  Destroy the probe and you can collect one to three power core pieces from it. You should attempt to do this in a party as the defenders are quite strong, being a random set of Scarlet’s minions or alliances. Gather 40 more power core pieces this way and try to destory probes in five different maps (the WvW borderlands maps have probes as well if you are having trouble finding more maps with probes to destroy). Along the way, you will most likely have defeated 50 probe defenders for another achievement.

Once you have 50 power core pieces, use them to make a power core and enter the secret lair. In the lair are 5 chests with LOTS of loot. Also, you have to open each chest at least once to obtain a fragment of Scarlet’s journal to combine into this living story’s souvenir item.Each chest can be opened with the appropriate cypher which is made from 25 fragments of the specific type (Aetherblade, Toxic, Molten, Watchwork, Scarlet). All the fragments except Scarlet’s are uncommon drops from the corresponding alliance type during the Twisted Watchwork portal invasion events. Scarlet’s fragments are rare drops from any alliance type and are very difficult to obtain through the portal invasion events. But by opening each of the other four chests, you will obtain three to six of Scarlet’s fragments so open the other chests multiple times.

Do not expect to succeed at the Twisted Watchwork event if you are in overflow. Just focus on tagging as many mobs as possible for more fragments. A high damage AoE profession is recommended. High armor and health is not necessary as most of the enemies have low health and are killed quickly. You should participate in each lane’s portal invasion at least once for an achievement.

The last easy achievement to get is escorting each of the three Vigil Crusaders to their respective destinations in the pre-event to the Great Jungle Wurm in Bloodtide Coast which occurs every odd hour (1 AM, 3 AM, 5 AM, etc.). Just follow the zerg as they escort the Vigil Crusader  while tagging eggs and mobs. Be careful as the enemies in this pre-event have extremely high damage, armor and health, and cause many conditions including stuns, dazes, knockbacks, launches.  You have to escort all three different paths at least once for the achievements.

Then just make up the remainder of the 11 required achievements with daily Boss Thumper achievements by participating in either the Twisted Marionette or Great Jungle Wurm fight. I recommend the Twisted Marionette because you will have a very low chance of dying and you get lots of fragments for cyphers to open chests (each containing at least two rares and eight masterworks in addition to more fragments and Scarlet’s fragments). However, when the event fails, everyone in Lornar’s Pass at that time will be instantly killed.


Rank 700

OMG! I just got a Keg of Liquid WXP drop in WvW today! That pushed my warrior Lorelai’s WvW rank up to 700! It’s been difficult to rank up regularly since I started working again but that made up for this week. Kegs of Liquid WXP give 25000 WXP (equal to 5 WvW rank ups) to a character that uses it. To my knowledge, liquid WXP also come in Tastes (5000 WXP), Thimbles (2500 WXP) and Drops (250 WXP). Liquid WXP drops randomly from killing enemy invaders.


Quaggans & Sparkles

If you bought 800 gems from the gem store in December 2013, today’s the day you get a Green Quaggan Backpack.

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Additionally, if you bought 4000 gems, you also get a Mini Mr Sparkles along with the backpack.

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Interview

Heading off to my interview with Secret Recipe in two hours. Wish me luck!


Monthly Achievement Guide: January 2014

Once again, we have another easy set of monthly achievements. Four of this month’s achievements can be completed in a few hours in WvW.

Start by entering WvW and follow a zerg around capturing objectives. All objectives in WvW count as events for Monthly Successful Events (100 successful events completed). Along the way, you will most definitely have kiled 60 champion tower lords for Champion Slayer. Also, you should get 50 player kills in one or two huge zerg battles for Monthly WvW Player Kills. Also, you should have levelled up a few times during the road to 100 successful events and these skill points count toward Skill Point Amasser. Make up the remainder of the 40 skill points you need with the Scrolls of Knowledge I told you to save in your bank in previous months. If this is your first visit to this blog, save all Scrolls of Knowledge you obtain from champion loot bags in your bank for monthly Skill Point Amasser and daily Skill Point Accumulator.

Next, for Monthly Dungeon Participation, comlete 10 story or explorable dungeons. These are some easy and quick dungeons:

  • Ascalonian Catacombs path 3
  • Twilight Arbor forward and up paths
  • Citadel of Flame paths 1 and 2
  • Honor of the Waves path 1

Finally, for Monthly Completionist, just complete the daily meta reward on 4 days. Skip Puzzle Jumper if you are not good at jumping puzzles.


Happy New Year!

Happy 2014 everyone! May the new year bring lots of fun, exciting new updates and great living stories! I will post up the January 2014 monthly achievement guide slightly later this time because I’ll be job hunting again.Until then, here’s a picture of one of the new norn hairstyles available in the Total Makeover Kit.

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