Monthly Archives: December 2013

Acclaimed Achiever and Zenith Pistol

Yay! I finally reached the 10000 achievement points mark today! Got a massive achievement chest, 10 laurels, 30 gold, 400 gems and a new title, Acclaimed Achiever. I also got to pick another Zenith skin, this time I chose the Zenith Pistol.

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So currently I have 15 laurels. Tomorrow is a new month so after I finish January 2014’s monthly meta achievement, I’ll be little more than two weeks away from my final ascended trinket for my guardian.

I haven’t decided what to buy with my 400 gems. Maybe it’s time to give my sylvari ranger a decent looking medium armor?

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Beigrath’s Spire

As promised, here is a picture of my newly crafted ascended staff, Beigrath’s Spire with Knight’s stats (toughness, power, precision).

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My guardian is now nearly fully ascended-equipped. Only 40 laurels to go to my last ascended accessory to replace her exotic Karka Shell. Then, I can start buying agony infusions with my fractal relics and gear her up for higher level fractals.

 

 


Merry Wintersday!

It’s that time of year again! Merry Wintersday, everyone!

There’s not  been much happening in Guild Wars 2 of late since the Wintersday event will last until mid January 2014. Tomorrow I’ll be getting my last laurel needed for my ascended staff recipe. I’ll post pictures of the ascended staff tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the holidays!


Heavy Ascended Armor

I crafted my full set of heavy ascended armor with Knight’s stats (toughness, power, precision) for my Guardian today. 🙂 It cost me 370 gold in total including recipes.

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One thing about crafting ascended armor at the moment. Try to craft the bolts of damask yourself once a day rather than buying them straight off the trading post. The price of crafting one manually is half the price of buying a bolt of damask from the trading post. I bought all 25 bolts of damask from the trading post because I’m impatient, and I’m rich. Don’t be like me unless you have tons of gold you don’t know what to do with!

 


Light of Dwayna

Here is a picture of the one of the new ascended backpieces, the Light of Dwayna. It cost me 270 gold to craft. 🙂

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A Very Merry Wintersday: Achievement Guide

Since there are so many activities this Wintersday, I’ll just give you a brief guide on what to do for each activity and a few tips for some of the more difficult achievements and you can complete the fairly straightforward achievements by yourselves. To complete the A Very Merry Wintersday meta achievement and obtain the reward (one of five past Wintersday minis or a Generous Wintersday Gift which contains 10 Giant Wintersday Gifts), you need to complete a total of 20 daily Wintersday achievements and achievements from the Wintersday living story tab.

  • Snowball Mayhem

This is an 8 versus 8 team capture the flag game where you have to pick up presents from a middle spawn point and return them  to your team’s drop zone at base. You can choose three different classes each with five different weapon skills so play around and find which one you like best and stick with it. You also have a sixth profession-determined skill that changes based on your current profession. Just try different combinations of professions and classes and have fun. For the Regifter achievement, I used a warrior/scout combination. At the start of the match, immediately Snowblind for swiftess and run to the swiftness power up near your base. Keep running toward the present spawn point. Hopefully you reach there first. Snowblind again and use Rush and dodge all the way back to your base. Snowball Mayhem also counts as an activity for the Daily Activity Participation achievement.

  • Tixx’s Infinitarium

Enter the dungeon alone but do not begin the dungeon. Destroy every piece of breakable diorama for Wintersday Wrecking Ball. This lets you complete this achievement without worrying about foes or party disconnects. Now, exit, find a party and play the dungeon normally. It is the same dungeon as last year’s Tixx’s Infinitarium. When you defeat Toxx and complete the dungeon, you get Honourary Krewe Member.

  • Toypocalypse

Unlike last year, you have to form a party of five before you enter. This is a tower defense game and you have to protect five dolyaks in the centre platform from ten rounds of waves of toys. Toxx will spawn at the end of every alternate round as a boss that is harder to kill than normal toys. Some general tips are:

  1. Equip the toysmasher and destroy diorama for snow and scraps to build siege and defense. Siege kills toys much faster than you can.
  2. Use scraps to only build catapults and never ballista.
  3. Use snow to only build ice walls to block off paths to the centre platform. Building one or two snowmen to slow Toxx is okay but don’t waste too much snow on snowmen.
  4. When Toxx appears, equip the pop cap rifle and snipe Toxx from a distance to deal a lot of damage.
  5. Save hay that spawns between rounds for dolyaks that reach half health. Don’t waste hay on healing nearly full health dolyaks.

You will get Nothing But Broken Toys after surviving 50 waves and Dolyak Defender if you survive all 10 rounds with at least one dolyak still alive.

  • Donation Escort

Donate three silver to Ho Ho Tron or Marcello for Silver for the Season and three gold for Golden Generosity. When the donation bar is full, the donation dolyak will start to move to the Lion’s Arch Gate Hub. You have to protect it from skritt. When skritt attack, it is far easier to just kick them rather than throw snowballs at them. Along the way, the dolyak will drop presents. Pick 25 up for Finder Keepers. At the end of the route, a boss skritt will spawn. Throw snowballs at him until he is defeated. The dolyak will complete its route and you get Donation Defender.

  • Bell Choir

This is a rhythm game like O2Jam or Guitar Hero.Position your camera in a bird’s eye view. When the notes enter the inner blue circle, hit the corresponding skill. If you can’t keep track of all the notes or the harder songs, it is safer to not be greedy and instead focus on 6-8 lines instead of all 10 lines. The notes you hit correctly will heal you for the damage you take for missed notes in lines you ignored. Hit 500 notes correctly for Ringing the Right Notes.

After doing all of the activities, you should have more than 50 gifts to open for Wrapping Everywhere. If you are short, buy some from the trading post. You should also have Toy Quality Control if you personally used a weapon (toysmasher is recommended) to kill 100 toys in Toypocalypse.

 

 


The Nightmare is Over: Achievement Guide

For this meta achievement, you need a total of 12 achievements from daily The Nightmare is Over achievmeents and achievements from the Nightmare is Over living story tab. The meta reward is a crappy Tricolor Key, but let’s just do it for the achievement points.

The first time you enter Kessex Hills after this latest patch, you will automatically be transported to The Nightmare’s End story instance. Talk to Marjory. Interact with the Antitoxin Injector and later interact with the Vine Passage (hold CTRL and rotate your camera if you can’t find it). You will enter a room with four puzzles. There are two achievements for this part.

  • Nightmare Terminator: Choose all combat options for the puzzles. Be warned that several foes will spawn for each puzzle so prepare accordingly before triggering the combat option. You will then get this achievement when you finish the story instance.
  • Nightmare Euthanizer: Solve all puzzles. A guide to the puzzles written by Duffy can be found here: http://dulfy.net/2013/12/10/gw2-the-nightmares-end-scarlets-puzzle-guide/ .

You can only get one of the two achievements the first time you finish the story instance. Then, you have to go back to Thinder Ridge Camp and talk to Marjory’s Assistant Dee to replay the story instance and finish it a second time using the path you did not do the first time. Completing th story instance the first time also gets you Nightmare Ender.

Next, for Aftermath Treasure Hunter, you need to open the Tricolor Chest five times. If you didnt have any Tricolor Keys left, buy three fragments a day from Dee and open it everyday until you get it.

Your next stop is Viathan Waypoint at Viathan Lake. Here, you have to follow the zerg around completing 10 Viathan Lake events for Aftermath Viathan Cleaner. Only the toxic alchemist, toxic spider queen and toxic wurm queen count as Viathan Lake events. Killing each champion also gets you Aftermath Toxic Counteragent, Aftermath Arachnicide and Aftermath Vermicide accordingly.

After getting each of the last three achievements, you unlock a corresponding achievement.

  • Aftermath Toxic Counteragent unlocks Aftermath Detoxifier. At the moment this is bugged.
  • Aftermath Arachnicide unlocks Aftermath Cobweb Cleaner. The toxic spider queen frequently puts players who have aggro in cocoons. These cocoons break in 3-4 hits so be quick to target them when you see them. It is easier to do this offpeak with less than five people in a zerg to spot the cocoons more easily.
  • Aftermath Vermicide unlocks Aftermath Shockwave Jumper. You need to jump over (not dodge) the line shockwaves released by the toxic wurm queen. She will bow her head to the ground just before she does this attack so spam jump when you see this. It is easier to do this with a small zerg stacking in one spot so that whoever the shockwaves target will hit all players and allow all of them to get credit by jumping.

 


Wintersday is Here!

Wintersday has started! Two new living stories have begun, The Nightmare is Over and A Very Merry Wintersday. Guides will be coming up as soon as I am done with the achievements. Meanwhile, here’s some festive sights.

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Here’s a picture of the Antitoxin Injector backpiece skin you get for finishing the story instance for The Nightmare is Over.

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Also, glory will be retired as a currency in 2014. The best way to use up all your glory at the moment is to spend it all on Giant Wintersday Gifts from the Gift Exchanger at the Heart of the Mists. You can get ascended materials, ascended backpiece recipes, wintersday weapon skins, charged quartz crystals, flawless snowflakes and other wintersday goodies from these gifts.


Yaks and the End of WvW Leagues Season One

Today the WvW Leagues season one ended and season one reward chests were awarded. My server, Kaineng got 7th place and here’s what was inside my chest.

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Contents of 7th place WvW Leagues season one reward chest:

  • Mini Yak
  • 3 Tastes of Liquid WXP
  • 100 dragonite ore
  • 100 empyreal fragments
  • 5 tomes of knowledge
  • 5 scrolls of knowledge
  • 3 masterwork equipment
  • essence of luck (legendary, +500 luck)

The best reward out of all the chest contents is definitely the 3 tastes of liquid WXP, which grants 15000 WXP altogether, equivalent to 3 WvW ranks. After using them, I am now rank 442. Below is a picture of the mini yak.

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Brace Yourselves, Ascended Armour is Coming

So the next living story has been announced for December 10, and it’s Wintersday! Along with it comes some good news and bad news. The good news is tailoring, armoursmithing and leatherworking caps will be increased to 500 and ascended armour crafting will be possible! However, I suspect that getting these three crafts to 500 will take significantly more gold than getting weaponsmithing, artificing and huntsman to 500. This is because cloth crafting materials have always been more much expensive than ores and logs. Luckily, it is balanced by the relatively cheap leather materials.

A tip I would like to share with you guys is to stop refining all ascended materials you obtain until December 10. Save all the Bloodstone Dust, Empyreal Fragments and Dragonite Ore in your bank until you reach 450 in one of the three newly promoted crafts. Then convert them all at once while using a crafting booster for massive crafting experience gain. This should get you from 450 to 475 using minimal gold. For added effect, do this at the end of a week when the crafting critical success % of your server in WvW is highest. Also, be sure to wait until the patch is out before buying and converting gems to gold so that you can get the best conversion rate.

Now, the bad news is that a lot of traits across all professions are getting horribly nerfed and reshuffled. So that means you’ll have to check and make sure your builds are not affected by any of the trait changes on December 10. If they are, there’s no other option but to retrait (and possibly rebuild, ie. wasting more gold on new equipment and fine transmutation stones).