Griffon Guide: Elon Riverlands, The Desolation and The Final Steps
By this time you should have Open Skies: Domain of Vabbi, Crystal Oasis, and Desert Highlands completed. We are now at the last two zones to egg hunt, do our assignments and then the final couple of tasks to go! In this Guide, I will take you through two zones: Elon Riverlands and The Desolation. After that we will have Open Skies: Sunspear Sanctuary, Sunspear Wisdom and On Wings and a Prayer.
Elon Riverlands Achievements
Warmed Riparian Griffon Egg
From Olishar’s Oasis Camp Waypoint, go west to the tall rock. Use your springer to jump up to the egg.
Azure Riparian Griffon Egg
From the griffon roost, west of Olishar’s Oasis Camp waypoint, you can fly southeast to the top of the tower below the vista. It is located next to the Arid Gladefields.
Rocky Riparian Griffon Egg
From skimmer ranch waypoint, go southeast to the large rock and jump the ledges to the top with your springer. It seemed to be very rainy and dark when I went. On the map, follow the markers in order of green arrow by the waypoint, purple circle, red heart and then blue square.
Golsah, The Rune of Honor
Go to your achievement panel and search for the Equipment Tracker achievement. You will need to speak to Shadi in the Northwest corner of Elon Riverlands to get the achievement started. Find the items throughout Elon Riverlands and to make this more fun, take a friend or two along. They are listed below:
- The Sword - You will need to kill the Veteran Water Djinn to get the sword
- The Helm - Go to Augury’s Shadow waypoint and head northeast. The Branded cave is up to the right hidden from view. Interact with the Pile of Equipment after you fight everything in the cave.
- The Gloves  - At Skimshallow Cove, which is just south of Skimmer Ranch, there is a pile of leaves at the top of a rock pillar. Interact to receive the gloves.
- The Boots  - Head north from the Abandon Barrows on the west side of the map. Look for the tent with Veteran Chikkak, a funny looking Skritt. Talk to him and then attack him so he drops the boots.
- The Armor  - There is a small cave in the northeast corner of the quicksand, near the skimmer Ranch. Be ready to fight a few critters and then interact with the Hermit’s chest to receive the armor.
At this point, you go back to Shadi for the Ruin of Honor.
Relic Preservation Materials
Head to Augury’s Shadow waypoint and head north. When you get close to the top, the heart is to your west. After doing the heart, you can buy the Relic Preservation Materials from the heart vendor.
Maps to the Outpost
Complete the heart at Olishar’s Oasis Camp Waypoint and then buy the maps from the heart vendor.
Limwe, The Rune of Justice
This is a group event chain. Go south of Olishar’s Oasis Camp Waypoint, talk to Field Foreman Erran, when the event pops up. Protect him as he tries to rescue Emara. This will lead you to the battle with Warden Jabari. Note: you need a large group for this one. After you have defeated him, you will get the Rune.
Giwebo, The Rune if Humility
This is another group event to defeat the Champion unbound djinn in the southwest corner of the map. The event starts with a collection gather of memory fragments, then the Unbound Djinn appears to fight. This would be better fought with at least 4 people.
Elon Riverlands Complete
The Desolation Achievements
Warmed Canyon Griffon Egg
From Scourgeway waypoint follow the road south through the broken buildings on the left and find a place where you can jump up on your springer to the top nesting place. Note: The ring structure you see in the picture above, is the next nest. On the map below, go in the following order: purple circle, red heart, blue square, and green star.
Dark Canyon Griffon Egg
From the roost you can fly north to a ring-type structure, the egg is sitting on the top of the ring.
Pale Canyon Griffon Egg
From Scourageway Waypoint go northwest where there is a monument-looking rock that you can jump up to with your springer. The jump was tougher than I thought, but made it up from the opposite side of the ledge that the nest is sitting on.
Mottled Canyon Griffon
From Darklands Waypoint go east around the rock face. I used my springer to jump down and across the ledge, then sprang up a rock face to the egg. Go from green arrow to the red heart to the blue square and up to the top.
Ashhe, The Rune of Valor
Go to Darklands Waypoint and head southeast to the camp. Talking to Redeemer Kossan will start an event. Just follow the event and you will get the rune at the end of the fights.
Virzuk, The Rune of Compassion
From Darklands Waypoint go northwest to the shrine with helpful Sunspear Ghosts and use the springer to jump ledges. It took me a while to find it as it was past the Sunspear Ghosts and on the ledge above. Once you find it collect the coin.
Ancient Sunspear Flags
Go to the Lair of the Forgotten Waypoint and complete the heart. You can then buy the flags from Dunkoro, the NPC.
This is another heart to complete at Bonestrand Waypoint and buy the lights from Kisha, the heart person.
That Completes the Desolation.
Open Skies: Sunspear Sanctuary
As you finished each zone, you collected the Sunspear Runes and Griffon Eggs. Use the Spearmarshal’s Plea to go back to where the quest began. Go to the Sunspear Crest and interact with each grey collection circle to place the Sunspear Runes where they belong. Then find the grey collection symbol by the griffon nest and place the eggs in each nest.
When you have completed that, Open Skies: Sunspear Wisdom will be unlocked.
Open Skies: Sunspear Wisdom
Sunspear Wisdom is a collection that you have to retrieve from the Library in Kormir’s Sanctum. This instance is a lot more fun if you bring a group along to help! Go to the Tomb of Primeval Kings, run to the back of the tomb, interact with the door and enter the portal. It will port you up to a library where you will find the books.
First step is killing the elites to get the keys to unlock the chests that have the Cache of Sunspear Wisdom. This is where your friends will come in handy. They will help find the elites and fight them with you.
There are no labels on the map, but you can figure out your way around. I found going around the bottom circle and then up the stairs to the top and around the upper circle was helpful. Taking the inner circle then the outer circle, I found most of the chests. I did not get them in order of Volume, but for this article I put the volumes in order. If you look at the minimap on the pictures, you can see approximately where I was.
Now to collect 10 volumes of Sunspear History in the Cache of Sunspear Wisdom chests from Kormir’s Sanctum:
Volume 1: From the portal run up the long staircase to the top circle. On the outer side of this ramp you will see the chest.
Volume 2: Running the outer ring on the bottom floor, it is on the southernmost pillar on the east side.
Volume 3: Go around the bottom floor, southwest side of the outer ring. The chest is next to the bookshelves, facing toward the center of the room
Volume 4: Go to the west side of the outer ring, on bottom floor. The chest is against the north side of the column.
Volume 5: The chest is on the spiral staircase, north west corner of the map, on the bottom circle. 246291_45.jpg
Volume 6: Go to the northeast corner of the bottom ring. Look behind the ghost guards and you will see the chest. You might have to fight an elite to get back there and since I was short a key, we went ahead and killed it.
Volume 7: Run up to the top floor and go on the inner side of the ring. You will find the chest near the walls.
Volume 8: On the top floor from where you got Volume 7, look west. You will see a chest at the top of the blue ramp. Fly over to the ramp and retrieve the book in the chest.
Volume 9: Go to the southeast edge of the balcony on the bottom floor. You will see the chest in front of some scrolls.
Volume 10: Go to the top floor right above the portal. There is also some diving goggles close to the chest.
Sunspear Wisdom Complete
Open Skies: On Wings and a Prayer
At this point you have the books and all you have to do is place the Writings of the Last Spearmashal on the pedestal in the Sunspear Sanctuary. To do that you will have to fight the Champion Mordant Crescent Hierarch. In this battle, at 25% intervals he will become protected by a dome and you will need to mount a griffon and fly to the top of the dome and press #1 to break his protection.
Keep on fighting until the Champion Mordant Crescent Hierarch is down. I didn’t pay attention to his other companions, I focused on him. Once you are done, everyone cheers and you receive your griffon.
This was a very long quest but was well worth it. I wouldn’t change the way ArenaNet planned it. The Griffon wasn’t just given to you and it made me feel like I really accomplished something. Enjoy this achievement by bringing your friends.
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