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Nineteen Easy Pets for New Rangers

So, you or your child has just created a new ranger in GW2, and you need to quickly fill out your pet collection.  Starting at Lion’s Arch (or your new character’s home city), you should be able to quickly (within the first few levels) unlock most of these without any problem.  Make the rounds through the capitol cities first, since there will be no resistance from wandering monsters, and then head out into the explorable zones once you have at least a few levels down, so that you won’t be so squishy while searching for your new best friends.

Lion’s Arch

Armor Fish – You should be able to find these in the harbor, right over the place where the Breachmaker’s drill is still sticking into the sea bed.

Blue Jellyfish – These are also in Sanctum Harbor, southeast of Old Lion’s Arch.

Krytan Drakehound – This one is on the bridge between Fort Mariner and the Grand Piazza.  You’ll see a man with a dog.  The dog can be charmed.  This makes the man very sad.  That’s why you want to get the Krytan Drakehound here instead of in Divinity’s Reach.

Hoelbrak

Polar Bear – These are on the southern shore of the lake on the western side of the map.  Look near the vista.

Raven – These are right outside the front door to the raven lodge.

Alpine Wolf – Head inside the front door of the wolf lodge, and then up the stairs to the right.  Wind up a little ways and then you should see a den full of juvenile alpine wolves.

Snow Leopard – This one is on a little ledge on the south side of the snow leopard lodge.

Rata Sum

Red Jellyfish – Find the portal to Dawnside Quay.  Jump off the pier and you should see these right away.

Pink Moa – Travel down to the bottom level of the main city.  These are in the “Frick Hall” part of the map.  There are also Pink Moas in The Grove, but since these are so close to the Siamoth, there’s no reason delving so far down through the Sylvari city to get them.

Siamoth – This one is also on the bottom level of the main city.  They are in a little pen in the south end of Tark Hall.

The Grove

Fern Hound – This is on the main level of the city (same level as the Lion’s Arch portal), just east of the Upper Commons waypoint.

The Black Citadel

Lashtail Devourer – These are in the southwest corner of the Ruins of Rin (all the way down on the ground south of the lake).  Getting down to the actual dirt can be very difficult.  Look for elevators on the south side of the city.

Whiptail Devourer – These are not far from the Lashtails.  They are also on the ground, just west of the south end of the lake.

Divinity’s Reach

Pig – These are just west of the Uzolan’s Mechanical Orchestra in the Eastern Commons section of the map.

Caledon Forest

Marsh Drake – This is high up in the northern part of the map, just south of the Twilight Arbor waypoint.  You may want to be around level 10 or so before heading up there.

Jungle Stalker – These are in Sandycove Beach, just south of Bay Haven on the side of the road.

Jungle Spider – These are in the center of the northern part of the map, in a region called “The Rowanwoods”.  They are west of Kraitbane Haven Waypoint.  Again, you may want to have a few levels under your belt before heading up there.

Wayfarer Foothills

Arctodus – These are in Frusenfell Creek, in a cave east of the Vendrake’s Homestead waypoint.  The juvenile is guarded by a Veteran Arctodus.  You should be near level 10 before going up there.

Ice Drake – This one is in Darkriven Bluffs, along the eastern side of the river near the bridge.

Assassins and Adventure!

Today we got some very interesting news about two more upcoming features of the Heart of Thorns expansion!  As we have expected for some time, the last core legend of the Revenant was today revealed to be Shiro the Assassin.  And it honestly couldn’t have been a more welcome addition to the Revenant’s kit, since the other aspects hit about as hard as a kitten eyelash!  The other big news item is that GuildWars 2 will be getting a new way to play called ‘Adventures’.

The Revenant’s new DPS spec seems to drop the last piece of the puzzle into what is looking like a very versatile (if not very nimble) class.  Along with the announcement that Shiro would be the last legendary stance came the news that both main-hand and off-hand sword will now be available to the profession.  So if you want to really BECOME Shiro, you can get pretty close, wielding twin blades just like the ancient assassin!

The official post has some very interesting details about three of the new sword skills and three of the new Shiro skills, but I’m sure we will see the rest on the next Points of Interest.  Shadow-stepping, life-stealing, and mobility hinders seem to be the name of the game with the new skills, so Thieves are probably going to feel a few of their toes being stepped on, but it looks like they’re differentiating these abilities enough that the assassin-specced Revenant will still seem like it has a unique place.

A little more unexpected was the reveal of the new ‘Adventures’ that will begin showing up with Heart of Thorns.  These are new single-player experiences that bring with them their own leaderboards so that individuals may compete against all other players for daily, weekly, and monthly top scores.  At this time, we’re not sure if they will be propagating backwards through the core game areas, or it they will just show up in the new zones, but a reference in the post to the fact that the new Adventures will leverage the new Mastery systems makes me think that they will extend outward to the core game as well.  I say this because of a sentence in the initial post on Masteries on the official website:

With the launch of Heart of Thorns, there will be two Mastery regions: the Heart of Maguuma, encompassing all PvE zones that are part of the Heart of Thorns expansion, and the core Guild Wars 2 world, encompassing all PvE zones currently available in the game today.

There has been a little bit of controversy over this newly announced addition, with some people complaining that the secret to topping the leaderboard of each Adventure will be out on the internet within a month, and that these things will cease to be fun, but I don’t buy that for a second.  When challenges like this force you to use your wits and reflexes, there are never any silver bullets to automatically achieve greatness.  Those who want to be the best at any particular Adventure will have to work very hard to get there, and some upstart who watches a YouTube video is not going to be able to just jump in there and take his or her crown.

I, for one, was very intrigued by the example Adventure that they shared in the original post, and I couldn’t help thinking of the shooting gallery in Divinity’s Reach.  Oh please, oh please, won’t you finally open that puppy up for business (screenshot at the top of the page)!

Build: Ablative Gunslinger Engineer

The Engineer has always been my favorite class in GW2.  I first played one in the second Beta Weekend Event leading up to the release of the core game, and I had more fun with that class than I did any of the others.  It was also the very first class that I ever took into PvP (doing pretty well for myself back then, if I remember correctly).  Destiny being what it is, though, when the game went live, I somehow ended up playing a Mesmer as my main, and even though I made a Charr Engineer, he was relegated to the unenviable role of ‘alt’ for a while.

With the complete overhaul to the trait system, though, I decided to dust off old Rockgut Boltsmasher and take a look at what these deadly geniuses can now do under the new system.  I feel like I’ve discovered this amazing profession all over again.  It is just unbelievable how much unique capability ArenaNet has packed in there!  Picking Specializations and Traits makes me feel like a kid in a candy store!

I’m calling this build “Ablative Gunslinger Engineer” because it uses twin pistols and it feels like things are always falling off of you.  It sprouts a continual stream of healing kits and proximity mines, with a rock dog even showing up most of the time. In fact, the more you shoot, and the more your enemy hits back, the more stuff just goes flying off everywhere around you.  It’s positively ablative!

Ablative Inventor Engineer Build

Specializations

The three main specializations lines are Firearms, Tools, and Inventions.  The last one may seem like an odd choice, but Bunker Down and Mecha Legs seemed irreplaceable to me, since the proximity mines and healing kits spawned by Bunker Down (which show up EVERYWHERE because of the high crit chance) have become close to the very heart of the build.

Firearms

Sharpshooter – Critical hits have a chance to cause bleeding.

High Caliber – You have an increased critical hit chance against foes within the range threshold.

Hematic Focus – You have increased chance to critically strike against bleeding foes.

No Scope – Critical hits within the range threshold have a chance to grant fury.

Serrated Steel – Bleeding you cause lasts longer.

Incendiary Powder – Critical hits inflict burning. Burning you apply lasts 33% longer.

Tools

Optimized Activation – Using tool belt skills grants vigor.

Static Discharge – Discharge a bolt of lightning whenever you use a tool belt skill.

Mechanized Deployment – Recharge of your tool belt skills is reduced.

Streamlined Kits – Equipping a kit creates an attack or spell and grants you swiftness.

Excessive Energy – While at full endurance you deal additional damage.

Kinetic Battery – After evading a strike, your next tool belt skill is instantly recharged.

Inventions

Cleansing Synergy – Using heal skills triggers a cleansing pulse around you.

Automated Medical Response – All heal skills recharge when struck while you are below the health threshold.

Heal Resonator – When you use a healing skill, you apply regeneration to nearby allies.

Mecha Legs – Movement speed is increased. Cripple, chill, and immobilize durations are reduced.

Energy Amplifier – Your healing power is increased while you have regeneration.

Bunker Down – Create a proximity mine and med kit at your location when you critically hit with an attack.


Equipment

Weapons

Two Pistols – Berserker with Superior Sigil of Accuracy (+7% Critical Chanceand Superior Sigil of Strength (60% Chance on Critical: Gain Might (10 Seconds))

Armor

All armor is Knight’s (+Power, +Precision, and +Toughness) and all six pieces have Superior Rune of the Ogre.  In total, these runes give +175 Power, +35 Ferocity, +4% Damage, and you have a 25% chance when struck to summon a Rock Dog.

Jewelery

All jewelry (and back item) is specced to give Power, Precision, and Condition Damage in PvE.  In PvP, I just pick the Rampager Amulet.  This cuts down on Toughness, making you more squishy, but amplifies Condition Damage, which is a big part of how you kill everything.


Utility Skills

6 – A.E.D. – Activate your A.E.D., enabling the system to heal you after a brief period of time. If you take lethal damage while the A.E.D. is active, it ends and heals you for a large amount and removes conditions.

7 – Flamethrower – Arm yourself with a flamethrower that replaces your weapon skills.

8 – Flame Turret – Deploy a turret that burns foes.

9 (PvE) – Elixir B – Drink Elixir B to gain fury, might, retaliation, and swiftness.

9 (PvP) – Elixir C – Drink Elixir C, converting all conditions into random boons.

0 (PvE) – Elite Mortar Kit – Equip the mortar kit.

0 (PvP) – Supply Crate – Request a massive supply drop, complete with turrets and bandages.


Strategy

The Ablative Gunslinger Engineer focuses on critical hits and condition damage to bring down its foes.  As outlined above, the base critical hit chance stays somewhere between 50 and 60 percent, with certain factors driving this up quite a bit.  If your opponent is within a range of 240 and on fire, for example, the crit chance will be 20% higher.  And all of this has the potential to snowball quite a bit, especially since critical hits also cause burning due to Incendiary Power.

While there are a couple of good ways to spike down your opponent with this build, the real name of the game is versatility and survivability.  Speccing into Inventions means that there will be a lot of healing kits scattered all around your feet pretty much constantly.  The healing skill, A.E.D., is also the best in the game, as far as I’m concerned.  And just think, with Automated Medical Response the thing just goes off cooldown whenever you are struck below 25% health!  If you haven’t seen just how fun this can be, you need to!

You definitely don’t want to forget the tool belt here!  You have MASSIVE additional burning by slotting in Flame Turret and Flamethrower, so when you lock onto your target, remember those two tool belt skills.  Also remember that everything from the tool belt will fire a bolt of chain lightning when activated, and if you want to double up on one of those tool belt abilities, just dodge an attack and you can use your favorite one twice!  Don’t forget that the A.E.D. even helps out with a great close range stun on F1.

The best chain of attacks I’ve been able to throw together so far with this seems to be to activate Elixir B (if in PvE) and then lead with the napalm on the tool belt from Flame Turret, and then pack in pistol 2 (wait for it!), 3, 4, and then the flame jet on the tool belt from Flamethrower.  Then switch over to the Flamethrower kit (which surrounds you with a Fire Shield due to Streamlined Kits) and detonate the number 2 skill right on your opponent’s face, followed by skill 4 at his feet, and then a long blast with the flamethrower.  In testing, nothing has actually survived this attack chain, so I haven’t had much reason to push it farther.

One note of caution would be that the Flame Turret seems more useful to me as a tool belt skill than a turret, especially if you are skilled at getting the double activation with Kinetic Battery.  Once you place the turret, though, the tool belt ability changes to allow you to detonate it.  That’s not nearly as helpful as adding a few more stacks of burning, so only drop the turret if you weren’t able to activate the Kinetic Battery.

I don’t yet have as much experience with this build in PvP as I do my Fire Tank Guardian, so there may be some things that I have to change around as my plans make additional contact with the enemy and inevitably fail.  If I discover anything further, I’ll post my updates here.  And if anyone has any thoughts on how to improve the build while staying true to the overall theme, then by all means please post them in the comments!

Good luck out there!

The Wuss from the Mists

The day is finally here!  Those of us who have pre-purchased Heart of Thorns can finally get our hands on the new Revenant profession.  All of the videos have looked so cool!  I couldn’t wait to tear into my already-level-eighty hero and take him out for a spin.

Now, I had read and watched many of the hands-on play impressions from bloggers and YouTubers that received a beta portal during the last closed beta, and I remember them all saying how much they wished they could have had access to better gear choices to really get a feel for the profession.  They remarked about how weak the Revenant felt with only Celestial runes on their armor.  I was very pleased, therefore, to find that my own Revenant came fresh out of the box this time with a large selection of armor, weapons, sigils, and rune choices for me to play with.  Surely I would be able to find something that really felt right.

Well, in full disclosure, I haven’t spent a huge amount of time tinkering around with the profession yet, but what I’ve seen so far is both impressive and underwhelming.  On the one hand, I’m very intrigued by the concepts embodied in the Revenant, and all of the new animations and skill effects are certainly cool. But on the other hand, this guy just feels like he hits with weapons made out of feathers held together by wisps of cloud and baby farts.

My own Guardian build slots absolutely no Power, Precision, or Ferocity stats, but he can bring down Veterans in Orr in less than three seconds.  This Revenant – with full Berserker or Rampager gear – feels like he takes at least twenty seconds to drop trash mobs!  I am literally piling on every single trait, utility skill, and elite skill that I can find to boost damage; this dude just doesn’t seem to have the horsepower.

Maybe I’ve got it all wrong.  Maybe this profession isn’t even supposed to have the capacity for decent DPS.  Maybe he was intended as battlefield support only.  Maybe his damage-based specialization and legends have yet to be revealed.  I’ll keep checking it out throughout the weekend, and I’ll update this post as necessary.  But for now, color me confused at how something that looks so cool can be such a wuss.

Get Ready for Revenants!

As all of the Heart of Thorns pre-purchasers sit on the edges of their seats waiting for the first real beta weekend to be announced, ArenaNet has decided to give us all a little snack to tide us over in the form of a special weekend just to beta test the new Revenant profession!  Starting this Friday at 3:00 PM Eastern, and lasting until 3:00 PM Eastern on Monday afternoon, players will be able to roll up a new Revenant – presumably using the beta character slot that we were all given when we made the pre-purchase.

So far, ArenaNet has provided us with an explanation of the Revenant mechanics, and outlined three of the eventual five core specializations that will furnish the Revenant with the legends that form the basis of its class features.  We know about Mallyx, Jalis, and Ventari at this point, but it must be remembered that ArenaNet has currently said nothing about this new Revenant beta weekend providing us with any further details into the other two core specializations and their legends.  In fact, the news article over on the main site makes a point to mention that we will get to play with the “newly announced” Ventari and staff weapon, so chances of anything new coming out during the test seem very slim.

Still, the prospects of getting to run the Revenant – even a much-limited form of the final Revenant – through its paces in PvE, WvW, and sPvP (including the new Stronghold game mode!) are pretty exciting.  I, for one, can’t wait to go straight to sPvP and start playing with the full trait bars.  Then I’m sure I’ll get my butt handed to me over and over again in Stronghold.  That will be so fun, however, that the losses won’t bother me a bit!

How do you plan to spend your preview time with the Revenant?  Fancy leveling one up in the core game, or would you rather try one out in the Eternal Battlegrounds?  Let us know in the comments below!

Build: Fire Tank Guardian

Way before the June 23rd patch dropped and Condition Damage became a big deal, I loved the idea of a Guardian being all about fire damage and defense.  It didn’t hurt that ‘Dire’ exotic armor was much cheaper than ‘Berserker’ varieties, but even before I looked at the Trading Post prices, I wanted my little Guardian to be specced out for Condition Damage, Toughness, and Vitality.  The gist of my original build was to make my little guy as indestructible as I could, all the while boosting his burning damage and the frequency that it was applied.

Prior to the patch, little Fizlip was unexpectedly efficient in sPvP, more often than not taking honors for top player of the round, and very rarely ever getting downed or killed.  Most of that had to do with a couple of crafty combos, executed lightning-fast with the help of a Razer Naga gaming mouse, but it seemed like the idea of a burning tank Guardian was at least a little viable.

After the patch, practically every single bit of this build is better.  I didn’t have to tweak very much to get Fizlip (my Asura Guardian) into fighting shape, but the traits that I did change just seemed to solidify the build even more.  I was also surprised to find that I somehow had about 20% more health than I did previously, a fact that was sure to increase my survivability.  And the results have been spectacular!  In some sPvP matches, Fizlip has so owned the game that the other team just runs away at the sight of him.

So without further adieu, here is the build for the Fire Tank Guardian.

Fire Tank Build


Specializations

The three main specializations lines are Radiance, Virtues, and Zeal.  And although the choices are now graphical in the interface, and easy to see in a screenshot like this, I’ll still copy all of the trait effects below so that you can see just how nasty this build is.

Radiance

Justice Is Blind – When activating Virtue of Justice, nearby foes are blinded.

Inner Fire – Gain fury when you strike a foe that has burning stacks over threshold.

Renewed Justice – Virtue of Justice is renewed when you kill a foe.

Radiant Fire – Gain zealot’s flame when you critically hit an enemy. Burning duration is increased. Torch abilities recharge faster.

Radiant Power – Deal more damage to foes inflicted with conditions.

Amplified Wrath – Burning damage is increased. Burn enemies whose attacks you successfully block.

Virtues

Inspired Virtue – Virtues now also apply the following boons to allies when activated: Justice: might, Resolve: regeneration, Courage: protection

Retaliatory Subconscious – Gain retaliation and aegis when stunned, dazed, knocked back, pulled, knocked down, sunk, floated, launched, taunted or inflicted with fear.

Virtue of Retribution – Gain retaliation when you activate a virtue. Retaliation you apply lasts longer.

Supreme Justice – Virtue of Justice causes burning more frequently. When activating Virtue of Justice, the burn duration is increased.

Power of the Virtuous – Deal extra damage for each boon you have. Virtues recharge faster.

Permeating Wrath – Virtue of Justice’s passive effect no longer burns your target, but also burns the area around your target each time it activates.

Zeal

Zealot’s Speed – Create a Symbol of Wrath when you are struck while below the health threshold.

Fiery Wrath – Increases damage against burning foes.

Symbolic Exposure – Symbols apply vulnerability to foes.

Zealous Blade – Attacks with your greatsword deal extra damage and heal you. Greatsword abilities have reduced recharge.

Symbolic Power – Symbols have increased damage and a chance to burn enemies.

Shattered Aegis – When an aegis you applied blocks an attack, it damages nearby foes.


Equipment

Weapons

Scepter – Dire with Superior Sigil of Corruption (Gain a charge of +10 condition damage each time you kill a foe, five if you kill an enemy player. (Max 25 stacks; ends on down.))

Focus – Dire with Superior Sigil of Smoldering (Increase Inflicted Burning Duration: 20%)

Greatsword – Dire with Superior Sigil of Fire (50% Chance on Critical: Trigger a Flame Blast for area of effect damage (240 radius). (Cooldown: 5 Seconds)) and Superior Sigil of Intelligence (Your next three attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat have a 100% critical chance. (Cooldown: 9 Seconds))

Armor

All armor is Dire (+Condition Damage, +Toughness, and +Vitality) and all six pieces have Superior Rune of Balthazar.  In total, these runes give +175 Condition Damage, +45% Burning Duration, and grant two special abilities: gain quickness for 5 seconds when struck below 20% health, and apply burning to foes when using healing skills.

Jewelery

All jewelry (and back item) is specced to give Condition Damage, Toughness, and Vitality.


Utility Skills

6 – Signet of Resolve – Passive: Cures a condition from yourself every few seconds. Active: Heal yourself.

7 – “Retreat” – Grant aegis and swiftness to up to five nearby allies.

8 (PvE) – “Stand Your Ground” – Grant stability to yourself and allies.

8 (PvP) – Contemplation of Purity – Convert the conditions you are suffering from into boons.

9 – Judge’s Intervention – Teleport to your target and burn nearby foes.

0 (PvE) – Signet of Courage – Passive: Periodically heal allies in the area around you while in combat. Active: Fully heal nearby allies.

0 (PvP) – Renewed Focus – Focus, making yourself invulnerable and recharging your virtues.


Strategy

The Fire Tank Guardian is a very versatile build, and many of the skill choices are situational for dealing with various challenges either in PvE or PvP.  Contemplation of Purity and Judge’s Intervention are both Stun Breaks, so you have two different ways to get out of a tight situation, but priority should be given to Contemplation of Purity, as Judge’s Intervention is required for the ‘Big Combo’.

Remember your Virtues!  Guardians have a lot of interesting things that they can do with these three little abilities, but specced as above, they become even more powerful.  Especially good to remember is that Virtue of Justice also now blinds nearby foes, giving an additional way to accomplish this besides Greatsword 3 and Focus 4.  Also, remember that any time an Aegis blocks an attack, nearby foes are damaged.  Keep this in mind as you are in the thick of a fight.  Virtue of Courage applies an Aegis, so throw one one while you’re taking a beating to layer on Protection, block an attack, and blast people in the area.

The default load-out for the Fire Tank Guardian should be Scepter/Focus.  Always seek to get back into this mode after a fight.  When approaching an enemy to engage, be sure to fire several shots from the scepter at range to tear down any situational defenses your opponent may have (like their own Aegis).  At this point, you can also try to root them with Scepter 3, and then throw down a Smite on their location with Scepter 2.  This will delay melee engagement by a couple of more seconds, giving you that extra time to work down their defenses.  Then, just before entering into the next part, you can choose to use Focus 4 to add Blind, but this is a judgment call, as there is a slight casting time to it that may throw off the combo if things are moving too fast.

When you are ready to blast in for the kill (what I call the ‘Big Combo’), you should use Focus 5 to put an exploding shield on yourself, and then follow that with a very quick sequence of abilities.  Switch to Greatsword (this activates the Superior Sigil of Intelligence) and activate Judge’s Intervention to warp to your target (causing three stacks of Burning to the area).  Then throw down a Symbol of Wrath with Greatsword 4 and immediately activate Greatsword 2 (your Superior Sigil of Fire should cause another Flame Blast due to the 3 guaranteed crits).  This is a Combo Finisher: Whirl on top of a Light Field, so you’ll get some Cleansing Bolts, and then just as the spin is finishing (but before the Light Field goes away), activate Greatsword 3 to Leap and Blind foes (activating a Light Aura from the Combo).

As all of this is happening, you can activate your Virtue of Justice and Virtue of Courage to add more Burning, more Blind, and more area damage as your opponent shatters the Aegis from your Virtue of Courage.  You can even use “Retreat” to add one more Aegis if the first goes down quickly.  If the opponent isn’t dead after this explosion of fire and justice goes off, then you may need to call them back to the fight with Greatsword 5 (remember to push a second time to yank them back).

If your opponent is really skilled and the above does not burn them to ash, then you may need to cleanse any conditions you may have picked up (with Contemplation of Purity), heal (which applies Burning, remember?) and distance yourself a little.  Try to get back to scepter when you can to expand your options.  Since this build doesn’t have a lot (read: any) of additional Power, then there’s not a whole lot of point to standing close and beating on people with your Greatsword if you didn’t drop them with the Big Combo.  In fact, you’re probably going to want to “Retreat” and regroup for another pass.

Hopefully this guide will provide you a good starting place for how to spin up your own Fire Tank Guardian.  If you think you have even better ideas for the build (without changing the basic idea), then I would love to hear them in the comments.

Good luck out there!


The Claw of Jormag

Technically, there are multiple Claws of Jormag.  They are the lieutenants of the Elder Dragon Jormag who chased the Norn and the Kodan south from their homes in the extreme north of the Shiverpeaks.  And while their master might be more akin to a living blizzard than anything else, his Claws are just super-colossal dragons made out of ice.  These Claws and the Kodan are locked in a titanic struggle up in Frostgorge Sound, but as a hero of Tyria, YOU (and a hundred of your closest friends) will have an opportunity to put down one of these massive beasties.

The fight with the Claw of Jormag takes place in the Frostwalk Tundra, just to the east of one of the best named areas in the game – the Slough of Despond, named after the place where Christian gets bogged down in despair and guilt while on his journey to the Celestial City in Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan.  In the map below, you can see the two main areas where the dragon lands to fight.

Frostwalk Tundra

This battle takes place in two phases.  For the first phase, the Claw will summon a huge ice wall.  When players destroy the wall, the Claw will be stunned for about 15 seconds, providing everyone an opportunity to attack it relatively safely.  This pattern will happen over and over again throughout the fight, so be sure not to waste time – or your life – by going gung-ho against the dragon whenever he is out of stun.  Just focus on the other objectives.  You’ll get plenty of opportunities to whoop up on him as you go.  There are Charrzookas available in barrels on the outskirts of the fight, but you can only use them during the first phase (after that, the buckets just give out flamethrowers, even though they still say ‘Charrzooka’), so be sure to use them while you can.

Once the Claw of Jormag is reduced to only half his health remaining, the second phase of the event will begin.  During this time, the Pact shows up and starts sending golems with bombs to assault the dragon.  Each time one of these golems makes it to the Claw with a bomb, he will be stunned in much the same way as before, and this is when you need to pile on your damage.  Be sure to tear down all of the Ice Pillars as the golems march to their target.  Otherwise, they won’t make it.  And just as with any big event, try to revive everyone that goes down, because you’re sure going to want others to help you when you invariably hit the dirt.

Achievement Unlocked!

To obtain the Crash Landing achievement during the fight with the Claw of Jormag, you actually have to die!  At the end of the first phase of the event – when the Claw reaches 50% health – the Pact fleet shows up and shoots the dragon down.  At that exact moment, you need to be standing at the place where the dragon’s body crashes to the ground.  You will be horribly crushed, but you will have 10 achievement points to console you!  In the map above, the right spot is at the precise center of the circle around the blue area on the right side.  If you merely go into the downed state, then you didn’t get it.  You should be outright defeated if you did it correctly.

Good luck out there, and dress warmly!