Guild Wars 2 Guide – Fractals of the Mists

Complete Guide to Fractals of the Mists

By – Sardu
Complete Fractals of the Mists Guide

Fractals of the Mists are an all-new dungeon experience in Guild Wars 2,introduced with the Lost Shores content update. While many core gameplay staples carry over from the standard dungeons, the way you approach and progress through the fractals can differ in some significant ways. In this guide we’ve compiled plenty of useful information to get you started in the new dungeons, along with plenty of tips and important details to be aware of based on our hands-on time with them so far.

I. Forming Your Group

Before you can begin, you’ll first need to form a full group of five players. All party members will need to be located in Lion’s Arch within the same shard, though only the group leader will need to be physically present at the asura gate to enter the main Fractals of the Mists instance.

Fractals Asura Gate

II. Fractal Difficulty Scale

One thing that will differ when you see LFG requests for running the “infinite dungeon” is that Difficulty Scale will play an important role. As you complete each cycle of three fractals, the difficulty scale going forward will go up by one (1), shown in the upper right corner of the screen. Currently this scale can continue to climb with no hard cap on difficulty level.

Fractal Difficulty Scale

As the difficulty scales up, a few things will happen. Not only will some of the expected things occur, such as boss encounters becoming increasingly more difficult, but additional environmental factors may also come into play.

For example, in the Volcanic Fractal there is a long, downward sloping corridor where players will have to avoid a number of giant flaming boulders as they descend. As the difficulty scales upward, additional mobs will spawn in this area making it much more challenging to progress.

Each time you complete a fractal your progress will be saved, along with your current difficulty scale. However, the scale set for your overall group will always be set to that of the team member with the least progress.

Maximum Party Difficulty

So say you’ve completed a few fractal runs and have access to scale 3 difficulty, your group disbands, and you head back into Lion’s Arch to form a new group. If one of the group members is currently only at scale 1 difficulty, that will be what the rest of the group is set at until you complete more fractals to advance the difficulty scale higher.

This will be important to keep in mind when forming groups, and you will likely see requests in /map chat for players with a minimum difficulty scale.

III. The Mistlock Observatory

Once your full group has entered the main Fractals of the Mists staging map, the Mistlock Observatory, you will have access to a standard merchant selling basics like salvage kits, a special merchant who accepts the new Fractal Relics currency, and a repair NPC.

Mistlock Observatory

In the center of this area is a blue portal (shown above). Once your party is ready to enter the dungeon, the party leader can enter this portal and then all members will be issued a Fractal Transit Query. As soon as all members hit the “Ready” button, you will immediately be transported to one of the fractals at random.

Fractal Transit Query

IV. Fractal Cycles

Unlike normal dungeons, groups will be taken to three (3) random fractals per run, constituting a complete cycle. Once a given fractal is complete, a loot chest will spawn, and another Fractal Transit Query will be presented.

Following the first and second fractal, you will be taken to another random fractal. Upon completion of the third, you will be taken back to the Mistlock Observatory where you can access the vendors, make any needed repairs, or simply reenter the portal for another cycle of three fractals.

Each fractal will take you roughly 15-30 minutes to complete. This will vary based on things like group coordination and difficulty scale.

V. Fractal Checkpoints

Unlike standard dungeons, fractals do not contain any waypoints. Instead, invisible checkpoints will be unlocked as you progress through each fractal. This is significant for a couple of reasons.

First, it will make reviving downed teammates critical to your progress since you won’t be able to simply waypoint zerg more difficult encounters. Secondly, defeated players will remain in the defeated state until they are either revived, or the full group wipes. In the event of a wipe, your team will immediately spawn at the nearest unlocked checkpoint.

VI. Fractal Relics

A new currency type has been added that is specific to the fractals dungeon, called Fractal Relics. At the end of each successfully completed fractal, a chest will spawn that contains 5 Fractal Relics along with any additional loot you’ve been awarded.

Fractal Relics

Relics are a physical object similar to dungeon tokens or badges of honor. As such, not only can they be used to purchase items from the merchant in the Mistlock Observatory, but you will also be able to use them in the Mystic Forge.

At present, we are still gathering data on any Mystic Forge recipes that utilize Fractal Relics. In the meantime, below you find a complete list of items that can be purchased with relics along with their associated costs:

Fractal Relic Merchant

The equipment boxes listed above will function similar to other inventory containers that filter a given type of loot. In this case, items of the same quality level of the container will automatically be placed within it as room permits. So say you purchase the exotic box, any exotics you loot or craft will automatically be placed there. This helps expand on the current inventory sorting options, and also provides an alternative method of obtaining 20 slot containers outside of the hefty 10g rune costs in crafting.

Prototype Fractal Capacitor

Dessa’s Experiment Journal is a consumable item that can be used to gain an additional skill point. This will no doubt come in quite handy for gaining the skill points needed for legendary weapon creation, or other mystic forge recipes that require components purchased with skill points.

Finally, the Prototype Fractal Capacitors are items with varying stats. (the specific equipment slot is not listed on the tooltip, but these are most likely a general accessory slot item) While those listed here are exotic quality, they’re similar to ascended quality items in the sense that they contain no upgrade slots, instead coming pre-loaded with specific attribute increases. (an example of this can be seen to the right)

 

Here’s a youtube Video from Wolfsgorawr

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Guild Wars 2 Legendary Guide

From Xaragoth guildwars2guru.com

WARNING: Some of the GW2DB Items aren’t entirely correct. That is due to the Database being in a beta state. If you find things, please tell me immediately. Thank you!

List of things to do here:

  • Add GW2DB Links so you can see a mouse-over when they become available
  • Update Text, Research correct names of some items.
  • Write more details on Dungeon Gifts

How you can contribute to our efforts even now:

  • We need more data on the level range the weapons used to create the base need to have. For now we assume it’s all items above 76+
  • We need more Data on the drop locations of Cores and Lodestones
  • We need to find out which 2nd Gift is used for the Torch. The Wiki is unclear on this.
  • Help us find the correct names for some of the Exotics & Legendary. I already found 3 wrong names in the list that have changed towards the launch.
  • WE CAN’T SAY FOR SURE HOW THE TORCH IS NAMED UNTIL SOMEBODY MAKES IT. THE BASE WEAPON SAYS RODGORT, THE RECIPE SAY’S DRAGON MAW.

Here is a list of Screenshots from this thread on reddit for your viewing pleasure, before you start. Please note that Twilight doesn’t show the right skin and a few weapons are appearently not even in the game yet.

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GUIDE BEGINS HERE!

If you need more Information on how to actually FARM the stuff for your Legendary (Gold, Karma, Mats) please check out this Guide:http://www.guildwars…egendary-guide/

Making Legendaries are a long process, which will devour roughly over 100g and 2 Million Karma. Not to mention your time. Some parts are made from crafting, others are obtained as loot, some are random, but pretty much all of them need to be thrown into theMystic Forge. This thread is meant to walk you through the process step-by-step. So let’s start…

Obtaining the Exotics
Each of the Legendaries has it’s own exotic base weapon. These are always ” ____ of Rage” items, because it’s the default Superior Sigil. They can be obtained by throwing 4 rare/exotic weapons above level 76 (research ongoing) of the type you want to obtain into the Mystic Forge (4x Greatsword for Dusk or Dawn) and getting lucky. Or you might be able to obtain them as loot from events or enemies while being out in the world. Either way, you need to obtain the following specific items to craft your Legendary.

This is unconfirmed, but according to someone over at MMO-Champion you can use Mystic Forge Stones to substitute a exotic weapon.

Not yet proven: Greatsword – Sunrise + Twilight – Used for: Eternity

Crafting Gifts
Depending on what Legendary you are crafting, you will have to create specific Gifts. These are related to different Crafting Skills.Gifts are Account-Bound, so buying them on the Trading Post is impossible. The Recipes for these gifts are sold by Miyani in Lion’s Arch. You can find her next to the Mystic Forge. The list here will link to the Wiki, where you can see what you need. AT THIS TIME NOT ALL WIKI ENTIRES MAY BE CORRECT, SO PLEASE TAKE CARE! The Gifts are used as part of the final 3 components you will make with the Mystic Forge later on.

Legendaries and which Gifts they need:
Just click on the items, it will take you to GW2DB and show you which profession makes which Gift.

How to make/obtain Lodestones:
Lodestones used for crafting weapon-specific Gifts drop from high level Elementals and the following Dungeons (research ongoing):

Twilight Arbor – Onyx Lodestone
Citadel of Flame – Molten Lodestone
Honor of the Waves – Glacial Lodestone
Crucible of Eternity – Charged Lodestone
Arah – Corrupted Lodestone
Sorrow’s Embrace – Destroyer Lodestone

Unknown Locations:
Crystal Lodestone

You can also make them in the Mystic Forge if you have Cores (1 Tier below Lodestones):

2x Core + 1x Crystal + 1x Bottle of Elonian wine + 1x Pile of Crystalline Dust

You can obtain Bottle of Elonian Wine from Miyani by the Mystic Forge for 25 silver. She also sells Crystals for 3 Skill points.

How to make/obtain Dungeon Gifts:
Each of the weapon specific gifts needs a specific Dungeon item. Since I don’t have the time right now to update this section, just let me tell you the quick version.

You can buy a Dungeon Gift from the Vendors in LA that also sell the armor. Each costs 500 Tokens from their respective Dungeons. Check the Recipe you have bought for what you need.

Ascalonian Catacombs – Gift of Ascalon: Twilight, Sunrise, Bolt, The Chosen
Arah – Gift of Zhaitan:  Bitfrost, Maw of the Deep
Twilight Arbor – Gift of Thorns: The Dreamer, Howler, Kudzu
Honor the Waves – Gift of the Sanctuary: Frenzy, Frostfang
Citadel of Flame – Gift of Baelfire: Incinerator
Sorrow’s Embrace – Gift of Forgeman: The Juggernaut, Kraitkin
Caudecus’s Manor – Gift of Nobleman: The Minstrel, Quip, The Moot
Crucible of Eternity – Gift of Knowledge: Predator, Meteorlogicus

Example:
Gift of Darkness & Gift of Light both need Gift of Ascalon to be crafted.

Mystic Forge Gifts & Components
To obtain your Legendary, you will need to use the Mystic Forge to combine a great many things. While none of the components are actually “easy” to obtain, I will still try to list them in the order in which you can most likely obtain them.

Gift of Mastery
The first component for a Legendary is obtained by adding the following materials into the Mystic Forge:

Bloodstone Shard + 250x Obsidian Shard + Gift of Exploration + Gift of Battle

Let’s start with the Bloodstone Shard[s, since it’s easy. You can obtain this from Miyani right next to the Forge for 200 Skill points.

Obsidian Shard are obtained from Tactician Deathstrider at the Temple of Balthazar in Straits of Devastation
for 2100 Karma each. So you better bring those 525000 Karma with you.

2 Gifts of Exploration is obtained by reaching 100% World Completion. So get exploring!

Gift of Battle is obtained from any Weaponsmith in the WvW area. It will cost you 500 Badges of honor – so better start the queue, if your realm is full.

Congratulation, you are now one step closer to your Legendary.

Gift of Fortune
The second component for a Legendary is obtained by adding the following materials into the Mystic Forge:

77x Mystic Clover + 250x Globs of Ectoplasm + Gift of Magic + Gift of Might

Mystic Clover are made in the Mystic Forge. They are a rare component obtained when using the T6 Crafting Recipe (yields 20-50 T6 Mats or 10 Clovers). KEEP THOSE T6 MATS!
The recipe is:

10 Obsidian Shards + 10 Mystic Coins + 10 Ectos + 10 Crystals

You already know where to get Obsidian Shards from the 1st Component.

Crystals can be bought from Miyani for 3 Skill points.

Mystic Coins are rewarded for Daily/Monthly Achievements, you should know this by now.

Globs of Ectoplasm are crafting Materials, gained from salvaging 70+ rare/exotic items with at least a Master’s Salvage Kit, probably better to get some Mystic Salvage Kits for this ;)

1x Glob of Ectoplasm + 6x Philosopher’s stone + 1x Obsidian Shard + 1x Mystic Coin = 1-3 T6 or a Mystic Clover

Now, all those attempts to get the Mystic Clover you need should’ve left you win hundred of T6 Crafting Mats. Which is good. Since you will need them now.

Gift of Magic is made from the Mystic Forge by throwing the following into it:

250x Vicious Fangs + 250x Armored Scale + 250x Vicious Claw+ 250x Ancient Bone

Gift of Might is made from the Mystic Forge by throwing the following into it:

250x Vial of Powerful Blood + 250x Powerful Venom Sac + 250x Elaborate Totem + 250x Pile of Crystalline Dust

Congratulations. You have now obtained your 2nd Component. And if you aren’t broke yet, you will be soon.

Gift of <Insert Legendary Name>
You need specific Superior Sigil depending on what you want to craft, but they are most likely themed. Also the Mystic Forge won’t accept any other Sigils than the one that works with the specific components you threw into it (as far as we know).

This Component needs:

Crafting Gift A + Crafting Gift B + 100x Icy Runestones + Superior Sigil of X.

Icy Runestones cost 1 gold each and can be bought after defeating the Claw of Jormag in Frostgorge Sound.

Now just throw all that stuff into the Mystic Forge after you have spend 100G on it and you can make a Gift of <Insert Legendary Name>.

Example:
Gift of Light + Gift of Metal + 100x Icy Runestones + Superior Sigil of Strength = Gift of Sunrise.

Legendaries and which Superior Sigils they need:

Obtaining the Legendary
Now just take your exotic base weapon and your components and throw them into the Forge.

Example:
Dawn + Gift of Sunrise + Component 2 + Component 3 = Sunrise

Congratulations! – you have now obtained your Legendary. And probably in more than a week! If you manage to make one in a week or less, Munkee will be forced by us all to give you a special price.

Don’t forget to post your Legendary so we can drool at it.