Head of the Snake

Author Notes

Generally there's not too much you can miss in this episode. Most achievements can be obtained within a single instance run, apart from the last part of the episode. Everything else tied to the open world has a really short cool down on timers. So it's possible to bounce around events and complete most things within a couple of hours.

There have been reports of a few achievement requirements not unlocking. This only seems to be affecting a small hand full of people.

Table of Contents

  1. Story Progression
  2. A Meeting of Ministers
  3. Confessors End
  4. Lake Doric
  5. Collectibles
  6. Mastery Insights

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement Guide Head of the Snake Mastery
Complete 28 achievements tied to Head of the Snake.

You will need to complete 28 of the listed achievements tied to this meta achievement. You can see your progress from the achievement panel. Overall there are 41 achievements tied to this episode of the living story.


Story Progression

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideA Meeting of Ministers
Accompany Queen Jennah to her gathering of the Ministry.

The following achievements will unlock with natural progression through the story. Just complete each instance and these will be part of the reward.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideSabotage Fort Evennia
Infiltrate and sabotage operations in Fort Evennia.

See “A Meeting of Ministers”

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuidePushing Back
Assist the Seraph and the people of Lake Doric.

See “A Meeting of Ministers”

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideRegrouping with the Queen
Head to the throne room for updated orders from Queen Jennah.

See “A Meeting of Ministers”

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideHead of the Snake
Bring a decisive end to the Confessor’s ambitions.

See “A Meeting of Ministers”


A Meeting of Ministers

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideShadow in the Shadows
Find Queen Jennah’s escaped cat, Shadow.

During “A Meeting of Ministers”, you will come to a part with a cut-scene. This cut-scene will then lead into the part of the episode where you have to fight your way back to the throne room.

During this time, you will find Shadow, the queens cat running around in the gardens, just below where the meeting took place. Interact with the cat, and the achievement will unlock.

Note: You will see Shadow in the throne room before this event. You may be able to earn the achievement here, but it’s probably a bug.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideSacrificial Lambs
Save all of the hostages in the Upper City.

Once the attack starts, you will need to escort Queen Jennah to three locations. After the first two are complete. Look around the gardens for groups of hostages. To free the hostages, kill the groups of White Mantle guarding them. In total there are four groups of hostages, located on the map below.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement Guide

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideUpper City Security Chief
Revive guards in the Upper City.

After the attack during “A Meeting of Minsters”, make your way around the area reviving the fallen guards. Make sure you keep Queen Jennah away from the throne room doors while you do this, or you will start the final encounter.

There are eight guards in total which will be marked on your mini map with death markers. Revive them to complete the requirements.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideCourtly Discourtesy
Bring some life to the throne room by interacting with its denizens.

Once you reach “Regrouping with the Queen”, you will be able to start this achievement. As you enter the room, there are several things you need to do. You will have to /salute the child, and talk with the three ladies-in-waiting. Once you’ve done that you can move onto the slightly more tricky part which is jump in the water, glide, and play with the cat to gain three buffs. “No Playing with the Cat”, “No Gliding” and “No Swimming”.

These boons expire after 10 seconds, but you need to make sure you have all three active at the same time. You can do this by gliding into the water, jumping out and playing with the cat.

Doing so will cause the Shining Blade guards near the small bridge to laugh.


Confessors End

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideThe Whispers Way
Instead of killing them, avoid both jade construct sentries.

This achievement is the opposite of “The Vigil Way”. To earn this you need to sneak through the first area you enter with the Jade enemies. There are only two, and they’re very easy to avoid. Just wait for them to pass, and run behind them.

To earn “The Vigil Way”, restart the instance and kill both Jade enemies.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideThe Vigil Way
Instead of avoiding them, kill both jade construct sentries.

See “The Whispers Way”.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideMaster of Puppets
Collect private letters scattered about Beetlestone Manor.

Throughout the Manor there are 20 hidden letters. They’re fairly easy to locate, but if you’re having difficulty, enable “Show All Usable Object Names” in the game options. You can backtrack through the Manor after the instance is complete.

Some of these letters can only be obtained after you beat the boss at the end. The map below details all of their general locations. Make sure you check every room carefully.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement Guide

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideIlluminating
Drop a chandelier on a certain unsuspecting foe.

During the first instance fight with Caudecus you will hear Canach mention the chandelier in the middle of the room. You need to lure Caudecus into the middle of the room, then attack the chandelier above him so it falls. If successful, the achievement will unlock and you can continue on with the fight.

At certain points you will be targeted by Caudecus. You will know because the special action key prompt will be above your skill bar. This is the perfect time to position him as he will shadow step to you. During this point, take care with all the AoE filling the area, there will be several safe times to perform this setup.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideRiddle Me This
Complete Confessor’s End without answering any riddle question incorrectly.

After completing the first phase of Caudecus, you will head to his secret dungeon. There are two rooms with a riddle orb. Once the riddle has been given, interest with the object around the edge of the room that fits the requirements.

You need to answer both riddles correctly to unlock this achievement. Failing one will require you to restart. The riddles are simple but they are random.


Lake Doric

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideIt’s a Sabotage
Sabotage the White Mantle stationed inside Fort Evennia.

Head to Fort Evennia, before you enter, look for the renowned heart. This NPC will give you a disguise so you can enter the fort undetected. Once inside, you need to sabotage your way through the fort. This includes freeing prisoners, destroying plans and poisoning food.

You can use skill 1 to make sure no enemies are within range. If they see you, your disguise will be broken. You can do this in multiple runs, so if you make a mistake don’t fret.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideGems of the Beach City
Bring 10 pearls to the merchant in the Lakeside Bazaar.

Pearls can be obtained by digging through the various fishing cages at New Loamhurst. You will need to collect 10 pearls and make your way to Lakeside Bazaar. Once you’re there, head south of the waypoint to find a pearl merchant inside one of the buildings.

He will buy the pearls from you, which will then unlock this achievement.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideHolding Back the Tide
Defend key areas of Doric’s Landing from White Mantle attackers.

To complete the requirements for this you will need to take part in three events. Every so often you will see a prompt on the map. This will indicate where the White Mantle are attacking. You will need to take part in the three events that appears at:

  • Saidra’s Haven
  • New Loamhurst
  • Harvest Cascades

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideFriend of the Forest
Help 15 spirits roaming the Harvest Cascades forest peacefully reach the Mists.

Harvest Cascades will spawn an event related to the ghosts in this area. once they spawn, you will need to talk to them, then select the right dialog to put them to rest. If you select the wrong dialog they will enrage and become an enemy.

Note: This event only spawns at night.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement Guide Tree-Hugger Hugger
Keep the tree-bound villager fed.

Before you can complete this achievement, you need to keep in mind that it has to be complete over 4 days. Head to Saidra’s Haven, from here look through the fishing traps on the south side of the town. You will need to collect 4 fresh seafood. Once you have these, head south to Melandru’s Refuge. Just slightly north of this area, on top of a hill you will find a villager hiding in a tree. You will need to give him one piece of sea food a day until the achievement is completed.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideHonorary Crew Member
Prevent skritt and White Mantle looters from getting away with any supplies stolen from the SS Pinkeens.

This event spawns just north of Saidra’s Haven at the point if interest marker in the lake. You will need to defend the supplies of the ship for 5 minutes without any being stolen. If the Seraph control the town, you will have White Mantle stealing the supply. If the White Mantle control the town, skritt will be the alternative enemy to defend against here.

You need to make sure no supplies are taken. If the supply bar lowers at any point, you have failed the requirements for this achievement. If supply is dropped by an enemy, pick it up and return it to the ship to stop others collecting it.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideA Good Use
Collect fish from Lake Doric near Saidra’s Haven and put them to good use.

The requirements for this aren’t restricted to just fish. You can take the following items and give them to Cooks, merchants and npcs in need around Lake Doric to progress the achievement:

  • Crawdads
  • Seafood
  • Pearls
  • Jellyfish Remains

You can find these items inside the fishing cages around Saidra’s Haven and New Loamhurst.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideIt’s a Trap
Navigate Noran’s secret trap maze and reach the treasure room.

At Harvest Cascades you will need to complete the daily heart. Once completed, you can talk to Noran. Once you have the key, head into his house, and down into the cellar. Look along the walls until you find an interactive section.

Once found, it will unlock a hidden path. Inside you will find a path of full of traps and various hazards. You need to navigate this trap filled maze to reach the reward at the end. Tread carefully as there are traps all over.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideNot All Who Wander Are Lost
Solve the long-dead mysteries of the swamp in Melandru’s Refuge.

At the bottom of the map you will find Melandru’s Refuge. Just outside is a tree, where a ghost of a fallen solider will spawn. Before she spawns, locate a stick in the area, and head to New Loamhurst. In the town you will find a forge with a blue flame, light your stick.

Once you have your torch, head back to the tree and wait for the spirit to spawn. From here, you need to light a path for the spirit to the gate at the end of the refuge. There should be five torches for you to light, they’re located at the roots of the trees.

Note: This event only spawns at night.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideA Fish, A Fishy
Bring Ishoonoo a quaggan delicacy.

On the western side of Saidra’s Haven you will find fishing traps. Look through these traps until you collect Jellyfish Remains. Once you have them, look just northwest in the remains of the lake. You will find a small quaggan town, and Ishoonoo. Give Ishoonoo the jellyfish to complete the requirements.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideThose Giant Hands
Defeat the Harathi High Sage and the massive earth elemental it summons.

Every so often there will be a boss that spawns at the Fallen Watchtower. During this event you will fight the Harathi High Sage and the elementals. This area is located in the top right part of Lake Doric. Just be wary as this area has a lot of hazards. A large group of players will be required to clear this area and take out this enemy.

Killing the High Sage is the only requirement for this achievement.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideWell Fare
Bring food to Blaine at the bottom of the well.

Head to Lakeside Bazaar, just south of the waypoint you will find a well. inside the well you will find Blaine. To feed Blaine you will need to find some honey.

From here, head north to the Eastern Hunting grounds. Once there, run around the tall trees until you get a kick option. Once you have this option, kick the tree and a beehive will drop down. Pickup the beehive and return to Blaine.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideA Fly in the Ointment
Interfere with the White Mantle in Fort Evennia 10 times without fleeing or getting caught.

To the north-east you will find Fort Evennia, this fort is overrun with White Mantle. You will see a renowned heart just below the fort. Talking to this NPC will give you a disguise so you can enter the fort.

Once inside the fort, you can sabotage plans, poison food and free prisoners. You need to do this 10 times without being caught. You can use skill 1 to make sure there are no enemies within range. If your indicator is clear of enemies, you can tamper with the various objectives inside the fort.

Keep going and this will unlock. If you’re caught, you will have to start over.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideChum Chucker
Take chum from buckets in New Loamhurst and hurl it at the White Mantle invaders.

Chum buckets can be found on the mud banks of New Loamhurst. Once you pick the bucket up, you need to locate the nearest White Mantle and throw the chum at them. This is something you will have to repeat 15 times to unlock. There are always a few White Mantle lurking around this area, even when the event isn’t active.

Throw 15 buckets of chum on the White Mantle and this will unlock.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideDance Club
Dance in One-Drink Drake’s clubhouse.

At Lakeview Villa you will find a bar right next to the waypoint. Head inside and you will see One-Drink Drake stood in the middle of the tavern. Use the /dance emote and you will unlock this achievement.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuidePerfect Execution
Rescue villagers set by the White Mantle to burn at the stake or escort quaggans near Saidra’s Haven.

Around Saidra’s Haven, there are two events. One is a quggan event that spawns on a fairly regular timer. The other is tied to the White Mantle claiming the town. The villagers you need to save are part of the hostile event in the town. Complete either of these events and the achievement will unlock.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideFire Brigade
Put out 15 fires left burning around Lake Doric after the White Mantle’s assault.

Head to any of the towns that fall under attack from the White Mantle. Once there, you should see various fires. Grab a water bucket and start putting them out.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideMoonlighting
Stop the bandit spirits from making off with any lumber from the lumber camp.

Just north of Saidra’s Haven you will find the Lumberyard. Every so often an event will spawn here where spirits are stealing the wood. Your goal is to stop the spirits from taking it by killing them as quickly as possible.

You need to make sure no spirits manage to escape with the stolen wood. Doing so will result in failing the requirements for this achievement.

Note: This event only spawns during the night.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuidePaying Respects
Pay your respects to Noran’s fallen family.

In the far north, there is a point of interest called Soren’s Rest. This is located behind Noran’s Homestead. Once you reach your destination you will see a grave, use the emote /kneel in front of the grave.


Collectibles

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideCin Business
Find goods that might interest Cin—some that he lost, some that he wants to sell.

This collectible achievement requires you to do several things. Some items are only dropped by enemies. The rest have to be found and interacted with to obtain.

The following items will drop from killing certain enemies:

  • White Mantle Rations (Dropped by White Mantle enemies)
  • Cord of Stolen Wood (Dropped by Bandit Spirits in the Lumberyard)
  • Mystic Cloth (Dropped by the Justiciar)
  • Queenslayer Jade Chunk (Legendary spawns in the south)

The rest of the items can be found around the map in various locations. You can use the following map to locate these items:

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement Guide

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideLetters from E
Find the letters scattered around Lake Doric from E.

Around Lake Doric you will find hidden letters from “E”. There are seven letters in total, most of which require some leg work to find. You can use the map below to find all of their locations:

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement Guide

Mastery Insights

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideLake Doric Insight: Lakeside Bazaar
Discover this Maguuma Mastery Insight in Lake Doric.

The following achievements are tied to the Mastery Insight points around the map. They’re all marked and fairly easy to reach. Interact with each point and these will unlock.

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideLake Doric Insight: Melandru’s Flourish
Discover this Maguuma Mastery Insight in Lake Doric.

See “Lake Doric Insight: Lakeside Bazaar”

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideLake Doric Insight: Melandru’s Refuge
Discover this Maguuma Mastery Insight in Lake Doric.

See “Lake Doric Insight: Lakeside Bazaar”

Guild Wars 2 Head of the Snake Achievement GuideLake Doric Insight: Watcher’s Hollow
Discover this Maguuma Mastery Insight in Lake Doric.

See “Lake Doric Insight: Lakeside Bazaar”

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