Heart of Thorns: Act 3

Author Notes

Before you an attempt these achievements you will first need to play through the story instance. Some of these achievements will require multiple playthroughs. You may also earn several in one instance.

Table of Contents

  1. Story Progression
  2. Roots of Terror
  3. Buried Insights

Story Progression

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement GuideRoot of Terror
Complete the Roots of Terror story missions.

The following achievements will unlock by progression through the related story steps.

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide The Way In
Complete The Way In story missions.

See “Root of Terror.

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide Buried Insight
Complete the Buried Insight story missions.

See “Root of Terror.

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide Sign Cutting
Complete the Sign Cutting story missions.

See “Root of Terror.


Roots of Terror

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide The Troll Road
Choose the right path.

As you might expect, you will reach a section that requires you to pick which path to head down. Each path has an achievement, so there’s no wrong answer unless you’ve done the earlier ones.

The Troll Road

This path is simple enough, just follow the passages until you reach the end. Half way through you will find a large room full of AoE hazards and lots of trolls. You will want to clear most, or all the enemies as Braham tends to aggro to them.

The Dark Path

This patch is a little different to the others. You’re send down a passage that has no lighting. There may be a torch or light at the start, but I possibly overlooked it. If this is the case for you as well, use any ground targeting skills you may have to find your way through the tunnel.

The Center Path

Out of the three paths, this one is the most straight-forward and simple. Just stay out of the water and cross over.

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide The Dark Path
Choose the left path.

See “The Troll Road”.

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide The Pit of Despair
Choose the center path.

See “The Troll Road”.

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide Chak Killer – Beginner
Jump into the pit and kill (1) chak.

See Chak Killer – Master”.

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide Chak Killer – Expert
Jump into the pit and kill (10) chak.

See Chak Killer – Master”.

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide Chak Killer – Master
Jump into the pit and kill all the chak.

Towards the end of this instance you will find the magister. After talking to him Braham will point out the rather full pit of chak below. As you might have guessed, your goal here is to enter the pit and kill everything that moves. This isn’t too difficult, though if you’re squishy you may want to bring a friend to help out.

You will earn these three achievements if you manage to kill all the chak and not die. The best method as you’d expect is to pull small groups of chak towards the ramp where you enter. This can be a little time-consuming on your own, but it’s possible to do this solo. Just take your time and bring a lot of crowd control for the veteran enemies.


Buried Insight

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide An Ignoble End
Find and question the wounded Mordren Guard on the outskirts of Rata Novus.

At the very start of the instance, turn around and run back up the tunnel to giant doorway. Just in front of it you will see a Mordrem guard sat up against a rock. Listen to the conversation and then prepare to fight. The guard will jump and you will have to finish him off.

This will unlock once you kill the guard and learn this small piece of lore.

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide Cleaning House
Locate and destroy all of the active Rata Novan security mechanisms throughout the city.

To complete this you will need to progress the instance. After covering scruffy through the power nodes, you will unlock the door and be able to enter the lab. During this part of the story Taimi will tell you that the security system has become active. This will be your hit as to when you can start hunting down the various defenses.

The map below details all the areas you can find the defense turrets:

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Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Act 3 Achievement Guide New Horizons
Follow the trail of clues left behind by Kalla and Poskk to access the hidden lab in Rata Novus.

This starts in the main chamber of Rata Novus where you will find a Derelict Sentry Golem. From here jump into the water and look for a way down. You will find another terminal and a waterlogged note.

After obtaining these two items, continue through the instance until you reach the lab. In the area you fight the chak, there’s another terminal at the top of the stairs just to the left with some Printed Pages. After reading all these pages, you will find there’s a code you need to work out.

Continue to the end of the story instance where you will head through a locked door in the decayed hive. This is after you’ve killed all the chak.

In the last room there’s a terminal where you can enter the number “01172” into the Rara Noven Terminal at the back of the room. You will activate a portal, enter and you will appear in a small room. Walk around the room and this will unlock.

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