Desert Highlands

Author Notes

There are several achievements that are currently blocked due to disabled content. I will update these at a later point once they've been fixed.

This guide is currently a work in progress.

Special thanks to Pancake for helping with the collectibles.

Table of Contents

  1. General
  2. Collectibles
  3. Adventures
  4. Bounties

General

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideBleeding Heart
Help the nomads in Diviner’s Reach by completing all their task requests five different times.

To earn this achievement you need to complete the renowned heart at [&BGsKAAA=] Makali Outpost five times. You can either do this over several days or with different characters. Just make sure you’re not repeating an already completed heart.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideSpringer Backpacking
Take your springer out to help those in need, and gain tasty treats for your springer as a reward.

This is a multi part quest where you need to return and gather items for others. This isn’t overly difficult, but it does require some exploration to complete.

  • Letter from Unja. Complete Unja’s heart quest.
  • Highjump Ranch Treat. Talk to Unja about other tasks around Highjump Ranch. She will give you the treat for asking about other tasks.
  • Pricklepatch Hollow Treat. Given by Trader Berja for returning the Ranch Supply Barrel. The barrel can be found at the top of the waterfall. You will need to climb up here at some point to collect a golden carrot.
  • Ogre Supply, Diviner Reach Supply & Brightwater Supply. These items will be given to you by Trader Berjas for returning the Ranch supplies.
  • Deliver supplies to Ollgi in [&BD8KAAA=] Lommuld Kraal. He’s south of the waypoint next to the renowned heart. He will ask you to gather lentils. Ollgi will give you the treat after you return with lentils which you can gather from the local area.
  • Deliver the supplies to Ouna at [&BFcKAAA=] Makali Outpost. She will give you the treat you’re looking for after collecting a rare herb. The herb can be found high up at Nimbose Butte next to the bridge. Return to Ouna to collect your treat.
  • Ket’abatchk can be found just west of [&BJEKAAA=] Brightwater near the start of the race. After offering the supplies, you will need to collect a bag of shinies from the bandit camp above [&BEMKAAA=] Pricklepatch Hollow. Return the loot to collect the last treat.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideA Family Heirloom
Search the Windshear Scarps for Unja’s lost necklace and return it to her.

Unja’s necklace is fairly easy to find. It’s in a small camp just north-east of [&BDUKAAA=] Windchilll Pass. There’s a series of destroyed buildings on the path, which then leads to a ledge. You can drop down to the ledge below which is full of Skelks. The necklace is on the makeshift bed under the tent.

Once you collect the necklace you can return to [&BJ0KAAA=] Highjump Ranch and talk to Stablemaster Unja about her necklace. She can be found wandering around the stables just east of the waypoint.

Note: Currently bugged.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideFire Dancer
Joyously joined in the fire dance.

Make your way to Brightwater Inlet and up to [&BEMKAAA=] Prickledpatch Hollow. Inside you will find a friendly village of Choya. Towards the center of the village you will see several Choya dancing around a fire. Walk up to the fire and emote /dance to earn the achievement.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideFreezing Leap
Use the diving goggles to jump from the top of the highest waterfall

South of [&BNkKAAA=] Derelict Delve you will find [&BHIKAAA=] Transcendent Falls. At the falls you will find the google on the central part of the bridge. Pick up the goggles and dive off into the vase below.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideNap Time
Prevent damage to Yumug as he naps midway along his journey to Lommuld Kraal.

Yumug will appear on the wall of [&BFcKAAA=] Makali Outpost between events. This is an escort quest where you need to make sure Yumug makes it back to the settlement unharmed.

To earn the achievement, Yumug will rest at [&BK4KAAA=] Giant Tea Table. Once you reach this point you need to defend Yumug while he rests. Make sure that Yumug takes no damage during this rest period.

This is an event where you will need several people to help defend four sides of the rest area are lots of enemies that spawn. The achievement will unlock as soon as the rest period is over if you’re successful.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideNight Lights
Use the Jackal to find the best spot for viewing the sky at night.

To earn this, you must wait for nightfall to happen. Once the night cycle has started,  make your way to a sand portal in the southern part of Stampede Uplands. It’s located high up on the ridge south of the [&BJ0KAAA=] Highjump Ranch.

Enter the portal and follow it to your destination. Once you reach the platform, approach the edge with the rug and pillows to earn the achievement.

Mastery: Shifting Sands

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideRace to the Finish: Desert Highlands
Finish the race around Brightwater Inlet in first, second, or third place.

This race is west of [&BJEKAAA=] Brightwater. You can use multiple mounts within this race to gain an advantage, however it’s primarily a Springer race. Place in either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place to earn this achievement.

Note: You can be the only player taking part in a race to earn this achievement.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideRiddle Me This
Fight djinn to earn a chance at solving a daily riddle.

There are two Djinns that apply to this achievement. One is a legendary bounty, the other is a hero point in [&BO8KAAA=] Overreach Chasm. You will need to answer a daily riddle to progress this achievement. If you answer wrong, you will have to try again another day.

You can complete this achievement with alts, so it’s possible to complete this in a day. The answers to each daily riddle are listed below:

Jubua the Wildfire

  • First Riddle (answer: fire)
  • Second Riddle (answer: smoke)
  • Third Riddle (answer: ashes)
  • Fourth Riddle (answer: a candle)
  • Fifth Riddle (answer: a match)

Ellutherius Wintergust

  • First Riddle (answer: your legacy)
  • Second Riddle (answer: crown)
  • Third Riddle (answer: old age)
  • Fourth Riddle (answer: a courtier)
  • Fifth Riddle (answer: kindness)

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideRune-Locked Doors
Find the runestones throughout the Derelict Delves to unlock all the mysterious doors.

Inside Fortune’s Vale you will find a puzzle dungeon. This dungeon is filled with enemies, they’re there to hinder your progression instead of being extremely dangerous.

The goal with this achievement is to open all four doors by collecting the runes required to unlock the next room. You can only carry one rune at a time, so you will need to re-visit the previous room to collect the other runes needed to open each teleport.

Along with earning this achievement, you can also complete five other collections “Stonespite Cleaver”, “Gate of Good-Byes”, “Staff of the Lost”, “Might of the Vindictive” and “Final Sting”. The collections need you to collect various parts of dwarven weapons around the four rooms you enter.

First Room (1 Rune)

To open this first room, collect the rune off the Priory Explorer desk in the room next to the teleporter.

  • 5 Axe Pieces (Shaft, Head, Poll, Pommel & Grip)
  • 2 Runes

Second Room (2 Runes)

  • 4 Shield Pieces (Boss, Back, 2x Half Set of Spikes)
  • 3 Runes

Third Room (3 Runes)

  • 4 Hammer Pieces (Shaft, Pommel, Rune and Head)
  • 4 Runes

Fourth Room (4 Runes)

  • 4 Dagger Pieces (Crossguard, Blade, Pommel & Grip)

When you want to complete these collections, you can take your semi finished collections and visit the Dwarven Forge at the [&BO8KAAA=] Overreach Chasm. The forge is easy enough to find as it’s the same place at the Djinn Hero Point. Just interact with the forge to complete the collections.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideThe Lost Dolyak
Search Brightwater Inlet for Jeppa’s lost dolyak, and then speak to Jeppa

This is a two-part achievement where you need to find Jepps’s lost dolyak. Head south from [&BJ0KAAA=] Highjump Ranch and follow the river downstream. You will reach a herd of dolyaks drinking from the river. Bismuth will be on the eastern side of the river near a rock pile.

After locating Bismuth, head south to [&BEMKAAA=] Pricklepatch Hollow. Jeppa can be found at the top of the waterfall above the Choya settlement.

Before Jeppa will talk with you about her dolyak, you first need to complete her escort event. If she’s not at the starting location, she will be at the camp just east of [&BNkKAAA=] Derelict Delve at Windchill Pass.

Once her escort is complete she will stay at [&BDUKAAA=] Winchilld Pass until her event resets. Talk with Jeppa and select “I found your lost dolyak, Bismuth! He’s safely grazing in the hills.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideThe Pied Piper
Tame four different species of animals for the ogres.

This event spawns fairly often in southern region of [&BD8KAAA=] Lommuld Kraal. There is an NPC called Elgma that leads this event.

Once the event is active, collect a pet whistle from the barrel. From here you need to tame four different creatures. The creatures are marked with a fist icon above their head.

To tame your target attack it until it becomes stunned. Once the animal you’re attacking becomes stunned, use your special action key to play the ogre flute to tame them.  Avoid using mounts as it will remove the flute when you dismount.

You need to tame the following creatures:

  • Hyena
  • Rock Gazelle
  • Sand Eel / Elver
  • Sand Shark

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideRenowned Adventurer: Desert Highlands
Complete all of the renown hearts located in the Desert Highlands.

This map has four renowned hearts that need to be completed at least once for the achievement. Head to each region and complete the requirements to unlock each heart.

  • (Stablemaster Unja) Help out around Hijump Ranch.
  • (Tendaji) Help the Makali community.
  • (Choya Chief) Help the Pricklepatch Hollow choya, or don’t.
  • (Groffmok) Pitch in around Lommuld Kraal.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideThe Curious Bowl
Unlock the secret of the curious bowl by standing on a nearby rune.

Inside Fortune’s Vale is a small room hidden away that has the bowl of curiosity. To reach this room, head south from [&BNkKAAA=] Derelict Delve to [&BO8KAAA=] Overreach Chasm.

Once you reach the point of interest in the north-eastern corner you will find a small doorway next to the Priory Explorer room. Entering this doorway you will see several broken mine cart tracks. Follow the tracks and look for a small room on the right hand side.

Once you find the room, walk up to the bowl. This will unlock “The Curious Bowl”. To earn the vault achievements a small gold investment is required.

Interacting with the bowl costs you 1 gold. You will then be teleported to the next vault room. Inside each vault room are two chests. You need to pick the right chest to progress to the next vault room. This is basically a guessing game to progress through to the last vault room.

There’s no way of knowing if you’re right or wrong. If you select the right chest each time, the small altar below your feet will glow white instead of red.

The vault achievements below can be earned an infinite amount of times.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideBreaking the Bank: Vault 1
Guess the correct chest in the first mysterious bank vault.

See “The Curious Bowl”.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideBreaking the Bank: Vault 2
Guess the correct chest in the second mysterious bank vault.

See “The Curious Bowl”.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideBreaking the Bank: Vault 3
Guess the correct chest in the third mysterious bank vault.

See “The Curious Bowl”.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideBreaking the Bank: Final Vault
Open the final chest in the mysterious vaults.

See “The Curious Bowl”.


Collectibles

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideDwarven Remnants
Find the forgotten dwarven chests in the Desert Highlands.

Throughout the map there are 25 dwarven chests. These chests can be collected once per day for contracts and other rewards. They’re fairly easy to find with the achievement giving a rough location and if you’ve collected it.

The map below details all their locations:

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement Guide

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideLost Lore of Desert Highlands
Collect all the pages to complete the book.

There are seven pages scattered around the map. There’s no direction as to where these pages are, however if you enable “usable object names” they will be more visible if you happen to pass them. You will find most while looking for dwarven chests, or completing other achievements as they’re in the same general areas.

The map below details all their locations:

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement Guide

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideCarrot Collector
Search Highjump Ranch for carrots to help Unja and her springers.

At [&BJ0KAAA=] Highjump Ranch you will find carrots around the settlement. There are 33 in total, 25 standard carrots and 8 golden. These are the same carrots you use for the renowned heart quest, so they respawn often.

These collectibles are fairly easy to find with the option “usable object names” turned on. They’re not really hidden, but the golden ones are out of plain sight.

The following map details all the carrot locations. Standard carrots are orange, where as golden carrots are yellow.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement Guide

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideHidden Carrot Hunt
Use your springer to find and collect carrots in the Brightwater Inlet.

After completing “Carrot Collector” you will unlock this achievement. Once unlocked, head to [&BJEKAAA=] Brightwater. There are 10 carrots that you need to find for this achievement. Unlike the “Carrot Collector” these carrots do not have name floaters, so they’re a little harder to find. You will only be able to collect them while mounted on your Springer. So if you locate a carrot, make sure to swap or deploy your Springer mount to collect the carrot.

Most of these carrots are fairly easy to spot due to them being bright orange, though they are hidden within grass shoots and under trees to make them less obvious.

The map below details all their locations:

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement Guide

Adventures

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideCavalier Express: Gold
Quickly deliver parcels for the Cavalier Express!

This adventure requires you to run around the map collecting parcels for the Cavalier Postmaster. You need to climb several tall cliffs as well as jump large gaps. I highly recommend not trying to complete gold on this until you have High Jump and Canyon Jumping for your Raptor and Springer. You’re given a lot of time to make it around the map, but lacking these abilities will slow you down

You need to complete this adventure in under 4 minutes and 30 seconds to earn gold.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideCavalier Express: Silver
Quickly deliver parcels for the Cavalier Express!

See “Cavalier Express: Gold”.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideDesert Highlands Griffon Expert: Gold
Fly your griffon through the rings as quickly as you can!

This course has you swoop down through the Choya settlement and out over Brightwater.

To earn gold in this adventure you need to finish the course in under 30 seconds.

Difficulty: Medium

Location: Head south from [&BCMKAAA=] Highjump Ranch and follow the river. It’s high up on the cliff side overlooking Brightwater Inlet.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideDesert Highlands Griffon Expert: Silver
Fly your griffon through the rings as quickly as you can!

See “Desert Highlands Griffon Expert: Gold”.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideDesert Highlands Griffon Master: Gold
Fly your griffon through the rings as quickly as you can!

Out of the two courses, this one is a little easier than the other. You need to pass through Fortunes Value and through a cave. You will then dive past the waterfall and end out over Brightwater Inlet

To earn gold you need to beat this adventure within 35 seconds.

Difficulty: Medium

Location: Climb up the large structure next to [&BKQKAAA=] Derelict Delve. The adventure is high up above the waypoint.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideDesert Highlands Griffon Master: Silver
Fly your griffon through the rings as quickly as you can!

See “Desert Highlands Griffon Master: Gold”.


Bounties

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideSmashing!
Defeat Ellutherius Wintergust without being hit by his pot attacks, three consecutive times.

During the fight with the legendary bounty Ellutherius Wintergust, he will drop pots from the ceiling periodically. Every time you avoid this attack you will earn a boon which indicates how many pots you’ve avoided. You need to sustain 3 stacks of of boon at the end of the fight.

It doesn’t matter if you’re hit, as long as when the bounty dies that you have the 3 stacks intact.

It’s quite hard to see this attack, as it uses the circular red AoE. Once the attack starts you will hear the pots breaking. You will also see lots of medium sized red AoEs that you want to avoid.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideHighlands Bounty Tour
Complete a bounty for each bounty board location.

You will earn this while working towards the other two bounty achievements. There are three main locations that contain bounty boards. Just complete a single bounty for each region of the map.

Complete one bounty from the locations listed below:

  • [&BGsKAAA=] Makali Outpost
  • [&BD8KAAA=] Lommuld Kraal
  • [&BNkKAAA=] Derelict Delves

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideDesert Highlands Champion Bounties
Defeat each champion bounty in the Highlands at least once.

Throughout the map there are 15 champion bounties that you need to kill. Most bounties are fairly straight forward, however there are a few that need extra teamwork to kill the target.

This is something you will earn over time. Make sure you check the LFG as there are commanders who run bounty tours often.

Guild Wars 2 Desert Highlands Achievement GuideDesert Highlands Legendary Bounties
Defeat each Legendary bounty in the Highlands at least once.

On the map there are three legendary bounties. You need to kill each bounty at least once to earn this achievement.

  • Wissper Inssani [&BD8KAAA=] Lommuld Kraal
  • Forged Tormentor [&BGsKAAA=] Makali Outpost
  • Ellutherius Wintergust [&BNkKAAA=] Derelict Delve

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