GW2 Slayer Achievements guide
A guide to completing the Slayer Achievements in GW2 with maps and instructions compiled by Evelyn Firstborn.
- Introduction and Tips
- Centaur Slayer
- Drake Slayer
- Harpy Slayer
- Spider Slayer
- Indiscriminate Slayer
- Bandit Slayer
- Skale Slayer
- Bat Slayer
- Shell Slayer
- Devourer Slayer
- Dredge Slayer
- Elemental Slayer
- Ettin Slayer
- Ghost Buster
- Giant Slayer
- Grawl Slayer
- Griffon Slayer
- Hylek Slayer
- Flame Legion Bane
- Fish Slayer
- Imp Slayer
- Inquest Bane
- Insect Slayer
- Jotun Slayer
- Krait Slayer
- Minotaur Slayer
- Nightmare Court’s Bane
- Ogre Slayer
- Ooze Slayer
- Pirate Slayer
- Plant Slayer
- Raptor Slayer
- Skelk Slayer
- Skritt Slayer
- Son of Svanir’s Bane
- Troll Slayer
- Wind Rider Slayer
- Wurm Slayer
- Zhaitan’s Bane
The guide was written and created fully by Evelyn Firstborn (Korny.3168) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (EU server) so if you have any feedback please direct it to him.
First all, I must thank Dulfy for posting this in my name and for her help and support in the past. I must thank Aleph for spellcheck and endless compliments : ) Neladia and Agenciq for their endless support and laughs we had on skype. Also Xerger, Vuul and certain members of Whitelions [Claw] guild from Desolation for helping me test Giants.
Aimed for solo
Most of this guide is aimed at solo play since creatures are in most cases are very low level.
Don’t push these achievements do them in free time
I assume if people are doing these achievements they already have done plenty of things in game. Don’t start pushing these slayer achievements early in game since you will encounter a lot of creatures throughout game. Do them in free time while you wait.
World Boss proximity
A lot of locations are close to World Bosses due the fact that alot of people are camping the bosses at spawn windows and are left doing nothing. Use the time to get few achievements if u want.
My advice in order to be fast and efficient is using maximum dmg output it doesn’t matter which profession I myself used to use Warrior, Elementalist and Guardian for most of these.
Use guesting and jump from server to server. Using this technique will speed up the achievement process very very fast since you won’t have to worry about respawn timers.
Encounters with other people
I expect people will start using these locations more often as they become aware of them and you might find other people close to you also doing them. With some achievements you can group up and do them together but most of these creatures are low level and are meant for soloing.
Don’t kill 500+ at the same time do them slowly or you might as we say “burn out“. Let up some sort of time window or kill window. Like 100 kills per day or 20 minutes per day.
Try to coordinate your slayers according to daily. If daily say 40 Shiverpeaks kills go kill 40 kills from this guide located in Shiverpeaks area.
While you are doing Slayer achievements use weapons with which you DON’T have 5000 kills with. There 39 Slayers to be obtain that means at least 39 000 kills that means you can “easily“ fill in 8 Weapon Masters There are currently 19 Weapon Masteries you can obtain. Try to focus using weapons you rarely use on these achievements.
Plenty of people will ask “Hey how am I supposed to get Shield mastery or Torch Mastery“. For those 2 I suggest checking Indiscriminate Slayer part of the guide with a good location to getting those.
“A few more centaur herds are thinned out.”
Centaurs can be found in every Kryta region in high population so you are definitely gonna get them in time.
There are many location to farm them:
- Meta events in :
- Kessex Hills (“The Battle for Northeast Kessex Hills” and “The Battle of Fort Salma”)
- Gendarran Fields (“Assault on Ascalon Settlement”)
- Harathi Hinterlands (“Seraph Assault on Centaur Camps”)
- In any World vs World Borderland in upper right corner of the map there is a level 80 centaur camp
Use the following location to get it fast:
“Enough of these massive drakes on Tyria’s massive plains.”
Drakes can be found in almost every region in game. Just to remove confusion Risen drakes don’t count towards Drake Slayer (they count towards Risen Slayer). Basilisk can be found in few regions and they counts towards Drake Slayer.
Use the following locations to get it fast:
“Clip the wings of these she-beasts.”
Harpies are mostly located in Ascalon regions with the exception of one small spot in Queensdale, a small spot in Eternal Battlegrounds next to Ogre camp and the “Harpy” or “Raving Asura” fractal.
Use the following location to get it fast:
“They should have used their eight legs to run away from tougher fighters.”
Spiders are widely spread across Tyria, incorporating different attack patterns from melee to ranged damage with some annoying pulls, immobilizes etc.
Use the following location to get it fast:
“If small things were meant to live, they’d have bigger teeth or faster feet.”
Indiscriminate Slayer are achievement rewarded for killing ambient or white name creatures that you can find pretty much everywhere. These creatures all count towards Weapon master achievements when you kill them. I would also suggest using this location to get your own Shield mastery and Torch Mastery as there are two groups of white creatures which should be easy work for Guardian’s “4” on shield and Torch “5”
Use the following location to get this slayer fast done or to farm kills for weapon mastery:
“All criminals eventually meet a dark end.”
Bandits would be the closest “nemesis“ figures to the human race. Similar to Flame Legion, Sons of Svanir or the Inquest being the nemesis counterparts to other races. Players playing the human race will likely encounter quite a few of them in their leveling. Caudecus’s Manor (CM) dungeon will also contain plenty of bandits for those looking for more group content.
Other than these use the following location to get it done fast:
“It’s not polite to eat the dead.”
Skale are common lizard like creatures.Don’t mix them up with Skelk. (Skelk usually stealth before attacking you)
“Consider these winged rats cut down.”
Most people have special tactics with this achievement (like having 2 characters on different spawn places and relog on both as not to waste time waiting for respawn) but after checking multiple locations it would seem that the famous graveyard is still the best location to do it.
Also when you arrive at the location you will maybe have to wait a bit “till it gets dark“ and then they spawn often. Guesting should also help since servers have different “time of the day”
Here is the location:
“Even the creatures in the deep aren’t safe from harm.”
Shell slayer can seem difficult but the fact is that most people just ignore these creatures while exploring. They never attack you and have regen and blocking ability so people just skip them. Almost any location is good for farming these slackers. I personally prefer this one because you can run in a circle and there is a decent amount of them.
Also don’t forget to kill the ambient crabs as they also count towards achievement.
Here is the location:
“Devourers may be ugly, tough, and dangerous, but they’re still prey for a skilled adventurer.”
These scorpionish creatures can be found all over Ascalonian regions. Since I spend a lot of time in dungeons I was able to hit this achieve pretty quickly doing Citadel of Flame path 2.
In case you are not a dungeon fan I would suggest this location:
“Become the enemy of the collective by killing dredge.”
The Dredge…everyone I know hates them. In my opinion one of the toughest creatures in game. Most people face palm when they get them in Fractals or anywhere.
Due to their omni prescence in the Shiverpeaks area, Living story and Fractals I suggest to not bother doing this achievement as you will get it fast. (on higher level fractals you kill over 100 dredge in 1 run)
“Fire, earth, lightning, water, and ice can’t stand up to steel and magic.”
Elementals are everywhere in more or less every region. Most people at some point will get this achievement completed so don’t bother hunting for them.
“Just goes to show, two heads are not better than one.”
Most people usually avoid these guys due to their high HP and their knockback ability. Here are two locations to farm them for the achievement.
“Send the spirits into the Mists so they can rest in peace.”
This achievement is very easy if you visit Ascalon Catacombs (AC) dungeon. As a starting dungeon I would advise going there since the tokens can also be used to get some good gear very quickly along with leveling up your character. So in my opinion don’t bother looking for ghosts in Tyria better hit a few runs in AC and get it done fast.
Alternatively you can just run around in Plains of Ashford since 75% of the map is Ghost infested you should have no problem doing it.
I expect a lot of people will fast scroll / jump to this part of the guide. : )
Well as of this point I’ve finished my research related to this topic. I’ve seen on reddit and a few forum topics this practice being used by some people so it’s nothing special and new but I will share this information with everybody. I also encourage people to help each other (including me) to make this achiv possible.
First I’m gonna list some information related to this achievement.
- Risen Giants DO NOT count towards that achievement.
- There are only 3 locations where Giants spawn in Tyria.
The first 2 locations contain a Champion Giant which, lets get real is a pain to kill and requires bigger groups to make it not so time consuming.
Here in Brisban Wildlands there is an event called “Broken Golem“. He is on his mission to save his Asuran creator. After a brief self dialogue he begins his first encounter with a normal non-veteran/non-champion Giant which is can be easily killed by anybody. This giant counts towards Giant slayer and on top of all that when you finish or fail, the Broken Golem event restarts a 6 minutes after.
However, that is not it. To my big surprise when you bring a friend and do this event with 2 people 2 Giant will spawn.I tested with 9 people and we got 4 Giants and some say that with 20+ you get 5 Giants spawning.
I have started a Giant Slayer Guild whose sole purpose is to group people with interest in Giant slaying no need to represent or anything just join Guild so people know they can whisper you “Hey wanna go in group with us?“ If you want an invite contact the following two guilds.
- The Giant Slayer [GS]
- Contact: Evelyn Firstborn [Korny.3168]
- Giant Slayer Guild [GS]
- Contact: Aurora Mistfire [Craig.Whitfield.5487]
Now I am going to explain why I want people to join a Guild to make this more easy to get groups.
- Form up a party with 5 people.
- Try to aim people from 3 different servers max.
- Everybody in group guest to those 3 servers.
- Group up in one server
- Start Event
- Kill 3 Giants (make sure everybody hits all 3 giants just hit each giant 1-2-3 times and back away)
- With 5 people the Inquest (more of them spawn) on the ridge should be able to kill U.N.I.T. Golem
- Go guest Second server
- Go guest Third server
- Doing this will yield : Minimum 9 Giants per 10 minutes or Minimum 54 Giants per hour
“They should have worshipped you. At least they’d still be alive.”
The Grawl are present everywhere in Shiverpeak Mountains and most people get this achievement fairly easily by farming these grawls.
The first location is easy low level area with plenty of Grawl. The second location, however, is more popular as it is very close to Claw of Jormag and they drop very nice loot. Also expect Grawl to be present fairly often in Fractals.
“Hunting these formidable beasts has been a Tyrian pastime for centuries.”
In my experience most people avoid these beasts due to their ability to evade and knockback but it should be very easy to complete this achievement at this location. The griffons here have a high respawn rate and are all low levels so they don’t use their high level abilities.
“Cull these aggressive amphibians.”
The Hylek are usually peaceful but they have several attacks they make them a pain to fight: heavy conditions, stuns and evades and their risen counterparts are even worse.
This location on the other hand make this achievement very easy to obtain. Risen Hylek don’t count towards Hylek slayer.
“Smoke out Baelfire’s minions, and show them what real power looks like.”
The Flame Legion, nemesis of Charr and residents of Citadel of Flame (CoF) dungeon are one of the most easy achievements to obtain. Living story has accelerated this achievement even more so I’m just going to use this picture as motivation towards it.
“Gut the scaly swimmers to catch an achievement this big.”
Almost everything underwater except crabs and kraits are considered as fish (Barracuda, Shark, Jellyfish, Salmon, Tuna, Armored Fish, Wave Rider and similar variations to these names).
Place to get them? My advice would be Underwater Fractal. On last boss there are endless waves of Jellyfish you probably kill 50-100+ per run so few runs of those should get you this achievement sooner or later.
Since daily’s often require underwater kills these should help you progress quite fast.
“Don’t worry. Demon blood is easy to wash out.”
These guys are present everywhere and yet nowhere. Imps are often summoned by Svanir or Flame Shamans and in most cases those summoned Imps count toward the achievement. I personally killed most Imps farming CoF path 1 (on acolyte part), but I can’t expect everybody to do that. So I’m gonna suggest this location if you really wanna speed it up.
“If they are so smart, how come they couldn’t stop from getting killed?”
Inquest are present in dungeons and Orr. However, people often neglect them or find them too annoying to fight thus making this location your new hotspot for obtaining the achievement.
“Squish these creepy crawlies.”
Insects are everywhere as in real life they stick close by to water or swamps. I found this location great due to making a circle around the Hylek village and large amounts of insects are present.
“These creatures used to be powerful and great kings. Now, dead.”
The ancient Jotun race is hardly seen in these Tyrian times and are on side pages of main story thus most people tend to ignore them. They aren’t difficult enemies and these locations shall give you achievement very, very fast.
“Make it safe to go back in the water.”
Both underwater and shore menace with high variety of skills makes this creature very annoying and I’m sure some people still remember trying to get that vista in Nonmoa Lake in Timberline Falls and facing constant pulling and knockbacks.
Krait are everpresent in almost all regions in Tyria. They appear in multiple occasions in personal story quest as well as the “Underwater” fractal and sooner or later you are going to get this achievement, because like it or not these creatures are everywhere.
Use this location if you want to speed it up a bit.
“Half-man, half-bull, all dead.”
The Minotaurs are barely present in Tyria. They can be found in some locations in Shiverpeaks and Ascalon area and in some personal Norn storylines. These 2 locations should speed you up and guesting is advised to make it faster.
“Haunt these evil sylvari like a bad dream.”
The nemesis of the Sylvari race are present in Sylvari personal storylines and in most Maguuma regions. Since most people have done Twilight Arbor (TA) Dungeon you are likely to already have plenty of kills or have this done
Use this location to complete it nice and calmly.
“Big and tough are only impressive if you’re alive to show it off.”
The big creatures with pets can be a real menace and most people just kill Ogre’s when they do tasks in Fields of Ruin and in Blazeridge and never return.
These locations in Fields of Ruin are the best to achieve it due to high numbers and fairly low level.
“Hit them in the right spot, and they make cool patterns in the mud.”
The flubber creatures spawn everywhere in Tyria but to be honest other than this location there are hardly any good spots for farming them easily
So my advice is use this location to farm ooze and try not killing the Ooze champion when he is there as he spawns endless ooze.
“The worst thing to happen to pirates since scurvy and sea monsters.”
Why are pirates called pirates? Because they arrrrrrr
Pirates are normal in higher lvl Krytan area’s like Gendarran Fields and Bloodtide Coast and aren’t hard to find but in this location the concentration is at it’s peak with over 70+ pirates in a small area.
Don’t forget to bring rum.
“These leafy monsters are now mulch.”
The Plant slayer is in my opinion at the moment the slowest slayer achievement so don’t rush it. In order to obtain you must slay plant like creatures like walking Ent’s such as “Oakhearts“, “Pinesouls“,“Mosshearts“ and Husk’s.
In 90% of cases all of these creatures are veterans and aren’t too hard to kill but there are so few of them.
Therefore I suggest using these locations to farm them:
1. Close to “Shadow Behemoth” World Boss
2. Close to “Spider slayer“ and “Ettin Slayer“ location
3. There are usually a few people killing them either for dailys or achievement so it should be faster in a group
“These birds of prey have met their predator.”
These guys are probably the most neglected slayer achievement (not including Giant one) since you rarely have to kill them for tasks, events or even in personal story as you usually can just run past them and ignore them.
My advice is using this location and after clearing, guest over to some other server and clear again. Return, rinse, repeat and that should really speed up things a bit.
Also I added the WvW location for farming them so I hope I won’t get too much hate from WvW players and will remind them this is only a suggestion. : )
“These tricky hunters learned the hard way you were the most dangerous game.”
People often mix Skelk with Skale on first sight, main difference is that Skelk stealths and attacks suddenly from shadows. You often encounter them in world with their thief-like need to gank you. Most people usually have plenty of kills. That’s why I suggest these 2 simple location to fill up your Skelk slayer bar as you go.
“Scrape these scavengers off the surface of Tyria.”
These rat like creatures in their endless pursuit to find shinies are mostly friendly in Tyria. The hostile ones can be a real menace due to their pack-like lifestyle, often swarming you in groups of 5-6+ Skritt so take caution.
A lot of people were able to finish this achievement during the Wintersday events.
“The only good ice dragon cultist is a dead ice dragon cultist.”
The nemesis of Norn’s, the Son’s of Svanir’s are present everywhere in Shiverpeaks area, in Norn personal storylines, Honor of the Waves (HotW) dungeon and in “Snowblind” fractal. In most cases you don’t need to farm them due to their high world abundance.
But in case you are missing few use this location to blitz that bar to the max.
“Even trolls can’t stand such brutal onslaughts.”
Trolls are fairly easy to obtain since a great number of people have farmed them or continue to do so in Frostgorge. Using this location will get your slayer filled up very fast and with addition to guesting you will get this done very painlessly.
“Tangling with you was the last stupid decision these smart creatures ever made.”
The Wind Riders are creatures resembling a levitating octopus or some kinda of Cthulhu like creature. Most people who don’t skip mobs in Bonus fractals have fairly high amount of kills but for those who prefer skipping I suggest this location to max the bar.
“Slice these slimy things from top to bottom.”
The achievement is fairly simple since you encounter plenty of Wurm in Tyria. This location should help you if you want to speed it up.
“Zhaitan should have raised a better army.”
Zhaitan’s Bane is very simple and is usually the first slayer achievement most players obtain.
Since current personal story and end game zones are filled with Risen you will probably kill over 50 000 in few months so don’t worry at all with this one and just enjoy the show.