GW2 Scarlet’s Secret Lair guide

A guide to getting the Power Core Components and the various Code Fragments  to get inside Scarlet’s Secret Lair located in Lornar’s Pass.

Getting Started

After doing the Twisted Marionette event in Lornar’s Pass for the first time (win or fail both works), your Living World story in your top right corner will update and you will be asked to head to Lion’s Arch to enter a story instance. After completing the story instance, you will be tasked with finding Scarlet’s Secret Lair, which is also an achievement called The Secret Lair.

  • The Twisted Marionette event occurs every 2 hrs on the hour in Lornar’s pass near False River Waypoint.


Getting to Scarlet’s Secret Lair

Go to Durmand Priory section of Lornar’s Pass and follow the dotted line into the cave below. If you have done the Guild Rush (Bear Lope), it is the same cave. If not watch the video below. This will grant you 10 Power Core Fragments right away. Note that you will be unable to open the door inside Scarlet’s Secret Lair but that is okay. Keep reading.


Energy Probes/Power Core Components

You will need 50 Power Core Components to assemble into a power core, which will open the door inside Scarlet’s Secret Lair. Inside the lair are also chests from each faction that require 25 of the respective code fragments to open.

You get 10 Power Core Components when you discover Scarlet’s Secret Lair for the first time. So you will just need to gather 40 more Power Core Components to gain access.

Getting the remaining 40 Power Core Components

To get the remaining Power Core Components, you need to interact with the Energy Probes scattered all over the map. Interacting them once you have killed their defenders and destroyed them will give you anywhere from 1-3 Power Core Components. gw2-power-core-components-2

Note: If the Energy Probe have already being destroyed recently by someone else, it won’t be interactable. Interactable ones are marked on your map.


You can use this map compiled by redditors from this thread. There seems to be at least 1 Energy Core in every map except for the start maps and city maps. You will need to travel from zone to zone, checking the zone map in each to see if there are any Energy Cores up. if there is an Energy Probe up, then get there ASAP. There is a small window after someone destroyed it when you can loot the Power Core Components as well.


Code Fragments

Once you have the Power Core, the next step is gather code fragments. There are 5 types and you need 25 of each to form a cypher that can unlock the corresponding box inside Scarlet’s Secret Lair.

  • Watchwork Code Fragment
  • Aetherblade Code Fragment
  • Toxic Code Fragment
  • Molten Code Fragment
  • Scarlet’s Lockbox Code Fragment

There are three ways to obtain them at the moment

  • Doing the Twisted Marionette which occurs every 2 hrs on the hour in Lornar’s Pass. There are 5 paths here in the event and each path is a random assortment of mobs. Champions usually drop these code fragment the most often and since a lot of the champions are Twisted Clockworks, you will be getting a lot of Watchwork Code Fragments.
  • Once you have say 25 Watchwork Code Fragment, you can combine them to turn into Watchwork Cypher and head back to Scarlet’s Secret Lair. Once you have unlocked it, you do not need another 50 Power Core Fragments for re-entry. Opening the box corresponding to the Watchwork Cypher seem to give you a couple more fragments.
  • If you fail the Twisted Marionette event, you get a bag of Scarlet’s Spare Keys and can pick one bag from bags containing all but Scarlet’s Lockbox Code Fragment. Each bag contains 5 code fragments.


Journal Fragments

Unlocking each box inside Scarlet’s Secret Lair will give you a corresponding Scarlet Briar Fragments. Collect all 5 fragments to assemble them into Scarlet Briar’s Journal.


  • Gw2

    What is the journal for?

    • Dvalarr


    • Darren

      What’s inside it!!?!?!?! 😀

  • Blacklaw

    Great guide as always. There’s one spot in diessa plateau that wasn’t marked on the map. I added it to the attached map

    • fictitiousacct

      I do believe new probes were added in the latest patch, so the map is a bit outdated now

    • Raxxa44

      whats the point of the map?

  • Raizel

    Do you know how much time a probe takes to repair?

    • Sorry nope but if anyone knows feel free to comment here so I can add it 🙂

      • narg

        i think its 10min +-

      • chewienl

        They seem to respawn every 10- 15 minutes as i logged in 30 minutes before the puppet events started and i could do them twice during that time

      • Arca

        I just camped one and it respawned after exactly 10 minutes.

  • Raizel

    Oh about probes, i can interact with the ones previously destroyed (not by myself) and they give me 1 Power Core Component

    • Raizel

      I do not know the criteria by which some i can and some i cannot

    • There is a small time interval where this works but past it you can no longer interact with it.

  • Raylenee

    Player on [EU]Desolation got a Mini Moa drop. Hope he takes a picture and shares it with us.

  • Cyvil War

    hi i send you the photo of minipet (drop in chest after defeat the twisted marionette )

  • Cyvil War

    and tks to Raylenee to support 🙂

  • Eric Morehouse

    Note: If the Energy Probe have already being destroyed recently by someone else, it won’t be interactable. Interactable ones are marked on your map.

    This is not true, you can wlk up to them and you get the option to loot them even if you weren’t there to destroy them, tested multiple times.

    • No, there is a time limit on how long the energy probe remains interactable after being destroyed by someone. If you try to interact it after that time limit, it won’t work.

      • Eric Morehouse

        Fair enough, It’s a decent amount of time tho 1 minute+ I collected about 100 of them the lazy way like this LOL.

        Journal code is OMADD (for me at least)

        Not sure what the “TV” means that pops up

        • digi_owl

          Heh, would have made more sense to have the code be UMAD…

    • Thorghan

      I can confirm this. When the probe is destroyed, the map marker disappears. But you still have a small window of 1-2 minutes, in which you can interact with it, and collect the power cores even if you enter the map, after it’s been destroyed.

      • digi_owl

        So it is pretty much like the Halloween doors or Wintersday presents…

  • Eric Morehouse

    These are the 5 pictures that pop up after accessing the console with Scarlett’s Journal.

    • Kle Devoralmas

      Posible Spoiler

      Northern cross marks the Vigil Keep
      Eastern cross marks the Durmand Priory
      Southern cross marks the Chantry of Secrets (Order of Whispers Headquarters)
      Western cross marks Lion’s Arch, maybe Claw Island.

  • Dagon

    When I first use Power Core to access Scarlet’s Secret Lair, it will be destroyed and i have to assemble another or I can use it again?

    • You don’t need the power core again to access her lair.

      • Dagon

        Ok, thank you

    • Eric Morehouse

      can keep going back in after you unlock it. ( I heard it’s only for that toon tho)

    • Dagon

      Ok, thank you ^^

  • Shifted

    Can you destroy the same probe multiple times and still get cores (after it respawns, of course) or are they a one time thing?

    • Yup you can keep reusing the same one, it is repeatable.

      • Shifted

        Awesome, thank you. <3

  • I hope for this event there will be a lot people or guilds that plan together like Tequatl the sunless event because yesterday it was a mess / massacre.

    • Frosted

      We just finished it on blackgate

      • Sty

        It’s a lot easier than Tequatl and the new wurm. The event has been finished several times on overflow servers.

  • Hachi-chan

    And what can you do with the journal?

    • Nilas_Thomsen

      It tells you the password to the codex, as well as Scarlet’s thoughts.

  • buzzard05

    I have done the Twisted Marionette four times (and failed each time) and have yet to see that window where you choose from the colored bags.

    • Sty

      You should get one orange bag if the event fails and 5 orange bags if the event succeeds. The window appears when you double-clik on the bag.

      • digi_owl

        Seems you get one bag no matter what, and an additional pr chain broken beyond the first.

        My server failed the event after getting two chains down, and i found myself with two of those bags.

        • Sty

          Yes, seems it works that way.

    • earrath

      No bag for me and done it two times :S

  • Earrath

    I’ve done it two times and I didn’t got the rewards for failing any ideas?

  • digi_owl

    Having to gather 300 items just to unlock a story item with no practical game world value seems a bit excessive.

    In particular with the guarded stomper towers that give out 1-3 core fragments after each fight (and then go on cooldown for who knows how long).

    One would have thought that ANet had learned by now, as this is the same kind of “meh” mechanic they have been putting in since the first Halloween event.

    • Sty

      You also have a lot of items in the chests of Scarlett’s room, not only the journal. And as you drop a lot of fragments during the fight against the marionette, it is just an indirect way to obtain loots.

    • Spectral

      The chests within the lair also drop 1 rare (or perhaps better) item and 1 salvage item with greens and blues ofc. They also drop Scarlet’s Lockbox Fragments (or w/e) and Journal pages. This chapter is focused on STORY of Scarlet and we find out how she got mad.

      • digi_owl

        Ugh, i wish they had been more clear about that from the word go.

    • AysonCurrax

      not sure how horrendous your math skills are, but for me 25 x 5 + 50 sure as hell isnt 300.

      • digi_owl

        Noted. Not sure where i blanked out while tallying that up. The personal attack was uncalled for tho.

  • Ron Humphrey

    For those that have trouble with icons on the huge maps, here are the closest waypoints for them, Ive I’ve only done 4, but will add more as i get them.

    Plains of Ashford 1-15
    Diessa Plateau 15-25 Breached Wall, Blackblade, Old Gate
    Fields of Ruin 30-40
    Blazeridge Steppes 40-50
    Iron Marches 50-60
    Fireheart Rise 60-70

    Queensdale 1-17
    Kessex Hills 15-25 Delanian Foothills, Sojourner’s
    Gendarran Fields 25-35 Northfields Waypoint, Bloodfield, Broad Hollow
    Harathi Hinterlands 35-45
    Bloodtide coast 45-55
    Claw Island 51-60

    Maguuma Jungle
    Metrica Province 1-15
    Caledon Forest 1-15
    Brisban Wildlands 15-25
    Sparkfly Fen 55-65
    Mount Maelstrom 60-70

    Shiverpeak Mountains
    Wayfarer Foothills 1-15
    Snowden Drifts 15-25 Hunter’s Pitfall
    Lornar’s Pass 25-40 Refuge Peak, Guutra’s Homestead, Thunder Horns
    Timberline Falls 50-60
    Frostgorge Sound 70-80
    Dredgehaunt Cliffs 40-50

    Ruins of Orr
    Straits of Devastation 70-75
    Malchor’s Leap 75-80
    Cursed Shore 80

  • Daniel Gordillo Vieira

    just taken down on baruch bay. Any idea on how to gather more scarlet’s code fragments??

    • Sty

      I think that they drop on the little twisted minions (probably the healing ones). You also have a few more when the fight against the marionette is completed.

    • Sty

      I think that they drop on little twisted minions (probably the healing ones). You can also have a few more when the fight against the marionette is completed.

      • Daniel Gordillo Vieira

        Obtained the last 15 ones opening the other chests in scarlet’s secret lair, but thanks!!!^^

  • Pariston

    I got every Cypher but the one obtained from 25 Scarlet’s Lockbox Code Fragment, any tips regarding how to get them (I have only 6 of them and we can’t get them from the bag of the event)?

    • Seems like it is a random drop and you get more of them when you open the other chests (i..e molten, clockwork etc)

      • Pariston

        Ok, thanks

    • sajtalma

      If you open the other chests you will get about 10+ of those

  • Sheila

    What is the Watchwork Mechanism for?

    • Rajani Isa

      Zealot’s gear – refined from 500 watchwork sprockets @ 400 skill.

  • Jammie

    I combined both halves of the maps, hope this helps.

    • The reason I split them is so people can load them in their full size separately without a huge picture blocking their screen due to lightbox 🙁

      • Christiaan Gieles

        do width: 100% for the image in the container, and height: auto; to have it scale responsively? 🙂

  • Ron Humphrey

    are the code fragments account bound? or sellable?

    • Sty

      account bound

  • Guest

    are the fragments account bound or sellable?

  • Hototor

    Hey… after putting a code in the console and screen on wall apear… its done ? or there is something more to do… ?

    • That is it, you get some images that pop up and reveal Scarlet’s motives, which I won’t spoil here

      • KaS

        You can spoil it now since we can’t do it anymore. So.. what WERE Scarlet’s motives?

  • Targ

    Did anyone see the image (behind thecurved pipe) of the rocket powered goat in Scarlet’s hideout? She is crazy.

  • Redemption2021

    Note sure if this was already noted, but guesting to 2 other servers can speed up collection from power nodes. I was able to complete all 50 in about 10 minutes only having to migrate maps a few times. Most on other server were still up or just down. Also not sure if this is noted here, but you can keep making keys and open already opened chests in scarlet’s lair for more loot.

  • jessickz

    dulfyyyyyyyyyy doe..I have a question does it matter which key you use? do they all contain equal loot? Just wondering 4 diff keys but if its all the same loot..why have diff cyphers w/e >_>..

    • Each box give you a different part of the journal but the loot is all same.

  • Elstaso

    to crack the code on the console, read the journal and put in the odd capital letters found on each page

  • Raizel

    Diessa Plateau has 3 probes.

  • Oliver Oblivious

    Please note: if u don’t have 25 people playing, it’s almost impossible to sever one chain. If no chains are severed, you get nothing.
    1 chain = 1 bag
    2 chains = 2 bags

  • necotene

    have went to the secret lair place many times after doing the Lions Arch instance and still never get the 10 power cores. Do you have to complete all 5 paths of the Twisted Marionette first ? I’ve done 4 so far.

    • Nope, you get it the first time you visit Scarlet’s Lair

  • Holy Diver

    Any reason to keep the diary in bank?

    • Atratzu

      Nostalgia! Or if you ever missed Scarlet’s infuriating voice.

  • Mina.Harker

    Is scarlet’s lair gone? 🙁
    I don’t get the living update to join the story in LA and I have participated in the marionette several times. I just get the edge of the mist now 🙁

    • I think it might be gone since it is part of the story and they only stay up for 2 weeks 🙁

      • Enok Dencker

        I am inside there now, opening chests 😀
        And the living story is also still up, you better hurry.

        • Mina.Harker

          Ty Enok, I tried it this morning and all I found was a veteran where the Lair is supposed to be 🙁
          I think Dulfy is right, I think it’s gone.

          • Enok Dencker

            Behind the Veteran is a projection of a rock wall. Go through the wall and you find it. 🙂
            It is still there.

            • Guest

              I will underline what Enok Said, make sure you’re at the right rock wall.

              I got the Energy Probe Defender Slayer, Energy Probe Dismantler, The Secret Lair achievements and opened each chest and put together the journal pieces.

              All of that was done this afternoon. So those are still doable, and the secret lair is still there. (I just followed the video step for step)
              Why was I so late on doing achievements? Because procrastination! Good luck!

              • Atratzu

                Ugh. I have no idea why my screenshot posted itself 4 times. I’m sorry, I tried deleting it and reposting but now it’s a guest posting. /quits

      • Mina.Harker

        Tyvm sweet dulfy. I think you’re right. It might be gone. I tried this morning and all I found was a veteran where the Lair is supposed to be.
        Ty again.

    • Elycion

      I just discovered Scarlett’s Lair 5 minutes before making this post. I never did the LA story before it was removed. Simply walk through the illusionary wall the vet troll spawns next to and you’re there.

  • Eve

    I’m in there right now. No more achievements though

  • Seamur

    I started clearing cheevos yesterday and I got most of them today. Basically all living story cheevos are still available.

  • BruinInSeattle

    seems the Energy Probes are no longer active? are they all kaput now?

  • Koka

    So, do we still have some use for Aetherblade, Watchwork, Toxic, Molten, Scarlet’s Lockbox Code Fragments & Power Core Components after that part of the Living World is finished? Can we safely destroy them from our inventory? If we have 2, 10 or 17 or any number below 25?

    • I destroyed my, havn’t found any sources that still drop them

    • I destroyed my, havn’t found any sources that still drop them

  • hadi

    Is this event still available?

  • KaS

    Any way if you did not do Scarlet to open the chests in her secret lair?

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