With the GW2 patch Escape from Lion’s Arch arriving tomorrow, Lion’s Arch will turn from a friendly social city into a deadly combat zone. Here are some things to do before Lion’s Arch turns into Lion’s Den.
1. Map Completion
If you havn’t completed Lion’s Arch map exploration yet, this is the time to do so. You can probably still do it after the patch but probably not without harassment from Scarlet’s minions. This is especially important if you going after a legendary soon as you will need world completion for it.
2. Jumping Puzzles
There are 3 jumping puzzles in Lion’s Arch. They will likely be accessible after the patch but it is better to be safe than sorry. You also need jumping puzzles for the monthly and Urmaug’s secret/Weyandt are really easy to do for the monthly.
3. Diving Goggle location
For that Dive Master achievement, there is one location in Lion’s Arch
4. Moa Race and Mini Yellow Moa
Are you swimming in gold or perhaps a die hard mini collector? If so, then you need to do the Moa Race. The fate of these moas are not exactly known but who knows if Scarlet’s minions won’t grab some moas and roast them for dinner. Think of Meep!
The Mini Yellow Moa can be obtained for 125 Race Track Vouchers or it can be brought on the TP (50 gold and increasing at time of writing).
5. History Buff achievement
Under General –> Exploration section of the achievements is one for History Buff. This achievement is only worth 2 achievement points but you get a skill book that give you 5 skill points. You need to visit various locations in Lion’s Arch and it is a safe bet that it is easier to do now than after the patch
6. Weapon skins
There are two set of weapon skins unique to Lion’s Arch. These are the Lionguard weapon skin and Pirate weapon skins. You can find the Lionguard weapon skins in Fort Marriner if you go near the jail (gotta go up the stairs to the wall and take a right). It is likely the vendor will still be there after the patch but nothing is certain.
The pirate weapon skins are located at end of Weyandt’s Revenge jumping puzzle and they cost the same – 9800 karma per weapon skin.
7. Royal Terrace Pass
If you got a 2 week or the permanent version of Royal Terrace Pass, it is time to whip them out for tomorrow. While everyone else will be crammed in Gendarran Fields, you can enjoy the fine luxury of everything the Royal Terrace has to offer. Being wealthy has never being better in Tyria. Unfortunately they are no longer sold in the gemstore but it would be a golden opportunity for Arenanet to bring them back again.
8. Sonder the Seller
Sonder the Seller is a merchant in Lion’s Arch that exchange past event currencies (i.e. Zhaitaffy, Candy Corn) for various items. He will probably remain after the patch but if you got any spare currency, it doesn’t hurt to use them now while the merchant is around.