Festival of the Four Winds GW2

GW2 Festival of the Four Winds achievement guide

GW2 Festival of the Four Winds achievement guide with instructions on getting the various achievements within the May 20 patch.


Meta & Rewards

Unlike the previous living world meta achievements, there are no daily achievements that counts towards the meta. That being said, you are being given 23 achievements and only need to complete 14 to finish the meta.

Festival of the Four Winds – 25 pts

  • Complete 14 achievements. The quickest ones are Boss Blitz achievements, Gauntlet achievements, Crate Consumer, Aspect Arena and Sanctum Sprint achievements.
  • Completing this meta give you 1 Favor of the Festival and 1600 Festival Tokens


  • You can purchase previous living world rewards by visiting the Festival Rewards Vendor by the Bazaar Docks Waypoint in Labyrinthine Cliffs.
  • Two new items (Mini Panda and Endless Dolyak Calf Tonic) can be purchased as well with Favor of the Festival and Festival Tokens
  • Rewards are all account bound on acquire
  • The Zephyr Sanctum Supply Boxes you purchase from the traders at the entrance of Labyrinthine Cliffs have a chance to drop rare returning rewards from season one such as air-filtration device or catcher backpack skins.
  • Doing Gauntlet bosses will drop Gauntlet chances for each boss killed. These have a chance to drop another set of rare rewards, including the Monocle and Chaos of Lyssa backpiece recipe.


Farming Festival Tokens

  • Do Queen’s Gauntlet daily as there is a daily bonus chest for each different boss you defeat.

    • Tier 1 bosses – 14 tokens each
    • Tier 2 bosses – 21 tokens each
    • Tier 3 bosses – 28 tokens each
    • 14 x 4 + 21 x 4 + 28 x4 = 252 tokens/day or just 231 tokens/day if you don’t feel like doing Liadri daily.
  • Labyrinthine Cliffs events are good as you can get gold reward easily (43 tokens) but they are not frequent
  • Boss Blitz meta events in Crown Pavilion can give you 40+ tokens if you get gold reward but only 18 tokens if you get bronze.
  • Aspect Arena
    • 13 tokens for loss
    • 21 tokens for win
  • Sanctum Sprint
    • 10-20 tokens depending on your placement

Story Instance

  • There is a story instance that will introduce you to the story for this living world update. The entrance to it is right next to the Claw Island Portage waypoint in Lion’s Arch
  • Doing this story instance rewards you with the achievement Welcoming Party (1 pt)


Crown Pavilion Achievements

If you never done the Crown Pavilion before, you can access it by waypoint to Divinity’s Reach and then waypointing to Crown Pavilion Waypoint (it will appear contested so you can’t port to it directly from outside Divinity’s Reach). Go through the silvery entrance to enter Crown Pavilion, which is a separate map.


Boss Blitz Achievements

Boss Blitz is something new introduced this year. You will need to donate to Heal-O-Tron in the center of the Crown Pavilion to start it. Once enough funds have been added (watch the event progress bar), Boss Blitz will start and six bosses will spawn in Crown Pavilion.


Each six quadrants of the pavilion contains a boss that needs 5+ players to kill. It is best to split everyone into 3 and not zerg on one boss at a time as doing so will scale up the bosses and make them harder. For each boss you wkll, they will transfer one of their unique ability to the remaining bosses, making them harder.

If your Crown Pavilion instance is organized, there is a good way to get at least silver reward by splitting the instance into 3 groups.

  • Group 1: Kill Sparcus then Kuraii.
  • Group 2: Kill Pyroxis then Wiggin.
  • Group 3: Kill Baines then Shurakk.

This gives each group 15 minutes to kill two bosses which is very doable as long as there are 15-20 per group and not a zerg of 30+.

The following achievements are part of Boss Blitz.

Boss Bliz – 7 pts

  • Participate in the Boss-Bliz Meta even 10 times. For the Boss-Blitz meta event to complete, all six bosses have to be killed. This achievement will take you a few hours to complete.

gw2--festival-of-four-winds-achievement-guide-2Boss Blitz: Wallop Wiggin – 1 pt

  • Kill Wiggin the Wicked in the west quadrant.

Boss Blitz: Slay Shurakk – 1 pt

  • Kill Sjurakk the Savage in the SE quadrant

Boss Blitz: Slaughter Sparcus – 1 pt

  • Kill Sparcus Firesplash in the NE quadrant

Boss Blitz: Put Out Pyroxis – 1 pt

  • Kill Pyroxis in the SW quadrant

Boss Blitz: Kill Kurali – 1 pt

  • Kill Kurali the Cruel in the NW quadrant

Boss Blitz: Beat Boom-Boom – 1 pt

  • Kill Boom-Boom Baines in the east quadrant

Kill X Mob achievements

In addition to killing the bosses, there are also achievements for killing 50 of the each type of mobs that inhabit Crown Pavilion.

Destroyer Destroyer – 3 pts

  • Kill 50 destroyers in the SW quadrantgw2--festival-of-four-winds-achievement-guide-5

Pirate Purger – 3 pts

  • Kill 50 Pirates in the west quadrant

Flame Legion Finisher – 3 pts

  • Kill 50 Flame Legion mobs in the NE quadrant

Bandits’ Bane – 3 pts

  • Kill 50 bandits in the west quadrant

Ogre Obliterator – 3 pts

  • Kill 50 ogres in the SE quadrant

Centaur Culler – 3 pts

  • Kill 50 centaurs in the NW quadrant

Gauntlet Achievements

Queen’s Gauntlet can be access in the upper section of Crown Pavilion. Go up the ramp to access it. Speak to the fight master to pick a fight, ringmaster to enter the ring, and master of gambits to put down a gambit.

There are 12 bosses in total and you can see the strategy for each fight in this guide.

While the two achievements in this section can be completed by just killing the same boss over and over (doesn’t have to be different bosses), it is ideal to kill as many different bosses as possible as you get a daily bonus chest of Festival Tokens for each different boss you kill.

  • Tier 1 bosses – 14 tokens
  • Tier 2 bosses – 21 tokens
  • Tier 3 bosses – 28 tokens

Gauntlet Contender – 5 pts

  • Defeat 12 Queen’s Gauntlet Bosses – they can be the same bosses

Gauntlet Favourite – 4 pts

  • Defeat 12 Queen’s Gauntlet Bosses with at least gambit – they can be the same bosses.
  • If you have a high DPS build, you can try On Fire Gambit as you will likely outheal the damage and kill the boss before the fire does any serious damage.

Labyrinthine Cliffs Achievements

Labyrinthine Cliffs or Zephyr Sanctum, can be accessed in talking to the transport facilitator in Lion’s Arch.


Sky Crystal and General achievements

There are two zone wide events that occurs about every 20 minutes or so. You can see a timer to the next event on your right hand side of your UI. The two events are either crystal collecting or dolyak race, both which are fairly easy to complete and easy to get the gold reward.


Flying Dolyak Race

The Flying Dolyak race starts near the Sun Adept by Trader Owen. You will need to talk to him to get transformed and use your #4 ability to detect traps along the way. The end of the race is at the very top before the bridge to the Zephyr Sanctum ship.


Crystal Collection

For the crystal collection event, you can find Charged Crystals in various place in the zone. Once you touched a Charged Crystal, you will get a buff that will increase your movement speed and need to return to the upper levels of the zone to return the crystal.


Crate Consumer – 6 pts

  • Purchase 10 Zephyr Sanctum Supply Boxes. You can buy them at the circle of traders near the Bazaar Docks Waypoint in exchange for various crafting materials.
  • If you just want the achievement, grab whatever crafting material you have. Otherwise use spreadsheets like this to figure out which one is cheaper.


Ready, Willing, and Able – 6 pts

  • Complete 5 events Labyrinthine Cliffs, either Crystal Collection or Flying Dolyak race will count.

Sky Crystal Seeker – 8 pts

Sky Crystal Master – 10 pts

Aspect Arena and Sanctum Sprint achievements

You can find NPCs that will take you to the Aspect Arena and Sanctum Sprint activities not far from the Sky Docks Waypoint.


Aspect Assassin – 5 pts

  • Kill 30 players in Aspect Arena.

Aspect Victor – 5 pts

  • Win Aspect Arena 3 times

Aspect Arena Regular – 5 pts

  • Play 12 games of Aspect Arena, this achievement does not count toward the meta

Dedicated Sprinter – 5 pts

  • Complete 10 Sanctum Sprint races, must place in the top 3 places for the achievement to count

By Dulfy

MMO guide writer and blogger. Currently playing and covering SWTOR, GW2, and TSW.

49 replies on “GW2 Festival of the Four Winds achievement guide”

The first page of the rewards vendor also holds the candy corn and crystal (and presumably sprockets) nodes for your home instance, as well as the krait obelisk, if you don’t have those yet.

Yes, I see candy corn and sprockets but do not see krait obelisk or crystal as I already have them. I was in a not playing mode when candy corn and sprockets nodes were in offer and really regretted not having them. So hopefully I’ll be able to finish the meta achievement so I can get those two nodes.

The events at the labyrinthine cliffs (dolyak and crystal) seem to start at set points. From what I’ve seen, the crystal collection starts every full hour, and the dolyak race half past.

And of course thanks for the great guides! Would you consider doing an extra guide for the crown pavilion, showing people how to split up and what tactics to use on each boss? Since many more people seem to read your guides than what’s on their screen, it could help in breaking up those awful zone-wide zergs hacking away at the boss blizz for an hour or more.

I think it’s better without them. Previously you could finish the Meta by just doing daylies and that was far to easy

I never say “fuck that shit” so many times in new blizz boos events, than in entire last year, I play 6h every day and never get big zerg enought, to make blizz boss in time, last time we fight one boss in 10 ppl and NOBADY around! fucking megaservers! I am not even able komplete simple fucking killing achiev, bcz nobady around to help me, and when absolutely no reward for doing this, i will hardly finish my last two achiev for meta and gtfo

really FUCK YOU Anet, FUCK YOU

Dude relax, were like 2 days into the patch u have time. And you don’t have to complete all the boss blitz chieves to get the meta. I think at min you have to do 4 blitz chieves to get the meta which you can get in one round by killing 2 bosses and spreading damage to their minions who infinitely spawn. Also people were more excited for the Cliffs rather than the Pavilion, after the wow factor with the cliffs tones down theyll come to the pavilion

its not a time problem, i know, i have 14 days, but when i come to pavilion, its simple empty, noone doing bosses (except 50 kill achiev), and what is the main problem, there is absolutly no reward for doing this, last time when we try kill all champ in 20ppl, it was pain in my ass for whole time (its take 1,5h), especially when ppl dont know yet, how deal with bosses and as reward was fucking 40tokens ?? WTF

when i first come to clifs, its feel like i never leave, i collect 3/4 crystals almost blindly, like AAA+ pro :D, i spend whole evening watching, how newbies run into waterfall and was knockback again and again, best part ever, but pavilion is GREAT disappointment!

Problem is that people a greedy pussies, bosses gives no reward except tokens and some items, so people do not want to do them…last year bosses gave gold and people farmed them like no tomorrow…what ruins the Crown pavilion, is the greed of players…because honestly gameplay wise it’s a great experience thanks to the new mechanics they put in the bosses and the timer…so for me this whole event is passed as everything have been tuned up and perfected…unluckilly they can’t fix the community.

btw can someone explain to me, why is (especially) iron ore so cheap for trade for zephyres boxes in compare with other ores/mats ??

Since the point of those traders is to get rid of excess crafting materials, I assume that the price of the zephyr sanctum supply boxes is the inverse of the prices on the trading post – iron ore is in more demand on the TP and so is worth more, and hence you pay less iron per supply box than you would, say, mithril. Or, to look at it from a slightly different perspective, whatever material you buy from the TP to pay for those supply boxes, the gold you spend is roughly the same per box.

i am not sure, if this have anythink common with price for mats, i know, that events like this serve only for empty ppls warehouse, just wonder, why is iron so extreme cheap in compare with anything else.. check that excell sheet, iron you can farm in same location like seasoned wood and gold ore with same harvesting speed income, just dont know, why we need 5 iron per box, but 41 sesoned wood, which cost 3x more in coins??

Stuck on 10/11 voor the arena. Subject 7 has greatly changed so 3+5 gambits and the no-killing on the spawns is nearly impossible now.

dulfy, could you please make a guide to efficient farming of those Festival tokens? I’d really want to get both doylak tonic and the mini, but harvesting 3,200 of them seems at least impossible at rate of 80 per half an hour :c

Probably better off running Sanctum Sprint and/or Aspect Arena; I’ve been doing that along with the half-hourly events for the last 2 days and I’ve already got 1438 tokens

you get 1600 for completing the meta-achievement, so better concentrate on that first. After that you can do the rest by following Mohrad’s advice. I personally do the event, then i do two sprints (they take 7 minutes each) just in time to return for the second event. After that again 2 races and repeat. This would give you roughly 200-300 tokens per hour.

I have difficulties with the dolyak race in the cliffs. Every time I try to use the “3” skill (the lightning one) I get interrupted. I stand on the starting pad, look at the target “pole”, press 3, start to fly to the target and then bammm get interrupted. Is there anything I have to look out for or is it random?

“Complete 10 Sanctum Sprint races, must place in the top 3 places for the achievement to count”

Since last update, it’s not necessary to be in the top 3 place to count 😉

True, it even counts now for practise runs (the ones you’re placed halfway the track cause someone left early and you get a message saying you dont get any reward).

afaik Anet hasnt given a statement bout that.It will atleast be for 2 weeks, and you will get a week notice(on their website) bout when it stops cause they’ll add a new release/update announcement. It’s more likely to be 4 weeks though.

Dulfy, maybe for the dolyak race add something bout watching the wind when using skill 3. I see a lot of people having trouble with it.

Does anyone know when this will be over and if they are keeping the merchants after?

They never state it in any of the Living World, and it’s very annoying. I don’t know whether to spend tokens/special items or save them.

Yea probably. They’ve kept some in the past, but not recently.

Do you know if the end date for this like a regular Living World (2 weeks)?

It’s like they saw my question and answered it the same day… sweet!

That’s a pretty long time for the Festival. Thanks Kyrmana.

sorry to be a buzzkill – but recycled content paraded as new does not do it for me. Did all these grind-em-out achievements the first time around. Yawn. No real new content since LS season 1 ended. GW2 has become a bigger snooze fest than it already was

We already knew that both Zephyrites and Crown Pavilion would return and as this content was not available during the last 9 months, new players can enjoy it.

I was not aware that achievements of Queen’s Gauntlet and Labyrinthine Cliffs were “grind-em-out achievements”. On the contrary, it is one of the most balanced event with farming, scavenging, pvp activities and challenging fights.

I really like that Zephyr Sanctum Supply Box merchant table picture u did. Nice overview, makes it easy to read :3

Welcoming Party (story instance) achievement is bugged. It doesn’t show up as completed even though I’ve done it with three separate characters.

You have to wait until the instance is completely finished. All of the individuals have dialogue with each other before it finishes…just afk in the instance till the achievement pops :3

Is it possible to get the blue print for the spinal blade pack, too? I mean it’s a previous living world reward but I didn’t see it at the vendor >.> seeing that all other things are available this annoys me a bit 🙁

You can still get it. I made it about one month ago after coming back from a year long break from GW2. Get the blueprint from tp. Do Aetherblade JP or farm Aetherblade mobs to get at least one Blade Shard. Make more Blade Shards using this way. I think total cost to make the first ascended stage spinal blade is about 80-100g.

Do you know if you can get multiple instance of “home node”
I already got all of them (candy, sporcket, crystal, and the 3 ore node) but I wonder if you can get 2 or 3 from each 😀

When you first ascend to the Zephyr Sanctum ship, you have a cut scene that shows a glowing door closing on one of the sky ships. Is there a way to get to that door?

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