GW2 Echoes of the Past story achievements guide with walkthroughs for all the living story achievements released on Nov 4, 2014.[toc]
Caithe’s Reconnaissance Squad
You can apparently do both Recon Demolitionist and No Thanks to Canach in the same run by doing No Thanks to Canach first (don’t mine any corpses) but don’t board the chopper when it comes. Go back and mine the 10 corpses for the Recon Demolitionist achievement.
Recon Demolitionist – 5 pts
Super easy achievement, there are 10 corpses you need to interact to mine them and they are all marked on the map. I like to drag a group of wolves onto the mined corpses immediately after I mine them to both kill the wolves and delete the icon from the map so I know which corpses are left to place mines.
The achievement pops up as soon all 10 corpses are mined so you can relog right after to do it again for the other achievements.
No Thanks to Canach – 5 pts
Don’t touch any of the corpses this round and you should get the achievement easy. The achievement is granted at end of the instance when you need to hop on the chopper.
Not Under My Command – 5 pts
This achievement has been fixed and now works. You can complete it solo fairly easily. The goal of this achievement is to prevent the Vigil Guardsman and the Vigil Marksman that escort you from the start of the instance from dying (Canach is invul and cannot be killed). Do not get yourself killed either in this first portion of the instance since that seems to fail the achievement as well.
Use the Mordrem corpses and mine them to kill the Mordrem wolves quickly as they can kill these two guards. Don’t let the NPCs engage the wolves at all, just use mines to kill them all.
Once you reach Caithe’s squad, do not rush in to the fight immediately. Instead, follow the rocks to the right to the next Mordrem corpse and the NPCs will disappear (if they don’t plane the mine on the corpse).Once these two initial NPCs are gone, this achievement is pretty much done.
The NPCs with Caithe that get revived can die and they will not affect the outcome of the achievement. Once the choppers come, you will get the achievement at end of the cutscene.
This is a really long instance but luckily there are motes next to each boss to retry the achievement without redoing the instance.
Strength Without Sacrifice – 10 pts
The goal of this achievement is to defeat the Facet of Strength without being stunned or grabbed. If you have stability you should use it as it will help a lot for the achievement. It seems to me to be easier if you melee him as he doesn’t pull you as frequently (when he pulls you, he reach out his arm and you need to dodge immediately). The stuns in melee are easy to avoid as long you don’t stand in his telegraphs.
Better Red Than Dead – 15 pts
This achievement isn’t hard at all but very time consuming if RNG is not with you. The Facet of Light spawn mini summoned facets that give a color buff when killed. You can only use the red buff for this achievement which means that when the summoned facet spawns and give blue or green buff you can’t do anything.
There is a little trick with the summoned facet to save time. If you don’t kill the facet, it will keep teleport around to different color beams to gain that immunity buff. If it teleports to the red color beam, it will give red color buff when killed. Thus, you can just keep the summon facet alive and see which color beam it ports to. If it ports to green or blue, keep it alive. If it ports to red, kill it for the red buff.
Once you have the red color buff, run into the red color beam to receive the damage immunity buff. This will allow you to run into the big AoE field around Facet of Light and damage him. Unfortunately for mesmers, your illusions are killed immediately on summon since they do not receive the immunity buff. This make this achievement very frustrating for mesmers.
Exposed Weakness – 10 pts
Easy achievement if you know the trick. The trick is to give all 8 vortex crystal the 1 HP buff but do not attack them until they all have the buffs. Once all 8 crystals have the buff, simply kill all of them as fast as possible. If you kill all 8 vortex crystals within 15s, you will kill the Facet of Darkness and get the achievement.
The 1 HP buff is only given out when Facet of Darkness does his massive AoE attack.
Exposed Weakness: Redux – 20 pts
This achievement requires you to not give boon to the vortex crystals. You can either do this by modifying your traits/weapon/sigils/runes skills to not give you any buff or just watch your buff bar and don’t stand next to a vortex crystal when you got buffs.
You can use transfer the 1 HP fragility buff to the vortex crystals to damage them and the boss as this is not considered a buff.
Remember that when you get a crystal vortex inside a color beam, you will need to get the color buff from the summoned facet and the 1 HP buff to remove it or you will get knocked back.
Note that it might be still possible to transfer boons to a vortex crystal and not fail the achievement. This was the case before the Nov 5 patch but might have been fixed.