GW2 Unidentified Lodestone Event & Achievement Guide

A guide to the new Unidentified Lodestone events and achievements added with May 3 Game Update.

Getting Started

This is a set of 4 new achievements introduced with May 3 Game Update and can be found under General –> Current Events (you won’t see the achievements until you completed them). To start off you will need to acquire an Unidentified Lodestone.


Getting Unidentified Lodestone

Unidentified Lodestone have a chance to drop off any of the dragon minion mobs (i.e. Svanir, Branded, Destroyer). I got mine off the Svanir/Ice elementals in Jormabakke Stead in Snowden Drifts but anywhere with these type of mobs will work.


Once you have the Unidentified Lodestone, go to Magister Ela Makkay in Lion’s Arch and talk to her to get the Pursuit of Knowledge achievement. This will reward you with 3 AP and a Keg of Liquid Karma (7500 karma).


Ley-Line Cartography events

Ela will direct you to three events in Snowden Drifts, Blazeridge Steppes and Mount Maelstrom. These events are on a 10 min respawn timer.

  • Snowden Drifts – [&BL4AAAA=]
  • Mount Maelstrom – [&BM8CAAA=]
  • Blazeridge Steppes – [&BAUCAAA=]


At first there is an event to defeat the dragon minions before they absorb too much ley-line magic. This event lasts for 2:50. After that is an event to defeat the Coalescence champion, which doesn’t scale well and dies quickly.


If you complete all three events you will get the Ley-Line Cartography achievement, which give you 3 AP and Tome of Tyrian Mastery that grant you a large amount of Tyrian mastery XP


Now there are two other achievements. First is Hold the Line acquired during the first event where you don’t let any of the dragon minions touch the accumulated Ley-line Magic. This is easy if you have a large zerg that kills anything that spawns. The second achievement is to kill 5 of the Coalesence champions which can be done at any of the three events. You do need to spam your skills after the first event as the champions have very low HP.


  • Archi

    this was excessively easy. i hope it’s only the first of a long chain of events.

    has anyone let the event fail yet? i’m curious what happens

    • mrh

      It might in a couple weeks, or in the middle of the night for US. Depends how the mobs scale.

      • Cronos Dage

        They don’t.

        • mrh

          That is what I meant by mob scaling, I guess you thought I meant hp/damage.

  • Man

    “Current”? So it may only last may be 2 weeks?

    • mrh

      It may get renamed to something else later to avoid spoiling something like War against the Dragon Alliance.

  • erdowho

    I only got 3 achievements, how do I get the hold the line one?

    • Cronos Dage

      Don’t allow any accumulated ley-line magic to be absorbed by dragon minions.

    • Kane

      What Karen said. Basically, find a large zerg.

  • Alot

    Fun though the wait is, any idea if the 10 minute refresh adheres to a schedule?

    • Cronos Dage

      my experience blazeridge –> maelstrom –> snowden start within 20 sec of the last one ending (incl. champ event)

  • RKC

    So there is nothing special you get out of it like a new item or anything trivial?

    • Cronos Dage

      16 AP, central tyria mastery xp, 1 gold, champ chests

      • Nabil

        What if I don’t have HoT?

        • Cronos Dage

          Future updates are intended to be content for people who own Heart of Thorns. Fractal changes and the like were merely polish.

          • Nabil

            Fuck me. Guess’ll have to buy it then. Fuck CAD exchange rate -_-

            • Karen

              Canadian too, but the prices are better than when I bought HoT.

              Deluxe or ultimate is worth it, just do it and skip food or shelter this month.

        • Obsidian

          Works for non-HoTers just fine. I haven’t been able to get the lodestone to drop yet though, but I’ve finished the other three achievements.

  • El Sitrik

    we can only hope the next step will be more rewarding as this one …. nothing but achievment points to players with full exp

    • Alot

      Wonder if you get an extra large dragon minion instead of a glint coloured spark if you fail the defence?

    • Cronos Dage

      Achievement points are a great reward

    • Takahami

      remember the beginning of LS1? there was not much to do and much to gain. its about building up atmosphere. you know, a game is not only about rewards. its supposed to be about feelings and stuff, propably fun too. oh the kids these days /kisses

  • Cronos Dage

    Warning that the xp tome takes effect immediately upon receipt, so if you’re expecting them to release new central tyria masteries and want that SLIGHT edge then don’t open the chest

    • Mekun

      Dont finish the event, it automatically open. Its only 125k xp

      • Cronos Dage

        Quit the bullshit; it only opens if you accept this, not like it’s a big deal.

        • Mekun

          fuck u

    • Pentacus

      I had the good fortune of speaking with a dev during the event and asked about the significance of the xp tomes.

      there is none, he said they are purely a bonus reward for those who haven’t completed their masteries, and they are not hinting at more tyria masteries

      • Karen

        It’s not like Central Tyria masteries are anywhere time consuming compared to the Heart of Maguuma ones, so I’m probably just going to consume it to get it off my UI.

  • Ardenwolfe

    Thank you for this!

  • Vient

    I think its safe to assume that this event is the pre bug checking patch before a major living story. Just like they did with kessex hills

  • SuzukiMasami

    What happens if either of the 2 events fail?

    • Alot

      I’d really like to know as well.

      • Urosh Uchiha Novakovic

        Probably nothing special. They will just start again in 10 minutes.

  • Lord

    Hi Dulfy, how long will the current event last ?

  • Alot

    Interestingly, Leyland energy has traditionally been blue and white. These surges are in the colour of that dragon egg we were lugging around.

    • Ares Zax

      Nice catch! Now that you mention it, you’re absolutely right.

    • Sty

      I think that leyline energy has the same color in the second raid map, which also takes place after mordremoth’s death. So it could be linked to the additional energy released from his body in the leylines.

  • FrycoN

    Is there a point doing this events if someone already have ( at the moment) all 166 masteries?

    • Me

      How about AP + instant XP item for future masteries? Sound fair to me.

      • Suan

        Nope, because ANet [as always] says “fuck you” to their veteran players that already have all masteries, by making the xp item insta usable when you get it, so you will need to hold that annoying chest above your mini-map if you want to hold if for future Tyria mastery.

        • Nero

          A “Veteran” player doesn’t need a mere 125k xp..!

          • Suan

            This thing that is going now is probably a mere start, so there will be like 30x125k xp. That is something.

            • Me2

              3 minutes in CoF isn’t much

  • Sinis

    I hear this event is some sort of test to see how things go. True or not, I don’t care. I just have that feeling that there is going to be more on the way very soon-ish. For me, I hope Living World Season 3 drops this year because I want to know on what is going on with that egg and which dragon we’ll be facing next!

    • Yavor Chomonev

      It’s 100% certain and has always been certain, that LS3 is coming this year. If it doesn’t, the game population would literally halve at this point

      • Sinis

        I agree on the population hit. People are biting at the bark hoping for new content to hit in any way, shape or form with more replay value involved soon. Too bad that ANet wouldn’t do something to how City of Heroes had it by dropping content every 3 or 4 months instead of long wait periods.

        For me, I can’t bicker too much. I gave them money and still do from time to time so in a way I still feed the beast as they call it lol.

  • Kreiri

    Actually, Hold the Line is easier with small number of people, because big zergs have champions and lots of elite mobs spawning.

  • George Smith

    no new achievements with them i could see but the event is now happening in multiple places, was in snowden and saw it happen at [Valslake Waypoint]
    plus (perhaps this is always what happens with a fail but i never saw it before) at the new one there was several champion imbued abberations, i think 1 spawns each time the event fails.

  • Naxia Lascif

    Can you still do these after the newest patch?

  • iami

    there are 2 possible spawn spots on each map, not only Refuge Sanctum Waypoint in Blazeridge Steppes, Avernan Waypoint in Mount Maelstrom and Soderhem Steading Waypoint in Snowden Drifts- also Brandview Waypoint in Blazeridge Steppes, Irwin Isle Waypoint in Mount Maelstrom (south), Snowdrift Haven Waypoint in Snowden Drifts 😉

  • killgore

    I have 2 unidentified lodstone.. when I spoke to ela only 1 disappear.. what should i do with the other one?. Anyone please answer should i destroy it ??

  • PenguinBattles

    Are these events still going on?

  • Doron Segal

    I cant seem to get an Update from the last area: Blazeridge Steppes.
    I have the other two already…
    Main problem is main event is only kill robots and collect lay line energy and put in device.
    Anyone got exact location of the champ spawn location so I could finish this achivment please?

    • Doron Segal

      nm got it,seem they arrive later after the robots and its purply minions then the spider champ

  • ASUS Micro

    Any one wants to do Hold the line together?

    • Aldarel

      I want. PM me in the game: Aldarel

  • Puga

    Is it still possible to get these achievements?

  • poorexiles

    way more than 10 min, interrupted by the other leystone events…

  • Shara

    I can’t seem to get an I identified lodestone to drop.

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