GW2 Living World Season 4

GW2 Daybreak Achievements Guide

GW2 Daybreak Living World Season 4 Episode 1 Achievements Guide.


Meta Achievement

There is a meta achievement to complete 30 achievements. This will reward you with 21 AP and Corsair Turban Box.


Corsair Turban (all armor classes)


Story Achievements

Eye of the Brandstorm

Not So Shocking – 3 AP

Repel the Branded from Free City of Amnoon without being struck by lightning. There are two stages to this achievement. First you have to avoid the lighting outside the outskirts of Amnoon, this is fairly easy. For the second part, you need to avoid the lightning inside the city of Amnoon. This second part can get a bit heretic. The lightning are marked with reddish circles and you have a bit of time to dodge out of them. The main issue is getting downed and having a lighting circle spawn on your, which can fail you the achievement.


Amnoon Evacuation – 2 AP

Rescue 40 civilians in the story instance. This achievement has a bit of a DPS check as you need to kill the Branded Crystals before their timer expires and the civilians turn into branded. Other than the crystals, there are also dead civilians that need to be rezzed and alive civilians that you need to press F to direct them to safety. It is not recommend to do this achievement with Electric City since rezzing civilians can take time away from that achievement.


First cluster of three crystals here, each having 3 civilians each. This should bring your count to 31.


Then right after is a civilian you need to rez at the same spot, for a count of 30. Inside the big pyramid are 5 civilians that need to be rezzed to bring your count down to 25. To the left of the pyramid are 5 branded crystals. It is okay if you don’t get one of them, but you need to get at least 4 branded crystals. If you get all 5 crystals this will bring your count down to 7 (or 11 if you only got 4).


Inside the city of Amnoon are more civilians to rez/talk. There is a big batch of civilians at the top left. However keep in mind that if you defeat the Branded Wyvern, all the civilians will disappear.


Electric City – 2 AP

Repeal the Branded storm from the Free City of Amnoon in under 12 minutes. This is a pretty tight DPS check if doing it solo. The timer only starts once you enter the city.

(Hidden) Qais Closed – 1 AP

Talk to Captain Rahim at end of the instance about Deputy Qais. Keep going through the dialogues until you get the achievement.


Under the Stars

Ally Assessment– 3 AP

Check in with allies in the Sunspear base. If you need to reenter the Sunspear base, talk to the heart vendor near Astralarium and select the option to enter the base again. Then interact with the Nightfall book (it won’t be visible but there will be an interact button).


There are 10 NPCs you need to talk to in the base and they are marked on the map below.


Champion’s Dawn

Who’s Laughing Now? – 1 AP

Defeat the Awakened Sunspear Champion without allowing him to heal. During the fight with Awakened Koss Dejarin, he will gain a break bar. If you don’t break his break bar quick enough, he will heal up and you will lose the achievement. If you are quick enough on DPS there should be only one instance of breakbar. You can use nearby rocks to break his breakbar as well.


(Hidden) Family Ties – 1 AP

This is a hidden achievement. Talk to Awakened Koss after the fight and mention about a descendant. If you don’t get the achievement, you may need to talk to Redeemer Kossan in The Ruination in The Desolation (may need to do an event with him to get him to talk).


The Hero of Istan

(Hidden) Thereby Hangs a Tale – 1 AP

Once you get the key from the jailer, jump down and open one of the lower cells with a chair inside it. Interact with the chair and finish reading the conversation to get the achievement.


(Hidden) Stop Right There – 1 AP

This a hidden achievement to kill the walking Awakened Soldier right outside your jail cell before he reaches the top of the stairs. You have plenty of time so rescue Zaeim, grab your weapons and then kill the guard.


(Hidden) Tipple Toes – 1 AP

Escape the dungeons without being spotted by drunken Awakened. They are pretty easy to avoid and have telegraphs in front of them. As long you avoid these telegraphs you should be undetected.


The First City

If you are stuck in the part of the instance where you need to advance past the fire, there is a boulder you can pick up near the fire wall. Place that and one Branded Crystal on the big plate to advance.


Timing is Everything – 1 AP

Make it to the other side of the Vestibule of Faith and pull the levers unscathed. Pretty easy achievement, just time your raptor canyon jump and avoid the bells dropping down. Pull the levers in between each bell. There are 3 bells and 3 levers in between.


(Hidden) Gone Swimming – 1 AP

Not too far from the entrance is a pair of diving goggles. If you don’t see them you may need to clear the instance first and come back. The dive is a bit tricky due to the rocks blocking your way down so you need to jump a bit outward and then fall through the cracks between the rocks to the water below.


(Hidden) You Left This – 1 AP

Pick up Taimi’s Hair Bow and then hand it to her at the end of the instance.


Talk to Taimi once you rescued her and pick the option I found your ribbon.


(Hidden) From Downtown! – 1 AP

Throw a static conduit and destroy a static storm orbiting Scruffy from very far away. All you need to do is to throw the static conduit from the platform where you got it from and it should count. Make sure to throw it in front of the moving static storm.


Stand Your Ground – 3 AP

Survive the rapid ammunition discharge protocol without being downed or leaving the platform. Last 5% of Scruffy 2.0 he will start spamming attacks all over. Avoid the AoE circles and don’t get too close to the Static Storm orbs floating around as they are magnetic and will pull you with them. You don’t need to damage Scruffy in this phase, just survive long enough for the phase to be over.


(Hidden) That Belongs in a Museum – 6 AP

It is recommended that you do this achievement at end of the instance as the whole instance opens up and most of the mobs disappear.


1. Ancient Istani Coin


2. Damaged Jokanur Digging Shovel


3. Cracked Fang Neckace


4. Folden Silk Tapestry


5. Primeval Tome


6. Ancient Sunspear Regalia


7. Chunk of Apocryha


Timegated Achievements

Brandstone Research – 3 AP

This is a timegated achievement that requires 7 days to complete. Each day you will need to go down to below the library in the Astralarium and then talk to Yasna. She will ask you for something different each day.


Day 1: She will ask you to hand in 10 Kralkatite Ore for the achievement item Kralkatite Research.

Day 2: She will ask you for 10 Branded Residues. These seems to drop off any branded elementals. If you have trouble finding them, look for fallen brandstones as there are always some guarding one (see day 3).

Day 3: You will need to hunt down a fallen brandstone and get some readings with the Particle Collector.

To locate fallen brandstones you will need a Branded Multitool from Scholar Fatima on top of the Astralarium. This can be upgraded further with Volatile Magic. Every 15 minutes Brandstones will fall from the sky and land on the map. They are not marked but you can see them falling from the sky near the Astralarium Waypoint. They only lasts for 3 minutes once they landed. Hop on your mount and use the Branded Multitool and spam it every once in a while.


When you get directed to a landing site. Defeat the branded elementals guarding the landing site to get Branded Residues and then use the Branded Multitool to pull up the Brandstone Node (#1 to find the node and then use #2 to dig it up)


For the Miasma, just step on the Bloodstone surface and then click the Particle collector in your inventory. It will fulfill the requirement and you can return to Yasna.


Day 4: She will asks for 10x Powdered Rose Quartz Crystal. They are rare drops from the nodes found in the Brandstone sites.

Day 5: For Astral Alignments you need to talk to the heart vendor and get access to the forbidden section of the archive. Inside the archive grab the book and return to Yasna.


Day 6: Yasna wants Mirror Calibration Readings. To get this item you need to do the escort event around Astralarium. You need to talk to Akili when there is an event symbol to start the escort. At end of the escort you will receive the item in your inventory. There doesn’t seem to be a pre-event for this.


Day 7: Yasna wants Blazing Kralkatite. You will need 10x Kralkatite ore and 5x Powdered Rose Quartz for this step. Go up above Astralarium and interact with the beam of light for this item.


Map Achievements

Early Release – 3 AP

Free 10 caged dissidents in Champion’s Dawn. There are cages all over the area. Open 10 cages to free 10 NPCs for this achievement.


Feasts on Beasts – 3 AP

Feed 10 hungry villagers in Champion’s Dawn. There are confiscated food all over the area and hungry villagers. Grab food and feed them to villagers.


Mutiny – 3 AP

Defeat the three hostile captains of corsairs. There is a chain of three events in Corsair Flotilla where you need to kill a bunch of pirates belonging to each captain to draw out the captain.

  • Powderkeg Captain Barud
  • Stonefist Captain Randa
  • Alehound Captain Asef


Alehound Captain Asef is the hardest out of the three. He is the only champion captain and heals himself frequently. To combat this heal there are a couple things you can do

  • Break his bar ASAP
  • Drop the poison circles he places on you on top of him, this will reduce his heal’s effectiveness


(Hidden) Belligerent Brawl – 5 AP

For this achievement you need to drink any one of Mehdi’s Grogs and then fight any of the three captains. Each of the grog applies a different condition on you and put you in combat. It is best to do this right before you start killing a captain as it can be annoying running around with it (you can’t mount since you will be in combat). Once you kill the captain, you can go back and use Mehdi’s Cure-All to remove the grog effects.


Rest in Peace – 1 AP

Defeat the Champion Mordant Crescent Graverasier in Champion’s Dawn. There is a series of chain events at Champion’s Dawn. The final event of the chain spawns the Mordant Crescent Graveraiser.


(Hidden) Lightspeed Reflector – 5 AP

On top of the Astralarium are Telescopic Mirrors. You need to turn all of them within 30s to earn this achievement. It is fairly easy to do as long you mount up between the mirrors or have a good source of swiftness.


Istan Dives – 4 AP

Find 4 diving goggles in the Domain of Istan

  1. Corsair Flotilla – 0:00
  2. Modri Caverns – 0:54
  3. Champion’s Dawn – 1:56
  4. Ancient Royal Docks – 2:53


1. Corsair Flotilla


2. Mordri Caverns


3. Champion’s Dawn


4. Ancient Royal Docks


Meta Event Achievements

Sunspear Uprising (Great Hall)

This meta event occurs regularly (except when Palawadan event is on) and have 15 minutes cooldown upon completion. There are two achievements tied to this meta event. You cannnot enter the Mordant Crescent Great Hall without the meta event.

Not Thirsty – 3 AP

Destroy 25 Fountains of Joko while raiding the Mordant Crescent Great Hall. This event occurs pretty quick into the meta. There are 8 fountains to destroy. You will need to do the meta a couple times to complete this achievement.


Portal Dodger – 1 AP

Shortly after destroying the fountains, Warden Amala will spawn. She is similar to the one you face in the story instance. In the first part of the fight she summons a bunch of portals and clones. Just avoid these portals and defeat her to earn the achievement. The timer is pretty tight so everyone need to do max DPS.



This meta event only occurs at night (xx:45 every other hour). It has multiple events and multiple achievements associated with it.

And Stay Down! – 1 AP

Defeat the two Palawadan Gate Guardians without either awakening the other. At the start of the meta event are two guardians right at the gate to Palawadan. You need to kill them around roughly the same time as killing one will cause the remaining one to try and revive the other. If you kill both guardians without them reviving each other, you will get this achievement.


Raze Joko! – 1 AP

Once you defeat the Guardians, there will be a mini event inside the Palawadan to defeat the statue of Joko. This statue doesn’t have much HP and 1-2 players can easily kill it in a few seconds so you need to head straight here after the Guardians if you want the achievement.


Misplaced Loyalty – 3 AP

While the statue event is going on, there will be another event to kill the six loyalist leaders. They all have fairly low HP so you may not be able to tag all six leaders in one go.

  • Lady Faizah
  • Lord Azeem
  • Dabir, Herald of Joko
  • Nura,, Herald of Joko
  • Master Alchemist Wakati
  • Master Alchemist Jamala


Sunk Cost – 2 AP

The penultimate event of this meta is destroying the three Corsair ships. You will need to hop on a cannon and use it to fire cannonballs at the three parked corsair ships. They will also be firing back at you so be sure to use the #2 skill to shield your own cannon. You need to do a fair amount of damage to the ships for it to register for the achievement so simply running to the ships and whacking it with your weapons may not do the trick. Cannon spots are limited so you may only get to tag one ship per meta.

  • Scoundrel’s Bounty
  • The Marauder
  • The Red Dagger


Unfinished Business – 1 AP, 1 Mastery

Final event of the meta requires you to kill the Awakened Archon Iberu. Kill him for this achievement worth 1 AP and 1 Mastery Point. Timer is pretty right as well so be sure to maximize your DPS.


Scavenger Hunt Achievements

Lost to Time – 11 AP

Bookworm – 6 AP

You need to collect 20 books one by one and then run into the middle of the library and shelve it and then read it to get the achievement to count.


1. A Brief of History of Cantha

2. Behaviors of Risen Beasts

3. Biography of Gwen Thackeray

4. Biography of Ogden Stonehealer

5. Eternal Alchemy of the Stars

6. Everyday Healing: Gift of the Monk

7. How Kormir Did It

8. Humans of Elona

9. Koss on Koss

10. Malomedies’s Observational Tips

11. Raptor Training and Care

12. Skies of Nightfall

13. Spirits of the Wild

14. Star Chart Basics

15. Taming Elusive Beasts

16. The Genius of Vekk

17. The Grace of Melandru

18. The Movement of the World

19. The Reign of Palawa Joko

20. You and Your Springer

All the books are outside except for 14. Star Chart Basics and 18. The Movement of the World.


(Hidden) Library Detective – 8 AP


1. Koss on Koss (Extended Edition)

Found inside the Cave of Sunspear Champion story instance. Interact with the Moldy Old Book.


2. Everyone’s a Corsair: A Guidebook.

Found underwater by Corsair Flotilla


3. The Battle of Sorrow’s Furnace


4. The Great Joko, Hero of Tyria


5. Awakening of the Heart

Only accessible during part of the Sunspear Uprising meta event. Need to access Warden Amala’s room for this book.


6. 101 Things the Mordant Crescent Doesn’t Want You to Know!

Found inside The Hero of Istan story instance. Once you get the key from the jailer, go up a bit and you will see an empty jail cell with a Tattered Book.


7. Mysteries of the Night Sky


Corsair Keepsake – 6 AP

Alehound’s Brewer Manual


Asef’s Brandy


Barud’s Spare Gun


Communal Lucky Fistwraps


Halim’s Wooden Parrot


Kiango’s Spyglass


Mehdi’s Prized Hops


Cannonball Stash


Randa’s Childhood Toy


Sayida’s Sharpened Blade


Bounties, Adventures and Races

Race to the Finish: Domain of Istan – 1 AP

This is a race that starts in Corsair Flotilla. You need to use a skimmer mount and it takes about 3-4 minutes to finish. Some of the checkpoints are not very responsive so you may need to run over a couple times to get it to trigger.


Istani Bounty Hunter – 3 AP

  • Champion Lady Shamshir
  • Champion Matriarch Shrilliss
  • Champion Simoom the Accursed
  • Champion Suneh Stormbringer
  • Legendary Smoldge

Bounty Board is right by Chalon Docks Waypoint.


Adventure: Ancient Weapons – 2 AP

This is an adventure to collect five ancient Sunspear weapons. To get gold you need a time of 2:30 which is pretty easy to do with a griffon mount. I would advise going clockwise from the top as it seems more efficient than the other way around.



Istan Griffon Master – 2 AP

The course is a bit difficult and there isn’t too many seconds to shave off for gold. The key thing is that you want to maintain enough speed for the section at the beginning of Mordri Caverns (right after you fly up after the flythrough the ship) or you else you won’t make the timer for gold. You need to get a time of 35s or less for gold.



Mastery Insights

Video of all three Mastery Insights

  • Colossus of Palawadan – 0:00
  • Pillar of the Faithless – 2:11
  • The Wobbling Skies – 2:59


Istan Insight: Colossus of Palawadan – 1 AP

On top of the Joko statue on the edge of Palawadan.


Istan Insight: Pillar of the Faithless – 1 AP


Istan Insight: The Wobbling Skies – 1 AP

Inside the airship above Corsair Flotilla


By Dulfy

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96 replies on “GW2 Daybreak Achievements Guide”

There is a diving google achievement at The First City instance. It’s right after you kill first pack of Awakened mobs

Another hidden achievement at Eye of The Brandstorm instance where at the end of the fight you talk to Rahim about Deputy Qais’s demise

I talked to Awakened Koss Dejarin a bunch of times after the fight, but the option doesn’t pop up, do I have to do something before the instance?

Most of them are not hard to find, but it took me about an hour to find the last two since they’re at the beginning area of the instance. The others you can easily find by jumping with the bunny to some elevated areas (one chest is at the end of the instance on a pillar).
The others are scattered through the area and the wings.
Another one is on one of the rock platforms to the left side of the entrance where the weights fall down, another one is to the water area. Don’t forget to put on the Diving Goggles! It counts towards the diving achieve.

You can get the 40 civilians if you just wait in the water pump room. Two civilians re-spawn there every 2 mins or so.

It’s a bit of a wait but is a guaranteed success.

On the map it’s the large building slightly north east of the Amnoon Water Authority POI. The story doesn’t direct you in there though. There is a lieutenant in there to kill, and a veteran giant creature patrolling around the outside (can just stay back), but you can just wait there and the npc’s keep re-spawning every few minutes.

The civilians actually respawn all over the city, but I agree that the water pump room is the safest place to do it since no enemies spawn in there and you’re safe from the Branded lightning. 🙂

btw is the 40 rescue achiv for both section or does each section need 40? or was it just scewed for me because we were in group as i and some other got aditionl 40 marks once entering ammon

Also missing these three in the guide:

Lightspeed Reflector
Rotate all of the mirrors at the top of the Astralarium within 30 seconds.

Belligerent Brawl
Defeat one of the Corsair captains while under the effects of Mehdi’s Monstrous Grogs.

From Downtown!
Throw a static conduit and destroy a static storm orbiting Scruffy from very far away.

Belligerent Brawl
Defeat one of the Corsair captains while under the effects of Mehdi’s Monstrous Grogs.

Oh snap! I was wondering what those drinks were for. Thanks!

For Who’s Laughing Now? no need DPS. I am using a tank scourge and I manage to get it by using the items on the area and throw it to the boss

What Dulfy means is that having better DPS means he tries to heal less often, which means you have to CC less often. Yes, the rocks scattered around the area Daze, but naturally if your DPS is better you finish the fight faster and have to go retrieve a rock less often. Anyway, his breakbar isn’t that big is it? Most classes should have enough CC to handle it.

Hidden in the first city. “You left this” Pick up Taimi’s hair bow which is just after the first group of risen that ambush you when shutting down the last of the bell traps. Then at the end of the instance talk to Taimi and give it back to her.

For “Sunk Cost” you can simply fly onto the ship’s deck and DPS it old-fashioned style. No need for cannons.

It is definetly faster than cannons, but it doesn’t work for the achievement. I believe you have to hit them with cannons to get it.

I’m just really unlucky then. :c It just doesn’t want to pop. Same thing happens with Joko fountains as well. :/ The funny thing is I start tagging at at least %70. It just doesn’t register unless I started attacking them from full health.

I also seem to have one called “Corsair Keepsakes”? “Find all of the corsair keepsakes around the flotilla”.

Another, “Lost to Time”, “Find all Sunspear caches buried around the island”.

speaking of it , is it just me or does this seem like a “Critical Role” reference the mention seem to line up with the character if you count the bear for vex and trinket, the 3 daggers for vax, the shield for pike(pike did have a shiled right?), the staff for keileth, the lute (or wathever the instrument was called in english) for scamlan, the gun for percy derollo, and the general mention of grog for grog strongjaw

Quick note on Brandstone Research: for day 2 you can kill branded on other PoF maps as well to receive the residue.

“Family Ties” seems to be broke, i defeated Koss without his health recharge and got that cheev, but after the fight he only has one dialgue that he will repeat, but no descendents dialogue option.

Maybe it’s tied to the Desolation hidden achievement where you need to talk to Shadow Agent doing patrols and learn that he is Koss descendant.

It is. I’ve done the Kossan achievement and was able to get “Family Ties”, but a friend who hasn’t done it couldn’t.

If you dont have the kossan achivement it is also possible to bring a friend who does have it, just make sure you’re the one who started the story instance.
I could only get one dialogue option from koss but when my friend talked to him a second option appeared.

Talking about hidden activities, you can actually read the first page of the 7 books you pick up from across the story instances and meta events. No caption to suggest its possible and one has to wonder if people these days even associate books with reading -.-

It was actually bugged for a bit after release, double-clicking did nothing and many people threw theirs away.

Your last sentence makes no sense by the way, the main function of books IS for reading =)

For some, the Bookworm achievement seems to be glitched. Koss on Koss is double-spawned, taking the place of Star Chart Basics. Hopefully will be fixed soon.

Timegated Achievements – Brandstone Research – Secound day – You dont need to wait for these events . Just go into other maps where are branded. Kill them and get the items that way. I did mine in Elona Riverlands.

Found sunspear cache #5 for the “Lost to Time” achivement in the northeast wall of the little pyramid at Jakumba’s Legacy POI 🙂

Southeast below the mastery point at Champion’s Dawn is #7, on the same level as the beam with the diving goggles on it.

Yeah the Red arrow is only for the way to get there (i marked it with a red circle, which isnt good to see on the picture)

Does anyone else find the “Stand your ground” achievement insane or have I just passed the prime of my gaming capabilities? -.-

I actually got it without knowing about it… watch how the circles are timed, stand on those exploding the latest, try to find spots not covered by them at all if you’re lucky. And dodge if you get into a dire situation only.

I recommend doing it with a tankier class. I did it with a warrior on
half soldier gear and didn’t even drop below 80% health in that phase.

I’ve got a cleric stated mace guardian which can out heal anything short of a 1-hit-ko or those death lines that mordrem archers put down. The one down side to the incredibly long and narrative rich living world episodes however is the amount of time its going to take me to get push a cleric stated guardian all the way to the final boss fight of the final encounter. If those daily achievement points for the Istan area hadn’t been a mistake it literally wouldn’t have been worth my time to consider getting this 3 point achievement -.-

For Amnoon Evacuation, the civilians, nobles, refugees and fishers inside the city respawn. I didn’t get the branded crystals killed off fast enough, but I was able to complete the achievement by killing off the branded lieutenants, then waiting around on the left side of the instance until more showed up.

Looks like you can no longer complete “That Belongs In A Museum” by doing it after the end of the instance. A waving “curtain” covers the entrance out and there is no way through it. You can of course get the chest in the Royal Chamber. Is this happening to anyone else.

So after the timegated achievement you get access to the Astral weapons recipe but considering crafting one requires 50 ingots who a piece require 10 rose quartz powder (+ 10 krakaltorite but those are easy to get) I think I’ll pass on that locked achievement (I mean at the current prices it means 200+ gold for a single exotic weapon, I wonder who at ANet found these quantities to be a good idea)

with a bit of dedication rose quartz is easy farmable …. In the 8 days since this episode started I easily got enough of it for 2 stellar weapons.

skins don’t have their achievement (yet).

First achievement lets you buy astral recipes, and it’s pretty much listed here.

The 2nd one needs a bit more materials, but overall is far from legendary-amount. Not mentioning completing it gives you one Irradiated Vision Crystal saving you some mats too.
Everything else is normal ascended craft (for stellar version) with spearmarshal inscription

Just in case anyone isn’t getting the Tipple Toes achievement: there appears to be a bug where if you get downed during the fight with Amala, you are disqualified. If it isn’t a bug, they need to specify this in the description.

Rest in Peace – 1 AP
I completed the earlier event at Champion’s Dawn cemetery, but the final event didn’t come, what’s wrong with it?

Library Detective has to be unlocked somehow, maybe with the 1st part. Otherwise the books do not appear in those locations.

There is another hidden ach which is “lightspeed reflector”. You need to rotate all of the mirrors at the top of the Astralarium within 30 seconds: It grants 5 ap.

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