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Auric Basin

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Auric Basin

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Map of Auric Basin

Levels
80
Type
Zone
Within 
Heart of Maguuma
Connects to
Gilded Hollow (NE)
Verdant Brink (N)
Tangled Depths (SE)
Pets
Bristleback

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Loading screen

Jungle Treetop map (Level 3)
Exalted Trials map (Level 1)

Auric Basin is a zone in the Heart of Maguuma. At the center of the region is Tarir, the Forgotten City, the golden home to the Exalted. These magical beings are sworn to protect Glint's legacy, and stand with the Pact against the encroaching threat of Mordremoth.

Outside the city are four camps, Northwatch, Eastwatch, Southwatch, and Westwatch. The Exalted are under attack in all directions from the Mordrem, and events in the area revolve around building up these outposts, charging magical pylons, and retrieving enchanted armor. These culminate with the defense of Tarir from the Mordrem Octovine.

Exalted masteries are particularly useful here as they allow for easy navigation using the Exalted portals. Nuhoch Wallows are also usable to quickly cross the map.

Getting there[edit]

  • Head to the far southwest corner of Verdant Brink, near the
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    Treacherous Path Waypoint .
  • Alternatively, visit the Gilded Hollow guild hall and leave through the portal next to the
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    Surface Tunnel Waypoint .

Locations[edit]

Area Effective
level
Area objectives
Arrowhead Vale 80
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Suspicious Orichalcum
Balthazar's Rest 80
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Balthazar's Statue
Bristleback Chasm 80
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Vinetooth Den
Point of interest.png
Weeping Glade
Vista.png
Bristleback Chasm Vista
Burnisher Quarry 80
Point of interest.png
Quazupl Grounds
Hero point.png
Burnisher Quarry
Vista.png
Burnisher Quarry Vista
Mastery point (Heart of Thorns).png
Auric Basin Insight: Burnisher Quarry
Chak Hollow 80
Waypoint (tango icon).png
Chak Hollow Waypoint
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Jawatl Grounds
Hero point.png
Egg Clutch
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Auric Basin Insight: Jawatl Grounds
Eastwatch Bluff 80
Waypoint (tango icon).png
Eastwatch Waypoint
Point of interest.png
Eastwatch Ruins
Hero point.png
Mordrem Flower
Hero point.png
Notice to Trespassers
Mastery point (Heart of Thorns).png
Auric Basin Insight: Eastwatch Bluff
Griffonfall 80
Adventure.png
A Fungus Among Us
Lastgear Standing 80
Hero point.png
Ancient Golem Part
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Highest Gear
Mastery point (Heart of Thorns).png
Auric Basin Insight: Lastgear Standing
Maguuma Shallows 80
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Font of Maguuma
Morwood Wilds 80
Point of interest.png
Thornwatch
Mossheart Walk 80
Point of interest.png
Endurance Crash Site
Northwatch Descent 80
Waypoint (tango icon).png
Northwatch Waypoint
Point of interest.png
Bramble Plateau
Point of interest.png
Northwatch Priory Camp
Southwatch Creep 80
Waypoint (tango icon).png
Southwatch Waypoint
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Overseer's Cave
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Auric Basin Insight: Southwatch Creep
Tarir, the Forgotten City 80
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Forgotten City Waypoint
Point of interest.png
Eastgate
Point of interest.png
Inner Chamber
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Legacy Pillars
Point of interest.png
Luminate's Throne
Point of interest.png
Masks of the Fallen
Point of interest.png
Northgate
Point of interest.png
Sealed Passageway
Point of interest.png
Southgate
Point of interest.png
Westgate
Hero point.png
Exalted Overlook
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Champion Tarnished Sage
Vista.png
Tarir Vista
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Inner Chamber Vista
Adventure.png
Fallen Masks
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On Wings of Gold
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Sanctum Scramble
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Egg Bearer
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Auric Basin Insight: Luminate's Throne
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Auric Basin Insight: Masks of the Fallen
Tarnished Treetop 80
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Wanderer's Waypoint
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Capitzel Grounds
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Young Mushrooms
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The Floor Is Lava?
The Falls 80
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Fahautl Grounds
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The Falls Vista
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Auric Basin Insight: The Falls
Westwatch Patch 80
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Westwatch Waypoint
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New Skrittington
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Toxin-Cured Hog
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New Skrittington Vista

Interactive map[edit]

Events[edit]

Next 2 hours
00:00 UTC

The map meta event in Auric Basin is split into two main parts, Defending Tarir to restore power to outposts and pylons, and Battle in Tarir to defeat the Octovines and Mordrem besieging the city. Each of the four outposts around the map have different event chains for activating pylons and attacking the Octovine.

Defending Tarir[edit]

During most of the night, Sages need help activating different outposts and pylons around the map. Eastwatch has been destroyed and there is no event to restore power to Eastwatch. The completion of outposts and pylons have no effect on Battle in Tarir.

Outpost: Northwatch
Ruins of Eastwatch
Outpost: Southwatch
Outpost: Westwatch

Battle in Tarir[edit]

Trial by Fire

The first tier of the Exalted Lore mastery, Exalted Markings, is required to access these challenges. Completing challenges grants a golden enchanted armor to use during the Battle in Tarir.

Simultaneously to the challenge events, the following events occur:

Battle in Tarir

During this phase of the meta, some players should use the enchanted armors and play a crucial role in keeping mobs controlled and moving triggerblossoms away from other players. Once the events begin, destroy the outer vine doors with direct damage, and then use the Exalted Portal to travel to the bottom of the city (or glide/walk if you haven't got the mastery required) far below where the Octovine resides. All four Octovine parts must be destroyed within two minutes of each other - otherwise the Octovines will regenerate a quarter of their health back. The Octovine is shielded and will only be vulnerable while the shield is removed - the shield is restored after a while. Each of the directions uses a different method to destroy the Octovine's shields (see the respective event pages for further details):

Other events

See also[edit]