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Dragon Response Mission: Metrica Province

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Defend Tyria from the Elder Dragons' rampage. Contains story from Episode 5 of the Icebrood Saga, "Champions".

— In-game description

Dragon Response Mission: Metrica Province is a Dragon Response Mission set in Metrica Province.


Mayhem in Metrica

  • Destroyers are attacking the gates and outer district of Metrica Province.
    • Event star (tango icon).png Defend the Hinterlabs and help civilians safely reach Rata Sum.
      • Scientists evacuated: 0/10
      • Defense golems repaired: 0/10
      • Destroyers killed: 0/20
      • Time remaining: 5:00
  • Investigate the destroyer source with Taimi.
    • Event star (tango icon).png Help Taimi investigate the dragon energy reading in Wildflame Caverns.
      • Meet Taimi in Soren Draa.
      • Taimi
      • Event bar.jpgEvent shield (tango icon).png
      • Dragon energy signal strength:
      • Event bar empty2.jpg
  • A destroyer champion has erupted from the ground.
    • Event boss (tango icon).png Defeat the destroyer champion.
      • Destroyer of the Ironhammer Line
      • Event bar.jpgEvent boss (tango icon).png

Ally Support

  • If the Peacemakers were asked for aid
    • Event star (tango icon).pngFaction Aid: Asura
      • Use asuran power suits to defeat enemies.
  • If The Wardens were asked for aid
    • Event star (tango icon).png Faction Aid: Sylvari
      • Use fern hounds to defeat enemies.
  • If the Crystal Bloom were asked for aid
    • Event star (tango icon).pngFaction Aid: Crystal Bloom
      • Defend the Crystal Bloom while they charge protection crystals.


Area Area objectives
Soren Draa
Waypoint (tango icon).png Pact Emergency Waypoint
Point of interest.png Terranexic Lab
The Hinterlabs
Point of interest.png Battleground Plaza
Point of interest.png Incinergen Labs
Point of interest.png Splorg Metamystics Lab
Personal waypoint (map icon).png Hydrone Unit
Wildflame Caverns
Mastery point (Icebrood Saga).png Champions Insight: Metrica Province


The Dragon Response Mission begins in Soren Draa, with the initial event involving activating Powered-Down Golems with Toolboxes, rescuing citizens and killing destroyers. The first two options are easiest, and as such should be completed first. If playing on a private instance, however, it is recommended that rescuing citizens be prioritised as it takes less time than activating the Powered-Down Golems.

After completing the initial event, several different allies can appear to assist in defeating the Destroyer of the Ironhammer Line, the boss of the Dragon Response Mission and Taimi will then need to be escorted to the center of Wildflame Caverns, where the vista would be in the open world map. These allies include the Order of the Crystal Bloom, Peacemakers and Wardens. Depending on which option arrives to help, you can receive boons from the Prismatic Crystal, fight inside an asuran power suit, or summon a Sylvan Hound to your aid.

Partway through the caverns, it is possible to access Champions Insight: Metrica Province atop a rocky shelf above some lava. Upon reaching the area below the vista, the Destroyer of the Ironhammer Line appears. Its abilities include knocking down nearby NPCs and players with falling rocks and summoning Destroyer Bursters, Fiends, Melters and Soldiers. Its attacks can be best avoided by going onto the rocks where the vista would normally be. Destroyer Bursters will leap up with you, however, so killing them before they get too out of hand is useful.

Upon it reaching 70% health, it will disappear and will need to be followed outside of the caverns into Soren Draa. It is possible from here to stand up above it on two hammock-like structures and attack it from there while the NPCs draw its aggro, but Destroyer Bursters will leap up onto the hammocks, making it a good idea to switch hammock every so often.

When the Destroyer of the Ironhammer Line gets down to 35% of its health, it will disappear again and teleport to the nearby arena in The Hinterlabs where golem battles take place in the open world and continue fighting. You will have the assistance of M.E.T.A. Golem this time; however, it is frequently distracted by destroyers but will keep the destroyers locked in place.

After defeating the Destroyer of the Ironhammer Line, a chest changing in loot quality based on the time you took to defeat it will appear. You can then exit the instance.

Champions Insight: Metrica Province Champions Icebrood Saga mastery point 1Achievement points
Discover this Icebrood Saga Mastery Insight in the public Metrica Province Dragon Response Mission, accessed via asura gate in Eye of the North. 1 Mastery Insight 1Achievement points
  • Commune with the object during the mission.








Upon entering the instance
<Character name>: Braham. Didn't realize you were still out this way.
Braham Eirsson: Taimi put me to work helping her scientists. Place is bleeding destroyers; her teams are spread all over these labs.
Braham Eirsson: Most portals in and out of Rata Sum have been shut down. No one wants destroyers getting into the heart of the city.
<Character name>: This area isn't easy to defend. We should get these people back inside the city walls.
Braham Eirsson: Yeah—and make sure no destroyers follow 'em through the portal.
After defending the Hinterlabs
Taimi: Great—you're both here. We have the perfect-size force to head into the caverns.
<Character name>: You said to get people out. We have time for a research expedition?
Taimi: Half these folks will guard the portal and help the evacuation. But we've got a rare chance to get some even rarer data.
Golemancer: My krewe's ready to pitch in.
Speaking with Taimi
Taimi: Are you ready to head out, Commander? There's no time to lose!
Talk quest option tango.png Our defenses are prepared. Let's go!
Talk end option tango.png Not yet.
During the escort
Golemancer: We're ready if you are.
Braham Eirsson: So what's down there that's so important?
Taimi: The signal from deeper in the caves. It's one I haven't been able to duplicate consistently in the lab.
Taimi: Ryland and Jormag are waiting on my analysis—my findings could help them kill the fire dragon.
Braham Eirsson: Wait. You're okay with this..."alliance"?
Taimi: If it means stopping Primordus. You're not?
Braham Eirsson: I just... An Elder Dragon is an Elder Dragon. Jormag can't be taken lightly.
Taimi: Jormag's not the one pinging my instruments. C'mon.
Taimi: Primordus is all hunger and destruction. At least Jormag can be spoken with—reasoned with.
Braham Eirsson: Ever tried to chat up icebrood? Doesn't work. They just start smashing stuff.
Taimi: What about the Svanir? Frost Legion? Yeah, scary fanatics, but mostly intelligent. And now Ryland controls them.
Braham Eirsson: Ryland. That's exactly how Jormag gets to you. Talking. Seeming reasonable.
Braham Eirsson: Prophecy says I kill the ice dragon or they kill me. Doesn't sound very reasonable.
<Character name>: Is this far enough? We're only going to get more of these the farther in we go.
Taimi: That's the point, Commander. And we're definitely getting warmer.
Taimi: There is precedent for a rational Elder Dragon: Aurene. And enemies can become friends—look at Rytlock and Logan.
<Character name>: Pretty small sample size.
Taimi: Right now, Jormag and Primordus are evenly matched.
<Character name>: So we get them to destroy one another.
Taimi: Pretty sure Jormag won't play along. We may have no choice but to help them kill Primordus.
Taimi: Before, we had guesses; now we have knowledge. Jormag's been very forthcoming. Did you know the two dragons are twinned?
Braham Eirsson: JORMAG. LIES. That's their whole thing.
Braham Eirsson: This is getting rough. How many more pings do you really need?
Taimi: Aaaaand that's why I brought reinforcements.
Taimi: This is the spot. Strongest readings yet.
Taimi: Look, Braham, I get where you're coming from. I do. But even if Jormag's lying, the data doesn't.
Taimi: Jormag's not the one burning our world, killing our people, destroying our homes. Primordus is.
Braham Eirsson: Jormag terrorized the norn. Made us run—remember? Run or die.
Taimi: But you're still there, in the mountains and snow. We had to abandon everything. And we're not the only ones.
After escorting Taimi
Braham Eirsson: Jormag—
Taimi: Isn't. Threatening. You!
Taimi: But that is!
Getting the destroyer champion to 70% health
<Character name>: Got what you came for, Taimi. Let's get you back through the portal.
Taimi: This destroyer's spiking crazy energy! I need to stick with it longer. Keep it busy—for the data!
Getting the destroyer to 35% health
Taimi: Almost had it!
<Character name>: So did we.
Braham Eirsson: The arena. It's headed over there.
Taimi: How do you—that doesn't even make any sense: the portal's over here.
Taimi: Destroyers definitely do not have reason... New algorithm's almost locked on. Hold just a sec—
Braham Eirsson: No time—it's calling! Commander, come on!
Braham Eirsson: That's it! Don't let it recover!
After defeating the destroyer champion
Taimi: Incredible. The destroyers are all linked—their energy signatures read as Primordus whenever they attacked.
Taimi: I wonder if their connection to him strengthens when they burn...?
Braham Eirsson: Stop pretending you're not afraid!
Taimi: Of course I'm afraid! So are you! The difference is, what I'm afraid of is actively trying to burn down my gates!
Taimi: I'm not saying you're wrong. We can deal with Jormag later, if it comes to that. But Primordus is the threat right now.
<Character name>: Braham... You knew where a big destroyer was going to be. For the second time. How did you...?
Braham Eirsson: I don't know. I don't know what's going on with me.
<Character name>: Taimi was right—we're all scared. We face the threats as they come. It's all we can do.
<Character name>: And if Jormag becomes a threat again, we'll face that too. Believe me, you're not the only one with doubts.
Braham Eirsson: Let me know when Taimi tells you the next hot spot. I'll help wherever I'm needed.

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