Eye of the North

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the Icebrood Saga zone. For the instance reached with the Hall of Monuments Portal Stone, see Eye of the North (instance).

Eye of the North

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Map of Eye of the North

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Loading screen


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The Eye of the North is a zone in the Shiverpeak Mountains region that serves as an upgradable lobby for The Icebrood Saga Strike Missions and the Dragon Response Missions, as well as several instanced meta events. It also has an instanced version, dedicated to the achievements and rewards tied to the original Guild Wars.

The Eye of the North is an ancient, huge tower in the Far Shiverpeaks, with architecture matching that of no known species, and now in ruins. It is topped with a hollow spire, the uppermost part of which has always appeared to be either incomplete or broken off. The Eye contains two rooms—the main interior of the tower, which is large and empty save for ghosts of the Ebon Vanguard and an asura gate, and the Hall of Monuments, which was once full of statues commemorating the deeds of the long-dead hero who defeated the Great Destroyer as well as an ancient Scrying Pool.

Getting there[edit]

  • Use the Waypoint (map icon).png Eye of the North Waypoint
    • Players who have at least one character level 80 will have the waypoint unlocked automatically. However, most services and NPCs still require the Path of Fire expansion and The Icebrood Saga.
  • Use the Icebrood Saga Portal Tome.pngIcebrood Saga Portal Tome.
  • Use the World Boss Portal Device.pngWorld Boss Portal Device around the start times of Champion of the Ice Dragon and Dragonstorm (Public).
  • Using portals or portal managers in most of the lounges, accessible by purchasing a pass in the Gem Store.

Mail informing characters that the waypoint has been unlocked:


Mechanist Ninn

Restoring the Gate Grid at the Eye of the North

<Character name>, at the request of your allies, the Arcane Council of Rata Sum has dispatched a team to reactivate the asura gate at the Eye of the North. I'm pleased to tell you that the main gate is now patched into the modern network and a waypoint has been established. Access details and a guide marker accompany this mail.

Please visit at your convenience!

Mechanist Ninn


Early years[edit]

The Eye of the North's origins are a mystery. All that is known of its origin is that it is not of dwarven, asuran, or human construction.[1] It is said to resemble structures at godly sites, such as Arah. The norn of the Far Shiverpeaks were the first of modern species to discover the Eye of the North, and decided to avoid it due to sensing strange magic from it.[2]

Guild Wars: Eye of the North[edit]

Eye of the North in Guild Wars.

The Eye of the North was first brought to the Central Tyrian nations' attention shortly after the Searing when the Ebon Vanguard made a forward base of operations far north to try and covertly disrupt the charr offensive, and eventually saw Captain Langmar being succeeded by Gwen Thackeray as the commander of the unit. During the conflict in the north in 1078 AE, the Eye's Scrying Pool was used by the Hero of Tyria in between missions to decipher the nature of the threat posed by the invading Destroyers and reveal clues about the location of the Great Destroyer which was felled soon after.

Recent years[edit]

The Ebon Vanguard was recalled to Ascalon City a few years later in 1080 AE,[3] and the tower was left with a skeleton crew to keep the charr believing the Ebon Vanguard were still in the north.[4] When the Elder Dragon Jormag awoke and created the four year long blizzard in 1165 AE,[5] the norn were driven from the region and left the abandoned Eye deep in Icebrood territory.

The ghosts of heroes who had once occupied the Eye of the North still lingered within its halls, knowing it as the place where they belonged, to guard the treasures of the Eye and to provide them to the heroes of future generations.[6]

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

After Aurene's ascension into becoming an Elder Dragon, she took it upon herself to eradicate the Branded created by her predecessor Kralkatorrik. Following this, she was drawn by a confluence of energies and discovered the Eye of the North. Interested in the magic and the Scrying Pool, which she described as having waters that connect threads through the Mists and time, Aurene turned the Hall of Monuments into her new lair and began to study what drew her there.[7]

After the Pact Commander was injured by Imperator Bangar Ruinbringer in 1333 AE, members of Dragon's Watch were guided by Aurene to the Eye of the North so that the Commander could recover in peace, away from Jormag's minions and the charr forces. After recovering, the group wondered what Bangar's next actions would be, and decided it was best to wait for him to make a move first.[7]

When the Pact Commander recovered, Aurene telepathically requested their audience, indicating that she had found something of interest while peering through the Scrying Pool. Meanwhile, the Order of the Crystal Bloom and other individuals, including Mechanist Ninn who repaired the asura gate there, established a base around Aurene's new nest.


Area Area objectives
Hall of Monuments
Point of interest (map icon).png Scrying Pool
Waypoint (map icon).png Eye of the North Waypoint
Asura gate (map icon).png Ancient Gate
Strike Mission (map icon).png Forging Steel
Strike Mission (map icon).png Strike Missions


Although all account with a level 80 character can access Eye of the North, not all services are available to all accounts.

Service Acquisition Requires Notes
Strike Mission (map icon).png Strike Missions Automatically unlocked. PoF Texture Trans.png
Strike Mission (map icon).png Dragon Response Missions Automatically unlocked. PoF Texture Trans.png
Vendor Star (map icon).png Tactician Erlandson and Tyrn Ironmaw Automatically unlocked. GW2Logo new.png
Armorsmith (map icon).png Berghild Automatically unlocked. GW2Logo new.png
Shard Collector (blue) (map icon).png Crystallographer Smoxxi Automatically unlocked. GW2Logo new.png
Vigil (order icon).png Vigil Emissary and the Vigil Emissary Chest Automatically unlocked. GW2Logo new.png
Brek Harrowflight (map icon).png Dragonstorm access Automatically unlocked. PoF Texture Trans.png
The Origins of Madness.png Access to: The Twisted Marionette
Tower of Nightmares
Battle for Lion's Arch
Automatically unlocked. GW2Logo new.png
Vendor Star (map icon).png Lady Camilla Automatically unlocked. GW2Logo new.png
  • Unlocks additional services.
  • Be aware that any purchased service from her will not work on accounts without Path of Fire and the NPCs will disappear once you leave the map, wasting the currency.
  • The only exceptions to this are the Hatched Chili and Eternal Ice vendors.
Asura gate (map icon).png Asura Gate city links Purchased from Mechanist Ninn GW2Logo new.png
Merchant (vendor icon).png Goro Cleverclaws Unlocked after completing the Mysterious Journal collection Living World Season 5 logo.png
Crafting icon.png Crafting stations Purchased from Lady Camilla PoF Texture Trans.png*
  • * See Lady Camilla's note.
Merchant (vendor icon).png Merchant Purchased the Unlock Merchant item from Lady Camilla PoF Texture Trans.png*
  • * See Lady Camilla's note.
Bank (map icon).png Bank Purchased the Unlock Bank item from Lady Camilla PoF Texture Trans.png*
  • * See Lady Camilla's note.
Trading Post (map icon).png Trading Post Purchased the Unlock Trading Post Rep item from Lady Camilla PoF Texture Trans.png*
  • * See Lady Camilla's note.
Laurel Merchant (map icon).png Laurel Merchant and Guild Commendation Trainer (map icon).png Guild Commendation Trader Purchased the Unlock Specialist Vendors item from Lady Camilla PoF Texture Trans.png*
  • * See Lady Camilla's note.
Rally Provisioner Collector (map icon).png Karnn Fallenskull Purchased the Unlock Hatched Chili Trader item from Lady Camilla GW2Logo new.png
Karma merchant.png Kjep Corrson Purchased the Unlock Eternal Ice Trader item from Lady Camilla GW2Logo new.png
  • Eternal Ice Shards needed for the unlock can be gathered from the home instance on base account.

Event schedule[edit]

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Interactive map[edit]



Any purchased services from Lady Camilla on accounts without Path of Fire will not work, as the service NPCs will disappear once you leave the map, wasting the currency. The Hatched Chili and Eternal Ice vendors are an exception.


  • Added to the game with the March 17, 2020 update.
  • Originally, the Path of Fire expansion and The Icebrood Saga were required to enter the hub. Since the July 13, 2021 game update, this no longer applies. However, services are restricted as originally.
  • The building in the loading screen of this instance is a composite made using parts of the Milan Cathedral as a base.


Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Eye of the North.
  1. ^ Arrival at the Eye
  2. ^ PC Gamer September 2007
  3. ^ Timeline
  4. ^ The Founding
  5. ^ Thyrie Bylund
  6. ^ Kimmes the Historian
  7. ^ a b Voice in the Deep
    Aurene: So you're drawn to the Scrying Pool as well? Its waters connect many threads in the Mists. Threads throughout time.
    Aurene: I believe that power drew me to this place. But I'll need more time to understand it. [...]
    Jhavi Jorasdottir: So what's our next move?
    Aurene: We wait for Bangar's next move. He'll reach out to the legions, using Drakkar's death as proof of his power.