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Hearts and Minds

Year
1328 AE
Storyline
Heart of Thorns
Chapter
Hearts and Minds
Location
Dragon's Stand (Heart of Thorns)
(Dragon's Stand)
Level
80
Preceded by
Bitter Harvest
Followed by
Eir's Memorial in Hoelbrak
The First Vision

Hearts and Minds loading screen.jpg

Loading screen

Hearts and Minds is the sixteenth and final story step of the Heart of Thorns story.

Objectives[edit]

Storm Mordremoth's inner sanctum.
  • Enter the chasm.
  • Check in with your allies.
  • Defeat the Mordrem ambush.
  • Find Trahearne.
  • Speak with Trahearne.
  • Choose two allies to come with you into Mordremoth's mind.
  • (Two out of the three encounters, depending on your choice)
    • Defeat the vision of Eir and Garm.
    • Activate the Reality Rift.
    • Defeat the vision of the Pale Tree.
    • Activate the Reality Rift.
    • Defeat the vision of Canach.
    • Activate the Reality Rift.
  • Activate the Reality Rift.
  • Go to the Reality Rift. (only if sylvari)
  • Defeat Mordremoth.
  • Finish Mordremoth.
  • Check in with your allies.
  • Bring Caladbolg to Trahearne.
  • End Trahearne's suffering to destroy Mordremoth.

Rewards[edit]

Walkthrough[edit]

Preparation

This mission contains a number of foes with high health, and as such this mission is much easier when attempted with a group of other players. An ad hoc party can often be assembled from other players waiting in the mission lobby area at the bottom of the helix you ascended in the previous mission.

The final fight with Mordremoth features mechanics that can lead to instant death and a reset of the long boss fight if you make an error. In particular, if you miss the vents propelling you up or get knocked out of the sky with rocks when Mordremoth electrifies the arena, you will likely be killed. This is another reason for attempting this fight in a group because it allows the other players to continue the fight if some are killed and put in a holding area.

Several fights within the instance may require fighting the bosses in or near AoE fields, and therefore it is recommended to have a ranged weapon available.

Entrance

After completing Bitter Harvest, glide to the bottom of the helix and enter the instance. If you left the lobby for the mission, Agent Zrii at Pact Base Camp Waypoint can bring you back.

After a short conversation you will be ambushed. Kill the mordrem. Along the path you will encounter further mordrems, either defeat them or alternatively circumvent the enemies by gliding past them. Trahearne will ask you to choose two allies to take into the dream. You can choose between Canach, Caithe and Braham. You will face two 'illusions'. The easier options are Canach and Braham.

Two fights with your blighted allies

Upon entering the dream you will encounter the blighted visions of the two allies you previously chose, one at a time.

If Braham is chosen you will encounter his mother, Blighted Eir Stegalkin and Blighted Garm. Eir keeps at range, firing arrows which leave fiery tracks on the floor. Avoid these lines while attacking Garm. This is difficult as Eir keeps firing at you and teleports around. A ranged weapon will aid you in kiting both Garm and Eir. Occasionally, the ranger will port to the center of the Arena and begin rapid-firing volleys of arrows into the air. The pattern is predictable and easily avoided so long as you continue to strafe in one direction. Meanwhile, try to down Garm to force Eir to resurrect him. While she is distracted, you are able to attack her in melee range. Continue this process until both Eir and Garm are defeated and you can activate the rift.

If Canach is chosen you will encounter his blighted form, Blighted Canach. He remains at range firing black orbs and fireballs randomly. These are all easily avoided as long as you strafe in any direction. The indicators on the floor will tell you which type of attack is coming, the smaller the ring the more dangerous. The smaller red rings on the floor will stun you and allow Blighted Canach to attack you further. Make sure you dodge roll these attacks. Toward the mid way point of the battle Canach will use his shield to reflect the attacks (except for the blazing ones) back at Blighted Canach. In order for this to work you must stand behind or inside of Canach's shield bubble. Keep repeating this process until Canach tells you he can no longer block the attacks, at which point he will drop his shield and allow you to take over this role. Reflect the black orbs using the shield in order to whittle down Blighted Canach's health. Once the rift is open activate it.

If Caithe is chosen you will encounter a blighted version of the Pale Tree. The Blighted Pale Tree begins the fight by summoning small spaces on the ground that fire slow-moving black missiles in a ring around them, and creates more of them as the fight progresses. As she takes certain amounts of damage, she summons twisted sylvari to sacrifice themselves and make her stronger, followed by an arena-wide area attack. After that she adds a delayed ring attack as well as a few basic melee and ranged attacks, and this pattern follows until she reaches low health. At that point she starts using two adjacent ring attacks at the same time, and constantly has sylvari coming to sacrifice themselves to heal her and make her standard attacks stronger. Occasionally she will launch an arena-wide AoE during this time. Stay mobile and kill as many of her summons as possible to make the fight easier.

Mordremoth

Once your two illusions are killed it is time to face Mordremoth.

Phase 1: Attack Mordremoth at close range and whittle down his health. He is very easy to fight and will do little damage. He has one straightforward swiping attack that is easily avoided. Stay at close range due to his whirling wind attack which remains active for a longer duration. Occasionally Mordemoth will leap behind you, which has no effect on damage other than to change his location in the arena.

Phase 2: Mordremoth will summon Blighted Rytlock Brimstone. Focus on the blighted version and damage it until the rift is open. Once you have a Blighted enemy at a quarter of their health you can activate the rift which will turn the Blighted illusions into your allies. Continue to attack Mordremoth until he summons Blighted Marjory Delaqua. Repeat the same process as with Rytlock. As soon as you defeat Blighted Jory get ready to use the vents to take to the sky and glide as Mordremoth will electrify the floor. Look for the vents and walk over them to be propelled upwards, then press Space to engage your glider. Keep gliding over vents to stay aloft. Once the floor is no longer electrified you can resume attacking Mordremoth. The arena will be crumbled on one side limiting your attack space. It is important to pay attention so you know where you can glide the next time the floor is electrified.

Phase 3: Once Mordremoth is at half health he will summon Blighted Caithe followed by Blighted Trahearne (if the character who started the instance belongs to no order; alternatively you will face Blighted versions of your old order friends: Blighted Tybalt Leftpaw, Blighted Forgal or Blighted Sieran). Attack both Blighted versions until their health is at a quarter and then activate the rift. Mordremoth will once again electrify the floor and you must use the vents to glide, although this time around you need to dodge pieces of floor Mordremoth hurls at you as well. Further progressed gliding techniques, such as Lean Techniques, aid you during the air phase. Once the arena floor is no longer electrified continue your attack on Mordremoth.

Phase 4: Once Mordremoth is at a quarter health he will electrify the floor once more and begin hurling stones at you. He may knock you out of the air and to the ground, which may quickly kill you. There is a vine in the arena that can be reached with some gliding skill, and standing on it will protect you from this danger. You will be left with a bridge to fly back and forth on. This will be your last time gliding as the end of the battle is near.

Phase 5: Mordremoth will send minions your way while one of your allies attempts to open the rift. Clear the minions before activating the rift which will stun Mordremoth allowing you to attack. Repeat as many times as necessary to defeat Mordremoth.

If you are defeated at any point in the fight, you will be placed in a protected shielded area. If you are doing the instance solo, simply talk to the Restart Mote to return to the area, however you will have to restart from Phase 1 of the fight, and if you are in a party, you will not be able to rejoin the fight until Mordremoth is defeated.

After the fight

Back with Trahearne, pick up Caladbolg and let the story play out. You can now regrow Caladbolg into an ascended weapon of your choosing through the achievement Knight of the Thorn.

Challenge Mote[edit]

Challenge Mote is intended for full 5-man parties, and is activated by interacting with the Challenge Mote at the beginning of the mission. Enemies have much larger health pools and do significantly more damage than in normal mode. Completing the instance with Challenge Mote activated will unlock the Migraine achievement. Since the enemies have more health, the mission takes longer, so it is recommended to have at least one hour available. Most players tend to die the most at the updraft phase, so ensure that they are familiar with the tips described above. If your entire group should die at any point upon entering the dream, remember that the restart mote is available - this will however reset the health of the current boss to 100%.

Blighted Eir Blighted Eir's AoE longbow attack now tracks more aggressively, and also tracks all players in the party, so you must be careful you don't run through someone else's trail. The AoE also does much more damage, and rapidly stacks burning on anyone caught inside it. It is possible to quickly reach over 100 stacks of burning so be careful not to step inside or stop for too long. Eir's defiance bar is also much stronger here. The best strategy is to kill Garm as fast as possible each time he is revived so that Eir doesn't have time to use her AoE again, followed by breaking Eir's defiance bar to increase damage dealt.

Blighted Canach Blighted Canach has a much longer breakbar here than in normal mode. Canach's grenades can quickly inflict many lethal stacks of bleeding, and the rockets leave an AoE field that inflicts at least 5 stacks of burning per pulse. Condition removal is therefore recommended, as is the use of the Adrenal Mushrooms to recharge the removal skills. When prompted by your allied Canach to use his shield, be aware that the sole skill provided by the shield does not always destroy the Blighted Canach's projectiles.

Blighted Pale Tree Blighted Pale Tree requires much higher DPS than in normal mode, as during the final 25% of her health she will spawn Sylvari continuously, making it very hard to prevent her from healing, additionally the explosions they cause when they reach her are map wide and undodgeable. For these reasons the choice of Eir and Canach as your allies is recommended instead.

Mordremoth The Mordremoth fight, taking into account the fight with your past allies, takes the longest time out of the entire mission (getting to this stage should take less than 15 minutes, expect another 30 minutes for this stage). The line-based AoE fields still inflict Slow and Confusion, so avoid standing in them. Some form of crowd control skills would be advisable for the final fifth phase to prevent the Smothering Shadows from overwhelming you.

Achievements[edit]

Only one achievement can be gained on the first play-through:

Hearts and Minds Heart of Thorns Act 4.png Heart of Thorns: Act 4 Heart of Thorns mastery pointArenanet Points.png
Complete the Hearts and Minds story mission.Journal: Hearts and Minds Completed Completed Hearts and Minds Arenanet Points.png

Subsequent visits unlock the other achievements:

Dream Warrior Heart of Thorns Act 4.png Heart of Thorns: Act 4 Arenanet Points.png
Complete all 3 possible ally fights.Story Mission: Hearts and Minds
Prerequisite: Hearts and Minds
Reward:Crystalline Ore.png Crystalline Ore
3/3 Ally Fights Completed Arenanet Points.png
  • Complete the fight before Phase 1 with all three allies. You do not need to complete the instance to earn the achievement.
Flights of Fancy Heart of Thorns Act 4.png Heart of Thorns: Act 4 Arenanet Points.png
Avoid getting hit during all forced-flight sections of the final encounter. Entering a protective shield negates qualification.Story Mission: Hearts and Minds
Prerequisite: Hearts and Minds
Reward:Crystalline Ore.png Crystalline Ore
Avoided All Attacks during Forced Flight Arenanet Points.png
  • The easiest way to complete this is to join a party and become defeated before the first flight section (immediately after Marjory becomes your ally), and allow your party members to complete the mission. This can be easily accomplished by repeatedly jumping off the side of the platform until the downed penalty instantly defeats you.
  • To get the achievement normally, you must not take damage from the electrified floor, the thrown rocks, or the torment orbs in the third flight section. The rocks can be easily dodged by canceling glide mid-flight to drop a few feet before redeploying it. The orbs won't fire at you if you're far enough away, so staying away from the source will keep you safe.
  • An alternative is to glide onto the thorny vine in the northeast corner of the arena; it will block Mordremoth's rocks, allowing you to safely sit out the entire flight section. Use an updraft immediately south of the vine to get airborne, as you will not have sufficient height to reach it otherwise.
  • Achievement qualification may be tracked via the Achievement effect.png Qualify for Flights of Fancy effect.
The torment orbs from the third flight section will cause you to be disqualified if they hit you even after the flight section ends. Staying away from them until the source disappears will prevent them from disqualifying you.
Migraine Heart of Thorns Act 4.png Heart of Thorns: Act 4 Arenanet Points.png
Complete the mission while Extreme Mode is active. (Extreme Mode is intended for parties of 5.)Story Mission: Hearts and Minds
Prerequisite: Hearts and Minds
Reward: Crystalline Ingot.png Crystalline Ingot
Extreme Mode Completed Arenanet Points.png
  • See above for description of extreme mode. Achievement qualification may be tracked via the Achievement effect.png Qualify for Migraine effect.

NPCs[edit]

Allies[edit]

Foes[edit]

Objects[edit]

Dialogue[edit]

Entering the Lair[edit]

Approaching your allies:

Marjory Delaqua: Mordremoth didn't even try to cover its tracks. Either this is a trap, or the dragon's getting desperate.
Rytlock Brimstone: Doesn't matter. Trahearne's here...and even if he is just bait, he'll still lead us to Mordremoth.
If sylvari:
<Character name>: Mordemoth's here too. I can feel its mind all around us.
Canach: Yes. It's like some great fist... And it's squeezing.
<Character name>: I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get this dragon out of my head for good.
Canach: Agreed. Mordremoth must pay. And the world needs to see a sylvari exact payment. Lead on, Commander.
otherwise:
<Character name>: You've made it this far. Are you ready for one last push?
Canach: I am. I will never be the dragon's slave.
Marjory Delaqua: We've got company.

After defeating the Mordrem ambush:

Braham: Looks like there's only one way forward.
<Character name>: Let's move, then. Stick close—we don't know what's down here.
If sylvari:
Mordremoth: Armies cannot stop me.
Canach: The dragon is focused on the battle outside. We'll never get a better chance.

Finding Trahearne:

If sylvari:
<Character name>: I see him! Pale Mother, what has the dragon done to him?
Trahearne: Commander? The Pact...is it...
<Character name>: All but gone, Brother. But my team and I will finish this.
otherwise:
<Character name>: There he is. Marshal Trahearne! Can you hear me?
Trahearne: Commander? The Pact...is it...
<Character name>: All but gone, Marshal. But my team and I will finish this.
Trahearne: It's too late. I know—I am part of the jungle dragon now. It is everywhere.
Braham: So how do we kill it? Burn every field and fell every forest?
Trahearne: No...it can't be defeated that way. It'll just grow back. Its roots have spread too far, too deep.
<Character name>: Then we destroy the root: Mordremoth's mind. Its strongest attacks come from its mind, from the Dream. That's our target.
Canach: Sound strategy, Commander. Turn the tables and attack the dragon the same way it's been attacking us? Brilliant.
Canach: You don't need a translator to understand that—the dragon doesn't like this idea.
Trahearne: Yes...strike at the dragon's mind through the Dream. It can work. And my connection will provide the access you need.
<Character name>: The Rata Novans said each Elder Dragon has a weak spot. We just identified Mordremoth's.
Trahearne: I'm ready. If I concentrate, I can open a path into the Dream...into Mordremoth's mind.
Trahearne: Your minds will make the journey, but your bodies will remain here in the cavern.
Rytlock Brimstone: (growl) I've seen enough metaphysical landscapes lately. I'll stay behind to keep the Mordrem at bay.
Marjory Delaqua: I'll stay too. If something goes wrong...or Trahearne isn't what he seems to be...I'll be standing by.
<Character name>: All right. Three of us go in, three stay behind.

While choosing companions:

Braham: My mother deserves justice. And I deserve the chance to get it for her.
Braham: I want vengeance, but not just vengeance. My mother worked her entire life to inspire the norn to fight back against the Elder Dragons. It's my work now. Let me help you.
Talk quest choice tango.png
I'll be proud to to have you with me. You're in.
Talk end option tango.png
Well said. I'll let you know when I've decided.
If sylvari:
Caithe: You may not trust me, but we both know Mordremoth will enslave us all, just like Faolain. Let me help you end this.
Caithe: You have to take me with you. The Pale Tree may never recover...so someone has to destroy Mordremoth and lead our people out of the misery it created for us. I know you can do it. I want to help.
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I believe you. Just don't make me regret it. You're in.
Talk end option tango.png
Well said. I'll let you know when I've decided.
If not sylvari:
Caithe: You may not trust me, but,
[sic]
I will not let any more sylvari become like Faolain. Better death for my people than...that.
Caithe: You need me. I'm the only one besides you and Rytlock that's ever beaten an Elder Dragon. After Eir, and Faolain... You can doubt my word, but never doubt that I want the Jungle Dragon dead.
Talk quest choice tango.png
I believe you. Just don't make me regret it. You're in.
Talk end option tango.png
Well said. I'll let you know when I've decided.
If sylvari:
Canach: You need me for this. I have the strength...and sylvari must demonstrate that strength before the world trusts us again.
Canach: I won't appeal to you as a fellow sylvari—I leave such platitudes to the firstborn—but as a leader. I can help you, and I've got less to lose and more to gain than anyone else here.
Talk quest choice tango.png
That's exactly why I want you with me. You're in.
Talk end option tango.png
Well said. I'll let you know when I've decided.
If not sylvari:
Canach: I was strong enough to make it this far. Don't leave me behind now.
Canach: Put me to work, Commander. You know what I'm capable of, and you know the circumstances that led me here...so you know I'll help you get the job done. No matter what.
Talk quest choice tango.png
That's exactly why I want you with me. You're in.
Talk end option tango.png
Well said. I'll let you know when I've decided.
If Braham is left behind:
Braham: Jory? Tribune? I'm proud to make this final stand by your side. This is for Eir.
Marjory Delaqua: And Belinda. Not a single Mordrem gets past us today.
Rytlock Brimstone: Damn right.
If Caithe is left behind:
Caithe: I swear by the Pale Tree: none of you are being taken by the dragon on my watch.
Caithe: Taking on an Elder Dragon and its hordes. Just like old times, eh, Rytlock?
Rytlock Brimstone: Exactly like old times. Which means you stay where I can see you.
If Canach is left behind:
Canach: Very well. Just don't die in there, or you'll ruin an otherwise noble gesture.
If two members of the strike team are sylvari:
Rytlock Brimstone: Wait... So two out of three going in to Mordremoth's mind is a sylvari? Does anyone else see a problem here?
If all members of the strike team are sylvari:
Rytlock Brimstone: Wait... So everyone going in to Mordremoth's mind is a sylvari? Does anyone else see a problem here?

Battles in the Dream[edit]

Cinematic entering the Dream:

Mordremoth: You should not have come here.
Mordremoth: I am everywhere. I am all.
<Character name>: Only in your mind. And I will reduce your mind to ashes before I'm done.
Mordremoth: Bold words. But empty ones.

Assisting Companions[edit]

Encountering Blighted Eir Stegalkin and Blighted Garm:

Blighted Eir Stegalkin: Thanks to you, my legend ended in failure—fallen, forgotten, and far from home.
Braham: I'm done listening to these lies. You're not my mother—you're Mordremoth's toy.

After fighting Blighted Eir for a while:

<Character name>: I can't pin her down. She's too quick.
Braham: Focus on Garm. Believe me, if you down him, she'll come running.

When Blighted Garm is downed:

Braham: Here she comes!
<Character name>: Let's see what she does.
Braham: That did it! She's vulnerable. Take her down!

When Blighted Garm is revived:

<Character name>: Watch it! Garm's back on his feet!

After defeating Blighted Eir:

Braham: She looks normal. Is this another trick?
<Character name>: Look there—a rift opened. Maybe now we can break Mordremoth's illusion.
<Character name>: Let's widen the rift. The more we crack open this nightmare, the weaker Mordremoth becomes.

After using the Reality Rift on Blighted Eir:

Braham: Commander, at the end there...she seemed like herself again.
<Character name>: That's because we overcame Mordremoth's illusion. And the real Eir would be proud of how you did it.


Encountering Blighted Canach:

Canach: Who are you supposed to be?
Blighted Canach: I am you. What you were meant to be, what you will be: Mordremoth's loyal servant, and gladly so.
Blighted Canach: You are strong, but lack focus. So you seek a master. Mordremoth is that master.
Canach: Is this a joke? My will has always been my own. I seek no master and never have. I am no one's servant.
Blighted Canach: Oh? Countess Anise would disagree. Accept the truth: Mordremoth needs servants, and you were born to serve.
Canach: No. To redeem myself, I choose to serve. As I choose to kill you now.

When Blighted Canach starts tossing grenades:

<Character name>: He won't let up. I need some cover!
Canach: Un—understood. Mordremoth's squeezing hard, but I won't break. Get behind me, Commander. I'll deflect the grenades.

During the second phase of the battle:

Canach: I can't...block the fire grenades...can't think. Is Mordremoth affecting me? Sorry, Commander. I'm doing my best.
If sylvari:
<Character name>: Still with us, Brother?
Otherwise:
<Character name>: Still with us, Canach?
Canach: It's too much...can't control myself...can't trust myself. Here: take my shield and finish him!

After defeating Blighted Canach:

If first fight:
Canach: Commander! Don't kill it—him. Mordremoth wants to negate me...wants me to negate myself. I'm done with that.
<Character name>: Look there—a rift opened. Maybe now we can break Mordremoth's illusion.
<Character name>: Let's widen the rift. The more we crack open this nightmare, the weaker Mordremoth becomes.
Canach:
If second fight:
Canach: I will never be you. And soon you won't be at all.
<Character name>: Hold on. I've seen this before. We need to open the rift to weaken Mordremoth's mind and disrupt its control.
Canach: Very well. But I've done my best to kill the old me. I remain ready to eliminate this version.

After using the Reality Rift on Blighted Canach:

Canach: I was strong enough to change what I was. I will be strong enough not to become...that.
Canach: If we fight hard enough, Mordremoth can't maintain its illusions.
<Character name>: We're weakening it. Breaking its grip on the mindscape gives us the chance to take control.
<Character name>: Our minds have power here, too. Let's use it!
Canach: Thank you for trusting my strength, Commander. And for lending me yours.
<Character name>: You earned it. In my world, a willful comrade is always better than an obedient puppet.

Encountering Blighted Pale Tree:

Blighted Pale Tree: Sweet, sad, lonely child. You'll doom us all. Without Mordremoth, sylvari will cease to exist.
Blighted Pale Tree: The dragon created us. It sustains us, defines us. Without it, we wither and die.
Caithe: I have to end Mordremoth's influence over us. It doesn't want soldiers, only mindless thralls.
Blighted Pale Tree: You fight for natural harmony, and to ensure your family's future. But without Mordremoth, you can't have either.
Caithe: Yet I fight on. Better to be dead, or nothing, than to be what Mordremoth would make us.

During minion summoning phases:

Blighted Pale Tree: To me, my children! Our master calls.
If minions reach the Blighted Pale Tree:
Caithe: No! They—they sacrificed themselves to make her stronger.
<Character name>: It's not real. Mordremoth is the one getting stronger, and we have to stop it.
Blighted Pale Tree: Growing stronger...
Blighted Pale Tree: Come, children. Embrace your Pale Mother.
Blighted Pale Tree: Dream no more!

After defeating the Blighted Pale Tree:

Caithe: Leave this to me. Killing this mockery will be a pleasure.
If sylvari:
<Character name>: Caithe, no! I've seen this before. We need to open the rift to weaken Mordremoth's mind and disrupt its control.
otherwise:
<Character name>: Wait! We need to open the rift to weaken Mordremoth's mind and disrupt its control.
Caithe: If you say so. But I'm ready to strike if that fails.

After using the Reality Rift on Blighted Pale Tree:

If sylvari:
Caithe: That's what the Pale Tree would have been...what we all would have been if Mordremoth maintained control of her.
Caithe: The dragon only wants us as slaves like Faolain, or puppets like Scarlet. Our race has no future while Mordremoth lives.
otherwise:
Caithe: That's what the Pale Tree would have been...what sylvari would have been if Mordremoth maintained control of her.
Caithe: I was right; better no future than that. I have to see this through, no matter what. Mordremoth has to die.
<Character name>: Glad to hear you say that...but you'll have to prove it before I fully trust you again.
Caithe: Until then, I'll contribute. Mordremoth seems unable to maintain its illusions in the face of such fierce resistance.
<Character name>: We're weakening it. Breaking its grip on the mindscape gives us the chance to take control.
<Character name>: Our minds have power here, too. Let's use it!
<Character name>: I'll keep breaking Mordremoth's illusions until it's weak enough to kill. If you want to be part of that...follow me.

Avatar of Mordremoth[edit]

Encountering the avatar of Mordremoth:

Mordremoth: I am the only possible victor.
Mordremoth: Become part of me and endure...
Mordremoth: ...or fall forever into oblivion.
Mordremoth: We are the same. Let your mind merge with mine.
If sylvari:
<Character name>: I can't... make it. It's so close now. I... I can't concentrate, can't think...
If with Canach:
Canach: You're stronger than this, Commander! Focus your mind, Reject the dragon!
<Character name>: (scream)
Canach: Here! I see another tear in the mindscape. Come. I can help you like you helped me.
<Character name>: (panting) I... I think it worked. My head is clear again.
<Character name>: That...hurt. But I'd rather be pained than enslaved. Thank you.
Canach: I'm just glad I could return the favor.
If with Caithe:
Caithe: You have to. Focus your mind. Mordremoth's thoughts are invaders, infiltrators. Reject them!
<Character name>: (scream)
Caithe: Listen to me! There's another tear here, in the mindsacape. Come close. I can help you.
<Character name>: (panting) I... I think it worked. My head is clear again.
<Character name>: Thank you, Caithe... I wasn't sure if you—thank you.
Caithe: You may never trust me again. I accept that. But right here, right now, you can rely on me.
Otherwise:
<Character name>: Never. We're nothing alike. You make slaves; I make allies.

Encountering Blighted Rytlock Brimstone:

Blighted Rytlock Brimstone: My new magic wasn't enough. Mordremoth took us all.
<Character name>: Rytlock? No... This is a trick, like before.
If Braham was chosen first:
Braham: Found another rift!
If Canach was chosen first:
Canach: There's a rift here, but Mordremoth is blocking it!
<Character name>: Open it! We need to crack this illusion and weaken Mordremoth's control!
If Braham was chosen first:
Braham: You got it!
If Canach was chosen first:
Canach: Consider it done!

When the Reality Rift is opened:

If Braham was chosen first:
Braham: Rift opened, boss. Show 'em how it's done!
If Canach was chosen first, one of the following lines:
  • Canach: It's open, Commander. Go!
  • Canach: It's open. Do it!
???: Ready over here!

After using the Reality Rift on Blighted Rytlock:

Blighted Rytlock Brimstone: That's better. Mordremoth! Get ready to bleed.
If Braham was chosen first:
Braham: ?
If Caithe was chosen first:
Caithe: We are taking control, just like you said: beating this Rytlock turned it against its master.
If Canach was chosen first:
Canach: You were right, Commander. We are taking control. The Rytlock copy didn't vanish, it joined us.
<Character name>: That's how we'll win: by turning its puppets into our allies. Keep opening rifts until it has no more illusions to send!

Encountering Blighted Marjory Delaqua:

Blighted Marjory Delaqua: It's too late, boss. We're all part of the dragon now.
<Character name>: Jory?
Mordremoth: I cannot be defeated.

When the Reality Rift is opened:

If Braham was chosen first:
Braham: Ready when you are, boss!
  • Braham: The rift is open!
If Canach was chosen first, one of the following lines:
  • Canach: Ready when you are, Commander.
  • Canach: Ready over here!
  • Canach: The rift is open!

After using the Reality Rift on Blighted Marjory:

Blighted Marjory Delaqua: Thanks, boss. Now we end this!

When Mordremoth reaches 75% health:

<Character name>: It's building up for a massive strike! Shield yourself or take to the skies, now!

Encountering the Blighted companion:

If left Braham behind:
Blighted Braham Eirsson: You left us behind, boss. Left us to die...just like my mother.
<Character name>: I don't think so. You'll have to try harder than that, Mordremoth!
If left Caithe behind:
Blighted Caithe: Never should have left me behind. You know I can't be trusted.
<Character name>: Give it up, Mordremoth. You're just making me stronger!
If left Canach behind:
Blighted Canach: You left me behind, Commander. But Mordremoth took me in.
<Character name>: Nice try, Mordremoth. But I know Canach's a lot stronger than you think.
Mordremoth: I am power itself. I am life itself. To deny me is to embrace oblivion.

When the Reality Rift is opened:

If Braham was chosen first:
  • Braham: Ready when you are, boss!
  • Braham: The rift is open!
If Canach was chosen first, one of the following lines:
  • Canach: Ready over here!
  • Canach: The rift is open!

After using the Reality Rift on the Blighted companion:

If left Braham behind:
Blighted Braham Eirsson: Vengeance! For Eir!
If left Caithe behind:
Blighted Caithe: Back on track. Let's end this.
If left Canach behind:
Blighted Canach: You've toyed with me for the last time, dragon.

Encountering the Blighted mentor:

If didn't join an order:
Blighted Trahearne: This won't end well—for you.
If joined Durmand Priory:
Blighted Sieran: Let's do this, then.
If joined Order of whispers:
Blighted Tybalt Leftpaw: It never ends.
If joined Vigil:
Blighted Forgal: Time for some fun!
<Character name>: <Mentor name>? You'll pay for this, Mordremoth!

When the Reality Rift is opened:

If Braham was chosen first:
Braham: Ready when you are, boss!
Braham: The rift is open!
If Canach was chosen first, one of the following lines:
  • Canach: The rift is open!
  • Canach: It's open. Do it!
  • Canach: Ready over here!

After using the Reality Rift on the Blighted mentor:

If didn't join an order:
Blighted Trahearne: This is it, Commander.
If joined the Durmand Priory:
Blighted Sieran: It's wonderful to see you again.
If sylvari:
<Character name>: Always a pleasure, Sister. Let's finish this!
If not sylvari:
<Character name>: Always a pleasure, Sieran. Let's finish this!
If joined the Order of Whispers:
Blighted Tybalt Leftpaw: It's good to see you, my friend.
<Character name>: I've missed you, Tybalt. Grab an apple and let's finish this!
If joined the Vigil:
Blighted Forgal: We can't lose any more soldiers.
<Character name>: That's the spirit, Forgal. Now let's end this!

When Mordremoth's health reaches 50%:

<Character name>: Here it comes again. Protect yourselves or go airborne!

After attack:

<Character name>: What happened to your slaves, Mordremoth? Now it's just you versus all of us!
Mordremoth: Submit! You cannot win.
Mordremoth: You will all be consumed.

When Mordremoth's health reaches 25%:

<Character name>: One more time! Cover up or get off the ground!

During second phase, while defending:

If asura:
<Character name>: ?
If charr:
<Character name>: ?
If human:
<Character name>: It's weakened. Cover me while I open the rift. We'll tear the dragon's mind apart!
If norn:
<Character name>: It's staggering! Back me up while I open the rift, and we'll tear the dragon's mind apart!
If sylvari:
<Character name>: It's weakened. Cover me while I open the rift. We'll tear the dragon's mind apart!
If picked Braham first: [verification requested]
Braham: ?
If picked Caithe first: [verification requested]
Caithe: There are too many. I can't hold them off!
If picked Canach first: [verification requested]
Canach: Too much resistance. I can't protect you!
<Character name>: Then we switch! I'll defend, and you open the rift!
Mordremoth: Your strength is already fading. Mine is infinite.

When the Reality Rift is opened:

If picked Braham first: [verification requested]
Braham: ?
If picked Caithe first: [verification requested]
Caithe: It's open!
If picked Canach first: [verification requested]
Canach: It's open, Commander!
If asura:
<Character name>: ?
If charr:
<Character name>: ?
If human, one of the following:
  • <Character name>: On it!
  • <Character name>: Okay! Prepare to attack. I'll activate the rift!
If norn:
<Character name>: On it!
If sylvari:
<Character name>: Okay! Prepare to attack. I'll activate the rift!

When Mordremoth's breakbar is broken:

<Character name>: It's stunned! Hit it with everything you've got!

When Mordremoth's breakbar recovers:

<Character name>: It recovered. Fall back and regroup!

Delivering the finishing blow:

If sylvari:
<Character name>: You've failed, Mordremoth. For the Pale Tree! For Tyria!
Otherwise:
<Character name>: You've failed, Mordremoth. And now you die. For Tyria!
Mordremoth: What have you done?

After battle[edit]

After returning from the Dream:

Rytlock Brimstone: You did it! Two dragons down, four to go.
<Character name>: We did it. Mordremoth is dead.
Canach: Truly dead. I can't hear its voice in my head. It's completely gone.
Caithe: And we sylvari are still here, still...us. I wasn't sure...
Trahearne: Commander? I...
Trahearne: My sword...Caladbolg...is nearby. It was a gift from the Pale Tree. I am connected...bonded to it.
Trahearne: Only its power can free me from this. Please, bring it here.

After bringing Caladbolg to Trahearne:

<Character name>: I have the sword, Marshal.
Trahearne: Quickly now: use it...on me. Kill me, Commander.
<Character name>: What? No! Mordremoth is dead. We destroyed its mind from the inside.
Trahearne: But I still hear its voice. Mordremoth is alive. One last hateful vestige...a terrible seed planted deep in my mind.
Trahearne: You must kill me, Commander. Before that seed grows...before Mordremoth reclaims what it has lost.
Trahearne: What's left of me can't survive on its own. Strike now, or—
Trahearne: I am the future. I am this world. You cannot destroy me. Run while you can.
<Character name>: I won't let all this be for nothing. Stand back. I'm ending this...now!

Additional dialogue[edit]

There are additional dialogues available with your allies in Dragon's Stand (Heart of Thorns).

Notes[edit]

  • If you have left the staging area after Bitter Harvest, you need to talk to Agent Zrii to be able to continue.
  • When assisting your companions, you will assist them in the order Braham → Canach → Caithe (obviously skipping the one that you didn't bring).
  • After the fight with Eir, she might continue to attack preventing the opening of the rift.
  • Sometimes Canach will not use or drop his shield during the Blighted Canach fight. When this happens, Blighted Canach can become permanently invulnerable at 25% of its life if you do not break his breakbar.
  • Sometimes when you restart the fight with Mordremoth part of the platform will not return, resulting in Reality Rifts being inaccessible.As of 26 November 2015, if you die during the phase where you are supposed to fly, the area-wide attack animation still persists after you respawn, and at the end of the animation part of the arena will break off, including the floor. If you are waiting at the spawn point when this happens, the arena will be restored immediately; the bug happens only if you return to the fight right after you respawn. In this case the arena part still breaks off at the end of the animation while you are in the fight and the arena is not restored after that. The rift is open in the air where the floor used to be. It is inaccessible and the fight has to be restarted.
  • Sometimes your glider will refuse to deploy.
  • Sometimes the updrafts will fail to spawn or will spawn but will be invisible.
  • There are some invisible walls beneath the platform you can fall behind, preventing you from falling to your death, getting back up, or being attacked by Mordremoth.
  • Sometimes the Blighted bosses will disappear once defeated, preventing progress.
  • Sometimes the Reality Rifts will not pull the blighted bosses in when activated, preventing progress.
  • In the final phase of the fight, sometimes Mordremoth's defiance bar wont be broken after activating the rift and a new rift will not appear. If that happens he is immune to all attacks, but the bar can now be broken using crowd control skills such as Knockback or Chill.
Using /stuck as a result will send you back to the start of the instance and doesn't provide any way to get back in the fight
  • Players will receive an in game mail from Warden Leide upon completion of this mission, concluding the story arc.

My story[edit]

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My allies and I found Marshal Trahearne and, with his help, entered Mordremoth's mind for a final confrontation. The Jungle Dragon's mental and magical defenses were formidable, but we prevailed. Defeated, Mordremoth survived inside Trahearne, and there was no way to finish off the dragon without also killing the marshal. At his urging and with great regret, I ended Trahearne's life and destroyed Mordremoth once and for all. The dragon's death sent an enormous wave of magical energy across the entire jungle; it remains to be seen what effect this wave will have on the region, and the entire world.

My story