Home instance

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A home instance is an instanced area within a character's home city based on the character's race, which evolves as they progress through the world.

A character's home instance will change based on their progress and actions in their personal story. For example, character actions could determine the presence or absence of non-player characters, special merchants or even buildings.

Players can invite others to visit their home instance. If a character visits a home instance in a city other than their home city (for example, a charr visiting Salma District), they will see a basic version of the district without any story-related changes. However, most upgrades are available to all characters in the account and visitors to the instance.


Race Home instance Description Nearest waypoint
Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura Applied Development Lab A laboratory in Rata Sum. Magicat Court Waypoint —
Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr Hero's Canton The barracks in the Black Citadel. Hero's Waypoint —
Human tango icon 20px.png Human Salma District Residential district in the north part of Divinity's Reach. Salma Waypoint —
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn Hunter's Hearth Upper levels of The Great Lodge of Hoelbrak. Great Lodge Waypoint —
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari Dreamer's Terrace A garden nestled in the roots of the Grove. Ronan's Waypoint —

List of home instance upgrades[edit]

Upgrades can be added to home instances for all characters on the account. When entering as a group, the instance owner's upgrades will appear and can be used by other party members. Harvesting nodes and chests can only be gathered once per day per account.

Gem Store upgrades[edit]

These upgrades can be added by purchasing the relevant upgrade from the Gem Store.

Upgrade item Type Gathering results Cost
Basic Ore Node Pack.png Basic Ore Node Pack Node (mining) Copper Ore.png Copper,  Silver Ore.png Silver,  Gold Ore.png Gold Ore + gemstones 800 Gem.png
Basic Lumber Node Pack.png Basic Lumber Node Pack Node (logging) Green Wood Log.png Green,  Soft Wood Log.png Soft,  Seasoned Wood Log.png Seasoned Wood Logs + extras 800 Gem.png
Basic Harvesting Node Pack.png Basic Harvesting Node Pack Node (harvesting) Various plants 800 Gem.png
Basic Cloth Rack.png Basic Cloth Rack Chest Jute Scrap.png Jute,  Wool Scrap.png Wool,  Cotton Scrap.png Cotton Scraps 800 Gem.png
Basic Leather Rack.png Basic Leather Rack Chest Rawhide Leather Section.png Rawhide,  Thin Leather Section.png Thin,  Coarse Leather Section.png Coarse Leather Sections 800 Gem.png
Black Lion Hunters Contract.png Black Lion Hunters Contract [1] Mail delivery Tiered intermediate crafting materials of the chosen type 1 200 Gem.png
Black Lion Hunters Contract.png Black Lion Expedition Contract [1] Mail delivery Various crafting materials and food from the chosen Season 2 or Season 3 zone 1 000 Gem.png
Black Lion Garden Plot Deed.png Black Lion Garden Plot Deed Node (harvesting) Plants chosen from the Gardeners' inventory 1 000 Gem.png
  1. ^ a b This unlock can only be used by the home instance owner.

Black Lion Chest upgrades[edit]

These upgrades can be added, either by purchasing them with Black Lion Statuettes or as very rare drops from Black Lion Chest.

Upgrade item Type Gathering results TP buy price TP sell price
Advanced Leather Rack.png Advanced Leather Rack Chest Rugged Leather Section.png Rugged,  Thick Leather Section.png Thick,  Hardened Leather Section.png Hardened Leather Sections
Advanced Cloth Rack.png Advanced Cloth Rack Chest Linen Scrap.png Linen,  Silk Scrap.png Silk,  Gossamer Scrap.png Gossamer Scraps
Hard Wood Logging Node.png Hard Wood Logging Node Node (logging) Hard Wood Log.png Hard Wood Logs + Hidden Hoards
Elder Wood Logging Node.png Elder Wood Logging Node Node (logging) Elder Wood Log.png Elder Wood Logs + Hidden Troves and Foxfire Clusters
Ancient Wood Logging Node.png Ancient Wood Logging Node Node (logging) Ancient Wood Log.png Ancient Wood Logs + Hidden Treasures and Foxfire Clusters
Iron Ore Mining Node.png Iron Ore Mining Node Node (mining) Iron Ore.png Iron Ore + gemstones
Platinum Mining Node.png Platinum Mining Node Node (mining) Platinum Ore.png Platinum Ore + gemstones
Platinum Mining Node.png Mithril Mining Node Node (mining) Mithril Ore.png Mithril Ore + gemstones
Orichalcum Mining Node.png Orichalcum Mining Node Node (mining) Orichalcum Ore.png Orichalcum Ore + gemstones
Omnomberry Harvesting Node.png Omnomberry Harvesting Node Node (harvesting) Omnomberry.png Omnomberries + pigments
Snow Truffle Harvesting Node.png Snow Truffle Harvesting Node Node (harvesting) Snow Truffle.png Snow Truffles + pigments
Lotus Harvesting Node.png Lotus Harvesting Node Node (harvesting) Lotus Root.png Lotus Roots + pigments
Orrian Truffle Harvesting Node.png Orrian Truffle Harvesting Node Node (harvesting) Orrian Truffle.png Orrian Truffles + pigments
Flaxseed Harvesting Node.png Flaxseed Harvesting Node Node (harvesting) Pile of Flax Seeds.png Flax Seeds + Flax Fibers, Flax Blossoms and Hidden Treasures
Ghost Pepper Harvesting Node.png Ghost Pepper Harvesting Node Node (harvesting) Ghost Pepper.png Ghost Peppers + pigments

Achievement upgrades[edit]

These upgrades can be added by earning the relevant consumable from achievements.

Upgrade item Type Gathering results Required achievement
Aurillium Node.png Aurillium Node Node (mining) Lump of Aurillium.png Lumps of Aurillium + gemstones Auric Basin.png No Mask Left Behind
Enchanted Treasure Chest.png Enchanted Treasure Chest [1] Chest Various Rare Collections.png Treasure Hunter
Gift of Candy Corn.png Gift of Candy Corn [2] Node (mining) Piece of Candy Corn.png Candy Corn Blood and Madness.png You, Back in the Box
Gift of Magnanimity.png Gift of Magnanimity Chest Wintersday Gift.png Wintersday Gifts Basic Collections.png For the Children!
Gift of Quartz.png Gift of Quartz [2] Node (mining) Quartz Crystal.png Quartz Crystals + Charged Quartz Crystals Bazaar of the Four Winds.png Bazaar Ambassador
Gift of Sprockets.png Gift of Sprockets [2] Node (mining) Watchwork Sprocket.png Watchwork Sprockets +Blade Shards The Origins of Madness.png The Origins of Madness Completionist.
Krait Obelisk Shard (item).png Krait Obelisk Shard [2] Place of power Tower of Nightmares.png Tower of Nightmares (meta)
Personal Bandit Chest.png Personal Bandit Chest Chest (locked) Various Point of No Return.png Point of No Return Episode Completion
  1. ^ When visiting another player's home instance, this node can only be used if it's also unlocked on your account.
  2. ^ a b c d These nodes require historical achievements but can also be purchased from vendors.

Vendor upgrades[edit]

These upgrades can be added by purchasing the relevant consumable from various vendors.

Upgrade item Type Gathering results Vendor Cost
Bauble Gathering System.png Bauble Gathering System Node (mining) Bauble.png Baubles Super Adventure Box Trader 32 Bauble Bubbles
Bloodstone Crystal Node.png Bloodstone Crystal Node Node (mining) Blood Ruby.png Blood Rubies,  Pile of Bloodstone Dust.png Bloodstone Dust, Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic Natto 10,000 Unbound Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Brandstone Node.png Brandstone Node Node (mining) Kralkatite Ore.png Kralkatite Ore,  Powdered Rose Quartz.png Powdered Rose Quartz,  Rose Quartz.png Rose Quartz,  Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic Alaleh 10,000 Volatile Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Difluorite Crystal Cluster Node.png Difluorite Crystal Cluster Node Node (mining) Difluorite Crystal.png Difluorite Crystals,  Empyreal Fragment.png Empyreal Fragments,  Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic Ethall 10,000 Volatile Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Dragon Crystal Home Instance Node.png Dragon Crystal Home Instance Node Node (mining) Branded Mass.png Branded Mass,  Dragonite Ore.png Dragonite Ore,  Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic Priory Scholar 10,000 Volatile Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Feline Dispersing Emitter.png Feline Dispersing Emitter Toy Holomancer Netto 10 Silver coin
Feline Holoscepter.png Feline Holoscepter Toy Holomancer Netto 30 Silver coin
Feline Water Pistol.png Feline Water Pistol Toy Holomancer Netto Gold coin
Fire Orchid Node.png Fire Orchid Node Node (logging) Fire Orchid Blossom.png Fire Orchid Blossoms,  Empyreal Fragment.png Empyreal Fragments,  Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic Supplymaster Hanjo 10,000 Unbound Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Gift of Candy Corn.png Greater Gift of Candy Corn [1] Node (mining) Piece of Candy Corn.png Candy Corn Candy Corn Vendor 5 Candy Corn Cobs
Jade Fragment Node.png Jade Fragment Node Node (mining) Jade Shard.png Jade Shards,  Pile of Bloodstone Dust.png Bloodstone Dust,  Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic Quartermaster Hitchens 10,000 Unbound Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Mistonium Node.png Mistonium Node Node (mining) Lump of Mistonium.png Lump of Mistonium,  Dragonite Ore.png Dragonite Ore,  Volatile Magic.png Volatile Magic Trader Hyacinth 10,000 Volatile Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Orrian Oyster Node.png Orrian Oyster Node Node (harvesting) Orrian Pearl.png Orrian Pearls,  Oyster.png Oysters,  Dragonite Ore.png Dragonite Ore,  Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic Provisioner Anlana 10,000 Unbound Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Personal Airship Cargo Voucher.png Personal Airship Cargo Voucher Chest (locked) Various Itzel Mastery Vendor 250 Airship Part
Personal Crystallized Supply Cache Voucher.png Personal Crystallized Supply Cache Voucher Chest (locked) Various Nuhoch Mastery Vendor 250 Ley Line Crystal
Personal Exalted Chest Voucher.png Personal Exalted Chest Voucher Chest (locked) Various Exalted Mastery Vendor 250 Lump of Aurillium
Petrified Wood Node.png Petrified Wood Node Node (logging) Petrified Wood.png Petrified Wood,  Empyreal Fragment.png Empyreal Fragments,  Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic Scholar Surra 10,000 Unbound Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Supply Cache (item).png Supply Cache Chest Inscribed Shard.png Inscribed Shards,  Empyreal Fragment.png Empyreal Fragments, various unidentified gear Nalar 10,000 Volatile Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
Winterberry Bush Node.png Winterberry Bush Node Node (harvesting) Fresh Winterberry.png Fresh Winterberries,  Dragonite Ore.png Dragonite Ore,  Unbound Magic.png Unbound Magic Slooshoo 10,000 Unbound Magic.png + 50 Gold coin
  1. ^ This unlock replaces and has priority over Raw Candy Corn node from the Gift of Candy Corn.


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Primary article: Unlockable home instance characters


  • Certain personal story instances take place in the home instance instead of a separate instance.
  • The Home Portal Stone allows players to instantly travel to the home instance and return to their original location.
  • Gathering done in the home instance is applied to the regional gathering daily achievement, e.g. gathering in Salma District counts towards Daily Kryta Miner/Forager/Lumberer, so daily gather can be readily achieved by mapping to the appropriate home instance.
  • The following home instance items are not available through the API: Supply Cache (Kourna), Mistonium Node (Jahai Bluffs), Black Lion Expedition Contract, & Black Lion Garden Plot Deed, Feline Dispersing Emitter, Feline Water Pistol, Feline Holoscepter'