Hot Air Balloon

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Hot Air Balloon

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Balloon Tower Tourist Queen Jennah's Jubilee.png Queen Jennah's Jubilee 19 Arenanet Points.png
Ascend hot-air balloon towers and claim a royal gift at the top.
Reward:Hot Air Balloon Souvenir.png Hot Air Balloon Souvenir
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Hot Air Balloons are part of the Queen's Jubilee celebration. Two can be found in each zone across Tyria, except for Southsun Cove or those in Orr. After unlocking them via one of four types of associated events, they can be used to travel to Divinity's Reach. If the stairs leading up to the balloon are blocked, speak to the Balloon Pilot at the bottom of the stairs to find the location of current event. If the path is clear, climb the steps to gain access to the balloon. The first time you do this at each balloon, there will also be a Magnificent Chest that you can loot. Access to the balloon resets 2 minutes after the challenge is complete. There are 44 balloon towers in total, 2 for each of the 22 zones.

After completing the 30-balloon achievement, you will be unable to open any more of the chests on the towers, even those you have yet to visit. You can still use the balloons to reach Divinity's Reach; that will grant credit once per day towards the Queen's Jubilee meta achievement.

Event involvement[edit]

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[Group Event] Defeat the Aetherblade Captain (80)
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Drive off the Aetherblade pirates (80)
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Duel with the Queen's Champion (0)
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Escort the overdue emissary to the hot-air balloon (0)


Blazeridge Steppes

  • West of Gastor Gullet Waypoint
  • East of Soot Road Waypoint

Bloodtide Coast

  • Northeast of Firthside Vigil Waypoint
  • West of Archen Foreland Waypoint

Brisban Wildlands

  • West of Wendon Waypoint
  • North of Mirkrise Waypoint

Caledon Forest

  • North of Caledon Haven Waypoint
  • South of Hamlet of Annwen Waypoint

Diessa Plateau

  • East of Dawnright Estate Waypoint
  • Northwest of Charradis Estate Waypoint

Dredgehaunt Cliffs

  • West of Mountain's Tail Waypoint
  • West-northwest of Dociu Waypoint

Fields of Ruin

  • Northeast of Skoll's Bivouac Waypoint
  • Southwest Vulture's Waypoint

Fireheart Rise

  • East of Rustbowl Waypoint
  • West of Tuyere Command Post Waypoint

Frostgorge Sound

  • West of Skyheight Steading Waypoint
  • Northeast of Arundon Waypoint

Gendarran Fields

  • Northwest of Broadhollow Waypoint
  • West of Winter Haven Waypoint

Harathi Hinterlands

  • Southwest of Bridgewatch Camp Waypoint
  • North of Faun's Waypoint

Iron Marches

  • North of Viper's Run Waypoint
  • East Old Piken Ruin Waypoint

Kessex Hills

  • Southeast of Meadows Waypoint
  • Northwest of Kessex Haven Waypoint

Lornar's Pass

  • Northwest Vanjir's Stead Waypoint
  • Northeast of Mistriven Waypoint

Metrica Province

  • North of Akk Wilds Waypoint
  • Northwest of Arterium Haven Waypoint

Mount Maelstrom

  • South of Criterion Waypoint
  • South of Gauntlet Waypoint
Aetherblades at Gauntlet Gulch do not spawn when this event is active. However, you only need to visit 30 of the remaining 43 balloons to complete it.
Plains of Ashford
  • Southwest of Martyr's Waypoint
  • East of Ascalonian Catacombs Waypoint


Snowden Drifts

  • Northeast of Skradden Waypoint
  • West of Highpass Haven Waypoint

Sparkfly Fen

  • North of Ocean's Gullet Waypoint
  • Northwest of Darkweather Waypoint

Timberline Falls

  • Southwest of Stromkarl Waypoint
  • Southeast of Krongar Waypoint

Wayfarer Foothills

  • West of Lostvyrn Cave Waypoint
  • West of Twinspur Haven Waypoint