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In a Grain of Sand

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In a Grain of Sand is a collection achievement given by Ziya the Radiant, involving hunting for magical Corrupted Sand around the Crystal Desert.


This achievement requires at least one completed objective to become visible. In a Grain of Sand A Star to Guide Us 3Achievement points
Gather samples of corrupted sand from around Elona for Ziya's research.Eventually all greatness crumbles to sand. Some great things start from sand, however.
Reward:Bloodstone Empowerment.png Jahai Bluffs Empowerment
1 Objectives 0Achievement points
2 Objectives 1Achievement points
7 Objectives 1Achievement points
11 Objectives 1Achievement points


After accepting the collection from Ziya, travel to the associated zones listed below, mount up on your jackal, then use the Sand Compass gizmo to provide the Detect Corrupted Sand special action skill.

The mechanics of this skill are very similar to those experienced during the Transfer Chaser achievement. Upon using the skill, a colored marker, one for each target grain of corrupted sand, will appear around the character. Moving closer to the target will change the color of the orb from blue to yellow and finally to red, at which point an interact option to "recover" the sand will appear.

# Location Closest waypoint Map Text Description
1 Sun's Refuge
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Venta Pass Waypoint
150px Spoke to Ziya and accepted her request. Upon starting the achievement.
2 Almorra's Stand
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Venta Pass Waypoint
In a Grain of Sand map 2.jpg Somewhere in Jahai Bluffs Northwest of Battleground Ramparts, high up.
3 Kodonur Temple
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Yatendi Village Waypoint
In a Grain of Sand map 3.jpg Somewhere in Jahai Bluffs West from the Confluence of the Elements, directly south of the last "e" in Temple on the world map.
4 Fortress of Jahai
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Reclaimed Chantry Waypoint
Ancient Coin 28.jpg Somewhere in Jahai Bluffs Southeast of the Harpy Rock mastery insight is a jackal portal. Take the jackal portal, or use a springer, to reach the ledge above.
5 Central Brand Scar
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Soul's Vendetta Waypoint
In a Grain of Sand map 5.jpg Somewhere in Jahai Bluffs North of the waypoint.
6 Broken Shelf
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Sand Jackal Run Waypoint
In a Grain of Sand map 6.jpg Somewhere in the Desolation To the far west of Broken Shelf, just north of the sulfur area.
7 Poisoned Outcrops
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 The Scourgeway Waypoint
In a Grain of Sand map 7.jpg Somewhere in the Desolation East of the Shadow Arcade point of interest, on an island above the sulfur.
8 Transcendent Bay
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Brightwater Waypoint
In a Grain of Sand map 8.jpg Somewhere in the Desert Highlands On the island to the east of the word "Bay" in Transcedent Bay on the world map.
9 Prophet's Path
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Skimmer Ranch Waypoint
In a Grain of Sand map 9.jpg Somewhere in the Elon Riverlands On top of a sand dune, south of the first letter P in Prophet's Path.
10 Eastern Mihan Hillsides
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Seborhin Waypoint
In a Grain of Sand map 10.jpg Somewhere in the Domain of Vabbi Just above the "n" in Eastern on the world map.
11 Forum Highlands
Waypoint (tango icon).png
 Necropolis Waypoint
In a Grain of Sand map 11.jpg Somewhere in the Domain of Vabbi On the sand dune in the middle of the quicksand area, northeast of the waypoint.


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