- This article is about the mount. For other uses, see Jackal (disambiguation).
— In-game description
The Jackal is one of the mounts found in the Crystal Desert in Path of Fire. It is a magical wolf-like creature capable of teleporting and making precision jumps. The jackal is made of sand and can store up to three charges of a quick movement-speed blink, which dissipates its body and allows it to reappear a short distance ahead. It can also use special Sand Portals throughout the desert. You'll maintain your momentum as you blink through the portals, creating interesting combinations for puzzles in the Crystal Desert.
The Jackal is unlocked at the Djinn Enclave in Sand Jackal Run, southwestern part of the Desolation. It requires the third level mastery of the Springer or the skimmer in order to access the required renown heart. It is possible to get there with a raptor running along the west side of the map carefully along the ledges however do note that the heart will not show up until you have the third level mastery of the springer or skimmer. The Enclave is reached just east of the Sand Jackal Run Waypoint by climbing the spiral stairs. A skimmer provides immunity against the deadly sulfurous haze pervading the area. To actually reach the heart area, you need to head to the area above the waypoint, either by using the skimmer to get to the staircase, or the level 3 springer to jump up to one of the lower platforms. Unless the skimmer is level 3, it can only reach the platform where the staircase is through the circle on the north side, where the sulfur rises towards the platform. Completing Drojkor, Spirit Squall's renown heart lets you buy the Jackal for 20 and 200 Trade Contracts. The Jackal will cost 30 40 and 200 Trade Contracts if you have not completed the heart event on the day of purchase.
Jackals are mystical constructs of wind and sand created and tamed by the djinn of the Desolation. In the wake of Nightfall, remnants of Abaddon's tormented magic left by the Margonites' presence seeped into the Crystal Desert. Left alone, this magic would coalesce into tormented remnants over time. To cleanse the Desolation of this magic, the djinn have gathered at Sand Jackal Run and taken to reshaping this tainted sand into jackal-shaped constructs. The djinn imbue their magic into runes taken from the bodies of tormented remnants to tame the tormented energies, and in turn the jackals. These jackals are feral and hostile initially, and still seek to bring about Nightfall. Once tamed, it is said that the eyes of the jackal are all that remains of their Margonite forebears.
|Enhanced Evasion||381,000||2||Learn to evade attacks while using the jackal's movement ability, and use it at opportune times to avoid large attacks.|
|Bolster Allies||457,200||3||Learn to use the jackal's sand to bolster allies when using Pounce, granting nearby allies a strong barrier.|
|Shifting Sands||558,800||4||Learn to shift through the sand portals found throughout the desert to reach new and hidden locations.|
|Adroit Evasion||1,222,375||5||Master the jackal and learn to share the bonus from Enhanced Evasion with all the mounts through their movement abilities.|
|Jackal||Summon and mount your jackal.|
|Pounce||Pounce at your foe, damaging them and any nearby foes.|
|Dismount||Dismount your mount|
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- In getting to the heart quest, the jackal can be used to run along sand bridges. This ability is also used to reach certain mastery points on the other maps.
- The Jackal regenerates its entire endurance bar in 10 seconds.
- It is the only mount that can have its eye color changed: when dyed, the glowing part of the runes and its eyes are colored.
- When mounted at the race in Amnoon the children present have different dialogue:
- That sandy mount makes my nose itch.
- Whoa! I've never seen one of those before! Is it made of sand?
- While idle, the Jackal has the following animations:
- The player will scratch the Jackal while it sits down, similar to the Raptor.
- The Jackal howls like a wolf.
- The Jackal and the player look down at the ground.
- In the real world, Jackals are an omnivorous species of canines that are native to sub-Saharan Africa and south-central Eurasia.
- The Jackal's theme is known as "Sands of the Djinn" in the Path of Fire soundtrack.
- A life-sized jackal statue was made to tour the EU gaming conventions in 2018, shown above in the gallery.
- Crystal Desert: Desert Dogs — Unlock the jackal mount by completing the Djinn Enclave task region in the Desolation, and by purchasing a jackal saddle from Drojkor. (5)
- The Desolation: Jackal Reconnaissance — Now that you have your jackal, you can gain tasty treats for it as a reward for helping locals. (5)
- The Desolation: Cleansing Tormented Remnants — Use your jackal to clear tormented remnants from the Poisoned Outcrops and Helcoid Seeps. (5 )
- Desert Highlands: Night Lights — Use the Jackal to find the best spot for viewing the sky at night. (3 )