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Recon Cove

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Recon Cove

Point of Interest
Shattered Steppes
(Grothmar Valley)
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Recon Cove is a point of interest marking a secret cave inside the Shattered Steppes. It is the site of the real Ash Legion base of operations in Grothmar Valley, set up to investigate reports of resurging Renegades activity in the homelands. The Ash Training Course adventure can be found here.

Getting there[edit]

At first, the player may be tempted to try the big locked gate accessible via the river west of the point of interest, but this is the exit. The entrance is hinted at by Malice Swordshadow during Revels & Rivals: "Oh, and Commander? The carvings will lead you. That's all."

Enter Malice's tent at the Point of interest (map icon).png Ash Legion Camp in Devourer's Ridge. To the right of her (see below) is a small cabinet with four symbols carved onto it. Memorize them (or make a screenshot). The exact combination of symbols changes daily.

Now head south into The Wardowns. Scattered about this area are eight trees (see below) onto which a unique symbol has been carved; your job is to seek out the four whose symbols match the ones you found in Malice's tent and activate each tree in the correct order (you will see the prompt like "Touch [F]" when approach to the symbol carved on the tree). You will hear a clicking sound if you selected the correct tree, but will be inflicted with burning if you select the wrong one or activated it out of order, and will have to start over.

Upon activating the final tree, a dialogue window will pop up informing you that a secret chute has opened. Enter it to access the Cove.


  • Commanders can set 4 different map markers directly on the world map, allowing to mark the 4 locations in order based on the locations shown in the previous map: Personal waypoint, attack order, defend order and rally order.
  • Giving each symbol a distinct name and typing them in chat helps remembering them and their order. For example, the arrow with 3 heads can be called "tree", or "arrow", and the 6 interlocking lines can be called "valley" or "waves". Creating a story out of the symbols can also help you remember them without having to write them down; for example, The happy man found a tree and cut it down with his axe before rolling the logs into the valley.


  • Recon Cove features several objects of note:
  • A rocky prism elevated by ley magic can be seen in a containment chamber. It resembles those utilized by djinn in the Zagonur Cliffs to withstand the Dragonbrand.
  • A range of purple screens and keypads commonly seen among asura can be found along the southeastern wall.
  • A poster in front of the screens features an Orrian archway and a Canthan bridge, and a diagram of a Leviathan resembling the creatures found in Seitung and New Kaineng harbors. All text, including labels, is written in asuran. At the time of Grothmar Valley's release, neither Cantha nor living Leviathans were accessible ingame.

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