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Disambig icon.png This article is about the mount. For other uses, see Skyscale (disambiguation).

Thanks to your training, your skyscale now has an instinctive bond with you and a desire to soar to new heights across Tyria.

— In-game description

Skyscale (overhead icon).png

The Skyscale is a mount released with the Episode 6 of Living World Season 4, War Eternal. It is the third new mount added to the game since the release of Path of Fire. During the Glory of Dragons story step, your character unlocks the ability to borrow single-use skyscales at Skyscale Roosts across Dragonfall.

Skyscales are useful for their ability to gain height while also moving horizontally in the air, which helps navigating difficult terrain. They can also hover in the air, cling to vertical surfaces and push themselves further up from them. Riding Skyscales can be compared to flying a helicopter, while another flying mount, Griffon, functions more like an airplane, crossing large distances at high speeds.


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There are two independent methods of unlocking the Skyscale. The original way is available through the Living World Season 4 content, and the alternative path through the Secrets of the Obscure expansion. The Secrets of the Obscure method is commonly thought to be much shorter and easier.

Secrets of the Obscure[edit]

Primary article: A New Friend

The Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure expansion features a new, streamlined method to obtain the skyscale.[1]

Unlock achievements

Living World Season 4[edit]

Primary article: Skyscale/Walkthrough

First, complete Descent, the final story step of the War Eternal, episode 6 of the season. Once you're back at Lion's Arch, you'll receive mail from Gorrik, inviting you back to Dragonfall. Once there, you can find him next to the Skyscale Eyrie point of interest. Talk to him to begin the collection achievements.

Unlock achievements
  • Unlocking the Skyscale collections requires that you have completed two specific chapters of Living World Season 4:
  • To complete the collections, you will need access to all six season 4 maps, which you can get by purchasing all six episodes.
  • These collections are time gated. Some steps, such as unlocking another of the five main collections requires waiting for 2 hours after the previous step. The total minimum time needed to unlock the mount is 3 days plus 8 hours.
  • You must be logged in on a character that has finished the Descent story and the epilogue to receive a mail to unlock subsequent achievements, but any character can complete the collections after they are unlocked.
Requirements and costs
Achievement (#) Requirement or cost
Newborn Skyscales (1)
  • Summary: Run around Dragonfall findings Scales, Skyscales, and Eggs. Buy Medicine.
  • Requirements: Complete 10 events in each of the three different areas of Dragonfall to unlock the vendors (30 events total)
  • Costs: 5390 Karma.pngKarma, 200 Volatile Magic.pngVolatile Magic, 20 Trade Contract.pngTrade Contracts, 10 Mistborn Mote.pngMistborn Motes
  • Time gates: None
Saving Skyscales (2)
  • Summary: Treasure hunt across Tyria, including LWS4 maps, for trophies.
  • Costs: None
  • Time gates: 2 hours after completing previous tier.
Raising Skyscales (3)
  • Summary: Feed the skyscale crafted food, hunted food, and purchased food.
  • Costs: Coin: 6 Gold coin, Crafted or bought on TP: 12 Piece of Skyscale Food.pngPiece of Skyscale Food, 1 Grow Lamp.pngGrow Lamp
  • Time gates: 2 hours after completing previous tier. Can only be fed 4x per day for a total time gate of 3 days . If crafting, each Piece of Skyscale Food requires 1 Charged Quartz Crystal.pngCharged Quartz Crystal per piece, requiring an additional 12 days. If crafting the Grow Lamp, an additional 10 Charged Quartz Crystals are needed, requiring a further 10 days.
Troublesome Skyscales (4)
  • Summary: Another treasure hunt across zones in Tyria, this time hunting for your skyscale.
  • Costs: None, however any zone's objective may be skipped by crafting an Extra-Pungent Skyscale Treat.pngExtra-Pungent Skyscale Treat. You get one free Treat upon starting the collection.
    • Optional Cost: Coin: 4 to 80 Gold coin. If you choose to craft some or all remaining Treats, you will need 1-20 Packet of Yeast.pngSmell-Enhancing Cultures priced at 4 Gold coin each.
  • Time gates: 2 hours after completing previous tier. If crafting, each Extra-Pungent Skyscale Treat.pngExtra-Pungent Skyscale Treat requires 1 Charged Quartz Crystal.pngCharged Quartz Crystal per piece, requiring an additional 20 days in total.
Riding Skyscales (5)
Total minimum time gate: 3 days plus 8 hours


Skyscales are a new and mysterious draconic life form. They use their powerful wings to lift into the air from the ground and maintain altitude and can cling to walls to regain their strength. With a skyscale companion, you’ll reach heights you’ve only dreamed of.

The Skyscale

Skyscales are a new species of lesser dragons born from the Mists out of the disturbances caused by Kralkatorrik and Aurene.[2] Similar to other lesser dragon species, like wyverns and drakes, while they are capable of consuming magic, they are not capable of ascending into Elder Dragons.[3] The original Skyscales were "born" from the Mists fully grown, resulting in an accelerated growth rate that eventually killed them prematurely. However, the next generation were born from eggs normally and do not suffer from this accelerated aging.[4]

Related masteries[edit]

Living World Season 4[edit]

Mastery XP required Points Description
Air Rescue Air Rescue 571,500 Path of Fire mastery point Learn to mount the skyscale in midair to save yourself while falling.
Rift Repair Rift Repair 609,600 Path of Fire mastery point Learn to use your skyscale's magic resources to close rifts. This will draw out the magic trapped within and reveal new flight paths.
Wall Launch Wall Launch 698,500 Path of Fire mastery point Learn to launch off walls with your skyscale, providing a moment of respite and the ability to fly to greater heights.
Total 1,879,600 12 Path of Fire mastery point

Secrets of the Obscure[edit]

Mastery XP required Points Description
Who Rescues Whom? Who Rescues Whom? 381,000 Secrets of the Obscure mastery point Learn to mount the skyscale in midair to save yourself while falling.

If you also have the Air Rescue Skyscale Mount Mastery trained, your skyscale may gain the Bond of Vigor effect shortly after mounting in midair.

Unlock the A New Friend achievement.

Fireball Fireball 508,000 Secrets of the Obscure mastery point Unlock the ability for your skyscale to spit a fireball at aerial targets.
Wall Spring Wall Spring 635,000 Secrets of the Obscure mastery point Learn to spring off walls with your skyscale, providing a moment of respite and ability to fly to greater heights. If you also have the Wall Launch Skyscale Mount Mastery trained, this ability charges faster and launches farther when fully charged.
Enhanced Updrafts Enhanced Updrafts 762,000 Secrets of the Obscure mastery point Learn to magically strengthen the power of updrafts to allow them to benefit your flying mounts.
Combat Launch Combat Launch 1,016,000 Secrets of the Obscure mastery point Learn to call your skyscale during fights to carry you to safety or attack from a new angle.
Ley-Line Acclimation Ley-Line Acclimation 1,524,000 Secrets of the Obscure mastery point Learn to enter ley-line energy flows while mounted to glide along with the flow, gaining speed and access to otherwise inaccessible places.
Rising Spirits Rising Spirits 2,159,000 Secrets of the Obscure mastery point Learn to use magically enhanced updrafts to replenish your mount's endurance.
Total 6,985,000 25 Secrets of the Obscure mastery point

Other masteries[edit]


# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Skyscale (skill).png Skyscale Summon and mount your skyscale.
1 Mount skillBlast.png Blast 2 Engage. While on land, leap into the air and breathe fire ahead of you. If in the air, descend toward the ground before attacking.
2 Mount skillFireball Skyscale.png Fireball Precision Aimed Ability. Command your skyscale to launch a fireball, dealing damage and burning its target.

While holding the abiliy button down, you can precisely aim where the skyscale will launch the fireball. Release the ability button to launch the fireball in that direction.
3 Mount skillWall Jump.png Wall Jump While clinging to a wall, hold to charge a jump. Release to jump.
4 Mount skillDescend.png Descend While flying, decrease altitude.
5 Mount skillDash (Skyscale).png Dash While airborne, rapidly dash forward.
Mount skillDismount.png Dismount Dismount your mount

In the update Through the Veil (November 7, 2023) was added the opportunity to disable ley-line riding F1. That allows you to ignore ley-line streams even with active Ley-Line Acclimation.

# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
F1 Disable Ley-Line Riding.png Disable Ley-Line Riding 1 Click to toggle off ley-line riding on your flying mount.
F1 Redirect Arrow.pngEnable Ley-Line Riding.png Enable Ley-Line Riding 1 Click to toggle on ley-line riding on your flying mount.


A Skyscale in flight, ridden by a player character.

After learning the three masteries, general movement is controlled by the following default controls:

Directional movement - WASD + Mouse
Dash - V
Increase altitude - Spacebar
Decrease altitude - C
Increase/decrease pitch - Mouse up/down
Cling to wall - W (hold)
Wall Launch - (while clinging to a wall) Spacebar

Once the skyscale is fully unlocked, the player will have additional control options available as keybinds. In your Control Options menu, under Mounts, you will find Mount Ability 1 and Mount Ability 2. For the skyscale, these keybinds translate to Dash and Decrease altitude respectively. By default, your character can dash using the V, and decrease altitude using C. Alternatively the engage skill can be also used to decrease altitude, but this will cause the player to dismount once they reach the ground.

Players can control the pitch (up to approximately 30° from horizontal) of the skyscale by aiming the movement direction up or down with the Mouse while in flight.


A full flight meter (top) and a depleted flight meter with a red bar (bottom)

Like the Griffon, holding space will cause a skyscale to take flight. Unlike the Griffon, a skyscale is able to hover in the air indefinitely, and can freely ascend and descend in place (for example, ascending by 500 units will cost around 37% of the green flight meter above the Endurance bar, then descending 500 units will refill that same 37% of the flight meter). However, flying laterally will begin to consume the flight meter, reducing the maximum height that the skyscale is able to attain, until it is eventually forced to land. Upon landing, the flight meter instantly refills despite the flight bar not immediately reflecting this (for example, simply 'tapping' the ground will give you an entire flight meter the moment you touch the ground).

  • If a skyscale hovers too close to the ground, it will slowly descend and then land.
  • Descending while the flight meter is already full will waste the excess, and will reduce the skyscale's maximum altitude.
Flight range

The flight range of the skyscale can be visualized as a narrow cylinder at the skyscale's location with a downward sloping canopy extending out in all directions from the top of the cylinder.[5] The initial height of the cylinder is 1350 units, and the radius of the base of the canopy is about 7000 units.[6] Flying within the cylinder does not change the maximum altitude. Flying horizontally outside the cylinder causes the maximum altitude to decrease, depleting the flight meter and forcing the skyscale to descend when fully depleted; this also effectively forms a shorter cylinder and smaller canopy at the new location.

Exceeding the canopy

Currently the methods for allowing the skyscale to fly higher and further include

  • The Dash (default V) action, which consumes Endurance to propel the skyscale forwards, temporarily ignoring the maximum altitude; also does a roll in the air
  • The Crystal Champion Mastery skill Bond of Vigor will refill 50% of the flight meter, and refills the Endurance bar completely;
  • The Skyscale Mount Mastery Wall Launch can be used to convert one Endurance bar into about 66% flight meter while the skyscale is clinging to a wall;
  • Touching nodes from the flight paths formed after a Rift Repair node will refill the flight meter;
  • Touching a Volatile Magic or Unbound Magic node will refill (and reset) the flight meter; and lastly,
  • Being propelled upwards by a Branded Tornado or Claw of Kralkatorrik will refill, but not reset the flight meter.

However, using any of these means to exceed the limits of the canopy will reduce the maximum possible flight meter that can be subsequently recovered, as indicated by a red bar that fills from the right side of the meter.

This red bar will force a rapid decrease in altitude until it's depleted.

Besides landing, the only way to reduce the red bar is by touching a Volatile Magic or Unbound Magic node. Using Bond of Vigor doesn't reduce the red bar, but fills flight meter on top of it.

While both bars of the flight meter coexists, the red one will deplete the green one. Pressing Spacebar to increase the altitude will take priority, consuming the green bar while increasing the red bar.

Wall clinging[edit]

The skyscale can cling to vertical surfaces by holding W, or activating autorun. While clinging, the Endurance bar and the flight meter won't recharge, and skills such as Bond of Vigor will have their cooldown frozen. Releasing the key will make the mount bounce backwards, releasing the grip to the wall.

If Wall Launch is unlocked, it can be used by holding Spacebar while clinging to a wall. This will convert one Endurance bar into about 66% flight meter. Releasing Spacebar will cause the skyscale to launch upwards, expending about 20% of its flight meter.[7] As stated before, using the newly obtained teal gauge will increase the red one.

To avoid the automatic wall grab in order to land on small ledges, it's possible to move using only A, S or D, decreasing altitude with C if required. Using the dash at an angle will produce a similar result, it won't trigger the automatic grab even against a wall.

Using Air Rescue after the player has been propelled by upwards ley lines or a branded tornado over a certain altitude will cause the flight meter to start red instead of green, causing a very fast descent.

List of Skyscale skins[edit]

See also: Gallery of Skyscale skins

(*) The mounts in the marked rows either don't appear in API:2/account/mounts/skins and API:2/mounts/skins and/or don't have an ID set. Therefore it cannot be checked if they have been unlocked.


Concept art

Related achievements[edit]


  • A skyscale has 5932 health.
  • Like all mounts, the Skyscale can be dyed before being unlocked. The dye will affect any borrowed Skyscale.
  • During Skyscale Care, the skyscale hatchling will visibly grow after every reset according to the event progress bar.
  • If a player does not own a skyscale and is in any Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure location, the effect Astral Ward Skyscale Attunement will be applied granting them use of a skyscale.

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