Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire content

The Desolation

From Guild Wars 2 Wiki
Jump to navigationJump to search
Disambig icon.png This article is about the zone. For the achievement category, see The Desolation (achievements).

The Desolation

5Complete heart (map icon).png 6Waypoint (map icon).png 43Point of interest (map icon).png 6Hero point.png 10Vista (map icon).png

The Desolation map.jpg
Map of The Desolation

Crystal Desert
Connects to
Elon Riverlands (N, NE)
Domain of Vabbi (SE)
Rock Gazelle

The Desolation loading screen.jpg
Loading screen

The Desolation is a harsh landscape that is the central home for Palawa Joko and his forces. Once plentiful and luscious land, it had suffered cataclysmic changes centuries ago during the war between rebel god Abaddon and other gods. The Mouth of Torment now forever scars the place of the disastrous events, connecting Tyria with the Realm of Torment.

In the past two centuries since Joko has conquered Elona, the Elon River had been diverted, flooding the northern section of the Desolation, and The Bone Wall erected to mark the northern border of Joko's domain. The Bone Palace, the residence of the undead king, stands in the south.

The Desolation is an nigh-inhospitable place for mortals, which made it the ideal staging ground for Joko's invasion of Elona. For any Elonian seeking to defect north, the sulfurous sands and hordes of Awakened that patrol the land are lethal obstacles.


Before the Exodus of the Gods, the lands that make up the Desolation were considered a lush and beautiful landscape,[1][2] and was home to the Forgotten's empire.[3] When Abaddon rebelled against the other Six Gods and laid siege to the Gates of Heaven, the war raged across the shores and islands of the Crystal Sea, and where Abaddon was struck down became a crater called the Ruptured Heart.[4][5] Abaddon's defeat altered the landscape and created a tear in reality, connecting the land to the Realm of Torment that is the Mouth of Torment. From the Mouth of Torment, the influence of Abaddon and the Realm of Torment slowly seeped into the world, poisoning and warping the landscape into the sulfurous wasteland it is today.

In the decades following this, the Primeval Kings spread their reign further north, settling Vabbi and the Desolation, establishing the Dynastic Tombs and reaching further north into the Crystal Desert in 29 AE.[6] They had also established Morah as a guard over the Mouth of Torment. However, due to Abaddon's spreading influence through the Mouth of Torment, Morah succumbed and fell nearly two hundred years later.

At some point, Sahlahja was established in the Desolation as well, being ruled by its own king during the Shattered Dynasty. It too eventually fell to the spread of the sulfurous haze as well as to Palawa Joko when he first attempted to conquer Elona.[7] Since Joko's appearance and building of the Bone Palace, the only settlements that was able to be founded was Lannur, which Turai Ossa had established before moving his doomed Great Pilgrimage further north into the Crystal Desert. After this, the sulfurous sands became too deadly for mortals to cross into the land.

In 1075 AE, Abaddon's Margonite forces mustered in the Desolation and the landscape was transformed by countless tendrils that mimicked the hair of Abaddon's mask. After being freed, Palawa Joko assisted the Order of the Sunspears in crossing the Desolation in return for their help in reclaiming his throne and a number of his forces. With Abaddon's death that year, the sulfurous sands began to recede slowly, making the Desolation more hospitable over time.[8] With Palawa Joko's second conquest of Elona, he had established new settlements in edges of the Desolation, the most prominent of which being Purity, which became one of Vabbi's largest source of farmed food. In the years of Joko's reign, the Order of Shadows splintered from the Order of Whispers and established the Chantry of Shadows overlooking both the Mouth of Torment and the Bone Palace.[9]

Getting there[edit]

  • From Elon Riverlands: the portal is south from Point of interest (map icon).png Stoneyard Rest.
  • From Domain of Vabbi: the portal is just above and to the northwest of Waypoint (map icon).png Cragged Vale Waypoint. Note that this portal will be locked if you haven't already accessed the Desolation in another way on this character.

Map completion[edit]


Area Area objectives
Acrid Springs
Hero point.png Broken Egg
Vista (map icon).png Acrid Springs Vista
Basaltic Fringe
Point of interest (map icon).png Forbidden Vault
Point of interest (map icon).png Lupicus Boneyard
Point of interest (map icon).png Junundu Hatchery
Point of interest (map icon).png Tarstone Weeps
Point of interest (map icon).png Uhiwi's Bones
Point of interest (map icon).png Vabbian Corridor
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Desolation Insight: Tarstone Weeps
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Desolation Insight: Shattered Ravines
Boundary Preserve
Point of interest (map icon).png Matriarch's View
Vista (map icon).png Boundary Preserve Vista
Broken Shelf
Hero point.png Gnarled Tree
Point of interest (map icon).png Bleached Pillars
Caustic Spur
Point of interest (map icon).png Acrid Sink
Helcoid Seeps
Point of interest (map icon).png Toxic Pools
Joko's Domain
Waypoint (map icon).png Joko's Domain Waypoint
Point of interest (map icon).png The Bone Palace
Point of interest (map icon).png Bitumen Reserve
Hero point.png The Bone Palace
Vista (map icon).png Joko's Domain Vista
Lair of the Forgotten
Complete heart (map icon).png Help Dunkoro assist local ghosts
Waypoint (map icon).png Lair of the Forgotten Waypoint
Point of interest (map icon).png Wayward Watch
Hero point.png Shanna the Valorous
Vista (map icon).png Lair of the Forgotten Vista
Bounty Board (map icon).png Bounty Board
Palawa Cut
Point of interest (map icon).png Clanmarshal's Pergola
Point of interest (map icon).png Sandfall Sanctum
Point of interest (map icon).png Scourge's Threshold
Vista (map icon).png Palawa Cut Vista
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Desolation Insight: Sandfall Sanctum
Poisoned Outcrops
Point of interest (map icon).png Ember Heights
Point of interest (map icon).png Shadow Arcade
Point of interest (map icon).png Springer's Ladder
Hero point.png Awakened Wanderer
Personal waypoint (map icon).png Arena of Vayu
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Desolation Insight: Arena of Vayu
Sand Jackal Run
Complete heart (map icon).png Help Drojkor, Spirit Squall, control jackals
Waypoint (map icon).png Sand Jackal Run Waypoint
Point of interest (map icon).png Djinn Enclave
Vista (map icon).png Sand Jackal Run Vista
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Desolation Insight: Sand Jackal Leap
Jackal (map icon).png Mount: Jackal
Scorched March
Point of interest (map icon).png Henge of Joko
Point of interest (map icon).png Lone-Tree Hill
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Desolation Insight: Henge of Joko
Silent Vale
Point of interest (map icon).png Blind Faith
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Desolation Insight: Silent Isle
Sulfur Quarry
Point of interest (map icon).png Imperial Sulfurworks
The Alkali Pan
Point of interest (map icon).png Junundu Lookout
Point of interest (map icon).png The Vermitheater
The Bonestrand
Complete heart (map icon).png Help Tariq weaken the garrison
Complete heart (map icon).png Help Kisha Odili keep the village running
Waypoint (map icon).png Bonestrand Waypoint
Point of interest (map icon).png Bonecage Paddock
Point of interest (map icon).png Bonestrand Garrison
Point of interest (map icon).png Village of Purity
Bounty Board (map icon).png Bounty Board
The Darklands
Waypoint (map icon).png The Darklands Waypoint
Point of interest (map icon).png Sandstrewn Shrine
Point of interest (map icon).png Chantry of Shadows
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Honoring the Fallen
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Sulfur Shooter
Bounty Board (map icon).png Bounty Board
The Ruination
Complete heart (map icon).png Help the Order of Shadows defend against the Forged
Point of interest (map icon).png Conquest Overlook
Point of interest (map icon).png Revealer Vantage
Point of interest (map icon).png Torment's Watch
Vista (map icon).png The Ruination Vista
The Ruptured Heart
Point of interest (map icon).png Eastern Maw
Point of interest (map icon).png Northern Maw
Point of interest (map icon).png The Mouth of Torment
Point of interest (map icon).png Western Maw
Hero point.png The Mouth of Torment
Adventure (map icon).png Desolation Griffon Master
Vista (map icon).png The Ruptured Heart Vista
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Desolation Insight: The Mouth of Torment
The Scourgeway
Waypoint (map icon).png The Scourgeway Waypoint
Point of interest (map icon).png Chukeht Overlook
Point of interest (map icon).png Towering Links
Vista (map icon).png The Scourgeway Vista
The Shattered Ravines
Point of interest (map icon).png Forged Firebase
Point of interest (map icon).png Fort Huduh
Point of interest (map icon).png Zayan Gate
Adventure (map icon).png Shadows Intel
Adventure (map icon).png Desolation Griffon Expert
The Spillway
Vista (map icon).png The Spillway Vista
Vitriolic Rim

Interactive map[edit]


Previous 2 hoursNext 2 hours
00:00 UTC

Meta events
Other events
Priory Historian Elisa's events


Juvenile Rock Gazelle

Crafting resources[edit]

Resource nodes
Mine resource (map icon).png Mithril Ore
Mine resource (map icon).png Orichalcum Ore
Wood resource (map icon).png Ancient Sapling
Wood resource (map icon).png Mebahya Sapling
Plant resource (map icon).png Cluster of Desert Herbs
Plant resource (map icon).png Desert Vegetables
Plant resource (map icon).png Flax
Plant resource (map icon).png Mussels


Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on The Desolation.
  1. ^ Sky Scholar
  2. ^ The Mouth of Torment
  3. ^ Lair of the Forgotten
  4. ^ Horde of Darkness
    Priest Kehmtut: To finish this business, you will need firepower like you have never wielded before. The force you just defeated is nothing compared to what now rises in the Alkali Pan. To reach Varesh, you must face the Horde of Darkness...the very Margonites who fought the gods when Abaddon stormed the gates of heaven.
  5. ^ Facing the Truth
    Kormir: Thirteen hundred years ago, Abaddon and his army of fanatics waged a war ranging across the shores and islands of the Crystal Sea.
    Kormir: The battle was so ferocious that the ocean boiled away, leaving behind the desert you see today.
    Kormir: When the gods finally struck down Abbadon, his fall warped and ravaged these lands, creating the Desolation.
  6. ^ Unified Timeline, page 29, Guild Wars Nightfall manual
  7. ^ A Deal's a Deal
    Sahlahjar the Dead: I too made an unfortunate deal with Palawa Joko. I was a prince and, until my father died, had lived a life full of honor and the trappings of royalty, but free of duty. Running the kingdom was more than I could handle. With my people soon to feel the brunt of Palawa's attack, I made a deal with him: I would serve him if he would spare my people. Unfortunately, it cost me my everlasting soul, for he killed my people and made me his undying minion.
  8. ^ Chessa
  9. ^ Order of Whispers Mission Dispatches