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The Desolation

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Map of The Desolation

Levels
80
Type
Zone
Within
Crystal Desert
Connects to
Elon Riverlands (N)
Domain of Vabbi (SE)
Pets
Rock Gazelle

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The Desolation is a harsh landscape that is the central home for Palawa Joko and his forces. In it lies King Joko's Bone Palace and the infamous Mouth of Torment, a portal that leads to 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 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.

History[edit]

Before the Exodus of the Gods, the lands that make up the Desolation were considered a lush and beautiful landscape,[1] and was home to the Forgotten's empire.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[5] 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 was 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.

Getting there[edit]

  • From Elon Riverlands: the portal is south from
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     Stoneyard Rest.
  • From Domain of Vabbi: the portal is just above and to the northwest of
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     Cragged Vale Waypoint.

Locations[edit]

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

Interactive map[edit]

Events[edit]

Meta events
Bounties
Other events

Pets[edit]

Juvenile Rock Gazelle

Crafting resources[edit]

Resource nodes
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Mithril Ore
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Orichalcum Ore
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Ancient Sapling
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Mebahya Sapling
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Cluster of Desert Herbs
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Desert Vegetables
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Flax
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Mussels

References[edit]

Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on The Desolation.
  1. ^ gww:The Mouth of Torment
  2. ^ Lair of the Forgotten
  3. ^ Horde of Darkness
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Unified Timeline, page 29, Guild Wars Nightfall manual
  6. ^ gww:A Deal's a Deal
  7. ^ Chessa