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For hundreds of years we have hidden in plain sight, living in your cities, manipulating your politics. Soldiers, farmers, scholars—all swearing allegiance to the cause...all waiting for the moment to strike. Our time is now. We rise from the shadows to claim what is ours!


Xera is the High Inquisitor of the White Mantle. She serves as the final boss of the Stronghold of the Faithful raid wing.


Early years[edit]

Xera was a faithful servant of the White Mantle cult, loyal to the mursaat or Unseen Ones, and whose main goal was to resurrect the last of them, Lazarus the Dire. She eventually learned what had really happened to the last mursaat. Lazarus had been betrayed, his power turned against him and, to survive, he had to split his soul into five aspects. Each of those aspects had been hidden and scattered across the Maguuma Jungle and sites sacred to the White Mantle.[1]

While Xera went to search for these aspects, Caudecus Beetlestone, Legate Minister, worked to undermine Queen Jennah's leadership of Kryta and secretly orchestrated centaur and bandit attacks, rising as a political rival to Jennah. In Xera's absence, Confessor Esthel, supreme leader of the White Mantle, named Caudecus her second-in-command for discrediting Jennah.[1]

Justiciar Xera was dedicated to her task, and purged nonbelievers among the White Mantle, many of whom worked under Justiciar Caudecus. Xera's investigations prompted her to write to Caudecus to express her concern over how many of the Justiciar's followers were straying from the goal of serving the Unseen Ones.[2]

In 1325 AE, the Shining Blade and the Hero of Shaemoor raided a White Mantle hideout in Kryta and killed Confessor Esthel. Caudecus succeeded her, becoming Confessor and leader of the White Mantle, and naming Xera a High Inquisitor as his second-in-command.[3][4]. While Xera was loyal to the original goal of the White Mantle, Confessor Caudecus was more focused on the Krytan throne.

The White Mantle further splintered into those loyal to High Inquisitor Xera, who wanted to serve the mursaat and were focused on Operation Rebirth to restore Lazarus; and those loyal to Confessor Caudecus, who wanted the White Mantle to rule Kryta. Once the five aspects of Lazarus were found, Xera, Matthias Gabrel, and other like-minded zealots decided to continue working on Operation Rebirth as their primary objective behind Caudecus's back, as they relocated to the Stronghold of the Faithful in the Forsaken Thicket.

Stronghold of the Faithful[edit]

By 1329 AE, Scholar Glenna and a group of raiders assisting the Pact entered Forsaken Thicket while investigating strange disappearances in the region and discovered a heavy White Mantle presence. They fought their way past sentries to the Stronghold of the Faithful. Xera's attempts to stop them by sending both the cultists and her creation, the Keep Construct, to fight them proved to be futile. She even accidentally slipped up during her gloating by revealing the White Mantle's plans to revive Lazarus, which clued the raiders in on what she and the cultists were really up to.

As the raiders fought the Keep Construct, Xera realized that killing them was not working, and proceeded to stall them. She drew power from nearby Bloodstone shards to enhance her mesmer magic and, when the Keep Construct was defeated, she used her power to amplify the resulting explosion to destroy the stronghold. She used her magic to levitate fragments of the stronghold in the air to create the Twisted Castle, a labyrinth. The raiders had to fight their way through the maze that defied reality, teleporting from platform to platform, while Xera's magic twisted their minds.[5][6] When the raiders managed to navigate through the twisted castle, Xera finally confronted them herself and fought them as a last resort to buy more time for Lazarus to be fully revived. Although she perished in battle, the High Inquisitor had ultimately succeeded in stalling the raiders long enough so that they did not find any mursaat in the revival chamber by the time they got there.

However, unbeknownst to Xera and the raiders at the time, before Xera had left for the Stronghold of the Faithful, one of Caudecus' lackeys had secretly swapped one of the artifacts imbued with Lazarus's aspects with a fake to ensure that the ritual to revive the mursaat would fail even if Xera could carry it out.[7] Without this artifact, the real Lazarus could have never been resurrected. Despite Xera's fall, her ominous words about an uprising ultimately came to pass once Caudecus led the White Mantle assault in the Siege of Divinity's Reach in 1330 AE.


Heart of Maguuma


Primary article: Stronghold of the Faithful#Xera

Combat abilities[edit]

  • High Inquisitor of the White Mantle
  • Summons Phantasms and soldiers
  • Twists reality to her will

DefianceDefiance bar teal.png

  • Vulnerable to crowd control periodically.
  • When the defiance bar is active, Bloodstone Fragments will spawn at a much higher rate.
  • When defiance is active, Xera takes 80% reduced Power and Condition damage.
Effects applied only to bloodstone fragments and players not on the center platform.
  • Target!.png Bending Chaos - Magic penetrates your body, causing internal chaos. After ten stacks, you will be overpowered.
  • Shifting Chaos.png Shifting Chaos - Magic penetrates your body, causing internal chaos. After ten stacks, you will be overpowered.
  • Twisting Chaos.png Twisting Chaos - Magic penetrates your body, causing internal chaos. After ten stacks, you will be overpowered.
  • Bloodstone Protection.png Bloodstone Protection - The imbued bloodstone is being shielded by Xera and is immune to damage.
  • Cerebral Slash - Xera's physical attacks sing with magic, cutting and affecting all before her.
    • Xera slashes at players cutting straight into their minds.
  • Confounding Frenzy - Ripples of magic from Xera's whirlwind of attacks ravage your flesh and mind.
    • Xera unleashes a flurry of attacks, each hit stacking Confusion.png Confusion
  • Temporal Shred - Your thoughts blur as Xera's confounding magic penetrates your being.
  • Temporal Vortex - Your thoughts blur as Xera's confounding magic penetrates your being. The vortex applies 2 stacks of derangement.
  • Tormenting Dredge - Horrific illusions fill your mind. Applies 2 stacks of derangement.
Stolen skills


Your life is mine.
Who wants to die first?
What are you waiting for?
Go ahead—make the first move.
How does it feel to make it so far only to fail?


Event Rewards

Stats of encounter relevant enemies[edit]

Enemy Health Defiance Bar
Xera (after 50%) 25,560,600 1 3,000
Xera 22,611,300 3,000
Xera's Phantasm 737,325
Bloodstone Shard (side platform) 343,620
White Mantle Knight 162,684
Bloodstone Shard (main platform) 104,580
White Mantle Seeker/Battle Mage 74,259
1 Xera's maximum health goes up after 50% but she spawns with half of that value in the second phase so 12,780,300 HP.


Related achievements[edit]


  • Xera has 2597 armor (1374 toughness and 1223 defense), yet the Xera clone on the first platform (which has to be killed to start the fight) has 3208 armor (1985 toughness and 1223 defense).
  • Xera has a 48 range diameter hitbox, which is considered small.


See also[edit]

Associated items


  1. ^ a b Master of Puppets
    Confessor Esthel: Justiciar Caudecus, the Unseen Ones smile upon us. After years of searching, High Inquisitor Xera has found a lead on the refuge of our injured god, Lazarus. It would appear that, after he was betrayed by Justicar Naveed over two centuries ago, Lazarus was forced to re-split himself into aspects to contain the corruption. Once imbued into artifacts, these aspects were scattered across the Maguuma Jungle and sites sacred to our order. And it is now our charge to gather these aspects. In her absence—and in light of your success discrediting the impostor on the Krytan throne—I am naming you second-in-command of the White Mantle. Do not disappoint me.
  2. ^ Master of Puppets
    High Inquisitor Xera: Justiciar Caudecus, my inquisitors have found yet another nonbeliever among your forces. We've purged her by fire as an example to the others, but I am doubtful she'll be the last. It concerns me deeply that so many among our order—and specifically, those under your command—seem to have forgotten our true purpose: to serve the Unseen Ones. If I didn't know better, I'd be questioning just how dedicated you are to the cause.
  3. ^ Guild Chat episode 41: Out of the Shadows story
    Andrew Gray: Xera was a High Inquisitor. Caudecus is the actual Confessor. Confessor is the highest rank of the White Mantle. [...] Caudecus is the leader; Xera was prolly directly under him.
  4. ^ Guild Chat episode 41: Out of the Shadows story
    Andrew Gray: The thought process was Caudecus was [Confessor Esthel's] successor.
  5. ^ Post by Bobby Stein in "*Raid Spoilers* Wing 3, Season 3, Expansion 2", Old Guild Wars 2 Forums (Archived)
  6. ^ Post by Bobby Stein in "*Raid Spoilers* Wing 3, Season 3, Expansion 2", Old Guild Wars 2 Forums (Archived)
  7. ^ Master of Puppets
    Justiciar Bauer: Confessor, It wasn't easy, but I managed to swap the artifacts as you requested—just in time, too. Xera took off north without so much as a word. I wish I could be there when the smug zealot's ritual fails, when her followers turn on her and come crawling back to us. Perhaps I'll allow some to return. But most will be fed to the bloodstone. I'm sure you've delayed your relocation to the queen's palace for as long as you can, so I'll find a way to get in touch with you there going forward. Until then, Confessor.
  8. ^ Comment by Bobby Stein,