Guild Wars 2 Hall of Monuments Comprehensive Guide



Guild Wars 2 Hall of Monuments Comprehensive Guide by Kamatsu

Q&A

Q. Where are the items for 31+ points?
After 30 points, the rewards are titles. Just click on the four little squares and it will expand and show you what those are.

Q. How are HoM items claimed/do we have to buy them in-game?
You are given the items for free. Well, let me clarify. You will go to the Hall of Monuments in GW2 and talk to an NPC. That guy will make your item for you for no cost. You can make as many copies of the items that you need, but they’re account bound (so they can’t be traded or sold).

Q. Do we have to use Transmutation Stones to make these useable after the first few levels?
For the Hall of Monuments rewards, we will provide players the means by which they can transmute the stats/appearance of these particular items without having to purchase transmutation stones in the in-game store. The development team is still working out the exact mechanics of this, though. :)

Q. When I enter a name, why am I seeing acheivements from my other characters too?
All HoM achievements are account wide, we’re simply used to seeing them per chaarcter in-game (Kimmes can switch this though). So when you enter a character you see all achievements for that account; the name used is entirely inconsequential beyond identifying the account.

Q. I added [achievement] in-game, yet the calculator didn’t change?
The source which the calculator draws it’s info from doesn’t update until you log out of GW1; log out then try the calculator again.

Tips

I’d like to add that a relatively simple way of getting a decent amount of points in EotN title tracks is finishing the four fast and easy missions at least once in HM and turning over the unfinished book – Against the Charr (1500 Vanguard points for a first time completion), G.O.L.E.M (use one of the alternate methods described on wiki – 1500 Asura rep), Curse of the Nornbear (1500 Norn rep) and A time for heroes (a whooping 7500 Dwarf points, but that’s only useful for a warrior’s Silver Eagle armor). After giving in the book to any of the reputation masters, you get an extra 4,500 points in that track. If you finish Finding the Bloodstone and A Gate Too Far missions as well which are a bit harder but not very, you’d get an extra 1500 Norn and 4500 Asura rep, plus 9000 from the book instead of 4500.

Campaign contributions

1st] Eye of the North is required to have access to a HoM!

2nd] Nightfall has the highest contribution overall, with 11 weapons, 13-15 potential heroes, Vabbian armor.
Nightfall also has many of the easiest points to acquire, thanks to it’s easily obtainable hero armor.

3rd] Prophecies squeaks into 2nd by virtue of having 11 weapons thanks to a recent game update.

4th] Factions bring up the rear with a respectable contribution of Kurzick & Luxon armor and 2 rare pets (though all campaigns have access to 1).
Factions is the easiest campaign to earn campaign titles in though, due to low mission count and lack of tricky stipulations (mostly just race against the clock).
*In February, players with Factions can participate in the Canthan New Year; with very modest effort, this usually yields a free rare miniature.

All] Having all campaigns grants the hero MOX and the Black Moa Chick miniature.
MOX is immediately monumentable, but in the grand scheme of things this doesn’t matter as you’ll want to take advantage of Nightfall’s easy hero armor upgrades anyway – he only really helps take you to the 10|20|30 companion thresholds (you’ll need him to reach 30).
The Black Moa Chick requires a lot of running around and modest expenditure, but has unique rarity; if you’re new to GW1, this is your best bet for the “Unique Miniature Statue” achievement short of buying a cheap Factions or Nightfall collector’s edition.

Milestone: Heritage Armor

1] “Accounts Linked”
I’d assumed this was to do with NCsoft master accounts, but first-hand reports are that all that is required is having a statue displayed.
3 Points for no effort at all! :)

2] Either create a Nightfall character – or take a character of another campaign to Kamadan at the earliest opportunity – and choose ranger as your primary or secondary profession so that you can charm an animal companion (keep it with you to level it to 20).

Play through until you complete the Consulate Docks mission, being sure to complete the Zaishen Elite quest chain for an extra hero.

Return to Kamadan and talk to Dockmaster Ahlaro there, who will zoom you to Dahjka Inlet.

Play the Dahjka Inlet challenge mission until you have 4 Stolen Sunspear Armor pieces; these appear in your inventory randomly after defeating Corsair Guild Lords, so even if you can only beat the first few each time you will collect 4 eventually.

Talk to Bahldasareh to upgrade the armor of Koss, Dunkoro, Melonni and whichever acolyte you gained from the Zaishen Elite quest chain.

Travel to the Eye of the North (whichever city you first sailed from will have the quest – you’ll be alerted to it after you turn level 10), and follow the instructions provided until you reach the Eye of the North and Gwen joins your party.

She will hand you a Monumental Tapestry, which you should use to activate the Monument of Fellowship (be sure you get that part right!).

Take each of your 4 armor-upgraded heroes to the monument, along with your level 20 animal companion, for 4 more points total.

Congratulate yourself! :cool:

Achievements:
– Accounts Linked {3}
– Any Hero Statue {1}
– Any Pet Statue {1}
– 5 Companion Statues (Full Display) {2}

Rewards:
– All Heritage armor pieces
– Gnarled Walking Stick

Tackling: Monument of Devotion

1] Rare miniature.
If you have Factions and the patience to wait till February, the Canthan New Year should bring a free rare miniature for 1 point.
If not, you can purchase a Pig, Rurik or Shiro – these were very cheap (5-10k) before the HoM reveal, no idea if price will rise now.

2] Unique miniature.
If you bought a Factions or Nightfall collector’s edition, you can claim the unique miniature (once per account – don’t go deleting the character!) by entering /special in your chat box.
This will get you the “Any Miniature Statue” and “Unique Miniature Statue” as soon as you get the Monument of Devotion active (have to play through Eye of the North to earn more tapestries, or take new characters through up to Gwen again), for 1 point apiece.
If you don’t have either CE but do have all campaign, you can wait until you earn your Black Moa Chick further down the line (you’ll need to visit a number of remote locations, spend 5k and accumulate 10 steel & 50 spiritwood).
If you don’t have either CE or all campaigns, you’re only real option is to buy a Black Moa Chick as the other uniques will likely be unobtainable within days of the HoM reveal (it’s the only inexhaustible unique); the price was 20-30k previously though, and will likely rise now.

3] Any miniature.
If you’re not keen on either of the previous 2 achievements, at least achieve “Any Miniature Statue” on its own by purchasing the cheapest miniature you can find; any of the 8 1st birthday series commons.

4] 20 Miniatures.
“20 Miniature Statues” is quite ambitious if you’re just starting out, and its feasibility is going to rest entirely on how the market settles; it’s worth 2 points so it could be quite cost-effective compared to alternatives, but no way to assess that at this time.
The most practical advice I can offer is that you fill all of your character slots right away; more characters = more birthdays over the years, so while you may not reap any reward for this before GW2 it may yield booty some time in the future (costs nothing but a few minutes, and you can delete them if you ever need the space back).
If you don’t see yourself ever reaching 20, don’t bother chasing or retaining any miniature beyond your 1st unqiue and your 1st rare – money has so many uses!

Tackling: Monument of Fellowship

You should already have 3 acheivements getting the first milestone, so yay.

1] “Any Rare Pet Statue”
Even a novice can get this happily, playing through Factions; choose the Kurzick route when you reach the point that both factions want you to join them (Jamei will offer you “Journey to House zu Heltzer”, after completing the Sunjiang District mission).
Take & complete “The Beak of Darkness” from Rutger zu Heltzer in House zu Heltzer, which will bring your 1st encounter with the legendary Black Moa.
Afterwards, with Charm Animal equipped and and no animal companion, return to where you slew the Black Moa and tame one.
It will already be level 20, so simply map take to your Monument of Fellowship to claim your acheivement and precious point.

If you don’t have Factions, your only target is the Black Widow in the Underworld.
This can be done without other players, but it isn’t easy; you’ll need a team of heroes, and your goal is to complete the “Wrathful Spirits” quest to spawn a spider.
The wiki has all the details & advice, but the basic principles are you will need: plenty of healing, weakness to neutralize the Aatxe, interrupts (on your heroes – they excel at them) to neutralize the Dryder, and you basically want to completely clear each area before activating the next quest stage.

2] “10 Companion Statues”
This is completely achievable, so long as you can get the hang of the weirder challenge missions to earn your hero armor pieces – simply keep playing through Nightfall, and let the wiki guide you through the rest (none of the challenge missions are signposted).
You can buy hero armor upgrades off other players but, unless they’re both cheap & plentiful when the market settles, it’s a shame not to just earn them – that said; do keep in mind if you’re investing more time for no return than it would take just to raise the funds, better to raise funds & pay than soldier on futilely.

3] “20 Companion Statues”
This isn’t too bad either actually; when you finish Nightfall, you’ll be taken to the Throne of Secrets where you should talk to the 3 heroes you didn’t choose during your adventures to gain their services.
This will take you to 12 Nightfall-upgradeable heroes, provide access to the 13th (get “Finding a Purpose” in Gate of Anguish), plus you’ll have 1 for each of Prophecies & Factions that you own.
If you have the full 15 you’ll also be eligible for MOX (who requires no upgrade), while the animal companion you dedicated earlier will take you to 17.
The remaining 3 will have to come from: Black Moa, Black Widow, Phoenix and EotN heroes.
To upgrade EotN heroes, you’ll have to pay for their upgrades or play through the entire storyline and master tricky challenges afterwards.
To collect all 3 pets though, you’ll have to venture into the Underworld, complete Factions and raise a level 5 Phoenix all the way to 20 – it’s your call which route/combination is the better option for you.

4] “30 Companion Statues”
If you can master the Glint’s Challenge mission at the end of EotN, this is actually a breeze – just repeat over & over till you’ve upgraded all 10 EotN heroes (the wiki will help you find them all, as the storyline only introduces some of them).
Then all you need are the 3 exotic pets.
If you cannot conquer Glint’s Challenge: you can buy all the upgrades, but this is only a 1 point achievement – be sure it’s the best return on your investment!
If you cannot tame a Black Widow: don’t despair – there is some new content on the horizon that will introduce a new hero, allowing you to skip 1 exotic animal and still reach 30.

Tackling: Monument of Honor

1] “Any Statue”
Just finish a campaign (not the EotN storyline) and you have your statue. Huzzah!

2] “5 Statues (Full Display)”
Many routes available here, but the easiest options are: completing the 3 campaigns, the 3 Protector titles, conquering Sorrow’s Furnace, maxing the Sunspear title & the 4 Skill Hunter titles (cost money but aren’t difficult).

3] “10 Statues”
Complete most of the above list, or branch out in to Hard Mode title tracks.

4] “15 Statues”
If you’re approaching 15 statues, you probably don’t need my tips any more!

5] “1 PvP Statue”
This looks so enticing for 3 whole points, but if you’re a newcomer to the game you probably won’t get this in time; you cannot afford to buy the Zaishen statue (200 Zasihen keys of 5k market value), and the PvP titles all take many wins to earn in a very tough veteran environment.
You also make no money nor progress any other acheivements while engaged in PvP, so this achievement is strictly a labor of love.

Tackling: Monument of Resilience

This monument is all about the platinum, and there are few cold truths involved:
#1 If you’re planning/dreaming/wishing to reach “7 Armor Statues”, core professions are best; they have access to a big block of tame Prophecies armors that later professions don’t.
#2 Elementalists & rangers have the kindest material requirements by far; the more armored or exotic your profession, the further you’re going to have to stretch to select cheap sets.
#3 The wiki is your personal shopper; read & plan or be prepared to farm & pay.

And always remember: you don’t need the headwear to get the statue!

1] “Any Armor Statue”
Ancient armor – from the Bone Palace in Nightfall – is the armor of choice for people who don’t like to farm title tracks or pay 20k more than they need to.
If you are reading this and don’t like to farm title tracks or pay 20k more than you need to, choose Ancient armor!
N.B. You can get this title for free if you craft Vabbian armor, but if you can stretch to Vabbian armor you’re probably within touching distance of 3 armor statues anyway…

2] “3 Armor Statues”
The ideal armor to aim for are the 3 EotN sets, which also cost 40k but require reaching rank 5 in their associated title tracks.
If you carry a Hero’s Handbook with you while completing the EotN storyline, you can turn it in to a Historian NPC afterwards for 20,000 reputation – should take you to or near rank 5 in one track (don’t choose the Deldrimor track as only the warrior has a monumental set for it – and with horrible material requirements that double the cost).
The rest you’ll have to build up the hard way; exhaust their quests then kill monsters while under a bounty effect.

Tip:

If you’d rather just spend the extra 20k (or the EotN sets have terrible material requirements for your profession), research on the wiki.

If you want the point-alicious triumberate: instead save up for your Vabbian & factional sets.

3] “5 Armor Statues (Full display)”
More of the same, but if you’re making this kind of money now it might be best to aim higher: the Vabbian & factional armor acheivements.
This is worth 2 points, so it’s the peak of armor achievements – after 5 sets you have to consider if there are better use for your money available.

4] “Kurzick or Luxon Armor Statue”
By this point, getting to the sets won’t be any obstacle at all; the challenge is the additional 70 factional materials required.
Pre-HoM reveal this’d be a decent extra cost, but now that it’s known these sets carry their own point… I fear buying isn’t going to be so simple.
The best method may be farming faction and earning the materials yourself (5k = 1 material); I’d recommend farming maps with shrine blessing active, as enemies do drop these materials themselves (rarely) and the money generated has many uses – including buying materials when/if they’re in stock.

5] “Vabbian Armor Statue”
If you complete every quest in Vabbi with a Trade Contract reward (they aren’t all available initially – wiki to the rescue!) you will earn 27; enough to claim 3 rubies or sapphires from the Vabbi Trade Official, with 6 Trade Contracts left over.
After that, you’re at the mercy of the market for the other 11 necessary – as with factional armor, I can’t see gems being affordable or even necessarily in stock now that the HoM achievement has been revealed.
The only tips I can offer:
* Read up on Nightfall’s treasure spots – hit them all, as they can drop gems for you.
* Memorize/record all of the weapons which have a chance of being salvaged into rubies or sapphires.
* Farm Hidden Treasures in EotN dungeons – not a great likelihood of course, but a better drop rate than any creature.
* Consider making an alt and playing through to Vabbi, for another 27 trade contracts apiece – time consuming to be sure, but if you literally cannot find any gems for sale…

Tackling: Monument of Valor

This one’s all about the market. *gulp*

1] “Any Weapon Statue”
Get this for managing one of the followng…

2] “Destroyer Weapon Statue”
This one really shouldn’t be too arduous; complete EotN, then buy the gems you need (if that is still viable in the new market status quo), else run whichever dungeon you find easist until you have all 20 – they are common dungeon chest drops, and quite common from Hidden Treasures also.
Most stone monsters drop granite, but a few in particular stand out:
> Hulking Stone Elementals (Old Ascalon, Prophecies) in Hard Mode
> Stonescale Kirin (throughout Kurzick territory, Factions).
> Shambling Mesa (throughout Nightfall).
> Sandstorm Crag (throughout Nightfall).
> Carven Effigy (throughout The Desolation, Nightfall)
A single Destroyer weapon is fully achievable for anyone, it’s just a choice of cost vs time investment.

3] “Tormented Weapon Statue”
Pre-HoM reveal, one of these would set you back in the region of 150k – that could hold true, or the cost could rise dramatically now that every account holder desires at least 1.
If you are new to GW1, the odds of you being able to earn these yourself are not strong; takes very sepcialized teams utilizing specific tactics, with little room for error – if you want to give it a shot, read up comprehensively before putting yourself forward.

4] “Oppressor Weapon Statue”
These never got a chance to stabilize between introduction and HoM reveal, but used to cost anywhere from 45 to 100k apiece – I don’t think they’re going to soar, though demand will be high among players without Prophecies.
If you have Prophecies yourself, you can pretty-much earn 1 of these playing through the War in Kryta content (wiki it as there are no pointers in-game) after completing the campaign (and EotN too ideally); the quests involved are very tough to do on your own if inexperienced though.
If they prove too much, or you aren’t aiming for 5 weapon statues anyway, consider just buying 1 instead.

5] “5 Weapon Statues”
If you’ve covered all 3 bases at this point – and the market isn’t out of control – 2 more Destroyer or Oppressor weapons could be a comparatively affordable path to 1 more point.

6] “11 Weapon Statues (Full Display)”
2 Points on offer, but you’ve really got to be a money making machine to aim this high or churning through dungeons like a force of nature.
It’s not outrageous as a goal, but you may have transformed into a GW1 hobbyist by now. Congrats!

zOMG: Jackpot!

There are a select few shortcuts to significant <> untold riches in GW1, which warrant a little discussion.

1] Coffer of Whispers
Tormented weapons are acquired by trading an Armbraces of Truth to an NPC, and Armbraces of Truth are in turn acquired by trading in 15 gemsets from the Domain of Anguish.
A single gemset can instead be traded for a Coffer of Whispers however, which contains a range of random prizes that include an Armbrace of Truth and the exclusive unique rarity Mallyx miniature (worth slightly more than an Armbrace currently).
So buying Coffer of Whispers is a shortcut to get a Tormented weapon for a fraction of the cost and/or getting a valuable unique mini?!
NOOOOOOOO!
The odds of receiving either of those jackpot prizes is astronomically small, and these items should in no way be entertained as an efficient route to obtaining either of them.

2] Miniature Polar Bear
When the Wintersday festival arrives (or shortly after?), it will bring with it the repeatable “The Strength of Snow” and “Straight to the Heart” solo quests; at the end of either quest, you open the Wintersday Chest and have an infinitesimal chance of receiving the hallowed Miniature Polar Bear.
This rare critter has an undedicated trade value of 1250 ecto – enough to buy your way to a great many HoM points!

Tips for the quests:
> Choose “The Strength of Snow”, as it much easier.
-> Simply run passed all of the NPC battles.
-> At the end, just stand in the doorway and let your allies do the fighting – they respawn while your enemies do not, so they win eventually with no risk to yourself (good time to be playing in windowed mode or to take a break from your PC).
> When a quest is repeatable in GW1, to take it again you must exit the map or change district after claiming the reward.

Tips for perspective:
> The odds really are tiny; you couldn’t buy 1,000 lottery tickets and expect to become a millionaire – you can’t complete this quest 1,000 times and expect to receive a polar bear, so don’t get fanatical about chasing one.
> The Miniature Polar Bear is a shortcut to being rich beyonds the dreams of avarice, but the “Snowball Dominance” Wintersday quest is a 100% reliable means of making respectable money fast (especially if you utilize one of the farming methods detailed on the wiki).
> Wintersday itself is the hardest time to sell a MPBear; the irresistable allure of the MPBear is that it might be yours for just 1 more run… consequently, folks interested in owning one are likely running the quest or otherwise hopeful of winning it for themselves this year.
> The 1,250 ecto item market is understandably small, so – even though the value to you of 50, 100 or 150 ecto is mindboggling if you stop to think – do seriously consider lower bids if they are the only ones on offer; 1,000 – 1,100 ecto will fill your HoM, while hanging on to the Miniature Polar Bear itself really does you no good.

How To Trade

It only just occurred to me that the tips so far have assumed a lot more fmailiarity with the trading system than the game itself imparts. :o

1] Where to trade.
English speaking trade primarily occurs in the American districts of Kamadan, the lower the better – if you’re not in America, open the district drop-down menu and click “More Options…”.
Very limited trading occurs in American districts of Lion’s Arch, Kaineng Center and the Eye of the North outpost – mostly just players without access to Kamadan, plus a few die-hards or people selling stuff appropriate to that location.
It is largely a waste of time to try trading – in English – anywhere else.

If people know of any non-English-speaking trading hubs, please post.

2] Finding trades.
Click the “Search” button in your party window, then click the “Players” tab – may need to scroll down a little to see the trade section, but it is always the biggest.
You can also enable the “Trade” channel in your chat interface, but they fly by fast and will only show trade messages in your current district – that’s why the search window interface was added.
If you want to contact someone, click their row to highlight it then press the “Whisper” button to start a message to them in your chat interface.

3] Posting trades.
It is ideal if your post fits in the search interface, so try there first: choose “Trade” from the dropdown menu that’ll be on “Mission” by default, then write in the “(Enter description)” box – press return to post it after typing.
If you can’t fit it in there, choose the “$ Trade” tabe in the chat interface and type your post (it doesn’t matter if you have the trade channel enabled or not).
> WTB = want to buy.
> WTS = want to sell.
> WTT = want to trade.

3a] Be specific.
The more specific you can be, the better.
> It wastes time and/or leads to annoyance if you post more broadly than you need to e.g. posting “WTB unded 1st year commons” when you have 5 of the 8 already, leading people to whisper you offers that you’re just going to reject.
> It creates the impression that you’re clueless (or an idiot!) if you post an advert of absurd scope, leading people to just overlook your advert or place bids an experienced trader would knockback e.g. “WTB mini” or “WTB good sword” are plain ridiculous posts.
> If you’re seeking a range of items and the odds of being offered a repeat are high, consider posting each one by one with a minute or two inbetween for responses e.g. “WTB unded jungle troll” *wait* “WTB unded Fungal Wallow” etc.

3b] Include a figure if you have one.
You’ll see a lot of posts – both WTB & WTS – with no figure included, but posts with a figure are invariably more likely to reap results.
> Sometimes people just aren’t in the mood to haggle with all & sundry, so don’t both starting conversations with enigmatic posters who may have entirely different valuations in their minds.
> A side-effect of the total domination of American Kamadan as a trading hub is that people with limited-or-zero English speaking skills are drawn there; players who can’t talk to you can still trade with you if all that is required is initiating a trade and moving items and/or money.
> A lot of traders simply base their valuations off of what they see posted; seeing comparable figures posted throughtout the search window sets expectation to match.

3c] Be prepared to chat.
You can decide your own policy & criteria as to which whispers you respond to, just go in aware that people may whisper you once you advertise.
> It is easy to miss whispers if you have the trade channel enabled, due to the volume of messages that flash by.
> Many people consider it impolite if they receive no response, though this can’t always be helped if you are busy – just weigh silence against the juggling required responding to a multitude of whispers at once (I’m bad at juggling multiple conversations myself).
> Some people are jerks, and will zealously assert the valuation they place on an item or the worth of whatever they want to offer you in lieu of cold hard cash; all you can do is politely decline, disregard them, add them to your ignore list (via the friends window) or – if the sitaution escalates – report them.
> Conversely; people often respond to folks who are charming and/or don’t haggle – if a trade is excrutiating people are eager just to have it done with, where-as smooth transactions invite further conversation/offers.

Money: The Making Of!

You don’t have to chase achievements for very long to realise that money is a great asset to your monumental exploits and, with the festive season almost upon us, now is a good time to consider economics.
The simple truth is: you can make a lot of money being ruthless.
Not to other people though!
Be realistic about the limits of what you are ever going to achieve and stick to the rules you set ruthlessly, and you can make a lot more money along the way.

1] Gold items.
Identfying a gold item gets you 1 point of the Wisdom title track, and we do all enjoy watching our title bars fill – but Wisdom won’t get you so much as a staue for your HoM until you reach 10,000 points, which only a tiny fraction of the playerbase have ever done.
There’s simply no way to do it through natural play (even 5 years of natural play!) – it has to be done by incredibly devoted people spending (literally) thousands of platinum doing so; more than buying every monumental armor set & weapon in the game combined.
So if you aren’t going to max it, there’s realistically nothing to be gained progressing it at all – unidentified golds are the most valuable kind!
Why? Because the few people who are chasing this title need thousands of them, and there’s a big margin for both parties in trading them compared to what you’d receive from merchants and they’d spend on keys or lockpicks.
To be precise; an unidentified gold has a market value of 700g, or – more commonly seen in the trade listings – 7 for 5k; 7 being the maximum number of items in a single trade, as it’s inconvenient for title chasers to have to buy them all 1 by 1.
The quality of unidentified gold means nothing, as they are all worth the same 1 Wisdom point; just save them all up and sell them on.

~ Update: Sorry – wrote prices wrong previously! Actually 700g, 7 for 5k.

2] Keys & lockpicks.
Using a key with a merchant price over 600 (= 300 when you’re selling it to an NPC) gets you 1 Treasure Hunter title track point; like Wisdom, these are worth nothing to you but a single statue at 10,000.
It’s also not a feat achievable through natural play, requiring vast numbers of hours and thousands of platinum to max.
So if you’re not going to max it… sell, sell, sell!
Keys are not desirable to other players, but they are generally worth more than the contents of the chest they open (and they stack neatly); simply sell them like you would any other loot.
Once the keys start passing 300 sale value, it is slightly more of a dilemma; the chance of drawing a gold that you can sell unidentified is quite decent, but if you draw a purple instead it’ll fetch less than the key would have…
Personally I favor selling keys, as in addition to be the safe middle option it takes less time than selling unidentifed golds.

Lockpicks are a different beast; you can sell them to players easily and for more than to merchants.
This is because they are quite vital to the few brave souls chasing the Treasure Hunter title, and also enjoyed by people simply hunting rare loot.
The sale price to an NPC merchant is 750, but to players it is & has always been 1250 (it’s a Factions thing that I won’t elaborate on here); you shouldn’t have trouble selling lockpicks for 1250 in an active trade district, and they will sell like hotcakes if you specify any price lower than that (talking in > post > sell under a minute).

N.B. Zaishen keys have a completely different role in the game – none of this section applies to them!

3] Alcohol, sugar & party items.
These 3 item groups contribute to different title tracks (Drunkard, Sweet Tooth & Party Animal respectively), and while each requires 10,000 points to max they are much more achievable than the 2 covered previously.
However; they still require a great deal of time – or a great deal of money in lieu of that time – to max, and completing any one of them in a single year of festivals would be a superhuman feat.
So if you’re not going to max it… sell, sell, sell!
The sale price of alcohol, sugar & party items to other players is 200 per point (look on the wiki each festival as some items are worth multiple points), with party items tending to drift a little lower (they have no gameplay effects) and sugar items drifting higher (they all have a gameplay effect of some kind).
The best way to gauge the value of each is simply to read the trade listings and match the prices you see.
It’s a good idea to let your items accumulate – as no-one takes the time to buy these items 1 by 1 – but practically anything you do during festivals will yield them; read up on the wiki for detailed info, and to see which mundane items you can trade to seasonal collector’s for them too – it’s never too early to start!

N.B. When trading any of the above commodities, do place value on the time you take to sell them; every minute you spend hawking wares is a minute you could be looting monsters and accomplishing monumental deeds.
If at first you don’t succeed – pack up shop & try again later!

Zaishen Keys

Rubi’s article for Massively reminded me that every account is allowed to claim a one-off bonus of 50 Tournament Reward Points from High Priest Zhang in the Great Temple of Balthazar.
Once you’ve received them, you should talk to Tolkano (in the same outpost) and spend you 50 points on 10 Zaishen Keys (aka Z-keys).

Option 1] Zaishen title track
The Zaishen title track is only raised by using Z-keys, which necessitates opening the Zaishen Xhest in the Isle of the Nameless (the explorable area attached to the Great Temple); just go up the steps where you enter, then up the steps on your left.
Big plus: the Zaishen title statue is classed as a PvP statue, and your first PvP statue is woroth a whopping 3 HoM points!
Big minus: you need to use 200 Z-keys to be eligible for the statue, and Z-keys are expensive (as you’ll see in option 2…).
If you do want to chase the Zaishen title track though, your means are:
* Make a lot of money!
* Hoping to draw ultra-rare jackpot prizes from the Zaishen Chest; it is the primary source of everlasting tonics (items that let you morph into something else in outposts as often as you want) – they aren’t worth incredible amounts, but they are worth enough to make a differnece (20 ecto+ with specific tonic mattering greatly).
* Complete as many daily Z-quests as you are able, in Hard Mode if you can (you’ll find these in the Great Temple also).
* Master the Zaishen Elite arena, where you compete against PvE opponents in PvP-modelled matches, until you can earn 6k of Balathazar points each day comfortably (5k of them buys you a Z-key) – this isn’t easy, but the wiki can help and the in-game path starts with The Guide in the Isle of the Nameless.
I can’t really comment on the feasibility of this pursuit before GW2 releases, as I got my own Z-keys back when used to be acquired much more easily.

Option 2] Sell, sell, sell!
As you can see above, the Zaishen statue is not so easy to get; but compared to the other PvP statues it is profoundly more appealing to PvE veterans in need of those 3 special PvP HoM points.
Z-keys used to be worth 4-5k each, but it’s easy to imagine that demand is outstripping demand right now…
Z-keys are one of the few commodities that actually sell well outside of American Kamadan – you can check out American Great Temple of Balthazar too, most times of day.

Some more useful/helpful information in regards to Hall of Monuments and getting points for it:

Contributed by Sky Marin

Things you’ll need:

* All 3 campaigns and EotN
* Some cash on hand, or a steady surplus income (about 250k minimum, more is faster)
* Patience
* Use of the official wiki, if you lack patience (F10 in-game)
* Skill (just a bit)

First of all, play through all 3 campaigns and EotN, and beat the final missions and all bonus objectives (3 ‘hero’ statues + 3 ‘protector’ statues). I would recommend starting in Nightfall for the Heroes and faster attribute points.

* Complete War in Kryta and get an Oppressor Weapon from your Medals of Honor earned.
* Get MOX.
* Complete the Mini Moa Bird Chick side Quest from Zho.
* Register a L20 PvP Wolf in the Zaishen Menagerie.
* Register all of these items.

(2 + 1 + 1 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 1 = 14 HoM points so far)

* Next, get one Rare Ranger Pet, and 2 Hero armors (~10k each) (+ 2 = 16)
* Buy one Gold Mini Pet (~10-20k) (+ 1 = 17)

Now, things will start to ramp up. Many things will cost much more gold per HoM point, but you still have a lot of content to complete to get more points. If you have the cash and speed is key, just buy up what you need, but until then, complete these other requirements:

Pick any 14 of for following ‘easiest’ 30 statues: (+3 = 20)

* Beat Sorrow’s Furnace
* Beat The Deep
* Beat Urgoz’s Warren
* Beat FoW and UW
* Beat DoA
* Gaurdian x 3 + 1
* Skill Hunter x 3 + 1
* Cartographer x 3 + 1
* Vanquisher x 3 + 1
* Master of the North
* Get Sunspear / Lightbringer titles
* Get Asuran / Dwarven / Vangaurd / Norn titles
* Get Rank 4 Kurzick / Luxon titles

With cash / faction earned from vanqing, earn jade / amber for a Kurzick or Luxon armor statue (+2 = 22) and then one Destroyer Weapon (~40k) (+1 = 23), and 18 random white minis (~50k) to give you 20 total (+2 = 25). Next, get 5 more armored heroes / pets (+1 = 26)

For your final 4 points, you can pick from:

* 10 more Miniatures (+1)
* another 10 more Miniatures (+1)
* another 10 more Miniatures (+1)
* 10 more armored heroes / pets (+1)
* Your remaining 10 armored heroes / pets (+1)
* 5 more from the 30 statues listed above (+1)
* Vabbian and any other Elite armor(+2)
* One Tormented Weapon + 2 more other weapons (+2)
* Get 1 PvP statue (+3)

Gladiator is the most accessible, but Zaishen is easiest due to being able to buy out keys. Using 200 keys will earn the title, and some of your drops from the chest can be re-merched or sold for more keys later on. Remember, if you can pick any one PvP type, you’ll be making cash from selling keys instead of buying keys for the Zaishen title.

Hope that helps, as I’ve seen this kind of easy guide often requested. If prices are off or my numbers are wrong, let me know.

The Easiest Titles

Go for vanquisher for all 3 campaigns.
Doing so will more than likely also get you explorer for all 3.

then you get 1 for completing vanquish in all 3 and 1 for exploring all 3
8 easy titles
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I would add Legendary Sunspear and Holy Lightbringer to the list as well, as they can be achieved whilst vanquishing / exploring and Hard Mode Missioning Nightfall/Elona. You could get 5 titles then from one campaign alone.
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Sunspear and Lightbringer.

Lightbringer it’s very fast playing DoA. Also Eye of the North titles are not hard to get…Just concentrate on one particularly; maybe Delver (Dwarves) title is the easier: do all the quests related to skills and play Dungeons in HM. They give u a lot of points!

Elite skill Hunter is pretty fast, looking on Wiki where the bosses are. Maybe it costs a bit, but it’s not hard to get.

Contributed by bsoltan

These will get you started:

Devotion
After all of the below, buy a rare miniature and a unique miniature
3/8

Fellowship
Zhed
Morgahn
Thalkora
Master of Whispers
Koss
Dunkuro
Sousuke
A pet
Black Moa
MOX
6/8 and easily done

Honor
Link your account to a HoM
Get Guardian, Protector, Skill Hunter and Vanquisher on each campaign.
10/18

Resilience
Any 5 Elite Armors
4/8

For a total of 23. After getting all that you’ll know what to do for the rest.

Contributed by Kamatsu

Don’t forget that even after GW2 is out, you’ll be able to keep on playing Gw1 and adding to your HoM – and any new additions will then be usable in GW2. So even if you don’t get to 30 before GW2 comes out.. all is not lost

Another thing I’d suggest – if your interested in points, and don’t mind waiting 1-2 years for more pets.. use up all your character slots and never delete the characters. Each year you’ll get a minipet on each character… (lolz, I have 50+ mini’s.. purely because of the # of characters I have and how long I’ve had them.. hehe – and check, the last point in the mini line is 50 mini’s.. lolz)

Also in regard to mini’s – make sure to attend in-game events. Quite a few of them have (or had in the past at least) gold mini’s that you can get through participating in their finalee events or other means. You can also do the War in Kryta and hand in War Supplies for Royal Gift’s.. as there is a chance for getting 3 gold mini’s from it. (http://guildwars.wik…wiki/Royal_Gift)

As for the armor’s – if you can afford it, aim for Vabbian. You might want to get 2 characters through the vabbian quests for added trade contracts for the mat’s needed. Getting Vabbian will net you 2 points (any 1 armor & vabbian armor). If you have to buy the mats… it’s the most expensive armor to buy I believe.. but if you can get the gems and most of the mats through 2-3 chars.. your set.

and for pets – don’t forget the Imperial Phoenix. You can tame it after beating Factions, it also has it’s own statue in HoM and adds another option for the rare pet, as well as adding to your total # of statues. It would put you around 55% to 20 statues if you used the above guide.

Jingle Bear in Hall of Monuments?
– It’s considered a normal pet for the HoM.
– The only pets that get their own statue are Black Widow Spider, Black Moa and the Phoenix from Factions end game.

Animal Companion statue using PvP Wolf?
Yes, you can use a PvP characters wolf to attain this statue!

What you need to do is create (or log onto) your PvP character and make sure it is either Ranger primary or secondary. Also ensure “Charm Animal” is on your skill bar. Head over to the Zaishen Menagerie and talk to “Emryd, The Tamer” – this will then add the level 20 wolf to your Menagerie account.

Log out and log back in as your PvE character, head over to the Menagerie and then talk to “Wynn, The Zaishen Training Captain” who will be able to summon 5 or so level 20 Wolves for you. Tame 1 of these.

You can now add the wolf to your Hall of Monuments “Fellowship” monument as an “Animal Companion”.

Different Armor Statue’s?
– Remember that there are different statues for different pieces of armor from the same crafter.
– This means you can have elite armor crafted at the same place (ie Marhan Grotto) either on the same character or on two different characters, and they will both count as a separate statue for the HoM rewards counter.
– Armor type’s which are classified as the “same” type/statue will only count once towards HoM rewards.

For a full listing of what armor counts towards what statue, check out The Official Wiki’s page about the Armor monument in HoM.

Quick example:

Marhan Ghotto has 3 different statue’s possible for it – “Marhan’s Grotto Ascended Armor”, “Marhan’s Grotto Elite Armor ” & “Marhan’s Grotto Exclusive Armor”.

Now say you had 2 different characters of different classes (lets say a Warrior and a Ranger) and both had an elite armor from Marhan Grotto. Here’s some possibilities:

1. Elite Gladiator & Elite Druid
= 2 Statues.

Elite Druid = Marhan’s Grotto Elite Armor
Elite Gladiator = Marhan’s Grotto Exclusive Armor

2. Elite Templar & Elite Drakescale
= 1 Statues

Elite Drakescale & Elite Templar = Marhan’s Grotto Ascended Armor

Can I use same/duplicate miniature’s to get more points towards HoM Rewards?
– No.
– The HoM reward counter only counts the 1st miniature of each type that gets dedicated.

Thus if you have say 2 Siege Turtle miniatures and dedicate them on 2 different characters, you will only get credited for 1 miniature rather than 2

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