Guild Wars 2 The Origins of Madness Achievement Guide

Daily and Meta Achievements 

You can get the Meta achievement by doing the daily achievement to get around doing some of the more difficult meta Achievements.  You need a combination of 11 meta achievements and dallies to finish The Origins of Madness Meta Achievement, which will rewards you with 50 achievement points.

  • Boss Thumper I – Fight either the Twisted Marionette or the Great Jungle Wurm
  • Boss Thumper II – Fight either the Twisted Marionette or the Great Jungle Wurm

Story Content

These achievements involve Scarlet’s Secret Lair, a guide to which you can find on the Scarlet’s Secret Lair Guide page.

The Secret Lair – 1 point

  • Discover Scarlet Briar’s Secret Lair in Lornar’s Pass.  For this to become visible, you must participate in the Twisted Marionette fight in Lornar’s Pass at least once in order to update your living world tracker for the story missions.  More info can be found in the Scarlet’s Secret lair Guide.

Energy Probe Defender Slayer – 8 points

  • Defeat 50 energy-probe defenders.

Energy Probe Dismantler – 5 points

  • Destroy energy probes in 5 different maps.

Twisted Marionette Fight

These achievements are related to the Twisted marionette fight.  It is impossible to get all of these in one go, so be prepared to do this event multiple times until you can get them all.

Marionette Defender – 10 points

  • Participate in each of the 5 marionette portal defense events.
  • This is the easiest achievement to get, all you need to do is get event credit in all 5 lanes.  Just jump into a different lane in each of your visits to this fight.

Marionette Deregulator – 10 points

This achievement revolves around killing each of the 5 different Marionette Champions on the platforms during phase 2.  In order to get this achievement, All 5 of the Marionette’s must die within a given attempt at the boss.

Phase 2 Marionette Ability Dodging Achievements

The following Achievements require successful completion of phase 2 in addition to dodging specific attacks from the Marionettes.

Marionette Lightfoot –5 points

  • Dodge the Twisted Marionette’s Stomp Attack

Marionette Sidestepper – 5 points

  • Dodge the Twisted Marionette’s High Kick Attack

Marionette Short-Circuiter – 5 points

  • Dodge the Twisted Marionette’s Lightning Attack

Marionette Dodger – 10 points

  • Dodge the Twisted Marionette’s Sword Attack

Marionette Muter – 10 points

  • Dodge the Twisted Marionette’s Scream Attack


Marionette Tangler

  • Receive this achievement for successfully killing the Giant Twisted Marionette boss.

Marionette Dismisser

  • After you kill the Giant Twisted Marionette, you must /cheer when the Marionette leaves to be awarded this achievement.

Great Jungle Wurm

Vigil Field Supporter- 5 points

The Great Jungle Wurm fight happens every 2 hours on the hour, (The hours that the Twisted Marionette event is not occurring). There are 3 different Wurm heads to fight in this zone.  You get to them by following one of three Asuran NPC’s at the event start point at Firthside Vigil Waypoint in Bloodtide Coast.  You need to escort each Asuran on a different attempt in order to get credit for all three.  This means three visits to this fight will get you the achievement.

Guild Wars 2 Twisted Marionette Boss Guide

The Twisted Marionette event occurs  in Lornar’s Pass every 2 hours.  You know it’s about to start when a 5-minute timer pops up in the upper right corner of your screen, under the living world event box.  The False River Waypoint is near the event location.


There are 5 different paths, or lanes that must be dealt with in order to be successful.  The players in the map must divide themselves into 5 groups in order to take on the Marionette boss.

The Fight

Each lane has 2 phases.  A tower defense phase, and a mini-boss kill phase.

Phase 1

During the tower defense phase, players must defeat waves of enemies and not let any through to the red barred gates.  If mobs get through the gate, the cannon gets charged.  When it gets full, you fail the event.  Some mobs spawn right next to the gate, so have a few players stand back and guard it.  The rest of the lane should be taking care of oncoming enemies. You will be able to equip the lanes with arrow carts, barricades, and Golem suites.  These are built via repair hammers found at the start and end of each lane.  In addition to regular mobs that spawn in the lanes, you’ll be faced with champion Marionette mobs.  These will run through your barricades and must be taken down quickly.

Each lane gets to phase 2, but it goes in order.  Lane 1 gets it first, followed by lane 2, followed by lane 3, etc… etc…

Phase 2

Phase 2 occurs when the red magical gate turns green.  Players will pass through it and have to fight a Marionette boss on a circular platform.  This champion must be defeated in order to sever a chain.  While you’re fighting, the giant Twisted Marionette will telegraph attacks onto your play space.  Dodge these at all costs as they are severely deadly.  Once you defeat the marionette boss, the power regulator becomes attack able.  Destroy it before time runs out or face a giant laser beam of death that will kill everyone in the area at the end of the event.

Guild Wars 2 Scarlet’s Secret Lair Guide

Scarlet’s Secret Lair

Get started by participating in the Twisted Marionette event up in Lornar’s Pass.  When it’s over, it doesn’t matter if you suceed or fail, You’ll get an update telling you to go to Lions Arch.  You’ll have to go through a brief story instance and you’ll be assigned the job of finding Scarlet’s Secret Lair.

The Twisted Marionette event can be found close to the False River Waypoint and it occurs once every two hours.


To get to Scarlet’s Secret Lair, you must go to Durmand Priory in Lornar’s Pass and head into the cave.

Energy Probes and Power Core Components

You need 50 Power Core Components in order to make a Power Core.  This power core opens the door to Scarlet’s Secret Lair.

You get 10 power Core Components for discovering the Lair for the first time, so you need to collect 40 more in order to get inside.  To collect these 40, you have a few options.  You need to interact with Energy Probes that are located all over the map.  You then kill the defenders and destroy the Energy Probe to get 1-3 Power Core Components.  They will be marked on your map.  You can find a map of all Energy Probes here.

Code Fragments

Once you have a pull Power Core, you will need to collect code fragments.  There are 5 types in total and you will need to collect 25 of each of these 5 types.  Once you do, you will be able to create a cypher that you’ll use to unlock the box inside of Scarlet’s Secret Lair.  The types are…

  • Watchwork Code Fragment
  • Aetherblade Code Fragment
  • Toxic Code Fragment
  • Molten Code Fragment
  • Scarlet’s Lockbox Code Fragment

There are two main ways to obtain these, and they both involve the Twisted Marionette event.

  1. Do the Twisted Marionette event every 2 hours in Lornar’s Pass.  The champions you see on each of the 5 paths drop the Code Fragments.  You’ll get a lot of Watchwork Code Fragments from this method.
  2. If you fail the Twisted Marionette event, you get a bag of Scarlet’s Spare Keys, where you can pick a key and get 5 code Fragments of that type.


Journal Fragments

Each box you unlock within Scarlet’s Secret Lair will give you a Scarlet Briar Fragment.  Collect all 5 Fragments in order to assemble Scarlet Briar’s Journal.

GW2 Winter Wonderland Wintersday Jump Puzzle Guide

Winter Wonderland Wintersday Jump Puzzle

Winter Wonderland Wintersday Jump Puzzle

(Videos Coming Soon for other paths)

Quaggan Path

There are three main phases to this jumping puzzle.  There is the Snowflake phase, the Present Boxes phase, and Rolling Snowballs phase.

Snowflake Section

There are three possible paths to choose from; Gingerbread, Quaggan, and Snowman.  I wouldn’t necessarily say any 1 path is more difficult than the others.  The puzzle consists of a lot of snowflakes you need to jump across.  The only really tricky part is the red candycane beams that you need to jump across.  Jump to far, you fail.  Don’t jump far enough, you also fail.

You will come across snowflake platforms that are only up for a short amount of time.  You need to be quick.  Afterwards, you’ll find yourself facing floating peppermint candies.  They don’t disappear under you like the snowflakes, but you are still facing a clock due to the frostbit damage you suffer through the puzzle.  Once you reach the next section, you have a possible checkpoint.  Beware using it though as it will cost you your present.

Winter Wonderland Wintersday Jump Puzzle Checkpoint

Present Boxes

Once you pass the peppermint candies, you’ll land on the present boxes.  Here you have to jump across presents.  They can explode!  I recommend jumping straight across.  Jumping across is faster, but because the jumps are longer, it may be trickier, causing you to fall and start over.

Rolling Snowballs

Once you make it past the Present boxes, you’ll be pit against some rolling snowballs.  This part is all about the timing.  Stand on the peppermint candies to avoid the snowballs.  Avoid the red circles on the floor in order to not get slowed down by those pesky skritt.  The general strategy here is to wait for a snowball to pass and then book it to the candy behind it.  You’ll be safe until the next snowball passes.  Repeat this cycle.  At the end, you will have to jump across a few more presents, run across a candy cane, and then even more presents.  You should make it with a little bit of health left by the end as long as you didn’t dilly dally too long.


Your prize for suffering through the puzzle is 1-3 giant Wintersday presents every time you finish the puzzle.

GW2 The NIghtmare is Over Achievement Guide

Nightmare Ender, Nightmare Euthanizer and Nightmare Terminator

There is a separate guide for these that can be found by clicking here.


Aftermath Arachnicide and Aftermath Cobweb Cleaner

Aftermath ArachnicideAftermath Cobweb Cleaner

You will get Aftermath Arachnicide achevement for simply killing the Spider Queen one time.  Once you do, the Aftermath Cobweb Cleaner achievement will unlock.  To get that, you must kill 5 cacoons.  Throughout the fight, players get wrapped up into cacoons.  Get the finishing blow on 5 of these (doesn’t have to be during 1 event) and you’ll get the achievement.


Aftermath Vermicide and Aftermath Shock Wave Jumper

Toxic Wurm Queen Location Aftermath Shock Wave Jumper

You will get Aftermath Vermicide achievement for simply killing the Toxic Wurm Queen one time.  Once you do, the Aftermath Shock Wave Jumper achievement will unlock.  To get that, you must jump over 5 shock-waves as seen below.  Throughout the fight, the Toxic Wurm Queen will spit out shock waves on the floor.  Jump over the tip of the shock-wave to get credit for jumping over one.  I found that the best way to do this is to engage the boss and just stand there shooting something long distance, jumping over them until more people show up.  You can either camp the spawn to do this and get it guaranteed quickly, or try your look while following the zerg.  Try to group up to raise the chances of it shooting at where you are standing.  Jump over them 5 times and you’ll get the achievement.


Aftermath Toxic Counteragent and Aftermath Detoxifier

Toxic Alchemist LocationToxifier

Veteran Toxic AlchemistChampion Toxic Alchemist

You will get Aftermath Toxic Counteragent for simply killing the Toxic Alchemist one time.  Once you do, the Aftermath Detoxifier achievement will unlock.  To get that, you must kill 5 toxifiers.  The toxic Alchemist has 2 phases.  One where he’s a Veteran, and one where he’s a champion.  During the Veteran form, he will periodically disappear and toxifiers will spawn in the play area.  Kill them to count towards the 5 toxifiers you need for the achievement.


Aftermath Treasure Hunter

Tri-Chest Location Tri-Chest

You will get Aftermath Treasure Hunter achievement for simply using the Tricolor keys on the chest 5 times.  If you have a lot of Pristine Toxic spores, that’s the way to buy keys from Majory’s Helper Dee in order to acquire keys.  You will need 45 silver and 30 Pristine Toxic Spore samples per Tricolor key.


Aftermath Cleaner

To get the Aftermath Treasure Hunter achievement, you need to complete 10 events around Viathan Lake in Kessex Hills relating to the Nightmare is Over World Event.  This involves killing the Spider Queen, Toxic Wurm Queen, and Toxic Alchemist a total of 10 times.



GW2 The Nightmare’s End Scarlet’s Puzzle Guide

To get to the puzzles, visit The Nightmare Ends Living Story area east of Thunder Ridge in Kessex Hills.

The Nightmare Ends - Kessex Hills

To start the puzzle, you must go to the disabled injector and click on it in order to obtain some leftover anti toxin.  Apply it to the vines you see on the outside of the room.

The Nightmares End Vine Passage

Once at the puzzle, you have 2 ways to do it.  You need to do both in order to get both the Nightmare Terminator and Nightmare Euthanizer achievements.

Nightmare Euthanizer

Molten Coolant Box

Molten Coolant Box Puzzle

Click on Examine Controls for Shutting down Power

Click on Set Slider to Flame

Click on Set Slider to Icicle

Click on Set Slider to Iron

Click on Throw the Switch to receive Molten Iron Scrap

Inquest Terminal

Inquest Terminal Puzzle

Click on Try to interpret the analytic code

Click on Collate into quantitative results

Click on Sort by effectiveness

Click on Apply this Data Sorting and you’ll get the Aetherblade Data.

Watchknight Puzzle

Revive the Watchnight and look at the 3 phrases on the control panel next to him.

Talk to him and Click on Nobody Breaks My Toys But Me! and you’ll get the Watchwork Core.

Toxic Spore Pod

Toxic Spore Pod Puzzle

Pick up the sturdy stick and dry root from around the pod.

Combine them by clicking on the Lab Table to make a Torch.

Interact with the Toxic Spore Pod and click Hold Torch up to the Pod.  This will kill the pod and you’ll get the Dried Toxic Spore.


Combine all of the items in Scarlet’s Forge.  This will spawn waves of enemies.  Kill them all and eventually click on the big anti toxin injector to finish the instance and get the Nightmare Euthanizer Achievement.


Nightmare Terminator

Molten Coolant Box

Nightmare Terminator, Molten Box

Click on Force an Overload and defeat the enemies that pop up.  Be wary of the Protectors Ring of Fire.  It shields any enemies within it.  Be sure to lure our the mobs before dispatching them, or else you’re just wasting time.  The last one will drop a Molten Iron Scrap.  Pick it up.

Inquest Terminal

Nightmare Terminator, Inquest Terminal

Click on Force an Overload and defeat the enemies that pop up.  The last one will drop Aetherblade Data.  Pick it up.


Nightmare Terminator, Watchknight

Revive the Watchknight and go through the options to learn its language from the Asuran Recorder next to him.

Talk to the Watchknight and click on These Watchknights you’re so proud of? Mine now.  An enemy will pop up.  Kill it and it will drop an item.  Pick it up.

Toxic Spore Pod

Nightmare Terminator, Toxic Spore Pod

Click on Try to Smash The Pod Open and defeat the enemies that pop up.  The last one will drop an item.  Pick it up.


Combine all of the items in Scarlet’s Forge.  This will spawn waves of enemies.  Kill them all and eventually click on the big anti toxin injector to finish the instance and get the Nightmare Terminator Achievement.