Hearts of the North: Hints

Assuming you’ve done the War in Kryta mini-campaign all the way through the Battle for Lion’s Arch, you should be set to do the Hearts of North mini-campaign. At first, I wondered if it was worth the bother, and what to expect. Well, good news, at 2 honor medals per mission (so 8 total so far), it’s a very fast way to get an extra Oppressor’s weapon for you Hall of Monuments. It also totals 7k and 5000 Vanguard points.

The mini-campaign (so far) has two kinds of tasks, quests that have you find items to bring back to the HoM, and missions played from the point of view of Keiran. Fortunately, the forums and official wiki give plenty of info where to find the items, so it’s just a matter of walking there.

Missions played as Keiran can be difficult if you try to rush it. Over-aggro is particularly deadly. So make sure to lure foes if you need to, and only engage one group at a time. If a group moves towards you, slowly back away slightly out of aggro range, and let Mika aggro them. Mika is best used as a tank as she can withstand more damage than you. Keep heals for yourself as much as possible, or for Mika if she really needs it.

Keiran’s build is fairly easy to use. Whenever Miku calls a target, quickly select Miku’s target and hit Keiran’s sniper shot (1). This is by far the most important skill you need to develop to be succesful in these missions. Terminal velocity (3) can be spammed between other shots if you’re bad at interrupting, or used as a regular interrupt. Cycling the remaining shots (2, 4, 5) works well. Sure, you might figure out when to use what to better effect, but what I spelled out above works. If you or Mika (or allies) need heals, press 6 and/or 8. Spam 7 on recharge. That’s it, just make sure you don’t overaggro and you should be fine with this.

Good luck everyone!

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  • Well, some of the rewards make up for the lack of such and frustration faced in the BLA. I also like the fact that the missions are repeatable – a nice way to farm some points and cash.

    The hidden bonus is the second mish where you can take on Rotscale. I’ve finally had the chance to beat him and get enough of the Rotwing bow to equip each of my Rangers!

    However, I thought the point and results of the survey was too make additional GWB content easier to find and get through without having to use the wiki. Without it, I would be wandering for days trying to find the items in the Jungle and Kryta to unlock the missions.

    Hanok Odbrook

  • Pretty much. I hit the healing skill just before getting to the bottom of the stairs. Once you hit aggro, you can run back and both clerics should come down the stairs. Once they are delt with, it’s just a matter of working the bone dragons one at a time. I usually try to start on the outer ones and work my way in to Rotscale since Miku will usually start hitting the closest foe. I’ll take one down and run back for a rest – one sniper shot timed with her mark will usually take them down. Keep spamming the healing skill as that helps Miku hold up longer and she’ll hold aggro so you aren’t hit as hard.

    Rotscale still takes a while to wear down, but timing the sniper shot helps a lot. On my best run, I think it took only 5-6 sniper shots, combined with spamming all the other attacks as often as possible to take him down.