HoM how-to bite-size
Firstly, this is largely the same as many other guides you’ll see. I guess all this is trying to do is break it down.
I’ll be going off this guide as it’s got a huge amount of easy to digest info:
Guide to earning Hall of Monuments rewards
Useful starter tips
-Now. Get the Storybook. Just follow the link for whatever character (prophecies, factions, nightfall) you've made and it will tell you where to get it. Get the Young Heroes one. Keep the storybook in your inventory when your doing the relevant mission (VERY IMPORTANT). Don’t bother with the HM or dungeon ones. Handy to make easy gold.
-Type /bonus for some easy items. Pass the ones you don’t need to any heroes that can use them. U likely have no heroes yet so put them in storage for now.
- Hero armor cannot break when salvaging off runes. Urs can. Be aware of this. Use a Perfect salvage kit on ur own armor if concerned.
- in my experience, it can often be cheaper to use an Artisan to craft rare mats than to buy them, even from players. This is useful for prestige armor and the Black Moa Chick. Only works if you have an abundance of mats though…and I salvaged a lot. I personally always used an Expert Salvage Kit that would give me rare mats.
- use argo-soft.net to check prices for things in Kamadan US active dist. This is where ppl sell things and it's become the trade hub.
- get better armor asap. It makes a huge difference. Armor. See the Armor Rating part. See your profession. Notice the numbers...it will tell you where you can get better armor for each part of the game. Can't emphasize enough how much of a differnce it will make to ur survivability.
- customize weapons for you and heroes at the (Weapons) NPC for +20% white (normal attack) damage.
- alts are great for storage space. Factions and NF ones for insta-access to storage.
- money. 1 platinum is called 1k. This is because it is made up of 1000g. Ul see this is trade all the time.
- other useful Abbreviations
It’s easier than EoTN and will get you some nice heroes (which make EoTN much easier). You can also do EoTN first up to the point in the asura track where you get Livia and can do a nice asura quest detailed below in the EoTN section. You can also open up EoTN and HoM very quickly.
-That link breaks the quests down for you. One will take 30mins-1hr with bonus. So there’s ur bitesize. And detailed much better than I or anyone else could break down. Get the bonuses.
- Get Olias as soon as you’re at Consulate Docks.
-Also…when you’re in Throne of Secrets after completing Abaddon’s Gate (last mission in NF) get the quests from any heroes you did not get in the storyline. There will be 3 (or 4 or 5 if u didn’t get the optional). Nb you don’t need all of these for 30 HoM. For this guide you only need Goren & Norgu. Especially Norgu as he’s a 2nd Mesmer.
-Most importantly, there’s a Rit hero available now. Look up Razah. You have to do an optional quest (Finding a Purpose) after completing NF to get him.
-Do the missions you missed. (e.g. the branches). Also, if you didn’t do the starter island (Kamadan), do those 3 now.
-Go to the Sunspear Great Hall and speak to Shilohto get some nice skills.
Now…as you’re already in Elona…
8 cloths. 5 from The Shadow Nexus and 3 from Dajkah Inlet. 1 cloth will take around 30 mins. Drop rate I found was better in Shadow Nexus. (see note on EoTN cloths below).
-Do this. Insatiable Appetite. Put the Branch of Juni Berries in storage for now.
-Get 5 of these Skree Wing. Exchange them for Nesting Material. Put it in storage for now.
-Eye of the North
Eye of the North quests
Again…just follow that guide.
-TIP. As early as possible go to Gunnar’s Hold and do Norn Fighting Tournamentto get Xandra. You can now have a SoS and SoGM rit. Get Zho's Journal as well and put it in storage. You can also get Kahmu while you’re here or come back later.
-TIP. Do the asura track first to get another necro. You can now make Discordway if you so choose.
-Get your missing heroes. Heros.
-Farm 10 Cloth of the brotherhood in Glint's Challenge. 20-30 mins each. These are nice because they’re a guaranteed drop from the end chest. Upgrade your heroes’ armor and put them in HoM. (n.b. If ur using any of these heroes, salvage the runes off first).
-Farm 8 Stone Grawl Necklace. Exchange with Galton Franks for 1 Honeycomb. Alternatively do A Hunter's Pride. Put in storage for now. If you decide to do the perfect items for Thackeray’s Scavenger Hunt (see below) you’ll need more Honeycombs. If you decide to it’s better to do the quest.
-Do A Good Deed. (optional)
-Do Thackeray's scavenger hunt. Getting all the perfect items is of course more difficult…and to be honest I didn’t get anything noteworthy from doing it. Go with the easier ones imo. (optional)
-Speak to Kerrsh and do the Cipher chain starting with The Cipher of Melandru. This will get you Pain Inverter and a green weapon on completion of The Path to Revelations.
Again follow that guide. Factions will be a breeze now you have all those heroes and skills. Get the bonuses. They’re timed in Factions, and as you have ur heroes and skills already this will be easy.
-After doing Gyala Hatchery get ur Zho's Journal and enter Gyala Hatchery. Get Incubator Kit. You can put the items for the Moa Chick in here to save on storage space.
This will also be a total breeze as you have all the heroes and newer skills. Only points of annoyance should be the bonuses and the last mission. Dem Sparks ><. Good news is…skip bonuses.
-While near Fort Ranik get Moa Egg. Whenever you feel like a break from missions go turn it into a Hardened Moa Eggover in Cantha.
-While near Riverside Province go to Tears of the Fallen and farm 5 Bog Skale Fin. Go turn them in to Gruhn the Fisher for a Herring. (n.b. this is not used, sadly, to cut down the mightiest tree in the forest). Storage.
-When at Iron Mines of Moladune travel west to Copperhammer Mines and then further to Deldrimor War Camp. We’ll come back here later.
-When near the end of Prophecies at Perdition Rock go get a Volcanic Rock. We’ve now got everything we need for our unique mini.
You now have 8 HoM points in the Honor tree and you should have 4 in the Fellowship tree.
Seems like a lot of work for 12 points I’m sure. But we’re setup nicely for the rest.
Now for more points.
-First we’re going to get the Black Moa Chick. Go to Deldrimor War Camp. Just outside get the quest To Sorrow's Furnace. Do each of the 4 required quests. For the priest one…bring a speed boost and make sure ur top 3 heroes are a healer, MM and a dps. Put them near the priest while u go kill stuff. Now do the follow up The Final Assault. Make sure you have the full Incubator Kit with you. Get ready to stand in the fire!
-Rare pet. If this step seems hard you can pay someone for a spider run (Black Widow) This does not need to be death leveled, but the others do...runs are not that expensive.
Make your 2nd prof a ranger. Decide if you want a Phoenix or Black Moa.
Equip Charm Animal. Look up Death levelling. Get a vampiric weapon…best keep one if you find one along the way. Put it in the Zaishen Menagerie Grounds.
-Get a gold mini pet. Buy Prince Rurik or Shiro. They’re the cheapest at around 15-25k.
-18 cheap white minis. These are around 5k each.
Things get expensive now. And there are choices.
-Prestige armors. Asuran, Norn and Monument. You need rank 5 rep for each. These 3 are the cheapest in game. Also get Ancient. Don't get the headpieces!
-Luxon or Kurzick armor. This is the expensive one. Cheapest way is to farm either Jade Quarry or Fort aspenwood and converting your points into Amber chunk (Kurcizk armor) or Jadeite Shard (Luxon). You will need 70 of either. I did Luxon…because…turtles. Ofc, these can be just bought.
Now the choices.
If you like pvp you can farm 200 Zaishen Keys(or buy for 5k each) and get the pvp title. This also has the advantage of you being able to do it gradually…an hour of pvp a night for example.
Then one Oppressor Weaponvia War in Kryta. Fun. Part of Guild wars Beyond…which acts as a bridge between GW and GW2. And more quests! Everyone likes quests. Plus you get a nice amount of gold. Exchange your War Supplies for Medal of Honor. When you have 10 medals get an Oppressor Weapon. Or buy a Destroyer Weapon for about 60k.
Now if you don’t like pvp.
War in Kryta for an an Oppressor Weapon.
-Buy or farm a Destroyer Weapon. Slavers Exile if you want to farm. Or buy rare mats.
-Buy 10 more white minis.
-2 more elite armors.
-Or buy an armbrace and get a tormented weapon.
-Or buy 20 more minis.
-Or Get protector title in Prophecies. +4 more titles. Urgos, The Deep, Guardian of Elona and Guardian of Cantha recommended.
This is a good site for findingbuilds for any profession.
You'll see Builds by Profession near on the bottom on the left. You can follow links through here to find exactly where to acquire all the skills.
To buy skills from vendors...at least this is the way I've heard you do it.....change ur secondary profession and visit go speak to the vendor. This is a time-consuming way to do it though...pvp is much quicker.
You can unlock skills through pvp...buy doing Jade Quarry or Fort Aspenwood, collecting Balthazar faction points and then trading them in to unlock skills for pve. I don't know exactly how to do this though...but if u like pvp it's a handy way to unlock skills. U can get all ur skills in like a day tops.
Both of these are high-end builds. They'll require completing most of the campaigns and collecting a lot of skills. They can be used for HMs effectively and will faceroll almost everything in normal. I prefer Discrodway personally, find it more effective.
Discordway - try to get some AOE hexes in ur build. Use Assassin's Promise, then the EV Assassin Support - you need to "call target (ctrl+shift+space) and heroes will spike mobs down. It's a very effective build...and the AP recharges ur skills and gives you energy.
7 Hero Player Support - also very good. But I found it too slow. Prefer the spiking with Discordway myself.
Perfect stat weapons. Link defaults to Ele Fire weapons. This is a great site for finding the best weapons for a profession and build. Just search for, for example: Perfect stat weapons (Restoration Magic). Select it and it will show you where to get he best weapons. Just replace the Attribute with whatever it is you want.
Farming - if u can kill the mob who drops the item with none of ur heroes around (when their names are grey) u will have a much higher (like 80%) chance of getting the item. This is hard for many profs/builds though. You can also just buy these items in trade. Perfect Green weapons cost about 3-5k.
-Farm Glint's Challenge for cloths and Destroyer Cores. I’ve made a ridiculous amount of gold from this.
- Hearts of the north. Nice rewards. You get more Medal of Honor from quests. Enough for another weapon easily. So you can get another 80k for the Oppressor weapon from doing this as well as gold rewards etc. You can also farm some of these quests repeatedly to make gold. Specifically Auspicious Beginnings.
- Winds of Change. Very nice rewards. 100k+with hard modes.
-runs. Droks, LA, Ascalon. Running anyone through any Zaisshan daily. Even sitting in the final mission of Factions can work. It’s easy and takes 2 mins. Some people will pay.
(any corrections or comments please let me know)