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PostSubject: Mission 5 - Venta Cemetery   Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:56 pm

Walkthrough
Due to Guild Wars Updates, you can NO LONGER run alone to the Inlet and talk to Margrid the Sly, Koss must be fairly close by. However, if Koss has running skills, he can follow the runner and the mission can still be run with a little more difficulty.

Sentry Traps: These cause an area damage effect every few seconds. They can be disabled with the Disarm Trap temporary skill, offered by Rojis at the start of the mission. The skill has a long activation time and is easily interruptible, though, so you should take out any foes in the immediate area before attempting to disarm a trap. Traps do not need to be disabled for either the primary or bonus objective of this mission.

Guard Posts: These are marked on the map by red flags. When you move in range of one, a timer will start counting down. You must defeat all of the Kournan troops stationed at the post before the timer expires, otherwise the Garrison will begin launching siege attacks at the guard post. It does not matter for the bonus whether you neutralize each post within the time limit or not.

The Garrison: It has been confirmed that alerting Morzek Garrison (indicated by a red door symbol at the centre of the map), by wandering into its attack range, can result in almost immediate death for the entire party. It has been suggested that the Garrison launches a Siege Attack on each party member and ally in range separately yet simultaneuosly. As party members may be grouped together within its range when the Siege Attacks begin, this would result in massive amounts of damage to every party member, and death within seconds (each character would be taking damage not only from their own Siege Attack, but from others' as well). It is not known whether this is an intended consequence, or whether this is a bug that has yet to be fixed. The best practice is to avoid the Garrison altogether, and to watch carefully for the in-mission message that will warn players when they are in danger of alerting it. For any party attempting the Master's level of completion, make sure the Guard Posts are between you and the Garrison when you attack them, and don't travel in areas that lie between Guard Posts and the Garrison. This will be more time-consuming, but safer.

Tips
The Sunspear Evacuees are Monks, and there are 8 of them. This allows you to concentrate your party on damage dealing, aiding in the quicker killing of the sentries around the Guard Posts. They can't resurrect party members, though, so be sure your party members (or heroes) equip a few Resurrection Signets or other resurrection skills.

The timer on each Guard Post begins when you come within range of the actual Guard Post (the selectable item), not the enemies guarding it. Since they are never standing precisely on the selectable item, you can usually buy extra time by choosing the right angle of attack, especially in a group without melee fighters.

A character with Wild Blow, Rigor Mortis, or similar skills will greatly help you killing the Kournan Bowmen, as they use Whirling Defense. You can also make use of Splinter Shot or other attack skills that produce additional effects upon being blocked.

To quickly clear out the group at each guard post, bring a Domination Mesmer with Spiritual Pain. As each guard post has a Kournan Bowman who uses Infuriating Heat it is possible for a lone mesmer to deal a large amount of armor-ignoring damage to the entire group in a relatively short time. A high Fast Casting attribute is advantageous, as is good energy management, for example using a Me/E with Glyph of Lesser Energy.

Open the minimap (default key "U") to see the locations of all the watchtowers for the bonus. Take care not to get too close to the Garrison.

Notes
Normally, when a guard post is captured the flag will turn gray. If the timer expires and the guard post calls in siege support the flag will remain red even after the guard post is captured. This will not prevent the bonus from being achieved.

If you do the mission with only heroes and henchmen who are also available in Kamadan, they will remain in your party when you are transported to Kamadan at the end of the mission, even if the party is larger than 4. This can be exploited to make vanquishing the Plains of Jarin much easier.

If you are not worried about Master's, you can easily run through this mission. Considering you have 8 monks with you, it's very simple. Consider bringing at least heroes for body-blocking or aggro-drawing.

Trivia
The map in the Nightfall Collector's Edition shows that the outpost was originally named "Cemetary of Dunahm"

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