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Look, I don't know from planning the pages, but as someone who just wants to know how to get here, that information would be helpful to have on the wiki.

Planning Competitive Missions[]

Okay, we need to figure out how we are going to page Competitive Missions. Right now we have this page, which seems to be a mission overview for both of the sides. We should have a location page. And then there is a quest page. IMO, Fort Aspenwood should be the strategy mission overview page as it is now. Fort Aspenwood (Luxon) and Fort Aspenwood (Kurzick) should be the location pages, because in-game that's what their names are. Otherwise we would have [[Fort Aspenwood (Luxon)(Location)]]. The quests to get there, if the name of the quest is just Fort Aspenwood, should be [[Fort Aspenwood (Luxon Quest)]]. What are others' thoughts? --Ravious 22:33, 28 March 2006 (CST)

I'm in favour of moving this page to Fort Aspenwood (Mission), putting both the quest and the location in the Fort Aspenwood (Luxon) and Fort Aspenwood (Kurzick) pages as different sections and making Fort Aspenwood a disambiguation page. -- Gordon Ecker 08:01, 5 April 2006 (CDT)
Here are the policies we've followed before:
a) If a mission and alocation share the same name, the mission gets the unparenthesized (is this english?) name. Location gets the (Location) qualifier.
b) If two things have the same name, in this case, the quest and the location since they both have (Luxon) or (Kurzick), then we could eithe qualify both, or just qualify one and leave the other unqualified. This is what I did, I left the location unqualified (because I think it's what players will look for more often) while I qualified the quest. I don't care if people wish to qualify both.
c) With regards to the mission, it is an issue because this mission is greatly different than Jade Quarry where both sides are essentially doing the same thing. Here, each side is doing their own thing (attacking vs defending). But I thikn just having the article split into two major sections one for each side is enough.
--Karlos 11:15, 5 April 2006 (CDT)
I'm not sure what, if anything, the article naming guidelines say, but nearly every article in Category:Missions has the (Mission) qualifier. Anyway, I'm in favour of keeping both sides of a competetive mission on the same page, since most of the information, particularly strategic information, is relevant to players on both sides. -- Gordon Ecker 13:20, 6 April 2006 (CDT)
So did we decide to leave the mission page at Fort Aspenwood and not Fort Aspenwood (Mission)? If so, I'll change the links on the Canthan mission page. --Chrono traveller 09:24, 1 June 2006 (CDT)
Simple, unlike the rest of the missions in factions, Fort Aspenwood does not double as an explorable area. So it does not need a qualifier. --Draygo Korvan 09:59, 1 June 2006 (CDT)

Refined Amber[]

What dies Refined amber do? (Not Raw amber)

I believe they have the same function --Chrono traveller 10:51, 5 June 2006 (CDT)
Refined amber given to gunther gives a +4% progress buff instead of +2%, it however does the exact same thing when given to the gatekeepers. --Draygo Korvan 12:47, 5 June 2006 (CDT)
Interesting, I had not paid much attention to it. Is there just a possibility of picking it up at anytime? or is it every nth amber piece is refined?--Chrono traveller 13:57, 5 June 2006 (CDT)
The center mine always has refined and the two on the sides always have raw. -- 14:33, 5 June 2006 (CDT)

Mission Mechanics (Kurzick side)[]

Since I have been mostly playing a healing rit (trying to keep the NPCs alive), can anyone clarify some specifics that would be useful to add to the article.

  • How exactly do gate locks function? After you take a gate down, must amber be taken through for the gate to be put back up?
  • Is there anyway to get between the gates, besides using a gate lock?
  • Probably should be added to the strategy section, but a monk camped out behind a gate keeping the NPCs alive is a great tactic for keeping the gate up.--Chrono traveller 09:24, 1 June 2006 (CDT)
Last time I played with them, the gates can be opened and closed by the Kurzick at any time, so long as they are still functioning. Just hit the switch to open/close it.
The only way to get through the gates is teleporting or walking through them. Unless your team is doing amber runs, be sure to close them behind you.
A very good tactic is to get a ranger with a longbow up on one of the side hills, and ping away at a turtle. If you bring a few interrupts, wear the +fire armor and have some method of self healing and blind removal, you can keep a turtle from ever firing it's cannon, and with a little luck you can actually kill it. You need the longbow so that you can fire from outside of the aggro range of the warriors.
Another thing to mention from the Kurzick side: If you can't keep at least one turtle from firing, and preferably both, you'll never win. The map is heavily Luxon biased, so it requires a lot of teamwork from the Kurzick side to win. LordKestrel 11:25, 1 June 2006 (CDT)
Apparently there is no need to close a gate behind you unless there is a real danger of some closeby enemy running through it; a gate will close automatically after a few seconds (as long as any of its NPCs are still alive, of course). --Noobus 14:59, 27 June 2006 (CDT)
There is a difference between an open gate and a broken gate; open up the minimap with "U" and you'll see what i mean.-- 17:53, 14 January 2007 (CST)

Redesigned Layout[]

I'm trying to revise the layout of the article, I'd appreciate it if anyone would give me some comments on what to change on the discussion page for User:Chrono_traveller/Fort Aspenwood. Any advice is appreciated. Implemented.--Chrono traveller 09:45, 2 June 2006 (CDT)

Faction Points[]

Does anyone have insight into what the formula for faction you receive? For the Kurzick side, I seem to get 600 points for victory, plus some more for something (maybe the amber you turned in?). My guess is that it is determined by how much of the Vengence you build. I.e. halfway to completion will get you 1/2*(600) faction. Any one have further thoughts on this? --Chrono traveller 10:51, 5 June 2006 (CDT)

I've wondered this myself. Sometimes I've gotten 4*percentage for losing at Kurzick and sometimes other values which weren't integer multiples. There might be some cutoffs like 0-25% is worth 2*percentage, and 75-99% is 4*percentage. I don't know about points over 600 being for turning in amber. Maybe. -- 17:38, 6 June 2006 (CDT)

Repairing the green gate[]

While playing on the Luxon side I've seen the green gate be repaired. I haven't tried very hard, but I couldn't figure out how to do it whenever I was playing Kurzick. I tried giving both refined and raw amber to each of the three NPCs with no luck. I think I've seen it be repaired while not all of the other four gates were up, so I don't think that's it. Asking in game never gets an answer. Anyone happen to know? -- 17:38, 6 June 2006 (CDT)

Another question I'd really like an answer to. I'd like to just reiterate how, again, this shows how poorly documented this game is. A quick little howto readme would have been nice before shoving people virtually clueless into a mission like this. --Chrono traveller 17:58, 6 June 2006 (CDT)
When you give amber to one of the gatekeepers, the innermost gate will be repaired. If the green gate is open, it will always be repaired first, then the inner orange/purple, then the outer gates. 06:48, 17 June 2006 (CDT)
I have most definitely done this with all gates down and ended up repairing orange or purple. I haven't actually played Aspenwood in weeks, so either it's not that simple or it's been changed. -- 07:05, 17 June 2006 (CDT)
The answer is in Refined Amber Chunk. It has not been incorporated into this article yet. --Karlos 15:15, 17 June 2006 (CDT)
Is that really the answer? I've only ever carried raw amber in that mission and have been able to repair green the with raw. However this is not always the case, because, frustratingly, the green door won't always repair with raw. Perhaps there is a bug here, or specific timing is required for the raw to be used to fix green. --Aspectacle 19:13, 19 June 2006 (CDT)
When I was trying to figure out how to do it, I handed all three people one raw and one refined each, ever handoff occuring while all the gates were down. I didn't try repeating any of the tests. Handing amber to the architect only increased the percentage and handing it to the others only repaired a single purple or orange gate. It's not very helpful to make conjectures about the nature of a bug, so I'll guess that perhaps you need to hand the architect enough pieces? -- 04:30, 20 June 2006 (CDT)
I'll stop monking in the mission and try doing some more amber running instead. Your theory on the number of chunks required sounds good. Perhaps a gate keeper will repair the green gate if their side is fully repaired first? I was able to repair green by talking to a gate keeper with the raw chunk, unfortunately I cannot recall the exact gate configuration. --Aspectacle 17:18, 20 June 2006 (CDT)
To repair the Green gate you don't need Refined amber any raw Amber will do however the gatekeepers won't accept the amber if there are luxons in the innermost keep near radik To repair the Green gate give the Raw amber to either gatekeeper. (Ps I'm not sure if the juggnaught respawns with regular amber.
This wasn't true when I was playing. The green gate wasn't repaired with Raw Amber Chunks. --Gem-icon-sm.png (talk) 09:24, 27 August 2006 (CDT)

The green gate is always repared if you bring a refined amber chunk to a gatekeeper and the green gate is destroyed. If it's still intact, the refined amber chunk will work as a raw one. --Gem-icon-sm.png (talk) 16:53, 19 August 2006 (CDT)

The green gate is repaired and all the gate NPC will spawned with the gate, that is the 3 Kurzick NPC(if i remeber correctly, its 2 Mesmer + 1 Elementalist) + the Juggnaught. But repairing the green gate is a bit tricky. First only Gatekeeper will repair green gate, doesn't matter who is it, if enemy is in their aggro range, they won't accept any amber to reapir gate, be it Raw or Redefined. Hence, the green gate will be gone most of the time when it is breached, the only time when the green gate can be repaired is the moment when the green gate is breached. When the green gate is nearly breached, tell the amber runner to NOT repair gate and get another runner to get extra amber. Then when the green gate is breached, immediately hand over the amber piece to repair the green gate. I've try that many time and im not a fan of attacking the command point and center mine, so i know that a Raw Amber can repair the gate. --Cwingnam2000 09:34, 27 August 2006 (CDT)

My memory is a bit fuzzy, as it's been a long time since playing this on the Kurzick side, but I could've swore that I was able to consistently repair the Green Gate by giving Master Architect Gunther Raw Amber Chunks, with the other Gatekeepers killed. I know it sounds crazy, but... I don't know. I'll have to test this eventually. DancingZombies 18:04, 11 October 2006 (CDT)

I've played this mission a ton of times as Kurzick. Here is how repairing Green works: Just give any amber piece to the gatekeepers when green is down. As said, you cannot repair when the keepers are in battle. When the gatekeepers are dead, there is no way to repair the gates. Giving amber to the architect will not repair the green gate, it gives only progress on the bar. The best way to repair green is to wait inside at the green gate with a piece of amber. Watch the health bars of the green gate NPC's and stand next to the gatekeepers when green is about to break. If it breaks, immediately hand the keeper an amber piece. It can be advised to instruct your team members to keep the gate closed when under attack, I've often seen the the game lost because someone was stupid enough to let the Luxons in.

Mission objectives?[]

It seems that there is only one essential mission objective for either side -- the completion (100%) of the Gods' Vengeance weapon (for Kurzicks) vs. assassinating Master Architect Gunther (for Luxons). The other mission objectives listed for either side are rather means of accomplishing the above goals or speeding up the process, but they are not mandatory. For example, it seems that it is not necessary to give amber to Gunther in order to have the weapon completed eventually, as there is a built-in timer that will advance the completion percentage slowly (1% every several seconds) with or without amber. Giving amber to Gunther just accelerates the process (+2% for each raw amber chunk, +4% for each refined chunk). As such, there is no need to "Capture the Luxon Positions", although it would surely help if at least one amber mine is captured. Theoretically, Kurzicks would win even if they never leave the fort but just focus on a totally passive defense, keeping Master Architect Gunther from dying long enough -- for the weapon completion to reach 100%.--Noobus 15:33, 27 June 2006 (CDT)

I've been intending to copy the exact wording from the game, but (at least for the Kurzick side) 3 mission objectives are listed when you start the mission are roughly what are listed on the page. The whole reason for the victory condition and defeat condition label is just that, to precisely state when victory or defeat is obtained (which is not specifically stated in game). If you want to change the layout to reflect that, I'd be open to it. But I strongly believe that the mission objectives stated in the game should be reflected in the article in some way, shape, or form. --Chrono traveller 09:59, 28 June 2006 (CDT)
I understand your intentions and now I see that you were certainly correct in formulating those objectives as they are in the game. I guess my comments were rather trying to add to the understanding of the mechanics of this competitive mission, as it is a very complex and puzzling one for newcomers (especially on the Kurzick side).--Noobus 15:53, 28 June 2006 (CDT)
I agree, ArenaNet did a horrible job (aka none at all) preparing newcomers to this type of mission. I intended the General Mechanics section to help newcomers with what does what in this mission. Maybe victory/defeat conditions should be moved to the General Mechanics section? or maybe have their own section? Noone chimed in when I was making the layout of this page, so I'm sure that the layout has room for improvement.--Chrono traveller 17:13, 28 June 2006 (CDT)
The structure is fine, the content is pretty complete. Consider a lead in paragraph at the top of the page giving an overview of Aspenwood the mission. You can state the objective of both teams (like: the kurzicks must protect Gunther from the attacking Luxons so he can complete the super weapon) as the first thing someone sees coming to the page. I'm a big fan of words and context, are you intending to flesh out some of sections to be more than just points? --Aspectacle 00:13, 29 June 2006 (CDT)
And back to the left, maybe some kind of introduction paragraph would be a good thing. Probably put it inbetween the description and general mechanics. I am really busy with work these days, so it probably won't be me, but I'm sure one of you guys can have a go at it. --Chrono traveller 09:16, 29 June 2006 (CDT)

Two Instance Total?[]

I'm in Fort Aspenwood at the moment, and people there are convinced that there can only be two instances of Fort Aspenwood running at any given time. This just seems absurd...but everyone thought it was true. Now I think it was just because the Luxon side was more populated than the Kurzick side at the moment. --Chris Burnham 11:32, 20 July 2006 (CDT)

I think you're right. I'm sure that more than 2 are possible, it's just that there aren't usually enough active people to play. I've stopped playing myself even though I've really enjoyed them in the past. I'm sick of being on a Kurzick team with 3 leechers and a leaver each time. Bleh. --Aspectacle 19:39, 25 July 2006 (CDT)

I haven't actually been to the Kurzick side of this mission, so I was wondering whether or not it is populated at all, considering that I've had to wait through 18 timers before on the Luxon side without getting a mission. Do the Kurzicks just not participate much in these missions, or is the two instance total correct (if it is due to lack of enthusiasm on the Kurzick side, I hope that a bunch of them are waiting to get into the Jade Quarry, since I have yet to see 8 Luxons there, ever (which is kind of sad, since I want to at least try it once)). VegJed 22:44, 28 July 2006 (CDT)

It's gotten to be rather lightly populated, mainly because Anet still refuses to add an option for teams to vote to kick AFK players, replacing them with a waiting player. The Kurzicks were winning about one in twenty battles due to half their team always being AFK bots. It's why I and every other Kurzick player I know started doing Alliance Battles instead. I have a page of my site devoted to recording screenshots of every single AFKer I find there, the only reason I ever do Aspenwood now is to spend half an hour there collecting a dozen new names to report to Anet. Sunyavadin 05:56, 29 July 2006 (BST)
Yeah, that's also why I play the Kurzick side less and less these days. No one can win all the time, but it's getting quite tiresome to lose over and over again because two or more people in your team are standing there AFK, leeching what little faction they get after a painful loss. -dominique 02:43, 29 July 2006 (CDT)
I'm not sure what to think. I was on the kurzick side earlier and there were a ton of people there, and someone said luxon was the same way, yet it took several rounds to get in. If there really is a two-instance limit, that is just lame. Not to mention results in more AFK people in there since they get tired of waiting... -Miral 03:32, 10 April 2007 (CDT)
In not so sure its all that wrong. I think 2 instances is an overstatemant by a longshot, but it would be feasable that there is an instance limit (though it would be more like 15, or even more) because I have seen the game where kurzick and luxon sides are heavily populated, but yet, still I have to wait through 5 or more pulses. I think this because it occasionally happens in random arenas too. But it would be absurd to think that at least 8 people out of 4 or so districs of RA, and probably 500 people arent entering battle, 8/500, it likely that many more than 8 are entering, but it wont allow another to start till one leaves. It happened much less in RA because the battles tend to be so short, instances are clearing all the time, Aspenwood takes much longer to clear, this the restarts happen more frequently.
Of course there's a limit, back in the day you could see both sides loaded up with LOTS of people and yet everyone had to wait forever to get into a game. However ,just 2 IS absurdly low, especially considering the numerous language zones. Maybe we should find out just how many instances there are --Gimmethegepgun 00:49, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
How? Asking people at GWW has never amounted to anything, at least in my experiences. --Shadowcrest 00:54, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

EoE imbalance[]

Besides leeching and the occasional saboteurs (yes, /votekick is sorely needed in this mission), I know quite a few people (including myself) who are starting to lose interest in playing this mission on the Kurzick side due to EoE bombing being such a sure&easy win for the Luxons. The Luxons already had the upper hand here with the powerful attacks of the Siege Turtles, etc. now the EoE bombs make it even easier for them to win without having to bother to fight the Green gate's defenses or other players. Thanks to the huge range of the Spirit of Extinction, Gunther can be killed without actually "playing" the game at that stage -- just drop the spirit and wait for a few NPCs to kill each-other there.. Which will eventually kill Gunther. This is really unfair and ruining the fun of the PvP aspect of this mission. There is no skill involved in this strategy (what, encouraging a suicide bomber's mentality?), and it is unfair because dropping a spirit that recklessly kills every human in the area can make one team win just because the essential NPC of the other team is also killed by such a remote, mindless/suicidal mass-bombing. -Noobus 11:43, 3 August 2006 (CDT)

granted it's a bit unfair, but the counter is simple, kill the EoE spirit. this whole mission is a bit unfair, since to win the kurzicks must defend everything, and the luxons need only kill one NPC. complaining about a specific strategy here is a bit pointless, since we have no control over what skills randoms bring into the fight. --Honorable Sarah Honorable Icon.gif 11:54, 3 August 2006 (CDT)
it seems that more and more R/x or x/R luxon players have begun to choose (not so "randomly") to exploit this non-playing strategy and bring EoE in this mission.. Killing the EoE is not a quick nor an easy counter to this exploit - until you locate the spirit and reach it in the heat of the battle the bomb may still go off -- and if you do manage to kill it in time they'll just set it up again. It would have made more sense to at least make Gunther unaffected by this when any other human/NPC dies outside the Green gate - either make him another "kind" (species) of NPC or at least place him farther in the back, outside the spirit range. - Noobus 12:28, 3 August 2006 (CDT)
This is where you now bring Spirit Walk and Consume Soul. Granted it requires the odd combination of A/Rt or Rt/A and uses up the elite slot, but it doesn't get better for hunting and destroying enemy spirits. Unnatural Signet can be used to kill them off quickly too. --Thervold 13:04, 3 August 2006 (CDT)
no worries, keep wnjoying the game. EoE is nice and unchaotic now. :) --Gem-icon-sm.png (talk) 06:13, 19 August 2006 (CDT)
Alas, even without EoE the map is too heavily biased to be much fun. -- Bishop icon2.png Bishop [rap|con] 07:37, 19 August 2006 (CDT)
imbalanced my butt. ive defeated an entire luxon team just using life bond, life barrier, balthazars spirit, dwaynas kiss, healing seed, divine internetnion, heal other (for emergancies), and heal area (self heal). just bond up a kurzick npc at a green gate, and sit, spam dwaynas kiss as the health gets low. Detraya fullvear
I've won most of my matches on both sides. It's a bit easier to win with the Luxons, and the game is usually a lot shorter if you win with Luxons as the Kurzicks need to wait the full time to win. Therefor aquiring Luxon faction is a lot faster. --Gem-icon-sm.png (talk) 16:56, 19 August 2006 (CDT)
The bond strategy only works as long as there's no ranger on the Lux side that brings the two anti-enchant spirits. Which they do, of course. But the major imbalance to the map is the one Gem mentions: winning as Kurzicks requires a full cycle, winning as Lux only requires the Kurz to drop the ball once. It is a major flaw in the map design. -- Bishop icon2.png Bishop [rap|con] 09:50, 27 August 2006 (CDT)

Not to mention that the Luxon get 100(or 80) faction per gates break but Kurzick gets Faction per God's Vengeance. Most of the lose i get 400 Luxon faction at the end(not counting the killing points) on luxon side but only around 100 - 300 at Kurzick. --Cwingnam2000 10:08, 27 August 2006 (CDT)

Even though this is a dead topic, EoE still works. I completely fucked up the kurzick side and wiped out every player on the map. 07:17, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

A bug[]

There is a bug in the mission. I do not know how to trigger it, but on one instance the Kurzick Necromancers followed our amber carriers to the green gate in the beginning. Then they were unable to get back to their position and the Luxons couldn't kill them to open the gate. It was an easy win as the Luxons just stood there trying to figure it out. --Gem-icon-sm.png (talk) 16:59, 19 August 2006 (CDT)

I think the reason is that Necromencer is trying to buff the runner with Death Nova because of Low Health. This is not a bug but poor AI. It dont happen normally, but i think its when a bunch of Kurzick running Amber, and all of them are at Low Health, the Necromencer is unable to buff them all while they are running past them, so he tried to chase the group to buff the runner And it cause the Necor mencer to stay inside the gate. Its the same when people opened the green gate and the gatekeeper went outside of the gate to fight Luxon or when a Luxon try to sneak past the gate and the Juggie went inside the Green gate. --Cwingnam2000 09:41, 27 August 2006 (CDT)
So is it possible to get someone with BiP or similar to pull the necros far behind the gates and get them to stay there? Has someone tried that? -- Bwahahaha
Nice idea. Try it sometime. --Gem-icon-sm.png (talk) 16:18, 21 October 2006 (CDT)
I tried it with BiP and Contemplation of Purity (to remove Death Nova quickly)- but can't seem to do it, they appear to move a bit. I think my high ping makes it harder (don't see them move/cast till its too late) - probably easier if someone helps to keep the gate open too. Someone with a good low ping connection should try it. I think it could be possible.
  • The exploit mentioned here is now a fairly common tactic for the kurzick side.Mercurius Ter Maxim 23:36, 25 July 2007 (CDT)
Actually I managed to do it in the end with an N/D (D has better enchantment removal and so more control), but I decided not to post details here. Still looks like other people caught on or figured it out too, so Anet's fixed it now. Took many months though ;). Still wish Anet would fix the leeching problem, the "exclude list" method would work. Oh well.

Something similar happened today with the luxon priests. They lured them from their command points to the green gate. They should do something with that AI. -Khan Reaper Kerensky 17:32, 14 March 2007 (CDT)

As a monk on the Kurzicks, I had to fall back to the green gate when both sides were breached. Then we got extremely lucky. A Luxon ele used an aoe damage spell, I believe Fire Storm or Breath of Fire, on the NPCs outside of the green gate, causing them to scatter. I had also noticed that a Kurzick opened the green gate. I was outside the green gate, and ran inside to close it. I believe one mesmer NPC and one ele NPC ran behind the gate, but by the time I closed the gate only the ele was behind the gate. Long story short, the luxons were very angry >=)

PvP-only Access[]

The PvP-only character access is still present, even though the weekend event is over. Anything saying PvP-only access is here to stay? --8765 23:20, 23 August 2006 (CDT)

They never said it wasn't there to stay. I would think they're keeping it in. -- Bishop icon2.png Bishop [rap|con] 09:51, 27 August 2006 (CDT)
Now that it's the following year, needless to say, confirmation is here. Ta-Daa! Ut's still here.-- 18:01, 14 January 2007 (CST)

Troop layout map[]

FortAspenwoodmap.PNG I made this map to give conformation of where Kurzick NPC's are and how they spawn. This should clear up some confusion on what respawns where. Ansi 14:35, 7 September 2006 (CDT)


im kinda of a nub factions do i get here? can i bring a pvp char here some how? plz help Echo ftw 01:04, 21 January 2007 (CST)

As for how to get here with a PvE character, consult the Maps. For a PvP character, there is a Luxon Diplomat at the Great Temple of Balthazar who will transport your character to Aspenwood if you ask. Arshay Duskbrow 06:59, 27 January 2007 (CST)

Hard Mode?[]

I got in one game and it had the Hard Mode icon in the status area. Of course you can't select modes in the mission outpost itself, so I'm guessing somebody's PvE character was set to hard mode when they were in the Aspenwood Gate. The question is: does it affect anything such as NPC levels, or is it just a plain and simple glitch that does nothing? — Lunarbunny 03:37, 13 May 2007 (CDT)

It doesn't do anything to the NPCs or the layout of the map, you do however get +50% more xp. Too bad that doesn't work for factions also. 00:05, 21 May 2007 (CDT)

As far as I can tell, the turtles are a different level in hard mode, I remember them being 24 in NM and they're definitely 26 in HM. Thats the only difference I've noticed and if so thats heavily biased in favor of the luxons.

Shock, a change that makes it harder for the Kurzick and easier on the Luxons?! That never happens! 20:16, 7 June 2007 (CDT)

% Timer[]

During a couple times on the Kurzick side waiting by a gatekeeper for the gate to be breached, I've timed how long it takes to go up 1% on its own. Each time was about 10 seconds, so without giving amber to Gunther, it would take the Kurzick side 16.66 minutes to win. -- Tsukan 13:42, 16 June 2007 (CDT)

Luxon Warrior Glitch[]

Added note about Luxon Warrior glitch on article (after a few screw ups, boy am I off today). Rephrase if needed. The bug started happening more often after Anet's 'AI improvement' on the Goon Squad. --NYC Elite 22:12, 22 June 2007 (CDT)

Yay!!! As if the Luxons didn't have a hard time already. The Hobo 23:12, 23 June 2007 (CDT)
And they still didn't fix it in the update. Sad, sad, sad. --Roland icon.pngRoland of Gilead (talk) 17:48, 18 July 2007 (CDT)

i believe they made it worse. today i was on kurz side and at the inner orange gate it was closed but then all four luxon warriors just ran through?! i couldn't take a picture since it happened so fast but there were 2-3 other people that saw that. J1j2j3 20:19, 22 August 2007 (CDT)

No more Siege Attack?[]

Tell me it ain't so! --Roland icon.pngRoland of Gilead (talk) 19:22, 17 July 2007 (CDT)

Odd, I don't think Anet fixed this glitch completely. I just went through a game in FA an hour ago, the turtles did nothing at all! It may just be a one time thing though. The Hobo 23:49, 25 July 2007 (CDT)


Gates no longer close automatically when opened, you must close them back yourself. I am going to change what the page says to reflect this. Cutsman 19:21, 12 September 2007 (CDT)


Some anon keeps changing "Vengeance of the Gods" to "God's Vengeance". Unless this was actually renamed in-game, I'm inclined to revert it. However, I've already reverted them once so GW:1RV applies. What do others think? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 11:50, 16 September 2007 (CDT)

      godsvengeancehe1.png It is indeed "God's Vengeance" now.
      Bigrat2 06:13, 26 September 2007 (CDT)
Gee, when did they change it? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:35, 11 November 2007 (UTC)
I wonder why they changed the's shorter I guess. The Hobo 05:54, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

reward anomoly[]

while playing this mission on the kurzick side, i decided to see what would happen if i gave gunther a bucket of refined amber chunks after it hit i did, and instead of getting 800 faction from the win, i got 804 kurzick faction, i have a screenie, if deemed necessary Omnipresentgnome 06:31, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

It's not necessary, I do that all the time. Mention it if you want --Gimmethegepgun 06:34, 11 November 2007 (UTC)
Don't mention it, it supposed to work like that. Late I know, but for future reference. --Shadowcrest 00:55, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
Actually, after your rewording, I'm gonna put a little note next to it saying that doing it like that WILL grant a bit of extra faction, if for reference only --Gimmethegepgun 00:58, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

In favor of Luxon? Yeah right.[]

I've seen all these comments saying stuff like "Luxons have the advantage because of the turtles." Well let me tell you something. This happens to me in almost every game. A Kurzick monk sits behind the gate and uses enchantments (mainly Protective Spirit combined with Life Bond) to keep an NPC alive. Turtle shoots, NPC's take 48 damage (because of Protective Spirit) before Life Bond, which is then reduced to 24, and the monk takes none. If one of them stays alive, the gate stays up, meaning that we Luxons can't get in. In my opinion, it's in favor of the Kurzicks, which makes sense since it's set in the Forest...yet the Jade Quarry, even though it's in the Jade Sea, is completely balanced. I'm sure most Luxons would agree with me when we say it's unfair. I rest my case.-Kaos Mastr 23:11, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

That's a skill balance, not area or NPC. And the answer is pretty easy: bring enchant removal. -- 06:42, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
If Luxons have monks then that is the case as well, pre-prot the turtles and heal them as they go in and wham, you can easily breach the fort. One time me and another couple of players got totally bogged trying to kill 2 monks and a rit... that was bad --BeeD 13:36, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
I agree, Kurzick's have it easy, having played both sides quite a bit, it's much easier to defend, plus the Kurzicks get an army of NPC's that you have to kill. A helpful buff would be to include a NPC healer in with the turtles. Also not allowing the Kurzick players to cap the mines from the wall. Wonderdog124 22:27, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

Useless Arena[]

Being Kurzick, i was waiting more than 10chrono timing in AvA. Frustrated of loosing 30minute just for a battle we weren't sure to even win, i get away and go to aspenwood. Instead of 17chrono of waiting, "only" 10... We play, we loose, and, gained "8!!!!" kurzick faction point... Also, now with extra spyke build an lot of MM, being in kurzick side becomes really really hard.. The NPC not becomes stronger and they die too quickly... Its become useless to play there really.. A waste of time

Actually, unless you're bad (no offense), Kurzick is easy. get a Mo/Me Bonder and NPCs wont die. MMs are bad, since Banishing Strike and moreso Holy Spear exist. And just generic (PB)AoE kills Minions. BA Ranger can kill any Turtle fast, since they hit 100s from those ledges with BA, and Sloth Hunter's Shot is strong because you can just DShot their Siege and they won't attack or cast spells. PvEvP (AB/CM) is not that hard... --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:44, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
I have to question the sanity of anyone who beieves this is remotely balanced. A couple of years ago, I sat down and listed the advantages, Lux vs Kurz. THe luxons have one advantage, the turtle and I have to question that this is even an advantage since they are so easy to stop (or "glitch"). Kurz 14..and counting as Areana Net keeps introducing new ways to "glitch" at turtle. The advantages...things like.. The kurz can make it from their side to ours and take down an amber station almost before we can even get there from our side. We die, got a 30 second run if the path is clean. THey die (at the end) they are back in play within seconds. I can deal with that, but when you add them all up, the only way for the Kurz to lose is via noobs, more leechers and quitters then we have, or just inept players. I took an not good untuned build to the Kurz side one day ... won 13 straight.. so boring that I went back to the Lux side. So if you a KUrz and losing..dont balme the Luxons..blame yourself. 13:39, 4 June 2011 (UTC)Katt

Gate closing automatically[]

I removed that note because it says under Game mechanics that the gate no longer closes automatically, the part I removed in essence said to not worry about the gate because it'll close automatically. The Game mechanic section (as far as I could tell) is newer, so i expected that information to be more up-to-date. GW-Viruzzz 16:11, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

I'll let someone else verify whether or not the gate actually closes automatically. I just went by what the article said, I haven't played aspenwood for over a year now. GW-Viruzzz 16:12, 26 September 2008 (UTC)
Ah, I missed that, I thought you meant the sentence was contradictory in itself. Sorry. --◄mendel► 16:21, 26 September 2008 (UTC)


As of Nov. 13 2008 the rewards and some of the mechanics have been changed. I have the rewards updated but other things like the decrease in total time it takes for kurz's to win still needs to be updated. ~ ProblematicPlum 03:46, 16 November 2008 (UTC)


So uh, what's up with the "servers" that everyone is talking about? It's like impossible to get into the mission now. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 03:13, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

thats cuz its now kurzick sided since 5 min was taken off the total time for the timer to fill up. there isnt any time for luxons to win now. after the initial rush, the metre is like already 1/4 - 1/3 done... which is really stupid. they should improve the luxon npc builds, buff turtles even more, or revert the short time.

They needa nerf respawn timers. Make it 20 second+ respawn, otherwise its just dumb. Killing isn't an advantage in fort aspenwood for luxons. You kill them, then 5 seconds later they're back and respawning their npcs. Its just dumb for luxons because of that.
Yeah, I did notice that it was much harder on Luxon side now. Haven't won there yet compared to like 90% win in Kurzick side. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 06:56, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

they just[]

couldnt revert the timer...instead they broke an already broken thing LongCat 00:32, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

Turtles - supah-ubah-pr0 power of Luxons?[]

Stript enchmant, req 3 interrputs to stop attack, great dmg with attack - WTH ANet is doing?! Samug 11:54, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Making it so Kurzicks don't win 90% of the time. --Macros 12:15, 18 December 2008 (UTC)
Yup, now Kurzicks are losing 90% at time -.- Samug 12:24, 18 December 2008 (UTC)
Oh well. --Macros 13:43, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Balance the damn turtles[]

These things are ridiculous. Stripping enchants doesn't make any sense at all, it's not even in the description, the turts are already pretty much untouchable by melee from the warriors, and even when the warriors are dead, they spam Carrier Defense! A turtle took me down from full health from it! It just kept using it and using it, using it before i even hit the thing, it's ridiculous. I go behind it, i go in front of it, i go to the side, the damn thing just keeps spamming it and there's no way for melee to do anything to turtles, as if the turtle shell ability wasn't enough. And our juggernaut has NOTHING! Just a bunch of health, which does nothing when they nuke it. If the turtles can have carrier defense, then the juggernaut should get it, too. Or they could remove carrier defense altogether.--Darksyde 20:09, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

They have juggernaut toss and the juggernaut aura. If you're melee on the kurz side your job is taking out the cap points and running amber, and if possible taking down the luxon warriors. leave the turtles for rangers and nukers or find a wall to hide behind and tank/stall them, they won't move. 23:34, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
Juggernaut toss and juggernaut aura, 90% of the time, don't do anything. In the past 20 or so matches, i've seen a turtle get flipped by the jugger once. And juggernaut aura is lame, +1 energy every 3 sec isn't game winning. Melee should be able to kill turtles, since melee on the Lux side really has no restrictions, aside from a few spells used by NPCs that die in a second or two anyway.--Darksyde 20:48, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
turtles dont need to be nerfed, the kurzicks still win 9 times out of ten, so how exactly are the turtles overpowered? Githyan 18:30, 21 January 2009 (UTC)
I do agree that the turtles are not overpowered. I can easily spike it with an elementalist killing it before it reaches the gate. A warrior should even have no place here; anything it's suppose to do can be done by another class. The only probably would be if they had a monk which could easily be killed. The only reason I'm not playing Fort Aspenwood right now is because I discovered Jade Quarry has a lot more faction and is more competitive. 04:43, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Even if the kurzicks still win 9 times out of ten, it's because the 9 times out of 10 the luxons teams are running: healing breeze wammos, meteor showering eles, firestorming rangers, and other stupid stuff. Also they have little to no coordination and run inside the base one person at a time against the entire kurzick team. Now reverse the scenario where Luxons have turtle healers, a mm, an EoE spammer, and a nuker that doesn't suck. In this scenario, no matter what they do, Kurzicks are screwed.

I would say that the Kurzicks have the advantage simply because theyre on the defensive-meaning that they control most of the areas worth controlling. Not to mention that the Turtles (which die in seconds against a mes or ranger) and LuxWarrior's AI is shit. Rly, all the Kurzicks need to succeed are some healers, runners, and doesn't help that it's easy to create a build that does all 3 of those things. The Luxons need disenchanters, shutdown, ranged DPS, nukers, snarers, and non-ranger interrupts. Frankly though I'm beating a dead horse. 08:08, 23 February 2009 (UTC)
ATTENTION IDIOTS. There is NO difference between Kurzick and Luxon players. They are both fictional groups, and what players join what side is fairly arbitrary. Both sides have a LOT of idiots. This is because this is the internet. And the internet has A LOT of idiots
Just because kurzicks are defending doesn't mean they have the advantage if they're defending a bunch of trash that dies in 5 seconds anyway. And the map starts out with the luxons controlling all the command points and mines, so that point is also null. All the npc's have shit AI, but at least the lux npcs can kill stuff while the kurz can't. And luxons no longer need disenchants because the turtles do that for them. Free disenchants, free knockdowns, and 2 shotting everything with an uninterruptable (almost) siege attaack is pretty one sided. Kurzick npc's cant do any of that except for some descent anti-melee, but they usually die before they get to attack anything anyways.
I totally agree that the enchant stripping is overmuch. Doesn't even make sense. And it feels like the luxons were being babied here. Awww, you dont need to being enchant removal, we'll do it for you. However, the hard-to-interrupt siege attack is absolutely necesary, otherwise the turtles do absolutely nothing. Also, Even before the time limit update, The kurzicks never really needed to run amber, with enough competent healers, they could just camp at Gunther and auto-win. However, with the shortened time limit, the Kurzicks never fail to exploit this. I use the term "exploit" because its almost that. At this point, running amber for the Kurzicks is laughable, AL they need are a couple half-decent healers and Allofasudden Gunther cannot die. Killing the healers does nothing because they spawn about 10 feet from casting range of Gunther, and they come back with full energy, so its actually a bad idea. No ammount of nuking can get thru the horde of Kurzick monks that camp in green. With the timer being so short, the Luxons can even be making headway, and theres simply not enough time left for the luxons to kill Gunther after fighting waiting for the turtles to saunter on through. (if they even survive, which isn't too likely) This was strongly in favor of the kurzicks before, and they decide that they need to help out the Kurzicks. That makes as much sense as siege attacks removing enchantments. Aspenwood is inherently biased toward Kurzicks because all they have to do is wait for a timer to run out, the Luxons actually have to use coordination and teamwork to a degree, and as of now, it takes an amazing Luxon team to beat a half-baked Kurzick team. If you need any more evidence, look how many people are sitting in the Kurzick side waiting to enter battle, wanting the faction, and look at how many Luxons are on their side, knowing they wont get any. Shadowshear 23:06, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
I like how even if I'm far from the siege attack and take like 3 damage from it, it still removes an enchantment.Paul revere 20:37, 28 March 2009 (UTC)
Yeah the turtles are full of shit. Luxons have it pretty stacked in their favor but they still can't win.

Dont talk about the turtles being over powered! Look at this.


"The green amber mine produces Refined Amber Chunks, which can be given to either gatekeeper to repair a gate, or if the gates are intact, one of that gatekeeper's gates. If given to the architect, the Refined Amber Chunks adds 4% to the progress track. " say what? so if you give the gatekeeper a refined amber chunk, and if all the gates are repaired it repairs a gate? could someone fix the discription to whatever it is supposed to say. Githyan 18:30, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

I removed the part of the sentence that didn't make sense. Feel free to change it if I did something wrong. 04:48, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
I copied the info back based on Refined Amber Chunk, does it make more sense now? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:28, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
Yes it does :-) 20:31, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Spawn Point Immunity[]

Im not sure if this is worth mentioning but when you spawn there seems to be a brief time when you dont take damage (only tested useing illusion of weakness not enimy attacks) When you die and use IoW you have the enchantment and yet take no damage (a yellow 0 damage apears. I havent seen it mentioned before but its quite usefull for that specific spell so i thought ild put it in talk and let someone else decide what to do with it. 20:58, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

NPCs spawning at a freshly captured point also get this immunity. 01:20, 25 January 2009 (UTC) (King Neoterikos, on another comp)
Yeah this happens for any time a player resurrects at a resurrection shrine. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 02:02, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

How do you get there?[]

Can someone briefly describe how to get there for PvP or PvE characters, maybe with a link to the PvE quests involved? Thanks! 20:12, 3 March 2009 (UTC) 3:10, 3 March 2009

Fort_Aspenwood_(quest)/Defend Fort Aspenwood are the Lux/Kurz quests for PvE characters. PvP characters can go to FA by travelling to the Great Temple of Balthazar, and talking to some Allegiance dude there. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 20:16, 3 March 2009 (UTC)


Does anyone else think that recently, as in since the resurgence in popularity of JQ, Fort Aspenwood has had a steep decline in popularity? I hardly feel it's worth pushing the Enter Mission button when I see how few people are waiting to enter the battle.Konradishes 09:01, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Kinda makes sense. Even though only a few builds actually work in JQ, it's at least balanced for both factions. Not to mention that nobody really played JQ before the update so it's relatively new and different from FA. 00:52, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

Green gate bug?[]

In the past month I've seen the green gate break open maybe 5 times, even with the gate guards standing at their post (that is, the Juggernaut, elementalist and two mesmers). I'm not sure if it's supposed to break down at the death of a Gatekeeper or not. Unfortunately I haven't taken any screens because it's hard to remember in the heat of the battle, but I'm hoping someone here has seen this happen.

When I started playing on the Luxon side it seems the gate breaks when I follow a runner inside just before they've closed the door and I manage to kill a Gatekeeper, but I can't be certain because the Gatekeepers haven't died when this happens while I'm playing for the Kurzick.

the tips[]

are pretty lolworth and bad--Relyk 02:16, 24 July 2009 (UTC)

The tips for which side? 07:48, 28 July 2009 (UTC)

I just wanna note something with the slight change in wording made today. While the Turtle does need 3 Interrupts landed to interrupt, they don't have to be on the same Siege attack. For instance, if yu land 2 interrupts on a Siege Attack, the next Siege Attack will be interrupted by a single interrupt skill. KazeSmilie v2 Pikmin Yellow.gif 20:26, May 29, 2010 (UTC)

Where did turtle bonding go?[]

Where is it? I can't seem to find it! --Anthonie 18:04, June 6, 2010 (UTC)