Cartographer

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Cartographer
Eternal Legendary Cartographer.jpg
Campaign Prophecies
Factions
Nightfall
Title type Character
Cartographer is a title awarded to a character who explores 100% of each continent's map. There are separate title tracks for each campaign, prefixed with the name of their respective continent. These titles can be displayed in the "Honor" monument.

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[edit] Cartographer title track

Tier Prophecies title Factions title Nightfall title Exploration of continent
1 Tyrian Explorer Canthan Explorer Elonian Explorer 60%
2 Tyrian Pathfinder Canthan Pathfinder Elonian Pathfinder 70%
3 Tyrian Trailblazer Canthan Trailblazer Elonian Trailblazer 80%
4 Tyrian Cartographer Canthan Cartographer Elonian Cartographer 90%
5 Tyrian Master Cartographer Canthan Master Cartographer Elonian Master Cartographer 95%
6 Tyrian Grandmaster Cartographer Canthan Grandmaster Cartographer Elonian Grandmaster Cartographer 100%

[edit] Legendary Cartographer title track

Title Total maxed cartographer
Legendary Cartographer 3

[edit] Acquisition

"Scrape" the edges

The Grandmaster Cartographer title can only be obtained through extensive and thorough exploration of the world map for a given campaign. You need to "push" your character against the edges of each area in order to "scrape" the edges of the map. Stop from time to time to ensure that each obscure corner or portion gets "unfogged". The mission map makes it easier to see and notice areas that have not been explored as compared to the world map.

There is some leeway built into the title: uncovering the entire map would add up to more than 100% on each continent. This allows one to ignore areas of the game that become inaccessible as the character progresses through the storyline (e.g. the Island of Shehkah or Shing Jea Arena) or locations that are no longer available at all (e.g. Fort Koga). The exact amount of leeway is documented below.

Many areas can only be explored during a mission, some of which include a time constraint (e.g. parts of the Dunes of Despair mission map). Make sure that other players know about your interest in mapping before you begin.

A character obtains Legendary Cartographer automatically after maxing their third continent-specific cartography title.

[edit] Examining the map

Example of using image processing software to highlight the gaps

One method of discovering unexplored locations is to take screenshots of your world map and compare it to one of the fully-explored maps on the wiki.

You can also download software that makes it easier to compare two images, e.g. Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or GIMP.

  1. Change your Guild Wars graphics options to maximum resolution and disable post-processing effects.
  2. Open up the world map (default shortcut "M") and take a screenshot (Shift+PrtScrn, to hide map markers) in either zoomed-in or zoomed-out mode.
  3. Open a 100% explored map with your image editing software, then insert your screenshot as a layer on top of the image.
  4. Set the layer to "difference" to emphasize differences between the two maps. All the explored areas will go dark, and unexplored areas (the differences) will become much brighter.

Remember to align and scale images as needed. You can also change the layer setting from "normal" to "difference" to "hidden" to determine if the bright areas are indeed unexplored areas, or if they are simply due to passing clouds.

[edit] Player modifications

ANet does not officially support any third party tools, but many players use "Cartography Made Easy", a plug-in for TexMod that makes it easier to see which areas remain fogged. This drastically reduces the amount of time spent pursuing the title, since it makes it possible to uncover the map while vanquishing, during a mission, or while otherwise performing other in-game tasks. See Guide to modifying in-game graphics/Texmod/Player made modifications for details.

[edit] Locations to explore in Tyria

Strikethroughs indicate places that don't contribute to the cartographer title. Underlines denote places that may be or become inaccessible (tutorial areas or low-level arenas).

[edit] Ascalon

Ascalon

[edit] Northern Shiverpeaks

Northern Shiverpeaks

[edit] Kryta

Kryta

[edit] Maguuma Jungle

Maguuma Jungle

[edit] Crystal Desert

Crystal Desert

[edit] Southern Shiverpeaks

Southern Shiverpeaks

[edit] Ring of Fire Islands

Ring of Fire Islands

[edit] Locations to explore in Cantha

Strikethroughs indicate places that don't contribute to the cartographer title. Underlines denote places that become inaccessible (tutorial areas or low-level arenas).

[edit] Shing Jea Island

Shing Jea Island

[edit] Kaineng City

Kaineng City

[edit] Echovald Forest

Echovald Forest

[edit] The Jade Sea

The Jade Sea

[edit] Locations to explore in Elona

Strikethroughs indicate places that don't contribute to the cartographer title. Underlines denote places that become inaccessible (tutorial areas or low-level arenas).

[edit] Istan

[edit] Kourna

[edit] Vabbi

[edit] The Desolation

[edit] Normally inaccessible areas

See also: Portal jump

Some places can be reached even though they were not designed to be visited or become inaccessible as the character progresses through the storyline. None of these areas are required for the title, but any fog exposed while exploring them will count towards its progression. In some cases, they also lead to the end of the world (i.e. an area where terrain is no longer rendered). There are also several places where your character can uncover bonus areas — spots on the map that cannot be exposed through normal exploration (these places are marked in black when using Cartography Made Easy); these places add additional leeway to the title, since they add progress but are not counted as part of the 100%.

[edit] Tyria

[edit] Cantha

Eredon Terrace bonus area.
Mapped by watching the mission cinematic replayed by Guardsman Chow.
  • Eredon Terrace: the mountains northeast of the outpost can be explored by those belonging to the alliance that controls it. You can also reach this area via portal jumping, which allows exploration to the edge of the world; you can also expose a bonus part of the map, adding up to 0.5% leeway to the title.
  • Gyala Hatchery: use Strike as One with a pet to gain access to Leviathan Pits outpost (there is a "glass bridge" near where the turtle is). This can add up to 0.1% towards the title.
  • Linnok Courtyard: use Viper's Defense while standing on the cliff edges on one side of the entry portal (you can use a flagged hero/henchman to set the jump direction). After entering the Shing Jea Monastery, you can walk through the gate to the Monastery Overlook tutorial area. This contributes 0.5% to Canthan cartographer.
  • Zin Ku Corridor: during A Meeting With the Emperor, use Return on Master Togo or Brother Mhenlo, jumping the portal and allowing travel beyond the gate.
  • Shing Jea Arena: during The Final Confrontation, there is an opportunity to map the area before and after the dialogue (which is normally unavailable after passing level 10). This can add approximately 0.29% towards the title.
  • Raisu Palace: the corner section southeast of the Imperial Sanctum outpost; mapped by portal jumping from the Raisu Palace explorable area into the Imperial Sanctum outpost. Use Strike as One with a pet to gain access. This can add approximately 0.19% towards the title.
  • The Undercity: the south central section; mapped by portal jumping from Wajjun Bazzar into The Undercity. This can add approximately 0.01% towards the title.
  • Saint Anjeka's Shrine: the northwest section of the outpost can be explored by those belonging to the alliance that controls it. Mapped by portal jumping from Ferndale into Saint Anjeka's Shrine; use Strike as One with a pet to gain access. This can add approximately 0.02% towards the title.
  • Morostav Trail and The Eternal Grove: use Strike as One with a pet to gain access to Vasburg Armory. Exiting Eternal Grove increases the uncoverable map when exiting Vasburg into Morostav Trail and running to where the shrine would have been normally. Exiting Morostav Trail removes the shrine in the north east corner of Vasburg, allowing one to run into the massive rock left of it, into a secret path behind it, uncovering the left side (no extra bits come with that one). This can add approximately 0.05% towards the title.

[edit] Elona

  • Dzagonur Bastion: ignore all the groups and run for the portal in the south, towards what would be Resplendent Makuun. You can run through the gate and reach the end of the world, adding up to 0.1–0.2% leeway towards the title.
  • Marga Coast: the portal to Sunspear Sanctuary is bugged — it allows heroes to walk through it without bouncing (as they do elsewhere). Send a hero through the portal and Shadow step to him/her (Recall is ideal for this). If you have trouble, use the mini-map flag the hero to the far side of the hill (left of the portal). You can reach the end of the world and add up to 0.1–0.2% leeway.
  • Vehjin Mines: use Strike as One with a pet to gain access to Jennur's Horde outpost and the adjoining tunnel. This can add up to 0.1% towards the title.

[edit] Eye of the North

  • Drakkar Lake: during The Great Norn Alemoot, you can ignore the challenge and use your three minutes to run through the portals to the north and south. This allows you to uncover an additional 0.2% of the map.
  • Vlox's Falls: during Trial of Zinn, it is possible to enter into areas not otherwise accessible. Return or similar Shadow Steps work well for this. This can add up to 0.2% additional leeway.
    • Explore Arbor Bay by jumping past the Golem sentries. You can uncover areas near the portals to Shards of Orr, Alcazia Tangle and Riven Earth that cannot be reached during normal play.
    • Jump to the platform where the trial takes place.
    • Jump past the sentries to Vloxen Excavations by standing in front of them and clicking the walls behind. To return stand behind and click the ground in front.
  • Grothmar Wardowns: you can portal jump past the portal leading to Ooze Pit, and uncover an additional 0.4% of the map not normally accessible.

[edit] Special events

Where to stand: Linnok Courtyard bonus area.

Some areas can be explored more easily during certain special events:

[edit] Notes

  • The Tyrian Cartographer title does not require mapping any of the explorable areas in Eye of the North. Instead, exploration of those areas contributes to the Master of the North title.
  • Several areas are only available under special circumstances, but they are not required to obtain the title; exploring them just increases the amount of leeway you have.
    • Some of these areas are only available early on: low-level arenas and the tutorial area of Nightfall. (The tutorial area of Factions can be explored when the Shing Jea Boardwalk is open.)
    • In Cantha, the faction sections of outposts in the Echovald Forest and Jade Sea require membership in the controlling alliance.
  • Many areas can be quickly explored by running; bring heroes with party-wide speed boosts (e.g. "Charge!" or "Incoming!") and ignore any foes.

[edit] Trivia

[edit] See also


Titles
Character titles
Core Cartographer Drunkard Guardian Maxed Titles Party Animal Protector Skill Hunter Survivor Sweet Tooth Vanquisher
Prophecies Legendary Defender of Ascalon
Nightfall Lightbringer Sunspear
Eye of the North Asura Deldrimor Ebon Vanguard Master of the North Norn
All campaigns Legendary Cartographer Legendary Guardian Legendary Skill Hunter Legendary Vanquisher
Core Champion Codex Gamer Gladiator Hero Lucky Treasure Hunter Unlucky Wisdom Zaishen
Factions Kurzick Luxon
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