The Jade Quarry

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the competitive mission. For the quests and outposts, see The Jade Quarry (disambiguation).

The Jade Quarry
Jade Quarry Large.png
Campaign Factions
Region The Jade Sea
Type Competitive
Party size 8
The Jade Quarry is a Competitive Mission in which the Luxons and Kurzicks fight for control over jade resources.

Contents

[edit] Access

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This mission can only be entered by level 20 characters from The Jade Quarry (Kurzick) or The Jade Quarry (Luxon).

[edit] Mission information

[edit] Objectives

Control the jade quarries.

  • Be the first team to score 10 points, or score more points than your opponent before 15 minutes have elapsed.
  • Claim quarries to begin collecting jade.
  • Protect your team's jade carriers.
  • [No one controls / Kurzicks control / Luxons control] the Green quarry.
  • [No one controls / Kurzicks control / Luxons control] the Purple quarry.
  • [No one controls / Kurzicks control / Luxons control] the Yellow quarry.

[edit] Rewards

  • Imperial faction that is awarded at the end of a match:
    • Each team receives 300 for each jade slab collected.
    • The winning side receives an additional 1,000.
  • Players receive 10 Imperial faction plus 10 Balthazar faction per kill in real time.

[edit] General description

The Jade Quarry is a resource control arena that is fought between the Luxons and Kurzicks. There are three resource points known as quarries, from where jade is carried back to the base of Luxons or Kurzicks. When a faction gains control over a quarry, a Hauler Turtle will arrive if taken by the Luxons, or a Carrier Juggernaut if taken by the Kurzicks.

[edit] General mechanics and win condition

  • The first team to transfer ten jade slabs back to their base, or have the most jade captured if time runs out, wins the match.
  • Each team consists of eight players that are randomly assembled by those entering from the Jade Quarry (Kurzick) and the Jade Quarry (Luxon) staging areas of all districts.
  • The map is balanced so that neither side has an advantage over the other. The three quarries are positioned (and colored) as follows: Purple quarry is closest to the Kurzicks, Green quarry is closest to the Luxons, and Yellow quarry is of equal distance from either side. There are a number of guard posts that are situated on the map which may be taken to assist or hinder the passage of players and jade carriers.
  • All players resurrect automatically in their base and do not receive Death Penalty. Each base has three one way teleporters that are labeled for each quarry. These teleporters will take you to a location that is somewhat close to the quarry for which it is labeled.

[edit] Capturing

Quarries and Guard Posts can be controlled by either faction.

At the start quarries are unclaimed, the first side that gets a player stand on its stone platform gains control.

  • Five NPCs are protecting: one Ranger, two Mesmers and two Elementalists. In order to gain control over one of these spots, all enemy NPCs occupying that area must be killed. Then, allied NPCs will spawn and guard that area for your side.

The closer Guard Post will have:

  • Two rangers if controlled near enemy base.
  • Four rangers if controlled near ally base.

All other Guard Posts have:

  • Three rangers always.
Capturing Quarries and Guard Posts

It is vital to quickly turn quarries and guard posts to your side, without quarries your team will not score any points.

  • To keep track on your side's status, have the U map open and extended enough to see the whole arena flags.
  • Area of effect (AoE) spells, attacks and skills (ex.Ray of Judgment) are particularly effective.
  • NPCs do not heal themselves and do not scatter far enough to effectively avoid area of effect damage.
  • Quarry mesmers use interrupts, so be prepared.
  • When capturing Guard Posts hide next to walls where ranged NPCs obstructed view won't hit you.
  • If you and your team are unable to capture, go to another point which isn't as heavily defended or you will all be wasting time.

[edit] Attack

  • The main focus is to ensure control over a majority of the NPCs, so that they can perform the tasks needed for your team to win. Killing the defending NPCs or jade carriers are your priorities.
  • When playing offense, don't attack opposing players unless they are directly impeding your ability to capture a quarry, a guard post or a carrier.
  • NPCs at a quarry spawn in a "V" shape. When using area of effect skills, target the central NPC for better efficiency. If already dispersed by previous attacks, they may be arranged differently.
  • If a quarry is taken by your side when the opposing carrier was on its way, it will return to its base. When this happens do not kill it, as it will waste more time returning to base and then restarting. If killed, it will "spawn" again at the quarry saving itself one trip.

[edit] Defense

  • Keep the jade carriers safe, your team will not score if it doesn't arrive at base. Escort it on the way back unless you are 100% sure it will not be attacked.
  • Ensure the guard post between a quarry and the base is held by your team's NPCs. This will prevent the carrier from taking damage and also help protect the carrier from enemies that try to kill it.

[edit] Strategies

  • Because this is a large map where timing matters, speed boosts for yourself and/or player/NPC allies are considered useful. Skills such as: "Make Haste!", Windborne Speed and "Fall Back!" (PvP) work well.
  • To ensure victory: Either secure two out of three quarries or hinder the rival's carrier. If a quarry you generally defend is safe, go and attack other quarries or NPCs to keep them busy.
  • Death, in some cases, may result a positive form of energy management and also a way to step back and reassess the situation to be of better use.
  • Sometimes carriers get stuck inside the base and will not transport jade even if the corresponding quarry is captured. To solve this problem, allow the opposing team to capture the quarry and then re-capture it.

[edit] By topic

Generally speaking, there are three ways you can help your team to win. Nuking, intercepting and healing, or a combination of these. Kill scores have no effect.

  • AoE players make capturing quarries and guard posts their main priority. Popular and effective are:
    • Monks can capture with one Smiting Prayers 16 Ray of Judgment (RoJ) and also play a part-time healer.
    • Fire Elementalists have advantage over RoJ Monks, because they have more than one spell to continue attacking even if their primary spell was interrupted/diverted.
    • Bombers have stealth and surprise if executed properly plus re-spawning benefit which shortens their travels.
    • Barrage or Incendiary Arrow Rangers have multiple advantages. Can attack from high grounds while quarry NPCs cannot attack back. Furthermore, Rangers have access to interrupts (Distracting Shot) which can prevent rivals capturing team controlled quarries and guard posts. Also slowing down adversaries and carriers (Pin Down).
    • Mesmers have AoE damage with Chaos Storm and Arcane Echo, as well as interrupt skills.
  • Intercepters are mostly melee players with knock down skills who kill single targets preventing their performance, likely either of the other two mentioned.
  • A camping healer can protect a quarry the entire time (Heal Area). If having difficulty to protect multiple NPCs, focus healing on one NPC only. Popular and effective healers are Monks with Zealous Benediction or Word of Healing. By contrast, part-time healers can keep quarry NPCs alive while also escorting jade carriers back to base ("Make Haste!" and "Fall Back!" (PvP)).

[edit] Warriors

[edit] Rangers

  • A longbow or flatbow can be used to attack the quarry NPCs from high ground while leaving them unable to counter-attack. This is particularly effective with Barrage or Incendiary Arrows.
  • If attacking isn't working, and all of your shrines are falling to the enemy, the ledges above the near shrine works as a very effective choke point for rangers, allowing at least one jade carrier to be alive.

[edit] Healers

Monks can fully protect one quarry versus several foes with Heal Area while camping in it (or at the back). Beware not to stand still for too long or the game will think you are a leecher and may end up with Dishonorable even if performed your job.

[edit] Necromancers

[edit] Mesmers

[edit] Elementalists

[edit] Assassins

[edit] Ritualists

Spirit spammers will stand useless against AoE players like nukers, RoJers, Chaos Storm Mesmers which are common due to the capturing nature of the battle. Summon Spirits being a title skill will be blocked in any PvP format. Although there are builds that have good synergy by themselves while carrying one or two spirits.

[edit] Paragons

[edit] Dervishes

[edit] NPCs

[edit] Kurzicks (blue)

Blue Base
Carriers
Caravan Guard points
  • Ranger 20 Kurzick Far Shot x2 (eastern guard post)
  • Ranger 20 Kurzick Far Shot x3 (central and northwestern guard posts)
  • Ranger 20 Kurzick Far Shot x4 (southern guard post)
Quarries

[edit] Luxons (red)

Red Base
Carriers
  • Ranger 20 Green Hauler Turtle
  • Ranger 20 Purple Hauler Turtle
  • Ranger 20 Yellow Hauler Turtle
Caravan Guard points
  • Ranger 20 Luxon Longbow x2 (southern guard post)
  • Ranger 20 Luxon Longbow x3 (central and northwestern guard posts)
  • Ranger 20 Luxon Longbow x4 (eastern guard post)
Quarries

[edit] Dialogue

Players on the Kurzick team will see Kommandant Durheim's dialogue and players on the Luxon team will see Erek's dialogue.

After your team scores two points:

Kommandant Durheim: "Well done! We have taken the first steps toward another glorious victory for the Kurzicks!"
Erek: "The great Jade Sea is our home, and its bounty is our bounty. We will not let our enemies take what is ours!"

After your team scores four points:

Kommandant Durheim: "The gods are on our side! Victory will be ours!"
Erek: "As I expected, we are making excellent progress. The jade is plentiful and we are stronger than our enemies. By the frozen waves of the Jade Sea, our victory is assured!"

After your team scores six points:

Kommandant Durheim: "Our storage vaults are heavy with jade! Surely this is a sign that we will defeat these barbarians! Push forward and put an end to this battle so that we might celebrate yet another great victory over the Luxons."
Erek: "Excellent...our jade stores are more than half full. The spirits of our ancestors bless us with the strong winds of their favor at our backs. Come, Luxons! Let us drive these Kurzick invaders from our beloved sea!"

After your team scores eight points:

Kommandant Durheim: "Victory is clearly in sight! Gather quickly, now! The heathens are nearly defeated!"
Erek: "Victory is close at hand. Move with great purpose Luxons!"

[edit] Notes

  • Many players use this arena to farm Balthazar faction, Zaishen ranks/Keys, or Kurzick and Luxon titles.
  • You can play for either Kurzicks or Luxons, regardless of your guild's allegience.
  • Cartographer candidates can uncover approximately 1% of the map of Cantha. (Although some players frown upon mapping during competition.)
  • The carriers are the only attackable units in this area with their health equivalent to the base health at level 20 (480 health). All the guardpost and quarry guards have 330 health.
Bug Bug. The carriers on both sides will sometimes move in the wrong direction with jade, causing the affected team to be at a disadvantage.
Bug Bug. If a carrier meets another carrier and is hit with Carrier Defense the carrier will drop its jade but still continue back to base as if it was still carrying it, therefore wasting a journey.
Bug Bug. Carriers sometimes get stuck in the base even while the corresponding quarry has been captured.

[edit] Trivia


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