Gate Glitch

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Example of a minion trick in Pogahn Passage.
Example of N/Mo build properly used in Xaquang Skyway.

A Gate Glitch is the crossing of closed gates while getting hit by a foe in melee range.

This is often referred to as minion trick (or masterless minion trick) since it is possible to create a foe out of thin air by using Aura of the Lich and then making the summoned minion masterless.

Getting access to otherwise sealed areas provides great benefit to Cartographers, as it allows exploration of areas that are normally out of reach, further contributing to the Cartographer title, and to runners, to gain early access to outposts that normally require the completion of quests or missions.

Gate glitching is famous for being the only way to get access to the Elonian character starting area for non-Nightfall characters and for allowing the players to skip a large part of the Canthan questline (see Outpost runs (Factions) for more information).

Process[edit]

The player's build doesn't really matter, but self-protection skills such as Shroud of Distress or Shadow Sanctuary and/or area healing skills such as Heal Area to heal the minions (if a beginner) is advised. A hard resurrection for the minion master can be useful too.

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Death Magic: 12+3+1
Blood Magic: 12+3

or

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Death Magic: 12+3+1
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It is possible to add a Blood is Power saccer to provide one more corpse and more energy to the player. In that case, you can bring Animate Bone Minions for more minions on the minion master:

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Blood Magic: 12+3

Affected gates[edit]

Campaign Area Zone Location of the gate Benefits Notes
Prophecies Ascalon The Great Northern Wall On the left at the beginning of the mission Exploration without time limit, faster mission completion
Prophecies Ascalon Ruins of Surmia Close to Breena Stavinson Exploration of out of bound area (Map)
Prophecies Ascalon Ruins of Surmia On the way to the bonus Skip talk and wait for the bonus
Prophecies Northern Shiverpeaks Borlis Pass All three gates leading up to the siege of Krok's Hollow Unknown
Factions Kaineng City Bukdek Byway The gate leading to Xaquang Skyway Early access to Senji's Corner (and Maatu Keep)
Factions Kaineng City Shenzun Tunnels The gate leading to Tahnnakai Temple Early access to the mission
Factions Kaineng City Wajjun Bazaar The gate leading to Xaquang Skyway Early access to Senji's Corner (and Maatu Keep)
Factions Kaineng City Tahnnakai Temple (explorable area) All Closed gates Unknown
Factions Jade Sea Pongmei Valley The gate leading to Boreas Seabed (outpost) Early access to the mission
Factions Jade Sea Maishang Hills The gate leading to Gyala Hatchery (outpost) Early access to the mission, bypasses the 10000 unspent faction points requirement
Factions Jade Sea Unwaking Waters the two exit gates from Unwaking Waters (explorable area) to Unwaking Waters (Luxon) and to Unwaking Waters (Kurzick) Access to the other faction's area
Factions Jade Sea Boreas Seabed All gates during the mission Skips the fights against the Luxons

Nightfall[edit]

Istan, Kourna

Several outposts (e.g. Beknur Harbor) can be accessed by Elonian characters earlier during storyline using the minion trick. However, the missions cannot be started until you complete the specific quest.

Churrhir Fields

The south-east gate in Churrhir Fields (close to where the Chabhek Village mission outpost is located) can be minion tricked, allowing non-Elonian characters to map the tutorial area in Elona.

Pogahn Passage

Almost all gates during Pogahn Passage and Consulate Docks are minion trickable. This can provide additional points toward cartographer title if going through the gates in the north-west and south-east of the map. The gate in the north-west can also be reached as part of the Gandara, the Moon Fortress explorable area.

Yatendi Canyons

The gate south of Yatendi Canyons (north of the Fortress of Jahai) can be minion tricked, allowing exploration of a tiny part of the map in the south-east.

Eye of the North[edit]

Dalada Uplands

The inside gate of Doomlore Shrine can be minion tricked, but requires the use of a SaO chain to enter the outpost from Dalada Uplands.

Assault on the Stronghold

Rather than using the Armored Saurus to break down the gate, you can just glitch through it, skipping straight to the end of the mission.

Videos[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Historically, this trick was used throughout several dungeons across Eye of the North with the usual melee foes; in many cases this has been nerfed, but for some gates it is still possible.

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