Asmodian players will need to travel to Cygnea to access the hard mode versions of several of their instances. Due to the frequent appearances of the rifts, new players are advised to travel in groups where possible.
Accessing Cygnea Edit
- Via the Teleporter in Sanctum, Inggison, Levinshor or Kaldor (Elyos).
- Via rifts that spawn in Enshar (Asmodians).
Lay of the Land Edit
- 24/7 Open-World PvP (no neutral zones; several gates/outposts)
- 3 Territory Villages
Cygnea is a largely lush, verdant green map with traces of its previously submerged status still visible throughout the landscape. Elyos players start at the Aequis Headquarters at the 7 o' clock position (lv56) and work their way through the map by following the main road until they reach the Wailing Dunes (lv65). The map has a beautiful scenery and aesthetic appeal, so there is plenty for the eye to see.
Cygnea has no neutral zones and is frequently subject to Asmodian incursions. There are three outposts which can be reached via flight transport from the starting base, and each of these outposts provide an additional teleport to the nearest Territory Village. Along the roads players will find several heavily-fortified gates and outposts that offer some protection and prevent Asmodians from freely crossing throughout the entire map, although some of these outposts can be circumvented.
Cygnea also features three hunting zones for groups (Black Fin Canyon, Frostshard Cavern, Wiltfog Briar). Every day, one or multiple Volatile Rifts leading to these areas will appear in Enshar. When Asmodian players go through them, additional elite-grade monsters will appear in these areas that can be hunted down by both factions. These monsters are required kills for the legion task that grants access to the Territory Challenge. Elyos players may attempt to stop the Asmodians from completing their tasks and further their own progress at the same time.
Solo Instances Edit
- Aturam Sky Fortress [55+]
- Raksang Ruins [60+]
- Sealed Danuar Mysticarium [65+]
- Sealed Argent Manor [65+]
Group Instances Edit
- Rentus Base [57+] / Occupied Rentus Base (A) [65+]
- Tiamat Stronghold [57+]
- Danuar Sanctuary [63+] / Seized Danuar Sanctuary (A) [65+]
- Ophidan Bridge [63+]
Alliance Instances Edit
- Dragon Lord's Refuge [63+] / Anguished Dragon Lord's Refuge (A) [65+]
- Drakenspire Depths [65+]
- Stonespear Siege [65+]
"A land with two names, wrenched forth from the depths of a reluctant ocean, bares its face anew to the sun and sky. Secrets long drowned fill Cygnea and Enshar with a spark of mystery and foreboding. A darkness hangs over these lands, casting a shadow over each meeting of blades. Filled with aquatic creatures and treacherous, alien terrain, these lost lands hold secrets best left forgotten.
On one half of the risen island sits Cygnea, where the Elyos have occupied their forces. Cygnea, which until very recently was in the depths of the ocean, still houses its abundance of aquatic life and features. While above land now, you'll still feel as if you're below the waves whether you're fighting the Blackfin tribe or seeking the entrance to the Drakanspire."
--Official description from the 4.8 Patchnotes.