Escape From Lion's Arch Achievement and Strategy Guide

Updated Tue, Feb 25, 2014 by Lewis B


The latest Living World update, Escape From Lions Arch, sees the (almost) culmination of the Scarlett Briar story arc, resulting in the antagonist attacking the capital city of Lions Arch alongside her Aetherblades. 

For existing, returning or new players, it can be a confusing event not only because the primary hub in the game been attacked, but a once peaceful location is now burning and filled with combat events for you to participate in. However, the main things you need to know is that at the heart of all the goings on, its your job to rescue as many survivors as you possibly can (to do this, you simply need to interact with any Citizens that you encounter). 

It’s important to note that Escape from Lions Arch is a cyclical event which means that it begins at a set time (around 4 minutes past the hour, every hour) and concludes at around 50 minutes past. Alongside this, at around the 40-45 minute mark, several events will trigger with these appearing only once throughout the cycle.

Guild Wars 2 Clock



There are a total of 3 entrance achievements available before the event officially starts. At 4 minutes past the hour, as noted above, you should stand outside one of the following Waypoints:

  • Cornucopian Fields Waypoint (Gandarran Fields) - “The Northern Gambit” 
  • Archen Foreland Waypoint (Bloodtide Coast) - “Breach From the Beach”
  • Just South of Durmand Priory Waypoint (an Asuran Gate in Lornars Pass) - “Cold Comfort”

At 4 minutes past groups of Aetherblades will descend from the sky. It’s your job to kill them and break their morale. Dependant on the number of players with you, it takes around 3 minutes to complete and dependant on which event you participate in, will provide you with one of the 3 achievements above. To obtain all 3, you’ll need to participate in 3 Escape from Lions Arch events. Once you’ve completed an event, you can now enter Lions Arch. 


Escorting NPC's

Once inside Lion’s Arch, it’s likely the first events you’ll encounter are escort based, with 2 achievements available for completing them:

  • “Please Follow Me to the Exit”
  • “All Bets are Off”

For the “Please Follow Me to the Exit” achievement, you need to complete the following escorts:

  • Children
  • Black Lion Dolyak
  • Ogres
  • Racing Moas
  • Lighthouse Workers
  • Lawson Marriner

It makes no difference as to which you complete first but you need to complete all the escorts to obtain the achievement. It’s probably best to start with the easiest, which tends to be the Children and Dolyak, simply because that’s where most people start from and so you have more people to help you. Both the Children and Dolyak escorts begin from the Traders Forum.


For the Ogres and the Lighthouse Workers, you’ll need to head to the East and South West of the map (the Postern Ward area and Lions Gate area, respectively). These are both more difficult than the Children and Dolyak escorts because they move quicker and as they’re further away from the entries into Lion’s Arch, there is the likelihood of less players to help you out. 


The Racing Moas and Lawson Marriner occur towards the final minutes of the Escape from Lions Arch event (around 40-45 minutes past the hour). The Racing Moa occurs where the race track used to be (east of Deverol Island) and Lawson Marriner occurs at Commodore’s Manor. 


Lastly, to achieve the “All Bets are Off” achievement, you need to secure the safe passage of all 7 Moa.

Location Defending

There are 4 defensive based achievements available: 

  • “Traders Forum Triumphant”
  • “Fort Marriner Fighter”
  • “Postern Ward Protector” 
  • “Triple Play”

Throughout the Escape from Lions Arch event, various shield icons will appear on the map around the Traders Forum, Fort Marriner or Postern Ward. These typically means that the location is under attack (though they share the same icon as escort!) and will happen around every 4 to 5 minutes. Achievements are awarded for completing each defend event (at each location) but you only need to participate in a single event at said location to obtain the achievement, as long as they all succeed.

It should be noted that defend events will not begin if Scarlet's forces are holding encampments, and if you see a set of crossed swords at any of the three locations (Traders Forum, Fort Marriner or Postern Ward) that denotes that a defend event has started and failed.


To earn the “Triple Play” achievement all 3 location defending events need to succeed during an evacuation cycle. 

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