The accumulation of skill points is a vital process for players in Guild Wars 2. The purchase of new slot skills requires the outlay of skill points. Players begin to accumulate skill points at level 5 onwards, one per level, but there are so many useful skills that a player could get that additional skill points are needed. Fortunately, Guild Wars 2 offers players the chance to grab additional skill points through the use of skill challenges. Each successful completion of a skill challenge rewards a player with an additional shiny new skill point.
When players travel through the various zones of Guild Wars 2, each explorable zone, whether it be PvE or WvW, has a number of skill challenges found there, which can be easily seen on the loading screen when loading into the zone. Even if the player is of a higher level than the zone, the skill challenges found there won't necessarily be a cakewalk because of Guild Wars 2's dynamic leveling system.
The Harathi Hinterlands is a zone located in north Kryta and has a level range of 35 to 45. The geography ranges from lush woodland to devastated battlefields. There are quite a number of dynamic events detailing the ongoing conflict against the centaurs. Overall, there are a total of six skill challenges in the Harathi Hinterlands for the player to complete.
While each skill challenge in Guild Wars 2 rewards the player with an additional skill point if successfully completed, the nature of the skill challenge itself can vary. Some challenges require a fight against a fierce foe while others may require an interaction with an object. If the skill challenge requires a fight, make sure that you're an approximate level of the NPC that you'll be dueling. To help you maximize your skill point looting, GuildWars2Hub.com offers this complete guide to the skill challenges of the Harathi Hinterlands.
Skill challenge locations are marked on your map. To see where they are located, open your map by hitting the [M] key.
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Skill Challenge #1 - War King's Great Camp
The first skill challenge in the Harathi Hinterlands lies in the War King's Great Camp, which is in the Modniir Gorge section of the zone. This area lies at the heart of the dynamic events featuring the centaurs. In this skill challenge, the player interacts with some Ancient War Stones which then causes an ancient warbeast and his two minions to appear and fight the player. The fight itself isn't too difficult. The main difficulty in this fight is the sheer number of centaurs in the area getting to the skill challenge location, and the number of centaurs in the immediate area of the skill challenge. You would be wise to clear out all the creatures in the area before starting the skill challenge. Once you've succeeded, I wouldn't dilly-dally. The respawn rate for this area is pretty quick.
Skill Challenge #2 - Greenflin Plateau
Our next skill challenge in the Harathi Hinterlands is another fight. To start the fight, the player must interact with a Conspicuous Feather Pile. This will spawn a crazed ettin and his two minions, a pair of tiny eagle raptors. The eagle raptors are just an annoyance and my caltrops dropped them quickly. The crazed ettin is a tough opponent. He hits you hard for a lot of damage and can take quite a bit of damage himself. The main way to deal with him is to evade (/guides/basics/intro-guide-dodging-and-vigor) the blows of his club when you see him starting to swing. As long as you evade his club blows, you can easily defeat him. Double-tapping is your friend!
Skill Challenge #3 - Seraph's Landing
The third skill challenge found in the Harathi Hinterlands lies just north of Seraph's Landing Waypoint. This skill challenge resides in a cave that has two access points. All a player has to do to gain their new skill point is to commune with the Harathi Forward Post, represented by a pillar of light. The only caution for this skill challenge is that a Veteran Harathi Commander is usually next to the skill challenge location. His toughness is the same as any other veteran creature. Once you dispatch him, you're free to commune away.
Skill Challenge #4 - Bonerattler Caverns
The fourth skill challenge in the zone is found within the Bonerattler Caverns. This skill challenge requires just a simple communion with the usual pillar of light, this one labeled Hidden Falls. Getting to this skill challenge is very easy. All you have to do is walk over to the road that lies just west from Faun's Waypoint. Once you hit the road, just head south into the caverns and you'll see the skill challenge location. Just kill a few bats as you walk through the caverns and you're good to go.
Skill Challenge #5 - Grey Gritta's Post
The fifth skill challenge in the Harathi Hinterlands lies west of Grey Gritta's Post, located in the Wildspine Hills. This skill challenge begins when the player talks to an NPC, Craig Sensay. The objective of this skill challenge is for the player to destroy an old ballista that lies nearby. As the player is beating on the ballista, it will fire upon you. The ballista does a lot of damage, so if you're alone, you will definitely want to evade when you see the ballista is about to fire. The ballista seems to be immune to bleeding and poison,, so don't waste your time using such abilities.
Skill Challenge #6 - Wildspine Hills
The last skill challenge in the Harathi Hinterlands can be found in the Wildspine Hills east of the fifth skill challenge. This skill challenge just requires the player to commune with Dolyak's Rest, which is represented by a pillar of light. Apparently, this area is like an elephants' graveyard, where dolyaks come to die.
There you have it, a complete guide to all the skill challenges in the Harathi Hinterlands. There are six skill challenges overall, with an equal number requiring a fight or communion. Guild Wars 2 gives you the opportunity to grab additional skill points through these skill challenges, so make sure you get them all!