Lion's Arch - Vista Location Guide - "Guild Wars 2"
This guide will cover the locations of all Vista locations in the city of Lion's Arch for the MMORPG Guild Wars 2. Within you will find a list of each with pictures and directions on how to reach them along with a video walkthrough.
Lion's Arch is the former capitol of the human race in GW2, however devastated after a flood caused by the raising of Orr. Now it exists as a pirate haven, friendly to the player and all 5 races, serving as a sort of central hub for the main race cities, which can all be reached from the Asura Gates at the Grand Piazza. In total, there are 11 vistas to collect in the city, which are overall significantly more difficult than the practical cakewalks of the main cities.
Lion's Arch Vistas
- Bloodcoast Ward - 0:00
- Diverse Ledges - 1:01
- Eastern Ward - 2:32
- Farshore Ward - 3:46
- Hooligan's Route - 5:27
- Inner Harbor - 6:24
- Postern Ward - 7:25
- Sanctum Harbor - 8:26
- Trader's Forum (Lower) - 9:13
- Trader's Forum (Upper) / Mystic Plaza - 10:24
- Western Ward - 12:15
* Numbers refer to timestamps of where they appear in the video below.
For more vista guides, you can find the main index here.
From the Bloadcoast Ward waypoint in the south of the city, you will need to run north a little ways and looking to your right for the large stone staircase built into the side of the wall. Up the top of these stairs is a little area with a building on it, which if you run around the side of, you'll find another staircase leading up the building.
When you reach the top of the stair case you'll see a wood plank that sticks out from a ledge with the vista you need here at it's end, granting you a nice view of Tenanera's Pit below you.
Although the shortest route to this vista is definitely the Diverse Ledges waypoint, this section will assume you do not already have that waypoint, since it is literally a short jump away from where you teleport in. Besides that, technically its getting to where both the wp and vista are that is the difficult part.
From Sanctum Harbor, you can actually see the ledges, facing southwest from where you teleport in. Swim across the water and onto the beach, just to the right of the cliff itself, looking for the ramp built into the wall on the far side of the small beach. From here, just follow the ramp which turns into dirt paths at times, as it winds its way around the cliffs, all the way to the top.
To collect this vista point, travel to the waypoint in the Eastern Ward and go west, making your way through the bridge formed by several ships stuck together, side by side. As you reach the west end of this bridge, there will be a pair of ramps leading to the upper level. Take the ramp on the right and jump over and past the crates that partially block your path at the top.
Next, double back and head back east a bit now that you're on the upper level of the bridge and look for where the ship sails, which have been fashioned into roofs, meets with the deck of the ship. You can run up this sail to it's southern, highest end to collect the vista at the tip.
Farshore Ward / Sharkmaw Caverns
This is definitely one of the two most complicated vistas in the entire city, with the upper Trader's Ward being the other. From the Farshore Waypoint, you can head south towards the farmhouse, looking for some steps on the left you'll need to run up. Once you get to the farmhouse, circle around to it's back, where you'll find a series of hay bales stacked on top of each other that you can use to jump up and onto a nearby ledge.
Drop down this ledge into the pocket made by the walls of the house and the mountains, where you'll see some more hay, and head to the corner of the rocks to find a secret passage leading your further southeast. There will be a little hill and another secret passage covered by foliage at the top of the hill, and past that a series of rocks and flat ground you will have to progressively jump up and circle around, heading higher until you reach the entrance to the Sharkmaw Caverns and the vista.
Make sure to check the pictures as this route is somewhat hidden and can be a bit confusing.
Taking the Western Ward waypoint to get yourself close to this vista, you will want to run northwest from where you teleport in into the caves that are the Hooligan's Route. As you make your way into the caves, you should be able to clearly see the vista and some nearby stalagmites and a couple platforms which will serve as platforms for this jumping puzzle.
Start with the tiny cluster of stalagmites in front of the larger platforms, making your way from the smallest to the tallest, from which you'll then jump onto the larger platform closest to you. From there, you'll jump across to another large platform and then have to land a rather difficult jump onto a thin stalagmite holding the vista.
A very simple one to grab, however very out of the ordinary and particularly entertaining when it comes to searching down these view points thus far. In this case you will need the help of an NPC and a special device to reach the Inner Harbor vista.
Warp in to the Eastern Ward waypoint and talk to the nearby Asura who goes by the name of Klagg. He will mention your interest in making your way to the tiny rock with the view point on it, then request your assistance i testing out an invention of his. Agree to help and you will be automatically equipped with the kit, which you can use its single sole ability to launch yourself onto the rock by targeting the ground of the vista's rock from the ledge you're standing on.
From the Lion's Shadow Inn waypoint in the Postern Ward and directly to the west from where your port in is the vista just chilling on the top of a small rock formation. Reaching this one is a relative cake walk, if you couldn't tell already.
Run towards the rock formation and approach it to the left, where you'll find some small rocks on the side that faces you which you can jump up, progressive platform style. There's quite a nice view to take in from here of the water, surrounding cliff sides and rock formations, even without the slow pan of the cinema shot.
To reach the Sanctum Harbor vista which is located underwater in the large lake of Lion's Arch, take the waypoint on the docks, turn south and start running after you teleport in. Running off the docks and jumping into the water, you'll be able to head in a relatively direct line towards the vista itself, checking your map or mini map to direct you.
It will be at the bottom of the lake's floor near some vegetation at the base of a large rock formation.
Trader's Forum (Lower)
There are two vista locations that technically exist within the confines of the Trader's Forum in Lion's Arch. This particular one, while still high above the ground, is technically the lower of the two, since the other is even higher above in the upper levels of the city. The icon on the map can be found just over the Trader's Forum text on the map, next to a merchant and equipment repair vendor.
From the Trader's Forum waypoint, you can look south and up into the air to see the vista you are heading towards on top of a sail sticking out of a building, adjacent to another to which it is connected by a bridge that runs between two structures. Facing these buildings, run directly towards the right structure and to it's side, where you'll find some wood scaffolding you can leap onto and follow all the way up around the building and onto the bridge. From the bridge all that is left is to carefully make your way out onto the sail via the wooden plank connecting you to it.
Trader's Forum (Upper) / Mystic Plaza
The other highly complicated vista to locate and while close in terms of positioning on the map to the previous point, will need to be approached in a completely different direction. Just north of the Banker and Guild Banker icons on the map, on the lower level of the city by the walls edge, west of the tailoring station, there is a wooden scaffolding structure tucked away in the darkness.
In the picture to the right, you will see the building in question, which once found, you should use to reach the upper levels of the city by following it's series of ramps all the way up to the bright and sunny top side. Facing to the west, or turning to your right, just as you reach the top level and hit the dirt there, you will see somewhat slipshod looking wooden bridge that stretches off into the middle off the city. This bridge connects the series of buildings which form the upper levels of the city.
Follow this bridge as it weaves its way through the air for quite a while and eventually you will come to a sharp bend that also takes you higher into the air. Right at this bend will be a wood log that juts out from beneath the bridge and over the forum, with the vista at it's tip. Be careful, inch your way forward and make sure not to double tap and roll off since you will die and it is a long way back.
It will probably be worth trying to make your way back onto the bridge afterwards if you have not been up here already since there are some points of interest attainable via this route as well.
From the Western Ward waypoint, facing east, you'll be able to see the vista chilling on top of some complex yet slightly damaged looking structures. To reach the point, you can approach from two slightly different angles, both to the left of the buildings themselves by where it meets with the ground.
At this point, seen in the pictures to the right, there are two bits of rock you can leap up. One is to the left more, and requires a bit of a tricky angled jump to nail, but thankfully is easy to repeat until gotten right. The second is right where the building meets the ground, where a rock sits against a few ledges made out of damaged bits of building sticking out, which can be used to leap up as well.
Once on the higher portion, it's just a few easy jumps and a bit of a walk over the roof of the structure to pick up this last view point.