The Icebrood Saga takes you to Grothmar Valley, but quickly whisks you off to other maps, never to return. Which is a pity, because this is a great map which hearkens back to the Core Tyria maps in all the best ways. From the quirky events to the fall aesthetic, there’s a lot to love about Grothmar Valley.
TIP: If you haven’t been to the metal concert, it’s worth visiting Grothmar Valley just to check it out. This meta event is a delight.
Home to several meta events, a ton of achievements, two Roller Beetle races, and a challenging jumping puzzle, Grothmar Valley wins our title of “Most Underrated Guild Wars 2 Map.”
How to Get to Grothmar Valley
To get to Grothmar Valley you either need to have the Icebrood Saga unlocked, or use a Teleport to a Friend. Grothmar Valley is not physically connected to any other maps, so you can’t just walk there.
Start the Icebrood Saga prologue “Bound by Blood,” or take a chopper from Jora’s Keep in Bjora Marches.
Grothmar Valley Events
The main meta events in Grothmar Valley are:
- Ooze Pits
- Metal Concert
- Doomlore Shrine
These events are on timers which you can check on the official event timers page.
Map Currency: Hatched Chili
Hatched Chilis are the map currency of Grothmar Valley. You can harvest these from nodes which are marked on the map with a green chili pepper icon. Beware of the mobs of devourers who guard the harvesting nodes.
The Rally Provisioner merchant sells a variety of skins, minis, guild hall decorations, and recipes in exchange for Hatched Chilis.
See our Hatched Chili Guide for more details.
Grothmar Valley achievements include:
- Daily > Daily Grothmar Valley
- Story Journal > Prologue: Bound by Blood > “Bound by Blood” Mastery
- Story Journal > Visions of the Past: Steel and Fire > Steel and Fire Mastery
- Side Stories > Return to Bound by Blood
As you work your way around Grothmar Valley, you can earn Legion Keys from meta events:
- Ash Legion Key (Doomlore)
- Blood Legion Key (Ooze Pit)
- Flame Legion Key (Flame Effigy)
- Iron Legion Key (Metal Concert)
For more information on Legion Keys, including our opinion on whether to keep or sell them, see our Guide to Grothmar Valley Legion Keys.