The Skyscale is a GW2 flying dragon mount with the ability to hover and fly vertically.
Aside from the obvious benefit for getting around maps that have a lot of vertical levels, Skyscale’s “hover” is handy for players who want to AFK in a dangerous area. The Skyscale’s hover keeps you out of reach of all enemies, and can be maintained indefinitely.
NOTE: Be considerate if you Skyscale hover AFK. The propwash effect is extremely annoying for players on the ground. Be sure to AFK a little ways away from wherever players are gathering.
How to Unlock Skyscale
To get a Skyscale, you must finish a series of collections. To unlock those collections so you can get started, you have to finish Living World Season 4.
When you finish the final episode of Living World season 4, “War Eternal,” you return to Lion’s Arch. As soon as you load in, you get a letter from Gorrik. Follow his instructions to meet him at Dragonfall. Talk to him to unlock the collection, which lets you start earning
NOTE: If you visit Skyscale Eyrie before finishing Living World Season 4, Gorrik will not be there.
Gorrik gives you two collections to complete. The official wiki has an excellent set of walkthroughs for these collections, including maps marked with the locations of the items:
How Much Does Skyscale Cost?
Short answer: A LOT.
- 41-120 gold, depending on whether you craft or buy treats.
- 5,390 Karma
- 1700 Volatile Magic
- 520 Trade Contracts
- 260 Mistborn Motes
- 12 Skyscale food – requires 1 Charged Quartz Crystal each
- 1 Grow Lamp – requires 10 Charged Quartz Crystal
- 250 Kralkatite Ore
- 250 Difluorite Crystal
- 250 Inscribed Shards
- 250 Lumps of Mistonium
- 250 Branded Masses
How Much Time to Get Skyscale?
In addition to the gold cost, there are several time-gated elements in the collections. (A time-gated element is something that you can only do once a day, or once every few hours.)
The minimum amount of time to get Skyscale is 3 1/3rd days. More likely, it will take you at least a week. Most players take 1-4 weeks to get Skyscale, depending on how much time they have to play Guild Wars 2.
- Level 1: Air Rescue Mount the Skyscale in midair. Cost: 3 Mastery points.
- Level 2: Rift Repair Use Skyscale to close rifts and reveal new flight paths. Cost: 4 Mastery points.
- Level 3: Wall Launch Launch off walls to climb higher. Cost: 5 Mastery points.