Griffon is a secret mount in Guild Wars 2’s latest expansion, Path of Fire. There’s a list of tasks you need to perform if you want it, and it’s pretty hard to find. Riding it is the closest you can get to flying. We’ve gathered all the info we could find on it, so we could write a
GW2 Griffon secret mount guide.
GW2 Griffon Secret Mount – Path of Fire How to get Griffon hidden mount?
Here’s what you need to do if you want the Griffon
Complete the story. You won’t be able to get a griffon before you do, for reasons we won’t go into here, because spoilers. Go to the Dominion of Vabbi. Travel to the southeast corner of the map, to an area called Yahnur Plateau. Use your springer to get to the other side of the mountain range. Look for the Griffon sanctuary at the place marked on the map. Interact with the dead body and offer your help.
Once you’ve done all of the above, you’ll unlock five collections. They require you to amass griffon eggs from various areas, as well as vendor items from the stablemasters and mount trainers. The value of these items is around 250 gold. You’ll be able to borrow a griffon right away,
and the game will even mark griffon roosts on your map – these are nests where you can pick up your temporary griffon mounts. After you’ve completed all 5 collections, gathered the Spearmarshal writings and defeated the boss, you’ll get one permanently. Open Skies: Crystal OasisThis collection has five griffon eggs and three other items. The eggs are strewn across the first area, usually in high places. Two of the other items are bought from vendors, while the last piece can be obtained as a reward for a legendary bounty: Icon of the Goddess (1) – Bought for 25 gold from Hakim, a vendor in the temple at Elona Reach. You can find him a bit south of the Temple of Kormir waypoint. Sunspear Tithe (2) – Bought for 25 gold from Karima, a vendor southeast of the Amnoon Farms. Gundayo, the Rune of Honesty (3) – Drops as a rewards for finishing the Legendary Corrupted Facet bounty in Maculate Fringe. Warmed Coastal Griffon Egg This egg (4) is on top of a mountain northwest from the temple at Elona Reach. You’ll need a fully upgraded springer to reach the top. You’ll meet resistance from the local dust mites, but you can safely ignore them if you’re not willing to fight. Ridged Coastal Griffon Egg You can get this one (5) mere seconds after collecting the warmed one – it’s within arm’s reach of it, on the side of the cliff. Simply descend the side opposite the one you climbed, the one that overlooks the temple. Drop down until you see a ledge.
5 Browned Coastal Griffon Egg This one (6) is in the northwestern corner of the Hatari Tablelands. You can either climb up there using a springer, or borrow the griffon from the nest at the previous location. Lustruous Coastal Griffon Egg This egg (7) might not be particularly hard to find, but it’s definitely hard to reach. It’s hidden in the Maculate Fringe. To get it, you’ll need to climb to the top of the floating stones. There’s not much space to stand here, and one miss might force you to start over. Just be patient and rely on your giant bunny-kangaroo. Dusty Coastal Griffon Egg For the final egg (8), you’ll need to head to the ancient temple in the south of the map, west of Destiny’s Gorge. The griffon nest is atop the temple. We got to it by jumping as high as possible up the surrounding rocks, gliding to the temple’s lower ledge, then abusing the springer’s jump to get up top.
8 Open Skies: Desert HighlandsThis area is home to five griffon eggs just waiting to be snatched from their nests. There are also three other items you need – two available at shops, one as an event reward: Survival Supplies (1) – Bought for 25 gold from Tendaji, the vendor in the middle of Diviner’s Reach. Enormous Supply of Bird Feed (2) – Bought for 25 gold from Groffmok, the vendor at Lifeblood Ravine. Zaklem, the Rune of Loyalty (3) – A reward for an event you can start at Diviner’s Reach. Speak to Second Spear Neyrim near the pond, then follow her and help her defend an area. Crusty Mountain Griffon Egg This griffon egg (4) is located at the top of the mesa at Salt Flats, northwest of Diviner’s Reach. Once you’re there, you’ll see six stone pillars around a bonfire spot. The egg is on the top of the western one – use your springer to get there. Warmed Mountain Griffon Egg This one (5) is on the ridge between Salt Flats and Brightwater Inlet, a bit to the north. It’s near the hanging bridge. There’s also a griffon you can borrow here, which you can use to get to the next one more quickly.
5 Vibrant Mountain Griffon Egg You can get to this one (6) simply by following the ridge to the north. You’ll find the egg a bit south from the canyon you need to cross when first arriving at Highjump Ranch, east of Auburn Hills. Rough Mountain Griffon Egg You can find this one (7) north of Windshear Scarps, on the edge of a cliff. It’s near one of the roads that lead into the snowy areas. You can get there by following the road west from Highjump Ranch, or by going down the cliff to the southwest, then climbing the giant stairs near the Scraps. Damp Mountain Griffon Egg This one (8) is probably the hardest to find. It’s in the southern part of the snowy areas, a bit southeast from the Enchanted Bluffs. You’ll have to shimmy along some tight ledges in order to get it, then glide blindly for a short while.
8 Open Skies: Elon RiverlandsThere are only three griffon eggs in the Elon Riverlands, but you’ll have to work harder to get the rest of the items. This includes three runes, one of which has a mini-quest of its own. Golsah, the Rune of Honor (1) – Talk to Master Seargent Shadi near Deadlock Sweep. She’ll ask you to collect the scattered pieces of her armor: Shadi’s Sword (2) – Guarded by a Veteran Water Djinn north of Shadi. Shadi’s Boots (3) – Guarded by the Veteran Chikkchak south of the Scavengelands, standing under a blue tarp. Shadi’s Armor (4) – Hidden in a chest in cave in the Champion’s Gap, surrounded by quicksand. Shadi’s Gloves (5) – Hidden in a pile of leaves on a high stone pillar a bit south from Skimmer Ranch. Shadi’s Helm (6) – Hidden in a pile of equipment in the Branded Cave, northeast of the Ustulate Barrens. Limwe, the Rune of Justice (7) – Reward for a group even chain that starts around the Deadhouse, in the southeastern part of the map. The chain ends when you defeat Warden Jabari. Giwebo, the Rune of Humility (8) – Another group event, this time requiring you to kill a Champion Unbound Djinn west of the Shallows of Despair. Relic Preservation Materials (9) – Bought for 25 gold from Follower Xun, a vendor near Augury Rock. Maps to The Outpost (10) – Bought for 25 gold from Ebele, the vendor north of Arid Gladefields. Azure Riparian Griffon Egg This egg (11) is located near the top of the ruined tower at Arid Gladefields. Having mastered the springer isn’t essential, but it’s definitely helpful. Especially if you slip and have to take fall damage. Warmed Riparian Griffon Egg You’ll find this one (12) in a nest on the rock outcrop north of Vulture Drifts, about halfway between Arid Gladefields and Skimmer Ranch. You can borrow a griffin there, to help you get to the next one. Rocky Riparian Griffon Egg The griffon will help you get near the last egg (13), but it won’t get you to it. You’ll need the springer’s high jump to get onto this tall rock column, just a bit southeast from Skimmer Ranch.
13 Open Skies: The DesolationThe Desolation area contains four griffon eggs, along with two runes and two miscellaneous items. Prayer Lights (1) – Bought for 25 gold from Kisha Odili, the vendor at the Bonestrand. Ancient Sunspear Flags (2) – Bought for 25 gold from Dunkoro, the vendor at Lair of The Forgotten. Ashhe, the Rune of Valor (3)- Reward for an event you can get from Redeemer Kossan, near the waypoint northwest of The Ruination. Virzuk, the Rune of Compassion (4)- Collectible on the mountain between Caustic Spur and The Darklands (the light part of the map). Mottled Canyon Griffon Egg You’ll find this egg (5) at the foot of the mountain east of the Darklands waypoint, in the northeast part of The Ruination. It’s on a cliff surrounded by wooden scaffolding. There are a bunch of elementals patroling the area, but they can be avoided. Pale Canyon Griffon Egg Follow the dark mountain after you get the previous one. The egg (6) is hidden on top of a stone spire next to the eastern cliffs, in the Scourgeway. The area is guarded by mummies, but you’ll need to jump anyway, so you needn’t concern yourself with them.
6 Dark Canyon Griffon Egg When you get the previous egg, follow the road south from the Scourgeway. Cross the bridge and start looking for a giant stone ring. Your egg (7) will be on top of it. Warmed Canyon Griffon Egg After you’ve snatched the one from the stone rings, go back to the road and countine southward. Climb past the oriental ruins, and look for the nest with the egg (8) on a ledge with some pillars, overlooking the stone rings.
7 Open Skies: Domain of VabbiWe’re back to the usual format – the Domain of Vabbi collection consists of five eggs, one rune and two other items. It’s the last collection you need before you can proceed with getting the coveted mount. Since the terrain in this area is pretty inacessible, you should probably make use of the griffons at the Sanctuary (teleport there using the Spearmarshal’s Plea, then borrow a griffon). Stone Carving Tools (1) – Bought for 25 gold pieces from Awakened Servant Tooraj, the merchant at Vehjin Mines. Guard Bribe (2) – Bought for 25 gold from Distinguished Professor Nazimi, a trader near the Vehtendi Academy. Yasfahr, the Rune of Sacrifice (3) – Reward for completing the event in which you help First Spear Kitur escape from prison southeast from the Vehtedi Academy waypoint. Ruddy Vabbian Griffon Egg It’s (4) on a purple cliff on the west side of the river, right in the spot where the word Trace in Resplendent Trace ends on the map. Charged Vabbian Griffon Egg Go directly south from the previous one, following the river. You’ll find the next egg (5) near the edge of the map, up on a purple crystal spike.
5 Warmed Vabbian Griffon Egg Back on the east side, this egg (6) is high on a ledge above the Griffon Sanctuary at Yahnur Plateau. Cracked Vabbian Griffon Egg This one (7) is high up on a mountain to the north of the Sanctuary. You’ll have to do some jumping in order to get it. Polished Vabbian Griffon Egg The final egg (8) is on top of the dome at the Hanging Gardens, a bit south from Zangour Cliffs.
8 Open Skies: Sunspear Wisdom
Once you’re done collecting all the goodies, you’ll return to the Sunspear Sanctuary and place them all on the pedestals.
You can’t make a mistake here – the game will place them in the correct spots.
The Last Spearmarshal will then give you another to-do list, this time with books – ten tomes of Writings of the Last Spearmarshal. They are hidden in the Library of the Tomb of the Primeval Kings. Activate the portal, go into the Library and start killing the elite mobs you find there. They’ll drop keys – you need ten of them, one for each chest. The chests are scattered around the room, but shouldn’t be too hard to find. There’s no map to help yu here, so make sure your search is thorough. When you’ve completed the collection, go back to the Sunspear to activate the last step.
Open Skies: On Wings and A Pray
The last step is basically just one big boss fight. The only trick here is that the boss will become invincible several times during the fight. When this happens, jump on one of the nearby griffons and use his attacks to break the invincibility. After that, you can continue spamming your regular skills. Repeat this several times, and the boss will drop dead (for good this time), and you’ll get your own griffon mount.
Griffon secret mount skills & abilities
The griffon is basically a glider for people who don’t own Heart of Thorns. Except it’s much faster, and can jump while gliding, letting you correct your altitude. It comes with its own set of masteries (thanks Jordan).
Soaring Rescue. Learn to summon griffon mid-air to save yourself from falls. [3MP] Aerial Prowess. Use Swoop to dive rapidly and engage foes below you. Use this momentum to fly forward or even upwards with great speeds. [4MP] Aerial Finesse. Wing Flap ability, granting a burst of speed to climbing/falling in flight. [5MP]