It’s another AION exclusive here at IncGamers with an instance guide for Esoterrace so if you’re looking for some tips then read on before the update goes live on 25 May or if you are playing on the PTS.
Level 50 Group Instanced Dungeon
Cooldown is 22 hours
To enter Esoterrace, the player’s faction must control at least one Fortress in their respective zone of Balaurea (Gelkmaros for Asmodians, Inggison for Elyos). Esoterrace is accessible through a rift located inside the Fortress.
The final Named Monster, Kexkra, can be faced at one of two difficulties, normal, and hard.
Players can soar across Esoterrace using Windstreams, some of which alter their path based on which areas of Esoterrace the Group has cleared, providing ease of access to the entire Instanced Dungeon.
Inside Esoterrace are concealed a number of easter eggs, including hidden treasure chests!
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Upon entering Esoterrace, players are met by several Reian warriors. These Reians, and others found throughout the Instanced Dungeon, will provide insight about the area, or offer Quests to be completed.
For now, head to the edge of Narayana Canyon and speak with Rothyns, who offers a Quest and a bit of wisdom about Esoterrace.
When done speaking to Rothyns, fly into the Windstream at the edge of the cliff to be transported to other side of Narayana Canyon.
Windstreams are the fastest way to navigate Esoterrace!
The Windstream at the top of Naranaya Canyon will change direction depending on which Named Monsters have been defeated.
Narayana Canyon and the Drana Esoterrace
The other side of the Narayana Canyon is inhabited by vicious Drana infused Moonflowers and Kirrin. Keep a watchful eye on the trail ahead while moving through this area, as ferocious beasts lurk around every corner.
As players move up the trail to the Drana Esoterrace, they will start to encounter Esoterrace Workers and Esoterrace Gatherers.
Be sure to gather from the Contaminated Esoterrace Vines. With a little luck, players can gather a Swirl Key to open the Large Entwined Chest, which will spawn when Dalia Charlands is defeated. The Large Entwined Chest contains Kinah and several Abyss relics!
Continue up Narayana Canyon to the Drana Esoterrace. In this area, players can destroy the Blighted Dalia Roots to complete the Quest from Rothyns. Once done in this area, continue up the trail.
In the next area, players will stumble across some Balaur soldiers, as well as more Drana infused Moonflowers and Kirrin. There is also a secret passage in this area that will lead players directly to the first Named Monster!
Remove the Huge Esoterrace Vine with Essencetapping to proceed straight to Dalia Charlands. For those who can’t remove the vine or are interested in more Abyss Points, continue up the trail.
At the top of this area is the Dalia Garden, where the first Named Monster of Esoterrace, Dalia Charlands, resides.
Dalia Charlands is the first Named Monster of Esoterrace. Before engaging the boss, be sure to clear out the surrounding area of patrolling monsters.
Dalia is a straightforward encounter that doesn’t have a lot of gimmicks, just be sure to watch out for the occasional area of effect attack.
When Dalia is defeated, Dalia’s Watcher will appear, follow it to find the path to the next area.
Be sure each player in the Group loots the Dalia Key from Dalia Charlands. Like a Quest item, each player can loot this key, and earn access to one of the Entwined Treasure Chests nearby which contain Abyss relics!
In addition to the Entwined Treasure Chests, a Huge Entwined Chest will spawn beneath Dalia once it is defeated, which can be opened with the Swirl Key.
Should the Group befall certain death after defeating Dalia, the Windstream found at the beginning of the Instanced Dungeon will now transport players directly to the Dalia Garden.
Speak to the Reian at the edge of the Dalia Garden to learn about the Drana Production Lab ahead.
Laboratory Waste Water Facility
A rope controlled drawbridge located on the same side of a ravine as a potential invasion force…aren’t Balaur supposed to be smart? Nonetheless, the rope seems too thick to cut!
Thus, to access the Drana Production Lab, players must travel through the Laboratory Waste Water Facility, accessible from a tunnel in the waterway below the Dalia Garden.
Glide to the Waste Water Facility below the cliff, but watch out for the Lab Spirits; their attacks can be devastating!
Use the elevator at the end of the Waste Water Facility to reach the Drana Production Lab.
Drana Production Lab
In the Drana Production Lab, players will encounter level 54-55 Balaur, who also have a chance to drop Balic materials when slain.
Located throughout the Drana Production Lab are three monsters with the Section Manager title.
Kill all three Section Managers, and when the final Section Manager is slain, a door leading to the next area will open.
Balaur and Lab Spirits patrol the Laboratory Yard, but are not concentrated in specific locations. Players can move throughout this area without needing to dispose of many of the monsters.
Keep an eye out for Keening Sirokin, a Shulack that sometimes appears in this area. Keening Sirokin has been captured by a Balaur warden, and rescuing him can earn the Group some exciting rewards.
The Esoterrace Courtyard is a large open space, and is perfect players who want to rest for a moment after navigating the Laboratory Yard.
To advance to the next area, defeat the Laboratory Gatekeeper at the top of the stairs. Defeating the Gatekeeper will open up the Laboratory Air Conditioning Room.
Laboratory Air Conditioning Room
Inside the Laboratory Air Conditioning Room, players will encounter the second Named Monster of Esoterrace, Captain Murugan.
Be wary of Captain Murugan’s deadly combo skills; expect the primary target to take massive damage throughout the encounter!
When Captain Murugan is defeated, two doors will open in the Laboratory Air Conditioning Room, granting access to Chilled Treasure chests which contain Abyss relics.
Once all of the treasure chests have been opened, proceed to the passage in the southern part of the room, at the end of which is an air vent. Destroy the fan covering the air vent, and proceed through the opening to a Windstream. Ride the Windstream to the Esoterrace Secret Laboratory!
Esoterrace Secret Laboratory
There are two entrances to the Esoterrace Secret Laboratory, one of which is hidden behind a waterfall, and will require some careful aerial maneuvering to access. The main entrance is on the ground floor just below the Windstream that carries players from the Laboratory Air Conditioning Room.
Utilizing the hidden entrance will allow players to skip a few monsters, and grant access to more Enhanced Esoterrace Balaur, which yield a ton of Abyss Points when defeated. The Door Controls will allow players access the central area of the Esoterrace Secret Laboratory to which the main entrance leads, in addition, any players unable to enter the hidden entrance can reunite with the Group.
From the main entrance, players have access to the larger half of the Esoterrace Secret Laboratory. In the middle of the Laboratory is a Surkana Feeder. Destroy this to face Warden Surama, the “hard mode” final Named Monster. Leave it alone to face Kexkra, the normal final Named Monster.
Players can also learn about the lore behind the Drana Esoterrace from the Auxiliary Storage Sphere of Surama located in the center of the Laboratory, which chronicles Warden Surama’s research and the Balaur’s experiments.
Once done in the Esoterrace Secret Laboratory, proceed down the corridor on the west side of the Laboratory, and enter the Esoterrace Bio Lab Entry. Defeat the Biolab Watchman here, and a wall will collapse in the southern part of the room.
Through this passage is the final Named Monster of the Drana Esoterrace, and once players hop through the hole in the collapsed wall, there’s no turning back.
When Kexkra is defeated, a treasure chest will spawn containing Abyss relics and Platinum Medals. In addition, the treasure chest has a chance to contain Fabled armor from the Surama set.
Kexkra Prototype and Warden Surama
Players will start this encounter facing the Kexkra Prototype. As the encounter wears on, an event will cause Warden Surama to join the battle.
When Warden Surama is defeated, two treasure chests will spawn, one of which has a chance to contain Fabled armor from the Surama series, and the other Fabled weapons from the Surama series.