A warcamp can be located by any member of the Guardians of Sunfist who has achieved at least the second rank, namely access to the Sigil of Location. Warcamps are essentially instanced hunting grounds, filled with only one race of Grimswarm which spawn randomly near the skill of any character inside. As such, they in principle provide like-level hunting for any character in any area of Elanthia.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Entry
- 3 Finding a Warcamp
- 4 Strategy
- 5 Loot
- 6 Dying Inside
- 7 Etiquette
- 8 Razing the Camp
- 9 See Also
Once located and opened, a shimmering path will appear, leading into the warcamp. Firstly, there is no entry requirement, such as GoS membership nor in a member's group to enter the camp. Thus, a member of GoS can use the Sigil of Location to open a warcamp for another character, even if the GoS member does not (wish to) enter.
Inside camps, Grimswarm spawn fast. Spawn rate may have some relationship to the character movement through the camp (although this is worth investigating), but especially correlates with encounters with guards who may call the alarm and the number of characters that enter (as standard for spawn rates). Cautious characters are advised to stay near the entry area. The central areas are especially dangerous as they have many rooms feeding them for random movement.
Creatures can spawn of any class, including all basic skills like combat maneuvers and spells. The capabilities of the Grimswarm generally reflect the skill level of their opponents, so the less-skilled Grimswarm are less capable and vice versa. Although they never disarm, most other capabilities can be considered game, such as the devastating Focused Implosion from sorcerer-type Grimswarm. This can make warcamping difficult for pures and squares alike. Pures will be subjected to a barrage of maneuvers which may induce RT, while squares will be easily warded or possibly hit with ball spells. On the other hand, all the creatures crit and stun (even though they usually shake it), which make them easy game for many hunting strategies.
Only a member of GoS can locate and open the portal to a warcamp (manifested as a shimmering path). However, once the path appears, anyone can go down it to enter the warcamp. Incoming teleportation of any sort is restricted, and the shimmering path is the only means to enter a warcamp. It is noted, however, that most types of out-going teleportation are perfectly viable either for rescues or escape.
Since the requirements to open camps are minimal, a player could easily make a 'scouting' character to find warcamps for another character in Voln or the Council of Light, even on the same account since the shimmering paths remain open for about five minutes.
Finding a Warcamp
Welcome to Alosaka's Guide to Finding Warcamps. If you're a new member of the Guardians of Sunfist, you've probably encountered the frustration of trying to find Grimswarm Warcamps. They are absolutely necessary for any player who wants to master the society in a timely fashion, and they provide a decent hunting option for players of all levels. The goal of this guide is to provide players with easy-to-understand maps of each game location where warcamps may spawn, knowledge of how to narrow down a warcamp's position within one of the game's locations, boundaries of each known location, and Lich room numbers for easy travel. It will also cover the game mechanics and commands needed to pin down a camp for destruction.
Once you understand how to use the maps in this guide, locating a warcamp can typically be done in just a few minutes.
How Warcamps Work
Warcamps can seemingly spawn in most outdoor areas of the game. However, some are much more likely to spawn a warcamp (those with Sunfist "hated enemies," in particular), while other areas have never generated a warcamp in the several months I have observed them (the Graveyard in Wehnimer's Landing, for instance).
Areas in Gemstone are lumped into broad locations that share geographic traits, mobs, realm borders, etc. At any time, you may use the LOCATION verb to determine which of these areas you are in. For instance:
You carefully survey your surroundings and guess that your current location is Upper Trollfang or somewhere close to it.
These are the areas that the chalkboard at the Sunfist outposts refers to in its listings. Today on the chalkboard there are several listed, including this one:
Orc warcamp spotted in the Vipershroud near Wehnimer's Landing! (Vipershroud, Murky Valley)
When you actually go to the Vipershroud and use the LOCATION verb, however, you are only given the general location area, the Vipershroud, and not the specific area, the Murky Valley. This can be minorly frustrating in some parts of the game with large sub-areas. The Upper Trollfang, for instance, has at least four sub-areas that can contain warcamps, all of which register simply as 'Upper Trollfang' when using the LOCATION verb. This is more of a problem when attempting to find an unreported warcamp, as the boundaries between sub-areas are not always apparent.
Although rare, more than one warcamp may spawn within a single area at the same time.
What Tools Do I Need?
To find warcamps, you really only need two tools: the LOCATION verb, and of course SIGIL LOCATION, awarded at the second rank of Guardians of Sunfist. They can be combined into a single macro and bound to a function key or a script. The macro I personally use is:
\xlocat\r sigil location\r
This macro will determine your area's location name and use the Sigil of Location simultaneously.
How the Maps Work
The maps are a graphic representation of the area and sub-area borders of each location where a warcamp may spawn. They greatly reduce the amount of time needed to identify an area with a warcamp by making it possible to simply go to the first room of any area, check it for a warcamp (using the macro above), and if a warcamp is detected, searching within the boundaries of the area until you find it. Otherwise, simply move to the next area and check there, repeating as necessary. By knowing these areas and their boundaries, what was previously a long slog of searching becomes extremely simple.
To demonstrate, we will use the project's annotated Tsoran Mine Road map:
Each of the colored areas on this map is a potential warcamp spawning area. The red stars are the first room in the area, and also show the Lich room ID number.
We can start our search by going to the first room in the yellow area, and running our macro.
[Mine Road] As you top the ridge of the bank of the Locksmehr River you see the remains of the northern mining road that leads northeastward into the hills near Darkstone Bay. It is obvious that the road is in little use now. You also see a tall bank. Obvious paths: northeast >locat > sigil location You carefully survey your surroundings and guess that your current location is the old Mine Road or somewhere close to it. You focus intently on your sigil as its power begins to reach out into your immediate surroundings and beyond... You sense the presence of 3 hated enemies nearby. Roundtime: 3 sec.
No warcamp found, so we move to the red area and try again.
[Hillside, Trail] This small trail snakes up a verdant hillside. A copse of pine trees lies below, barring your view of the rest of the valley. Hiking this trail is quite invigorating, and you can hardly wait to get started again. You also see a footpath. Obvious paths: up >locat > sigil location You carefully survey your surroundings and guess that your current location is Liath Bheinn and Aillidh Brae or somewhere close to it. You focus intently on your sigil as its power begins to reach out into your immediate surroundings and beyond... You sense the presence of 1 hated enemy nearby. You sense some faint interference with your sigil coming from somewhere nearby, though you cannot seem to locate it. Roundtime: 3 sec.
Aha! We have detected a warcamp. We know it exists somewhere within the red area. With this knowledge we can begin moving from room to room, careful to stay within the area's boundaries. We can skip nodes and indoor areas in our search, as warcamps never spawn in them. And about a minute and 20 rooms later, we find this:
[Liath Bheinn, Mountain] The mountain rises steeply on three sides, hemming in the narrow path. Perpetual darkness drapes the westernmost part of this dead end. Obvious paths: east >locat > sigil location You carefully survey your surroundings and guess that your current location is Liath Bheinn and Aillidh Brae or somewhere close to it. You focus intently on your sigil as its power begins to reach out into your immediate surroundings and beyond... You sense the presence of 1 hated enemy nearby. You sense some interference with your sigil coming from close by, however. As you continue to concentrate upon your sigil, a shimmering patch of air begins to form nearby! Roundtime: 3 sec.
And that's all there is to it! With these maps, you'll be able to locate warcamps faster than ever.
The following maps are all based on the original cartography of Tsoran de'Argonoth, without whom this project would not be possible. They are broken down by city/town, with some maps combined where locations run between them. For brevity, they are collapsed by default, and can be expanded with the [Expand] on the right-hand side.
Wehnimer's Landing is 100% mapped. The Luinne Bheinn and Dubh Brugh areas of the Mine Road may potentially spawn warcamps. The Graveyard and Broken Lands are not believed to be able to spawn warcamps. More research is needed. Click on [Expand] to the right!
Solhaven is 100% mapped. The Coastal Woods area on the Foggy Valley map is contiguous with the Lake area to the east and is the only bifurcated area I am aware of in the game. The Lagoon area on the North Beach map is one of the smallest known areas in the game, with only 15 rooms, and is always worth checking. Click on [Expand] to the right!
Icemule Trace and Pinefar
Icemule Trace is 100% mapped. The entire South Gate area appears to simply be an extension of the area that extends along the trail to Wehnimer's Landing, all the way to the Glacier, making it one of the largest areas in the game. The Pinefar map is complete but the area for Aenatumgana needs to be confirmed by someone higher level. Click on [Expand] to the right!
River's Rest is 66% mapped. The Maelstrom Bay area has yet to be mapped. Click on [Expand] to the right!
Four Winds Isle
Four Winds Isle is 100% mapped. Warcamps seem to spawn here at a much higher rate than other locations in the game. Click on [Expand] to the right!
Teras Isle is 80% mapped. The Fhorian Village needs to be rechecked, and someone of higher level needs to confirm that the Lava Flows and Basalt Hillock are or are not the same area. Click on [Expand] to the right!
Ta'Illistim is 40% mapped. This part of the world is very scary and I don't like it. Click on [Expand] to the right!
Ta'Vaalor is 100% mapped. The Fethayl Bog and Glaise Cnoc Cemetary areas may spawn warcamps, but have not been observed to do so. Click on [Expand] to the right!
About the Author of Finding a Warcamp
Alosaka is an Empath and Master of the Guardians of Sunfist. After spending 20 frustrating minutes trying to find his first warcamp, he began the mapping effort that eventually became this project.
The ideas covered in this section should be considered a useful guide to add to a character's portfolio to hone their specific tactics. Considering the array of characters, playing styles, and the unprecedented swarms which can be encountered camping (outside invasions), players must devise their own tactics, which may range from simple to complex. As there are no area dispel effects, characters are encouraged to enter warcamps glowing brighter than a supernova.
The most effective tactic will surely depend on if the character is camping solo or with a group.
Stay Near the Entry!
Without a specific reason to do otherwise, characters are advised to stay near the entry path. The two main reasons to leave the entry area are to make more use of area effect spells (see The Shroud below) or to complete specific tasks assigned by GoS which require going deeper into the camp. Reasons for staying near the entrance are fairly straight-forward. The number one reason is that it is easier to get out, or to get a dead companion out, from near the path than further away. Although this may seem obvious, it is noted that once there are several Grimswarm in a room, leaving the room will incur hard roundtime, which may happen repeatedly as the character moves from one swarm to another, significantly delaying or preventing escape. Characters venturing much beyond the entry path are well-advised to have one (and preferably more) means of teleporting out, such as a gold ring. Another reason to stay near the entry is that there are not many adjacent rooms, which generally results in smaller swarms spawning elsewhere and wandering in. However, when a character first enters a new or calm warcamp, the initial spawn rate may be very low, so the character may wish to quickly encounter a guard so that the alarm is raised, and then retreat to the entry area, particularly in the case of using short-duration buff spells such as Wall of Force (140) and Wizard Shield (919).
The mystical shroud created by the Grimswarm to obscure the camp's location can react poorly to certain kinds of magic, especially near the entry area. Powerful offensive area of effect spells in particular can cause the shroud to become unstable, which will be evident to any characters nearby. The shroud naturally re-stabilizes in about half a minute, but can backlash at a character who continues to cast such spells while it is unstable. According to the original post, such magic includes, but is not necessarily limited to, Major Ewave, Nature's Fury, open Implosion, and Song of Disruption.
In short, although there is generally a strong motivation to use such mass destruction spells, they should be used sparingly. Groups of characters, in particular, should either discuss with or keep an eye on the tactics of their partners, so an inadvertent backlash is not caused.
If the shroud is about to backlash, one of the two following messages will be seen:
Distorted ripples begin to appear across the mystical shroud surrounding this area!
The ripples in the mystical shroud surrounding the area become more prominent!
As the shroud can be disrupted in adjacent rooms, entering a new room where the shroud is also unstable will show:
You notice ominous ripples undulating across the mystical shroud surrounding this area.
When the shroud settles back down and all magic may be safely used once again, the following message will be seen in the room:
The ripples in the mystical shroud surrounding this area fade away.
List of Spells
The following spells are known to disrupt cause the shroud to become unstable. Note that some spells seem to set off the shroud more easily than others.
|Major Spiritual||Silence (210)||Minor Sanctuary (213)||Mass Interference (217)|
|Minor Elemental||Elemental Wave (410)||Mana Focus (418)||Major Elemental Wave (435)|
|Major Elemental||Cold Snap (512)||Cone of Elements (518)—both versions|
|Ranger Base||Breeze (612)||Mass Calm (619)||Nature's Fury (635)|
|Sorcerer Base||Corrupt Essence (703)—open cast only||Energy Maelstrom (710)—open cast only||Implosion (720)—open cast only|
|Wizard Base||Tremors (909)—open cast was confirmed||Call Wind (912)||Core Tap (950)†|
|Bard Base||Holding Song (1001)||Song of Peace (1011)||Song of Power (1018)||Song of Sonic Disruption (1030)—open cast only|
|Empath Base||Empathic Link (1117)||Sympathy (1120)|
|Paladin Base||Pious Trial (1602)—minor chance to disrupt||Beacon of Courage (1608)—minor chance to disrupt||Aura of the Arkati (1614)—minor chance to disrupt|
† Any spell cast with Core Tap is treated by the shroud as an area of effect (AoE) spell and will affect the shroud of a warcamp. The spells individually count much less than most other true AoE spells (even though their effect is just as pronounced).
- Spirit Fog
- Cleric Base
- Paladin Base
- Minor Mental?
- Grasp of the Grave (709)
- Evil Eye (717)
- Tremors (909)—EVOKEd version
- Song of Noise (1017)
Spells that do not (or did not previously) affect the shroud:
Tips and Tricks
It is onerous to give in-depth information for all the hunting styles available to all the classes. Below is a list of simple things to remember and consider, if they apply to a given character. Your basic concept is essentially killing creatures as fast as possible.
- Area Web (118) is very effective, either at catching or distracting the Grimswarm.
- Pures should take advantage of ball spells, especially when camping in a group to tag lots of creatures.
- Mstrike and Berserking are very effective.
- Remember, trolls hate fire!
- Spells that kill fast are particularly good
- Focused Implosion is especially suitable, as the loot on Grimswarm is poor anyway.
- If you need to eat herbs, leave the camp.
- If a partner is incapacitated or knocked down, drag them out of the camp immediately.
- If more than a few creatures are in the room, go to another room or leave.
Besides the occasional rare gear carried by a Grimswarm, most of the loot is simple and they are not at all rich. Thus the drops are mostly limited to some silvers, common magical items, paltry alchemical reagents (ayanad crystals, etc), and assorted junk like food. Grimswarm do not carry boxes. However, keep an eye out for a crude bone key; it is not only required for some GoS tasks, but can be used to unlock the treasure chest after all the Grimswarm are killed. The treasure chest is in the Supply Hut on the east side of the camp. For each 20 Grimswarm a character kills, that character can find one box by searching the treasure chest.
Death inside a warcamp is just as bad, and usually worse, than other hunting grounds in Elanthia. The main reason is because of the difficulty it poses for (would-be) rescuers, particularly if the character was camping solo. Because warcamps cannot be teleported into as well as the fleeting duration of the shimmering path, many rescuers will not have knowledge or means of how to get to the corpse. Thus, the common result is that after some delay, the Grimswarm tear all the flesh off the corpse and discard the skeleton outside (in the room where the shimmering path initially appeared). At this time, the character can be rescued normally (for whatever circumstances apply to the area from which they entered the camp), but will need quite dedicated healing (rank 3 wounds on every potion of the body). Unfortunately, rescuers may have given up searching for the corpse by this time. Thus, it is usually a good idea to let others know that you're warcamping, so that in case you die, they can eventually help you out.
It's generally a good idea to know who else in the area is likely to be warcamping. If a character enters a warcamp which is already occupied, possibly by a less-skilled adventurer, unannounced entry could lead to severe difficulties for the person(s) already inside if higher-skilled Grimswarm begin to show up. Even if a camp is presently vacant, a character may have GoS tasks relating to warcamps, in particular razing them among others. It would be very rude to finish off the last few remaining Grimswarm in a formerly large warcamp and raze it without the person who did most of the hard work getting credit for destroying the camp.
One easy way to tell is the use of Sigil of Recognition once inside. Warcamps are initially created with only round numbers of Grimswarm (e.g. 100, 200, etc), and if the remaining number in the camp deviates from such a value (e.g. 88, 172), it indicates someone has been camping there recently, and not only may return shortly, but may not like you tinkering about in their camp.
Razing the Camp
Once all the Grimswarm are killed, and the treasure chest is looted, one member of the party needs to simply RAZE it. This incurs 15 seconds of RT. It is recommended to do this near the entry and leave promptly! Once it is totally burned down, a thick plume of smoke will be visible in the nearby areas, indicating its destruction. A given character must have at least five kills within the camp to receive credit for the camp destruction to be counted.