During the GW 2 flashpoint scavenger hunt achievement, you will get a rock collector sub achievement that you have to finish. In this case, worth noting that the whole achievement is to move around, explore, and collect the said object. From all of the achievements to do in Flashpoint, this one can take a fairly long time. So, here is the GW 2 rock collector firestone shard achievement for you.
About the rock collector
So, in this part of the guide you will find that the said achievement is part of flashpoint. The main idea of this mission is to make the player find a total of sixty firestone shards throughout Draconis mons. It is quite tedious, and takes time. To finish it, you should move around the Draconis mons and collect the shard.
It is also worth noting that the Taimi’s research might benefit from this achievement. As you finish the collection, you will get 15 AP and a title of Rock Star. Before you go, make sure you got the Oakheart Essence Mastery for the firestone shards. For another alternative, you will need a vault springer or griffon for this achievement.
Another worth to note about this achievement is the four possible locations or areas to get the material. You can get them from here:
1 Mariner Landing/Boiling Sea
2 Savage Rise/Wind Rider Ledge/Ancient Hollow
3 Titan’s Throat/Heathen’s Hold
4 Scalding Gorge/Rata Arcanum/Golemancer’s Tomb
The Mariner Landing and Boiling Sea
Here, there are at least 12 firestones scattered around the area. The location is pretty much straight forward and easy to find. You only need some skill in jumping around and reaching a particular spot to get the GW 2 rock collector firestone shard achievement.
1. In a nook high along the western wall.
2. In plain view near Sub Landing.
3. On the ceiling of a dark tunnel. Reef riders stand guard outside (Mastery Required)
Drop down to sea level, you will see a little opening guarded by some Reef Riders. Go in and look up. Use either Oakheart Essence to reach. There are Oakheart essences you can pick up along the way.
4. Atop a diagonal cliff face. Reef riders float nearby.
Run up this cliff, you will see a bush of plants at the end. Go inside the plant and you will see a hidden alcove. Jump up to get the Firestone Shard
5. Near a thermal tube, south of Sub Landing.
Western Boiling Sea
6. On the underside of Wind Rider Ledge
From the Mariner Landing waypoint, grab an Oakheart Essence and shoot yourself up to grab that updraft near Wind Rider Ledge that will propel you on top of the Ledge.
Once you get on top of the ledge, go the edge near one of the Oakheart Essences and then glide down while looking up at the underside of the ledge for this Firestone Shard. You can use an Oakheart to reach it easier.
7. On the side of the foot of Wind Rider Ledge
If you are coming from #6, just drop down to the foot of the ledge and glide down slowly to reach it.
8. Just Below the Mastery Insight.
From Wind Rider Ledge, use one of the updrafts and glide to the little island with the Mastery Insight.
9. Along a ledge northwest of Seething Pillar.
Fly down from the Seething Pillar (you can get there via updrafts from Wind Rider Ledge) and drop down on a small ledge just above the sea level. You will see a bush there with mushroom and the Firestone Shard hidden inside it.
10. On a stop outcropping east of Seething Pillar.
Can glide down from Seething Pillar or glide from the # 9 spot.
11. On an island northwest of Frothing Pedestal
Easiest is to run east from Ancient Hollow waypoint and drop down.
12. On the ceiling of a cave along the northern wall.
Run east from Ancient Hollow waypoint. Drop down a bit to the pillar structure just under Nu Vault. From the pillars, glide to the northern wall/cliff. There should an oakheart essence along that wall. Run along that wall until you reach the end where you will see a small hole.
Once you run past the hole, look up and use the Oakheart Essence to reach the Firestone Shard.
Savage Rise/Wind Rider Ledge/Ancient Hollow
Around these three areas, you will find around 17 firestone shards to collect. All of them can be found quite easily since they are not completely hidden. Once again, you must open your eyes and make sure to look around the corner. So, without further ado, here is the GW 2 Rock Collector Firestone Shard Achievement guide for you.
13. In a cave behind the Rolling Devil nest.
From Heathen’s Hold Waypoint, drop down to the 2nd map level in a southeast direction until you see the Savage Rise path. Run towards the map location until you see a little cave entrance guarded by Rolling Devils with Oakheart Essence in front. Grab that essence.
Once you have the essence, go into the cave with the vampire mobs and then use it to grapple you to the little alcove on your top left as you enter the cave.
14. At the source of waterfall at Peace Grounds (Mastery Required)
For this one, you won’t be able to see it but you can get it simply by proximity. Drop down from Heathen’s Hold Waypoint and then run to Peace Grounds. At base of the waterfall, pick up the nearby Oakheart Essence and use it to grapple yourself behind the waterfall.
15. Underneath an outcropping north of Scout’s Clearing
Pretty easy to get, run up from Mariner’s Landing Waypoint
16. At the entrance to a ramp that leads to Scout’s Clearing.
Another easy one, run back from # 15.
17. Near the base of a massive rocky pillar, southwest of the Peace Grounds.
Watch out for smokescales and pocket raptors along the way.
18. A cave in the ceiling below Heathen’s Hold waypoint (Mastery Required)
Make sure you have least 2 charges of Oakheart Essence. Run west from Heathen’s Hold waypoint and drop down slowly while gliding east. As soon as you see a cave, use your Oakheart to hang on the ceiling and glide onto the ledge. Once inside the cave, use your Oakheart again to reach the Firestone Shard.
19. In a cranny with the bristleback’s nest
Drop down from Heathen’s Hold Waypoint and glide all the way to Bristleback’s area. As soon as you enter the little opening that marks Bristleback’s area, drop to the ground and look on your left for a very small opening in the wall. Follow the cranny all the way to the end for this shard.
Wind Rider Ledge
20. In a ceiling cave below Rata Arcanum
From Heathen’s Hold Waypoint, take the two Thermal Tubes that shoot you across and glide towards Rata Arcanum. As you glide towards it, drop down beneath the rock floor holding Rata Arcanum.
You will find an updraft just beneath the rock floor, this updraft will take you to a ceiling cave where you can find the Firestone Shard.
21. Near the ceiling along the western wall (Mastery Required)
Much like # 20, you will start from Heathen’s Hold Waypoint and take the two thermal tubes. This time don’t forget to grab the Oakheart Essence after the second thermal tube. You want to glide down below Rata Arcanum’s floor and use the Oakheart Essence skill to pull you up as you glide away from the ceiling.
Make sure you have a remaining charge for the Firestone Shard and just pull yourself to it.
22. On the northern side, in a ceiling crevasse (Mastery Required)
This one is pretty tricky. You basically do the same thing as # 21 but instead glide to the western side where you will see rocks with Oakheart Essences. There is a chain of three rocks with three Oakheart Essences. You start at the bottom one with the Fertile Soil.
Once you arrive at the third Oakheart Essence, start shooting at the ceiling. You will find the Firestone Shard at the top next to an Unbound Magic.
23. High along the wall, southwest of Seething Pillar (Mastery Required)
Same thing as # 21 but this time you glide a bit north until you see that big ledge with all the bats and grubs. Use the Oakheart Essence to shoot yourself to this little alcove where you can find the Firestone Shard. If you havn’t doen # 25 yet, you can go straight to that since it is nearby.
24. Embedded high in a large palm tree (Mastery Required)
Make your way to Wind Rider Ledge via updrafts and then use the Oakheart Mastery to get the firestone shard in the palm tree.
25. In a cranny above the northern tip of the ledge (Mastery Required)
You can go to #25 straight from #23. Take the left path instead and glide once you reach the end. You will see a cranny to your left that you can use your Oakheart to shoot to.
26. Deep in a shallow cave southeast of the golem graveyard.
Previously bugged but fixed with a hotfix. It is inside this shallow spider cave not far from the Ancient Hollow waypoint.
27. in a nook in a wall, north of a mushroom village.
Go straight northeast from Ancient Hollow waypoint
28. Along a path that runs northeast toward a mushroom village.
Pretty simple to locate
29. Towards the western edge of the land mass. Fireflies make their home nearby.
Titan’s Throat/Heathen’s Hold
This is another location where you will find around 12 firestone shards. However, this part can be quite challenging since the item will be harder to see and get. It is the time to consider getting the mastery along with the capable mount. Here is what you should do in this part of GW 2 rock collector firestone shard achievement.
30. Underneath and to the east of the gate of fire
Use the Thermal Tube from Heathen’s Hold and glide left at the end. You are looking for a ledge to the left and right before the ledge is a small cubby hole with this firestone shard.
31/32. On the northeastern side, just below the gate of fire.
These two Firestone Shards are pretty much right next to each other, with one lower than the other. Just go to the right after the Thermal Tube and glide down.
33. Below the lava river, on the west side (Mastery Required)
Stand near the wurm pit, and face the lava river. To the right of the river are a couple of bits of broken machinery. Run past those, and drop down the small cliff on the right. Then run left along the ledge until you reach a jagged edge.
To your left is an entrance to the cave holding the shard. Run in, hugging the right-hand wall, and the shard should be at the end.
34. High above Prisoner’s Perch, near a Mastery Insight (Mastery Required)
Grab an Oakheart Essence north of the waypoint and start aiming it at the ceiling. It will take two charges to reach it and then you can glide down to the ledge where the shard is.
35. Atop a plateau above Iota Vault (Mastery Required)
Go towards Iota Vault and use Oakheart at entrance to grapple yourself to the top. On the left are some updrafts you can use to get to the very top with the vampire beasts. The shard is on one of the pillars behind the veteran vampire beasts. If you do this one make sure you do # 39 at the same time since they are in the same location.
36. In a mercenary’s bucket
Inside the mercenary camp. Glide and drop down to grab it.
37. Within a crevasse in Iota Vault (Mastery Required)
At the end of Iota Vault, there is a crevice at the wall that you can use your Oakheart Essence and grapple inside it to retrieve the shard.
38. Above the entrance to Iota Vault. (Mastery Required)
Go back to Iota Vault again and this time in front of the vault grapple onto the Oakheart and then look to your right for a crevice where you can find this shard.
39. In the rocks on the wall north of Iota Vault.
Same spot as # 35 but this one is to the left on one of the hidden openings. A bit tricky to find.
40. Under the grating
Underneath the grating by Wurm’s Furnace.
41. Beneath a massive defense turret, on the east shore of the lava river.
Scalding Gorge/Rata Arcanum/Golemancer’s Tomb
These locations are the last places you should visit in order to finish the whole achievement. Once again, this GW 2 rock collector firestone shard achievement is not easy and takes a long time to finish. It is better if you have some masteries to help you process the exploration, but you can also use a mount such as a griffon. It will be easier and cheaper.
42. On a ledge high above, north of Sandstone Archway (Mastery Required)
This Firestone Shard is right above the Mastery Insight and slightly below the ledge with the vampire mobs. Just go the same route as you would for Iota Vault/Vampire mobs for #35/39 and instead of heading to the ledge with the vampire mobs, look on the ledge below it.
43. On a ledge high above, west by northwest of Sandstone Archway
To get to 43, you can fly from #42 and take the updraft southwest of it. The updraft will take you slightly higher over a ledge where this firestone shard is hidden.Cliff bats will spawn when you get to this ledge.
44. On a ledge high above, northwest of Sandstone Archway
44 is basically next to 43. Jump from the ledge where 43 is and start gliding left. You will see a crevice immediately to your left with a bouncing mushroom. Go inside and you will find the firestone shard.
45. Atop a tall stone outcropping, southeast of Sandstone Archway.
Take the Thermal Tube from the waypoint and glide to this stone. You can use the updraft in between if you need.
46. Hidden below Sandstone Archway, on the eastern side.
You can see 46 from #45. Look at the eastern foot of Sandstone Archway, there is an oakheart essence. Next to it is a small hole you can run through for the shard.
47. On the underside of Sandstone Archway.
Grab Oakheart Essence from outside #46 and just grapple yourself to the underside of the archway.
48. In a silt in the rocks looking north from atop the northwestern arch.
Get yourself on top of Sandstone Archway by using a thermal tube from waypoint and then glide/mushroom your way up. Grab the Oakheart Essence on the archway and then sling yourself to the northwestern arch that is diagonal to you. To the west of the arch is a slit you want to glide in and run all the way to the end.
50. Underneath a large firestone spire.
Make your way at the bottom of that large firestone spire and you will see a little hole with a bouncing mushroom. Drop into that hole and look at the bottom of the spire to find this shard.
51. In the upper area, atop a small spire.
Below the vista, use 2x thermal tubes from waypoint and just glide to it.
52. In a nook behind the inquest’s captive druid.
Behind the tent with Galebough. Can run/glide directly from #51.
53. Overlooking the inquest’s portal.
Tube/glide yourself to the Inquest portal at the back of Rata Arcanum. Pick up Oakheart essence near the portal and shoot yourself up this ledge next to the portal.
54. A crack in the ceiling in the caves behind Rata Arcanum
Glide/Tube from waypoint and then run into this cave underneath Rata Arcanum. Inside the cave are some mushrooms and an oakheart essence.Grab the oakheart and start immediately aim at the ceiling to get you to an upper cavern.
Once you are at the upper cavern, look up at the crack in the ceiling and shoot yourself again into it. Once you are inside that crack, do a third time to reach the shard.
55. On a rock wall, just outside the entrance to the Inquest Field Lab.
This is pretty close to the heart vendor, just inside the Inquest Field Lab.
56. In a nook near some soil in the caves behind Rata Arcanum.
Follow the path from #54 to the upper cavern but this time don’t look for a gap in the ceiling. Instead, run left/south towards the grubs and you will come across a nook with some plants and firestone shard hidden behind one of the rocks.
57. Golemancer’s Tomb: In a cave outside the tomb, high above Scout’s Clearing.
Tube/Glide from the waypoint and at the end of your second tube, glide towards the vista. Then you want to keep gliding to the left, dropping down on the ledges/platforms until you get to a ledge with an oakheart essence.
Near the oakheart essence is the entrance to the cave where you can find the shard directly past the entrance. Use oakheart to get it.
58. Golemancer’s Tomb: Embedded in a wall outside the tomb, high above Scout’s Clearing.
You can get this from #57. Refresh your oakheart essence outside #57 and then grapple on the rocks above like in the pictures. #58 is in a ledge above #57.
59. Golemancer’s Tomb: At the tip of a long, thin outcropping outside the southern entrance to the tomb.
Drop down from #58 onto this outcropping with Broadleaf.
60. Golemancer’s Tomb:In the crack in the ceiling, in the room across from the champion devourer. Bring an Oakheart’s essence.
If you are coming from #59, retreat from the outcropping to find an oakheart essence that will bring you up to the Golemancer’s Tomb.
Once you are inside the tomb, look for the chamber marked on the map. Pick up the Oakheart essence and the shard is in a crack in the ceiling not far from it.
If you reach this part, then most likely you have collected all 60 stones. Congratulations! It is pretty tedious in some way, since you have to use the mastery a few times. Or probably you move around using the flying mount which is quite hard to get. All in all, congratulations on finishing the whole GW 2 rock collector firestone shard achievement. Good luck.