When The Lost Shores expansion to Guild Wars 2 was released, it also added to player equipment called Ascended gear. These items can only be acquired by playing through the Fractals of the Mist dungeon or by crafting with the help of the Mystic Forge.
About the Dungeon
The Fractals of the Mist, or FoTM for short, is a dungeon in which the difficultly gets higher and higher as players progress through each level of the dungeon. It can be found in the Lion’s Arch near the Fort Marriner waypoint. There are no repair stations for armor repairs and no waypoints. If you die, you die. Unless you’re either revived or your entire group dies.
How Ascended Gear Works
Currently, the only items you can get that are Ascended are minor pieces such as back slots and rings. These came with The Lost Shores content but developers have promised players that more and more pieces will be added with future content updates to the game. Right now there are 20 Ascended rings that can be picked up and/or crafted and 10 back slot pieces.
Both types of gear can be gained from reward chests while playing FoTM. They only become available once players reach Fractal level 10+ (for non-upgraded pieces) or Fractal level 20+ (for Ascended gear with Infusion upgrades).
These new pieces also have a new upgrade slot called an Infusion slot. Infusions are obtained by using Fractal Relics (picked up while going through FoTM) in the Mystic Forge. There are 3 types of these upgrades: offensive, defensive and omni. For every level of the Fractals of the Mist dungeon you complete you will receive a set of Fractal Relics to use in the MF to craft these items. The number of relics you receive depends on the Fractal level you are on, whether or not a boss is involved with that level and if you receive a daily bonus or not. Levels that require players to defeat bosses generally reward the players with 3 to 4 times as many relics as a non-boss level.
There are several recipes that require Fractal Relics. These include the following:
- Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence
- Shard of Crystallized Mists Essence
- Vial of Condensed Mists Essence
- 3 Globs of Coagulated Mists Essence
These crafted recipes then can be used to upgrade Ascended gear to have Infusions.