Massively's exclusive Aion info is back for another encore, and today we've got an in-depth walkthrough of the new Esoterrace instance for your viewing pleasure. Esoterrace is a level 50 dungeon coming to the live servers with next week's 2.5 update, and we've teamed with NCsoft to bring you the instance's first complete guide.

The dungeon is designed for full groups and is accessed via a rift inside the factional fortresses of Gelkmaros and Inggison. Players will only be able to enter Esoterrace if their faction controls one or more of the Balaurean forts, so get out there and take the fight to the Asmos (or Elyos) when the patch drops next Wednesday.

Esoterrace is a large zone featuring windstream transportation, a number of challenging mob types, and a final boss, Kexkra, who can be fought in either normal- or hard-mode. The zone also features a number of easter eggs and hidden treasure chests, so head past the cut to start your preparations.

Features
  • Level 50 group instanced dungeon
  • Cooldown is 22 hours
  • To enter Esoterrace, the player's faction must control at least one Fortress in his/her 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!
Narayana Canyon

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 Garden

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, the key can be looted by each player, who then earns access to one of the nearby Entwined Treasure Chests, which contain Abyss relics!

In addition to the Entwined Treasure Chests, a Huge Entwined Chest will spawn beneath Dalia once it is defeated; it can be opened with the Swirl Key. Should certain death befall the players after they defeat 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, which 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.

Laboratory Yard

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.

Esoterrace Courtyard

The Esoterrace Courtyard is a large, open space and is perfect for 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.

KexkraPlayers 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.

Kexkra

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 of which drops Fabled weapons from the Surama series.

This article was originally published on Massively.