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Thursday, 27 September 2007

Eye of the North minigames - The Norn Fighting Tournament

The next Eye of the North minigame you can discover is the Norn Fighting Tournament.

Head on over to Gunnar's Hold - by the time you've reached here you should have progressed far enough along the Norn Title Track to be able to talk to Magni the Bison. You can find Gunnar's Hold easily from the Eye of the North map I blogged about previously.
Magni will give you the Round One: Fight! quest - then talk to Gellir Frostshield and pay 100 gold to enter the tournament.

During the tournament you will face 5 opponents from around Tyria in a one-on-one battle. The 6th opponent you face is Magni the Bison himself.

Defeating certain opponents will unlock some heroes and items for you:

  • The heroes Xandra (Ritualist) and Kahmu (Dervish) are unlocked the first time you beat them in the tournament
  • If you beat Zho and Onyx you will get Zho's Journal, which contains hints on how to get a Black Moa Chick
  • If you bring Zehtuka's Great Horn and beat The Great Zehtuka, he will trade it for a Zehtuka's Horn

The Norn Fighting Tournament is a repeatable quest, and can be a great way to boost your Norn Title Track, as you get the follow reputation point rewards each time:

  • 1st opponent defeated: 5 Norn reputation points
  • 2nd opponent defeated: 10 Norn reputation points
  • 3rd opponent defeated: 15 Norn reputation points
  • 4th opponent defeated: 20 Norn reputation points
  • 5th opponent defeated: 25 Norn reputation points
  • 6th opponent defeated: No reputation awarded for defeating Magni the Bison.

The first time you defeat all six opponents, you receive the following skills and rewards:

  • "Finish Him!" "Finish Him!"
  • A Touch of Guile A Touch of Guile
  • "Dodge This!" "Dodge This!"
  • The Bison Cup

Having fought your way through the Tournament once, each subsequent time you've finished the quest and beaten all six opponents, you will receive a Bison Championship Token.

One of the opponents you come up against is Gwen - it's quite satisfying to give her the smackdown after her irritating behaviour in Old Ascalon (and throughout the Eye of the North, actually).

As the Arena is in Norn territory, make sure you have your Norn Title Track selected, so you can take advantage of the health bonus it gives you.

While playing this Eye of the North minigame, see if you can spot the Street Fighter 2 references ArenaNet have littered throughout the tournament. Feel free to add any you find the comments section!

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