Kirin Tor Familiar Pet Guide – Higher Learning Achievement


Naw, that’s the little guy!

What’s up guys, Syiler here with another guide for you! This guide is going to cover how to get the Kirin Tor Familiar pet which is a reward from completing the Higher Learning achievement!

But don’t be fooled this is no easy achievement, it will take dedication, knowledge and a bit of luck. After reading this guide you will be armed with everything you need to get your own Kirin Tor Familiar! (Apart from the luck, that costs extra.)

The Kirin Tor Familiar is an Arcane Elemental pet that is usable for pet battles. In terms of pet battling its abilities are as follows

Ability 1

Spells Kirintor (3)

Beam – Blasts the enemy with a beam of arcane power, dealing 22 Magic damage.


Spells Kirintor (4)

Arcane Blast – Blasts the enemy with a surge of arcane power, dealing 15 Magic damage. Damage increases by 5 each time it is used (Max 25 magic damage.)


Ability 2

Spells Kirintor (5)

Gravity – Slams the target into the ground, dealing 25 Magic damage. If used again on the same target, they are levitated and unable to flee for 2 rounds.


Spells Kirintor (6)

Arcane Storm – Deals 8 Magic damage to all enemies and warps the weather into Arcane Winds for 9 rounds. During Arcane winds, pets cannot be stunned or rooted.


Ability 3

Spells Kirintor (2)

Arcane Explosion – Deals 10 Magic damage to the enemy’s active pet and 6 Magic damage to the enemy’s backline pets.


Spells Kirintor (1)

Rot – Rots the target’s flesh, dealing 25 Undead damage and transforming them into Undead for 5  rounds.


Pet Stats

It has Level 1 stats of 155 Health, 12 Power and 11 Speed and Level 25 stats of 1465 Health, 289 Power and 273 Speed. It can only be obtained in one type Rare and a breed of 20% Health, 45% Power and 20% Speed.


The Kirin Tor Familiar is a cool pet for many reasons, the first it’s a unique skin in terms of pets, the second it’s difficult to obtain so you will be one of few with it and finally it isn’t to bad in pet battles either!

So lets move to how we get this badass with bracers, it is a reward from completing the achievement Higher Learning which requires you to read eight specific books on The Schools of Arcane Magic. These are all in Dalaran and have set spawn locations for each book but the catch is another “dummy” book can spawn in place of the one you actually need, these dummy books aren’t useful for anything apart from reading of course!

When you do find one of the books all that you need to do is click on the book as if you were reading it. Once you click on it you will notice that book name has been highlighted on the achievement and you have obtained the credit. The book will stay there for around 3 minutes before despawning after being clicked, so even if someone just beats you to it you can both get credit! Once the book has despawned another won’t spawn in its place for 3-4 hours, this is for both the real book and the dummy books. So it is a good idea to click on the dummy book so that it despawns and you have a chance of seeing the achievement book in 3-4 hours’ time!

Once you located all the books you will get a new book called The Schools of Arcane Magic – Mastery in the mail. Using this book will teleport you to the top of the Violet Citadel, a secret room only accessible by owners of this book.  In this room you will see Archmage Vargoth and by talking to him he will reward you with your own little Kirin Tor Familiar!

So let’s start the guide of by taking a look at the different spawn locations of the books, remember each book has its own set location, so if you only need one book then you only need to check one spot, the book won’t change positions so keep that in mind.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Introduction

The first book The Schools of Arcane Magic – Introducion is found in the room named The Violet Gate. This is the building where you end up when teleporting to Dalaran and houses the Mage Portal Trainer.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Introduction


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Abjuration

The next book is found on the ground next to a stool, within the building called the Dalaran Visitor Center.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Abjuration


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Conjuration

The Violet Citadel contains two of the book locations, Conjuration can be found on the ground floor of the Citadel, on the bottom shelf of the bookcase to the right.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Conjuration


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Divination

This is the second book to be found within the Violet Citadel, this is up the stairs and to the left of the portal that leads to the Caverns of Time. It will spawn on the floor in between the two books cases here.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Divination


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Enchantment

The fifth book is on the balcony of the building called The Threads of Fate. It spawns on the small box next to the larger box with bottles on.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Enchantment


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Illusion

Illusion is found just outside of Violet Hold, it will spawn on the boxes just next to the left of Archmage Timear.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Illusion


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Transmutation

The book of Transmutation is found on the ground floor of the Legerdemain Lounge building. It will spawn on the bookcase at the right of one of the exits. It will spawn on the second shelf of the empty bookcase.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Transmutation


The schools of Arcane Magic – Necromancy

The final book can be found on the top floor of the Legerdemain Lounge building. It will spawn in the left bedroom on the third shelf of the empty bookcase.

The schools of Arcane Magic – Necromancy


Tips and Tricks

The books will always respawn after a server shutdown/restart so if you are able to log on when the server comes back up you will find all the books spawned, it can and most likely will be fake books but still worth checking all the spawns you still need.

Keep a note of when you have looted a fake book as you will want to return in 3 hours and sit waiting until it respawns again. This will ensure you don’t ever miss a book spawn that you need and once you find the real book you no longer need to check that location.

Teaming up with someone else who is after the pet will be extremely beneficial as more then one person can read the books as long as you get to it within 3 minutes of the first read. So working with someone means you can cover more spawn locations easier and as long as you all alert each other of a book, all can benefit!


So that is the end of this guide, I wish you the best of luck in getting this pet.

Thanks for reading #cya!

Reddit: Linking the Human Gods to the Elder Dragons by ratphink



I definitely love the lore in Guild Wars 2 and this was a very good and interesting read by Reddit poster ratphink. I hope you enjoy and please stop by Reddit and give an upvote for his hardwork.



Ratphink: Linking the Human Gods to the Elder Dragons

EDIT: Should clarify. I don’t want to suggest that the Elder Dragons and the Human Gods are one in the same. However I would argue that the Human Gods are in some fashion linked to the Elder Dragons.

It was in this thread that I saw somebody mirroring my own theory that there is a link between elder dragons and the 6 human Gods. However, because for some reason I can’t effectively log in, I’m posting my thoughts here and seeing what you lot can make of it.

Now, I do agree with there being a link between the Human Gods and the Elder Dragons, but I think there’s also a big point that needs to be addressed in this theory. The Six Gods that are being worshiped now are not the Gods that would have existed during the last cycle of the Elder Dragons reign of terror. This even offers us the ability to ignore certain problems surrounding the nature of a certain God that has arisen with Orr.

The Dragons we know of: Zhaitan, Primordus, Kralkatorrik, Jormag, and “Bubbles”, however there is strong evidence to support the existence of another as of yet unrevealed dragon. The 6th World Devourer of the Jotun legends. Whether or not this proves to be the Pale Tree I won’t touch on because I do not know where I stand on that theory. That being said we do know what the make up of the original pantheon was.

We all know of Balthazar (God of Fire, War, and Murder), Dwayna (Goddess of Life, Air, and Lightning), Melandru (Goddess of Nature and the Wild), Lyssa (Dual Natured Goddess of Beaty and Illusion). However what is not being accounted for in the discussion above is that prior to current events we actually had 2 other Gods. We had Dhuum, the unyielding, remorseless God of Death and the Underworld as well Abbadon, God of Secrets and the Ocean Depths. Now, if I had more info I would even argue that the as of yet Un-Named predecessor of Abbadon could even have existed during the last cycle of the Dragons, the dead “Insect God” hinted at in the .dat file of the Domain Anguish in GW1.

People are having problems trying to place the current pantheon against the Elder Dragons because frankly the Pantheon has changed drastically since the last time the Dragons raged across Tyria. You can’t effectively place Kormir and Grenth in this selection because they’re not easily placed.

So now it’s far easier to make appropriate corolations:

  • Balthazar -> Primordus
  • Dhuum -> Zhaitan
  • Abbadon -> Bubbles
  • Lyssa -> Kralkatorrik

Now this theory is by no means perfect because we run into problems placing both Dwayna and Melandru on this comparison. However I think the relation to Dhuum and Zhaitan and Abbadon and Bubbles is that much stronger considering the circumstances. Abbadon’s own secretive nature mesh’s quite well with how little information we’ve been given on code name “bubbles” and Zhaitan’s stance on death eternal seems to fall in line with Dhuum’s own. Or perhaps Dhuum’s own hatred for the undead arose through his confrontation with the Elder Dragon of Death.

However I would like to point out that this manner of looking at the Elder Dragons does strengthen the argument that the Pale Tree, if not an Elder Dragon perhaps as Champion, could be linked to a Melandru-esque Elder Dragon of Nature.

Now the only God that is difficult to place is effectively Dwayna. The Goddess of Air, Lightning, and Healing. However, I would put forward that this was not necessarily her portfolio thousands of years ago. For instance look at the current changes to the porfolio of the Gods. When the Gods had bound Abbadon, they gave his portfolio of Water to Grenth who became the God of Death and Ice. However if we look at the portfolios now, Anet has actually split Water into two different Portfolios. Ice remains with Grenth, however Lyssa stands as the Goddess of Water (No doubt for its link to reflection, I think fittingly suits the Goddess of Duality).  Could be it be so difficult that our Dwayna could have been a Goddess of Cold at one point? Are not the skies and heights of mountains some of the coldest points of earth? I understand I am drawing a bit here to create a link to Dwayna and Jormag, however with little else to draw upon I see no other reason why she couldn’t be.

And so I bring my long speil to an end to be discussed by you all. Reddit, what are your thoughts on this?