Watchstones are Atlas Region Upgrade Item for the Atlas of Worlds system. In which, some of them are classified as quest items and not tradeable. They were introduced in the Conquerors of the Atlas expansion. They are used to upgrade a region’s map tiers and add new map bases. 32 non-unique Watchstones can be collected from the Atlas.
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On moving up map tiers:
You can do any zone you like, if you have one zone higher than the others all the highest map drops will come from that zone, you just need to get close enough in level with one of your existing maps that something valid could drop.
For example, you should already have some maps in your completion pool from doing them with no stones, you just have to roll map drops high enough for the drop to match something in the new pool.
I.e. you run your 1–4 maps, upgrade to 5–9 with one stone, you’ll start getting 5s of those maps if you kill elites/bosses in your old T3/4s etc. If you “roll” 1–4 on your map drop you’ll get something from one of the other 1–4 zones, but every 5+ roll will be a map from your newly upgraded zone.
I’m seeing a lot of confusion about how to upgrade your Atlas, with some of us running hundreds of maps and not successfully moving the quest along. The game doesn’t really provide that clear of instructions on how to go about it, so I figured i would post a quick guide.
Step 1: Complete maps in the four corner quadrants of your Atlas until you get influence.
The four corner quadrants are the areas with a green checkmark. Do them until you see influence, like in my bottom left quadrant in the screnshot. You will know it is influenced when the Atlas area changes color (red, green, etc..).
Step 2: Do random maps that are inside of the influenced quadrant.
To progress the quest you now must do maps inside the influenced quadrant. You need to do 3 maps where your Elderslayer is present, which are random. This means you can not spam the same map over and over, but instead must mix up which you do (for example, mine were in Park -> Toxic Sewers -> Moon Temple). There will be special abilities and mobs present, with the Elderslayer talking randomly, if you are in one where he is present. Find him successfully in 3 maps and you will move on to the next step.
Step 3: Talk to Officer Kirac.
After completing the 3 maps the Elderslayer is in, you must now talk to Officer Kirac in your hideout to progress the quest. After speaking with him you should have a Citadel on your Atlas, shown below.
Now on to the next step…
Step 4: Talk to Zana.
Now talk to Zana, and you should see a new option to “Travel to x Citadel”, shown above. Clicking this option opens up new portals to a map from the influenced quadrant, which you will clear like a normal map. After killing the final boss, a new portal will open, shown below.
Go through it.
Step 5: Kill the Elderslayer.
You will now be in an arena, simply kill the Elderslayer to progress.
Step 6: Loot the Watchstone.
Step 7: Socket the Watchstone.
Congrats, you’ve successfully upgraded a section of your atlas! Now on to the final step…
Step 8: Repeat.
Now go do the other corners.