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Dragonspine is an area in the southeastern part of Mondstadt. It is a vast mountain, engulfed with ancient ruins and snow-capped areas, and also containing the remains of Durin. The mountain was historically known as Vindagnyr prior to Durin's fall.

There are some peculiarities with how the snow gathers but never melts on the mountain. Due to its extreme cold, Dragonspine is also one of the most dangerous places in Mondstadt.

History

This is Dragonspine, an enormous mountain that holds the remains of the venomous dragon, Durin, who fell here after the battle with Dvalin. Few adventurers dare attempt to conquer this unforgiving environment marked by deep snow, sheer cold, poisonous blood, and monsters. But such things will not dissuade the star-faring Traveler from journeying here...[1]

Albedo suspects that the sword Festering Desire is related to the dragon Durin, and may draw its power from the dragon's venom.

Before Durin

There is evidence of a civilization inhabiting the mountain before Durin. Much of the archaeological remains are centered on the Entombed City - Ancient Palace. There are also records contained on Ancient Carvings; and in the descriptions of the weapon Snow-Tombed Starsilver, as well as the catalyst Frostbearer; and of the Princess' Box, Priest's Box, and Scribe's Box; as well as frescos within the Mural Room where the Snow-Tombed Starsilver is found.

Together they tell of a kingdom, a princess gifted with the power to foretell through visions and painting, and of a tragedy or fall of that kingdom. The fall is brought about by the Skyfrost Nail which falls and destroys the silver ley line tree on the mountain- this causes the change in climate from verdant to frostbitten. Artifacts found in Dragonspine tell the story of the Princess and people of that time, and the story of an outlander entrusted with the Starsilver weapon - when the outlander returns from his quest he finds the city dead and abandoned, and leaves the weapon in the secret chamber.

The decoded messages ("Record of Serial No.") found on broken Ruin Guards in the region may also be related, but also may relate to the fall of Khaenri'ah, from where Ruin Guards originate.

Mechanics

Subzero Climate

All of Dragonspine is affected by Subzero Climate. Grass does not burn, and players can gain the Sheer Cold gauge. Traveling in certain parts of Dragonspine or swimming will accelerate Sheer Cold accumulation. When the Sheer Cold gauge is full, the active character loses HP over time. Players can mitigate or avoid the effects of Sheer Cold with Goulash and sources of warmth.

Ancient Rimes

Ancient Rimes are unique blocks of ice with patterns on them that cannot be melted with Pyro attacks. Only by breaking a nearby Scarlet Quartz ore vein and imbuing oneself with its power will one be able to break Ancient Rime. The power dissipates after 25s and the ore vein regenerates after 15s.

Ice Blocks

Throughout Dragonspine, there are small blocks of ice scattered all over the area. These can be melted with Pyro, which often results in something appearing from them:

Subareas

Notable Features

World Quests

Puzzle Quests

  • Secret Room - A room unlocked by gathering quest objects.

Lore

Enemies

Domains

Bosses

Items

NPCs

Points of Interest

Adventurer Camp

A camp between the path from Dadaupa Gorge to Dragonspine occupied by several NPCs affiliated with Mondstadt's Adventurers' Guild.

Albedo's Campsite

A small laboratory outpost that can be found along the path from Entombed City - Ancient Palace to Entombed City - Outskirts.

Snow-Covered Path

The path leading up the mountain is not as steep as expected, but it's coated in ice the whole way, so you still have to be careful! It's so cold here that even the grass won't burn. It feels like every few steps we are looking for the next heat source to warm back up, and if we didn't, then we certainly won't last long out here.[2]

Frostbearing Tree

Obtain Crimson Agates and offer them to the Frostbearing Tree in exchange for rewards.

Raise the Frostbearing Tree to Lv. 4 to obtain the blueprint for the "Warming Bottle" gadget.

Raise the Frostbearing Tree to Lv. 10 to obtain the blueprint for the 4-star Catalyst "Frostbearer".

At Lv. 8, the Crimson Wish system can be activated to acquire more Crimson Agate.

Entombed City - Ancient Palace

An ancient city that lies silent beneath the eternal ice.

Look for clues and investigate the secret of a now-destroyed kingdom: Snow-Tombed Starsilver.

Starglow Cavern

A great cavern spanning the depths of Dragonspine. Peculiar glowing vegetation grows throughout the cavern, illuminating even the deepest, darkest passages with its frigid glow.

Skyfrost Nail

Skyfrost Nail is the area of Dragonspine's peak. Unlocking access to this area is part of the World Quest "In the Mountains". Attempting to access this area early by scaling Dragonspine will result in Paimon remarking that it's far too cold before the player is forced to teleport away.

Wyrmrest Valley

The final resting place of the black dragon. The life force exuding from the dragon's core has dyed the steep valley's silvery snow in scarlet red. Has a glowing red cave of interest.

Entombed City - Outskirts

Outskirts of an Ancient City.

Gallery

Videos

Pre-1.2 Media

Other Media

Soundtrack

Vortex of Legends.jpg

Vortex of Legends was posted onto the official YouTube channel, Spotify and iTunes/Apple Music on April 2, 2021. It is the fifth Genshin Impact album to be released, featuring 17 tracks from composer Yu-Peng Chen @HOYO-MiX, that were added to the game in Version 1.2 for the Dragonspine area.

Trivia

  • Much of Dragonspine's story, lore, and history were deliberately left ambiguous to allow players to develop their own interpretations of what happened. In "Snow-Covered Path" — Behind the Scenes of Dragonspine (3:50 – 4:37), open world level designer Xiao Ao says, "To enrich the experience of the Dragonspine story, we would take the core themes of Dragonspine — namely the Skyfrost Nail and the bygone civilization — and represent them from many angles. [...] In the end, the player develops their own interpretation of what happened."

Change History

Released in Version 1.2
Version 1.5

Version 1.2

  • Dragonspine was released.

References

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