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Genshin Impact Dragonspine Zone Guide: How To Break The Ice

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Genshin Impact just received a new major update dubbed “Version 1.2”, complete with a new area: Dragonspine zone. Just like any other online game with F2P elements, it comes with new gameplay mechanics and a chunky new region to explore.

After you’re done collecting an extra 600 Primogems thanks to the downtime, what’s next? What should you be doing? Well, we’re here to help you out with this one handy guide on Genshin Impact’s newest region. Before that, be sure to check out our updated guides.

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Let’s break the Version 1.2 update down:

Unlocking & Leveling Up The Frostbearing Tree

Just like the Statues of the Seven, you can collect special treasures called the Crimson Agate to offer to the Frostbearing Tree for a multitude of rewards. Unlike the statues, these rewards include weapon blueprints, a bottle that will keep you warm and resistant from the Dragonspine Zone’s chill effect, and a new glider skin. In other words, more useful.

Here’s what you need to do to unlock the tree.

Investigate the strange ice

To unlock the tree, you will need to finish the main quests surrounding Dragonspine. Proceed with the quest Princeps Cretaceus Chapter. You’ll eventually get to the new Dragonspine region in search of alchemist/painter/new husbando material Albedo. Just up the road from Snow Covered Path, you’ll find the first teleport waypoint. Closeby there will be an object frozen in ice.

To unlock it, you need to harness the warm fiery powers of the Scarlet Quartz. It’s one of the only ways to survive the freezing cold of Dragonspine; find a deposit in the area, break it, then claim the Scarlet Quartz to gain quartz power.

Once you gain it, you also get the ability to attack and break specific objects encased in Dragonspine ice. This is how you thaw the Frostbearing Tree.

From here on, you can now acquire Crimson Agates to offer to the tree. There are hundreds of them around Dragonspine, so happy hunting! Here are the locations (via Genshin Impact Map).


Unlocking The Peak of Vindagnyr

Genshin Impact’s latest domain (where you can use your resin to farm the dungeon) is not that easy to unlock, but it’s worth it thanks to the big artifact rewards that boost Cryo damage. You need to not only travel around Dragonspine a lot, but also dispel magical wind, and climb a tall-as-heck and cold-laden mountain.

Start The “Into The Mountains” Quest

In the Adventurer’s Camp at the base of Dragonspine, you’ll find an NPC named Iris who tasks you with solving the riddle at Dragonspine’s summit. Accept the quest from her.

Find The Wind Passage

There will be a passage just beyond the Statue of the Seven (at the top of the summit) that you cannot enter because of the howling winds. You need to dispel these winds. To do that, you need to go to three locations in Dragonspine containing floating ice crystals.

Break the first ice crystal

It’s actually where the Frostbearing Tree is. We have the guide for that right above this one. Go check it out!

Break the second ice crystal

The second crystal is located at a diamond-shaped clearing in Wyrmrest Valley. You know you’re at the correct place when you see elemental pillars and a cube-shaped device all arranged in a ritualistic fashion.

You’ll need to solve a puzzle here; be sure to bring a Pyro and Cryo party member for this (via Reddit). 

Break the third ice crystal

The third crystal is in Starglow Cavern. When you enter the cave, you’ll find a path that goes upward and downward. Take the downward path to the bottom of the cave. Your landmarks are a Challenge Pillar surrounded by three Seelie pedestals.

There’s a forcefield that is protecting the ice crystal. Here’s how to dispel it:

Go Through The Wind Passage To Break More Ice Crystals

Once you are done with the three crystals, teleport to the wind passage; it’s where the sole Statue of the Seven in Dragonspine is. You can now pass through. Unfortunately, you will need to break three other ice crystals, and that requires quite a bit of mountain-climbing across the peaks of Dragonspine.

Once you’ve unlocked the Peak of Vindagnyr domain, you can teleport back and forth to the area; you might as well talk to Iris to complete the quest.


Score A Free 4-Star Claymore By Unlocking All 8 Ancient Carvings

Throughout your trekking in Dragonspine, you will come across ancient carvings (see above). Finding eight of these will net you a four-star claymore called Snow-Tombed Starsilver.

Here are the locations for all eight of them (via Reddit’s TriNity696):

One of these ancient carvings (the one on the southeast above the “Skyfrost Nail” map name) is locked behind a secret door that requires three Priest boxes to unlock. Here’s a video from ON Game that will teach you how to unlock it.

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