island in the sky area


#mypubliclandsroadtrip stops at Pine Forest Range Wilderness in Northern Nevada for solitude and stargazing.  

The area is an island in the sky rising almost 6,000 feet above the desert floor to peaks that top out at just below 10,000 feet.  The range has been glaciated, and has several cirque lakes which are very uncommon in the Great Basin.  The 4WD access route travels through huge patches of aspen interspersed with meadows. Whitebark and Limber Pine cover the peaks giving the area its name. This part of Nevada is as dark as anywhere in the continental U.S. so the Milky Way is very visible.

Photos by Bob Wick and Rita Ayers, BLM


Resurrection of The Dragon Lord - Sky Island In-Depth

Previously one of 5.0′s most obscure content, there was little explanation or indication as to how this in-game event worked. 5.3 recently did a rework and buff to certain aspects of this particular content, as well as the PVP equipment drop rate.

To begin, Sky Island is Norsvold’s and Iluma’s version of Beritra’s Invasion, except this time round, instead of balaurs, you fight the opposing faction. It is significantly harder as you need the entire server’s effort to trigger it. However, the rewards are extremely gratifying.

In order not to confuse people, I will be splitting it into three sections, Minor, Intermediate and Major.

Minor Invasion

Most of the players should have experienced this first hand by now, the opposing faction guards that spawn randomly through a rift. But their spawn is actually triggered by player action, by killing dynamic mobs.

These are mobs in various colour palettes (notably, the blue crystallized form). The mobs themselves drop a couple of PVE sets themselves which are mostly used for fodder.

The guards (elite and alliance) only drop the following series:

- Boundless Oath (Level 72 & 75)

Intermediate Invasion

This portion actively involves Sky Island, the group of floating islands seen around Norsvold and Iluma. These islands are inaccessible by normal means. The trigger for this event only occurs when players have killed a certain quota of rifting guards.

A notification will appear in the entire region when Sky Island is triggered, a NPC (standing near the Repose charging area) will send players to the nearest triggered Sky Island.

Players who enter one Sky Island will be automatically grouped up with one another and fight waves of elite and alliance guards, until the final commander guard is left. Rewards include:

- 20,000,000 Kinah
- Boundless Oath (Level 72 & 75)
- Boundless Hope (Level 77)
- Boundless Glory (level 80)

In addition, there is a slight chance where a rift to the opposing faction zone will spawn after you have cleared the battle successfully.

Major Invasion

The third wave also has to be triggered, which is done by the amount of Intermediate Invasions that players have cleared successfully. This time round, the opposing faction’s airship literally comes straight up to your doorstep (which will be denoted by an airship icon). A notification will be sent to the whole region 10 minutes before battle commences.

A windstream (also at the similar spot where Intermediate Invasion NPC is) will bring players directly up to the airship. Players will have to take out the waves of opposing faction guards, which hits even harder than the ones from Intermediate Invasion.

Killing the airship commander will bring the Invasion to a successful end. Rewards include:

- 300,000,000 Kinah
- Boundless Hope (Level 77)
- Boundless Glory (Level 80)
- Omega Enchantment Stone
- Supply Bundles

Pieces dropped by the guards are random, and being high daeva equipment, they are tradable. Boundless Oath sets only exist in armour, whereas Boundless Hope and Glory exist in weapons, armour and accessories.

P.S - This also means that an inactive or lazy server will never hope to trigger the second or third phase of the Invasion, as they do not go by a set time, but rather, by the successive actions of players.


The next batch of CoroCoro information has been posted to Japanese forums and this batch showcases more information about the upcoming game Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. While pictures have yet to be posted, the information that has come out is set to reveal Mega Latios, Mega Latias as well as two brand new Megas, Mega Pidgeot and Beedrill. 

  • Mega Pidgeot is Normal/Flying-type with the ability No Guard and Mega Beedrill is Bug/Poison-type with the ability Adaptability. You can fly on Mega Latios & Latias in the overworld and find Pokémon such as Reshiram, Zekrom, Dialga & Palkia in the sky. Latios is exclusive to Omega Ruby and Latias is exclusive to Alpha Sapphire.
  • The Eon Ticket is said to return through a special distribution. This makes Latias available in Omega Ruby and Latios available in Alpha Sapphire. This ticket will be distributed via Serial Code in an upcoming issue
  • The Legendary Pokémon are found on islands that can only be found through areas on the sky and is said to make it so all non-event Legendary Pokémon will be obtainable in Generation VI. You access the sky through the Eon Flute item
  • You can also encounter various other Pokémon in the wild within the clouds over Hoenn.

A vibrant sunset over a carpet of wildflowers at Pine Forest Range Wilderness in northern Nevada. The area is an island in the sky rising almost 6,000 feet above the desert floor to rocky peaks that top out at around 10,000 feet. The range has been glaciated, and has several cirque lakes which are very uncommon in the Great Basin. It makes for some exceptional views, doesn’t it? Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.

A starry moment in a tropical paradise

Nightscape of the Haleakala National Park, near the town of Hana, in the coastal area of Maui, an island of Hawaii. In the sky, winter stars approach the western horizon. Sirius, the brightest star in the Earth night sky, is on the top left. The prominent figure of constellation Orion is to its right, next to Taurus and the Pleiades star cluster (right).

Image credit & copyright: Wally Pacholka


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- Mega Pidgeot is Normal/Flying-type, with the ability No Guard. Attack and Speed increases.

- Mega Beedrill is Bug/Poison-type with the ability Adaptability. Special Attack increases.

- You can fly on Mega Latios and Mega Latias in the overworld and find legendaries such as Reshiram, Zekrom, Dialga, and Palkia.

- The Eon Ticket will return, making Latios available in AS and Latias available in OR.

- The Legendary Pokémon are found at Mythical Places that can only be found in areas in the sky, making them all non-event Legendary Pokémon, the sky is accessed via the Eon Flute item.

- Wild Pokémon can be encountered in the clouds over Hoenn.