These days, I spend the vast majority of my harvesting and chasing down dragons. I’m very pleased with the returns I’m getting for the portfolio of crafted items I’m focused on selling, and nothing breaks up farming runs like dancing with dragons.
There are 3 dragons as world bosses in GW2. You can read about them here. They are part of dynamic events, are hella fun and drop decent loot to use, sell or salvage. These continue the “come as you are” activity I’ve enjoyed most about playing GW2. I don’t need a group. I don’t have to be available on specific days at pre-set times. More importantly, I’m not obligated to stay for prolonged periods of time to complete the activity. I simply work them into my gaming session as possible.
If at all possible, I try to do one or two of the dragons as the last activity. The spawn times aren’t exact as they’re impacted by pre-spawn events or have a spawn window, which means you might be standing around for a bit waiting. For that reason, my preference is to be ending with Journag since the event is in a level 80 zone where I can be laying waste to nice clusters of animals in between harvesting nodes and hoping for rare drops to salvage for Globs of Ectoplasm.
After a few runs the activity is as routine as running an instance but with the luxury of showing up unannounced whenever you can. Besides which, I’d be in or near 2 of the 3 zones farming items so it’s a bit of icing on the cake. I wish there were a few more of these world bosses available. This is why I play GW2. For this elevated form of Public Quests I first encountered in Warhammer Online. For me, this is the pinnacle of what this game does well combined with the open questing system. Omnom-nom, more please.