Preliminary Information | The Winter Palace


Entrance to the Winter Palace

The Winter Palace is a location that can only be accessed during the “Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts” main quest. It’s crucial that you complete everything during your first visit, as you won’t be allowed to return later on. Additionally, the game will prevent you from going back to previous areas of the castle while you’re completing the main quest. Therefore, make sure to explore your surroundings thoroughly before talking to new people. Unlike other locations, there aren’t any standard collectibles in the Winter Palace, but instead, you’ll be discovering new and unique types of secrets.

How to unlock the location: On the war map, select the “Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts” operation and spend 30 power points to complete it. This operation becomes available after completing the “From the Ashes” quest.

Recommended experience level: You won’t have to participate in frequent fights during your visit to the Winter Palace. However, there’s one battle you must win and one rift you must close. Depending on your choices, you may also have to fight a boss, but it’s possible to avoid the fight. The suggested experience level for team members is 12-15, but if you plan on avoiding optional fights, you may enter the palace even if your teammates are at level 10-11.

Important notes:

1) There are special types of collectibles in the Winter Palace that provide experience points and are also used for optional quests. Completing side missions and gathering additional objects, such as the elven medallion in the quarters, will also provide you with new dialogue options at the end of the main quest.

2) To gain access to Red Jenny’s Stashes found on site, you must take Sera with you to the Winter Palace.

3) The palace is divided into two parts: one available to everyone and areas reserved only for special guests. While you’re visiting restricted areas, your approval points will gradually drop, and when they’re all gone, you’ll fail the mission. You can renew approval by collecting specific collectibles and completing conversations with important NPCs.

4) There are many closed doors in the Winter Palace that can’t be opened using standard methods. Instead, you must use Halla statues on them. Unfortunately, there are more closed doors in the palace than available statues, so read the guide to find out which doors lead to the rooms with the best loot.

FAQ

What is the Winter Palace?

The Winter Palace is a historic building located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was built in the 18th century and served as the official residence of the Russian monarchs for over 200 years. The palace is known for its Baroque and Neoclassical architecture and is considered one of the most iconic landmarks of the city.

Is the Winter Palace open to the public?

Yes, the Winter Palace is open to the public as a part of the State Hermitage Museum. Visitors can explore the various rooms and exhibitions that showcase the art and history of Russia. The museum is open daily, except for Mondays, and tickets can be purchased online or at the entrance.

What can I expect to see at the Winter Palace?

At the Winter Palace, visitors can expect to see a vast collection of art and artifacts that span from ancient times to modern day. The museum houses over three million items, including works of art by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo, as well as historic artifacts from the Romanov dynasty. The palace itself is also a sight to see, with its grand halls, intricate decorations, and stunning architecture.

Is there a dress code for visiting the Winter Palace?

There is no official dress code for visiting the Winter Palace, but it is recommended to dress modestly and comfortably. Visitors should avoid wearing revealing clothing or items with offensive language or images. Additionally, the palace can get quite chilly in the winter months, so it is recommended to dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes for walking.

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