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Secrets of the Forest Guide

This is the third adventure in the Peaks of Time. It’s also the second that rewards an artifact.

Every time you defeat an enemy in this adventure a vine will grow in a set place that will block your path.

This isn’t really much of an issue for the first 3 treasure chests, but for the last one you will only be able to defeat a certain amount of enemies before it is permanently blocked off and you’ll have to restart.

It’s impossible to get the last treasure by defeating all of the enemies that are in the way.

So how do we get around this? You need to be “Blessed” by the forest, which will open up a hidden path to the artifact.

You can receive the blessing by completing the “Trial of the Forest”, which is an enemy team that you must defeat.

Sounds easy, eh? But there’s a catch; you have to win the fight with only Wilders heroes.

New Cheese Strat to Disable Vines


For some reason, battling the five enemies below will permanently stop anymore vines from growing on the map. Once you’ve defeated the 5th enemy, you can just make your way to the chest easily.

However, some treasure chests are locked behind bushes, so you’ll need to defeat the wilders team to remove them if you want to 100% the adventure.

Credit to u/Mwar_ on Reddit for this.

Artifact Reward


Artifact reward for completion

Getting the Last Treasure (Old Intended Way)


Follow this path:

Interact with the encampment.

It turns into this:

Pass the trial by defeating the enemy with a Wilders team:

Tip: You only need to win the battle with a full Wilders team. If you don’t have a strong enough team of Wilders, then you can use another team to kill a few enemies off and then do the battle again with your Wilders heroes. As shown below:

Once defeated, a hidden path will open up.

You simply need to follow the path to the treasure, but there’s one more Elite enemy to defeat:

Then head through the openings in the bushes:

You’ve made it! Phew. That was a lot of hassle.

Time to claim your prize!

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Miyamota
Miyamota
2 months ago

I don’t think the second method was unintended. After you defeat that specific camp it gives you a message that says “The growth remains unchanged” or something along those lines. I think this is just an alternate method they gave us or perhaps even the real intended method. Either way I don’t believe it was unintended at all.

Ras
Ras
2 months ago

Did they change the map? I can’t find 4 and 5 for the Cheese method

Logan
Logan
3 months ago

Cheese method still works, took a couple tries though.

Sisi
Sisi
6 months ago

I can’t complete this one because they don’t let me doing that… They don’t open the way to going to the last battle…. what is happen? 🙁

Megawizard
Megawizard
Reply to  Sisi
6 months ago

You could close the adventure and follow the steps mention above, because you may have not used all wilder heroes or three wilder heroes, mine opened up because I used three wilder heroes, good luck with that though, wilders are weak and have low hitpoints

Coical Cecil
Coical Cecil
6 months ago

Today 25th of January 2020 cheese still worked, the vines did not grow again, after killing the 5 mentioned camps.
For unlocking the path I recruited 2 Wilders and I tried to get as many CC or enemy rendering artifacts. In the end I could beat the camp with all wilders and unlock the paths. (might need a few resets to get wilders as recruit)

Discordia
Discordia
6 months ago

You can’t.. after 5 battles the chest gets blocked off.. it doesn’t matter which 5 battles they are.. there are only 5 growths. So you have to unlock the forest path or it’s impossible to get 100 %

Kaze
Kaze
Reply to  Discordia
6 months ago

Then you’re doing it wrong. Worked fine for me.

Rain
Rain
Reply to  Discordia
4 months ago

Dont touch the camp only enemy

Aidan
Aidan
7 months ago

YOU ONLY NEED 3 WILDER TO GET THE PATH OPEN…NOT A WHOLE TEAM OF THEM.
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Franz
Franz
Reply to  Aidan
7 months ago

Before yes, a few patchs before they changed that.

Mekkie
Mekkie
8 months ago

So I beat the trial of the forest with a team that only had 3 wilders (and two non-wilders) and still got the hidden paths opened. So it doesn’t need to be a full team of wilders.

Samuel Leyva
Samuel Leyva
8 months ago

Try it but mostly 8 only won cause I got a wilder from the camp

Lifeordeath2
Lifeordeath2
9 months ago

I don’t get it. There is another camp before you get to the 4th on the cheese strat

doowtsew
doowtsew
10 months ago

Oct 8, 2019
How to finish this quest?
I think all the tips are not anymore working.
Thanks! :beg:

PuddyLex
PuddyLex
Reply to  doowtsew
9 months ago

I just used these tips, but take the five camps out first so the vines stop growing then take out the camp with all wilders and then get the artifact 😁

doowtsew
doowtsew
Reply to  PuddyLex
9 months ago

Thanks man, I already got the artifact! Hehe. 😎

Dylan Stewart
Dylan Stewart
10 months ago

This artifact actually got nerfed it seems. 15% for 3 seconds instead of the 25%

Rei
Rei
10 months ago

Use non-wilder team to weaken enemies: *kills all of them*
Use wilder team to finish: *literally can’t kill any enemy even though they have been weakened*
I-????

Aluna
Aluna
11 months ago

The cheese strat no longer works as of Sept 5th 2019. If you fight the 5 in order and nothing else, the artifact is covered in vines and it will tell you that you are too late.

Fitsoul
Fitsoul
Reply to  Aluna
11 months ago

literally just used the cheese strat, still workd

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Fitsoul
7 months ago

Me too

Buckshot
Buckshot
Reply to  Aluna
10 months ago

Still works as of 9/16/19

Lyku
Lyku
Reply to  Aluna
10 months ago

Works as of 20 minutes ago.

Summerbot
Summerbot
Reply to  Aluna
10 months ago

Works as of 5 minutes ago

Tony
Tony
Reply to  Aluna
10 months ago

Still works as of 10/9/19

PuddyLex
PuddyLex
Reply to  Aluna
9 months ago

Still works on the 10/16-19

Death dealer
Death dealer
Reply to  PuddyLex
7 months ago

Doesn’t work anymore as of 12/31/19

sanzoukyou
sanzoukyou
Reply to  Death dealer
6 months ago

Works as of 09/02/2020

Derp
Derp
Reply to  Aluna
6 months ago

Still works as of ten seconds ago.

AloyAWJx
AloyAWJx
1 year ago

Actually use the new cheese strat to stop vines from growing, then get full relics so that your wilder’s team wins the AI match up, and then you can get 100%

Bay
Bay
Reply to  AloyAWJx
1 year ago

What new cheese strat. I keep trying to soften them up with my stronger team but no matter what, when I go back in the enemies are all refreshed.

Jay
Jay
Reply to  Bay
1 year ago

You should kill a few and all your team die. then use the all wilders team.

Carlos
Carlos
1 year ago

I’ve been doing it all week on different ways, still nothing as result 😵😡😡😡😡😡😡 that could be a big?

Frantic Katana
Frantic Katana
Reply to  Carlos
1 year ago

Follow the guide and check the tents for Wilder heroes. You can tap on them to see, just like in Arcane Labyrinth. If you don’t get Wilder in both tents, close and restart.
If your team is still not strong enough, clear the rest of the level, collecting the rewards to use to level up your main team, then try for the artifact last. This is how I did it.

magicfireflame
magicfireflame
1 year ago

Oh my god THANK YOU. That cheese method was the only way I was able to 100% and get the artifact.

KutsalMorfin
KutsalMorfin
1 year ago

this is really hard I don’t have a Wilders team.

MrNo1
MrNo1
1 year ago

How can I get all the treasure? I have the artifact but not all some are still close …

Divinus
Divinus
Reply to  MrNo1
1 year ago

You have to beat the Wilder team in order to 100% the map

Jackie
Jackie
1 year ago

Thank you! Finally beat it using this giide

Space Cowboy
Space Cowboy
1 year ago

FYI: you most certainly can use another team to weaken/kill a few members of the Wilder party enemies, and then finish them off with your all Wilder team. What matters is the final victory is achieved with the full Wilder party.

Peezle
Peezle
1 year ago

Am I able to use Athalia in Trail of the Forest, or do I have to only use the Wilders?

Kauzi
Kauzi
Reply to  Peezle
1 year ago

You can’t use Athalia, it HAS to be Wilder heroes

nensc
nensc
1 year ago

so if the vine already grew somewhere, and then you beat the wilders team, the vines wont disappear?

Lylandra
Lylandra
Reply to  nensc
1 year ago

no

jajaja
jajaja
1 year ago

Got the artifact by using the cheese strat and has since then also beaten every other stage except the wilder only stage. I can beat it no problem with my main team, but then the bushes wont disappear and i wont be able to collect the last 3 coin chests behind bushes and also the final crystal chest on at the top left. and i tried using the strat shown here by bringing in weaker heroes to kill off a few and then die and then go in and finish it with wilders and it doesnt work because i dont… Read more »

CasualNaps
CasualNaps
Reply to  jajaja
1 year ago

Build your Wilder team. The game is designed so that you ultimately have to have a solid team from each faction. You can still have your A-Team but you should build the other faction heroes up as well. The other way to do this, if you refuse to build a full Wilder team on your own is to clear the map first and pick the best Wilder heroes from the hero carts to fill out your Wilder roster. I can’t field a full Wilder team by themselves (I only have Arden, Nemora and Lyca) so I picked up Ulmus and… Read more »

Roshee
Roshee
Reply to  jajaja
1 year ago

Build up a team that will heavily weaken but not entirely kill the enemy team. Best outcome is to snipe the Nemoras and weaken the rest. When the Battle ends, scrape together all wild heroes incl. the picups, equip then properly and mop up the survivors.

I´d recomment not to use your “A-Team” for the first part, if you rely on it to clear the camps between the bushes and the treasures though.

Notaduck
Notaduck
Reply to  jajaja
1 year ago

It’s also worth noting that once you’ve explored the map you can restart it repeatedly and check the wagons before bothering to do anything. I had a legendary Arden, and 2 elite tanks (Ulmus and Seirus I think) at lvl 103 and so just kept rerolling for some damage and wound up with Eironn and Lyca. Between them and clearing the rest of the maps for relics I was golden.

AllMenMustComment
AllMenMustComment
Reply to  jajaja
10 months ago

AFK devs designing something that’s a blatant ripoff intended to make you sink money into the game? I’m shocked SHOCKED I tell you. Like pretty much everything after a certain level of progression, the AI enemies are overpowered out the ass. I have a team of 5 Wilders that are all lvl. 120+ in addition to enough other lvl 120+ to run two full teams at the Dura team before my Wilders even take a shot. I can’t even get close to defeating them—and by that I mean the entire goddamn Dura team wipes me out, finishing with 100% health… Read more »

Fritz
Fritz
1 year ago

Actually i just beat all enemies on the map and the vines isnt going to block you, and for the wilder team, beat some with your normal heores then change to all wilder to give the finishing blow. You can get 2 wilder from the camp

Stonecutter
Stonecutter
Reply to  Fritz
1 year ago

Hoping someone can help. I’m stuck at 74% with one big chest completely blocked and 3 gold chests blocked as well. Can’t figure out how to reach them.

https://ibb.co/M7YFPfv
https://ibb.co/sKhqNWv

Any help would be appreciated!

bupk1s
bupk1s
Reply to  Stonecutter
1 year ago

it only unlocks if you beat that one stage with wilder only heroes

jajaja
jajaja
1 year ago

yeah the enemy team comps in this one is way too broken
and getting unlucky with relic drops on every restart so cant beat it.

Andrava
Andrava
1 year ago

i made it, thank you for the guides
even tough my hero level is only 100, but i made it through 100% with the guide from u/Mwar_ on Reddit

LeChef
LeChef
1 year ago

What kind of levels and gear to beat the All Wilder fight? The double Kaz and Nemera rake even my no wilder A team.

Bray
Bray
1 year ago

My team isn’t strong enough to beat the wildest, I’ve tried with my normal team and they kill me in seconds and I do 0 damage

Max
Max
1 year ago

.. the suggestion from mwb works perfectly and ideally should be put in this as an alternate path to finishing this map. This is a much easier approach and requires much lower level heroes to clear.

https://www.reddit.com/r/afkarena/comments/biwo43/peaks_of_time_secrets_of_the_forest/
for pictures and reference

Praynr
Praynr
1 year ago

This works. Be sure to kill the right camp at the number 4 picture. If you can’t win with a wilder team you can weaken the camp with your main squad then finish them with a wilder team (what I did)

Anti-Bull
Anti-Bull
1 year ago

mwb, you don’t know what you’re talking about. You only have 4 turns before the artifact gets blocked. Idk what you’re on about with the vine being stuck. It does not work like that, many have tried. Unless you can prove it with a video. If you do, post the video link here.

Praynr
Praynr
Reply to  Anti-Bull
1 year ago

You don’t know what you’re talking about. Do the three camps. Kill with wilder team. Clear the 4th camp and it opens a path all the way to the chest. BEFORE the vine has overtaken.

Banana
Banana
Reply to  Anti-Bull
1 year ago

I just did this. It’s how I passed it. It works.

Levine
Levine
1 year ago

Hello, I tried following steps 1-4 but the hidden path is still blocked, is there a change ??

Hermiona
Hermiona
1 year ago

I was losing my mind trying to get the last treasure, thanks for this guide. Seems like I’m too weak to beat this now anyway.

Nephalem
Nephalem
Reply to  Hermiona
1 year ago

Same here … Just reached lvl 121 with my main team and get roasted by this forest team whatever I do :).

Jean
Jean
1 year ago

Thanks for the help. I didnt pay attention and killed the group with other heroes and cant open the last chests. Is there a way to reset this peak? Or did i lose the relic forever?

IOANNIS Markouizos
IOANNIS Markouizos
Reply to  Jean
1 year ago

I did everything but the path doesnt opened

a simple traveller
a simple traveller
Reply to  IOANNIS Markouizos
1 year ago

You’re supposed to do it in the four turns, it doesn’t undo the growth, it gives you a chance to speed through. So you need to to kill the wilders in the first 3 battles and get to the chest within the first 4. You can’t go through the entire map first then finish them last, I figured that out the hard way

mwb
mwb
Reply to  a simple traveller
1 year ago

After trying a lot of different things out, I figured out that this isn’t the case – essentially, if your Wilders team is too weak, it’s possible to pick up pretty much all but 1 relic on the map before the all-Wilder fight. Before doing anything else on the map, fight to the two encampments (top of the map, and near the all-Wilder group). Once that is done, it seems to lock the vine growth at 4/5, allowing you to complete the rest of the map, with the two last fights being the all-Wilder fight, and the top left encampment… Read more »

JC
JC
1 year ago

please make guide for Dura’s Drape artifact