Bergen Trail extends north from Autumn's Rise to the village of Bergen. Multiple paths can be followed to traverse the area. At the bottom of the trail is a resting spot with several traders; it is mentioned in-game that there used to be a meeting place here, but it was removed in anticipation of a future update. This is where Lea has her first duel with Apollo. Halfway up the trail is the Hermit's House, a pub and waypoint for travellers. A few caves can be found throughout the area.
The Hermit's House in Bergen Trail is a small pub located roughly in the middle of the climb. Before the path to the Temple Mine was established this house was the first built by human hands on Bergen Trail. It was named after the owner, who ironically was called Hermit by everyone. He was a founding member of the Venture Alliance faction and set out to explore the mountain all by himself.
As Shadoon was explored more and more, he too ventured forth and left the house. In an effort to provide provisions to Seekers on their way to Bergen and the Temple Mine some villagers opened a pub inside the house which has never closed since it's opened.
Most parts of Bergen Trail can be accessed immediately. However, Abandoned Ground requires the Heat element to enter. The Horncave only unlocks during The Goatfather quest. The Hermit's Basement only unlocks during the Heating the Hermit quest. The secret lab in this area is XBox exclusive and unlocks during the Out of the Box quest. Finally, Excluded Mountain Top is accessed much later on in the plot.
Note that unlike most shops, the Hermit's House shop marks up items to substantially more than twice the selling price, and does not allow you to sell items. You get a discount at the shop after completing the Heating the Hermit quest.
Lea and Emilie arrive at the bottom of Bergen Trail, ready for Lea's duel against Apollo. The two duel, and regardless of the outcome, Apollo accuses Lea of not unlocking the true potential of the Spheromancer class before leaving. Lea and Emilie then log off. The next day, Lea continues up the mountain to Bergen Village, optionally inviting Emilie to her party.
Later, when Lea is pulled out of the Para Island raid by the Blue Avatar, he takes her to an isolated location in Bergen Trail for a duel. Although Sergey tries to help Lea escape, the Blue Avatar counters his attempts, and eventually cancels the duel, replacing it with an unbeatable challenge before teleporting Lea away to Vermillion Wasteland.
Lofty Heights is a secret area located to the northeast of Windy Climb. The path to get here is invisible until you step onto the ledge at the very edge of the map.
By returning with the Heat element, the player can enter the Abandoned Ground and fight Peng King Dakara, an optional miniboss. This fight is required for the A Promise Is a Promise 2 quest, but can be completed without the quest.
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