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I was recently running through Caledon Forest, where I had 100% completion, when I had a message "[some area name] discovered" pop up. This also revealed the area on my map. It wasn't a point of interest, just a part of the map. Since I already had 100% for the zone, how am I meant to know if I've found all these areas? Do they count towards overall completion, or do they not count for anything?

What factors contribute to world completion?

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I've edited your question to make it a little more generic, aimed at world completion as whole. This is to make it easier for users with the same type of problem to find this question and answer. –  Wipqozn Dec 7 '12 at 20:20
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Those covered areas of the map count toward achievements (Kryta Explorer, Maguuma Explorer, etc.), but not toward World Completion.

The only things that concern your world completion percentage are the Points of Interest, Renown Hearts, Waypoints, Vistas, and Skill Points in the four WvW maps, and the main world (excluding Southsun Cove and Eye of the North). Dungeons don't count toward map completion, so you don't need to worry about those either.

Unfortunately, the only way to know whether or not you've uncovered the entire map in a particular zone is to thoroughly study your own map. You could also compare your map with one from the Wiki, if you are worried you might have missed something.

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Aha, so there are... map-mapping achievements like in the original? Good to know, thanks. –  Rawling Sep 19 '12 at 18:32
    
In Kryta there is another are like this in the south-eastern corner of Queensland, in case you start looking for them :) –  Sadly Not Sep 19 '12 at 18:34
    
@SadlyNot: I think you meant Queensdale (so people don't go running around Brisbane and Sufer's Paradise ;-) ). A hint for those looking for explorer achievements: the newer wiki maps now have lines marking the individual areas within each zone, so if you're missing areas but have map completion, just check the zone maps on the wiki and look for areas that don't have PoIs/hearts/WPs/vistas/skill points in them. Then check your in-game map to see whether any of those are fuzzy (i.e. undiscovered). –  Amos M. Carpenter May 24 '13 at 1:19
    
Yes I meant Queensdale :D –  Sadly Not Jun 4 '13 at 17:08
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