It seems to appear when you get near enough. But also in other cases, for which I can't guess a pattern yet. It could be after some time spent in the map, or after some percentage of the map has been discovered ...

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    I was wondering this also. I was searching for a cursed chest and was running entirely the wrong way and it appeared. Never went close to the objective but I did explore a lot of the map.
    – Lyrical
    Mar 28 '14 at 10:10
  • I suspect it is connected to a secondary objective "Kill x enemies in the area", but I am not sure.
    – Orc JMR
    Mar 28 '14 at 14:14
  • Could be connected, but it's certainly not appearing systematically at the time you complete that secondary objective (and sometimes there's no such objective, but still a mysterious appearance time).
    – Gnurfos
    Mar 28 '14 at 14:19
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    It seems that it appears either when you're relatively close, or when the game thinks you're lost. For instance, it showed up for me once when I was approaching the entrance to another area.
    – MBraedley
    Mar 28 '14 at 14:29
  • @MBraedley That sounds like what happened with me in the Howling Plateau. I crossed the bridge (Black Canyon Bridge) and it seemed to pop after that showing me to be back the way I came.
    – Lyrical
    Mar 28 '14 at 16:31

It shows up when u are relatively close to the point u need to be. This range increases, as you ACTIVELY run or slay monsters in the area where the bounty has to be done.

If we go deeper: As you maybe know, Bounty Reward Experience also scales with time you are playing. There are different stages of Experience you can get (If i remember right there are 5).

As you progress in the bonus XP you progress in the range the arrow shows up, meaning if you are at bonus stage 1 you need to be very close to get the arrow, if you are at maximum, e.g. 5 you will see the arrow around the whole map.

  • Hum interesting theory. Do you have more information about the thresholds etc (or better: sources) ? I don't think it explains completely the situation become sometimes the arrow appears while you're moving away from the objective fast, and not killing anything.
    – Gnurfos
    Apr 22 '14 at 17:08
  • I don't have a source, but I have done about 2 hours in testing this. In my Test i didn't get the arrow while doing nothing (standing in town), maybe it works if you are doing nothing or moving away in these areas. About the thresholds i couldn't find any specific number, as it seems to need more time if the area, or the bounty target is larger/needs longer to complete than if the area is smaller. Additionally i found out the default range where the arrow shows up seems proportionate bigger in bigger areas (e.g. 100m area -> 10m close: arrow shows, 500m area -> 50m close: arrow shows.
    – Werdli
    Apr 23 '14 at 15:03

By my own testing it seems to be about the time, if you just wait for 30 - 50 seconds the minimap objective marker seems to appear.

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