One Shots: Your moment of zen


When life — and even gaming — gets too hectic, where do you retreat to in order to find some peace and quiet? We posed this question to our One Shots community last week, and readers responded with plenty of tranquil moments from MMOs.

Tranquil moments like reaching out and touching an incorporeal spirit and its tree, apparently. This one is from Natalyia, who says, “Turns out most of my MMO screenshots tend more towards ‘fierce’ than ‘tranquil.’ I do have some nice ones from Black Desert though.”

You want ghosts to infest your house? This is how you get ghosts.

And if you want to de-stress, a tried-and-proven method is to stare at the moon over a glassy sea. The sea forgets all. The sea forgives all. And fish pee in it.

“Here is one of my favorite places to relax in Guild Wars 2,” Redbook said. “It’s a quiet area, away from the busier parts of Amnoon.”

You can count on Hirku to make a case for the Pandaren areas: “The Wandering Isle in World of Warcraft is one of the most tranquil zones I’ve ever quested in. Great story, memorable characters, beautiful music, and of course the landscapes. Bonus points for all of it existing on the back of a giant turtle. Here are two of my favorites from the many, many screenshots I captured of this region. Waiting for that dragon to appear and get in position was anything but tranquil, though.”

And if you find the color pink relaxing, then prepare to slip out of your skin with this one!

“One of my shots from Distant Worlds 2 in Elite: Dangerous,” posted Ryuen. “A pink asteroid belt. In fact, about everything in that system was illuminated pink. It’s all pink in there, even the sun.”

But… does it have pigtails? I’m asking for a friend.

“I’m sneaking in at the 11th hour with a screenshot from this weekend,” said Vexia. “Up to three times a day on my FFXIV server, players show up in droves to hunt elite marks. As we fly from enemy to enemy, everyone’s always showing off their favorite mounts, allowing me to grab a screenshot of our interesting sky parade.”

Well, vacation’s over, people! It’s time to get back to work with another screenshot challenge, and this week I task you with bringing me the heads of my enemies! Or at least a picture of a vanquished foe that seems noteworthy in some regard.

Every week, One Shots shines a spotlight on the best community screenshots from your MMO adventures. If you have a great pic to share, email it to with the subject “One Shots.” Make sure that the picture is over 880px wide and comes with a description or story!

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Hikari Kenzaki

“This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I am not your Lord.”

Hikari Kenzaki

And speaking of the 300 who could forget… Star Trek Online, Pit of Death Edition?

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I also heard you liked heads so we brought you a head.

Hikari Kenzaki

My alternate caption for this was “What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of… actually, the women seem to be getting along just fine…”

Dak Thulhu

I really didn’t expect an anime moment in Elder Scrolls Online, but here we are, with a partially bisected Molag Bal and a magical sword of light wielded by an Argonian Vampire…. I’m trying to remember who the villain of this story is again…


Your character is talking to the spirit of the woman who became the tree to give peace to her lost love in that shot. BDO redid their starting arc recently with three paths. I (may) have an alt issue in that game, so I’ve only tried two of them, but they were fun. That’s from one of them.

“Heads of your enemies?” While I have more shots of “enemies just before I hand them their heads” there are a few notable post-head-handing defeats. We have:
– The Black Spirit who gets entirely too big for it’s britches,
– Revan, who’s just become beside himself in his madness,
– Arcann – ok, we don’t see Arcann in this shot, but the expression is entirely apt for my opinion of that character :)
– Beaumont, who really does get what he deserves

Vincent Clark

You’re just going to have to take my word for it that I vanquished the scary fella behind me, regardless of how petrified I look in this screenshot :)


Bring me the heads of my enemies? Heh. How about I go to SWTOR, the dead planet Ziost and bring you the world Boss? Oh, no. Not his head, his whole damn thing. Heh. Not so eager now are ya?

Meet the Colossal Monolith. You can just call him Mono. As to how Yolie, my Jedi Shadow, brought him here and what he might do, I’ll leave that for you to ponder.

Be careful about what you ask for my friend.

Toy Clown

Molag Bal, begone! For a bit there, I thought he had the upper hand. In the end, this Elder Scrolls Antagonist was vanquished!


I came not to bring peace, but a sword…


The Inquisitor has been known to occasionally kill a few people, but nothing tops slapping her companion Khem Val around. Seeing a monster that literally eats Force-users for breakfast blubber like a baby never gets old, especially after he fails an expensive crafting mission.

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The Inq story is so much fun. It gets a little slow in the middle, but it starts off strong and finishes strong. In fact, I enjoyed that ending more than any other!

Oh, and the Inq becomes very powerful indeed.

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My boyfriend made this for me in Warframe.


Oh wow! Nice! Thanks for sharing this. :)


Fitting. When the host asks us to bring in their heads and we bring in our hearts instead! <3