The Northern Mesa is normally unlocked by purchasing the map in Initium for 5,000 St. It’ll appear in the store after your first visit to the Great Crag. If you want to bypass this purchase, however, you can find a lookout point in the Western Mesa that will unlock the area for free. It’s a small hunk of raised land in the north of the map.

Tabletop Mountains - Fire Drake Trail

- As the area name suggests, you’ll wind up facing Fire Whelps in this area, among other, familiar enemies. Prepare as appropriate.

- You’ll start in the southeast corner of the map. Wander northwest to find a clearing with a few poisonous cacti. Up the ramp on your right you can find an Archwing Egg nest, and if you explore the up-ramp area to the southwest you’ll find a winding path, filled with bushes, that leads to another Archwing Egg nest.

- Return to the clearing and cross a bridge to the north. You’ll find an insect clinging to a column, similar to what you may have seen in the Eastern Mesa. Defeat the enemies that appear (a biiiiig cluster of Stickbugs) to create another bridge, leading west.

- Up a set of rocky stairs you’ll find yet another Archwing Egg nest, nestled into a cluster of grass. South of here is a large, ancient device; approach it and you can freeze the water at its base. You can continue to explore in the northwest, but there’s little to see outside clearing the map.

- Return to the clearing in the northeast, and as soon as you cross the bridge back to the clearing, head west. There’s a sort of narrow alley alongside the raised, grass-bestrewn ground that leads to the ice. You’ll find a Yellow Platform beside the ancient device, a possible Sparkle to the northwest, and a split in the path.

- Head east from the split and you can find a potential Sparkle up the ramp on your right, and to the southeast another Sparkle in a shell. Head west and you’ll find a dead end, and, in all likelihood, finish the map.

- Return to the entrance, head to the clearing in the north, and go up the ramp to the west. In the south, past the second Archwing Egg nest, you can get down on the ice again. From here you can reach a singing stone, as well as its Whispering Shard. It contains the Permafrost charm.

Fire Drake

After you've sold the map to Tabletop Mesa, you can return here and potentially find a large Fire Drake waiting just to the west of the ancient device that froze the water running through the middle of the map. It's similar to the other Drakes you can encounter, and essentially a bigger, tougher version of a normal Whelp. Not quite a boss, but still tough on your first go through the area. The chances of seeing this enemy are small, so you may have to enter and leave this map several times to make it spawn.