Wintersday 2012 is the second holiday event to occur in Guild Wars 2. It was introduced in the Wintersday: The Wondrous Workshop of Toymaker Tixx game release. A short teaser was released prior to the event.
“The nights may be long and dark, but Tyrians of all races keep joy alive during the ancient holiday of Wintersday. While each race celebrates Wintersday in their own unique way, children all over Tyria share a common love of one thing: toys.
This year the city of Lion’s Arch will host the asuran Toymaker Tixx as their special Wintersday guest of honor. Before Tixx arrives in Lion’s Arch in his massive airship toy workshop, he’ll visit every major city in Tyria to deliver Wintersday toys and holiday cheer.
— Official website
A brief list of the Wintersday event features:
- Mysterious Presents spawn in all zones
- 275 new crafting recipes, including Wintersday recipes
- New Wintersday items in the Gem Store: Wintersday Mystery Boxes, Festive Town Clothes, Wintery Weapon Skins
- A new jumping puzzle: Winter Wonderland
- New Wintersday activities: Snowball Mayhem and Bell Choir
- New Wintersday dungeon: Tixx's Infinirarium
- WvW Siege Weapons will become Wintersday themed
- New Wintersday PvP finishers
- Wintersday themed mini events scattered around the world
|Location||Date||PST||EST (NA)||GMT||CET||IRST||JST||EDT (AU)|
|The Grove||December 15, 2012||10:00||13:00||18:00||19:00||21:30||03:00 (+1 day)||05:00 (+1 day)|
|Divinity's Reach||December 16, 2012||10:00||13:00||18:00||19:00||21:30||03:00 (+1 day)||05:00 (+1 day)|
|Black Citadel||December 17, 2012||10:00||13:00||18:00||19:00||21:30||03:00 (+1 day)||05:00 (+1 day)|
|Hoelbrak||December 18, 2012||10:00||13:00||18:00||19:00||21:30||03:00 (+1 day)||05:00 (+1 day)|
|Rata Sum||December 19, 2012||10:00||13:00||18:00||19:00||21:30||03:00 (+1 day)||05:00 (+1 day)|
|Lion's Arch||December 20, 2012||10:00||13:00||18:00||19:00||21:30||03:00 (+1 day)||05:00 (+1 day)|
|Lion's Arch: Toypocalypse||December 20, 2012 - January 3, 2013||10:00||13:00||18:00||19:00||21:30||03:00 (+1 day)||05:00 (+1 day)|
Tixx's Infinirarium dungeon
- The Grove - Caledon Path, east of Caledon Waypoint
- Divinity's Reach - Plaza of Dwayna, next to Dwayna Waypoint
The special event article tracks the progress of Wintersday 2012.
Piles of Magic Snow can be found around Tyria under floating snow dispensers. Players can build a Magic Snowman from the snow, which spawns several snowballs. This adds to the Cold-Weather Friend achievement.
- Apprentice Toymaker — Show your seasonal spirit by completing any twelve Wintersday achievements.
- Cold-Weather Friend — Build snowmen with magic snow dispensers hidden all around Tyria.
- Special instances
- Wintersday Cheermeister — Spread joy atop the frigid heights of Winter Wonderland.
- Gift Bringer — Return gifts in Snowball Mayhem
- Gift Stopper — Stop gift bringers in Snowball Mayhem
- Ring In the Season — Play the correct notes in Bell Choir Ensemble
- Become the Bells — Complete songs in Bell Choir Ensemble
- Toyshop dungeons
- Sylvari Suprise — Help out at Tixx's workshop in the Grove
- Disaster Derailed — Help out at Tixx's workshop in Divinity's Reach
- Charitable Charr — Help out at Tixx's workshop in the Black Citadel
- Help in Hoelbrak — Help out at Tixx's workshop in Hoelbrak
- Honorary Krewe Member — Help out at Tixx's workshop in Rata Sum
- Smash the Town — Destroy every miniature piece of Tixx's toy diorama. (Dungeon instance only; not in the Toypocalypse activity.)
- Toypocalypse Canceled — Survive the Toypocalypse without losing any gift dolyaks.
- Not Toying Around — Survive 50 waves of Toypocalypse