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A release is a game update that introduces content pertaining to a theme or event. These themes include holiday events and narratives that tell a story of the world of Tyria. The releases are often accompanied by other changes to the game, such as bug fixes, profession rebalancing in PvP, new activities, and themed items in the Gem Store.

List of releases[edit]

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Guild Wars 2[edit]

Season 1

Season 1

Release Features
Bosses.pngJumping Puzzles.pngShadow of the Mad King.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
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Special event
Daily PvP Achievement.pngMonthly PvP Achievement.pngFractals of the Mists (achievements).pngSpecial event (map icon).png
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Special event
Wintersday achievement.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
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Special event
Flame and Frost.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
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April 1, 2013
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Special event
  • Super Adventure Box, an activity reminiscent of old school platformers with a special skill set and pixel enemies, featuring Infantile and Normal Modes of World 1
Flame and Frost.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Secret of Southsun.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Secret of Southsun.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Dragon Bash (achievements).pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Sky Pirates.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Belcher's Bluff (achievements).pngBazaar of the Four Winds.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
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Special event
Support Ellen Kiel.pngSupport Evon Gnashblade.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Crab Toss.pngSanctum Sprint.pngSouthsun Survival.pngQueen Jennah's Jubilee.pngThe Queen's Gauntlet.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
  • The Crown Pavilion is opened, featuring a gladiatorial arena celebrating the human spirit along with the challenging solo boss fight arenas of the Queen's Gauntlet
  • Wallet to hold all account currencies
  • Champion and daily dungeon rewards
  • Daily activity rotation
  • Solo arena queue in structured PvP
Clockwork Chaos (achievements).pngEmissary Vorpp's Field Assistant.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Super Adventure Box.pngSuper Adventure Box.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
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Special event
Tequatl.pngBoss Week.png
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Special event
Twilight Arbor Aetherpath.pngTwilight Assault.png
World vs World.pngBlood and Madness.png
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Special event
Tower of Nightmares.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
The Nightmares Within.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Fractals of the Mists (achievements).pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Wintersday achievement.pngThe Nightmare Is Over.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
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Special event
Triple Trouble.pngThe Origins of Madness.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
World vs World.pngEdge of the Mists.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Escape from Lion's Arch.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Battle for Lion's Arch.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
World vs World.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
Intermission

Intermission

Release Features
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Feature pack
Festival of the Four Winds.pngThe Queen's Gauntlet.pngSpecial event (map icon).png
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Special event
Season 2

Season 2

Release Features
Gates of Maguuma.pngDry Top.png
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Disturbance in Brisban WildlandsFallen HopesTracking the Master of PeaceCorneredProsperity's Mystery
Entanglement.pngDry Top.png
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Scarlet's Secret RoomDiscovering Scarlet's BreakthroughThe Concordia IncidentTrouble at Fort SalmaThe Machine
The Dragon's Reach, Part 1.pngExplorer.png
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Rallying CallUprooting the Iron MarchesThe Waypoint ConundrumSummit InvitationsPlan of Attack
The Dragon's Reach, Part 2.pngDry Top.png
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Party PoliticsRecalibrating the WaypointsTaimi and the AsuraThe World Summit
Basic Collections.pngRare Collections.pngBlack Lion Collections.pngWorld vs World.png
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Feature pack
Blood and Madness.pngBlood and Madness.pngBasic Collections.pngBlack Lion Collections.png
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Special event
Echoes of the Past.pngThe Silverwastes.pngBasic Collections.pngRare Collections.png
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The Ghosts of Fort Salma  → Reunion with the Pact  → Caithe's Reconnaissance Squad  → Hidden Arcana
Tangled Paths.pngThe Silverwastes.pngBasic Collections.png
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Return to Camp Resolve  → Tracking the Aspect Masters  → Into the Labyrinth
Seeds of Truth.pngThe Silverwastes.pngBasic Collections.pngBasic Collections.png
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The Newly Awakened  → Meeting the Asura  → No Refuge
Wintersday achievement.pngBasic Collections.pngBasic Collections.pngBasic Collections.pngRare Collections.png
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Special event
Point of No Return.pngThe Silverwastes.pngBasic Collections.pngBasic Collections.png
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Arcana Obscura  → Pact Assaulted  → The Mystery Cave

Heart of Thorns[edit]

Release Features
Heart of Thorns Act 1.pngHeart of Thorns Act 2.pngHeart of Thorns Act 3.pngHeart of Thorns Act 4.pngVerdant Brink.pngAuric Basin.pngTangled Depths.pngDragon's Stand.pngMastery Insights.pngSpecializations (achievements).pngBasic Collections.pngRare Collections.pngSpecialization Collections.pngLegendary Weapons.pngLegendary Backpacks.pngDaily Fractals.pngFractals of the Mists (achievements).png
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Expansion pack
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16 story steps
Post Heart of Thorns

Post Heart of Thorns

Release Features
October 23, 2015
Shadow of the Mad King
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Spirit Vale (achievements).pngLegendary Armor.pngLegendary Weapons.png
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Raid
Legendary Backpacks.pngLegendary Backpacks.pngLegendary Backpacks.pngLegendary Backpacks.png
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Competitive
December 15, 2015
A Very Merry Wintersday
Wintersday achievement.png
The Shatterer.png
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Quarterly Update
Spirit Vale (achievements).png
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Raid
Hub.jpg
April 1, 2016
Super Adventure Box.png
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Special event
Legendary Weapons.pngLegendary Backpacks.png
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Quarterly Update
Spirit Vale (achievements).png
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Raid
Season 3

Season 3

Release Features
Out of the Shadows.pngOut of the Shadows.pngRevenge of the Capricorn.png
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Eir's Memorial in Hoelbrak  → Research in Rata Novus  → Blood and Stone  → Reaper of Magic  → A Shadow's Deeds  → Confessor's Stronghold
Rising Flames.pngRising Flames.pngEternal Coliseum.png
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Taimi's Game  → Destroying Destroyers  → Igneous Breach  → Trip to the Circus  → Machine in the Flame  → Old Foes, Old Ghosts  → Dragon Vigil
October 18, 2016
Shadow of the Mad King
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A Crack in the Ice.pngA Crack in the Ice.pngFractals of the Mists (achievements).png
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Precocious Aurene  → Journey to Bitterfrost Frontier  → Frozen in Ice  → Elixir Recipe  → Elixir Cookin'  → The Bitter Cold  → Frozen Out
December 13, 2016
A Very Merry Wintersday
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The Head of the Snake.pngThe Head of the Snake.pngSpirit Vale (achievements).pngForest of Niflhel.pngLegacy of the Foefire.pngBattle of Kyhlo.pngTemple of the Silent Storm.pngBattle of Champion's Dusk.pngSpirit Watch.pngSkyhammer.png
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A Meeting of Ministers  → Eyes on Lake Doric  → Sabotage Fort Evennia  → Breaking the Siege  → Regrouping with the Queen  → Confessor's End
March 30, 2017
Super Adventure Festival
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Flashpoint.pngFlashpoint.png
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Taimi's Pet Project  → Arrival and Survival  → In Pursuit of a God  → Elder Druid Protection  → Heart of the Volcano
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Competitive
One Path Ends.pngOne Path Ends.pngFractals of the Mists (achievements).pngMastery Insights.pngLegendary Trinkets.png
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"Where's Balthazar?"  → Shining Blade Secrets  → On Orrian Shores  → The Flow of Magic  → The Last Chance

Path of Fire[edit]

Release Features
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September 22, 2017
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Expansion pack

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • When a new release launches, ArenaNet publishes official release notes on the News and Announcements forum in a new post. Subsequent patches are added to the post for the most recent major content update, which has almost always been an official release.
  • When a Living World season is active, its releases are launched every 2 to 3 months.
  • The company generally refers to non-release updates as hot fixes, updates, or patches.

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