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This page is a copy of recent updates published on the official forum. Any undocumented changes will be listed under "Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes".

Update – October 22, 2014

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a server crash.
  • Fixed a bug with the rewards in the story "Resealing the Bloody Prince" in preparation for allowing access to the instance.
  • Fixed a bug on the Trading Post where players were unable to buy multiples of an item at different prices.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

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Update – October 21, 2014

Halloween: Blood and Madness

Blood and Madness, our annual Halloween festival, returns for two weeks of ghoulish capers, spooky fights, and maddening fun!

Magister Tassi's instruments are picking up unusual energy readings. It appears that the Mad King isn't the only being capable of breaking through the barrier between realms—prepare to face the son of King Oswald Thorn, Bloody Prince Edrick!

Gather together with the citizens of Lion's Arch to enjoy another year of tricks, treats, and terrible jokes.

Story

Lion's Arch

  • The citizens of Lion's Arch have united to decorate the area with Halloween flair. There are pumpkins to carve, trick-or-treating kids seeking candy, and merchants selling Halloween recipes. Even Zommoros has festive spirit, turning the Mystic Forge into a cauldron. Jump in for some costume-brawl fun.
  • Mad King Thorn himself appears in Lion's Arch throughout the festival. Laugh at his mad jokes and play in his Mad King Says game.

Open World

  • In Lion's Arch, Kessex Hills, and Gendarran Fields, the Mad Realm doors have returned. There are two varieties: the green Mad King doors and the red Bloody Prince doors. Opening a door may give players a trick-or-treat bag or may trigger an attack by the Mad King's or Bloody Prince's forces.
  • Outside Lion's Arch and the capital cities, players can find tents with Halloween decorations and the Master Carver, who helps track progress toward the Pumpkin Carving achievement. Nearby, players can also talk to the ghost Rasmus, who can transfer them to the Lunatic Inquisition activity in the Mad Realm.
  • The Heart of the Mists and home citadels in the Borderlands have also received a Halloween decoration makeover.

Mad Realm

  • Players enter the Mad Realm through the Mad Realm doors that appear in Lion's Arch, Kessex Hills, and Gendarran Fields. The Mad King doors and Bloody Prince doors will transport players to the east and west docks above the Mad King's Labyrinth, respectively. The Lunatic Boatmaster transports players to the Lunatic Inquisition or the Mad King's Clock Tower. Players can also interact with the portal seal on the ground to travel to the labyrinth below.
  • The Mad King's Labyrinth has been thrown into conflict once again as the Mad King's and the Bloody Prince's armies clash. Watch the Thorns bicker as their forces fight for control. Three legendary bosses patrol the maze: the Skeletal Lich, the Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn, and the Labyrinthine Horror.
  • The Lunatic Inquisition activity pits players against one another as Lunatic Courtiers search out villagers in the labyrinth. Players must use found items and hidden secrets to survive the night.
  • The Mad King's Clock Tower has returned with its unique jumping challenge. Other players trying to ascend will be shown with a mist effect, while you will remain fully visible.

Rewards

Daily Achievements

  • Pumpkin Hacker: Find and carve pumpkins throughout Tyria.
  • Halloween Costume Brawl Champion: Emerge as a champion from a costume brawl.
  • Candy Craver: Eat 50 pieces of candy corn.
  • Shut and Locked: Complete 5 door events.
  • The Mad Inquisition: Finish a game of Lunatic Inquisition.
  • Jumping Mad: Complete the Mad King's Clock Tower jumping puzzle.
  • Grim Reaper of Grunts: Defeat Halloween minions.
  • Trick-or-Treater: Open trick-or-treat bags.

Achievements

  • A Sweet Friend: Complete Halloween achievements and Halloween daily achievements.
  • Shut the Doors: Complete door events in the Mad King's Labyrinth.
  • Upset Stomach: Give the Bloody Prince a disgusting welcome during the final battle.
  • Candy Corn Crusher: Defeat the Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn in the Mad King's Labyrinth.
  • Death to the Undying: Defeat the Skeletal Lich in the Mad King's Labyrinth.
  • Bonebreaker: Defeat the Labyrinthine Horror in the Mad King's Labyrinth.
  • Lunatic Inquisition Regular: Participate in a number of rounds of the Lunatic Inquisition.
  • A Royal Tradition: Complete a round of Mad King Says.
  • Pumpkin Carving: Find and carve pumpkins throughout Tyria.
  • A Stomping Good Time: Use Scarecrow or Mad King stomps against players in PvP or WvW.
  • Containment: Help Tassi contain the Bloody Prince's reliquary.
  • You, Back in the Box: Help Tassi reseal the reliquary.
  • Beaten Bloody: Put the Bloody Prince back in the reliquary in under a minute.
  • Something Good to Eat: Open trick-or-treat bags.

Balance, Bug-fixing, Polish

World Polish

General

  • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to join a guild rush without being transformed into the rush creature.
  • The General achievement category for dungeon completion is now appropriately named Dungeons.
  • Fixed a bug in which the inventory window size preference would sometimes reset to default when moved before closing.
  • Newly created accounts can no longer send items and gold through the mail. This restriction is automatically lifted shortly after the account is created.

Items

  • Fixed a bug that caused the drop rate of fractal weapon skins to decrease above fractal level 40.
  • All story reward items that were not unlocking skins now properly unlock skins.
  • Renamed the Guild Finisher to Guild Shield Finisher.
  • Fur-Lined Mask/Helm/Helmet: Fixed a bug that made this vendor item tradable and salvageable.

Profession Skills

Racial Skills
Elementalist
  • Arcane Power.png
     Arcane Power: Fixed a bug that caused attacks enhanced by this skill to only inflict one stack of vulnerability with Shard of Ice.
Engineer
  • Grenade Barrage.png
     Grenade Barrage: Removed the duplicate Number of Targets skill fact while underwater. Added a Number of Targets skill fact to Grenade Barrage in PvP.
Guardian
Mesmer
  • Phase Retreat.png
     Phase Retreat: Fixed an issue that caused this ability to be reflected or blocked by enemies.
  • Chaos Armor.png
     Chaos Armor: Removed the range indicator from this skill.
Necromancer
  • Death Shroud.png
     Death Shroud: Updated this state so that it no longer ejects players from Plague Form in certain instances.
  • Plague Form: Added a stability skill fact.
Ranger
  • Long Range Shot.png
     Long Range Shot: Updated skill fact text.
  • Quicksand.png
     Quicksand: Fixed a bug that prevented the untraited version of this skill from displaying the red danger ring for opponents.
  • Cold Snap.png
     Cold Snap: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from displaying an increased effect radius when traited with Nature's Vengeance.
Thief
  • Vital Shot.png
     Vital Shot: Fixed a bug that prevented this ability from functioning with Ricochet in PvE.

Structured Player vs. Player

Skyhammer

  • Skyhammer Cannon: Direct Lightning can now be avoided by dodging.
  • Increased the time before the floor panels disappear after a player steps on them.
  • Players that are in stealth no longer cause the floor panels to disappear.

World vs. World

  • Fixed a bug that caused the siege decay timer to appear on cannons.

Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store

New Items and Promotions

Improvements: New Currency Exchange UI

The Currency Exchange UI has been overhauled to be quicker to use and easier to understand.

  • Quick exchange options for both currencies are now visible on the front page of the Currency Exchange.
  • The comparison between Exchange for Gold and Exchange for Gems prices is much more obvious.
  • Fixed exchange amounts have been set to simplify the exchange process and remove confusing rounding points.
  • Added a preview of new balances.
  • Added an improved confirmation UI.

Bug Fixes

Mac Beta Client

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Trading Post to crash on Mac systems.
  • Fixed a bug that required rebooting to restart Guild Wars 2 on Mac systems.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

  • With the new currency exchange interface, gems are exchanged with coin in increments of 400.
  • The two holes where the possessed Statue of Dwayna may occasionally walk into have been closed off.
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Update – September 30, 2014

New Features and Content

Anti-Phishing

Messages received in-game that are sent by ArenaNet in an official capacity, such as messages sent by a GM, will now display the ArenaNet logo (or the KZ logo for Chinese accounts). All other messages will display a warning that the message is from another player. Official messages from a GM or other ArenaNet employee will always display the appropriate logo and will never display a warning message. Any message claiming to be sent from ArenaNet or from a GM that displays the warning message is NOT actually from ArenaNet or from a GM.

Balance, Bug-fixing, Polish

World Polish

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented some crafting ingredients from displaying a View Recipe button even if unlocked.

Fractals of the Mists

  • Cliffside:
    • Combat Log: The burning fires at the chest seal now come from the Archdiviner instead of "Unknown."
  • Molten Facility:
    • Fixed an issue that caused the party to be teleported back to the entrance to the boss room if a player re-entered the room after the boss was defeated.

Sorrow's Embrace

  • Fixed an issue that caused General Zadorojny and his guards to teleport to a player in a different section of the map.

Items

Profession Skills

Elementalist
  • Magnetic Aura.png
     Magnetic Aura
    • Removed the unnecessary range indicator.
  • Burning Retreat (Lava Axe skill).png
     Burning Retreat (Conjure Flame Axe)
    • Added a Combo Field skill fact.
  • Meteor Shower.png
     Meteor Shower
    • Updated the Duration: 9 skill fact.
    • Adjusted the ground effect ring to better match skill duration.
  • Deep Freeze.png
     Deep Freeze (Conjure Frost Bow)
    • Added a Duration: 5 skill fact.
  • Ice Storm.png
     Ice Storm (Conjure Frost Bow)
    • Added a Number of Impacts: 24 skill fact.
  • Arcane Wave.png
     Arcane Wave
    • Updated the description to more accurately describe functionality.
  • Glyph of Elemental Power.png
     Glyph of Elemental Power
    • Updated the description to indicate that the condition application chance works for all spells rather than just spells of a specific element.
  • Arcana Evasive Arcana
    • Corrected the Shockwave effect description that incorrectly said it inflicted immobilize.
  • Water Blast.png
     Water Blast
    • Updated the description accuracy for the number of targets.
  • Lightning Surge.png
     Lightning Surge
    • Updated the description accuracy for the number of targets.
  • Boil.png
     Boil
    • Added a line-of-sight check for this skill.
  • Murky Water.png
     Murky Water
    • Added a line-of-sight check for this skill.
Engineer
  • Fixed an issue in which droppable bundle weapons were destroyed if the engineer changed utility skills while holding the weapon.
  • Grenade Barrage.png
     Grenade Barrage
    • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to lose its Number of Targets skill fact with Grenadier slotted or when viewed underwater.
Guardian
  • Sword of Justice:
    Command (sword).png
     Command
    • Updated the skill fact for radius to the correct value of 180.
  • Honor Battle Presence
    • Fixed a bug that allowed the application of Virtue of Resolve to gates and walls.
Necromancer
  • Lich Form:
    Grim Specter.png
     Grim Specter and
    Marked for Death.png
     Marked for Death
    • Updated the accuracy of skill facts for damage.
  • Charge (necromancer skill).png
     Charge (Flesh Golem)
    • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to behave inconsistently when used under high latency.
  • Death Shroud.png
     Death Shroud
    • Leaving Death Shroud by running out of life force now engages the same cooldown as manually ending Death Shroud by using the End Death Shroud skill.
Ranger
  • Spirits
    • Added a red indicator ring to spirit attacks to show range for opponents.
  • Nature Magic Nature's Vengeance
    • Adjusted effects for spirit attacks to better match their radius.
Thief
  • Acrobatics Vigorous Recovery
    • Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from functioning when used with human and sylvari racial healing skills.
  • Exploding Venom Sack.png
     Exploding Venom Sac [sic] (Stolen Skill)
    • Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from showing the combo field ring for allies.
Warrior
  • Defense Last Stand
    • Fixed a bug that caused this trait to activate Rousing Resilience for 4 seconds instead of 8 seconds.
  • "Shake It Off!".png
     "Shake It Off!"
    • Removed unnecessary range indicator.

Racial Skills

Charr

Structured Player vs. Player

Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store

New Items and Promotions

Trading Post

  • Performance has been improved when navigating between sections on the Trading Post.
  • Recently viewed items on the Home tab now show the sell price instead of the buy price.
  • Recently viewed items on the Home tab now show quantities available.
  • My Latest Trades on the Home tab shows whether the transaction was a buy or a sell.
  • My Transactions tab defaults to showing current transactions.
  • Canceling a listing on the My Transactions tab no longer scrolls back to the top of the lists.
  • Projected Profit is now shown in the tooltip when you hover over the Total Price value.
  • The order form now shows 40 listing levels for buys and sells.
  • Edit box sizes on the order form have been increased.

Bug Fixes

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

  • Undocumented bug fixes:
    • All players can again use Diving Goggles on all characters, if at least one character has unlocked this feature.
    • Restored the automatic filter in the Equipment subpanel, so that you only see gear that can fit in the selected slot.
    • Restored the ability to double-click to move items from inventory to account vault while in bank mode at any bank or crafting station.
    • Dye changes no longer reset Finishers and Minipets.
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Update – September 22, 2014

Bug Fixes

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

  • When selling multiples of an item in the Trading Post, the quantity slider now defaults to the maximum quantity.
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Update – September 17, 2014

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented daily activities (e.g., dailies, dungeons, valuable resource nodes, crafting cooldowns) from resetting for some players.
  • Removed the timer before awarding XP when defeating players in WvW.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

  • Build: 39,135


See also

References