Shadow of the Mad King

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The Shadow of the Mad King, our annual Halloween festival, returns for nearly two weeks of ghoulish capers, spooky fights, and frightening fun!

— Official website

Shadow of the Mad King is a Halloween-themed release and was the first major update for Guild Wars 2 that went live on 22 October 2012.

This game content was updated and re-released on October 23, 2015 for Halloween alongside the Heart of Thorns expansion, with the following updates.

2015 Features[edit]

New Lion's Arch loading screen
  • Shadow of the Mad King (2015 achievements)
  • Mad King's Clock Tower - Tyria’s most maddening jumping puzzle thrilled players during last year’s Halloween event and returns better than ever.
  • Mad King's Labyrinth - Bloody Prince Edrick has taken over parts of the Mad King’s Labyrinth and is controlling the undead armies in the Mad King’s Realm. The Skeletal Lich, Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn, and the Labyrinthine Horror lie in wait.
  • Ascent to Madness - Fight against the Mad King Thorn himself, as he trades in his usual jokes and pranks to face you head on.
  • Mad King Says - Join the Mad King Thorn as he commands you to perform actions, or attempts to trick you.

New Armor Skins[edit]

New Weapon Skins[edit]

New Miniatures[edit]

New Items[edit]

Guild Hall Decorations[edit]

Gem Store[edit]

2012 Release[edit]

Halloween has a long history in Tyria, and in times past was always marked by the spirit of Mad King Thorn cavorting among the people unleashing his own brand of insanity. However, it’s been over 250 years since he was last seen, and for most people he is merely a figure of folklore. Despite this, rumors persist among the populace that something wicked this way comes.

— Official website

This was the first holiday event to occur in Guild Wars 2, released as the theme for the holiday and follows the events of the return of the Mad King, which was spread across the length of the event. A short teaser was released prior to the event, depicting a decorated Lion's Arch.

The event ran from October 22nd until 3:00 AM on November 2nd, 2012 (UTC). Halloween items in the Gem Store were available until November 7. Personalized Trick-or-Treat Bags specifically remained available from the Gem Store until November 15. The chance to get rare Halloween-related skins from Black Lion Chests continued until November 15. [1]

Due to Hurricane Sandy, which hit northeastern United States at the end of the event, a special NPC remained until November 15th to allow affected players (or any player who missed the event) to obtain the final achievement and the holiday hat.[2]

The event was presented in four different acts which focused on the return of Mad King Thorn and delved into his backstory.

2012 Features[edit]

Temporary features
Permanent features



Players receive a Halloween mail about the event.


Captain Tokk

Halloween Guide, Phase 1

Halloween is a crazy time! Just ask the little mad kings. There's much to do, and so much more to come. You can assist the Durmand Priory, and they'd appreciate the help! Talk to Magister Tassi by the lion statue in Lion's Arch to get started. Some folks have reported that she has a ghostly companion helping her test a device that she'll mail to you.

Are you craving some candy corn? Who could blame you? Head out into the world beyond Lion's Arch to find special candy corn nodes that you can mine for all the yummy goodness you'll need to craft spookilicious recipes and fuel Magister Tassi's psychomagical device.

Halloween doesn't just happen in Lion's Arch either. You'll find that the Durmand Priory is active across the world. The Priory has heard reports have terrifying creature coming through strange doors in Queensdale, Kessex Hills, and Gendarran Fields. You'd better get your adventuring boots on, because you can't hide in Lion's Arch forever!. Also, watch for pumpkins to carve as you roam the world!

—Captain Tokk

Getting started[edit]

Halloween 2012 pumpkin.png

Talk to Magister Tassi in Lion's Arch. Tell her you're ready and you will get a mail starting Act 1. You will start the the scavenger hunt for the stories to tell the memoires of the Mad King.

Act 1: Tricks and Treats (Oct 22)[edit]

See also: Halloween 2012/Act 1

Act 1 welcomes you with a scavenger hunt where adventurers collect stories across Tyria to compile the Mad Memoires. Act 1 was released at the start of Halloween 2012.

Act 2: The Shadow Falls (Oct 26)[edit]

See also: Halloween 2012/Act 2

Act 2 tasks players with locating the second volume of the memoires. Lunatic Courtiers appear in Queensdale, Kessex Hills, and Gendarran Fields and players participate in Halloween-themed meta events. Players may also enter Haunted Doors with pumpkin icons above the door to enter the Mad King's Realm, including access to the Mad King's Clock Tower. Act 2 was released on October 26.

Act 3: Return of the Mad King (Oct 28)[edit]

See also: Halloween 2012/Act 3

The Mad King is trying to break free into Tyria through a portal in the Grand Piazza in Lion's Arch! Players must enter the Ascent to Madness dungeon and defeat him. This act caused permanent alteration of the Lion's Court statue.

Act 4: The Mad King’s Revelry (Oct 31)[edit]

See also: Halloween 2012/Act 4

It's Mad King Thorn Day in Lion's Arch. Stay clear of the area if you don't want to be assaulted by insidious pranks and terrible jokes. Act 4 was released on October 31, 2012 at 9 A.M. PDT/16:00 GMT and will run until sometime after Noon PDT/19:00 GMT on November 1 [3]. During this period the event will occur about every hour.

Meta events[edit]

Lion's Arch loading screen

Jumping puzzles[edit]


Over 50 events were introduced in this update, involving two specific enemies[4][5]:

Jumping Puzzles[edit]



  • Added karma rewards to daily and monthly achievements.
  • Added 19 new exploration achievements to the Explorer achievement list, including “Dive Master,” which tracks unique diving goggle uses.
  • Added a new Jumping Puzzles achievement category.
    • Moved all existing jumping puzzle achievements from the “Explorer” category to the “Jumping Puzzles” category.
    • Added 4 additional jumping puzzle achievements.
  • Added a new Bosses achievement category.
    • The Crash Landing achievement has been moved from the “Explorer” category to the “Bosses” category.
    • Added 7 new boss achievements.

Gem Store[edit]


Halloween 2012
Track Title Length Composer Download
1 The Lunatic Court 3:07 Stan LePard SoundCloud
2 The Clocktower 1:40 Maclaine Diemer SoundCloud
3 Halloween In Tyria 2:17 Maclaine Diemer SoundCloud
4 The Tale Of The Mad King Thorn 1:47 Maclaine Diemer SoundCloud

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

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