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Shadow of the Mad King is a Halloween-themed release and the first major update for Guild Wars 2 that went live on 22 October 2012. It includes a number of new features, new content to explore and see, and a week-long Halloween event.

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.

Shadow of the Mad King is the first major game release for Guild Wars 2 and will go live on October 22*. This new game update will include a number of new features for all of our players to enjoy, new content to explore and see, and a week-long Halloween event.

— Official website

It 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 was available until November 7. Personalized Trick-or-Treat Bags specifically remain available from the Gem Store until November 15. The chance to get rare Halloween-related skins from Black Lion Chests also continues 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]

[edit] New features

See also: Game updates/2012-10-22
Temporary features
Permanent features

[edit] Halloween event

Youtube.png Halloween Event Trailer has a video on YouTube.

The Halloween event began on October 22nd and lasted until 3:00 AM on November 2nd, 2012 (UTC). The event was presented in four different acts which focused on the return of Mad King Thorn and delved into his backstory.

[edit] Mail

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Players receive a Halloween mail about the event.

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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


[edit] Getting started

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

[edit] Meta events

Lion's Arch loading screen

[edit] Jumping puzzles

[edit] Events

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

[edit] Jumping Puzzles

[edit] Mini-dungeons

[edit] Achievements

  • 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.

[edit] Gem Store

Item Gem Cost Qty $ or € £ Description
Devil Horns 0 Gem.png 1 - - Seasonal. For sale only during the Halloween season. Reveal your inner evil by growing a set of horns. (You can wear this as your town clothes hat, as long as you're not in combat.)
Mad King's Outfit 700 Gem.png 1 $8.75€ £7.44 Seasonal. For sale only during the Halloween season. Imitate Mad King Thorn in your town clothes (hat, uniform, boots, gloves, toy scepter), as long as you're not in combat. Equip the scepter and gain the five Mad King roleplaying skills.

Consumable
Account Bound
Phantom's Hood 200 Gem.png 1 $2.50€ £2.13 Head Clothing
Seasonal. For sale only during the Halloween season. A dark cowl that hides your face. (You can wear this as your town clothes hat, as long as you're not in combat.)

Consumable
Account Bound
Witch's Outfit 700 Gem.png 1 $8.75€ £7.44 Seasonal. For sale only during the Halloween season. Dress up in your town clothes (hat, uniform, boots, gloves, toy broom) as a witch or warlock, as long as you're not in combat. Equip the broom and gain five witch and warlock role-playing skills.

Consumable
Account Bound
Mad King Finisher 75 Gem.png
275 Gem.png
1
30
$0.94€
$4.50€
£0.80
£3.83
Double-click to consume.
Seasonal. For sale only during the Halloween season. When activated, turns your finishing move into a special Mad King finisher in PvP and WvW. Lasts for one hour.Consumable
Account Bound
Personalized Trick-or-Treat Bag 35 Gem.png
275 Gem.png
750 Gem.png
5
10
35
$0.44€
$1.57€
£0.38
£1.33
Seasonal. For sale only during the Halloween season. Each bag contains one food item, recipe, tonic, crafting material, or piece of candy corn.

Consumable
Scarecrow Finisher 75 Gem.png
275 Gem.png
1
5
$0.94€
$3.44€
£0.80
£2.92
Seasonal. For sale only during the Halloween season. When activated, you will finish PvP and WvW enemies with a scarecrow. Lasts for one hour.Consumable
Account Bound
Spooky Ghost Tonic 35 Gem.png
125 Gem.png
1
5
$0.44€
$1.57€
£0.38
£1.33
Double-click to consume. For sale only during the Halloween season. This tonic transforms you into a roaming ghost for one hour. You will be unable to fight creatures while transformed.Consumable
Account Bound
Spooky Skeleton Tonic 35 Gem.png
125 Gem.png
1
5
$0.44€
$1.57€
£0.38
£1.33
Double-click to consume. For sale only during the Halloween season. This tonic transforms you into a skeleton for one hour. You will be unable to fight creatures while transformed.Consumable
Account Bound
Spooky Zombie Tonic 35 Gem.png
125 Gem.png
1
5
$0.44€
$1.57€
£0.38
£1.33
Double-click to consume. For sale only during the Halloween season. This tonic transforms you into a roaming zombie for one hour. You will be unable to fight creatures while transformed.Consumable
Account Bound
Miniature Spooky Trio 500 Gem.png 1 $6.25€ £5.32 Seasonal. For sale only during the Halloween season. A miniature spooky ghost, spooky skeleton, and spooky spider come together in this limited-edition collector's pack.

Consumable
Account Bound

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/info/news/Halloween-Item-Availability-in-Gem-Store-After-the-Event/first#post611767
  2. ^ https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/info/news/Update-Notes-November-01-2012
  3. ^ https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/halloween/Halloween-Phase-4-Heads-Up/first#post590984
  4. ^ http://www.twitch.tv/mmorpgcom/b/337726366
  5. ^ https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/info/news/Update-Notes-November-01-2012

[edit] External links

Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Halloween 2012.


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