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Update 2 - December 05, 2019

Bug Fixes

  • Engineer
    Utility Goggles.png
     Utility Goggles: Fixed a bug that changed the tool belt for this skill to its previous version when traited with Gadgeteer.
  • Fixed an issue with the Sweet Campfire Treat that prevented players from moving or deleting the item from their inventory.
  • Fixed a client crash.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

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Update - December 05, 2019

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue in which players received essence chest rewards even if they failed the strike missions in the "Whisper in the Dark" episode.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Emblazoned Cape to incorrectly appear locked in the Gem Store for players without the Heart of Thorns expansion.
  • Fixed an issue that caused cape skins to animate oddly on female sylvari characters.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some odd cape collision on charr characters due to bone scaling.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the completion of Light Puzzle achievements to reset daily.
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to be kicked out of the Boneskinner Strike Mission at the beginning of the fight.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Black Lion Season 4 Expedition Board from appearing correctly in players' home instances under certain conditions.
  • Fixed an issue with notifications on the Black Lion Trading Company icon in the menu bar that caused errors for Play for Free players.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Endless Choya Dance Tonic to be hidden in the Novelties section of the Equipment tab.
  • Adjusted the stats and damage of the boneskinner in the Boneskinner Strike Mission to closer match its intended difficulty. Changed how damage is inflicted on the boneskinner's Tormenting Aura mechanic to preserve the integrity of the intended fight mechanics.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

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Late Notes - December 03, 2019

Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store

Improvements

Update - December 03, 2019

Quality of Life

  • Wardrobe: New checkboxes have been added to each weapon, giving players the option to hide their weapon when it is stowed.
  • Ascended feasts have been added to Guild Storage in the Consumables tab. Guilds that have unlocked the tavern may speak to the tavern proprietor to deposit their crafted food for the guild's use.
  • Some Looking for Group categories have been reorganized for better readability.
  • Leveling up and items that grant levels and experience now display a less noisy visual effect to other players.
  • Build and Equipment Templates last used in PvE, WvW, and PvP will now be remembered, and they will be automatically activated when returning to that game mode.
  • Changing Equipment Templates will now equip the correct weapons rather than cause players to swap to their second weapon set.
  • The revenant's inactive legend utility skills will now be remembered when players transition between terrestrial and aquatic skills.
  • When revenants copy build links, they will now correctly include the inactive legend utility skills.
  • PvP weapon sigils, amulets, and runes have been integrated into Equipment Templates, allowing players to customize their PvP equipment while outside of PvP game modes.
    • A button has been added to the Equipment section of the Hero panel that allows players to toggle between viewing standard equipment and PvP equipment.
      • Note: Because equipped weapons are shared between all game modes, they are displayed in both views.
    • PvP equipment can also be quickly accessed by clicking the existing PvP Build button while in the PvP lobby or by using the PvP Build keybind.
  • Mist Champions have been integrated into the PvP panel and now have a much larger character preview.
  • Because all functionality has been moved to other menus, the old PvP Build/Equipment panel has been retired.
  • Dynamic HUD has been added to the game!
    • Dynamic HUD gives players the ability to show or hide parts of the UI while in or out of combat. The UI can also be set to always be hidden.
    • A new section within the General Options tab of the Options panel has been added to control Dynamic HUD. Components of the UI have been grouped into related sections.
    • Several presets are available for players to choose from, or players can individually control the behavior of each section.

General

Living World

Bjora Marches

Items

Profession Skills

With a larger competitive-focused update on the horizon, this update is on the smaller side but still contains several notable systemic changes. Falling damage traits are being removed in order to free up design space and reduce the complexity of adept-tier traits. Revival traits are also seeing the removal of the 10% revival speed passive effect that we've been slowly phasing out over the last several updates. In exchange, skills that directly revive allies are seeing enhancements. Besides these changes, we are also making some small touch-ups to various skills and traits related to previous updates that we felt didn't quite hit everything. We have also had the opportunity to add a couple quality-of-life updates to better improve the readability of player attributes affected by traits, and we're now granting elementalists and engineers the ability to swap weapons while out of combat. Lastly, the format for some types of value updates is changing—instead of listing the percentage difference, we'll be telling you what the coefficients before and after a change will be. We hope this will helps improve readability significantly.

General

  • Griffonrook Run: While holding the bomb, falling damage is now reduced by 50%.
  • Traits that affect attributes now display icons that represent said attributes instead of a generic up arrow.
  • Hero Panel: Fixed a bug that prevented attribute adjustments from displaying while a player was transformed.

Elementalist

In previous updates, several traits that had global cooldowns were changed to having cooldowns per target. Blinding Ashes wasn't included in those updates, but we felt it could use the small bonus to usability.

  • Starting at level 10, elementalists can now swap weapons while out of combat, gaining an additional pair of weapon slots on their Hero panel.
  • Arcane Restoration.png
     Arcane Abatement: Fall damage functionality has been removed from this trait. This trait has been renamed Arcane Restoration.
  • Glyph of Renewal.png
     Glyph of Renewal: Reduced recharge to 90 seconds in all game modes. Lowered casting time from 3.25 seconds to 2 seconds.
  • Arcane Resurrection.png
     Arcane Resurrection: This trait no longer increases revival speed. Auras granted by this trait are now granted only to the elementalist, and they're now granted at the start of a revival attempt rather than at the end. This effect has a 20-second cooldown.
  • Blinding Ashes.png
     Blinding Ashes: The cooldown on this trait is now determined on a per-target basis.

Engineer

We read your feedback on Detection Pulse feeling odd as the Purge Gyro's toolbelt skill and your desire to see Chemical Field returned. While we agree with the sentiment overall that there is more gameplay and interesting options with Chemical Field, there is also important counterplay present with Detection Pulse. As we can't place Purge Gyro's Detection Pulse back on the elite toolbelt slot, we're instead replacing Utility Goggles' lackluster toolbelt skill, Analyze, with Detection Pulse. Utility Goggles is also getting a small but significant change from granting fury to instead granting some brief resistance.

  • Starting at level 10, engineers can now swap weapons while out of combat, gaining an additional pair of weapon slots on their Hero panel.
  • Grenadier.png
     Grenadier: Fall damage reduction has been removed from this trait. This trait now also casts Lesser Grenade Barrage on your location when using a healing skill.
  • Positive Strike.png
     Positive Strike: The power coefficient of this skill has been reduced from 0.88 to 0.7.
  • Negative Bash.png
     Negative Bash: The power coefficient of this skill has been increased from 0.88 to 1.
  • Equalizing Blow.png
     Equalizing Blow: The power coefficient of this skill has been increased from 1.2 to 1.4.
  • Function Gyro.png
     Function Gyro: Fixed a bug that could cause the gyro to be destroyed with control effects while stability was active.
  • Purge Gyro.png
     Purge Gyro: This skill's toolbelt skill has been changed from Detection Pulse to Chemical Field.
  • Utility Goggles.png
     Utility Goggles: This skill no longer grants fury or provides immunity to blindness. It now grants resistance and removes blindness when used. This skill's toolbelt skill has been changed from Analyze to Detection Pulse.
  • Toss Elixir R.png
     Toss Elixir R: This skill no longer removes 1 condition when thrown. Projectile speed has been increased by 25%. The projectile thrown by this skill is now unblockable. Fixed an issue in which the land and water versions of this skill moved at different speeds.
  • Toss Elixir U.png
     Toss Elixir U: Fixed a bug that could cause this skill to put friendly targets in combat.

Guardian

Guardian is unique among the professions in how many revival traits it has. With this rework, we are updating Courageous Return into a new, more general trait that benefits the guardian in situations when reviving allies is not possible. Additionally, we're changing the healing power bonus on Signet of Mercy to a concentration bonus as we feel it's generally a more useful stat for the profession given the amount of boons it outputs even when the guardian is not acting as a healer.

  • Protector's Strike.png
     Protector's Strike: This skill now fully charges the flames of justice upon the successful block of an attack for the guardian or their allies. The radius of effect of both blocking and striking enemies has been increased from 180 to 240.
  • Protector's Restoration.png
     Protector's Impact: Fall damage functionality has been removed from this trait. This trait has been renamed Protector's Restoration.
  • Signet of Mercy.png
     Signet of Mercy: Reduced recharge to 90 seconds in all game modes. Changed the passive effect from granting 180 healing power (216 when traited) to granting 120 concentration (150 when traited).
  • Protective Reviver.png
     Protective Reviver: This trait no longer increases revival speed and no longer grants boons on a successful revival. Fixed the skill fact to show the correct 3-second duration. Fixed a bug that prevented the recharge of Lesser Shield of Absorption from being affected by Stalwart Defender. Lesser Shield of Absorption now heals nearby allies when it ends. Upon detonation, this trait also now causes all versions of Shield of Absorption to revive allies by 15% in PvE and 3% in competitive modes.
  • Steadfast Courage.png
     Courageous Return: This trait has been reworked and renamed Steadfast Courage. It now grants the guardian protection for 3 seconds in PvE and 1 second in PvP and WvW whenever aegis on the guardian is removed due to blocking an attack.

Mesmer

While we think the new version of Chaotic Interruption is pretty powerful, it doesn't really feel like it's working if you aren't looking at your skill bar. We're adding some additional effects to give players a better sense of when it activates.

  • Method of Madness.png
     Descent into Madness: Fall damage functionality has been removed from this trait. This trait has been renamed Method of Madness.
  • Medic's Feedback.png
     Medic's Feedback: This trait no longer increases revival speed. It now causes Feedback to revive allies inside the dome by 5% per second.
  • Feedback.png
     Feedback: Fixed an issue that prevented this skill's visual effects from lining up with its physical effects.
  • Chaotic Interruption.png
     Chaotic Interruption: Added additional visual effects to this trait to show when it activates.

Necromancer

In addition to the updates to the revival skill Signet of Undeath and the falling damage trait Terrifying Descent, we are also revisiting a few issues from previous updates. Unholy Sanctuary is getting an update to help it better compete with the other updates to the Death Magic line, and Manifest Sand Shade is having its recharge reduced in PvE to make it easier to reposition shades.

  • Insidious Disruption.png
     Terrifying Descent: This trait has been reworked. It has been renamed Insidious Disruption. It now causes control effects to inflict torment on foes.
  • Signet of Undeath.png
     Signet of Undeath: Reduced recharge to 75 seconds in all game modes. Reduced casting time from 3 seconds to 1.5 seconds. Reduced the number of allies revived from 3 to 1. Added an additional health cost of 50% of base health to this skill. Increased the passive life force gain by 100%.
  • Sand Swell.png
     Sand Swell: Once activated, this skill can no longer be canceled by movement.
  • Plaguelands.png
     Plaguelands: Reduced recharge from 120 seconds to 90 seconds in PvE only.
  • Unholy Sanctuary.png
     Unholy Sanctuary: This trait now heals a percentage of your maximum health each second while in shroud. This value is 2% in PvE and 1% in competitive modes.
  • Manifest Sand Shade.png
     Manifest Sand Shade: This skill no longer inflicts cripple in all game modes. Reduced ammunition recharge for the untraited version of this skill from 15 seconds to 8 seconds in PvE only.

Ranger

We're reducing the recharge on Allies' Aid in PvE only since we feel it is sufficiently powerful in competitive modes already.

  • Child of Earth.png
     Soften the Fall: Fall damage functionality has been removed from this trait. This trait has been renamed Child of Earth.
  • Allies' Aid.png
     Allies' Aid: This trait no longer increases revival speed. This trait's cooldown has been reduced from 85 seconds to 60 seconds in PvE only. Fixed a bug that caused the version of "Search and Rescue!" associated with this trait to be considered a shout skill instead of a command.
  • Crippling Talon.png
     Crippling Talon: Fixed a visual bug.

Revenant

We're bumping up the range on some of Ventari's Legendary Centaur Stance skills in this update to make it a little easier to affect your allies with them.

Thief

We released a hotfix for Deadly Ambition for PvP in November, but in this update we're addressing the issue with a more comprehensive and functional change to refocus the trait on control over its usage rather than being a very passive damage increase.

  • Uncatchable.png
     Uncatchable: Fall damage functionality has been removed from this trait.
  • Deadly Ambition.png
     Deadly Ambition: This trait now applies 1 stack of poison for 3 seconds when striking with a dual-wield attack. This effect has no cooldown but can only occur once per dual-wield attack use. This trait is no longer split between game modes.

Warrior

Along with the removal of falling damage effects and readjustment of Peak Performance, we are also removing a requirement from Sundering Mace that we felt was superfluous.

  • Peak Performance.png
     Peak Performance: Fall damage functionality has been removed from this trait. This trait now grants a baseline of 5% bonus damage in PvE and 3% bonus damage in competitive modes. The additional damage output gained from using physical skills has been reduced from 20% to 15% in PvE and 10% to 7% in competitive modes.
  • Sundering Mace.png
     Sundering Mace: This trait no longer requires the target to be vulnerable in order to activate the control duration bonus.

PvP Changes

General

  • Superior Sigil of Agility.png
     Sigil of Agility: Reduced quickness duration from 2 seconds to 1 second in PvP only.

Engineer

  • Elixir U.png
     Elixir U: Reduced stability duration from 6 seconds to 1 second in PvP only.
  • Kinetic Battery.png
     Kinetic Battery: Reduced quickness duration from 5 seconds to 3 seconds in PvP only.
  • Photon Wall.png
     Photon Wall: Increased cooldown from 35 seconds to 45 seconds in PvP only.
  • Heat Therapy.png
     Heat Therapy: Reduced base healing per stack by 25% from 65 to 49 in PvP only.

Thief

  • Spider Venom.png
     Spider Venom: Reduced poison duration from 6 seconds to 3 seconds in PvP only.
  • Serpent's Touch.png
     Serpent's Touch: Reduced poison stacks from 2 to 1 in PvP only.
  • Quick Pockets.png
     Quick Pockets: Reduced initiative gained on weapon swap from 3 to 2 in PvP only.
  • Staff Master.png
     Staff Master: Reduced endurance gain per initiative spent from 2 to 1 in PvP only.
  • Debilitating Arc.png
     Debilitating Arc: Reduced initiative cost from 6 to 5 in PvP only.

Mesmer

  • Illusionary Counter.png
     Illusionary Counter: Reduced the number of clones created from 2 to 1 in PvP only
  • Phantasmal Warlock.png
     Phantasmal Warlock: Reduced the number of warlocks summoned from 2 to 1 in PvP only. Increased the vulnerability applied per hit from 2 stacks to 4 stacks in PvP only.
  • Chaos Vortex.png
     Chaos Vortex: Reduced bleed duration from 8 seconds to 4 seconds in PvP only. Reduced burn duration from 2 seconds to 1 second in PvP only. Reduced torment duration from 8 seconds to 4 seconds in PvP only.
  • Chaotic Dampening.png
     Chaotic Dampening: Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from reducing the recharge of Lesser Chaos Storm.

Warrior

  • Warrior's Cunning.png
     Warrior's Cunning: Reduced damage bonus against targets above 90% health from 25% to 7% in PvP only. Reduced damage bonus against targets with barrier from 50% to 10% in PvP only.
  • Rampage.png
     Rampage: Some Rampage skills have been adjusted as follows:
    • Kick (Rampage).png
       Kick: Power coefficient has been reduced from 1.2 to 0.01 in PvP only.
    • Throw Boulder.png
       Throw Boulder: Power coefficient has been reduced from 2.0 to 0.01 in PvP only.
    • Seismic Leap.png
       Seismic Leap: Power coefficient has been reduced from 1.6 to 0.01 in PvP only.

WvW Changes

Necromancer

Structured Player vs. Player

World vs. World

Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store

New Items and Promotions

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

Update - November 21, 2019

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that blocked entry into the Coming Home story instance in the "Prologue: Bound by Blood" episode.
  • Fixed an issue at the beginning of The Invitation chapter in which the NPCs inside the keep had dialogue markers but did not respond when players interacted with them.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the boneskinner's health from scaling as intended.
  • Fixed an issue in the "Stop the Svanir Ritual" events in which only one player's haunt was being summoned, regardless of the number of players participating.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

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Update - November 20, 2019

Bug Fix

  • Fixed an issue with the two prisoner camp events in which the "Defeat the warden to obtain his key" objective wasn't consistently awarding participation.
  • Fixed an issue in which the "Stop the Svanir Ritual" event wasn't consistently awarding participation.
  • Fixed an issue in which the What's Left Behind chapter failed to advance progress from 2 clues to 3 clues if the player was disconnected during the story dialog.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the number of chains attached to the Icebrood Construct in Bjora Marches from being tracked correctly.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Power of Vigilance Tier 2 from correctly stealing life.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some players from purchasing the Eternal Ice Shard Home Instance Node from vendors.
  • Fixed a rare server crash in the chapter The Invitation.
  • Fixed a server crash.
  • Fixed an issue that caused progress to stall after players trained tier 2 of the Raven Attunement Mastery, Raven's Light.
  • Fixed a bug that blocked progress for players after they picked up the Raven Lens in the Silence chapter.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

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Update 2 - November 19, 2019

Bug Fix

  • Fixed a server crash.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes

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Update - November 19, 2019

Living World

Whisper in the Dark

The commander and their allies rendezvous at the Vigil Keep to discuss Bangar Ruinbringer's motivations with General Almorra Soulkeeper, but upon arrival it is discovered that things are not as they initially appeared.

World Polish

Grothmar Valley

General

  • Living World Season 3 and Living World Season 4 daily achievements have been condensed into new achievement categories. Each day will offer daily achievements for one map from the season, cycling through each map in order of their release.
  • Living World Season 3 and Living World Season 4 daily achievements have had their rewards increased to compensate for the reduced availability of daily achievements for a specific map.
  • The Sunken Treasure Hunter Daily achievement category has been renamed Daily Sunken Treasure Hunter for consistency.
  • Bjora Marches Strike Missions have been set as featured Strike Missions, with public instance support.
  • Players can now have two different NPC allies summoned by consumable items active at once.
  • Fixed a server crash.
  • Right-clicking Build Storage Spaces will no longer display the message "Build Template is invalid" when the clipboard does not contain a Build Template chat link.

Mounts

Profession Skills

Engineer

  • Bulwark Gyro.png
     Bulwark Gyro: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from properly redirecting damage to the scrapper.
  • Crystal Configuration- Eclipse.png
     Crystal Configuration: Eclipse: Fixed a bug that caused this trait to grant more stability than intended.

Revenant

  • Vicious Reprisal.png
     Vicious Reprisal: Fixed a bug that could prevent this trait from granting the listed increased retaliation duration.
  • Soulcleave's Summit.png
     Soulcleave's Summit: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from acting as a fire field.

Warrior

  • Banners: A 1-second delay before banners can be picked up has been added.

World vs. World

General

Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store

New Items and Promotions

Black Lion Chest

Improvements and Updates

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue in which the Gem Store displayed an incorrect number when it failed to load the price of an account upgrade item.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes


See also

References