Game updates/2020-01-14

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January 14, 2020

Late Notes - January 14, 2020[edit]


  • Thirty-seven new guild emblems that were created by ArenaNet's creative partners have been added to the Emblem Design section of the Emblemer panel.


Profession Skills[edit]


  • Spectral Walk.png Spectral Walk: Unslotting this skill while it is active no longer removes swiftness.
  • Lich Form.png Lich Form: Exiting Lich Form no longer removes stability.


Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store[edit]

Bug Fixes[edit]

Update - January 14, 2020[edit]

Lunar New Year[edit]

As another new year dawns on Tyria, join the festivities in Divinity's Reach! The Year of the Rat is upon us, and the Lunar New Year Festival returns with new rewards and activities. Collect and open lucky envelopes to earn essences of luck, delicious foods, fireworks, valuable items, and a chance to find the new Lucky Rat Lantern backpacks!

  • A new Lunar New Year activity has been added, the Celestial Challenge! Complete a variety of events in this group activity to earn the favor of the celestial animals. Rewards increase in quality and quantity with the number of events you complete before opening the final chest. Visit the pavilion in the center of Divinity's Reach to join the fun! New achievements have been added for completing the Celestial Challenge, and its annual achievement has replaced the Sparking Celebration firework achievement in the Annual achievement category.
  • The Lunar New Year annual meta-achievement, Lunar New Year Customs, has been updated with a new reward, the Fireworks Spaulders shoulder armor!
  • A new daily meta-achievement, New Year's Fortune, has been added. Complete three Lunar New Year daily achievements in a day to receive extra rewards, as well as progress in the repeatable achievement Best Wishes for the New Year.
  • A new festive weapon set has been added for the new year! Modeled on traditional local weaponry, the Shining Aureate set can be obtained by completing the Best Wishes for the New Year achievement.
  • Two new minis, the Mini Lunar Rat and Mini Essence of Luck, have been added to the Lunar New Year rewards vendor. The Mini Essence of Luck is also available as a rare drop from the Celestial Challenge.
  • The number of Divine Lucky Envelopes that can be purchased per day has been reduced from 16 to 8; however, the 8 additional Divine Lucky Envelopes can be purchased at a reduced price by earning Tokens of the Celestial Champion, which drop from the Celestial Challenge and from completing Lunar New Year daily achievements.
  • The race event in Divinity's Reach has been updated with new checkpoints and its own adventure.
  • Lucky envelope rewards have been updated with new items for the Year of the Rat, including a new backpack to celebrate the Year of the Rat in style.
  • A new guild decoration has been added to commemorate the Year of the Rat.
  • A new festival invitation, Invitation to Lunar New Year, will be included in the festival announcement mail for easy travel directly to the celebrations. If you misplace your invitation, it can be repurchased from Sarettokk in Lion's Arch.
  • A new weekly vendor has arrived in Divinity's Reach for the festival, trading limited supplies of rare goods for exotic-tier Essences of Luck.
  • For ease of use, a new festival merchant has been added to handle selling festival reward items, while Phaedra continues to offer lucky envelopes.
  • A number of festival-related bugs have been fixed to ensure a happy holiday for all heroes.

Lunar New Year will be active until February 4 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-8). See you in Divinity's Reach!


  • Fixed a bug that caused guild banners and Spirit Banners to persist indefinitely. They will now remain in the world for one hour.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed any number of ascended feasts to be placed in close proximity to each other.
  • Spirit shards will now be earned when experience cannot go to other forms of progress, such as Masteries or gaining levels.
  • Slightly improved load times on some NVIDIA graphics cards.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Dragon Bash decorations to appear in Hoelbrak story instances.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could happen when entering instances.

Profession Skills[edit]


  • Shield of the Avenger.png Shield of the Avenger: The tooltip for this skill has been updated to note that this skill blocks missiles.
  • Portent of Freedom.png Portent of Freedom: Fixed a bug that could cause this skill to put friendly targets in combat.
  • Unhindered Delivery.png Unhindered Delivery: Fixed a bug that could cause this skill to put friendly targets in combat.
  • Dragonhunter Traps: Traps now disappear without activating if their skill is unequipped.


  • Glyph of Equality (Celestial Avatar).png Glyph of Equality: Fixed a bug that could cause this skill to put friendly targets in combat.

Black Lion Trading Company Gem Store[edit]

New Items and Promotions[edit]

Black Lion Chest[edit]

Improvements and Updates[edit]

  • For a limited time, the Lunar New Year miniatures have been added to the Black Lion Miniature Claim Ticket Vendor. Black Lion Miniature Claim Tickets are dropped from Black Lion Chests.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]

  • Build: 101,409
  • The northern wall of Stonemist Castle has been moved. The eastern wall of Mendon's Gap was also modified.
    • Both of these changes appear to have unintentionally been pushed live, since upgrade objects such as Cannon remain positioned at the previous wall locations.
  • Guild banners and Spirit Banners now play a short tune when placed.