Living World Return

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Living World is the story of the dragon cycle, and now is the perfect time to look at everything that’s happened on the path that brought us here. Join the mission to catch up on Living World episodes you’ve missed—for free—and jump-start your legendary journey in Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons!

— Official description

Living World Return is a series of bonus events that put different Living World episodes on spotlight each week with new achievements and rewards, as well as making the episodes free to claim. After their respective bonus event has ended, the achievements, as well the rewards, will be permanently available from Side Stories.

Releases[edit]

Living World Return Date Free episodes New achievements Meta reward
Season 2:
Glint's Prophecy
May 25, 2021 — June 01, 2021 Gates of Maguuma
Entanglement
Gates of Maguuma.png Return to Gates of Maguuma and Entanglement Massive Achievement Chest.png Pact Fleet Weapon Cache
June 01, 2021 — June 08, 2021 The Dragon's Reach, Part 1
The Dragon's Reach, Part 2
The Dragon's Reach, Part 2.png Return to The Dragon's Reach Massive Achievement Chest.png Pact Fleet Weapon Cache
June 08, 2021 — June 15, 2021 Echoes of the Past
Tangled Paths
Echoes of the Past.png Return to Echoes of the Past and Tangled Paths Massive Achievement Chest.png Pact Fleet Weapon Cache
June 15, 2021 — June 22, 2021 Seeds of Truth
Point of No Return
Seeds of Truth.png Return to Seeds of Truth and Point of No Return Massive Achievement Chest.png Pact Fleet Weapon Cache
Season 3:
Glint's Legacy
June 29, 2021 — July 6, 2021 Out of the Shadows Out of the Shadows.png Return to Out of the Shadows Massive Achievement Chest.png Ley Line Weapon Cache
July 6, 2021 — July 13, 2021 Rising Flames Rising Flames.png Return to Rising Flames Massive Achievement Chest.png Ley Line Weapon Cache
July 13, 2021 — July 20, 2021 A Crack in the Ice A Crack in the Ice.png Return to A Crack in the Ice Massive Achievement Chest.png Ley Line Weapon Cache
July 20, 2021 — July 27, 2021 The Head of the Snake The Head of the Snake.png Return to The Head of the Snake Massive Achievement Chest.png Ley Line Weapon Cache
July 27, 2021 — August 3, 2021 Flashpoint Flashpoint.png Return to Flashpoint Massive Achievement Chest.png Ley Line Weapon Cache
August 3, 2021 — August 10, 2021 One Path Ends One Path Ends.png Return to One Path Ends Massive Achievement Chest.png Ley Line Weapon Cache
Season 4:
Rise of Kralkatorrik
August 24, 2021 — August 31, 2021 Daybreak Daybreak.png Return to Daybreak Massive Achievement Chest.png Plasma Weapon Cache
August 31, 2021 — September 7, 2021 A Bug in the System A Bug in the System.png Return to A Bug in the System Massive Achievement Chest.png Plasma Weapon Cache
September 7, 2021 — September 14, 2021 Long Live the Lich Long Live the Lich.png Return to Long Live the Lich Massive Achievement Chest.png Plasma Weapon Cache
September 14, 2021 — September 21, 2021 A Star to Guide Us A Star to Guide Us.png Return to A Star to Guide Us Massive Achievement Chest.png Plasma Weapon Cache

Claiming[edit]

Where to claim episodes inside the Story Journal.
  • Log in to the game during the free period to receive the episodes.
    • On logging in to a character you will receive the unlocks, as well as the event notification, in your ingame mail.
      • If you do not own the episode already and leave it in your mail without unlocking, the mail will disappear with the next free release and the free unlock will be lost.
      • Some players report the need of being above level 10 and visiting a city to receive the mail. Another option is to enter the PvP lobby with level 3+.
    • In a case you cannot access the mail, you can also claim the episodes directly from the Story Journal for 0 Gem.png.

Rewards[edit]

  • Complete any 10 return meta-achievements to earn a voucher for a Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons precursor weapon. When the expansion launches, you can redeem it and begin crafting your very own third-generation legendary weapon.
  • After fully completing the main meta-achievement for all three playable Living World seasons and The Icebrood Saga, Seasons of the Dragons, you’ll receive a legendary amulet.
This achievement rewards items.This achievement rewards a title. Seasons of the Dragons Current Events 100Achievement points
Complete all 24 Return meta-achievements. Return meta-achievements will become available over time, and they are permanently available once introduced.
Title: Title icon.png Returning Champion
Rewards:
  • Tier
1: Deluxe Gear Box.png Ascended Weapon Chest
  • Tier
2: Fragment of Prismatic Light.png Fragment of Prismatic Light
  • Tier
3: Soldier's Backpack.png 32-Slot Hero's Trusty Backpack
  • Tier
4: Prismatic Champion's Inheritance.png Prismatic Champion's Inheritance

...
  • (total of 24 or more upcoming)
4 Achievements Completed 25Achievement points
10 Achievements Completed 25Achievement points
16 Achievements Completed 25Achievement points
24 Achievements Completed 25Achievement points

Mail[edit]

Special event mail
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Return to the Living World Story


A special event focusing on a previous Living World story chapter is active this week! Check it out to earn special bonus rewards for playing that chapter's story and map. Completing multiple sets of event achievements across the Living World story will progress the Seasons of the Dragons meta-achievement, with some legendary rewards available!

If you missed a week or need to wait to experience the story, don't worry— the achievements are permanent. Look for achievements from previous weeks in the Side Stories category in the Achievements tab in your Hero panel.

Mails with the claimable episodes

Season 2[edit]

Week 1 mail
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Return to Gates of Maguuma and Entanglement


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episodes yet, here are free unlocks.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Gates of Maguuma"
Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Entanglement"


Visit scenic Dry top.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Prosperity Waypoint

Week 2 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to The Dragon's Reach


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episodes yet, here are free unlocks.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "The Dragon's Reach, Part 1"
Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "The Dragon's Reach, Part 2"


Visit scenic Dry top.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Prosperity Waypoint

Week 3 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to Echoes of the Past and Tangled Paths


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episodes yet, here are free unlocks.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Echoes of the Past"
Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Tangled Paths"


Visit the scenic Silverwastes.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Camp Resolve Waypoint

Week 4 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to Seeds of Truth and Point of No Return


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episodes yet, here are free unlocks.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Seeds of Truth"
Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Point of No Return"


Visit the scenic Silverwastes.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Camp Resolve Waypoint

Season 3[edit]

Week 5 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to Out of the Shadows


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Out of the Shadows"


Visit scenic Bloodstone Fen.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Soulkeeper's Airship Waypoint

Week 6 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to Rising Flames


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Rising Flames"


Visit scenic Ember Bay.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Promontory Waypoint

Week 7 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to A Crack in the Ice


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "A Crack in the Ice"


Visit scenic Bitterfrost Frontier.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Koda's Welcome Waypoint

Week 8 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to The Head of the Snake


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "The Head of the Snake"


Visit scenic Lake Doric.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Doric's Landing Waypoint

Week 9 mail
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Return to Flashpoint


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Flashpoint"


Visit scenic Draconis Mons.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Mariner Landing Waypoint

Week 10 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to One Path Ends


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "One Path Ends"


Visit scenic Siren's Landing.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Camp Reclamation Waypoint

Season 4[edit]

Week 11 mail
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Return to Daybreak


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Daybreak"


Visit scenic Istan.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Chalon Docks Waypoint

Week 12 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to A Bug in the System


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "A Bug in the System"


Visit scenic Sandswept Isles.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Atholma Waypoint

Week 13 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to Long Live the Lich


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "Long Live the Lich"


Visit scenic Kourna.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Allied Encampment Waypoint

Week 14 mail
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ArenaNet ArenaNet tag.png

Return to A Star to Guide Us


A bonus event for returning to Living World story chapter missions and maps is active this week! In case you don't own the related episode yet, here is a free unlock.

Consortium NDA.png Story Unlock: "A Star to Guide Us"


Visit scenic Jahai Bluffs.

Waypoint (tango icon).png Yatendi Village Waypoint

Notes[edit]

  • The Living World Return event canonically happens after the end of the Icebrood Saga, as the Pact Commander is reliving their memories of their past battles and struggles against the Elder Dragons. [1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dialogue with Taimi and Gorrik
    <Character name>: Anything I can do to help?
    Gorrik: We can always use more data to isolate commonalities among the Elder Dragons. Find a pattern. You've fought them for years, Commander. Inside your memories could be clues to the dragon cycle.
    <Character name>: My memories?
    Taimi: Ooh, do we get to poke around in the commander's head?
    <Character name>: Leave my head alone.
    Gorrik: I was thinking we use the scrying pool to help the commander relive the memories of these past years.
    <Character name>: Hmm...
    Taimi: That's ingenious, Gorrik.
    <Character name>: She's not wrong.
    Gorrik: Oh. Well. Thank you.
    <Character name>: Time to relive some old memories, I guess.