Release

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A release is a game update that introduces content pertaining to a theme or event. These themes include holiday events and narratives that tell a story of the world of Tyria. The releases are often accompanied by other changes to the game, such as bug fixes, profession rebalancing in PvP, new activities, and themed items in the Gem Store.

List of releases[edit]

Individual releases are color-coded for clarity:
Release type
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Living World story releases
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Special events
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Expansions
Miscellaneous releases
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Guild Wars 2[edit]

Season 1

Season 1

Release Features
Bosses.pngJumping Puzzles.pngShadow of the Mad King.png
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Special event
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Special event
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Lost Shores
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Special event
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Braham: Help from the Legions → Braham: Eirsson → Braham: Retake Cragstead → Rox: Critical Mission → Rox: The Hatchery
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April 1, 2013
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Special event
  • Super Adventure Box, an activity reminiscent of old school platformers with a special skill set and pixel enemies, featuring Infantile and Normal Modes of World 1
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Molten Facility → Braham: Avenger of the Dispossessed → Rox: Avenger of the Dispossessed
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Canach's Lair → Contractually Obligated → Canach's Lair (explorable)
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Ceremony and Acrimony → Hard Boiled → Every Piece Matters → No More Secrets
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Aetherblade Retreat → A Future in Politics
Belcher's Bluff (achievements).pngBazaar of the Four Winds.png
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Special event
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Strangers from the Sky
Support Ellen Kiel.pngSupport Evon Gnashblade.png
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Audience with the Master
Crab Toss.pngSanctum Sprint.pngSouthsun Survival.pngQueen Jennah's Jubilee.pngThe Queen's Gauntlet.png
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Opening Ceremony
  • The Crown Pavilion is opened, featuring a gladiatorial arena celebrating the human spirit along with the challenging solo boss fight arenas of the Queen's Gauntlet
  • Wallet to hold all account currencies
  • Champion and daily dungeon rewards
  • Daily activity rotation
  • Solo arena queue in structured PvP
Clockwork Chaos (achievements).pngEmissary Vorpp's Field Assistant.png
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Closing Ceremony → Scarlet's Playhouse
Super Adventure Box.pngSuper Adventure Box.png
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Special event
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Ketto's Lab
Tequatl.pngBoss Week.png
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Special event
Twilight Arbor Aetherpath.pngTwilight Assault.png
World vs World.pngBlood and Madness.png
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Special event
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The Nightmare Unveiled
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Nightmare Chamber → The Nightmare Incarnate
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Fractals of the Mists
Wintersday achievement.pngThe Nightmare Is Over.png
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Special event
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The Nightmare Ends → The Dead End
Triple Trouble.pngThe Origins of Madness.png
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The Origins of Madness
World vs World.pngEdge of the Mists.png
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Edge of the Mists
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Escape from Lion's Arch
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Battle for Lion's Arch
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The Dead End
Post Season 1

Post Season 1

Release Features
Feature pack
Festival of the Four Winds.pngThe Queen's Gauntlet.png
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Special event
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Lion's Arch: Honored Guests
Season 2

Season 2

Release Features
Gates of Maguuma.pngDry Top.png
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Disturbance in Brisban Wildlands → Fallen Hopes → Tracking the Master of Peace → Cornered → Prosperity's Mystery
Entanglement.pngDry Top.png
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Scarlet's Secret Room → Discovering Scarlet's Breakthrough → The Concordia Incident → Trouble at Fort Salma → The Machine
The Dragon's Reach, Part 1.pngExplorer.png
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Rallying Call → Uprooting the Iron Marches → The Waypoint Conundrum → Summit Invitations → Plan of Attack
The Dragon's Reach, Part 2.pngDry Top.png
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Party Politics → Recalibrating the Waypoints → Taimi and the Asura → The World Summit
Basic Collections.pngRare Collections.pngBlack Lion Collections.pngWorld vs World.png
Feature pack
Blood and Madness.pngBlood and Madness.pngBasic Collections.pngBlack Lion Collections.png
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Special event
Echoes of the Past.pngThe Silverwastes.pngBasic Collections.pngRare Collections.png
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The Ghosts of Fort Salma → Reunion with the Pact → Caithe's Reconnaissance Squad → Hidden Arcana
Tangled Paths.pngThe Silverwastes.pngBasic Collections.png
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Return to Camp Resolve → Tracking the Aspect Masters → Into the Labyrinth
Seeds of Truth.pngThe Silverwastes.pngBasic Collections.pngBasic Collections.png
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The Newly Awakened → Meeting the Asura → No Refuge
Wintersday achievement.pngBasic Collections.pngBasic Collections.pngBasic Collections.pngRare Collections.png
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Special event
Point of No Return.pngThe Silverwastes.pngBasic Collections.pngBasic Collections.png
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Arcana Obscura → Pact Assaulted → The Mystery Cave

Heart of Thorns[edit]

Release Features
Heart of Thorns Act 1.pngHeart of Thorns Act 2.pngHeart of Thorns Act 3.pngHeart of Thorns Act 4.pngVerdant Brink.pngAuric Basin.pngTangled Depths.pngDragon's Stand.pngMastery Insights.pngSpecializations (achievements).pngBasic Collections.pngRare Collections.pngSpecialization Collections.pngLegendary Weapons (achievements).pngLegendary Backpacks.pngDaily Fractals.pngFractals of the Mists (achievements).png
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Expansion
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16 story steps
Post Heart of Thorns

Post Heart of Thorns

Release Features
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Special event
Spirit Vale (achievements).pngLegendary Armor.pngLegendary Weapons (achievements).png
Raid
Legendary Backpacks.pngLegendary Backpacks.pngLegendary Backpacks.pngLegendary Backpacks.png
Competitive
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Special event
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Quarterly update
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Raid
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April 1, 2016
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Special event
Legendary Weapons (achievements).pngLegendary Backpacks.png
Quarterly update
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Raid
Season 3

Season 3

Release Features
Out of the Shadows.pngOut of the Shadows.pngRevenge of the Capricorn.png
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Eir's Memorial in Hoelbrak → Research in Rata Novus → Blood and Stone → Reaper of Magic → A Shadow's Deeds → Confessor's Stronghold
Rising Flames.pngRising Flames.pngEternal Coliseum.png
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Taimi's Game → Destroying Destroyers → Igneous Breach → Trip to the Circus → Machine in the Flame → Old Foes, Old Ghosts → Dragon Vigil
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Special event
A Crack in the Ice.pngA Crack in the Ice.pngFractals of the Mists (achievements).png
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Precocious Aurene → Journey to Bitterfrost Frontier → Frozen in Ice → Elixir Recipe → Elixir Cookin' → The Bitter Cold → Frozen Out
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Special event
The Head of the Snake.pngThe Head of the Snake.pngSpirit Vale (achievements).pngForest of Niflhel.pngLegacy of the Foefire.pngBattle of Kyhlo.pngTemple of the Silent Storm.pngBattle of Champion's Dusk.pngSpirit Watch.pngSkyhammer.png
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A Meeting of Ministers → Eyes on Lake Doric → Sabotage Fort Evennia → Breaking the Siege → Regrouping with the Queen → Confessor's End
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Special event
Flashpoint.pngFlashpoint.png
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Taimi's Pet Project → Arrival and Survival → In Pursuit of a God → Elder Druid Protection → Heart of the Volcano
Competitive
One Path Ends.pngOne Path Ends.pngFractals of the Mists (achievements).pngMastery Insights.pngLegendary Trinkets.png
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"Where's Balthazar?" → Shining Blade Secrets → On Orrian Shores → The Flow of Magic → The Last Chance

Path of Fire[edit]

Release Features
Path of Fire Act 1.pngPath of Fire Act 2.pngPath of Fire Act 3.pngCrystal Oasis.pngDesert Highlands.pngElon Riverlands.pngThe Desolation.pngDomain of Vabbi.pngCrystal Desert.pngMastery Insights.pngSpecializations (achievements).pngSlayer.pngBasic Collections.pngRare Collections.pngSpecialization Collections.png
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Expansion
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13 story steps
Season 4

Season 4

Release Features
Shadow of the Mad King.pngShadow of the Mad King (2017 achievements).pngLunatic Wardrobe.png
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Special event
Daybreak.pngDaybreak.pngFractals of the Mists (achievements).pngSpirit Vale (achievements).pngLegendary Trinkets.png
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Champion's Dawn → Convincing the Corsair → The Hero of Istan → The First City
The Wondrous Workshop of Toymaker Tixx (2017).pngWintersday achievement.pngWinter's Presence (achievement category).png
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Special event
A Bug in the System.pngA Bug in the System.png
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Tracking the Scientist → The Test Subject → A Kindness Repaid → The Road to Rata Primus → The Charge
Super Adventure Box.pngCommunity.png
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Special event
Long Live the Lich.pngLong Live the Lich.pngFractals of the Mists (achievements).png
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Seized → Forearmed Is Forewarned → Tactical Triage → I'm Brave, You Know → Be My Guest
Festival of the Four Winds (2018 achievements).pngFour Winds Customs.pngCrown Pavilion (2018 achievements).pngQueen's Gauntlet (2018 achievements).pngFour Winds Customs.png
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Special event
A Star to Guide Us.pngA Star to Guide Us.pngSpirit Vale (achievements).png
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A Shattered Nation → Chaos Theory → Legacy → From the Ashes → Storm Tracking
Shadow of the Mad King.pngShadow of the Mad King (2017 achievements).png
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Special event
Wintersday achievement.pngThe Wondrous Workshop of Toymaker Tixx (2017).png
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Special event

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • When a new release launches, ArenaNet publishes official release notes on the News and Announcements forum in a new post. Subsequent patches are added to the post for the most recent major content update, which has almost always been an official release.
  • When a Living World season is active, its releases are launched every 2 to 4 months.
  • The company generally refers to non-release updates as hot fixes, updates, or patches.

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