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Shadow of the Mad King, our annual Halloween festival, returns with ghoulish capers, spooky fights, and holiday fun! Gather together with the citizens of Lion’s Arch to enjoy another year of tricks, treats, and terrible jokes.

— In-game description

Halloween is a festival celebrated annually in October and November in the world of Tyria. Lasting about two weeks, this celebration brings many seasonal events and activities in Lion's Arch and starting areas. This period is also denoted by the weakening of the barriers separating Tyria from the Underworld, resulting in many paranormal phenomena, and the arrival of the Mad King Thorn, his Lunatic Court, candy elementals, as well as a myriad of ghosts and other creatures.

Releases[edit]

Story[edit]

For story related to Halloween: Halloween/story

Since its original release, Shadow of the Mad King contains story related to the Mad King Thorn, his allies and foes, which is told via events, collections, and historically via story instances.

Activities[edit]

Current activities[edit]

Activity 2012 2022 Description Waypoint (map icon).png Closest waypoint Possible rewards
Event pumpkin (map icon).png Mad King's Labyrinth 1Yes 1Yes A special area in the Mad King's Realm, full of Halloween creatures, Haunted Door events, Carving Pumpkins, and Raw Candy Corn veins. Also offers a rental for the Raptor (map icon).pngraptor mount and access to other activities from this list. Can be accessed via the Lunatic Boatmaster, Haunted Doors or via the Invitation to the Mad Realm. Waypoint (map icon).png Trader's Forum Waypoint Trick-or-Treat Bag.png Trick-or-Treat Bag
Malicious Chest of Ascended Armor.png Lunatic Shoulder Box
Piece of Candy Corn.png Piece of Candy Corn
Jumping Puzzles.png Clock Tower 1Yes 1Yes A jumping puzzle in the Mad King's Realm, with falling platforms and a timer. Can be accessed via the Lunatic Boatmaster or special door portals. Waypoint (map icon).png Trader's Forum Waypoint Trick-or-Treat Bag.png Trick-or-Treat Bag
Malicious Chest of Ascended Armor.png Lunatic Boot Box
Magnificent Chest
Dungeon (map icon).png Ascent to Madness 1Yes 1Yes A special dungeon, full of Halloween creatures and a single boss, the Mad King. Scales every player to level 80 and can be challenged multiple times per day for rewards. Can be accessed through a special purple door. Waypoint (map icon).png Trader's Forum Waypoint Trick-or-Treat Bag.png 10 Slot Trick-or-Treat Bag
Trick-or-Treat Bag.png Trick-or-Treat Bag
Personalized Trick-or-Treat Bag.png Personalized Trick-or-Treat Bag
Malicious Chest of Ascended Armor.png Lunatic Coat Box
Shadow of the Mad King (2017 achievements).png Mad King Says 1Yes 1Yes A special event similar to Simon Says where you have to correctly obey commands from the Mad King via using the correct emotes. Occurs every two hours, starting at 00:00 (see the timer below). Waypoint (map icon).png Trader's Forum Waypoint Mad King's Chest Key Fragment.png Mad King's Chest Key Fragment
Malicious Chest of Ascended Armor.png Lunatic Hat Box
Mad King's Chest
Activity (map icon).png Lunatic Inquisition 1Yes 1Yes A PvP style activity, where the game starts with one player selected as the sole member of the Courtier team and all of the other players as villagers, and it is the Courtier's goal to catch and convert all villagers. Can be accessed via the Lunatic Boatmaster. Waypoint (map icon).png Trader's Forum Waypoint Trick-or-Treat Bag.png Trick-or-Treat Bag
Silver Rabbit Chest.png Splendid Chest
Reward Track Token Loot Box.png Chest
Activity (map icon).png Reaper's Rumble 1Yes 1Yes A PvP MOBA-style activity, where each team must protect three mausoleums that spawn skeletons and destroy the opposing mausoleums. Can be accessed via the Lunatic Boatmaster. Waypoint (map icon).png Trader's Forum Waypoint Trick-or-Treat Bag.png Trick-or-Treat Bag
Event pumpkin (map icon).png Mad Memoires Scavenger Hunt 1Yes 1Yes A scavenger hunt spanning multiple collections that will take you through some history of the infamous Mad King and the people who once knew him. Error: No waypoint named "Gate Hub Plaza Waypoint" found. Check if it has been added to the area. Mad Memoires.png Mad Memoires
Mad Memoires- Complete Edition.png Mad Memoires: Complete Edition
Mad Memoires- Complete Ignition.png Mad Memoires: Complete Ignition
Mad Memoires- Complete Superstition.png Mad Memoires: Complete Superstition
Adventure (map icon).png Time Trial: Labyrinth Lunatic
(Event version)
0No 1Yes A mount race in the Mad King's Labyrinth where you need to race through all the checkpoints as quickly as possible. Talk to the Time Trial NPC northwest of the center of the Labyrinth to start the adventure, or talk to the Lunatic Announcer to join the event. Players without a mount can rent the Raptor (map icon).pngraptor mount for 10 Silver coin from the Stablehand, provided the service NPC is summoned. Waypoint (map icon).png Mad King's Labyrinth Waypoint Large Candy Bag.png Large Candy Bag
Adventure reward gold.png Mad King's Raceway: Gold
Adventure reward silver.png Mad King's Raceway: Silver
Adventure reward bronze.png Mad King's Raceway: Bronze
Adventure (map icon).png Time Trial: Li'l Eddie's Bunny Bounce
(Event version)
0No 1Yes A mount race in the Mad King's Raceway where you need to race and jump through all the checkpoints as quickly as possible. Talk to the Time Trial NPC to start the adventure, or talk to the Mad Race Master to join the event. Players without a mount can rent the Springer (map icon).pngspringer mount for 10 Silver coin from the Mad Stablehand . Waypoint (map icon).png Mad King's Raceway Waypoint
Adventure (map icon).png Time Trial: Pumpkin Paradise
(Event version)
0No 1Yes A mount race in the Mad King's Raceway where you need to race through all the checkpoints as quickly as possible. Talk to the Time Trial NPC to start the adventure, or talk to the Mad Race Master to join the event. Players without a mount can rent the Jackal (map icon).pngjackal mount for 10 Silver coin from the Mad Stablehand . Waypoint (map icon).png Mad King's Raceway Waypoint
Adventure (map icon).png Time Trial: Roll into Madness
(Event version)
0No 1Yes A mount race in the Mad King's Raceway where you need to race and drift through all the checkpoints as quickly as possible. Talk to the Time Trial NPC to start the adventure, or talk to the Mad Race Master to join the event. Players without a mount can rent the Roller Beetle (map icon).pngRoller Beetle mount for 10 Silver coin from the Mad Stablehand . Waypoint (map icon).png Mad King's Raceway Waypoint

Other activities[edit]

Historical activities[edit]

Event schedule[edit]

Previous 2 hoursNext 2 hours
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Achievements[edit]

Vendors[edit]

Rewards and items[edit]

For list of all Halloween rewards and items, see: Halloween/items

NPCs and Dialogue[edit]

For list of Halloween NPCs, events and dialogue: Halloween/Festival content

Mail[edit]

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Magister Tassi

Happy Halloween!


Once again, Halloween falls across Tyria. The doorways between our world and the Mad Realm are opening, and the ancient Krytan monarch, Mad King Thorn, walks the streets of Lion's Arch again!

I've assured the Captain's Council that it's all relatively safe—this time—but I'm sure they'd appreciate a brave adventurer like yourself making an appearance. Not to mention the opportunities for field research in the Mad Realm itself! Visit me at the Grand Piazza at your earliest convenience!

—Magister Tassi

Invitation to the Mad Realm.png Invitation to the Mad Realm
Piece of Candy Corn.png Piece of Candy Corn (5)


Lion's Arch, built upon the wreckage of the Krytan City of the same name, has grown and prospered in the years since the rise of the Orrian Dragon. Founded by pirates and dependent on trade, the city has become a common ground for all the races of Tyria.

Waypoint (map icon).png Trader's Forum Waypoint

Soundtrack[edit]

See also: Soundtrack#Living World Season 1
Halloween 2012
Track Title Length Composer Download
1 The Lunatic Court 3:07 Stan LePard SoundCloud
2 The Clocktower 1:40 Maclaine Diemer SoundCloud
3 Halloween In Tyria 2:17 Maclaine Diemer SoundCloud
4 The Tale Of The Mad King Thorn 1:47 Maclaine Diemer SoundCloud

See also[edit]

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