Shadow of the Mad King 2021

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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.

— Official website

Shadow of the Mad King is a Halloween-themed festival released on October 5 through November 9. Decorated festival areas have been added outside of each race's capital city: Plains of Ashford, Queensdale, Wayfarer Foothills, Metrica Province, and Caledon Forest. Festival merchants, as well as ominous portals to the Mad Realm, are also present during the festivities.

Returning features[edit]

Lion's Arch loading screen

Items and rewards[edit]

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

Halloween Events[edit]

  • Mad King's Labyrinth - Bloody Prince Edrick has taken over parts of the Mad King's Labyrinth and is controlling the undead armies in the Mad King's Realm. The Skeletal Lich, Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn, and the Labyrinthine Horror lie in wait.
    • Labyrinth Race - Take part in a race through the Labyrinth on your mounts. (Occurs roughly every 20 minutes)
  • Mad King's Clock Tower - Tyria's most maddening jumping puzzle thrilled players during last year's Halloween event and returns better than ever.
  • Ascent to Madness - Fight against the Mad King Thorn himself, as he trades in his usual jokes and pranks to face you head on.
  • Mad King Says - Join the Mad King Thorn as he commands you to perform actions, or attempts to trick you.
  • Lunatic Inquisition - Attempt to survive the night as a villager while the Lunatic Courtiers hunt you down.
  • Mad Memoires scavenger hunt
  • Reaper's Rumble - A fast-paced PvP format where players compete to recover pumpkins and spawn hordes of skeletons to attack the enemy team’s base.
  • Mad King's Raceway - On the fields of Reaper's Rumble, join the races or try your skill at the adventures. Rental for the respective Mounts are available for a small fee.
  • Mad Maleficence collection.

Halloween Achievements[edit]


2021 features[edit]

New vendors[edit]

New achievements[edit]

Halloween Events[edit]

New weapon skins and equipment[edit]

New items[edit]

Guild Hall Decorations[edit]

Gem Store[edit]



Magister Tassi

Urgent: Do Not Read Out Loud

Keep this quiet, but I've been seeing...unusual readings from the Mad Realm this year. Travelers have seemed quite shocked upon exiting the Labyrinth. I've heard...whispers. Any changes to Halloween could be of great significance. And I don't need to remind you, but the doors to the Mad Realm go both ways.

At your earliest convenience, could you journey to the Labyrinth and report back on anything...say, out of the ordinary? Out of the ordinary for a spectral quasi dimension, of course. For the sake of documentation.

—Magister Tassi

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.

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See also: Shadow of the Mad King 2020#Gallery


  • The dreambound chests given by the Mist Stranger are limited to one per account.

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