Shadow of the Mad King 2022
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 in Lion's Arch and the Mad King's Realm, released on October 18 through November 8. 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.
- For a complete list of all Halloween activities and events, see: Halloween
Activities and events
- Mad King's Labyrinth - The heart of the Mad King's Realm, minions and legendary foes lie in wait.
- 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 new races or try your skill at the adventures. Rental for the respective Mounts available for a small fee.
- Mad Maleficence scavenger hunt
Items and rewards
- For a complete list of all Halloween rewards and items, see: Halloween/items
- Halloween Daily
- Halloween Rituals
- Shadow of the Mad King
- Lunatic Wardrobe
- The Goldclaw Holiday Collection: Heart of Thorn
- Festival Frequenter: Invitation to the Mad Realm
- Black Lion Weapons Specialist
- Candy Corn Vendor
- Candy Corn Vendor (Weekly)
- Lunatic Alchemist
- Lunatic Weaponsmith Markham
- Sparking Stone
- Black Lion Chest: The Evon Gnashblade Trick-or-Treat Bag, Playful Ghost Jade Bot Skin, Maguuma weapon skins, Lorekeeper weapon skins
- Gem Store: Permanent Scarecrow Finisher, Permanent Mad King Finisher, Haunted Armor Outfit, Bloody Prince's Outfit, Mad King's Outfit, Lunatic Guard Outfit, Ghostly Outfit, Mini Choya Pumpkin Gang, Mini Elonian Familiar, Riding Broom Glider Combo, Festive Harvest Chair, Mad King Mounts Pack, Mad Realm Mounts Pack, Spooky Mounts Pack, Candy Corn Gobbler Pack, Mad King Mega Bundle, Umbral Demon Skimmer Skin, Bunny Ears, Maguuma's Grasp Skin, Maguuma's Mantle Skin, Riding Broom
- In Halloween Rituals
- (Annual) Halloween Rituals - new reward
New weapon skins and equipment
- Clawing Shadow Gloves Box
- Nightmare Splitter
- Harvest's Grin
- Pale Light's Companions
- Chained weapons
Guild Hall Decorations
- Molten Phoenix Griffon Skin
- New Black Lion Chest items:
- New Black Lion Claim Ticket weapons:
- Dokkaebi weapon skins
- Dokkaebi Axe Skin
- Dokkaebi Dagger Skin
- Dokkaebi Focus Skin
- Dokkaebi Greatsword Skin
- Dokkaebi Hammer Skin
- Dokkaebi Longbow Skin
- Dokkaebi Mace Skin
- Dokkaebi Pistol Skin
- Dokkaebi Rifle Skin
- Dokkaebi Scepter Skin
- Dokkaebi Shield Skin
- Dokkaebi Short Bow Skin
- Dokkaebi Staff Skin
- Dokkaebi Sword Skin
- Dokkaebi Torch Skin
- Dokkaebi Warhorn Skin
- Dokkaebi weapon skins
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.
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.
- See also: Shadow of the Mad King 2020#Gallery
- Guild Wars 2 Fall and Winter 2022 Roadmap, GuildWars2.com
- Shadow of the Mad King Returns on October 18, GuildWars2.com
- Shadow of the Mad King 2022 Is Live, Guildwars2.com