Shadow of the Mad King 2023

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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 that launched from October 17 to November 7. 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

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2023 features[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

Piece of Candy Corn.pngPiece 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


See also: Shadow of the Mad King 2020#Gallery

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