Special event

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Disambig icon.png This article is about occasional special events. For seasonal special events and festivals, see Festival.

Special Events or Bonus Events are events offering a bonus for some part of the game or temporarily changes some game mechanics.

Active events[edit]

There are no active events currently.

Upcoming events[edit]

There are no announced events currently.

Historical events[edit]

Description Features Bonus effects


Expansion Boost: September 03, 2019 — September 17, 2019(duration: 14 days)PvE
Do you need a little help cutting through the jungle? A leg up in your trek across the desert? Don’t miss the Expansion Boost Special Event!

Official page: Catch Up with the Expansion Boost Special Event

Experience Bonus (fifty percent).png Path of Fire Mastery Booster: +100% Path of Fire Mastery XP.
Experience Bonus (fifty percent).png Heart of Thorns Mastery Booster: +100% Heart of Thorns Mastery XP.
Champion Rush: August 20, 2019 — August 27, 2019(duration: 7 days)PvE
Walloping world bosses might make Tyria safer, but there are plenty of smaller threats lurking around the countryside. They may not be as tough, but they’re plenty mean—and we’re counting on you to remind them who’s boss.

Official page: Champion Rush Begins Next Week


World Boss Rush: July 16, 2019 — July 23, 2019(duration: 7 days)PvE
The World Boss Rush special event is back next week for another round of vigorous villain vanquishing and bonus rewards.

Official page: World Boss Rush Returns July 16

  • You’ll get more Bonus Box of Goods for defeating bosses at the end of longer and tougher event chains.
  • Taking down world bosses will progress the overall community goal. You’ll receive rewards for each tier you participate in.


WvW Core Swap: July 05, 2019 — July 12, 2019(duration: 7 days)WvW
As the old saying goes, “You never truly know your enemy until you’ve defeated them and stolen their profession’s skills.” You can finally put this wisdom into practice in your everyday life during the WvW Core Swap Special Event!

Official page: Coming Soon: WvW Core Swap Special Event

  • Defeating an enemy player in World vs. World spawns a glowing orb. Claiming the orb will grant you some knowledge of your enemy’s profession. You’ll retain your own weapon skills and gain access to a special skill that allows you to use the healing, utility, and elite skills of the defeated player’s profession.


Destabilized Magic: June 11, 2019 — June 25, 2019(duration: 14 days)PvE
Qadim's machinations are causing ripples outside the Mystic Forge, touching certain world bosses in Central Tyria with condensed ley energy. From June 11 to June 25, defeat these powerful enemies to mine colorful crystal essence. Bring essences to skritt near the Mystic Forge to create shiny weapons—and then consult with the skritt to learn how you can make your shiny weapons even shinier.

Official page: Let's Get Shiny!


Meta-Event Rush: June 04, 2019 — June 11, 2019(duration: 7 days)PvE
Priory scholars have long debated the merits of various schools of magic, but one rises above the rest in efficacy, impact, and ease of use: the power of friendship. Exhaustive studies suggest that if we all believe in each other and work together, we can accomplish incredible things. Let’s test our hypothesis!

Official page: Weeklong Bonus Event: Meta-Event Rush!


World Boss Rush: May 06, 2019 — May 13, 2019(duration: 7 days)PvE
We think the biggest, baddest monsters terrorizing Tyria’s farmlands, swamps, coastlines, tundra, volcanos—and more!—have gotten a little too comfortable in their routines. We’re shaking things up by hitting them where it counts—right in the loot drops.

Official page: Weeklong Bonus Event: World Boss Beatdown!


World vs. World Weeklong Bonus: April 26, 2019 — May 03, 2019(duration: 7 days)WvW
Get ready for high stakes—and increased rewards—in World vs. World! Starting on April 26, take advantage of bonuses to reward-track progress, world experience, and magic find for a full week. There’s just one little catch: it seems that a freak fluctuation in the fabric of the Mists will completely disable the downed state for the duration of the event. We’re sure you’ll be fine!

Official page: World vs. World Weeklong Bonus

No Downed State.png No Downed State: If you die, you will skip the downed state and go directly to being defeated.

Call of War.png Call of War: Earn increased rewards in WvW during events!
+100% WXP
+25% WvW Reward Track Progress
+50% Magic Find (WvW Only)


Extra Life: November 04, 2018 — November 11, 2018(duration: 7 days)PvE, WvW and PvP
Team ArenaNet is streaming for 24 hours to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network!

Official page: Our 24-Hour Extra Life Stream Begins Tomorrow

  • Players who logged in during the 24-hour Extra Life charity livestream received a special title, "The Extra Life", 50,000 karma, a special seven-day bonus, and an Endless Interface Crafter Golem Tonic in celebration for the Team ArenaNet reaching the funding goals.
Ace Racer.png Extra Life Bonus: Bonuses per stack include the following:
+5% Magic Find
+3% Experience Gain (All Sources)
+3% WvW Reward Track Progress
+3% PvP Reward Track Progress


Bloodlust: September 28, 2018 — October 05, 2018(duration: 7 days)WvW
The Mist War is roiling at the end of this month, with enhanced bonuses for controlling the Ruins of Power in the Borderlands. Take advantage of the high stakes to earn greater rewards in WvW for a week!

Official page: World vs. World Weeklong Bonus

Major Borderlands Bloodlust.png Enhanced Minor, Major and Superior Borderlands Bloodlust grants bonus attributes to realms capturing Ruins of Power.

Call of War.png Call of War: Earn increased rewards in WvW during events!
+100% WXP
+25% WvW Reward Track Progress
+50% Magic Find (WvW Only)


Weekend Boss Blitz Bonanza: August 10, 2018 — August 13, 2018(duration: 3 days)PvE
Can you decimate five thousand bosses in one weekend? Don’t worry, you won’t have to do it all by yourself!

Official page: Weekend Boss Blitz Bonanza


World vs. World Weeklong Bonus: June 08, 2018 — June 15, 2018(duration: 7 days)WvW
Get ready for high stakes—and increased rewards—in World vs. World! Starting on Friday, June 8, take advantage of bonuses to reward-track progress, world experience, and magic find for a full week. There’s just one little catch: it seems that a freak fluctuation in the fabric of the Mists will completely disable the downed state for the duration of the event. We’re sure you’ll be fine!

Official page: World vs. World Weeklong Bonus

No Downed State.png No Downed State: If you die, you will skip the downed state and go directly to being defeated.

Call of War.png Call of War: Earn increased rewards in WvW during events!
+100% WXP
+25% WvW Reward Track Progress
+50% Magic Find (WvW Only)


Bonus Weekend Event: April 20, 2018 — April 23, 2018(duration: 3 days)PvE and WvW
You can’t get blood from a stone—and if any necromancers have found a way to do that, we don’t want to know. But starting on April 20, you can get neat bonuses by applying resource-gathering implements to rocks, trees, plant life, and your mortal enemies!

Official page: April 20—Guild Wars 2 Weekend Bonus

Celebration Bonus.png Bonus Weekend Event: Experience earned in open world PvE and WvW is doubled. 33% chance to earn extra resources when gathering.


Mordremoth's Minions Invade Tyria: September 10, 2015 — September 14, 2015(duration: 4 days)PvE
Mordremoth is rallying its forces, sending armies of Mordrem out of the Maguuma Jungle to test Central Tyria’s defenses. Drive back the invasion, and stop the jungle dragon from sinking its teeth into vulnerable territory!

Official page: The Mordrem Are Coming


Golem Rush: July 17, 2015 — July 24, 2015(duration: 7 days)WvW
Will you join your new golem overlords, or will you act as a last bastion of humanoid kind and work to thwart their uprising? The choice is yours!

Official page: Siege Golems Are Better, Faster, and Stronger in World vs. World between July 17 and 24

  • Siege golems had no supply cost to construct, moved at 100% increased movement speed and dealt 100% additional damage against players and other siege golems.
  • Each kill on an enemy player granted your team one point toward your realm’s total score.
Mist War Summons.png Mist War Summons: Earn increased rewards in WvW during special events!
+15% WXP (WvW only)
+15% Experience from Kills (WvW only)
+50% Magic Find (WvW only)


Sneak Attack: December 16, 2014 — January 13, 2015(duration: 28 days)WvW
There’s no better way to show off your holiday cheer than bashing in some skulls in PvP and WvW!

Official page: Introducing the Wintersday Competitive-Event Schedule

  • Temporarily removed white swords that normally appear on objectives, such as towers or keeps in WvW, to encourage players to be more sneaky, as well as encourage players to defend valuable structures.
  • Every player kill in WvW awarded a point towards their home world's war score, and every kill using a finisher would earn another extra point.
Mist War Summons.png Mist War Summons: Earn increased rewards in WvW during special events!
+15% WXP (WvW only)
+15% Experience from Kills (WvW only)
+50% Magic Find (WvW only)


Lost Shores: November 16, 2012 — November 18, 2012(duration: 2 days)PvE
The karka have invaded Lion's Arch, and the Lionguard organized a counter-attack to kill the Ancient Karka.

Official page: The Lost Shores

  • A meta event spread around different locations, composed by three phases, involving researching and discovering a method to harm the karka and then driving them out at several locaitons.
  • Players were scaled up to level 80 for the duration of this event.
  • Players received a special reward at the event completion.