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Tackle these challenging boss encounters in a group of up to ten players, either as a pre-formed squad or in a public mode anyone can join.

— Official description

Strike Missions are 10 player squad-based PvE instances, usually consisting of a boss battle, that serve as a bridge between open world and raid difficulty. They are one of the core pillars of Guild Wars 2's endgame designed for level 80 characters.

Normal difficulty Strike Missions are intended to be an entry point into the world of 10-player content in Guild Wars 2. These instances are designed to be something you can tackle alongside both close friends and new allies, pitting you and nine others against jazzed-up, remixed versions of epic, exciting bosses from the Living World and expansions.[1]

Accessing strike missions[edit]

Available to all players
Expansions required
  • The Icebrood Saga strike missions can either be entered from their respective portals in the open world, or through the Ancient Gate in the Eye of the North (including each of the three weekly strikes irrespective of their rotation) or the nearby Scrying Pool.
  • End of Dragons strike missions are accessible by interacting with their respective scrying stones in the open world or Arborstone (also accessible by talking to Lyra nearby).
    • The End of Dragons expansion is required.
    • Strike missions are unlocked account-wide by completing the respective story mission. Otherwise, players must join a strike mission instance created by someone else who has unlocked the encounter.

List of strike missions[edit]

(CM) = Optional Challenge mode available

# Name Encounters Location Possible rewards Release date Notes

GW2Logo new.png Guild Wars 2

* Secret Lair of the Snowmen Secret Lair of the Snowmen December 11, 2018 (original release)
December 17, 2019 (first labeled as a strike mission)
  • Only playable during Wintersday.[2]
  • Doesn't require any expansion to enter.
Living World logo.png Living World Season 1
* Old Lion's Court (CM) Lion's Arch[3] November 8, 2022
November 29, 2022 (challenge mode release)[4]
  • Doesn't require any expansion to enter.
Living World Season 5 logo.png The Icebrood Saga (Requires Path of Fire)
1 Shiverpeaks Pass Shiverpeaks Pass September 17, 2019
2 Voice of the Fallen and Claw of the Fallen Sanctum Arena November 19, 2019
3 Fraenir of Jormag Sanctum Arena November 19, 2019 (Sanctum Arena instance release)
November 26, 2019 (first time active in rotation)
4 Boneskinner Sanctum Arena November 19, 2019 (Sanctum Arena instance release)
December 3, 2019 (first time active in rotation)
5 Whisper of Jormag Whispering Depths January 28, 2020
6 Forging Steel Eye of the North March 17, 2020
7 Cold War Wolf's Crossing May 26, 2020
EoD Texture Trans.png End of Dragons
1 Aetherblade Hideout (CM) Zen Daijun February 28, 2022
April 19, 2022 (challenge mode release)[5]
2 Xunlai Jade Junkyard (CM) Xunlai Jade Junkyard February 28, 2022
May 10, 2022 (challenge mode release)[5]
3 Kaineng Overlook (CM) Gwangsan Hill February 28, 2022
May 24, 2022 (challenge mode release)[5]
4 Harvest Temple (CM) The Jade Whirl February 28, 2022
June 28, 2022 (challenge mode release)[5][6]

Today's Priority strike mission[edit]

Every day, two strike missions are featured as part of a priority daily achievement.

The Icebrood Saga
1 Cold War (achievement)
2 Fraenir of Jormag (achievement)
3 Shiverpeaks Pass (achievement)
4 Voice of the Fallen and Claw of the Fallen (achievement)
5 Whisper of Jormag (achievement)
6 Boneskinner (achievement)
End of Dragons
1 Aetherblade Hideout (achievement)
2 Xunlai Jade Junkyard (achievement)
3 Kaineng Overlook (achievement)
4 Harvest Temple (achievement)
5 Old Lion's Court (achievement)

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Currency and rewards[edit]

For more details about rewards see the individual Strike Mission pages.

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

Every strike mission will award you with  Blue Prophet Shard.png Blue Prophet Shards. These shards can be then used to buy ascended items from Crystallographer Smoxxi as well as exchange for crystals. Prophet Crystals can be also gained from completing Daily Strikes, and then can be used to open the weekly Vigil Emissary Chest. Max of 3  Blue Prophet Crystal.png Blue Prophet Crystals can be used for maximum loot each week.

If you missed looting any chest in any strike that awards Essence chests (Sanctum Arena and Whisper of Jormag encounters), the loot will be sent to you by mail via in-game inbox. This, however, does not work for the Shiverpeaks Pass, Forging Steel and Cold War missions, and the chests and the loot will be lost upon leaving the instance.

End of Dragons[edit]

Normal mode[edit]

Each strike mission rewards the following:

Challenge Mode[edit]

Completing a mission with challenge mode activated gives additional rewards:

Extra attempts and completions in either normal or challenge mode keep giving additional  Green Prophet Shard.png Green Prophet Shards until the weekly cap of 100 is reached. Shards obtained through daily and weekly achievements don't count towards that cap.

Related achievements[edit]



  • Players can enter a strike mission portal as a squad.
    • You can use a raid squad or regular squad but only 10 players will be able to enter the instance.
    • When entering as a squad, you can enter the mission before all have arrived in the instance or even in the squad itself. Starting the encounter, however, will cause players entering the instance later to join defeated.
  • The latest mission will additionally have a public instance, which places the player in a new instance with up to 9 other players.
    • If a public mission starts with fewer than 10 players, it will be locked down and no more players will be able to join.
    • If you exit and attempt to enter a new public mission you will be placed in the previous instance while it is still open.
  • In Bjora Marches, the three weekly strike missions rotate each week. Since the release of Visions of the Past: Steel and Fire these strike missions can also be opened at anytime via the portal in the Eye of the North.
Mission Start
Voice and Claw of the Fallen Currently active
Fraenir of Jormag 27 March 2023
Boneskinner 3 April 2023
Voice and Claw of the Fallen 10 April 2023

The active strike mission changes every Monday 23:30 just before the daily reset.
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  • Upon its introduction during A Very Merry Wintersday in 2018, the Secret Lair of the Snowmen was referred to as a group instance as strike missions had not been officially introduced into the game yet.[7] Since its return in A Very Merry Wintersday in 2019, it is labeled as a strike mission.[2]
  • As stated by Lyra, many strike missions are relived past events and thus can show unreliable depictions of the true events.[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons Strike Missions,
  2. ^ a b A Very Merry Wintersday 2019,
  3. ^ Living World Season 1 Return: “Battle for Lion’s Arch” Arrives Next Week,
  4. ^ Guild Wars 2 Fall and Winter 2022 Roadmap,
  5. ^ a b c d ArenaNet Studio Update: The Future of Guild Wars 2,
  6. ^ Update on the Harvest Temple Strike Mission Challenge Mode
  7. ^ A Very Merry Wintersday 2018,
  8. ^ Lyra
    Lyra: Do you resonate with the stone, traveler? Images of your past, memories... They all float through your thoughts. Some of them may be warm, some of them are bitter... Do you dare relive those moments?
    <Character name: I'd like to enter a Strike Mission.
    Lyra: The scrying stone can allow you to relive past events...but the mind can be unreliable. Who knows what may change and shift as you dive into those memories.