Shadow of the Mad King

October 2012

Halloween has a long history in Tyria, and in times past was always marked by the spirit of Mad King Thorn cavorting among the people unleashing his own brand of insanity. However, it’s been over 250 years since he was last seen, and for most people he is merely a figure of folklore. Despite this, rumors persist among the populace that something wicked this way comes.

Shadow of the Mad King is the first major game release for Guild Wars 2 and will go live on 22 October*. This new game update will include a number of new features for all of our players to enjoy, new content to explore and see, and a week-long Halloween event.

October 2012 Release Highlights

Black Lion Trading Post

Never one to miss out on an opportunity, Evon Gnashblade has stocked all new items at the Black Lion Trading Company, including Halloween costumes and new transforms that will allow you to play Costume Brawl with fellow costumed players.

PvP Paid Tournaments

Paid tournaments will be available for competitive, five-person teams. These tournaments require tickets to enter and give better prizes than normal tournaments. Participating teams will earn qualifier points that will allow them to compete in future, larger tournaments. Tournament tickets can be earned from winning normal tournaments or purchased in the Gem Store.

Tyria Evolving

The world continues to evolve with new events, jumping puzzles, bosses, mini-dungeons, and achievements appearing across a variety of maps.

Halloween Event

500 years ago, a tyrannical Krytan king was slain by his own people, those who had suffered greatly during his reign of lunacy. It is said that this king’s body was chopped into pieces, and his spirit was banished to the Underworld, but that he can return to the mortal realm for just one day a year: on Halloween.

Of course, that’s just an old folktale. Isn’t it?

It’s been 250 years since the last alleged sighting of Mad King Thorn’s spirit, and today, Halloween is safely celebrated by children (and merchants) all across Tyria.

But! Strange energies are rising under the autumn moon. Is there perhaps some truth to the old stories? Do you dare to find out what’s really going on?

Halloween: Shadow of the Mad King

Runs from 23 October until 1 November in four frightful acts:

Act 1: Begins 22 October—Tricks and Treats

Halloween is here! The people of Lion’s Arch and beyond have begun celebrating the week-long holiday with candy, costumes, decorations, and of course, the traditional jokesters dressed up in Mad King garb. Despite the festivities and fun, there are a vocal few who claim that Mad King Thorn will return on the 500th anniversary of his death. (more…)

Act 2: 26 October – The Shadow Falls

Halloween in Tyria has taken a dark turn. The old stories have been proven true: Mad King Thorn is very real, and his insanity threatens to corrupt all of Tyria. Brand-new Halloween activities, maps, puzzles, events, and surprises await the brave adventurer. (more…)

Act 3: 28 October—Return of the Mad King

It’s not yet Halloween day, and yet, something is amiss. The Mad King is threatening to break through into the land of the living! If he gets out before Halloween day, he’ll undoubtedly begin a new reign of terror! Will you stop his deranged plans? Is it even possible? (more…)

Act 4: 31 October—The Mad King’s Revelry

We contained the Lunatic threat, and now, it’s time to party in our sassy new party hats! Once again, Mad King Thorn walks among mortals only on Halloween day, when he’s forced to behave…mostly. Gather in Lion’s Arch with your fellow players to celebrate Halloween. We’re going to have a fun-filled finale to the Mad King’s favorite holiday!

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