Lunar New Year 2024 Begins Today

by The Guild Wars 2 Team on January 30, 2024

Greetings, citizens of Tyria!

It’s time for the first festival of 2024, so head over to Divinity’s Reach and enjoy the annual Lunar New Year celebration. During the Year of the Dragon, you can enjoy fireworks displays, participate in games, sample delicious Canthan food, and earn new rewards. This yearly festival is live now and will be available until February 20.

This festival is accessible to players of any level. Even if you’re brand new to the game, you can easily take part in our Lunar New Year activities and earn new cosmetic unlocks, utility items, and more! The Wizard’s Vault also has new special objectives directing you toward all sorts of Lunar New Year activities. Earn that astral acclaim and collect your rewards!

You can check out all the details in the full release notes on our official forums. We also have a new event calendar where you can stay informed about our upcoming game updates, bonus events, festivals, Gem Store sales, and more! Keep your eye on it as we expand it with more information in the coming months.

Read on for a quick rundown of the activities you can participate in during this year’s Lunar New Year festival and catch a glimpse of the rewards you can earn.


Various Guild Wars 2 characters showing off Lunar New Year rewards, like the new Fortunate weapons made out of ornate coins and the Dragon Descendant's Helm, which looks like a dragon!

This Lunar New Year has many new rewards for players to collect and earn. The annual meta-achievement will reward players with their choice of weapon from the new Fortunate weapon collection and a Dragon Descendant’s Helm. Don this new helmet and embody the draconic fashion of your dreams! Check the Achievements tab in your Hero panel and navigate to the Daily Lunar New Year and Festivals sections for more information.

There’s also a new dragon-themed backpack that has two different tiers of ferocity. Open Lucky Envelopes for a chance to find the Lucky Dragon Lantern or the Lucky Great Dragon Lantern. The envelopes contain other treasures as well, including the brand-new Lucky Dragon Speargun, Lucky Dragon Short Bow, and Lucky Dragon Hammer! These new weapons are also available for purchase for gold and Essences of Luck from the kodan vendor Sparking Stone in Divinity’s Reach.

Remember that Lucky Envelopes are affected by your account’s magic find attribute! Increase your magic find for chances at better rewards when opening them. Lucky Envelopes can contain additional Essences of Luck, valuable trophies that you can sell to vendors for coin, and a chance at the special rewards listed above.

Lastly, there are a few new guild decorations available for crafting and the new Mini Amnytas Stormscale to acquire from the Lunar New Year vendors.

Various Guild Wars 2 characters showing off Lunar New Year rewards, like the new Fortunate weapons made out of ornate coins and the Dragon Descendant's Helm, which looks like a dragon!

Where to Go and What to Do

The Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach is your hub for Lunar New Year festivities. Check your in-game mail for an Invitation to Lunar New Year and double-click the item to teleport instantly to Divinity’s Reach.

Celestial Challenge

Speak to the Celestial Challenge Attendant at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to begin the Celestial Challenge, a series of activities that will require you to take down enemies, race through checkpoints, perform feats of jumping mastery, and more. The more activities you successfully complete during the event, the greater your rewards at the end.

Dragon Ball Arena

Speak to Finola at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to enter the Dragon Ball Arena. This dodgeball-like PvP game mode is a race to the finish, with the first team of five players to reach five hundred points claiming victory. Collect power-ups throughout the arena to gain access to new skills, zip around the arena with zip pads and jump pads, and master the art of the Dragon Sphere.

A detailed shot of the Fortunate Greatsword skin which looks like it's made out of stone coins fused together.

Mount Racing

Race around Divinity’s Reach! You don’t need to have any mounts unlocked to take place in this race—a nearby rental service is available to rent a raptor for just 10 silver.

Firecracker Lighting

Speak to the firecracker-lighting NPC at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to start this seasonal adventure. Use your mastery of the world to quickly navigate through the streets of Divinity’s Reach and light all the firecrackers! Gliding, mounts, anything goes—just don’t use any waypoints, or your progress will be reset!

Happy adventuring!