Category: Guild Wars 2 Official

Marjory’s Shrouded Outfit and Mini Bloodstone Rock have hit the Gem Store!

The Season of the Colossus is coming in fast, and I’ve seen a lot of hooded folks in black skulking around my shops. I don’t know what it is about the cold weather that brings them out. Maybe all that tight leather clothing makes it easier to endure. They’re great, mind you—we cater to a diverse clientele here. I just wish they’d leave their minions outside…

  • Marjory’s Shrouded Outfit

    You don’t have to be a necromancer to pull off this sleek and sinister look. Fashion just got a lot more dangerous—spikes, chains, and skulls are in. The outfit even comes with a hood so you can make that mysterious, smoldering look from under the rim. Yeah, that one.

  • Mini Bloodstone Rock

    Our Mini Rocks are popular traveling companions, but their laid-back personalities and sunny dispositions don’t mesh with everyone. If you’re the hard-edged sort, take this subversive stone for a spin.

  • Crystal Arbiter and Bandit Sniper Appearance Packs Return

    If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one of these formfitting ensembles, now’s your chance. Each pack comes with an outfit, a glider, a Total Makeover Kit, five matching dye kits, and your choice of an Immortal weapon skin.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of November 14

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of November 14

Wednesday, November 16

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-8)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

Thursday, November 17

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Good Morning, Tyria – Breakfast Stream! (by RejjaOnAir)(German)
Midnight Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Get ready for a hero’s daily morning routine! Let’s discover Tyria’s beauty together.

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Rin Elenika)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Rin returns to show you how she paints the members of Dragon’s Watch. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

The GuildMag Podcast (by GuildMag)(English)
2:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-8)
The GuildMag team brings you up to speed on everything that happened this week in the Guild Wars 2 universe.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.

Thank you for watching!

Announcing the Winners of the Fourth Tournament of Legends

On November 5 and 6, teams from North America and Europe competed for glory in the Fourth Player vs. Player Tournament of Legends. We’re pleased to announce the winning teams:

Europe
First LIQR
Second Vermillion
Third Unexpected Challengers
North America
First The Abjured
Second Team PZ
Third The Bad Boy Teenager Club

Congratulations! We’d like to extend a special thank-you to Academy Gaming for organizing this event.

New Hair Colors and Plush Baby Aurene Backpack in the Gem Store!

Yeah, yeah, we know dragons are bad. They’re going to destroy us all, sure. I’m all for being prepared, but some of this speculation is getting a little out of hand. Why not have a look at some of my new stock and take your mind off the scaremongering?

  • Plush Baby Aurene Backpack

    Some stick-in-the-mud on the council put a stop to my plans to bring you all safe*, exotic house pets from the wild Maguuma, so here’s the next best thing! It’s your very own snuggly, floppy, plush baby dragon to hug, modeled from eyewitness reports of the real thing.

  • New Hair Colors

    Put a touch of dignified frost in your lovely locks, or brighten up the pre-Wintersday season with some pizazz. All six of our newest hair colors are available exclusively through Total Makeover Kits and Self-Style Hair Kits, so pay a visit to your nearest Black Lion Aesthetician today.

  • Doomsday Preparation Pack

    If the rumors of dragons rising has you down, and you’re expecting the worst, why not cut loose? Dress up in our Raiment of the Lich outfit, dye it in fearsome colors with a Shadow Dye Kit, a Flame Dye Kit, or a Frost Dye Kit, put your brand-new Watchwork Mining Pick in a shared inventory slot, and burn off some of that stress. Startle your friends and neighbors!

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

*Have you educated your children about the dangers of approaching, feeding, playing with, and attempting to ride juvenile wyverns? Send away for Captain Evon’s Wyvern-tastic Guide for Young Swabs, an invaluable resource chock-full of fun facts and colorful illustrations! Please include 50 silver, plus standard carrier fees.

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of November 7

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of November 7

Tuesday, November 8

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Peachy Party (by Aurora Peachy) (English)
9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Hang out with Aurora Peachy and chat about the latest updates, as well as general game dicussion and giveaways.

Cooo! The Big PvE Showcase (by Ashuvidz) (French)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Ashuvidz for your daily dose of achievement hunting and lore speculation.

Wednesday, November 9

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

Thursday, November 10

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Sayael)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Sayael has been participating in Inktober, and what better piece to showcase than some fantastic Halloween art? Part 2 continues where we left off last week. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Friday, November 11

The GuildMag Podcast (by GuildMag)(English)
2:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The GuildMag team brings you up to speed on everything that happened this week in the Guild Wars 2 universe.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.
Thank you for watching!

Don’t Miss the Fourth Tournament of Legends

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Prepare for battle! On November 5 and 6, Academy Gaming will host the fourth Guild Wars 2 Tournament of Legends. The teams that emerge victorious stand to win legendary weapons, precursors, gems, and legendary crafting materials, among other prizes.

If your team is up for the challenge, you can still sign up to participate.

North American Tournament

  • November 5, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • The stream begins at 4:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • Hosted by Storm and Heurix
  • Sign up here!

European Tournament

  • 6 November at 7:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • The stream begins at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • Hosted by Jebro and Helseth
  • Sign up here!

You can watch both streams live on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel.

Vibrant Dye Pack and Customer Appreciation Package in the Gem Store!

Autumn’s supposed to be a time for change, isn’t it? Let’s shake things up. That’s right, folks the Lunatic Guard Outfit is back, and the Mini Angry Chest is on sale for 20% off this week! Heh but I’d hate for you to think that’s all I have in store. I might have a surprise up my sleeve…

    Vibrant Dye Pack

    Halloween is still going strong until November 8, but it’s looking a little grim around here, even for me. Let’s brighten things up. Our newest dye kit will give you one of twenty-five dyes, with a chance at six bold, exclusive colors.

    Black Lion Chest Update!

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    You’d better believe it: Black Lion Chests are better than ever. You won’t find boosters among your loot anymore, but you will find a rotating selection of rare and unusual items, along with guaranteed convenience and seasonal items in every chest. You’ll even be able to preview the goods. To start things off, the seasonal item will be Trick-or-Treat Bags, and there’s a chance to find the exclusive Grasping Phantom Glider in Black Lion Chests for a limited time. I’ve also cooked up a new Random Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlock, which will automatically unlock a random weapon, armor piece, backpack, outfit, dye, glider, miniature, or finisher in your wardrobe. I’ve got a pretty big list of looks this can open up for you, but I’m not in the business of giving away anything of Exotic quality or better. All of the Black Lion Trading Company’s pre-September stock is fair game, though.

    Want to take a look for yourself? Maguuma explorers and Tyrian veterans can pick up a Customer Appreciation Package containing a free Black Lion Key and Black Lion Chest through the store this week!

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  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

Tyrian Travels: Chapter Four

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At this year’s MomoCon, members of the narrative team hosted a panel on the fundamentals of narrative design for Guild Wars 2. With help from the audience, they created the basic concept for Vikki and her moa, Momo, who you can read more about in chapters one, two, and three of their story.


Twilight had fallen by the time we crossed the Krytan border, which nixed my plans to let Momo run around for a while. It also meant that we got all the way to Shaemoor before I realized something was slipping around in the trees behind us.

I hunkered down in the open road to feed Momo an apple, taking the opportunity to look around. When I didn’t see anything, I watched Momo instead—sure enough, after she’d demolished her snack she whistled and fluffed up nervously. Whatever was back there had stopped moving when we did.

I wanted to think we’d just gotten spooked by the holiday. Lion’s Arch is supposed to be where the spirit of King Oswald Thorn returns every year to haunt Kryta, but the rest of the kingdom was in the mood, too. We had passed scarecrows with rotting pumpkin heads along the roadside, seen people in bizarre costumes traipsing through the fields, and I’d even been handed a flier for a Halloween stage show. “Don’t touch any strange doors,” a tavernkeep warned me. “They might pop up anywhere.”

But there were plenty of things to be scared of in the Krytan countryside at any time of year. Like skelk. Or bandits. I hustled Momo along.


Stables

A scout pointed me toward the moa ranch. It was tiny, but their birds seemed to be in good spirits, and the hands were just putting them all into the pen when Momo and I arrived. Mepi, the ranch’s owner, stopped to talk to me at the gate. I explained why we’d come, and apologized for arriving so late.

“I’ll take a look at her in the morning,” Mepi said. “You got a place to stay?”

“No,” I admitted.

“Well, why don’t you come inside? It’s nothing fancy, but it’s a roof over your head. We’ll pull out the straw mattress, and you can eat with me and Cassie.”

It was a very generous offer. The Krytan ranchers don’t have much except what they make themselves, and I was a stranger. Still, the idea of spending the night made me feel a little queasy. What would I say if they tried to do something nice for me to be polite? What if I made a mistake and did something to mess up their house? What if they served moa for dinner?

“That’s very kind of you, but Momo gets a little anxious in new places.” I clasped my hands to hold them steady. “Would it be too much trouble for me to stay in the stable with her?”

Mepi rubbed his chin. “I don’t know. We’ve had all kinds of bandit trouble, though they haven’t been out much at night. It’s that time of year… But I suppose as long as you stay with the moas, you’ll be all right.”

“What do you mean?” I said.

“Just you stay put.” Mepi strolled toward the farmhouse. “I’ll get you a blanket.”


I draped the blanket over my shoulders and settled into the stable with Momo. She fussed, preening at my hair, then curled around me. I leaned back against her—she doesn’t make a bad pillow—and propped my feet up on my pack.
Something bounced into my lap, and I jolted upright. Bright green eyes blinked at me, tiny paws kneaded my stomach, and purring filled my ears. “Oh,” I breathed. “You’re only a kitty.”

The little black cat nosed my chin and draped itself across my legs. Momo opened one eye just long enough to be unimpressed with it, and I relaxed again. This wasn’t bad at all. The grass smelled sweet, the moas were warbling contentedly not far from us, and the windows of Mepi’s house glowed with a soft, golden light. I’d slept in much worse places in college.

With one hand under the cat’s chin, I closed my eyes.


Labyrinth

I dreamed I was falling through a starry sky, a green miasma swirling below me. When it broke, I was in open air. Below me stretched a vast, twisted landscape of black stone, warped and barren trees, and strange fires. A broken path wound through it, opening onto a graveyard with one lonely mausoleum raised on a spire of stone at the center. I heard laughter and screaming, and as I hurtled closer I saw that the labyrinth was full of people, all of them running, fighting, and dancing as they went around and around. No, not just people—creatures. Above the chaos, the moon loomed, grinning.

I shut my eyes tight. When I opened them, I was standing on a cliff overlooking the labyrinth. More people jostled around me, passing in and out of a door that opened to the starry void. They were terrifying and a little unreal: a human lady in a corseted velvet gown; a sylvari with horns and huge, leathery bat wings; another asura wearing a fiery pumpkin-head mask. All of them carried weapons. Some of them walked to the edge of the cliff, stood on a sigil, and vanished in a rush of wind.

Momo was nearby, examining a large gourd. Just as I moved toward her, a rough voice called, “Well, well. What’ll it be?”

I turned back. A charr stood on a raised stone platform near the edge of the cliff, leaning on a staff. He was dressed in a tattered shroud, blindfolded and draped in chains, his horns sawed short. At least, he looked like a charr—his tail glowed like a live ember.

“Me?” I squeaked.

The charr stretched out his staff. A glowing green lantern gripped by a skeletal hand swung from the end. “You. Do you have the skill to climb the clock tower? Care to join the parade of death in the labyrinth?”

I shielded my eyes and found my voice. “Neither, please.”

He dropped to all fours, craning his very long neck toward me, and sniffed. “You’re not even the tiniest bit curious?”

The labyrinth was too big, and the screams and laughter were too much. All of the people passing by were dangerous and powerful. I felt completely lost.
“No, thank you.” I rubbed my arms. “I’d really just like to go back to where I was.”

The charr bared his teeth at me. “Run away, then,” he said. “Run right back to where you started.”

I fled to the door, dragging Momo with me. If I could have carried her, I would have. This time, when I tumbled into the starry night, I only felt relief.


When I woke up, my heart was still racing. The cat had gone, leaving my legs cold. Momo was fast asleep, and so were the other moas; I didn’t even hear a peep. I laid very still and tried to calm down.

I concentrated so hard on convincing myself that my imagination was working overtime that I didn’t believe my eyes when a patch of shadow pulled free from the stable’s back wall and crept toward me.

Not happening, I thought, pretending to breathe normally. Not happening.

Something lifted my foot aside. I heard a clink, and the softest rustling.

Somebody was going through my pack.

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of October 31

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of October 31

Tuesday, November 1

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Cooo! The Big PvE Showcase (by Ashuvidz) (French)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Ashuvidz for your daily dose of achievement hunting and lore speculation.

Wednesday, November 2

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

Thursday, November 3

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Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Sayael)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Sayael has been participating in Inktober, and what better piece to showcase than some fantastic Halloween art? You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

The GuildMag Podcast (by GuildMag)(English)
2:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The GuildMag team brings you up to speed on everything that happened this week in the Guild Wars 2 universe.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.
Thank you for watching!

October 2016 Community Showcase

Welcome to the community showcase, where we celebrate our favorite projects, activities, and other fan works created by Guild Wars 2 players. Read on to check out some of the amazing fan works on display in the Community Showcase Live livestream, and tune in monthly on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel for even more player contributions!

We were told we didn’t need to refrigerate sylvari to keep them from going bad! Check out more of Sayael’s art on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr album.

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These Halloween quaggan plushies by Koreena Anchalis have trick-or-treated their way into our hearts. Is quaggan supposed to have that much sugar?

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Ting Siu Ip scared up a good time with this Mad King Thorn cosplay! Does it come with terrible jokes?

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The Designs inked a frightening scenario for their character: becoming entranced by the bloodstone.

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Get in the Halloween mood with “Emissary of Death,” a theme composed by Kaedalus for necromancers.

ArenaNet’s own Chelsea Mills let us record one of her intricate pumpkin carvings for the livestream! You can watch a super-speedy version below.

We love seeing fans’ works of art, creativity, and community organization from around the world. Keep up the excellent work! Hungry for more Guild Wars 2 fan projects? Ready to show off your own? Head to the official Guild Wars 2 Tumblr and read up on the submission guidelines! You can submit your works via the Guild Wars 2 Tumblr, by tweeting @GuildWars2, or in a post on the official Community Creations subforum.

Check out the recording below to see all the fan works in this month’s episode of Community Showcase Live!

Ghostly Outfit, Hovering Mad Mirror, and Bloodstone Glider in the Gem Store!

I’ve sworn off candy corn for the rest of the year. Maybe for the next ten years. Sure, when I was a cub it was different, but when your teeth have gotten about three to four inches long, that stuff sticks like you wouldn’t believe. And don’t get me started on nougat.

  • Ghostly Outfit

    This ghastly garb glows with grim light, and it conveniently hides your face so you can prank your friends with impunity. Just don’t sneak up on any charr. I mean it.

  • Hovering Mad Mirror Travel Toy

    Flying rugs just aren’t impressive enough for you? Well, how about taking a ride on this magically subdued portal to the Mad King’s Realm? The binding process makes the threshold impassable. Trust me—you don’t want to end up on the other side.

  • Bloodstone Glider

    You know, it turns out that bloodstone—I mean replica bloodstone, of course—is surprisingly easy to work with. It’s even aerodynamic! Complete your bloodstone-inspired look today.

  • And More!

    The Executioner’s Outfit and Mad King Finisher are back in stock—don’t miss them, or heads will roll! By the way, the cat I picked up to guard the vaults is coming in handy. The storerooms are spotless, and I haven’t seen any vermin for a week. That said, I’m pretty sure I saw her fly past on a riding broom just now…

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

Community Showcase Live: October

Happy Halloween! Join host Gaile Gray and her developer guest for the next episode of Community Showcase Live on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel! They’ll showcase artwork, fan projects, videos, and crafts, all created by the amazingly talented Guild Wars 2 community.

Community Showcase Live will air on Wednesday, October 26 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7).

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of October 24

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of October 24

Wednesday, October 26

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

Thursday, October 27

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by RHKim)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
RHKim is back and invites you onto her canvas once more. Watch as she brings her sylvari inspired portrait to life. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

The GuildMag Podcast (by GuildMag)(English)
2:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The GuildMag team brings you up to speed on everything that happened this week in the Guild Wars 2 universe.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.

Thank you for watching!

A First Look at Legendary Armor

Hi, I’m Paul Ella, producer for Guild Wars 2 raids, here today to bring you a sneak peek of the upcoming legendary armor.

Looks to die for…over and over and over.

The raids team is charged with bringing you the ultimate in challenging content. The challenge is epic, so we wanted the reward to be equally epic.

Of course, we wanted to give legendary armor a distinct silhouette—something that’d turn heads around the markets of Lion’s Arch. But that wasn’t enough…

How could we make it the most spectacular armor in the game? We toyed with a lot of different ideas, different textures, different effects, and different skins, but deep down I think we always knew what we really wanted to do. We wanted an armor that would alter its appearance when you entered combat—animated armor!

That’s right! Not only does legendary armor look great when idle, but on entering combat it’ll transform you into an avatar of death and destruction—and you’ll look cool doing it. When you’re done decimating your enemies, it gracefully returns you to your calm, collected, mild-mannered persona.

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Ready check!

So now that you’ve had your first look at legendary armor, the big question I’m sure you’re all asking is, “When can I get it?”

Let’s be clear: what we’re previewing today is just the heavy armor. This has gone through many iterations and redesigns to get to a place where we think it’s ready to share with you. At the moment, the light and medium armor sets are not at that level. We remain hard at work, and release is still some months off.

We know you’ll have a lot more questions about legendary armor, but we’ll save those for closer to launch. For now, enjoy this sneak peek, and we’ll keep you updated as work progresses on the other sets.

Thanks, and see you in the game.

—Paul